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2021 BMW M5 Competition

616bhp Super Saloon gets fresh update and new tech

BMW’s updated performance saloon has arrived to bring the fight to the Mercedes-AMG E63, The 2021 M5 Competition (the only version available in the UK) receives a number of modifications, comprising of altered styling, new technology and a retuned chassis.

The exterior alterations consist of a new redesigned M kidney grille with a single-piece frame finished in high-gloss black. A revised front bumper with new air intakes. The headlights have also been redesigned, bringing new L-shaped LED tubes and incorporating BMW’s Dynamic Laser Matrix Beam. From the rear, darker three-dimensional rear lights, and a powerful rear apron with larger air diffuser and with two twin tailpipes typical of M vehicles.

BMW M5 2020 - static side 

Interior changes are similar to the recent facelifted 5 series, which include a larger 12.3in infotainment display running the latest iDrive system. Efforts have been made to improve ergonomics, Two new buttons on the centre console taken from the M8, one permits the driver to shift from Road mode to Track mode, which immobilises all bar the collision warning and Evasion Assistant and stops the hazard lights coming on under hard braking which is always irritating. The second button takes you to individual configuration modes for the engine, chassis and 8 speed auto gearbox.

BMW M5 2020 - front seats

The M5 keeps the same 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 power unit as before with the same power output of 616bhp, performance figures remain the same, with the M5 Competition having a 0-62mph time of 3.3sec and a top speed of 189mph, with the optional M Driver’s Package is applied.

BMW M5 2020 - rolling front

The chassis tweaks of the new M5 Competition entail new shock absorbers from the M8 Gran Coupe, to improve comfort by decreasing body movements over bumps and uneven services. The ‘M’ brakes are untouched but new colour options for the callipers are now accessible.

The 2021 M5 Competition is available from £98,095, with releases projected to start in the third quarter of 2020.