BMW has announced a new special edition of the M5 to celebrate the model’s 35th anniversary.
Only 350 of the limited run model are to be built, meaning the M5 Edition 35 Years is going to be quite the sought-after collectors’ item when it becomes available to order in July 2019.
The basis of the special edition is the current M5 Competition, but it gains special ‘frozen’ paint and a 20-inch alloy wheel design exclusive to this variant. Inside, the performance saloon gains a gold trim and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster.
As with the M5 Competition, the Edition 35 Years is powered by a 616bhp, 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 propelling the car from 0-60mph in a shade over three seconds, with the ability to keep accelerating to 190mph.
The car features BMW’s signature xDrive all-wheel drive system. However – as is the case in the M5 Competition – the option is there to send all the power to the rear wheels, allowing for the traditional rear-wheel drive, BMW M experience.
Production of the first-generation BMW M5 began in October 1984, and the model has been continuously evolving ever since. Initially offered with the M division’s signature straight-six engine, a V8 was introduced upon the debut of the E39 M5 in 1998.
Its successor, the E60, raised the stakes even further with a 5.0-litre V10, before emissions regulations required the switch to a twin-turbocharged V8 in 2011s F10 M5.
The current-generation car (F90) has been in production since 2017.
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