The BMW M5 is turning 35 this year and the marque is celebrating with the new 350-off Edition 35 Years special.
The Edition 35 Years is based on the monstrous 625hp M5 Competition and adds Frozen Dark Grey metallic paint, as well as various BMW Individual fittings. The new 20-inch Y-spoke M light alloy wheels are presented in Graphite Grey, too. The brake callipers are black to complement the wheels and paint, although if you get the optional ceramic brakes, they can come in gold.
The subtle upgrades continue on the inside, with aluminium carbon structure gold anodised finishers. That’s one of those finishes that you can’t quite imagine the look of until you see it. There’s nothing quite like it in use in any other car, is there? They join BMW Individual Merino leather in black with beige seams for added contrast.
Naturally, a smattering of ‘M5 Edition 35 Jahre’ badges, inscriptions and finishers can be found, too. Your specific Edition 35 Years will even get its own numbered engraving on the cupholder cover. We’ll take ‘M5 Edition 35 Jahre 35/350, if you please.
As it’s based on the Competition Package, the Edition 35 Years should crack 62mph in 3.3 seconds and 120mph in under 11 seconds.
35 years of the M5
Such a special edition almost feels redundant, given that the heritage of the M5 speaks for itself. Over six generations, the M5 has evolved from nimble six-pot sports saloon, to V8 drift machine, to V10 hot rod, to Bahn-storming turbo-touting supercar destroyer.
Rarely has it been toppled as king of the large executive sports saloons.
The likes of Mercedes-AMG and Audi Sport (formerly Quattro) have never quite balanced muscle, tractability, daily ability and fun quite like the M5.
And although the fifth-generation was derided for its move to turbocharging, the latest sixth-generation model is seen as a return to form for the model. It’s the first xDrive all-wheel-drive M5, but you can activate ‘drift mode’ and kill drive to the fronts, for some classic smokey M5 action.