It is clear that BMW expected a lot from its M division and in the past forty years, the German automaker has brought out much for its customers and also to auto performance enthusiasts. To commemorate its 40 years of its M division history, BMW has created a short video which details its history.
The first car that came out from its M program (and without an M badge) was the BMW 3.0 CSL (top most picture). The car was produced to meet homologation requirements so that it could race in the European Touring Car Championships during the 1970s. The BMW 3.0 CSL was also nicknamed the “Batmobile” due to its wide stance, tall wing and heroic performance status. The car gain much reputation when it won the 1973 24 Hours Nurburgring endurance race.
During the mid 1980s, BMW introduced the M3 and M5 cars. The BMW M3 soon hit the racing circuits and won several racing championships. From there, BMW has manufactured a continuous line of BMW M vehicles. Today, the company has an M version for almost all of its models. The only model which does not have its own M version is the 7-series. But, there are plans for BMW to come out with an M version of the 7-Series to compete with cars like the Mercedes Benz S65 AMG.
BMW is proud of its M division and it is known that the company’s efforts in motorsports have saved the automaker. And without the M division, we will not see other performance cars that keeps fighting or competing with it.
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