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Iconic BMW M5 turns 30

Snapshot: BMW M5 is celebrating its 30th birthday this year

It's been 3 decades when M5 from BMW arrived as zenith in the executive sports sedan arena. After starting its journey as the E28 in the third quarter of 1984, the M5 has changed substantially to bring it up-to-date with present times. Now BMW is set to celebrate the sedan's 30th anniversary, looking back at how it has evolved in these previous years with each ensuing model. Commencing the celebration, the car maker has teased a video showcasing the latest F10 model. In addition to this, BMW has also revealed that it has a surprise in store for us, likely due at the 2014 Goodwood festival of Speed in June.

The E28 was based on the 535i productional frame and featured an evolution of the M1 supercar’s 282 hp-straight-six engine originally developed for motorsport. And the engine was mated with a five-speed manual gearbox. Infact, at its time, E28 was the fastest production sedan in the world at it. 

The E28 was followed by the E34 in 1988. It maintained a straight-six power mill with all-new six-speed manual was fitted. The E34 was the first M5 to come in a station-wagon bodystyle. 

The E39 was next when it arrived in 1998. It was the first to pack a 394bhp-V8 and is arguably the most handsome of the lot. The E39 stuck with a six-speed manual and benefitted with some electronic gizmos that included a Sport button triggering sharper drive-by-wire throttle response and a little more steering weight. 

After the E39 came the E60, powered by a 507 bhp-V10, featuring controversial styling by Chris Bangle. Launched in 2005, it saw the M5 become much more desirableas it was fitted with an increasing amount of configurable electronics and an engine that demanded to be revved. It also saw the introduction of the seven-speed SMG III sequential manual gearbox in addition to the manual gearbox. 

The E60 was replaced by the current M5, the F10, in 2011. The F10 saw the M5 return to V8 power, but this time with the addition of turbocharging. It is now powered by a 4.4-litre bi-turbo V8 that generates 552bhp and 680Nm. We eagerly await the arrival of the new predator.

Source: BMW & Wikipedia 

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