2021 M5 Comes with New Looks, New Tech, But Not Much More Performance

by Bimmerfest.com Member - BimmerFest Staff on June 17, 2020, 10:00 am

Since itís only a mid-cycle refresh, BMW can be forgiven for offering up a new M5 without much in the way of improved performance. Making 600 (or 617 hp if you opt for the Competition package) and 553 lb-ft of torque from its 4.4-liter V8, it should still be a rocket, though.

And indeed it does still get you to 60 mph in 3.2 (3.1 with Competition) and onto a top speed of 190 mph if you choose the higher trim. An 8-speed auto is still standard and the ability to disconnect the front axle to achieve slidey drifts.

The big changes donít come from the M division, then, and are mostly limited to the more aesthetic and technological realms. The new grille, for instance, is larger and works its way into the new M3-style headlights. New taillights round out the new look.

Inside, thereís a new, larger screen that measures 12.3-inches across and contains a cloud-based navigation system that allegedly works faster and better. The system now features Android Auto support as well as Apple CarPlay.

The Competition model also features a Track mode that disables all of the driving systems as well as the stereo system and the central infotainment display, to better allow you to focus on the road.

Expect to see the 2021 M5 in dealerships in August with a starting MSRP of $104,495 or $111,095 for the Competition model.

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