Happy 40th birthday to BMW's M Division
Don your party hat, grab a kazoo and revel in the history of M cars
Posted: 18 May 2012
BMW M5 (E39)
Built in BMW's era of conservative thuggery, this version of the M5 lived between 1998 and 2003. And to this day, is still a seriously powerful car. Seriously.
At the time, its 5.0-litre V8 was BMW's most powerful production engine in history, packing 400bhp and many, many torques. The 0-60mph dash took just 4.9 seconds - four point nine in a family saloon - while top speed was limited to 155mph. At this point we'd say, ‘remove the limiter and you'd hit'... a speed which is only legal on an Autobahn.