BMW Tells The Story Of The Iconic E39 5-Series

Very few vehicles, even less if you concentrate on family cars, have reached such a high degree of acceptance and fame as BMW’s E39 generation 5-Series.

Even the press back in the day wasn’t shy of giving it the title of ‘the best car in the world’, as the E39 5-Series combined values like driving dynamics, luxury and quality in one unbeatable package.

Compared to its predecessor, the E39 focused more on the aerodynamics, with the finished car having a 0.27 drag coefficient, one of the lowest in the market, and a shape that to this day looks and feels timeless.

The cabin was more spacious than the one in the E34, featuring a lovely driver-focused dashboard and came packed with quality materials and lots of features, including a cutting-edge for that era on-board computer.

A wide range of four-, six- and eight-cylinder engines meant that there was an E39 to suit every need out there, with the crown jewel being, of course, the M5, which was powered by a 5.0-litre V8 with 394hp (400ps) and came with the only gearbox you really need – a 6-speed stick shift.

For many, BMWs don’t get much better than the E39 and if you have one in your driveway, consider yourself a lucky person.


  • MultiKdizzle

    Waiting for e60.

  • pcurve

    I’ve grown fond of that black rubber molding…

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    This to me is the epitome of what a performance/sports sedan should be. Classically beautiful.

  • E3nine4life

    Have an 02 540i / 6spd with only 347k km. Gets better highway fuel economy than my wife’s 09 Jetta 5spd 2.5

  • antbee

    I’ve always loved this model, and still do!

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