Photos: BMW M5 Touring E39

BMW M5 | October 30th, 2009 by 17
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Along with the BMW M5 CSL and the never produced M5 Convertible, BMW unveiled to the journalists another M5 model that “didn’t make it”: M5 …

Along with the BMW M5 CSL and the never produced M5 Convertible, BMW unveiled to the journalists another M5 model that “didn’t make it”: M5 E39 Touring. While some photos surfaced on the web in the past, officially, no shots were ever released by M GmbH.

As part of the 25th Anniversary of the BMW M5, a few selected journalists, including our BimmerToday‘s Benny Hiltscher, were invited to learn more about the M5 history. As Benny reports, the BMW M5 Touring E39 is powered by a 5.0 liter V8 engine that outputs 400 horsepower and a maximum torque of 500Nm or 368 lb-ft for those of us in the U.S.

Since some of you might wonder why such vehicle didn’t make it into production, we asked around and it appears there were some problems with the rear axle. By M standards, the dynamics of the car would have been acted differently. It was also assumed that the market for such vehicle would be relatively small.

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17 Responses to “Photos: BMW M5 Touring E39”

  1. Andrew says:

    It’s too bad this was never made. I’m sure it would have done well in Europe – the C5 RS6 Avant did very well despite being a wagon. However, for US consumption? Probably good that they didn’t bring it here.

  2. e39 m5 says:

    What a cool concept – they should have gone to production with this thing! I don’t believe for a second that they reason they pulled the pin on this model has anything to do with rear axle issues. Look at the experience ///M engineers have with the x5 4.8is. Somebody in Germany probably didn’t think that the m badge belonged on a wagon! Too bad – it would be even more practical than the sedan!

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