First seen in the E63 M6, BMW’s Competition Package has been adding that extra shot of adrenaline into M cars for over a decade. Think of the Competition Package as BMW’s way of giving your car an attitude and matching physique for the racetrack, thanks to the BMW M’s 47-year race pedigree.
Previously available as a step-up option to BMW’s M series, the Competition range will for the first time ever, be sold as standalone models, placing itself atop the M series in the high-performance sportscar segment.
BMW M2 Competition
The BMW M2 Competition doesn’t waste any time, and it’ll cuts into bends like butter and shoot out of them faster than any previous M2.
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Now sporting an enlarged kidney-grille and a new front skirt to better regulate air flow, the M2 Competition comes with a new dual-branch design exhaust system that terminates in four black chrome tailpipes, topped off neatly by a nondescript M Competition badge at the rear of the car.
The same 3.0-litre twin-turbo inline-six S55 engine (found in the M3 and M4) will see the car charge from 0-100 km/h in 4.2secs, although it’s only at standstill that you can admire the new 19-inch forged wheels. And if you somehow missed it, BMW’s soulful M Sound should catch your attention.
We all know that power is nothing without control: The preconfigured Comfort, Sport and Sport+ of the seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission have been recalibrated for even more scintillating responses during pedal-to-metal driving.
Engine 2979cc, inline6, twin-turbo.
Transmission 7spd M-DCT dual-clutch
Top Speed 250km/h (280km/h with the M Driver’s Package)
Fuel consumption 9.1l/100km.
BMW M5 Competition
There’s no mistaking the aura of power emanating from the M5 Competition, but it’s more than just all bark and no bite. The M xDrive provides all-wheel-driven stability, yet can be configured to operate in full rear-drive mode – a wonderful throwback to past M5 generations.
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Just like the M2 Competition, a single piece kidney grille in distinctive high-gloss black takes centrestage at the front of the M5 Competition, while a discreet ‘M5 Competition’ badge found on the boot-lid to warn off potential challengers.
The 20-inch exclusive M light-alloy forged wheels features a Y-spoke design in a bi-colour finish, and adds a motorsports vibe to the proceedings.
Besides the stiffened suspension, the engine mounts are model-specific, and this translates to more direct engine response.
The chassis is matched perfectly to the engine’s capabilities, resulting in precise handling – perfect for when you’re attacking the twisties.
The driver and the occupants are nicely ensconced in a racy, well-appointed cabin, with full leather Merino Aragon upholstery accented by a dark chrome interior trim.
Capacity: 4395cc, V8, twin-turbo
Transmission 8spd M Steptronic
Top Speed 250 km/h
Fuel consumption 10.6l/100km