BMW Configurator leaks face-lifted M5
BMW has inadvertently (or maybe not, seeing as how often cars get ‘leaked’ before their official releases) released a full range of images of the face-lifted M5.
M-Division’s pride and joy has been around since 2011 in its current guise, so the changes are minor, and include larger vertical slates on the grille, which is now similar to that of the M6, and a slightly updated headlight.
The cabin also receives a M6 delivered upgrade with the inclusion of the big coupé’s steering wheel, and a touch sensitive iDrive controller.
But it is what is planned for under the bonnet that is probably the reason for the early refresher, but you’ll have to tick an option box to see that difference. The standard 4,4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 will remain the same, but there will be a new Competition Package aimed at closing the performance gap between the hot 5-Series’ competition.
With the Competition Pack option selected the V8 gains an additional 33 kW, giving the M5 a total of 445 kW. On top of the power increase, the optional-extra will also fit the car with new wheels, firmer suspension and an altered M Dynamic mode.
There is no doubt that the sudden upgrade has to do with Mercedes-Benz releasing the staggering quick E63 AMG S, which is able to clear 100km/h from standstill in 3.6 seconds.
It is unlikely that the M5 will be able to compete on raw performance seeing as the E-class has a whole extra litre of engine capacity at its disposal, but M-Division will be hoping that the M5’s innate dynamics will be enough to out manoeuvre the E-Class, if not out run it.