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    #16
    Yep, 325e is 2.7 liter. Early M10 316 & 316i are 1.8 liter. So the naming hasn't really ever matched the displacement. As far as I can tell it represents relative performance within the lineup. So just marketing basically.
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      #17
      Even back into the 70s it didn't always match. E23 733i, E24 633CSi, & E12 533i were 3.2 liter.
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        #18
        Originally posted by Andrew325is View Post

        What do you mean?
        What do you think I mean?

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          #19
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            #20
            Originally posted by roguetoaster View Post
            They should've made electric cars and called all of them turbos.
            LOL - Like the stupid Porsche Taycan. It's electric and has 'Turbo' written bigly on the back. So bad, like most cars with a 'Hemi' label on them don't have a hemi engine in 'em.

            I like the BMW Rapp name.
            Last edited by Aleman; 02-11-2020, 06:18 AM.
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            └┼┼┘ /// 1993 Black/Black Convertible (sold)
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              #21
              Have to agree that the Taycan model names got up my nose too... saying the electric has 'turbo' performance and the name now represents a spec level is daft.

              Lol.. on my e36 comment - there were always a few models where the number didn't match exactly the engine displacement. I even owned an '84 316 with the 1.8L carby engine when I was in the UK. Was a good car with a 32/36 Weber on it :)
              My e30: OEM+ with M30B35

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                #22
                They must mean turbo in the same way that the turbo feature on many old computers made them slower.

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                  #23
                  They named at least one - the Bavaria. They couldn't come up with a better name, so left it at that!

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                    #24
                    Originally posted by roguetoaster View Post

                    What do you think I mean?
                    I really have no idea.
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                      #25
                      Originally posted by Andrew325is View Post

                      I really have no idea.
                      Good....good.

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                        #26
                        Originally posted by roguetoaster View Post

                        good....good.
                        If it's got tits or tires, it's gonna cost ya!

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                          #27
                          Originally posted by roguetoaster View Post
                          They must mean turbo in the same way that the turbo feature on many old computers made them slower.
                          I'd forgotten about that one - yes, the good old turbo button on IBM clones in the 80s / 90s! When it was off it was meant to slow the computer down to play old games, but when on / lit up it would run at maximum speed - many manufactures wired them backwards though so the turbo button on would actually slow the machine down
                          My e30: OEM+ with M30B35

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                            #28
                            Originally posted by roguetoaster View Post
                            They must mean turbo in the same way that the turbo feature on many old computers made them slower.
                            Oddly enough, the Porsche representative referred to the PC 'Turbo' button when discussing the Taycan with Jay on Jay Leno's Garage. Either way, BOTH uses of the label are weak marketing moves.

                            Another option for the E30, the BMW Stallion? LOL
                            R135 /// 1990 Alpinweiß II 325is
                            └┼┼┘ /// 1993 Black/Black Convertible (sold)
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                              #29
                              It probably would have had a stupid name. The Germans aren't very good at naming cars, they're better off sticking to model numbers. Look at VWs of the E30's era...
                              'golf'
                              'jetta'
                              'passat'
                              'scirocco'

                              And today:
                              'tiguan'

                              Naming slow boring cars after winds... and made up gibberish.
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                                #30
                                like most cars with a 'Hemi' label on them don't have a hemi engine in 'em.
                                Sure they do! Even the later M10 head had a TRIPLE hemispherical combustion chamber! So did the M20, and even semi-hemi PISTONS, for more powah!!!
                                It's a truly meaningless term when you take it out of its original context, which was
                                'we actually designed a combustion chamber, rather than just let it happen
                                however worked out best for packaging' which was the old way.

                                Likewise, where did the term 'turbo' come from, anyways? 'charging' makes sense. 'Turbo' and 'Super' don't, really. Except as names.

                                BMW should not name cars. The Wurtzlerund and the FastenSchpiegel would NOT have sold to the '80's yuppies that made BMW what it is today.

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                                dual hemispherical
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