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MY14 BMW M5 facelift

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BMW is not known for making shattering updates when it comes to mid-cycle facelifts, and this surely applies to the upcoming 2014 5-Series range (available from Sept), including the sedan, Touring, Gran Turismo, prototypes of which have already been spotted, as well as the M5 captured resting outside the Nürburgring circuit in Germany.

You'll have to get up close to the 2014 M5 to notice the differences, and that's precisely what the photographer did revealing the new headlamp units that swap the round fixtures for circular ones with a flat bottom, and a new grille with twin slats similar to those used on the M6 range.

The only other visible change seems to be the graphics for the rear light clusters, though; BMW may have tweaked the rear bumper and diffuser as well, since both are partially covered in camouflage.

As with the rest of the 2013 5-Series range, the M5 will also receive some select updates inside, such as an improved version of its iDrive multimedia system and a configurable instrument display.

The M5's 500 lb-ft torque and 560hp-strong twin-turbo V8 will likely continue to offer its services as is.

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get in the barsteward line ..... looking forward to seeing it +++

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Pictures to follow, October delivery expected :grin:

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We weren’t supposed to see the updated BMW M5 just yet, but it seems that the people behind the brand’s German online configurator either wanted us to see the car early or they made a mistake…Either way, these are the first official shots of the facelifted, performance edition of the 5-Series.

As usual with these BMW LCIs (lifecycle impulse), the changes are subtle and hard to spot if you don’t really know the old car well. Still, we spot a redesigned grille, very subtle work on the headlights and rear lights, as well as revised mirror caps.

Closer examination of the front reveals that the trademark kidney grille has been reshaped, and it now gets new vertical bars, one of which holds the M badge – like on the M6.

They’ve also made some subtle updates inside the car, the most visible and notable addition being the steering wheel, which also appears to have been lifted straight out of the M6. Completing the list of interior mods is the new revised iDrive unit, which apparently now is touch-sensitive.

Expect to see the updated M5 make its official appearance later in the year, with a retail price of €103,300 in Germany.

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BMW today also released the refreshed M5 saloon and announced the addition of a new Competition Package with a power boost and chassis upgrades for the M5 and all M6 models, including the Coupe, Convertible and Gran Coupe.

Beginning with the 2014 M5, the exterior updates are limited to the new double-spoke design of the kidney grille slats with the M5 logo positioned on the upper right corner, the optionally available Adaptive LED Headlights and thinner LEDs for the rear light clusters.

In the interior, BMW has introduced a nice looking, three-spoke M leather steering wheel, with the M5 also benefitting from all the changes seen on the regular 5-Series models such as the newer iDrive4.2 Navigation system with a touchpad surface and chrome trim on the sides, and an increase in volume of the storage compartments.

Wrapping up the cosmetic changes on the M5 are the introduction of new exterior colors such as Pyrite Brown Metallic, Frozen Blue Metallic, and further BMW Individual Frozen paintwork finishes, as well as new exclusive leather shades, including Cashmere Beige and Nutmeg.

The big news for the 2014 M5 as well as all body styles of the 2014 M6 is the introduction of a new Competition Package that is similar to those offered by rivaling carmakers Audi and Mercedes-Benz with their Plus and special / Black edition versions respectively, offering more power and better handling.

In particular, the Competition Package boosts the 4.4-litre turbocharged V8 by 15hp, from 552hp (560PS) to 567hp (575PS) – BMW didn't say if it improves peak torque as well. According to the German carmaker, besides the M6 Convertible, all other Competition Package models are 0.1 seconds faster in the 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint and 0.2 seconds for the 0 to 200 km/h (124 mph) acceleration.

It's not only about power as the Competition models also gain a re-tuned chassis with new coil springs and damper calibrations, stiffened anti-sway bars, lowered suspension (10mm or 0.4 inches in the M5), different bushings for the front axle, plus a unique tune for the standard Active M Differential and rack-and-pinion steering.

Moreover, the M chassis control system has been adapted to the Competition Package suspension profile, with the M Dynamic Mode (MDM) of DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) re-mapped for "even sportier handling characteristics and higher thresholds of intervention", according to the Bavarian brand.

Finally, the Competition Package adds unique 20-inch M light-alloy wheels along with a new exhaust system featuring M quad tailpipes in Black Chrome.

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Great INFO Andy, thanks, I know what to expect now.:grin:

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My LCI coming 1st September , it's in the country now.:grin:

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