Monday, 4 June 2012


BMW in Europe has confirmed that its new M Performance division has been doing work on the M5. Just to be clear, there hasn’t been an improvement in power delivery, so it stays at 412kW and 680Nm of torque as standard. Changes however, are over the skin, so to speak.

The M5 M Performance Edition features “frozen” exterior colours such as “BMW Individual Japan Red”, “BMW Individual Frozen White” and “BMW Individual Frozen Blue”. Other special pieces include 20-inch matt black alloy wheels, side gills, and a dark chrome exhaust system. The interior boasts an Alcantara-covered steering wheel, M leather stitching and M Sport seats among others.

The cars are available in the UK at £95 140 (R1.24 million) a piece. Unfortunately only 30 examples will be sold, putting them clearly out of reach for South Africa. Nevertheless, this does not stop a localised version similar to what AC Schnitzer did with the M3 Frozen Edition.

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