BMW E30 (3 Series)

BMW E30 Coupe

BMW E30 Coupe

BMW E30 is a compact executive car which was produced by BMW from 1982 to 1993. All variants used a rear-wheel-drive layout with the exception of the all-wheel-drive 325iX. The BMW M3 was first introduced on the BMW E30 platform. The BMW E30 was released in 1982 and was replaced by the BMW E36 in 1992. BMW continued to produce the cabriolet (convertible) BMW E30 well into 1992 and the Touring until June 1993.

The cars were powered by a range of inline 4-cylinder and inline 6-cylinder engines. The E30 BMW M3 was fitted with a high-revving 4-cylinder petrol engine (BMW S14) which produced 175 kW (238 PS; 235 hp) in its final European-only iteration.

BMW E30 Body styles

The BMW E30 3-series was penned by Claus Luthe in 1978, the designer of the NSU Ro 80. It was produced as four- and two-door saloons, two-door convertible (the M3 cabriolet was only offered for the European market), cabriolet by Baur, and a five-door estate (marketed as the “Touring”).

The BMW M3 utilised a widened and heavily redesigned variation of the two-door body style. The M3 shares few body parts with other BMW E30 models; however, many M3 parts can be used on the other body styles and are interchangeable offering the consumer an OEM upgrade.

BMW E30 Production history

BMW E30 Sedan

BMW E30 Sedan

Initial release (1982)

Externally, the appearance is very similar to the E21 predecessor, however there are various detail changes in styling to the BMW E30. Major changes over the E21 include interior features and revised suspension (to reduce the oversteer which the E21 was criticised for).

The primary distinctive feature of the BMW E30 models produced for the North American market in 1984–1987 are the elongated front/rear aluminum bumpers. These bumpers are commonly known as “diving boards.”

Minor update (1985)

This update included changes to exterior and interior trim. The 323i model was replaced with the 325i at this time. This was also when the diesel-engined 324d was introduced.

Major update (1987)

At Frankfurt in September 1987, BMW introduced a major update to the BMW E30 (often called “Series 2”). The changes to the lineup were the addition of the touring (station wagon) variant and removal of the 325e model. The M10 4-cylinder engine was replaced by the M40.

External styling changes included a new front bumper, redesigned rear lights, rear apron, headlight reflectors, and licence plate frame, while the window frames lost their chrome trim. Rust protection was improved with the update. Various mechanical changes were made, including updating of the engine range. In 1988, the anodized aluminum bumpers for the North American market were shortened by revising the cover/fillers and shortening the shocks. In 1989 (again, for North America) the aluminum bumpers were replaced with shorter plastic bumpers in body-colour. In the rest of the world the 1987 facelift changes remained largely unchanged until the end of production.

BMW E30 Engines

Following on from the E21, at the launch of the BMW E30 range in 1982 it was fitted with the M10 straight-four and the M20 straight-six engines. Over the production run, the M10 was replaced with the M40 and M42, the M20 received various upgrades and the BMW S14 engine was introduced in the M3. A six-cylinder diesel was also introduced later, originally only in naturally aspirated form.

Four-cylinder

BMW E30 Sedan

BMW E30 Sedan

At the launch of the BMW E30 range in 1982, the 316 used a 1766 cc M10 fed by a carburetor and producing 66 kW (90 PS; 89 hp), this engine allowed BMW to offer a cheap, entry-level car in the range. The 318i had the same M10 engine, but with Jetronic fuel injection, pushing power to 77 kW (105 PS; 103 hp) while also improving fuel economy.

The 1987 “Series 2” update introduced a new four-cylinder SOHC engine, the 1796 cc (M40B18) with 85 kW (116 PS; 114 hp). This engine incorporated Motronic fuel injection . The 316 was replaced by the 316i, which used a 1596 cc M40B16, producing 75 kW (102 PS; 101 hp). This was not quite as torquey as the 66 kW (90 PS; 89 hp) 1766 cc M10 it replaced – nevertheless, it offered superior performance overall. In South Africa and perhaps some other markets, the old M10-powered 316 continued until 1991, gaining the new bumpers when the range was updated. The 316i model (and previous 316 model) was not sold in Australia, where the base model continued to be the 318i.

The 318iS coupe was released in 1989, soon followed by the 318i sedan and 318iC convertible. These models introduced a new engine, the chain-driven DOHC M42 1.8 L 16-valve engine w. This is the most modern engine available in the BMW E30 range, incorporating the updated Bosch Motronic 1.3, hydraulic valve adjusters and four individual coil packs which resulted in a very high hp per liter as well as reasonable fuel economy (33mpg) and CO2 emissions (190 g/km). The excellent weight distribution of the 318iS & 318ic has led to frequent comparisons with the famous BMW E30 M3. Nicknames include “mini M3” or “poor man’s M3.”

The M3 is powered by the BMW S14 engine, a high-revving motorsport engine.

Six-cylinder

At the launch of the BMW E30 range, the 320i (2.0 L M20 with 92 kW (125 PS; 123 hp)) and 323i (2.3 L M20 with 105 kW (143 PS; 141 hp)) were available, both using Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection. These models were not sold in North America, presumably for emissions reasons. In 1985, the 323i was replaced with a 2.5 L version of the M20, which produced 126 kW (169 hp) and used Bosch Motronic fuel injection. This engine was available in the 325i variants (including the all-wheel drive 325iX).

An economy version called the 325e (the e signifying efficiency) was released as a lower revving, more fuel efficient engine. To maximise low-rev torque, the engine was the largest available in the chassis (aside from the rare South African version which was available with the 3.2 L M30). The 2.7 L had a longer stroke than the 2.5 L, with a more restrictive head, four cam bearings instead of seven (less internal friction), and single valve springs where the 2.5l had doubled up springs. This resulted in 90.22 kW (123 PS; 121 hp) at 4250 rpm and, more importantly, 240 N·m (180 lb·ft) at 3250 rpm (peak torque for a 325i is 215 N·m (159 lb·ft) at 4000 rpm).

The 1987 “Series 2” update boosted the 320i to 95 kW (129 PS; 127 hp) and the 325i to 126 kW (171 PS; 169 hp) and improved fuel economy.

Diesel

In 1985, BMW introduced the 324d, which used a 2443 cc diesel inline-six that produced 86 PS (63 kW). In 1987 a turbocharged version called the 324td with 116 PS (85 kW) arrived. This model also had an all-new electronically controlled injection pump (DDE) developed by Bosch, which provided higher power and smoother running.

Drivetrain

In total, eight transmissions were available for the various models of the BMW E30: five manuals, and three automatics.

Manual transmissions

The standard gearbox for the 316 and some 318i models is the Getrag 220 4-speed, these models had the option of the 5-speed Getrag 240. The Getrag 220 does not have synchromesh on reverse.

The 5-speed 318i models use the Getrag 240 gearbox. This gearbox is also used on the 320i, however with a different bell housing to suit the M20 engine.

The 323i and 325i use the stronger Getrag 260 5-speed. It is suggested that the 323i may have had a sports manual as an option.

Some European market facelift M20 cars (320i and 325i) were also available with a ZF manual transmission, however this was not a listed option, or specific to any particular market or factory, and is thus very rare to find.

The M3 was fitted with a Getrag 265 five-speed manual gearbox. This featured a dogleg shift pattern for European models and a standard H-pattern for North American models.

Automatic transmissions

Both automatic transmissions were manufactured by ZF – they were the 3-speed 3 HP 22, which was available on the M10 316 and 318i models until year 1985, and the 4-speed 4 HP 22, which was available on all models later. 320i and 325i have the option of the sport automatic, that was an electronic box rather than the usual fully mechanical box. This is much less common to find in USA than Euro market cars, though it is still fairly uncommon in Euro market cars too.

