This year marks the 30th anniversary of the unveiling of the legendary German sports saloon, the BMW M5, at the 1984 Amsterdam Motor Show. To commemorate this milestone, BMW is planning to roll out a limited edition of the car restricted to just 300 units. It is rumoured to pack 600bhp.
The 30th anniversary M5 gets many cosmetic enhancements to set it apart from the ‘regular’ M5. The car gets a new frozen metallic paint scheme, special 20-inch wheels and ‘30th anniversary’ badges all around. Inside, the car has been trimmed with dark chrome and luxurious Alcantara leather for the steering wheel, middle console, armrest and door handles.
The 30th anniversary M5 will retain the same 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, though it will be re-tuned to churn out 600bhp and 700Nm of torque, up from the 560bhp and 680Nm the regular M5 produces. This edition will be available only with the seven-speed M DCT gearbox, with the engine powering the rear wheels.
The BMW M5 is sold in India for Rs 1.30 crore (ex-showroom Delhi) and goes up against other performance sedans like the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG and the Audi RS7, both of which are similarly priced. The M5 is imported in India as a completely-built-unit (CBU) and if you do wish to buy the special edition, in all probablitliy BMW will procure a one for you. The car is expected to be unveiled either at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, next month or at the M Festival at the Nürburgring, in June.