BMW kept secret for 20 years finally unveiled

Discussion in 'Classic Cars' started by 09 challenger owner, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. #1 09 challenger owner, Oct 29, 2009
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    Amongst M Division cognoscenti there rages an eternal debate concerning what's the best ever BMW M car. To the casual Bavarian-enthusiast the answer is quite simple: E39 M5. However, strong cases can be made for both the E30 M3 and the OG E28 M5, which featured the M1's race-bred 3.5-liter straight-six. In fact, there's a whole subculture of folks that feel a car's not really a BMW (let alone an M) without an inline-six. With that said, the E34 M5 is a pretty compelling candidate for best ever M car, as is the M1. Oddly, no one ever advocates in favor of the E60 M5. Moving on...

    Think about it now -- the E34 M5 is the last of the totally hand built M cars. Sometimes one worker made an entire car, though usually the cars were built by specific teams. In fact, BMW test engineers could tell which person (or people) had built each individual car. That's pretty nifty. Only thing is, all those doors. And that roof! Who needs it? Sadly, it was only with the introduction of the E63 M6 that the big M cars got back to just two doors and a drop top. Or was it?

    Turns out that back in the late '80s BMW built a convertible E34 M5 and they've kept it under lock and key for the past 20 years until showing it to a select group of journalists during a 25 years of M5 celebration. Based of the E34 chassis, the convertible version featured lengthened doors and was actually all set to go into production.

    But then, just one week before its introduction at Geneva (they'd booked space for the car and everything), BMW pulled the plug and canceled the M5 convertible, fearing demand for non-M5 convertibles would cut into the highly profitable 3 Series convertible sales. Too bad, as this thing looks sweet. Also, if BMW pulls the long-rumored-though-(maybe)-never-built M8 out from some dark corner of the storage bin, well, we'll be pretty upset. Yet thrilled at the same time.
  2. oh #$%#ing awesome

    FINALLY you make a good thread!
  4. Thats beauuuutifil

    Btw.. Luke's new account? Sorry havnt been here in ages. Will return to normall posting and viewing stuff/saving pics/babe threads in two weeks time
  5. luke still posts under mclaren777
  6. Looks great. They should have released it.
  7. that's #$%#ing great!
  8. I'll steal this is bring it to a BMW meet. Minds Blown.
  9. Interesting topic.

    btw, I believe the car on the left on the second pic is the E39 M5 Touring (some pics below).
  10. Yeah it is, the silver one was made for the head engineer of the E39 M5 as a gift. Not sure about the black one though, I thought they only made the silver one, unless it's a conversion.
  11. yeah I'm in doubt as well, especially since it has as US license plate..
  12. never even noticed that; probably a conversion
  13. That really is awesome.

    Now BMW, just pull the M8 out of the Giftschrank as well and display it please.

    Preferably in a week and a bit when I'm in Munich.
  15. Didn't the M division develop the 850 CSi? It was an M8 in everything but the name. Or did they have an even more monstrous 8-series in the works? Now there's a thought- the CSi had something like 370 horsepower.

  16. the most popular theory on the M8 was it would share the engine of the McLaren F1 as BMW used an 850 as a test platform for the engine while it was in development.
  17. i read that the S70 and S70/2 aren't even the same length....
  18. #19 F1GTRUeno, Nov 18, 2009
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  19. they aren't. doesn't mean they didn't shove one in there.
  20. ah right, misread your post
  21. i wish they made an m8
  22. #23 angelinasoul, Feb 1, 2010
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  23. I would have to choose M3, because I think its the most fun to drive

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