The first BMW M car proves that new luxury cars are just as awesome.
When the E39 BMW M5 came out in 1998, its perfect balance of technology, handling, practicality, and a snarling 4.9-liter V8 engine made it one of the best cars that money could buy. However, that era is almost two decades old, and times change quickly. A good way to measure just how revolutionary the E39 M5 was is to compare it to today's offerings. To do that, the guys at Vehicle Virgins take the M5 against the base 2016 Mercedes S550.
This is the classic case of the Mercedes and BMW rivalry, but this time the Bimmer doesn't give up as easily.