Daily Bite Sized BMW Tips – August 2017

BMW E12 M535i rear quarter

August 31, 2017
The exterior of the E12 M535i can be identified by its unique body-color front airdam, black rubber rear spoiler and tri-color BMW Motorsport stripes on the side bodywork and front airdam. However, these items were technically listed as "special equipment" and could be omitted upon request in order to give the car the stealthy appearance of a standard 5 Series.


August 30, 2017
The BMW Z3 is based on the E36/5 3 Series Compact chassis. Rear suspension is the semi trailing arm design (from the E30 3 Series), instead of the multi-link suspension design used by the rest of the E36 models.

BMW E82 1M interior

August 29, 2017
The 1M rack-and-pinion design has an overall ratio of 12.5:1, which is significantly quicker than the 16.0:1 ratio found in other E82 1 Series models.

BMW G30 M5 blue

August 28, 2017
The F90 M5 is the first M5 ever to only come with a traditional automatic transmission (no DCT).  All previous generations offered a manual transmission.

BMW 4 series gran coupe white

August 27, 2017
The BMW F36 4 Series Gran Coupe is BMW’s second four-door coupe after the 6 Series Gran Coupe.

BMW E21 3 series

August 26, 2017
The BMW E21 was the first ever 3 series, introduced in July 1975 at the Munich Olympic Stadium.

BMW E46 3 series coupe

August 25, 2017
The body shell of the E46 is claimed by BMW to be 70% more rigid than its E36 predecessor.

BMW F10 M5 Sakhir Orange

August 24, 2017
The BMW F10 M5 is 18 seconds faster than its E60 V10 predecessor around the Nürburgring.

BMW M4 GTS White

August 23, 2017
The BMW M4 GTS engine develops its maximum power of 500 hp – an increase of 16% over the BMW M4 – at 6,250 rpm. Peak torque has been increased by 10% to 442 lb-ft and is maintained over a very wide rev band (4,000 rpm to 5,500 rpm).  Fuel economy stays the same as the standard M4.

BMW E46 M3 CSL carbon door panel

August 22, 2017
The combined use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic reduces the overall weight of the BMW E46 M3 CSL  by 243 lbs (110kg) compared to the standard E46 M3.

BMW E9 2.5 CS

August 21, 2017
The last version of the BMW E9 to be introduced was the 2.5 CS in 1974. This was a response to the 1973 oil crisis, such that the buyer could choose the smaller, more economical engine.

BMW Z3 red

August 20, 2017
The final BMW Z3 was produced on June 28, 2002.

2017 BMW 5 series interior

August 19, 2017
Optionally equipped 2017 BMW 5 series contain eight different massage programs, each with a choice of three intensity modes, relax the muscles in the back and relieve the strain on the spinal discs while driving. The massage function uses 20 air chambers incorporated into the seat backrest and cushion, which are alternately inflated and deflated.

BMW 2002 turbo side view

August 18, 2017
A total of only 1,672 2002 Turbo examples were produced.

BMW F10 M5 carbon ceramic breaks

August 17, 2017
Each F10 M5 ceramic front disc weighs just 17.1 lbs (versus 30.6 lbs for the steel equivalent), despite the fact that the ceramic version is nearly half an inch larger.

BMW E30 M3 europameister

August 16, 2017
BMW celebrated the dominance of its E30 M3 in the 1988 Touring Car season with a limited run of 148 examples of "Europameister" edition road cars.

BMW E60 security

August 15, 2017
The E60 5 Series Security is an armored version of the BMW 5 Series sedan with ballistic protection to guarantee effective safety from criminal attacks.

BMW M4 CS rear carbon diffuser

August 14, 2017
The rear diffuser on the M4 CS is carried over from the M4 GTS.  The diffuser and front splitter optimize the airflow along the vehicle’s underbody, helping to keep the car in even better contact with the road.

BMW Z4 hardtop retractable

August 13, 2017
The E89 BMW Z4 is the first BMW roadster to protect its passengers from wind and weather with a fully retractable hardtop.

BMW M20 Motor

August 12, 2017
The BMW M20 motor was manufactured with displacements ranging from 1991 cc to 2693 cc.

BMW E28 M535i silver

August 11, 2017
The E28 M535i was nothing more than a cosmetically enhanced alternative to the mechanically identical 535i.

BMW E30 M3 Sport Evo Interior steering wheel

August 10, 2017
The M-Technic I with a slimmer hub and the M tri-color stripe on the center spoke was used on E30 M3s built before September, 1989. After this date, the M-Technic II steering wheel with a thicker rim and the M logo on the central spoke was used. 

BMW M62 vanos timing chain

August 9, 2017
Infinitely variable inlet VANOS was a refinement of the two-setting inlet VANOS system. It was first introduced on the M62TU engine. It was the first VANOS system which allowed fully variable inlet valve timing. 

BMW F10 M5 competition package

August 8, 2017
F10 M5 competition package has revised suspension tuning with shorter (by 10mm) and stiffer (by 20%) springs, stiffer damping rates (by 20%), stiffer front axle bushings and increased anti-roll bar stiffness (by 15%).

BMW E92 330d LCI

August 7, 2017
BMW introduced the term "Life Cycle Impulse" or "LCI" in the late 2000s to designate models that have received their mid-life cosmetic update. Though the practice of introducing cosmetic revisions to existing BMW models at approximately the midpoint of their lifespan dates back to the 1970s, the 5th generation 3 Series was among the first BMWs to officially receive the LCI terminology.

BMW 2003 545i E60

August 6, 2017
Car and Driver (May ’04) summed up the BMW E60 545i N62B44 as “among the friendliest, most enthusiastic engines in existence.“ 

BMW Xenon Headlights

August 5, 2017
Xenon headlights produce from 2.5 to 3 times more lumens than halogen.

BMW E36 3 series sport

August 4, 2017
A freeze warning is incorporated into the E46 on board computer. If the temperature drops below 37 degrees, the gong will sound and the temperature display will flash to warn the driver of possible ice conditions. 

BMW F80 M3 Yas Marina Blue

August 3, 2017
Fuel economy on the F8X M3 / M4 is over 25% greater than that of the outgoing E9X M3 V8 model.

BMW E31 8 series

August 2, 2017
A total of 30,621 examples of the BMW 8 Series were produced up to 1999, 24 of which were lavishly hand-built at BMW’s Rosslyn plant in South Africa. For tax reasons, assembling the cars there was more cost-efficient than importing the finished articles. 

BMW E21 3 series

August 1, 2017
The BMW E21 323i version options include power steering, a 5-speed close-ratio 'dogleg' sport gearbox, and 25% limited slip differential.