The BMW M5 and 5 Competition received a mid-cycle refresh for the upcoming year. The changes are similar to the 5 Series sedan like an improved infotainment system and performance. Now you get Track Mode and both are powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8. The I Drive system also adds more safety features.
2021 BMW M5 Competition Sedan

The M5 is a performance-oriented version of the rather executive and luxury-oriented BMW 5 Series sedan, designed and manufactured by BMW since 1972. However, the first M5 was built in 1985 on the 2nd generation E28 535i chassis with a modified engine from the M1. 

What’s New in the 2021 BMW M5 Sedan?

The 2021 BMW M5 is a mid-cycle facelift just as for the 5-series range from BMW. The facelift will sport a new L shaped headlight, redesigned front bumper along with a bigger "Kidney Grille". The rear gets some tweaks in the taillight with more angular bumper design and quad-tip exhaust. You get a black chrome treatment to the front grille, taillights, trunk spoiler, and badges when going for M5 competition.

All M5s now get a 12.3-inch infotainment display, rather than last year's 10.25-inch unit. 

The interior gets two massive 12.3-inch infotainment screens that add wireless Android Auto and now the I-Drive based navigation system works faster and better. Tweaks in the mechanicals of the vehicle such as the engine, transmission are not there. However, the M5 competition gets revised suspension and adds a new "Track Mode".

Pricing: 2021 BMW M5/M5 Competition

The 2021 BMW M5 is available in two trims viz. the M5 and the M5 Competition which are priced $104,495 and $111,095 respectively. There isn’t much difference between the two, though, with the Competition Package you get a few blacked-out elements, in place of the usual chrome look and a mere 17 HP bump in maximum power along with the “Competition” nametag with the M5 name.

Release Date

The 2021 BMW M5 will go on sale this August. The M5 has always been a high-revving, high-performance sedan with excellent handling, and the current M5 is no exception.

Engine and Performance

The 2021 M5 is powered by a 4.4L turbocharged V8 engine that puts out 600 HP @5700 rpm and 553 lb-ft. of torque @ 1800 rpm sending power to all the four wheels via an 8-speed "M Steptronic" automatic transmission. The Competition Pack does get a boost of 17 HP from its engine bumping the maximum power output to 617 HP @ 6000 rpm while the torque remains the same.

BMW M5 V8 4.4 Litre Turbocharged Powertrain

Although not as great sounding as the previous high-revving V10 engine, the turbocharged 4.4L V8 in the 2021 M5 packs a lot of punch under the hood, which you can enjoy when you want it. The M5 can also be as gentle as you want with the different driving modes available. Track mode in 2021 M5 Competition disables all the driver aids and shuts off the infotainment system completely so that you remain focused while driving in this mode.

Models

2021 BMW M5

2020 Mercedes-Benz E 63 S Sedan

2020 Audi RS7

2020 Porsche Panamera 4S Sedan

MSRP

$104,495 

$107,350

$114,000

$105,000

Engine

4.4L Turbocharged V8

4.0L Turbocharged V8

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8

2.9L Twin-Turbo V6

Drivetrain

All-wheel drive

All-wheel drive

All-wheel drive

All-wheel drive

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

9-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automated manual

Power (hp @ rpm)

600 @ 5700 / 617 @ 6000

603 @ 5750

590@

440 @ 5650

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

553 @ 1800

627 @ 2500

591

405 @ 1750

Out of the bunch, the M5 has the most powerful engine with an output of 600 HP @ 6000 rpm, but in terms of grunt, the E 63 S shatters the competition with its 627 lb-ft. of torque @ 2500 rpm. The performance among the German rivals is almost similar, and the M5 competition being the fastest with a 0 to 60 time of 3.1 seconds while the M5 takes 3.2 seconds. The M5 is equipped with 4-wheel ventilated anti-lock disc brakes and now the M compound is optional which sheds 23 kg of unsprung mass.

2021 BMW M5 Competition comes with Track Mode

Historically, the M5 has always handled beautifully, especially for its size. Not as nimble and agile as the supercars, it does tend to hide its mass quite well with the way the car handled. Unlike the older M5s, the sixth-gen M5 was upgraded with an all-new X-Drive all-wheel-drive system that improved the handling of the car which can now be disconnected to go more sideways. There are also four driving modes to choose from: Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and a new Track mode.

Fuel Economy

German sedans typically have a reliable engine and good mileage. Still, as the M5 is no typical sedan with performance close to the territory of supercars, there’s an obvious compromise in terms of fuel economy.

