Starts at $83,250 if you go for the manual gearbox.
In 2014, BMW decided it would be appropriate to celebrate three decades of M5s with a special edition featuring as standard just about all of the performance upgrades available. This year, the Bavarians are blowing the 30th candle on the M3’s birthday cake with a limited-run model in the same vein as its bigger brother. It was announced at the end of May and now BMW is revealing 150 units (out of a total of 500 cars) are being earmarked for the U.S. of A.
Based on the M3 fitted with the Competition Package, the “30 Jahre M3” wears a Macao Blue metallic finish from the BMW Individual catalog. The choice of paint is not random as it represents a nod to the first-gen Sport Evo M3 which was the first model to receive the hue. Being fitted with the Competition Package as standard, it means all cars will ride on 20-inch forged alloy wheels wrapped in 265/30 R20 front and 285/30 R20 rear performance tires.
Buyers will also get to enjoy the adaptive M suspension which has been tweaked to match the increased output of the biturbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine which has an extra 19 horsepower (14 kilowatts) for a grand total of 444 hp (331 kW). Specifically for the ’30 Jahre M5,’ BMW has upgrades the springs, dampers, and stabilizers, while the adaptive suspension’s Comfort, Sport and Sport+ modes have all been further optimized. On top of that, the standard active M differential and the dynamic stability control system have both been revised.
You can have it with either a standard six-speed manual gearbox or with an optional seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. The manual-equipped model will run to 60 mph (96 kph) in four seconds whereas the DCT-fitted model will complete the task in only 3.8 seconds.
Besides the special paint and mechanical upgrades, BMW has also fiddled with the interior which comes in bi-color Black/Fjord full Merino leather also from the Individual catalog, just like the high-gloss Shadow Line. As a final touch, on the passenger side there will be an individually-numbered ’30 Jahre M3’ badge on the dashboard to denote it’s not a run-of-the-mill M3.
BMW of North America is asking $83,250 for the manual version and $86,150 if you want the DCT, with both prices excluding destination and handling fees.