BMW E30 models and production volumes

  • 1982-1987 316e – 1.6 L M10B16 I4, 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp)
  • 1982–1987 318i – 1.8 L M10B18 I4, 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp)
  • 1982–1988 325e – 2.7 L M20B27 I6, 122 PS (90 kW; 120 hp)
  • 1988–1992 316i – 1.6 L M40B16 I4, 99 PS (73 kW; 98 hp)
  • 1988–1992 318i – 1.8 L M40B18 I4, 113 PS (83 kW; 111 hp)
  • 1989–1992 318is – 1.8 L M42B18 I4, 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp)
  • 1982–1985 320i – 2.0 L M20B20 I6, 125 PS (92 kW; 123 hp)
  • 1986–1990 320i – 2.0 L M20B20 I6, 129 PS (95 kW; 127 hp)
  • 1982–1986 323i – 2.3 L M20B23 I6, 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp)
  • 1984–1990 325i – 2.5 L M20B25 I6, 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp)
  • 1986–1992 320is – 2.0 L S14B20 I4, 192 PS (141 kW; 189 hp)
  • 1986–1990 M3 – 2.3 L S14B23 I4, 200 PS (147 kW; 197 hp)
  • 1988–1990 M3 Evolution – 2.3 L S14B23 I4, 220 PS (162 kW; 217 hp)
  • 1989–1990 M3 Evolution Sport – 2.5 L S14B25 I4, 238 PS (175 kW; 235 hp)
  • 1985–1990 324d – 2.4 L M21D24 I6, 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp)
  • 1987–1990 324td – 2.4 L M21D24 I6, 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp)

Global BMW E30 production totals by year

Year 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987
Production * 15,580 218,201 285,134 297,886 329,460 316,075
Year 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994
Production 269,074 257,307 246,818 56,363 26,913 18,440 *

The first BMW E30s were produced in December 1981 (323i models only), but the numbers are not known. The total production from 1982 to 1993 was 2,339,520 units.

Special models of BMW E30

BMW E30 M3

BMW E30 M3

In addition to the famous M3 there were other special models of the BMW E30. For Portugal and Italy only, due to considerably higher VAT and vehicle tax for cars with engines exceeding 2000 cc, a special model was created: the 320is. This model was produced both in 2- and 4-door versions and was equipped with a 2.0 L (1990cc) version of the S14 engine from the M3, with stroke reduced to 72.6 mm (sometimes described incorrectly as being “sleeved” or of reduced bore), and power output of 192 hp (DIN). The 320is shared the same dogleg Getrag 265 gearbox of the non-US M3 while it had a limited slip differential with the same 25% lock up rate but with a closer ratio. All the 320is were left hand drive and without catalytic converter; ABS and power steering were also fitted as standard equipment. The saloon version appeared in the dealers’ showrooms on September 1987 while the 2-door version arrived on March 1988. The 4-door was equipped with 14″ alloy wheels and foglights only, while the 2-door model was further equipped with the complete M-Technic II Aero package (identical to the one fitted to the UK-spec 325i Sport and available as an accessory on all other BMW E30 3 Series models), which consisted of a deeper front airdam, additional lower side body panels, an extended valance under the rear bumper and a two-piece rear spoiler. In addition, the two-door BMW E30 320is sported body-colour side mirror housings, shadowline (dechromed) window trim and 14-inch cross-spoke alloy wheels. The springs, shocks and anti-roll bars of all two-doors (as well as four-doors produced from September 1989) are of the more aggressive “Sportfahrwerk” specification. The interior of the 320is was identical to that of other 3 Series models with the sole exception of its unique instrument cluster that utilized the same M3 dashboard with integrated oil temperature gauge at the bottom of the rev counter instead of the econometer present on all other BMW E30s. The car was sold for three years only and produced in 3748 examples (1206 saloon cars, 2542 2-door cars) and for this reason is now becoming a collectors’ item.

BMW South Africa’s Motorsport division created the 333i in 1986 by fitting the 3210 cc M30 “big six” (“M30B32” of the 733i E23/ 533i E12/ 533i E28/ 633CSi E24) engine to a 2-door BMW E30. The resulting 333i was a major success in saloon car racing in that country and is now a collectors’ item. These cars, built with help from Alpina in Buchloe, Bavaria, Germany, featured some interesting compromises like forcing the buyer to choose between air conditioning (vital in South Africa) or power steering (because of lack of space due to the large M30 engine). They were only built in small numbers in 1986. BMW South Africa provided the following specifications for the 333i: Powerplant – M30B32 6 Cylinder 3210 cc 145 kW (197 PS; 194 hp) at 5500 rpm. 285 N·m (210 lb·ft) torque at 4300 rpm. The cars were fitted with a 5-speed manual gearbox and limited slip differential. Braking was enhanced by 296 mm (11.7 in) Alpina dual ventilated grooved front disc brakes. ABS was optional. The cars were fitted with 16x7J Alpina wheels and Pirelli P7 (195/50/VR16) tires. BMW provided performance figures were impressive, with a top speed of 228 km/h (142 mph). 0–100 km/h in 7.4 seconds, and a standing kilometer in 27.7 seconds at sea level. Actual South African Car Magazine road test figures were a top speed of 231 km/h, 0–100 km/h in 7.23 seconds and a standing kilometre in 28.08 seconds. The test was carried out with a driver, passenger and a full tank of fuel. Only 204 of these cars were produced.

Later when it became clear that South Africa would not be getting the M3, the 325iS was created. Initially this was merely a 325i 2-door fitted with a bodykit and a close-ratio gearbox (improving acceleration at the expense of top speed and economy), but more changes were made to keep the car competitive in South African saloon car racing. Nevertheless, these cars were always sold to the public. This resulted in the 325iS of late 1990. By now several body panels were made of aluminum and the M20 engine grew to 2.7 L and now produced 145 kW (194 hp) and a 0-62 mph in a mere 6.9 seconds as claimed by BMW South Africa. Due to increased competition in the production car race series it was competing in, another version was released in late 1991 called the 325iS Evo. The main revisions were a front aerofoil to smooth underbody airflow, shorter stiffer springs, thicker rear anti-roll bar and changes to the throttle body, exhaust manifold and inlet valves. It produced 155 kW (211 PS; 208 hp) and BMW South Africa claimed a top speed of 235 km/h (146 mph) with a 0–100 km/h in 6.9 seconds. It did win the 1993 Group N race series under Robbie Smith and set various track records in the process.

The cabriolet version continued to be built to the end of April 1993 and the touring version continued to be built to the end of June 1994.

John Player Special – JPS – Bathurst Edition. Built to celebrate Bathurst (Australia) wins by BMW in 1980’s – there were 8 special edition BMW E30 John Player Special cars brought into Australia. Signified by the Schartz Black body, gold pin stripe and gold coloured weave wheels. Other than sharing the 323i motor and gearbox, the cars also came with: – Recaro sports seats, JPS badging, a limited slip diff, m sports suspension, sunroof and unique body kit.

BMW E30 Alpina

  • Alpina C1/C2/B3

The Alpina C1 was based on the 323i and was among their most popular models, providing superior performance over the unmodified car. The C1 made 125 kW / 170 hp and 225 Nm of torque. 0–100 km/h was achieved in 7.8s. Top speed was 213 km/h. Only 35 C1 cars were built, making it one of the rarest Alpina cars. As BMW released the 325i, Alpina responded with the C2 2.5 and later the 2.7 models, providing between 190-210 horsepower. The brakes and suspension were also upgraded.

