M5 has roar power

Coventry Telegraph - - Motors - By Mag­gie Barry

THIS is one for the purists. The BMW M5 Com­pe­ti­tion is the lat­est sa­loon from Mu­nich – a touch more of ev­ery­thing for those who sigh in de­light at the power and per­for­mance of the com­mon or gar­den M5.

But let’s not be silly. The M5 is hardly an ev­ery­day sa­loon so when you at­tach the Com­pe­ti­tion nomen­cla­ture to it you can ex­pect some­thing very spe­cial in­deed.

And in­deed it is. Lower than its stable­mate, the M5 Com­pe­ti­tion boasts the same roar­ing and pow­er­ful 4.4-litre V8 petrol turbo en­gine that pro­vides the wow fac­tor for both of these cars.

In the M5 Com­pe­ti­tion, how­ever, it has been tuned to de­liver 25hp more power – that’s 625hp in all.

As the man from BMW said: “This car is crazy fast.”

It is a lot stiffer than its stable­mate and stronger too, to cope with the de­mands made on it. This in turn makes it slightly heav­ier but the end re­sult when you send it spin­ning down those coun­try roads is a car that is so well bal­anced and com­fort­able in its skin that you never ever feel it will leave the road.

It has a new sports ex­haust which gives it a glo­ri­ous sound­track and the usual BMW driv­ing modes in­clud­ing Sport and Sport+ and, of course, you can turn ev­ery­thing off if you want.

There is a mar­vel­lous feel of the car through the steer­ing wheel and it is im­me­di­ately ag­ile and re­spon­sive as you put it through its paces dar­ing to ask more of it – and get­ting the right re­ply.

For those who like to know these BMW M5 Com­pe­ti­tion

£ 92,605 625hp, 4,395cc, 8cyl petrol en­gine driv­ing four wheels via 8-speed au­to­matic gear­box. 155mph

3.3 sec­onds 19.6

50 246g/km 37%

3 years / 99,999 miles

things, the M5 Com­pe­ti­tion I drove has an M Car­bon en­gine cover and M Car­bon ce­ramic brakes (£7,495) which mean you stop about as fast as you ac­cel­er­ate from 0-62mph, and that’s in 3.3 sec­onds.

Ex­ter­nally the Com­pe­ti­tion looks more mus­cly and hun­kered down be­cause of that lower ride height and, of course, that also pro­vides a more sporty feel for the driver slid­ing into the car. In­stead of sit­ting on the car peer­ing out – com­mon in our friends the SUVs – the pi­lot is in the car and part of it. This is a prime fea­ture of the M5 Com­pe­ti­tion ex­pe­ri­ence.

There are gloss black badges to tell ev­ery­one that this is the Com­pe­ti­tion, and the car it­self sits on spe­cial 20in al­loys.

In­side there are two-tone Sil­ver­stone Full Merino leather on the heated seats, a leather steer­ing wheel and dark chrome and alu­minium car­bon trim.

This car, of course, comes with all the tech you can ex­pect from BMW – sat nav, on­line ser­vices, real time traf­fic in­for­ma­tion, concierge ser­vices among oth­ers as well as a panoply of safety sys­tems. But it is for the drive that car en­thu­si­asts will choose to buy this car.

It is pow­er­ful and re­ward­ing and the beauty of it is be­cause it is a sa­loon you can use it day to day for the shop­ping or the school run and then break out its full po­ten­tial at the week­end.

TEST DRIVE BMW M5 COM­PE­TI­TION

Model:Price: Me­chan­i­cal: Max speed: 0-62mph: Com­bined mpg: In­sur­ance group: CO2 emis­sions: BIK rat­ing: War­ranty:

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