Exactly ten years after the birth of the street-worthy M automobile with the BMW M1, in 1988 the second generation of the BMW M5 and overall fifth M automobile appeared. Like the previous models, it too was manufactured in Garching. After the first BMW M5 sold more than 2,000 cars, the expectations for the second generation were high – and were exceeded.
THE BMW M5 OF 1988.
For the first time in under six seconds.
In 1992, the model was reworked. The engine was installed in its final version with 3.8 litres displacement and 340 hp. This accelerated the BMW M5 to 100 km/h for the first time in under six seconds. The distinct chassis modification also contributed to its outstanding driving dynamics. This power packet was topped up two years later with a 6-speed transmission. While the BMW M5 looked discreet, its sporting genes were unmistakable. While European racing series preferred more compact cars from the so-called small class, the BMW M5 came to the fore in the USA in connection with the IMSA. With the second generation of the BMW M5, two traditions also came to an end. On the one hand, the legendary Motor S38, which represented a further development of the famous M1 transmission, disappeared. And on the other hand, the second generation BMW M5 was the last M automobile to be manufactured in Garching.