We've discovered a new BMW trademark, and we think we know what it's for.
The latest 2021 BMW M3 Sedan and 2021 BMW M4 Coupe launched with some outrageous color options, but BMW might not be finished making its latest M models stand out. After revealing the M4 Competition x Kith, a 150-unit special edition built in collaboration with a New York lifestyle apparel brand, BMW demonstrated that special editions are a part of BMW's plans for the G8X generation M3 and M4, and CarBuzz may have discovered what the next one will be called.
BMW recently filed a trademark with the EUIPO for the name "Rockingham." This name is likely a reference to the Rockingham Motor Speedway in the United Kingdom. This would not be the first BMW special edition named after a racetrack, nor would it be the first to have "rock" in its name.
US-based BMW enthusiasts may remember a special edition model called the Lime Rock Park Edition, released in 2012 for the E92 M3 Coupe. Named after a racetrack in Connecticut, this model borrowed the Fire Orange paint scheme from Europe's M3 GTS tied to the lesser Competition Package. BMW only built 200 Lime Rock Park Editions, and today they command a hefty premium over a standard E92 M3, especially the manual transmission ones.
If BMW did build a Rockingham Edition M3 or M4, we'd like to see Fire Orange brought back as the paint color, though one of the automaker's other Individual colors would do nicely as well. The Lime Rock Park Edition had other unique touches, too, including a titanium exhaust muffler, carbon fiber exterior pieces, a numbered plaque, and a decal showing the track in the window. All of these seem like simple additions for BMW to make on a new special edition model.
Rockingham was the UK's first banked oval track since Brooklands closed in 1939. The track has been closed since 2018 for racing, making it an odd choice for a special edition BMW. Rockingham Speedway is also the name of a NASCAR oval track in North Carolina, though that seems like an even unlikelier choice for a German automaker to name a car after.
BMW declined to comment on future plans for the M3 and M4, though the automaker previously told CarBuzz that "limited quantity, enthusiast-oriented" 4 Series special editions were considered.