Col­lectable Cars

Edi­tion 35 Jahre

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With the BMW M Fes­ti­val Com­ing up soon, we thought it ap­pro­pri­ate to re­view 2 of our favourite M’s, the E36 and E46 BMW M3’s.

35 years ago, BMW Mo­tor­sport GmbH cre­ated a new ve­hi­cle cat­e­gory. The first high-per­for­mance sedan com­bined the driv­ing dy­nam­ics of a sports car with the com­fort and func­tion­al­ity of a top-ofthe-range 4-door ve­hi­cle. Given the name of BMW M5 and pow­ered by an in-line 6-cylin­der en­gine from the mid-en­gine sports car BMW M1, the new model started an im­pres­sive ca­reer in which it is cur­rently the BMW M5 Com­pe­ti­tion (com­bined fuel con­sump­tion: 10.6 – 10.5 l/100 km; com­bined CO2 emis­sions: 241 – 238 g/km) that sets the pace.

Today the BMW M5 is the world’s most suc­cess­ful high-per­for­mance sports sedan, con­tin­u­ing to draw its fas­ci­na­tion from the rac­ing ex­per­tise of the com­pany that is known today as BMW M GmbH. To mark this an­niver­sary, BMW M GmbH presents a spe­cial edi­tion of the BMW M5 which has the most pow­er­ful en­gine in the model’s history un­der the bon­net – with an out­put of 460 kW/625 hp – along with a range of thrilling de­sign and equip­ment fea­tures. The BMW M5 Edi­tion 35 Jahre will be pro­duced in a lim­ited se­ries of 350 units and will be avail­able world­wide from July 2019.

Over six gen­er­a­tions, the driv­ing dy­nam­ics po­ten­tial of the BMW M5 has con­tin­u­ously in­creased, but the high-per­for­mance sedan has con­stantly re­mained faith­ful to its char­ac­ter. As an in­de­pen­dent model based on the BMW 5 Se­ries, it of­fers that cru­cial ex­tra in terms of per­for­mance that au­then­ti­cally ex­presses a pas­sion for rac­ing. The high-revving con­cept of the en­gine, the dis­tinc­tive sus­pen­sion tech­nol­ogy har­monised per­fectly with the high level of en­gine power and the M spe­cific de­sign fea­tures to op­ti­mise cool­ing air in­take and aero­dy­namic prop­er­ties guar­an­tee driv­ing prop­er­ties that are de­fined by max­i­mum dy­namic per­for­mance, agility and pre­ci­sion – as is typ­i­cal of the BMW M5.

The re­sult­ing M feel­ing and the ex­clu­sive char­ac­ter of the high-per­for­mance sports sedan come to life with par­tic­u­lar in­ten­sity in the BMW M5 Edi­tion 35 Jahre.

The point of de­par­ture for the con­fig­u­ra­tion of the Edi­tion model is pro­vided by the BMW M5 Com­pe­ti­tion, in which rac­ing-in­spired per­for­mance reaches a whole new di­men­sion in a sedan. This is due to the V8 en­gine with M TwinPower Turbo Tech­nol­ogy, a max­i­mum out­put of 460 kW/625 hp and a max­i­mum torque of 750 Nm along with the par­tic­u­larly di­rect en­gine con­nec­tion, the dis­tinc­tively con­fig­ured sus­pen­sion tech­nol­ogy, the all-wheel drive sys­tem M xDrive and the Ac­tive M Dif­fer­en­tial in the rear axle trans­mis­sion. The driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of­fered by the BMW M5 Com­pe­ti­tion is de­fined by pow­er­ful thrust, op­ti­mum trac­tion, out­stand­ing ride sta­bil­ity and han­dling that can be con­trolled pre­cisely at all times. It com­pletes the sprint from stand­ing to 100 km/h in 3.3 sec­onds, pass­ing the 200-km/h mark af­ter 10.8 sec­onds.

The ex­te­rior and in­te­rior of the BMW M5 Edi­tion 35 Jahre are as im­pres­sive as its driv­ing per­for­mance fig­ures. Par­tic­u­larly high-qual­ity M de­sign fea­tures de­vel­oped es­pe­cially for the Edi­tion model and BMW In­di­vid­ual fit­tings give the ve­hi­cle the sta­tus of an ex­clu­sive col­lec­tor’s item. Its strik­ing ap­pear­ance is par­tic­u­larly en­sured by the BMW In­di­vid­ual spe­cial fin­ish in Frozen Dark Grey II metal­lic which has a spe­cial pig­men­ta­tion to cre­ate a silk matt sur­face im­pres­sion Newly de­signed 20inch M light al­loy wheels in Y spoke de­sign and the colour Graphite Grey were cre­ated ex­clu­sively for the Edi­tion model. In ad­di­tion, the calipers of the stan­dard M com­pound brake sys­tem are fin­ished in high-gloss black. The M car­bon ce­ramic brake sys­tem is op­tion­ally avail­able with brake calipers fin­ished in gold.

