While a lot of people might focus on the legendary style, sophistication, and luxury of BMW vehicles, there’s also a tremendous amount of power to be found in their lineup. The BMW M Series of coupes, sedans, and convertibles is known for offering an astounding level of performance while also surrounding you in the kind of luxury and technology you’d expect from a BMW. Deciding on which model has everything you need, however, can be a bit tricky, especially as you see the amazing features they all have to offer.
So today, we thought it’d be helpful to take a moment and look at each model within the BMW M Series to see what they have. While we don’t have the time to really do a deep-dive on each one, we’ll take a look at the engines and performance that each delivers, plus the features you’ll find inside. All of these models are incredibly luxurious, as you’d expect, so we’ll specifically focus on the kinds of tech features you’ll find in each of them.
The M2 Competition Coupe
Let’s kick things off with the M2 Competition Coupe. This gorgeous option is one of the lower-priced models in the BMW M Series, making it more accessible to a wider range of drivers. In terms of performance, the M2 Competition Coupe has a 3.0L BMW M TwinPower Turbo I-6 engine that delivers up to 405 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque, paired with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed double-clutch automatic transmission.
You’ll find an instrument cluster with extended contents inside the M2 Competition Coupe, along with an 8.8-inch high-resolution Infotainment display with real-time traffic information, programmable memory buttons, and over-the-air updates. The M2 also features a 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system with a 360-watt amplifier. Automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and three-stage heated front seats all come together to create a luxurious and impressive interior.
The M4 Coupe/Convertible
The M4 is available as either a coupe or a convertible, depending on which you prefer, so you have some freedom to get just the kind of ride you want. This doesn’t have too much impact on other features, though there are a few things to keep in mind. The M4 has a 3.0L BMW M TwinPower Turbo I-6 engine, which offers up to 425 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque, with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed double-clutch automatic transmission.
In terms of interior features, the M4 certainly doesn’t disappoint, with a leather-wrapped multi-function M steering wheel that has numerous mounted controls and an 8.8-inch high-resolution navigation screen with 3-D maps, a 200 GB hard drive, and voice command. The coupe model features a Harman Kardon surround sound system with 16 speakers and a 600-watt amplifier, while the convertible model has a 12-speaker system and a 515-watt amplifier due to differences in available locations for speakers.
The M5 Sedan
Next up is the M5 Sedan, one of the few options for a BMW M Series vehicle with four doors, so if you prefer a more spacious interior, then keep this model in mind. The M5 is certainly not the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions “sedan,” however, as it features a 4.4L BMW M TwinPower Turbo V8 engine that delivers 600 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque for an amazing driving experience. It also comes with an 8-speed M Sport automatic transmission with Launch Control, letting you go from 0 to 60 in just 3.2 seconds.
Inside the M5, you’ll find a number of amazing features, including a pair of 12.3-inch displays – one is a digital instrument cluster, and the other is your navigation and infotainment screen. There’s also a head-up display that projects information onto the windshield for you. Add dynamic cruise control, 20-way power-adjustable front seats, and a wireless charging pad, and what more could you ask for? You even get a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system with a 464-watt amplifier.
The M8 Gran Coupe
For 2021, there will only be one version of the M8 available instead of three – but the Gran Coupe was arguably the best of the bunch already. While four doors and a hardtop may not look as sporty as a two-door or a convertible, a glance under the hood will change your mind. This powerful car features a standard 4.4L BMW M TwinPower Turbo V8 engine that delivers 600 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, with an 8-speed M STEPTRONIC automatic transmission. Opt for the available Competition Package, and you will get the same engine tuned to give you 617 hp for even better performance.
No matter what choice you make, you get excellent interior features, including a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch Infotainment display with voice controls and over-the-air updates. You also get a head-up display, along with dynamic cruise control and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality. Unlike the smaller M Series cars, the M8 Gran Coupe offers a four-zone automatic climate control system and three-stage heated rear seats to keep all your passengers comfortable. This is a real family car that can outperform most sports cars.
The X3 M and X4 M
Finally, we have a few models with a lot of similarities, so we’re going to group them together for simplicity’s sake. The X3 M and X4 M both have a 3.0L BMW M TwinPower Turbo I-6 engine that provides up to 473 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque, with an 8-speed M Sport automatic transmission. This gives them very similar overall performance. However, the X3 M has a traditional SUV profile with 62 cu.ft. of cargo space, while the sportier X4 M is limited to 50 cu.ft. of storage.
The technology inside these two models is also quite similar. They both have 12.3-inch digital instrument clusters and 10.25-inch central Infotainment displays that feature voice and touchscreen controls with over-the-air updates. You also get a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system with a 600-watt amplifier in both of these models.
The X5 M and X6 M
Finally, we have the X5 M and X6 M. Like the X3 M and X4 M, the X5 M offers a more traditional SUV profile while the X6 M has a sleeker design. They both have the 4.4L BMW M TwinPower Turbo V8 engine with 600 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, paired with an 8-speed Sport transmission with launch control. This powertrain gives these large vehicles true M Series performance.
Both of these models feature a pair of 12.3-inch displays: one a driver instrument cluster, the other a central information display. You also get a leather-wrapped M steering wheel with mounted controls in each of them, along with dynamic cruise control, a full-color head-up display, and much more. A 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system with a 464-watt amplifier is also standard in both models.
Find Your M Series
No matter what you’re looking for in a performance, we have you covered. From the agile M2 Competition Coupe to the mighty X5 M Sports Activity Vehicle, at BMW of Cincinnati North, we have it all. Come pay us a visit today to learn more about the features of the M Series and discover which model is the right choice for you.