BMW M5 Competition facelift: better dampers, more tech, tweaked grille

Published: 17 June 2020

► Steals the M8 Comp dampers 
► Gets a 12.3-inch infotainment screen
► Tweaked grille, as usual  

You’re looking at the newly revised M5 Competition, shown just days after its more sensible 5-Series counterpart. It’s a facelift, so rather than changing the recipe entirely, Munich’s given the 2020 M5 a light seasoning of updates. It’ll cost £98,095.  

Great, so what’s new?

As you’d expect, BMW has once against fussed over the kidney grille, but thankfully it doesn’t reach the offensiveness of the 4-Series. Instead the faceliftedt grille is more upright and drops down into the M5’s revised front apron. It’s a little more cohesive than before.  

Underneath the subtly different bodywork, the new M5 Comp' hides a suspension which borrows learnings from the larger M8 Competition. That means the M5’s new Variable Damper Control system can be set in one of three modes; Comfort, Sport and Sport+. The further towards the Sport side you go, the less movement and the stiffer the ride.  

M Servotronic steering offers the same degree of personalisation;Comfort keeps it light and easy, while Sport gives you that heavy resistance you expect from an M car.  

It’ll roll on forged, bi-colour, 20-inch M light-alloys.  

And the interior?

Like the updated 5-Series, the revised M5 Competition benefits from an M Mode, and a larger 12.3-inch infotainment screen running the brand’s 7.0 OS.

What’s the same?

The engine, so expect a 4.4-litre V8 with forced induction, capable of 616bhp, 553lb ft and 0-62mph in just 3.3 seconds. That was fast enough, then. Top speed is limited to 155mph but can be unlocked to an Autobahn-slaying 189mph if you opt for the M Driver's pack. 

Behind that is an auto ‘box with eight cogs, and as well as an M Sport exhaust. And M Compound brakes to cancel all of that forward thrust.

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast