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BMW M5 & M5 Competition Sedan (F90, 2020 facelift)

MSRP 1209000 EURNEX score 82%

Product Overview

The F90 BMW M5 is based on the G30 5 Series sedan. For its 2020 facelift, BMW has introduced a host of mechanical and aesthetic updates.
The new M5 features shock absorbers from the M8 Gran Coupe with a retuned chassis. The M5 Competition sits 7mm lower and includes further tweaks to the suspension setup. These updates ensure responsive and direct handling and allow the immense power from the S63 twin-turbo V8 to be put to the ground.
Like the facelifted 5 Series, the kidney grille now reaches lower, with a one-piece chrome surround. Bolder contouring and larger air intakes have been restyled in the front apron. Additionally, new L-shaped light tubes add a dynamic look to the updated LED headlights. Towards the back, the LED rear lights now have a 3D feel and provide a fresh take on the BMW L shape.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Powerful twin-turbo V8
  • Fantastic infotainment system
  • Lots of standard equipment
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 82% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good handling
  • Good infotainment tech
  • Superb infotainment system
  • Impressive driver-configurable systems
  • Comfortable ride
Cons
  • Lack of standard equipment
  • Not the most comfortable to drive
  • Not as powerful as standard M5
  • More expensive than F90 M5
  • No Apple CarPlay
  • Fiddly infotainment system
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Specifications

Variants:
M5
M5 Competition

Capacity

Cargo Capacity
530 L

Chassis

Brakes | Front
M Compound brakes Six-piston fixed calipers
Brakes | Rear
Single-piston floating
Suspension | Front
Double wishbone
Suspension | Rear
Multi-link
Turning Circle
12.6 m

Dimensions

M5Ground Clearance
133 mm
M5 CompetitionGround Clearance
128 mm
M5Size | Height
1473 mm
M5 CompetitionSize | Height
1469 mm
M5Size | Length
4983 mm
M5 CompetitionSize | Length
4983 mm
M5Size | Width
1903 mm
M5 CompetitionSize | Width
1903 mm
M5Track Width | Front
1626 mm
M5 CompetitionTrack Width | Front
1625 mm
M5Track Width | Rear
1594 mm
M5 CompetitionTrack Width | Rear
1594 mm
Weight
1895 kg
Wheelbase
2982 mm

Performance

M5Acceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
3.4 s
M5 CompetitionAcceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
3.3 s
Fuel Economy
10.6-10.5 L/100km

Powertrain

Engine | Displacement
4.4 L
M5Engine | Power
600 hp @ 6000 rpm
M5 CompetitionEngine | Power
625 hp @ 6000 rpm
M5Engine | Torque
750 Nm @ 1800-5600 rpm
M5 CompetitionEngine | Torque
750 Nm @ 1800-5860 rpm
Engine | Type
S63 M TwinPower Turbo V8
Fuel Capacity
68 L
Transmission | Gears
8-speed
Transmission | Type
Automatic

Production

Debut
2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
Facelift
2020-06-18
Made In
Germany

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

autocar[1]

Sentiment Score 57%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following***:
The new adaptive suspension setup, as fitted to our test car, seems to have calmed down the car’s formerly grabby, hardcore ride a little bit. BMW claims a worthwhile improvement to the way the car deals with small and medium-sized inputs, and reasonably so. The car retains a decidedly highly-strung, frisky handling feel, though.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Stylish looks
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Good handling
Cons
  • Fiddly infotainment system
  • Not the most comfortable to drive

autocar[2]

Sentiment Score 90%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following***:
The M5 CS rides twice as well as the M5 Competition. It shines a real spotlight on the predictability and feel that have been missing from the F90 M5’s dynamic recipe thus far. It has the same versatility and adaptability of the regular M5, but it's capable of greater driver reward when you simplify its character.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Comfortable, stable ride
  • Impressive driver-configurable systems
  • Comfortable ride
Cons
  • More expensive than F90 M5

autoexpress[3]

Sentiment Score 88%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
The M5 CS lives up to its name and then some. Immediately you notice how calm the body is on the road. There's a tautness to the ride, but it doesn't come at the expense of comfort. It's when you call upon the CS's performance that the car's bespoke nature comes to the fore.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful V8 engine
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Superb infotainment system
Cons
  • Lack of standard equipment

carmagazine[4]

Sentiment Score 86%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following***:
In 4WD mode the M5 is still very rear-biased. On the road, in 4WD Sport mode with DSC switched off it still feels safe. This is the mode in which it would be fastest on track, too. Interior materials and quality are hard to criticise, and like the exterior it avoids being too gauche. Apple CarPlay preparation isn't standard, which seems a bit stingy on a near-£90k car.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Well-balanced, communicative handling
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons
  • Rivals are more rear-biased
  • No Apple CarPlay

carmagazine[5]

Sentiment Score 86%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following***:
BMW M5 is Competition-spec only from now in the UK. Max output climbs by 25bhp to an eye-popping 617bhp. Torque is unaffected, at a treestump-pulling 553lb ft from just 1800rpm. BMW says revised dampers makes the ride a little firmer for better body control when you're on it.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Punchy power
  • Powerful V8 engine
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons
  • Not as powerful as standard M5

cnet[6]

Sentiment Score 87%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following***:
Even with the Competition's upsized 20-inch wheels and summer tires, the ride quality is so much better than before. The M5 Competition is still quick as hell, too, able to accelerate to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds. The optional carbon-ceramic brakes are also kind of touchy, with hard-to-modulate characteristics.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful V8 engine
  • Comfortable ride
  • Good infotainment tech
Cons
  • Slightly stiff ride quality

User Reviews

References

1. ^ BMW M5 Competition 2020 UK review. [autocar]. https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/bmw/m5/first-drives/bmw-m5-competition-2020-uk-review. 2020-11-12. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ BMW M5 CS 2021 UK review. [autocar]. https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/bmw/m5/first-drives/bmw-m5-cs-2021-uk-review. 2021-06-15. Retrieved 2021-07-31.
3. ^ New BMW M5 CS 2021 review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/bmw/5-series/355175/new-bmw-m5-cs-2021-review. 2021-06-04. Retrieved 2021-06-04.
4. ^ BMW M5 review: M gets AWD. [carmagazine]. https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-reviews/bmw/bmw-m5-2018-review/. 2020-01-06. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ BMW M5 Competition (2020) review: facelifted heavyweight bruiser tested. [carmagazine]. https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-reviews/bmw/m5-competition/. 2020-10-28. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ 2021 BMW M5 review: Ahh, that's better. [cnet]. https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/reviews/2021-bmw-m5-review/. 2021-03-31. Retrieved 2021-04-01.

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