What a treat. While covering the M Event in Germany today, Jason and Southlight were invited to tour the BMW M facility, including underground into BMW M's garage. No not the employee parking garage-- THE GARAGE. Yes, the garage where BMW M stores a copy of every single M car ever made. Many of them you or I have never seen or heard of before. Cars that we may have thought about or dreamed about, but never materialized.
The event itself was a special BMW M Press Conference at M GmbH headquarters in Garching, Munich, held in the M Studio. First up was the press conference where the M3 pickup rolled into the M studio. It was finally (and not surprisingly) announced as an April Fool's Joke. Next up was the biggest surprise of the day - the appearance of the lightweight M3 sedan which will feature a weight and power figure somewhere between the regular M3 and the M3 GTS (more details will be forthcoming at the M festival).
The attendees to the event were then divided up into groups to attend 3 workshops.
First was a tour of a "V12 workshop" which featured some of M division's most monster creations to date - the record breaking X5 LeMans, BMW V12 LMR, M8, and the E60 M5 25th Anniversary Edition (which was the only car in the room without a V12).
BMW's Underground M Garage
Two flights down and we've come to the highlight of the workshops - BMW's underground M garage. This was Nirvana for any M fans because EVERY single M model (prototype or production) was on display. The cars were lined up in chronological order with the smaller cars on one side (1-series, roadster, 3-series) and larger cars on the other (5-series, SUVs). The unique one-offs which never made production were housed in the rear of the garage. We spent the most time down here as there was just an endless amount of M eye candy to see.
The cars we got to shoot for you are as follows:
Ur-Roadster (Red one) -- which translates to "Original Roadster"
Z3 M Coupe
Z4 M Coupe and Roadster
E30 M3 Pickup (with new E9x sibling)
E34 M5 Convertible
E36 M3 Compact
E36 M3 GTR
E39 M5 Wagon
E46 M3 Wagon
Entire M3 Family (E30-E90) including E46 M3 CSL
Entire M5 Family (E28-E60)
Live Tour Video of M Underground Garage
The final workshop took us back to the M Studio where we were briefed on 1M coupe, M3 GTS, X3 M-sport, 7-series individual, E92 M3 driver training car, E91 emergency vehicle, and 7-series high security vehicle. We got a first hand experience of one of the 7-series high security vehicle's weapons - a deafening alarm (we saw one guy jump a couple of feet literally), triggered accidentally by an attendee.
And finally, we know everyone has read through this to find out about the F10 M5. Here's the official thread about it.