Video: 2015 BMW M5 “30 Jahre M5” drifts for our pleasure

Article by Christian A., on September 4, 2014

BMW marked the 30th anniversary of the M5 high-performance sedan with a special edition called “30 Jahre M5” (30 Years of M5). Until today, no videos with the new vehicle were released but the waiting is over as BMW listened to our prayers and filmed its new M5 drifting in the hands of a professional driver.

Only 300 units will be produced, each powered by a 4.4-liter V8 twin-turbo engine producing 600 hp (441 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque. This means that the special edition gets an extra 40 hp when compared with the standard version. As a result, the vehicle is also faster and is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 in just 3.9 seconds, while top speed is limited at 250 km/h (155 mph) or at 305 km/h (189 mph).

The standard model accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.2 seconds. In addition, the BMW M5 “30 Jahre M5” is fitted with the Competition Package as standard, which means it arrives with an Active M Differential that improves traction, steering with M-specific Servotronic function, an M Dynamic Mode of the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) as well as a retuned suspension that brings the sedan 10 mm closer to the ground.

When it comes to design, the M5 “30 Jahre M5” features a special BMW Individual paint shade Frozen Dark Silver metallic and a black chrome finish on the kidney grille surround, gills with “30 Jahre M5” badge on the front wing, door handle inserts and twin exhaust tailpipes.

Moreover, 20-inch bi-colour M light-alloy wheels are available wrapped in high-performance tires. Inside, the vehicle gets “30 Jahre M5” badge on the door sills, on backrests of all four seats, as well as a dashboard badge with “1/300” inscription.

In the United States, the special edition starts at $138,275, including destination and handling, but only 29 were available and were sold within minutes. A customer was offering one on eBay for a staggering $200,000.

The body’s design staunchly highlights the standout traits of the all-new BMW M5. Additional M-specific features further enhance the vivid dimensions and stylish, commanding look of the 5-Series Saloon. The modifications that the designers wisely selected are precisely geared to meet the technical requirements of the vehicle, so that they are a central component of the high-performing Saloon's total concept. The vehicle's astonishing possibilities are subtly highlighted and with striking genuineness by the distinct design components on the front, rear, and sides.

The styling of the apron in the front plainly exemplifies the superlative power of the all-new V8 engine. The contour outlines of the hood meet in a V shape to the brand's signature double-kidney grille. The broad configuration of the traditional black M slats – similar to the three air inlets in the lower portion of the apron in front – accentuates the required cooling air of the engine sitting behind the grille. The configuration of the air inlets over different levels produces an imposing depth that emphasises the vibrant, forward-plunging look of the Saloon.

Dynamically shaped inlets guarantee accurate airflow and optimised cooling.

The practical significance of the forward-facing central opening is accentuated by the breadth of the vehicle, which ranges out to the surface of the road, and the protruding shape of the contour outlines.

The two air inlets on the side, meanwhile, have a vibrantly bowed shape. Located far to the furthest rims of the vehicle, they accentuate its broad track and permeate the spaces in the front apron that the 5-Series Saloon usually saved for fog lights. At the lower ridge of the front, flaps that channel air which were developed on the track ensure optimum aerodynamics.

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