Since 1984, BMW's M-Division has taken it upon themselves to create the ultimate 5-Series, for the driver who wants an extremely potent and capable sports sedan without sacrificing passenger capacity and practicality. Each M5 is an icon, and today's icon is a 2000 BMW M5 from the E39 generation. The first, last, and only generation of M5 to come with a soulful, naturally aspirated V8, the E39 M5 is much desired. You won't find them coming on sale very often, and as this car has just 43,500 miles on the clock, it is a rare find. The current owner reports that two keys, books, and manuals are included in the sale.
Wearing its Carbon Black Metallic paint job, this 2000 BMW M5 may not look as menacing as the later generations, but look closely, and the signs of its potency can be spotted. The M5 badging and quad exhaust tips at the rear are the most obvious, but the 18-inch wheels shod in low-profile performance rubber are another hint. There's more, but to see those properly, you'd need to park a non-M5 E39 for a side-by-side comparison. The interior of this 2000 BMW M5 presents itself with black leather and brushed effect silver accents for some brightness. The front seats are heated and power-adjustable, with memory functions for the driver's seat. Dual-zone climate control is present, along with rear air vents for back-seat passengers. This car also comes with the original navigation system-enabled radio with a tape player, and we see what appears to be a CD player in the trunk. There's a premium sound system, cruise control, and the expected power-operated conveniences. Gaze upwards, and you'll see a sunroof for those starry nights and sunny days.
The S62 V8 that lies beneath the hood of this 2000 BMW M5 is special, too, as BMW only used it in the E39 M5 and Z8 sports cars. The dry-sumped 4.9L V8 enjoys BMW's Vanos variable valve timing on the intake and exhaust sides, plus eight throttle bodies, one for each cylinder. Redlining at 7,000rpm, the S62 delivers 394hp at 6,600rpm and 369lb-ft at 3,800rpm. It also sings a soulful song that the current turbocharged M5 can never match. Drive is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. Factory specs include zero to sixty in 4.8 seconds, and a top speed limited to 155mph; with the limiter deactivated, it can exceed 186mph.
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