Price (as tested) 💲: $142,995
Powertrain ⚙️: Twin-Turbocharged 4.4-liter V8
Output 💪: 627 hp/553 lb-ft of torque
Transmission 🕹: 8-speed automatic
0-60 MPH 🚦: 2.8 seconds
Top Speed 💥: 190 mph
MPG (as tested) ⛽️: 15 city/21 hwy/17 combined
Curb weight ⚖️: 4,114 lbs


BMW’s Competition Sport (CS) name is reserved for its next-level performance products – vehicles that give up traditional luxuries for enhanced dynamics. For the 2022 M5, the CS treatment establishes the quickest, most powerful production sedan ever to wear a BMW badge. It also has bronze wheels, just so you know the car’s serious.

For an eye-watering $30K more than the already pricey BMW M5 Competition, CS buyers gain 10 horsepower for a total of 627 and lose 220 pounds. They may also relish the exclusivity of their car’s single year of production and bespoke touches like four independent sport bucket seats. But is a diet and a set of colorful wheels worth such a premium, or are shoppers better off saving some money on the nearly-as-potent Mercedes-AMG E63 S or the manual-equipped Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing? Find out in this in-depth review.