2002 E39 M5: George Zinycz
2002 BMW E39 M5 #CF90921
4.9-liter S62 V8, 394 hp/368 lb-ft (Dinan S2: 470 hp/419 lb-ft)
December 6, 2001
Chiaretto Red metallic
George Zinycz (since 2012)
The third-generation E39 M5 arrived in the US for model year 2000, powered by BMW M’s first V8 engine: the aluminum-block 5.0-liter S62 with eight individual throttle bodies, Double VANOS, supplemental oil scavenging pumps, M’s first hydraulic valve adjusters, and output rated at 394 hp. the 4,024-lb. car also featured M-tuned suspension and 18-inch wheels over powerful brakes, and it could reach 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds. It would be the last M car sold exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission, and the first with DSC, a nod to the fact that not every buyer would know how to handle a car with nearly 400 horsepower.
Plenty of enthusiasts wanted even more. Enter Dinan Engineering, whose Stage 2 package of intake, software, cam timing, and exhaust mods brought output to 470 hp and 419 lb-ft, transmitted through a lighter flywheel to a limited-slip differential. Dinan also banished the M5’s inherent understeer via Koni shocks, Dinan springs and adjustable anti-roll bars. Many buyers complemented those S2 upgrades with Brembo brakes and Dinan’s lightweight forged wheels, which cut 24 lbs. of unsprung weight.
Those Dinan mods made for an aggressively tuned super-sedan, and they transformed the lightly used E39 M5 found by pharmaceutical executive George Zinycz in 2012. Zinycz had been looking for an E39 M5 for some time when he decided to look for one while visiting his parents in Florida. Exotic car dealer Zen Motorsport had one in Tampa…and it was a Dinan.
Sold new in Dallas, Texas in 2002, the car went to Tampa three years later. Its second owner added the Dinan parts, and in 2011 he consigned it to Zen Motorsport. One of just 26 E39 M5s built in the combination of Chiaretto Red over Caramel extended leather, the car floored Zinycz from the moment he saw it.
“It was beautiful, in perfect condition. It looked brand-new,” he says, noting that the test drive was even more impressive.
“I had driven several stock M5s, but when I drove this one I was, like, YES! This is it! I didn’t even push it hard, but the way it felt in turns—the lack of body roll, the plantedness—and especially the unrelenting thrust from the Dinan engine. That’s what I wanted.”
Just like that, Zinycz was hooked. He joined the BMW CCA, and he started buying more BMWs: Sam Smith’s old E30 M3 (on Bring A Trailer), then a Dinan-modified E60 M5 six-speed for contrast with the E39.
“In just a few years, I went from, ‘I’m not a BMW guy,’ to, ‘I am a BMW guy. I’m totally a BMW M guy!’”