Daily Bite Sized BMW Tips – February 2017

BMW E36/8 M coupe S54 Blue

February 28, 2017
The S54 powered E36/8 M Coupe is the lowest production BMW that was not produced in a "limited production" run with only 1,112 units produced world wide.

1990 BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution Black

February 27, 2017
The 1990 BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution was available only in Jet Black (668) or Brilliant Red (308).

BMW 3200 CS Bertone White

February 26, 2017
BMW produced only 603 examples of the 3200 CS from January 1962 through September 1965. Powered by a 3.2L V8, power output was 160hp (120kW), the last BMW engine using pushrods to operate the valves.

BMW M52TU engine

February 25, 2017
In 1998, the M52TU ("technical update") was released, adding variable valve timing to the exhaust camshaft (called dual VANOS by BMW).


February 24, 2017
The BMW E46 M3 CSL was never available for sale in the US.

BMW F10 M5 Blue Track

February 23, 2017
The BMW F10 M5 has a steering rack 27% quicker than the standard F10 5 series, the competition package has an additional 10% quicker steering than the standard M5.

1995 BMW 850CSi alpine white

February 22, 2017
The US spec E31 850CSi models have “BMW Motorsport” embossed door handles, a feature not found on most Euro Spec models.

BMW E30 M3

February 21, 2017
The E30 M3's aero improvements lowered the coefficient of drag to .33 from .38 compared to the standard E30. This is primarily from the front valence, rear wing, raked rear window and higher trunk modifications.

BMW E60 M5 silver

February 20, 2017
The BMW E60 M5 S85 V10 motor is a "clean sheet" design that does not share any parts in common with earlier motors from BMW M.

BMW X4 M40i long beach blue metallic front quarter

February 19, 2017
Long Beach Blue metallic is a color option exclusively found on the M40i version of the F26 X4 model range.

BMW F10 M5

February 18, 2017
All F10 M5s were built on the standard 5 Series production line at BMW's Dingolfing factory northeast of Munich.

BMW 850CSI side view

February 17, 2017
Euro spec BMW E31 850CSi versions were equipped with the same brakes found on the E34 M5 however, the North American version used the standard 850Ci brakes.

BMW E9 CSL Taiga Metallic

February 16, 2017
The rear wings found on the BMW E9 3.0 CSL was not installed at the factory, but were left in the trunk / boot for installation after purchase. This was done because the wings were illegal for use on German roads at the time.

BMW 507 Roadster

February 15, 2017
The 507 roadster intended to revive BMW's sporting image, the 507 instead took BMW to the edge of bankruptcy. The company's losses for 1959 was 15 million Deutsche Marks. BMW lost money on each 507 built and production was terminated in late 1959.

BMW Z4 roadster red interior

February 14, 2017
Modern BMW Roadsters incorporate Sun Reflective Technology. It is found on the leather on the seats, interior panels, and steering wheel that significantly reduces the heat effect of bright sunshine. Treatment of the leather integrates special color pigments into the material to reflect infrared radiation in sunlight making leather surfaces cooler to the touch than they otherwise would be.

BMW M44 Engine

February 13, 2017
The M44 motor uses many plastic cooling parts which potentially cause reliability problems on higher milage engines. These parts can be swapped with M42 metal pieces as a long term fix.

BMW E92 335is

February 12, 2017
The BMW E92 335is features kidney grille surrounds in high gloss black, shadowline black window trim and wing mirror caps in high gloss black to distinguish it from the standard 335i models.

BMW F10 M5 30 Jahre

February 11, 2017
BMW produced exactly 300 examples of the F10 M5 “30 Jahre Edition” 30 year Edition.


February 10, 2017
Many BMW special edition models like the BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution, E36 M3 GT, E46 M3 CSL, E92 M3 GTS and E90 M3 CRT were not sold in North America until the F82 M4 GTS edition.

BMW M2 Gray

February 9, 2017
The BMW F87 M2 has more torque than every previous generation M3. E9X M3 has 295lbft (400Nm) while the M2 has 345lbft (465Nm) the M2 CS features 406lbft (550Nm).

BMW E9 CSL Verona Red

February 8, 2017
The 500 examples of the BMW E9 3.0 CSL exported to the United Kingdom were not quite as light as the others, as the importer had insisted on retaining the soundproofing, electric windows, and stock E9 bumpers on these cars.

BMW E39 M5

February 7, 2017
Unlike the North American BMW E39 M5, for the European-specification model, the front rotors are of a "floating" two-piece design for better heat dissipation.

BMW M2 and E30 M3

February 6, 2017
The BMW F87 M2’s electric Power Steering does not require any energy when the car is being driven in a straight line or standing still with the engine running. This enables an improvement in fuel economy of roughly 0.6 mpg.

2016 BMW 7 series white

February 5, 2017
The BMW G11 7 series reduces aerodynamic drag by 15% compared to the predecessor F01 model which has been achieved thanks to the cladding covering almost the entire underbody as well as the new contouring of the exterior mirrors.

BMW M2 Coupe Blue

February 4, 2017
All the control arms and wheel carriers of the BMW M2’s five-link rear axle are made from forged aluminum, which reduces the unsprung masses of the wheel-locating components by more than 6lbs (2.72kg) compared to a steel construction.

BMW E39 M5

February 3, 2017
The BMW E39 M5 was only available in manual transmission.

BMW 2002 Turbo

February 2, 2017
The German government considered the reverse turbo "obrut" decal on the 2002 turbo to be too outlandish and BMW was quickly pressured into changing to a different style without any kind of turbo script on the front spoiler.

BMW F10 M5 track cornering

February 1, 2017
The BMW F10 M5 front fenders are each .8 in (20.3mm) wider than the standard 5 series.