The 20 Fastest BMWs in History

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Lovers of luxury cars have come to appreciate BMW (BAMXY.PK) as one of the world’s foremost crafters of elegant vehicles. With nearly a century of production under the company’s belt, manufacturing has never been higher, with almost 300,000 vehicles now rolling off of BMW assembly lines in the U.S. alone every year. Over time, the company has solidified its reputation as a world leader in innovation and design, and simultaneously becoming a heavyweight in the luxury vehicle segment.

BMW designs have shifted over the years from boxy sedans to sleek, modern speed machines. Many of the company’s vehicles can hit blistering top speeds, most of them in excess of 150 miles per hour (though most are limited, but it’s not like you’d be exceeding that regularly either). As BMW has solidified and streamlined their fleet of cars and SUVs, its line of motorcycles have also climbed to be among the world’s finest. As part of a trio of German luxury auto makers, BMW has been able to keep up with best of the rest in the face of an evolving and hugely competitive automobile market.

You know that BMW has put out some serious speedsters over the years, but for those really seeking a thrill, which car is the right choice? Here are the top twenty fastest BMW models from over the years, excluding concepts and modified models.

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