BMW M5 Com­pe­ti­tion

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En­gine 4395cc, twin-turbo V8, 625bhp, 750Nm Per­for­mance 0–100kph in 3.3secs, 249kph, 11.5L/100km, 261g/km CO2 Weight 1865kg The Com­pe­ti­tion ver­sion of the M5 doesn’t re­place the vanilla M5 but aug­ments it. Stan­dard one vanilla? Hardly: not with its 600bhp and AWD propen­sity for omni-road mon­ster­ing. But here’s an ex­tra 25bhp any­way. You’d be right to point out that while 25 ponies would make a no­table dif­fer­ence to a Twingo, it’s go­ing to be hard to feel them in an M5 where they rep­re­sent merely a four per cent sup­ple­ment. In­deed. The en­gine is just the same: they ex­pected all along they’d be do­ing this, so it needed no re-en­gi­neer­ing. That said, the ex­haust is louder, more E63 AMG if you will.

To make sure the Com­pe­ti­tion is worth con­sid­er­ing, it’s also got a low­ered, stiff­ened chas­sis and al­tered front cam­ber. Be­ware: that does make it rougher on not-good sur­faces. But when the road (or track) is smooth, it’s sharper than ever. Still a big car, mind, and doesn’t feel at all as ag­ile as an M4, never mind the mar­vel­lously nippy M2 (see left). But once you’ve nursed that V8-weighted nose into a corner, what fol­lows can do quite re­mark­able things. In the M modes it’ll even slide its rear end about a fair bit, even in the 4WD con­fig­u­ra­tion. PAUL HOR­RELL

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