July 31, 2019
Available for the first time ever on a BMW, the third generation X6 features optional illuminated kidney grilles. The illumination is activated by opening or closing the car doors, but the driver can switch it on and off manually as well.
July 30, 2019
The largest market for the BMW 1 series is Germany (25% of sales). Great Britain follows with 20% then Italy, France and Japan. At the end of 2018 the 1 series sold over 1.3 million units world wide since its launch in 2004.
July 29, 2019
The BMW G29 Z4 M40i (38235hp Euro Spec) is quicker around the ring than the M2 (370hp). The Z4 laps the ring in 7:55 compared to the M2 at 7:58.
July 28, 2019
The third generation BMW X6 offers optional Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System featuring a 7 channel amplifier with 1,500 watt output and 20 speakers.
July 27, 2019
In 1985, the E24 633CSi was replaced by the 635CSi. This model used the M30B34 engine, which produced 182 hp (136 kW) and 214 lbf·ft (290 N·m) at 4,000 rpm.
July 26, 2019
Commonalities between the M30 and the M10 engines include: a 30-degree tilt to allow for a lower hood profile, an aluminum crossflow cylinder head, a chain driven single overhead cam and a cast iron block.
July 25, 2019
BMW does not emboss patterns onto its Merino leather, the grain is natural. Not over-treating the leather helps retain the naturally porous surface which allows it to be a breathable material that helps absorb body moisture. A strict selection process of the leathers ensures all skins are immaculate, free from damage and blemishes.
July 24, 2019
BMW re-entered Formula 1 racing in 2000 after a 10 year absence. BMW supplied the P80 V10 engines for the Williams team chassis.
July 23, 2019
The E63 M6 features a sheet moulding compound (SMC) rear trunk lid which saves 2kg (4.4 lbs) over a steel construction. The composite construction allows for more complex shapes to be integrated such as a rear spoiler to be moulded into the lid rather than creating an assembly with a separate piece and use of fasteners.
July 22, 2019
The third generation 1 series 135i xDrive features BMW's most powerful four cylinder engine. 306hp from a 2.0L twin scroll turbo. Peak torque of 332lb-ft (450Nm) is seen at 1,750RPM to 4,500RPM. 0-62mph takes just 4.8 seconds.
July 21, 2019
Standard specification for the BMW X3 M and BMW X4 M includes 20-inch wheels in a polished Orbit Grey finish with 255/45 ZR20 tires at the front and 265/45 ZR20 tires at the rear. The BMW X3 M Competition and BMW X4 M Competition models, ride as standard on 21-inch wheels with a polished Jet Black finish (shown). Tires are 255/40 ZR21 items at the front and 265/40 ZR21 at the rear.
July 20, 2019
The E53 X5 has 7.1 inches (180 mm) of ground clearance. This is the same for both suspensions setups to allow off road travel. The suspension travel, however, is the same as the E39 which allows the X5 to retain car like handling when driven every day.
July 19, 2019
The BMW F32 435i ZHP Edition features the BMW M Performance Aerodynamic Package as standard. This includes a front splitter and rear spoiler made from carbon fiber, a rear diffuser and the M Performance Black Kidney Grilles.
July 18, 2019
The P48 2.0 liter weighs just 85kg (187lbs) nearly half the weight of the outgoing V8 engine. Power output is greater by more than 100hp for a total of 600hp. Weight and horsepower are regulated by the Class 1 regulations. Engine redline is 9,500rpm.
July 17, 2019
The first-generation BMW M8 is the first model to feature a newly designed shift selector as well as feature an M mode button which alters both the responses of the driver assistance systems and the information shown in the instrument cluster HUD. M Mode allows the driver to activate ROAD and SPORT settings while the Competition package comes with a TRACK setting.
July 16, 2019
The third generation 1 series weighs 30kg (66 lbs) less than the previous generation. The use of aluminum for the hood and tailgate as well as FWD system help in weight savings.
July 15, 2019
The third generation BMW X6 features a panoramic glass roof with a 83% larger glass surface than the outgoing model. An optional panorama glass "Sky Lounge" features more than 15,000 illuminated graphic patterns in the glass that is reminiscent of a starlit sky.
July 14, 2019
The BMW M8 M Performance steering wheel features carbon shift paddles with bold red symbols, Alcantara / leather trim, large thumb rests and tri color M stitching. A dark blue center mark is standard as well (an option on the base models).
July 13, 2019
The North American introduction of the 1 series coupe and cabriolet was during the second quarter of 2008, which was credited for helping BMW overtake Lexus in sales as the top luxury brand.
July 12, 2019
Navigation equipped E46 models have an unused connection for a reversing camera. This camera can be purchased from BMW as a retrofit, although third party versions are also available. The input can also be used to add DVD movie playback capability through DIY mods.
July 11, 2019
The BMW E28 M5 instrument cluster has the economy counter removed and replaced with the M logo.
July 10, 2019
205 examples of the E34 540i “M-Sport” models were built in 1995, 139 of them with a 6-speed manual.
July 9, 2019
The BMW E28 M535i came standard with a limited slip differential in the UK market but was an option in other markets.
July 8, 2019
BMW introduced the production model E36s before the last E30 M3 had left the production line in 1990. The E36 M3 was not introduced until October 1992 at the Paris motor show.
July 7, 2019
In addition to a conventional belt driven coolant pump for the engine block, the N63 engine uses an auxiliary electric coolant pump dedicated to cooling the turbochargers.
July 6, 2019
The BMW 502 was manufactured from 1954 to 1964. A total of 21,851 vehicles were manufactured with only V8 engine options, sizes ranged from 2.6 to 3.2 Liters.
July 5, 2019
The BMW 118d won the 'World Green Car Award' in 2008 as a performance-oriented car with CO2 emissions and fuel consumption comparable to Toyota Prius.
July 4, 2019
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July 3, 2019
The E53 X5 front suspension design basis is taken from the E38 / E39 double pivot system. The components are larger in size and made from all steel for the expected harder use that the X5 suspension will receive. This includes the sub-frame which is also larger in size and supported by two hydraulic mounts for vibration absorption.
July 2, 2019
The BMW E34 M5 convertible concept had a set production price tag of £50,000 in 1989 which equates to $161,871 in US dollars in 2018 when adjusted for inflation. The 2020 M8 convertible starts at $142,500 for reference.
July 1, 2019
The E46 chassis reintroduced red as an interior color option in the US after its absence in the E36 model.