October 31, 2019
The E31 830i was intended to be an entry level 8 series model, 18 prototypes were manufactured but all were destroyed. The 830i never came to be as the 4.0L M60 found to be the proper engine replacement.
October 30, 2019
The inaugural year for the E46 ZHP was 2003 which only came in manual transmission. The following years 2004 thru 2006 a steptronic option was available.
October 29, 2019
The intake and exhaust manifolds on the BMW E46 M3 CSL were redesigned to reduce the curvature to more straight flow, allowing the air flow to be more direct improving engine response.
October 28, 2019
The BMW E28 M5 has the battery located in the trunk to better help with weight distribution compared to the standard E28 models which had the battery located under the hood.
October 27, 2019
The third generation 1 series for the first time features backlit interior trim strips. The customer can chose up to 6 different color options.
October 26, 2019
The 5th Generation M3 Sedan is manufactured at the Regensburg plant where all M3 models had been manufactured since 1992. The M4 Coupe models are manufactured in Munich where the original BMW E30 M3 hailed from.
October 25, 2019
The North American E28 533i model was sold from 1983 thru 1984 as a response to customer complaints of the 528e being too slow.
October 24, 2019
The BMW E31 850i debuted to the public in September 1989 in Frankfurt Germany. 5,000 orders were placed within eight days of the show, before the vehicle even entered production and testing was still in progress.
October 23, 2019
The BMW M system “Throwing Star” wheels found on the E34 M5 model are directional wheels. The blades are specifically designed to draw hot air out from the disc brakes keeping them cool and optimizing braking performance.
October 22, 2019
The BMW Goldfisch 6.7L V16 engines from the 1980s never made its way to a production vehicle to prevent an arms race with other auto manufacturers. Prototype engines were fitted to an E32 7 series.
October 21, 2019
The BMW E12 530 MLE was a South African limited edition homologation vehicle. 110 units of the Type 1 were produced in 1976 and 117 version of the Type 2 were produced in 1977.
October 20, 2019
The third generation 1 series for the first time offers an electrically operated tailgate.
October 19, 2019
The first generation M8 soft top has 3 layers to ensure maximum sound dampening. It opens and closes in just 15 seconds while driving up to 50km/h (31mph).
October 18, 2019
For the 2002 model year, the North American BMW E46 M3 models came standard with in dash CD player instead of cassette player.
October 17, 2019
BMW manufactured 250 examples of the E92 Tiger Edition for the Chinese market during the year of the Tiger, February 2010 thru February 2011). These were painted in the same Fire Orange as the GTS. The carbon-fiber roof was replaced with the standard steel roof with a sunroof to meet customer demand.
October 16, 2019
The BMW E34 is one of the first to feature a unique convenience called “retained power”. This allows the windows and sunroof to be operated after the key has been removed from the ignition until either front door has been open and closed.
October 15, 2019
The BMW E31 850CSi was never branded as a true M car, however the VIN number starts with WBS which designations origins at the BMW Motorsport factory. The car is claimed to only have been modified moderately by the BMW M division as the true M8 was only a prototype and never made it into production.
October 14, 2019
As of 2019, the 2017 BMW Alpina D5 S holds the record for the highest torque output per unit displacement, 197 lbft (267Nm) per liter from a 3.0 liter tri-turbo.
October 13, 2019
The 2019 M4 DTM P48's pistons accelerate from 0 to 100km/h (62mph) in less than a thousandth of a second - 1,200 times faster than a lunar rocket.
October 12, 2019
Roughly 90% of the sheet panels used in the E65 / E66 bodyshell consists of higher-tensile strength steels. In comparison, only roughly 30% of higher-tensile steels were used in the E38 while only 5% was used in the E32. Higher tensile steels help reduce weight and increased strength.
October 11, 2019
The Australian market was delivered 50 Coupe and 50 Sedan “Pure Edition” E9X M3s. These were a stripped-down back to the basics vehicles sold at a discounted price. Only available in a manual, had a steel roof, removed driver-selectable M Drive system, cloth seats, CD player delete, non-foldable door mirrors and alarm delete among others deleted options.
October 10, 2019
1989 E34 525i models did not have the 4-spoke SRS steering wheel. The passenger Airbag was introduced on 1994 models, and replaced the classic BMW upper dash storage tray dating back to the 2002 model.
October 9, 2019
The V8 powered E46 M3 GTR came about because of 6 cylinder’s inability to keep up with the Porsche 996 GT3 in the American Le Mans (ALMS) race series.
October 8, 2019
The F90 M5 cylinders can reach temperatures of up to 2,270 deg C (4,118 deg F), by comparison when the space capsule re-enters the atmosphere the heat shields must withstand up to 2,200 deg C (3,992 deg F).
October 7, 2019
A total of 10,335 E28 M535i models were produced world wide.
October 6, 2019
A total of 1,383 E46 M3 CSL examples were manufactured from June through December 2003. 841 being left hand drive, 542 being right hand drive.
October 5, 2019
In North America, BMW E34 models with the optional winter packaged featured a limited slip differential, together with heated front seats. ASC (Active Stability Control) was first available on 1991 models.
October 4, 2019
The BMW E46 M3 GTR road going version weighed 2,976lbs (1,349kg) compared to the standard M3 Coupe which weighed 3,415 lbs (1,549kg).
October 3, 2019
In the late 1970s, BMW's entire global workforce possessed only one computer which was primarily used for payroll and stocking logistics. The E28 design team asked for permission to borrow it, to help develop the new 5 series model.
October 2, 2019
During E60 M5 production, the metallic paints Sepang Bronze, Silverstone II and Interlagos Blue were available exclusively for this car. Further available paint options were Alpine White, Black Sapphire metallic and Silver-grey metallic.
October 1, 2019
The third generation 1 series offers three different transmissions. The 116d, 118d and 118i come standard with a 6 speed manual, 116d and 118i can be ordered with a seven speed steptronic. An eight speed steptronic is optional on the 118d and standard on the 120d and 135i.