BMW cars are popular among auto enthusiasts due to their quality, performance, power, technology, and slick design. The M Series are the best of the best—driving machines ready for the street and the track. Let’s take a look at the 10 best BMW M Series cars built in the last 40 years.
1. 1973 BMW E9 3.0 CSL M Series
What makes the BMW E9 3.0 CSL M Series unique is that it was initially planned and developed to be used in the German Touring Car Championship. It is typically considered the first M series model car that BMW introduced to the market. The “CS” of CSL denotes Coupe Sport, and the “L” stands for lightweight. The E9 3.0 CSL weighed about 440 pounds less than other similar vehicles of the time. It produced up to 180 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque, and it held the standard 2,985-cc M30 inline-6 engine. This model was commonly referred to as the Batmobile, with a striking racing kit that looked a little like Batman’s winged car. The unique racing kit improved downforce and competition performance.
The car was manufactured in two production runs, with left- and right-hand drive support. Due to the power within the E9, it was a wild success in competitive racing, especially in the European Touring Car Championship. The E9 3.0 CSL M Series helped solidify BMW’s status as a comptitive sporty car manufacturer.