The 2021 BMW 5 Series debuted last week, so we knew it would only be a matter of time before the company also removed coverage from its updated M5 and M5 Competition. And after a brief tour of a first prototype, today we have our first glimpse of the high-performance sedans. While the BMW M5 and BMW M5 Competition 2021 don’t seem radically different at first glance, the 5er family gets new subtle visual cues and additional interior technology in an effort to keep the four-door fast cool.
Indoor and outdoor update
The updated front fascia of the M5 consists of larger kidney grilles that extend lower over the fairing, redesigned bumpers that give the car a more chiseled appearance, a larger hexagonal central intake under the more large grilles and two enlarged intake vents on each side of it. The L-shaped LED headlights are also new and offer a thinner and sharper appearance than those found on the previous model.
The rear end of the M5 also benefits from a subtle redesign that includes a more angular bumper and diffuser, new distinctive rear lights and redesigned M-specific quad exhaust tips. The 19-inch M wheels are also new on the 2021 model. Opting for the M5 Competition adds black chrome treatment to the grille, taillights, boot spoiler and badges.
The biggest update inside the M5 is the addition of the standard Live Cockpit configuration with iDrive 7, which gives the sedan two massive 12.3-inch screens – one being the touchscreen at- above the dashboard and the other the digital dashboard behind the wheel. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard, and for the first time in the M5, they’re wireless. The addition of iDrive 7 also adds a cloud-based BMW navigation system and some of the latest active safety features.
The BMW M5 2021 is fitted as standard with a lane departure warning system with steering assistance, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear cross traffic alert and automatic parking assistance Redlights. The Professional Driving Assistance package is available at an additional cost, adding BMW’s advanced adaptive cruise control with Stop and Go function, lane centering technology, etc.
Same powerful power
What does not change in the update is the diet. The 2021 M5 “standard” still gets 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of a 4.4-liter V8 twin turbocharger. The M5 reaches 60 miles per hour in just 3.2 seconds and peaks at 190 mph with the optional M Driver package. The slightly more powerful M5 Competition produces 617 hp and 553 lb-ft, giving it a 0 to 60 mph time of 3.1 seconds.
The M5 and M5 Competition are fitted as standard with an xDrive all-wheel drive system which allows the driver to choose between 4WD, 4WD Sport and 2WD traction modes – the latter acting as a makeshift drift mode. You also have the choice between four driving modes: comfort, sport, sport + and a new track mode.
The BMW M5 2021 costs $ 103,500 (not including $ 995 for the destination), which is a small increase compared to the price of $ 102,700 of the M5 2020. The M21 2021 Competition, meanwhile, costs $ 111,100 , an increase of only $ 100 compared to the previous model. The new M5 will go on sale in August.