The time has arrived and BMW finally revealed the facelifted M5 F90 which is looking much more stunning than ever. There are a couple of things that should be highlighted like the new face, new features and new paint colours. Over the past 35 years, the M5 became iconic for being a subtle yet vicious performance saloon that has dawned to catch the many hearts of M fans. You can ask anyone about their favourite M cars and I guarantee you, any M5 generation is on their list. It is sort of like a supercar in a four-door body, it’s that impressive.
The facelift still uses the same S63 4.4 litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing 600 hp (441 kW) and 750 Nm of torque. Even on the competition model, it remains the same power output as the pre-facelift at 617 hp (453 kW). The power is split between the axles through three switchable xDrive modes which are 4WD, 4WD Sport which sends more power to the rear wheels, and 2WD which sends all the power to the rear wheels turning it into a traditional M car. For 2021, the M5 competition receives new shocks and improved damper control system to enhance the ride comfort.
This is where you will notice the difference and it is visibly distinct from the pre-facelift model. The lights are much slimmer with new L-shaped LED lights, a larger kidney grille joint together by the grille surround, and it has larger side air intakes. Moving to the rear we see a completely new design of the taillights, a restyled rear bumper, M-specific quad-exhaust pipes and a rear diffuser. For the M5 competition the kidney grille surround, exterior mirror caps, rear trunk spoiler and name badges are in black finish whilst the exhaust pipes are finished in black chrome.
There are two new colours available which are Brands Hatch Grey and Motegi Red metallic. BMW individual colours have been added for the customer to configure their M5 and those colours are Tanzanite Blue II Metallic, Adventurine Red Metallic and matte finish Frozen Bluestone.
The interior has gotten some tweak here and there, by fitting the modern 12.3-inch digital instrument display and 12.3-inch infotainment screen with the latest BMW 7.0 iDrive system. The interface is much more focused on displaying an M theme as the instrument cluster is distinguishable from normal BMW’s cluster by displaying track-focused information when in sporty modes. Navigation comes as standard and if you’re not fond with it you can still use Apple CarPlay to link your iPhone with the car’s system. That’s not all because at last Android Auto is also available meaning you can use Google Maps for navigation if ever you prefer it more. And BMW’s Intelligent Voice Assistant has been fitted which is activated by saying “Hey BMW” and performs tasks such as adjusting the climate control or setting a destination.
There is a new M mode which basically takes all the adjustments you’d make for your preferred driving feel like configuring engine response, chassis, suspension, steering, xDrive and setting them up properly to save the driver time from individually changing them. Push and hold the M mode button then the car enters Track mode which turns off the driver assistance system, audio system and centre control display so that the driver can focus on pushing the car to its limits on a racetrack without being disturbed.
The M5 facelift will make its way to our market before the end of 2020 and should arrive on the showrooms in no time. Prices are yet to be announced for this M5.
Source: The new BMW M5 and M5 Competition Press Release