The BMW E28, introduced in 1981, succeeded the E12 series that had yet represented earlier the BMW 5 Series. Even though the design of the E12's predecessor had not drastically altered in the creation of the E28, it did introduce countless new innovations. Additionally, the eye-catching M badge in the mid-'80s became an integral part of BMW's performance lineup, therefore also the E28 could not leave without an M badge.
The E28 did not differ greatly in terms of aesthetics from its predecessor, but it was built in a crucial period for BMW. The 1980s marked a pivotal era for technological advancement, cutting-edge innovation, active car safety, and a redefined thinking about ‘driver’s luxury’. It all started at the car's designing itself, which was partly done using computer-aided design, or CAD, from the early days, as well as finite element analysis used to anticipate on the behaviour of vehicle safety features. The E28 became the first BMW to feature an onboard computer, airbags for the driver, and the world-famous ABS (antilock braking system).
The E28, which by the way was available in fourteen different models, not only brought technological marvels to life but also received praise from numerous journalists for BMW's commitment to enhancing performance on all fronts. The interior design of the E28 was also highly acclaimed, emphasizing the utmost comfort for the driver.
In 1984, the E28 underwent a facelift, it became more aerodynamic as of changes to bumper details. Buyers had the option for a catalytic converter, a driver's airbag was also introduced. The ingenious engineering of the E28 was further refined until it was succeeded by the BMW E34.
More than seven hundred thousand E28’s were sold, solidifying BMW's mastery of the market. The E28 was pragmatically designed and met the demand and desire of nearly every customer perfectly.
BMW E28 M5
As mentioned, the iconic M from BMW M became an integral part of BMW's lineup. In 1985, the M5 was released, offering not only an eye-catching appearance but also a reworked version of the 3.5-liter straight-six engine from the M1. This engine made the E28 M5 one of the fastest cars on the market.
Although the E28 series got succeeded in 1987, production of the E28 M5 continued until 1988. Reportedly, 2,241 E28 M5’s were produced, making them quite rare, elevating the E28 M5 to the status of the ultimate classic.
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