The BMW M5 is an exceptional performer in the sports sedan market. Actually, it’s an exceptional performer in any market, with brutal acceleration that matches or beats all but the most hyper of hypercars. It’s hard to believe the madness started 35 years ago with the first BMW M5, but Munich has no intention of letting the milestone pass without an honorable mention. In this case, that mention takes the form of an appearance package for the midsize sedan called the M5 Edition 35 Years.
To make it happen, the automaker mobilized its BMW Individual group for some special touches that suggest this Bimmer likes to tread on the dark side. All models will wear a special exterior shade called BMW Individual Frozen Dark Grey II, a matte color which is complemented with exclusive 20-inch Y-spoke M wheels finished in Graphite Grey. Brake calipers are similarly dark with a coat of gloss black, and in a surprising move, the car’s rear badging is removed for what BMW calls “an elegant and understated” look.
Gallery: 2020 BMW M5 Edition 35 Years
In fact, the only place you’ll find anniversary branding is inside. There’s more darkness to be found with BMW Individual Merino black leather M Sport seats, though beige contrast stitching adds an interesting flavor. It’s the center console that demands attention here, as it gets gold trim with M5 Edition 35 Years etched in white. Gold trim is also found on the dash and door panels, and additional gold trim with more branding is found on the door sill plates.
BMW will only build 350 special edition variants, all of which use the M5 Competition as the starting point. That means a 617-horsepower (460-kilowatt) twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 is under the hood, sending power to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic. They will be up-spec models as well, with the otherwise optional Executive Package and M Driver’s Package included as standard kit.
Of those 350 special models, just 35 will make it to U.S. shores with production slated for September and October. Be prepared to pay $128,995 to put one in your garage.
The 2020 BMW M5 Edition 35 Years
• Special edition celebrates 35 years of BMW M5.
• Limited to 350 units globally with 35 units for the U.S.
• 617 hp / 553 lb-ft torque. 0 - 60 mph in 3.1 seconds. Top Speed of 189 mph.
• U.S. production slated for Sept. – Oct. 2019.
• MSRP of $128,995 including Destination and Gas Guzzler tax.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – May 16, 2019…Today, BMW M GmbH unveils a limited production M5 to commemorate three and a half decades of exhilarating 4-door performance sedans. Based on the current M5 Competition, the most powerful and most capable M5 ever produced, the 2020 M5 Edition 35 Years will be limited to 350 units globally. The U.S. spec cars will be produced in September and October of this year and feature exclusive BMW Individual exterior and interior appointments.
The Edition 35 Year Package
In celebration of a class of track capable sport sedans, created when at customers’ requests, BMW M GmbH installed the inline 6-cylinder motor from the mid-engine M1 into the 5 Series, the M5 Edition 35 Years offers a unique and carefully orchestrated package of BMW Individual equipment combined with the supercar performance capabilities of the M5 Competition.
The exterior of this limited production model is finished in BMW Individual Frozen Dark Grey II
metallic paint with a special pigmentation to create the appearance of a silk matte surface
finish. The 20 inch M light alloy Y-spoke design wheels, finished in Graphite Grey are exclusive
to this model. The M compound brake system calipers are finished in high-gloss black,
another visible feature unique to the M5 Edition 35 Years. Badge deletion from the trunk
finishes off the exterior in an elegant and understated way.
In the interior, the driver and passengers are greeted with M Sport seats finished in BMW
Individual Merino black full leather with contrasting beige stitching. The center console, door
trim sections and instrument panel area are finished in a shimmering, gold anodized aluminium
carbon structure, another exclusive to the M5 Edition 35 Years model. Door sill plates and the
center console door bear the engraving; “M5 Edition 35 Jahre”.
Standard features and packages
The BMW M5 Edition 35 Years includes, as standard, the following optional M5 packages:
Executive Package: includes soft-close automatic doors, power rear sunshade & rear side
window shades, front ventilated seats, Front and Rear heated seats, 4-zone automatic climate
control, Front messaging seats, Parking Assistant Plus, Wireless charging, Enhanced USB &
Bluetooth, Active Park Distance Control and Surround View with 3D view camera system.
