Friday, 9 May 2014

Why this special edition BMW M5 will be one to remember

BMW has celebrated the 30th anniversary of a performance car institution by unveiling its most powerful production model ever.

The BMW M5 30 Jahre – roughly translated into English as 30 Years of the BMW M5 – is a special edition of the flagship saloon which offers up 600bhp from its 4.4 litre V8 engine, 40bhp more than the standard model.

While that might not sound much in an era when the world's fastest production car, the Hennessey Venom GT, pumps out more than twice that, but it's worth remembering that the M5's V8 now produces just 27bhp less than the BMW Motorsport V12 used to propel the McLaren F1 to 241mph. It also means the new special-edition M5 can haul you, three of your closest petrolhead friends and their luggage to 60mph in just 3.9 seconds - yes, the Nissan GT-R is faster, but it's nowhere near as practical.

Just 30 of them, costing £91,890 each, will be imported into the UK It's also fairly safe to assume this extremely-limited edition M5 will become one of the more sought after offerings from BMW's Motorsport Division, joining the likes of the E30 M3 Evolution and the E46 M3 CSL as one of those Munich performance machines which attracts a cult following among fans of BMW's ballsier offerings.

Since the car’s introduction in 1984 there have been five generations of the M5, which are all versions of the regular 5-Series saloon tuned by BMW’s Motorsport division.

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