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BMW Naming System (long) (archive)

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Posted by ChrisM on September 23, 1999 at 09:11:37:

I am wondering how BMW chooses the names for the different series. 323 vs. 328 vs. 330 makes sense but I am wondering about the letters that follow... I have seen older 3-series coupes with an "is" (liki 323is) on the back. I have leared that means "sport" but then how does that differ from the sporting packages that are offered on the new 3-series. In other words, why not call a new coupe (with sports package) a 323csi? I know that is stretching it... the 635csi was one of my favorite bimmers so that is why I ask.

Does anyone know how BMW chooses these codes. Why all of a sudden include the "c" for the coupes when was only used previously on the 8-series.

Thanks in advance....

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