2021 BMW M5 and M5 Competition Price, Changes Announced
Similar to the 2021 BMW 5 Series sedan on which it is based, the 2021 BMW M5 and M5 Competition performance sedans benefit from several changes that update their appearance, performance, and technology. Prices for the 2021 BMW M5 start at $103,500, with the 2021 BMW M5 Competition price set at $111,100. Destination charges amount to an extra $995.
Styling is updated front and rear, several new paint colors debut, and brake calipers are offered in high-gloss black or red finishes as no-cost options. Brands Hatch Grey and Motegi Red are new standard colors, while the BMW Individual palette expands with Tanzanite Blue II, Aventurine Red II, and a matte-finish hue called Frozen Bluestone. For the M5 Competition, a new premium leather interior in Black and Midland Beige is available, complete with Alcantara suede seat inserts.
Continuing from the previous M5, a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 engine generates 600 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 553 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,800 rpm and 5,690 rpm. The M5 Competition boasts boosted output measuring 617 hp and the same amount of torque over a broader rev range of 1,800 rpm to 5,860 rpm.
The 2021 BMW M5 accelerates to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, according to the automaker, and reaches a top speed of 190 mph when equipped with the optional M Driver’s Package. The BMW M5 Competition shaves a tenth of a second off the 0-to-60 time, dropping it to 3.1 seconds.
Both versions of the M5 get a single M mode button for 2021, replacing multiple buttons for various mechanical component settings. The M mode button equips the car with a default Road setting, a Sport setting, and exclusive to the M5 Competition, a new Track driving mode. The M5 Competition also gets new shock absorbers and revised adaptive damping suspension calibration to improve the ride quality.
Outfit the BMW M5 with the optional Driving Assistance Professional Package, and the car includes a new Level 2 semi-autonomous active cruise control system. It provides stop-and-go capability with what BMW calls “Extended Traffic Jam Assist” for use on limited access highways at speeds under 40 mph. This feature allows for extended hands-free vehicle operation in heavy traffic situations. An Emergency Stop Assistant is also available, guiding the M5 to a stop on the shoulder of the road if a driver becomes unresponsive.
Infotainment system improvements include a new 12.3-inch touchscreen display, cloud-based BMW Maps navigation, and wireless Android Auto smartphone integration, which joins the previously available wireless Apple CarPlay system. BMW Maps provides improved destination arrival time estimates, and the connected BMW navigation employs road hazard data from other BMWs driving on the same route as you are.
Another upgrade is the latest version of BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, which fosters natural interaction with the M5’s technology via voice commands. Programming destinations is easier than before, and voice control now extends to power window and climate system operation.
The refreshed 2021 BMW M5 goes on sale around the world in August 2020.
The information in this article is from BMW. It was accurate on June 16, 2020 but may have changed since that date.