Daily Bite Sized BMW Tips – December 2016

2014 BMW 5 series Gran Turismo

December 31, 2016
The 2014 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo received a modified front apron exuding presence and solidity. Its redesigned rear end creates a longer and lower visual impression.

BMW 507 black

December 30, 2016
Only 252 BMW 507's were built, 202 507's are known to survive today.

BMW E46 CSL Lightweight wheels

December 29, 2016
The wheel and tire package found on the BMW E46 CSL weigh over 24 lbs (11 kg) LESS than the 19 inch wheels available on the standard M3.  The weight savings help the CSL live up the lightweight name. 

BMW M4 GTS OLED tail lights

December 28, 2016
OLED rear tail lights make their BMW series-production debut in the BMW M4 GTS.

E36 M3 S50B30 Canada

December 27, 2016
In 1994 Canada had a limited importation run of (45) E36 M3 coupes with the Euro S50B30 engine.  Further sales of the E36 M3 were not available until 2 years later with the USA spec motor.  

BMW M20 motor E30

December 26, 2016
The BMW M20 motor was the basis for the M21 diesel engine and the M70 V12 engine.

E36 M3 Dakar

December 25, 2016
Merry Christmas!

BMW E89 Z4 interior

December 24, 2016
The BMW E89 Z4 is the first car in its segment to feature an electrical parking brake activated and released by a button on the center console.

BMW F30 3 series

December 23, 2016
The body of the new BMW F30 3 Series Sedan is over 10% more rigid than its E90 predecessor.

BMW F35 328Li

December 22, 2016
BMW produced a long-wheelbase sedan for the Chinese market, designated F35.  Its chrome trim on the doors and "Li" badging distinguish it from the F30 sedan.

BMW E21 3 series interior

December 21, 2016
The interior design of the E21 marked the introduction of a new design concept, with the center console and central dashboard area angled towards the driver. This feature has become part of BMW’s interior design philosophy for many years. 

BMW E30 M3 DTM race

December 20, 2016
The factory price for a new race ready E30 M3 was $120,000 USD while the US spec E30 M3 sold for a starting price of $34,000 in 1988.

BMW E9 CSL 3.0 art car Alexander Calder

December 19, 2016
The first two BMW Art Cars were 3.0 CSLs; the first was painted by Alexander Calder and the second by Frank Stella.

2016 BMW 3 series

December 18, 2016
In the 2016 3 series facelift, the new, more intricate structure of the central air intake also allows the radar sensor for the Active Cruise Control (ACC) to be integrated more discreetly.

2014 BMW F10 M5

December 17, 2016
July 2013 started F10 M5 facelift production, it also then began offering the optional Competition Package ($7,300 MSRP) further enhancing vehicle dynamics and performance.

BMW E21 316i

December 16, 2016
The 3 Series designation made its debut in the U.S. in 1976 – when the 2002 was succeeded by an all-new 2-door E21 320i.

BMW E82 1 series

December 15, 2016
The BMW E82 1 series driver’s pedals move back automatically with a predetermined amount of deformation in the event of a frontal collision so that the risk of driver foot injury is reduced.

BMW E89 Z4

December 14, 2016
On the BMW E89 Z4 hardtop, compared with the former E85 model, the side windows are 40% larger, the see-through area in the rear window 52% larger, and all-round visibility has increased 14%.

BMW M10 Alpina 2002

December 13, 2016
Over 3.5 million BMW M10 motors have been produced world wide spanning over 3 decades ranging from 1499 cc to 1990 cc.

BMW E46 M3 CSL

December 12, 2016
The BMW E46 M3 CSL has a power-to-weight ratio of 3.85 kg/bhp.  This is an improvement by approximately 10% over the “standard” M3. 

BMW E39 M5 interior

December 11, 2016
All E39 M5s are equipped with power and heated M sport seats as standard.

BMW F30 340i estoril blue

December 10, 2016
The F30 3 series Estoril Blue Metallic paint color is still reserved exclusively for cars equipped with the M Sport package.

BMW E32 7 series 750iL

December 9, 2016
In 1991, BMW introduced the world's first series production low beam Xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps (Litronic, only low beam) were introduced on the E32 750iL.

BMW E39 M5

December 8, 2016
The BMW E39 M5 had only 3 non metallic paint options, red, white and black and offered 12 metallic options.

BMW E46 M3 Blue

December 7, 2016
The BMW E46 M3 headers are formed under high pressure with water inside them, which ensures even distribution of the forming pressure and thus consistent wall thickness. In turn, this process allows for stainless-steel walls only 1 mm thick, non welded, single piece header.

BMW M50 MOTOR 325is

December 6, 2016
Compared with its iron block M50 predecessor, the M52 uses an aluminium block. However, North American models still used iron blocks instead (except in the M52B28 Z3) until the technical update with dual vanos.

BMW E21 320is

December 5, 2016
2,500 BMW E21 320is's were produced and sold exclusively for the US market, first available in 1981.

2012 BMW F30 3 series red

December 4, 2016
The BMW F30 3 series sedan offers 480 liters of luggage capacity, 20 liters more than the outgoing E90 model.

BMW F30 3 series interior

December 3, 2016
All new for the 2016 7 series, the grill air flaps are only open when there is an increased cooling air requirement, otherwise they remain closed. This improves aerodynamics and fuel economy.

BMW F30 3 series interior

December 2, 2016
The BMW F30 3 series center console is angled towards the driver by seven degrees, keeping a driver focused interior.

BMW Turbo N55 335i

December 1, 2016
The N55 turbocharged inline-6 weighs approximately 150 lbs. less than an equally powerful eight-cylinder engine displacing 4.0 liters. This lower weight means a significant advantage not only in fuel economy, but also in balancing the car's weight distribution.