BMW has launched the facelifted 2021 BMW M5 and M5 Competition with a sharper design and upgraded suspension.
Australian buyers will only have access to the higher-spec 2021 BMW M5 Competition, due to arrive in October, with the standard M5 dropped from the local line-up in 2018.
Borrowing components from the BMW M8 Gran Coupé, the M5 secures new shock absorbers and retuned suspension. The M5 Competition is slightly lowered and reportedly gets stiffer engine mounts, reducing flex and improving driver feedback.
The facelifted M5 has gained the headlights, taillights, and grille from the recent 5 Series LCI facelift, but the super sedan gets a few unique touches of its own.
Whereas the striking L-shaped daytime-running lights (DRL) are an option on the standard 5 Series range, they come standard on the M5. The design is a nod to the first 'angel eyes' that appeared on the BMW E39 M5.
Buyers that choose the Shadowline option will see all chrome brightwork turned to black and the headlights darkened with tint, further accentuating the DRLs.
The M5 Competition gets the 20-inch M Double Spoke alloy wheels previously seen on the M8. BMW has also added five new exterior colours – including a new matte finish called Frozen Bluestone metallic.
There's no change from the current driveline, with the facelifted F90 M5 being powered by a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 and mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox with all-wheel-drive.
BMW's M xDrive system can be configured as all-wheel-drive, rear-biased all-wheel-drive, or completely rear-wheel-drive, depending on the driver's preference.
The M5 Competition is no shrinking violet, with 460kW and 750Nm propelling occupants to 100km/h in only 3.3 seconds.
Six-piston front brake calipers and single-piston rear brake calipers provide stopping power, with a ceramic option that improve braking performance and longevity, and saves 23 kilograms of unsprung weight.
The M5 gets two new buttons inside: Setup and M Mode, the latter allowing the driver to switch between Road and Sport modes quickly. The M5 Competition also has a Track capability, disabling all comfort, safety, and driving assistants.
A new 12.3-inch screen with BMW's OS 7.0 system is also offered with Live Cockpit display.
Only the 2021 BMW M5 Competition will be offered to Australian buyers, with deliveries expected from October.