After launching the facelifted 5 Series, BMW India has launched the newest iteration of their super-sedan, the BMW M5 Competition, in India earlier today. Prices for the 2021 BMW M5 are Rs 1.62 crore (ex-showroom, India).
Like every other generation of the BMW M5, this generation certainly offers the performance to outshine most low slung supercars. Under the hood of this M5 is a 4.4-litre turbocharged V8 engine that generates 616bhp and 750NM mated to an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic that comes as standard. Also, as standard is the M xDrive all-wheel drive, which includes a 2WD setting for pure rear-wheel drive. The M5 sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds and passes the 200 km/h mark with just 11.1 seconds on the clock. The new M5 also borrows a few bits and bobs from the BMW M8 Gran Coupe, such as the shock absorbers and the retuned chassis.
From the outside, the M5 carries on the same changes as the regular 5 Series. The updated BMW kidney grille drops down further into the front apron. The chrome surrounds now has a one-piece design framing both kidney elements, which sport M specific double bars and an M badge. The restyled front apron has bolder contouring and larger air intakes at the sides. In contrast, the large central air intake is hexagonal in shape that incorporates the oil cooler along with the radar sensor.
The design of the headlights is tweaked to incorporate the new L shaped LED DRLs on the 2021 BMW M5. The new option of BMW Individual lights Shadowline adds a dark-tinted accent to the Adaptive LED Headlights and BMW Laserlight.
Just like in the M8, drivers can toggle between the ROAD and SPORT settings using the M Mode button on the centre console. Furthermore, the Setup button takes them straight to the central display’s menu, where drivers can select an individual configuration for the powertrain and chassis options. The BMW M5 Competition also offers TRACK mode for an undiluted M feeling on race circuits.