The C1 2.5 and early C2 / 2.6* models used the M20B23 (2,3L) engine, but bore and stroke were increased to achieve a capacity of 2552 cm3. Alpina reworked the head which was ported and polished, installed harder valve springs and a hotter cam. The intake manifold was also reworked, and Alpina used a larger throttle body. Max power was 136 kW / 185 bhp, with 246 Nm of torque. Alpina claimed 0–100 km/h acceleration in 7.1 seconds. Top speed was 220 km/h. Only 74 cars were built.

Later C2 2.5 models (C2 /3 2.5) were based on the 325i. Alpina used the M20B25 engine with very few modifications compared to earlier models. Again the cylinder head was decked to increase compression ratio, and it was ported and polished. The ECU was also remapped. Max power is 140 Kw / 190 bhp, with 235 Nm of torque. 0–100 km/h was achieved in 7.2 seconds. Top speed is 220 km/h. Only 50 cars were built.

The C2 /1 2.7 used the 325e eta model engine block, crank and rods, but with custom flat head pistons provided by MAHLE. Originally Alpina modified the “200” casting number cylinder head specific to the 325e with bigger intake valves, larger air intake ports, and redesigned the valve chamber for better flow. A more aggressive camshaft was used, with higher lift and duration, and harder valve springs were installed. Compression ratio was increased to 10.2:1. The C2/1 2.7 made 210 bhp with 267 Nm of torque and was the fastest BMW E30 available at the time (227 km/h top speed). 108 cars were built.

Later C2 /2 2.7 (and early 1987 B3 2.7) used the M20B25 block with ETA (325e) crank and rods. The intake manifold was also redesigned for better flow. The head was decked to improve compression ratio ( 10.1:1 for models with the 731 head, 9.6:1 for later “885” head models with catalytic converter ) and matched with custom pistons – flat MAHLE pistons for engines equipped with the 731 head, and domed KS pistons for engines equipped with the 885 head. Larger throttle bodies were installed (the C2/2 version uses the same throttle body as the M20B25 325i). A total of 309 cars were built between 1986 and 1987. The C2/2 2.7 makes 204 bhp and 266 Nm of torque. Top speed is 224 km/h and 0-100 kp/h is achieved in 7.5 seconds.

The B3 2.7 is similar to late C2/2 2.7 cars. It uses the M20B25 block with M20B27 crank and custom rods. The 885 head is exclusively used for the B3 model. The head is decked ~ 1mm to improve CR to 9.6:1 and matched with custom domed KS or MAHLE pistons. Intake and cylinder head are ported and polished. Custom ECU mapping is used. Engine management is Bosch Motronic 1.3. The B3 2.7 is equipped with a catalytic converter to conform to emission standard of the time. performance numbers are similar to the later C2/2 2.7 cars. 254 cars were built from 1987 to 1992.

  • Alpina B6 2.8

The B6 2.8 is based on the 323i, but uses the same B6/2 engine used in the B6 E21. The car makes 210 bhp and 270 Nm of torque. Top speed is 230 km/h. 0-100 is achieved in 7.2 seconds. 259 cars were made from 1983 to 1986.

  • Alpina B6 3.5

The Alpina B6 3.5 is based on the 325i chassis, but uses the M30 “big six” 3430 cm3 engine, upgraded to 261 bhp (192 Kw) and a whopping 346 Nm of torque. 0–100 km/h is achieved in 6.4 seconds. The engine uses custom MAHLE pistons and rods. The cylinder head was ported and polished, and a hotter cam was used. Top speed is 250 km/h. Suspension and brakes were upgraded. Bigger ventilated disks and progressive springs were installed at the front. Only 210 cars were made from 1986 to 1990.

  • Alpina B6 3.5 S

The Alpina B6 3.5 S uses the M3 chassis. The 3.5s like the 3.5 uses the B10/2 M30 “big six” which makes 261 bhp and 346 Nm of torque. Displacement is 3430 cm3. 0–100 km/h is achieved in 6.4 seconds. Top speed is 250 km/h. The gearbox used is the famous Getrag 260/6 sport known as the “Dogleg Gearbox” with reversed 1st and 2nd gears. Only 62 cars were made from 1987 to 1990.

Suspension

One of the features that added to the roominess of the BMW E30 was the suspension. The front MacPherson struts and rear semi-trailing arm suspension were a compact arrangement that left a lot of cabin and boot space for the car’s overall size. The semi-trailing arms have been criticized for the dynamic toe & camber changes inherent to the suspension geometry, causing bump steer in hard cornering situations (such as racing and autocross). This has contributed to the BMW E30 as having a reputation for “tail happy” handling, where rear grip is reduced in certain situations, leading to oversteer.

The M3 model has unique suspension compared to the rest of the BMW E30 range, including 5 lug wheel bolts.

A widened version of the BMW E30 front suspension and the drivetrain from the BMW E30 325i were used in the BMW Z1 roadster. The BMW Z3 (E36/4) and BMW Compact (E36/5) rear suspensions are also very similar to the BMW E30, but utilizing five-lug hubs. The BMW M Coupe (E36/8) uses a widened version of the same rear semi-trailing arm suspension.

Top Gear appearance

The episode aired 13 February 2011 contained a challenge for a 4-seat convertible costing under £2000. All 3 presenters purchased BMW E30 325i convertibles. Modifications to the cars included Clarkson’s car (the only fitted with an automatic gearbox) having a large paving slab in the boot to improve handling, and Hammond’s car (which handled the worst) having aftermarket wheels and lowered suspension. May’s car was un-modified, and subsequently won the challenge by a significant margin.

BMW Dealership in USA

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1. A & L BMW

3780 William Penn Hwy
Monroeville, PA 15146-2126

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2. Advantage BMW

305 Gray St
Houston, TX 77002-2215

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3. Advantage BMW of Clear Lake

400 Gulf Fwy S
League City, TX 77573-3528

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4. Apple BMW of York

1370 Roosevelt Ave
York, PA 17404-2208

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5. Athens BMW

3040 Atlanta Hwy
Athens, GA 30606-6967

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6. Autogermana BMW

298 Avenue Chardon
Hato Rey, PR 00918-1409

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7. Autohaus BMW of Maplewood

3015 S Hanley Rd
Saint Louis, MO 63143-3613

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8. Autoplex BMW

4600 Canyon Dr
Amarillo, TX 79109-6010

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9. Bachrodt BMW

7070 Cherryvale North Blvd
Rockford, IL 61112-1002

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10. Baron BMW

9010 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
Merriam, KS 66202-2820

