November 30, 2019
The first generation M8 Competition models feature a TRACK mode which not only turns off all driver aids, it also turns off the radio and center screen to ensure maximum concentration on the track. TRACK mode also blanks out road sign detection and distance information.
November 29, 2019
The BMW M6 GT3 weighs more than 600kg (1,322 lbs) less than the BMW M6 Coupe.
November 28, 2019
The 1988 BMW E32 750iL was the world’s first production vehicle fitted with a drive by wire throttle.
November 27, 2019
The G01 and G02 X3M, X4M and their Competition siblings are fitted standard with M compound brakes. The calipers are painted Blue and bear the M logo. The drilled, inner-vented brake discs measure 15.62in (395mm) in diameter at the front and 14.57in (370mm) at the rear. The compound design (derived from racing cars) combines the cast-iron brake discs with aluminum chambers, giving the brakes excellent feel, a low weight and increased thermal stability.
November 26, 2019
The G21 Alpina B3 Touring has a top speed of 300kph (186mph). Acceleration from 0 - 100kph (62mph) takes just 3.89 seconds.
November 25, 2019
The BMW M2 CS has a center console made out of carbon fiber and saves 50% of weight compared to the M2 Competition model.
November 24, 2019
The third generation BMW X6 comes standard with 19 inch wheels. 20 and 22 inch are available as options. The X6 M50d and M50i come standard with 21 inch wheels. 22 inch wheels are shown.
November 23, 2019
The BMW F90 M5 Edition 35 Years features interior trim finished in an aluminum carbon structure which is gold anodized. An offering found for the first time ever in a BMW model. The shimmering gold interior surfaces are found in the area of the instrument panel, door trim and center console.
November 22, 2019
The BMW E36 M3 LTW used the same US spec engine (S50B30) found in the standard US spec M3 models however BMW hand picked the best tuned engines off the assembly line for use in order to maximize performance.
November 21, 2019
Although the Euro market received an updated 3.8 liter version of the E34 M5 S38 motor, the US and South African markets only received the smaller 3.6 liter version due to emissions.
November 20, 2019
The M Carbon Ceramic brakes are expected to last the life of the vehicle under typical driving conditions. There is a silicon carbide layer on the surfaces to ensure little to no wear of the brake pad. Track events will quickly reduce the life span as when the rotor heats up above 600 deg C (1,112 deg F) the carbon fibers inside the brake pad start to burn. Once the rotors reach a minimum weight they must be replaced.
November 19, 2019
The BMW E46 ZHP package (US only) was equipped with sportier camshafts and revised engine tuning to increase power from 225 hp (168 kW) to 235 hp (175 kW). Suspension was modified over the standard suspension with firmer springs and dampers, larger anti-roll bars, stronger front control arm ball joints, a lower ride height, and slightly more negative camber.
November 18, 2019
The BMW E12 M535i is the only E12 model powered by the 3.5-liter M90 (215hp) inline-six from the E23 735i and E24 635CSi.
November 17, 2019
The third generation 1 series for the first time features an optional panoramic sunroof nearly .7 square meters (7.5 square feet).
November 16, 2019
BMW manufactured 50 examples of the E92 M3 DTM Champion Edition to commemorate 50 M3 victories in the DTM series since the 1980s. All of the vehicles were sold to the German market only.
November 15, 2019
BMW E46 M3 models with the ZCP Competition Package were offered on the 2005 - 2006 M3 models. Options included Interlagos Blue paint, larger cross drilled brake rotors with larger rear piston and special brake pads, a tuned DSC with M-Track mode, Alcantara wrapped steering with audio and cruise control buttons deleted, 19” BBS cross spoke wheels, shorting steering ratio and aluminum “Alu Tec” interior trim.
November 14, 2019
The prototype 6.7L V16, which was based off the M70 V12, was 12 inches longer. This allowed for no room for the radiator, as a result cooling was implemented in the rear of the vehicle as indicated by the large rear vents.
November 13, 2019
The cylinder heads of the N62B48 (Found in the E53 4.8is X5) are variants of the N62B44. Due to the higher stress load, the cylinder heads on the N62B48 are made from a stronger aluminum silicon alloy.
November 12, 2019
The BMW M8 GTE was the first BMW touring car to compete on the track before the launch of the production model.
November 11, 2019
The base price for an entry level E31 8 series in the early 1990s North American market started in the low $70,000 range, which is around $133,000 in 2019 (USD). The entry level 2019 8 series coupe today starts at $88,000 USD.
November 10, 2019
The first ever BMW 2 series Gran Coupe shares the same front wheel drive architecture as the F40 1 series. The 2 series Coupe however will remain rear wheel drive.
November 9, 2019
The third generation 1 series features optional full LED tail lights which have a new interpretation of the familiar "L" shaped design.
November 8, 2019
As of June 2019, more than 443,000 units of the X6 have been sold world wide across two model generations.
November 7, 2019
All BMW petrol powered boat engines were derived from car engines. In 1987 the BMW B220 was the top of the range model. This model was 25% lighter than competitor models of the time. 280Nm (206 ft-lbs) of torque was delivered at just 3500rpm.
November 6, 2019
The first ever version of iDrive was found on the E65 7 series. Because of the steep learning curve of the clunky menu system it quickly got the nickname the “I don’t Know Drive”.
November 5, 2019
Although 50 years apart the M121 and the P48 DTM motors both feature 2.0 liter inline 4 cylinder and turbocharged. A mechanical fuel injection pump supplies fuel for both engines in lieu of electronic fuel pumps.
November 4, 2019
The interior of the 2006 BMW Mille Miglia Coupe concept used only three materials: stainless steel, untreated cow hide and Lycra fabric.
November 3, 2019
The first generation M8 comes standard with Adaptive LED headlights designed to replicate the same warmth as daytime driving. Optional BMW Laserlight offers an effective range of 600 meters (2,000 ft) and are identifiable by blue accents inside the twin headlights.en).
November 2, 2019
The E65 7 series was the First BMW model to use different chassis codes for each variant E65 (base), E66 (long), E67 (high security) and E68 (hydrogen).
November 1, 2019
The G01 and G02 X3M and X4M feature M specific rubber mounts for all control arms and the rear axle subframe. The Competition models come with specific anti roll bars whose increased rigidity translates into more direct response, resulting in a noticeable reduction in body roll and more precise handling.