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2014 BMW M5

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BMW’s decision to offer a revision for the M5 is a little bit surprising for us, considering the new generation was just unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Still, it looks like the company wants to keep the M5 as fresh as all the other models in the 5 Series lineup . After being tested for a few months, the revised M5 made its world debut today and will be put on sale later in July.

Just like in the standard version, the M5 is going to receive only minor revisions on the front and rear. BMW will add in updated headlights and a new kidney grille, a new rear bumper and new graphics for the taillights.

The new M5 keeps the usual V-8 engine, but, for the first time, BMW is also offering a Competition Package that adds an extra 15 horsepower.

Updated 05/19/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

Click past the jump to read more about the revised M5

Exterior

BMW M5

The M5 is a powerful car and it really needed no exterior updates. Still, BMW thinks it’s time to refresh its exterior look a little bit with the addition of a redesigned M kidney grille with the model designation and a double-spoke design, just like the M light alloys.

The model is offered with standard xenon headlights, but customers can also opt for the Adaptive LED Headlights, which emit a particularly bright white light generated by a pair of LED units situated horizontally in the middle of each light ring.

BMW Individual will offer, for the first time, a new range of exterior colors, including Pure Metal Silver, Pyrite Brown metallic and Frozen Blue metallic.

Interior

BMW M5

For the interior, the revised M5 gets a redesigned M leather steering wheel with design inspired by the double-spoke wheels. As a standard feature, BMW is offering the M5 with a Control Display, while the Touch Controller with a touch-sensitive surface is available as an option. The revised M5 is also features increased under-armrest storage compartment volume in the center console area.

BMW Individual is also offering two exclusive leather shades: Cashmere Beige and Nutmeg.

Drivetrain

BMW M5

Under the hood, the revised M5 keeps the usual high-revving 4.4-liter V-8 unit with M TwinPower Turbo technology that delivers a total of 560 horsepower between 6,000 and 7,000 rpm, and peak torque of 502 pound-feet between 1,500 and 5,750 rpm. The rev limiter intervenes at 7,200 rpm.

Thanks to this amazing output, the M5 can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in in 4.4 seconds, to 124 mph in 13.0 seconds and top speed is limited to 155 mph. Once you remove the limiter, however, you will enjoy a speed of up to 190 mph.

Prices

Prices for the revised BMW M5 will be announced later in July.

Competitors

2014 Jaguar XF-R

Jaguar XF-R

We’d be pretty torn to choose between the M5 and the XF-R. The new M5 has made quite an impression on us, but it lacks the elegance and the stance of the XF-R. The Jag also has a big advantage with its $83,200 price tag, while the M5 goes up to $90,200 (2013 pricing).

When compared to the M5, the XF-R is a little bit less powerful and slightly slower. A supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 that delivers a total of 510 horsepower powers this big cat, which helps get it to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. Additionally, we are still unsure if Jaguar has finally overcome the quality issues that have plagued it in recent years.

2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport

Cadillac CTS Sedan

Now that we have seen the next-generation Cadillac CTS, the new V version, which we assume is going to be the Vsport, is just around the corner. Only select information was released about the CTS Vsport, but it’s enough for us to make a loose opinion on it.

The Vsport is all about taking performance and luxury, and combining it in a relatively affordable package. Under its hood lies a 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine that produces 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. This is enough pop to get the Caddy to 60 mpg in only 4.6 seconds – 0.2 seconds slower than the Bimmer.

If you want to talk about sexiness, the M5 can’t hold a candle to the amazing redesign job GM gave the new CTS. Its body is not only elegant, but also oddly sporty in a way. The LED markers that run the front edge of the vehicle are something that we fell in love with from the moment we saw them and the hard body lines just sealed the deal. On the other hand, the M5 is just another boringly styled Bimmer in a slightly revised wrapper.

Lastly, the CTS-V was always the best-priced model in its class, as in 2013 it came in at only $63,215. We expect the Vsport to come in around the same price. Stay tuned on this model, however, as Cadillac may surprise us and release an even more powerful model bearing the more recognizable CTS-V moniker.

