Coach built BMW E23 7 Series Touring cool but flawed

Ever wonder what a BMW 7 Series Touring might look like? The Bavarian brand never built such a car, leaving the Touring variants to lesser models, such as the 3 Series and 5 Series. This makes sense, though, as wagons are meant to add practicality an...

Ever wonder what a BMW 7 Series Touring might look like? The Bavarian brand never built such a car, leaving the Touring variants to lesser models, such as the 3 Series and 5 Series. This makes sense, though, as wagons are meant to add practicality and functionality, while the big, luxurious 7 Series requires or desires neither. But back in the late ’70s, a time when coachbuilding was quite popular, the German coachbuilder, Euler, decided that it would build some BMW 7 Series Tourings and one found its way to the ‘States. While the E23 BMW 7 Series debuted in 1977, this particular car is a 1981 model. Originally, it was a 1981 BMW 735i sedan but then Euler got their hands on it and turned the 735i into a wagon because, well, they could. The entire car looks as if it’s a standard E23 BMW 7 Series, until you see the long roof, strange looking roof rails and BMW 2002 taillights. Then you start to question “What the hell is with this thing?” Indeed, those are BMW 2002 taillights and that was done intentionally, as the originally E23 taillights were too wide and ruined entry space for the rear hatch. So, the much smaller 2002 taillights were fitted, as were a rear wiper and two speakers in the tailgate. It’s actually quite impressive. Even a custom license plate bracket was designed to fit both European and American plates. But there is one issue with the design and I’m wondering if you noticed it yet.

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When I first saw this, I was thinking “something looks off but I can’t put my finger one it.” It was the lack of Hofmeister Kink. It’s funny how used to the Hofmeister Kink we’ve gotten that we barely even realize its importance of the design. Yet, looking at a BMW without one now looks just plain uncomfortable. It’s actually bothersome. Without the Hofmeister Kink, this looks like it could be an old Buick station wagon. The HK gives BMWs a very rear-driven look, as it helps the C-pillar to accentuate the rear wheels. Without it, the car looks bland and boring in the rear. Then there’s the roof rails, which were pulled from a Mercedes wagon of the era, so it’s not even entirely a BMW. It’s actually quite amazing that a German coachbuilder lacked the attention to detail to work in the Hofmeister Kink and to put Mercedes roof rails on top. Admittedly, the removal of the Kink was intentional, as it eliminated a very thick D-pillar, but I think BMW fans would rather have the thicker D-pillar and keep BMW’s most signature design outside of the kidney grilles. Aside from that, this BMW E23 735i Touring looks pretty good. It would be interesting to see more 7 Series wagons from different model years. An E38 wagon might be interesting, as would an E65. It’s a shame coachbuilding isn’t as popular as it once was, because it gave birth to so many interesting ideas and designs that wouldn’t normally work as production cars. Admittedly, it is harder to coachbuild today, with the way modern chassis and bodies are built. But it would still be cool to have some more around. So long as they keep the Hofmeister Kink. [Source: Autoweek] The article Coach built BMW E23 7 Series Touring cool but flawed appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Lucky BIMMERPOST member shares his driving impressions of BMW M2 Coupe

A lucky BIMMERPOST member and Australian member shares his first driving impressions of the BMW M2 Coupe. ...

A lucky BIMMERPOST member and Australian member shares his first driving impressions of the BMW M2 Coupe.

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BMW Performance Driving School gives ride along rides in F80 M3 at Rolex 24

BMW M3′s from the BMW Performance Driving School sponsored by IHG Rewards Club offered spectators an opportunity to experience the Daytona track prior to the Rolex 24 hours. Watch Mike Renner as he narrates his lap of Daytona. During the weeke...

BMW M3′s from the BMW Performance Driving School sponsored by IHG Rewards Club offered spectators an opportunity to experience the Daytona track prior to the Rolex 24 hours. Watch Mike Renner as he narrates his lap of Daytona. During the weekend drivers; Tommy Van Cleef, Andy Van Cleef and Mike Renner chauffeured passengers on a hot lap of the famed track. The three BMW M3′s shod with Continental tires are totally stock with the addition of a few BMW M Performance Parts including: Front Splitter, Rear Spoiler, Exhaust, Steering Wheel with Electronic Display, and Carbon Fiber Trim..

