Formally known as Bayerische Motoren Werke, BMW started out as an aircraft engine manufacturer when it first opened its doors in 1916. The German company then began making motorcycles, farm equipment and railway brakes before finding its true calling in 1928 with premium automobiles.
Today, BMW is a $193 billion company and the world’s 12th largest producer of automobiles. Like its longstanding slogan boasts, BMW is “The Ultimate Driving Machine,” known for its signature blend of luxury and high performance. The company is equally adept at making sporty 2-door coupes and convertibles, reflected in the 4 series cars, or long-wheelbase four-door sedans found in the 7 series lineup.
With a long racing history in Formula 1, LeMans, rally and other motorsports, in 1978 the Bavarian company began producing its “M” class of top-tier sports cars, which are high-performance versions of its standard models. Each “M” car is fitted with high-output engines that deliver more than 100 horsepower per liter, smooth-shifting manual or automatic transmissions, all-wheel drive and sport-tuned suspensions. Some of the motors used in the “M” cars are the 503-hp twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder, and the 617-hp twin-turbo V-8.
The robust roster of M models include the M3, a four-door sedan, M4, a two-door coupe/convertible, M5, a four-door sedan, M6, a coupe/convertible and 4-door gran-coupe, M8, coupe/convertible and 4-door gran-coupe.