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2019 BMW M5 Edition 35 Years revealed

By Chris Thompson, 17 May 2019 News

2019 BMW M5 Edition 35 Years revealed news

Special edition celebrates 35 years of BMW's iconic performance sedan

BMW has confirmed it will build a celebratory model to mark the 35th anniversary of its M-fettled 5 Series in the form of the 2019 BMW M5 ‘Edition 35 Years’, or ‘Jahre’ if you’re a traditionalist.

With only 350 to be built worldwide, its potential allocations are small and its pricing yet to be confirmed, but BMW has revealed its specifications.

Unfortunately, it bears the same specifications as a variant that already exists:

“The resulting M feeling and the exclusive character of the high-performance sports sedan come to life with particular intensity in the BMW M5 Edition 35 Years.

“The point of departure for the configuration of the Edition model is provided by the BMW M5 Competition.”

This means a twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 packing 460kW and 750Nm of grunt, and a potent 3.3 second to 100km/h sprint claimed by BMW – though MOTOR has tested this to a best of 3.78 seconds.

PCOTY 2019: M5 Competition takes 3rd place

Where the BMW Edition 35 Years/Jahre differs from the Competition is in its fitout and design elements.

Most notably is the use of gold-anodised carbon ‘structure’ in the interior, which provides a stark contrast from the otherwise brooding colour scheme in blacks and dark greys.

‘M5 Edition 35 Jahre 1/350’ is also found in large print in the centre console on top of the storage compartment cover.

MOTOR History: BMW M5

The firs E28 M5 revealed in 1984, with an engine borrowed from BMW’s M1 supercar. A 3.5-litre inline six was good for 210kW/340Nm, and BMW claimed it was the fastest sedan on the planet.

Since, it has gone through five other generations, being powered by a variety of inline sixes, V8s, and even a V10.

MOTOR has contacted BMW Australia and awaits confirmation of localised pricing and availability.