BMW M5 Touring

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BMW M5 Touring E61
BMW M5 Touring  E61 2007 2010
2007 2010

The second generation of the M5 Touring was offered in 2007 and only in Europe.
For the first time, it was also available with a left-hand drive. The previous M5 Touring, the E34, was not.

The fourth generation of the M5, like the second generation of the M5, offered in two body styles: sedan or station-wagon. Unlike the E34, the E60 was available with a left-hand drive as well. The E60 M5 Touring was not available in the U.S.

From the outside, few details could tell to a bystander that the family-car station-wagon featured a V10 engine under the hood. For starters, there was the bumper design, aerodynamically profiled with an apron and side scoops for the brakes. On the front fenders, there was an exhaust air-scoop, that evoked the scoop on the BMW 507. The mirrors were different than those on the regular station wagon. In the back, four exhaust pipes were screaming under the bumper.

The interior had few differences when compared with the rest of the 5-Series Touring range. The M-badge was present on the tachometer and the steering wheel. The gearshift-selector had a different design, like the head of a golf club. Three buttons were on the center console, for various programs for the gearbox changing parameters.

The BMW M5 Touring was the fastest production station-wagon in the world at the time of its launch. It also was the only station-wagon with a V10 engine in it.

Full Description and Technical Specifications
BMW M5 Touring E34
BMW M5 Touring  E34 1992 1996
1992 1996

BMW introduced a station wagon version for the second generation of the M5 in 1992, three years after its sedan sibling.
The German carmaker looked like it didn’t exactly know what to do with the most potent version of its 5-Series, but was learning. Soon it discovered that its customers were eager for a high-performance station wagon, and the 340 hp powerplant developed by M was the right choice. But it didn’t want to rush it into production. The car shouldn’t disappoint its owners nor its makers. Apart from the engine and transmission, there were several other parts to improve.

When the carmaker decided to make the station wagon M5, the only way to do it was to hand-built it. The empty shell came at the BMW M Division, and there, the company’s technicians and engineers assembled it. At the front, the front fascia was similar to its sedan sibling. It featured a unique front apron under the bumper when compared to other 5-Series touring. Also, a set of gray side sills lowered the car’s profile. An additional lower lip spoiler completed the rear bumper. On top of the tailgate, the carmaker added a discreet roof spoiler.

While the exterior was very subtle, the cabin rewarded its owner with high-bolstered bucket seats at the front and a 60/40 split-folding seatback in the rear. A speedometer marked to 300 kph (186.4 mph) was very optimistic, but the standard, 250 kph (155 mph) dial was not enough for the car’s abilities. BMW sold it with a speed limiter, but many owners already knew how to override it. A specific M steering wheel with the three-color badge on the lower spoke confirmed the car’s performance version.

Starting with the 1992 model, the M5 received the new S38B38 engine, which provided 340 hp, and it was paired with a six-speed manual. Since the car was hand-built, the carmaker couldn’t build too many, and in the end, it managed to make only 891 units.

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