As domestic automakers usher sedans onto the precipice of a mass grave, it appears German manufacturers have yet to give up on themÂ â€” at least the fancier ones. BMW recently announced the M5Â Competition, which is an amped-up version of the standard performance model.
Somehow, we get the feeling the Competition exists only so BMW can set a better lap time at theÂ NÃ¼rburgring. Excluding its visual enhancements, we doubt many drivers would be able to notice any changes from the already fast M5.
Adding 17 additional horses to a lightweight hatchback is transformative, but the same cannot be said for aÂ 600 hp sedan weighing in at over two tons. But that’s what theÂ Competition offers â€” along withÂ revamped suspension tuning, more aggressive looks, and an angrier sound.
None of that is bad, however. Shaving off aÂ tenth of a second to 60 mph (and three-tenths to 124 mph) still represents an overall improvement, whether it’sÂ discernible when entering the highway or not. We’re just not positive it’s worth the money if you’re not in the habit of taking your M5 to track days.
Torque remains unchanged from the standard model. The M5Â Competition’s turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 still makesÂ 553 lb-ft of torque. But it is on a slightly wider band, with the pull coming in betweenÂ 1,800 and 5,860 rpm.
Riding seven millimeters closer to the ground vs the normal M5, BMW has also implemented tweaks to the Competition’s springs and dampers. It won’t be bone shattering on a bumpy road, but expect a firmer ride overall.Â Increased negative camber on the front axle should give the tires better purchase in the turns, as well.
Top speed is a sufficient-for-most 155 mph. Those unsatisfied can option in theÂ M Driver’s Package, making the model capable of 189 mph. In addition to removing the speed governor, BMW is offering a driver’s training course for customers who purchase the package.
Without it, the 2019 BMW M5Â Competition costsÂ $110,995, including a $995 destination fee. That’sÂ $7,400 more than the standard M5 sedan. However, you do getÂ Y-spoke alloy wheels and gloss-black accents all over the exterior, along with anÂ active M Sport exhaust with similarly dark finishers. Interior changes are more subtle and includeÂ unique seat belts, floor mats, and instrument cluster graphics.