Many fans consider the BMW E39 M5 (1998-2003) as the last true M5. A pure sports car, without complex computer systems, but with a big V8 to 400 horsepower pumping through the rear tires.
we saw the E28 M5 (282 hp) and the E34 M5 (311 hp), a 3.5-liter six-cylinder, the most powerful version of the E39 was a 4941 cc big V8. The M5 was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 1998. A real gun, namely the V8 sends 400 horsepower at 6600 rpm and 500 Nm between 3,800 and 5,000 rpm. The sound struck me some, but you know, the more speed the better. The roar is because only annealed at 7000 rpm.
Sporty business sedan
With a string taut handling, a 0-100 km / h time of 5.3 seconds and a top that without limiter (250 km / h) over 300 km / h would be, BMW showed a business sedan can be extremely sporty. The car did a lap Nurburgring in 8 minutes and 20 seconds.
The M5 was available only with a six-speed manual. The same transmission that was also in the 540i, although some reinforced. Something BMW Motorsport did with the chassis and body. In addition to that the car is 2,3 cm lower came to lie, the brand heavier anti-roll bars added and the suspension was adjusted tighter.
Although it still lacked the car to an i-Drive system with plenty of drive modes, the E39 M5 was already a sport button. Which improved throttle response. There was also the Servotronic power steering adapted to the speed of the car. Technique for that time.
20 482 pieces
Unlike its predecessors, the fastest E39 was born on the same production line as the regular 5 Series. BMW thus production could significantly screwing. In total there are 20 482 units built.
Today, the E39 M5 is a sought youngtimer. The new car cost about 110,000 euros but has been less than to find a quarter of that price. Cherished ones will quietly for about 40 grand on a counter. Very nice toys, and plenty of room for the kids!