I’ve always wanted a BMW M5.
Its one of the few cars that remains nearly unattainable, even in the used market. Search DealFinder for any used BMW and you’ll find amazing deals on any number of older 3 Series and 5 Series cars. Many are easily affordable, especially if they’ve been flogged within inches of their lives.
That doesn’t seem to be the case with Bimmer’s fastest four-door, though, as the used M5s retain a high value and seem universally loved and respectfully enjoyed, but rarely trashed enough to the point where I could afford access to the pinnacle of German engineering.
A new M5 costs a lot of money (upwards of $85,000), and older ones are relatively rare, so they remain expensive. The M5 is one of the few cars in existence that teaches drivers everything they need to know about what makes a great car great.
With new images of the 2012 version hitting the ‘net, before the car’s official reveal at the Shanghai Auto Show, it’s time to look ahead at what’s next for the legendary M… and maybe glance backward now and then to see when a used one becomes just a bit more realistic.
In keeping with BMW tradition, the M5 “Concept” is seriously close to the production model that’s set to hit Europe this Fall and come Stateside next spring.
The last M5 left the market in 2010, giving BMW a full year to improve its already-incredible performance luxury car. Car and Driver says the new M5 will see an increase in both horsepower and torque due to an engine change – a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 in place if the old 5.0-liter V10. Maybe most exciting is a brand-new 7-speed manual transmission, which should offer a huge improvement in the fun factor over the previous automated manual gearbox.
Along with new technology, though, comes a new pricetag. While the 2010 model had an MSRP of about $85,000, the 2012 version will likely approach $100,000.
Maybe prices on those used ones aren’t looking so bad…
Which would you rather buy: a new $100,000 2012 M5, or a used $22,000 2000 model?