BMW Australia announces pricing for latest iteration of the mighty M5 Competition


BMW Australia announces pricing for latest iteration of the mighty M5 Competition

  • New BMW M5 Competition features host of updates for 2021 model year including dynamic, technology, styling and equipment revisions
  • Offered in Competition-spec only for performance-loving local market
  • Revised suspension set-up integrates dampers from M8 Competition Gran Coupé
  • Enhanced styling package includes new front, side and rear design aspects
  • High definition 12.3-inch centre control display headlines interior changes
  • New Setup and M Mode buttons provide simplified control of performance elements
  • Renowned 4.4-litre V8 engine with BMW M TwinPower Turbo technology produces 460kW and 750Nm
  • Standard sprint achieved in just 3.3-seconds; zero to 200km/h in a blistering 10.8
  • Priced from $244,900*
  • Available for local deliveries from October 2020

The latest iteration of the celebrated BMW M5 sedan will arrive in BMW dealerships from October this year boasting a vast range of updates.

The 2021 M5 will further elevate the acclaimed dynamic prowess of the model thanks to extensive chassis tweaks while also debuting a new styling package and an updated interior.

The M5 will be offered in Competition-spec only for Australia to provide the maximum level of specification and output. 

Exterior design: stylistic fine-tuning

As with the new BMW 5 Series, the M5’s front design is characterised by an updated kidney grille that drops down further into the front apron.

A one-piece high-gloss black surround design frames both elements of the grille, while the newly designed M-specific double bars in combination with an M badge provide unmistakable hints of the vehicle’s pedigree, status and capability.

The front apron has bolder contouring and larger air intakes at each side to deliver an aggressive look while adding to cooling performance. The expansive central air intake has a hexagonal shape and incorporates the oil cooler and the radar sensor for the Active Cruise Control (ACC) and active safety systems.

The new L-shaped light tubes add a dynamic flourish to the newly designed headlights.

BMW Individual Lights Shadow Line, a new addition, provide a dark-tinted accent to the BMW Laserlight system.

The front side panels with signature M gills, streamlined M exterior mirrors and a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof join the BMW kidney grille’s double bars as hallmark design features.

The thinner walls of the M-specific twin tailpipes also create a greater sense of high-tech precision.

The muscular rear apron with large diffuser has also been restyled, as have the three-dimensional LED rear lights, whose light graphic provides a fresh take on the familiar BMW L shape.

M5 Competition set apart by black styling details

Additional black styling details underline the elite performance status of the M5 Competition.

The BMW kidney grille surround, mesh on the M gills, exterior mirror caps and the boot lid spoiler all have a high-gloss black finish. Black inserts are also integrated in the rear apron.

Black M5 Competition badges adorn the kidney grille, gills and the boot lid, while the door sill plates have an illuminated logo. The tailpipes of the standard M Sport exhaust system are additionally finished in black chrome.

Larger central display and new operating concept with M modes

The introduction of a new operating concept and a 12.3-inch centre control display mean the cabin of the new BMW M5 Competition is more driver-centric than ever.

The new screen makes it even easier to keep a clear eye on the myriad functions associated with the driving dynamics systems and BMW M xDrive all-wheel drive.

Two new buttons on the centre console – like those found in the BMW M8 – provide 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 toggle swiftly between the ROAD, SPORT and TRACK settings. In the default ROAD setting, all driver assistance systems are fully activated.

With SPORT mode engaged, the active driver assistance systems (in the configuration set by the driver) only transmit alerts on speed limits.

This mode allows all interventions in the braking and steering systems to be disabled, aside from those made by the collision warning with braking function and the Evasion Assistant.

SPORT mode also switches both the instrument cluster and the Head-Up Display to a special M View.

