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BMW M5 Competition debuts with 617-hp

BMW M5 Competition debuts with 617-hp

With the new 5-Series edition, BMW has confirmed a standalone Competition model line, as the 2019 M5 joins the M2 Competition. The 2019 BMW M5 Competition is powered by a tweaked version of the M5's 4.4L V8, which generates 617 horsepower (17 more than the standard M5) and 553 lb-ft. of torque. The M5 Competition is the most powerful M5 ever. "With more power and a further refined drive system, the M5 Competition will take the M5 experience to an even higher level", Werner added.

The sports saloon arms race continues, and the M5 Competition is the latest onslaught from Munich. This makes the auto good for a 3.3-second 0-100km/h time and a 10.8-second 0-200km/h time - the latter a 0.3-second improvement over the M5.

Minor and major changes to the chassis make the Competition one of the sharpest M5s to leave the factory and revisions include harder engine mounts up from 560N/mm to 900N/mm, re-tuned double wishbone front and multilink rear suspension assemblies, firmer and 7mm lower springs, increased negative camber to the front, ball joints rather than rubber mount toe links, stiffer front and rear anti-roll bars and re-tuned adjustable dampening to match. While some of the powertrain components carryover, the M5 Competition has special engine mounts with an increased spring rate. Vented and drilled discs are gripped by new calipers - four piston rear and six pot aluminium items for the front - and the pad material is created to better resist fade at the sort of high temperatures they'll be subjected to through repeated heavy stops on track.

As for the design, the Competition uses unique 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 275/35 front and 285/35 rear tyres. Lightweight M carbon-ceramic brakes are optional. High-gloss black is used for the front grilles, side grilles, side mirrors, rear spoiler, and window surrounds.

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There are more unique appointments inside, including black seatbelts with M tri-colour striping, piped floor mats with M5 logos, and a model-specific "M5 Competition" graphic in the instrument cluster whenever the start button is pressed.

There's more to the M5 Comp than what's visible on the surface, however.

Unchanged from the standard M5?

BMW Australia has announced pricing for its savage M5 Competition super sedan, which will arrive in the second half of the year with uprated performance and dynamics priced from $229,000 plus on-roads. That's a fair chunk over the $103,595 MSRP of today's standard 2018 M5, but it's also significantly cheaper than a Panamera Turbo.


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