The Big Beast Is Back and Breathes Better
For the M5, this means a new standard 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment screen, BMW’s new cloud-based navigation configuration, new headlights and new taillights. There are also a number of modifications specific to M5. Inside, the three buttons to modify the parameters of damping, direction and response of gases have disappeared. Instead, they have been moved to the infotainment display. Some of you might miss the physical controls, but BMW says it’s more intuitive. We will know for sure when we get our hands on one. Outside, the M5 has a freshly redesigned rear diffuser and a larger grille and front bumper sockets to help cool the sedan’s twin-turbocharged V8 engine.
Although the powers of the V-8 have not changed, the M5 Competition variant gets a slightly wider torque range, applying 553 lb-ft of torque on the 1800-5860 rpm section of the speedometer, an increase of 170 rpm in the maximum torque spectrum; its 617 horsepower at 6000 rpm is unchanged. The base car continues to deliver 600 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 553 lb-ft of torque from 1,800 rpm at 5,690 rpm.
BMW says the M5 and M5 Competition still accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 and 3.1 seconds. These figures should again be conservative; a 2018 BMW M5 we tested reached 60 mph in just 3.0 seconds. The competition decides to do the act in less than three seconds.
The standard M5 rolls on 19 x 9.5 inch front and 19 x 10.5 inch rear wheels; the track widths measure 275/40 at the front and 285/40 at the rear. The competition gets slightly larger wheels, but the tires are the same width. It rests on 20 x 9.5 inch wheels on the front axle and 20 x 10.5 inch wheels on the rear. As before, steel brakes are standard and carbon ceramic is an option (very expensive). BMW became familiar with the shock absorbers of the two M5s, attributing better tuning to the tuning.
As was the case previously, the chassis configuration of the M5 Competition includes increased negative camber, a stiffer anti-roll bar and 10% stiffer springs at the front to help with cornering and stability. BMW says that these are the same suspension components as those of the M8 Gran Coupé competition. The competition car also gets a new track mode for 2021; BMW says it is intended to be used only on the tracks and disables all electronic aids, safety systems and even infotainment screens so that the driver can focus on the turns and not on what comes off the heights -speakers. We suggest that future amateurs check their skills before selecting this driving mode, especially if they are doing it on the street. Hey, 600+ horsepower is not something to shake people off.
On the more mundane side, the 2021 M5 is available with a few new paint colors, such as Brands Hatch Gray Metallic, Motegi Red Metallic, Tanzanite Blue II Metallic, Individual Aventurin Red Metallic and Frozen (matte en parle BMW) Bluestone Metallic . The rest of the paint colors are carried over from 2020.
When it arrives at dealerships in August this year, the M21 2021 will start at $ 104,495. BMW did not say if the price of the M5 competition had increased, but the current car starts at $ 110,995, and we think it’s safe to assume that the price for the 2021 will be very close to that.