Why should I want it?
The ultimate version of BMW’s executive saloon, the M5 Competition adds another 25hp as well as tweaking the set-up to make it a touch more sporty and even more capable. Which is something the M5 wasn’t exactly in desperate need of. It’s an utter monster of a car. If you like that sort of thing.
Why can’t I have it?
It’s a six-figure BMW saloon in cost terms, its emissions are more than 250g/km and it’s the kind of car that it’s impossible to exploit its capabilities of on a public road. And did we mention it costs more than £100,000?
Arguments to use on the fleet manager
Given the frankly ridiculous performance figures, it’s a surprisingly sedate and sensible low-speed cruiser, although the ride has been firmed a touch. It’s also four-wheel drive and has all the practicality benefits of a (comparatively) humdrum 530d saloon.
More fleety alternative
BMW calls the 545e xDrive the “most dynamic” of its six-cylinder plug-in hybrids. Despite getting below 50g/km, it offers a 4.7-second 0-62mph acceleration time from its 394hp powertrain. It costs just under £60,000, so not cheap, but the BiK benefits will bring that back.
|BMW M5 Competition|
|Performance:||3.3 seconds/155 mph|