The original is always better, the sequels are never as good and the movie is never as good as the book. This always seems to be the consensus every time there is a successor to anything. This has always been an issue for car makers because when they want to create a newer model, they have to make sure it’s similar enough as to not upset the applecart. However, older doesn’t always mean wiser and better.
Sometimes new and fresh is the answer. But is it for the BMW M5?
The BMW E28 M5 is one of my favorite cars of all time. It was born out of a crazy idea of stuffing the engine into the BMW M1 into their most popular sedan (or saloon if you prefer). It’s packing a 3.5 liter I6, 5-speed manual, sportier suspension, bigger brakes and a limited-slip differential. All in a sedan originally built for comfort. That 3.5 liter sported 282 horsepower, which was unheard of for the time in a sedan. The M5 could take on the Porsche 911 of the time which was blasphemous for a car that could seat five comfortably and had all of the modern (for the time) amenities of a luxury sedan.
The witty UK journalist Chris Harris has a black E28 M5 and it’s exactly the kind of car I dream of owning. In this video he so clearly describes the feelings the E28 M5 evokes in me and many other enthusiasts. Excellent video of an excellent car.
Here’s to me hoping someone is selling one for cheap so I can experience what Chris does whenever he wants.