TRACK mode allows drivers of the new BMW M5 Competition to experience an ultra-pure, race car-inspired distillation of BMW Motorsport. Designed for maximum focus and driver control on the race track, TRACK mode provides zero driver assistance and zero vehicle intervention, requiring full driver involvement and control. The following settings are adjusted when in this mode:

  • Driver assistance systems are deactivated with no safety intervention or warnings
  • Instrument cluster and Head-Up Display are set to M Track View
  • Control display and audio system are switched off
  • Emergency brake lights are switched off
  • Rear-End Collision Warning is switched off

The Setup button takes drivers straight to the configuration menu. Pressing the button positioned above the M Mode button allows programming of an individual configuration for the powertrain and chassis options.

Simplified operation using the touchscreen display or iDrive Controller makes it straightforward for the driver to choose different settings for the engine, suspension, steering and M xDrive system.

The two red-painted M1 and M2 buttons next to the gearshift paddles on the M multifunction steering wheel enable rapid movement between the setups.

They allows drivers to configure two individual setups, comprising their choice of M xDrive, DSC, engine, transmission, damper and steering characteristics, as well as the appearance of M View in the Head-Up Display.

M multifunction seats exude luxurious feel and support for dynamic driving

M multifunction seats with integrated head restraints, an illuminated M5 logo and extended functions are key highlights of the luxurious and sport-focused M5 Competition cabin. 

The seats are trimmed in full leather ’Merino’ upholstery with multi-way electric adjustment, while the Black/Midrand Beige option is now also available as per other new generation BMW M models including the M8, X5 M and X6 M.

Imposing power from high-revving V8 powerplant

The V8 unit under the bonnet of the BMW M5 Competition goes about its business in race car-derived, high-revving style with imposing muscularity and supreme power delivery.

Peak torque of 750Nm arrives from as low down as 1,800rpm and is sustained at this elevated level all the way to 5,860rpm. Maximum output of 460kW 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+, resulting in even more willing response to movements of the accelerator.

The BMW M5 Competition completes the standard sprint in just 3.3 seconds and races to 200km/h in a staggering 10.8 seconds.

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.

The BMW M5 Competition’s M Sport exhaust system features a dual-branch and flap-controlled design that produces a soundtrack to match the towering performance characteristics.

The eight-speed M Steptronic transmission enables extraordinarily short shift times and fast, precise responses to every nudge of the accelerator.

The Drivelogic rocker switch on the gear selector allows three modes to be chosen for efficient, sporty or dynamically intense track driving – the latter involving extremely rapid gearshifts. The driver can use both the selector lever and the shift paddles on the steering wheel to intervene manually.

Bespoke engine mounts provide immediate response, sharper turn-in

Bespoke engine mounts with a stiffer spring rate are among the special features of the BMW M5 Competition.

The drive unit’s incredibly firm 900N/mm connection to the vehicle’s structure is clearly perceptible, resulting in even more rapid engine response and immediate transmission of its power to the drivetrain.

The M5 also turns into corners with noticeably greater directness and precision thanks to the additional stiffness in the mounts.

High performance meets everyday usability

The highly advanced M xDrive system and centralised intelligent control for the Active M Differential help negotiate the dynamic tightrope between full everyday usability and exceptional road or track performance.

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.

This pure rear-wheel drive setting with no DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) treats accomplished drivers to completely unadulterated driving pleasure.

The M Servotronic steering can also be adjusted in its response, with a choice of COMFORT and SPORT modes, as can Variable Damper Control (VDC).

VDC can be set to COMFORT for impeccable everyday usability, SPORT to enhance sporty driving on country roads and give an ideal handling profile for laps at the track or SPORT+ to maximise dynamic performance on smooth asphalt, with wheel and body movements minimised.

The BMW M5 Competition rides seven millimetres lower than the BMW M5 (not available in Australia) and includes other well-conceived tweaks to the suspension and springs. The BMW M5 Competition’s setup benefits from further upgrades which take into account the car’s extra power.

