BMW M5 E39 - Best BMW M cars
The E39 BMW M5 was the car that started the German saloon horsepower war
While the previous E34 version of the M5 was powered by a straight-six making around 305bhp, its replacement arrived in 1998 accompanied by the rumble of V8 thunder. With close to 400bhp on tap, the new M5 offered comfortably sub-5 second 0-60 times and – with the electronic speed limiter unhooked – was widely reported to be able to crack the magic 300km/h (186mph) mark on the autobahns of Germany.
And who didn’t love those uber-cool ‘Corona ring’ incandescent headlamps introduced for the 2001 facelift?
- 1IntroductionWith a legendary roster of fabulous performance cars in its illustrious history, here's our pick of the M power crop...
- 2BMW M1The M1 was a racing supercar for the road, and still sets pulses racing today
- 3BMW M3 E30Hailed as one of the best-handling cars ever, the original M3 is a nailed-on classic
- 4BMW M5 E39 - currently readingThe E39 BMW M5 was the car that started the German saloon horsepower war
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- 6BMW M5 E28The mighty BMW M5 E28 remains one of the finest performance saloons ever
- 7BMW M3 E46Great looks, great performance and a hardcore limited-run model to boot, the E46 BMW M3 had it all
- 8BMW 1 Series M CoupeM car fans had been crying out for a return to the ethos of the E30 M3, and the 1 Series M Coupe was it
- 9BMW M635 CSi E24The shark nose M635i exudes retro charm today but still packs a mighty punch
- 10BMW M5 Touring E61M car estates are a rare breed but the E61 M5 Touring has an F1-inspired V10 engine to make it well worth seeking out
- 11BMW M5 F10The F10 M5 moved from V10 to V8 power, proving that downsizing isn't all bad