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February 6, 2023

7 Greatest Sporty BMW’s Over the Ages – Guest Post

by Daniel Fenu –

For most people, BMW is all about quality and luxury, with a reputation for reliable vehicles around the world. The brand isn’t necessarily associated with powerful engines or delicate handling. However, BMWs can also be sporty and fun. In fact, the company has produced many sports models since its debut in 1917.

Here are seven of the greatest sports BMWs from the past century.

1. 507

This roadster was produced in the late 1950s and was produced only in very small numbers. The 507 was nearly a financial disaster for the company, but it introduced beautiful styling and was owned by celebrities such as Elvis Presley and Ursula Andress.

Unusual for the time, this car had a hand-formed aluminum body and a hardtop made especially for each individual car. The 507 sported an aluminum alloy V8 engine with 193 cubic inch displacement, two carburetors and up to 150 horsepower.
BMW 507

2. 2002

The BMW 2002 made the company’s reputation for compact sports sedans and inspired the New Series 1 coupe. This car had a 1990 cubic centimeter engine with 108 horsepower and a top speed of 115 miles per hour. This car has become a popular collectible with its own fanbase.

BMW 2002

3. 3200 CS

BMW made this sports touring car between 1962 and 1965, introducing it at the 1961 Frankfurt Motor Show. The last variation on the company’s postwar luxury platform, this car used a 168 cubic centimeter engine and offered 160 horsepower.

This car included a number of older features, such as a solid rear axle and perimeter frame, but included a number of stylistic choices that significantly informed later designs.

BMW 3200cs

4. E9

Also known as the BMW New Six CS, this two-dour coupe was built between 1968 and 1975, with an M30 straight-6 engine and 100 to 170 horsepower depending on the model. This sleek car used thin steel and aluminum for the body, making a lightweight, speedy car that eventually won the European touring car championship.

Several “art car” versions of this vehicle with special paint jobs were produced in the late 1970s.


5. M1

This car was available only between 1978 and 1981, and was built in cooperation with Lamborghini. The only mid-engine BMW ever to be mass-produced, it included a 3.5 liter, 6-cylinter engine and offered speeds up to 160 miles per hour. Turbocharged versions could produce up to 850 horsepower.

This sport car had a sleek, racecar shape and was one of the top sports cars of the 1970s.


6. M3

The BMW 3 series debuted in 1975 and has been the company’s best-selling model ever since. The E30 is a compact executive car that offered a range of sporty options in the 1980s, including the powerful E30 M3, which offered a 2.3 liter engine with a design based on the best features from several existing BMW models.

The design included flared wheel arches, special front and rear brake rotors and calipers, and overdrive transmission.

BMW M3 evo

7. M5 Sport Sedan

This relatively recent sporty model provides the performance of a professional sports care with a luxury feel and the utility of a sedan. The M5 was first released in 2006 and included a 5.0 liter v10 engine with 500 horsepower and up to 383 pound-feet of torque, plus a seven-speed manual transmission that provided incredibly quick shifting.

This car has well-tuned suspension, lightweight 19 inch wheels and powerful brakes.

BMW M5 Sedan Sport

BMW’s have fantastic build quality so looking for used cars you will be able to find the examples above in very good condition. BMWs are super superior cars to drive with the heritage to back them up.

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