Probably the first BMW to be capable of 300 kph
BMW M5 (E39) specs
|Price in US||$73,195|
|Car type||4-door saloon|
|Curb weight||1795-1812 kg (3957-3995 lbs)|
|Dimensions||4.78 m (188 in) long, 1.80 m (71 in) wide, 1.44 m (57 in) high|
|Wheelbase||2.83 m (111 in)|
|Gas mileage||18.4-13.1 l/100 km (13-18 mpg US / 15-22 mpg UK)|
|0 - 100 kph||5.1 s|
|0 - 200 kph||16.9 s|
|1000 m||24.3 s|
|80 - 120 kph||10.8 s|
|Est. 100 - 200 kph||11.7 s|
|0 - 60 mph||4.6 s|
|0 - 100 mph||11.2 s|
|0 - 150 mph||27.7 s|
|Est. 1/8 mile||9.4 s @ 92.6 mph|
|1/4 mile||13.1 s @ 109.4 mph|
|Top speed||259 kph (161 mph)|
|0 - 100 mph - 0||15.5 s|
|Est. max acceleration||0.59 g (6 m/s²)|
|Est. emissions||326 g/km|
|Lateral acceleration||0.85 g (8 m/s²)|
|100 kph - 0||39 m (128 ft)|
|70 mph - 0||52 m (172 ft)|
|Displacement||4.9 l (299 ci)|
|Power||400 ps (395 bhp / 294 kw) @ 6600 rpm|
|Torque||500 Nm (369 lb-ft) @ 3800 rpm|
|Power / liter||82 ps (81 hp)|
|Power / weight||222 ps (219 bhp) / t|
|Torque / weight||277 Nm (204 lb-ft) / t|
|Efficiency||25 PS per l/100 km|
|Transmission||6 speed manual|
|Layout||front engine, rear wheel drive|
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TypeF173 4m ago
Now we've been talking alot, those within the circle and although I CAN (sometimes) be Mercedes biased, because I owned them, the whole manual transmission thing as maximum involvement and driver control and the "passion" "thing".
There were multiple criteria almost like an Autocar and Motor instrumented test! But the E39 BMW M5 got my pick. No discussions needed. Period.
And so a slight detour from hypercars occurs. ;)
For 10 minutes.
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TypeF173 10m ago
And the "picture" is awful! It's hideous!
TypeF173 11m ago
Not many of you know this, but back in the "day" I was a bit of a BMW fan. E39 plus E36 Evolution. Then the Chris Bangle era arrived. I'll look at these and the V10 M5. :)
dr. cosimo 11m ago
latvietis96 4y ago
Considering all aspects the best sports saloon of all time, still getting benchmarked by Hyundai/Genesis, GM and BMW themselves for what a sports saloon should be like
hostboy 4y ago
Top speed for both the E39 and the E60 M5 is 310 kph ungoverned.
Inline 6 rules 4y ago
Best looking M5.
Gasper Bloom 9y ago
Best M5 ever in my opinion.
Super8 9y ago
Top speed is 300 kph when unlimited. We should change the max speed I think.
ZL1 10y ago
this car is able to hit 186 mp/h when it's delimited.
Shaggy 10y ago
The 1998 BMW M5 is a fast, magnificent car, but I seriously doubt it'll do 198 MPH, 180 maybe, but not 198.
Mental 10y ago
Cough, cough.. 198 mph?! This M5, being stock? Uhm, present the source on that.
I'd suppose it's capable of doing approx 280 kph.. but 317...
Anyway, I love this car. Quite soon it will become classic. The great tech, nice design. And if that 198 mph are true, then even more!
someonewithabmw 10y ago
I do not know how reliable this is, but supposedly Sabine S. did a top speed run in a stock e39 M5 on the Nurburgring with 3 others in the car. The German spec car has no 155 mph limiter, and supposedly she reached over 190, i think the number claimed was 198 mph.
Shaggy 10y ago
@ KarlR: I don't know, but if anyone could, it would be Sabine Schmitz, she has mad skills at that track, so I wouldn't be surprised if she did.
KarlR 10y ago
Didn't Sabine Schmitz did the Norschleife in 8:16 in the E39 M5?
Super8 10y ago
187 mph is her top speed. source www.automobile-catalog.com
aaaa 11y ago
"best car ever made" you're kidding right
suren 11y ago
M5 e39 is in my opion the best ever sports saloon car made.I have one from brand new and it now sits at 240000km and every time I drive it,is like a new experience.So long live the super beast.
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raul 12y ago
Great Car but best sports saloon ever, Lotus Carlton.
mIKE GG 13y ago
Best car ever made HANDS DOWN!
malcbo 13y ago
My first V8, had it for 3 years now and continue loving it as it was the first day!
btw the picture at the right middle is mine
ky 13y ago
This was the best 5 series. The latest 5 series is ugly as hell and the m5 box is crap
Anonymous 13y ago
Simply the best sport saloon car of all time
CarKnower 14y ago
one of the best cars ever. i love it
understated 14y ago
The e39 m5 is a definitive classic of the 90's. Clean styling, a great engine and just a complete package overall. Could do with better brakes stock and a more precise gearbox but those can easily be resolved with the aftermarket (an expensive one). This car was easily capable of 0-60 in under 5 seconds with a capable driver and the right conditions.
BumRush 14y ago
187mph huh? and its definetly NOT the Best Bang For Your Buck anybody can purchase today, Definetly Not.