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BMW celebrates 30 years of M5 power


THE M Badge is synonymous with performance under the BMW brand, and to celebrate 30 years of the BMW M5, the founding member of the high-performance business saloon segment – BMW has created an exclusive, special edition of the current, fifth-generation model.

The BMW M5 30 Jahre Edition (30 years of the M5) will be produced in a limited run of just 300 vehicles worldwide and BMW SA has yet to confirm whether any of these beasts will find their way to SA.

Developing 441kW and peak torque of 700Nm makes it the most powerful M5 to ever emerge from the BMW M GmbH and is also the most powerful in the history of the brand.

The M5 30 Jahre Edition sprints from 0-100km/h in around 3.9 seconds. The power comes courtesy of a 4.4-litre V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology.

The foundation for these upgrades was provided by the Competition package – itself a car that already came with a power upgrade. Conceived to appreciably enrich the handling characteristics of the BMW M5, it can be ordered as an option for the regular model and is part of the special edition’s standard specification. Elsewhere, the steering with M-specific Servotronic function has more direct mapping and the M Dynamic Mode of the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system is focused even more keenly on delivering sporty handling.

In keeping with the anniversary celebrations which have inspired its creation, the special-edition model has been given the BMW Individual treatment. The kidney grille surround, gills with ‘30 Jahre M5’ badge on the front wing, door handle inserts and twin exhaust tailpipes all come in black chrome. The same is true of the 20-inch bi-colour M light-alloy wheels.

The interior of the BMW M5 30 Jahre Edition includes exclusive touches to highlight the anniversary. The driver and front passenger will be greeted by 30 Jahre M5 lettering on the front door sill finishers, while a plaque bearing 30 Jahre M5 and 1/300 inscription is integrated into the dark aluminium trace interior trim. The 30 Jahre M5 logo is also embroidered into the backrests of all four of the high-performance saloon seats.

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