Regardless of whether you were needing another portion of adrenaline or didn’t get an opportunity to go to the first-ever BMW M Celebration in 2017, this end of the week the BMW M Celebration was the spot to be. BMW shouted to all petroleum heads and BMW experts to go to the energizing and adrenaline pressed BMW M Celebration at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit.

The event was a thrill filled day for all ages. Unlike the Festival of Motoring, I found M-Fest to be more “user friendly” and easily to navigate. I started my morning off on a hot lap in the BMW M4. Not only was the drive stimulating but informative too. The driver made sure to share all the critical information and specs during the lap. This gave the full experience. Furthermore, the restored 530 MLE was revealed on the day.

Guests had the chance to book test drives, experience hot laps with proficient drivers and stroll through a spring up showroom, just as appreciate gourmet nourishment trucks, slows down and drinks. South Africa’s own one of a kind Sheldon van der Linde showed up, getting guests hot laps in his Shell BMW M4 DTM. There was unrecorded music, a youngsters’ play zone and a BMW Way of life product shop.

The organization brought the new X5 M just as the new X6 M, both in Competition spec, to the occasion, straight from the generation line in Spartanburg, USA. The X5 M and X6 M include the equivalent 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged motor as utilized in the M5 and M8 Competition however aligned for SUV application. We likewise got a sneak peek at the new BMW M8 Gran Roadster, additionally here in South Africa in front of its universal dispatch at the Los Angeles Engine Show in half a month from now.

BMW M CEO and President Markus Flasch says between 40-45% of M cars sold in the world are SUVs. This is also why the automaker showed media the new X5 M and X6 M Competition models at the event. These models are due in South Africa in 2020 and boast 460kW and 750Nm from a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine.  The M340i xDrive and M135i xDrive were the only non-SUV models available to drive at the M Festival press day.

Some fun activities that one could get up to or enjoy on the day included:

  • Live Music Stage
  • M-Town Show
  • M-Hot Laps with a professional driver
  • BMW Test Drive Experiences
  • Gourmet Food Trucks and Stalls
  • Selection of Beverages and Craft Drinks
  • BMW Lifestyle Merchandise Shop
  • M-Kids Area
  • BMW M Car Display
  • BMW Luxury Car Exhibition
  • Pop-up BMW New Vehicle Showroom

By Noni Nchwe