Australian magazine D’Marge puts together a top 5 of timeless BMWs that will forever impress the auto aficionados. Some of those iconic bimmers have been covered by us in the past and they stand out not only with their design, but also with their sporty character.
The top can be easily expanded to at least 10 BMWs, and one of them that one day we believe will end up on the list is the BMW 1M.
NO.1 – BMW 2002
The “2002” model was effectively the sports sedan that put BMW on the map amongst a global automotive audience. The 2002 Turbo was launched at the 1973 Frankfurt Motor Show. BMW’s, and Europe’s, first turbocharged production car, the 2002 Turbo produced 170 hp (127 kW) at 5,800 rpm, with 240 N·m (180 lb·ft) of torque.
The 2002 Turbo used the 2002 tii engine with a KKK turbocharger and a compression ratio of 6.9:1 in order to prevent engine knocking. The 2002 Turbo was introduced just before the 1973 oil crisis, and 1,672 Turbos were built.
NO.2 – BMW 3.0 CSL
The BMW E9 3.0 CSL was produced from 1968 to 1975. The 3.0 CSL is considered the first project by the BMW M division. The car was a lightweight, 3003cc sports model of the 3.0 coupe. Special racing models with 3.2-liter (340 hp/253 kW) and 3.5-liter (430 PS) engines and aerodynamic trimmings helped establish BMW as a premier racing team.
NO.3 – BMW M1
The M1 coupe was hand-built between 1978 and 1981 as a homologation special for sports car racing. The body was designed by Giugiaro, taking inspiration from the 1972 BMW Turbo show car. At the time of its launch, it was one of the fastest and most dynamic cars on the market. It featured a 277 horsepower 3.5-liter straight-six engine and could reach speeds in excess of 160 mph. The redline came at 7,000 rpm and the M1 was capable of accelerating from 0-62 mph in 5.6 seconds.
Only 456 production M1s were built, making it one of BMW’s rarest models.
NO.4 – BMW 840Ci
The 840Ci exists with two different engine packages. The first used the 4 liter M60B40 engine with 286 PS (210 kW) and was produced from mid-1993 to late 1995. From mid-1995, production phased in the newer 4.4 liter M62B44 engine, which had better fuel economy and more torque, though power output remained unchanged.
The 840Ci was available with a 5-speed automatic transmission, though European cars were given the option of a 6-speed manual transmission. The only external features distinguishing the V8 model from the V12 models were the quad round exhausts, which were square in the V12 models, The 840Ci stayed in production until May, 1999.
NO.5 – BMW 507
The immortal BMW 507 Roadster definitely needs no introduction. It is simply the most beautiful car BMW has ever produced up to now and it will always remain as one of the most important design icons of the 50’s.
BMW’s new roadster was hastily unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in autumn 1955, where it was presented to an enthusiastic crowd. Rumors have it that the Frankfurt show car carried cement bags instead of a proper engine in the engine bay and that the first real car was shown at the later Paris Salon.
When launched new it had not only a hefty price tag ($11,000.-) due to BMW’s principles in build quality and strength but it was so expensive that even millionaires, a then rare species in Germany after WW II, considered not to waste so much money buying such a luxurious car. However, the 507 Roadster did manage to draw the attention of a particular American Rock star then stationed in Germany, his name was Elvis Presley.