For generations, we in the United States have been unjustly denied the most versatile of the fast BMWs – the M5 Touring. From its genesis in the E34 Touring through its evolution to V10-powered monster E60, the M5 Touring has remained one of the most desirable unobtainable German cars to U.S. enthusiasts. However, U.S. fans shouldn’t feel too discriminated against, because the fan favorite E28, E39 and even the new F10 have no touring option – anywhere. What is a lover of fast BMWs with 2.2 children and a dog to do? Well, you could take your E39 Touring to Dinan, who would be more than happy to turn the wick up for you:
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Welcome back to Week in Review. We apologize for not getting this out sooner, but with GCFSB staff on the move with summer travels and your managing editor dealing with a move, we were a bit tied up. But let’s take this chance to recap the last month of vehicles we have featured:
When I was young, a used car dealer specializing in off-lease Mercedes sold a few cars to my father. We were friendly enough with him that he showed off a car he bought for his wife – a late-model W124 E320 wagon in bright red over palomino. That always stuck with me: not only did he have a wagon that you didn’t see every day, but it was a red as Rudolph’s nose. Much like that Merc, this E39 wagon catches my eye in the same way. This particular car adds to the allure with a manual transmission and the optional BMW deep-dish mesh wheels. The interior appears very clean, and panels look laser straight – headlight washers indicate to me that this car has the requisite heated seats and mirrors, too, making this an ideal 4-seasons tourer. While I am a bit obsessed with white cars, I wouldn’t mind owning something this red someday.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 BMW 525i Touring on eBay
I was so certain that we I had written this car up before as the Racing Dynamics prototype, I initially wrote the headline up as a “revisit”. But the year was wrong, the wheels were different, and then I noticed something – that earlier car was an R48, and this car took it to the next level. A full bored and stroked 4.93 liters, the RD50 pushed the performance envelope past the M5. With discrete body modifications and some of the best looking aftermarket wheels ever fitted to a BMW, this is certainly a unique alternative to the normal E39:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2000 BMW 540i Racing Dynamics RDSport RD50 on eBay
The 5-Series Touring wagon has taken up an increasing amount of space in my brain. Thinking about children and the joys and space needs that come along with it, an E39 Sport Wagon looks like the perfect choice. Available in limited quantities with the third pedal, the added space and classic styling of one of the most handsome 5-Series designs ever made (in my opinion) make this a far more compelling option over comparable cute-utes. Although the wheels are not my thing (the gorgeous AC Schnitzer wheels included as the car’s snow option is what should be mounted for summer duty), the rest of the mods are mostly tasteful – headlight eyebrows the exception. The color combo is hard not to like, and although there are a few “personal” touches that aren’t factory correct, nothing here is too offensive.