On March 7, 2016, BMW will celebrate their 100th anniversary. But as of now, BMW has been around for 98 years, each of which has been filled by some of the most memorable cars of all time.
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And, as with all automakers, we have our own favorite. Whether you prefer the classic styling of the 507, the exotic lines of the M1 or the performance of the E30 M3, there’s sure to be a BMW that stands out to you. Below, we have gathered our top 10 BMWs of all time.
Now, we know a list as such is guaranteed to draw fervor, so if there’s a BMW you think should be added, be sure to add it in the comment section below.
10. BMW E39 M5
The BMW E39 M5 saw an increase in power thanks to its 4.9-liter V8 engine. This engine creates a magnificent noise as you fly through the precise 6-speed manual transmission. The E39 M5 may just be the greatset M5 ever created.
9. BMW 507
When Elvis Presley goes out of his way to own a car, you know it’s special. In fact, Elvis owned two 507s, with one going under for restoration. The 507 was produced from 1956-1959 and was intended to compete with the Mercedes-Benz 300SL.
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Being the first generation of the M6, the E24 had to make an impact. And, thanks to its styling and M88 inline-6 engine, it did just that.
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The E46 M3 can be seen today drifting sideways, winning prizes at car shows and on just about any automotive Instagram account. Its styling has withstood the test of time, as well as its 0-62 mph time of just 5.1 seconds.
6. BMW Z8
To celebrate the aforemention 507, BMW released the Z8 in 1999. Its unique styling, thanks to the Henrik Fisker, who designed the car, harks back to that of the original 507, but its performance one-ups the classic German car. Its 4.9-liter V8 pushed it along for a 0-62 mph time of just 4.7 seconds, making it one of the quickest BMWs out there.
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Another car that can be seen drifting around corners every day is the E92 M3. Check out the video above to learn more about what makes this car so special.
4. BMW 1 Series M Coupe
Powered by a mighty 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight-six engine, the 1 Series M Coupe will go down as a classic. Don’t let the “1 Series” fool you; this is a true M Performance car that is ready to give you one of the best driving experiences you can imagine.
3. BMW 2002 tii
Part of the BMW New Class, the 2002 tii was created after the company’s financial crisis of the 1950s. Out of the entire class, the 2002 has most certainly been the most memorable. Whether it’s for its racing pedigree, iconic styling or 130 hp 2.0-liter inline-4 engine, we all have our reasons for loving this car.
2. BMW E30 M3
This is, without a doubt, the most sought after M3 out there. Yes, the E30 M3 has everything that you want: precise handling, power and style. The power and performance of the car, even with a small 2.5-liter inline-4 engine, ranged from 192-235 hp and 0-60/62 mph times from 6.1-6.9 seconds.
1. BMW M1
Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, the BMW M1 was the car that launched the German automaker into the unknown exotic car market in 1978. In the street version, the M1’s 3.5-liter inline-6 engine produced 273 hp, while the turbocharged racing version were capable of producing upwards of 850 hp. This is not only one of the most iconic BMWs out there, but also one of the most groundbreaking.
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