BMW M Family To Gain New Members

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The BMW M1 from 1978 paved the road for some of the most iconic vehicles ever from the firm's M Division. Now, almost 40 years after the original 'M' was introduced, the German manufacturer has a wide portfolio of M vehicles in its lineup, but it won't stop here.

"The BMW Group intends to expand its range of powerful M Performance models within the higher volume segments, with a view to capitalizing on the growth and earnings potential of the BMW M brand", wrote the automaker.

We don't know yet what these new rides might be, but the rumor mill has been talking about the X3 gaining an M version to go head to head with the Audi RS Q5 and a possible similar variant of the Mercedes-Benz GLC, with AMG badges. If true, then the SUV could use the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six mill from the current M3/M4, producing over 400hp.

The latest addition to the M family is the M2 Coupe, which reminded enthusiasts of the original M3 E30. The two-door compact car that was on display in Geneva, earlier this month, needs 4.5 seconds to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standstill, with the 6-speed manual, or 4.3 seconds with the 7-speed DCT, squeezing 365 HP and 465 Nm (343 lb-ft) maximum torque from a 3.0-liter twin-scroll turbo straight-six.

Note: BMW M2 Coupe pictured