Days after details surrounding the BMW M5 Competition leaked, the latest hot sedan from the German marque goes official. With the Competition tag attached to the car, it gets a healthy dose of added horsepower, along with suspension tweaks and subtle design touches to separate it from standard M5s.
Power still comes courtesy of a 4.4-liter, twin turbocharged V8, albeit with minor tweaks to bring up the power rating. The figures stated by BMW match those from the initial report. That means a power figure of 625 PS. Torque, however, is lower than first reported, which is rated at 750 Nm. Curiously, it has the same torque figure as the upcoming BMW M850i xDrive. BMW claims a 0 to 100 km/h time of 3.3 seconds and can reach 200 km/h from a standstill in 10.8 seconds.
Like the standard M5, the Competition packs xDrive meaning it sends its power to all four wheels. The folks at the M Division gave it adaptive all wheel drive with most of the power sent to the rear wheels. It comes in three modes, namely 4WD, 4WD Sport, and for those who want tail-out action, 2WD. BMW says that putting the car in 2WD also shuts off most control system intervention. Drivers can opt to fully shut it off as well. Transmission is an eight-speed automatic transmission based from the non-Competition models.
Changes to the exterior are minor compared to those made under the hood. The M5 Competition gets BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line trim around the windows. It is then complemented by a high-gloss black finish for the kidney grille surround. More gloss black finish can be seen on the decorative mesh on the M gills in the front side panels, the trim for the rear bumper covering and the exterior mirror caps. Exclusive to the M5 Competition are 20-inch, Y-spoke wheels in a bi-color finish.
Inside, it is largely carried over from the standard spec, save for minor touches to emphasize the trim level of the super sedan. For starters, there's the signature BMW M colors on the seat belts. Even the floor mats are unique with special piping with the M5 logo. Furthermore, there is an “M Competition” graphic that appears in the instrument cluster to greet the driver when it is starting up.