This weeks blog is the final part of our 3 part History of the M Cars series. In the first 2, we ran through the cars developed by the BMW tuning division between 1972 and 2009. This week we’ll look at what they produced from 2011 to the present day.

2011 – 1M E87

Named the 1M, instead of M1 so it didn’t take any glory away from the original M1 supercar, this was one of the first proper M cars to have a turbo, producing 335bhp. A used car will cost you more now than they did brand new, making this car extremely sought after with only 450 made. Based on a 1 Series, it is considered the first baby M car.

2011 – M5 F10

Controversially, the 2011 M5 featured a much smaller 4.4-litre V8 compared to the E60 M5 which had a naturally-aspirated V10. For efficiency, manufacturers started reducing engine sizes and using turbo power, so BMW fitted the F10 with 2 turbos, giving a total of 552bhp.

2012 – M6 F13

Available as a 2 door coupe, convertible and a 4-door gran coupe, the M6 was essentially a less practical M6, still producing over 550bhp and hitting 62mph in under 4 seconds, only this time in the form of a coupe.

2014 – M3 F80

This was the first M3 to be produced a 4 door only car, as the 4 Series was basically a 3 Series coupe. This version was turbo charged with 425bhp and a 0-62mph time of 4.3 seconds.  In 2016, a Competition Package was available, offering more power and updated suspension and styling. Finally, the M3 CS was released in 2018: a sharper, lighter track ready version.

2014 – M4 F82

Seen as the coupe version of the M3, the rear wheel drive car had the same 425bhp turbo charged powerplant as the M3, with a Competition Package available in 2016 like the M3, offering various upgrades including a power increase of 19bhp.

However, in 2016 BMW released the M4 GTS: a £120,000 track focussed car. In 2017 the CS version was available, which was a slightly less expensive version of the GTS, while still offering track focussed performance.

2016 – M2 F87

Like the 1M, the M2 was seen as the latest baby M car in the range. With wide arches and a 365bhp engine produced by the straight-six N55, this car looked and drove like an M car. In 2018 the competition version was given the same S55 engine as the M3 and M4. In 2020, a top of the range M2 CS was born, which gave more power, less weight and was finished in matt gold.

2017 – M5 F90

The first 4 wheel drive M car was in the form on the M5 F90.  With 592bhp, the super saloon also offered a rear wheel drive option at the touch of a button.  Originally hitting 62mph in under 3.5 seconds, a competition version was released with superior power, styling and suspension.

2019 –  X3 M Competition G01 & X4 M Competition G02

It was only a matter of time before we saw some of the smaller SUV’s getting the M sport treatment following the popularity of the larger X5 M and X6 M. As with previous M cars they also saw competition versions added to the line up.

2020 – M8 Competition F92

The M8, the first model of it’s kind, came about in 2020 with a massive 4.4 litre, twin turbo engine producing a whopping 617bhp. Going from 0-62mph in little over 3 seconds was the norm for this M car. The M8 was also available as a Gran Coupe and convertible.

2020 – M3 Competition G80

With bold new styling and grilles that paid homage to older BMW cars, the sixth-generation M3 was certainly a thing of beauty. It had over 500bhp for the first time too, thanks to the TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder petrol engine giving it a 0-62mph time of under 4 seconds. Buyers now had the option of either rear wheel drive or all wheel drive.

2020 – M4 Competition G82

A coupe version of the last M car, the M4 G82 had the same 502bhp engine and front end styling.  Digital dashboard, stunning interior and incredible power will leave the driver, and their passengers, in awe of this latest M car.

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Related articles:

BMW – History of the M Cars (Part 1)

BMW – History of the M Cars (Part 2)

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