In ad­di­tion to M mul­ti­func­tion seats and the BMW In­di­vid­ual Merino full leather trim in black with beige con­trast seams, par­tic­u­larly ex­clu­sive in­te­rior flair is cre­ated by the trim fin­ish­ers in alu­minium car­bon struc­ture gold an­odized – which is pre­sented here for the first time. These finely struc­tured, ex­clu­sively shim­mer­ing sur­faces are to be found in the area of the in­stru­ment panel, the door trim sec­tions and the cen­tre con­sole. Door sill fin­ish­ers bear­ing the in­scrip­tion “M5 Edi­tion 35 Jahre” and a las­ing en­grav­ing with the in­scrip­tion “M5 Edi­tion 35 Jahre 1/350” on the cupholder cover in the cen­tre con­sole are fur­ther dis­tin­guish­ing marks of the Edi­tion ve­hi­cles.

Man’s progress through the ages has some sig­nif­i­cant steps that stand out through history. For the sake of time and un­der­stand­ing let us just de­fine the steps that mat­ter most. The move from cave dwelling into brick and mor­tar, food for­ag­ing in the for­est to food se­lec­tion from Wool­worths and third and most im­por­tantly to mo­tor afi­ciona­dos, mak­ing use of horse and cart for trans­porta­tion to our present day mod­ern mo­tor ve­hi­cle. In the third and fi­nal step, progress can be bro­ken down fur­ther and this is where it starts get­ting com­pli­cated as the mil­lions of mo­tor­ing fans have thou­sands of per­sonal steps that will be a high­light for each of them. How­ever, for those that have had the priv­i­lege of ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the BMW M3 in those early 1990’s, this was not a step but more a gi­ant leap. The shove in the seat feel­ing, the cat like han­dling and the au­ral de­lights were just some of the de­tails that stand out. A sim­ple recipe of us­ing an av­er­age sa­loon fet­tled into a track weapon that was se­ri­ously quick and ac­ces­si­ble to just about any­one.

DRIV3R.world spent some time re­view­ing the E36 and E46 BMW M3’s... The E36 M3 is the lighter ver­sion as well as the one with less power. Less power does not make it any less fun and with lit­tle elec­tronic wiz­ardry, by far the purists choice. The han­dling is also more prefer­able and

brings grins a plenty on a range of twistys. The 2 door, Ger­man spec model seems to be the more at­trac­tive ex­am­ple and pro­duced 210 kW from the 3.0 litre straight six. The later 4 door comes with the up­rated 3.2 litre en­gine which is al­ways go­ing to be a more prac­ti­cal choice. How­ever, word is out and prices are ap­pre­ci­at­ing quicker now that the coupe is in short sup­ply.

The E46 M3 is the full fat ver­sion with elec­tronic giz­mos and a set­ting for al­most any­thing and ev­ery­thing. The SMG gear­box brought an added F1 like feel to the thick rimmed leather steer­ing. Never mind that the gear­box was bru­tal and a smooth gear change was dif­fi­cult to mas­ter. Over­all it was wider and the wheel arches were dis­tinctly blown for added ag­gres­sion. The M3 was be­com­ing all grown up but still hugely fast. The 0-100 times were a sec­ond quicker than the E36 M3... at 5.2 sec­onds, we were en­ter­ing su­per­car ter­ri­tory back then and this was an av­er­age Joe’s daily driver. Han­dling was up there with the best and it also felt very lux­u­ri­ous while it soaked up the un­du­la­tions very well co­cooned in leather ev­ery­thing. The ul­ti­mate in the E46 and pos­si­bly the best M3 ever made was the very rare CSL. If you can find one today, ex­pect to pay over a R1m for a good ex­am­ple.

Man­u­fac­tur­ers have moved on to pro­duc­ing more dual clutch pad­dle shifters yet for the diehard fan that has the abil­ity and tal­ent, and wants to ex­pe­ri­ence con­stant feed­back there is no other choice than a man­ual. Hence, when choos­ing a BMW M3 to col­lect, it’s got to be a 2 door E36 man­ual, Ger­man spec. It’s a rare thing, a dy­ing breed and a for­ever car for that dream garage.

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