BMW M was first started to assist BMW’s racing program and the first car to get the BMW M treatment is the M1. As the years passed, BMW has added the M badging into its vehicles’ portfolio and these cars are better in terms of performance and trimming. Recently, BMW has introduced M versions of the X5 and X6 and also a line of diesel powered M cars.
There are some who felt that this could help BMW achieve a better foothold in the ever changing automotive industry. There are also who felt that BMW has ruined the M badging and has lost the true meaning of starting the M division.
What’s my take on this? Basically, the X5M and the X6M are two unnecessary models. A SUV or a CUV does not need to be included in the M department. First of all, those who buy a SUV/CUV use it basically as a people/cargo carrier. They are not going to drive it fast and hard around the corners and they definitely won’t bring it to a trackday. In addition, SUVs are not and will never be designed for performance, especially in terms of handling.
BMW M550d xDrive Touring
As for the diesel-powered M cars, these cars would be popular in countries where diesel engine cars are widely used and basically I don’t have any problems with it. A turbo diesel engine provides crazy amount of torque and that is a good thing if you are to associate it with performance cars.
As for Singapore, the tax on it would already kill someone’s interest in buying one. Anyway, when I hear about diesel engines in Singapore, all that comes to my mind are taxis and goods carrying vehicles.
BMW M cars are supposed to be the “Ultimate Driving Machine.” But by adding the M badge onto their SUVs/CUVs, BMW has given an honourable badge to cars that do not deserve them. And pretty much, BMW have screwed up the real purpose of having and starting the M division in the first place.
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