The BMW M5, widely considered the ultimate sports sedan in the world, is a high-performance edition of the BMW 5 Series executive car. When BMW first launched it in 1984, the M5 came on a BMW 535i chassis with a modified BMW M1 engine, making it the world’s fastest production sedan. The next-generation M5, to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2011, will use the BMW F10 as its foundation.

The BMW M5, introduced in 1988, used the second-generation 535i as its foundation. It utilized a variation of the 3.5-liter straight-six-cylinder power plant found in the legendary M1 exotic sports car. The engine produced 256 horsepower and 243 lb-ft of torque and utilized a five-speed manual as its only transmission. Rivaling the Audi Quattro GmbH and Mercedes AMG, the M5’s placement at the top of BMW’s executive car lineup and its long-lasting nameplate places it near the top of the world’s most well known sports sedans. BMW shipped only 500 1988 M5s to the United States, making it a major collectable.

The latest version of the BMW M5 combined a six-speed manual transmission with a legendary V8 engine that had the power to humiliate owners of renowned sports cars. Now, BMW is going to top that with a V10, making the M5 the German carmaker’s most powerful production automobile. Its new 5.0-liter power plant will produce 507 horsepower and 384 foot-pounds of torque at 8250 rpm – a whopping 25% increase in from the previous generation M5. It will leave the 100-horsepower-per liter barrier in the dust.

Many exotic automobile fanatics consider the third-generation (2000-2003) M5 BMW’s best yet. Featuring a 4.9-liter V8 that spewed 394 horsepower, most considered it overkill for a midsize sedan at the time.

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