The revised 2014 BMW M5 comes with just small updates on the exterior and the interior, but it offers one of the greatest addition of the past few years: a new Competition Package that adds an extra 15 horsepower under the hood.
Next to the extra power the M5 equipped with the Competition Package is offering an extensively tuned chassis set-up. It gets new coil springs and damper calibrations and stiffened anti-sway bars that have lowered the car’s ride by 10 mm (0.39 inches). Thank to these updates the car’s cornering dynamics and tractability have been improved, and the 0 to 60 mph sprint time was reduced by 0.1 seconds.
The package is also offering unique 20-inch M light-alloy wheels, a sport exhaust system featuring M quad tailpipes finished in Black Chrome and re-mapped M Dynamic Mode (MDM) of DSC (Dynamic Stability Control).
The new BMW M5 Competition Package will go on sale on the U.S. market in August 2013. The package will add another $7,300 to the M5’s starting price of $90,900.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 BMW M5 and to see a video of the M5 Competition Package in action on the Nürburgring
BMW M5 Competition Package Tackles the `Ring
The current-generation BMW M5 was only unveiled less than two years ago, but BMW took the surprising step to announce that a facelifted version is expected to hit dealerships later this year.
The expected changes include: updated headlights, a new kidney grille, a new rear bumper and new graphics for the taillights.
Whatever rationale BMW has for its decision, the facelifted M5 is expected to garner some significant attention, especially now that there seems to be growing momentum of a Competition Package coming with it.
The Cadillac CTS-V is a car that shouldn’t be slept on. While it doesn’t have the performance pedigree of BMW, this powerful beast and its 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine are nothing to sneeze at. It doesn’t come with the output of a BMW M5 fitted with a Competition Package, but with an output of 556 horsepower and a 0-60 mph of just 3.9 seconds, we’d say that the CTS-V can outpace the M5. Plus, it only retails a smidge under $65,000, which is always a good thing.
Gallery Cadillac CTS-V
Just like the CTS-V, the Jaguar XF-R doesnt boast the kind of popularity the BMW M5 can proudly say it has. But just like the CTS-V, popularity doesn’t mean much when you have a car that can back up its lofty boasts.
That’s something the XF-R has no problem dealing with, thanks in part to its supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 that delivers a total of 510 horsepower. It’s not as fast off the block as the M5 - 0-60 mph is at 4.7 seconds - but in terms of style and class, the XF-R can take out its claws and growl at the M5.
Gallery Jaguar XF-R
The Competition Package boosts output by 15 hp / 11 kW to 575 hp / 423 kW (preliminary) in the high-revving V-8 engine with M TwinPower turbo technology that powers the BMW M5, BMW M6 Coupe, BMW M6 Convertible and BMW M6 Gran Coupe models. At the same time, the developers at BMW M have extensively tuned the chassis set-up. Along with new coil springs and damper calibrations, anti-sway bars have also been stiffened. For the BMW M5, these adjustments have resulted in a lowering of the car by around 10 millimeters, which lowers the center of gravity (CG) and roll center. The potential inherent in the rear axle design – based on the race-derived principle of the rear axle subframe being rigidly bolted to the body – and the even more precisely calibrated bushings for the front axle are exploited with the Competition Package.
On all models except M6 Convertible, 0.1 seconds are shaved from the standstill to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint time and 0.2 seconds from the zero to 200 km/h (0-124 mph) sprint. Cornering dynamics and tractability are also enhanced – something noticeable in everyday driving but best experienced on the race track. In particular in conjunction with the optional M Carbon Ceramic Brake system available on the M5 and M6, all the driving dynamics attributes associated with BMW M automobiles are experienced at the highest level.
The Active M Differential on the final drive – standard on all M5 and M6 models – receives a unique tune when the Competition Package is specified, resulting in further-improved traction. The new rack-and-pinion steering with the M-specific Servotronic variable assist function, moreover, has more-direct programming to enable firm and secure contact with the road while further increasing the agility of the vehicle during cornering.
Beyond these enhancements, the M chassis control system has been adapted to the Competition Package suspension profile. With the Competition Package, the M Dynamic Mode (MDM) of DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) is re-mapped for even sportier handling characteristics and higher thresholds of intervention. The Competition Package additionally includes unique 20-inch M light-alloy wheels along with a sport exhaust system featuring M quad tailpipes finished in Black Chrome that lend an unmistakable look and the sound to the car.