Five decades of ///M - BMW celebrates its sports division with M4 50 Jahre Edition


On 24 May 1972, BMW M GmbH came into existence. It started a new chapter in the German automaker's history and the genesis for many great products. To celebrate the milestone, BMW launched a limited edition version of its M4 Competition Coupé, raising further awareness of the brand's passion for racing and its rich tradition.

The BMW M 50 Jahre edition M4 will only be available in Europe and other selected regions, including South Africa. Five exterior colours will be available, and the car will ride on 19- and 20-inch M forged wheels on the front and rear axle, respectively. BMW South Africa confirmed that the local allocation would be finished in San Marino Blue with Gold Bronze matt wheels. Only five models are destined for SA.

In an official statement, BMW says: "The 'Edition 50 Jahre BMW M' lettering on the door sill trims and M stripes on the headrests of the front and outer rear seats characterise the interior. Moreover, an exclusive seam pattern adorns both the standard M sports seats and the optionally available M carbon bucket seats of the edition vehicles. A metal plaque on the cupholder cover of the centre console bears the inscription' M4 Edition 50 Jahre BMW M' and the reference '1/500'."

BMW's 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine powers the M3 Competition and M4 Competition. Power outputs are rated at 375kW and 650Nm. Performance-wise, the M4 Competition Coupé xDrive will clear 0-100km/h in 3.5 seconds, and the top speed is rated at 290km/h. An eight-speed automatic gearbox sends power to the road.

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