In one of its renowned ‘Supertests’ the German publication has sent an example around the Nurburgring, with resident test driver and race car driver Christian Gebhardt behind the wheel.
The result? A lap time of 7:35.90. That’s only about three seconds quicker than the regular M5, and that’s despite featuring a 460kW engine tune over the standard 441kW setup (both offer 750Nm). BMW M also provides revised suspension with stiffer springs, lightweight wheels, and carbon fibre trimmings.
This lap time means it just misses out on the previous production sedan lap record of 7:32, set by the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV. That record has since been toppled by the Jaguar XE SV Project 8, with a time of 7:21.23. However, Mercedes-AMG is also seen as the record-holder for a production four-door, with its new AMG GT 63 S 4 Door setting a time of 7:25.41.
What’s with the confusion? Well, the Jaguar that performed its record lap was actually in Track specification featuring only two seats. It does have four doors, but some see it as a track-only car and thus not eligible for the record.
Either way, the new M5 Competition is a very quick bit of gear considering it carries a heap of on-board luxuries, like the AMG GT. According to the local specs, the M5 Competition weighs 1811kg (tare) while the AMG weighs 2151kg. The AMG produces slightly more power and a lot more torque, with 470kW and 900Nm on tap.
Check out the full lap video below. If you watch closely you’ll see what happens when a bird gets in the way of an M5 travelling at 170km/h.