BMW has lifted the veil off of the refreshed 2014 BMW M5 sport sedan, which brings new style and performance to the M5 lineup when it debuts later this fall to once again battle against competitors such as the Audi RS6 and the redesigned Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG.
Following in the standard 5-Series lineup’s footsteps, the 2014 M5 receives several subtle exterior tweaks to enhance its performance oriented design which include touches such as new lower air intakes, reworked twin kidney grilles that now feature the M5 badge within the grille slats, a slightly revised rear bumper, and new LED tail lights that feature a bolder sportier design. The headlight choices also mirror those of the standard 5-Series with Xenon Adaptive headlights standard equipment while LED adaptive units are available as optional equipment.
The interior of the 2014 M5 also receives relatively minor updates with BMW stylists adding a reworked three spoke M steering wheel as well as a center console storage area that now boast more capacity and versatility than before. In addition to these tweaks, the M5’s I-Drive system now features a special touch pad to increase system functionality. Designed to take on Audi’s similar MMI Touch feature, BMW’s version allows drivers and occupants to enter addresses and other navigation related information using only their fingertips which should eliminate a key advantage MMI has over I-Drive.
Performance for the 2014 BMW M5 comes from the familiar 4.4 liter twin turbocharged V8 which still makes a solid 560 horsepower and an equally stout 500 lb-ft of torque. However for buyers that equip the M5 with the newly optional Competitionn package will see horsepower rise slightly to 575 horsepower while torque remains unchanged. The company claims that the slight bump in power helps shave 0.1 seconds from the car’s 0 to 60 time while the stiffened and lowered suspension sharpens the car’s handling manners and should reduce unwanted body roll during hard cornering. The package also features model-exclusive 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels and a sport exhaust system that aims to improve the cars soundtrack especially when under full throttle. While BMW did not reveal pricing for the Competition Package, it did confirm that in addition to its appearance on the M5, the Competition Package will also be available on its two door sibling, the M6.
Look for the 2014 BMW M5 to begin arriving on dealer lots sometime this fall with details such as official fuel economy ratings as well as final pricing to be released closer to the vehicles official launch. Stay tuned to Autosavant for the latest developments on the 2014 M5 and M6 as they become available.