OVERVIEW OF THE BMW M SERIES.
This combination of technical perfection with highly emotional sports performance will raise your heart rate. BMW M models are real sports cars. From saloons and coupés to SUVs, racing technology such as M sports suspension, engines, and typical M tuning make these sporty vehicles the ultimate blend of luxury and performance.
BMW M4 Competition Coupé
BMW M3 Competition Sedan
BMW M340i xDrive Sedan
BMW M2 Coupé
BMW M135i xDrive
OVERVIEW OF THE BMW M SERIES’ HISTORY.
THE BMW M1 (E26).
With its timeless wedge shape, the first vehicle developed by the then BMW Motorsport GmbH in the late seventies gets an enthusiastic welcome. Developed by design legend Giorgio Giugiaro, the shape is based on the BMW Turbo, a 1972 study by BMW’s longtime designer Paul Bracq. The narrow kidneys, the folding headlights and the clearly-drawn lines combine esthetics and dynamics. And the performance is also legendary: Until 1983 it is the fastest production vehicle in Germany. The mid-engine super sports car reaches a maximum speed of well over 260 km/h, establishing the tradition of M road vehicles.
From 1979 to 1981 only 460 vehicles are made – all hand built. Anyone lucky enough to drive an BMW M1 talks of its exceptional driving style, flexible curve dynamics and fast-turning 3.5 liter engine.
Production period: 1978 – 1981
Engines: 3.5 liters (204 kW, 277 hp), 6-cylinder
Length/width/height: 4,359 mm / 1,824 mm / 1,138 mm
BMW 1 M COUPÉ (E82).
Even though the BMW 1 has been delighting drivers who appreciate sportiness and outstanding handling in a compact vehicle since 2004, the BMW 1 M Coupé has only been available since 2011. A twin turbocharger boosts the inline 6-cylinder petrol engine to 340 hp (250 kW). Combined with the short wheelbase and the wider track than the regular BMW 1, this provides a driving experience with extraordinary dynamics. More than 6,300 vehicles were built up to 2012. Three years later the BMW M2 joins the series, continuing the concept of merging a compact vehicle with the best characteristics of a sports car.
Production period: 2011 – 2012
Engines: 3.0 liters (250 kW, 277 hp), 6-cylinder
Length/width/height: 4,380 mm / 1,803 mm / 1,420 mm
THE BMW M2 (F87, G87).
Since 2015 the BMW M2 has been the successor to the BMW 1 M Coupé, and has continued the dynamic, powerful compact series established by the BMW 2002 Turbo and the BMW M3 (E30).
The vehicle’s distinctive, confident exterior with its wide-flared wings and large inlets in the front apron are a testament to this. The 6-cylinder, turbo petrol engine has impressive torque and power, transferred to the road via an optional double-clutch transmission. The BMW M2 Competition, with an additional output of 30 kW (40 hp), took over in 2018 and is surpassed only by the BMW M2 CS (Club Sport). This has a production run of just 2,200 vehicles and an engine producing 331 kW (450 hp). In every version, the M chassis ensures clean, clear handling, precise control, and driving pleasure.
The second generation of the BMW M2 will appear in 2022, the 50th anniversary year of BMW M GmbH - and with its unmistakable M character it shows itself to be a homage to pure motorsport feeling. With a new expressive exterior in classic box design, compact proportions and an assertive stance, it promises pure driving pleasure with maximum handling control. Perfectly tuned chassis components from BMW M and a powerful BMW M TwinPower Turbo 6-cylinder petrol engine enable acceleration from 0-100 km/h from 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h thanks to impressive power figures of 338 kW (460 hp).
Production period BMW M2: 2015 – today, M2 Competition: 2018 – 2020, M2 CS: 2020
Engines: 3.0 liters (338 kW, 460 hp), 6-cylinder
Length/width/height: 4,580 mm / 1,887 mm / 1,403 mm
THE BMW M3 (E30/2S, E30/2SC, E36/2S, E36/2CS, E36/4S, E46/2S, E46/2CS, E90/92/93, F80, G80).
Originally, the BMW M3 (E30/2S, E30/2SC) is intended to be the road version of a racing vehicle. However, interest is so overwhelming that many more than the 5,000 vehicles needed for Group A approval are sold. Extreme dynamics are immediately evident on the exterior; from the wide fenders and iconic rear wings to the newly designed C-pillar. The interior also features everything that has proven its worth in racing: internally ventilated brake discs, sports transmission with lower left first gear, the 2.3 liter 4-cylinder petrol engine with 200 hp (143 kW).
While the racing version goes from win to win, the BMW M3 exceeds all sales expectations: More than 18,000 vehicles, including the convertible version, are sold. As well as the revised 220 hp (154 kW) Evolution version and the BMW M3 Sport Evolution with 2.5 liter displacement and 238 hp (166 kW).