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BMW Recalling 840k Cars From 2006 Through 2015 for Takata Airbags

BMW is recalling 840,000 vehicles from 2006 through 2015 that weren’t part of the company’s previous recall for Takata airbags, which covered 765,000 vehicles. The latest models include: • 2006–2011 3-series sedan and M3 • 2006–2012 3-se...

BMW is recalling 840,000 vehicles from 2006 through 2015 that weren’t part of the company’s previous recall for Takata airbags, which covered 765,000 vehicles. The latest models include: • 2006–2011 3-series sedan and M3 • 2006–2012 3-series wagon • 2007–2013 3-series and M3 coupe and convertible • 2007–2010 X3 • 2007–2013 X5 and X5 M • 2008–2013 1-series coupe and convertible • 2008–2014 X6 and X6 M • 2013–2015 X1

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Worldwide BMW Sales up 7.5% For January

Official release: Following its most successful sales year ever, the BMW Group achieved a record numbers of customer deliveries in the first month of… The post Worldwide BMW Sales up 7.5% For… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my w...

Official release: Following its most successful sales year ever, the BMW Group achieved a record numbers of customer deliveries in the first month of… The post Worldwide BMW Sales up 7.5% For… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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World Premier: BMW M2 Moto GP Pace Car (Video)

The BMW M2 isn’t even at dealers yet and we’re seeing what could be the next evolution of the car. Like the 1M before… The post World Premier: BMW M2 Moto GP Pace Car (Video) appeared… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit ...

The BMW M2 isn’t even at dealers yet and we’re seeing what could be the next evolution of the car. Like the 1M before… The post World Premier: BMW M2 Moto GP Pace Car (Video) appeared… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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A Mineral Gray BMW 328i With VMR Wheels

The BMW F31 Sports Wagon doesn’t get the attention it deserves on this side of the pond. The touring combines utility and dynamic driving experience in a single package. It also allows for great comfort and offers a nice amount of space for its...

The BMW F31 Sports Wagon doesn’t get the attention it deserves on this side of the pond. The touring combines utility and dynamic driving experience in a single package. It also allows for great comfort and offers a nice amount of space for its users. But, the one thing the sports wagon is not known for is tuning builds. This BMW 328i gets a mild exterior upgrade with the installation of a new set of VMR V810 wheels. These come with a Hyper Silver finish. Sizes are 19 inches front and rear, suiting the family wagon rather well.

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The BMW 328i Sports Wagon is powered by a 2.0 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder engine delivering 240 horsepower. The vehicle can sprint from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 5.8 seconds, making it one of the faster family carriers out there. It can accelerate all the way to its electronically limited top speed of 155mph (250km/h). Not that you’ll ever need it, but its nice to know it can go fast.  Check out the full build media gallery below.

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BMW M2 Coupes Ripping Around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (Video)

Video of BMW M2 ripping laps around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. ...

Video of BMW M2 ripping laps around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

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BMW M2 Transformed into MotoGP Safety Car

White-on-gold dreams. ...

White-on-gold dreams.

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See it in action – BMW M2 wit M Performance Parts on the race track

BMW takes the new M2 with M Performance Parts to the race track. Just yesterday, the M2 and its M Performance Parts line made its world debut with just a month before the market launch. The M Performance Parts product portfolio features a particularl...

BMW takes the new M2 with M Performance Parts to the race track. Just yesterday, the M2 and its M Performance Parts line made its world debut with just a month before the market launch. The M Performance Parts product portfolio features a particularly extensive range of aerodynamic components made of carbon-reinforced plastic (CFRP or carbon fiber). These include front and side sill attachments, rear diffuser and mirror caps that have been aerodynamically optimized.

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The BMW M2 Coupe can be fitted with the BMW M Performance coil-spring suspension so as to optimize road holding and handling. This reduces ground clearance by at least five millimeters as compared to the standard suspension. And the coil-spring technology can be used to lower the vehicle by an additional 20 millimeters. What is more, the shock absorbers can be adjusted to 16 levels in the rebound stage and 12 in the compression stage.

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The BMW M Performance sports brake pads offer increased suitability for the race track as well as enhanced active safety. To learn more about the BMW M2 M Performance Parts, visit this page. The article See it in action – BMW M2 wit M Performance Parts on the race track appeared first on BMW BLOG

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