The high-performance sports sedan has made a comeback. The new BMW M5 Competition gets revised exteriors, updated interiors and reworked mechanicals. Also, if you buy the new sedan you shall gain membership in a highly exclusive BMW club.
The 2021 BMW M5 Competition has been launched in India for Rs 1.62 Crore (ex-showroom). For the model year update, the high-performance sports sedan gets minor cosmetic tweaks and a few mechanical updates. All of this has resulted in a price increase of Rs 7 lakh as the 2019 M5 Competition demanded Rs 1.55 crore (ex-showroom).
Buyers interested in the new M5 Competition can book theirs (only) on BMW’s online portal. The car will be sold via the CBU route and we suspect the first batch of M5 Competition will be sold in limited numbers, more to follow in the next quarter.
To begin with what’s new. The 2021 BMW M5 Competition gets a new fascia that boasts a newly designed kidney grille. The Laserlight headlamp inserts sport an L-shaped LED design. The bumpers on either end have undergone reprofiling to enhance the car’s overall subtle yet aggressive styling. There is a total of three 20-inch alloy wheel designs to choose from. In the rear, you shall find re-chiselled three-quarters, a newly designed diffuser and a set of restyled LED tail lamps.
Moving into the cabin, the new 12.3-inch touchscreen – shared with the BMW 5 Series facelift – takes centre stage and features the latest iDrive system. There is also a new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. A new addition to the steering wheel are the two red buttons – specific to M-models – that allow you to pre-set your preferred drive modes. Other features include four-zone climate control, wireless phone charging, hands-free parking and an optional 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system.
The car comes with sporty front seats that offer heated function; however, buyers can option ventilated seats with massage function for an added price. Other features that can be optioned out are rear-seat entertainment, sunroof, and a 360-degree camera, and soft-close doors, HUD display, Silverstone, Aragon Brown and Black leather upholstery, and ambient lighting.
Moving on to its mechanical bits, BMW says they have worked upon the chassis to optimise its 50:50 weight distribution. The suspension system has been revised and features shock absorbers borrowed from the M8 Gran Coupe. This results in a 7mm lower ride height than the predecessor.
The engine is the same 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8. The power figures are identical to the predecessor at 616bhp and 750Nm of torque. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox that forwards the power to all the wheels via BMW’s xDrive system. The claimed 0-100km/hr timing is 3.3 seconds. The list of cycle parts includes M-sport differential, M-sport exhaust and adaptive suspension. The carbon-ceramic brakes are an optional extra.
Additionally, the buyers will gain enrollment into the BMW Excellence Club. This exclusive membership programme features four main categories such as bespoke travel, the high life, grandstand, and BMW privileges that BMW M5 Competition owners in India can avail.