M Driver’s Package: raises electronic speed limiter from 155 to 189 mph and includes a
voucher for an M Driver’s School at a BMW Performance Center in either Spartanburg, SC or in
The 2020 M5 Edition 35 years also receives the newest Live Cockpit Professional with the
BMW iDrive 7 operating system. The latest-generation of the iDrive comprises a highresolution
digital 12.3” instrument cluster display behind the steering wheel and a 10.25”
center display diagonally across. The system offers many hardware upgrades including new
haptic controls on the iDrive controller, an advanced tablet-like touch interface, stunning
visualizations, and the largest displays in a BMW yet. This latest system perfectly blends the
strengths of previous iDrive concepts with the modern ways in which people expect to
interface with their popular electronic devices. The multi-modal approach of the iDrive touch
controller, large touchscreen center display, cloud based voice control, and gesture control
allow users to interact in the way of their choosing.
To maximize the capabilities of the large 12.3” digital instrument cluster, the traditional circular
gauges have been finessed into an all-new design pushing the speedometer and tachometer
gauges to the outer edges of the display as geometric bands. This new design opens space in
the middle for routing and navigation. Information from the center display can also be shown
within the tachometer.
The Heart of M
The emotion-packed driving experience that defines the BMW M5 Edition 35 Years stems
from its high-revving, M TwinPower Turbocharged 4.4L V8. Generating 617 hp at 6,000 rpm,
with a peak torque delivery of 553 lb-ft. between 1,800 and 5,860. The limited production
sedan accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds, with 124 mph reached in 10.8
seconds – 0.3 seconds quicker than in the standard BMW M5. The engine mounts supporting
the more powerful V8 are also 55% stiffer over their counterparts found in the standard M5,
improving power transfer throughout the driveline.
M Sport exhaust system.
The 2020 BMW M5 Edition 35 Years comes equipped with a flap-controlled, twin-pipe M
Sport exhaust system which produces an extremely distinctive tone – especially when the
engine is pushed hard and at high revs. The acoustic profile can be changed by selecting the
various drive modes while the M Sport exhaust system itself makes a great visual impression,
thanks to the black chrome finish of the tailpipes.
Power transfer via eight-speed M Steptronic transmission and M xDrive.
The task of transferring the engine power to the wheels is handled by the eight-speed
M Steptronic transmission. Incredibly short shift times and swift, precise responses to every
nudge of the accelerator ensure that the engine’s capabilities are instantly translated into
Three different modes offering a choice of efficient, sporty or ultra-high performance driving
can be activated using the Drivelogic rocker switch on the gear selector. Manual gear
selections are possible with either the selector lever or the shift paddles on the steering wheel.
A specially designed transmission oil cooler keeps the transmission operating within the
desired temperature range, even when the car is being pushed to the limit on the track.
The M xDrive system’s intelligent all-wheel-drive technology is capable of directing all of the
BMW M5 Edition 35 Year’s power and torque to the road in and generating just enough extra
traction to achieve acceleration times worthy of a super-sports car.
The centrally controlled interaction between M xDrive and the Active M Differential is
responsible for channelling the engine’s output to the car’s wheels without any loss of power
en route. The engine’s torque is distributed between the front and rear wheels by the transfer
case’s fully variable, electronically controlled multi-plate clutch, before the Active M Differential
splits it again as needed between the two rear wheels.
Besides the 4WD and 4WD Sport modes, there is the option of pure rear-wheel drive (2WD),
which allows experienced and skilled drivers to revel in the experience offered by past
generations of the BMW M5 – i.e. handling in its purest form, with no control system
Chassis tuning for the ultimate precision and performance.
Like every BMW M car, the 2020 BMW M5 Edition 35 Years is equipped with chassis
technology that ensures precisely controllable handling at all times, even in extremely dynamic
driving situations. This is down to the M-specific kinematic properties of the high-performance
sedan’s double-wishbone front suspension and five-link rear suspension. They result in neutral
steering behaviour and a linear build-up of lateral force up to the car’s dynamic limits. An Mspecific
version of the Variable Damper Control system is fitted, the Comfort, Sport and Sport
Plus modes selectable at the press of a button activating different damper settings. Selecting
Sport mode activates the damper settings perfected for harsher tarmac and curbing of a track
like Nürburgring’s Nordschleife circuit. Sport Plus lends itself to the smoother pavement and
curbing of grand prix circuits.
The ride height is lower by seven millimeters compared to the M5 Sedan, and is accompanied
by model-specific chassis tuning to the springs (10% stiffer) and dampers. Increased negative
front camber enhances the car’s ability to absorb lateral forces through high-speed corners.
Ball joints instead of rubber mounts has resulted in more precise wheel guidance at the rear
axle. The spring rate of the rear anti-roll bar is firmer, causing the body roll that occurs through
high-speed corners to be distributed with a pronounced rear bias.
The ultimate in braking and grip.
