Muscle up with M
BMW’S high-performance pack comes standard on M5
BMW Australia is lifting its game— and its outputs— by launching a high-performance pack as standard on its top-end M machines.
The Competition Package will be fitted as standard to the facelifted M5 which will arrive from September.
Power increases by 11kW to 423kW from the twin-turbo V8 and all suspension components have been stiffened to improve road holding.
The mechanical differential gets integrated electronic controls and on the sports exhaust black chrome tips replace the silver finish on existing models.
In the case of the M5, the pack lowers the ride height by 10mm and adds unique 20-inch rims. It comes on top of the mid-life updates to the performance sedan that add features such as Driving Assistant camera set-up that incorporates warnings for lane departure, forward collision and errant pedestrians.
A blind-spot monitor in the side mirrors is also standard, adaptive LED headlamps replace the bi-xenon units previously used. There are softclose doors and digital radio.
BMW spokesman Scott Croaker says the upgraded M5 will cost $229,900. ‘‘ We’ve added $400 to the price and more than $10,000 to the value,’’ he says.
The upgrades shave the 0-100km/h time to 4.2 seconds yet the claimed fuel use is unchanged at 9.9L/100km. Peak torque, likewise unchanged at 680Nm, now extends another 250rpm up the tachometer.
BMW says the Competition Pack’s ‘‘ cornering dynamics and elasticity are also enhanced— something that is noticeable in everyday driving but most powerfully experienced on the race track’’.
The M5’s biggest rival is the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, now producing 430kW/ 800Nm from its 5.5-litre turbo V8. The E63 hits 100km/h in 3.9 seconds but the improved performance comes at a premium over the BMW— it costs $240,485.
M5: Facelift coming in September will boost V8 to 423kW