When people talk about the golden age of BMW in the late 1990s and early 2000s, there are a few cars that come to mind. The funky, clown-shoe-looking M Coupe was lively, ferocious, and just the right amount of weird. The E46-generation M3 was fast, stylish, and perfectly balanced. But, as Christoph Waltz says in Inglorious Basterds, “Don’t forget the cream.” And in this case, the crème de la crème of early 2000s BMW offerings is the E39-generation M5.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/12/28/e39-m5-was-peak-bmw