The outstanding stopping power of the new 2020 BMW M5 Edition 35 Years is provided by
low-weight M compound brakes, featuring six-piston fixed callipers and perforated, innervented
brake discs at the front wheels and single-piston floating callipers with integrated
parking brake at the rear.
Standard specification for the limited edition model includes exclusive M light-alloy Y-spoke
design wheels shod with front 275/35R20 and rear 285/35R20 non runflat performance tires.
6 Generations of U.S. M5 Sedans
1988 E28 M5
Where it all began. The first M5 set the benchmark for understated performance and luxury
when it arrived in the US. Powered by a 3.5–liter, 24 valve, dual-overhead–cam inline-6 engine
producing 256 hp @ 6,500 rpm and 243 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm, the 3,420 lb. sedan accelerated
from 0 to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds and kept going all the way up to a top speed of 150 mph. The
E28 M5 was the fastest production sedan of its time and you could have it in any color, as long
as it was black.
1991 – 1993 E34 M5
The second generation of M5 arrived in the US in 1990 with a brand new chassis and
increased performance. The 3.5L 6-cylinder engine now produced 310 hp @ 6,900 rpm and
266 lb-ft. @ 4,750. This allowed the 3,804 lb. sedan to accelerate to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds
and feature an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. Unique to the early cars were twopiece
wheels with a turbine cooling cover.
2000 – 2003 E39 M5
The first V8 M5. The third generation M5 sedan was powered by a new 5.0L, 32-valve, 4-cam.
Naturally aspirated V8 producing 394 hp @ 6,600 rpm and 368 lb-ft @ 3,800 rpm. 0-60 mph
was accomplished in 4.8 seconds by the 4,024 lb. while the top speed was again limited to
155 mph. The substantial increase in torque (+100 lb-ft.) across the rev range was
immediately noticeable and appreciated by owners.
2005 – 2010 E60 M5
To arrival of the V10. Mirroring BMW’s efforts in Formula 1, this generation of the M5 received
a technologically advanced 5.0L V10 engine. Producing 500 hp @ 7,750 rpm and 383 lb-ft @
6,100 rpm, the engine could rev all the up to its 8,250 rpm redline. 60 mph was reached in 4.5
seconds with an electronic limiter set at 155 mph. The 4,087 lb. E60 M5 also saw the
introduction of the 7-speed SMG transmission and M drive modes; P400, P500 and S500
referring by name to the horsepower allowed by each setting.
2012 – 2016 F10 M5
Breaking with the tradition of high-revving engines of the past, the fifth generation M5 arrived
with a very torque-laden, twin-turbocharged 4.4L V8. Delivering 560 hp @ 5,750 rpm and 500
lb-ft. @ 1,500 – 5,750 rpm, the new engine propelled the 4,370 lb. sedan from 0 to 60 mph in
4.2 seconds with the new 7-speed DCT transmission and in 4.3 seconds with the 6-speed
2018 – Present F90 M5
The current generation of M5 sedan is the fastest and most capable M5 in history. Producing
600 hp @ 5,700 – 6,600 rpm and 553 lb-ft @ 1,800 – 5,700 rpm from its 4.4L twinturbocharged
V8, the F90 features the first all-wheel drive system to be fitted to an M
passenger car. The added traction of the M xDrive system allows the M5 to sprint to 60 mph in
only 3.2 seconds. Top speed is limited to 155 mph.
2019 BMW M5 Edition 35 Years Sedan
Seats -- 5
Number of Doors -- 4
Drive type -- AWD
Length inches 195.5
Width inches 74.9
Width including mirrors inches 83.7
Height inches 57.8
Wheelbase inches 117.4
Ground clearance inches 5.0
Turning radius ft 20.7
Shoulder width front inches 58.7
Shoulder room rear inches 55.9
Legroom front inches 41.4
Legroom rear inches 36.5
Headroom front inches 40.7
Headroom rear inches 38.5
Trunk volume ft³ 18.7
Fuel Tank capacity gallons 20.1
Weight distribution Front / Rear % 54.7 / 45.3
Curb weight lbs 4,370
Gross vehicle weight lbs 5,380
Payload lbs 925
Engine type -- S63
Cylinders -- 8
Valves per cylinder -- 4
Stroke mm 88.3
Bore mm 89
Displacement cm³ 4,395
Compression rate :1 10
Engine power hp 617 @ 6,000 rpm
Engine torque ft lbs 553 @ 1,800-5,860
Fuel type -- gasoline
Recommended Fuel -- AKI 93
Engine oil capacity quarts 10.6
Output per liter hp/liter 140.4
Transmission type -- M8HP75
Transmission type -- automatic transmission