D he is sacrilege classless, runs through all layers. From martial arts athletes with 1989 license plates and a migration background to vocational school teachers with dusty Mao bible in the attic to Lower Bavarian shepherd dog breeders - everyone wants to bask in the shine of the BMW M5.
And dishonor the logo by sticking it on the trunk lid of your pimped 528i or already covered 525 tds. Okay, those aren't bad either - but when the individual throttle valves of the BMW M5 click and its row six turns up with a mixture of grace and anger, then they just have to go backstage. As soon as he enters the stage, the spotlights shine only for him. And yet he was never a bit of a rampage, rather one for connoisseurs, almost a quiet one.
Discreet and potent - the first BMW M5
The first BMW M5 came in 1985. In the middle of a time when in which Nena still showed armpit hair while a duo of musicians roamed charts and discos. One with Nora chains, the other later became acquainted with a broken penis. He sang as if it had overtaken him earlier. Sponge over it, let's devote ourselves to nicer things like the M5. It continues the design line introduced in 1972, dispenses with body swellings, instead spoils customers with an engine that would still have it easy today. No wonder, since it comes from the mid-engine sports car M1, which in retrospect was more style-defining than successful.
Style-shaping: 3.5-liter four-valve engine
Of course, the spontaneous responsiveness benefits of the six-cylinder from the absence of restrictive norms and the minor importance of consumption in those days. But how the 3.5 liter does it - respect. Even from today's point of view, where we think we know everything up to the 555-hp SUV or the 1,000-Newton-meter sedan. Only a few cars of today achieve the style and charm of the BMW M5.
Dream engine - 9 hp more than in the M1
The marriage of the M1 engine, which has been boosted by nine hp, to the M535i is one harmonious, the silver wedding 2009 a happy one. Especially when the ceremony takes place on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife as well as on the country roads that surround it. These are speed-limited, but attractive even within their limits. Curvy and twisted, they take the E28S over long straights and through narrow towns.
This is how the first M5 drives today
The BMW M5 came late, shortly before the end of construction5 generation two, which looked a lot like its predecessor E12 from 1972. The newcomer is particularly shocked by the high, upright seating position and the large glass surfaces. Today rowdies can hide behind fortress-like A, B and C pillars and only peek their heads over the high parapet, back then they were practically sitting outdoors. No chance for unnoticed mess, instead always greet the neighbors obediently and give in to dynamic changes outside of the villages.
For example in the reversing curves in no man's land. There the BMW M5 shows its talent for movement, pronounced handiness and animate smooth steering. The clear roll tendency of the body and the manageable grip level slow down again. One thing quickly becomes clear: Back then there was still a border area and no border ridge as tempting as a crevasse. The M5 begins to slip over all the tires early, when the accelerator pedal is used it gently swings the rear out. But you have to master the number yourself, electronic helpers like DSC and DTC were still as remote as MP3 and ringtone downloads in the eighties. We know: the rotary phone is enough for a conversation, music from the record player and tube amplifier still sounds more moving than music from the server. Whether we hit the groove with the M5 straight away or the needle jumps first remains to be seen.
ABS series, air conditioning optional
It's on to the Nordschleife, into the Hatzenbach-Bogen . Time to warm up and think about the shame of throwing mobile tradition into the guard rail. So first get the antennas to receive. Antennas that have been mutilated by auxiliary automotive electronics over the years. Fortunately, the BMW M5 has at least ABS, otherwise it is analogous to the five-speed gearbox. Air conditioning is also on board, but cost extra. Bayern have always been good at extra business. The M-GmbH offered, among other things, a leather covering that did not spare even the trunk and the glove compartment from taut animal skin. Our copyis comparatively sober, as it is related to the substance. Regardless, the main thing is to sit upright, look out and drive upright.
Above all, drive around, listen into the car, understand it. People who love vinyl records just because of the crackling sound also like the E28. Just like the successor E34, which we are switching to. In 1988 it marked a turning point, especially visually, it was something like a BMW M5 2.0. No, not because of the displacement, which increased to 3,535 cm3 with a little more stroke, which resulted in 315 hp and exhaust gases cleaned by a regulated catalytic converter. A good three years later, M GmbH added up, drills up to the pain threshold of 3.8 liters.
