It might appear BMW has had a change of coronary heart because the M Award for the quickest MotoGP qualifier throughout the 2023 season is not the M2 G87. Though the second-generation sports activities coupe in Zandvoort Blue was introduced because the prize again in November 2022, it’s being changed by the XM. That is the 25th season for BMW M because the “Official Automobile of MotoGP” on the finish of which M will hand out one other automobile.
The XM in query is just not the common model however fairly the Label Purple. Launched earlier this month at Auto Shanghai in 2023, the plug-in hybrid SUV is BMW’s strongest manufacturing automobile up to now. Except for the pink accents reserved for the range-topping model, it additionally will get a Frozen Carbon Black metallic paint from the Particular person catalog. This end is reserved for a particular version of the XM Label Purple of which solely 500 examples can be made.
The BMW M Award has been given yearly since 2003 and Marc Márquez managed to win it seven occasions in a row between 2013 and 2019. Final 12 months, Francesco Bagnaia secured the title and drove residence within the M3 Touring G81 painted in Frozen Black and outfitted with 1000 M wheels with a Frozen Gold end.
Each weekend when there’s a race, riders get factors for his or her place within the qualifying session, consistent with the scoring system used for the races. The rider who collects probably the most factors on the finish of the season secures the BMW M Award. Different noteworthy vehicles which have been gained in recent times included the M5 CS in 2021, M2 CS in 2020, and the X4 M in 2019.
It’ll be fascinating to see what automobile can be chosen for subsequent 12 months’s M Award. If BMW is doing one other M4 CS, that looks as if a great candidate. In fact, the M2 can be a risk.