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Chassis updates for Munich's 616bhp super saloon bring the fight to the Mercedes-AMG E63
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16 June 2020

BMW’s M5 performance saloon has been updated to bring it into line with the recently facelifted 5 Series. The Mercedes-AMG E63 rival receives a number of revisions, including tweaked styling, new in-car technology and a retuned chassis.

The exterior changes for the M5 are mostly focused on the front end, where a new double-bar grille design features alongside a reprofiled bumper with new air intakes. The headlights have also been redesigned, bringing new L-shaped LED tubes and incorporating BMW’s Dynamic Laser Matrix Beam for extra brightness on full beam.

At the rear, there’s a new apron and diffuser design, alongside fresh 3D LED taillights and a new tailpipe shape.

The updated M5 is covered in new black detailing, including on the grille and intake mesh, bootlid spoiler, mirror caps, tailpipes and rear apron. Five new paint finishes and a new 20in wheel design also feature.

The changes to the cabin reflect those in the standard 5 Series and include a larger 12.3in infotainment display running the latest, seventh-generation iDrive system. Efforts have been made to improve ergonomics, with two new buttons on the centre console taken from the M8.

One allows the driver to switch quickly from Road mode, wherein all the safety systems are operational, to Track mode, which disables all bar the collision warning and Evasion Assistant. It even stops the hazard lights from coming on under hard braking. The other button quickly takes you to individual configuration modes for the engine, chassis and standard eight-speed automatic ’box.

Although there were suggestions that more power would be extracted from the M5’s 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8, there are the same two powertrain options as before. The standard M5 (which isn’t offered in the UK) produces 592bhp, while the M5 Competition gets 616bhp.

Performance is identical, with the M5 Competition able to sprint from 0-62mph in 3.3sec and onto a top speed of 189mph when the optional M Driver’s Package is specified.

The M5 Competition has received chassis revisions, however, in the form of new shock absorbers from the M8 Gran Coupé. These are claimed to improve comfort by reducing body movements over bumps and ruts. The M Compound brakes are unchanged, but new colour options for the calipers are now available.

The updated M5 Competition is priced from £98,095 in the UK, which is actually £40 less than the quoted on-the-road price of today’s model. Deliveries are expected to start in the third quarter of 2020.

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16 June 2020

For a few years I have thought that the big premium brands are forever accelerating towards the the cliff edge like lemmings. Is the real challenge of the next decade to get an ICE car to have a couple more bhp or nm's , or shave 0.1 second off the time posted by the nearest rival. Seems a waste of R&D funds.

As the world heads towards recession is there really a need to compete with BEV's on straight line performance. Tesla, Jag, Porsche can win that war anytime they like with a software upgrade. If the big boys concentrated on spending ever decreasing budgets to match those existing products and many new potential market disruptors earmarked for production then we would all better served.

17 June 2020

Came here to post exactly the same, seems like a total waste of R&D and marketing, and effort on autocar's part to even type it up. It's almost the last car I can think of someone spending money on right now, either buy a 2nd hand one for half the price or something progressive, these type of cars are dinosaurs and constantly updating them with a couple more bhp is pointless.

18 June 2020
mrking wrote:

Came here to post exactly the same, seems like a total waste of R&D and marketing, and effort on autocar's part to even type it up. It's almost the last car I can think of someone spending money on right now, either buy a 2nd hand one for half the price or something progressive, these type of cars are dinosaurs and constantly updating them with a couple more bhp is pointless.

You might find this hard to fathom, but not everyoe thinks like you. Rightly or wrongly, some people don't buy cars just to be 'progressive'. They buy cetain cars because they enjoy driving and owning them. And there is clearly a market for cars like this, otherwise they would not be made.

17 June 2020

At least they haven't Bugs Bunnied it.

17 June 2020
You are absolutely right in what you write.
It is therefore frustrating that we can't marvel at the superlatives of this car. I've not driven an M5 but I can't think of a better car to cruise across Europe four up.
Bloody Cov19!

17 June 2020

It doesn't look any different to the current version to me.

Disappointed it isn't a bit more radical but that's BMW for you.

18 June 2020

 That's two words, two words that tell you what this and others like it give you, if you want to just get from A to B the most efficient way, then buy something like that, nothing wrong with that, but don't condemn others if now and again they get the need for speed, it's my old adage again ....my money my choice.

19 June 2020

I have the current F90 M5 Comp, it's a great car to drive fast or slow, I would have liked a bit more of an upgrade, and the price is way too much, heavy discounts needed to sell them.

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