Daily Bite Sized BMW Tips – March 2017

moonstone metallic bmw individual

March 31, 2017
Titanium dioxide is a pigment which gives lighter colored paint finishes their unmistakable shimmer. Its ultra high refractivity is only surpassed by that of diamond. Titanium dioxide is used in BMW's Individual Moonstone metallic and Aventurine Silver metallic paint finishes.


March 30, 2017
The BMW E60/61 was the first 5 Series to be available with a turbocharged petrol engine, a 6-speed automatic transmission and regenerative braking (charges battery without use of alternator to save engine power, reduces fuel consumption).

BMW E34 M60 540i

March 29, 2017
The BMW M60 was BMW's first V8 in over 25 years (last used on the 3200 CS, 160bhp) and was produced from 1992 to 1996. Max power output was found in the M60B40 with 282bhp (210kw).

1990 BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution

March 28, 2017
The BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution sits .39in (10mm) lower than the standard E30 M3.

BMW 3.0 CSi

March 27, 2017
The “CSi” suffix denotes “Coupe Sport injection” was first used in 1971 on the E9 3.0 CSi.

BMW E63 M6

March 26, 2017
Production of the BMW E63 / E64 M6 ended in mid-2010, with sales over the five-year run totalling 9,087 for the coupe and 5,056 for the convertible.

BMW individual blue onyx

March 25, 2017
The BMW individual color Blue Onyx metallic paint finish makes a strong statement by virtue of its black pigments.  The pigments in this paint finish are larger, which makes for an elegant mirror-like effect. 

BMW E30 M3

March 24, 2017
Canadian market E30 M3s were offered exclusively with a black leather interior and came standard with heated seats.

BMW E60 530d

March 23, 2017
Throughout its life cycle, the BMW E60 5 series was available with 26 engine variants (17 petrol, 9 diesel), the most popular being the M57 powered 530d.

BMW M54B30 engine

March 22, 2017
The crankshaft for the 3.0 liter M54B30 is adopted from the S52B32 - E36 M3 engine.

2013 BMW F30 320i

March 21, 2017
The arrival of the BMW F30 328i (N20B20 241hp / 180kW) in the USA was the first 3 Series to be sold with a four-cylinder petrol engine in this market since the E36 318i of the late 1990s.

BMW E9 CSL Polaris

March 20, 2017
The lightness of the BMW E9 3.0 CSL was achieved by using thinner steel to build the body, deleting the trim and soundproofing, using aluminum alloy doors, bonnet, and boot lid, as well as using Perspex (plastic) side windows. Reduction was 440lbs (200kg) lighter than the 3.0 CS

2015 Z4 roadster sparking brown metallic

March 19, 2017
The 2015 BMW E89 Z4 roadster exterior paint Sparkling Brown metallic (paint code B53) has been released exclusively in combination with the Ivory White / Burnt Sienna Package for $550.

BMW F30 335i m performance white

March 18, 2017
The BMW F30 is the 6th generation of 3 series and marks the first time the entire range of motors comes turbocharged.

BMW E46 M3 Blue

March 17, 2017
Euro spec BMW E46 M3 features catalytic converters located under the floor pan, however the US spec E46 M3 features the catalytic converters mounted to the headers. This puts the catalysts closer to the engine, improving emission control when the engine is started from cold.

BMW E86 M Coupe

March 16, 2017
The BMW E86 M coupe uses the same power steering rack as the E46 M3 Competition Package (ZCP).

BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution

March 15, 2017
The BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution has thinner glass, a lighter trunk and bumpers, and brake cooling ducts in place of foglight compared to the standard E30 M3.

BMW E21 front

March 14, 2017
Due to US emissions regulations, the engine in the E21 320i was downgraded from 2.0 L to 1.8 L after the 1979 model year, and produced less horsepower output compared to the European market versions.

BMW E90 M3

March 13, 2017
BMW E90 M3 sedans did not get the E92 M3 coupe's carbon-fiber roof and are 22 lb (10 kg) heavier than identically equipped coupes.

2011 BMW z4 sDrive35is

March 12, 2017
Regardless of the color chosen, the exterior mirror caps on the BMW E89 Z4 sDrive35is are always Oxide Silver.

2017 BMW 5 series

March 11, 2017
For the start of the G30 5 series production, now standard on all models are Sport Seats with power adjustable side bolsters and an Anthracite (Black) headliner.

BMW M50TU single vanos engine

March 10, 2017
In September 1992, the M50 was upgraded to the M50TU ("technical update"), which added variable valve timing to the intake camshaft (called single VANOS by BMW).

1990 BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution

March 9, 2017
Only 600 examples of the 1990 BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution were produced.

BMW E86 Z4 M Coupe Black Side View

March 8, 2017
Every M coupe was assembled at the Spartanburg, South Carolina USA factory. The drivetrain was assembled in Germany and mated with the rest of the car at Spartanburg.

2010 BMW M6 convertible

March 7, 2017
In the 2010 model year, the M6 was the second-most expensive BMW sold in the U.S. after the $137,000 760Li, with an MSRP of $108,150 for the convertible.

BMW M30B20 Engine

March 6, 2017
Ward's Auto have rated the M30 as one of the "Top Engines of the 20th Century".

BMW F30 3 Series

March 5, 2017
Although the BMW F30 is larger in dimensions compared to the outgoing model, it still manages to weigh 88lbs (40kg) less.

BMW 507 black

March 4, 2017
The BMW 507 frame was a shortened 503 frame, the wheelbase having been reduced from 2,835 millimeters (111.6 in) to 2,480 millimeters (98 in).

BMW E21 M20

March 3, 2017
The first models to use the BMW M20 motor were the E12 520/6 and the E21 320/6.


March 2, 2017
The BMW E46 M3 CSL front springs are one winding shorter than the standard M3 and both the spring and damper rates have been retuned at each corner to account for the car’s lighter weight. Both the compression and rebound strokes being modified in the process.


March 1, 2017
The 2010 BMW E90 M3 CRT ("Carbon Racing Technology") was the “lightweight” M3 sedan with only 67 units produced world wide (an additional preproduction model was manufactured but retained by BMW).