Images of the 2014 BMW M5 have surfaced early, spied online this week by a German BMW enthusiast website.
Appearing briefly on the carmaker's online configurator, the gallery reveals the slightly updated styling of the 2014 M5, likely due in Australia near the end of this year or early next.
A more pronounced grille is among the standout changes, mirroring the bolder look of the M6 range.
The updated M5 also gets a slight tweak to the headlight design, although you'll need a microscope to spot the changes.
The interior gains the M6's retro-styled steering wheel, while the iDrive controller is now a touch pad. The rest of the interior is unchanged, as is the rear end of the car.
The current 4.4 litre twin turbo V8 is expected to remain, and previous reports suggest a “competition” package will be available, boosting power form 412kW to 423kW.
Whilst the 2014 M5 is only an update, BMW M's Friedrich Nitschke ruled out all-wheel-drive on future M models in a recent interview and also said that electromechanical power steering is likely to be fitted soon.
BMW recently announced that almost all of its European petrol powered models will soon comply with new Euro VI exhaust emissions standards, well before the September 2014 deadline so an updated M5 should fit into this category.
The 2014 BMW M5 is expected to go on sale later this year.