BMW has a secret, and it's not telling. The brand's M Power blog is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the M5 and is taking a look back at previous models of its Autobahn-storming sedan, but it says that it will end "with a surprise." The celebration kicks off with a short video showing the latest M5 making some smoky donuts.

The original M5 debuted in 1985 and was the company's most expensive model at the time. Still, it packed a 3.5-liter six-cylinder generating a claimed 282 horsepower (286 PS), which was rather potent in its day. The company touted it as the world's fastest production four-door sports sedan at the time.

BMW won't reveal the surprise until it has chronicled all five generations of the M5, but it wouldn't be shocking to see an anniversary edition model appear sometime later this year. Scroll down to check out the video of the muscle sedan celebrating its birthday the only way it knows how.


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      thedriveatfive
      • 10 Months Ago
      Cant wait for the M2
      jamescmathews
      • 10 Months Ago
      Now how cool would it have been if this video had Clive Owen as the main character!
      Mike McDonald
      • 10 Months Ago
      This generation of M5 makes me yawn.
      Rob
      • 10 Months Ago
      Bloated and ugly. Looking forward to the comparison with the future Cadillac CTS-V
      sundell131313
      • 10 Months Ago
      the v10 e60 was the last great m5. this one is just blah.
      csrecord
      • 10 Months Ago
      M is for Massive?
      Rob
      • 10 Months Ago
      It needs a date with Jenny Craig. Looking forward to the comparison with the future Cadillac CTS-V
      Mbukukanyau
      • 10 Months Ago
      Too bad the E63, the CTS V and the rest have since surpassed it. BMW has lost its mojo. its not as great as they used to be. There is some soul searching to be done within BMW
      S40Powered
      • 10 Months Ago
      Remember the last time a M looked "special" and different than a basic 3-5 series? Yeah, me too.
        ابوذر ڀرڳڙي
        • 10 Months Ago
        @S40Powered
        Do you remember the E39 M5? Understated has always been a forte of the M5. It is not supposed to look flashy. Unfortunately the E60 M5 was so ugly you couldn't HELP but not notice it.
      Stridenttube
      • 10 Months Ago
      I'm a huge BMW fan, but this car is just too big to be a drivers car. The e39 will always be my favorite m5. At least the M3/M4 will pump some excitement back into the brand, I'm sure both will silence the BMW critics.
      ghetto2315
      • 10 Months Ago
      I read all these comments about this car and I can probably guarantee that nobody has ever driven an M5, let alone it's competitors that you all say is better and has surpassed it. It's almost like a couch potato fan ranting about a professional athlete on TV when said fan has never played anywhere near the level of athletics and goes on to rip how terrible the athlete is. And I get it. 90-95% of all you will never have the means to drive them so you have to go by magazine articles and biased message boards for your information. And most of you are probably auto enthusiasts who either repeat false murmur that you have read/heard, which is evident and truly blaring by these comments posted. Not just this article. Every article. I can't see how you guys are able to judge a vehicle if you have never owned or driven it extensively. And THEN you go judge it against the competition, which again, you probably have never owned or driven extensively. Now I'm not stating that you need to be a professional race car driver who can be able to debate oversteer, understeer, brake and clipping points, slip and yaw angles, etc, but unless if you have experience of how the car performs in real life and on track, I can't see how your arguments are valid save for opinions on looks and design (exterior and interior). It took me 10+ years in the auto industry to gain enough knowledge to evaluate a car properly with out prejudice. I often go back and see the comments that I left when I was inexperienced and it's downright comical. My arguments were ignorant, vague, and biased and it was from not understanding how the car truly performed in real life versus what I saw/read on YouTube or MotorTrend or even here on AutoBlog. I only ask that when you guys are going to post a comment, please do not make it a predisposed one and have some factual evidence to support it. Cheers!
      Bernie Kressner
      • 10 Months Ago
      To save this otherwise embarrassing megalith from the eternal doom of elephantine mass, I certainly hope that the "surprise" is at least 600 HP! ----------------------
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