The new BMW M5 Competition was unveiled in May 2018, and is due in South Africa rather soon. So, how much will it set you back?

Well, while the “standard” F90-generation M5 is priced at R1 762 807, the M5 Competition comes in at R2 062 307. Maths boffins will soon work out that this constitutes an extra R299 500.

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.