This week’s Friday Five was born out of the article we posted earlier this week about the BMW i8. It left us wondering whether BMW really were kick starting the beginning of a new chapter in car design and engineering which then led to us thinking about what the best BMW of all time is. So, feast your eyes on this array of the five finest BMW’s you can buy motor insurance for.
1. BMW 3.0 CSL “Batmobile”
Dubbed the “Batmobile” due to its rather ridiculous rear spoiler, the 3.0 CSL was a homologation special. Only 1,039 of these unique, legendary cars were built and for one purpose only: getting BMW’s competition cars at the time certified. But the very fact that this was a road going version of a racing car is what helps make it so special. The car was also pretty nippy, especially for 70s with decent power delivery all to the rear wheels. They’re also extremely rare today and you’ll be hard pushed to find one for less than £80,000.
2. BMW M1
The M1 was hand built as a homologated version of yet another racing car and designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, a legendary designer responsible for the way the Ferrari 250 GT, the DeLorean, the Lotus Esprit S1 and other iconic cars all turned out. Just 456 M1’s were built and each made use of a 3.5 litre straight six. You may have trouble getting hold of one today as they’re extremely rare.
3. BMW 850
The 850 came loaded with either a rumbling V8 or a whopping V12 engine and it was the flagship BMW throughout the 90s. My personal favourite of the 850’s was the 850i. It had a 5.0 litre V12 powerplant with a limited top speed of 155mph. The 850i looked fantastic, with its sloped front nose and chunky tyres. The body was actually one of the first to be designed using Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) whilst the 850i was the first road car to mate a 6-speed manual gearbox with a V12 engine. BMW clearly have a history of innovation! Today, an 850i will set you back around £10,000. Want one? I always have…
4. 1M Coupé
The most modern of our favourite BMW’s, the 1M Coupé is a truly outstanding car and head to head against any of the cars in this blog it would win hands down! It is also the best looking of the modern BMW’s. The 1M Coupé packs a powerful punch with its 3.0 litre six cylinder, twin turbocharged engine producing 335bhp. It also looks very very good indeed and handles like a dream! Possibly one of the finest BMW’s ever built.
5. BMW 2002 Turbo
The 2002 Turbo just had to feature in our Friday Five this week as it’s another iconic BMW from times gone by. Launched at the 1973 Frankfurt Motor Show as Europe’s first production turbo car, the 2002 produced 170bhp, which was a lot for the time! It’s one of the most desirable classic cars and a true collector’s item!
What’s your favourite BMW of all time? Let us know by commenting below.