AN OVERVIEW OF EVERY GENERATION OF THE BMW M5. The benchmark in its segment: bringing every generation of the BMW M5 together.

#1 1985 BMW M5 E28

Max. output: 286 hp

0-100 km/h in 6.5 seconds

Until the BMW M5 emerged in 1985, the M535i had been considered the benchmark in the business sedan class. From the moment it was launched, however, the M5 mastered the balancing act between high performance and elegance like no other car had before it. Dispensing with the M535i’s large spoiler – but of course retaining the M logo on the front grille and boot lid – its 3.5-litre inline 6-cylinder produced 210 kW (286 hp), having originally been developed for the legendary BMW M1.

#2 1988 BMW M5 E34

Max. output: 315 hp to 340 hp

0-100 km/h in 6.3 to 5.9 seconds

After the success of the first generation, expectations for BMW M5 E34 series were even higher. It took barely any time for all to see that the second generation M5 more than met those expectations. Its free-induction inline 6-cylinder engine developed 315 and later 340 hp – an absolutely incredible amount for this class.

#3 1998 BMW M5 E39

Max. output: 400 hp

0-100 km/h in 5.3 seconds

When it was launched in 1998, the BMW M5 E39 set a completely new benchmark for BMW M. It was the first time that a V8 engine with a displacement of five litres had been used, which generated 294 kW (400 hp) and a tremendous torque of 500 Newton metres. This made the E39 the most powerful M automobile in the model range.

#4 2005 BMW M5 E60

Max. output: 507 hp

0-100 km/h in 4.7 seconds

From the racetrack to the road: in 2005 the fourth-generation BMW M5 was presented as a sports sedan with a harder edge. This was backed up by its engine – a high-revving, naturally-aspirated V10 producing a remarkable 507 hp. Since Formula 1 was also running with ten-cylinder engines at that time, the M5 E60’s engine blocks came direct from the F1 foundry of BMW.

#5 2011 BMW M5 F10

Max. output: 560 hp to 575 hp

0-100 km/h in 4.3 to 4.2 seconds

When it arrived in 2011, the fifth generation M5 heralded a new era for the propulsion of M automobiles. The naturally aspirated V10 engine of its predecessor was history. In its place came a newly developed and turbocharged V8 engine. The power it produced was immense: up to 423 kW (575 hp) in the Competition model.

#6 2017 BMW M5 F90

Max. output: 625 hp

0-100 km/h in 3.3 seconds

With the new BMW M5 F90, the iconic high-performance sedan shows itself in its sharpest form to date. The latest version of the M5 F90 series, which was first introduced in 2017, demonstrates the sovereignty of a business sedan with the dynamism and maximum performance of a high-performance sports car in the most compelling way. The 4.4 V8 engine with BMW M TwinPower Turbo technology develops an impressive 460 kW (625 hp) in the BMW M5 Competition. And in terms of breath-taking, the latter reaches 100 km/h in just 3.3 seconds.