• The "E" code for BMW cars (eg E12, E30, E46) stands for "Entwicklung", the German word for development?
  • BMW history is closely related with the production of aircraft engines, the logo representing a rotating propeller?
  • Wilhelm Hofmeister introduced in 1961 on the BMW 1500 the forward curve at the base of the C column: this feature is known as "Hofmeister kink"?
  • In 1940 a BMW 328 wins the Mille Miglia race with a stunning average speed of 103.4mph?
  • The infamous McLaren F1 road car had a BMW 6.1 Liter V12 engine producing 627 hp?
  • BMW's four wheel drive cars wear the "x" badge?
  • Long wheel base car models with more rear cabin space were designated "L"?

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BMW 3 Series Touring F31

World premiere:2013 BMW 3 Series Touring F31

The new 3 Series Sports Wagon is slightly larger than its predecessor, most notably its wider track (front + 37 mm/1.46 in., rear + 48 mm/1.85 in.). The car's length (+ 97 mm/3.66 in.) and wheelbase (+ 50 mm/1.96 in.) also accentuate its sporting promise. Inside the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon, rear passengers will appreciate the noticeable increase in space made possible by the larger dimensions. These larger dimensions also pay dividends in utility with nearly ten percent more cargo volume both with the rear seats up and when folded. The new 3 Series Sports Wagon will be the next model to offer BMW Lines as a way to tailor the car to individual tastes, just as with the Sedan, by choosing from a trio of trim and equipment variants – the Sport Line, Luxury Line and Modern Line.
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BMW Zagato Coupé

BMW Zagato Coupé

The Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este will once again host a spectacular world premiere in 2012 and, in so doing, build on its tradition as a gathering of the industry's leading coachbuilders. The premiere in question will see the time-honoured Milanese coachbuilder Zagato team up with BMW to unveil the result of a unique collaboration: the BMW Zagato Coupé. Zagato has worked in close collaboration to create an exciting and emotionally charged coupé in the finest tradition of automotive workmanship. The BMW Zagato Coupé embodies the unbridled fascination of cars and fuses the design DNA of the two companies into a fresh and desinctive whole. This one-off model is the product of many hours of skilled hand-craftsmanship and breathes new life into the tradition of coachbuilding.
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Racing driver

How to become a racing driver

If you’re passionate about Formula 1, chances are you’ll have toyed with the idea of becoming aracing driver yourself. Many people are happy to just image what it would be like, but others work towards making this dream become a reality. But how exactly do you become a racing driver? We’ve put together a few helpful pieces of advice to get you on the right path.
Many great racing drivers discovered their passion for professional motorsports while on a go-kart track. CNN even refers to the mini-track as “the ultimate breeding ground for any Formula One star of the future”. F1 legends such as Ayrton Senna and Mark Webber are two of the mostfamous examples.
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BMW i8 Concept Spyder

BMW i8 Concept Spyder

Following the presentation of the BMW i3 Concept and BMW i8 Concept, the BMW Group introduces the BMW i8 Concept Spyder to the mix. This third BMW i model embodies the future of cutting-edge and emotionally appealing mobility concepts. Its sporting design headlines the qualities of an open-top two-seater blending lightness, dynamic capability and efficiency with a very special aesthetic allure. The combination of intelligent lightweight design and state-of-the-art hybrid technology imbues the BMW i8 Concept Spyder with genuine sports car performance, yet its fuel consumption is no higher than you would expect from a small car. Among the most eye-catching features of the BMW i8 Concept Spyder are the upward-swivelling, windowless doors.
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BMW M6 Convertible F12 and Coupe F13

BMW AC Schnitzer ACS5 M5 F10

Consequent sporting and even more uncompromising. If you insist on a saloon but still want sporting driving, this is the car for you. With the AC Schnitzer special equipment presented at the International Motor Show in Geneva, the M5 Saloon is now even more powerful and sporting. The tuning experts from Aachen have increased the performance of this Power Five-Series to 456 kW / 620 HP with an extra control unit. With its top speed of 305 km/h and a maximum torque of 790 Nm, you can't pass this vehicle by - in every sense of the phrase! A glance under the bonnet at the AC Schnitzer ACS5 M5 F10 engine and engine bay styling shows why: this is where the specialists have been at work.
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BMW Concept M135i

World premiere: BMW Concept M135i

Simultaneously with the world premiere of the first BMW M Performance automobiles, BMW's concept study of a further model from this new product category will be showcased on the media days (6 – 7 March 2012) at this year's Geneva International Motor Show. The BMW Concept M135i consistently utilises the dynamic potential of the new BMW 1 Series for the concept of the first BMW M Performance automobile featuring a straight six- cylinder petrol engine. The body design of the BMW Concept M135i assigns the youthful and sporty looks of the new BMW 1 Series to a three-door compact model, complementing it with the distinctive athleticism so typical of a BMW M Performance automobile.
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BMW M6 Convertible F12 and Coupe F13

