BMW has been working toward a restructuring of its M lineup that began with the Competition Packages on the M5 and M4. Recently, it spread to a stand-alone Competition model in the M4 Competition Coupe, and now it’s earning two more doors, a longer body and more power in the M5 Competition Sedan.
The M5 Competition starts with some understated exterior modification that do just enough to set it apart from the crowd. These include high-gloss-black touches on the door handles, mirror bases, mirror triangles, mirror caps, signature M gills’ mesh, grille surround, rear spoiler, “M5” emblem, and rear bumper. Gloss-black Shadowline Trim will also make an appearance on the window surrounds and B-pillar trim.
Inside, the M5 Competition Sedan will gain black seatbelts with the BMW M GmbH colors, floor mats with special piping and an “M5” logo, plus a new “M5 Competition” splash screen on the instrument cluster at start up.
Under its hood, the M5’s 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 is retuned to 617 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, which is a gain of 17 horses. This revised powerplant will push the M5 Competition Sedan to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and through the quarter mile in 10.8 seconds – 0.2 seconds and 0.3 seconds quicker than the standard M5, respectively.
The suspension is also fully updated, as it boasts a new antiroll bar, 10 percent stiffer springs, additional negative camber up front, and more. At the corners are low-weight M compound brakes that boast six-piston calipers and perforated rotors up front. The 2019 M5 rolls on 20-inch M light-alloy wheels shod in 275/35R20 rubber up front and 285/35R20 rubber out back.
The 2019 M5 Competition will hit showrooms in July 2018, and pricing will start from $110,995.