BMW Looks Back at the First M5: the 1980 M535i

by Kenny Hoeschen

In the 1970s, BMW changed the way people thought of family vehicles when it introduced a car that could compete in weekend road races and still get you to work on Monday morning without looking out of place. The first M Series full-size sedan was the 1980 BMW M535i and it remains a terrific car to this day.

With its now iconic M Series striping, sports-tuned suspension, and a 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine capable of producing 218 horsepower, it was the predecessor to the first M5 in 1985. BMW’s Norbert Knerr looks back at the M535i and the classic example still housed in the BMW Museum.

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