When it rolled out, the F90 redefinied what it was to be an M5. The engine was not all that new – the S63 had been utilized by the F10, after all. Nor was the styling all that new – it was a refinement of the F10 and not the huge leap the E60 had been from the E39, for example. No, the big news was how the power was delivered; in this case, BMW’s xDrive system made its way in and was tuned by BMW M to maximize the M5’s fun factor. The result? Hard to argue, really, as the new M5 obliterates 0-60 runs in 3 seconds, and the system can be switched to rear-wheel-drive mode to still do the classic BMW tail-out cornering.
To celebrate its launch and inclusion in the Need for Speed Payback game, BMW launched a special edition of 400 M5s called the “First Edition”. The $18,300 package was run through BMW’s Individual department and got you Frozen Dark Red Metallic paintwork, piano black trim, Smokey White upholstery, extended Shadowline trim, 20″ Style 706 wheels finished in black, an M Sport exhaust system, a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround-sound system, the M Driver’s Package, and a few other special trim details. Today’s car is one of a claimed 98 brought to the US, and it was also ordered with the Driver Assistance Package and the Executive Package. When new, the car retailed for around $130,000. With just 280 miles from new, what’s the asking price today?