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BMW Car May 2021

BMW Car Magazine is the world’s number 1 magazine for all things BMW, independently written for real enthusiasts. News of all the latest developments and future projects, as well as regular features on classic’s, make this magazine essential reading for fans of this prodigious marque. The pages of BMW Car Magazine will keep you fully up to date with all the latest releases from the BMW production line and give a unique insight into the cutting-edge technologies powering the cars. Expect in-depth commentary on all the latest features and specs of your favourite models as well as plenty of magical stories about the all-time classic beamers. It doesn't stop there though as BMW Car Magazine also takes you under the hood of the top tuning firms to give you unrivalled insight into their unique upgrade packages!

United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min

It’s hard to believe that the E36 has been around for 30-years but here we are, celebrating its milestone anniversary in this issue (p50). As is always the case as time moves on, what was once an everyday sight on UK roads has gradually become more and more of a rarity – as the E36 transitions from popular daily use to modern classic and then full classic status. Where it currently sits in that chain is open to personal interpretation but there’s no denying that a 30-year-old car is certainly no longer a spring chicken. As we touched on last month, in an enthusiast’s book the E30 3 Series is a bonafide classic these days, and the E36 is not too far behind, well cared for examples of the more…

2 min
bmw celebrates 20-years of uk engine plant

BMW Group’s UK engine manufacturing plant, Hams Hall in North Warwickshire, has reached a milestone birthday – 20 years of manufacturing three and four-cylinder petrol engines. More than 1000 locals are employed at the plant which opened on 8 February 2001, around a third of the site's staff are also celebrating their own 20-year contribution to the plant. In addition to those long-serving employees, the state-of-the-art facility currently boasts 53 apprentices who are participating in four-year training programmes – the highest number at any time in its 20-year history. Throughout its history, Plant Hams Hall has been making a strong contribution to BMW Group’s commitment to produce highly efficient engines. Michael Nikolaides, Senior Vice President Production Engines and E-Drives said: “BMW Group has always prided itself as an absolute leader in…

2 min
bmw group products powered by hams hall engines

2005-2008 The first engines destined for BMW Group Plant Spartanburg in South Carolina were exported to the US in 2005. The 2.0-litre engines powered the BMW Z4 Coupé. From 2006 In September 2006, Hams Hall was expanded to produce a second engine family, supplying the MINI brand and the Oxford production plant for the first time. An all-new production facility was installed to produce this brand-new engine, internal code name ‘Prince’, alongside existing NG4 engine production. 2011 Rear-wheel drive ‘Prince’ engines are added to the portfolio with the introduction of the new second gen 1 Series – this longitudinal version of the engine is fitted to the 114i, 116i and 118i 2015 A new generation of engines power MINI into the next decade. Hams Hall started to build BMW Group’s latest generation of three and four-cylinder petrol…

4 min
10 minutes with: silverstone auctions

BMW Car: Tell us a little about Silverstone Auctions and its history with the BMW marque. Nick Whale: "I was a BMW dealer for 25-years (15-years for my late father, 10-years for myself). I have been to the factory many times in Munich and I was the top salesman three or four years consecutively. I have owned many BMW E30s, driven an M5 for the last 15-years and recently swapped that for an Alpina B5 Touring. Regarding the auctions, the BMW marque is a staple in each sale. We have seen some superb examples over the decade we have been operating and achieved some great results." BMW Car: What are the current trends in the auction world? NW: "1980s and 1990s models remain popular, low production examples, as well as M3 and M5…

11 min
style or substance?

It seems scarcely believable that it’s just over two decades ago that BMW first dipped its foot in the 4x4 SUV water. It had dabbled with four-wheel drive earlier than that with the E30 325iX that made its debut back in 1985 while in the early 1990s it had launched the E34 525iX and 525iX Touring models but that really had been the extent of its foray into the all-wheel drive market. Its reticence to become involved in this market is perhaps understandable. For starters BMW had always traded on its Ultimate Driving Machine USP and with numerous advertising campaigns extolling the virtues of rear-wheel drive making the switch could have been seen as moving a little too far away from its roots. However, Audi shook things up somewhat back in…

10 min
fearless frank

For those fortunate enough to buy a BMW E30 M3 new it was new, there was one BMW dealer above all others whose name they wanted in the back window: Sytner of Nottingham. Frank Sytner didn’t just have his name over the front door of his dealership, he also had it on the side of the E30 M3s he campaigned in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) from the 1987 season. Sytner won the BTCC title outright in 1988 in a surprise upset against the more powerful Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworths that were racing in the class above, and 30-years ago in 1990 he won his final title with an overall class win against the likes of Andy Rouse, Tim Harvey and John Cleland. Buying from the guy who’d taken those…