The 2018 BMW M5 has finally arrived, boasting the 5 Series’ latest design and a more powerful turbocharged V-8 engine. To celebrate its arrival, BMW will also offer a limited-edition M5 First Edition.
While the M5 First Edition isn’t a striking contrast to the base M5, it does have a few bits that set it apart from the crowd. The most obvious change is the exclusive Frozen Dark Red Metallic paint highlighted by the BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line trim. The latter coats the kidney grille, M gills, and the four tailpipes in a high-gloss black. Rounding out the look is a set of 20-inch seven-double-spoke light-alloy wheels painted black.
The M5 First Edition’s interior also has a few special treats. These include piano-black interior trim and a plaque on the center console showing its production number. Completing the interior are M multi-function seats and available full-leather Smoke White upholstery with red contrast stitching.
Under its hood, the M5 First Edition retains the standard M5’s 4.4-liter turbocharged V-8 engine that cranks out 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. This power heads through an eight-speed Steptronic transmission then through the new, rear-biased M xDrive all-wheel-drive system before hitting the pavement. This results in an insane 3.2-second sprint to 60 mph and an 11.1-second jaunt to 124 mph.
BMW will limit the M5 First Edition’s production to just 400 units around the world — 50 of those units will be available in the U.S. starting in the spring of 2018. Pricing is not available yet, but I think “expensive” pretty much covers it.
Stay tuned for updates.