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11. Basney BMW

52203 State Rd 933
South Bend, IN 46637-3849

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12. Bert Ogden BMW

3201 N 10th St
McAllen, TX 78501-1925

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13. Beverly Hills BMW

5070 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036-4381

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14. Bill DeFouw BMW

320 Sagamore Pkwy S
Lafayette, IN 47905-4741

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15. Bill Jacobs BMW

2495 Aurora Ave
Naperville, IL 60540-1023

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16. Bill Pearce BMW

11555 S Virginia St
Reno, NV 89511-9307

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17. Bluegrass BMW

3235 Park Ave
Paducah, KY 42001-4007

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18. BMW Cleveland

6135 Kruse Dr
Solon, OH 44139-2375

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19. BMW Concord

1967 Market St
Concord, CA 94520-2626

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20. BMW Encinitas

1302 Encinitas Blvd
Encinitas, CA 92024-2844

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21. BMW Fresno

7171 N Palm Ave
Fresno, CA 93650-1082

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22. BMW Gallery

920 Boston Providence Tpke
Norwood, MA 02062-4742

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23. BMW Mt. Kisco

250 Kisco Ave
Mount Kisco, NY 10549-1008

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24. BMW North Scottsdale

18018 North Scottsdale Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85054-6139

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25. BMW Northwest

4011 20th St E
Tacoma, WA 98424-1819

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26. BMW of Albany

801 E Oglethorpe Blvd
Albany, GA 31705-2752

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27. BMW of Alexandria

499 S Pickett St
Alexandria, VA 22304-4705

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28. BMW of Anchorage

730 E 5th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501-2733

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29. BMW of Ann Arbor

501 Auto Mall Dr
Ann Arbor, MI 48103-1811

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30. BMW of Annapolis

31 Old Mill Bottom Rd N
Annapolis, MD 21409-5431

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31. BMW of Arlington

1105 E Lamar Blvd
Arlington, TX 76011-4344

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32. BMW of Asheville

649 New Airport Rd
Fletcher, NC 28732-8619

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33. BMW of Atlantic City

6037 Black Horse Pike
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234-4801

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34. BMW of Austin

7011 McNeil Dr
Austin, TX 78729-7687

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35. BMW of Bakersfield

5400 Gasoline Alley Dr
Bakersfield, CA 93313-3216

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36. BMW of Bayside

24721 Northern Blvd
Douglaston, NY 11362-1168

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37. BMW of Beaumont

1855 Interstate 10 S
Beaumont, TX 77701-4761

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38. BMW of Bel Air

1705 Conowingo Rd
Bel Air, MD 21014-1815

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39. BMW of Bellevue

13617 Northup Way
Bellevue, WA 98005-2031

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40. BMW of Bend

1045 SE 3rd St
Bend, OR 97702-2142

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41. Alderson European Motors

1210 19th St
Lubbock, TX 79401-5030

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42. Anderson Motor Company of Crystal Lake

360 N IL Route 31
Crystal Lake, IL 60012-3759

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43. Autobahn Motorcars

2828 White Settlement Rd
Fort Worth, TX 76107-1334

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44. Braman Motorcars

2901 Okeechobee Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL 33409-4013

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45. Braman Motorcars of Jupiter

1555 W Indiantown Rd
Jupiter, FL 33458-3979

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BMW E21 (3 Series)

BMW E21 is the body designation for the first BMW 3 Series compact executive car, produced by the German automaker BMW from 1975 to 1983. This series was the immediate successor to the BMW 2002 and was superseded by the BMW E30.

BMW E21

BMW E21

BMW E21 Development and early history

Under the direction of its 51% percent shareholder, Herbert Quandt, BMW decided upon a replacement for their aging 2002. Without it, there was the distinct possibility of BMW leaving its core mission of building driver oriented cars, and alienating an existing customer base long enamored with the company’s 2002 model.

Paul Bracq, Director of Design at BMW from 1970 to 1974, is credited with setting the design direction of the BMW E21 3 Series, while Wilhelm Hofmeister is credited with first drawing the small forward wedge at the base of the C-pillar, a strong design trait of the first Three-series.

In July 1975, BMW’s Board of Management first presented this new model series in the Munich Olympic Stadium for public appraisal. The frontal view of the new car was dominated by the BMW trademark kidney grille standing out clearly from the radiator cover. The styling of the new car bore a resemblance to the BMW E12 5 Series.

The wedge shape of the two-door model was distinctive, extending all the way to the unusually high rear end. In response to criticism of the tail design, a black plastic trim panel between the tail lights was added.[citation needed] The car’s styling was otherwise well received. Measuring 4355 millimeters (171.5 inches) in length, 1610 millimeters (63.4 inches) in width, and 1380 millimeters (54.3 inches) in height, the BMW E21 Series continued the tradition of the New Class. With the wheelbase measuring 2563 millimeters (100.9 in), there was little body overhang in the rear-wheel-drive design. The track measured 1364 millimeters (53.7 in) at the front, and 1377 millimeters (54.2 in) at the rear.

The suspension incorporated rack and pinion steering and MacPherson strut suspension at the front, and semi-trailing arm type independent suspension at the rear. The power assisted brakes were discs on the front wheels, while the rear wheels had drum brakes. Initially, a Getragfour-speed manual was the standard transmission fitment. Five-speed overdrive Getrag gearboxes were fitted as standard in 1980, but close ratio ‘sport’ gearboxes were available at the car’s release as an option. Alternatively, purchasers could opt for the ZF 3 HP-22 three-speed automatic transmission.

The cockpit design of the BMW E21 marked the introduction of a new design concept, with the center console and central dashboard area angled towards the driver. This feature has become part of BMW’s interior design philosophy for many years. As a sign of passive safety, all edges and control elements within the interior were rounded off and padded.

At the BMW E21’s release, three models were available: with 316 (1.6-litre), 318 (1.8-litre) and 320 (2.0-litre) versions of the BMW M10 four-cylinderengine. To draw clear visual distinction within the new model series, the 320 models came with dual headlights, while the 315 – 316 and 318 had single round headlights.

At the end of 1975, the 320i was introduced; the engine was fitted with Bosch K Jetronic fuel injection, delivering 125 bhp (93 kW; 127 PS) on premium grade gasoline.

Ongoing evolution

In the mid-1970s, BMW had invested DM 110 million in a new engine series, designated as the M60, but later renamed as M20 upon the introduction of the E30 in late 1982.

At the 1977 International Auto Show in Frankfurt, BMW unveiled its new variants of the BMW E21, featuring the new six-cylinder M20 engines. The four-cylinder 320 model was replaced with the 320/6, featuring a two-litre version of the M20 engine. The 323i model was introduced, featuring 2.3 litres and 143 bhp (107 kW; 145 PS), empowering this car with a top speed of approximately 190 km/h (118 mph). The braking system was also upgraded, with the 323i featuring disc brakes on all wheels.

In the meantime however, a performance gap had developed between the 98 bhp (73 kW; 99 PS) 318 and the new 320/6 delivering 122 bhp (91 kW; 124 PS). For the 1979/80 model year, the four-cylinder models were upgraded: the 1.8-litre power unit was revised and entered the market as a 90 bhp (67 kW; 91 PS) carburetor engine in the 316, while addition of Bosch K Jetronic fuel injection to the 1.8-litre engine raised the 318i to 105 bhp (78 kW; 106 PS) .

Since there was now also room for a new entry-level model, the 315 powered by a 75 bhp (56 kW; 76 PS) 1.6-litre M10 engine made its appearance in 1981.

Motorsports

The Group 5 version of the BMW 320, introduced in 1977 as a replacement to the already obsolete BMW 3.0 CSL and became nicknamed as the Flying Brick in reference to the blocky bodyshape, was powered by a Formula Two engine that was tuned to 300 bhp (220 kW) by BMW Motorsport.

Other than the main factory team and McLaren who ran the IMSA operation in the US, the car was notably used by the BMW Junior Team, who had the likes of Manfred WinkelhockEddie Cheever, and Marc Surer as drivers. They would help to win the 1977 Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft and would later go into Formula One.

The car was also used to win the Macau Guia Race in 1981 and 1982.

