Shown for the very first time at the Amsterdam Motor Show in 1984 and introduced for the 1985 model year, the BMW M5 quickly made a name for itself in the midsize sedan market for blending excellent performance with luxury and an attractive design. Exactly 30 years have passed since the first-generation model was unveiled and the German manufacturer is rolling out an anniversary model to celebrate the nameplate’s long-standing success.
Suggestively dubbed 30th Anniversary M5 , the limited edition model gained subtle exterior and interior updates plus a significant power update under the hood.
This festive Bimmer is not only faster than the M5 fitted with the Competition Package , but it’s also the fastest road-going BMW ever built. The bad news, however, is that only 30 units of the total 300 will reach U.S. soil before being sold through a rather complicated process.
As per BMW , those looking to purchase one of these vehicles will need to keep an eye out on the company’s Instagram channel, where a phone number for the reservation hotline will be gradually unveiled between May 17-21. Once the number is complete, 29 units of the 30th Anniversary M5 will become available for booking, with the final example to remain with BMW of North America and sold at a later date.
In addition to buying a limited edition sedan, the lucky buyers will also be invited to a one-day M Driving School at a private motorsports facility in Palm Springs, California.
Updated 09/04/2014: BMW unveiled a promo video (above) for its new M5 "30 Years of M5" Limited Edition.
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The first thing that catches the eye is the spectacular Frozen Dark Silver Metallic paint, which is taken straight from the exclusive BMW Individual palette
As with most anniversary models, this BMW M5 is adorned by a few unique styling features that make it stand out from the pack. The first thing that catches the eye is the spectacular Frozen Dark Silver Metallic paint, which is taken straight from the exclusive BMW Individual palette. Next in line are the 20-inch, light-allow M wheels finished in silver with black inserts and complimented by gold brake calipers.
Naturally, the sedan’s body has been fitted with numerous "30 Jahre M5" badges painted in Black Chrome. These exclusive decorations can be found on the kidney grille surrounds, the front fenders, the door handles and even on the exhaust tips. Nothing striking overall.
Bi-color M wheels
Cabin modifications were kept to a minimum, with a black Alcantara and leather combo covering the seats
Cabin modifications were kept to a minimum, with a black Alcantara and leather combo covering the seats, while the same Alcantara hue can be found on the center console and the door panels. As expected, "30 Jahre M5" logos are present as well, being embroidered on the M seats and carved on individually numbered badges placed on the passenger side of the dashboard.
Other than that, future customers will be greeted by the same updates introduced in 2013 and an Alcantara-wrapped M sports steering wheel.
Individually-numbered "50 Jahre M5" plaque
The 30th Anniversary M5 benefits from 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque – 25 horses more than the M5 with the Competition Package
The most important update resides under the hood, where the 4.4-liter V-8 engine received a significant power bump via increased turbocharger pressure and engine control module tweaks. Specifically, the 30th Anniversary M5 benefits from 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque - 25 horses more than the M5 with Competition Package and 40 horses more when compared to the standard M5. Needless to say, this is the most powerful road-going vehicle built by BMW.
Equipped with an improved M Servotronic function and an updated M Dynamic mode, the sedan is now capable to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in only 3.7 seconds, about half a second quicker than the M5 with Competition Package.
|Type||twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8|
|0 to 60 mph||3.7 seconds|
|Top speed||190 mph|
With only 300 units set for production and only 30 to cross the Pond to the U.S., the 30th Anniversary BMW M5 isn’t cheap. It retails for $138,275, including destination and handling. That’s a $38,000 premium over the BMW M5 with Competition Package, with starts from $100,200.
Customers that won’t be able to get their hands on a 30th Anniversary BMW M5 can always head to Mercedes -Benz for a high performance sedan. The E63 AMG S may not benefit from a special edition model, but it has plenty of power at its disposal, with the biturbo, 5.5-liter V-8 churning 577 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque.
Available exclusively in an all-wheel drive configuration, the German sedan is actually quicker than the 600-horsepower M5, being able to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds, while its top speed is limited at 186 mph. Making this even better is the vehicle’s $99,770 price tag, although the sticker can blow past the $115,000 mark if you go crazy with the options.
On the other hand, if you can settle for the 550 horsepower delivered by the non-S E63 AMG, the starting price decreases to $92,770.
Although the CTS-V Sedan is in dire need of a refresh, this Caddy is still suited to take on the BMW M5. Hiding a huge, supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 under the hood, the CTS-V benefits from 556 horsepower and 551 pound-feet of torque. With a 0-to-60 sprint time of four seconds and a top speed of 186 mph, the CTS-V is one of the fastest sedans you can buy nowadays.
