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BMW details Competition Package for M5

by Ronan Glon

The M5 gets a 25-horsepower bump.

BMW has detailed the new M5's optional Competition Package after months of rumors, leaks and speculation.

Buyers who the tick the box receive a 625-horsepower evolution of the standard M5's twin-turbocharged, 4.4-liter V8. Its torque output remains the same at 553 pound-feet but it's available over a slightly broader range. The 25 additional horses gallop to give the sedan a 3.3-second zero-to-60-mph time.

The eight-cylinder sits on Competition-specific engine mounts made stiffer and it breathes through a sport exhaust system that exhales through quad black tips. BMW says the modifications result in an even more direct throttle response.

There are no changes to the rest of the powertrain, meaning the cavalry travels through an eight-speed automatic transmission and a performance-tuned xDrive all-wheel drive system before reaching the asphalt. The Competition Package adds a suspension that's lower and firmer than on the regular model, however.

To stand out, cars equipped with the Competition Package get high-gloss black paint on the kidney grille surrounds, on the side gills, on the mirror caps, and on the rear bumper. They also receive a "Competition" emblem on the trunk lid, and they ride on 20-inch alloy wheels.

The Competition Package will be available to order in the coming months. BMW hasn't released pricing information yet.