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A Brief History

The Bavarian Motor Works (BMW) were officially formed as a Munich based aircraft engineering company in 1918 under the leadership of Franz Josef Popp. They began to produce motorbikes in the early 1920's, but their first car didn't arrive until 1927 in the form of the 3/15.

Many classic models have followed over the years, notably the 2002 (the first mass produced turbo road car) and the classic 3.0 CSL. Their first supercar, produced in conjunction with Lamborghini, was the mid-engined M1 which heralded the first in a long line of distinguished motorsport badged 'M' cars.

In an attempt to enter the saloon mass market, BMW bought Rover in the late 1990s. This ill fated venture was not successful, but did net them the Mini and Land Rover brands. Their takeover of Rolls Royce came soon after, following a lengthy battle with VW over naming rights.

The familiar 3, 5, 6 and 7 series first saw production during the 1970s. The whole range undertook a radical new styling direction in 2000 under the supervision of design head Chris Bangle. His 'Flame Surfacing' styling cues were initially criticised but have matured over the years, particularly on the class leading 5-Series and popular Z4 roadsters.

The current M6 and in particular the M5 are generally acclaimed as being amongst the best supercars in the world. These, along with variants from BMW's tuning arm Alpina, and BMW's off roading X3 and X5 models, have seen BMW into their most successful period to date.



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Models 
2002 Turbo (73-74) 
M1 (78-80) 
M635Csi (83-89) 
M3 (E30) (85-92) 
M5 (E34) (88-95) 
850 Csi (90-99) 
M3 (E36) (92-99) 
Z3M (97-03) 
M5 (E39) (99-04) 
Z8 (01-03) 
M3 (E46) (01-07) 
M3 CSL (03-04) 
M5 (E60) (05-10) 
Z4M (06-09) 
M6 (E63) (06-10) 
M3 (E92) (07-13) 
X6M (E71) (09-14) 
M5 (F10) (11-17) 
1M Coupe (11-13) 
M6 (F12) (12-18) 
M4 (F82) (14-20) 
M3 (F80) (14-18) 
i8 (14-20) 
X5M (F85) (15-18) 
M4 GTS (16-20) 
M2 (F87) (16-21) 
M4 CS (17-20) 
M5 (F90) (18-     ) 
M8 (19-     ) 
M4 Competition (G82) (21-     ) 
M3 Competition (G80) (21-     ) 
M4 CSL (22-     ) 
Concepts 
Turbo (1972) 
Nazca C2 (1991) 
i Vision (2016) 
2002 Hommage (2016) 
Concept Z4 (2017) 
Concept 8 Series (2017) 
Vision M Next (2019) 
Track Only 
Stats 
Largest Engine 
Nazca C2 (5660 cc) 
Most Powerful 
M8 (616 bhp) 
Best Power to Weight 
M4 CSL (339 bhp/ton) 
Fastest Speed 
Nazca C2 (193 mph) 
Best 0-60mph 
Vision M Next (3.0 sec) 
Most Expensive 
M1 (£500000) 
Cheapest 
M3 (E46) (£10000) 
Highest Rating 
M5 (F90) (#16 with 79%) 
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