The BMW M5 First Edition -  Limited-run special edition

The BMW M5 First Edition - Limited-run special edition

22.08.2017: .... with exclusive specification. First come, first served is the motto as BMW M GmbH launches the all-new

.... with exclusive specification.



First come, first served is the motto as BMW M GmbH launches the all-new BMW M5 with the option of a “First Edition” special-edition model limited to a worldwide run of 400 examples with 50 units coming to the US. The 2018 BMW M5 First Edition will be available starting spring of 2018 with pricing announced closer to market launch.

 

The all-new BMW M5 First Edition has exclusive Frozen Dark Red Metallic paintwork and includes BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line trim with extended features. This means that the kidney grille, the M gills and the four tailpipes of the sports exhaust all come in high-gloss black. The M5 First Edition is fitted as standard with 20-inch seven-double-spoke light-alloy wheels in black.

 

The BMW M5 First Edition also has an individual flavor inside. The Piano Finish Black applications are complemented by a plaque on the center console indicating the car’s production number (“M5 First Edition 1/400”), pointing to the exclusivity of this BMW M5.




The M5 First Edition comes as standard with high-quality M multifunction seats. It is also available with full-leather upholstery in Smoke White with red contrast stitching.

 




Previous generations of the BMW M5. The M5 has been the quintessential sports sedan for over 30 years.






1984: The one that started it all. The E28S BMW M5.


BMW Motorsport GmbH had already presented the M535i – a particularly sporty 5 Series – back in 1979 and followed up with another M535i based on the E12’s successor (the E28) in 1984, before the first generation of the BMW M5 (the E28S) arrived on the scene in the fall of that year (1987 in the US).



It was powered by the celebrated four-valve 6-cylinder inline engine with 3.5-liter displacement and 256 hp at 6500 rpm, which had also proved itself in race competition and was familiar from the mid-engined M1 sports car. Equipped with individual throttle butterflies, the engine powered the original M5 from 0–60 mph in just 6.7 seconds and gave it a top speed of 150 mph. That made the first BMW M5 the fastest four-door series-produced sedan of its time.

 



1988: The first to reach 155 mph. The E34S BMW M5.




The introduction of the second-generation M5 (the E34S) in 1988 saw BMW Motorsport GmbH raise the power stakes by a clear margin once again. The new car made its debut in the US in early 1990 as a 1991 model and developed 310 hp at 6900 rpm from its 6-cylinder inline engine, now displacing 3.6 liters.



That was enough to propel the M5 from 0–60 mph in 6.1 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph for the first time.

 




1998: The first V8 in an M5. The E39S BMW M5.



The sports-focused branch of BMW AG – re-named BMW M GmbH in 1993 – remained true to its heritage with the third generation of the M5 unveiled in 1998. The E39S M5 was introduced in 1999 in the US market and shared all the stylistic understatement of its predecessors. However, now an all-new 5.0 liter four-valve V8 lied under the hood.




 “Above all, we wanted to create an abundant torque curve,” said BMW M engineer Wolfgang Kreinhoefner – and if that is the goal, to paraphrase what the hot-rodders used to say, “there’s no substitute for liters.” This new engine sent 394 hp at 6600 rpm and 368 lb-ft (+100 lb-ft vs previous gen) of peak torque at 3800 rpm to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox. The top speed of this M5 was once again electronically limited to 155 mph, while 0–62 mph took 5.3 seconds.

 




2005: M Power to the 10th power. The E60 BMW M5 V10 engine.



For the fourth BMW M5 (the E60), M GmbH put its faith in a newly developed, high-revving V10 engine with 5.0 liter displacement, developing maximum output of 500 hp at a staggering 7,750 rpm, this M5 offered a potent driving experience unlike any other sedan on the road. Why 10 cylinders? Elmar Schulte, manager of engine development at BMW, offered a straightforward explanation. "We wanted 5 liters.



The ideal cylinder displacement is 0.5 liter. To get 5 liters, we needed 10 cylinders." Transmission choices included the standard 6-speed manual transmission or 7-speed automated sequential M gearbox (SMG) featuring Launch Control for maximum acceleration off the line. The four-valve power unit whisked the fourth-generation M5 from 0–60 mph in only 4.5 seconds.

 



2011: A new era begins. The F10M BMW M5 with M TwinPower Turbo Technology.



The fifth-generation BMW M5 (F10M) took to the stage in 2011 and reached the US showrooms in 2012. Replacing the V10 engine was an all-new 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 that signified a new era of technology. The new M5 now developed almost double the power (560 hp @ 5,750 – 7,000 rpm) of the original M5. Its 500 lb-ft of peak torque from 1,500 to 5650 rpm also represented virtually twice what the E28S could offer (251 lb-ft).




M TwinPower Turbo technology enabled the latest M5 with an all-new 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission to sprint from 0–60 mph in a mere 4.2 seconds. In 2013, the M5 Competition Package followed packing a 575 hp punch from 6000 to 7000 rpm, shaving 0.1 sec in the sprint to 60 mph and 0.2 sec to 124 mph.

 

In 2014 came the “30 Jahre M5” (30 years of the M5) special-edition model producing 600 hp, which paid tribute to the original E28S M5 and was limited to 300 units worldwide with 30 coming to the US. In 2016, the 600 hp “M5 Pure Metal Silver Limited Edition” arrived with only 50 units produced for the US exclusively.

 



2017: The All-New F90 BMW M5.



The all-new BMW M5 sees BMW M GmbH writing the next chapter in a success story. Since its introduction to the US in 1987, the BMW M5 Sedan has been the essence of the M philosophy: the combination of exhilarating performance, knife-edge handling and superior comfort wrapped in understated bodywork that sends the sharp-eyed observer subtle hints about its stunning capabilities.

 



Alex Schmuck- photos BMW

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