M models represent the yardstick for connoisseur drivers, whatever the series. The chassis, brakes and, of course, engines of these cars display talents head and shoulders above the norm, while their design chooses restraint over the type of grandstanding often favoured by the tuning scene.
The BMW Z3 in M Roadster or Coupé form and the third-generation M5 with its 400 hp and sumptuous eight-cylinder engine are among the highlights of the M showreel. In 2001 the M3 GTR won the GT class of the ALMS series in the USA. And on the 30th anniversary of BMW M GmbH in 2002, the M3 CSL (Coupé Sport Lightweight) took enthusiasts back to the roots of the M3.
2004 saw the introduction of the M5 and M6, whose 5-litre displacement, ten cylinders and 507 hp really were the stuff of racing cars. Meanwhile, the Z4 M Roadster and Coupé set about not only delighting sports car fans but also sweeping all before them in endurance racing with the Z4 GT3.
In 2008 BMW M GmbH celebrated delivery of its 300,000th car, with nine models now gracing the showrooms. In 2009 it broadened its focus to include the BMW X models, breaking new ground in this segment. However, M has also been busy further down the size ladder, cars such as the 1 Series M Coupé encapsulating youthful dynamism in the finest tradition of the company. And expansion into the world of diesel was also a logical move, given the promise of rich torque reserves combined with eyebrow-raising fuel economy. M models stand at the summit of every model series as machines embodying a very special style.