It’s been 30 years since BMW rolled out the first M5. The first-generation E28 M5 packed a 3.5-liter inline-six with 252 horsepower. The second-gen E34 model that followed produced 310 hp. The E39 followed with 394 hp and was then replaced by the award-winning 5.0-liter V10 in the E60 with its 500 hp before BMW rolled out their latest model with a 4.4-liter twin turbo V8 to produce 560 hp.
You may be seeing a trend here. The 30th Anniversary Edition BMW M5 will feature that same 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8, but output has increased to a round 600 horsepower and a ‘limited’ top speed of 199mph. That makes it more powerful than any M5 that’s come before it. It is also more powerful than any of its rivals.
As a result, the 0-60 time drops from a quoted 4.2 seconds in the stock M5 to a scant 3.7 in the 30th Anniversary edition. The special M5 also comes with the Competition Package as standard, as well as a dedicated control module for the Active M Differential, a special Frozen Dark Silver matte finish, 20-inch alloys and black chrome badges. On the inside you’ll find black leather and Alcantara upholstery and aluminum trim with a selection of special badging. To sweeten the deal buyers will be provided a dedicated one-day course at The Thermal Club in Palm Springs, CA, to learn how to master those 600hp.
However as always with something this great there is a catch, in this case BMW will only offer 300 examples worldwide and only 30 of them will be coming to the United States to be offered at a cost of $138,275.
The M5 30 Jahre Edition represents a new high point in 30 years of success that began at BMW Motorsport GmbH in Munich in 1984, and we can’t wait to see what the future brings.