2016 BMW M5 Competition Edition is launched

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 1, 2016

BMW is definitely in the zone and is setting the bars higher for performance cars. One of their most celebrated luxury sports sedan is the M5, a performance version of the 5 Series that was dubbed as the fastest production sedan when it first came to production. That being said, the M5 is one of those cars that demand authority as it has the capability of making any of its competitors kneel on its feet (read: wheels).

Since 1985, there have been different editions for the M5, each of which was a better version of its predecessor. Just recently, the BMW M Division has developed another exclusive version of the M5 sedan powerful enough leave its competitors in the race for performance car supremacy. With an upgraded powertrain and a few beautifications, the German automaker is pleased to introduce the newest addition to the M5 Series – the M5 Competition Edition. Only 200 units of this luxury sports sedan will be up for grabs and whoever could get their hands on one is lucky enough to experience all of its upgrades and newest technologies.

As revealed by BMW, the M5 Competition Edition is by far the “ultimate version” of the luxury sports sedan. It is built on the same platform as that of an M5 fitted with the Competition Package. The M5 Competition Edition will be powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 with an updated ECU boosting the then 560 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft. of torque to 600 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft., respectively. It will also come with a standard M dual-clutch transmission making it possible for the M5 Competition Edition to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in a matter of 3.9 seconds. That definitely is a game changer for the performance sedan and will surely raise the bar for any performance car that will be built to oust this beast from its pedestal.

All of the go-fast goodies that were offered in the Competition Package will also benefit the new M5 Competition Edition including a recalibrated Active M differential, front bushings, coil springs and dampers, and will also have a special steering calibration and reprogrammed M chassis control system. Added to the car are stiffer anti-sway bars and black chrome exhaust tips and some carbon ceramic brakes. It will also feature a lowered suspension by around 10 millimeters.

On the interior, the M5 Competition Edition will come in a finished Merino Black leather and Opal White contrast stitching; its black floor mats will also come with a contrasting Merino Opal White bordering. The headrests on the performance seats will be embellished with an embroidered “///M5” and a plaque indicating the car’s number (from 1 to 200) will be on its carbon-fiber interior trim. To add more to the chic styling of the special edition M5, a Bang & Olufsen stereo system has been installed in addition to its high-tech features.

Featuring a popular trend, the special edition M5 will also be adorned with carbon fiber ranging from its rear diffuser, spoiler, and mirror caps. Its kidney grilles and side gills will also come with a “M5 Competition” badge. To add more flare to this already feisty sports sedan, a unique set of black wheels wrapped in performance tires will be fitted into the M5 Competition Edition.

As much as we would’ve hoped for this car to come in a range of colors, BMW decided to keep it plain and simple but elegant nonetheless; half of the production units will come in Carbon Black while the other half will be in Mineral white (both have metallic touches on them so that it wouldn’t look bland at all).

This limited edition luxury sports sedan will only be made available in Europe but a US-only edition will be offered for BMW’s American fans. Right now, the M5 Competition Edition costs an estimated $143,000, around $42,000 higher than the previous M5 fitted with the Competition Package.

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