Every now and then a model comes along that captivates BMW and performance car enthusiasts. It encapsulates everything drivers aspire to in a performance BMW - the beating heart of the ‘Ultimate Driving Machine.’ These models quickly establish themselves as highly sought after cars and the classics of tomorrow.
What are the hallmarks of the vehicles that will command impressive resale values 10 years on and beyond? The cars that people regret letting slip out of their grasp or not snapping up while they had the chance?
BMW M3 CSL (E46)
Scarcity can help. Take the BMW M3 CSL from 2003. Only 420 RHD vehicles were ever built. High mileage examples are now changing hands for over £40,000 with the best examples touching £100,000. Not bad for a model that was deliberately stripped of frills and luxuries like air conditioning. This was all about the driving experience.
The performance-tuned straight six engine and 110 kg trimmed from the kerb weight also help. The combination delivers the refined thrills that touch the souls of BMW performance car lovers.
BMW Z4 3.0si Coupé
And what can you say about the Z4 3.0si Coupé? The only non-M car on the list. It features a flawless straight six, six-speed combination once again. Many argued this engine suited this small GT car more than the more powerful 3.2 of the Z4 M Coupé. A rarer car than the much more widely seen roadster version, the Coupé proves that special BMWs don’t always have M badges.
BMW M5 (E60)
Engines are clearly a factor for future classics. So expect to see the V10 E60 M5 become highly prized. The rare E61 Touring variant, in particular, is widely recognised as a classic of tomorrow. Nothing quite like the sound and silky power delivery of that V10! Anticipation builds the moment you press the accelerator.
BMW 1M Coupé
Exclusivity, performance, and the very essence of a great BMW are embodied in the 1M Coupé. Only 450 were imported into the UK. And it’s a genuine car for those who love to drive, thanks to the 340bhp straight six engine, six-speed manual gearbox and short wheelbase.
BMW M2 Coupé - A Future Classic?
What of the current BMW lineup? What models are capturing the imagination of BMW buyers and creating a buzz in the same way as the vehicles above? The M2 Coupé seems to have it all. It certainly delivers the sleek lines, handling and refined exhilaration that inspire passion in its owners - its 370bhp engine takes just 4.3 seconds to reach 62mph.