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A fresh report suggests BMW is developing a new version of its V8 engine, apparently for use in an upcoming M5 CS variant.

According to BMWBlog, the new V8 will be codenamed “S68” and is likely to make its debut in “two to three” years. That’d be some time after the soon-to-be-facelifted 5 Series range (including the updated M5) hits the road.

The report suggests the new twin-turbo eight-cylinder engine will effectively take the form of a “drastically” upgraded version of the S63 unit already used in the latest-generation M5. However, it seems likely to be more compact (down from the 4,4 litres of the current motor, perhaps?) and may well end up being electrified in some form.

The publication’s sources claim the new powerplant will provide urge to the M5 CS, which is set to slot in above the M5 Competition, boasting a little less weight and some extra power (for the record, the M5 Competition makes 460 kW and 750 N.m).

BMW has whipped the covers off its new special-edition M5 Edition 35 Years, conceived to celebrate (you guessed it) 35 years of Munich’s high-performance sedan.

Just 350 units will be built, each wearing the “M5 Edition 35 Jahre” moniker.

Interestingly, the German firm has handed the M5 Edition 35 Years model the full-fat version of its twin-turbo 4,4-litre V8 engine, effectively basing the special model on the M5 Competition and thus lending it peak outputs of 460 kW and 750 N.m. As with the Competition-badged model, BMW says the newcomer will hit 100 km/h from standstill in 3,3 seconds, before passing the 200 km/h mark at 10,8 seconds.

In addition, the all-wheel-drive super-sedan gains various fresh design and equipment features, led by a BMW Individual special exterior finish by the name of Frozen Dark Grey metallic (described as a “special pigmentation to create a silk matte surface impression").

The 20-inch M light alloy wheels in a Y-spoke design and finished in Graphite Grey were created exclusively for this model, while the callipers of the standard M compound braking system have finished in high-gloss black. In addition, the M carbon ceramic brake system is optionally available with callipers finished in a gold hue.

Inside, BMW has fitted M multifunction seats and BMW Individual Merino full leather upholstery in black with beige contrast seams, along with trim in a shimmering new “aluminium carbon structure gold anodised” finish.

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 also included.

[UPDATE: BMW South Africa tells us the M5 Edition 35 Years model will not be offered on local shores]


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