BMW reveals facelifted M5

BMW M5 FaceliftBMW has given first indications of the tweaks which will be introduced on its new facelifted M5, whichwill enter UK showrooms in July.

And in addition to a number of minor updates, the car will get a new ‘Competition Package’.

Mechanically, little has changed. Power still comes from the 552bhp twin-turbo V8, and is delivered via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

But for those wanting “outstanding dynamic driving performance”, the new competition package takes the output up to 567bhp.

Externally the car gets subtle tweaks, including new-design tail lights, optional adaptive LED headlights, a new grille, and several additional paint schemes, including matt finishes.

Inside the cabin, the chugs are equally small. There’s a  different steering wheel, a larger storage compartment under the armrest and — if you look carefully — chrome trim on the iDrive’s control display.

For the first time, there’s also an optional  touch control for the iDrive system.

Driver comfort and safety has also been improved thanks to the upgrading of the M5′s assistance systems. The car now gets a ‘Driving Assistant’ feature which combines lane departure warning, collision warning and automatic emergency braking.

Other options available on the car include an ‘Online Entertainment’ pack which allows the car to access a database containing 12 million tracks; a lane-change warning system, which now operates from upwards of 12.4mph; and automatic main beam assistance.

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Jim McGill is an award-winning motoring and motorsport journalist with more than 25 years' industry experience. He contributes to a number of newspapers and magazines, including The Times, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Scotsman, Sunday Herald and AA Magazine.

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