Everything You Need To Know About BMW’s – 2020 M5 35 Year Edition

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  • 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.

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”.

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 action.

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 intervention.

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 M-specific 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, inner-vented 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.