SMC Asia Car Distributors Corp. (SMC ACDC), the official distributor of BMW vehicles in the Philippines, has also launched the refreshed 2021 BMW M5 Competition along with the all-new M3 and M4 Competition models. The M5 Competition is also the first model in the facelifted 5 Series range to arrive in the local market.
Just like the facelifted 5 Series that was globally unveiled a year ago, the 2021 BMW M5 gets the same new kidney grille design, which is slightly larger than before. The same L-shaped LED daytime running light design has also been applied to the adaptive LED headlights, while laser lights are available as a P121,000 optional extra. 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 Competition. As standard, the M5 Competition is fitted with a Harman Kardon sound system, while an optional Bowers and Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System can be added for an extra P431,000.
Performance figures for the 2021 BMW M5 Competition remain unchanged for this year. Its 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 petrol engine still produces 625 hp and 750 Nm of torque. 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 3.1 seconds, while top speed is an electronically-limited 250 kph. An optional M Drivers Package that costs P297,000 increases the top speed to 305 kph.
The M Sport exhaust system on the new BMW M5 Competition, which comes with a dual-branch and flap-controlled design, produces a soundtrack to match. A more understated engine note can also be summoned with the M Sound Control button. The 8-speed automatic transmission developed by ZF enables extraordinarily short shift times and fast, precise responses to every nudge of the accelerator. The Drivelogic rocker switch on the gear selector allows three modes to be chosen for efficient, sporty or dynamically intense track driving – the latter involving extremely rapid gearshifts. The driver can use both the selector lever and the shift paddles on the steering wheel to intervene manually.
Among the special features of the new 2021 BMW M5 Competition are its bespoke engine mounts with a stiffer spring rate. The drive unit’s firmer connection to the vehicle’s structure is clearly perceptible, resulting in an even more rapid engine response and immediate transmission of its power to the drivetrain. The car also turns into corners with noticeably greater directness and precision on account of the extra stiffness in the mounts.
The 2021 BMW M5 Competition is now available for pre-order at all BMW dealers nationwide with a starting price of P13,690,000 before any of the available options are fitted, which can be seen here.