A more hardcore M5 is on the way.

As if the new four-wheel drive 600-horsepower (447-kilowatt) V8 BMW M5 didn't sound hardcore enough, the German manufacturer has confirmed that a Competition Package version will also follow – likely in 2018. 

According to Andy Cook, BMW's product executive for large cars, "the Competition Package will bring tweaked dynamics, and likely standard ceramic brakes – which are a $10,000 option on the standard car."  

BMW M5 2018
BMW M5 2018

Going by BMW's tried-and-tested history of producing Competition Package models for its M cars, expect the new M5 Comp Pack to be firmer riding, a touch lighter, and more track-oriented without losing its everyday usability. 

The'M xDrive four-wheel-drive system in the new M5 is the really big news since it makes this G30 generation of M5 the first to forego rear-wheel drive. However, there is a fully rear-wheel-drive mode that's only activated when the traction control is fully off. You'd need to be brave, that's for sure. 

We'll be driving the new M5 later this year – but in the meantime, check out our video of the new car from the Frankfurt Мotor Сhow.

 

Gallery: 2018 BMW M5