BMW reveals a facelifted version of its sixth-generation M5 ahead of planned North American deliveries of the upgraded performance sedan in both standard and Competition guises in August.
The 2021 model retains the same driveline tune as the existing M5 but adopts a series of subtle exterior styling changes. Included is a larger grille set within a redesigned front bumper, slimmer headlamp assemblies with revised L-shaped graphics and new-look taillamps within a rear end that also features a redesigned rear bumper.
Inside, the reworked M5 adopts a larger 12.3-in. (31-cm) infotainment display (up from 10.3 ins. [26 cm]) that incorporates a new digital cloud-based BMW Maps feature. Further changes are centered on the driving functions; a single M-mode button replaces the previous individual buttons for the engine, chassis, suspension, steering and xDrive system settings.
Power for the facelifted M5 remains unchanged. In standard guise, its twin-turbocharged 4.4L gasoline V-8 produces 600 hp and 553 lb.-ft. (750 Nm) of torque. In Competition guise, there’s an added 17 hp at 617 hp but the same torque loading at 553 lb.-ft.
Drive continues to be channeled through a standard 8-speed torque-converter-equipped automatic gearbox produced by ZF, and BMW M’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system featuring fully variable apportioning of power that provides the M5 with traditional rear-wheel-drive characteristics in its more track-focused modes.
BMW claims a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of 3.2 seconds for the standard M5 and 3.1 seconds for the M5 Competition. Top speed is nominally limited to 155 mph (250 km/h) or 190 mph (306 km/h) when equipped with an optional M Driver’s Package.
Among the chassis tweaks brought to the M5 is a recalibrated damper control system for the Competition model. Compared to the standard M5, the M5 Competition sits 0.2 in. (5 mm) lower and features increased front negative camber, firmer springs and anti-roll bars as well as toe-link ball-joint mounts as opposed to the rubber bushings.
The facelifted M5 is priced at $103,500 as standard and $111,100 for the Competition model, both excluding a $995 destination charge.