Munich - BMW’s hotly-anticipated M5 Competition has been revealed, ushering in a new era in which the most potent versions of the company’s M cars will be developed as standalone models, rather than marketed as simply a 'package'.
In the case of the new M5 Competition - due in SA in the third quarter of 2018 - this means a whole glut of performance, dynamic and stylistic enhancements, but let’s start with the important stuff.
Under the bonnet, the M5’s 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 has been fettled to produce 460kW at 6000rpm, 19kW more than the standard model. Peak twisting force remains at 750Nm, but there is a slightly flatter torque curve, with the maximum produced between 1800 and 5800rpm (up from 5600).
But is it the new king of super saloons?
We’ll have to strap some equipment to it before answering that question, but it is 10kW more powerful than the reigning champion, Mercedes-AMG’s E 63 S, albeit the BMW is 100Nm short on torque. If we go by the actual claimed figures, the BMW is actually 0.1s quicker to 100km/h, with a quoted time of 3.3 seconds.