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16 Gorgeous BMW M Rides To Cure Your Humpday Blues

BMW's M Division has, of course, been making some of the very best street and track machines for decades. Everything from supercars to sedans have come from the skunkworks operation, so we thought it was time to look back at what they've done.

By now, you should know all about the BMW M1 and its dedicated racing series in Procar. It's just such a stunning car in any guise, but on a race track, it looks at home. It was the first car M Division ever made, and according to some, it's still the best. If you missed that M1 AHG Studie a while back, catch up on that sexiness right here.

The 250 hp E28 M5 was the first car to wear the M5 badge. Every car was hand assembled, and it redefined the standards of what you could expect from a family car.

What can you say about the original M6? It was sort of the ultimate grand tourer, and had likely the most beautiful of all the BMW sharknoses.

Ask anyone in the know what the single most important M car that ever existed was, and they'll tell you the E30 M3. It was a homologation special, i.e., it was originally built so the car would be legal to race around the world. Speaking of racing, BMW claims the E30 M3 won more races than any other car in history.

The E34 M5 set a new standard for what a sedan could be. In the late 1980s you would expect any car with 300 hp and a top-end over 150 mph to be a sports car—with two seats—and minimal comfort. It could hang with contemporary Mustangs, Camaros, and Corvettes without so much as wrinkling your clothing.

There are legions of M3 fans that say the second generation of the car (E36) is the best handling. They're not crazy. At least, not for that.

The E39 M5 didn't do anything revolutionary. It just did everything nearly perfectly. A 400 hp high-tech V8 didn't hurt in that regard.

The Z3 M Coupe is undoubtedly the oddest-looking car on this list. It's also one of the most sought after by performance enthusiasts, and its value has been steadily rising for a few years now.

The E46 M3 marked an important turning point for M Division, as the engineers really started perfecting their craft, melding a refined, comfortable ride with world-class handling.

Every part of "let's build a screaming V10 engine that's loosely derived from Formula 1" and "hey, let's drop this engine into a sedan" is what makes the E60 M5 great.

The Z4 M Coupe and Roadster. Sure, it almost has room for your golf clubs, but why on Earth would you want to bring those when you can just take this to the track?

The E90 and E92 M3 showed the world what it would be like if BMW built V8 muscle cars.

Depending on the year, the modern M6 came with either an amazing-sounding V10 or an even more incredible twin turbo V8. If you ever wanted to drive across the country in a convertible and not lose a race, this is your ride.

Honestly, can you think of a more fun vehicle to tow your race car/boat/camper with than an X5 M? Didn't think so.

With 550 hp and all-wheel drive, the X6 M is a solid start, even though some in the BMW community think it's a bit odd. Still, picture it se tup for high speed off-roading. Exactly.

Actually called the 1 Series M Coupe, but really only known as the 1M, this is the car BMW couldn't figure out how to name, lest they eat into the legacy of the M1.


Aaron Miller is the Rides editor for Supercompressor. He actually took parts from several of the cars on this list to build his own.