BMW M Family To Gain New Members

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


  • Bo Hanan

    Or, let’s destroy what M stood for by watering down the M to sell more cars.
    Can an X-Drive M-Car be far behind?…

    • TheHake

      BMW has long-since sold cheaper, watered down M-cars. Like the 318iM and the M535i. Luckily the M535i was a great car and now go for the same money as a similar model M5.

      • Andrewthecarguy

        The E34 M540i is more desirable and sought after than the E34 M5. It is my fave E34.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      An xDrive M car already exists…and has existed for half a decade.
      They are very nice indeed.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      No destroying or watering down…

  • xDRAN0x

    we want a M-wagon!

    • Andrewthecarguy

      I think the current 3 wagon would make a nice M car.

  • diego

    There are M models and M Perfomance models! M = M2, M Performance = M235i

    • Andrewthecarguy

      I think what BMW is saying is being misunderstood here. You are 100% on point.
      I love M cars as much as I love M Performance cars.