50 Years of M

Experience 50 Years of BMW M Performance

For years, when drivers heard the words "M" and "BMW" in the same sentence, their thoughts quickly circle around one thing; performance. From the beginning, the BMW M series of vehicles has been about delivering drivers superior performance and prestige no matter whether you are on the road or the track.

Our team at Grayson BMW is proud to share in celebrating 50 years of BMW M performance at our dealership. To help celebrate, we want to dive into the enriching history of the BMW M division. We also share more about the M division's current mission in motorsport and how you can experience the power and performance today. We encourage you to reach out to our team if you have any questions.

History of Performance

In 1972, the BMW M division was founded to supplement the BMW car range with a series of performance-based models. After six years of helping to assist in BMW's various motorsport programs, the M division came out with their first road car, the unique BMW M1. The M1 helped spawn its unique racing series and offered exclusivity, with only 456 models made.

A year later, BMW would introduce its first mainstream model, the BMW M535i. It featured performance Recaro seats, larger brakes, and a limited-slip differential. Over the next decade, the M division would introduce popular M models, including the BMW M3 as well as the BMW M5.

Both models offered advanced features for the time, including handling packages, electric windows, and light-alloy wheels. The BMW M series of cars quickly became some of the most powerful cars for the road. In 1990, the BMW 850CSi was introduced. It featured a 5.6-liter V12 that delivered 375 horsepower and featured four-wheel steering.

Over the next several decades, the BMW M division would expand to include the BMW M6, M7, and M8 models. In 2009, the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M were introduced, marking the first time the M badge was fixed to an SUV.

BMW M Ownership

As part of the BMW M ownership experience, Maryville, TN drivers can enjoy several exciting events as part of the 50th anniversary and beyond. Among the vast number of events include BMW track days and special exhibits at the BMW museum. The BMW M division also celebrates its heritage at the 24 Hours of the Nurburgring race.

Furthermore, when you drive off our dealership behind the wheel of a BMW M vehicle, you understand the years of engineering and motorsports passion that go into each vehicle. It's no small wonder that when you take your BMW M vehicle to a local track, you feel as though you are a racing driver.

Taking Your Passion to the Road

Today, the BMW M division continues to push the boundaries of prestige performance. In the forthcoming future, Sevierville drivers can explore the limits of grip with the new BMW M3 Touring and the BMW M4 Coupe. As part of the 50th anniversary, the BMW M division will launch the first all-electric high-performance in its history.

Experience a BMW M Car Today

If you are ready to experience performing with a feeling of prestige and exclusivity, feel free to go and contact our team to schedule a time to come in and take one of our BMW M model vehicles out for a test drive.

While here, our team can discuss with you our BMW leasing and financing offer . Our dealership is located a short drive from the Knoxville area. We look forward to seeing you step behind the wheel and ignite your inner racing driver in a new BMW M model vehicle.

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  1. Grayson BMW

    10671 Parkside Dr
    Knoxville, TN 37922

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