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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)
Introduced 1998
Origin country Germany
Gas mileage 18.4-13.1 l/100 km (13-18 mpg US / 15-22 mpg UK)
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Acceleration

0 - 100 kph5.1 s
0 - 200 kph16.9 s
1000 m24.3 s
80 - 120 kph10.8 s
Est. 100 - 200 kph11.7 s
0 - 60 mph4.6 s
0 - 100 mph11.2 s
0 - 150 mph27.7 s
Est. 1/8 mile9.4 s @ 92.6 mph
1/4 mile13.1 s @ 109.4 mph
BMW M5 acceleration graph

General performance

Top speed259 kph (161 mph)
0 - 100 mph - 015.5 s
Est. max acceleration0.59 g (6 m/s²)
Est. emissions326 g/km
Lateral acceleration0.85 g (8 m/s²)
100 kph - 039 m (128 ft)
70 mph - 052 m (172 ft)

Powertrain specs

Engine type V8
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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Corvolet3  4m ago

Probably the first BMW to be capable of 300 kph


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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!


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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. :)


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dr. cosimo  11m ago

 


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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


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hostboy  4y ago

Top speed for both the E39 and the E60 M5 is 310 kph ungoverned.


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Inline 6 rules  4y ago

Best looking M5.


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uptownfunker  7y ago

Bmw M5 E39 100-300 Km/h (by Javi930) (20.10.2011)

100-160 kph: 6.0 s
100-200 kph: 11.4 s
100-250 kph: 26.0 s
Max. speed: 295 kph

https://youtu.be/dFgVIGXWzQ0 (Vmax- and stopwatch-verified)

*excludes 100-300kph time (despite the video title) because Vmax confirms a little slower


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Gasper Bloom  9y ago

Best M5 ever in my opinion.


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Super8  9y ago

Top speed is 300 kph when unlimited. We should change the max speed I think.


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ZL1  10y ago

this car is able to hit 186 mp/h when it's delimited.


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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.


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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!


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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.


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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.


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KarlR  10y ago

Didn't Sabine Schmitz did the Norschleife in 8:16 in the E39 M5?


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Super8  10y ago

187 mph is her top speed. source www.automobile-catalog.com


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aaaa  11y ago

"best car ever made" you're kidding right


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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.


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mIKE GG  13y ago

Best car ever made HANDS DOWN!


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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


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ky  13y ago

This was the best 5 series. The latest 5 series is ugly as hell and the m5 box is crap


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Anonymous  13y ago

Simply the best sport saloon car of all time


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CarKnower  14y ago

one of the best cars ever. i love it


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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.


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BumRush  14y ago

187mph huh? and its definetly NOT the Best Bang For Your Buck anybody can purchase today, Definetly Not.

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