We’re heading to the end of the life cycle for the F10 BMW 5 Series. It’s a sad moment, because we say goodbye to the great F10 generation. It’s, also, a happy moment, obviously, because we’re going to meet the next 5 Series iteration.
On this occasion, two special versions of the M5 top-model have been announced. The first one belongs to BMW factory, and it’s called “Competition Edition”. It takes all the good stuff from the regular M5, adding lots of extra features. Technically, the Bavarian specialists added extra pressure in the turbos, while remapping the ECU. The result is an impressive 600 hp and 700 Nm of torque, good enough to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds.
Anyway, is the second variant that we’re more interested in. It’s the proposal made by Speedbuster, and it makes the Competition Edition look…well…underpowered?!? And we’re speaking about 600 hp, for God’s sake! The red beast is called BMW M5 LCI, and it boasts 695 hp and 844 Nm of torque! There isn’t any information about the car’s acceleration, but I don’t think there’s a major improvement over the 3.9 seconds of the factory’s special edition. That’s simply because the rear wheel drive reaches its grip limits, and a big improvment is impossible. However, the real benefit is achieved on the highway, where the extra 95 hp feel brutal.
Was it necessary? We don’t know. We know, however, that the 999 Euro cost is fair, if we keep in mind that it includes 2 year warranty for the engine. Even more, for 50 Euro extra, you get the possibility of enabling and disabling the chip tuning, using a smartphone app.