Refresh or revolt of 2018 BMW M5

Last Updated: August 29, 2017By Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

The 2018 BMW M5 ushers in a new era for the 32-year-old sport sedan nameplate, bringing with it the first application of all-wheel drive since its introduction and 600 twin-turbocharged ponies. Those improvements will likely make it a more capable performer than the model it replaces, but how does its styling compare?

The new M5 has the standard G30-generation 5 Series to thank for its large, narrow headlights that sport fancy three-dimensional LED accents inside. Those lamps now connect to the dual-kidney grilles, unlike the last generation that had headlights inset from the grille and separated by the top portion of the bumper. The lower half of the front end still sports three distinct intake openings, but they’re much larger on the 2018 model.

The new M5 is pretty similar to the old model

The new M5 is pretty similar to the old model, but somehow looks sleeker and better proportioned. The characteristic front fender vent returns but is positioned diagonally, with a chrome element that lines up with the character line that runs across the side of the body. Interestingly, the Air Breather vent found on the lower front fender of the standard 5 Series is deleted on the M5.

The rear end is an evolution of the previous 5 Series’ rump, with wider horizontal taillights and a more sculpted bumper. The M Division’s characteristic quad tailpipes again make an appearance on the M5, and the trunklid gets a subtle ducktail spoiler molded into it.

The interior follows BMW’s recent styling trends, using a free-standing central screen in place of the old recessed display. The new M5’s cabin looks a lot like the interior in the standard 5 Series, but receives red accents on the shift knob and paddle shifters, and unique front sport seats.

What do you think? Does the new M5 advance the sport sedan’s styling enough, or does it just deliver more of the same?

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