Updated BMW M5 gets minor cosmetic tweaks, new safety features and optional 'Competition Package'

The facelifted BMW M5, which is set to launch in July 2013, will benefit from minor updates and a new 'Competition Package'.

Little has changed mechanically, with the car retaining the 552bhp twin-turbo V8 and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The new competition package, however, boosts output to 567bhp for those wanting "outstanding dynamic driving performance". 

Externally, the key changes include a new grille, new-design tail lights, optional adaptive LED headlights and several additional paint schemes, including matt finishes.

The changes are similarly minor inside, with the high-performance saloon receiving a different steering wheel, a larger storage compartment under the armrest and chrome trim on the iDrive's control display. An optional touch control is offered for the iDrive system as well, for the first time.

The M5's assistance systems have also been upgraded to improve driver comfort and safety. The M5 now gets a 'Driving Assistant' feature which combines lane departure warning, collision warning and automatic emergency braking.

Other upgrades to the BMW include optional automatic main beam assistance, a lane-change warning system that now operates from upwards of 12.4mph, and an 'Online Entertainment' pack which allows the car to access a database containing 12 million tracks.

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20 May 2013

That's the cabin from the 6 series is it not?

20 May 2013

yup, M6

twitter @anikadamali, @notPCnairobi

20 May 2013

whats the competition package actually about, a competition to see just how little extra bhp you can get away with and claim improvements. Whilst I do realise there maybe more to it than just the extra 15bhp (2.7% increase)....... come on!

20 May 2013

Don't care if it is from a 6 series, 5 seats, big boot,drive like the Vicar or drive like Vettel, my ideal car, now, where my Wallet?

Peter Cavellini.

20 May 2013

According to the BMW Press site, the cabin photos are from the facelifted M5, not the M6.

21 May 2013

in that case they have started putting the M6 cabin in the M5

twitter @anikadamali, @notPCnairobi

8 July 2013

Glad to see the classic features remain after the facelift. Saw that exact exhaust kit fitted by someone at M3 Cutters recently which was an absolute beaut. Would love to see an M5 like this come in for a good old bmw service at Service4Service.

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