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      09-16-2018, 04:49 AM   #45
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All modern BMW M-cars feature the famous "M Gills" today.

Here is a quick look at how this design feature evolved, beginning with its usage on BMW roadsters and coupes before evolving and being adopted as a distinctively "BMW M Design".

Over the years, the shapes have varied, some have doubled as the turn-indicators, various finishes such as chrome and black finishes used, some serving an aerodynamic function while others cosmetic but each car that has been adorned by this design feature has seen its side profile enhanced ever-so-slightly.

An interesting bit of trivia is that the E46 M3 (incl. CSL) Gills were inspired by the E9 Coupe Gills whereas the Z8 Gills, of course, took inspiration from the 507 Gills. So any resemblance between them is no coincidence.

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thanks man, I really like this thread. I wouldn´t call it evolution though. it seems that the best ones were the first ones and the latest seems like they ran out of ideas
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      09-16-2018, 01:41 PM   #46
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Cool compilation. Correct me if I am wrong, but I don't believe any one of these designs are actually functional. They look cool though, and are definitely what makes an M car stand out. I am partial to the E60 M5 grill and the F10 M5 grille, but I did once own a Z3M and appreciate that design. I always thought it was odd that the E85 Z4M never got its own fender grille. Is that the only M car to never get one? I dunno.
F80 fender vents are legit. Too legit to quit.
The F32 has legit fender vents as well. Not as cool looking as f8x series I know, But fully functional. [IMG][/IMG]
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The e46 M3 gill is functional too - connects to the wheel well. I had one blow off at 135mph. On track of course.
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Very cool compilation!
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Do these count as side grilles??

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Yes! Awesome !
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The e46 M3 gill is functional too - connects to the wheel well. I had one blow off at 135mph. On track of course.
Yes. And they were supposed to have air ducts connected to them from behind the brake calipers to vent off hot air from the brakes.
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The lack of a functional vent on the M2 is embarrassing. BMW should have left it off or done something similar to the 1M.
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Are they even functional anymore or are they just for looks? Absolutely hate when shit isn't functional.
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Are they even functional anymore or are they just for looks? Absolutely hate when shit isn't functional.
Like virtually every 'diffuser' on modern cars.
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Are they even functional anymore or are they just for looks? Absolutely hate when shit isn't functional.
Like virtually every 'diffuser' on modern cars.
It's like the "hood vents" they put on so many cars now. A joke.
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The lack of a functional vent on the M2 is embarrassing. BMW should have left it off or done something similar to the 1M.
I dunno. I don’t think anyone would look at the M2’s “vent” and think it was actually pretending to be functional. I’d hesitate to even call it a “vent” or a “grille” because I just think it’s a design flourish that pays homage to the real vents on previous M cars without trying to look like something it isn’t. In other words, I like it.
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The F32 has legit fender vents as well. Not as cool looking as f8x series I know, But fully functional. [IMG][/IMG]
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Thanks for all the suggestions, but relax, gentlemen!

The list was just for comparison's sake and was not meant to be exhaustive.

I will update the list at a later time with some of the ones missed and will continue to add to it future models.
The tough part, really, is finding a photo of the correct angle, with decent resolution, and then cropping it the same ratio as the others.

But I will work on this and update the original post as time progresses
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Thanks for all the suggestions, but relax, gentlemen!

The list was just for comparison's sake and was not meant to be exhaustive.

I will update the list at a later time with some of the ones missed and will continue to add to it future models.
The tough part, really, is finding a photo of the correct angle, with decent resolution, and then cropping it the same ratio as the others.

But I will work on this and update the original post as time progresses


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My Z4m coupe is the only m car I can think of without the grills. I feel left out... and my car is about as "M" as any car bmw ever made.
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My Z4m coupe is the only m car I can think of without the grills. I feel left out... and my car is about as "M" as any car bmw ever made.
Well, let's see .... there was the E24 M6, the M1, the E28 M5, the E39 M5, the E30 M3, the E36 M3 and maybe more that had no side grills.
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