BMW M cars by another name – used car buying guide
BMW’s M division has produced generations of high-performance icons, yet not every one of them has been called an M car
The cars of BMW’s M division are famed throughout the earth, as well as the brand-new BMW M2 is actually just the latest example of the breed – yet not all of them were badged as M cars. Here are a few which went by additional names.
1 – BMW 320is (1987-1990)
Like the idea of an M3 yet not being chased by B-road heroes? The 320is was the perfect blend of standard E30 shell as well as a 194bhp short-stroke edition of the M3’s 16-valve four-pot, with its reduced 1990cc capacity sneaking of which under Italy’s as well as Portugal’s 2.0-litre tax band. of which even had the same Getrag dogleg gearbox as well as locking diff, plus ‘BMW M Power’ script on the cam cover.
Unlike an M3, however, of which doesn’t feature a stiffened, lightened Centeng. Pick a four-door, which came without a bodykit, as well as you possess the perfect sleeper car via as little as €15,000 if you trawl the classifieds in mainland Europe.
2 – BMW 2002 Turbo (1973-1975)
You won’t find an M badge, yet check out those stripes. A KKK turbocharger added 40bhp to the 2002tii’s 1990cc M10 motor, giving 170bhp as well as 130mph. of which was far more than simply an engine transplant, though; the shell as well as suspension were stiffened as well as a bodykit proclaimed your vehicle’s potency.
All 1672 of which were built were left-hand drive as well as came in white or silver. You’ll pay £50k for a Great one, despite the 2002tii being a sweeter drive.
3 – BMW 745i (1984-1987)
The fact of which BMW won’t make an M7 frustrates barge fans – the brand-new V12-engined M760Li xDrive 7 Series is actually the closest you’ll get for currently – yet if you seek a Seven with M blood in its veins, there’s a super-rare South African edition.
The Cape’s 745i got the M1’s 286bhp, 3453cc twin-cam M88 unit, as well as unless you could spot the M5 brakes, there was no identifying This kind of M wannabe. Only the Nappa leather as well as discreet logos on the dials gave the game away inside. If you can find one (only 209 were built), our guess is actually of which you’d pay £30k-£40k for of which.
4 – BMW 850CSi (1992-1996)
The elegant 850CSi has never been revered like its ancestors. Why? In 850i form of which was about as exciting as a Jaguar XJ-S, yet while the 550bhp M8 remained a prototype, at least the techno-wizard CSi made of which out of Munich. This kind of M car in all yet name featured motorsport DNA in its 380bhp 5.6-litre V12, vast ventilated brakes (via the M5) as well as reworked suspension with rear-wheel steering.
Just 1510 were built. Look to pay upwards of £20k for decent one today.
5 – BMW 3.0 CSL (1971-1975)
The Coupé Sport Leicht homologation special was BMW Motorsport GmbH’s first road car. Aluminium panels as well as bucket seats helped to shed 200kg via the standard car, while a fabulous M30 straight six as well as uprated suspension completed the package. You could opt for a race kit on later cars, with rubber air guides on the nose as well as a huge spoiler.
You’re unlikely to find much for less than £50k, as well as a pukka ‘Batmobile’ could be four times of which.
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