Is an M Series the Right BMW for Me?
So, you're looking for your dream car and a friend suggested a BMW M Series vehicle? That's one smart friend.
M Series sedans and SUVs combine the luxury and style of a BMW with the performance meant for the racetrack. But, before you get behind the wheel of a BMW 2018 BMW M4 Cabriolet or another M Series vehicle, let's find out if an M Series is right for you.
What's the Difference Between a Standard BMW Vehicle and an M Series?
All M Series models are based off of current BMW vehicles, but they are upgraded to a whole new level. The suspension is upgraded with performance and agility in mind; the engine of the BMW is tuned to produce more horsepower and torque; performance tires and brakes are installed; and even the exterior and interior finishes receive upgrades and additions. In the end, M series models are track-ready luxury sport vehicles that are completely street legal.
What is the History of the BMW M Series?
While the M badge has a history that dates back to the early '70s, in 1978 BMW Motorsport GmbH (a subsidiary of BMW) released the M1. This was essentially road car with a race car engine and it was the beginning of the now popular M Series brand. From there, in 1979, they released further M models, including the M535i which was a performance version of the 5 Series mid-size sedan.
The M series has done nothing but grow and become more popular over the years and now almost BMW models are offered as an M Series variant.
"More recently, the division has widely adopted
turbocharging and has M-ified vehicles heretofore
thought to be un-M-ifiable, namely, SUVs." - Car and Driver
Who Needs an M Series?
It's really a matter of what you're looking for in a BMW. The entire BMW line is produced with luxury and performance as top priorities, but the M series brings performance to a whole new level. If you're an avid and confident driver who likes to go fast and even visit the track from time-to-time, an M series BMW could be just what you're looking for.
For the right driver, a BMW M series delivers the kind of performance you've dreamt about your entire life. For the doctor, lawyer, accountant, or retiree that needs a classy, luxurious vehicle with the ability to leave other cars on the road in your dust, an M series sedan or SUV should be at the top of your consideration list. There's nothing quite like driving a BMW M series vehicle on BC's winding mountain roads or hitting the track and testing your mettle.
But, Are They Safe?
All BMW models are designed with safety in mind and that doesn't change with M series models. If you're pushing a performance car or SUV to its limits, you need to be confident and know you're behind the wheel of a safe, reliable vehicle. As an example, the 2018 BMW 5 Series, which the M5 is based off of, received a 5-Star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) along with the honour of Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
"(The BMW 5 Series received the) highest rating of Superior
for front crash prevention. The 5 Series was able to avoid
12- and 25-mph forward collisions thanks to the available
Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation found
in the Driving Assistance Plus package." - Motor Trend
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