BMW's Stillborn M5 Cabrio Revealed

E34 Cabrio still lurks in a Bavarian shed
E34 Cabrio still lurks in a Bavarian shed
Hot on the heels of news that BMW has built a one-off 'CSL' version of the current M5, comes the still more intriguing revelation that - way back when - the M division designed and built a stillborn cabriolet version of the E34 generation M5.

As the story goes, the M5 convertible project was so well advanced that BMW had even allocated show space at Geneva for a grand reveal. Then just a week before the big event, Bavarian top brass pulled the plug on the project, fearing a convertible 5 series would pinch sales from the highly successful 3 series rag-top.

At least one E34 M5 version of the car was built, however, as these pictures published by Autocar attest. The car was apparently revealed to a 'select' group of media at recent birthday celebrations for the M5's 25th anniversary.

Not us though, and to think we even sent a card. (They didn't get it? Blame the postal strike...)



 

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  • Cassius81 30 Oct 2009

    Is that a prototype previous generation M5 estate in one of the pictures?

  • iluvmercs 30 Oct 2009

    That's a gorgeous car, is a tad pointless, IMO (considering there was an M3 Cabrio).
    Why it took all the time, from conception to only a week before the reveal, for the big wigs to realise it might steal sale from the 3-Series is rather confusing!

    I like the E39 M5 Touring - now that's a car they should have put in to production!

    Darren

  • 2 Wycked 30 Oct 2009

    I want both of the cars featured in the third picture.

  • Woodstar 30 Oct 2009

    Can you imagine a 750iL V12 2dr Cabrio.... cool

    Edited by Woodstar on Friday 30th October 12:27

  • dazren 30 Oct 2009

    I read about this car a while ago on a the M5board forum. Looks fantastic. Looks like they used 850 seats to get around the folding seat issue.

    Also on the forum I read that the E39 M5 Touring was built for someone at BMW who used it as his everyday car.

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