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Published Date: 20/05/2015

The Motorsport badge, or the M badge as it is more widely known, can be seen on the top right side of the rear end of sportier BMWs. 

Because of the success of the M models, the badge has become quite an icon in the motoring world and has been on some terrific cars.

The badge originates from BMW’s racing programme that was successful in the 1960s and 70s. And because of the success, the M badge was used on specially-modified, higher-specification models among the BMW fleet.

Every car lover wants one and every M series owner loves them, so let’s take a look at the most iconic BMWs with the infamous M at the back.

BMW M1 (1978-81)

The first BMW to sport the M badge was the beautifully-handcrafted M1. Only 456 were made, which means it is rare and if you want to buy one now, you will have to pay upwards of £200,000 for one in good condition. When it launched in 1978 it was one of the fastest cars on the planet with a top speed of more than 160mph. However, the real selling point is its supercar looks, inspired by the 1972 BMW Turbo show car. It’s absolutely jaw dropping.

BMW E30 M3 (1986-1992)

Over the past 30 years, the BMW M3 has proved hugely popular in the UK and it all started with the E30 model. The attractive boxy look, along with its excellent performance, makes it a very appealing car. Its popularity led to the company making Evolution and Sport Evolution models. The latter boasted a 2.5-litre, 234bhp engine as well as a larger front bumper and rear wing. If a good condition Sport Evolution model is what you desire, you will have to part with about £75,000.

BMW E28 M5 (1985-1988)

When it was launched in 1985, the BMW E28 M5 was the fastest production saloon in the world. The M5 met the demands of those who wanted the spaciousness of a saloon and the appearance of a sports car. Its simple looks and excellent performance make the M5 extremely desirable and a lot of fun. Get one now while the prices are relatively cheap – it’s becoming more of an icon every year.

BMW E46 M3 (1998-2003)

With more than 85,000 models built, the BMW E46 still holds the crown as BMWs most manufactured car. It has a 3.2 litre M-tuned engine that produces a massive 343bhp, which means it is quick… very quick. It is the ability to do day-to-day things such as shopping and the school run, as well as accelerate from 0-60 in under six seconds, that makes it so popular.

BMW E24 M6/ M635CSi (1983-1989)

The second-fastest BMW ever – it could reach a top speed of 158mph. Its trademark shark-nose front end gave it a style of its own, and the reason why it attracted thousands of fans across the world. The mixture of aggressive styling and exciting performance, along with a luxury interior and superior equipment, proved to be a recipe for success for the German car makers.

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