Is it that time already? Like its predecessors, the current BMW M5 has been endangering US licenses since it first went on sale here in 2012, but its design became a known quantity back at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Apparently that also means that the F10 generation has already grown tired enough to the "Must Have Latest Set" who can afford these sorts of super saloons that a facelift is in order.

If these leaked images sourced from Autocar are anything to go by, BMW stylists have used a predictably light hand to rework their hottest 5 Series, with a revised grille that echoes the M6 along with modestly resculpted headlamps. The rear end appears wholly unaltered. Interior changes gleaned from a look at the cabin photos include an updated touchpad-equipped iDrive controller and a new steering wheel cribbed from the M6.

No new word on changes to the 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V8 powertrain, but in late April, we heard that BMW was readying new competition packages for the M5 and M6. The packages are said to include 15 more horsepower, revised suspension and steering, along with new wheels and blackened exhaust tips. Given that BMW is known for habitually underrating its cars' horsepower outputs (particularly its M models) we can't help but wonder if its engineers will need to do anything other than wave a magic wand to corral those extra ponies underhood...


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      Alex
      • 1 Year Ago
      it doesn't need extra HP - all it needs are less weight and size... unfortunately BMW will continue "growing" them :-(
      nettsu
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why does M now feel the need for the M badges on the grille? It looks a bit tacky to be honest and I love the M cars... Is it a point of difference from the M-Performance models?
      jasonwarreny
      • 1 Year Ago
      Beautiful car.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      xspeedy
      • 1 Year Ago
      BMW needs a total revisit to its roots, not a facelift.
      S40Powered
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bland bland and bland. Gone are the days when you were able to see the great difference between a regular and M version.
        4RR4Y
        • 1 Year Ago
        @S40Powered
        This comment clearly shows that you understand very little about BMW's ///M division. BMW's original M models were never designed to be flashy in comparison to non-M variants. In recent years, that's changed somewhat, but the original formula remains relatively true: potent firepower + unassuming bodies. You can thank BMW (and Mercedes-Benz, Audi...) for the term "sleeper".
      muchdrama
      • 1 Year Ago
      Booooooooooooooring.
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      Draw007
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yawn. Sorry, did I do that out loud? Bimmer fans, please do tell how this vehicle looks compelling, especially given its price point.
        Ak74
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Draw007
        See one in person and then talk ;)
      MilwaukeeDL
      • 1 Year Ago
      It looks like a KIA !! ;)
      RetrogradE
      • 1 Year Ago
      "endangering U.S. licenses. . . " Site your source, Chris. Unless you're in-bed with BMW like AB is with Tesla.
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      Quick, someone get me a microscope so I can see the differences
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