BMW E28 M5

The first BMW E28 M5’s were hand built in Garching, Germany and also cars in kit form were assembled at the Rossslyn factory in South Africa. A total of 2191 4-door cars were produced with the 3.5 litre M88/3 and 3.5 litre S38B35 straight-6 cylinder engines. The engines were coupled to a 5 speed manual gearbox. The wheelbase is 2624 mm and length 4801 mm, width 1699 mm, height 1415 mm and the curb weight 1550 kg.

The first BMW 5 Series E28 M5 made its debut in February 1984. The demand arose for an automobile with the carrying capacity of a sedan car but with the performance of a motorsports car. Its chassis was modeled from the 535i chassis and the engine was stripped from the BMW M1 super car. At its launch, the E28 M5 was the fastest production sedan in the world and a rare collectible around the globe today.

The very first generation BMW M5 was hand built in Munich in 1986. Thereafter, M5 production was moved to Daimlerstraße in Garching where the remainder of the series was also built by hand. In early 1987 the 1000th car was presented to the director of BMW Motorsport GmbH. The production of the M5 continued until November 1988, well after production of the E28 chassis ended in December 1987.

The M5 was produced in four different versions based on intended export locations. These were the left-hand drive (LHD) Euro spec, the right-hand drive (RHD) UK and RSA specification, the LHD North American (NA) spec for the USA and Canada, and the RHD South African (ZA) specification manufactured at the Rosslyn manufacturing plant in Pretoria, South Africa.

The LHD, RHD Euro Spec M5's and the ZA spec M5's had the M88/3 engine fitted which delivered 210 kW or 282 Hp of torque and power output. The North American 1988 BMW M5 was fitted with a catalytic converter which drastically reduced power. The BMW S38 differed from the M88/3 in that it had a dual row timing chain as compared to the M88/3's single row timing chain giving it reliability but also robbing it of power. The S38B35 was used in the NA-Spec E28 M5 and E24 M6.

While every North American spec E28 M5 was a 1988 model year car, production of North American specification M5’s commenced in late 1986 and ended in the later 1987 year except 96 cars that were assembled in kit form at BMW's Plant in Rosslyn, South Africa. The E28 M5 remains among the rarest regular production BMW Motorsport cars ever manufactured.

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  • (Euro) –210 kW with 0–100 km/h and 6.2 sec. Top Speed: 246 km/h
  • (USA) – 256 Hp or 191 kW 0–100 km/h and 6.5 sec. Top Speed: 238 km/h
  • (European) – 210 kW or 282 Hp fitted with the M88/3 Engine with 10.5:1 Compression
  • (USA/Canada) – 256 bhp or 191 kW fitted with the S38B35 Engine with 9.8:1 Compression

  • 89–92 (European version) straight-6 cylinder engines 24v 3.6 L
    • 0-100 km/h in 6.3 sec.
    • Top speed: 250 km/h (electronic limited)
  • 92–95 (European version) straight-6 cylinder engines 24v 3.8 L
    • 0-97 km/h in 5.9/5.7 sec
    • Top speed: 280 km/h (electronic limited)
  • 91–93 (USA) I6-24v 3.5 L
    • 0-100 km/h: 6.4 sec.
    • Top speed: 250 km/h (electronic limited