91 M5 is one of the staples of BMW's lineup
Here’s a blast from the past --- the 1991 BMW M5 (E34) was an iconic sedan back in the day. It’s not the most efficient sedan at only 20mpg combined, but it can still get from 0 to 60 in under 6 seconds and has a top speed of 155mph. This model was part of a production run from 1991 to 1994, comes in pure black with standard “throwing star” design steel wheels, the classic round BMW headlights and the same great sedan gravitas that you’d expect from this brand. This was car was the predecessor of all modern BMW M-model cars.
On the outside, you get clean lines and a 4-door build. The iconic kidney grille is on the front-end, though quite a lot smaller than you’d see on a modern BMW. In the trunk, you’ll find 16.2 cubic feet of space and a 6 CD changer (it was a big deal back in the early 90s). On the lid (as well as on the front grille) you’ll also find the key M5 badging that helps to distinguish this car from the regular 1990s 5 Series.
Under the hood, you’ll find a 3.6L inline-6 engine delivering 335hp at 6900rpm with a 5-speed manual transmission. For torque, you’re looking at 295lb-ft, and the drivetrain is RWD. The fuel tank takes 23.8 gallons, and the fuel runs on a Bosch Motronic DME M3.3 system. The power rating, acceleration and drive performance are all what some people would call “period appropriate.” Back in the 1990s, the specs were considered very high-end, and even though a modern car has more bells and whistles, this E34 M5 really holds its own against Father Time.
On the inside, you’ll find a manual transmission gear shifter (5-speed) that lights up in the dark, front and rear window controls, climate and media controls on the central stack and ample storage throughout. Climate controls are very precise with manual sliding knob so you can set precisely the air flow for the upper, mid and lower levels. A real sign of the times is the interior ashtray and cigarette lighter instead of any cupholder.
One really neat interior feature is the mini computer on the central stack. This early evolution of the infotainment system allows the driver or passenger to check the fuel range, average speed of this trip, average miles to the gallon being achieved, interior temperature and more.
Sure, the M5 has come a long way since the early 1990s, and it’s not like you can really compare this one and the newest version. What this treasure from a bygone age really has, however, is the appeal of rarity. These cars had such a limited run, but are still iconic and stylish enough to turn heads wherever they go. Combine this with their genuinely good list of interior and exterior features, and you have something pretty special.