3.8 liter displacement and Nürburgring package
The remaining web width between the Cylinders shrink to 5.4 millimeters, power increases to 340 hp, torque to 400 Newton meters. Also a merit of the dormant ignition system with individual ignition coils and the exhaust system with metal catalysts. The driver had the choice between three switchable damper characteristics that complemented the automatic control. You could also choose a “Nürburgring chassis package”. It contained a stronger stabilizer and 255/40 tires at the rear as well as sportier steering and damper settings.
In six seconds to 100 km /h
Sport or not, the second BMW M5 generation stays true to the gentlemanly idea, drives as and efficiently as its clear lines suggest, as spontaneously as the row six promises. The pilot now feels much better integrated, as do the rear passengers who stay in individual seats. When the BMW M5 approaches the festival of longitudinal and lateral acceleration, nobody really wants to sit in the middle donkey place anyway. The 1.7-ton truck punches to 100 km /h in around six seconds; at the end of its construction period, brakes with composite disks are responsible for reducing the speed, which also work without scratching during tough use. Stability can't hurt on the Nordschleife. There, where the 4.72 meter long sedan throws itself with sporty vigor into the Fuchsröhre, leveling all the climbs and in some of themtrying to build up as much grip as possible in hanging corners.
Mostly with success, but the BMW M5 is not a real speed rascal. He insists on neat feedback, does not let his driver run into the pace meter. Especially since the slightly bony five-speed gearbox has to deal with the willingly turning six-wheeler anyway. Nor can he hope for the help of an ESP armada, which only came a generation later. In the early 1990s, instead of flickering control lights, there were flickering eyelids when the street threatened to run out. Everything went well on our Nordschleife trip today, the business express of yore can relax in the paddock. He has earned the M logo, the wild and bad guys should be ashamed of themselves.
The prices for historic BMW M5:
BMW M5 E28 (1985-87): 66,000 /29,000 euros
BMW M5 E34 (1988-92): 27,000 /8,600 euros
BMW M5 E34 (1992-95): 34,000 /8,100 euros
( Well-kept /moderate condition, source: Classic Analytics)
The history of the M5
1985: BMW M5 E28 appears with the 3.5-liter four-valve M88 /3, the one with light Changes from the BMW M1 are adopted. M GmbH built the M5 by hand until 1987. The base price: 81,000 marks. The number of pieces: 2,145.
1988: The BMW 5er E34 will appear in January, initially with the six-cylinder M20 in 520i and 525i as well as M30 in 530i and 535i. The M5 followed in August with the S38 and 315 hp.
1992: The in-line six-cylinder was bored out to 3.8 liters and now developed 340 hp. For the first time, the M5 is also available as a Touring.
1994: Model upgrade with 6-speed gearbox, larger brakes, 18-inch parallel-spoke wheels, electronically controlled chassis and wider kidney grille.
1995: The production of the E34 M5 ends after 8,079 sedans with 3.5-liter engines, 3,019 sedans with 3.8-liters and 891 touring.
1998 : With the E39S the third M5 appears. It has a five-liter V8 that sends 400 hp and 500 Nm to the rear axle via a six-speed manual transmission. It's made of aluminum. The production at M GmbH is history, the M5 is being built with the other E39 on the assembly line (20,482 units).
2005: The BMW M5 E60 /E61 is a high-tech device with High-speed V10, sequential gearbox and adjustable characteristics. OneFor example, the push of a button increases the output from 400 to 507 hp. BMW builds 19,523 E60-M5 (sedans) and 1,025 M5 Touring (E 61).
2011: The BMW M5 F10 has its premiere at the IAA . It is M GmbH's first street car with a turbo engine. The biturbo V8 develops 560 hp and 680 Nm.
2017: The M5 F30 is the first with all-wheel drive.