BMW M535i (E12) Review


BMW produced one of the most significant 5 Series models ever during ’79. The M535i was the first product of the BMW Motorsport division to reach consumers and featured a large-bore/short-stroke version of straight six displacing 3.5 liters and making 218 hp. Available only in Europe and only backed by a close-coupled five-speed manual transmission, the M535i was the prototype for all the glorious M cars to follow — M1, M3, M5 and M6. It’s also easily the most desirable of all the original E12 5 Series cars.

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