The BMW M5 is, in October 2019, celebrating its 35th year in existence as the Munich automaker’s premier large(ish) sports saloon. It’s not an insignificant number, to be sure, but perhaps a bit less of a milestone as it would be on its 40th anniversary in 5 years time, and definitely not nearly as noteworthy as its golden jubilee a decade from that.
Perhaps the company, more specifically its M division, has something appropriately memorable and significant in store for 2034, but for now, the M5’s 35th anniversary is met with the Edition 35 Years. As you may have guessed, it’s a limited run version of the G90 M5 with special enhancements, mostly cosmetic, to mark the occasion.
The M5 has certainly come a long way since the E28, continually improving over its six generations to become and maintain its status as one of the world’s most respected and dynamically talented four-door saloons - a supercar-killer you can fill a family with.
What sets it apart from the vanilla M5 is the additions that come courtesy of BMW Individual, the company’s vehicle personalisation arm, which is responsible for its Frozen Dark Grey II metallic exterior finish and 20-inch M light alloy wheels in Graphite Grey.
Elsewhere, the brake callipers that surround the steel rotors are high-gloss black but can be refinished in gold should the M carbon ceramic brake option is selected. Open the door, though, and the sill guard is inscribed with “M5 Edition 35 Jahre 1/350”, reminding you that BMW only made 350 examples.
Moving further inside, there are yet more touches unique to this special edition such as trim finishers done in anodised aluminium and an unmissable gold weave carbon. These are found in accent areas like the instrument cluster and centre console.
There aren’t any mechanical alterations made, though, above the M5 Competition on which every Edition 35 Jahre is based. Its 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged S63 V8 produces an identical peaks of 460kW and 750Nm, mated to an 8-speed automatic.
The car also shares the somewhat controversial four-wheel drive system - M xDrive, as BMW calls it - that can entirely disengage the front wheels for full rear-wheel drive hoonery but quickly summon the front wheels to dig in when more grip is needed.