BMW has given its updated-for-2014 M5 a proper unveiling today, following a handful of images that surfaced online last week.
For the new model year, the M5 gets a subtle styling touch-up, with a revised M6-inspired grille and lightly updated lighting at both ends.
There's an updated cabin with the M6's three-spoke steering wheel and the new touchpad iDrive system.
The big bonus though is the availability of a new Competition Package, bringing power and handling improvements for not only the M5, but also the big M6 trio.
Introduced as an optional extra, the Competition Package boosts power in the familiar BMW M 4.4 litre V8 turbo engine, from 412 to 422kW (no word on torque changes).
M division says the power boost cuts the 0-100km/h time of all but the M6 Convertible by 0.1 seconds, and you'll get to 200km/h 0.2 seconds quicker. (Good luck noticing... - Ed.)
The key advantage to the Competition Package is the improvements it makes to handling and dynamics. When optioned-up, your M5 or M6 will benefit from new coil springs and recalibrated dampers, with 10mm lowered suspension.
There's also stiffer anti-sway bars, upgraded bushings at the front and a unique tune for the Active M differential and rack-and-pinion steering.
The package also sees the M chassis control system re-tuned to match, with the M driving mode configured to offer higher threshholds of DSC intervention and sharper handling.
New 20-inch light alloy wheels round out the package, along with a new exhaust system and 'Black Chrome' exhaust tips.
Watch for Australian details and timing to be confirmed soon.
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