2017 BMW M Overview

2017 BMW M Overview

2017 BMW M Series In San Francisco

Lots of automakers, both luxury and mass-market, have performance lines in their ranges that take standard models to new levels of power and performance. However, few if any, are as evocative as BMW's M Series, which really has become the standard by which all others tend to be judged. So, here's our 2017 BMW M Series Overview that will show you what the M Series has to offer right now.

BMW's "M" (for Motorsport) Division originally came about to service the company's auto racing program, which proved to be very successful indeed throughout the 1960s and 1970s. It's hardly a surprise then that over time, BMW M began to enhance the retail vehicle portfolio with specially modified, higher trim performance models of existing cars. M-badged cars quickly began to find a big following thanks to their modified engines, transmissions, suspensions, interior trims, aerodynamics, and exteriors, which definitely set them apart from the crowd.

Today's M Series is now larger than it's ever been, but whether it's the entry level or the higher end of the range, every model sticks closely to the formula that has made the BMW M Series the legendary name it is today.

Our 2017 BMW M Series Overview starts off with the most accessible model in the range, which is the M2. This pocket-rocket features a 3.0-liter M TwinPower turbo inline six-cylinder that develops 365 horsepower and 343 lb.-ft. of torque, which can propel you to 60 mph from a standing start in as little as 4.1 seconds with the automatic transmission, or 4.3 seconds if you prefer the engaging drive of the manual box.

The next model in the family is the one that most of us think of when it comes to the M Series, which is the M3. Although it now has to share the limelight with the M4 now BMW has split the sedan and coupe segments into two separate nameplates, it's still one of the most evocative names in the entire auto industry. Like the M2, the M3 also comes with a 3.0-liter M TwinPower turbo inline-six, but in this case it develops as much as 425 horsepower and 406 lb.-ft. of torque, which translates into a 0 to 60 mph time as low as 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph.

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The M4 offers sportier coupe styling, compared to the M3, but the engine and performance figures are identical. It does cost a little more for the M4, but it's a small price to pay for those devastatingly good looks, and you can take things even further if you want with the stunning M4 Convertible.

If the M3 is a true performance sedan legend, its bigger brother the M5 isn't far behind. The current model features the 4.4-liter M TwinPower turbo V-8 that puts 560 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft. of torque under your foot, which is good for a 0 to 60 time of just 4.2 seconds with the seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (DCT).

As the M3 has the M4, the M5 now has the M6 as its coupe alternative, although the M6 is also available as both a two-door coupe and the four-door M6 Gran Coupe with the same powerplant as the M5. And if that wasn't enough M6 choice for you, there's also the absolutely gorgeous M6 Convertible to consider.

And if you want the additional practicality of a crossover but you still want M Power, we now also have the X5 M and X6 M models. Both utilize the 4.4-liter M TwinPower turbo V-8, but this time it produces 567 horsepower and 553 lb.-ft. of torque through an eight-speed M Sport automatic transmission. Zero to sixty comes up in a seriously rapid four seconds, and the top speed is 156 mph.

There's never been as much choice in the M Series as there is right now, and it's probably fair to say the M Series has never been better and more alluring than it is today.

*All vehicle mileage based on 2017 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

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