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by Tim Beissmann

Images and details of the BMW M5 30th Anniversary limited edition have appeared online in the scanned pages of a leaked dealer brochure.

Uploaded to enthusiast website Bimmerpost, the brochure confirms BMW will produce just 300 special edition 30th Anniversary M5 super sedans, which will be more powerful than the regular car and feature unique styling details.

The BMW M5 30th Anniversary’s twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 is boosted to 441kW of power and 700Nm of torque – up 18kW/20Nm from the output of the regular model.

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The brochure suggests the 30th Anniversary edition will be available exclusively with the brand’s M-tuned seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, meaning no manual option for US customers.

The special M5 will come standard with the Competition Package and will be fitted with 20-inch polished jet black alloy wheels; 30th Anniversary badging; leather/alcantara seats with 30th Anniversary stitching; and alcantara steering wheel, console, armrest and door handle upholstery.

Production of the special edition M5 is set to run from July to November.

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BMW Australia corporate communications general manager Lenore Fletcher told CarAdvice it had locked in roughly 15 M5 30th Anniversary cars for local customers – about five per cent of the total global allocation.

“Because Australia is such a performance oriented market, we have made sure we have secured some of these vehicles,” Fletcher said.

“While the number is quite small … that is certainly more than our fair share on a market percentage basis. We are very excited about being able to offer this awesome vehicle on the Australian market.”

Though timing had not yet been finalised, the BMW M5 30th Anniversary special edition is tipped to reach local showrooms around the end of 2014. It is expected to carry a small premium over the standard car’s $229,900 price tag.




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