To celebrate the production life of the F10-generation M5, BMW has released a ‘Competition Edition’ with just 200 cars being offered for sale worldwide. Both power and torque have been increased, making the Competition Edition one of the most potent road-going BMW’s. Ever. The peak power output now stands at a monstrous 600PS, while the torque output reaches an earth-shifting 700Nm, equating to a 0-62mph time of just 3.9 seconds. This, then, is a serious piece of kit.
The BMW M5 Competition Edition is readily identifiable from the standard car; featuring carbon fibre M Performance Parts and a black kidney grille. The 20-inch alloy wheels are painted Jet Black, and just two exterior colours are available: Mineral White and Carbon Black. Classy yet menacing. Inside, occupants benefit from Full Black Merino leather upholstery with Opal White contrast stitching, along with further selected details including the unique “1/200” engraving to the interior trim.
The BMW M5 Competition Edition uses an even more powerful version of the 4.4-litre, twin-turbo V8 found in the standard BMW M5. Maximum power is up from 560hp to 600hp, with the peak torque of the V8 rising from 680Nm to 700Nm. As a result, the M5 Competition Edition can accelerate from 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds, compared to 4.4 seconds for the standard car. Top speed is electronically limited to 155mph; a brisk jog to a car like this.
With BMW’s seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission Drivelogic and Efficient Dynamics technology, including engine Auto Start-Stop and Brake Energy Regeneration, the M5’s fuel consumption remains at an impressive 28.5mpg, given its extreme performance, while CO2 emissions are 231g/km.
The M Competition Package, comprising stiffer responses from the springs and electronically controlled dampers, along with thicker anti-roll bars, is standard equipment. The Active M electronically controlled multi-plate limited slip differential is re-calibrated for an even more sporty response. And six-piston caliper brakes ensure that the Competition Edition stops with as much force as it goes.
The BMW M5 Competition Edition is on sale now priced at the princely sum of £100,995 OTR.