The 2021 BMW M5 Looks Like a Sleeper And Packs a Solid Punch
Back in May 2020, BMW unveiled the mid-cycle facelift for its midsize sedan, the 5 Series. Just one month later, the German firm introduced the same update for the high-performance M5 model. The facelift adds a revised exterior, some new tech, and upholstery choices inside the cabin, but the drivetrain remains unchanged. Let’s find out more about it below.
Everything You Need to Know About The Facelifted 2021 BMW 5 Series
Are These Leaked Images of the 2021 BMW 5 Series Legitimate?
We’re back with another BMW-related leak. This time, the revised G30 BMW 5 Series has surfaced online in a set of pictures that look like the real deal.
Unlike the next-gen BMW 2 Series Coupé, the arrival of a facelifted 5 Series was previously documented by various spyshots, so it was only a matter of time before it broke cover, one way or the other.
2021 BMW M5
The BMW 5 Series is in line for a mid-cycle refresh and it won’t be long before it comes to full effect. What’s more, the revamp will also affect the M5 performance sedan, as our spy photographers have spotted a heavy-camo’ed facelifted BMW M5 mule out on the open road.
BMW is tight-lipped about the revised M5 (as it is about the 5 Series as a whole) but the test prototype displays a couple of interesting changes that touch on the front and rear light clusters and bumpers. There’s no word on power upgrades yet, but let’s take a better look at what the revamped M5 might have in store for us.
Update 2/21/20200: The 2021 BMW M5 was just spotted doing some cold-weather testing and it’s starting to come together nicely. Check out the new spy shots and what we’ve learned in our “Spy Shots” section below!
The 2020 BMW X1 Has Launched, but Don’t Worry About Rushing to Upgrade
The BMW X1, while classified as an SUV – or SAV – as BMW calls it, is really little more than a lifted hatchback. It’s even front-wheel biased from base to range-topping model. It’s currently in its second generation and, after 5 years on the market, it was time for BMW to freshen up the little SUV that could. Or maybe it couldn’t; we’re not sure yet. The point is that the X1 has been refreshed for the 2020 model year and, while there is a little bit of new scattered here and there, most of the design is about as fresh as you are after a hard workout and showering without soap – you might not stink anymore, but that “freshness” isn’t going to last long. So, what does the X1 offer for the 2020 model year? Let’s take a quick look.
2018 BMW 2 Series Coupe
A few years back, someone at BMW thought it would be fun to place the magical name game. Instead of the 1 Series being sold as a coupe, convertible, three-door, or five-door, BMW decided to take the coupe and convertible models and call them the 2 Series. It was a little confusing at first, but a lot of good came out of it. The 2 Series coupe is larger than the model it replaced and came complete with a four-cylinder that was more powerful and offered better fuel efficiency compared to the V-6 in the old 1 Series coupe. And, of course, don’t forget that we were also blessed with the gorgeous BMW M2. Come the 2018 model year, and the entire 2 Series lineup is due for an update. BMW’s PR talk would leave you to believe that we’re talking about a new generational model, but truth be told, the changes are quite thin for 2018. Exterior changes are limited to new lighting units, while the interior gets a mildly revised dash and updated iDrive infotainment system. As far as motivation goes, you’ll have your choice of three-, four-, and six-cylinder mills (depending on market) that deliver between 136 and 340 horsepower.
Just to be clear, BMW says the 2018 2 Series is a new-gen model, but all evidence points to the contrary. Changes are minimal, and the 2 Series has really only been around since 2014, so it wouldn’t make sense for a new-gen model to be ushered in so quickly. With that said, let’s take a closer look at what the 2018 model will offer when it goes on sale in July of 2017.
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2017 BMW M240i M Performance Edition
The BMW M240i represents a lot of things to the 2 Series family. It’s not quite on the level of the M2, but it also offers better performance cues and styling upgrades over other variants of the 2 Series that fall below it in the pecking order. In other words, the M240i is the bridge that connects the 2 Series to the M2. It also happens to be well-endowed with new equipment that helps shape its identity as the M2’s baby brother.
So as we welcome the arrival of the refreshed BMW 2 Series, it comes as no surprise that a limited edition M240i M Performance Edition is following suit with plenty of its own tweaks that help, in BMW’s own words, “express the athletic appeal of the compact sports coupe even more.” We like how BMW phrased that to describe the limited-run M240i M Performance Edition. It’s basically saying that while there are already enough reasons to love the M240i for what it inherently is, there are still ways to make it even better. The special edition M240i does its part in filling those gaps. Only 750 units of the sports coupe will be built so expect the special edition model to sell out quickly once it hits the market this coming July.
