Driving all generations of BMW’s executive express. Five stars. The Generation Game. Sampling all seven generations of the 5 Series – BMW’s illustrious executive express. The launch of the seventh-generation BMW 5 Series allowed us the opportunity to drive some of its great predecessors. Words: Shane O’ Donoghue. Photography: BMW.
The launch of a new 5 Series isn’t only a big deal to BMW; it’s a momentous occasion to car buyers around the world that ‘get’ the 5 Series concept and are keen to know what the next generation will bring.
At the international launch of the G30 model in Lisbon last November, BMW Car was fortunate enough to be allowed in an example of every one of the previous six generations, from the lithe E12 right up to the still modern-looking F10.
It offered a unique perspective on the evolution of the genius and will certainly be to blame for increased late-night activity scouring the classifieds for well-looked-after examples.