BADASS FAST: Tweaked-and-tuned 2019 BMW M5 Competition serves up intense speed and ferocious grip

BADASS FAST: Tweaked-and-tuned 2019 BMW M5 Competition serves up intense speed and ferocious grip

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RONDA, Spain — In the beginning there was the iPhone, and it was called the iPhone. Now there’s an iPhone X, and an SE, and an XS Max, and on and on. It’s happening to cars too. In the old days — way back six or seven years ago — when you bought a BMW M car you knew: This is the fastest BMW, the top model. An M5 was an M5, gosh darnit. But not anymore. .


The new hierarchy of fast BMWs goes as follows, from slowest/cheapest to fastest/richest: M Performance models like the M540i; then proper M models like the M5; then Competition models like this new M5 Competition; then CS models like the M3 CS; and finally CSL models — which, there are none currently. Each is quicker and more expensive than the last. Oh, and there’s also M Performance Parts and a range of M Sport options. It’s 50 Shades of Fast. Do we really need them all? BMW is far from alone in this nonsense. .

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