Summary: model range

  • 315: The most economical model, introduced to the market in 1981, as a reaction to the second “oil crisis” in late 1979, with a 4-cylinder M10 1.6 L 75 bhp (56 kW; 76 PS) engine and a single downdraft carburetor. More spartan than the other BMW E21 models, it was the last BMW E21 to be built and shared production with the E30.
  • 316: The original 3-series base model with M10 1.8 L engine, 90 bhp (67 kW; 91 PS).
  • 318: Slightly more powerful version 98 bhp (73 kW; 99 PS) with 1.8 L engine.
  • 318i: An upgraded version of the 316 featuring the M10 1.8 L engine fitted with a Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection system – 105 bhp (78 kW; 106 PS), introduced in 1979 as successor to the carburetted 318.
  • 320: Featured an M10 four-cylinder engine with a Solex 2-barrel downdraft carburetor, 109 bhp (81 kW; 111 PS).
  • 320i: Upgraded version of 320 with an M10 engine; Bosch K-Jetronic (LambdaO2) fuel injection, 125 bhp (93 kW; 127 PS) and limited slip differential also as an option.
  • 320/6: Featured the new BMW 6-cylinder engine, the M20 2.0 L, and a Solex 4-barrel downdraft carburetor; replaced the 320/4 from 1979 on.
  • 320is: The 1980 320is for North America offered Recaro seats, a rear antiroll bar, a limited-slip differential, cross-spoke wheels, a larger-diameter front antiroll bar, a 3-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a special front air dam.
  • 323i: Featuring the M20 and Bosch K Jetronic fuel injection, the 323i was the top model of the line with 143 bhp (107 kW; 145 PS) and four-disc power-assisted brakes. Options include power steering, a 5-speed close-ratio ‘dogleg’ sport gearbox, and 25% limited slip differential.

Variants

USA market variants featured different headlights to the European and other export versions. The 320i was available in the United States market and was remarkably different from the European models. Department of Transportation (DOT) safety regulations required larger bumpers, different headlight sets, and DOT marker lamps on the sides. Adapting the engines to meet US exhaust emissions regulations resulted in a smaller engine in the 320i (downgraded to 1.8 L) and less horsepower output compared to the European market versions.

A cabriolet conversion was offered by Karosserie Baur GmbH, based on regular BMW E21 models. The cabriolet conversion was composed of a targa roof and an independent rear soft-top. Production of the Baur TopCabriolet began in 1978, and were sold via the BMW dealership network. All TopCabriolets included the BMW warranty. A total of 4,595 vehicles were manufactured before production ended in 1981.

BMW B58 Engine win Wards 10 Best Engine

BMW B58 Engine

BMW B58 Engine

Wards’ 10 Best Engines competition recognizes outstanding engines and electrified propulsion systems, as well as the technology and engineering behind them.

The Class of 2016:

3.0L BMW B58 Turbocharged DOHC I-6 (BMW 340i)
3.6L DOHC V-6 (Chevrolet Camaro/Cadillac ATS)
1.5L DOHC 4-cyl./120-kW Drive Motor (Chevrolet Volt EREV)
5.2L DOHC V-8 (Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang)
2.0L DOHC 4-cyl./50-kW Drive Motor (Hyundai Sonata PHEV)
3.5L DOHC V-6 (Nissan Maxima)
3.0L Turbodiesel DOHC V-6 (Ram 1500 EcoDiesel)
2.0L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl. Boxer (Subaru WRX)
1.8L DOHC 4-cyl./53-kW Drive Motor (Toyota Prius HEV)
2.0L Turbo/Supercharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Volvo XC90)

This is what Wards’ Auto had to say about the BMW B58 engine:

BMW remains the most-honored automaker, with 32 Wards 10 Best Engines trophies since the competition began in 1995. The latest comes for the new BMW B58 3.0L turbocharged inline-6 that resides in the 340i sedan and is destined for numerous BMW applications in years to come.

The 320-hp BMW B58 replaces the N55 turbo 3.0L, which earned three trophies from 2011 to 2013. With a larger twin-scroll turbocharger, higher compression ratio and the impeccable balance afforded by an inline layout, BMW proves once again an engine need not make outrageous horsepower or torque numbers to be enormously rewarding and thrilling to drive.

The 340i loves to stretch its legs in the upper reaches of the powerband, which didn’t stop a number of editors from topping 25 mpg (9.4 L/100 km) during our evaluations.

The BMW B58 springs from a new modular architecture that begins with the 6-cyl., then lops off pistons to make 3- and 4-cyl. variants. Those B38 and B48 engines, evaluated in Mini Hardtops in this year’s competition, also impressed the editors, but not quite like the BMW 340i.

BMW F45 / F46 (2 Series)

BMW F45

BMW F45

BMW F45 is 2 Series Active Tourer is a compact MPV produced by the German manufacturer BMW since 2014, and marketed as part of the 2 Series lineup. It is the first Front-engine, front-wheel-drive layout vehicle sold under BMW vehicle brand, designed to compete directly with the Mercedes-Benz B-ClassxDrive will be offered, as an option. The design is based on the BMW Concept Active Tourer, and is mechanically related to the MINI Countryman, also built by BMW.

BMW F45 Pre-production concepts

BMW Concept Active Tourer (2012):

BMW Active Tourer is a plug-in hybrid concept vehicle with 1.5-litre turbo 3-cylinder petrol engine derived from BMW 6-cylinder engines and a synchronous electric motor, lithium-ion battery, High Reflection Silver body colour, front-tilted BMW radiator grille, twin headlines with LED positioning lights (eyebrows) stretching far back into the side panels, multi-faceted front apron, integrated door openers, contrasted side sills with rising shadow line, 20-inch wheels, rear light clusters running well into the side panel, panorama sunroof with electronically adjustable brightness, 40:20:40-split rear backrests, centrally located vertical metal track is integrated in the back of the front seats, multifunction instrument display with 10.25-inch integrated screen, multicolour Head-Up Display with brightness automatically adapts to the light available, navigation system with 8-inch display, ECO PRO mode with coasting mode.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2012 Paris Motor Show, followed by 83rd Geneva International Motor Show 2013, Auto Shanghai 2013.

BMW Concept Active Tourer Outdoor (2013):

It is a version of BMW Concept Active Tourer with transversely mounted 1.5-litre petrol engine with front-wheel drive, plug-in hybrid with electric motor, Gold Race Orange body colour, MoonWhite and MoonRock Grey interior leather upholstery, a carrier system for two bicycles (integrated into the interior).

The vehicle was unveiled in 2013 OutDoor in Friedrichshafen, followed by 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, followed by 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.

BMW F45 initial release:

The vehicle was unveiled in 84th Geneva International Motor Show 2014, followed by 2014 Canadian International Auto Show, 13th Beijing International Automotive Exhibition 2014, 22nd Auto Mobil International Leipzig 2014.

Early models included 218i, 225i, 218d (150PS). 220d (190PS) was set to arrive in September 2014, followed by 220i (192PS) in November 2014.

Early UK models included 218i (136PS), 218d (143PS). From November 2014, M Sport specification (including 18-inch M Sport alloy wheels, Dakota leather upholstery, High-gloss Shadowline exterior trim, Aluminium hexagon interior trim, M Sport aerodynamic styling, M Sport suspension and M Sport interior styling enhancements) becomes available.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer M Sport Package includes exclusive Estoril Blue body colour, M Aerodynamics package, M Sport suspension, 17 or 18-inch M light-alloy wheels, M leather steering wheel. The 225i Active Tourer with M Sport Package was unveiled in 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

BMW F46 2 Series Gran Tourer

BMW F46

BMW F46

BMW 218d Gran Tourer Advantage (F46)

The 2 Series Gran Tourer is a long-wheelbase, 7-seat version, released in June 2015.

