The first BMW M5, produced from the end of 1984 and presented to the press in early 1985, was the segment founder for a hitherto unknown type of car: luxurious high-performance limousines with a marked dynamic character. But first things first: In 1980, BMW brought out the BMW M535i E12, a vehicle that really packed a punch. At 160 kW (218 hp) the model caused a stir among those who wanted to drive a limousine, but didn’t want to forego a higher level of driving pleasure. BMW had been offering “motor sport versions” of the BMW 525i and 528i in the late 1970s, but the performance aspect wasn’t pursued rigorously until the BMW M535i E12. And what was then the top model of the BMW 5 Series was merely a precursor of what BMW M had up their sleeves: Launched in early 1985, the BMW M5 E28 clearly indicated the intended direction. With it, BMW M GmbH presented a new class: the high-performance sedan.