BMW launches the quickest and most powerful M5 ever created

The current-generation BMW M5 was unveiled to the public at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, nearly two years after the F10 5 Series made its global debut. The high-performance sedan was redesigned significantly inside and out and received a brand-new engine under the hood. The previous 5.0-liter V-10 was dropped after five years and replaced with a 4.4-liter V-8. Although this wasn’t the first V-8 to motivate an M5, the new unit came with two turbochargers for enhanced fuel economy.

After five years on the market, the current M5 is getting ready to exit the stage and make way for a much improved model, scheduled to arrive for the 2018 model year. However, until that happens, BMW keeps rolling out all sorts of special-edition models, one of which is the Competition Edition.

Essentially a beefed-up version of the standard M5 with added carbon-fiber parts and an exclusive interior, the Competition Edition isn’t exactly a new idea in the 5 Series stable. In 2013, BMW launched the M5 Competition Package with similar upgrades. The big news here is that the new sedan sports even more unique features and that the V-8 engine is a lot more powerful. In fact, the Competition Edition is the most powerful, factory-built M5 ever created and among the most powerful M-badged Bimmers ever launched. Needless to say, it’s a great send-off for the F10-generation M5.

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW M5 "Competition Edition".

  • 2017 BMW M5 "Competition Edition"
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    600
  • Torque @ RPM:
    516
  • Displacement:
    4.4 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.9 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    190 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    € 129500
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What makes the BMW M5 "Competition Edition" special

2017 BMW M5 "Competition Edition" High Resolution Exterior
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Since this isn’t the first current-generation M5 with the Competition Package, the sedan should be familiar with BMW enthusiasts. The exterior is heavily based on the regular M5, but also features a few add-ons that make it a bit more exclusive. The first thing that sets it apart is the strict color palette. The sedan can only be had in Carbon Black Metallic and Mineral White Metallic. It’s a bit of shame that BMW doesn’t offer flashier colors, but white and black are the perfect hues to emphasize the car’s sporty, yet elegant lines.

The sedan also rides on special. 20-inch, forged and polished, double-spoke M wheels wrapped in performance tires. The kidney grille up front is finished in gloss-black, as are the side gills and their "M5 Competition" badges. The Competition Package also adds a carbon-fiber diffuser, trunk lid spoiler, and mirror caps, and lowers the ride height by 10 mm (0.4 inches).

2017 BMW M5 "Competition Edition" High Resolution Interior
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The interior also got plenty of attention, although some of the features were carried over from the previous M5 Competition Package. Still, the sedan’s cabin is pretty exclusive thanks to its carbon-fiber trim with numbered "M5 Competition" logo, full leather trim in Merino Black with contrast stitching in Opal White, and floor mats in Anthracite with Merino Opal White leather bordering. Both the driver and the front passenger benefit from multifunctional M seats that feature “///M5” lettering embroidered on the headrests for more exclusivity. The M5 is also equipped with a 1,200-watt Bang & Olufsen surround sound system, BMW Head-Up Display, Comfort Access, and Lane Departure Warning. Optionally, customers can add the BMW Driving Assistant, among other features.

Under the hood is where the M5 received its most significant update. The twin-turbo, 4.4-liter V-8 in the standard model was massaged to deliver an impressive 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. That’s a 40-horsepower and 14-pound-feet increase over the regular M5 and a 25-horsepower increase over the previous M5 Competition Package. The unit mates to familiar M dual-clutch transmission with Drivelogic and enables the sedan to charge from 0 to 62 mph in only 3.9 seconds, a half-second quicker than the standard M5 and 0.3 ticks faster than the previous Competition Package model.

2017 BMW M5 "Competition Edition" High Resolution Exterior
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The significant increase in performance is due to the extra oomph, but also courtesy of the numerous features that come with the Competition Package. The bundle includes a firmer setup of spring and damper systems and stabilizers, new settings for the Active M differential, and a more direct control map for the M Servotronic steering system. In addition, the M Dynamic Mode of the stability control system (DSC) has been further aligned to sporty handling characteristics.

Production of the new M5 Competition Package is limited to 200 units. European pricing starts from €129,500, which is a €25,200 premium over the standard M5. BMW didn’t say whether the sedan will cross the pond to the U.S. or, but should it arrive on these shores, it will probably retail from around $117,000.

