The covers will be coming off very soon.
The wait for the new BMW M5 facelift is nearly over. After BMW lifted the wraps off the refreshed 5 Series last week, BMW M boss Markus Flasch gave us a tantalizing sneak peek at the updated M5. BMW hasn't announced a specific debut date yet, but Flasch confirmed the new M5 will break cover within a couple of weeks. With BMW devoting this week to the world debut of the brand new 4 Series, we're expecting the M5 facelift to break cover sometime next week.
To ease the wait, Instagram page zer.o.wt has created a render showing us what the 2021 BMW M5 facelift will look like. With the facelifted 5 Series photos and a sneak peak to look at, there's a good chance the final 2021 BMW M5 will look exactly like this render.
Like the regular 5 Series, the 2021 BMW M5 will adopt new standard LED headlights and L-shaped taillights, and a reshaped kidney grille. As you can see in the comparison shot provided by the artist, the grille is larger than the previous model's but it's not as glaringly oversized as the grille on the new 4 Series, thankfully.
Elsewhere, the render artist has added a redesigned front bumper with some aggressive air intakes - something we already knew about from the sneak peak by the BMW M CEO last week - wider fenders, and a quad exhaust system to distinguish the M5 from its standard sibling.
Under the hood, we're expecting the 2021 BMW M5 to pack the same 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 as the current model, which produces 617 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque in its range-topping Competition guise, paired with an eight-speed transmission.
This won't be the fastest version of the M5 for much longer, however, as prototypes of the upcoming BMW M5 CS were recently spotted getting a workout around the Nurburgring. Expect the M5 CS to be lighter and faster than the M5 Competition, with an increased output of around 641 hp. Looking even further ahead, one day we could live in a world where the electric next-generation BMW M5 has over 1,000 hp, surpassing the Bugatti Veyron.