As expected, after giving a facelift to the standard BMW 5 Series, it’s now the turn of the high-performance BMW M5 to receive a host of aesthetic changes. Performance remains the same as its predecessor, though the German luxury automaker has upgraded its tech features.
The 2021 BMW M5 also gets the same new kidney grille design as the 5 Series, which is slightly larger than before. The same L-shaped LED daytime running lights have also been applied to the optional laser headlights. The front bumper also features larger air intakes for better cooling along with a restyled bumper and rear diffuser. Lastly, the same darkened LED taillights from the 5 Series have also made their way to the M5.
Just like the normal 5 Series, the BMW M5 also gets the same upgraded BMW iDrive 7 infotainment system, which now features a larger 12.3-inch touch screen and 12.3-inch Live Cockpit Professional instrument cluster. Extended leather upholstery, which covers the dashboard and upper door panels comes as standard in the BMW M5.
Performance figures for the BMW M5 remain unchanged for the 2021 model year. Its 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 petrol engine still produces 600 hp and 750 Nm. Opting for the M5 Competition boosts the power output to 625 hp though torque remains the same. Power is sent to a rear-biased M xDrive AWD system which is capable of switching to pure RWD mode for drifting fun. Zero to 100 kph is achieved in 3.2 seconds for the M5 and 3.1 seconds for the M5 Competition, while top speed is an electronically-limited 250 kph. An optional M Drivers Package increases the top speed to 305 kph.
As with every modern car nowadays, the BMW M5 can be fitted with a host of advanced driver-assist features. As standard, the M5 comes with automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, and lane departure warning. An optional Driving Assistance Professional Package can also be equipped, which adds full-speed adaptive cruise control, level 2 autonomous extended traffic jam assist, lane-keeping assist with side collision avoidance, among others.
The 2021 BMW M5 will go on sale in select markets this August while a global release will follow shortly.