BMW has long touted itself as the ultimate driving machine and we have been fortunate enough to witness the brand’s supremacy on the track. But even though some of his models are starting to show their age, that doesn’t mean they can’t hold their own in the Green Hell.
youtuber Misha Charoudin takes us for a spirited ride in a 1990 BMW M5 to prove that old dogs have what it takes to take on the Nürburgring. Since this is an early production E34, power is provided by a 3.6-liter version of BMW’s S38B36 inline six-cylinder, delivering 311 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual transmission. Later models of the E34 would expand that engine to 3.8 liters for 335 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque when paired with a six-speed manual transmission.
The M5 is remarkably stock, with the owner saying the only upgrades are a slightly lower 7-series suspension and brakes, in addition to M-Parallel wheels.
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Although the speed is not as high as some other vehicles on the track, the real fun of driving is in the dynamics of the vehicle and the sound of the engine. When the car is cornering, you can hear the tires fighting for their lives, but they still offer enough grip to stay on the pavement.
If you didn’t know this video was set on a race track, you might think it was just a regular Sunday ride for the owner and staid M5. The individual throttle injection and exhaust make a great sound, but the car remains quiet and comfortable even with the rev counter soaring to almost 7,000 rpm.
Charoudin says the ride remains smooth and precise, and the M5 was able to keep up with a Cayman that had crawled behind them.
Many car manufacturers have released newer models that have touted their references around the ‘Ring’. But as the video proves, having fun while driving doesn’t require a huge budget or an extremely track-oriented drive, just a car you love and enough confidence to push yourself to the limit.