If you’re a car fanatic, then you know all about the Ultimate Driving Machine. Since 1928, when the first BMW car – the Dixi – hit the streets, BMW has been producing incredible automobiles that are all about performance. But lately, there have been people complaining that they’re not making BMWs like they used to.
Some critics point to the absence of a BMW Formula 1 race car (they pulled out after the 2009 season), others to less appealing design. Still others say that the company has stopped building vehicles with the driver in mind altogether.
Though there may be a different attitude towards BMW than their once was, one thing is for certain: BMW still cares about performance. To prove it, take a look at the five fastest BMW models ever built.
X5 M/X6 M
If you were expecting to see only sports cars on this list, you may be surprised to the see the X5 M and X6 M. (These models are similar enough that they deserved to be paired together.)
These Bimmers (real BMW freaks know that nickname for BMW motorcycles is “Beamers”) come with 4.4 liter, twin turbocharged V8 engines that propel them from 0-60 in four seconds flat.
While they, like most other BMWs, are artificially limited to 155 MPH, anyone who’s driven one knows that it could handle speeds faster than that.
The number four spot for fastest BMW is another surprise because the i8 isn’t the gas-guzzling monster you might expect. In fact, this hybrid can go to sixty miles per hour from standstill in only 3.9 seconds!
To make it happen, the 1.5 three-cylinder engine is hooked up two a pair of electric motors (one for each set of wheels). When they all start firing together, it’s pure magic.
Other key features of the i8 are its great gas mileage and lightweight frame. Obviously, the gas mileage benefits from the little engine, but it’s the frame that makes it so fast. Any heavier and this car couldn’t touch the SUVs listed above. As is, it can reach 60 MPH as fast as a Porsche 911 Carrera S.
BMW M6 Gran Coupe Competition Package
The history of the BMW logo can be traced back to the company’s Bavarian roots. The history of the M6 Gran Coupe Competition Package can be traced back to the M6 of 1983. Back then, the North American M6 could do 0-60 in 6.8 seconds.
Now, it goes much faster.
With the addition of the Competition Package, the modern M6 Gran Coupe can go from 0-60 in merely 3.8 seconds. Remember: we’re talking about a big, luxury sedan with four seats!
This model owes part of its speed to the CP, which kicks up the horsepower from 560 to 600 hp.
The M3 and M4 represent BMW at its finest. According to Car and Driver, the M4 boasts a 3.0 liter, twin turbocharged I6 engine that produces 420 horsepower. When you combine that with its DCT gearbox, you can hit 60 mph in a mere 3.7 seconds.
Now that’s fast!
For buyers preparing to put down a ton of cash, the M4 is reasonably affordable. At about $64,000, it is one of the baddest cars you can find under seventy grand.
Again, the BMW M4 is artificially restricted to 155 MPH, but you probably don’t need much more than that anyway.
BMW 30th Anniversary Jahre Edition M5
There are aspects of the Jahre that are going to sound familiar. For instance, it has a 4.4 liter, twin turbocharged V8 engine, just like the X5 M and X6 M. It also can do 0-60 in 3.7 seconds, the exact same speed as the M4.
So what makes it special?
The answer lies in the artificial limiter. Unlike the other cars on this list, which cap the top speed at a maximum of 155 MPH, the Jahre is unrestricted up to 199 MPH!
To get behind the wheel of this thing is to know that it is BMW performance at its best. It’s sleek, sexy, and FAST. So fast, you’re going to want increase that BMW insurance policy.
Will BMW come back home?
BMW owners aren’t content with just any vehicle. They are fanatics.
They have BMW iPhone ringtones. They relish the heavy thud of a BMW door. They fantasize about driving a manual BMW M3 E46 on the autobahn.
Their BMWs have to check all of the boxes, not just most of them. They want the beauty back. Because Roll-Royce falls under the parent company BMW, we know that BMW has the talent to make fast, beautiful, and driver-friendly cars. Here’s to hoping they can merge their love of performance with the attributes that BMW fans all over the world fell in love with.