This project was to reconstruct the drivers side seat on this BMW M5.
Voices within BMW calling for the replacement of the inline-six, which was deemed too similar to the M3′s powerplant, prevailed. The E39 M5—based on what some consider to be the most beautiful 5-series—received a 4.9-liter V-8 rated at 394 hp which it shared with the near-exotic Z8. Cosmetic changes were significant, but the effect was mitigated by the fact that a very similar M package was available for lesser models. The eight-cylinder M5’s exhaust was the most raucous so far. A station wagon was considered, and a prototype exists, but BMW ultimately decided against it. The E39 M5 was offered in the States from 2000 to 2003.
by Jens Meiners and Manfred Jerzembek