Engines:

Petrol

Model Years Type/code Power, torque@rpm
218i 2014– 1,499 cc (91.5 cu in) I3 single-scroll turbo (B38A15M0) 136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp)@4500–6000, 220 N·m (162 lb·ft)@1250
220i 2014– 1,998 cc (121.9 cu in) I4 twin-scroll turbo (B48B20) 192 PS (141 kW; 189 hp)@4700, 280 N·m (207 lb·ft)@1250
225i 2014– 1,998 cc (121.9 cu in) I4 twin-scroll turbo (B48B20) 231 PS (170 kW; 228 hp)@4750–6000, 350 N·m (258 lb·ft)@1250

Diesel

Model Years Type/code Power, torque@rpm
216d 2014– 1,496 cc (91.3 cu in) I3 turbo (B37D15) 116 PS (85 kW; 114 hp)@4000, 270 N·m (199 lb·ft)@1750–2500
218d 2014– 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) I4 turbo (B47D20) 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp)@4000, 330 N·m (243 lb·ft)@1750–2500
220d 2014– 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) I4 turbo (B47D20) 190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp)@4000, 400 N·m (295 lb·ft)@1750–2500

BMW F22 (2 Series)

The BMW F22 2 Series Coupé and Cabrio are luxury compact coupés and convertibles produced by German manufacturer BMW since 2013 they are part of the 2 Series lineup. Although it is the successor of the 1-Series coupé, it is continuing the BMW 02 coupés as a successor in that segment. The name, 2-Series, is based on BMW’s rationalization of its model designations reserving odd numbers for 4-door sedans and even numbers for 2-door coupés and coupé-like cars. At launch, there are the basic models BMW F22: 218d, 220d, 220i, 225d, 228i, and the M235i internationally. From 2016, the range-topping M2 will also be available, as a coupé only.

BMW F22 History

BMW F22

BMW F22

The vehicle was unveiled in 2014 North American International Auto Show, followed by 13th Beijing International Automotive Exhibition 2014. Early models include the 220i, M235i (326PS), and 220d (184PS). 218d (143PS), 225d (218PS) were added in March 2014. 228i (245PS), M235i xDrive (326PS) were added in summer of 2014. On October 13, 2015, the BMW M2 has officially unveiled. Powered by a twin-scroll 3.0-litre straight-six, the M2 boasts 272kW at 6500rpm through to a 7000rpm redline. Torque is listed at 465Nm between 1400-5560rpm, while an overboost function knocks that up to 500Nm between 1450-4750rpm.

Early American and Canadian models include the 228i (243PS) and M235i (324PS).

2015 BMW 228i Coupé Track Handling Package

2015 BMW 228i Coupé Track Handling Package, which included Adaptive M Suspension with 10mm lower height, Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires on unique 18-inch light-alloy wheels, BMW Variable Sport Steering with mechanical steering rack, and M Sport Brakes (fixed four-piston front calipers, two-piston rear calipers, 13.4/13.6-inch front/rear brake discs, dark blue calipers with M logo), was set to be available in July 2014 (production) for both 6-speed manual and 8-speed Sport Automatic transmission-equipped BMW 228i Coupé models. The 2015 BMW 228i with Track Handling Package was unveiled in 2014 New York International Auto Show.

BMW M235i Racing

The M235i Racing is a racetrack version of the 2 Series developed by the BMW Motorsport division. It is used at the BMW M235i Racing Cup, a one-make cup within the VLN (Nürburgring Endurance Championship), and is sold to customer teams in other championships.

Its 3.0L straight-six engine develops a maximum output of 333hp (245kW). As a track car aimed at amateur drivers, the car features driver aids such as anti-lock brakes, traction control and dynamic stability control.

BMW M2 F22

In October 2015, BMW revealed the new flagship 2-Series, the M2. It is an indirect successor to the 1-Series M Coupé. The M2 Coupé will begin production in late 2015 and go on sale in the UK in April 2016, and will be making its world debut at the 2015 Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show. The car is powered by the BMW N55 engine, tuned for 370 PS (272 kW; 365 bhp). With the 6-speed manual gearbox, the M2 will accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds, or 4.3 seconds if equipped with the 7-speed DCT automatic. The top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph), but the limiter can be raised to 270 km/h (168 mph) as an option. Although a convertible M2 is rumoured for production, only a coupé variant has been confirmed.

BMW F22 Engines:

Petrol

Model Years Type/code Power, torque@rpm
218i (136PS) 2015– 1,499 cc (91.5 cu in) I3 twin scroll turbo (B38A15M0) 136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp)@4500–6000, 220 N·m (162 lb·ft)@1250–4500
220i (184PS) 2014– 1,997 cc (121.9 cu in) I4 twin scroll turbo (N20B20U0) 184 PS (135 kW; 181 hp)@5000–6250, 270 N·m (199 lb·ft)@1250–4500
228i (243PS) 2014– 1,997 cc (121.9 cu in) I4 twin scroll turbo (N20B20) 243 PS (179 kW; 240 hp)@5000–6500, 346 N·m (255 lb·ft)@1250–4800
228i (245PS) 2014– 1,997 cc (121.9 cu in) I4 twin scroll turbo (N20B20U0) 245 PS (180 kW; 242 hp)@5000–6500, 350 N·m (258 lb·ft)@1250–4800
M235i (324PS) 2014– 2,979 cc (181.8 cu in) I6 twin scroll turbo (N55B30) 324 PS (238 kW; 320 hp)@5800–6000, 447 N·m (330 lb·ft)@1300–4500
M235i (326PS) 2014– 2,979 cc (181.8 cu in) I6 twin scroll turbo (N55B30O0) 326 PS (240 kW; 322 hp)@5800–6000, 450 N·m (332 lb·ft)@1300–4500
M235i xDrive (326PS) 2014– 2,979 cc (181.8 cu in) I6 twin scroll turbo (N55B30O0) 326 PS (240 kW; 322 hp)@5800–6000, 450 N·m (332 lb·ft)@1300–4500
M2 (370PS) 2016– 2,979 cc (181.8 cu in) I6 twin scroll turbo (N55B30O0) 370 PS (272 kW; 365 hp)@6500, 500 N·m (369 lb·ft)@1450–4750

Diesel

Model Years Type/code Power, torque@rpm
218d (150PS) 2014– 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) I4 turbo (B47D20) 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp)@4000, 330 N·m (243 lb·ft)@1750–2250
220d (184PS) 2014– 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) I4 turbo (N47D20O1) 184 PS (135 kW; 181 hp)@4000, 380 N·m (280 lb·ft)@1750–2750
220d (190PS) 2014– 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) I4 turbo (B47D20) 190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp)@4000, 400 N·m (295 lb·ft)@1750–2500
225d (218PS) 2014– 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) I4 turbo (N47D20T1) 218 PS (160 kW; 215 hp)@4400, 450 N·m (332 lb·ft)@1500–2500

Marketing:

As part of BMW i Brand Campaign in the US, a BMW 2 Series TV commercial titled ‘Torch’ was premiered leading up to and during NBC’s broadcast of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

BMW F20 / F21 (1 Series – 2nd generation)

BMW F20

BMW F20

BMW F20 is the second generation BMW 1 Series range comprises three-door hatchback (model code F21) and five-door hatchback (F20) models. Like its E87 predecessor, it uses a longitudinally-mounted engine, aluminum multi-link suspension and a rear-wheel drive chassis (however some models are available with all-wheel drive).

Transmission options are a six-speed manual or an eight-speed ZF 8HP automatic.

BMW F20 History:

The BMW F20 five-door hatchback was unveiled in 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Early models included the 116i, 118i, 116d, 118d, 120d. In 2012, the 125i, 125d and 116d EfficientDynamics Edition models were introduced. The 114d, 120i and xDrive models were also introduced.

The F21 three-door hatchbacks were added in 2012. The M135i was unveiled in 2012 Geneva International Motor Show. In November

BMW F21

BMW F21

2012, the M135i xDrive, 118d xDrive and 120d xDrive were released.

2nd Generation LCI (Facelift)

  • F20 LCI (2015–actual): five-door hatchback
  • F21 LCI (2015–actual): three-door hatchback

Trim:

BMW 1 Series (Australia)

Trim variations include the Sport Line and Urban Line, which differ by alloy wheels, kidney grille and other appearance-related features. There is also the M-Sport line that is optional on the rest of the 1-Series range and standard on the M135i.