1992 sees the second generation of the BMW M3 (E36) continuing the success story. The vehicle is clearly more grown-up. There are only minor visual changes compared to the regular model, such the aerodynamically optimized M exterior mirrors. But there are radical changes under the hood: The inline 6-cylinder petrol engine with 286 hp (210 kW) and variable overhead camshafts (VANOS system) delivers breathtaking acceleration. From 1995 the model is updated to give not just 200 cm3 more displacement, but also 321 hp (236 kW).
At the turn of the millennium, the third version of the BMW M3 (E46) is launched, followed by the BMW M3 Convertible one year later. They continue the fundamental concept behind the BMW M3, combining as little weight as possible with as much driving dynamics as possible. The M genes are evident in the 343 hp (252 kW) driving experience. The exteriors of the Coupé and Convertible differ from the standard model with their wider camber, the grilles on the front fenders and the powerdome on the hood.
The BMW M3s built between 2007 and 2013 are now fitted with a number of new features. Just like the regular models, three bodies are available: Sedan (E90), Coupé (E92), and Convertible (E93). For the first time, a BMW M3 has a V8 engine. The 4-liter assembly delivers 420 hp (309 kW) and turns up to 8,300 rpm – the highest-speed production engine ever built by BMW! With the optional M Driver’s Package, the car reaches a maximum speed of 280 km/h.
From 2014, the fifth generation of the BMW M3 (F80) once again relies on an inline 6-cylinder petrol engine which, for the first time in an BMW M3, is fitted with turbochargers. The engine delivers its maximum torque at 1,850 rpm, making fast acceleration possible, whatever the circumstances. The 432 hp (317 kW) BMW M3 Sedan is the only body design available – the related Coupé and Convertible are now called BMW M4. The fender extensions, the M exterior mirrors, and the dark M carbon roof also show to the outside world that this vehicle has exceptional handling and driving dynamics. 2016 sees the introduction of the BMW M3 Competition, featuring an engine that delivers 450 hp (331 kW) and uses the adaptive M chassis as standard.
In 2018, the BMW M3 CS is manufactured for just three months, with an engine adding an additional 10 hp to bring it to 460 hp (338 kW).
The BMW M3 (G80) has been available since 2021 with a radically different appearance from the standard sedan due to its large, high-standing kidney. It continues the concept of combining sportiness, dynamism, and everyday practicality of the previous BMW M3 – the Sports Sedan is equipped with a manual 6-speed transmission and 480 hp (353 kW) engine. The BMW M3 Competition is also available, offering 510 hp (375 kW). The 8-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic enables rapid gear changes for maximum driving dynamics, combined with the precisely-tuned M chassis.
Production period BMW M3: 1986 – today
Engines: 2.3 – 3.0 liters (143 – 375 kW, 200 – 510 hp), 4-, 6- & 8-cylinder
Length/width/height: 4,346 – 4,794 mm / 1,680 – 1,887 mm / 1,370 – 1,431 mm
THE BMW M4 (F82, F83, G82).
The BMW 4 series replaces the 3 Series Coupé and represents a clear break. Obviously designed from scratch, this vehicle differs significantly from the BMW 3 series with its recessed passenger compartment, longer hood and shorter overhangs – all leading to a more expressive, more powerful appearance. This also applies to the BMW M4 Coupé and the M4 Coupé Competition (2016 – 2020) delivering 450 hp (331 kW), as well as the 2017 and 2018 M4 Coupé CS with 460 hp (338 kW). Meanwhile, the M4 is available as GTS Coupé (2017 – 2018), powered by 500 hp (368 kW). The M4 Convertible and the M4 Competition Convertible bring a breath of fresh air. All vehicles use a 3.0 liter 6-cylinder petrol engine with a twin scroll turbocharger.
The considerably longer and wider second generation sets clear visual accents with the double kidney standing high and tilted forward. With the BMW M4, the 3.0 liter petrol engine with 6 cylinders delivers 480 hp (manual transmission) and 510 hp (8-speed automatic transmission) (353 and 375 kW respectively). With the optional M Driver’s Package, it reaches a speed of 290 km/h. Dynamism and agility are underscored by precise, uncompromising design.
Production period BMW M4: 2014 – today
Engines: 3.0 liters (317 – 375 kW, 431 – 510 hp), 6-cylinder
Length/width/height: 4,671 – 4,794 mm / 1,870 – 1,887 mm / 1,383 – 1,394 mm
THE BMW M5 (E28S, E34S, E34/5S, E39S, E60, E61, F10, F90).
Visually, the first BMW M5 (E28S) in 1985 hardly differed from the standard sedan. But the hand-crafted vehicles feature an updated BMW M1 engine and can therefore reach a speed of over 250 km/h. With more than 2,200 vehicles produced, the foundations for the top-of-the-line version of one of the most successful sports sedans were laid.
In 1988, the new BMW 5 series also includes a new M5 (E34S). This initially delivers 315 hp (232 kW), but in 1992 the engines are re-engineered. Now they extract 340 hp (250 kW) from a 3.8 liter displacement and, in a limited edition of fewer than 900 units, the car is also available as an M5 Touring. Thanks to its flawless driving experience and high-precision steering, this M5 also copes with every situation confidently and competently.
