But are the Competition version’s gains over the regular M5 actually any use? And are they worth paying £6500 for? By Georg Kacher

MARGINAL GAINS. Not the sexiest of concepts – the idea of a little bit here and a little bit there making a significant difference – but it’s worked a treat for all sorts of sporting set-ups, from Team Sky at the Tour de France to Gareth Southgate’s England at the World Cup. But does it work here? Thing is, the current BMW M5 uses a lot of technology to deliver a lot of performance at a high price. It’s a very rewarding, very full-on driving experience. Add a bit more power, tweak the tech and charge more money, and you get the M5 Competition, offered for sale alongside the regular M5. Gains, for sure, but not gamechangers.


Sorted, sort of 20 years on, and facing an exciting new rival, the TT gets only tiny tweaks

THE THIRD-GENERATION Audi TT has had it easy in terms of competition, but looming large in its rear-view mirror is the driver-focused Alpine A110 – a two-seat coupe brimming with more historical petrolhead significance than the start/finish straight at Reims.


Thick and Fast

The ‘superlight’ bit of the name is a downright lie, but Aston’s new uber-DB11 is a joyously accomplished high-speed GT. By Ben Pulman and Georg Kacher

WITH A 211MPH TOP speed and a 715bhp twin-turbo V12, the third new Aston Martin in six months is the fastest and most powerful road car the company has ever built. It’s to the DB11 what the Vanquish was to the DB9: a re- skinned, amped-up version of Aston’s front-engined GT.

JEEP WRANGLER, Team America Wins

Good on and of road, the new Wrangler combines classic Jeep character and cleverly deployed 21st century tech. By James Taylor

LIKE BLUE MOONS, Halley’s Comet and England World Cup semi-final appearances, a new Jeep Wrangler doesn’t come along every day. This new JL-series is the fourth Wrangler since the name first appeared in the late ’80s, although the spirit goes back much further: the roughest, toughest, traddest Jeep can trace its roots back to the original CJ (Civilian Jeep) series, itself an evolution of the original war-hero Willys.

The new Competition version of the M2 – which is the new M2 – is better in every way, and is worth every penny of its modest price increase. Yes, really. By Georg Kacher

WHERE’S THE CATCH? A seriously upgraded M2 at a barely increased price sounds too good to be true, and yet here it is in the howling, screeching, thrilling metal.

The new M2 Competition isn’t a special version of the M2 – it replaces the M2. BMW needed to do some work on the M2 to satisfy the latest emissions

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