If there's a brand that's synonymous with comfort and style, it's BMW. For over a century, it's been pumping out some of the finest cars on the road, showing the world exactly what the Germans can do when they're firing on all cylinders. But driver enjoyment, superlative safety features, and obtainable price points come at a cost - speed. BMW may have captured the market in luxurious family cars and docile daily riders, but anyone looking for a fast and furious motor has traditionally looked to the likes of Bugatti and Mercedes. But just because BMW doesn't court speed freaks doesn't mean they can't deliver a car capable of handling some enthusiastic driving. While only a handful push past the 200mph barrier, there are plenty of others that come close enough to count. Without further ado, here are the 10 fastest BMW models of all-time.
1. M5 G-Power Hurricane RR
If you thought BMW only excelled at sedate, comfortable rides, check out this speedy beast. Capable of shifting from 0-62 mph in 4.35 seconds, this is a car that leaves the competition coughing on its dust. With top speeds of 235mph, it's fast enough to compete with any supercar on the road today. No wonder motortrend.com calls it the 'Atom Bomb of the Four-Door World'.
2. BMW M5 G-Power Hurricane RRS
When it's at 10% of its power, the BMW M5 G-Power Hurricane RRS feels like any other BMW. But push down on the accelerator, and you'll soon realize you're not dealing with any ordinary motor. As elitetraveler.com writes, the RRS gets its power from a combination of the BI-Kompressor “Sporty Drive” system, ceramic brakes and an engine that deliver a combustible 640 hp. The result of this holy trio is a car that can move from 0-124 mph in 9.1 seconds and from 0-186mph in 25.2 seconds. Top speeds peak at around 231mph. Priced at around $470,000, it's not cheap. But boy, is it fast.
3. BMW M6 G-Power Hurricane RR
You want fast? Then take a look at the M6 G-Power Hurricane R. According to supercars.net, it houses the most powerful BMW engine ever to power a road-legal BMW M6. With top speeds of 231 mph and the capacity to move from 0-60 in 4.3 seconds, we've got no reason to doubt them. While the ten-cylinder four-valve engine can take most of the credit for its zippiness, the G-POWER high-performance braking system and the G-POWER RS coil-over sports suspension also deserve some of the thanks, as does its slick, aerodynamic design. If you like a car capable of sustained speeds and beastlike performance, this is your guy (although with a $400,000 price tag, you might want to check your overdraft limit first).
4. BMW M4 GTS
The BMW M4 GTS doesn't deliver the speeds of the Hurricane collection, but who cares when you can still get top speeds of 190mph? This 2 door RWD Coupé with 4 seats doesn't look like it's going to pose a threat to the big boys of the racing world, but hit your foot to the floor and you'll soon see what's got them looking so worried. A super athlete capable of putting in spectacular performance while still delivering on the comfort and style front, it's a first-rate car that proves once again why the BMW stamp of approval wields so much power.
5. BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition
Like the BMW M4 GTS, the BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition pulls in top speeds of around 190mph. And again like the BMW M4 GTS, it marries state-of-the-art tech with comfort and driver enjoyability to create a car that's just as capable of excelling on the race track as it is on a country lane. If you want a car that can stand up to the pressure of competition but that still gets your kids safely to school, the BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition is it.
6. BMW M3 GTS
With the BMW M3 GTS, BMW has again managed to produce a street car that's capable of pulling off racing track levels of performance. Speed is assured thanks to the ultra-titanium exhaust system and the 4.4-liter V8 engine, both of which combine to create a lightweight, aerodynamic car that's capable of moving from 0-60 in just 4.2 seconds and delivering top speeds of 190 mph. With a price tag that's almost double that of a regular M3, it's a pipedream for most of us. But for those who can afford it, it's the stuff of fantasy.
7. BMW M760i xDrive
Fancy going from 0-60 in just 3.6 seconds? With the M760i xDrive, the dream becomes a reality. Released in 2017 with a base price of $156,495, the M760i xDrive immediately began picking up plaudits thanks to its impressive 6.6-liter twin-turbocharged V-12 engine, which was capable of churning out 601 hp at 5,500 rpm and 590 lb.-ft of torque at 1,550 rpm. Fast, powerful, and not a bad-looker either, it delivers a big slap in the face to anyone who claims speed and comfort don't mix.
8. BMW M3 CRT
As per motorbiscuit.com, the BMW M3 CRT is a lightweight M3 variant that leaves most other M3s for dust. Produced in 2012 in a limited run of just 66 models, you've got more chance of finding a needle in a haystack than you do of finding one of these beauties for sale. But if you do (and if you happen to have the astronomical budget you'll need to bring it home) you can expect a 5 seat Sedan powered by a front-mounted 4.4L V8 with 450 horsepower and 180mph top speeds. As far as acceleration goes, expect to travel from zero to 60 in a tiny 4.4 seconds.
9. BMW M3 CS
The M3 CS might not be quite as quick on its feet as the M3 CRT, but it's still fast enough to please most speed freaks. Released in 2018 as a limited-edition model, it immediately struck a chord with Beemer devotees looking for a faster take on the already superlative M3 line. Delivering top speeds of 174 mph, this is a high performer with a smooth attitude and a ton of charm.
10. BMW M2 CS
Rounding off our list is the BMW M2 CS. Smart, stylish, and capable of delivering top speeds of 173 mph, this 2020 model is a sign that BMW's best years are far from behind it. Expect to move from 0-60 in just 4.0 seconds with the manual and an even more impressive 3.8 seconds with the automatic.
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