Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
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BMW M5 Competition confirmed for Australia

BMW M5 Competition confirmed for Australia

As a result, the 0-60mph time for the M5 Competition is supposedly reduced to 3.1 seconds, while 0-124mph takes 10.8 seconds. The Variable Damper Control system is still used but the hydraulics are tuned to suit the Competition model which rides seven millimetres lower with spring rates stiffened by 10 per cent.

The sports saloon arms race continues, and the M5 Competition is the latest onslaught from Munich.

BMW's legendary sport sedan gears up for battle with more power, quicker responses and a more menacing bark.

The reports also suggest that the M5 Competition will be fitted with a sports exhaust to amplify the engine noise, while the suspension is said to have been lowered in comparison with the standard model and its stiffness will vary depending on what driving mode the auto is in.

This hotter M5 variant is the fourth Competition model in BMW's line-up, joining the M3 Competition, M4 Competition and newly introduced M2 Competition. There are toe links with ball joints instead of rubber mounts at the rear for "even more precise wheel guidance", a new mounting for the front anti-roll bar, a firmer rear anti-roll bar, shorter auxiliary springs to reduce fluctuation in wheel loads and even new engine mounts. The M5 Competition gets six-piston fixed calipers standard in front, which clamp down on inner-vented rotors. Carbon ceramic brake discs are available as an option. Plus there's gloss-black accents for the grille, mirrors, door handles, and window trim to help the M5 Competition stand out from the standard M5.

Just sitting at a stop you'll appreciate the music thanks to the new active M Sport exhaust and while you're sitting there others around you will notice the unique two-tone Y-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels. There's also an M5 Competition badge finished in gloss black. Meanwhile, the floor mats have been emblazoned with the M5 logo and the instrument cluster display shows a unique M5 Competition graphic on start up. On the inside, the M5 Competition gets seat belts featuring the M division's signature blue, purple, and red stripes.

BMW Australia has confirmed the M5 Competition will make it to Australia, arriving in the second half of this year with a price tag of $229,000 plus on road costs. That's a fair chunk over the $103,595 MSRP of today's standard 2018 M5, but it's also significantly cheaper than a Panamera Turbo.

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