New 2021 BMW M5 Coming in August 2020
Pricing set at $103,500 in the US, $121,000 in Canada
0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.2 seconds for the M5, 3.1 seconds for the M5 Competition
After the unveiling of the new BMW 5 Series last week, BMW waisted no time in unveiling the brand-new 2021 BMW M5 and BMW M5 Competition models. Although the design has been updated, the specs remain similar to the outgoing M5 models.
The 2021 BMW M5 sedan will be powered by a twin-turbo, 4.4-litre V8 that delivers 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, essentially the same output as the current M5.
The new BMW M5 Competition ups the power to 617 horsepower while keeping the 553 lb.-ft. of torque. The “regular” M5 gets to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds while 100 km/h is reached in 3.3 seconds. The M5 Competition does the same thing in 3.1 seconds (3.2 seconds for 100 km/h).
Like the previous M5, this new model will feature a rear-biased xDrive all-wheel drive system.
While some may be disappointed to see the engine hasn’t really changed, you have to ask yourself how much more power BMW could have pushed in the M5. It’s already as quick as many exotics, and there’s really no point if pushing the envelop any further.
That said, there are improvements on this new M5. The injection pressure and turbochargers have been optimized to guarantee the best performance on track. Lubrication and cooling have also been improved.
There’s a new TRACK mode for the highest level of sportiness on track in the BMW M5 Competition. The latter removes all electronic safety nets for a purer form of driving.
One of the faults of BMW M models has always been lackluster sound, but that’s no longer true. Case in point, the new 2021 BMW M5 will feature a flap-controlled exhaust system to deliver an even more agressive sound. The current M5 also had a distinctive and sporty exhaust note.
Visually, the new 2021 BMW M5 and M5 Competition feature two new colors, Hatch Grey and Motegi Red. There are also new BMW Individual colors.
The 2021 BMW M5 will arrive in the Canada and the US in August, 2020. Pricing is set at $103,500 in the US and $121,000 in Canada.