With the launch of the second-generation 5-Series, BMW created a much better car with a more rigid bodyshell and excellent MacPherson strut/semi trailing arm front and rear suspension. It was a great basis on which to model the new M5 too, as all the M division had to do was lower and uprate the springs and shocks, plus fit thicker anti-roll bars, for a brilliant handling machine. Larger 8xl7-inch (203x432mm) wheels at each corner allowed the fitting of 12-inch (305mm) brakes all around, which gave near-perfect brakes for the heavyweight sedan. The engine was another derived from BMW's M1 supercar, with a new forged crankshaft but the same twin-cam 24v alloy head which allowed it to rev past 7,000rpm. Post-1992 Cars had 232ci (3.8 liters) and 340bhp (254kW), plus a six-speed transmission, larger brakes and 18-inch (257mm) wheels, formidable road cars, yet relaxing if required.
BMW M5 Specifications
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