The BMW M5 was first introduced at the Amsterdam Motor Show in 1984, so if you do a little math you’ll find that in 2014 the model will celebrate its 30th anniversary. To mark the event, BMW is unveiling a special-edition M5. Or at least this is what a strange M5 prototype caught testing near the M factory in Garching suggests, as it was wearing a “30 Year Limited Edition” badge on its dashboard.
From the same plaque, it appears that the special edition will be limited to only 300 units. Everything else seems to be identical to the standard M5, except some dark chrome gills added to the exterior. Also, the prototype seems to be an American version, judging by the U.S.-only manual option and the orange markers on the front fenders.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard BMW M5.
The current-generation BMW M5 (F10) was unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and the company is now preparing its first revision. Do not expect anything big though, just some updated headlights and a new kidney grille, a new rear bumper and new graphics for the taillights.
Under the hood, the M5 gets a 4.4-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 560 horsepower and 501 pound-feet of twist. This will launch the sedan to 60 mph in as little as 4.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 190 mph.