Comments - BMW M Evolution, Part 1: The Origins of the M Division

Published: Apr 17, 2012
Description: The origins of BMW's M cars are buried somewhere in the 1960s and '70s when BMW was just climbing the first few rungs of the automotive ladder. At the 1961 Frankfurt Motor Show, the German a...
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Dan Rather Apr 18, 2012
Meant to write E28
Patrick Joseph Apr 18, 2012
E32 is an old 7 series. Not an m5
Das Stig Apr 18, 2012
If he did say he wanted to be like buick it was because, back then they were one if the top luxury makers.
Dan Rather Apr 18, 2012
@Phillip who is the founder btw BMW was a merger of three companies who were all more interested in making aircraft engines than cars. If they aspired to be like any one it was Mercedes who they tried to merge with a few times.
Dan Rather Apr 18, 2012
Were struggling from a post war economy and half their factories and engineers got engulfed by the ussr
Dan Rather Apr 18, 2012
E30 m3. The only times I can think when their cars sucked are when they were at war and their factories were used to make airplane engines or were bombed. If he said he wanted them to be more like Buick it probably had to do with sales numbers since
Dan Rather Apr 18, 2012
3.0cs that had fuel injection in 1971. There was a csl version too which won its class in lemans. Obviously there was the m1. There was the 1985 E32 m5 which was the fastest sedan in the world at the time. Hopefully I don't have to talk about the
Dan Rather Apr 18, 2012
In fact the 328 was so advanced that the brits stole one and a BMW engineer do they could duplicate it with the Bristol 400. the 1937 327 which had a very progressive design is another example. There's the 507 which is just incredible. There was the
Dan Rather Apr 18, 2012
In its class at lemans
Bryan Wesly Pascual Apr 18, 2012
The performance division benchmark of any automaker!
Das Stig Apr 17, 2012
The m's from 1999-2000 have the s52 which is the e36 m3 engine and but mines a 2002 and its got the s54 engine which us the e46 m3 engine.
Phillip Holbrook Apr 17, 2012
Glad we are all in agreement.
Patrick Joseph Apr 17, 2012
Morons are gonna moronize. The corvette articles were great don't get me wrong. But the astronauts driving a vette article or Elvis and what not we're simply not needed.
Mikey Jimenez Apr 17, 2012
Haters gonna hate.
Phillip Holbrook Apr 17, 2012
You'll be seeing more and more and more of the M article too. I'm a Corvette mark and yeah after they covered each series I would have just added the Grand Sport article, and have it include the ALMS C5/C6-R.
Oscar Galvan Apr 17, 2012
I found the. Corvette articles interesting. Until they made more and more and more and the they made more and more
Phillip Holbrook Apr 17, 2012
Lol really? Cause the original Bimmers were crap. There was an interview where I read that the founder of BMW actually wanted to make the Buick of Germany. It was an interesting read, and you have to remember Buick used to be an amazing car maker.
Aislin Cooper Apr 17, 2012
YES MUCH BETTER THAN THE CORVETTE ARTICLES
Kenneth Williams Apr 17, 2012
Does yours have the m52 or is it different since its the M?
Das Stig Apr 17, 2012
Cant wait until you get to my car the z3 m couple
Paul Lissona Apr 18, 2012
It's bimmer haha.
John Serely Apr 17, 2012
I would love of these
Jack Hufford Apr 17, 2012
That one in the back has sweet gradient paint imo
Justin Routh Apr 17, 2012
They dont make a new m1, they make a 1 series m coupe. Two very different cars
Raymond Reynoso Apr 17, 2012
I've always wanted one of those
Andrew Mullin Apr 17, 2012
I saw one of these in person the other day, they're impressive.
Mike Bakhsheshi Apr 17, 2012
Never liked the m1's but I bet they were stunning back in its day.
Description: At least two decades were to pass before it would take on the might of Daimler-Benz, and another decade would pass before it was recognized as a manufacturer of luxury cars. No one dared in 1961 to en...
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Description: During the '70s as BMW became more and more successful, it became clear to its dominant manager, Eberhardt Von Kunheim, that in order to promote his cars and give them a unique character and flav...
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Marshall Keller Apr 19, 2012
i prefer red bull.. you know... with my jagermiester.
Kenneth Williams Apr 17, 2012
That's a monster right there.
Description: The New Class possessed excellent potential as a racing machine and that was proven in 1964, the car's first year of competition, when Hubert Hahne established easy domination over his rivals. He...
