4o cars in 40 days: E39 BMW M5

    By Michael Prichinello

    2 months ago

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    4o cars in 40 days: E39 BMW M5

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    CCC considers the E39 M5 the best sports sedan ever made. 18 years later, competitors are trying to take the top shelf (Tesla Model S, Panamera, Cadillac CTS-V come to mind), but this classic still amazes with brilliant speed and executive hoonage.
    When you’re hard on the throttle and let off, weight shift to the front is sizable, predictable and without a lot of bounce or float. Give it a dash of counter steer and a healthy heaping of throttle and you have yourself a drift monster.
    The 4.9 liter S62 V8 engine is a masterpiece. Fast-revving, powerful and a screamer higher in the revs while still offering more grunt down low that most BMWs. It’s Germany’s answer to an American muscle.

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    • Great ride, as is its little brother: the 540i with the sport package and manual transmission, which you can pick up for a song, maybe $5,000 or less in the U.S.

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