For its time this transmission was very advanced. It was a four-speed automatic transmission in an era when this was highly unusual.
It also has a lock-up torque converter. This feature means that, at 60 mph or so, the automatic transmission starts to behave like a stick-shift transmission. This helps power and fuel economy, both.
This transmission is light yet very strong.
It is also very durable. It has a long life-time especially when serviced fairly regularly. Fortunately, it has several design features that make it easy to service.
BMW didn’t make this transmission; it was made by arguably the world’s leading manufacturer of automatic transmissions, a German company named ZF. This transmission was used in the flagship models of elite automakers such as Alfa Romeo, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Maserati, Peugeot and Volvo.
This variant of the transmission contains no electronics and so it is extra simple to work on and trouble-shoot.
A special variation of the M20 engine, optimized to produce more power at lower engine speeds and to have spectacularly low friction, and thus very impressive fuel economy.
Inspired by the classic BMW M30 six-cylinder engine, this is the “baby six” with a more modern design.
Small, light, durable and almost indestructible as long as it’s not allowed to overheat and as long as the timing belt is changed regularly.
Affordable, comfortable, electrically adjustable as to front height, back height (and hence the angle of the entire seat) plus the angle of the seat back, and the height of the headrest, and fore-aft movement of the entire seat.
A blend of leather and vinyl, with the latter being used for the central sections that experiences the most wear, due to the high durability of the material.
Not as hot in the summer as black upholstery, and when it’s clean and in a good condition, it makes a car look younger and brighter inside.
The black paint visually blends with the black trim, to make for a more silhouette, shadowy type of look that really emphasizes the pretty shape of the car.