BMW F20 Engines:

Petrol engines

Model Engine code Power Torque 0–100 km/h (s) (MT/AT)
116i N13B16 102 PS (75 kW; 101 hp) @4000 180 N·m (133 lb·ft) @1100 11.2/na
118i 136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) @4400 220 N·m (162 lb·ft) @1350–4300
240 N·m (177 lb·ft) @1500–3500 (overboost)
8.5/9.1 (2011)
8.5/8.7 (2012–present)
120i 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) @4800 250 N·m (184 lb·ft) @1500–4500 7.4/7.2
125i N20B20 218 PS (160 kW; 215 hp) @5000 310 N·m (229 lb·ft) @1350–4800 6.4/6.2
M135i N55 320 PS (235 kW; 316 hp) @5800 450 N·m (332 lb·ft) @1250–5000 5.1/4.9

Diesel engines

Model Engine code Power Torque 0–100 km/h (s) (MT/AT)
114d N47D16 95 PS (70 kW; 94 hp) @4000 235 N·m (173 lb·ft) @1500–2750 12.2/na
116d EfficientDynamics Edition 116 PS (85 kW; 114 hp) @4000 260 N·m (192 lb·ft) @1750–2500 10.5/na
116d N47D20 116 PS (85 kW; 114 hp) @4000 260 N·m (192 lb·ft) @1750–2500 10.3/10.7 (2011)
10.3/10.3 (2012–present)
118d 143 PS (105 kW; 141 hp) @4000 320 N·m (236 lb·ft) @1750–2500 8.9/8.9 (2011)
8.9/8.6 (2012–present)
120d 184 PS (135 kW; 181 hp) @4000 380 N·m (280 lb·ft) @1750–2750 7.2/7.3 (2011)
7.2/7.1 (2012–present)
125d 218 PS (160 kW; 215 hp) @4400 450 N·m (332 lb·ft) @1500–2500 6.5/6.3

BMW F20 Reception

Emerging as the winner of the best sports car $50-100K category for the second consecutive time, the BMW M135i was awarded the title at the 2013 ‘Australia’s Best Cars’ awards held in Melbourne, Australia.

In 2009, the BMW 135i was awarded the Best Sports Coupe under $150K at the 2009 Wheels Gold Star Car Awards for exceptional driving experience.

BMW E87 / E81 / E82 / E88 (1 Series – 1st generation)

BMW E87

BMW E87

BMW E87 is the first-generation BMW 1 Series is a compact executive car produced by the German automaker BMW since 2004, when it replaced the BMW 3 Series Compact as the smallest and least expensive vehicle in the BMW range. The 3-door and 5-door hatchbacks were replaced by the F20 and F21 models in 2012, while the E82 coupé and E88 convertible variants were replaced by the 2 Series F22 and F23 in 2013.

Available in 3-door hatchback (model code E81), 5-door hatchback (E87), coupe (E82) and 2-door convertible (E88) body styles, the 1 Series features a rear-wheel drive chassis, 50:50 weight balance, longitudinally-mounted engine and aluminum multilink suspension as well as a range of petrol and diesel engines. The 1 Series accounted for nearly one-fifth of the total BMW sales in 2008.

BMW E87 History:

BMW E87 1 Series was developed alongside the E90 3 Series. Design work was done by Christopher Chapman in 2001, which was frozen for series production at the end of 2001. The 2002 CS1 Concept previewed the 1-Series design elements at the 2002 Geneva Motor Show.

BMW E81

BMW E81

BMW E87 1 Series was launched globally in Autumn 2004 and shares many structural, chassis, powertrain, hardware and electronic elements with the larger E90 3-Series. The model was started to provide a lower point of entry into the BMW range as the 3 Series moved gradually up-market. Initially launched as a five-door hatchback, a three-door version was also launched in July 2007.

The 1 Series Coupé (E82) was unveiled in Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) 2007, which went on sale on 24 November 2007.

The 1 Series coupe (E82) and convertible (E88) went on sale in the United States and Canada for the 2008 model year was the 128i and the 135i in June 2007. Other countries received the 120i and 125i in both platforms. The convertible, unlike the 3 Series convertible, uses a soft-top instead of a folding hardtop.

The North American introduction of the coupe and cabriolet was during the second quarter of 2008, which was credited for helping BMW overtake Lexus as the top luxury brand.

The first-generation 1 series shares over 60% of components with the E90 3-Series including front and rear suspension.

BMW E82

BMW E82

Updates:

In 2007 the 1 Series lineup expanded considerably with the introduction of a three-door hatchback, coupe and convertible body styles. There was also a mid-generational refresh as engines were upgraded and more fuel efficient, along with new bumpers and other exterior and interior updates.

In 2011, the coupé and cabriolet bodies gained a facelift. Exterior changes to the model were minor headlight and taillight revisions, new front/rear bumpers and minor revisions to the interior. The only new engine was the N55 which replaced the N54 twin-turbo, with power and torque output remaining the same. Even though many engines are same, the facelifted 1 Series fuel consumption is slightly higher in some models such as the 123d, and slightly lower in some models such as the 120i.

Market:

The 1 Series Coupé was marketed in the US as a successor to the BMW 2002, a two-door from the 1970s known for its light weight and relative high performance at the time and its long bonnet, slim cabin and short rear.

BMW E88

BMW E88

In the 1-series hatchback commercial, Kermit the Frog was shown driving a BMW 1 Series around in a desert making figure eights, showcasing the car’s agility.

Jeremy Clarkson and other journalists raised aesthetic complaints about the 1-series, adding at the end of his review for the Sunday Times ‘The 1-series is crap.’

Critical response has changed in recent years with the introduction of the Coupé, and convertible model – which have been described as ‘returning BMW to its roots’, and the 135i has been described as the successor of the original E30 M3 of the 1990. Clarkson himself awarded the 2008 model five stars, and had the following to say: ‘The 135 coupé is the best car BMW makes.’

The BMW 118d (not sold in North America) won the ‘World Green Car Award’ in 2008 as a performance-oriented car with CO2 emissions and fuel consumption comparable to Toyota Prius.

Motorsports:

In 2006, a BMW 120d modified with a BMW customer racing kit entered by “Schubert Motors” placed 5th at the Nurburgring 24 Hours in a field of 220 cars, including the more powerful Porsche 911 GT3BMW M3 and Lamborghini Gallardo.

Models:

  • 116i: Four-cylinder petrol, available in 3-door hatchback and 5-door hatchback body styles. In early 2006 the 5-speed manual transmission was phased out in favor of the 6-speed gearbox available across the rest of the range.
  • 116dFour-cylinder diesel, available in 3-door hatchback and 5-door hatchback body styles.
  • 118iFour-cylinder petrol, available in 3-door hatchback, 5-door hatchback and convertible body styles. In early 2006 the 5-speed manual transmission was phased out in favor of the 6-speed gearbox available across the rest of the range.
  • 118d: Four-cylinder diesel, available in 3-door hatchback, 5-door hatchback, coupe and convertible body styles.
  • 120iFour-cylinder petrol, available in 3-door hatchback, 5-door hatchback, coupe and convertible body styles.
  • 120dFour-cylinder diesel, available in 3-door hatchback, 5-door hatchback, coupe and convertible body styles.
  • 123dFour-cylinder diesel, available in 3-door hatchback, 5-door hatchback, coupe and convertible body styles. Features a twin turbo design producing 204 bhp.
  • 125i: 3.0L, six-cylinder petrol engine (N52: 218 HP), available in coupe and convertible body styles.
  • 128i: 3.0L, six-cylinder petrol engine (N52: 230 HP), available in coupe and convertible body styles, limited to the North American market.
  • 130i: 3.0L, six-cylinder petrol engine (N52: 265 HP), available in 3-door hatchback and 5-door hatchback body styles.
  • 135i: BMW 135i in Alpine White with BMW Performance upgrades:

Six-cylinder turbocharged petrol, available in coupe and convertible body styles. According to the BMW website the 135i Coupé produces 302 hp (225 kW), and accelerates from 0–100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.3 seconds, however Car and Driver magazine recorded 4.7 seconds for 0-60 mph acceleration, and a quarter mile time of 13.3 seconds at 106 mph (171 km/h). Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155.3 mph). Fuel efficiency is increased to 30.7 mpg-US (7.7 L/100 km; 36.9 mpg-imp), an improvement of 18% compared to its predecessor.