Models

2021 BMW M5

2020 Mercedes-Benz E 63 S Sedan

2020 Audi RS7

2020 Porsche Panamera 4S Sedan

MPG (City)

15

15

NA

18

MPG (Highway)

21

23

NA

26

MPG (Combined)

17

18

NA

21

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

20.1

21.1

NA

23.7

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

301.5 / 422.1

316.5 / 485.3

NA

426.6 / 616.2

The BMW M5 and its competitors are at the same ballpark when it comes to fuel economy, although the Porsche does edge out a bit with its less powerful V6 engine under the hood.

2021 BMW M5/M5 Competition: Interior

Interior is among the topmost preference when you are buying a high-performance super-sedan. Having an elegant interior is always a satisfying thing, and BMW doesn’t disappoint. With class BMW styling, elegant leather all around, comfortable, and supportive sports seats with a ton of features make spending time inside the car an occasion.

2021 BMW M5 Interior

With 20-way power adjustments for the driver and passenger seats with power-adjustable lumbar support means getting a comfortable seating position and snug fit is easy. The seats provide memory functions as well. The rear seats are 40/20/40 split fold-down seats and are equally satisfying. The front seats have a 3-stage heating functionality as well, for comfortable commute during the winters.

Models

2021 BMW M5

2020 Mercedes-Benz E 63 S Sedan

2021 Audi RS7

2020 Porsche Panamera 4S Sedan

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

FrontRow(Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

40.7 / 58.7 / 41.4

37.3 / 57.8 / 41.7

NA

NA

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.5 / 55.9 / 36.5

38.2 / 57.1 / 36.2

NA

NA

The interior dimensions of the 2020 M5 and its competitors are similar, with all of them providing proper seating for five people.

The 2021 BMW M5 tech updates

The 2021 BMW M5 gets a bigger 12.3 touchscreen for the infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration which is now wireless. The cloud-based navigation system is now faster and odes better route calculations.

2021 BMW M5's new 12.3-inch touchscreen 

Moreover, AM/FM in-dash stereo with Radio Data System (RDS) is present along with HD Radio with “multicast” FM station reception. Furthermore, SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 1-year All Access subscription also comes with the M5.

2021 BMW M5/M5 Competition: Exterior

As mentioned earlier, the 2021 BMW M5 will be a mid-cycle facelift sporting a new L shaped headlight design and a sharp-edged bigger kidney grille. Some tweaks in the taillight are done with the revised bumper design. 

2021 BMW M5 gets mild exterior changes

Nonetheless, the 2021 M5 won’t be much distinct in its overall looks from the 2020 M5. The 2021 M5 was due for a facelift and now it gets more creases on the sides for a sharper design. Here, the M5 strikes a perfect balance between executive and sporty aspects.

Models

2021 BMW M5

2020 Mercedes-Benz E 63 S Sedan

2020 Audi RS7

2020 Porsche Panamera 4S Sedan

Curb Weight (lb)

4370

4497

NA

4296

Length (inches)

195.5

196.4

NA

198.8

Width (inches)

74.9

75.1

NA

76.3

Height (inches)

58.0

56.6

NA

56.0

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.2

NA

NA

NA

Wheelbase (inches)

117.4

115.7

NA

116.1

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

NA

13.1

NA

17.6

Exterior dimension wise, the 2021 BMW M5 and its competitors are more or less in the same ballpark.

Some of the standout exterior features of the 2021 BMW M5 include:

  • 19” wheels (20” in the Competition Package)
  • Power-folding, heated side mirrors
  • Rear spoiler
  • Signature M gills
  • Chrome exhaust tips (Black chrome exhaust tip and design elements in the Competition Package)

2021 BMW M5/M5 Competition: Safety  Features

The 2021 BMW M5 comes standard with lane departure warning with steering assist, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic high-beam assist.On top of your typical standard safety features, some of the standout safety features of the 2021 model include:

  • Front and rear Head Protection System (HPS)
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Daytime Pedestrian Protection
  • Active Blind Spot Detection
  • Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation
  • BMW’s Active Protection System

Final Verdict

Being a mainly performance-oriented version of the regular 5-series, there’s not much to choose from. Nonetheless, it does come with two versions without much difference between the two. The M5 strikes a balance between luxury and performance and has its value proposition. There are other worthy alternatives to the BMW M5 with their unique characteristics and their individual pros and cons. With that being said, the BMW M5 is the perfect choice for blistering performance on the race track and tamed road manners when you need it.

FAQ's

What is the price of BMW M5 Sedan?

The M5 and the M5 Competition are priced $104,495 and $111,095 respectively.

Does BMW M5 come with all-wheel-drive?

Yes, the BMW M5 and M5 Competition come with all-wheel-drive as standard which can also be disconnected in a certain mode.

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