BMW sports cars: from the racetrack to the road

BMW has been one of the most successful German premium manufacturers for years. And not without reason: high-quality production, constant new technological innovations, and, above all, lots of driving pleasure to inspire BMW customers over and over again.

The brand with the propeller in the logo doesn’t only produce well-known sedans, station wagons, and SUVs.  Besides, it can not resist athleticism: The model portfolio now includes several BMW sports cars and is being continuously and purposefully expanded.

The BMW sports cars in detail


The most famous BMW sports car is almost certainly the BMW M4. In the beginning, it had a completely different abbreviation: the BMW M3 had a glorious career in motorsport for years and made its debut in 1986 with the E30 series. The M3 models were known – across all model series – for their driving dynamics and agility. Today only the sedan carries the abbreviation M3 the coupé and convertible perform under the name M4. Even today, BMW Motorsport is actively and successfully taking part in various racing series with the M4.

Alternatives of the BMW M4

The bestselling BMW sports car is available both as a closed BMW M4 Coupé and an open BMW M4 Convertible. The basis here as there is the powerful, double-charged 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder engine from BMW. The entry-level model is the BMW M4, followed by the BMW M4 Competition and BMW M4 CS models, with driving dynamics. Moreover, the top model bears the name BMW M4 GTS, a sports car specially optimized for the racetrack with elaborate spoilers and lots of motorsport features such as water injection.

Data & facts about the BMW M4

  • What does a BMW M4 cost? New price from 84,500 €
  • How much horsepower does a BMW M4 have? Output 431 to 500 hp
  • How fast does a BMW M4 accelerate? Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.8 to 4.6 seconds
  • How fast is a BMW M4? Top speed between 250 to 305 km / h

The BMW M2

The BMW M2 represents the features ​​of the BMW brand explicitly: compact, agile, light, and generously motorized. Besides with a crisp manual transmission and the obligatory rear-wheel drive. You hardly get more driving dynamics in any other sports car. The whole body is also combined with residual comfort and a lot of technical features.

Alternatives of the BMW M2

The current entry-level BMW sports car is only available as a closed BMW M2 Coupé. The basic model BMW M2 is powered by the popular 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder engine. The next higher alternative is the BMW M2 Competition. The top model is called BMW M2 CS and – like many top models – has been trimmed in several ways for optimal racetrack performance.

Data & facts about the BMW M2

  • What does a BMW M2 cost? New price from € 62,500
  • How much horsepower does a BMW M2 have? Power 370 to 450 hp
  • How fast does a BMW M2 accelerate? Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / in 4.0 to 4.5 seconds
  • How fast is a BMW M2? Top speed between 250 to 280 km / h

The BMW i8

Even if this model has been recently disregarded: The BMW i8 should not be missing from any BMW sports car line-up. This extravagant model embodies a turning point for the BMW brand and is technically ground-breaking in several ways. Whether its unique passenger cabinet made of carbon, the combined hybrid drive consisting of electric motors and a supercharged three-cylinder engine. Besides, it has technical features such as the laser light from BMW, which was used for the first time in a production sports car. The BMW i8 was far ahead of its time when it appeared in 2013 and shaped it until today the following sports cars from BMW.

Alternatives of the BMW i8

The BMW i8 was available both as a closed BMW i8 Coupé and as an open BMW i8 Roadster. Here and there, the identical drive train worked in the form of a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine with turbocharging on the rear axle, an additional electric motor on the front axle, and a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The special feature of both alternatives is the outstandingly low consumption for a sports car of only approx. 2L per 100 km in the combined ECE standard cycle.

Data & facts about the BMW i8

  • What does a BMW i8 cost? New price from 126,000 €
  • How much horsepower does a BMW i8 have? Output 362 to 374 hp
  • How fast does a BMW i8 accelerate? Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / in 4.4 to 4.6 seconds
  • How fast is a BMW i8? Top speed 250 km / h

How can I drive a BMW sports car?

There are various ways in which you can enjoy sitting behind the wheel of a BMW sports car. In the end, of course, this is primarily a question of budget.

Buy new cars

The sports cars from BMW are all available as new. In addition to buying from the nearest BMW dealership, leasing websites have also been established here. Buying a new car is naturally the most expensive option, but it also offers several advantages: You get your BMW in exactly the configuration you want. The car has the full manufacturer’s guarantee. Moreover, the condition is flawless.

Buy a used sports car

The market for used BMW sports cars is large, and the range of corresponding sellers is just as huge: whether directly from the BMW dealer, from an exclusive sports car dealer, from a used car trader,  corresponding online portal, or from private sources – the decision is entirely up to the buyer. Buying a used sports car naturally also has the advantage that you can also acquire older, no longer manufactured model series such as the super sporty BMW E60 M5 with V10 high-speed engine.

Rent a BMW sports car

One alternative that has become very popular in recent years is renting a sports car. It has several advantages: You don’t have to spend a fortune to drive your dream car. All costs are already included in the rental price. You can change vehicles with complete flexibility if you feel like doing a new one. And you don’t have any annoying monthly costs that burden you even when financially a little tight.

Rent a BMW M2

Rent a BMW M4

Rent a BMW i8

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