The BMW E34 is immortalized in the history books being the third representation of the BMW 5 Series, following the E12 and the E28. This third-generation 5 Series was built from 1987 to 1996, and during its nine-year career, it found favour among enthusiasts. BMW even managed to win numerous awards for the E34’s design.
In 1981, under the supervision of Claus Luthe, head of the design department at BMW, work began on a successor to the then newly released E28. A design that took six years to make, though that certainly shows. The E34 boasted a precisely balanced weight distribution front and rear. It came standard with central locking, power steering, and electric seats. Many other features were also available on the extensive options list, catering to ‘a car for everyone’ offer. This offer is further reinforced by the introduction of a wagon version alongside the regular sedan, as well as a variety of engines for the E34, ranging from a 1.8-litre straight-four engine to a four-litre V8, and everything in between, including even diesel engines. BMW M also enters the stage from the get-go on with a high-performance M5, initially offering 311 horsepower, which later increased to 335 horsepower.
After having had several facelifts, the E34 was succeeded in 1995 by the more modern E39. More than 1.3 million E34 models were sold.
BMW E34 M5
Creating absolute automotive excellence has been BMW M's specialty and priority for years. They partially demonstrated this when designing the E34 M5 that hit the market in 1988.
As the last M5 being built entirely by hand, it featured a 3.6-litre naturally aspirated straight-six engine producing 311 horsepower and accelerating from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in just under six seconds. In 1992, BMW M decided not to settle for that and designed a 3.8-litre engine delivering 335 horsepower, propelling this beast from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in less than six seconds. To keep all that power somewhat in check, all models were electronically limited to 250 kilometres per hour. In addition to lots of horsepower, the M5 was ingeniously designed, featuring the innovative BMW M System, which provided more efficient brake cooling through cleverly designed rims.
The E34 M5 is a highly coveted young-timer, with the ambition to soon join BMW's eternal classics. It also offers the rarely seen combination of sportiness and usability.
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