• Nov 1, 2009
BMW E39 M5 Touring - Click above image for hi-res gallery

It seems to be raining apocryphal BMW M cars that have been sitting in cold storage. And in a way, it has! On Thursday, we saw the mind-boggling, hyper-cool E34 M5 Convertible that BMW stashed away for twenty long years. Today's car isn't nearly as crypto (meaning we've seen pictures of it before), but in a way it's much, much cooler.

We posited that perhaps the E34 M5 is in fact the best M car of all. Well, here's the truth -- the E39 M5 is the one we want, hands down, 100%. We were just waxing poetical. E39 M5, every time over here, boss. Why? With that big fat 400 horsepower V8 and those conservative duds, the E39 is still the ultimate M sleeper. Er, that is, it would be if not for the E39 M5 Wagon.

Yes that's right, an M Wagon. Many of you who bothered to click through the E34 M5 convertible gallery noticed the M5 Wagon (or "Touring" as BMW calls the 5-door in a lame attempt to mask its wagonness) just sitting there. We were going to say something, but, you know how it is -- pics or it didn't happen. Anyhoo, the story goes that BMW wanted to build the E39 M5 Wagon but some issue with the rear axle misbehaving led them to decide that the car just wouldn't be up to M Division snuff. And the plug was pulled.

So there you have it. And now we come to the part in the story where we come fully clean and admit that the M Coupe is our actual favorite ever M car. Unless that M8 shows its face...



[Source: BMW Blog]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Could somebody tell me what that little screen would show.
      I don't believe i saw it in the 5 series of that era
        • 5 Years Ago
        Probably an LCD that displayed all the radio and phone settings and what not. Sorta like non navigation cars now adays that have the big screens built into them.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Radio/TV, among other things. As far as I know, it wasn't a sat-nav (correct me if I'm wrong).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Glad I'm not alone in my love for the M Coupe. I love those cars and will one day own one of the later 300+hp models.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Coolest M ever.
      That was the best bodystyle, the front with those headlights just looks classy and aggressive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Germans need to make more wagons like this and drop their pousermobile crossovers.

      Anything a crossover can do, a wagon can do and do better.
        • 5 Years Ago
        they do. audi does. bmw does. mercedes does. they just don't bring them over because all of us who clamor for them don't purchase them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I actually meant to link to this guy in the UK (I guess several people have built these?):

      http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/101597-project-e39-m5-tourer-8.html#post1180599



      • 5 Years Ago
      Awesome design, this looks so much better than the current E60 M5. It's classy and it must be a blast to drive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      now this is an awesome car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love the Bimmer sport wagons. The fact that this is an //M variant only supplements my affection. But i think i like the E61 M5 Touring better.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pure lust.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Meh. I'll take a Dinan tuned 850 CSi, please, since we're talking M cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Many of you who bothered to click through the E34 M5 convertible gallery"

      i bet more people would be bothered if the gallery wasn't completely 100% awful to use and lacking any adherence to proper UI guidelines.

      it's been pointed out thousands of times now. maybe... just maybe... fix it? i know i stopped bothering to click on them quite a while ago.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If I'm going to have a wagon, I would prefer the current M5 Touring with it's V10. Anyway, hopefully wagons will come full circle, and SUVs/CUVs will go out of style.
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