BMW coupé, the most iconic from 2002 to the new M2

The coupé they are cars with timeless charm, designed with classic and elegant lines. In an era of SUV electrified and electric, there are houses that continue to produce them because they are particularly appreciated by customers. Among these there is certainly BMW, which over the years has always evolved its three doors, long or short, in the name of modernity, without ever forgetting its origins.

Cars with inevitable characteristic signs and engines made for pure driving pleasure, or to consume little and grind a long way. The last in order of time is the new one M2the sporty 460 HP compact and manual or automatic gearbox, but which are the most beautiful ever? Here they are.

BMW 328 Coupe Touring

One of the first BMW coupe in history, as well as in this particular review, is certainly the 328 Coupe Touring from 1936. It is a three-door designed by Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera on the basis of the spider version already in production, with the aim of participating in regularity races throughout the continent. In the 1940in fact, wins the 1000 Miles – quella vera – guidata from Fritz Huschke von Hanstein and Walter Bäumer.

A car produced in very few specimens, with a very particular history, and powered by a six-cylinder in line from 130 CVmounted on a tubular frame and covered with a body entirely in aluminum – a material still little explored in those years – which stops the balance at 730 kgfor a maximum speed of 220 km/h.

BMW series 02

Several decades have passed since the 1930s. In this period the Casa dell’Elica presents some large coupés, with rather important dimensions. comes the 1966 and with him a more compact car made its debut at the factory in Munich, which would remain in the minds of many enthusiasts; there Serie 02.

It appears as a three-door with dimensions much smaller than the coupés of the past and contemporary, with the passenger compartment – more spacious – moved forward, the bonnet shortened and the traditional Hofmeister Kinki.e. the elbow at the base of the second window, which had debuted in 1961 on another large coupe of the House, the 3200 CS.

02 front
02 rear
02 interior

BMW 3.0 CSi – E9

Three years after the 02 Series, the 3.0 CScode name E9a large coupé forerunner of what would later become the first Serie 6. Designed by the Italian Giovanni Michelotti, it adopts the classic four round headlights at the front, combined with a double grille of medium size and, also in this case, with vertical development.

Looking at it in profile, it emerges how much this car, in particular, is truly a thoroughbred BMW coupé, thanks to the presence, as per tradition, of theHofmeister Kink well marked, which for all subsequent models would become a real signature for the House of Monaco.

BMW 3.0 CSi
BMW 3.0 CSi
BMW 3.0 CSi

BMW Series 6 – E24

From the debut of the E9 let’s fast forward by 10 years. At the Geneva Motor Show on 1976 the first 6 Series in history arrives on the market, the E24. A car that marks a clear step forward compared to the past, almost completely abandoning the rounded lines in favor of a more linear and sharp design.

What remains, as has become tradition, are the four round headlights for the front, flanked by a kidney grille again but this time wider towards the top and with the task of giving the front of the car greater importance on the road . Unchanged, however, the “elbow” for the rear side window.

Among the most famous and today most sought-after versions of the E24 are in chronological order the 635 CS, the 635 CSi and the coveted and even sportier M635 CSiall equipped with the 6-cylinder in-line M30, from 3 liters to 3.4 litres.

BMW 633 CSi-E24
BMW 633 CSi-E24

BMW Series 3 – E46

In 1997 the era of Chris Bangle at the head of the design of the House, one of the most discussed in the entire history of BMW. Among the first works of the American designer, with precedents in Alfa Romeo, there is the E46the then new 3 Series, which bears the responsibility of evolving, without distorting it, the previous and successful E36.

In addition to the sedan, touring and convertible versions, therefore, from Bangle’s pencil comes a 3 Series Coupé with slender lines, with double drop headlights with a design inspired by the past, front aerodynamic to contain consumption and the inevitable elbow of Hofmeister at the rear, less marked than the previous models. Again here, the tail closes with a slight extension of the bonnet, almost to simulate a baby spoiler.

The range of the pre-restyling E46 coupé is made up of different variants, obviously not lacking the traditional ones 6 cylinders in line aspirated petrol engines, always supported by the 4-cylinder in-line petrol engines of the entry-level versions. But it is with the diesel engines that the real step compared to the E36 is noticed on the new 3 Series; in fact, the new ones are making their debut M47 e M57respectively from 2.0 liters and 143 CV and 3.0 liters and 184 CV.

BMW Series 3 E46
BMW Series 3 E46
BMW Series 3 E46

BMW 6 Series – E63

In the following years, the second generation of Bangle came out from the same pencil Serie 6the rounded E63with the inevitable rear lights a LED punctiform. It is a large luxury coupe, with all the technology of the renewed 5 Series E60but with a decidedly sportier character.

