BMW can’t stop fiddling with its M cars
his is the new BMW M5 Competition. It’s a bit more powerful, a touch stiffer and a bit more assertively styled than the standard M5. A car not known for lacking power, stiffness or assertion…
Its 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 is up 24bhp, taking it to 616bhp. Which is more than the Merc-AMG E63S. While torque is unchanged – at 750Nm – it’s available over a slightly wider rev range, slicing the 0–100kph by 0.1sec, to 3.3secs.
The Competition sits 7mm lower with 10 per cent stiffer suspension, while the front wheels are more heavily cambered and the engine mounts are more rigid. You also get a louder M Sport exhaust system, but the fundamental stuff – the
TM5’s eight-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel-drive system, with switchable rear-drive mode – remain unchanged. Prices are yet to be announced, but with the regular M5 costing £89,645, expect this one to edge much closer to £100,000. Pretty subtle, then, all told, unlike a raft of performance parts now available for the M2 Competition. These include upgraded suspension and brakes, lighter 19in forged alloys, a carbon-fibre bonnet that, for the first time on the M2, introduces the swollen central section so beloved of M cars, carbonfibre everything and a lighter and louder performance exhaust. Oh, and stickers – don’t forget the go-faster stickers. VIJAY PATTNI
More power for the M5, more stickers, wings and
carbon for the M2
Subtle, understated,a sleeper... this is none of those things