2019 BMW M5 Competition is a 617-hp strike at Mercedes-AMG

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High-power SUVs have been enjoying their moment in the spotlight for a few years. But the battle for Autobahn supremacy among today’s crop of premium super sedans continues unabated, and at a furious pace. The latest salvo? This 2019 BMW M5 Competition Sedan. 

Building on the reveal of the recent M2 Competition Coupe, the M5 Competition, unveiled on Tuesday, sharpens up BMW’s hottest 5 Series model with added power, revamped suspension tuning, tweaked looks and a throatier voice. 

A new set of markedly stiffened engine mounts promises better throttle response. And the Competition model’s 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V8 has been retuned to deliver 617 horsepower at 6,000 rpm (an increase of 17 hp), and 553 pound-feet of torque from 1,800 rpm (the latter figure is the same as the standard M5). 

That modest power bump helps knock a tenth off the 0-60 mph sprint (3.1…

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