It’s hard to argue that with age, nostalgia kicks in. In our young days, the BMW E39 M5 was the car we all dreamed of and often referenced in any car conversation. It was one of those elusive vehicles, almost ordinary looking, but which could duke it out with the most impressive supercars available on the market toda. Now, with so many years passing by, the E39 M5 retains its legendary status.
Ever since it was introduced back in 1998, the BMW E39 M5 raised quite a few eyebrows from the start. A total of 20,482 of these vehicles were made from 1999 to 2003. BMW M produced three versions of the E39 M5, which are the European LHD and RHD versions, but also a somewhat different North American specification version. One thing was common for these cars though; they packed enough power to cleanly sweep almost anything being thrown at it.
The BMW E39 M5 uses the S62 naturally-aspirated V8 engine that produces 294 kW (400 PS; 394 bhp) – powering the rear wheels through a Getrag type D six-speed manual transmission. It would accelerate from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) – accompanied by its significant and well ear pleasing V8 growl – in as low as 4.8 seconds. Mind you, this was a really heavy car with 4,026 lb (1,826 kg) of dry curb weight, packed with all the luxury and comfort goodies, available upon its release.
With the E39 M5 still packing a lot of performance, it’s no wonder these vehicles are commanding high prices. This particular BMW E39 M5 comes from Vorsteiner and it’s one of the cleanest examples you can find on the market today. With pristine paint, full-service history and an owner that’s anal about proper maintenance, this is definitely one of the best examples of this generation M5 that you can find in the world today.
The vehicle doesn’t feature a lot of mods – and it doesn’t need it. You’ll find the M5 adorned with a set of BBS LM wheels – a must for ’90s BMW tuning – alongside the M5 being lowered, but that’s about it. Check out the rather detailed media gallery of this BMW E39 M5 right below.