A 1990 BMW M5 has become the seventh car in BMW Australia’s fleet of heritage vehicles.
This vehicle is one of 14 ‘E34’ M5 models delivered to Australia in Alpine White, and one of just 90 M5 sedans from that generation sold in Australia.
Although there was an earlier generation of the M5, the ‘E28’, that model was never officially sold in Australia. The ‘E34’ has the honour of being the last M5 generation to be hand-built by engineers from BMW Motorsport.
The 1990 M5 features a 3.5-litre naturally-aspirated straight-six engine derived from the one used in the M1 supercar. In the M5, the mill developed 232kW of power at 6900rpm and 360Nm of torque at 4750rpm.
Drive is sent to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual transmission, and a limited-slip differential. BMW quotes a 0-100km/h time of 6.3 seconds, and a top speed of 250km/h.
By way of comparison, the upcoming 2018 M5 has a 441kW/750Nm 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8, an eight-speed automatic, and all-wheel drive. This car has a 0-100km/h time nearly twice as quick at 3.4 seconds, and a top speed of 305km/h.
For the ‘E34’, changes from regular 5 Series models included twin exhaust tips, 20mm lower suspension, stiffer springs, and 17-inch alloy wheels. The 1990 M5 rides on 235/45 tyres, with 255-section rubber optional at the rear.
Other features include self-levelling rear suspension, anti-lock brakes, automatic air-conditioning, a hi-fi sound system, electric sunroof, electric seats, and a power-assisted recirculating ball steering setup.
The white ‘E34’ M5 joins the local arm’s heritage fleet ahead of the Australian debut of the latest-generation M5 sedan, and will be used at events to help launch the new M5.