Inside, the M5 will get the same steering wheel as in the M6, with narrower spokes and a smaller centre than earlier. The iDrive controller will be touch sensitive, but the interior ostensibly will remain identical.
While the standard 4.4-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 will be carried over unchanged, BMW is expected to offer a Competition Package on the revised M5. This will increase power from 552bhp to 567bhp and also add new wheels, a revised M Dynamic mode and stiffer suspension. This appears to be a direct riposte from BMW to the threat posed by the uprated Jaguar XFR-S and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S available internationally.
BMW will officially unveil the updated M5 later this year.