Continue after the jump to read more about the BMW M240i M Performance Edition.
Pops’ Rants: Facelifts are BS; Someone at Rolls-Royce May Be Smoking Pot
Boy, I sure miss the good old days when car updates were more about the update and less about meaningless words in press releases. Things were much simpler back in the 1960s when most cars received yearly updates. No three-year planning, no bullshit. "Welcome to the new model year, have some redesigned features and a few extras," was the norm and it was absolutely brilliant. Nowadays, we just get facelifts with new headlamps and new speedometer needless. Pfeh!
If you haven’t been reading the news, BMW just upgraded the 2 Series and M2. And, by upgraded, I mean that it launched a big press release about nothing and made fewer improvements than the number of cups of coffee I have each morning. And trust me, I don’t drink too many. That’s slightly revised headlamps and taillights, new dashboard trim, and some minor changes to the instrument cluster. Facelift? I think not! You know what this is? Removing a mole off your nose and calling it a rhinoplasty.
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2016 - 2018 BMW M2
BMW needed a successor for the 1 Series Coupe, so it created the 2 Series in 2014. It took a couple of years, but BMW finally graced us with the BMW M2 To put it simply, BMW created a car with some of the 1M’s charm mixed in with the aggressiveness of the BMW M4. The exterior featured a menacing front fascia with large air inlets while the rear featured a sculpted fascia with deep character lines and vertical reflectors in the corners. The interior was driver-focused and littered with M-specific features like exclusive gauge needles, sport seats with adjustable side bolsters, M steering wheel, and an infotainment system that featured a GoPro and M Laptimer app. All told, it was the compact M coupe we’ve been waiting for since the 1M was discontinued in 2012.
It would be hard not to say that the M2 was essentially an M235i on steroids, but that doesn’t change the fact that the M2 is still tied to iconic models like the E30 M3 and the 2002 Turbo from 1973. Even though it’s hard to consider something smaller like the M2, when you could just as easily get an M4, it’s the power that comes with the little coupe that makes it worth its weight in gold. The 3.0-liter engine under the hood features M TwinPower Turbo technology and develops 365 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to send Bimmers smallest M to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds or 4.2 seconds with DCT.
Updated 05/12/2017: BMW dropped the official details on the facelift M2 sports car, with just a few weeks before its market launch in July 2017.
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2016 - 2018 BMW 1 Series
Unveiled back in 2011, the second generation of the 1 Series is now part of a growing family of BMW compact models, having been accompanied by the 2 Series Coupe, Cabriolet model and Active Tourer variant back in 2014. Available in either three-door or five-door guises, the smallest BMW model is rivaled by the likes of the Audi A3, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and the Lexus CT, but unlike any of the aforementioned models it is the only car in its segment to be based on a rear-wheel drive architecture. Its engine lineup consists of a host of turbocharged four and six-cylinder engines, paired with either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission sourced from ZF, while all-wheel drive xDrive traction is available on selected models.
With the model now a little over three years old, the Bavarian carmaker has recently facelifted its five and three-door range, restyling much of its controveral exterior design and refreshing the entire engine lineup. Bringing a reduction in fuel consumption of up to 12 percent, new 1.5-liter three-cylinder diesel and gasoline engines now constitute the base models, having been borrowed from the latest MINI. The model with the lowest fuel consumption in the entire range will now be the 116d EfficientDynamics Edition, whose 116 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque are paired with a combined fuel economy of just 69.2 mpg. The biggest surprise comes on the outside though, as the new BMW 1 Series Life Cycle Impulse (LCI) shows an completely different look. Gone are the "Angry Birds" headlights, having been replaced by restyled ones that are more in line with the current BMW design theme. Small improvements to the front and rear bumpers have also been made, while the square-ish taillights are now L-shaped, just like on pretty much every other BMW model.
Update 5/9/2017: BMW will update the current 1 Series Hatch one last time before it ushers in a new-gen, FWD model to replace it. Check out our special section below to see the new spy shots and to learn more about it.
