Visually, the first BMW M5 (E28S) in 1985 hardly differed from the standard sedan. But the hand-crafted vehicles feature an updated BMW M1 engine and can therefore reach a speed of over 250 km/h. With more than 2,200 vehicles produced, the foundations for the top-of-the-line version of one of the most successful sports sedans were laid.
In 1988, the new BMW 5 series also includes a new M5 (E34S). This initially delivers 315 hp (232 kW), but in 1992 the engines are re-engineered. Now they extract 340 hp (250 kW) from a 3.8 liter displacement and, in a limited edition of fewer than 900 units, the car is also available as an M5 Touring. Thanks to its flawless driving experience and high-precision steering, this M5 also copes with every situation confidently and competently.
From 1998 to 2003, the BMW M5 (E39S) conquers the highway with an 8-cylinder engine delivering a 5 liter displacement and 400 hp (294 kW). At this time, it is the perfect example of a sports sedan – ideal for everyday use yet, thanks to its performance and dynamism, a match for almost every sports car.
The successor model (E60) appears in showrooms in 2005, followed by the Touring version (E61) in 2007, which is also the last M5 in this body shape. Equipped with a 10-cylinder engine, its 507 hp accelerates the vehicle to 305 km/h with the optional M Driver’s Package.
In 2011, BMW M GmbH equips the M5 (F10) with a twin turbo engine for the first time. The engine delivers 560 hp (412 kW) and, at the time, is the most powerful model in the BMW line-up. Two years later, the first M5 Competition model is available with a slight increase in performance to 575 hp (423 kW), and in 2014 the 8-cylinder “30 years of M5” Special Edition is re-engineered to produce 600 hp (441 kW). Placing maximum torque between 1,500 and 5,750 revolutions per minute is unusual – so acceleration capacity is there, whatever the circumstances.
The current BMW M5 (F90) has remained true to the product line since 2017 and combines the typical M sportiness with the comfort and elegance of the BMW 5 Sedan. The recognizable engine from the previous M5, the new M xDrive all-wheel drive, and an 8-speed M Steptronic transmission mean powerful acceleration and outstanding driving dynamics are typical features of this vehicle from BMW M GmbH. This is only surpassed in 2018 by the BMW M5 Competition, which delivers 25 hp more, taking 625 hp (460 kW) to the streets. Limited to just one year of production, the BMW M5 CS (Competition Sport) accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.0 seconds with 635 hp (467 kW). Carbon parts reduce the weight of the extremely sporty sedan, which, on request, can be electronically controlled from 305 km/h.
Production period BMW M5: 1985 – 1995, 1998 – 2003, 2005 – today
Engines: 3.5 – 5.0 liters (210 – 460 kW, 286 – 625 hp), 6-, 8- and 10-cylinder
Length/width/height: 4,620 – 4,983 mm / 1,700 – 1,903 mm / 1,400 – 1,473 mm