Auto123 reviews the 2020 BMW X5 M Competition.
The letter M made its first stand-alone appearance on a BMW back in 1978. That was when the Bavarian automaker gave birth to the M1, an exceptional car that was produced in very small quantities. The M1 was the result of hard work that began in the early 1970s with the BMW Turbo concept, first presented at the Geneva Motor Show in 1972. Although the production version was not a commercial success, it made its mark on the racetrack.
Today, collectors snap it up on the classic car market... when they can find one.
Nevertheless, this first creation from the M division is of crucial importance to understand what happened next, because as early as 1979, BMW presented the M535i. The M6 (1982-1989) followed, fitted with the famous M1’s inline 6-cylinder 3.5L, 272-hp engine. Then, in 1986 was born the M3. The myth was taking shape.