The new special edition is latest in a long line of “competition” models and limited-run specials to have punctuated the M5 dynasty since the first M5 of the mid 1980s. It will be largely familiar to owners of the 300-off “30 Jahre” special editions produced a couple of years ago.
Like the 30-year anniversary model, the twin-turbo V8 runs more boost and delivers both more power and torque. Twisting force peaks at 516 lb ft (700Nm), while power comes in at the nice round figure of 592bhp (600hp that is). That’s 40hp up on the standard car and a useful 25 extra over the last M5 special edition. Despite that, 0-62mph acceleration is quoted as the same for both cars, at 3.9 seconds. The standard M5 does it in 4.4.
Also like the earlier special, the Competition Edition comes as part of the deal. It brings with it beefed-up springs and dampers, thicker anti-roll bars and recalibrated electronically-controlled multi-plate limited-slip differential, among other “race-bred” chassis upgrades.