Daily Bite Sized BMW Tips – September 2017

BMW Z3 black

September 30, 2017
The BMW E36/7 Z3 entered production in September 1995, powered by 4-cylinder engines. The 6-cylinder engines joined the model range in 1996.

BMW E46 ZHP silver side view

September 29, 2017
The ZHP performance package BMW E46 330i 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.

BMW F90 M5

September 28, 2017
The BMW F90 M5 "M xDrive" all-wheel-drive system has a rear-biased set-up which ensures the front wheels only come into play when the rear wheels are not able to transmit any more torque to the road and additional tractive force is required.

BMW E90 330d White

September 27, 2017
The power output of the E90 BMW 330d is 241 bhp (180 kW), 40hp (10 kW) more than its predecessor engine, also with a 7% reduction in fuel consumption.

1995 BMW E36 M3 GT

September 26, 2017
All E36 M3 models came standard with a crash sensor which, when a collision was detected, would turn on the hazard lights, unlock all the doors and turn on all interior lights.

BMW Z9 concept

September 25, 2017
The BMW Z9 concept featured the world's first V8 turbo-diesel for non-truck use, it was later used in production for the BMW 7 Series (E38) 740d model.

BMW M50 non vanos E34

September 24, 2017
The BMW M50 motor was released in the E34 520i and 525i in 1990, to replace the M20 engine.

BMW E92 M3 brilliant frozen white mettalic

September 23, 2017
BMW Individual color Brilliant White metallic paint finish, involves the application of two additional paint layers. This considerably more complex manufacturing process lends the paint a unique luminosity. The brilliant white finish does not seem to need any outside light sources – it appears to glow from within.  It is offered in gloss and matte finishes.

BMW Headquarters

September 22, 2017
BMW Group sales achieved their best ever March 2017, with sales in the month totaling 254,862 units, a 5.9% increase year-over-year.  The X-family models and the BMW 7 Series being the main growth drivers.


September 21, 2017
The BMW M4 CS engine is kept supplied with proper amount of lubricant at longitudinal and lateral forces of up to 1.4 g.

BMW E46 M3 steering wheel control

September 20, 2017
The BMW E46 M3 CSL features an Alcantara-wrapped M three-spoke steering wheel which contains only the M Track Mode switch in place of the usual audio and cruise control buttons. 

BMW E82 1M

September 19, 2017
According to Dr. Kay Segler, the managing director of BMW M GmbH at the time stated  the "M1" designation will never be used by BMW again, as it would remain exclusive to the mid-engined sports car that BMW Motorsport produced between 1978 and 1981.  Hence the naming convention of 1M for the E82.

BMW E12 M535i interior

September 18, 2017
The BMW E12 M535i is equipped with a three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel featuring the BMW Motorpsort logo, identical to the one used in the M1 sports car.

BMW F10 M5 competition M5

September 17, 2017
The BMW F10 M5 is is the first M5 to utilize forced induction.

BMW 503 convertible

September 16, 2017
The convertible version of the BMW 503 was the first European convertible with an electrically operated top.

BMW E3 2500

September 15, 2017
The first model BMW to use the 2494 cc version of the M30 was the E3 2500 in 1968.

BMW E24 635CSi

September 14, 2017
In 1977, the 6 series was released in the US as the 630 CSi.  The 630 CSi is powered by a fuel-injected version of the carbureted 630 CS available elsewhere. This 3.0 liter engine produces 176 hp and 185 lbf·ft (251 Nm).

BMW Z3 1.9

September 13, 2017
The base model Z3 was the 1.8 liter 4 cylinder version, which was not offered in the US and discontinued in September 1998.  The 1.9 liter replaced it and was available as the base model world wide.

2011 BMW E82 1M coupe valencia orange

September 12, 2017
The BMW 1M shares body panels of only its doors, roof and hood with other E82 models.

BMW F90 M5 blue

September 11, 2017
Despite the heavier four-wheel drive feature of the F90 M5, BMW was able to reduce the weight of the new M5 by about 88 lbs (40 kg) over the outgoing F10 M5 model.

BMW M30 Engine

September 10, 2017
Initially, the engine code was "M06", before it was renamed the "M30" in the mid 1980s.

BMW 507

September 9, 2017
The BMW 507 frame was a shortened 503 frame, the wheelbase having been reduced from 111.6 in (283.5 cm) to 98 in (248.0 cm).

BMW F30 sedan, red

September 8, 2017
The BMW F30 is larger in overall size than the E90 predecessor, yet weight is down 88 lb (40 kilograms).

BMW E30 M3 sport evolution

September 7, 2017
The BMW E30 M3 had three limited editions, the Evolution I, Evolution II and Sport Evolution. These were built to homologate updates to the engine and aerodynamics for racing purposes.

BMW F90 M5 blue

September 6, 2017
For the first time in the M5 model, the F90 M5 roof is made from extremely lightweight, high-strength carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP).

BMW 1M coupe

September 5, 2017
UK production of the 1M coupe was limited to 450 units while France only got 100 examples.  Each receiving numbered plaques.  The rest of the world market received as many orders as the production line could fulfill.

Dakar Yellow BMW M coupe

September 4, 2017
Dakar Yellow II is exceptionally rare on the S54 M coupe, with only one USA car produced in that color, being that it was an individual order.

2018 BMW 2 series sunset orange

September 3, 2017
The 2018 2 series coupe and convertible models offers three new colors – a darker Mediterranean Blue Metallic and a lighter Seaside Blue Metallic, plus the bold Sunset Orange.  This brings the number of available exterior paint finishes to 11.

2018 BMW 440i xdrive

September 2, 2017
All US spec gasoline models in the 2018 BMW 4 Series lineup (except the M4) could have been ordered with the optional BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive system.

BMW E39 5 series silver

September 1, 2017
The BMW E39 was the first 5 Series to use aluminum components in the front suspension to help reduce overall weight.