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BMW M5 (1985)


BMW M5 (1985)

Though an M535i was launched in 1980 with the same body style, it had very little Motorsport division technical input. That version had only a single cam, but for the 1985 M5, the engine from the M1 supercar was used, albeit without dry sump lubrication. It had a high compression ratio, cross-flow aluminium cylinder head with larger inlet and exhaust ports, twin overhead camshafts, Bosch fuel injection, an oil cooler and low restriction dual exhaust. It was too much for the standard 5-speed, so BMW had Getrag produce a special close-ratio version with dog-leg first gear. The suspension used a patented Track Link system at rear, but was conventional MacPherson strut up front with shorter springs and uprated shocks all around. Massive four-wheel vented discs with ABS meant excellent stopping power. Inside the driving position was perfect and there were power seats plus air-con.

BMW M5 (1985) Specifications

Top Speed:147 mph (235 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):6.0 sec
Engine type:In-line six
Displacement:210 ci (3,453 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:256 bhp (191 kW) @ 6,500 rpm
Max torque:243 lb ft (329 Nm) @ 4,500 rpm
Weight:3,420 lb (1,554 kg)
Economy:20 mpg (7.1 km/I)
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