Next up in the 5-series lineup is the E39. As shown here in its “M” variant, it is also known as The Benchmark. Even to this day, 15 years after production has ceased, many enthusiasts and manufacturers consider the E39 M5 to be epitome of what an executive class sports sedan should be. Don’t believe me? Consider this article from caradvice.com.au from May 2017. Still. The. Benchmark. Too bad the E34 is better. Come at me.

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