BMW makes M5

competition ready

BMW M5 Competition, 2020, front
BMW M5 Competition, 2020, side
BMW M5 Competition, 2020, rear
BMW M5 Competition, 2020, badge
BMW M5 Competition, 2020, interior

THE ultimate version of the high performance BMW M5 has been announced with the car coming ready-built for work on the track.

With a specially tuned chassis and uprated dampers the new M5 Competition pumps out 625hp from its 4.4-litre V8 engine - 25 more horsepower than the regular model.

It's priced from £98,055 - a rise of some £7,000 over the standard car - and comes with a special M Mode in its driver software and a larger 12.3-inch display screen.

BMW describes the Competition model as a fusion of a high-revving supercar with everyday usability of and comfort of an executive saloon.

It has a 0 to 60 acceleration time of 3.3 seconds and a maximum restricted to 155mph. Fuel economy and emissions figures are still to be released.

As well as the special suspension set up, the M5 Competition has a lower centre of gravity with a ride height that can be reduced by almost an inch, an oil supply system designed for track driving and a flap-controlled exhaust to deliver a high-impact soundtrack.

Lightweight compound brakes are also fitted as standard with red gloss brake callipers - blue and black finishes can be specified at no extra cost while ceramic brakes - which have gold coloured callipers - are an option.

The interior of the car has a series of M-specific features which now include sun protection glass, a Harman Kardon sound system and a multi-mode head-up display.

Sport and track driving settings can be engaged at the touch of a button which not only change the car's dynamic settings but also adjust the instrument displays.

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