Note; The article doesn't reference the model year, I'm just assuming that since it's not available yet that it may be introduced as a 2019 option.
There’s little doubt that the new BMW M5 is one heck of an impressive piece of machine. But it’ll be even more impressive once the Competition Package becomes available.
The Bavarian automaker may not be quite ready to reveal the specs of that package to the world. But that’s alright, because a full array of details have now found their way online thanks to the fanboys on Bimmerpost (link 1, link 2). And they paint a much clearer picture than what we’ve seen and heard to date.
For starters, the Competition Package is said to offer an extra 25 horsepower and 37 lb-ft of torque. (That’s 19 kW and 50 Nm for those on the metric system.) And that’ll bring total output up to 625 hp (466 kW) and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque.
Add to that a sports exhaust, a dropped and stiffened suspension, new wheels, and a smattering of trim upgrades and the Competition version of the latest M5 looks rather compelling. No word on carbon-ceramic brakes. But those trim enhancements are said to include black badges, grilles, and rear-bumper accents. A carbon-fiber engine cover, too, and special door sill plates.
Quicker Than The Benz
The sum total is a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration sprint said to come in at 3.3 seconds. As our friends at Motor1 point out, that’d make it a tenth quicker than the standard M5. The same margin to the comparable Mercedes-AMG E63 S too, which has 22 hp less but 37 lb-ft (50 Nm) more torque.
Still no word on pricing. But we’d expect it to come in around the same $7,300-mark as the package offered on the last M5. Maybe round up to a nice even $7,500 for good measure. So expect an all-in price of about $110,000. The E63 S, by comparison, starts at $104,400.
While it may be more directly comparable to, say, the M6 Gran Coupe than the M5 sedan, you’d have to spend a lot more on a Porsche Panamera to get that kind of performance. A Panamera 4S will set you back a comparable $103k, for which you get 440 hp and a 4.4-second 0-62 sprint. A Panamera Turbo will set you back $150k and return 550 hp for a 3.8-second sprint. To get down to the lower three-second range, you’d need to splurge a good $185k for the Turbo S E-Hybrid, which gives you 680 hp and a 3.4-second run.