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BMW E34: The third generation of the BMW 5 Series

The BMW 5 Series is one of the most iconic lines of the German brand and has been a benchmark in the motor market since its launch in 1972. The third generation of the 5 Series, known as the BMW E34, was produced from November 2, 1987 until 1996.

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Development and launch of the BMW E34

Development of the BMW E34 began in July 1981 and lasted until early 1987. The initial design proposal was made by Ercole Spada in 1982. Under the direction of chief designer Claus Luthe, BMW based much of the design on the 7-series E32. After Spada’s departure from BMW and design approval in 1983, J Mays finalized the design for production in mid-1985. Special attention was paid to aerodynamics, with a drag coefficient of 0.30 for the basic E34 sedan.

Series production began in November 1987. In December 1987, the E34 sedan was introduced to the global press.

Features and innovations of the BMW E34

The BMW E34 introduced some interesting new features to the 5 Series, such as all-wheel drive on the 525iX and the first V8 engine used in the 5 Series. In addition, stability control (ASC), traction control (ASC+T), a six-speed manual transmission and an adjustable damping system (EDC) were incorporated.

One of the most striking features of the E34 is the wide range of engines that were used throughout its lifetime. Nine different engine families were used, including inline four-cylinder, inline six-cylinder and V8 engines.

The BMW E34 M5 is one of the most prominent models of the 5 Series and was produced in sedan and wagon versions. It is equipped with the S38 inline six-cylinder engine.

The BMW E34 Touring was launched in September 1992 and was the first 5 Series model to feature a wagon version. The Touring was a very versatile and practical vehicle, with ample cargo capacity and an elegant design.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

  1. When was the BMW E34 produced? The BMW E34 was produced from November 2, 1987 until 1996.
  2. What new features did the BMW E34 introduce to the 5 Series? The BMW E34 introduced some interesting new features to the 5 Series, such as all-wheel drive on the 525iX and the first V8 engine used in the 5 Series. In addition, stability control (ASC), traction control (ASC+T), a six-speed manual transmission and an adjustable damping system (EDC) were incorporated.