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The BMW M5 (E39) is a sports saloon car developed by BMW as the performance model of the E39 5 Series generation.

The M5 is powered by a S62 4.9 litre V8 engine specifically designed for high-performance application. It is also the first model to be built on a production line, as opposed to previous generations which were handbuilt by BMW's M division.[3]

Need for Speed: High Stakes

The M5 appears in Need for Speed: High Stakes as a Class AA vehicle and is available from the beginning of the title. It is available for $120,000 in the career mode of the PC release and $45,000 in the PlayStation release.

The M5 comes with great straight-line performance but does not corner as well as its rivals due to a high weight, which can be useful for ramming ramming opponents in Hot Pursuit mode. It is also one of only two cars in the game to feature BMW's DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) driving assist that gives the car improved traction.

Special Variants

The Pursuit M5 is a police pursuit vehicle that appears in all European and Australian tracks. A drivable variant is unlocked from the beginning of the game.

The Pursuit M5 comes with Australian, British, French, German and PC only North American liveries that are respective to each of its track setting appearance. In Australian and New Zealand PC releases, the North American livery is not included.

The Pursuit M5 is also required for unlocking additional police vehicles in the Playstation release: Arresting 10 speeders with any of the European police models unlocks the Porsche 911 Turbo (993) police car, and arresting 10 speeders with the Australian police model unlocks the Lamborghini Diablo SV police car.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2

The M5 appears in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 as a Class D vehicle in the PlayStation 2 release and as a Tier 4 vehicle in all other releases. It is available from the beginning in all releases.

Special Variants

The Pursuit M5 is a police variant unlocked in the Gamecube, PC, Xbox releases upon collecting 10,000 NFS Points.

In the PlayStation 2 release, it becomes available for Challenge Mode upon completing the Pursuit BMW M5 Challenge. To unlock it for You're the Cop mode, players must lead all laps in a Hot Pursuit event in advanced difficulty and with the full grid option applied.


  • In the PlayStation release of Need for Speed: High Stakes, the Pursuit M5 is featured with an individual lightbar for each model.
  • In the PlayStation release of Need for Speed: High Stakes, a playable variant of the Australian police model is only featured in the Australian PlayStation release, but becomes available in other releases if the player chooses "NFS PD" as their name.



  1. Car Showcase - Stats (Need for Speed: High Stakes)
  2. Car Description (Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2)
  3. Web link: Five Star - 25 years of the BMW M5

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