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    • Official - BMW F10 M5 gets facelift for 2014, F10 M5 and F12/F13 M6 get Competition Package for 2014 which boosts the S63TU V8 output to 575 horsepower

      Well, well, well, BMW responds to the criticism as well as the competition to the F10 M5 with a facelift for the 2014 model which includes a Competition Package option. The standard car is 560 horsepower but the Competition Package option boosts this output to 575 horsepower which is a direct response to Mercedes-Benz and AMG with the facelifted E63/CLS63 AMG sporting an all wheel drive option and an optional 585 horsepower.

      The power boost is one part but the suspension is also revised with the Competition Package. New springs, dampers, and stiffer sway bars. The F10 M5 is lowered by 10mm. The Active M Differential receives revised tuning for better traction. The stability control programs have also been remapped.

      These are great improvement and it is nice to see BMW forced to acknowledge the F10 M5 was not exactly as good as it could have been out of the box and seemed lacking compared to previous M models. Will these changes improve it greatly? We will see, hopefully the exhaust sound is improved as well as the steering response. Definitely a step in the right direction, press release below.


      Newly-available Competition Package spearheads subtle refinement for 2014.

      Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – May 18th 2013, 6:00pm Eastern Time . . . For five generations, the BMW M5 has served as the reference standard in the special business of ultra-high-performance sedans. In each generation since the mid-Eighties, the M5 has joined race-bred chassis components and Olympic levels of power with linear control which can only be developed through years of laps around the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife in the Eiffel Mountains. Now, paralleling the launch of the 2014 BMW 5 Series Sedan and 5 Series Gran Turismo, BMW M’s hot-rod sedan receives an exciting evolutionary impulse.

      Subtle styling updates, new color choices, enhancements to interior and lighting, and a new Competition Package with 575 horsepower (preliminary) are the key highlights of the 2014 M5 Sedan update.

      The essential BMW M5 is driven by a 4.4-liter V-8 engine with patented M TwinPower Turbo technology and a peak output of 560 hp in standard form. This power is managed through the standard 7-speed M Dual-Clutch Transmission (M-DCT) or optional 6-speed manual transmission (North America only), Active M Differential at the rear axle, and aluminum-intensive suspension, all of which are precisely tuned to perfect harmony by BMW M’s 41 years of race-bred experience.


      Competition Package: New for 2014.

      There are sport sedans, and then there is the BMW M5. For more than a quarter-century, the M5 has been the four-door sedan which provides levels of performance previously accessible only to super-sports cars. Perhaps this claim was best proven in reality when a production-based, second-generation M5 Sedan won the IMSA Bridgestone Supercar Championship not just once in 1994, but again in 1995. It was, of course, the only 4-door car in the entire field of racers.

      To celebrate the M5’s competitive driving spirit, BMW M GmbH will offer the new Competition Package as an option for the M5 and its M6 siblings starting with the 2014 model year. The Competition Package specifically distills handling properties under the principle applied to all BMW M automobiles: fine-tune the suspension to match the performance of the engine, and achieve responsiveness that makes the car precise and controllable in all driving situations.

      The Competition Package boosts output by 15 hp / 11 kW to 575 hp / 423 kW (preliminary) in the high-revving V-8 engine with M TwinPower turbo technology that powers the BMW M5, BMW M6 Coupe, BMW M6 Convertible and BMW M6 Gran Coupe models. At the same time, the developers at BMW M have extensively tuned the chassis set-up. Along with new coil springs and damper calibrations, anti-sway bars have also been stiffened. For the BMW M5, these adjustments have resulted in a lowering of the car by around 10 millimeters, which lowers the center of gravity (CG) and roll center. The potential inherent in the rear axle design – based on the race-derived principle of the rear axle subframe being rigidly bolted to the body – and the even more precisely calibrated bushings for the front axle are exploited with the Competition Package.

      0.1 seconds have been shaved from the standstill to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint time and 0.2 seconds are saved when accelerating from zero to 200 km/h (0-124 mph). Cornering dynamics and flexibility are also enhanced – something noticeable in everyday driving but best experienced on the race track. In particular in conjunction with the optional M Carbon Ceramic Brake system, also available on the M5 for 2014, all the driving dynamics attributes associated with BMW M automobiles are experienced at the highest level.

      The Active M Differential on the final drive – standard on all M5 and M6 models – receives a unique tune when the Competition Package is specified, resulting in further-improved traction. The new rack-and-pinion steering with the M-specific Servotronic variable assist function, moreover, has more-direct programming to enable firm and secure contact with the road while further increasing the agility of the vehicle during cornering.


      Beyond these enhancements, the M chassis control system has been adapted to the Competition Package suspension profile. With the Competition Package, the M Dynamic Mode (MDM) of DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) is re-mapped for even sportier handling characteristics and higher thresholds of intervention. The Competition Package additionally includes unique 20-inch M light-alloy wheels along with a sport exhaust system featuring M quad tailpipes finished in Black Chrome that lend an unmistakable look and the sound to the car.


