Meet the BMW M5 Convertible that Never Was
BMW’s M division has been watered down through the years. There was once a time when the M badge would only be affixed to the purest sports coupes and performance sedans. But there was an exception, and it would have been incredible in production form. Today, they will make an M version of anything like the 6 Series Gran Coupe (How is it a coupe? It has four doors!), but back in 1989, a one-off creation almost saw the light of day, but was killed at the last minute. It was an M5, but unlike a normal BMW M5, it had two less doors, and one less roof. RELATED: See images of a modern descendant, the M6 Convertible
The convertible was the creation of BMW’s M division, which has been known to work up some pet projects in the past. The M5 Convertible featured longer doors, providing easier access to the rear seats. They even set a price of £50,000. Adjusted for inflation, it would have cost £119,864 (or $187,471 in the U.S.) today. For reference, a modern M6 convertible starts at $118K, but the price climbs quickly with the long list of options.
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BMW was so serious about the car that they even booked space at the Geneva Motor Show for its unveiling, but at the last moment, the German automaker pulled the plug. Why? It came down to protecting its bread-and-butter. Interest in the drop-top M5 might spark demand for a non-M version. A simple 5 Series convertible would surely pull away buyers from the 3 Series ragtop, and that it where this car’s story basically ended.
Today, the car is kept in impeccable condition at BMW’s M Division headquarters in Germany, serving as a glorious reminder of “what if?” One item that did make its way to the E34 M5 sedan were those aerodynamic wheels. They were designed to scoop fresh air into the brakes, keeping them cool in hard driving.
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