Believe it or not, it’s been a year since the F90 BMW M5 was introduced globally. Then, in May 2018, a hotter, more dynamic variant called the BMW M5 Competition joined the line-up, and it’s currently the most hardcore version of the M5 money can buy.

To refresh your memory, the M5 Competition is fitted with a 4.4 litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine that’s tuned to pack 625 hp and 750 Nm of torque, representing a 25 hp bump and a wider torque band (1,800 to 5,800 rpm; standard M5 falls off after 5,600 rpm) than the stock tuning.

Together with an eight-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission and the rear-biased M xDrive all-wheel drive system, the M5 Competition annihilates the century sprint in 3.3 seconds, which is a tenth quicker than the regular M5. The 200 km/h mark is reached from standstill in 10.8 seconds, or 0.3 seconds quicker.

It gets a model-specific M Sport exhaust system as standard, as well as unique engine mounting with modified characteristics and increased spring rate. This provides a more direct engine response, sharper cornering and more engine sound in the cabin. The M5 Competition is also lower by seven millimetres – the suspension geometry has been tuned with stiffer springs, and the toe links are married to ball joints instead of rubber mounts for more precise wheel guidance at the rear axle.

For the cabin, it gets black seat belts with striped pattern in M colours, floor mats with model-specific piping and M5 logo and the “M Competition” graphic in the instrument cluster sets the hardcore M5 apart. Elsewhere, things remain the same, although further customisation can be done through BMW Individual.

Starting with the BMW M5 Competition, BMW M will now offer the most powerful variants of its cars as standalone models – like the M2 Competition – thanks to strong demand for various model-specific M Competition packages with power upgrades. M Competition packages were first offered on the previous-gen M5 and are currently available for the M4 Coupe/Convertible and M3. Some 40% of all F10-generation M5s sold worldwide had the package.

For now, enjoy the 150-picture gallery of the M5 Competition below. The regular M5, a RM1 million super sedan, is available in Malaysia via official channels. Read our review here.