BMW_M5_Competition_frontThe 2021 BMW M5 sedan will arrive in Australian BMW dealerships from October this year. In an interesting move it will be offered in Competition-spec only for Australia as BMW realises our owners are keen drivers.

The 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 produces torque of 750Nm all the way from 1,800 to 5,860rpm. Maximum power output of 460kW (617hp) is achieved at 6,000rpm.

Engine characteristics can be changed at the touch of a button from the basic Efficient mode to Sport and Sport+.

The BMW M5 Competition completes the zero to 100 km/h in just 3.3 seconds and to 200km/h in a mere 10.8 seconds.

As an alternative to variable all-wheel drive mode (4WD) with rear-biased baseline setup, the M5’s handling characteristics can be altered by varying degrees, culminating in 2WD mode.

The BMW M5 Competition has 20-inch M light-alloy Bicolour wheels in a Y-spoke design and mixed-size tyres (front: 275/35 R 20, rear: 285/35 R 20).

BMW M Compound brakes have perforated, inner-vented discs and six-piston fixed calipers bearing the M logo at the front and single-piston floating calipers with an integrated parking brake at the rear.


At the press of the M Mode button, the driver can toggle swiftly between the Road, Sport and Track settings.

Track mode provides zero driver assistance and zero vehicle intervention, requiring full driver involvement and control. The instrument cluster and Head-Up Display are set to M Track View. Audio system are switched off. Emergency brake lights and Rear-End Collision Warning are switched off.

M multifunction seats with integrated head restraints, an illuminated M5 logo and extended functions are key highlights sport-focused M5 Competition cabin. The seats are trimmed in full leather ’Merino’ upholstery with multi-way electric adjustment. Black/Midrand Beige is available as an option..

Serious changes to the exterior see the M5 with an updated kidney grille that drops down further into the front apron. A one-piece high-gloss black surround frames the grille and there are M-specific double bars in combination with an M badge. The front apron has bolder contouring and larger air intakes.

Black M5 Competition badges adorn the kidney grille, gills and the boot lid to make sure everyone knows you’re driving something special.

Inside there’s a new operating concept and a 12.3-inch centre control display to make BMW M5 Competition even more driver-centric.

The top speed of the BMW M5 Competition is 305km/h thanks to standard fitment of the M Driver’s Package on Australian-delivered BMW M5 Competition models. In addition to the already-included complimentary BMW Driving Experience Advance 1 course, the M Driver’s Package adds a complimentary Advance 2 course, which is redeemable internationally in participating countries such as Australia, Germany and the USA.

About Alistair Kennedy

Alistair Kennedy is Automotive News Service and Marque Publishing's business manager and the company's jack-of-all-trades. An accountant by profession, he designs the Marque range of motoring book titles, operates the company's motoring bookshop on the NSW Central Coast and the associated web site, as well as its huge digital and hard copy database. Whenever we can escape from the office he does so to cover new vehicle releases and contributes news stories. Alistair's other interests include cricket and family history on which he has written three books.
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