BMW has announced the launch of Sport models for the 5 Series Saloon and Touring range.

Visually similar to the recently unveiled high-performance M5 saloon, Sport models feature a number of interior and exterior enhancements over the existing 5 Series SE variants, as well as handling improvements courtesy of M Sports suspension.

The M Sports suspension features recalibrated dampers and stiffer springs and lowers the car by 15mm. The new 5 Series Sport models have a similar suspension set up to the forthcoming high-performance M5, and share links and bushes.

Externally, Sport models feature a new front bumper and valance with a wider air intake for improved aerodynamics. The side profile is enhanced by flared side sills, de-chromed window surrounds and bespoke 18-inch M Light alloy double spoke wheels. A new rear bumper and apron includes Park Distance Control. Customers can also specify the optional M rear boot spoiler at a cost of £135.00.

Sport models are available in two solid and five metallic colours, alongside five colours from BMW’s Individual palette to enable customers to personalise their cars even more.

Internally, all Sport models come with cloth / Nappa leather combination (545i standard with Dakota leather throughout) covering part electric sports seats (fully electric on 545i). Aluminium cube-styled interior trim adorns the dashboard, centre console and doors while an M Sports multi-function steering wheel, M door sill kick plates and an anthracite headlining complete the sporting look.

Historically, Sport models have accounted for over 60 per cent of the previous 5 Series variants, and the new models are expected to continue the trend.

Saloon prices start at £29,550 for the 520i Sport, rising to £44,500 for the 545i.

Touring prices start at £33,150 for the 525i Sport Touring, topping out at £46,525 for the 545i.