BMW’s second generation M5 followed the same recipe as the outgoing E28; manual transmission, rear-drive, howling inline-6 under the hood. But the E34 was far from a copy of the car that was really credited with being the first super sedan. BMW upped with power first with the 3.6 liter version of the S38; though the increase in displacement was a scant 82 ccs, the result was impressive. BMW Motorsport GmbH fit a new cam, a higher compression head, and a new engine management system to yield 311 horsepower at a rev-busting 6,900 rpms. They weren’t done.
In 1992 M upped the capacity again, this time to just 5 cc shy of 3.8 liters. Even higher compression, a further revision in electronic management, and a few other odds and ends now netted 340 horsepower and 300 lb.ft of torque. Again, they weren’t done. Perhaps tired of Audi cornering the go-fast-5-door market with their 200 20V Avant, in 1992 BMW launched the M5 Touring. Production began in March 1992 and ran through 1995. All E34 M5 Tourings were left-hand drive 3.8 models, and a total of 891 were produced.
BMW opted not to bring the enlarged motor or the M Touring model to the United States, as the 540i took over the top rungs of North American production. But now legal for importation, these rare Ms have been trickling in:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 BMW M5 Touring on eBay
Model: M5 Touring
Engine: 3.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 200,000 mi
Location: Tustin, California
Price: $72,000 Buy It Now
1992 Euro BMW M5 Touring 3.8 individual S38 B38 Engine 347HP, 1992 Bologna, Italy Motor Show Demonstration Vehicle, California C.A.R.B. Smog/emission certified (cost $15,000) since 2005 when the car was imported from Italy , Full service History.. NO RUSTâ€¦
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EXTERIOR COLOR: Daytona Violet metallic (283)
INTERIOR COLOR :Champagne complete Nappa leather (BMW INDIVIDUAL)
Nurburgring Package, alarm + tilt sensor, Shadowline trim, green-tinted windshield stripe, roof rails, dual power sunroof, velour floor mats, auto-dimming interior mirror, power front seats with driver-side memory, headlight washers, automatic climate control with automatic air re-circulation, cruise control, interior light package, additional 12-volt outlet in cargo area, radio preparation, hi-fi speakers, side marker turn signals
ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT + COMMENTS
The very first Italian-market E34 M5 Touring ever produced. Built for the 1992 Bologna Motor Show for Display and therefore equipped with a BMW Individual complete Champagne leather interior, including Anthracite Alcantara headliner.
You want a special wagon? This is it. Beyond the ulta-limited production of the 3.8 M5 Touring, this one is kicked up a notch with a wild color and the unusual BMW Individual interior. Daytona Violet has really become my favorite tone of these 3.8s and boy does it look impressive here. The Nurburgring Package further upgraded the Touring with 20mm rear anti-roll bar, Servotronic speed-sensitive steering and lockable M Adaptive suspension. All Tourings also featured the wider 9â€³ rear M System II wheels.
Condition outside looks fantastic â€“ despite 200,000 miles â€“ and that makes me wonder if the paint is really original. But the pictures donâ€™t get close up, and if you look carefully you can see a fair amount of stone chips on the front bumper so perhaps it is original. Inside shows more wear that youâ€™d expect with the age of the car. There are no shots of what this car looks like under the violet hue. However, overall presentation is still very strong and it appears to have a full history. Is this a $72,000 car today? Well, if you had difficulty swallowing the $49,000 M5 pill I gave to you last week, my guess is that this one is going to require a fair amount more apple sauce. And youâ€™d be wise to give pause; yes, the special Elekta Touring hit $120,000 in 2017. But most Tourings that have sold via Bring a Trailer hover between $20,000 and $50,000. Iâ€™m a sucker for this car and for this color combination and truth told if I had unlimited resources Iâ€™d grab it as itâ€™s likely one-of-one. But for now this model and example will have to remain on the wishes list.