Overview

The BMW M5 has been updated with modified styling, new in-car technology and a retuned chassis.

The facelifted BMW M5 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 engine, which delivers 616bhp and 750Nm of torque. Power is fed to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox and it has a 0–62mph time of 3.3 seconds.

Now in its sixth generation, the new BMW M5 has added more eye-catching elements to its design, including a new front bumper with the new redesigned M kidney grille finished in high-gloss black. A reprofiled bonnet, an aggressive front splitter, new adaptive LED headlamps with revised daytime running lights, darker three-dimensional rear lights, and a powerful rear apron with larger air diffuser and two twin tailpipes add to the new styling.

In the cabin there are revised colour and trim options and a larger 12.3in infotainment display running the latest BMW iDrive system. This facelifted M5 is a statement of pure performance and driver connectivity.



Design

In every inch of the new BMW M5 design there is athletic proportions. For superb handling the facelifted M5 has a lower centre of gravity and a wider stance than ever before.

Instantly noticeable is the new larger BMW kidney grille design and reprofiled front bumper with new air intakes, seamlessly integrated with the redesigned Adaptive LED Shadowline headlights, bringing new L-shaped LED tubes and incorporating BMW’s Dynamic Laser Matrix Beam for extra brightness on full beam.

At the rear, there is a new apron and diffuser design, fresh 3D LED taillights and a new tailpipe shape. All of this plus the M5 is covered in new black detailing: on the grille, intake mesh, bootlid spoiler, mirror caps, tailpipes and rear apron.

Inside, you will find luxurious full merino leather and track-inspired M detailing, such as the M leather steering wheel with red pre-configurable M1 and M2 driver setting buttons. And, if you add BMW’s Technology Plus pack option, you’ll enjoy front and rear seat heating, a heated steering wheel, soft close doors and a seat massage function. The M5’s Ultimate Pack builds on this specification with a carbon fibre engine cover and Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system.

Performance

BMW say the new M5 is a master of thrills with track inspired performance technology. The BMW M5 Competition is the most powerful motor that BMW M has ever developed for a series production vehicle.

The 4.4-litre engine delivers 625bhp, 750 Nm of torque, and goes from 0 to 62mh in a mere 3.3 seconds. It will hit 124mph in just 10.8 seconds with a top speed limited to 155mph.

There’s an eight-speed automatic gearbox with most of the power being sent exclusively to the rear wheels depending on the chosen drive mode. Plus, all four wheels come with increased camber and 20-inch sporty alloy wheels.

Performance enhancements over the standard BMW 5 Series include M Servotronic steering for precision handling, uprated dampers, stiffer bespoke engine mounts, larger yet lighter M Compound disc brakes, now finished in a red calliper, and an M Sport valved exhaust system for those M Soundtrack notes which you’ll hear to your delight pumped through speakers into the cabin. All of the enhancements create a more connected feeling to the road ahead.

You can also opt for a range of M Performance extras such as coilover suspension and carbon fibre aero components to boot. 

Technology

Now more connected than ever before, the BMW M5 features BMW ConnectedDrive with Intelligent Personal Assistant and the latest standard Connective Package Professional. This comes with Real Time Traffic Information, Connected Music, and Remote Services and Smartphone Integration featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for the first time.

You’ll also be excited by the added Head-up Display and a new larger 12.3" touchscreen central information display running the latest 7.0 iDrive system.

Inside the facelifted BMW M5 there is a broader range of standard driver assistance technology too, with lane- keeping assist, lane-change assist, a 360-degree parking camera, and BMW’s Parking Assistant Plus which can take control of the car’s steering when reversing into spaces. You will also get Drive Recorder function which uses the car’s built-in cameras to record footage from around the vehicle.

And if you wish to take the M5 on track, you can switch to Track mode, which will disable safety systems all bar the collision warning and Evasion Assistant.

Safety

The BMW M5 takes safety very seriously with the standard 5 Series scoring very highly and the standard autonomous braking system commended.

The M5 comes fitted as standard with the BMW Driving Assistant, this gives you lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert and traffic sign recognition, on top of the adaptive cruise control.

You also get Anti-lock brakes, Stability control, Front-impact airbags, Side impact airbags, Overhead airbags and Seatbelt pretensioners.

The Security systems are high-end and will anticipate and detect unwanted vehicle intrusion, plus comes with an ignition disable device that will prevent the engine from starting if the correct original manufacturer key is not used for extra peace of mind.

With the four-wheel drive added traction, a rigidly engineered structure and an array of safety technology – there has never been a safer BMW M5.

M5 Competition 360° View