BMW takes on the ‘Com­pe­ti­tion’

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BMW Aus­tralia’s new M5 Com­pe­ti­tion, which re­places the launch edi­tion of the six­th­gen­er­a­tion su­per-sedan in­tro­duced lo­cally just seven months ago, is ex­pected to con­tinue the strong sales mo­men­tum of the 5 Se­ries ÀDJVKLS

Though BMW Aus­tralia 5 Se­ries prod­uct man­ager Howard Lam would not be drawn on sales ex­pec­ta­tions, he told Goauto the Bavar­ian brand had al­ready taken a num­ber of or­ders for WKH QHZ 0 &RPSHWLWLRQ

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Only 50 units of the pre-com­pe­ti­tion M5 were im­ported for lo­cal con­sump­tion, all of which ‘sold out very, very TXLFNO\¶ DFFRUGLQJ WR 0U /DP

The pre­vi­ous-gen­er­a­tion M5 was WKH ¿UVW %0: PRGHO WR LQWURGXFH WKH Com­pe­ti­tion moniker in 2014 glob­ally, of­fered as a pack­age that in­creases en­gine power and tweaks the sus­pen­sion, but lo­cally the name­plate ZDV DYDLODEOH DV D VWDQGDORQH YDULDQW

In pre­vi­ous-gen­er­a­tion form, nearly 40 per­cent of buy­ers opted for the Com­pe­ti­tion up­grade, which has led BMW Aus­tralia to of­fer the new M5 in the sin­gle, more pow­er­ful and highO\ VSHFL¿HG YDULDQW

“Aus­tralians love power, and in this seg­ment there’s no need for a base 0 ´ 0U /DP VDLG ³:H ZDQW WR RIIHU to cus­tomers the best pos­si­ble prod­uct in this seg­ment, hence the M5 ComSHWLWLR­Q ´

When asked whether the new-gen­er­a­tion M5 will gain a cheaper Pure grade like its pre­de­ces­sor, and its M2, M3 and M4 sib­lings, Mr Lam said the busi­ness case was still be­ing VWXGLHG

“Never say never, we are al­ways con­tin­u­ously hav­ing a look at our prod­uct and re­view­ing what’s right for WKH PDUNHW ´ KH VDLG

“We have an edi­tion strat­egy that fo­cuses on edi­tions such as Pure, so that’s al­ways be­ing as­sessed af­ter PDUNHW DQG FXVWRPHU IHHGEDFN ´

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Matched to an eight-speed torque­con­verter au­to­matic trans­mis­sion and a rear-bi­ased xdrive all-wheel-drive sys­tem, the M5 Com­pe­ti­tion can ac­cel­er­ate from zero to 100kmh in just

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Priced at $229,900 plus on-road costs, the M5 Com­pe­ti­tion is also $30,000 more ex­pen­sive than the UHJXODU 0 EXW MXVWL¿HV LWV SUHPLXP not only with more power, but more HTXLSPHQW WRR

Stan­dard fea­tures in­clude a 16-speaker Bow­ers and Wilkins Di­a­mond sur­round-sound sys­tem, M Car­bon en­gine cover, soft-close doors, elec­tron­i­cally con­trolled rear roller blind, man­ual sun­blinds for rear ocFXSDQWV DQG IRXU ]RQH FOLPDWH FRQWURO

Other me­chan­i­cal changes in­clude a 7mm lower ride height, in­creased neg­a­tive cam­ber in the front wheels for im­proved mid-corner grip and re­vised spring rates in an ef­fort to UHGXFH XQGHUVWHHU

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Twenty-inch wheels are stan­dard in a choice of three dif­fer­ent de­signs, ZKLOH W\UH VSHF LV XS IURQW DQG

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For drift fans, the M5 Com­pe­ti­tion is also able to switch to rear-drive mode WR VHQG DOO RXWSXW WR WKH UHDU D[OH

,QIRWDLQPHQ­W LV KDQGOHG E\ D inch touch­screen unit that fea­tures satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion, dig­i­tal ra­dio and Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity, but Ap­ple Carplay and wire­less smart­phone charg­ing are op­tional ex­tras cost­ing

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SU­PER-SEDAN: BMW Aus­tralia has launched its new M5 Com­pe­ti­tion su­per-sedan. The Com­pe­ti­tion boasts in­creased en­gine power com­pared with pre­vi­ous BMW M5 mod­els.

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