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BMW M5 Competition revealed

BMW M5 Competition revealed

It doesn't feel like all that long ago BMW announced its new M5.

BMW Australia has confirmed the new model will join its local line-up in the second half of 2018 and is priced from $229,000 plus on-road costs.

Building on the reveal of the recent M2 Competition Coupe, the M5 Competition, unveiled on Tuesday, sharpens up BMW's hottest 5 Series model with added power, revamped suspension tuning, tweaked looks and a throatier voice. And the Competition model's 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V8 has been retuned to deliver 617 horsepower at 6,000 rpm (an increase of 17 hp), and 553 pound-feet of torque from 1,800 rpm (the latter figure is the same as the standard M5).

Details about the BMW M5 Competition have leaked online ahead of the car's expected unveiling event next week.

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With a 0-62mph sprint of 3.3sec, it's 0.1 quicker to the mark than the regular M5 and the E63 S. With a 0-124mph run of 10.8sec, it also has a 0.3sec improvement over the standard M5.

There is also a number of chassis tweaks, including new engine mounts, M-specific double wishbone front and five-link rear suspensions and the whole auto lowered by 7mm. "With more power and a further refined drive system, the M5 Competition will take the M5 experience to an even higher level". There is an increase in the camber of the front wheels and the rear toe links now use ball joints for better control. The Competition gets its own lighter-weight forged 20-inch alloy wheels. Vented and drilled discs are gripped by new calipers - four piston rear and six pot aluminium items for the front - and the pad material is created to better resist fade at the sort of high temperatures they'll be subjected to through repeated heavy stops on track. Lightweight M carbon-ceramic brakes are optional. The door handles, mirrors, M gills in front fenders, and tailpipe finishers are finished in black.

Should you not be in a position to show passers by your new anti-roll bar mounting, they will be able to identify a Competition by various black accents (including the sports exhaust), new badges and the aforementioned "Y-spoke" wheels.

There are more unique appointments inside, including black seatbelts with M tri-colour striping, piped floor mats with M5 logos, and a model-specific "M5 Competition" graphic in the instrument cluster whenever the start button is pressed. The current M5 goes for $103,595.


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