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The film has been out for quite a while, so hardly groundbreaking news, unless you happen to have sky movies - it has just come out on that as part of the movie subscription. 

 

Great to see an old classic like that in a modern movie really being put thorough its paces, I just hope not too many were harmed in the making!

 

My old 520i may have been a very similar colour but it certainly didn’t go like that one, (even after I put a 528 twin pipe exhaust on it!) I was wondering what engine that was running, limited googling comes up with the obvious M5 but it seems unlikely to me they would go to the cost of using a real M5. Looks more like a 528i to me, but I guess there would have be quite a few different cars actually used, maybe the odd real E28 M5, hopefully not in the scenes where they were smashing it up! 

 

 

 

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Hi,

 

If you watch and listen, you'll catch when they say that the car was indeed an E28 M5 !

 

The Mission Impossible films have a massive budget so they could afford any of the ones for sale out there easily. I'd have thought, they'd have purchased a mid range condition car rather than a concourse one, but there again, they'd have trashed a concourse one if they had to !

 

Think of all the other cars in all action movies, the manufacturers do love working with film studios to provide cars as it helps with marketing and branding. 

 

Cheers, Dennis!

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On 25/05/2019 at 11:31, DennisCooper said:

Think of all the other cars in all action movies, the manufacturers do love working with film studios to provide cars as it helps with marketing and branding. 

 

True, I hadn’t realised the new 5 series in it was actually an M5 till I watched that YouTube video, I guess BMW wanted to showcase the original M5 along with the new one.

I think the Bond films get given the cars due to that advertising, I’m fairly sure I heard that about the 7 series they had in  Tomorrow Never Dies, they got through a few making that film! 

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8 hours ago, Steve van hool said:

Doesn't look like an e28 m5 to me.

 

Hi,

 

Given that Pinewood Studios is 3 miles from me (and I'm within the estate there every so often), speaking to various people over the years and then also on programs which cover 'the making of xyz' film, given those big budgets, there's various car manufacturers, local specialists and more well known 'car people' involved for 'movie cars'. The E28 discussed here doesn't look like a standard M5, the movie people most likely asked for a potentially fast car to have more plain looks, and the local specialists chosen/who work with studios will source and get the car looking to how it's needed, regardless of cost. We all know that there's also potentially numerous examples of the same car that's used for various stunts, scenes and scenario's within the film footage needed. 

 

Andyrt200 - Lots of topics about 'BMWs' on films and tv series etc, perhaps one of the more discussed one is the E39 in the first Fast & Furious movie. It was a number of 540i's and not an M5 and a few have come up for sale over in the US that were reportedly the actual cars used on set. I'm sure I've seen one of the 'making of' shows for some film and some cars were totally gutted and just the shell remaining with all sorts of changes for specific stunts. Other Films/Tv shows may even only use one actual car throughout the whole production - depends on the type of film probably. 

 

Cheers, Dennis!

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BMW never made a single M5 in Smaragdgrun (Emerald green) 182, let alone four. It was available on regular E28'as though. Emerald green is the more goldy version of Platanen green, no M5's in that colour either. The only green used was Agate, an early version of Malachite. 

 

The 'M5' in Ronin wasn't, and the E60 M5's in one of the later Fast and Spurious films were 545i manuals, most of which were converted autos. I'm not sure a film company is going to destroy four 50 grand M5's when a £4000 528i will do. 

 

The car in this photos is as much of an M5 as I am. Wrong colour, no front apron extension, no plastic arch spats. The wheels are almost certainly M5 though. 

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Hi SARP,

 

Some links to show cars  (and how many) were destroyed in big budget movies over the years

 

https://www.wizzle.co.uk/2016/07/22/movies-destroyed-cars/

http://www.carbikeindia.com/expensive-cars-destroyed-hollywood-movies-films/

https://www.hotcars.com/25-most-expensive-cars-that-were-destroyed-in-movies/

https://movies.stackexchange.com/questions/50503/do-they-really-crash-super-cars-in-action-movies

 

In this case, it's most likely that some M5's were purchased and the innards/outer panels were changed/painted to fit in better with what the director wanted. It is also possible 528i's (or another variant) were used and modified accordingly, might not have been a BMW engine put in for instance, could be another brand engine and so forth. As in the video above they do mention that it was/is M5's used then can only hope it was more of the lower end cars purchased, but as I say, if they were concourse ones, then that's what would have been used .. and trashed !

 

Cheers, Dennis!

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Lethal Weapon - the car used in the chase was an M6, the one that went upside down through a shop window was an old E12 based 630CSi. That fit made a lot of money, but the producers weren't going to wreck an expensive car when a cheap nail could be trashed instead. 

 

The car TC is sat in above isn't an M5 - it looks bloody lovely though. All the details and twin pipes mean it's a 528i with a half hearted dechrome job and M5 wheels added.  Other pics off the car show the door shuts are all that non M5 green.

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13 hours ago, Sir Anthony Regents-Park said:

The car in this photos is as much of an M5 as I am. Wrong colour, no front apron extension, no plastic arch spats. The wheels are almost certainly M5 though. 

 

Thanks for confirming that!  I’ve never been fortunate enough to see a real E28 M5 up close, but as I said the car in the film looked exactly the same as my old 520i less the wheels & front fog lights (I fabricated new down pipes to put the 528i twin pipe exhaust on it).  I’d forgotten about the plastic arch spats, back in the late 90s my mates dad was going to get some of those crap chrome wheel arch trims & paint them body colour to make his 525i look more like an M5, I talked him out of it! I drove his 525i quite a bit it was faster than my 520i, he had the odd 528i as well being a dealer he used to take us out in them for a spin. We were all excited to go & test the one he had with the LSD option & dog leg box, but he had to start off in a dusty pull off to get any kind of wheel spin at all & it stopped very quick once we hit nice smooth road.

Even my old mildly tuned E34 M30 535i couldn’t lay 11s like this after I fitted an LSD:

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I have got other cars now that will happily do that, but they run over 280bhp, so it would be interesting to know what engine they used for that scene at least. 

 

Also I was going on about the twin pipe exhaust, but I didn’t notice the first time I watched the film in that scene above there is actually only one tail pipe!

 

There is a full 3 minutes where the E28 is clearly the star of the film, they featured the rear end pulling away a good few times, with the twin pipes much more visible than they are here:

 

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But at no point do they said its an M5, if they wanted to pass it off as one I had thought they would have at least put a badge on the back! 

 

I think it’s much more likely the person making that YouTube video didn’t know what they were talking about. I only included that video clip as a link guessing most people wouldn’t have seen the film, it’s worth watching for those 3 minutes alone! 

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It's not uncommon for the props departments to do pretty massive bespoke builds on the cars used for films with chases like this. I'd not be at all surprised if that was a 520i with a much more powerful modern engine dropped in.  No way in hell is that an M5.

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A non bodykitted e28 535i with a chin spoiler added would look identical to an m5, but also like the m5 now a very rare beast.

A fair while ago someone on this forum took the M bodykit off a Lach's silver 535i and fitted chrome bumpers, improved it's looks no end.

 

Anyone remember it? it was a very good restoration post.

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