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BMW Introduces More Than Five New M Models To Commemorate The Performance Division’s 50th Anniversary

BMW M intends to introduce a new performance model in most of the company’s current models.

BMW is preparing a long list of performance models for its global lineup to commemorate its M Motorsport division’s 50th anniversary. Some of the most powerful combustion-engined models will be among them, as will the company’s first pure-electric sports cars.

  • BMW M will introduce its third-gen EV platform from 2025
  • Over 1.6 lakh BMW M cars sold last year
  • Upcoming M7 hybrid could replace the M760Li V12 sedan

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BMW M is Celebrating Its 50th Birthday with a Slew of New Features

BMW M is Celebrating Its 50th Birthday with a Slew of New Features
BMW M is Celebrating Its 50th Birthday with a Slew of New Features

M division, which turns 50 this year, is on the verge of a transformation that will see it phase out its petrol-powered coupes, saloons, and SUVs in favour of high-powered electric alternatives, in line with BMW’s pledge to ramp up EV production.

From 2025, BMW will introduce its third-generation electric vehicles, which will be built on the all-new Neue Klasse platform, which will be completely scalable for use in vehicles as large as the 2 Series and X7. The platform will also be capable of hosting PHEV powertrains and hydrogen fuel cell systems, replacing the FAAR and CLAR architectures currently in use across BMW’s lineup, but only after those architectures have hosted a number of M division sporting models.

M sold over 1,60,000 cars last year, making it the best-selling performance sub-brand in the world. Here’s what they’re working on right now.

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A New M2 Competition has Begun

A New M2 Competition has Begun
A New M2 Competition has Begun

The G87-generation M2, which will take the formula of the acclaimed first-generation car and uprate it across the board to strengthen BMW’s position as a leader in the sports coupé segment, is perhaps the most eagerly anticipated and highest-profile introduction on BMW’s agenda for this year.

The reimagined Porsche 718 Cayman rival is set to go on sale in Europe by the end of the year, implying that a global unveiling is just months away. The second-generation 2 Series coupe, on which it is based, comes standard with rear-wheel drive in non-performance models and a four-wheel-drive M240i with 369 horsepower and 500Nm.

The BMW B58 straight six powers the M240i, but the M2 will use a variant of the more highly strung S58 found in the larger M3 and M4. In top-tier Competition trim, it will give the M2 up to 430 horsepower. As a result, expect the 0-100kph time to drop closer to four seconds.

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The New BMW M3 Touring (Wagon)

The New BMW M3 Touring (Wagon)
The New BMW M3 Touring (Wagon)

Despite being sold alongside the standard 3 Series estate since its launch abroad, the BMW M3, now in its 36th year of production and sixth iteration, has yet to be made available in Touring trim. The M division, on the other hand, is nearing completion on the first-ever M3 Touring, which is expected to arrive in the coming months and will be among the fastest and most powerful waggons on the market.

Flared arches, competition alloys, and quad-exit exhausts will help distinguish it from other angles. The vertically oriented grille from the M3 and M4 is carried over – a departure from the horizontal face worn by the standard Touring – and flared arches, competition alloys, and quad-exit exhausts will help separate it from other angles.

It will be powered by the S58 straight-six engine, which, like the M3 saloon, will produce 503hp in Competition form. Despite the extra weight of around 80kg, it is expected to match the M3 saloon’s performance figures, with the potential to outperform the V6-powered Audi RS4 Avant.

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M4 CSL

M4 CSL
M4 CSL

While the M3 will be available in a more practical waggon version, the M4 coupe will be available in a hardcore track-focused version with improved performance and dynamics – and it could bring the CSL nameplate back to life.

The exclusive M4 range-topper is expected to be heavily uprated, joining the similarly conceived M5 CS in pursuit of faster lap times and segment-leading performance, as was the case with the original E9-generation 3.0 CSL (for Coupe Sport Leichtbau, or lightweight).

It is expected to continue where the previous-generation M4 GTS left off, with a similarly outrageous aero package, Alcantara-intensive interior, sportier suspension, carbon-ceramic brakes, and lightweight body panels.

A power boost is also in the works to set it apart from the M4 Competition, possibly thanks to modifications derived from the M4 GT3 racer’s 3.0-litre engine, which produces 582hp.

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XM is a Full-Size Performance SUV with a Lot of Power

The XM is only M division’s second bespoke model, but it stands in stark contrast to the mid-engined M1 supercar that launched M’s foray into road cars in the late 1970s.

XM is a Full-Size Performance SUV with a Lot of Power
XM is a Full-Size Performance SUV with a Lot of Power

The XM, like that car, will usher in a new era for Munich’s performance brand, as it will be the division’s first model to feature a plug-in hybrid powertrain. This will be a petrol-electric hybrid, similar to the Concept XM from last year, and will be based on BMW’s venerable 4.4-litre V8 used in the M5.

It is set to be the most powerful road car BMW has ever produced, with a single electric motor boosting combined reserves to 740hp and 990Nm, and while it will likely weigh well over two tonnes, it will also be among the fastest. The XM will have one of the longest engine-off ranges of any BMW PHEV, with a projected electric range of 50 miles from a battery with a capacity of over 20kWh.

The production car, which is expected to debut by the end of the year, will largely retain the concept’s outrageous exterior styling and radical new interior treatment, indicating a stylistic shift for BMW M’s electrified cars. The next-generation M5, on the other hand, will be more traditionally styled when it arrives in 2023, and will use a variant of the V8 PHEV drivetrain.

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Full-Size Luxury Performance Sedan I7 M60

Later this year, the top-tier M version of the all-new and all-electric i7 saloon will be unveiled alongside the eighth-generation 7 Series.

Full-Size Luxury Performance Sedan I7 M60
Full-Size Luxury Performance Sedan I7 M60

The new iX SUV and BMW’s answer to the Mercedes-Benz EQS will share the CLAR platform and fifth-generation eDrive powertrain. That means a performance-oriented M60 version will be available, with a twin-motor setup producing 611hp and 1094Nm for a sub-four-second 0-100kph time and a top speed of around 250kph – figures that will make the M60 the fastest 7 Series ever produced.

A wheel-slip limitation function and M-tuned self-leveling air suspension will help the model stand out from the standard i7, while an array of M-specific displays, sounds, and colour schemes, as well as a raft of extra equipment as standard, will help it stand out from the competition.

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A High-Capacity PHEV Could be The Foundation for The First-Ever M7

Although a full-fat M version of BMW’s largest saloon has yet to be announced, the XM and next-generation M5 are unlikely to be the only models in the lineup to use the new electrified V8, implying that an M7 hybrid with supercar-level power and speed could be a reality.

A model like this would be a direct competitor to Mercedes-upcoming AMG’s S63 E Performance – a fast luxury saloon with an electrified V8 – and would effectively replace the M760i’s V12 engine, which will be phased out later this year.

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