BMW M South Africa:The philosophy: A new dimension in driving pleasure.







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: January 26, 2012
Categories: BMW, BMW M5

  • BMW M Performance Automobiles form a new product category prioritising sharp sporting focus and outstanding efficiency.
  • M expertise ensures flawless interplay of powertrain, chassis and aerodynamic balance.
  • Familiar concept given a contemporary makeover: BMW M performance cars follow in the tyre tracks of the BMW M535i.

BMW X6 Rear

Extraordinary performance, well-rounded driving characteristics centred around the perfect harmony of powertrain, chassis and aerodynamically optimised design, and impressive efficiency set the BMW M Performance Automobiles apart. The new product category satisfies the demands of performance-minded drivers for enhanced driving pleasure coupled with unrestricted everyday usability.

The first models in this category – developed by BMW M GmbH – add further depth to the BMW 5 Series, BMW X5 and BMW X6 ranges. They are driven by the most powerful diesel engine ever introduced into one of the brand’s cars, feature chassis technology adapted precisely to the engine’s performance characteristics, are fitted with an eight-speed Sports automatic transmission with enhanced gearshift dynamics, boast a version of the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system optimised to enhance dynamics, and include bespoke design and equipment features inside and out.

BMW M GmbH: carving out a niche in exceptionally well-rounded vehicle concepts.

The conception of the BMW M Performance Automobiles builds on the stand-out attributes of each baseline BMW model and shines an even brighter light on the dynamics for which the brand is famed.

Underpinning the new model variants are an extensive array of modifications to the components most centrally involved in honing the cars’ sporting edge. BMW M GmbH oversees the definition and execution of all model-specific technical and design features. The company can call on a vast well of expertise – born out of decades of experience in motor sport – in the creation of high-performance cars allowing fingertip control.

This know-how enables the development and production of high-performance sports cars with bespoke powertrain and chassis technology and a stand-alone design language that also finds its way into the conception of model-specific M Sport packages for BMW models.

The central principle in the development of the BMW M Performance Automobiles is the creation of an authentic character, one based on the controlled transformation of increased engine power into dynamic performance. The aim: a full-blooded driving experience. At the same time, the key day-to-day qualities of each particular BMW model in terms of functionality and ride comfort are preserved.

The handling properties of the BMW M Performance Automobiles are defined by remarkable agility and precision. All modifications to the springs and damping, steering, braking system, chassis control systems and all-wheel-drive technology are geared to the specific performance characteristics of each car.

Added to which, they coordinate their responses to deliver the most precise handling possible. The result is that, even when the driver is pushing the car’s dynamic limits, the power transfer systems, steering and brakes deliver clear and predictable responses to his promptings through the accelerator, steering and brakes.

The positioning of the BMW M Performance Automobiles is dictated by both the power unit under the bonnet and their typically M overall set-up. The engine developed for the BMW M550d xDrive, BMW X5 M50d and BMW X6 M50d is the most powerful diesel unit in the brand’s current line-up, and the modifications conjured up by BMW M GmbH are reserved exclusively for the BMW M Performance Automobiles.

BMW M X50d 2012

More power, easy control – building on a fine tradition.

The origins of BMW M GmbH lie in the development and production of racing cars, which wasted no time in achieving head-turning success – notably in touring car competition. The clear sporting potential that filtered down into standard roadgoing BMW models whetted many customers’ appetites for extra power. Just a few years after BMW Motorsport GmbH was founded, in 1972, the first BMW 5 Series models gained the necessary engine, power transfer and chassis modifications to respond to those owners’ wishes.

Then, in 1980, a new model was added to the BMW 5 Series range;
the BMW M535i was powered by a 3.5-litre straight-six engine developing 160 kW and only previously available for the BMW 6 Series and  BMW 7 Series. To make the most of its significant power advantage, this model also came in for precisely judged modifications to its chassis, brakes, gearbox and rear differential, as well as special tyres and rims, sports seats and a leather steering wheel. Aerodynamically optimised front and rear spoilers could also be specified as an option.

A BMW M535i was also developed on the basis of the second-generation BMW 5 Series and went on sale from 1984 to 1987. With its increased output channelled seamlessly into dynamic flair and aerodynamically optimised body components setting it apart stylistically from its 5 Series siblings, the M535i introduced drivers to a whole new level of driving pleasure yet also provided unrestricted everyday usability. This concept enjoyed sustained success over many years, even after the high-performance BMW M5 sports car was unveiled in 1985. And now it has been revived in a fresh and contemporary new form with the arrival of the BMW M Performance Automobiles.

