For more than three decades, BMW has set a high bar for performance in the executive sedan segment with the M5. Now, the all-new BMW M5 Competition Sedan takes that bar and raises it even higher with superior performance and handling perfect for the track but ideal for the road.
The 2019 BMW M5 Competition Sedan is recognizable on sight, standing apart even from the esteemed M5. Helping differentiate the M5 Competition Sedan are specially developed light-alloy wheels; black chrome tailpipe embellishers; and high-gloss black finishers for the rear spoiler, mirror caps, kidney grille surrounds and M5 Competition boot lid logo. Like the BMW M5, the Competition model gets a new Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic roof that looks sharp and cuts curb weight.
But the key differences between the high-powered BMW M5 and the even more impressive BMW M5 Competition Sedan come down to performance. It starts with improvements to the 4.4-liter M TwinPower Turbo V8, which sees its output increased to 617 horsepower and its torque band widened to 5,860 rpm. With more horsepower and sustained linear power delivery, the M5 Competition Sedan is 0.1 seconds quicker from 0 to 60 mph and hits 124 mph 0.3 seconds faster.
The BMW M5 Competition Sedan also boasts unique engine mounts with an increased spring rate of 5,139 pounds per inch — up from 3,312 pounds per inch on the M5 — enabling more precision in the corners and better responsiveness from the engine all around. Lower ride height and stiffer front and rear springs produce an even firmer and tighter ride profile. Even the growl of the refined M TwinPower Turbo V8 is amplified via an exclusive M Sport exhaust system that provides a more distinct engine note.
The 2019 BMW M5 Competition Sedan demonstrates that even 30 years on, the M5 Sedan is continuing to raise the stakes. The most powerful M5 sedan ever built is but the latest example of BMW’s constant striving for perfection, the fruits of which prove most delicious to performance enthusiasts everywhere.
This article is presented by Gault Auto Sport BMW in ENDICOTT, New York.