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Old 10-29-2009, 01:54 PM   #1
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BMW has finally confirmed that it developed an M5 convertible 20 years ago, but canned it a week before it was due to be launched due to sales concerns.

The long-rumoured car was shown to a select group of journalists at an event celebrating 25 years of the BMW M5, and autocar.co.uk has obtained exclusive photos.
BMW confirmed that the car, which had two lengthened front doors and seating for four, had been developed for sale at a price of £50,000.

It was all set to be launched at that year's Geneva motor show, with BMW booking space for it on its stand, but a week before the event it was canned.

BMW confirmed that it was abruptly dropped as it believed it would result in demand for non-M 5 Series convertibles, which could have harmed sales of teh highly-profitable drop-top 3 Series.
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Old 10-29-2009, 03:02 PM   #2
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Um... that's not a 3-series? I can see their concern about confusion.
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Old 10-29-2009, 03:12 PM   #3
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Um... that's not a 3-series? I can see their concern about confusion.
Based on the E34 M5:


Back then, all BMWs looked pretty much the same.
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Old 10-29-2009, 03:14 PM   #4
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I less than three E34 M5's. That E39 M5 Touring isn't too shabby, either.
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Old 10-29-2009, 03:51 PM   #5
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Based on the E34 M5:


Back then, all BMWs looked pretty much the same.
Also back then the 3 series and the 5 series were smaller than their counterparts today. I would bet that that E34 is only a bit larger than the current 3 series which is part of the reason why the overlap might seem even more obvious today.
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Old 10-29-2009, 03:52 PM   #6
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I'd hit it.
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Old 10-29-2009, 04:19 PM   #7
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Man that car woulda been the ****!
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Old 10-29-2009, 04:22 PM   #8
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That car is hot. Can't believe they pulled the plug. But they may have been right, it would have robbed sales from other lines. Maybe GM should have followed this example...
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Old 10-29-2009, 09:55 PM   #9
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I remember going into the BMW dealership in the 80's and checking out the ultracool M3, impossibly fast for a sedan M5 and the unatainable M6. Same with the Mercedes. Those cars really stood out back then, but now they look unrefined and are far smaller than there younger siblings. I think the M6 in 87' was over 60K. My parents bought a brand new house on the beach in Florida for under 100k that year! Same house sold for 600k in 2003. Unfortunately it wasn't sold by my parents. They sold the house for about the same they paid in 92'. So much for inharitance.
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Old 10-29-2009, 10:14 PM   #11
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Also back then the 3 series and the 5 series were smaller than their counterparts today. I would bet that that E34 is only a bit larger than the current 3 series which is part of the reason why the overlap might seem even more obvious today.
same goes with almost every car on the market these days... compare the honda Civic today with a 1994 accord... its not much smaller, and occupant wise, might not actually be smaller at all.
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The E34 was actually decent sized. It didn't grow for the next gen.

I still remember when I was 19, and my friends dad was changing the plugs on his new to him 12 year old E28 M5. He asked if I wanted to go for a spin, then handed me the keys. I love that car.
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Old 10-30-2009, 02:51 AM   #13
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That would be an awesome car to pimp around now... Esp at a BMW meet... People probably would be arguing with you that you changed the badges on the car or whatever
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Old 10-30-2009, 03:37 AM   #14
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I really wonder what would happen if BMW made a car that looked like that now but with mechanicals from 2009...
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Old 10-31-2009, 12:37 PM   #15
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I really wonder what would happen if BMW made a car that looked like that now but with mechanicals from 2009...
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very cool. but the 6 & 8 series was around, so they would've gotten the convertible.

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