  • BMW M Performance Automobiles form a new product category prioritising sharp sporting focus and outstanding efficiency.
  • M expertise ensures flawless interplay of powertrain, chassis and aerodynamic balance.
  • Familiar concept given a contemporary makeover: BMW M performance cars follow in the tyre tracks of the BMW M535i.

Extraordinary performance, well-rounded driving characteristics centred around the perfect harmony of powertrain, chassis and aerodynamically optimised design, and impressive efficiency set the BMW M Performance Automobiles apart. The new product category satisfies the demands of performance-minded drivers for enhanced driving pleasure coupled with unrestricted everyday usability.

The first models in this category – developed by BMW M GmbH – add further depth to the BMW 5 Series, BMW X5 and BMW X6 ranges. They are driven by the most powerful diesel engine ever introduced into one of the brand’s cars, feature chassis technology adapted precisely to the engine’s performance characteristics, are fitted with an eight-speed Sports automatic transmission with enhanced gearshift dynamics, boast a version of the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system optimised to enhance dynamics, and include bespoke design and equipment features inside and out.

BMW M GmbH: carving out a niche in exceptionally well-rounded vehicle concepts.

The conception of the BMW M Performance Automobiles builds on the stand-out attributes of each baseline BMW model and shines an even brighter light on the dynamics for which the brand is famed. Underpinning the new model variants are an extensive array of modifications to the components most centrally involved in honing the cars’ sporting edge. BMW M GmbH oversees the definition and execution of all model-specific technical and design features.

The company can call on a vast well of expertise – born out of decades of experience in motor sport – in the creation of high-performance cars allowing fingertip control. This know-how enables the development and production of high-performance sports cars with bespoke powertrain and chassis technology and a stand-alone design language that also finds its way into the conception of model-specific M Sport packages for BMW models.

The central principle in the development of the BMW M Performance Automobiles is the creation of an authentic character, one based on the controlled transformation of increased engine power into dynamic performance. The aim: a full-blooded driving experience. At the same time, the key day-to-day qualities of each particular BMW model in terms of functionality and ride comfort are preserved.

The handling properties of the BMW M Performance Automobiles are defined by remarkable agility and precision. All modifications to the springs and damping, steering, braking system, chassis control systems and all-wheel-drive technology are geared to the specific performance characteristics of each car. Added to which, they coordinate their responses to deliver the most precise handling possible. The result is that, even when the driver is pushing the car’s dynamic limits, the power transfer systems, steering and brakes deliver clear and predictable responses to his promptings through the accelerator, steering and brakes.

The positioning of the BMW M Performance Automobiles is dictated by both the power unit under the bonnet and their typically M overall set-up. The engine developed for the BMW M550d xDrive, BMW X5 M50d and BMW X6 M50d is the most powerful diesel unit in the brand’s current line-up, and the modifications conjured up by BMW M GmbH are reserved exclusively for the BMW M Performance Automobiles.

More power, easy control – building on a fine tradition.

The origins of BMW M GmbH lie in the development and production of racing cars, which wasted no time in achieving head-turning success – notably in touring car competition. The clear sporting potential that filtered down into standard roadgoing BMW models whetted many customers’ appetites for extra power. Just a few years after BMW Motorsport GmbH was founded, in 1972, the first BMW 5 Series models gained the necessary engine, power transfer and chassis modifications to respond to those owners’ wishes. Then, in 1980, a new model was added to the BMW 5 Series range;
the BMW M535i was powered by a 3.5-litre straight-six engine developing 160 kW and only previously available for the BMW 6 Series and BMW 7 Series. To make the most of its significant power advantage, this model also came in for precisely judged modifications to its chassis, brakes, gearbox and rear differential, as well as special tyres and rims, sports seats and a leather steering wheel. Aerodynamically optimised front and rear spoilers could also be specified as an option.

A BMW M535i was also developed on the basis of the second-generation BMW 5 Series and went on sale from 1984 to 1987. With its increased output channelled seamlessly into dynamic flair and aerodynamically optimised body components setting it apart stylistically from its 5 Series siblings, the M535i introduced drivers to a whole new level of driving pleasure yet also provided unrestricted everyday usability.

This concept enjoyed sustained success over many years, even after the high-performance BMW M5 sports car was unveiled in 1985. And now it has been revived in a fresh and contemporary new form with the arrival of the BMW M Performance Automobiles.

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