Limited-run special edition likely acts as a last hurrah for the current generation.
BMW is getting ready to retire the M5 (F10) by introducing an “ultimate version” which matches the technical specifications of other limited-run models, the M5 “30 Jahre M5” from a couple of years ago and the more recent M5 Pure Metal. All cars have the biturbo 4.4-liter V8 engine dialed to 600 horsepower (441 kilowatts) and 516 pound-feet (700 newton-meters) of torque delivered through the standard seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox.
It’s the same story with the acceleration performance, with the 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) journey taking as little as 3.9 seconds. There’s no word about the top speed, but we won’t be too surprised if the Competition Edition is electronically-capped at 155 mph (250 kph), with the possibility of bumping the limiter to 190 mph (305 kph).
So, what’s so special about this new special edition? For starters, only 200 units will be sold worldwide and half of the cars are going to be painted in Carbon Black metallic while the other half will come in Mineral White metallic. The high-performance sedan has received a set of Jet Black 20-inch forged and polished wheels with a double-spoke M design and shod in 265/35 ZR20 front, 295/30 ZR20 rear tires.
There are plenty of M Performance carbon bits and pieces, including the rear diffuser, side mirror caps, and the gurney on the trunk lid. BMW’s traditional kidney grille comes with a glossy black look while the side gills are adorned with “M5 Competition” lettering. Spend extra and you can have the car with optional carbon-ceramic brakes for superior stopping power.
Stepping inside the cabin, BMW has added a carbon fiber trim and an individually-numbered badge denoting it’s a car with a limited edition status. Merino Black leather upholstery is also part of the package and comes with Opal White stitching whereas the floor mats have received an Anthracite look with matching Opal White bordering.
To make it even more appealing, BMW is offering the M5 Competition Edition with a 1,200-watt Bang & Olufsen sound setup and a variety of safety and assistance systems, including Lane Departure Warning, Head-Up Display, Comfort Access, and optional BMW Driving Assistant.
In terms of pricing, in Germany the special edition is going to set you back €129,500 and BMW UK is asking £100,995.
Gallery: BMW M5 Competition Edition
BMW M5 “Competition Edition”. The ultimate version of the fifth model generation of the BMW high-performance business sedan.
The BMW M Division has developed an exclusive special edition of the world’s most successful high-performance business sedan, setting yet another highlight in the current BMW M5 model range. With power output increased to 441 kW/600 hp and a maximum torque of 700 Newton metres, the BMW M5 “Competition Edition” ranks among the most powerful automobiles in the model history of the BMW brand (combined fuel consumption: 9.9 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 231 g/km)*. The BMW M5 “Competition Edition”, which comes as standard with an M dual clutch transmission featuring Drivelogic, sprints from 0 to 100km/h in just 3.9 seconds. A distinctive personalised look, the standard Competition Package and a comprehensive range of optional features render the BMW M5 “Competition Edition”, the production of which is limited to 200, an automobile of exceptionally high value.
More power and further enhanced handling characteristics.
The familiar 4.4‑litre, high-revving V8 engine featuring path-breaking BMW M TwinPower Turbo technology is the powerful heart of the BMW M5 “Competition Edition”. An increase in boost pressure as well as targeted modifications to the engine management raise the car’s performance vs. the production model by 29 kW/40 hp to 441 kW/600 hp. At the same time, maximum torque has increased by 20 Newton metres to 700 Newton metres.
The increase in power output harmonises perfectly with the Competition Package, which is supplied as standard on the BMW M5 “Competition Edition” and noticeably enhances the car’s handling characteristics even further. The Competition Package includes, inter alia, a lowering of the vehicle by 10 millimetres and a firmer setup of spring and damper systems and stabilizers. In conjunction with this modified setup, the specific control setting for the Active M differential fitted as standard on all BMW M5 models ensures further optimized traction. Furthermore, the steering system with an M specific Servotronic function comes with a more direct control map, providing the driver with more precise response and further enhancing the car’s agility in bends. In addition, the M Dynamic Mode of the stability control system DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) has been further aligned to sporty handling characteristics. As a result, the BMW M5 “Competition Edition” guarantees typical M driving dynamics at the highest level both in everyday traffic and on the racetrack, especially when combined with the optional M carbon-ceramic brake system.
Exclusive sporty and dynamic look.
The BMW M5 “Competition Edition” signalises its extraordinary potential even when at a standstill. The exclusive body colours –100 vehicles in Carbon Black metallic and 100 in Mineral White metallic respectively – strongly emphasise the BMW M5’s sporty, elegant lines. And the 20-inch, forged and polished, double-spoke M light alloy wheels in a Jet Black finish and with mixed tyres (265/35 ZR20 at the front, 295/30 ZR20 at the rear) underscore the car’s outstanding handling characteristics. M Performance parts in carbon such as the rear diffuser, the gurney on the boot lid and the mirror caps set further dynamic accents. The high gloss black kidney grilles and side gills bearing the lettering ”M5 Competition” add the finishing touches to the car's premium appearance.
High-quality ambience with sporty accents in the interior.
The interior also underscores the uniqueness of the BMW M5 “Competition Edition”. For example, carbon interior trim strips bearing the logo “M5 Competition 1/200” indicate the model’s high-performance qualities and the fact that the BMW M5 “Competition Edition” is just one of the 200 that have been built. The sophisticated interior ambience is strongly characterised by the full leather trim Merino Black with contrast stitching in Opal White and floor mats in Anthracite with leather Merino Opal White bordering. Inside the BMW M5 “Competition Edition”, both driver and front passenger sit in M multifunctional seats, the comprehensive electric adjustment options of which guarantee a perfect balance between comfort and sporty lateral support. Here too, the white lettering “///M5” embroidered on the headrests emphasises the car’s exclusiveness.
Further equipment highlights round off the impressive appearance of the ultimate high-performance business sedan: These include the 1,200 watt Bang & Olufsen High End Surround Sound System, BMW Head-Up Display, Comfort Access, Lane Departure Warning or the optional BMW Driving Assistant, heated seats at the front or the through-loading system. The BMW M5 “Competition Edition” is available from 129,500 Euros.