575 HP 2014 BMW M5 On-Track Review By Dutch FIA Champion Henny
2014 BMW M5 With Competition Package
First Drive: 2014 BMW M5 with Competition Package
By Henny Hemmes
Senior European Editor
The Auto Channel
CASCAIS, Portugal, July 22, 2013; After my recent BMW track test driving hot laps with the BMW
4 Series Coupe, there was another hot car to be driven on the Estoril Circuit.
I got behind the wheel of the most powerful M5 so far.
In the pits, BMW M GmbH had just presented the details of the fastest
variants of the M5 and the M6 models. There were two of each available for
some hot laps to experience their potential.
Maximilian Ahme, responsible for the M5/M6 project, said that the
goal was to develop a package for people who take their M5 or M6 on the
track. The Competition Package should provide the M5 (F10) and the three
variants of the M6, the Coupe (F13), Cabrio (F12) and Gran Coupe (F06) with
the highest level of dynamism and sportiness.
Optimization of the performance qualities of those models include a
modified chassis with a sportier tuned suspension and dampers and stiffer
(read: thicker) front and rear anti-roll bars. In the M5 CP, this resulted
in a 10 mm, or four inches lower ride height than of the standard M5, just
like the current M3 (E92) with Competition Package. It also lowers the
center of gravity. To match those changes and for improved traction, also
the Active M (limited slip) Differential has been tuned.
Fine-tuning measures in the steering gear provide a more precise
control and make higher corner speeds possible.
The control systems for the chassis have been adjusted to the
changes, with the result that the M Dynamic mode of the DSC (Dynamic
Stability Control) is even better tuned for a sporty driving experience.
Both M5 and all variants of the M6 are 0.1 seconds faster from standstill
to 62 mph. The M5 now needs 4.2 sec.
On Estoril, Max Ahme, responsible for the chassis development at BMW
M GmbH, said: “With Competition Package, the M5 is 10 seconds faster
on the Nordschleife (of the Nürburgring)” This would mean the lap
time dropped from 7 minute 55 to 7: 45.
It is the most powerful production car that the Bavarians have made
For the Competition Package, the 4.4-liter V8 has also been
‘upgraded’. Maximum power is increased from 412 kW/560 hp to
423 kW/575 hp, while the maximum torque of the engine remains the same: 680
Nm/502 lb-ft from 1,500 rpm.
Henny's Hot Laps
During a few hot laps on the track, it was clear that the
availability of torque from low revs allows you to drive in third gear
through some of the short bends. There is hardly any sign of understeer and
power can be applied sooner, meaning, the exit from the bend is quicker.
Paddle shifting the 7-speed transmission results in instant gear changes.
Noticeable is also the more direct steering that provides better feedback.
The carbon ceramic brakes that are always an option, worked excellent even
at high temperature and pedal feel remained constantly firm.
The new models stand on 20-inch unique BMW M alloy wheels and they
are equipped with a noisier sports exhaust with M quad tail pipes in black
chrome. The Package offers no interior changes.
The M5 and M6 models with Competition Package are already available.
The prices for the competition package are $7,300 for the M5, M6 Coupe and M6 Convertible and $6,000
for the M6 Gran Coupe.