2021 BMW M5 Competition makes PH debut alongside M4, M3 models

Updated Jun 21, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe. Which M Competition model is for you?

If you’re a big BMW fan, then this news will be a doozy. SMC Asia Car Distributors, the official distributor of BMW models in the Philippines, has launched not just one, but three M cars. Specifically, these are the M5 Competition, the M4 Competition, and the M3 Competition.

A picture of the M5 Competition

The M5 Competition: The top dog of the M-Series Competition variants 

Now, these three are the current top dogs when it comes to BMW performance cars. They don’t just look good with their alternate exterior styling digs, but they pack more powerful engines than their regular counterparts. Let’s go over each of these, and point out what makes them so special. 

BMW M5 Competition 

The M5 Competition is the meaner, sportier brother of the BMW 5 Series four-door sedan. On the outside, it features an updated BMW kidney grille, but it isn’t as large as the ones found on the M4 and M3. Also eye-catching are the larger air intakes on the side of the car, and the central hexagonal air intake just below the grille. The said intake feeds air into the oil cooler. 

A picture of the BMW M5 Competition

Check out those huge vents

As for wheels, the M5 Competition uses a set of 20-inch alloy wheels. The rear also bears M-specific twin tailpipes, a more angular-looking diffuser, as well as a LED taillight with a 3D effect.

As a sedan, the M5 Competition can comfortably seat up to five. Most of its surfaces are then clad in Merino leather, and it is kitted with a larger 12.3-inch display. For comfort, the BMW sedan comes standard with an automatic 4-zone air-conditioning, ambient lighting, among others. The driver is also provided with the BMW Live Cockpit Professional, electronically adjustable seats, a heads-up display, cruise control with brake function, etc.

Under its hood is a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8, which can make up to 625 horsepower and 750 Nm of torque. Of note, the M5’s aforementioned torque figure can be achieved at a very low 1,800 rpm. This results in an impressive zero to 100 km/h time of 3.3 seconds, according to BMW. 

A picture of the M5 Competition's interior

Inside the BMW M5 Competition

As for its transmission, the M5 Competition uses an eight-speed ZF automatic that sends power to all four wheels. However, if you turn the electronic stability control, the system will send power to the car’s rear wheels.  

For the Philippine market, the BMW M5 Competition has a price tag of Php 13,690,000. 

BMW M4 Competition  

Sitting below the M5 Competition in the M-series hierarchy is the M4 Competition two-door coupe. To that end, it assumes a two-door, rear-wheel-drive, and front-engine layout. Style-wise, it features the large kidney grille found on recent BMW models. Overall, it also looks more angular than the regular 4-series, and it comes with M-specific tailpipes.  As for the wheels, its rear pair are 20-inch alloys, while the front gets a pair of smaller 19-inch wheels.

A picture of the M4 Competition Coupe

The M4 Competition coupe

Despite being a coupe, the M4 can fit up to four due to having rear seats. Its occupants are kept cool with a 3-zone automatic air-conditioning system and leather also covers most of the M4’s interior and seats. Also standard on this model is an electronically adjustable driver’s seat, the BMW Live Cockpit Professional, among others.

Moving over to engines, the M4 uses a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-6 engine, which can produce up to 503 horsepower and 650 Nm of torque. The said engine is then paired with a step-tronic eight-speed automatic tranny, which sends power to its rear wheels.  

A picture of the M4's interior

The M4's cockpit. All three M-Series Competition have alternate interior styling options

As for pricing, the BMW M4 Competition’s price sits at Php 9,690,000.

BMW M3 Competition

The BMW M3 Competition is essentially the sedan version of the M4 Competition. To this end, it has a trunk, four-doors, and it can seat up to five. Style-wise, it resembles the smaller M4 coupe. The front end features angular vents, and it even gets the same wheel sizes, as well as the M-specific twin tailpipes. 

A picture of the BMW M3 Competition

The BMW M3 Competition

Inside, the M3 Competition can accommodate five people including the driver. It also gets leather-clad surfaces, a 3-zone automatic air-conditioning system, an electronically adjustable driver’ seat, the BMW Live Cockpit, etc. 

Powering the M3 Competition is the same inline-6 mill found on the M4 Competition. It has the same 503 horsepower output, and the same 650 Nm torque output. Moreover, it uses the same eight-speed step-tronic gearbox, and it is also rear-wheel-drive. 

Do note though that the M3 might be heavier than the M4 since it's a five-seater sedan afterall. Then again, Both cars use the same Adaptive M suspension system and M Servotronic steering. 

A picture of the M3's cockpit

It features the same plush and well-arranged interior as the M4

For the Philippine market, the M3 Competition has a price tag of Php 9,590,000. This makes it the most affordable in the M-series Competition lineup.

For more details on the Philippine-spec BMW M-series Competition models, stay tuned here on Philkotse.com.

Know more about BMW M5 2024


The BMW M5 possesses the elegance of an executive saloon and the engineering of a sports car. It is the perfectly balanced mix of astounding power and sheer luxury as the M5 boasts of the comfort and quality of the 5-Series business class sedan loaded with the race-track-ready specifications of the M Series. Currently on its sixth generation, the M5 is a testimony of BMW’s unparalleled engineering and groundbreaking driving intelligence. Its innovative technological features coupled with the new M xDrive all-wheel drive system and its powerful 4.4L M TwinPower Turbo engine make each drive safer and more comfortable.

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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