M-Formation

M-Formation

by | Feb 17, 1989

Here’s the 1989 BMW line up with base price and percentage change in base price from last year:

325i $24,650 -15%
M3 $34,950 +3%
325is $28,950 +2%
325iX $29,950 -9%
325iC $33,850 +4%
525i $37,000 +17%
535i $43,600 +21%
635CSi $47,000 +2%
M6 $55,950 +0%
735i $54,000 +2%
735iL $58,000 +0%
750iL $70,000 +4%

 

 

Some standard features on ’88 models are now optional on ’89’s. Note that the 525i and 535i are higher due to the new 5 series being introduced. (BM W CCA Roundel.)

BMW  Clubs  Europa’s 27th Interna­ tional Driving School at the Nur­ burgring will be held on June 22-24, 1989. Cars will probably be 325is. Reservations  are through the Los Angeles BMW ACA. More informa­ tion as we receive it.

David Remer has resigned as general manager and part owner of BMW Seattle. The new general manager is Phil  Smart,  Sr.

The new five series is now available in M5 trim in Europe. The German market version with catalyst produ­ ces 311 horsepower. This is good for 0 to 62 mph in 6.3 seconds, thus dis­ placing the 750i as the quickest BMW. The new M5 will be brought to the U.S. in late 1989. (Car & Driver.)

The eta engine is gone. BMW NA has dropped the 325 and 528e, the last two BMWs offered in the U.S. with the eta engine.

BMW has finally decided against a V-8 and will instead produce a line of new 6-cylinder powerplants displac­ ing 3.0 and 3.5 liters. Both will be available with 24 valves and will be used in both the new coupe and the 7-series. 24-valve power will also be produced in 2.0 liter (130 bhp) and 2.5 liter (190 form). 2-valve versions of the latter engines are said to pro­ duce 130 bhp and 170 bhp respec­ tively. The 2.0 litre and 2.5 versions will see duty in the 3 and 5 series. Best guess is that we will only see the 2.5 stateside. (Car).

BMW of North America has moved to a larger headquarters building. Their mailing address is P.O. Box 1227, Westwood, N.J., 07675-1227. The phone number is 201-307-4000.

Current BMW production  facilities and what they produce are:

Milbertshofen          3-series, engines
Dingolfing                5, 6 and 7-series
Regensburg             3-series
Garching                  M5, Zl
Berlin                         Motorcycles
Steyr  (Austria)       Engines
Rosalyn  5 and 7-series
(South Africa)         for S.A.
(BMW CCA Roundel)

The BMW 7-series now outsells the Mercedes-Benz S-class in Germany.

After going back and forth on whether to call the new coupe the 6- series or the 8-series, the BMW AG board seems to have settled on 8. Look for a 6 cylinder 835CSi and a world killer, V-12 850CSi.

The January  2nd edition of Auto­ week includes two 2002s in its classi­ fied section. One is listed at $18,000 (“no expense spared”), the other is $16,000 (“$35,000 invested”). Even if you spare no expense, how do you dump 35 grand into a 2002?

Britain’s Car named the new 5-series the best “executive class” car in its recent 10 Best / IO Worst survey. The 5-series was praised for its handling, styling, and fun-to-drive quotient. Worst in this class: Volvo 740.


This article was originally published in the February 1989 edition of Zundfolge