December 31, 2016
The 2014 BMW F07 5 Series Gran Turismo LCI facelift received a modified front apron exuding presence and solidity. Its redesigned rear end creates a longer and lower visual impression.
December 30, 2016
Only 252 examples of the BMW 507 were built, 202 507's are known to survive today.
December 29, 2016
The wheel and tire package found on the BMW E46 CSL weigh over 24 lbs (11 kg) LESS than the 19 inch wheels available on the standard M3. The weight savings help the CSL live up the lightweight name.
December 28, 2016
Organic LED (OLED) rear tail lights made their BMW series production debut on the BMW F82 M4 GTS.
December 27, 2016
In 1994 Canada had a limited importation run of (45) E36 M3 coupes with the Euro S50B30 engine. Further sales of the E36 M3 were not available until 2 years later with the USA spec motor.
December 26, 2016
The BMW M20 motor was the basis for the M21 diesel engine and the M70 V12 engine.
December 25, 2016
December 24, 2016
The BMW E89 Z4 was the first car in its segment to feature an electrical parking brake activated and released by a button on the center console. This reduces weight through the reduction of mechanical components.
December 23, 2016
The chassis of the BMW F30 3 Series sedan is over 10% more rigid than its E90 predecessor. This improves handling and chassis feedback characteristics.
December 22, 2016
BMW produced a long-wheelbase 3 series sedan for the Chinese market, designated F35. Its chrome trim on the doors and "Li" badging distinguish it from the standard F30 sedan.
December 21, 2016
The interior design of the E21 marked the introduction of a new design concept, with the center console and central dashboard area angled towards the driver. This feature has remains part of BMW’s interior design philosophy in present day.
December 20, 2016
The factory price for a new race ready E30 M3 was $120,000 USD while the US spec E30 M3 sold for a starting price of $34,000 in 1988 ($74,183 in 2020 dollars).
December 19, 2016
The first two BMW Art Cars were 3.0 CSLs; the first was painted by Alexander Calder and the second by Frank Stella.
December 18, 2016
In the 2016 F30 3 series facelift, the new, more intricate structure of the central air intake also allows the radar sensor for the Active Cruise Control (ACC) to be integrated more discreetly.
December 17, 2016
July 2013 started F10 M5 facelift production, it also then began offering the optional Competition Package ($7,300 MSRP) further enhancing vehicle dynamics and performance. Horse power was increased to 567hp and then to 591hp in 2015.
December 16, 2016
The 3 Series designation made its debut in the U.S. in 1976 – when the 2002 was succeeded by an all new 2 door E21 320i.
December 15, 2016
The BMW E82 1 series driver’s pedals move back automatically with a predetermined amount of deformation in the event of a frontal collision so that the risk of driver foot injury is reduced.
December 14, 2016
On the BMW E89 Z4 hardtop, compared with the former E85 model, the side windows are 40% larger, the see-through area in the rear window 52% larger and all-round visibility has increased by 14%.
December 13, 2016
Over 3.5 million BMW M10 motors have been produced world wide spanning over 3 decades ranging from 1499cc to 1990cc.
December 12, 2016
The BMW E46 M3 CSL has a power-to-weight ratio of 3.85 kg/bhp (8.5lbs/hp). This is an improvement by approximately 10% over the base model E46 M3.
December 11, 2016
All E39 M5s are equipped with power and heated M sport seats as standard.
December 10, 2016
The F30 3 series Estoril Blue Metallic paint color (B45) was reserved exclusively for cars equipped with the M Sport package within the model range.
December 9, 2016
In 1991, BMW introduced the world's first series production low beam Xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps (Litronic, only low beam) were first seen on the E32 750iL.
December 8, 2016
The BMW E39 M5 had only 3 non metallic paint options, Imola Red (405), Alpine White (300) and Black (668) and offered 12 metallic options.
December 7, 2016
The BMW E46 M3 S54 headers are formed under high pressure with water inside them, which ensures even distribution of the forming pressure and thus consistent wall thickness. In turn, this process allows for stainless-steel walls only 1 mm (.040 in) thick, non welded, single piece header.
December 6, 2016
Compared with its iron block M50 predecessor, the M52 uses an aluminum block. However, North American models still used iron blocks instead (except in the M52B28 Z3) until the technical update with dual vanos.
December 5, 2016
2,500 BMW E21 320is's were produced and sold exclusively for the US market, first available in 1981.
December 4, 2016
The BMW F30 3 series sedan offers 480L (17 cubic ft) of luggage capacity, 20L (.7 cubic ft) more than the outgoing E90 model.
December 3, 2016
All new for the G11 7 series, the grill air flaps are only open when there is an increased cooling air requirement, otherwise they remain closed. This improves aerodynamics and fuel economy.
December 2, 2016
The BMW F30 3 series center console is angled towards the driver by 7 degrees, keeping a driver focused interior.
December 1, 2016
The N55 turbocharged inline 6 weighs approximately 150lbs (68kg) less than an equally powerful naturally aspirated V8 engine displacing 4.0 liters. This lower weight means a significant advantage not only in fuel economy, but also in balancing the vehicle's weight distribution.