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In August of last year, BMW unveiled the latest M5 performance sedan (read full piece here). Now, the German automaker has made this blistering executive saloon locally available for the eye-watering price of R1 762 806 for the standard M5 and R2 024 006.50 for the M5 First Edition.

The BMW M5 First Edition is a special-edition model limited to a worldwide run of 400 examples and available from the start of sales in March 2018. It boasts exclusive Frozen Dark Red Metallic paintwork and also includes BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line trim with extended features. This means that the kidney grille, the M gills and the four tailpipes of the sports exhaust all come in high-gloss black. The M5 First Edition is fitted as standard with 20″ seven-double-spoke light-alloy wheels in black.

The BMW M5 First Edition also has a very individual flavour inside. The Piano Finish Black applications are complemented by a plaque on the centre console indicating the car’s production number (“M5 First Edition 1/400”) and pointing to the exclusivity of this BMW M5. The M5 First Edition comes as standard with high-quality M multifunction seats. It is also available with full-leather upholstery in Smoke White with red contrast stitching.

As for power, the M5 utilises a 4.4-litre V8 bi-turbo engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology that develops 441 kW at 5,600 – 6,700 RPM, while a monumental 750 Nm of torque is placed at the driver’s disposal from as low down as 1,800 RPM and remains there until 5,600 RPM. A map-controlled, fully variable oil pump ensures oil is supplied as and when the new BMW M5 needs it, even on the track. The car’s impressive performance figures speak for themselves: 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds, 0 to 200 km/h in 11.1 seconds. Top speed, meanwhile, is an electronically limited 250 km/h, but the optional M Driver’s Package can keep the fun coming to 305 km/h.

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