New 2020 BMW M5 Competition F90 revealed
BMW's new 625hp 4.4-litre V8 F90/G30 M5 Competition saloon introduces M Mode and a larger 12.3-inch display, it is priced from £98,095...
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BMW has revealed its new G30-based F90 M5 Competition, as you'd imagine performance is at the heart of its prospect. A 625hp 4.4-litre V8 turbocharged engine is mixed with a finely-tuned chassis incorporating new dampers, ensuring that the M5 Competition delivers everyday usability and comfort twinned with driving pleasure and exceptional on-track ability. Newly introduced features include M Mode and a central information display enlarged to 12.3 inches.
The high-revving, eight-cylinder engine develops peak torque of 553lb ft between 1,800 and 5,860rpm, the characteristics of the unit can be altered at the touch of a button from Efficient to Sport and Sport+ modes, the latter two enhancing engine response – the Competition sprints from 0-62mph in 3.3-seconds, with 0-124mph achieved in 10.8-seconds, top speed is 155mph – or 189mph with the optional M Driver’s Package.
Further finessing of the V8 engine has seen improvement made to lubrication and cooling, including an oil pan with a small front sump and an indirect charge air cooling system. The oil supply system uses a fully variable, map-controlled pump and has been designed for the demands of track use. A flap-controlled M Sport dual-branch exhaust system provides a distinct soundtrack, as usual exhaust sound can be varied via the different engine modes, altered at the touch of the M Sound Control button in the centre console.
The engine is mated to BMW's eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic, M xDrive with rear-wheel bias ensures agility, torque is variably distributed between the front and rear wheels via the electronically controlled multiplate clutch, before the Active M Differential splits it again between the two rear wheels, as appropriate. Drivers can vary the distribution of power between front and rear wheels themselves, and also adjust the responses of the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system.
M Dynamic Mode (MDM) holds the key to controlled drifts and offers another three modes optimised for track driving: as well as 4WD and 4WD Sport, drivers also have the choice of 2WD mode (also automatically disabling DSC) for the traditional BMW M5 rear-wheel drive experience. A new suspension setup includes double-wishbone front suspension and five-link rear, it employs developments from the M8 Competition Gran Coupé. The electronically-controlled Variable Damper Control (VDC) system offers three driving modes. M Servotronic steering gives drivers the choice of Comfort mode for greater ease of use and lightness – in town driving and on short journeys, for example – and Sport mode, where greater steering force is required and feedback through the wheel increases. Staggered, forged, bi-colour, 20-inch M light-alloy wheels sit on each corner, (front: 9.5J x 20, rear: 10.5J x 20) shod with mixed-size tyres (front: 275/35R 20, rear: 285/35R 20).
M Performance Parts include coilover suspension and carbon-fibre components. A drop in ride height of between 5 and 20 millimetres enabled by the coilover suspension results in a lower centre of gravity, reducing body roll and enabling higher cornering speeds. Damper adjustment is independent for compression and rebound. Bespoke engine mounts are another notable feature, with increased rigidity the mounts help the car turn into corners with greater precision.
M Compound brakes, which are significantly lighter than conventional cast iron items, come as standard. Perforated and vented front brake discs with six-piston fixed callipers are partnered with single-piston callipers out back. For the first time, the standard callipers are finished in a high-gloss red – customers can opt to switch to a blue or black finish at no additional cost. Optional M Carbon ceramic brakes (recognisable by their gold-coloured callipers) with M logo (six-piston fixed callipers front, single-piston floating callipers rear) are 23kgs lighter than the standard items. These uprated brakes provide even better performance, blending high fade resistance and thermal stability with hard-wearing durability.
From the exterior a host of M-specific design features distinguish this high performance version of the 5 Series from its sibling models. The aluminium bonnet, front side panels with signature M gills, and a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof unite for a striking aesthetic while also producing weight savings. This wouldn't be a new BMW without a newly designed kidney grille, the M5 Competition's features a black surround with M-specific double fins and a black M5 Competition badge.
The front apron has been revised with bolder contouring and larger air intakes at the sides, with a large central, hexagonal-shaped intake incorporating the oil cooler together with the radar sensor for the Active Cruise Control (ACC) system. Adaptive LED headlights (with high-beam assist as standard) complete the front end. M gills appear on the sides and there are streamlined M exterior mirrors, both finished in high-gloss black, at the rear there’s a new apron with a large diffuser and black inserts, restyled LED lights and a high-gloss Black spoiler finishing things off nicely. Lastly, M-specific twin tailpipes, now with thinner, more precise sidewalls, are finished in Black Chrome.
M5 Competition customers can choose from several new paint finishes. The standard Brands Hatch Grey, Bluestone and Motegi Red metallic finishes are joined by BMW Individual finishes: Tanzanite Blue metallic, Aventurine Red metallic, the Champagne Quartz metallic finish has been renamed Alvit Grey metallic. Taking colours still, the alloy wheels now come in polished Orbit Grey.
Inside comes a new larger central display with a diagonal of 12.3-inches, there are two new buttons on the centre console – like those found in the M8 – providing more direct access to system settings and the various readouts in the instrument cluster and Head-Up Display. At the press of the M Mode button the driver can switch swiftly between Road and Sport settings. Keeping the M Mode button pressed engages Track mode.
An enhanced standard specification over its predecessor see the M5 Competition now include sun protection glass, the new BMW Individual Lights Shadow Line, split rear folding seats and galvanic controls as standard. Harman/Kardon, Head-Up Display and adaptive LED headlights are also offered as standard as well as M seat belts, full Merino leather, Anthracite Alcantara headliner and seat heating for both front seats. Customers can also tailor the car to their own individual tastes via option packages. Technology Plus, offering Driving Assistant Professional and Comfort Plus, includes front and rear seat heating, steering wheel heating, soft close doors and massage functionality. The M Drivers pack offers M Carbon ceramic brakes while the Ultimate Pack adds 14 options including an exclusive M Carbon engine cover to the M Driver’s Package and the Bowers & Wilkins Surround Sound System to soft closed doors.
The 2020 BMW M5 Competition F90 is priced from £98,095.
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