A bigger grille, new exterior trim pieces, and more tech—these are what one can expect to see on the 2021 BMW M5 and M5 Competition, which debuted recently.
With the facelifted 5-Series making an appearance around a week or two ago, it was only a matter of time before its performance siblings did the same. As mentioned above, the new M5 and M5 Competition get a larger set of kidney grilles, L-shaped LED headlights, revised front bumper, and larger air intakes.
Out back, the rear also gets an updated bumper and diffuser that are now more angular, as well s new exhaust tips. Nineteen-inch alloy rims round out the package
Inside, the pair of 12.3-inch screens with the Live Cockpit interface and iDrive 7 from the recent 5-Series update make their way here. This gives the driver have better visibility—whether for checking the instrumentation or infotainment. Plus, cloud-based navigation is on offer to help one get around more easily.
Power still comes from the 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 with 600bhp and 553lb-ft on the standard M5. This is good for a 3.2-second 0-100km/h blast. The M5 Competition comes with a more potent 617bhp and 553lb-ft and does the century-mark run in 3.1 ticks. Both cars come with xDrive all-wheel and can run in either 4WD, 4WD Sport, or 2WD. Drivers can also opt for either Comfort, Sport, Sport+, or Track modes.
Speaking of tech, BMW gives the new M5 pair a load of safety and driver assistance technologies. There is even a Driving Assistance Professional Package that dds adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go function, and lane centering feature.
The new BMW M5 and M5 Competition will go on sale in August.