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autoevolution's BMW M Month

2022 marks an important moment for German carmaker BMW. It is the year when the brand celebrates the 50th anniversary of the M badge, a letter that over the years has become synonymous with high-performance machines.

Short for BMW Motorsport GmbH, today’s BMW M GmbH traces its roots all the way back to May 1972, when it was set up to advance the Bavarians' racing program, kicked into gear with the introduction of the 3.0 CSL homologation special, meant to open the doors for BMW to enter the European Touring Car Championship.

The immediate success of the model prompted M to quickly expand into the civilian market, and started producing vehicles that need not exist solely as a means for the requirements of some racing series to be satisfied. And this is how we got the M we know and love today.

At the time of writing, the M portfolio includes no less than 14 fully-fledged M models, 24 M-flavored upgrades of series BMW cars and SUVs, and two cooperation vehicles. You can add to that the ones that have stopped being made over the past 50 years, and you get one of the most comprehensive lineups of any high-performance brand out there.

We’ll celebrate them all, and possibly even more, this May, as we run the BMW M Month here on autoevolution.

Editor's note: This special feature by autoevolution was not sponsored or supported by a third-party.
2023 BMW M4 CSL Gets Virtual “Nose Job,” 3-Series LCI Face Now Seems Too Bland
2023 BMW M4 CSL Gets Virtual “Nose Job,” 3-Series LCI Face Now Seems Too Bland

20 May 2022, 07:54 UTC / The virtual artist better known as “Theottle” on social media has decided to tempt BMW's imagination by rekindling our passion for smaller kidney grilles

 
BMW M4 CSL Debuts as Limited Edition, Track-Ready Car With RWD, and Lots of Carbon Fiber
BMW M4 CSL Debuts as Limited Edition, Track-Ready Car With RWD, and Lots of Carbon Fiber

20 May 2022, 07:08 UTC / Being lighter, punchier, and more aerodynamic than the normal M4 Coupe, the all-new M4 CSL is BMW's fastest production car on the Nurburgring Nordschleife

 
BMW M4 CSL Leaks With Nostrils So Big It Could Sniff Out AMGs From a Mile Away
BMW M4 CSL Leaks With Nostrils So Big It Could Sniff Out AMGs From a Mile Away

19 May 2022, 13:07 UTC / Production of the BMW M4 CSL will reportedly be capped at 1,000 units, and each one is said to kick off from €170,000 in Europe

 
The BMW M3 Wagon Is Nearly Here, but We Almost Got One More Than Two Decades Ago
The BMW M3 Wagon Is Nearly Here, but We Almost Got One More Than Two Decades Ago

19 May 2022, 12:29 UTC / In 2000, BMW's M division worked on a secret project to develop a gorgeous, fully-functional wagon version of the iconic E46 M3

 
Five BMW M Cars You Probably Never Heard Of
Five BMW M Cars You Probably Never Heard Of

19 May 2022, 12:12 UTC / From the E30-based M3 Pickup to the South African 745i fitted with an M88 engine, BMW built quite a few wild and relatively unknown performance vehicles

 
2023 BMW M4 CSL Is Due Tomorrow, Check Out the Latest Teaser Images Here
2023 BMW M4 CSL Is Due Tomorrow, Check Out the Latest Teaser Images Here

19 May 2022, 06:41 UTC / BMW's M Division has reconfirmed the unveiling of the 2023 M4 CSL on May 20, during the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in Italy

 
BMW M1 Procar: An Iconic Racing Machine That Was Driven by Formula One Legends
BMW M1 Procar: An Iconic Racing Machine That Was Driven by Formula One Legends

18 May 2022, 11:55 UTC / Although it was built for Group 5 racing, BMW M's fantastic mid-engine sportscar ended up competing in its very own series with F1 drivers behind the wheel

 
2023 BMW M3 CS Spied on the Nurburgring With No Badges, Fails at Anonymity
2023 BMW M3 CS Spied on the Nurburgring With No Badges, Fails at Anonymity

17 May 2022, 16:39 UTC / BMW is preparing a CS version of the M3, and the German brand is already testing the prototype on the Nurburgring. We have an image of it next to an M4 CSL

 
Veritas RS III: The Intriguing BMW M V10-Powered Supercar You Probably Never Knew Existed
Veritas RS III: The Intriguing BMW M V10-Powered Supercar You Probably Never Knew Existed

