BMW's supercar-baiting saloon is 25-years-old.
30 October 2009

BMW’s M division is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the iconic M5 super saloon, which was first introduced at the Amsterdam Motor Show in 1984.

The first incarnation of the car was a E28 535i fitted with a modified version of the six-pot engine in the M1, creating what BMW claimed was the world’s fastest production saloon.

See the history of the BMW M5 in hi-res pics

From then BMW has created an M5 version of all of its 5-series models, totaling four generations so far. An estate version of the E34 was the first load-lugging M5 to be introduced. The M5 had six-cylinder engines until the introduction of a V8 in the E39 models but the latest E60 went one step further and introduced a 5-litre V10 with 507bhp.

This doesn’t mean the next M5 will be fitted with a V12 however, with BMW choosing to downsize to a twin-turbo V8.

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30 October 2009

It's like they literally did this just for me. Thank you, Autocar. Thank you.

R32

30 October 2009

Yet another BMW-themed article from Autocar. What will the next BMW article be about and when? Stillborn 9-series from 1983? Forthcoming 2-series in 2017? Shelved 8-series shooting brake from 1991? I can hardly wait...!

30 October 2009

[quote R32]Yet another BMW-themed article from Autocar. What will the next BMW article be about and when? Stillborn 9-series from 1983? Forthcoming 2-series in 2017? Shelved 8-series shooting brake from 1991? I can hardly wait...![/quote]

BMW does have a rich heritage and regardless of what you think of curent models in the real world (sales) they are a popular brand, Autocar will report on what people want hence BMW stories.

In terms of this particular article the M5 is one of those cult cars, there are few other manufacturers that have a 5 seater saloon with such a good sporting pedigree.

Here's to the crazy ones......

30 October 2009

Dont waste your breath mate, some people would complain if autocar wrote one artical about BMW each year!

Personally i find it a bit rediculous to complain about storys on the M5, when as you say it has a great history and a cult following.


Tell you what if you dont want a motoring mag to report on motoring storys, then go and buy horse and hound!

30 October 2009

Hater

30 October 2009

Isn't the current M5 an E60 not an E90 which is the current 3 series.... As it is written in the gallery

R32

30 October 2009

[quote Vidge 123]

Dont waste your breath mate, some people would complain if autocar wrote one artical about BMW each year!

Personally i find it a bit rediculous to complain about storys on the M5, when as you say it has a great history and a cult following.

Tell you what if you dont want a motoring mag to report on motoring storys, then go and buy horse and hound!

[/quote]

Yes that's right - "cult following", not mainstream. I'm entitled to my opinion like everyone else - that's what forums are for. I consider Autocar does run too many BMW-related articles and there have been several posts on this website's forum claiming Autocar are too heavily biased in favour of the BMW brand. So I am not alone in having that opinion either.

30 October 2009

[quote R32]I consider Autocar does run too many BMW-related articles and there have been several posts on this website's forum claiming Autocar are too heavily biased in favour of the BMW brand.[/quote]

Not that long ago we had the debate about Autocar favouring Jaguar and Ford!

30 October 2009

[quote psst]Not that long ago we had the debate about Autocar favouring Jaguar and Ford![/quote]

OK , so Autocar favour Ford and Jaguar , and BMW. And VW

So Autocar favour Ford , Jaguar , BMW , and VW. And maybe Porsche.

Right , Autocar favour Ford , Jaguar , BMW , Ford , and VW , and Porsche. They seem overly keen on Range-Rover as well. I'll start again.

Autocar favour...

1 November 2009

That's a great article, thanks for sharing it.

The thing I love most about the M5 is that, although it may look like a normal saloon car, it doesn't hide the fact that if you try to mess around with it, your eyes will end up going through the back of your head, the car is a masterpiece. All you have to do is look at it, and you will know that it is not a normal car, it never has been and that is the magic of the M Division at BMW. Separating the normal from the utterly mindblowing.

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