When did the BMW M5 jump the shark? Interesting one, given BMW arguably invented the super saloon in 1984 with the E28 M5. This at a time when AMG was little more than an aftermarket tuner hot-rodding Mercedes saloons with big V8 engines. That original M5 was properly exotic too, its throttle-bodied, motorsport-inspired 3.5-litre straight-six putting its 286hp to the road with real class and precision.
Dan Trent: Real M5s have straight‑sixes
Exposure to a Performance Car review of the Lamborghini Countach 5000QV at an impressionable age set Dan Trent on course for a life-long obsession with cars. Immersion in the world of used car temptation with a spell as editor of PistonHeads.com only sealed the deal, compulsive online tyre-kicking now a daily ritual. He’s still some way off that Countach though.