What's red, mean, and ready to tear up the roads? It's this, the 2021 BMW M5 Competition. Revealed alongside the standard 2021 BMW M5, this big brute of a sports sedan recently received a facelift that keeps it fresh and up to date, as well as some key upgrades inside and out.
While it may not look like it, the 2021 M5 gets a larger dual-kidney front grille, along with a more sculpted front bumper that gives it a sportier look. Also new are the L-shaped LED headlights that appear to be sharper and slimmer than the ones used before.
The rear, on the other hand, gets a subtle refresh courtesy of a more angular bumper and diffuser, revised LED taillights, and M-specific twin dual exhaust pipes. Topping it all of are the 20-inch M-specific 810M alloy wheels. Opt for the M5 Competition and the usual chrome bits are finished in black chrome. These include the front grille, taillight surrounds, trunk spoiler, and badges.
The cabin relatively remains the same, apart from some key additions here and there. It now has Live Cockpit which was previously unavailable on the pre-updated models. With it, the M5 and M5 Competition get two massive 12.3-inch screens – one serves as the infotainment touchscreen, while the other serves as the digital instrument cluster.
There's also the addition of iDrive7 which now supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and full Merino leather upholstery which is only available for the M5 Competition.
Under the hood, power still comes from a 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo V8 engine. In standard form, the M5 cranks out 600 PS while the slightly more powerful M5 Competition packs 617 PS. Torque for the two models remains at 750 Nm, however.
The former can go from 0 – 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds while the latter can do it faster in 3.3 seconds. As before, power is sent to all four wheels via an all-wheel-drive system and 8-speed automatic transmission. The driver can set the M5's transmission to 4WD, 4WD Sport, as well as 2WD.
The engine may be the same, but BMW was busy fiddling with the M5's chassis and suspension. It now comes with M8 Gran Coupe-derived dampers which BMW claims will offer better driveability and handling while on the limit. It also has a retuned chassis as well as tweaked suspension springs which further compliment the M5's sharper handling.
Thinking of getting one? There's no word yet as to when it will be arriving here but hopefully, it will not be a long wait for fans of the BMW M5 here.