Its talents are showcased most prominently on the race track. Dampers adopted from the BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupé both improve on-the-limit handling and bring extra comfort to the driving experience. 

The BMW M5 Competition leaves the factory with 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).

M Compound brakes fitted as standard

The brake system is headlined by M Compound brakes that feature perforated, inner-vented brake 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. 

As well as the standard blue painted finish, the calipers can now be finished in high-gloss black or high-gloss red as an option.

High level of standard specification

The new M5 Competition will arrive in Australia in October with a starting price of $244,900*. The BMW super sedan carries a high level of standard specification, the highlights of which are listed below:

  • M Driver’s Package (inc. 305km/h top speed and complimentary entry to the BMW Driving Experience Advance 2 course. Entry to the BMW Driving Experience Advance 1 course also included)
  • 20-inch Alloy Wheels
  • BMW Individual Lights Shadow Line
  • BMW Drive Recorder
  • M xDrive
  • Active M Differential
  • M Head-Up Display
  • M Specific Contents
  • M Sport Exhaust System
  • M Carbon Roof
  • M Carbon Engine Cover
  • Full Leather ‘Merino’ Upholstery
  • Automatic Air-Con, 4-Zone
  • BMW Individual Headliner Alcantara Anthracite
  • Tyre Pressure Indicator
  • Soft-Close Doors
  • Leather Instrument Panel
  • Ambient Air
  • BMW LaserLight
  • Metallic Paint
  • Alarm System
  • Roller Sunblinds
  • M Seat Belts
  • M Multifunction Seats
  • Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound system, 16 speakers
  • 5 Year/80,000km BMW Service Inclusive
  • BMW Live Cockpit Professional feat. BMW Operating System 7.0
  • BMW Connected Package Professional
  • Wireless Smartphone Integration including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Wireless Smartphone Charging
  • Driving Assistant Professional
  • Parking Assistant Plus


Option packages

Options are available for customers to personalise their M5 Competition.

Two alloy wheel options can be specified at no cost.

These include 20-inch M light alloy wheels in double-spoke style Bicolour and 20-inch M light double-spoke style in Jet Black.

Optional M carbon ceramic brakes withstand wear exceptionally well, are 23 kilograms lighter, provide even greater braking performance and thermal stability and offer improved fade resistance.

They are recognisable by gold calipers with M logo (six-piston fixed calipers at the front, single-piston floating calipers at the rear).

BMW Individual metallic paintwork options include Tanzanite Blue, Alvit Grey and Aventurine metallic.

A range of BMW Individual Frozen paintwork options include the following: Bluestone metallic, Cashmere Silver metallic, Dark Silver metallic and Marina Bay Blue metallic.

Other BMW Individual paintwork options include Brilliant White, Frozen Brilliant White and Pure Metal Silver.

A range of interior trim options can also be fitted at no cost to the customer. These include BMW Individual Piano Finish Black, Aluminium Carbon structure and Aluminium Carbon structure dark – both with highlight trim finisher Pearl Chrome.

The no-cost optional BMW Individual Full Leather ‘Merino’ seats can also be specified in either Smoke White with contrast stitching (Black interior colour), and Tartufo with contrast stitching (Black interior colour). 

The optional Indulgence Package includes a massage function for the front seats, TV function and Rear Seat Entertainment Professional. The latter includes dual high definition displays mounted to the front seat backs for rear passengers.

Condition Based Servicing

All maintenance requirements for the BMW M5 Competition are controlled by the Condition Based Servicing (CBS) system.

With CBS, sensors and advanced algorithms monitor and calculate the conditions in which a vehicle is used, including mileage, time elapsed since its last service, fuel consumption and how a vehicle is driven. Based on the information captured, maintenance requirements are determined, identifying whether an annual vehicle inspection or oil service is due.

Selected BMW service and maintenance costs can be covered by a single, one-off advance payment with BMW Service Inclusive (BSI), which is available in two packages: Basic or Plus.