Celebrating 35 years of the M5
Believe it or not, it’s been 35 years since BMW began producing the first-generation M5. In that time, there have been six generations of the super-sedan, and everything from an inline-six to a naturally aspirated V-8, a V-10, and a twin-turbocharged V-8 has appeared under the hood. We still miss the manual transmission, but at least the all-wheel-drive system lets you switch to a rear-drive mode if you want. And as we found in our Best Driver’s Car competition last year, the latest M5 is much more at home on the race track than its size and long list of creature comforts would suggest.
To celebrate the M5 turning 35, BMW has introduced the 2020 M5 Edition 35 Years. While we wait for it to go into production this September, here are five things you need to know about the 35th anniversary edition BMW M5.
To build the M5 Edition 35 Years, BMW started with the M5 Competition. That means its twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 makes 617 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque instead of the regular M5’s 600 hp. With the eight-speed transmission sending that power to all four wheels, BMW says the M5 Edition 35 Years will post a 0–60 mph time of 3.1 seconds. It can also hit 124 mph (200 km/h) in a claimed 10.8 seconds, 0.3 second quicker than the regular M5.
If you want the M5 Edition 35 Years, you better like how it looks in Frozen Dark Grey II because that’s the only color BMW will offer it in. It also comes with 20-inch wheels, black brake calipers, and a rear badge delete. Inside, you get black leather M Sport seats with beige contrast stitching; gold trim on the center console, doors, and instrument panel; and several “M5 Edition 35 Jahre” badges.
To sweeten the deal, BMW also includes several packages as standard on the M5 Edition 35 Years. The Executive Package adds a number of luxury features such as power window shades, front massage seats, wireless charging, and a surround-view camera system. The M Driver’s Package, meanwhile, raises the top speed from 155 mph to 189 mph (250 to 304 km/h) and adds a free trip to the M Driver’s School.
While the M5 Competition is a full production model, you’ll have to act fast if you want to put an M5 Edition 35 Years in your driveway. According to BMW, it only plans to build 350 examples, and there’s no word on how many of those will come to North America. That’s a seriously limited production run, but at least BMW decided to build more than 35 of its 35th anniversary special edition M5.
Any car that’s one of only 350 is bound to be pricey, and the M5 Edition 35 Years is no exception. At $127,995 USD including destination (plus an additional $1,000 USD for the gas guzzler tax), it costs quite a bit more than the $110,995 USD that BMW charges for the M5 Competition. On the other hand, with the extra standard equipment and ultra-limited production, that’s not as bad as it could have been.