Can You Name These BMW Models from an Image?

By: Robin Tyler
Image: Youtube via MalpiastyMaciek

About This Quiz

There is no denying that Bayerische Motoren Werke, or BMW as you and I know it, makes some of the most amazing cars presently driving on our roads. Not only do they offer luxury, many gadgets and the utmost comfort, but their performance is simply incredible.

The badge and that famous grille are easily recognized around the world!

But did you know the company, founded in 1916, started out making aircraft engines? 

After the First World War, it moved on to first motorcycles and later, automobiles. 

Its first car was produced in the late '20's although it was a copy of an Austin model at the time. Thereafter, BMW started making its own cars and designs, and the company quickly established itself as an important automaker, not only in Germany but in the rest of Europe as well. 

Following the Second World War, BMW took some time to get back into the business and it was only in the '50's that it began producing vehicles. Much like the company's start in the car manufacturing, it first copied a car under license. This small micro car has become a sought-after model today. 

A number of models followed with BMW building its reputation globally as well. 

And today, BMW has a range of incredible models in many different categories.

But would you be able to identify BMW models from a single image?

Good luck!

A hybrid sports car first seen in 2014, the i8 is not only good for the environment but it is possibly one of the best looking cars on the road today. And for a hybrid, it is incredibly quick, going from 0-60 mph in just 4.4. seconds.

Part of the X-series of SUV's the X5 was introduced by BMW in 1999 and remains in production today. This was the first SUV produced by the company. It is currently in its third generation and offers two petrol and diesel powerplant options.

The Z4 Roadster first hit the streets in 2002 and still forms part of the BMW fleet. Although the first generation included a convertible with a soft-top roof, this was changed to a retractable hardtop from the second generation onward.

Mini cars have a certain charm and perhaps the most famous of them all is the Isetta. This was not a BMW design but was built under license. BMW built the Isetta from 1955 to 1962.

The i3 is an electric vehicle offering from BMW. People obviously buy cars such as these to have as little impact on the environment as possible but as you would expect from a BMW model, the i3 offers so much more. Performance and handling are both impressive while the interior is top class. This is the perfect car for the environmentally conscious.

Although it had a strange shape (often called the clown shoe) the M Coupe was another winner from BMW in the 1990s. Released in 1998, the first generation was powered by a 3.2-liter straight -six engine.

A concept car first shown by BMW in 1991, three models of the Nazca C2 were built before BMW pulled the plug on the project. Powered by a 5.7 liter V12 engine, the Nazca C2 was capable of 193 mph and produced 350 brake horsepower.

Powered by a 4.9-liter V8 motor, the Z8 Roadster not only looked good, it offered excellent performance as well. Built between 2000 and 2003, the Z8 had been developed since 1993. 5,703 were produced by the company.

The 3/15 was the first car produced by BMW and made its debut in 1927. It was originally made under license from Austin in Great Britain until in 1929 when BMW made their own version. BMW also released the DA-3 Wartburg, a sports car version of the 'Dixi' as it was known.

Around 180,000 models of the BMW 700 were built during its production run from 1959 to 1965. The 700 came in various body styles, including saloon, coupe, ​and convertible. The 700 was powered by a 700 cc motor.

Released as a 4-door sedan and a 2-door or 4-door cabriolet, the BMW 326 was produced between 1936 and 1941. Powered by a 1.9-liter straight six engine, close to 16,000 were built during a five-year period.

Only 252 units of the 507 convertible were built by BMW between 1957 and 1959. Elvis Presley owned two 507s which he bought in Germany while stationed there with the U.S. Army.

This mid-sized luxury crossover SUV based on the BMW 6 series platform was first produced in 2007. Now in its second generation, around 7,000 are sold in the United States each year.

The first car designed exclusively by BMW, the 3/20 was produced from 1932 to 1934. It was available in three body options, a four-seat saloon, four-seat cabriolet, and a two-seat convertible coupe. The 3/20 was powered by a 788 cc motor.

This compact car, first introduced by BMW in 2014 has a number of body styles, including a coupe, active tourer, ​and grand tourer. The 2-door coupe is also available as a convertible and was designed by Christopher Weil.

Launched in 2014, the BMW X4 is a 5-door compact crossover SUV. It features a range of engines from 2.0 to 3.0-liters, including diesel and gas-driven options.

An off-road roadster, the Z18 was a concept car from BMW in 1995. It was powered by a 4.4-liter V8 which produced 355 brake horsepower. Incredibly, the body of this vehicle was built out of plastic.

The smallest of BMW's SUV models, the X1 entered the market in 2009. It is currently in its second generation which is powered by either turbo petrol or diesel engines. Around 100,000 have been sold in the United States since 2012.

