BMW M5 Competition gets a new 2020 facelift

BMW’s latest flagship performance saloon is powered by a 616bhp 4.4-litre V8 engine – and it has a 0–62mph time of 3.3 seconds

BMW has launched a facelifted version of the M5 Competition. It follows the updated 5 Series into the showrooms as the German brand’s latest rival for the Audi RS 6 and forthcoming Mercedes E 63 AMG. The new M5 on sale in the UK now, with prices starting from £98,095.

The updated BMW M5 Competition features the same range of minor cosmetic updates found on the recently revised 5 Series, with a new front bumper, a reprofiled bonnet and a fettled front splitter. In addition, there are new adaptive LED headlamps, revised daytime running lights and a new pair of kidney grilles, fitted with more sharply angled vanes.

Best executive cars on sale now

At the rear, BMW has fitted a fresh pair of LED tail lights, a tweaked diffuser, a subtly revised bootlid and a new twin-exit exhaust system. Finally, buyers now have their choice of three new metallic paint finishes – Tanzanite Blue, Aventurine Red and Alvit Grey – as well as an extra 20-inch, twin-spoke alloy wheel design. 

Interior revisions also mirror those on the standard 5 Series, with buyers getting a new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a larger infotainment screen. Electrically adjustable sports seats and sun protective glass come as standard, while a Harmon/Kardon stereo, head-up display and an Alcantara headlining can be specced as optional extras.

BMW’s options list doesn’t stop there, though. The brand’s Technology Plus pack adds front and rear seat heating, a heated steering wheel, soft close doors and a seat massage function. The M5’s Ultimate Pack builds on this specification with a carbon fibre engine cover and Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system.

There’s a broader range of standard driver assistance technology, too. Buyers get lane- keeping assist, lane-change assist, a 360-degree parking camera, and BMW’s Parking Assistant Plus, which can take control of the car’s steering when reversing into spaces. BMW also now offers a Drive Recorder function, which uses the car’s built-in cameras to record footage from around the vehicle. 

Like the outgoing model, the facelifted BMW M5 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 engine, which develops 616bhp and 750Nm of torque. Power is fed to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox – although there is a setting which sends 100 percent of the engine’s power to the rear wheels, which BMW says makes the car better suited to drifting.

The revised M5 Competition performance figures are identical to the pre-facelift model, with a 0–62mph time of 3.3 seconds, a 0–124mph time of 10.8 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155mph – although, with BMW’s optional M Driver’s package fitted, this limit increases to 189mph.

Chassis upgrades over the standard BMW 5 Series include uprated dampers, stiffer engine mounts and larger disc brakes, with fixed six-piston calipers up front and single piston calipers at the rear. Buyers can also opt for a range of M Performance extras, such as coilover suspension and carbon fibre aero components.

What do you make of the facelifted BMW M5? Let us know in the comments section below… 

Recommended

Mega BMW M5 CS unleashed with 626bhp 
BMW M5 CS - front
News

Mega BMW M5 CS unleashed with 626bhp 

The tweaked twin-turbo V8 in the new BMW M5 CS makes it the brand’s most powerful production car yet 
26 Jan 2021
New 2021 Cupra Formentor gains new plug-in hybrid and petrol powertrains
Cupra Formentor
News

New 2021 Cupra Formentor gains new plug-in hybrid and petrol powertrains

Cupra has expanded the Formentor’s line-up again with 201bhp plug-in hybrid powertrain and two new 2.0-litre petrol engines
30 Apr 2021
New 986bhp F1-engined Mercedes-AMG One caught on camera
Mercedes-AMG One - 'ring
Mercedes

New 986bhp F1-engined Mercedes-AMG One caught on camera

Mercedes-AMG’s flagship hypercar has been spotted tearing around the Nurburgring, ahead of its expected launch later this year
16 Apr 2021

Most Popular

Appreciating cars: classic cars that go up in value
Appreciators: Renault 5
Features

Appreciating cars: classic cars that go up in value

Looking to invest in a modern classic? Here are some cars destined to appreciate in value
4 May 2021
Ford Escort XR3: we drive the hot hatch pioneer
Ford Escort XR3
Ford

Ford Escort XR3: we drive the hot hatch pioneer

Hot hatches democratised performance, and one of the pioneers, the Ford Escort XR3, is now over 40 years old
5 May 2021
Chinese EV brand NIO enters European market
Nio
Nio

Chinese EV brand NIO enters European market

NIO will soon start selling its electric vehicles, starting in Europe and likely heading to the UK too
6 May 2021