BMW hasn't kept its 30th Anniversary M5 a very big secret. It even hinted that "a surprise" was coming while celebrating its Autobahn-storming sedan's 30th birthday. However, what exactly was on the way has been a mystery... until now. The folks over at Bimmerpost have found some leaked details about the new model, and it's definitely more than just some badges special paint.

The biggest upgrade for the M5 is that power allegedly increases to 592 horsepower (600PS) and 516 pound-feet of torque (700 Newton-meters). That is a 32-hp and 14-lb-ft increase over the standard M5 and 17 ponies more than models with the Competition Package. The forum claims that all of the cars come with a dual-clutch gearbox, even in the US.

Styling also sees an upgrade with BMW Individual Frozen Dark Silver Metallic exterior paint, special 20-inch wheels, dark chrome trim and 30th Anniversary badges. The interior mixes Merino leather and Alcantara upholstery with dark aluminum trim and more celebratory badges.

It seems BMW wants to keep this special edition a rarity because one photo suggests it's limited to 300 units. Bimmerpost believes its debut will be at the M Festival at the Nürburgring from June 20-22. That fits well with the alleged July production start date. Autoblog reached out to BMW USA for official confirmation of the car, but it had no comment at this time.


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      Susan
      • 7 Months Ago
      Wow, this is a big bruiser, a really big machine. The Bismarck has weighed anchor.
      knightrider_6
      • 7 Months Ago
      It looks just like 528i. BMW must be very confident of the stupidity of people who buy their cars.
      ffelix422
      • 7 Months Ago
      The changes position the M3/4 to have Competition packages, (more HP) creating a gap of sorts so that the M2 can be born. Let's be honest, the M2 will need at least 380HP to justified itself against the M235i, and that would still put it to close to threatening the current M3/4, and there paltry 430HP.
      Matthew
      • 7 Months Ago
      yawn
      Eta Carinae
      • 7 Months Ago
      Its seems like BMW is getting ready for the CTSV........
        ffelix422
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Eta Carinae
        BMW doesn't consider Caddy competition.
          Brandon
          • 7 Months Ago
          @ffelix422
          The V series only has one car that could beat the last gen M5 but definitely not the new one. So please tell me what comparable car "spanks" the M5.
          wooootles
          • 7 Months Ago
          @ffelix422
          You're right; M's too busy being destroyed by Quattro GmbH and AMG. AMG chief on the other hand explicitly says the V series is competition.
          Nick B
          • 7 Months Ago
          @ffelix422
          When you get your ass spanked a few times id imagine you just have to give up.
          Ted
          • 7 Months Ago
          @ffelix422
          That's their problem. No foresight. That's why Cadd"y kicken their Butt !
      Sorten Borten
      • 7 Months Ago
      A 5% bump in power and cosmetic changes isn't much of a 30th anniversary celebration. Why not carry over some of the weight reduction knowledge they've gained from the i-series to make this car special?
      Kinhluan.com
      • 7 Months Ago
      What a fabulous car – I'm green with envy!. It's pretty nice, the design, I mean. I think it is an excellent product.
      Ted
      • 7 Months Ago
      Wow!!!! Chrome Ex. Tips.....bmw is really stepping up now ! These cars are dated and Boring. They need to walk into the design Dept. and Roll some Heads !
        Brandon
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Ted
        Its a special edition, what do you expect? Its not going to be a radically different car with completely different styling than the normal car which is about 4 or 5 years old. At least it has a power bump unlike most special editions. And really? Complaining about chrome exhaust tips? You guys just have to find the littlest things to complain about.
      KO
      • 7 Months Ago
      They could make the US ones (almost) only come in black over tan like the originals.
      ycnexu
      • 7 Months Ago
      That's gotta be the least special special edition of all time.
      Jarod Forney
      • 7 Months Ago
      As an M5 fan. This car is pretty mundane compared to the E6, And considering iv'e driven both, The E60 in my opinion was more exciting then this,even when it was out of M mode.. This 30th anniversary model...I don't even know what to say when the highlight is "dark chrome exhaust tips"... Not even an Eisenmann performance exhaust...i mean really?
      Tony
      • 7 Months Ago
      What is a Cadillac ? The only place they belong to is at the mortuary for funeral processions.
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