17 May 2022, 13:33 UTC / A neo-classic roadster with a motorsport-derived chassis, the RS III was the perfect platform for BMW M's S85 V10 which originally debuted on the E60 M5

 
New Video Reminds Us of BMW M3 Touring Not Coming to the U.S., Maybe You Can Change That
New Video Reminds Us of BMW M3 Touring Not Coming to the U.S., Maybe You Can Change That

17 May 2022, 07:55 UTC / Yes, the German carmaker is still bent on leaving the North American market without a performance wagon that carries the blue and white badge

 
The Story of the Elusive E31 M8 Prototype, a 620-HP, V12-Powered BMW M Legend
The Story of the Elusive E31 M8 Prototype, a 620-HP, V12-Powered BMW M Legend

16 May 2022, 14:24 UTC / In the early 1990s, BMW's M division created a high-performance version of the E31 8 Series that was allegedly capable of shaming the era's fastest supercars

 
BMW X6 M: The Easiest SUV to Hate in the World, Or Are We Just Jealous?
BMW X6 M: The Easiest SUV to Hate in the World, Or Are We Just Jealous?

14 May 2022, 10:36 UTC / Most memorably, the X6 was featured on the final episode of series ten of Top Gear on BBC. In which Jeremy Clarkson proceeds to trash the thing

 
BMW S65: The M3’s First and Only V8, and Five-Time International Engine of the Year Winner
BMW S65: The M3’s First and Only V8, and Five-Time International Engine of the Year Winner

13 May 2022, 13:35 UTC / Powerful, reliable and tuning-friendly, this epic V8 remains one of the best engines conceived by BMW Motorsport division

 
Now 50 Years Old, BMW’s Turbo Was a Fascinating Concept That Paved the Way for the M1
Now 50 Years Old, BMW’s Turbo Was a Fascinating Concept That Paved the Way for the M1

12 May 2022, 14:22 UTC / Six years before the first M-badged Bimmer hit the streets, the Germans unveiled their first, true show car that managed to blow people's minds

 
BMW M4 CSL Scooped: Carbon Fiber Galore, Rear Seat Delete, and No iDrive 8
BMW M4 CSL Scooped: Carbon Fiber Galore, Rear Seat Delete, and No iDrive 8

12 May 2022, 10:17 UTC / Take another look at the 2023 BMW M4 CSL before it premieres on May 20, at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in Italy

 
Watch a 2023 BMW XM Prototype Torture Its Tires on the Nurburgring
Watch a 2023 BMW XM Prototype Torture Its Tires on the Nurburgring

12 May 2022, 09:23 UTC / Set to be unveiled later this year, the BMW XM is the carmaker’s first ever SUV that will only be available in M guise, targeting the upper echelon

 
2023 BMW M4 CSL Hommage Hinted, Could Cost as Much as a Ferrari SF90 Stradale
2023 BMW M4 CSL Hommage Hinted, Could Cost as Much as a Ferrari SF90 Stradale

12 May 2022, 07:24 UTC / Production of the rumored BMW M4 CSL Hommage (name unconfirmed) is understood to be capped at 50 copies, and each one will be extremely expensive

 
Ascari KZ1: The Forgotten British Supercar Powered by a Deafening BMW M-Tuned V8
Ascari KZ1: The Forgotten British Supercar Powered by a Deafening BMW M-Tuned V8

11 May 2022, 19:55 UTC / More expensive than a Murciélago or an F430, but capable of going head-to-head with both, the Ascari KZ1 was an outstanding supercar with BMW M power

 
BMW i4 M50 Breaks Record for Production EVs, You'll Never Guess Where
BMW i4 M50 Breaks Record for Production EVs, You'll Never Guess Where

11 May 2022, 08:41 UTC / While the BMW i40 M50 set a new record, its ICE-powered sibling, the M4 Competition Coupe, was disqualified from the event

 
1991 BMW M3 Sport Evolution for Sale at Auction Is Gorgeous, Will Fetch Big Bucks
1991 BMW M3 Sport Evolution for Sale at Auction Is Gorgeous, Will Fetch Big Bucks

10 May 2022, 10:15 UTC / Can you imagine the special edition version of a limited edition model that was also a homologation special? Well, this one is one of those things