Limited-run special edition likely acts as a last hurrah for the current generation
BMW is getting ready to retire the M5 (F10) by introducing an “ultimate version” which matches the technical specifications of other limited-run models, the M5 “30 Jahre M5” from a couple of years ago, and the more recent M5 Pure Metal. All cars have the biturbo 4.4-litre V8 engine dialed to 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque delivered through the standard seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox.
It’s the same story with the acceleration performance, with the 0-100 kilometres per hour (0-62 miles per hour) journey taking as little as 3.9 seconds. There’s no word on top speed, but we won’t be too surprised if the Competition Edition is electronically-capped at 250 km/h (155 mph, with the possibility of bumping the limiter to 305 km/h (190 mph).
So, what’s so special about this new special edition? For starters, only 200 units will be sold worldwide and half of the cars are going to be painted in Carbon Black metallic while the other half will come in Mineral White metallic. The high-performance sedan has received a set of Jet Black 20-inch forged and polished wheels with a double-spoke M design and shod in 265/35 ZR20 front, 295/30 ZR20 rear tires.
There are plenty of M Performance carbon bits and pieces, including the rear diffuser, side mirror caps, and the gurney on the trunk lid. BMW’s traditional kidney grille comes with a glossy black look while the side gills are adorned with “M5 Competition” lettering. Spend extra and you can have the car with optional carbon-ceramic brakes for superior stopping power.
Stepping inside the cabin, BMW has added a carbon fibre trim and an individually-numbered badge denoting it’s a car with a limited edition status. Merino Black leather upholstery is also part of the package and comes with Opal White stitching whereas the floor mats have received an Anthracite look with matching Opal White bordering.
To make it even more appealing, BMW is offering the M5 Competition Edition with a 1,200-watt Bang & Olufsen sound setup and a variety of safety and assistance systems, including Lane Departure Warning, Head-Up Display, Comfort Access, and optional BMW Driving Assistant.
In terms of pricing, in Germany the special edition is going to set you back €129,500 (approx. $187,000 CAD) and BMW UK is asking £100,995 (approx. $173,000 CAD).