2021 BMW M5 Facelift Spied With Minor Updates

Spy photographers have snapped the facelifted BMW 5-Series on multiple occasions and now we’re getting our first glimpse of the updated M5.

Given this is an early prototype, the changes aren’t very dramatic. However, the model has a heavily camouflaged front fascia which likely hides a larger grille and modified air intakes.

There doesn’t appear to be any other updates, but previous 5-Series prototypes have been spotted with restyled headlights which appear a bit slimmer than those used on the current model. Those prototypes also had a camouflaged rear end which suggests the car could be equipped with a new rear bumper and modified taillights.

The styling changes will likely continue in the cabin and we wouldn’t be surprised if the M5 was outfitted with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.25- or 12.3-inch infotainment system. The car could also have revised switchgear and a new center stack, but nothing is official as of yet.

Under the hood, we can expect a 4.4-liter M TwinPower Turbo V8 engine. It currently produces 592 hp (441 kW / 600 PS) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque. It remains unclear if the facelifted model will receive a power boost, but the engine enable the all-wheel drive sedan to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.4 seconds, before hitting a top speed of up to 189 mph (305 km/h) when equipped with the optional M Driver’s Package.

Also Read: 2018 BMW M5 Officially Unveiled With AWD And 600 HP

There should also be a new M5 Competition. It features an upgraded engine that produces 617 hp (460 kW / 625 PS) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque. The extra power drops the 0-62 (0-100 km/h) time to 3.3 seconds, while the top speed remains unchanged at 189 mph (305 km/h).

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Picture credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for Carscoops

  • Leconte Dave

    I’m wondering if i should buy the competition or just the regular. I did a test drive in the competition

    • Gary

      The test drive is EXTREMELY deceiving because they have detuned both cars for the duration of the “break in” period which is from 0-1200 miles. As a result, both cars have approximately the same power until after they are broken in. What happens is you will take in the car at 1200 miles and they will change the fluids and then increase your turbo boost levels to where they are supposed to be, thereby giving the car its full power. Until then, you really can’t even begin to imagine the difference. That said, I HIGHLY recommend the competition. They say it has 17 more horsepower, however, it really seems to have more than that. Its a VERY noticeable difference, primarily in the 70 – 120 mph acceleration. Having said that, BOTH are GREAT cars and unless you’ve driven a broken in competition, without that frame of reference, I can promise that it will keep you thrilled! Also, if possible, see if any gas pumps in your area carry either 95 or 100 octane. Thank me later! hahahaha

  • Six_Tymes

    21 not a 20? wow, that’s advanced

  • Gary

    One other thing… the M Drivers package with the regular M5 DOES NOT give you a top speed of 189 mph. It is 165 in the regular M5. Based on this article, I originally got the regular M5 only to find out later that they only up the top speed to 165 with the m drivers package. I was PISSED. If it hasn’t been for my getting a lemon, I would have been stuck with that for 3 years. ONLY THE COMPETITION DOES THE 189 MPH.

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