The 15 Best BMW M Cars

BMW M, Featured Posts | July 25th, 2012 by 27
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BMW M was established in 1972 and represents BMW’s foray into the sportscars market. The first M product was the 3.0 CSL, a car built …

BMW M was established in 1972 and represents BMW’s foray into the sportscars market. The first M product was the 3.0 CSL, a car built for the racing venues, and followed by the first M-badged vehicle: the M1.

Built starting in 1978, the M1 is one of BMW’s finest vehicles to date. It was the first and only mid-engined BMW to be mass produced. It was powered by a twin-cam M88/1 3.5 liter 6-cylinder gasoline engine with Kugelfischer injection.

Another iconic M car, yet never released to the public, was the M8. The iconic M model was unveiled for the first time in 2010 at a private event for journalists around the world. The M8 was equipped with a V12 prototype engine based on the S70 engine, producing around 550 horsepower.

For the compact segment, BMW launched a series of classic M cars that have gone to the heart of BMW purists, such as the E30 M3, E28 M5 or the M Coupe.

In more recent times, models like the E46 M3, E61 M5 Touring and the first M-diesel tuned vehicle M550d, are bound to become classics in their own way. BMW M continues to evolve and adapt to modern era requirements and regulations, and over the next decade an interesting array of M-built or M-touched vehicles will come to market.

This article is inspired by a recent piece we have read on Complex.com which takes on the challenging task to outline “The 15 Best BMW M Cars” of all time. Let’s take a peak at their top 15, and then we will share with us your favorite M cars ever produced.

1. E9 3.0 CSL
Years: 1971 – 1975

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2. E12 M535i
Years: 1979 – 1981

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3. E26 M1
Years: 1978 – 1981

4. E30 320is
Years: 1987 – 1990

5. E36/8 M Coupe
Years: 1998 – 2002

6. E31 850CSi (not an actual M car, but considered an M8-like model)
Years: 1993 – 1996

7. E30 M3
Years: 1986 – 1990

8. E24 M635CSi
Years: 1983 – 1989

9. E28 M5
Years: 1984 – 1988

10. E39 M5
Years: 1998 – 2003

11. E46 M3 Coupe
Years: 2000 – 2006

12. F10 M5
Years: 2012 and on

13. E61 M5 Touring
Years: 2007 – 2010

14. E36 M3 Sedan
Years: 1994 – 1998

15. M550d Xdrive
Years: 2012 and on

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