BMW has revealed a new Competition Edition of the M5 ahead of the model’s replacement in 2017.
With a re-tuned version of the M5’s twin-turbo V8 producing 592bhp and 516lb/ft of torque (up from 552bhp and 502lb/ft in the standard M5) the Competition Edition will sprint to 62mph in 3.9 seconds – half a second faster than the normal car.
Just 200 examples will be built, all of which will be set apart by carbon-fibre M Performance parts and a black grille. There will also be a commemorative plaque in the cabin denoting the vehicle’s number, while there’s a choice of two paint colours: Carbon Black and Mineral White.
Prices start from £100,995, which makes it around £27,000 more expensive than the basic M5, but for that money you get 20in black alloys as standard, along with the Competition Package. This provides stiffer springs, thicker anti-roll bars and an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, which combine to provide improved handling.
Other standard-fit equipment includes adaptive LED headlights, a reversing camera and a powered bootlid, while the cabin benefits from heated seats in the front and rear, a Bang & Olufsen advanced audio system and full black leather upholstery with white contrast stitchin