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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.
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The Underrated M Roadster Is One of the Cheapest BMW M Models That You Can Buy Right Now
The Underrated M Roadster Is One of the Cheapest BMW M Models That You Can Buy Right Now

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The Factory Sleeper That Conquered the Hearts and Wallets of Many
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The Story of the South African BMW 745i, the M7 You Never Knew Existed
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BMW 1M Coupe: The Ultimate Driving Machine and One of the Best M Cars of All Time
BMW 1M Coupe: The Ultimate Driving Machine and One of the Best M Cars of All Time

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1992 BMW M5 Has an Asking Price of $476K, This Is Why
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New BMW M3 Touring Might Premiere Later Than Expected
New BMW M3 Touring Might Premiere Later Than Expected

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2023 BMW M4 CSL Teased Ahead of May 20 Unveiling
2023 BMW M4 CSL Teased Ahead of May 20 Unveiling

5 May 2022, 06:51 UTC / Following in the footsteps of the E92 GTS and E46 CSL, the 2023 BMW M4 CSL will be shown to the world this month, at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este

 
The M-badged “Sharknose” Was An Epic Machine That’s Now Cheaper than a E30 M3
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BMW M1 – The Forgotten Sports Car Icon That Made History
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3 May 2022, 21:14 UTC / Rosche laid claim to being one of the most brilliant post-war German engineers. He is a man who should probably have his name enshrined in every gearhead bible

 
This Rare Station Wagon Will Have You Feeling Like a F1 Driver
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3 May 2022, 21:06 UTC / The BMW M5 E61 is the perfect family car for anyone who's got racing flowing through his veins and the budget to support such a gas-guzzler.

 
This Car Is Not Only a Blast To Drive but Also an Intelligent Investment
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2022 BMW M 1000 RR: M Division's Spectacular First Crack at Performance Bikes
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2 May 2022, 20:46 UTC / his is what happens when you take the oldest name in German performance automobiles and merge it with its even more historic motorcycle line

 
A Look Back at the Timeless BMW 3.0 CSL, the Forefather of All M-Badged Bimmers
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2 May 2022, 15:18 UTC / Five decades ago, BMW founded a small motorsport division that build one of the most successful touring cars of the 1970s