2021 BMW M5 facelift unveiled
The 2021 BMW M5 performance sedan has been updated to match the recently facelifted 5 Series. The competitor of Mercedes-AMG E63 receives a range of updates, including revised packaging, updated in-car equipment, and a frame that has been returned.
The exterior changes for the 2021 BMW M5 focus mainly on the front end, where a new double-bar grille design features alongside a reprofiled bumper with new air intakes. The headlights were also redesigned, bringing in new L-shaped LED tubes and incorporating BMW’s Dynamic Laser Matrix Beam for extra full-beam brightness.
At the rear, along with fresh 3D LED taillights and a new tailpipe shape, there are a new apron and diffuser style.
The revised M5 features new black styling, including grill and intake mesh, boot lid bumper, mirror caps, tailpipes, and rear apron. It also features five new paint finishes and new 20-inch wheel design.
The cabin changes reflect those of the regular 5 Series and include a larger 12.3-inch infotainment display running the latest iDrive system of the seventh generation. There were efforts to improve ergonomics, with two new buttons taken from the M8 on the center console.
One allows the driver to turn from Road mode, where all the safety systems are active, to Track mode, which disables all but the crash warning and the Evasion Assistant. It even stops the lights of hazard from getting on under hard braking. The other button quickly takes you to individual configuration modes for the engine, chassis, and standard 8-speed automatic ’box.
Despite suggestions for extracting more power from the 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 of the M5, there are the same two powertrain options as before. The standard M5 generates 600hp while it gets 625hp for the M5 Competition.
The performance is the same, with the M5 Competition being able to sprint from 0-100kph in a claimed 3.3sec to a top speed of 304kph when selecting the optional M Driver’s Kit.
Nevertheless, the M5 Competition received chassis updates, in the form of new M8 Gran Coupé shock absorbers. Those are reported by raising body movements over bumps and ruts to improve comfort. The M Compound brakes remain unchanged, but the calipers are now available with new color choices.
Officially, the 2021 BMW M5 facelift is yet to be launched at BMW India. Nevertheless, the regular 5 Series is scheduled to arrive in India next year and the pre-facelift M5 has been on sale for Rs 1.55 crore (ex-showroom, pan-India) in Competition form since October 2019.