Great Britain and Ireland claimed 1,776 examples, followed by BMW’s home market of Germany with 1,647 units, and 1,357 were sold in Japan. According to Jeremy Clarkson former presenter of BBC’s Top Gear, “It’s a world of motoring perfection. If you want to take it on…don’t bother. It doesn’t matter what you’ve got. It doesn’t matter what you’ve ever driven. Alcantara was also used on the steering wheel, shift lever & parking brake lever. Recaro front seats and a suede 385 mm M-Technic II steering wheel, shift knob & parking brake lever. The differences consist of a reinforced clutch, a rear differential utilising a shorter 3.15:1 ratio, and a limited slip differential with 25% maximum locking.
These were finished in either Sterling Silver over Marine Blue leather, or British Racing Green over Tobacco leather. The only option on a US-Specification M5 was electrically heated front seats which were standard equipment on Canadian-Market cars. For the 2014 model year, the BMW M5 Competition Package was made available. Production of the M5 continued until November 1988, well after production of the E28 chassis ended in Germany in December 1987. This continued production would eventually lead to a class action lawsuit that was settled with vouchers being given to car owners.
The 2012 BMW M5 also made an appearance before September at the M Festival at the Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance race in Germany on 23 June, the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and was shown to select members of the M Driving Experience at the Salzburg Ring in Austria. The BMW M5, along with the E63/64 BMW M6, were designed to use the new Getrag SMG III single-clutch seven-speed semi-automatic transmission, that performs gear shift in 65 milliseconds. Thereafter, M5 production was moved to Daimlerstrasse in Garching where the remainder were built by hand.