BMW 540i Sport
Built between 1995 and 2003, the E39 was BMW’s fourth generation of 5-series sedans and touring wagons. Prior to the introduction of the M5 in 1998, the 540i was the fastest sport sedan available in this series and was one of the heavy-hitters in its class, competing primarily with the Mercedes E-Class and the Audi A6. The most sought-after variant of the 540i was the “Sport” version, which featured aggressive 17-inch three-piece wheels wrapped in 235/45ZR17 tires and, most importantly, a proper Getrag six-speed manual gearbox from the 850 CSi (itself an “M8” in all but name). Drivers were also treated to M-Technic tuned suspension components, including 20-millimeter-shorter springs, larger-diameter anti-roll bars and tauter shock valving. With a 4.4-liter DOHC V8, the 540i Sport could sprint from rest to 60 mph in just 5.6 seconds – much faster than its competitor, the E420/430 Mercedes and only about a half second slower than its successor, the almighty M5.
Here was a true Autobahn rocket, intended for going 150+ mph all day long yet perfectly capable of handling day-to-day city traffic.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2010 at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, California.
282 bhp, 4,398 cc all-alloy 32-valve DOHC V8 engine, six-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 111.4".
Source: RM Auctions
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