The BMW M3, M4, and M5 are MotoGP’s newest safety cars

Those lightbars make all the difference
by Vijay Pattni | Mar 11, 2021
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This is BMW’s 2021 fleet of safety cars for the upcoming MotoGP season, and a chance to wheel out the new kids on the block. (No, you’re suddenly humming along to Hangin’ Tough.)

The new M3 and M4 Competition cars join the M5 CS and BMW M1000 RR; the latter being the first-ever two-wheeled M production. It’s also the first time M has rolled out three new safety cars and a bike; consider that when BMW’s been supplying MotoGP with the things for 20 years now.

BMW's M3, M4 Competition, and M5 CS dressed up as MotoGP safety cars.

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Unlike the changes applied to Formula One’s new safety car—that dandy new Aston—changes to the M cars have been kept to a minimum. BMW wastes no time in reminding us “the production versions of the new safety cars have already been designed for sporty performance.”

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So, big cars, small changes. Both M3 and M4 get new exhaust systems, the M4’s rear seat has been binned, there are rollbars and harnesses, quick-release bonnet latches, and emergency power shutoffs for overseas transport.

Plus: flashing front lights and a natty set of lightbars. Truly, lightbars make all the difference—nearly as much of a difference as the liveries. 

The BMW M4 as a MotoGP safety car

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Out goes the traditional motorsport white, and in come dark gray (M3 Comp), Sao Paulo Yellow (M4 Comp), and metallic green (M5 CS). That rather delightful 1000 RR bike gets the classic M colors, mind.

Cool, no? If you’re of a mind to see what both M3 and M4 look like with even wilder colors, head this way

More photos of the BMW cars as MotoGP safety cars:

The BMW M3 as a MotoGP safety car, front view

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The BMW M3 as a MotoGP safety car, profile

The BMW M3 as a MotoGP safety car, rear view

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The BMW M3 as a MotoGP safety car, rear alternative angle

The BMW M3 as a MotoGP safety car, front alternative angle

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The BMW M5 CS as a MotoGP safety car, front view

The BMW M5 as a MotoGP safety car, profile

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The BMW M5 as a MotoGP safety car, rear view

The BMW M5 as a MotoGP safety car, rear alternative angle

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The BMW M5 as a MotoGP safety car, alternative front view

The BMW M4 as a MotoGP safety car, profile

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The BMW M4 as a MotoGP safety car, rear view

The BMW M4 as a MotoGP safety car, alternative rear view

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The BMW 1000 RR Bike with MotoGP Livery

The BMW 1000 RR Bike with MotoGP Livery, in Profile

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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