Daily Bite Sized BMW Tips – November 2016

1957 BMW 507 white

November 30, 2016
The BMW 507 body was fabricated almost entirely from hand formed aluminum resulting in no two models leaving the factory exactly the same.

BMW E9 3.0 CSL

November 29, 2016
The BMW E9 3.0 CSL was never sold in the United States due to its existing design not meeting safety and emissions standards for the US market.

BMW E36 S42B20 STW

November 28, 2016
The BMW S42B20 motor has 8 fuel injectors over the standard 4 found in the M42.

2014 BMW 335i Alpine White

November 27, 2016
For the US spec 2014 model year change, a 6-speed manual transmission became available as a no cost option in the BMW 320i, 328i, 335i and 335i xDrive models.

Melbourne Metallic Red BMW Z4

November 26, 2016
2011 marked the first year BMW offered the E89 Z4 Roadster in Melbourne Red metallic, paint code A75.

BMW F30 Key Fob

November 25, 2016
The BMW F30 3 series key fobs are unique to their trim options: Sport Line: black w/ red detail, Luxury: black w/ chrome detail & Modern: oyster w/ matte silver detail.

BMW F10 M5 facelift

November 24, 2016
July 2013 started US Spec BMW F10 M5 facelift production which included deeper cup holders for improved storage.

Alpina B7 7 series

November 23, 2016
The spoilers found on the Alpina B7 reduce lift at the front by 30% and rear by 15%.

BMW E46 M3 interior manual

November 22, 2016
For the first time in a 6-cylinder M Car, the E46 M3 features a self-adjusting clutch; this maintains consistent clutch pedal force over the life of the clutch and helped the engineers achieve high torque capacity with moderate pedal effort.

2017 BMW i3 protonic blue metallic

November 21, 2016
For the 2017 model year, the BMW i3 was made available in the exclusive Protonic Blue metallic exterior color, previously only available in the US on the BMW i8.

2015 3 series instrument cluster

November 20, 2016
The 2015 BMW F30 3 series sedan updated the location of the time display from the center of the cluster to the bottom right corner under the tach.

2014 BMW 640i Gran Coupe

November 19, 2016
New for the 2014 model year, the US spec BMW 640i Convertible, Coupe, and Gran Coupe are available with xDrive to complete the 6 series line-up. Previously only the 650i Convertible, Coupe and Gran Coupe had the xDrive option.

BMW E46 M3

November 18, 2016
The BMW E46 M3 S54 engine has a single piece head casting to ensure high strength over the previous E36 M3 2 piece casting. It also saves 29lbs (13.2kg) and lowers center of gravity.


November 17, 2016
The BMW E46 release for the folding seat backs is located in the trunk on the left and right sides near the wheel arches. This increases the security for items locked in the trunk as they cannot be accessed from inside the cabin.

bmw e32 7 series

November 16, 2016
In 1984, the US spec BMW E23 7 series 3 speed automatic transmission was replaced with a 4 speed automatic transmission. Further changes were also made to the interior trim above the glove box and ashtray lid from plastic to wood.

BMW 1M Coupe

November 15, 2016
The BMW E82 1M Coupe is 4.8 inches (122mm) wider than the E30 M3, yet only 1.3 inches (33mm) longer.

BMW E30 M3 S14

November 14, 2016
The BMW S14 motor found in the E30 M3 is based on the M10 engine block and the M88 head with two cylinders removed.

BMW E92 M3 Coupe

November 13, 2016
For the US market, production of the E92 M3 Coupe ended in June 2013 while the E93 M3 Convertible was produced until October 2013.

BMW F10 M5 facelift

November 12, 2016
July 2013 started F10 M5 facelift production which included a new M double spoke kidney grill with M5 badge and a new M steering wheel in addition to other cosmetic changes.

BMW E39 M5 blue

November 11, 2016
The BMW E46, E38 and E39 are equipped with a solar sensor to compensate for the radiant heating effect of the sun. This sensor helps maintain a constant comfort level in the vehicle’s cabin during all driving conditions.

2016 BMW 340i

November 10, 2016
The sixth generation 3 series has has 5 strut mounting studs as opposed to the previously traditional 3 starting the 2016 model year. This helps increase handling and chassis feedback.

BMW E92 M3 alpine white

November 9, 2016
The S65 engine found BMW E9X M3 was the “highest revving” production engine ever produced by BMW up to that time with a 8,400 rpm redline. This is achieved in part by the compact and rigid crankshaft weighing only 44lbs (20kg).

BMW 1978 E23 7 series

November 8, 2016
The 1979 E23 732i was the world’s first production car to feature an electronic engine management computer (Digital Motor Electronics - DME) in the M30B32, 194hp.

BMW E36 super touring S42B20

November 7, 2016
The BMW S42B20 motor was manufactured only for E36 sedans to enter the STW (Super Tourenwagen) Cup German race series.

BMW 1m suspension

November 6, 2016
On the BMW E82 1M, virtually every component on the five-arm rear axle is made of aluminum and is new for this generation of BMW M vehicles, including the aluminum dampers.

BMW i3 red

November 5, 2016
Available for the first time in the 2017 year model, the US spec BMW i3 offered an optional moonroof. Previously it was not offered as an option to reduce weight and improve efficiency however customers demanded it.

BMW F01 7 series face lift

November 4, 2016
The BMW F01 7 series features a hood and front fenders made out of aluminum to help reduce overall weight and lower the center of gravity.

BMW M2 Blue

November 3, 2016
The signature kidney grille found on the BMW M2, features black-painted double bars which replicate the design of the M double-spoke wheels.

BMW i3 open doors

November 2, 2016
More than 80% of buyers purchasing a BMW i3 worldwide are first time BMW owners.

BMW E30 M3 EVO rear wing

November 1, 2016
The BMW E30 M3 has a more heavily raked rear window than that of a standard BMW 3 Series and a raised boot lid made from glass-fiber-reinforced plastic which brought further aerodynamic gains.