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The BMW E24 is known as the get-go 6-series. In 1976, it was revealed and was powered by a powerful six-cylinder engine, again representing German, in particular Bavarian automotive know-how. Over thirteen years of E24 production, BMW offered a wide range of options for this premature, yet superior 6 Series. BMW M also did with it what they do best: making BMW cars even more performant.
The E24 was meant to be the successor to the E9, which also was a two-door coupe that had the so-called ‘shark nose’ that empowered charisma and BMW characterizing power that reflects German craftsmanship. Under the hood, there is a six-cylinder inline engine that varies in power over the years, making - unintentionally - a wide 6-series range. In 1979, BMW left carburettors for the E24, as fuel injection was chosen for. From 1982, a different chassis was used, resulting in a facelift that brought several aesthetic and mechanical changes.
The E24 won a notable lot of races on the track, the most famous being two successive victories at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring and three victories at the 24 Hours of Spa. In 1989, production of the E24 ended and approximately 90,000 units sold. In 2003, BMW filled the 6-series gap again, bringing the E63 6-series back to life.
BMW E24 M6/M635CSi
In 1984, BMW, along with BMW Motorsport, introduced an M version of the E24. At the time, BMW M was still relatively ‘inexperienced’, with only having made the M1 and the M5. Though, that doesn't mean that this M6 doesn’t offer amazing performance.
For Europe, ‘M635CSi’ was the reference, it was equipped with the 24-valve i6-engine from the M1 that produced about 280 horsepower. For the American market on the other hand, an S38 engine was used that produced 20 horsepower less, which is actually unnoticeable while driving.
In addition to its performance, the M6/M635CSi is equipped with plenty of cool features: heated seats in incredibly comfy leather seats, electric everything, air conditioning, even a refrigerator in the back. There is also a toolkit mounted in the trunk, although nobody knows why, since you will not need it as it is simply a BMW.
Only 1,767 American BMW M6s were built; 4,088 M635CSi counterparts. This car is becoming rarer and rarer, it can even be considered a collector's item that has set a trend for modern BMW M6 production.