Facelifted F10 BMW M5 arriving in September has digital TV receiver

Hot on the heels of the rest of the updated BMW 5-Series range, the hot M5 sedan will arrive in Australian showrooms from September 2013.

The revised M5 is priced at A$229,900 and for Australia is fitted with the Competition Package as standard. This means that the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine under the bonnet generates 423kW of power and 680Nm of torque — that’s 11kW more than the pre-facelift model, if you want to keep track. That extra poke means that the 0 to 100km/h sprint is now completed in 4.2 seconds instead of 4.3 seconds.

BMW’s engineers have also fiddled with the active differential and suspension settings, and dropped the updated M5 10mm closer to ground. The car’s revised stabiliser bars ensure that the body is stiffer than before.

In terms of equipment the revised M5 comes replete with split-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels, adaptive LED headlights, LED tail-lights, 4-zone climate control, heated and cooled front sports seats, active headrests, automatic soft closing doors, full colour head-up display, surround view camera, parking sensors, cruise control, lane departure warning, pedestrian monitoring, and kick-to-open boot.

The audio system features a 600W amp, 16 speakers, sat nav, internet connectivity, Bluetooth, 6-disc CD changer, digital radio, and digital TV tuner. All of this is driven by BMW’s iDrive controller, which now incorporates a touchpad that recognises finger writing.

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]