      Design.

      A striking element in the appearance of every BMW is the “kidney grille”, which now features the M5 model designation and whose slats cite the double-spoke design of the M light-alloy wheels. In addition to standard Xenon Adaptive headlights, there is now the option of Adaptive LED Headlights which emit a particularly bright white light generated by a pair of LED units situated horizontally in the middle of each light ring. A standard feature on the BMW M5 are the new-design 5 Series tail lights with strikingly thin LED light strips that generate a high contrast and add to the unmistakable night-time look.

      The hallmark M feeling is also conveyed by the M leather steering wheel, whose new design likewise takes visual cues from the double-spoke wheels. The interior of the sedan has also gained an increase in volume of the storage compartment under the armrest in the center console area. The Central Display of the standard-fitted iDrive4.2 Navigation system now features chrome trim on the sides. The iDrive4.2 controller now features a touchpad surface allowing, for example, characters to be entered when programming a destination for the Navigation system.


      As of July, BMW Individual will be offering a range of new exterior colors for the BMW M5 including Pyrite Brown Metallic, Frozen Blue Metallic, and further BMW Individual Frozen paintwork finishes, as well as exclusive leather shades (Cashmere Beige and Nutmeg).


      The further extended range of features from BMW ConnectedDrive also ensures that the 2014 BMW M5 is in pole position when it comes to intelligent connectivity. Innovative driver assistance systems and mobility services optimize safety and comfort while driving as well as the use of infotainment programmers. BMW Apps is now standard on all 5 Series models for 2014.
      This article was originally published in forum thread: Official - BMW F10 M5 gets facelift for 2014, F10 M5 and F12/F13 M6 get Competition Package for 2014 which boosts the S63TU V8 output to 575 horsepower started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 13 Comments
      1. 0-60Motorsports's Avatar
        0-60Motorsports -
        Love the facelift M5
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 0-60Motorsports Click here to enlarge
        Love the facelift M5
        I think it's a nice step in the right direction, definitely.
      1. 0-60Motorsports's Avatar
        0-60Motorsports -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        I think it's a nice step in the right direction, definitely.
        For sure, especially the comp model. Would love to pick up a slightly used 14 model in a few years as my DD.
      1. inlineS54B32's Avatar
        inlineS54B32 -
        It is a step in the right direction, and I suppose many people modify their cars to their liking, however I would be a little upset if I bought the latest M5/M6. These cars should have had this to begin with - especially considering how many complaints we have heard as to the placid handling. I think that this should have been what was released in the "stock" M5/6 - however, I think it's cool that they are realizing this and offer it.

        At least it's just not a special color "special edition" that's for sure. Click here to enlarge
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by inlineS54B32 Click here to enlarge
        These cars should have had this to begin with - especially considering how many complaints we have heard as to the placid handling.
        You are correct, the cars should have been right to begin with but it's not the same M.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by inlineS54B32 Click here to enlarge
        At least it's just not a special color "special edition" that's for sure.
        There we go. This is way better than that M-special whatever edition junk.
      1. eric84405's Avatar
        eric84405 -
        I think this is actually really cool. It appears that we're in the midst of a horsepower war. Manufacturers are finding additional power in spite of our crappy low octane fuels.

        I remember back in the 80's I read an article in Hot Rod magazine. They opined that computers would be the end of muscle car performance as well as the horsepower war. Fast forward to today and it is easy to see they were thankfully 100% wrong about that.
      1. ra2289's Avatar
        ra2289 -
        Agreed inlineS54B32.

        Would also be nice for the M5( and the m3) to at least come with the option of the CF Roof.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by eric84405 Click here to enlarge
        They opined that computers would be the end of muscle car performance as well as the horsepower war.
        What was their reasoning behind it?
      1. stormtrooper335's Avatar
        stormtrooper335 -
        ^ its the same thing with electric cars today in 30 years we will prob. have f1 style k.e.r.s systems, 1500 hp light weight electric motors, 1000 mile range battery's and solar panel body's ect.
      1. blkclk550's Avatar
        blkclk550 -
        i am pissed as i got the 2013 F10 and now the 2014 is out...
      1. cstavaru's Avatar
        cstavaru -
        I'm so glad BMW joined to horsepower war Click here to enlarge Their previous M cars were more about balance than power. But then, in everyday life more torque and power is always a good thing Click here to enlarge
      1. Q4P's Avatar
        Q4P -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by cstavaru Click here to enlarge
        I'm so glad BMW joined to horsepower war Click here to enlarge Their previous M cars were more about balance than power. But then, in everyday life more torque and power is always a good thing Click here to enlarge
        oh man... u just started ww3...lol
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by cstavaru Click here to enlarge
        I'm so glad BMW joined to horsepower war Click here to enlarge Their previous M cars were more about balance than power. But then, in everyday life more torque and power is always a good thing Click here to enlarge
        BMW was in it even with their NA motors though. The war started a while ago.