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Description: The engine block of the 1500 endured a long career and its peak was reached almost at the end of its life. During the Formula 1 turbo era (1977-1989), BMW developed on that engine block a turbo charge...
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Dave Stewart Apr 22, 2012
1,500 hp.. I wanna hear it go
Michael Evans Apr 18, 2012
It failed big time but very sweet looking
Jerry Cole Apr 17, 2012
Cool looking F1 car.
Oscar Galvan Apr 17, 2012
Might be my next wallpaper
Description: The racing success of the New Class led to the foundation in 1972 of BMW Motorsport GmbH, known also as either M-Technik or just as "M" (for Motorsport) that facilitated BMW's racing pr...
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Description: In later years when BMW Motorsport GmbH became more involved with road cars than racing, the "Motorsport" was replaced by "M" only. Also at that time the famous M logo was decided ...
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Kenneth Williams Apr 18, 2012
So how was I wrong? On where it was born? BMW is from Bavaria.
Thomas Vesterling Apr 18, 2012
@Ken Slightly wrong. BMW used to be EMW, which stands for Eisenacher Motoren Werke. The propellor was red and white. After WWII Eisenach happened to be in the Russian sector and the Company escaped to Bavaria. The colors of Bavaria are white and blue
Das Stig Apr 17, 2012
The letters on a black outline are from when bmw and another company joined together and they wanted to.combine the emblems. Both were circles stop they kept the letters in the same spot.
Patrick Joseph Apr 17, 2012
The inverted the colour pattern of the emblem because of how the German empire at the time was against anything that would go against the unification of the nation. So a pro Bavarian company was out of question.
Kenneth Williams Apr 17, 2012
You would be educating them slightly wrong my friend. Yes the propeller stands for their aeronautical history but the colors stand for the free state of Bavaria. Which is where BMW was born.
John Trimborn Apr 17, 2012
I never knew what the 3 colors signified. Now I know, thank you. :-) I like educating people on the white propeller against a blue sky.
Marshall Keller Apr 19, 2012
lol my dad had a 2002 turbo, got nicked at 118, said it was pretty damn fast. but this waass the seventies so..
Dan Rather Apr 18, 2012
@Adham the 2002 were actually pretty quick for the time because they were light weight. There also faster variants like the 2002 turbo and the tii
Jason Johnson Apr 17, 2012
Looks like a 2002. Awesome little car. Remember this was the days of the mini cooper so this car had mini speed with sedan practicality.
Rokus Buijs Apr 25, 2012
It's a DieCast isn't it?
Dan Rather Apr 17, 2012
I think its a tilt shift photo
Phillip Holbrook Apr 17, 2012
Or else those are the largest trees I have ever seen
Logan LeMonnier Apr 17, 2012
This is a toy model right?
Jason Johnson Apr 17, 2012
If I'm not mistaken it's the first 5
Marshall Keller Apr 19, 2012
beamer for me too
Dan Rather Apr 18, 2012
Definitely would go with that 2002tii. IRS+ light weight = fun track car
Vito Portanova Apr 17, 2012
Rather have a BMW. Sporty style and class. And mines never broke down on me like my garbage ass new mustang.
Cory Poteet Apr 17, 2012
Love watching clips from those old road races... Big v8 american cars destroying the straightaways, then getting carved up by little European cars in the corners.
Oscar Galvan Apr 17, 2012
Cause it's winning ;)
Mark Ridenour Apr 17, 2012
The Bimmer is smiling.
Dillon Dixon Apr 17, 2012
Yep, mustang for me too!
Oscar Galvan Apr 17, 2012
I like BMW but I have to go with the mustang, true classic
Paul Lissona Apr 18, 2012
Yes they are that's why we've really enjoyed the one we have and past ones. It's an addictive feeling ha.
Vito Portanova Apr 17, 2012
Bimmers new and old are great!! They are the ultimate driving machine!!!!
Janak Solanki Apr 17, 2012
What a timeless classic
Phillip Holbrook Apr 17, 2012
Agreed on the Camaro
Mark Ridenour Apr 17, 2012
But wow, those BMW's look vicious!!
Mark Ridenour Apr 17, 2012
Imo, that body type of camaro was the ugliest ever. Ive tried to like them......cant do it.
Phillip Holbrook Apr 17, 2012
Hey look a Camaro. Oh wait this a Bimmer article. Lol
Vito Portanova Apr 17, 2012
Cause it's not street legal.
Dennis Laust S�rensen Apr 17, 2012
i kove those wide ass side skirts!
Miles Drinkwater Apr 18, 2012
Balls of Steel! No roll cage and harnesses back then