The BMW M5 has always stood for the sportiest that a sedan can be. We take a glimpse back in history at how the series began. The kick-off: a wolf in sheep’s clothing, the first real BMW M5 (1985–1987).
Understatement with 286 hp.
The first real BMW M5 saw the light of day in 1985, without any great fanfare or unveiling. No big spoilers, no stripes. Just a discreet M5 emblem decorating the radiator grille and the tailgate. The most important modification: the digital engine electronics of Bosch Motronic instead of the mechanical Kugelfischer petrol injection. The result: 286 hp at 6,500 rpm and 245 km/h when the accelerator was fully engaged. For the BMW M5, the world’s fastest four-door sports sedan in 1985 was available for 80,000 DM (German Marks). To reach 100 km/h it just needed a racing-fit 6.5 seconds.