By on May 9, 2018

As domestic automakers usher sedans onto the precipice of a mass grave, it appears German manufacturers have yet to give up on them — at least the fancier ones. BMW recently announced the M5 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 the Nürburgring. 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 a 600 hp sedan weighing in at over two tons. But that’s what the Competition offers — along with revamped suspension tuning, more aggressive looks, and an angrier sound.

None of that is bad, however. Shaving off a tenth of a second to 60 mph (and three-tenths to 124 mph) still represents an overall improvement, whether it’s 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 M5 Competition’s turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 still makes 553 lb-ft of torque. But it is on a slightly wider band, with the pull coming in between 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. 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 the 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 M5 Competition costs $110,995, including a $995 destination fee. That’s $7,400 more than the standard M5 sedan. However, you do get Y-spoke alloy wheels and gloss-black accents all over the exterior, along with an active M Sport exhaust with similarly dark finishers. Interior changes are more subtle and include unique seat belts, floor mats, and instrument cluster graphics.

The important thing is that the car looks and sounds more menacing. For many, that will be enough to rationalize the price. Production of the 2019 BMW M5 Competition is slated to begin in July.

[Images: BMW]

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7 Comments on “2019 BMW M5 Competition: A More Menacing M...”


  • avatar
    NeilM

    I doubt that an extra $7400 for the more distinctive Competition model is going to be much of a problem for those who were already prepared to breach the hundred grand barrier for the cooking M5 version.

  • avatar

    Competition in what? This clearly isn’t an autocross car. Track days are non-competitive. I don’t think this would make a great road racing car.

    #1 Hard Parker?

    • 0 avatar
      NeilM

      Competition? It’s a model name, not a job description.

      Newsflash! The Chevrolet Corvette is not a boat, and the Ford Mustang isn’t a horse. See also: Dodge Demon, Plymouth Avenger, Lada Gulag, and oh so many more.

      (OK, so I made up one of those.)

  • avatar
    ClutchCarGo

    Nigel Tufnel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and…

    Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?

    Nigel Tufnel: Exactly.

    Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it’s louder? Is it any louder?

    Nigel Tufnel: Well, it’s one louder, isn’t it? It’s not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You’re on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you’re on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?

    Marty DiBergi: I don’t know.

    Nigel Tufnel: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?

    Marty DiBergi: Put it up to eleven.

    Nigel Tufnel: Eleven. Exactly. One louder.

    Marty DiBergi: Why don’t you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?

    Nigel Tufnel: [pause] These go to eleven.

  • avatar
    stuki

    Hey, if nothing else, at least it’s a BMW design that’s back to looking good slammed.

  • avatar
    RSF

    The Carbon Fiber roof sells it. Always has on the Competition models.

  • avatar
    John R

    Why isn’t this the standard M5? Why do this? If this is too spicy for some people then have the dealer show them a 550i with an M-sport package.

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