As a fledgling car magazine reader and member of the 11-year Old Future Motoring Journalists Institute of The United Kingdom, Chris Harris loved the 1986 E28 BMW M5. As an adult, he bought one. As you'll see, owning your childhood hero car doesn't suck.

On this week's Chris Harris on Cars, Chris introduces us to the joys and quirks of the 26-year-old, hand-built sports executive sedan in his personal stable. Not just any sports executive sedan; the category-defining one. In its day, the 282-hp M5 was the fastest car of its kind.

It's not perfect, in the ways heroes generally aren't, but it does highlight what we've gained from the onward march of technology — and just what we've lost.

Warning: May cause compulsive automotive purchases.