The M5 is perhaps BMW’s most iconic performance car.
Since its debut in 1984, M5 has always promised to deliver exceptional performance, driver involvement and family motoring comfort. Although this go-faster derivative of the 5 Series range never looks ridiculously overstated, its stealthy appearance always hides significant mechanical upgrades and ability.
New heights for ‘fabled four-door M5 supercar’
With BMW’s sixth-generation M5, the fabled four-door supercar formula has been elevated to new heights. For those engineers responsible for BMW’s M5, the best is never good enough. Complacency is an unfamiliar concept.
This is the reason that South African BMW high-performance vehicle fans now have option on an upgrade version of the F90-seires M5. Although the current range has been on sale since 2017, BMW has added some new features to make the M5 version even better to drive, as part of a 2021 model year upgrade.
An interesting marketing aspect of BMW’s South African approach with its improved M5, is that only the more potent Competition version will be available to domestic buyers.
The Competition has lots of presence
Distinguishing the new M5 Competition from other 5 Series variants are gloss black wing mirrors, grille and bumper trim details.
It also features a black contracting roof and 20-inch Y-pattern alloy wheels. Factory-fitted standard features list adaptive laser light headlamps, which allow for intelligent high beam use and an M Sport exhaust system, with selectable valve flaps.
Beyond the Shadowline styling finish, at the core, it is the engine and chassis components which define this new M5 Competition. It is powered by BMW’s 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8, which boosts 460kW and 750Nm of torque. Those outputs are divided to all four wheels, via a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.
Performance is stupendous, setting this new four-dour luxury sedan well within the realm of supercar comparable statistics. It will run a true 0-100kph sprint in only 3.3 seconds and power to a stop speed of 305kph.
Aiding the large luxury four-door sedan’s stability at speed are dampers borrowed from the latest M8 Gran Coupé. Unlike the standard M5, this Competition version also has its own coil spring calibration and rides slightly lower, further enhancing the car’s overall dynamics and agility.
The latest M5 Competition update has also added an improved cabin digitisation experience, with a lager 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment systems. Simpler menu navigation, especially regarding the car’s selectable M Mode settings, will appeal to those owners keen on harvest all performance on offer.
As expected, the latest M5 Competition is priced to reflect its performance, at R2 202 960.