BMW has taken a second straight shot at its chief rivals by announcing the M5 Competition, the most powerful series production BMW of all time! In fact, it’s as powerful as the iconic McLaren F1, which was powered by a BMW V12 engine. The car has been speculated and rumoured for a while but is now official. Best news? BMW South Africa will be launching it locally during the third quarter of 2018. Pricing will be announced then but we reckon it will hit the R2 million mark in standard garb.

Power has been upped from the standard 441kW M5, which is gathered from an upgraded 4.4-litre twin turbo V8. It is now at 460kW, achieved at 6 600rpm, while torque remains the same 750Nm, accessed between 1 800rpm and 5 800rpm. While the torque has not changed, it does come 200rpm earlier than the standard M5. The gearbox remains the same 8-speed M Steptronic that sends all power and torque to all four wheels via the new M xDrive all-wheel-drive system.

The company claims that as a result, the M5 Competition can get off the line from standstill to 100km/h in a scintillating 3.3 seconds, thus keeping its crown as the quickest standard BMW ever produced! Amidst all this is a claimed average fuel consumption of 10.7 litres per 100km. Let’s see how close customers get to that in real life.

When it comes to looks, the car comes with BMW Individual paint finishes, a dark double kidney grille, black gloss side mirrors, colour-coded door handles, standard 20-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler in black, black exhaust tailpipes and the words “M5 Competition” on the boot lid. The interior is understated, with M5 logos seen here and there, BMW M colours popping up on the seat belts, and an M Competition graphic that comes on when the engine starts.

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