2007-10 model year BMW 135i coupe/cabriolet models were equipped with the N54 biturbo inline-6 engine, mated to a six-speed manual or optional six-speed “Steptronic” automatic transmission. For the 2011 model year onwards, the powertrain was changed to the N55 single (twin-scroll) turbo inline-6(making the same horsepower and torque output, but with lower fuel consumption and quicker turbo responsiveness), paired to a six-speed manual or optional 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The short-lived 1 Series M Coupe retained the N54 biturbo inline-6, albeit in a higher state of tune.

The differential fitted to the 135i is the first in the world to use double-helical ball bearings. These bearings operate at a lower operating temperature(which can be reached more quickly), due to the reduction of fluid required in the differential.

Special standard features of the 135i included adaptive xenon headlights, sport suspension settings, 18″ wheels, high-performance brake system (6 piston front calipers with 338mm discs, and 2 piston rear calipers with 324mm discs), and a new DSC program that improves acceleration out of corners.

  • 135is Coupé and Cabriolet: The BMW 135is was a tuned version of 135i’s:

N55 twin-scroll turbo straight six making 320 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque, increases of 20 and 17 versus a standard 135i. The 135is also receives an upgraded cooling system with a more-powerful radiator fan and an auxiliary radiator, plus a M Sport Body. The performance of the 135is is close to that of the limited-production 2011 BMW 1 Series M.

The BMW 135is (E82) coupe/cabriolet was sold only in Canada and the United States, as the European market received the next-generation 1 Series, the 2013 BMW M135i (F20) 3-door and 5-door hatchback. Despite the differences in chassis, both the 135is and M135i share the same engine, however for their optional automated transmissions the 135is has a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox while the M135i has an 8-speed automatic.

Engines:

Note: production years are based on model year, not calendar year.

Petrol

Model Year Engine code Power Torque Acceleration
0–100 km/h
Top speed
116i 2004–2007 N45B16 85 kW (116 PS) 150 N·m (110 ft·lbf) 10.9 s (MT) 200 km/h (124 mph) (MT)
2007-2009 N43B16 90 kW (122 PS) 160 N·m (120 ft·lbf) 10.1 s (MT)
11.1 s (AT)
204 km/h (127 mph) (MT)
202 km/h (126 mph) (AT)
2009-2011 N43B20 90 kW (122 PS) 185 N·m (136 ft·lbf) 9.9 s (MT) 204 km/h (127 mph) (MT)
118i 2005–2007 N46B20 95 kW (129 PS) 180 N·m (130 lb·ft) 9.4 s (MT)
10.1 s (AT)
208 km/h (129 mph) (MT)
204 km/h (127 mph) (AT)
2007–2011 N43B20 105 kW (143 PS) 190 N·m (140 lb·ft) 8.7 s (MT)
9.2 s (AT)
210 km/h (130 mph) (MT)
210 km/h (130 mph) (AT)
120i 2004–2007 N46B20 110 kW (150 PS) 200 N·m (150 lb·ft) 8.9 s (MT)
9.3 s (AT)
212 km/h (132 mph) (MT)
208 km/h (129 mph) (AT)
2007–2011 N43B20 125 kW (170 PS) 210 N·m (150 lb·ft) 7.8 s (MT)
8.3 s (AT)
224 km/h (139 mph) (MT)
222 km/h (138 mph) (AT)
125i 2008–2011 N52B30 160 kW (218 PS) 270 N·m (200 lb·ft) 6.4 s (MT)
7.0 s (AT)
245 km/h (152 mph) (MT)
243 km/h (151 mph) (AT)
128i 2008–2011 N52B30 170 kW (231 PS) 271 N·m (200 lb·ft) 5.7 s (MT)
6.4 s (AT)
209 km/h (130 mph) (MT/AT)
241 km/h (150 mph) (MT/AT)(with Sport Package)
2008– N51B30 SULEV
130i 2006–2009 N52B30 195 kW (265 PS) 315 N·m (232 lb·ft) 5.5 s (MT)
6.3 s (AT)
250 km/h (155 mph) (MT/AT)
2009–2012 190 kW (258 PS) 310 N·m (230 lb·ft)
135i 2008–2010 N54B30 225 kW (306 PS) 400 N·m (300 lb·ft) 4.8 s (MT)
4.7 s (AT)
2011–2013 N55B30M0 4.6 s (DCT)
(estimated)
M 2011-2012 N54B30TO 250 kW (340 PS) 450 N·m (330 lb·ft) 4.3 s (MT) 249 km/h (155 mph) (MT)

Diesel

Model Year Engine code Power Torque Acceleration
0–100 km/h
Top speed
116d 2009–2011 N47D20 85 kW (116 PS) 260 N·m (190 lb·ft) 10.3 s (MT) 201 km/h (125 mph) (MT)
118d 2004–2007 M47TU2D20 90 kW (122 PS) 280 N·m (210 lb·ft) 10.0 s (MT)
2007–2013 N47D20 105 kW (143 PS) 300 N·m (220 lb·ft) 8.9 s (MT)
9.0 s (AT)
210 km/h (130 mph) (MT/AT)
120d 2004–2007 M47TU2D20 120 kW (163 PS) 340 N·m (250 lb·ft) 7.9 s (MT)
8.2 s (AT)
220 km/h (137 mph) (MT)
217 km/h (135 mph) (AT)
2007–2013 N47D20 130 kW (177 PS) 350 N·m (260 lb·ft) 7.5 s (MT)
7.7 s (AT)
228 km/h (142 mph) (MT)
226 km/h (140 mph) (AT)
123d 2007–2013 N47D20 150 kW (204 PS) 400 N·m (300 lb·ft) 6.9 s (MT)
7.0 s (AT)
238 km/h (148 mph) (MT)
236 km/h (147 mph) (AT)

Problems:

Honest John reports on his website: “Coil and injector problems on later 4-cylinder petrol engines. Timing chain failures on N47 diesel engines becoming very common.” The latter complaint was the subject of a BBC ‘Watchdog’ Consumer program in June 2013. The cost of repair was then a little over £4,000. BMW responded by saying that it would consider claims involving cars older than 3 years where a full BMW service history was available.

Production and sales:

The 1 Series is built in Regensburg and Leipzig, Germany.

Sales statistics according to BMW’s annual reports:

Year Total 5-door 3-door Coupé Cabriolet Note
2004 39,247 39,247 Launched in September.
2005 149,493 149,493
2006 151,918 151,918
2007 165,803 133,525 30,984 1,287 7 Facelift in March. 3-door version launched in May.
2008 225,095 122,666 49,559 26,304 26,566
2009 216,944 120,323 44,043 24,081 28,506
2010 196,004 113,030 31,980 26,191 24,803
2011 176,418
2012 226,829