BMW South Africa will launch the new facelifted M5 Competition in Mzansi towards the end of this year. The normal M5 will not be on sale, as it was already removed from the menu last year anyway. It seems South Africans overwhelmingly prefer the more power but expensive Competition model. So what has changed in the M5 Competition? Well, the engine is still the same.

And with that we go up front where the new power grille integrates the two kidneys in chrome surround. LED headlights in L-shape take a new perspective, and can be specified in Laserlight as well as Adaptive mode. M5 Competition sits 7mm lower than regular M5, and has taken on new shock absorbers, same as the ones found in the 5-door M8 Gran Coupe. Standard wheels are 20-inch alloys.

The lower part of the grille is redesigned too. At the back BMW has installed new 3D-like LED lights, while the lower bumper is also different. The standard M Compound brakes can now be specified with callipers painted in High-gloss Black or High-gloss Red as an alternative to the existing blue finish.

Not much has changed inside the car, except things like the larger 31.2cm display, a new 2-button concept from the M8 and the M Mode which switches between the Road and Sport settings. The M5 Competition also offers Track mode.

Speaking of the track, the M5 Competition keeps its powertrain. That means a 4.4-litre twin turbo V8 engine that develops 460kW of power and 750Nm of torque, all sent to the four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission and xDrive all-wheel-drive. BMW says the car will still sprint from 0 – 100km/h in an astounding 3.3 seconds and reach either a limited 250km/h or an unlimited 305km/h. Average fuel consumption is claimed to be 10.5 litres per 100km *ahem*.

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