September 30, 2019
The 2002 BMW E65/E66 7 series was the world’s first production vehicle fitted with an electric parking brake.
September 29, 2019
The E53 X5 instrument cluster is taken directly from the E39 5 series as well as the climate control unit.
September 28, 2019
The E90 is 25% more rigid than the outgoing E46 sedan.
September 27, 2019
The cost of the ZHP package on the US spec 2003 - 2006 E46 330i cost $3,900 (still totaling $7k less than the M3 coupe). The sedan was available from 2003 - 2005 and the convertible available from 2003 - 2006.
September 26, 2019
The BMW E28 528e late model “Super ETA” featured the same cylinder head from the standard “i” model but kept the “e” engine block, this allowed a power increase to 127hp from the standard eta 121hp version.
September 25, 2019
The BMW E34 540i was offered as a 5-speed automatic or an optional 6-speed transmission (offered in 1995 in North America, and from 1993 to 1996 in Europe). Only 3,203 examples of the 540i 6spd manual were produced.
September 24, 2019
The 2005 model year for the E46 M3 discontinued paint options Laguna Seca Blue and Oxford Green. These colors were not replaced, reducing total color options to just eight.
September 23, 2019
In 1994 BMW produced 15 examples of the E36 M3R for the Australian market for customers to compete in the GT production race series. 4 were built as factory race cars, 11 were offered to Australian citizens who held a race license.
September 22, 2019
BMW manufactured a one off BMW E36 M3 Compact to see how the public reacted towards such a car. The car weighed 331lbs less than the standard sedan and had the same rear axle as the M roadster. BMW ultimately decided not to produce the E36 M3 compact.
September 21, 2019
The BMW X7 is fitted with 20 inch wheels as standard, optional upgrades of 21 and 22 inch wheels are also available, (22 inch wheels shown).
September 20, 2019
The BMW X3 M and BMW X4 M accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.2 seconds, while the Competition models hit the 100 km/h (62 mph) mark in 4.1 seconds. The top speed of all models is an electronically governed 250 km/h (155 mph). But if the optional M Driver’s Package is specified, this limit rises to 280 km/h (174 mph) – or 285 km/h (177 mph) for the Competition models.
September 19, 2019
The E53 X5 3.0 M54 model uses traditional rear spring setups in the rear while the M62 V8 uses air bag suspension system as standard (same as the E39 touring). The 3.0 M54 could be equipped with air bags as an option.
September 18, 2019
The 100 units of the F32 435i ZHP Edition were available in an 8 speed automatic or a 6 speed manual transmission. Paint color options were only Alpine White or Black Sapphire Metallic.
September 17, 2019
The engine of the BMW M8 GTE consists of over 2,300 individual parts and generates between 500 and 600 hp, depending on the requirements of the respective sporting authorities.
September 16, 2019
The E90 320si is powered by the N45B20S which produces 174bhp at 7,000rpm and 155lbft of torque, 0 - 60 mph took 8.1 seconds. The base model 320i sold during the same time had 148bhp and 148lbft.
September 15, 2019
The S58 engine is a true twin turbo with two mono scroll turbochargers. One turbo is for cylinders 1 thru 3 and the other for cylinders 4 thru 6. The engine’s power output is further enhanced through the use of upgraded compressors and an indirect intercooler supplied by a low temperature circuit.
September 14, 2019
The turning circle of the first generation E53 X5 is 12.2m (40ft) , the 2019 G05 X5 turning circle is 12.6m (41.3ft) for comparison. BMW was able to keep the newer, larger vehicle with such a small turning circle with the aid of rear wheel steering using Integral Active Steering (IAS).
September 13, 2019
The large LED headlights found on the 2006 BMW Mille Miglia Coupe concept are not integrated into the body of the car. This allowed the designers to not only honor the original 328 sports car but create clean, uninterrupted, free flowing body lines.
September 12, 2019
The use of aluminum in the E63 M6 front end saves 20kg (44 lbs) compared a steel construction. This lightweight assembly is fabricated from aluminum body panels, extrusions, internal pressure tubes and castings. The aluminum construction is attached to the steel body steel using 600 self piercing rivets and 7 meters (23 feet) of welded seams.
September 11, 2019
After 6 race seasons of the E30 M3, one world championship title, two European championship titles, more than 60 national championship titles, 7 European Hillclimb championship titles and 5 rally troops where obtained. Eight wins were achieved in 24-hour races on the Nürburgring and in Spa. These records made the BMW M3 the world’s most successful touring car of all time.
September 10, 2019
Without the driver and fuel, the 2019 BMW M4 DTM race car must weight in at 981kg (2,163lbs) this is 50kg (110 lbs) less than last season.
September 9, 2019
The 2012 BMW M550d xDrive was the world’s first triple turbocharged production vehicle.
September 8, 2019
Both the G01 / G02 X3M, X4M and Competition models feature black double bars in the kidney however, only on the Competition model is the surround also gloss black. The base model X3 and X4 grill surrounds are silver.
September 7, 2019
The first generation M8 M Performance Carbon Package has additional carbon parts than the standard carbon package BMW offers. The additional package includes carbon side skirts, kidney grills and engine cover. All carbon parts are made by hand and finished in high gloss with UV and temperature resistant coatings.
September 6, 2019
The first six cylinder powered 3 series engine was found in a carburetted form in the 1977 E21 with the M20B20 (121bhp). In 1978 the 323i model was fuel injected to produce 143bhp.
September 5, 2019
The third generation BMW 1 series is for the first time offering an optional Head Up Display.
September 4, 2019
The BMW M6 GT3 completed over 20,000km (12,427) miles of testing before its first race at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in 2016.
September 3, 2019
The BMW powered 46.9 liter V12 aircraft engine was repurposed to power an automobile named Brutus. It produces 493bhp at 1,500rpm.
September 2, 2019
The 1997 BMW E38 7 series was the world’s first production vehicle fitted with side curtain airbags.
September 1, 2019
Two axle air suspension with automatic self leveling is standard on all BMW X7 models. Each suspension’s air supply can be controlled individually to each wheel to make unbalanced roads even. When driving in SPORT mode in excess of 86mph (138kph) the ride height automatically lowers by .8 inches (20 mm).