Limited-edition 2020 BMW M5 celebrates nameplate's 35th birthday

Limited-edition 2020 BMW M5 celebrates nameplate's 35th birthday

The vehicle didn't invent the concept of a performance saloon - European manufacturers had been merrily homologating four-door models for motorsport long before 1984 - but the idea of combining it with the comfort and elan of a top-of-the-range model was still fairly novel at the time.

The first M5, which featured an in-line six-cylinder motor taken from the mid-engined M1 supercar, was launched in late 1984.

The BMW M5 turns 35 in 2020.

Based on the current generation BMW M5 Competition, the Edition 35 Years, as it's called, will bring with it the most powerful engine ever fitted by BMW in the M5 range, as well as a series of design and equipment upgrades that will make the model unique.

So what do you get?

Otherwise, the Edition 35 Years is pretty much a fully loaded M5 Competition, complete with the Executive Package (soft-close doors, power sunshades, massaging front seats, wireless charging, driver-assistance tech and more) and a 10.2-inch display running BMW's iDrive 7 multimedia system. This is a limited edition vehicle that will be offered globally with only 350 units being made. The transmission is an 8-speed Steptronic, and the vehicle has M xDrive.

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Based on the M5 Competition, the M5 Edition 35 Years produces the same 617 hp and 553 lb-ft torque, along with the same 0-60 miles per hour time of 3.1 seconds and top speed of 189 miles per hour.

Instead - and rather inevitably - it is in the fixture and fitting department that the manufacturer has gone to town. The exterior is painted with Frozen Dark Grey II metallic paint infused with pigments that create a silk matte look.

Owners can specify the optional carbon-ceramic stoppers which get gold calipers, too. The beige stitching isn't what catches your eye, though-the insane gold trim on the center console, dashboard, and door panels is.

Inside the vehicle is fitted with M Sport sets finished in BMW Individual Merino black full leather with contrasting beige stitching.

Only 300 units of the 30 Jahre were built, with just 30 coming to the United States. Expect the anniversary edition to sell out immediately, regardless.

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