It Took More Than 120 Prototypes To Develop The Third-Generation BMW 5-Series

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Launched in February 1988, the E34 5-Series went on to be one of the most reliable ...

Launched in February 1988, the E34 5-Series went on to be one of the most reliable vehicles ever built by BMW.

Unlike the E28 or the E12 that came before it, the BMW E34 was completely new from the ground up. And not only did it feature excellent safety equipment such as airbags, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, and plus stability and the traction control, but it was also stiffer and better at absorbing impact than any of its predecessors.

The BMW E34 was designed with aerodynamics in mind, which is why it had the excellent drag coefficient of 0.30. That being said, you would probably also realize the E34 was the whole different animal the second you sat behind the wheel.

Compared to the older 5-Series models, it was larger and featured more high-quality materials throughout its cabin, though the styling of a cockpit was still driver-oriented.

Engine-wise, the BMW E34 had plenty of versions for customers to choose from, starting with the 111 HP 518i and ending with the 286 PS (281 horsepower) 540i, as well as the 340 PS (335 horsepower) M5.

During its lifespan, the E34 5-Series was the direct rival to the Audi 100 (C4) as well as the Mercedes-Benz W124.

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