BMW M5 generations

TAKE 5.

An overview of every generation of the BMW M5.

Take 5.An overview of every generation of the BMW M5.

THE M5 GENERATIONS

  • 1985 BMW M5 E28
  • 1988 BMW M5 E34
  • 1998 BMW M5 E39
  • 2005 BMW M5 E60
  • 2011 BMW M5 F10
  • 2017 BMW M5 F90

In 1985, the premiere of the BMW M5 E28 series laid the foundations for an automotive legend. Since then, the BMW M5 has been setting the standard in the high-performance business sedan segment. Combining elegance with breath-taking performance and technical innovation, it continues to delight generations of enthusiasts to this day.

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#1 BMW M5 (E28)

  • 01 Max. output: 210 kW (286 hp)
  • 02 Max. torque: 340 Nm
  • 03 Displacement: 3453 cm³
  • 04 0-100 km/h in 6.5 seconds
  • 05 Top speed: 245 km/h
BMW M5 E28
BMW M5 E28
BMW M5 E28

Until the BMW M5 emerged in 1985, the M535i had been considered the benchmark in the business sedan class. From the moment it was launched, however, the M5 mastered the balancing act between high performance and elegance like no other car had before it. Dispensing with the M535i’s large spoiler – but of course retaining the M logo on the front grille and boot lid – its 3.5-litre inline 6-cylinder produced 210 kW (286 hp), having originally been developed for the legendary BMW M1.

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#2 BMW M5 (E34)

  • 01 Max. output: 232 kW (315 hp) to 250 kW (340 hp)
  • 02 Max. torque: 360 to 400 Nm
  • 03 Displacement: 3535 cm³
  • 04 0-100 km/h in 6.3 to 5.9 seconds
  • 05 Top speed: 250 km/h
BMW M5 E34
BMW M5 E34
BMW M5 E34

After the success of the first generation, expectations for BMW M5 E34 series were even higher. It took barely any time for all to see that the second generation M5 more than met those expectations. Its free-induction inline 6-cylinder engine developed 315 and later 340 hp – an absolutely incredible amount for this class.

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#3 BMW M5 (E39)

  • 01 Max. output: 294 kW (400 hp)
  • 02 Max. torque: 500 Nm
  • 03 Displacement: 4941 cm³
  • 04 0-100 km/h in 5.3 seconds
  • 05 Top speed: 250 km/h
BMW M5 E39
BMW M5 E39
BMW M5 E39

When it was launched in 1998, the BMW M5 E39 set a completely new benchmark for BMW M. It was the first time that a V8 engine with a displacement of five litres had been used, which generated 294 kW (400 hp) and a tremendous torque of 500 Newton metres. This made the E39 the most powerful M automobile in the model range.

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#4 BMW M5 (E60)

  • 01 Max. output: 373 kW (507 hp)
  • 02 Max. torque: 520 Nm
  • 03 Displacement: 4999 cm³
  • 04 0-100 km/h in 4.7 seconds
  • 05 Top speed: 250 km/h
BMW M5 E60
BMW M5 E60
BMW M5 E60

From the racetrack to the road: in 2005 the fourth-generation BMW M5 was presented as a sports sedan with a harder edge. This was backed up by its engine – a high-revving, naturally-aspirated V10 producing a remarkable 507 hp. Since Formula 1 was also running with ten-cylinder engines at that time, the M5 E60’s engine blocks came direct from the F1 foundry of BMW.

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#5 BMW M5 (F10)

  • 01 Max. output: 412 kW (560 hp) to 423 kW (575 hp)
  • 02 Max. torque: 680 Nm
  • 03 Displacement: 4395 cm³
  • 04 0-100 km/h in 4.3 to 4.2 seconds
  • 05 Top speed: 305 km/h
BMW M5 F10
BMW M5 F10
BMW M5 F10

When it arrived in 2011, the fifth generation M5 heralded a new era for the propulsion of M automobiles. The naturally aspirated V10 engine of its predecessor was history. In its place came a newly developed and turbocharged V8 engine. The power it produced was immense: up to 423 kW (575 hp) in the Competition model.

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#6 BMW M5 (F90)

  • 01 Max. output: 460 kW (625 hp)*
  • 02 Max. torque: 750 Nm
  • 03 Displacement: 4395 cm³
  • 04 0-100 km/h in 3.3 seconds*
  • 05 Top speed: 305 km/h*

*BMW M5 Competition

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With the new BMW M5 F90, the iconic high-performance sedan shows itself in its sharpest form to date. The latest version of the M5 F90 series, which was first introduced in 2017, demonstrates the sovereignty of a business sedan with the dynamism and maximum performance of a high-performance sports car in the most compelling way. The 4.4 V8 engine with BMW M TwinPower Turbo technology develops 441 kW (600 hp) in the BMW M5 and an impressive 460 kW (625 hp) in the BMW M5 Competition. And in terms of breath-taking, the latter reaches 100 km/h in just 3.3 seconds.

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BMW M5 generations

THE 5

The BMW M5 Automobiles

THE 5

The BMW M5 Automobiles

BMW M5 / BMW M5 Competition:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 10.6-10.5
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 242-239

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  • The models illustrated include optional equipment.

    The values of fuel consumptions, CO2 emissions and energy consumptions shown were determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable at the time of type approval. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and the range shown considers optional equipment and the different size of wheels and tires available on the selected model. 

    The values are already based on the new WLTP regulation and are translated back into NEDC-equivalent values in order to ensure the comparison between the vehicles. [With respect to these vehicles, for vehicle related taxes or other duties based (at least inter alia) on CO2-emissions the CO2 values may differ to the values stated here.] 

    The CO2 efficiency specifications are determined according to Directive 1999/94/EC and the European Regulation in its current version applicable. The values shown are based on the fuel consumption, CO2 values and energy consumptions according to the NEDC cycle for the classification. 

    For further information about the official fuel consumption and the specific CO2 emission of new passenger cars can be taken out of the „handbook of fuel consumption, the CO2 emission and power consumption of new passenger cars“, which is available at all selling points and at https://www.dat.de/angebote/verlagsprodukte/leitfaden-kraftstoffverbrauch.html

    All vehicles, equipment, combination possibilities and varieties shown here are examples and can differ in your country. In no way do they constitute a binding offer by the BMW M GmbH. Visit your local BMW website or see your authorised BMW M Retailer for accurate details on the offers in your country.