BMW's Naming Scheme to Become Even More Confusing


What happened to German logic?

WhenBMW launched the naming scheme for its models decades ago, the company decidedto forgo 'creative' and pretentious names used by other manufacturers and utilize a straightforward system formarking its cars. Consisting of three numbers, the first number marked theseries and its standing within the company lineup, while the second and thirdnumber related directly to the engine displacement, so that the 320 indicated a 2.0-literengine underhood – nothing more and nothing less.

Over the years, the company decided to stick to its well-established andpopular model numbers, even when the engine size did not match the numbers onthe car's badge. Thus, today's 650i sports a 4.4-liter engine, and the M235iruns a 3.0-liter engine. With the addition of new models in the 3 and 4 Seriesrange, this is about to get even more confusing. The engine codenamed B48 willsport a four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0-liter engine in the 330i and 430i, whilea B58 turbocharged six-cylinder 3.0-liter will underpin the newly-named 340i and440i. If this isn't confusing enough, just wait for the hybrid models.

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