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BMW Group Australia announces that the new BMW M5 Competition will be arriving in the local market in the second half of 2018.

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The most powerful and focused M5 ever built, the new BMW M5 Competition takes the award-winning all new BMW M5 concept and refines it further, with an even more structured approach to maximising dynamics and performance.

“Within weeks of revealing the BMW M5, we sold out of our initial allocation of 50 units,” said BMW Group Australia CEO, Marc Werner. “To now have the M5 Competition available to us is fantastic news. With more power and a further refined drive system, the M5 Competition will take the M5 experience to an even higher level.”

Specific badging will announce the M5 Competition as a model in its own right and follows the Australian-developed example set by the M3 and M4 Competition models.

Taking the already-impressive 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 from the M5, BMW M engineers have extracted higher power figures, with an emphasis on racetrack-ready performance.

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Peak power is now an astounding 460kW, an increase of 19kW over the M5 and peaking at 6,000rpm. Torque matches the M5 with 750Nm, available from 1,800 to 5,800rpm – an additional 200rpm for peak torque production.

Zero to 100km/h is now achieved in only 3.3 seconds, with 200km/h achieved in an astounding 10.8 seconds; 0.3 faster than the M5.

European fuel consumption is listed at 10.8L/100km, with CO2 at 246g/km. Australian specifications will be announced in due course.

A model-specific M Sport exhaust system is fitted as standard, and flows out of a cross-bank exhaust manifold which enables exceptional turbocharger response to throttle inputs. The M5 Competition is also fitted with a particulate filter to reduce exhaust gas pollutants.

The combination of rear-biased, adjustable M xDrive and the rear Active M Differential ensures the BMW M5 Competition delivers the perfect blend of traction and engagement.

Once more, the keen driver has the ability to switch the M5 to ‘2WD’ mode via the car’s iDrive system.

As well as enhancing dynamics, the 20-inch alloy wheels play a part in the M5 Competition’s exclusive appearance.

Door handles in body colour are specific to the model, while a high-gloss black trim selection provides further visual differentiation. Exterior mirror caps, as well as the signature M gills on the front flanks, are finished this way and complement the BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line window surrounds and b-pillar trims.

High-gloss black is also prominent on the evocative kidney grilles, as well as on the rear bumper cover, rear spoiler, and M5 boot lid logo, which features ‘Competition’ lettering for the first time. Black chrome exhaust outlets complete the exterior theme.

The spacious, supportive interior is further highlighted by exclusive M5 Competition highlights. The black seat belts with striped BMW M GmbH stitching and piped floor mats with M5 logo are subtle touches, while the ‘M Competition’ graphic greets the driver when the start button is depressed.

The BMW M5 Competition will be available from $229,000.

bmw.com.au

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