The new BMW M5 Competition is on its way to Ireland
The new BMW M5 Competition is on its way to Ireland

BMW has revealed details of the new BMW M5 Competition, marking the return of the high-performance saloon in its sharpest and most performance-focused form to date.

Highlights include a 4.4-litre V8 turbocharged engine with finely-tuned chassis that incorporates new dampers. The BMW M5 Competition is pitched as delivering the everyday usability and comfort of an executive saloon twinned with driving pleasure and exceptional on-track ability.

New features will include M Mode and a larger 12.3 inch central information display.

What’s the performance like?

The M5 Competition’s high-revving, eight-cylinder engine develops 625hp at 6,000rpm. Peak torque of 750 Nm is available between 1,800 and 5,860rpm. The characteristics of the V8 can be altered at the touch of a button from the EFFICIENT mode to SPORT and SPORT+, the latter two further enhancing the engine’s response to movements of the accelerator. The BMW M5 Competition sprints from 0-100 kmh in 3.3 seconds, with 0-200 kmh achieved in 10.8 seconds. Top speed is 250 kmh – or 304 kmh with the optional M Driver’s Package specified.

The eight-speed M Steptronic transmission gives drivers short shift times and fast, precise responses. M xDrive with rear-wheel bias promises exceptional agility. The BMW M5 Competition has a specially tuned chassis, which includes double-wishbone front suspension and five-link rear suspension. It benefits from experience gained in the development of the new BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupé.

The M Servotronic steering gives drivers the choice of COMFORT mode for greater ease of use and lightness – in town driving and on short journeys, for example – and SPORT mode, where greater steering force is required and feedback through the wheel increases noticeably.

Inside the M5 Competition
Inside the M5 Competition

What modifications does the new BMW M5 Competition have?

The BMW M5 Competition is fitted with forged, bi-colour, 20-inch M light-alloy wheels in Y-spoke design and mixed-size tyres. The drop in ride height of between 5 and 20 millimetres enabled by the coilover suspension results in a lower centre of gravity, which reduces body roll and enables higher cornering speeds. The M5 Competition also has bespoke engine mounts, which have a spring rate of 900N/mm. The engine’s firm connection to the vehicle’s structure results in extremely fast engine response and immediate transmission of its power to the drivetrain. The stiffness of the mounts also helps the car turn into corners with greater precision.

The M Sport dual-branch and flap-controlled M Sport exhaust system develops a highly distinctive and sporty note. Its sound can be varied via the different engine modes from sporty to understated at the touch of the M Sound Control button in the centre console.

BMW M-specific design features distinguish the high performance version from other BMW 5 Series models. The bonnet is made from aluminium and the roof is made from carbon fibre-reinforced plastic to create a striking look while also saving weight. The newly designed BMW kidney grille featured on the BMW 5 Series has a more upright appearance and drops down further into the front apron. On the BMW M5 Competition, it features a black surround, M-specific double fins and a black M5 Competition badge.

The front apron has been revised with bolder contouring and larger air intakes at the sides, with a large central, hexagonal-shaped intake incorporating the oil cooler together with the radar sensor for the Active Cruise Control (ACC) system. New Adaptive LED headlights coupled with high-beam assist come as standard. M gills on the sides and M exterior mirrors are both also finished in high-gloss black.

Anything else?

At the rear, there’s a new apron with a large diffuser and black inserts, and restyled LED lights. The boot also has a high-gloss black finish spoiler and black M5 Competition badging. M-specific twin tailpipes in black chrome complete the look.

Inside, multifunction seats with illuminated M5 logos in the head restraints come as standard and are finished in Merino leather.

BMW Ireland has released indicative pricing for the new BMW M5 Competition of €169,020.