BMW's legendary performance sedan gets a host of new touches for the new year, but the highlight of the upgrade program for the 2014 BMW M5 will be a new Competition Package that adds power and further refines its already superb handling.
Visual cues that differentiate all 2014 M5s from their 2013 counterparts include a new grille insert with bars that mimic the double-spoke design of the car's lightweight M-spec alloy wheels, as well as a new M5 badge. The car also features revised LED taillamps destined for all 2014 5 Series cars, and buyers will now be able to upgrade the standard Xenon Adaptive headlamps with Adaptive LED counterparts. Starting in August when the cars go on sale, BMW will expand the M5's color palette by adding Pyrite Brown Metallic, Frozen Blue Metallic and several other BMW Individual "Frozen" paintwork finishes to the mix.
The 2014 M5's cabin treatment benefits from similar subtle enhancements adding new brightwork trim elements and exclusive Cashmere Beige and Nutmeg leather upholstery, as well as a larger covered center storage compartment. On the electronic front, the 2014 M5 boasts an even more capable BMW ConnectedDrive package that includes BMW Apps and features a revamped controller for the standard iDrive4.2 Navigation system that has a new touchpad element with character-recognition capability to facilitate data inputs.
As for pleasing its harder-core partisans, the 2014 BMW M5's new Competition Package puts extra edge into the mix. For openers, this multi-dimensional option group boosts output of its 4.4-liter M TwinPower Turbo V8 from 560 to 575 horses with either the standard 7-speed M Dual Clutch Transmission or optional 6-speed manual gearbox. That newfound muscle helps trim the M5's 0-62 mph acceleration times by 0.1 second. BMW indicated that this output bump is a preliminary figure, so with luck, there may be a few more ponies underhood when it finally rolls into dealers.
The second half of this 1-2 punch-up involves a comprehensive retuning of the M5's chassis. It encompasses the springs, shocks and anti-roll bars, adding tautness and precision as well as dropping the car's ride height by almost half an inch while lowering its center of gravity. Complementing the basic remix, its M-spec rack-and-pinion Servotronic power steering gets redone to add exactness and enhance cornering agility, changes to the Active M Differential improve traction and the electronic chassis control profile features higher intervention thresholds on the M Dynamic Mode (MDM) and DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) systems. Visual keys to the Competition Package include unique 20-inch M light-alloy wheels and a throatier-sounding exhaust system that brings M quad outlets with Black Chrome finishers.
Pricing for the basic 2014 BMW M5 will start at $91,825. However, the cost of the Competition Package won't be released closer to the car's official on-sale date.
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