Happy Birthday BMW M5!

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2014 will be the year the legendary BMW M5 turns 30. In order to properly celebrate the event, a group of friends from decided to put together a short clip featuring the latest iteration of the M5, the F10 model.
Philipp Schumacher, Fero Andersen, Alexander Hell and Tobias Kortge conceived and produced this spot that looks extremely similar to the one BMW’s crews put together.

The car in the shots is a Frozen Blue model decked with M Carbon Ceramic Brakes that, most likely, had a price tag well over €100,000 in Germany. Doing donuts, drifting and fast scenes are also included, as it’s always the case when the M5 is involved.

Back in 1984, at the Amsterdam Motor Show, BMW decided to unveil the first ever M5. Based on the E28 platform, it was the embodiment of perfection for anyone looking for a powerful sedan that drove like a dream.

Following in the footsteps of the E12 M535i, the original M5 was fitted with a 3.5-liter inline 6-cylinder M88 engine initially, derived from the one initially used by the legendary M1. Making 282 HP and 340 Nm (251 lb-ft) of torque it was more than enough for those days.

Its replacement was the S38 3.6-liter 6-cylinder unit used on the E35 M5 in 1989. It was basically an upgraded version that used the same M88 base underneath, making 310 HP and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque now.

1998 would see the introduction of probably the most popular M5 ever made, the E39. That car had a brilliant design and feature amazing specs for its time, including a mean sounding S62 4.9-liter V8 engine. This bad boy had 400 HP and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque to play around with. 60 mph (96 km/h) came in just 4.8 seconds and the rear diff had 25% lock.

The last naturally aspirated M5 ever to come out was the E60 model that used a legendary engine and a controversial design. Drawn by Chris Bangle, the famous ‘Bangle Butt’ found its way to the 5 Series platform too, giving birth to this particular one.

It’s also the only M5 generation that featured a Touring model. Both it and the sedan used the same engine and transmission though, the Formula 1 inspired S85 5-liter V10 unit making 507 HP and 520 Nm (384 lb-ft) of torque and the SMG gearbox.

Last, but not least, we have the turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine fitted inside the F10 model of today. It makes 560 HP and 680 Nm (501 lb-ft) of torquetwice as much as the original model, and it was launched back in 2011 with amazing performance for a rear-wheel-drive car (0-62 mph in 4.4 seconds).

Therefore, over the last 30 years, the BMW M5 went from a 3.5-liter inline 6-cylinder architecture making 282 HP to V10 and V8 architectures making up to twice as much power and even more than double the torque.

According to the latest rumors, the Bavarian company plans to launch a special edition model to celebrate 3 decades of performance, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year. However, up until now we don't have any official info about what this new car could possibly feature to make it stand out.

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