BMW M5

2014 BMW M5 Exterior
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Read our full review on the BMW M5 here.

Press Release

The BMW M Division has developed an exclusive special edition of the world’s most successful high-performance business sedan, setting yet another highlight in the current BMW M5 model range. With power output increased to 441 kW/600 hp and a maximum torque of 700 Newton metres, the BMW M5 “Competition Edition” ranks among the most powerful automobiles in the model history of the BMW brand (combined fuel consumption: 9.9 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 231 g/km)*. The BMW M5 “Competition Edition”, which comes as standard with an M dual clutch transmission featuring Drivelogic, sprints from 0 to 100km/h in just 3.9 seconds. A distinctive personalised look, the standard Competition Package and a comprehensive range of optional features render the BMW M5 “Competition Edition”, the production of which is limited to 200, an automobile of exceptionally high value.

2017 BMW M5 "Competition Edition" High Resolution Exterior
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More power and further enhanced handling characteristics.
The familiar 4.4‑litre, high-revving V8 engine featuring path-breaking BMW M TwinPower Turbo technology is the powerful heart of the BMW M5 “Competition Edition”. An increase in boost pressure as well as targeted modifications to the engine management raise the car’s performance vs. the production model by 29 kW/40 hp to 441 kW/600 hp. At the same time, maximum torque has increased by 20 Newton metres to 700 Newton metres.

The increase in power output harmonises perfectly with the Competition Package, which is supplied as standard on the BMW M5 “Competition Edition” and noticeably enhances the car’s handling characteristics even further. The Competition Package includes, inter alia, a lowering of the vehicle by 10 millimetres and a firmer setup of spring and damper systems and stabilizers. In conjunction with this modified setup, the specific control setting for the Active M differential fitted as standard on all BMW M5 models ensures further optimized traction. Furthermore, the steering system with an M specific Servotronic function comes with a more direct control map, providing the driver with more precise response and further enhancing the car’s agility in bends. In addition, the M Dynamic Mode of the stability control system DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) has been further aligned to sporty handling characteristics. As a result, the BMW M5 “Competition Edition” guarantees typical M driving dynamics at the highest level both in everyday traffic and on the racetrack, especially when combined with the optional M carbon-ceramic brake system.

Exclusive sporty and dynamic look.
The BMW M5 “Competition Edition” signalises its extraordinary potential even when at a standstill. The exclusive body colours –100 vehicles in Carbon Black metallic and 100 in Mineral White metallic respectively – strongly emphasise the BMW M5’s sporty, elegant lines. And the 20-inch, forged and polished, double-spoke M light alloy wheels in a Jet Black finish and with mixed tyres (265/35 ZR20 at the front, 295/30 ZR20 at the rear) underscore the car’s outstanding handling characteristics. M Performance parts in carbon such as the rear diffuser, the gurney on the boot lid and the mirror caps set further dynamic accents. The high gloss black kidney grilles and side gills bearing the lettering ”M5 Competition” add the finishing touches to the car’s premium appearance.

2017 BMW M5 "Competition Edition" High Resolution Exterior
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High-quality ambience with sporty accents in the interior.
The interior also underscores the uniqueness of the BMW M5 “Competition Edition”. For example, carbon interior trim strips bearing the logo “M5 Competition 1/200” indicate the model’s high-performance qualities and the fact that the BMW M5 “Competition Edition” is just one of the 200 that have been built. The sophisticated interior ambience is strongly characterised by the full leather trim Merino Black with contrast stitching in Opal White and floor mats in Anthracite with leather Merino Opal White bordering. Inside the BMW M5 “Competition Edition”, both driver and front passenger sit in M multifunctional seats, the comprehensive electric adjustment options of which guarantee a perfect balance between comfort and sporty lateral support. Here too, the white lettering “///M5” embroidered on the headrests emphasises the car’s exclusiveness.

Further equipment highlights round off the impressive appearance of the ultimate high-performance business sedan: These include the 1,200 watt Bang & Olufsen High End Surround Sound System, BMW Head-Up Display, Comfort Access, Lane Departure Warning or the optional BMW Driving Assistant, heated seats at the front or the through-loading system. The BMW M5 “Competition Edition” is available from 129,500 Euros

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