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For 2014, BMW is adding a minor update to the M5, accelerating it with an optional 575-horsepower Competition Package. The exciting changes will lift output from the car’s twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 to 575 horsepower. Nonetheless, the Competition Package is not only about more power as the suspension has also been enhanced. Engineers also added new coil springs, damper calibrations and anti-sway bars. These adjustments resulted in a lowering of the car by around 10 millimeters, which lowers the center of gravity and roll center.

According to BMW, all M5s will still come with an active differential on the rear axle, which has a unique setting when the Competition Package is itemized in order to further improve traction. Still, the car’s rack-and-pinion steering with the M-specific Servotronic variable assist function will have more-direct programming to enable firm and secure contact with the road while further increasing the agility during cornering. Beyond these enhancements, the M chassis control system has been adapted to the Competition Package suspension profile. This means that the electronic stability control system is remapped for even sportier handling characteristics and higher thresholds of intervention.

Inside, the M5 will have a new BMW M-Series sports steering wheel, chrome trim on the dash and a touchpad surface on the iDrive controller. There are also a host of additional BMW ConnectedDrive features such as apps, driver assistance systems and new infotainment features, as well as a greater selection of trim and paint options via the BMW Individual personalization range at a Phoenix BMW dealer.

As for the exterior, M5s with the Competition Package will also get some unique visual enhancements including new 20-inch alloy wheels and exhaust tips finished in black chrome. Meanwhile, all M5s for 2014 will receive a revised kidney grille with double-spoke slats, available LED headlights, and revised tail-lights that mirror those fitted across the 2014 BMW 5-Series range.

The 2014 BMW M5 will be available this summer. Visit Chapman BMW for more information.