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BMW M2 Facelift Shows Just How Lazy BMW Can Be
When I woke up this morning, I fired up my iPad and went about my usual routine of seeing what was going on in the world today. Before I could make it through even half of the usual drama associated with this country’s current political state, I got a message from a buddy overseas saying the facelifted M2 leaked on a Belgian website along with a link back to our friends over at Bimmer Today. Sure enough, the story checks out, but right away I noticed that this facelift will be nothing to write home about. And, in all honesty, is really not even worth mentioning. But I thought maybe one or two of you might like to know what to expect when the 2018 BMW M2 goes on sale and why you’ll probably want to hold off on upgrading to a newer model.
To put things simply, the only changes to be had come in the form of new exterior lights. Up front, the headlights will keep the same shape and form, and even the weird little eyelid at the top of the light, but the LED adaptive lights will now take on a more angular look with clearly defined points that creates a broken hexagonal look. Around back, the only real difference is that the darker area of the taillight lens will now sit flat in the center and the reverse light will now sit at the very bottom of the taillight, toward the lower, inner corner. The reverse light will be a bit thinner and longer than before. This is great and all, but sadly, those are the only changes that you should expect from the 2018 M2, and it’s enough for me to suggest that you wait if you were considering on trading in an updating to a newer model.
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The revised 2014 BMW M5 comes with just small updates on the exterior and the interior, but it offers one of the greatest addition of the past few years: a new Competition Package that adds an extra 15 horsepower under the hood.
Next to the extra power the M5 equipped with the Competition Package is offering an extensively tuned chassis set-up. It gets new coil springs and damper calibrations and stiffened anti-sway bars that have lowered the car’s ride by 10 mm (0.39 inches). Thank to these updates the car’s cornering dynamics and tractability have been improved, and the 0 to 60 mph sprint time was reduced by 0.1 seconds.
The package is also offering unique 20-inch M light-alloy wheels, a sport exhaust system featuring M quad tailpipes finished in Black Chrome and re-mapped M Dynamic Mode (MDM) of DSC (Dynamic Stability Control).
The new BMW M5 Competition Package will go on sale on the U.S. market in August 2013. The package will add another $7,300 to the M5’s starting price of $90,900.
Updated 03/18/2014: BMW finally unchained the new M5 Competition Package in a video that shows the car’s breathtaking power and precision. Enjoy!
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For true car nuts, there is nothing better than having total control over your car’s power via a manual transmission. Unfortunately, we three-pedal lovers are becoming less and less common each year, especially with the advancements being made in automatic transmission technology. This disappearance of the slush-box automatics and introduction of precision shifting performance automatics has left the manual transmission as an undesirable hunk of metal.
The BMW M-Series is a clear example of where a manual transmission is at its best. With the baby brother, the M3, punching out 414 ponies and its two big brothers, the M5 and M6, slated to wallop the concrete with 560 horsepower; we think a manual transmission is the only way to really experience them. Well, apparently we are in the minority, as according to Inside Line, only 15 to 20 percent of the M5s sold in the U.S. last year were six-speed manuals and BMW has taken notice.
With this, BMW has decided that the next generation M5 and M6 will not be engineered with a manual transmission option, leaving just a dual-clutch automatic as the only available transmission. This makes the reports that the U.S.-bound M6 models will come with a manual option seem like they were just pipe dreams. The M3, however, will still receive its typical no-cost manual transmission option.
Fortunately for us, the dual clutch transmission is just as responsive, if not more responsive, than a manual transmission. Plus, there is no clutch to mess with, so your left foot can take a much needed break from all of the thrashing it has received over the years. To boot, this automatic transmission has also proved to be a more fuel-economy-friendly option over manual transmissions, which is pretty much the opposite of what we have had crammed into our heads for the last, say, 100 years!
Modifying a car is all well and good for as long as the result is something that can draw attention for the better. When it’s for the worse, then, that’s not really counted as ‘modding’, right?
This Fiat Panda seems like another regular car at first glance. You’re probably thinking “where’s the mod in that?’
That’s when we implore you to take a closer look. Once you have, you probably already noticed that this pint-sized Fiat Panda has...a BMW badge.
You’re eyes aren’t seeing things. That’s a BMW badge – on a Fiat. Now, it seems preposterous – and sacrilegious – to be putting a car badge on a rival car maker, but apparently, the guy who did this doesn’t care. That or he really believes from the bottom of his heart that he can dupe people into thinking that he really has a BMW.
If we can offer some advice to this fellow, we’ll tell him to keep the car in his garage. And yes, we’re doing him a favour by saying that.