BMW has revealed a special-edition version of the M5 saloon, commemorating three-and-a-half decades of the iconic model. Based on the M5 Competition, the M5 Edition 35 Years editions is limited to 350 cars with first deliveries in July. Pricing has yet to be confirmed, but you can expect a hefty premium over the £97,980 starting price of the current range-topping M5 Competition variant.
Just like the previous limited-edition M5, 2014’s 30 Jahre model, the new car gets cosmetic upgrades inside and out. One paint choice is available, a Frozen Dark Grey metallic colour, with pigments that are said to give a matte-like appearance. New 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels are fitted and finished in grey, with black-painted brake calipers. Extra cost options include upgraded carbon-ceramic brakes with gold-painted brake calipers.
Inside, the M5 Edition 35 Years shows its limited-edition status with brand-new, gold carbon-fibre interior trim, used everywhere from the door cards to the centre console. The car gets unique door sill plates inscribed with ‘M5 Edition 35 Jahre’. Customers also get a numbered plaque on the centre console, highlighting the car’s exclusivity.
© Provided by Dennis Publishing Limited BMW M5 Edition 35 Years driving – rear
This special edition model is powered by the same twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine as found in the M5 Competition producing 616bhp, a 24bhp increase over the standard BMW M5. BMW’s xDrive system pushes power to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox resulting in a 0-62mph sprint time of 3.3 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.
The M5 Edition 35 Years also gets the same switchable driving modes of the standard car, including both comfort and sport setups. Each mode can also be customised by the driver, with options for suspension, steering and the ability to switch the car from all-wheel drive to rear wheel drive mode.