A little more than 500 examples of this sports touring car were produced by BMW from 1962 to 1965. The 3200 Coupe was essentially seen as a 2-door grand tourer and was powered by the first-ever V8 car engine produced by the company.

Produced from 1936 to 1940, the Roadster from BMW is simply beautiful. This two-seater, open top sportscar was powered by a 2.0-liter straight six engine coupled to a manual 4-speed transmission. Only 464 were built.

Now in its seventh generation, the 5-series was introduced in 1972. Larger than the 3-series, this was the first model to use the number naming convention employed by BMW to this day.

This two-door, two-seater came in the form of a coupe or cabriolet. It was produced by BMW between 1956 and 1959 with 413 built over that period. It was aimed in particular at the U.S. market, but saleswise, performed poorly.

The most expensive model from BMW, the Gran Coupe was first introduced in 2011. It has a range of powerplant options including diesel and petrol with the biggest engine a 4.4-liter S63 V8 twin-turbo.

Marketed from 1965 to 1969, the BMW 2000 C was a two-door coupe part of the BMW series called the New Class. It was powered by a 2.0-liter engine which produced around 100 brake horsepower. Just over 13,000 were produced during that five-year period.

First introduced in 1989, the first generation 8 Series was marketed until 1999 as a Grand Tourer and powered by either a V8 or V12 engine. BMW has plans to relaunch the series at some point in 2018.

Close to 222,000 examples of the E3 were built between 1968 and 1977. This full-sized luxury car was powered by a range of gas engines, from 2.5 to 3.2-liter, all straight sixes. The E3 was available in three body shapes - a 4-door sedan, 4-door extended sedan, ​and a 2-door cabriolet.

The BMW 309 followed on from the 303 and was produced from 1934 to 1936. A small family car, it was available in three configurations, 2-door saloon, 2-door cabriolet, and 2-door tourer.

Sold for a period of nine years from 1966 to 1975, the BMW 1602 was a two-door cabriolet that included a high-performance version, the TI. This model was not sold in the United States as it did not meet emission requirements at the time.

A coupe in the Grand Tourer class, the E9 was produced by BMW from 1968 to 1975. It helped to put BMW on the racing map as it was very successful in touring car events around Europe. Around 30,000 were built in total.

Based on the two-seat Isetta microcar, the 600 microcar was bigger and could seat four occupants. It was the first four-person car produced in Germany after the war but was not much of a success in terms of sales. The 600 was powered by a 600cc engine.

The 7 series was introduced by BMW in 1977. It is currently in its sixth generation and is the flagship of this German automaker’s fleet. It comes with a range of engine options, including a hybrid model.

Designed by the legendary Giorgetto Giugiaro, the M1 sports car was released in 1978 and built for a period of three years in which 453 were made. This was BMW's first mid-engined car and was powered by a 3.5-liter double overhead cam straight six engine. It had a top speed of 162 mph.

The X3 is a compact crossover SUV and part of the X range. It is based on the 3-series platform and was first produced in 2003. The second generation X3 offers two petrol and two diesel engined models.

The Zagato Roadster was produced by BMW in 2009 and remained in production until 2016. This was the first BMW convertible to have an automatic hardtop roof. The top of the range model was powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged engine capable of producing 335 brake horsepower

An economy model in the 02 series, the BMW 1502 first entered production in 1975. Powered by a 1.5-liter engine, the 1502 was marketed until 1977, even though production on the rest of the 02 range was stopped in 1975.

The beautiful BMW 501, a mid-sized luxury car designed by Peter Schimanowski, was marketed by the Bavarian auto manufacturer from 1952 - 1962. It was available in three body styles - 4-door sedan, 2-door cabriolet, and 2-door coupe. Top-of-the-range models were driven by a 2.5-liter V8 engine.

A small family car, the 303 was manufactured by BMW from 1933 to 1934. This was the first of the maker's models to feature the grille that is so famous today as well as being the first BMW vehicle to have a six-cylinder engine.

A truly beautiful and classic styled 2-seat roadster, the 315/1 was marketed from 1934 to 1937. It was powered by a 1.5-liter engine capable of 40 brake horsepower.

Close to 222,000 examples of the E3 were built between 1968 and 1977. This full-sized luxury car was powered by a range of gas engines, from 2.5 to 3.2-liter, all straight sixes. The E3 was available in three body shapes - a 4-door sedan, 4-door extended sedan, ​and a 2-door cabriolet.

BMW M models have a reputation as some of the finest passenger cars ever produced. The M5 was no different but this was also a beast thanks to its 400 brake horsepower V8 engine.

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