BMW is known around the world as being a leader in luxury, style, and innovation. Some people stop there, but you shouldn't. BMW is one of the world's leaders in building powerful, performance-based vehicles that also incorporate the other pillars of BMW's lineup. BMW M (the M stands for Motorsport) creates some of the best looking, most powerful coupes, sedans, and sports activity vehicles on Earth.
BMW M History
BMW M was founded in 1972 to develop and test racing engines for use in BMW cars, but soon evolved into much more. While BMW M still works on engineering racecars and parts for them, the main focus has shifted to producing high-performance cars for the road. The first M car produced for everyday drivers was the M1 soon followed by the M535i, which was based on the 5 Series and was considered more road-friendly than the M1.
For most of its existence, BMW M has built low-displacement, high-revving, naturally-aspirated engines to power their cars. This ideal has changed in recent years as every M car produced is now powered by some sort of forced-induction system, oftentimes a twin-turbo engine.
BMW M Models
There are M versions of most of BMW's current lineup of cars and SAVs. The number attached represents the model that the car is based on:
M3 - 3.0 liter, inline 6-cylinder with M TwinPower Turbo Technology, 425 horsepower
M4 - 3.0 liter, inline 6-cylinder with M TwinPower Turbo Technology, 425 horsepower
M5 - 4.4 liter, V8 with M TwinPower Turbo technology, 560 horsepower
M6 - 4.4 liter, V8 with M TwinPower Turbo technology, 560 horsepower
X5 M - 4.4-liter, 32-valve M TwinPower Turbo V-8 engine, 567 horsepower
X6 M - 4.4-liter, 32-valve M TwinPower Turbo V-8 engine, 567 horsepower
Some other models are available with M Sport packages, giving them a massive performance upgrade but are not truly M-engineered.
BMW of Bowling Green loves the heritage of BMW M and their track record speaks for itself. Stop by our dealership in Bowling Green, KY to learn more about BMW M and to check out our great selection of new and used BMW models. We proudly serve Franklin, Glasgow, Morgantown, Elizabethtown, Nashville, TN, and all surrounding towns and citites. Visit us to learn more about BMW's complete lineup!
In addition to a large new inventory selection, BMW of Bowling Green offers a wide variety of used cars. From used BMW and certified BMW cars to other used makes and models, our Bowling Green dealership strives to provide a great selection of vehicles.