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  • Oct 18, 2013
Few characters carry the kind of clout among performance enthusiasts as the letter M. For 35 years now, that one letter has adorned over 300,000 BMWs, each tuned to deliver a higher degree of performance than the stock models on which they're based.

The M division has worked up nearly 100 different models over the past third of a century, which can leave even the most expert among Bimmer fanatics bewildered. Fortunately British auto loan service Carfinance247 has commissioned this handy infographic to make sense of it all, and you can check it out below to see what the letter M really stands for. BMW M infographic


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      Jay
      • 1 Year Ago
      Would be cool if they showed power to weight ratios over the years since that is one of the most exciting things about the new M4.
      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why did they leave out the X5 M and the more recent 1 Series and the upcoming 2 Series? And what about the M Sport packages? Those also make use of the letter M. I like how the majority of points highlighted on the exterior and interior images are aesthetic.
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      too bad the M brand has gone from the ultimate performance customer vehicles to the fat pigs that could'nt.
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      "M instrument cluster, M steering wheel, M gear lever, M iDrive controller, M foot support, M iDrive controller" so basically they took ///M stickers and put them in a bunch of places. LOL
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @knightrider_6
        If you have a used BMW, you could seriously increase the resale price by $5,000 with some home-printed //M stickers.
      andrewelan
      • 1 Year Ago
      complete POS
        • 1 Year Ago
        @andrewelan
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      Charles Engasser
      • 1 Year Ago
      The "Gmbh" means Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung which translates to mean "Company with Limited Liability" or something like. When you see BMW Motorsport GmbH, that means the same thing as BMW Ltd. in this country.
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who picked the three colors that that use in the ///M Logo? Very poor choice of colors. They didn't consider how those colors will look against the different body colors?
      crxrex
      • 1 Year Ago
      No E36? E46? WTF????
      axordonez
      • 1 Year Ago
      PS- the last two guys who wrote in, gosh this is weird. CRXREX: My first car was an 1986 CRX Si, that I later put in a 1.6 DOHC/16v motor off a 1986 Integra (US) in, to make a factory foreign market clone of a 1986 CRX Si (Japan), 1.6i/16 (European market)! And to you, StratosRally: Today, my classic car in the garage, is a 1977 Lancia Scorpion, but now 2.0 liters (Thank you Ben!!!!), and the European bodywork, so it looks like a Montecarlo… I just thought it was a cool coincidence!...
      stratosrally
      • 1 Year Ago
      Don't forget: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_M_Coupe 2 generations... I tend to have more of a desire for predecessors/influences such as the BMW 2002 Turbo, BMW Turbo E25 show car and the BMW Z8 myself. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_New_Class http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_Turbo http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_Z8_(E52) My choice for a daily driver would be a restored BMW 2002tii Touring hatchback: http://img576.imageshack.us/img576/5040/2002touring8.jpg My lottery winner ride would be the Alpina Z8: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/aa/Alpina_Z8_hardtop.jpg
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