BMW look to turn heads with its 30th anniversary M5
Car manufacturers always like an excuse to celebrate nice cars and this week it’s the turn of BMW or to be more specific, its M5 model which is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
To mark this occasion, the German manufacturer has done what any other manufacturer would do and duly unveiled a BMW ’30 Jahre M5’ edition. I foolishly had to Google ‘Jahre’ just to be sure what it meant (it means ‘years’ in German), but this new model is faster and with exactly just 300 to be built, it’s going to be pretty limited edition.
Limited edition isn’t going to be much of an appeal to me, but I do think it’s a great looking car and while upgrades on speed won’t suit everyone, this does seem a model worthy of a special anniversary edition.
As noted by the 30 year anniversary, the history of the M5 dates back to 1984 when the M5 was first launched into the public eye and over time has become an iconic model in the BMW range, significantly evolving as the years have gone by.
In terms of specifications, this new super saloon will be an upgrade over the standard model in boasting 592bhp from a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine – up by 40bhp – and comes with the chassis performance upgrades of a Competition Pack M5.
It’s also a tad faster, 0.4 seconds to be precise, as you’ll be able to clock 0 to 62mph in just 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 190mph with the optional competition pack.
With those stats, it’s little wonder this is the most powerful M5 that BMW have produced; happy anniversary indeed!
It will still have the same seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, but subtle changes come in the shape of having it come in matt frozen dark silver paint, which is a shade of colour I’d never heard before, black leather interior and ’30 Jahre’ badges in the front wings – probably more as subtle symbols so everyone knows you have a limited edition model!
We’d love to get your thoughts on what you think of the M5? Were you a fan of the standard version, and are you impressed with the new features?