So, what do you score for the extra cash? Well, ticking the “Competition” box gets you an additional 19 kW over the standard model, plus what the Munich-based brand describes as “bespoke chassis tuning”. The eight-speed M Steptronic transmission is carried over from the standard version.
So, in M5 Competition guise, the twin-turbo 4,4-litre V8 produces 460 kW at 6 000 r/min (seeing it surpass the 450 kW power figure achieved by Mercedes-AMG E63 S), while peak torque is unchanged at 750 N.m (although offered over a wider range than the standard M5, from 1 800 to 5 800 r/min).
The added oomph results in a claimed zero to 100 km/h time of 3,3 seconds (a one-tenth improvement over the standard M5) and a zero to 200 km/h sprint in a claimed 10,8 seconds (some three-tenths quicker). Interestingly, in South Africa the M Driver’s Package comes standard on the Competition model, raising the top speed from 250 km/h to 305 km/h.
The all-wheel-drive M5 Competition furthermore features a model-specific M Sport exhaust system (with tailpipe embellishers in black chrome) as standard, which BMW promises “generates a strikingly prominent soundtrack”.
Other additions include model-specific engine mounts, a further lowered ride height, firmer springs, 20-inch alloys (shod in 275/35 R20 front and 285/35 R20 rear rubber), M-striped seat belts, special floor mats and the high-gloss Shadow Line trim.
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