The engines under its hood are the familiar 3.0 inline 6 cylinder petrol of the less powerful 630i versions, the V8 of the most powerful 640 and 650i and the extraordinary V10 naturally aspirated of the sporty M5. Subsequently, the 3-litre version also made its entry into the range turbodiesel.

BMW 6 Series - E63
BMW 6 Series - E63
BMW 6 Series - E63

BMW Series 3 – E92

In 2005, another fruit of Chris Bangle’s pencil came to light, the 3 Series E90, what happens to the E46, completely changing its style. In the case of the coupé version, code name E92the American designer lightens the “pointed” design of the then 5 Series E60creating an elegant and sober three-door – which even today seems almost not to feel the weight of the years.

Like every car from the House, the crankshaft remains unchanged on the new 3 Series Hofmeisterwhich, indeed, precisely to distance itself as much as possible from the previous generation, becomes more accentuated thanks to a lower roofline.

The result is a streamlined car, with generously sized naturally aspirated turbodiesel and petrol engines or, for the first time on this model, twin-turbo. At the top of the range there is obviously the M3the only one with the V8 never made, just below her there 335i, with the 3.0 6-cylinder in-line petrol and, indeed, biturbo. Inside, the sober style of the House is combined with a substantial injection of technology, with the new infotainment system Professionalnew sports seats with extendable seat and dual-zone climate control.

BMW Series 3 E92
BMW Series 3 E92
BMW Series 3 E92

BMW Series 4 – F33

Eight years go by and the E92, meanwhile updated with a very slight mid-career restyling, leaves the market to make room for a new coupe based on 3 series F30. Then, the debut F33generating a lot of noise among enthusiasts, shocked at the news of the change of name to Series 4.

Compared to the previous generation, the new coupe of the House has much more important proportions, which make it – almost – of a superior segment. Again the traditional elbow rear remains unchanged and is surrounded by a new frame which, according to choice and according to the fittings, can be glossy black, glossy silver or, drawing from the catalog BMW Individualalso satin silver.

The House takes the opportunity to expand the color range, especially with new brighter shades such as Snapper Rocks Blue. Finally, the full front headlights make their debut LED which can be purchased as an option instead of the Bi-xenon. The in-house infotainment system is also being improved, introducing a new generation with controllers iDrive touch. On a mechanical level, the Variable Sport Steering – the predictive sports power steering with variable calibration managed via dialogue with the navigator, optional – and a new series of ADAS devices, such as the adaptive cruise control with stop & go function.

BMW Series 4 F33
BMW Series 4 F33
BMW Series 4 F33

BMW Series 8 – G15

Moving up the range and forward a few years, to move towards the conclusion of this review, we find one of the most beautiful BMW coupés in the current range of the House, the new 8 Series. It is a large three-door, with a grand touring style , luxurious, which evolves the style and contents of the 7 Series flagship in a sporty way, with significant technical and technological equipment.

Presented for the first time at Paris Salon of 2018, comes with a very aerodynamic design of the front, with shapes of generous dimensions and completely new headlights. His design is inspired in part by the lines created by Bangle, for the second generation of the 6 Series, and in part by the design of the immediately preceding 6 Series, the third generation, code name F12. The House, with the new denomination of its three-door “flagship”, aims to create a new segment, even superior to the same derivation sedan.

The engines making their debut – which will remain unchanged until today – are the petrol ones 6-cylinder in-line turbo e V8 biturbo (including that of the sportswoman M8) and 6-cylinder in-line diesel, always turbocharged, which will later become a mild hybrid. In the latter case, the only traction available is integral xDrive.

BMW Series 8 - G15
BMW Series 8 - G15
BMW Series 8 - G15

BMW M2 – G87

The latest BMW coupe in chronological order – as anticipated – is the new BMW M2. Presented in 2022, the year of the 50th anniversary of the M division, it is one of the most talked about models of the last period.

Compared to the previous generation, its basic formula does not change; 3-litre turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine 460 CVtraction rear6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic gearbox, rear differential Active M and 19” front and 20” rear alloy wheels.

Inside, it debuts new seats inspired by those of its older sister M4 and a new curved iDrive infotainment system, with dual screens and Amazon Alexa integration as a voice assistant.

BMW M2 (2023)
BMW M2 (2023)
BMW M2 (2023)

Batmobile between yesterday and today

Mention of merit in the ranking of the most beautiful BMW coupés ever goes to the 3.0 CSL, the so-called Batmobile. This is the most extreme evolution of the E9 we mentioned above, lighter than 130 kg and with aerodynamic appendages and a generously sized rear spoiler.

The Bavarian company, based on the current M4, has presented a spiritual heir reminiscent of the name 3.0 CSL, with freely inspired body enlargements, strictly manual gearbox and a production reduced to a very few specimens.

BMW 3.0 CSL (1973)
BMW 3.0 CSL (2023)

Source: Motor1.com Italia – News by it.motor1.com.

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