BMW can’t stop fid­dling with its M cars

Top Gear (Malaysia) - - The Ten -

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

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