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BMW M5 30th anniversary edition leaked, 442kW?

May 6, 2014

With the 30th anniversary of the mighty BMW M5 just around the corner, BMW M is set to launch a special anniversary edition. Images, that appear to be official brochure scans, have surfaced online revealing some details.

BMW M5 30th Anniversary Edition

BMW isn’t as big on special editions as some of the rivals. There have been a few based on the M3, but not many on the larger M5. According to various reports BMW M is developing a unique edition to help celebrate its birthday.

Under the bonnet, the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 could be tweaked to produce as much as 442kW (600PS). This would make it more powerful than the regular M5 (423kW), and all of the German rivals including the 430kW Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG S.

While BMW is yet to mention anything specific, the images, first picked up by BimmerPost, do seem to provide confirmation that such an edition will exist.

The images show various bespoke exterior highlights such as dark chrome door handles and exhaust pipes, as well as special badges, and some 20-inch two-tone alloy wheels with polished spokes.

By the looks of it, BMW M might be planning to produce just 300 of them. A full debut is expected to take place at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed in June. Stay tuned for updates.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.