You know, I do like me some BMWs. Not the current stuff mind you, that’s far too complicated and I’ve crapped stuff that’s better looking – and I have a very adventurous diet. No, I like the older stuff the best, and of those I think my favorite is the e28 M5. Yeah, that’s kind of a narrow appreciation, but damn, it’s a fun car.
The thing about M5s, hell cars in general, is that each respective generation in some way has to top the last. That’s why the Motorsport edition of the 5-series has gone from inline 6 to V8 to V10 in the matter of a little more than a decade. The next M5 drops a pair of cylinders, which is good because if they kept going the way they were a V24-powered e78 for the 2034 model year would have just been too dang much.
Sixes, eights and tens. That makes up the 5-series M retinue of engine options over the years and perhaps you are not like me, and something with a little more room in their horsepower pants tickles your fancy. Or maybe you’re just appreciative of the car that’s the best expression of the M5 persona – be that a V8, a six or a ten. Either way, or everyday, the best thing about Bimmers, the M5 included, is their precipitous depreciation – meaning that a car that’s six figures off the lot is worth Camry money in under five years. Is this a great country, or what?
Whatever the value or cylinder count, the M5 has proven to be an exceptional automobile, and with so many permutations over the years from which to choose, there must be one that you can call your favorite. The question is, which one?
Image source: [bimmerfest.com]