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2021 BMW M5 gets expected upgrades, all for the better

BMW has refreshed the X5 and X5 Competition for the 2021 model year.

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BMW has refreshed the M5 sedan for the 2021 model year. The updates all fall into the "expected" category with fresh front and rear styling, more infotainment options, improved performance options, and changes to the paint job lineup.

The German automaker will continue to offer the car in M5 and M5 Competition variants.

The front of the sedans now features an enlarged version of the company's signature kidney grille. BMW has surrounded the grille with a single piece of chrome, which is horizontally flanked by larger air intakes. The headlights are slimmer.

2021 BMW X5 Competition The grille on the model is new, as are the headlights.Photo courtesy of BMW

At the rear, M-specific quad exhaust pipes sit under a restyled rear bumper and diffuser. Like the headlights, the taillights now feature an L-shapes design.

The M5 Competition comes with a black finish for the BMW kidney grille surround, the front fender side-gill mesh inserts, the exterior mirror caps, the rear trunk spoiler, name badges and rear bumper inserts. The tips of the Competition model's M Sport exhaust system are finished in black chrome.

BMW will offer new Brands Hatch Grey and Motegi Red Metallic paint jobs. BMW Individual paint colors now include Tanzanite Blue II metallic, Aventurine Red II metallic, and the matte finish Frozen Bluestone metallic.

The 2021 M5 continues to be powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 that produces 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. It can get to 62 mph from a standstill in 3.2 seconds.

2021 BMW X5 Competition The rear of the car includes a new taillight design.Photo courtesy of BMW

The 2021 M5 Competition has the same engine, but tuned to 617 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. It is a tenth of a second faster to 62 mph. This model also gets a new Track drive mode.

Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. A single M mode button replaces the previous individual buttons for the engine, chassis, suspension, steering and xDrive system.

The M5 Competition has also gotten new equipment to aid in its daily driver duties like speeding down the highway and going over speed bumps. It has new shock absorbers and a fully recalibrated damper control system. The standard compound brake calipers will now be available in a black or red finish.

That model also gets the option of full Marino leather in black and Midrand beige with Alcantara inserts for upholstery.

2021 BMW X5 Competition The car now has a 12.3-inch infotainment screen.Photo courtesy of BMW

The cars both have a 12.3-inch driver information display and a 12.3-inch infotainment screen now. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and navigation are standard.

BMW has priced the M5 to start at $103,500 and the M5 Competition to start at $111,100. Pricing does not include the $995 destination charge.

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2022 Infiniti Q50 gets more standard tech

The car sees new tech and interior features for 2022.

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The Infiniti Q50 is an aging but still-stylish sedan that offers value and power, but it hasn't quite kept pace with the crop of more engaging premium European cars. However, it's still worth a look, and to press that point further, Infiniti has updated the car for 2022 with a healthy list of standard features.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Exterior styling has not changed for 2022.Infiniti

Headline updates for the 2022 Q50 are wireless Apple CarPlay and newly standard Bose Performance Series Audio. There's now leather for every trim, but in the ways that count, the car is the same as the one we saw last year, the year before, and so on.

That's not to say that the car is bad. After all, it still offers a 300-horsepower twin-turbo V6 as standard and can be upgraded with a 400-horsepower version of the engine. And, despite its aging exterior styling, it's still a handsome car with smooth, sculpted bodywork. The seven-speed automatic transmission and available all-wheel drive remain in place.

2022 Infiniti Q50 All-wheel drive is available for all models.Infiniti

Pricing for the 2022 Infiniti Q50 starts at $43,125, which includes a $1,025 destination fee. The car gets standard wireless Apple CarPlay, leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, and Bose Performance Audio. All-wheel drive is available for a $2,000 upcharge.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Wireless Apple CarPlay and Bose audio are standard.Infiniti

The mid-range Q50 Sensory starts at $48,825, and comes with 19-inch wheels, black open-pore wood interior accents, navigation, and an air purifier system. Stepping up to the top Q50 Red Sport 400 will run $56,975, and brings the more powerful V6 engine, semi-aniline leather upholstery, and Dynamic Digital Suspension, which adjusts damping settings depending on road conditions and driving style.

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A long roof with a V8. What could be better?

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Spend enough time reading car reviews, and you'll probably notice a trend among writers. We all love wagons, despite the fact that almost nobody in the United States buys them anymore. If there's a wagon that could appeal to almost anyone, however, it's this m2003 BMW 540i M Sport with a very special engine swap. It's up for auction right now and could be yours – or mine.

It doesn't get much better for a car nerd than this. The 2003 540i Sport Wagon has had its engine swapped for an S62 4.9-liter V8 and a six-speed manual transmission. For those of you not obsessed with E39 generation 5-Series cars, that's the engine from the M5 of the time. Here, it sounds every bit as raw and powerful as it does in the car it originally came from, and the six-speed manual gearbox makes this an enthusiast's dream.


2003 BMW 540i M Sport Wagon The car has been upgraded with all the right M5 components.Bring a Trailer


Inside, the black leather appears to be in great shape, considering the car's advanced age and mileage, though this wagon is lacking the in-dash navigation system that the M5 carried at the time. It's probably for the best, given that an 18-year-old computer would feel absolutely ancient compared to even the cheapest infotainment system today.

This auction is a little more than halfway through and the current bit is just over $20,000. There's quite a bit of time left for that to climb substantially, but at even twice the price it'd hard to feel cheated if you won.


2003 BMW 540i M Sport Wagon There's no navigation here, but 20 years haven't been kind to the M5's system, anyway.Bring a Trailer

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