New '30 Jahre' model gets power hike to 592bhp, revised suspension and steering and mild cosmetic tweaks

BMW’s M division has marked the 30th anniversary of the M5 with the unveiling of the most powerful version of the iconic four-door saloon yet.

Set to be produced in a limited run of 300, the BMW M5 '30 Jahre M5' (30 years of the M5) builds on the performance gains of the recently introduced M5 Competition Pack.

It consequently gets a lightly reworked version of BMW M division’s twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 direct-injection petrol engine delivering an added 25bhp, at 592bhp.

This provides the 1870kg four-door with a power-to-weight ratio that is 14bhp per tonne up on the M5 Competition Pack, at 317bhp per tonne. Torque has also risen by 15lb ft, swelling to a new peak of 516lb ft on a band of revs between 1500rpm and 6000rpm.

The increase in reserves has been achieved through what BMW M division development boss Albert Biermann described as “tweaks to the engine management system and an increase in the turbocharger boost pressure”.

Drive is channelled to the rear wheels through a lightly reworked version of the standard M5’s seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, which boasts new software mapping. The result is the fastest series production M5 ever.

BMW claims 0-62mph in just 3.9sec and a top speed that is limited to 190mph in combination with an optional M Driver’s Package. Combined cycle fuel consumption is a claimed 28.5mpg and its CO2 emissions are rated at 231g/km.

Underpinning the new M5 30 Jahre is a chassis featuring the same subtle modifications incorporated on the M5 Competition Package, with firmer springs and dampers, a 10mm reduction in ride height and standard 20-inch wheels shod with 265/40 front and 295/40 rear tyres.

Other changes include more direct mapping for the electro-mechanical steering system, a separate control unit for the active M differential for faster reactions and a recalibrated dynamic stability control (DSC) system.

The M5 30 Jahre is further distinguished from the standard M5 by a matt silver metallic body colour, darkened chrome accents for the kidney grille surround, door handle inserts and tailpipes and '30 Jahre' badges within the front wings.

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7 May 2014
I think the basic(?) M5 is plenty fast enough for me!,special editions equals special price HIKE!

Peter Cavellini.

7 May 2014
Surely they should give it a proper special edition name along the lines of Micra Wave, Clio Bee Bop, etc.

Best I can come up with is 5 a Day.

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