The first BMW M Festival took place in October. The couple of adrenaline fuelled days consisted of a wide range of BMW M badges muscling around the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit. Being the first event of its kind on the African continent, rumour had it that South Africa had already broken all M Festival attendance records around the world with 10 000 tickets pre-sold online! With that many sold it wasn’t hard to believe that South Africa ranks third in the world in M market share and boasts the world’s second largest M showroom.
The car manufacturer had another great reason to celebrate locally as they launched their new X3 M series. The X3 series will be built alongside the BMW 3 series right here in SA at the beginning of next year. The new BMW M5 was also revealed but unfortunately, kept aside, as it’s launching early next year too with only 400 models making it to our shores.
Show goers were spoilt for choice with the full range of BMW M models from the M2, M3 M4 CS to the BMW 760 M (which is basically the M7) to choose from for a few hot laps around the circuit. Lastly and certainly not least was the new addition to the M4 family the BMW M4 CS, which will get you to 100km/h in just 3.9 seconds thanks to 338kW and 600nm of torque.
A BMW hall of fame dominated the pits of Kyalami with a museum of BMW individual cars and a collection of BMW M5 models stealing the groundfloor show. On the upper floors BMW hosted their entire range of motor vehicles for visitors to view at their own leisure with options to buy. All the fun was without doubt to be found outside the venue, either trackside or next to the outdoor stage which hosted a number of local and international DJ acts well into the evening. Drag races and hot laps for visitors became the order of the day.