Mus­cle up with M

BMW’S high-per­for­mance pack comes stan­dard on M5

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige - CRAIG DUFF craig.duff@cars­guide.com.au

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

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