The remit of BMW M has broadly stayed the same, in spite of the growth and contraction of markets and the evolution of buyer taste. Starting out as road-going motorsport refugees and hopped-up repmobiles, BMW M stood as much for office car park status as it did for track prowess, with all being no less than the best driver’s cars of their kind. While the homologation specials aren’t exactly tumbling out of dealers today and the latest M3 has more visual attitude than the M1 supercar that started it all, BMW M still strives to put the driver first.
But what, in this 50th anniversary year for the fastest letter in the German-English alphabet, are the best M cars ever made? We’ve made an attempt to count them down.