World premiere: 2012 BMW M6 Convertible F12 and 2013 BMW M6 Coupé F13

Now, in its 3rd generation, the all-new BMW M6 will again be offered as a 4-seat Coupe and Convertible. In order to achieve the high performance goals, the new BMW M6 Coupé F13 and M6 Convertible F12 share the most powerful engine ever fitted in a series-produced model from BMW M GmbH mated to a high-torque 7-speed M-Double Clutch Transmission (M-DCT). An innovative Active M Differential which optimizes power transfer between the rear wheels. This drivetrain, combined with extensive chassis and suspension upgrades ensure that the engine's performance can be transferred to the ground.
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2013 BMW X6 LCI E71

World premiere: 2013 BMW X6 LCI E71 and
M Performance line

BMW revealed the first images and information about the newly updated 2013 BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe which arrives in US BMW Centers this spring. Select design updates and innovative features further hone the profile of the new BMW X6 LCI E71 as a distinctive model within the premium segment of all-wheel-drive vehicles. Its ongoing popularity is due to both its highly expressive design, which combines the athletic and elegant lines of a coupe with the unique character of a BMW X model, and the outstanding driving experience provided by two powerful engines featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology and xDrive, the intelligent all-wheel-drive system.
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BMW ALPINA B6 Convertible F12

World premiere: 2013 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé

Introducing the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe – a new 4-door, 4+1 seat addition to the 6 Series line that successfully combines the stunning proportions, design and driving dynamics of the 6 Series Coupé with interior room and amenities for up to five passengers. Harmonious proportions, precise lines and sleekly contoured surfaces give the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé the unique ability to satisfy the driver who wants a luxurious and sporty coupe yet needs a car capable of carrying four adults in comfort and luxury. The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé will be offered as three distinct models in the USA. The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé, in keeping with the tradition of the 6 Series Coupé, offers a unique combination of top-class sporting dynamics, stunning design, luxurious touring comfort
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The BMW ALPINA B3 GT3 combines exceptional characteristics and technical features of the ALPINA B6 GT3 race car with classic design elements of iconic ALPINA automobiles of the past – to the delight of ALPINA customers and enthusiasts worldwide. The exceptionally smooth twin turbocharged 3.0liter in line six-cylinder engine from the BMW ALPINA B3 S Bi-Turbo - with its massive torque and effortless performance - is also employed in the B3 GT3. By amending the exhaust system and replacing the rear silencer the back pressure has been further reduced, increasing output in the B3 GT3 by 8hp. The direct petrol injected engine now delivers a total power output of 408hp at 6000rpm and 540Nm of torque at 4500rpm.
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BMW ALPINA B6 Convertible F12


For ALPINA, a technology driven company, standstill is a foreign word. Since the introduction of the B7 Bi-Turbo, the engineers from Buchloe, Germany, have been continuously working on the details of the turbo charging and intercooler system. Consequently, the all-aluminium V8 power plant now produces 540hp (397kW) at a moderate 5500rpm, with a maximum torque of 700Nm from 3000rpm. Two turbo-chargers configured in parallel, each feeding one of the two cylinder banks, with specially developed large diameter exhaust-turbines allow this engine configuration to provide both exceptional power output and an abundance of torque over an especially broad rpm range while maintaining excellent throttle response at low rpm.
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BMW history

BMW history on bmwdrives.com

Here at BMWDrives you have the chance to get in touch with BMW history in detail. From Karl Friedrich Rapp, BMW logo, 328 roadsters, World War I and World War II, Mille Miglia, Isetta bubble car, 1500 models until BMW acquisition of Rover, Rolls-Royce and the return to Formula 1 everything is covered here. You can follow BMW history on a yearly basis and see how the BMW brand and products (BMW cars, BMW motorcycles and BMW airplane engines) evolved until the present day. Motorsport victories and world record winnings represent another important piece in the BMW history.

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BMW cars are pretty impressive machines. When a BMW car is launched it always impresses the audience and the customers by pure performance, stunning looks, and innovative technologies and last but not least the same driving pleasure. You can see technical details and picture galleries for all BMW cars from the Dixi 3/15 to the latest BMW model. The current BMW vehicle range is also displayed here: 1 Series, 3 Series, 5 Series, 7 Series, X3, X5, Z4, M cars, so you can read the full story behind each and every one.

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