Conclusion

BMW M5

In our opinion the M5 needed no revision, but BMW’s decision to refresh it a little bit is more than welcomed. It is the perfect way to keep it young and even if it received just some small improvements it looks better than ever.

LOVE IT
  • Updated look
  • Improved interior
  • New Competition package
LEAVE IT
  • No output improvements

Press Release

BMW M5

Emphas is placed judiciously on certain areas of design enhances the enjoyment of the superior driving experience in the BMW M5 high-performance sedan. In parallel with the launch of the new BMW 5 Series Sedan, the new BMW 5 Series Touring and the new BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo, BMW M GmbH’s most successful model is also undergoing a carefully devised revision. Fine-tuned design underscores the hallmark M athleticism and challenging presence of the new BMW M5, while the optional Competition Package, new equipment features and a further extended range of BMW ConnectedDrive features emphasise its innovative character.

The BMW M5 is driven by a 4.4-litre V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology and peak output of 412 kW/560 hp. In combination with the seven-speed M dual-clutch transmission, the Active M Differential at the rear axle and model-specific suspension technology precisely tuned to the performance curve with racing know-how, this high-revving power unit guarantees outstanding dynamic driving performance. For a further boost in performance, the Competition Package now comes as an optional extra with features that tap into a new dimension of dynamics in trademark BMW M style.

The Competition Package was specifically devised to boost the handling properties of the BMW M5. With the Competition Package, the output of the high-revving V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology is raised by 11 kW to 423 kW/575 hp. In addition, the newly developed M carbon ceramic brakes have been available as an option since March 2013.

BMW M5

A particularly striking innovation in the appearance of the BMW M5 is the M “kidney grille”, which now features the model designation and whose slats cite the double-spoke design of the M light alloys. In addition to standard xenon headlights, there is now the option of Adaptive LED Headlights which emit a particularly bright white light generated by a pair of LED units situated horizontally in the middle of each light ring. A standard feature on the BMW M5 are the new-design tail lights with strikingly thin LED light strips that generate a high contrast and add to the unmistakable night-time look.

The hallmark M feeling is also conveyed by the M leather steering wheel, whose new design likewise takes visual cues from the double-spoke wheels. The interior of the sedan has also gained an increase in volume of the storage compartment under the armrest in the centre console area. The Control Display of the standard-fitted iDrive operating system now features chrome trim on the sides. For the first time, an optional Touch Controller is available with a touch-sensitive surface allowing, for example, characters to be entered when programming a destination for the navigation system.

As of July, BMW Individual will be offering a range of new exterior colours for the BMW M5 (Pure Metal Silver, Pyrite Brown metallic, Frozen Blue metallic and further BMW Individual matt paintwork finishes), as well as exclusive leather shades (Cashmere Beige and Nutmeg). With the BMW Individual paintwork Pure Metal Silver, for example, the body takes on a deep, brilliant lustre. This unique metallic gleam is down to the combination of a special-effect pigment with a water-based paint system. The addition of ultra-thin aluminium flakes guarantees a uniform and gleaming surface. Depending on the angle of view, these flakes create a light-dark contrast and accentuate the surfaces of the body. This paintwork showcases the model’s lines and contours to even better effect and adds striking touches to the vehicle’s design.

Acura ILX

The further extended range of features from BMW ConnectedDrive also ensures that the new BMW M5 is in pole position in its sector when it comes to intelligent connectivity. Innovative driver assistance systems and mobility services optimise safety and comfort while driving as well as the use of infotainment programmes. The new Driving Assistant system combines Lane Departure Warning with Collision Warning including braking function. Its camera, mounted in the windscreen area, registers vehicles and pedestrians and gives the driver visual and acoustic warning signals if a potential collision is detected. In critical situations, moderate hazard braking is actuated. The glare-free High Beam Assistant is now also optionally available for the BMW M5, while the Lane Change Warning system can now be used from a speed of 20 km/h (12.4 mph).

The new Online Entertainment option, meanwhile, makes for a particularly varied audio programme. It allows online access to a music database containing around 12 million tracks. In conjunction with the Navigation System Professional and the ConnectedDrive Services option, additional features are available, among them Concierge Services, Remote Services and Real Time Traffic Information.


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