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BMW determined to keep M5 sort of relevant with Pure Metal Silver special edition

In the face of some new competition, without a new M5 in sight, BMW's wringing every last inch out of its executive sports sedan.

BMW M5 Pure Metal Silver

Call me crazy, but it looks like your average silver paint from here.

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The BMW M5 is in a bit of a pickle. It's currently in a segment where competitors like Mercedes are soon to debut new versions of their hopped-up sport sedans, while the BMW M5 is about five years old at this point. In an effort to keep some attention in its direction, BMW is rolling out a fancy new special edition, of which just 50 units will be produced.

The M5 Pure Metal Silver Limited Edition is a mouthful, but it's also guaranteed to be a handful. Its 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 now puts out 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, thanks to higher boost pressure and modified engine components. Non-special-edition output is 560 hp and 500 torques. 60 mph arrives in just 3.9 seconds. The only transmission available is BMW's dual-clutch gearbox.

The M5 Pure Metal Silver (I wish I could shorten it, but I'm not calling it the "M5 PMS") builds upon BMW's already established Competition Package, which gives the car stiffer suspension components, a new exhaust system, new wheels and other bits to aid its handling. Pure Metal Silver features a new paint color, as well -- I'll leave it up to you to guess its name. (Spoiler alert: Pure Metal Silver.)

Also included with the PM...uh, Pure Metal Silver is something BMW calls the M Driver's Package. This changes the electronically limited top speed to 190 mph from 155, but more important, it gives the driver access to a one-day performance driving school in either South Carolina or California. For owners in flyover territory, it's an excuse for a proper road trip.

Of course, this thing's going to cost a pretty penny. A base M5 retails for $94,100, but Pure Metal Silver won't be leaving the factory for a penny less than $130,900 (plus $995 for destination and handling). With only 50 units available in the US, it's going to sell out fast, even if it's charging a $37,000 premium.

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