BMW’s new M5 will officially launch in July. In parallel with the unveiling of the new 5 Series Sedan, Touring and Gran Turismo, BMW M GmbH’s most successful model is also undergoing a carefully devised revision.
The new M5 is driven by a 4.4-litre V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology and peak output of 412 kW/560 hp. In combination with the seven-speed M dual-clutch transmission, the Active M Differential at the rear axle and model-specific suspension technology, the high-revving power unit promises to offer improved driving performance.
For a further boost in performance, a special ‘Competition Package’ has specifically been devised to boost the handling properties of the M5 even further. The output of the V8 engine is thus raised by 11 kW to 423 kW/575 hp. In addition, the newly developed M carbon ceramic brakes have been available as an option since March 2013.
A change in the exterior appearance of the M5 includes a revision to the M “kidney grille”, which now features the model designation and whose slats cite the double-spoke design of the M light alloys. In addition to standard xenon headlights, there is now the option of Adaptive LED Headlights which emit a particularly bright white light generated by a pair of LED units situated horizontally in the middle of each light ring. A standard feature on the BMW M5 are the new-design tail lights with thin LED light strips that generate a high contrast and add to the night-time look.
The M feeling is further conveyed by the M leather steering wheel, whose new design likewise takes visual cues from the double-spoke wheels. The interior of the sedan has also gained an increase in volume of the storage compartment under the armrest in the centre console area. The control display of the standard-fitted iDrive operating system now features chrome trim on the sides. For the first time, an optional Touch Controller is available with a touch-sensitive surface allowing, for example, characters to be entered when programming a destination for the navigation system.
5-Series design tweaks
BMW’s designers have introduced additional contour lines for the surround of the kidney grille and newly structured lower air intakes are aimed to add a more sporting appearance of the new Sedan and Touring. On both variants, the accentuated width of the rear end is underlined by an extra crease in the apron, as well as slimmer rear lights. Elsewhere, the side indicator lights are integrated into the exterior mirrors.