Daily Bite Sized BMW Tips – December 2017

BMW E21 3 series side view

December 31, 2017
The fuel injected 320i was introduced at the end of 1975. It featured the M10 4-cylinder engine with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, a limited slip differential was available as an option.


December 30, 2017
The BMW M52TU allows for the possibility to safely bore the cylinders +.25mm.


December 29, 2017
The main driving force behind the E30 M3’s existence was Group A racing, a production-based class that demanded that each race car share its core mechanical components with a road car, of which at least 5,000 examples had to be produced.

BMW Z4 coupe

December 28, 2017
Over the Z4's life cycle, 197,950 vehicles had been produced, with 180,856 roadsters and 17,094 coupés.

BMW M4 GTS front view

December 27, 2017
The BMW M4 GTS has a hood made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), weighing 25% less than an aluminium equivalent. This helps lower the car’s center of gravity and further improve the balance of weight between the front and rear axle.

BMW 507 coupe

December 26, 2017
The BMW 507 was conceived by U.S. automobile importer Max Hoffman who, in 1954, persuaded the BMW management to produce a roadster version of the BMW 501 and BMW 502 saloons to fill the gap between the expensive Mercedes-Benz 300SL and the cheap and underpowered Triumph and MG sports cars.

Christmas E30 pickup

December 25, 2017
Merry Christmas!!

BMW M30 Engine

December 24, 2017
The BMW M30 engine was the basis for the turbocharged M102 and M106 engines (found in the E23 745i).

BMW individual urban green

December 23, 2017
Each BMW Individual paint finish is applied in five layers to the surface of the car. The first three layers, not visible in the finished product, play a crucial role. Their job is to cleanse and prime the surface, to improve adhesion and protect against corrosion. A hydro filler protects against stone chip damage. Only the fourth layer contains the pigments and gives the color effect. The fifth layer gives the BMW paint finishes unmatched sheen and acts as a protective coating against scratches.

BMW E46/5 Compact

December 22, 2017
The E46/5 compact was replaced by the BMW 1 series.

BMW 1M alpine white

December 21, 2017
Only 983 examples of the E82 1M were produced from 03/2011 through 12/2011 for the North American market, 6,342 were produced world wide.

BMW F90 M5 first edition

December 20, 2017
The F90 M5 comes in a “First Edition” special-edition model limited to a worldwide run of 400 examples with 50 units coming to the US. Paintwork is exclusive to Frozen Dark Red Metallic and includes BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line trim with extended features. This means that the kidney grille, the M gills and the four tailpipes of the sports exhaust all come in high-gloss black. The M5 First Edition is fitted as standard with 20-inch seven-double-spoke light-alloy wheels in black.

BMW E36 M3 convertible

December 19, 2017
Electrically operated roofs were standard on all E36 M3 convertible models and offered as an option on non M3 models.

Schnitzer M1 procar group 5

December 18, 2017
Schnitzer made a twin turbo charged 1000hp BMW M1 Group 5 race car, however during competition power was reduced to 850hp to improve reliability.

BMW M4 CS interior

December 17, 2017
The BMW M4 CS M Alcantara steering wheel is an extra cost option. It features anthracite colored Alcantara material with blue / red M stitching and a 12 o’clock marker.

BMW 1M xenon headlights

December 16, 2017
LWR (automatic vertical light beam angle) has been available on BMW vehicles starting with the 1999 model year. All US market vehicles with Xenon Lights incorporate LWR as standard equipment. LWR is not available with standard halogen headlights.

BMW M4 Front view Road America

December 15, 2017
The F80 M3 / F82 M4 has 8 standard paint options, all are metallic except for Alpine White III.

BMW Transmission cutaway

December 14, 2017
Transmission fluid provides the following functions: - Lubricates mechanical components (planetary gears, bearings etc.). - 
Removes heat and transfers heat to transmission cooling system. (Heat Exchanger). 
- Removes debris and contaminants to sump and filter when circulated. - 
Provides a transfer of kinetic energy in the torque converter. 
- Allows hydraulic operation of mechanical components (clutches, brakes) via control 
of the valve body. Make sure to maintain your transmission fluid properly.

BMW E30 325e

December 13, 2017
The BMW M20B27 was used in the “eta” models which had smaller valves, different camshafts, fewer cam journals, and single valve springs to increase efficiency. The engine was also stroked out to 2.7 liters from 2.5 liters. Due to these changes the rev limit was reduced to max 4800rpm.

2001 BMW M Coupe S54

December 12, 2017
The BMW M Coupe was offered with three different engines, the BMW S50, BMW S52, and the BMW S54. All were offered in different markets at different times.

BMW E46 M3 CSL interior

December 11, 2017
The BMW E46 M3 CSL only came in SMG. Shift times were just 0.08 seconds on all six gears, providing a direct and consistent flow of power at all engine speeds. The SMG Drivelogic has been re-designed and re-adjusted completely for the M3 CSL compared to the base model.

BMW E21 Baur

December 10, 2017
BMW E21 Baur Cabriolet production totaled 4,595 vehicles before production ended in 1981.

BMW M4 CS blue

December 9, 2017
The BMW M4 CS comes standard with the M Driver’s Package, which increases the top speed electronically to 280 km/h (174 mph).

BMW E82 1M interior

December 8, 2017
The 1 Series M Coupe is equipped exclusively with a Getrag Type K 6-speed manual gearbox. Lighter and more compact than the earlier Type G found in other models.

BMW F90 M5 interior

December 7, 2017
The F90 M5 features two red-painted M1 and M2 buttons next to the gearshift paddles on the M multifunction steering wheel, which allow drivers to configure two individual set-ups. These include their choice of M xDrive, DSC on/off, engine, transmission, damper and steering characteristics, as well as the appearance of M view in the Head-Up Display.

BMW E36 M3 dakar

December 6, 2017
BMW delayed the launch of the E36 M3 from the outgoing E30 M3 to build up demand for the new model as well as to wait until the coupe model entered production in January 1992.

BMW M1 motor

December 5, 2017
The BMW M1 engine is mounted vertically and not off to the side like most BMW inline motors.

BMW E32 750iL

December 4, 2017
The BMW E32 was the first BMW 7 Series to be offered as a long version – with a 11.4 cm / 4.5 inch longer body than the non long version.

BMW Z4M roadster red

December 3, 2017
The BMW Z4M was only available world wide with a manual transmission.

BMW E30 M3 Evo1

December 2, 2017
BMW manufactured a total of 505 examples of the E30 M3 Evolution I, the main mechanical alteration was a revised cylinder head, peak power remained unchanged at 200hp from the standard non-catalyst M3 however. These changes were made to homologate an updated version of the race car.

BMW E46 M3 CSL interior

December 1, 2017
Reflecting the purist standard of motorsport, the BMW E46 M3 CSL does without electric seat heating or a navigation system, and both the radio and air conditioning are only available as an option.