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    What if BMW named its cars? E30 could've been...?

    What might BMW have named the E30 if used names instead of the number system for its models? Any names jump out as a good fit?

    Instead of '325i', how about:
    The BMW Icon
    The BMW Twister
    The BMW Runabout
    The BMW Rennen ('race' in German)
    The BMW Begleiter ('companion' in German)

    Surely you guys can come up with something better for the E30.
    Last edited by Aleman; 02-10-2020, 10:04 AM.
    R135 /// 1990 Alpinwei▀ II 325is
    └┼┼┘ /// 1993 Black/Black Convertible (sold)
    ..24

    #2
    I was thinking "Carl"

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      #3
      The BMW R3V

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        #4
        Haifisch
        Streitwagon

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          #5
          This is sacrilege. E30 is the best name for the E30.
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            #6

            G÷tterwagen

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              #7
              Originally posted by Andrew325is View Post
              This is sacrilege. E30 is the best name for the E30.
              But E30s aren't even E30s.

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                #8
                BMW had a good thing going where the "name" of the car described it (ie 318i, 3 series , 1.8L engine, 325i, 3 series 2.5L engine) - this seems like a very german way to do it. i like it. no questions.

                I'm not sure when it started but the numbers began not meaning the engine capacity. seems these days you can get a 323i and a 325i and a 330i that has the same engine capacity, maybe even the same engine? just more horsepower. different tuning, and turbos, who knows. All of the confusion.

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                  #9
                  BMW Roundel - named after the badge
                  BMW Rapp - named after one of the founders

                  Originally posted by e30davie View Post
                  BMW had a good thing going where the "name" of the car described it (ie 318i, 3 series , 1.8L engine, 325i, 3 series 2.5L engine) - this seems like a very german way to do it. i like it. no questions.

                  I'm not sure when it started but the numbers began not meaning the engine capacity. seems these days you can get a 323i and a 325i and a 330i that has the same engine capacity, maybe even the same engine? just more horsepower. different tuning, and turbos, who knows. All of the confusion.
                  I’m surprised they still haven’t dropped the “i” moniker. It made sense to use it back when cars were transitioning from carbs to EFI but today damn near every car is fuel injected. Maybe it’s for marketing purposes

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                    #10
                    The EH DRY-SIG

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by e30davie View Post
                      I'm not sure when it started but the numbers began not meaning the engine capacity. seems these days you can get a 323i and a 325i and a 330i that has the same engine capacity, maybe even the same engine? just more horsepower. different tuning, and turbos, who knows. All of the confusion.
                      That started straight after the e30! The e36 323i had a 2.5L engine - the 323i basically had the spec level of the 318i, with a slightly detuned 325i engine.

                      I like the simplicity of the 3/5/7 series naming too, can't really picture what BMW would have named their cars asides from the 7 series adopting the Bavaria name.
                      My e30: OEM+ with M30B35

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                        #12
                        They should've made electric cars and called all of them turbos.

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                          #13
                          Are we all forgetting the fact that 325e's are 2.7l?
                          Byron

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                            #14
                            Yes. Damn you BMW.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by roguetoaster View Post

                              But E30s aren't even E30s.
                              What do you mean?
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