plance1
plance1 Dork
3/24/12 8:53 p.m.

I saw a sweet a$$ silver 7 series from the 80's today near cincinnati, meant to take a picture of it but regretably did not. There was an M badge on the back, I didn't know they made an M version of this car, did they? Or did the dude slap an M badge on it?

stuart in mn
stuart in mn UberDork
3/24/12 9:07 p.m.

There never was a factory M version of the 7 series, although more than one of them had an M5/M6 engine installed by their owner at some point. A friend of mine owns one.

Non - M BMWs with M badges are generally considered posers, but in fact the M badge was an offered accessory for any BMW back then...I have an early 1980s accessories catalog and it's in there.

ebonyandivory
ebonyandivory Reader
3/24/12 9:08 p.m.

I never heard of an M7. I'm gonna say no but there's many more knowlegable people here.

EDIT: stuart beat me to it

pinchvalve
pinchvalve PowerDork
3/24/12 9:24 p.m.

No M7. The M5 was the first offered in the US IIRC.

02Pilot
02Pilot Reader
3/24/12 10:40 p.m.

No M version, as noted, but there was a factory turbo 745i and an ultra-luxury L7.

Travis_K
Travis_K SuperDork
3/25/12 12:14 a.m.

Wikipedia says they sold some with that engine in africa, but who knows.

mad_machine
mad_machine MegaDork
3/25/12 12:22 a.m.

Have to wonder if BMW missed an important niche by not offering an M7

stuart in mn
stuart in mn UberDork
3/25/12 8:49 a.m.
Travis_K wrote: Wikipedia says they sold some with that engine in africa, but who knows.

That was the one exception - they sold the 745i turbo car in europe, but in South Africa the few 745i's that were sold used the twin cam engine instead.

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