BMW M5 Sound Battle: E34 vs E39 vs E60 vs F10

BMW M5, Videos | July 20th, 2015 by 11
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Switching from its naturally aspirated engines to the new turbocharged powerplants have brought a lot of criticism to BMW from its customers who came to …

Switching from its naturally aspirated engines to the new turbocharged powerplants have brought a lot of criticism to BMW from its customers who came to enjoy over the years a beautiful sound coming from the exhaust system. So in order to see the difference in note exhaust, a BMW fan put together a line-up of M5 models which includes the E34 M5, the E39, E60 and the latest M5, the F10.

E34 (1988)
Like its predecessor, the E34’s engine and chassis were put together in-house by M, and legend has it that the level of bespoke build was such that each car’s dynamic demeanor had a little characteristic that identified the technician that built it – Paul Rosche. The E34 M5 is powered by a 6-cylinder inline 3.5 liter engine.

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E39 (1998)
The formula is updated again. Considerable V8 potency nestles beneath the plain but still pretty wrapper – 4.9 liters, 48 valves, 400 hp, 7000rpm red line, 369 lb-ft of torque at 3800rpm and  six-speed manual. The button labelled Sport triggers sharper drive-by-wire throttle response and a little more steering weight.

E60 (2005)
Despite having a naturally-aspirated 5-liter V10 developing 500 hp, an output that would have been considered absurd in a sedan two decades ago, it demands no special skills from its driver. Throttle response is staggering, especially on the Sport setting, and the engine sounds like its gargling with double cream.

F10 (2011)
The latest and some say greatest F10 M5 is powered by an updated version of the S63 engine found in the BMW X5 M and X6 M. The 4.4-liter V8 twin-scroll powerplant will peak at somewhere in the 570-horsepower range and 530 lb-ft of torque. The 0-62 mph dash should take about 4.4 seconds. And the sound is not to be ignored as well, despite the switch from naturally aspirated engine.

Let’s have a look.

11 responses to “BMW M5 Sound Battle: E34 vs E39 vs E60 vs F10”

  1. Kaisuke971 says:

    Somewhere, an E28 M5 is crying.

  2. Senne says:

    I think they all really have a great sound. I don’t think the new turbocharged V8 doesn’t sound as good as the previous M5’s… they’ve done a great job, as always :)

  3. Kaisuke971 says:

    Notice how they all had aftermarket exhaust… The problem is that when E34, E39 and E60 had the very best aftermarket road legal (no catless thing, maybe unless the E39 not sure) exhaust, the F10 seemed to have a not so good one. They either make a comparison of everything stock, or give the M5 a better one (Eisennman Race for example).

  4. ghane says:

    The E34 initially had a 3.6 liter engine which later was enlarged to 3.8 (as also specified for the one in the video) and not 3.5 as states in the text here.

  5. 2sfhim says:

    Vey hard to choose between the E34, the E39 and the E65, they’re all very good. But not the F10.

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