Within the automotive universe, there are rock star cars.
Like Prince, Beyonce, Madonna, and Bono, you can refer to them simply by one name and everyone knows exactly what you’re talking about.
The M5 is one of these. You don't have to say BMW M5. Everybody knows what you're talking about.
Easily one of the most coveted four-door sedans on the market for driving enthusiasts, the BMW M5 has carved out a niche on wish-lists all its own. While many other manufacturers have tried diligently to build a reasonable substitute, in the end, they all get compared to the M5—never the other way around. This is because BMW keeps moving the bar on those would-be interlopers.
Over the years, the BMW M5, while adhering closely to its basic premise of providing wolf-like performance potential in a rather sheepish-looking package, has always managed to deliver variations on the theme. Like fine wines, even though they can come from the same vineyard and are of the same varietal, different vintages have different characteristics. Similarly, different years of the BMW M5, while all fast and terrific handling cars, exhibit different personality characteristics.
During its 26-year tenure, the M5’s power has come from inline six-cylinder engines, V8 engines, a V10, and a twin-turbocharged V8s. Each powerplant has endowed the BMW sedan with a different character, while adhering to one strict rule—making the BMW M5 the most desirable car in its class, bar none.