The most powerful production BMWs ever launched come to the UK this year. The BMW M5 and M6 with Competition Package boast 575bhp each between the four variants and deliver the fastest ever official zero to 62mph time.
BMW’s M5 Saloon receives the recent changes to the 5 Series range, while also adding M specific enhancements such as the M Double-spoke kidney grille, currently seen on the M6 Coupé and Convertible. It also comes with the new M Steering Wheel with M DCT paddles that feature on these models.
At the rear the tail lights feature new Thin Blade technology, which make it instantly recognisable as a BMW. But the biggest change is reserved for underneath the bonnet. Power output is increased to 575bhp and the top speed is electronically limited to 155mph.
The car comes with new sportier suspension settings, steering and exhaust with black chrome exhaust tailpipes. Exclusive 20-inch Double-spoke M light-alloy wheels are also included in the package.
BMW also announced that its Saloon and Touring are now available with a new 518d engine, which the German automaker says “will be of particular appeal to UK business drivers”.
Powered by a 143bhp version of BMW’s 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine, featuring common-rail injection and variable inlet geometry, it offers impressive running costs. Fuel economy on the combined cycle is 62.8mpg, while CO2 emissions are as low as 119g/km.
“The new starting point for the 5 Series Saloon and Touring comes at the same time as each has been subtly modified to give their sporting characters a sharper edge,” explains the manufacturer..
“There are additional contour lines around the BMW kidney grille and a re-structured lower air intake, while both variants now incorporate indicator repeaters into the door mirrors as standard. Standard equipment has also been enhanced to include Business Navigation, Xenon headlights, BMW Emergency Call and Teleservices.”
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