We all love our legends, right? Superman. Freddie Mercury. Maurice Richard. We love reading about them, watching movies about them and just generally celebrating them.
The same, of course, goes for cars and 35 years ago, a true automotive legend was born: the BMW M5. And, as car people and manufacturers are wont to do, BMW will be making a limited run – 350 worldwide – of the 2020 M5 called, edsimply, “Edition 35”.
At its base, it’s an M5 Competition and that brings a 4.4L twin-turbo V8, 617 hp, 553 lb-ft of torque, an AWD drivetrain that can be locked to RWD, and an eight-speed auto – all that good stuff. What the US $128,995 you have to lay out for the Edition 35 adds is special Frozen Dark Grey II metallic paint with a matte finish, 20-inch M-spec Y-spoke light alloy wheels (exclusive to the Edition 35) shrouding gloss black calipers as well as badge deletion for a very Q car take on the M5, already an understated performance machine in its own right. They’ll hear you coming, too; the Edition 35 comes standard with an M Sport exhaust system for an even more distinctive exhaust tone that can be modified by switching between drive modes.
Inside, there are special BMW Individual Merino black seats with gold trim as well as “M5 Edition 35 Jahre” badging throughout.
You also get the standard fitment of the M Driver’s Package, which raises the speed limiter from 250 to 304 km/h but more importantly it gets owners free tickets to the M Driver’s School in Spartanburg, SC or Thermal, CA. There, they’ll be taught to drive the M5 Competition that much closer to the way it was intended to be driven and even though it’s a hot-rod take on a family sedan, the race track is really where you’ll get the most out of it.