From 1998 to 2003, the BMW M5 (E39S) conquers the highway with an 8-cylinder engine delivering a 5 liter displacement and 400 hp (294 kW). At this time, it is the perfect example of a sports sedan – ideal for everyday use yet, thanks to its performance and dynamism, a match for almost every sports
The successor model (E60) appears in showrooms in 2005, followed by the Touring version (E61) in 2007, which is also the last M5 in this body shape. Equipped with a 10-cylinder engine, its 507 hp accelerates the vehicle to 305 km/h with the optional M Driver’s Package.
In 2011, BMW M GmbH equips the M5 (F10) with a twin turbo engine for the first time. The engine delivers 560 hp (412 kW) and, at the time, is the most powerful model in the BMW line-up. Two years later, the first M5 Competition model is available with a slight increase in performance to 575 hp (423 kW), and in 2014 the 8-cylinder “30 years of M5” Special Edition is re-engineered to produce 600 hp (441 kW). Placing maximum torque between 1,500 and 5,750 revolutions per minute is unusual – so acceleration capacity is there, whatever the circumstances.
The current BMW M5 (F90) has remained true to the product line since 2017 and combines the typical M sportiness with the comfort and elegance of the BMW 5 Sedan. The recognizable engine from the previous M5, the new M xDrive all-wheel drive, and an 8-speed M Steptronic transmission mean powerful acceleration and outstanding driving dynamics are typical features of this vehicle from BMW M GmbH. This is only surpassed in 2018 by the BMW M5 Competition, which delivers 25 hp more, taking 625 hp (460 kW) to the streets. Limited to just one year of production, the BMW M5 CS (Competition Sport) accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.0 seconds with 635 hp (467 kW). Carbon parts reduce the weight of the extremely sporty sedan, which, on request, can be electronically controlled from 305 km/h.
Production period BMW M5: 1985 – 1995, 1998 – 2003, 2005 – today
Engines: 3.5 – 5.0 liters (302 kW, 410 hp), 6-, 8- and 10-cylinder
Length/width/height: 4,620 – 4,966 mm / 1,700 – 1,903 mm / 1,400 – 1,512 mm
THE FIRST GENERATION.
Equipped with modern plug-in hybrid technology, the BMW XM brings a sporty 480 kW (653 hp) onto the road thanks to its newly developed V8 engine and with its 88 km of purely electric range (WLTP) permits almost silent and emission-free driving.
Optically, too, the large and powerful proportions demonstrate its uncompromising individuality. With the new, unmistakable front design, the BMW M brand is further establishing itself within the luxury segment.
The winning combination of bringing BMW M and BMW X elements together with the uncompromising standard of luxury to produce something entirely new also continues systematically within the interior of the BMW XM. The front section displays a performance-orientation. And in typical BMW M style, the focus is clearly on the driver. The new screen grouping of the BMW Curved Display creates a bridge between traditional driver orientation and modern digital character.
The extremely driver-centred front section contrasts with a cosy and luxurious lounge atmosphere in the rear. This is where passengers encounter a haven with celebrity character and materials of supreme quality, inspired surfaces and expressive details. The roof with its three-dimensional prism structure presents an optical highlight in the rear. Together with the ambient light, this element impressively conveys the interplay of progressive luxury and comfort.
Production period: from late 2022
Engines: 4.4-litre (360 kW, 489 hp) 8-cylinder combustion engine + electric motor (145 kW, 197 hp), system output 480 kW, 653 hp
Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
BMW M2 Coupé*:
Fuel consumption, combined WLTP in l/100 km: 10.2–9.6
CO2 emissions, combined WLTP in g/km: 231–218
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 9.6
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 221
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 9.6
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 221
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 10.6
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 243
BMW M850i xDrive Coupé:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 10.8-10.5
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 245-239
Fuel consumption, combined WLTP in l/100 km: 1.6–1.5
CO2 emissions, combined WLTP in g/km: 36–33
Energy consumption, combined WLTP in kWh/30.1–28.9
* Provisional figures.
** At temperatures below 0 degrees Celsius, purely electric driving mode of this plug-in hybrid will not be available until the battery has warmed up to an operational condition after the vehicle has travelled a few kilometers.
The values of fuel consumptions, CO2 emissions and energy consumptions shown were determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable at the time of type approval. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and the range shown considers optional equipment and the different size of wheels and tires available on the selected model.
The CO2 efficiency specifications are determined according to Directive 1999/94/EC and the European Regulation in its current version applicable. The values shown are based on the fuel consumption, CO2 values and energy consumptions according to the NEDC cycle for the classification.
For further information about the official fuel consumption and the specific CO2 emission of new passenger cars can be taken out of the „handbook of fuel consumption, the CO2 emission and power consumption of new passenger cars“, which is available at all selling points and at https://www.dat.de/angebote/verlagsprodukte/leitfaden-kraftstoffverbrauch.html.