2020 BMW M5 Model Review with Prices, Photos, & Specs

2020 BMW M5 Model Overview at Sewickley BMW

BMW M5

Key Features

  • Starting at $102,700 MSRP*
  • Standard 4.4-liter BMW M Performance TwinPower Turbo V8 engine with 600 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque (available 617 horsepower with M5 Competition)
  • 8-speed M STEPTRONIC automatic transmission with Drivelogic and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and Launch Control
  • Weight-optimized dual exhaust system with M sound control button
  • M xDrive all-wheel-drive system with 2-wheel drive capability
  • Adaptive M Suspension with electronically controlled dampers and M-specific kinematics and elastokinematics
  • Lightweight carbon fiber-reinforce-plastic (CFRP) roof
  • Extended Merino Leather upholstery and Aluminum Carbon Structure interior trim



About the BMW M5

Since its debut over 30 years ago, the BMW M5 has set the standard for the high-performance executive sedan. The newest member of the M5 family is the striking BMW M5 Competition which takes performance and exhilaration to the next level. Powered by a 4.4-liter BMW M TwinPower Turbo V8 with 617 horsepower and 553 lb ft of torque, the M5 Competition can rocket from 0 to 60 in a blistering 3.1 seconds. At first glance, the BMW M5 offers an instantly recognizable exterior appearance which hints at the pulse-pounding thrills which lie beneath the hood. Functional aerodynamics keep the M5 planted firmly to the road surface at high speeds. Inside the M5, each aspect of the interior is carefully centered around the driver for maximized ergonomics and support while cornering. It’s now your turn to write the next chapter in the storied legacy of the iconic BMW M5.


What the Critics Say

Although the M5 is a large, comfortable sedan, it’s also track-capable with a transmission oil cooler, an active M differential, and optional carbon-ceramic brakes. The M5 Competition sits about 7 millimeters lower than the standard car and has stiffer suspension.” — CarGurus

So is the BMW fun on track? Yes, in a mildly silly, tiger-shark-out-of-water fashion. But it’s twice as fun on the street, where the M5 Competition underscores its Autobahn-style ferocity and magisterial handling.” — Autoblog


2020 BMW M5 Features

2020 BMW M5 TwinPower Engine

Potent Performance

True to its sporting heritage, the BMW M5 comes standard with a muscular 4.4-liter BMW M TwinPower Turbo V8 with 600 horsepower and 553 lb ft of torque. Packing more of a punch with 17 additional horsepower compared than the standard M5, the M5 Competition can accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.1 seconds on its way to a top speed of an astounding 190 MPH** (when equipped with performance tires and increased top-speed limiter). Steering wheel mounted paddle shifters give drivers complete control of its standard 8-speed M steptronic automatic transmission with Drivelogic. A quick jab of the throttle rewards you with a deep, pronounced burble from the M Sport exhaust system with M sound control button. Keeping the M5 firmly planted in the corners is an Adaptive M Suspension with electronically controlled dampers. Standard M xDrive all-wheel-drive system with 2-wheel drive capability and Active M Differential ensure the immense power translates seamlessly to the road surface.

2020 BMW M5 Styling

Track-Inspired Styling

Seductive exterior styling provides the perfect complement to the tremendous performance of the BMW M5. Far from just a pretty face, a weight-optimized exhaust system with quad tailpipes, a subtle M rear spoiler, and an M rear apron with diffuser offer aerodynamic functionality for improved handling. Unique to the M5 Competition are black design elements, including the kidney grille, mirror caps, side gills, and tailpipes. Icon Adaptive Full LED Headlights with automatic high beams provide crisp illumination and superior visibility. You’ll have your choice of a selection of non-metallic or Metallic paints to help reflect your personal style. Optional 20-inch Y Spoke Bicolor forged light alloy wheels give this executive sports sedan a confident stance.

2020 BMW M5 Interior

Bespoke Interior

Every aspect of the interior of the BMW M5 is centered around the driving experience. Optional 20-way power M multi-function driver’s and front passenger’s seats offer adjustability for shoulder and thigh support to keep you securely positioned at high speeds. Audio system, cruise control, and Bluetooth® wireless communication controls are perfectly placed on the 3-spoke leather-wrapped M sport steering wheel. An M-specific Head-up Display lets you monitor critical performance data without taking your eyes off the road. A BMW Navigation system with 10.2-inch high-resolution touchscreen, M-specific 12.3-inch Dynamic Digital Instrument Cluster, iDrive 7.0 system with touchscreen and Gesture Control help illustrate the cutting-edge technology found inside the BMW M5.

BMW M5 and M5 Competition

What is the Difference Between the BMW M5 and M5 Competition?

When it comes to the BMW M5, one of the most common questions we’re asked by drivers is what is the difference between the M5 and the M5 Competition? If you’re torn between these two impressive sports sedans, Sewickley BMW is here to help clear up the confusion and help you make an informed decision.

Looking first at pricing, the M5 Competition has an MSRP that’s $7,300 higher than the standard M5. For this extra cash, you’ll receive an array of enhanced performance features on the M5 Competition. Under the hood lies the same 4.4-liter BMW M Performance TwinPower Turbo V8. The key difference being that this variant produces 17 more horsepower and reduces the 0 to 60 time by 0.1 seconds. Your ears will be able to tell the difference as well thanks to a specially-tuned sport exhaust on the M5 Competition.

Other differences include a modified suspension that’s been lowered by 0.3 inches on M5 Competition models. This suspension features a stiffer anti-roll bar, revised spring and damper tuning, and more front camber. While standard M5 models receive rubber bushings in the rear, the M5 Competition gets solid ball joints and firmer engine mounts.

Inside the cabin of the M5 competition, drivers will receive model-specific floor mats, seatbelts, and a TFT screen in the gauge cluster. Exterior upgrades to the M5 Competition are gloss-black trim elements and exclusive 20-inch forged aluminum wheels.


Trims & Specs

2020 BMW M5

2020 M5

  • Starting at $102,700 MSRP*
  • 4.4-liter BMW M Performance TwinPower Turbo V8 engine (600 HP / 553 lb-ft of torque)
  • M xDrive all-wheel-drive system with rear-wheel drive capability
  • Extended Merino Leather upholstery and Aluminum Carbon Structure interior trim
  • 12.3-inch instrument cluster and 10.25-inch central information display
  • Icon Adaptive Full LED Headlights
2020 BMW M5 Competition

2020 M5 Competition

  • Starting at $110,000 MSRP*
  • 4.4-liter BMW M Performance TwinPower Turbo V8 engine (617 HP / 553 lb-ft of torque)
  • Adaptive M Suspension with electronically controlled dampers
  • Active M Differential
  • 20-inch M Y Spoke bi-color forged wheels
  • M rear spoiler in black high-gloss