Last US-spec BMW M5 “30 Jahre M5” auctioned for $700,000

Article by Christian A., on January 20, 2015

Back in May 2014, BMW introduced the 30th anniversary Edition of the M5 called “30 Jahre M5”, a model which would see a production of just 300 units, with only 30 of them reaching the United States. 29 units were sold immediately, but the last one has been auction at an event organized by Barrett-Jackson.

The high-performance German sedan was auctioned for a staggering $700,000 and the lucky buyer is NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrik. Still, what’s even more interesting is that the money will go to the BMW Club of America Foundation. For those who don’t know, the BWM M5 “30 Jahre M5” is powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that generates 600 hp (441 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque.

As a result, it can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds, while top speed is 155 mph (250 km/h) or 305 km/h (189 mph) when equipped with the optional M Driver’s Package.

In addition, the M5 “30 Jahre M5” comes with the Competition Package, which includes a 10 mm drop in ride height, an Active M Differential, steering with M-specific Servotronic Function and with the M Dynamic Mode of the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control).

Each of the 300 models is finished in a special BMW Individual Frozen Dark Silver metallic paint and features gills with “30 Jahre M5” badge on the front wing as well as a black chrome finish for the door handle inserts and twin exhaust tailpipes.

Moreover, the sedan arrives with 20-inch bi-colour M light-alloy wheels wrapped in high-performance tires. Inside, there is a “30 Jahre M5” badge embroidered on all four headrests, “30 Jahre M5” lettering on the front door sills as well as a plaque with “1/300” inscription.

As part of the anniversary celebrations, the BMW M5 "30 Jahre M5" is provided with the BMW Individual treatment. Compared to its standard siblings, the M5 "30 Jahre M5 boasts of a more dynamic, attention-grabbing figure, as partly made possible by the BMW Individual paint shade Frozen Dark Silver metallic. A softly shimmering matt finish, Frozen Dark Silver metallic helps highlight the M5’s elegantly muscular forms.

Its attention-grabbing appearance is also made possible by the kidney grille surround and grills with "30 Jahre M5" badge on the front wing as well as door handle inserts and twin exhaust tailpipes – all of which are in black chrome. The new M5 "30 Jahre M5" rides on 20-inch bi-color M light-alloy wheels shod with mixed tires measuring 265/35 ZR 20 on the front and 295/30 ZR 20 on the rear.

Inside, the new BMW M5 "30 Jahre M5" features a cabin that celebrates the M5’s 30th anniversary. As soon as the front occupant enters the cabin, they are greeted by "30 Jahre M5" lettering on the front door sill finishers. Likewise, the Aluminium Trace trim strip on the front passenger section features a plaque bearing "30 Jahre M5" and "1/300" inscriptions, referring to the fact that only 300 examples of the special edition are up for production. An embroidered "30 Jahre M5" logo is found on the backrests of all seats.

Both the driver and front passenger are treated to M multifunction seats, which offer a wide range of electrical adjustment to deliver whole new level standards of ergonomics and comfort. These seats are wrapped in black Alcantara/leather while the M sports steering wheel, center console and door panels feature Alcantara Anthracite trim. The new BMW M5 "30 Jahre M5" special edition is provided with a high-end surround-sound system with 16 speakers: a 600-watt Harman Kardon unit or a 1,200-watt Bang & Olufsen system.

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