BMW celebrates 30 years of its M5 supercar saloon with a special edition boasting Aston acceleration and a price tag close to £100,000
The M5 has become a sporting icon for the sheer sledgehammer power extracted from the otherwise quite tame 5-series family saloon. The story began in 1984 with the M535i, which produced a now very modest sounding 218bhp from its 3.5-litre six-cylinder engine. Acceleration to 62mph took 7.2 seconds, almost double the time of the 30 Jahre model.
That was eventually boosted to 286bhp to created the first full-blooded M5off the same E28 5-series, while the next-generation M5 from 1989 upped that again to 311bhp.
This special edition is based on the fifth incarnation of the M5, and takes the price from just under £74,000 to a shade over £92,000. That’s quickly pushed past £100,000 with options just as the £6,645 M Performance exhaust (with titanium or carbon fibre tips) and the £7,395 carbon ceramic brake discs.
Sensibly perhaps given the price, the 30 Jahre Edition is limited to just 30 in this country. Each one comes with subtle reminder of the anniversary, including lettering on the door sill finishers and a special plaque inside. The car also comes with a few of the M5 options as standard, including the alcantara trim for the centre console and adaptive LED headlights (normally almost £1,500).
M5 fans without the cash reserves to afford this version can buy one of the first M535i cars for around £6,000 for a good one.