The new BMW M5.
The new BMW M5.

Competitive edge for hulking new BMW M5

FROM mid-September the new BMW M5 will arrive on our shores with a competitive edge. 

Starting from $229,900 plus on-roads, the 2014 model BMW M5 will be armed with the "Competition Package" which provides an 11kW boost to the TwinPower V8. That delivers a massive 423kW of power, helping slice 0.1 seconds off the 0-100kmh sprint time.

BMW M engineers have also modified the chassis set-up, and lowered the M5 by about 10 millimetres while the stabiliser bars have received increased torsional rigidity.

New external features include 20-inch M light-alloy wheels, along with a sport exhaust system featuring M twin tailpipes in black chrome.

There is also a new M kidney grille featuring the M5 model designation and twin slats that reflect the double-spoke design of the M Alloy wheels adorn the front of the vehicle. Adaptive LED headlights are standard, along with new rear design tail lights with thin LED light strips.

Interior features include a new M leather steering wheel, along with chrome trim highlights around the control display.  Cabin storage is improved with an updated centre console area and additional space under the centre armrest.

New colour options are Pyrite Brown metallic, Frozen Blue metallic and Pure Metal Silver.

According to BMW Group Australia managing director Phil Horton, the new BMW M5 is quite simply what the BMW M brand is all about.

"The BMW M5 was the first vehicle to create this segment, and for almost 30 years it has set the standard in it.  Now, with enhanced styling, packaging and performance the bar has been raised even higher," Horton said.

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The new BMW M5.