BMW confirms plan to launch new M5 (F90) Competition Package

Article by Christian A., on September 22, 2017

BMW will be launching a new Competition Package especially for the M5’s 2018 model year. While in Frankfurt, Andy Cook, BMW’s product exec has talked with Motor 1 regarding some details of the new Competition Package which will come with a number of upgrades. For the base model, according to Cook, the package will include enhanced dynamics and possibly standard ceramic brakes. This option, he said, will cost you at least $10,000 over the standard version.

It is said that BMW is expected to launch the M5 (F90) Competition Package in the coming year and might even follow what's included in the M4 Competition Package. Does that mean we'll be expecting more than just carbon ceramic brakes among the list of options? We surely hope so. The M4 Competition upgrade is offered with new anti roll bars, springs and dampers that you can use on the standard M4’s Adaptive M Suspension. If BMW does actually come up with something as good as this for the new M5, that would be more than exceptional, right?

BMW’s performance upgrade is expected to bring an extra hp through engine tweaks which will also help in improving the vehicle’s acceleration and drive quality. The standard BMW M5 (F90) is equipped with BMW’s latest version of the 4.4-liter twin turbo V8 which is capable of making up to 600hp and 553lb- ft of torque. All that power as we know is delivered through the sedan’s built-in 8-speed M Automatic Transmission.

The M5 Competition will also likely receive new suspensions, lightweight parts and other tweaks for a better driving experience. With that in mind, you will basically have some more doses of carbon fiber treats on the exterior most especially along the front and rear bumpers, the car’s bootlid spoiler and along the rear diffuser. The same treatment will go on the inside as well.

Therefore, you will see a host of carbon fiber components along the cockpit or anywhere around it but then most of these will possibly settle along the door panels, the center console and mainly on the dashboard. Beyond that, the new M5 Competition Package will probably include a few interior enhancements or maybe some new bespoke alloy wheels will be added too to complete the new look.

While we may not expect a lot from the engine, the M5 Competition Package will surely bring a firmer ride, better dynamics, not to mention, more powerful brakes, thanks to the now included carbon ceramic units. But that’s only if that were actually true. It is still unclear what's really in the package though considering the new BMW M5 has not come out yet. We’re only too happy to hear that the M Division already has its plans lined up this early.


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