BMW M5 Competition details leaked ahead of reveal

09 May, 2018, 06:25 | Author: Becky Perry
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BMW's boffins have fiddled with the car's 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 and found an extra 19kW, boosting output to 460kW at 6000rpm and 750Nm of torque from 1800-5800rpm. This brings down the 0-100km/h time from 3.4 seconds to 3.3 seconds, with 0-200km/h coming up in 10.8 seconds.

BMW's spanner-turners have tweaked the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 under the Competition's bonnet to create the most powerful M5 yet, increasing power output over the "base" vehicle by 19kW to 460kW at 6000rpm.

Much of what we learnt last week from the leaked info stands true for the M5 Competition. A carbon fibre bonnet, roof and boot lid save 9kg, 5kg and 6kg respectively, while a new M Sport exhaust combines a fruiter note with an 8kg saving over the standard system.

The M5 Competition would be a logical addition to the BMW range, with an M3 Competition and M4 Competition already sitting alongside their respective standard models, while an M2 Competition has just been introduced to fully replace the standard M2.

Suspension spring rates have increased 10 per cent for the front and rear axles, shorter auxiliary springs aim for superior wheel control.

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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. The Competition gets its own lighter-weight forged 20-inch alloy wheels. The M5 Competition gets six-piston fixed calipers standard in front, which clamp down on inner-vented rotors. That being said, the vehicle has high-gloss black accents on the grille, rear bumper and mirror caps. There's also an M5 Competition badge on the rear. Considering we clocked a non-Competition 2018 BMW M5 at 3.0 seconds, that estimate is likely conservative.

The M5 Competition uses the same 8-speed M Steptronic transmission as before.

Moving into the cabin, drivers will find special seat belts and unique floor mats with an "M5" logo.

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. The current M5 goes for $103,595.

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