The vehicle comes with a six-speed manual and numerous standard features, including performance tires, heated mirrors and HID headlamps. For the interior, the standard equipment list is quite long and comes with items like adjustable front seat lumbar support, cruise control, ambient lighting and a 10-speaker Bose audio system.
If you can handle the CTS-V’s dated looks, Cadillac will reward you with a $65,825 sticker, an unbeatable offer with these performance figures at hand. Check all the boxes on the options list and the sedan will end up costing about $74,000.
It’s more than obvious that BMW is taking advantage of the M5’s heritage to roll out its most powerful vehicle yet. The extra power is a great addition to the sedan, but the limited production numbers and the high price tag will make it unreachable to the average Joe. Nonetheless, the 29 units available Stateside will sell like hot cakes and will become prized collectibles in the not too distant future.
- Significant power update
- Exclusive paint and features
- Future collectible
- Only 30 units sold across the U.S.
- Very expensive
BMW announced today a limited run of 30 copies of the new 30th Anniversary Edition BMW M5 for 2015. The BMW M5 “30 Jahre M5” will be produced in a limited run of 300 examples worldwide, and 30 of them will be imported to the United States. With an output of 600hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, it will not only be the most powerful M5 ever sold but also the most powerful BMW production model ever. Starting at $138,275, including destination and handling, the first 29 copies of the 30th Anniversary Edition BMW M5 will be offered to the first 29 customers who reserve it by dialing the dedicated BMW Customer Relations hotline at 1:00pm EDT (10:00am PDT), on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. The 30th copy of the Edition will be retained by BMW of North America, LLC, and may be sold at a later date.
Purchasers of a 30th Anniversary Edition BMW M5 will be invited to a one-day M Driving School at The Thermal Club, a private motorsports facility in Palm Springs, CA.
BMW of North America will engage social media as a platform to reveal the phone number for the reservation hotline for US customers to order one of the 30th Anniversary Edition BMW M5s. That number will be revealed on BMW of North America’s Instagram channel (@BMWUSA) over the five days leading up to May 21, beginning on Saturday, May 17. Each day, in addition to revealing portions of the call-in number, will offer fun facts about each of the successive five generations of BMW M5.
BMW of North America’s Instagram channel provides exclusive Ultimate Driving Machine content to an active community of BMW super fans and automotive enthusiasts. This audience of nearly 60,000 followers has a clear passion for the M-brand, with M-specific content consistently receiving over 30% more engagement than average.
30th Anniversary Edition BMW M5 offers increased performance
The 4.4 liter BMW M TwinPower Turbo V8 engine from the M5 with Competition Package receives an additional 25 horsepower thanks to increased turbocharger pressure and engine control module enhancements. Elsewhere, the addition of a dedicated control module allows the Active M Differential to react sooner and improve the traction when exiting corners.
Capable of 0 to 60 mph in an estimated 3.7 seconds, the 30th Anniversary Edition BMW M5 adds an improved M-specific Servotronic function as well as an improved M Dynamic mode, prepared to use the full potential of the increased power and traction.
30th Anniversary Edition BMW M5 includes unique styling and interior details
Featuring a Frozen Dark Silver Metallic exterior, part of the BMW Individual palette of hues, the 30th Anniversary Edition BMW M5 is also identified with Black Chrome “30 Jahre M5” (German for 30 years of the M5) badges, appearing on the kidney grill surrounds, the front fenders, door handles and twin dual exhaust pipes. The exterior of the 30th Anniversary Edition M5 is further complemented by 20 inch, bi-color M light-alloy wheels.
“30 Jahre M5” badges are also featured in the interior, with a 1/300 identification number integrated into the Aluminum Trace trim strip on the front passenger side of the cockpit.
A black Alcantara/Leather combination graces the M multifunctional seats which also include embroidered “30 Jahre M5” badges. The center console and the door panels are also covered in black Alcantara, while the headliner features Alcantara Anthracite.
Invitation to Exclusive BMW M Driving School at The Thermal Club
In order to further enhance the M experience with this vehicle, buyers of the 30th Anniversary Edition BMW M5 will be invited to an exclusive one-day track event and M driving school at The Thermal Club in Palm Springs, CA. The event will be held in the Fall of 2014 with more details to follow.
Celebrating five generations of M5.
30 years have passed since a group of engineers at BMW Motorsport GmbH proposed using the inline-6 cylinder engine originally developed for the BMW M1 and fitting it into the BMW 5 Series Sedan, essentially creating the segment defining high performance sedan and setting a foundation for the next four generations of the BMW M5.