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Hallowed by enthusiasts for producing some of the best sports cars in the world, the BMW M division is responsible for some of the most iconic and forward-thinking vehicles since its inception. Founded in 1972, it produced its first car with an M badge in 1978, namely, the M1. The typical BMW M car is known for its impressive power outputs, engaging handling, and high specification levels. In some cases, these cars are tuned for track performance. In either case, luxury and high-power engines can be found in all BMW M cars, and in the age of electrification, there are quite a few BMW M models for sale in the US, including electrified versions.

What to Consider Before Buying BMW M Models

Although they aren’t cheap, these revered performance cars have earned their reputation; that’s not to say there aren’t any downsides. So before you splurge on a new BMW M car, consider the following:


  • Powerful range of high-performance powertrains
  • Sporty and engaging handling
  • Acceptable fuel economy
  • Cabins are loaded with modern tech
  • Plush and premium interiors
  • Aggressive, distinctive looks
  • A manual transmission is available on some models


  • Relatively high starting price
  • Expensive to maintain
  • Pricey additional packages

Prices of M Cars

These autos are on the premium side of the spectrum, and their MSRPs suggest as much:

Model Power Engine Base Price
BMW M2 453 hp 3.0L Twin-Turbo Inline-6 Gas $62,200
BMW M3 Convertible 414 hp 4.0L V8 Gas $69,050
BMW M4 Coupe 473 hp 3.0L Twin-Turbo Inline-6 Gas $74,700
BMW M5 Sedan 600 hp 4.4L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas $109,900
BMW M6 Gran Coupe 560 hp 4.4L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas $119,900
BMW M8 Coupe 617 hp 4.4L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas $134,100
BMW X3 M 473 hp 3.0L Twin-Turbo Inline-6 Gas $74,400
BMW X4 M 473 hp 3.0L Twin-Turbo Inline-6 Gas $77,900
BMW X5 M 600 hp 4.4L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas $108,900
BMW X6 M 600 hp 4.4L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas $113,700


Why was the M3 discontinued between 2018 and 2021?

It was axed as a result of emissions regulations, with BMW opting to keep the M4 rolling out its factories. An all-new variant came to the US in 2021.

What is the most affordable option in the range?

The most frugal point of entry into the lineup currently is the M2 which has a starting MSRP of around $65k. Expect the price of BMW M cars to be higher than Series cars on which it's based.

What is the quickest mainstream M car I can buy to drive daily?

The M8 Competition Coupe and Gran Coupe are the quickest at present, both managing the run from 0-60 mph in a staggering 3.0 seconds. Both the 2-door M8 Coupe and its four-door Gran Coupe sibling make 617 horsepower from a 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 motor.

Are M cars better than AMG rivals?

When it comes to high-performance vehicles, Mercedes-AMG and BMW M are class rivals. As BMW makes M models of its best Series vehicles, so too does AMG soup up its standard lineup with AMG versions. Choosing which one is at the top of the segment will be largely subjective as each has its strengths and weaknesses: traditionally, Mercedes-AMG provides more lavish interiors coupled with raw power, and BMW M produces cars with superior handling and driver engagement, but both are leaders in the field.

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