How much do you know about the BMW kidney grille? Sure, you know that it’s an important design element, and of course you know what a kidney grille looks like, but did you know it was first introduced in 1933? The design might have changed over the decades, but almost every BMW front has featured a twin kidney grille. So in this episode of “Changing Lanes”, the official podcast of BMW, we travel through kidney grille history, featuring iconic grills like the M1, 507, and two generations of the 3 Series.
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1:20 The first ever kidney grille: BMW 303 (1933)
2:08 Evolution of the original: BMW 503 (1956)
2:55 Going horizontal: BMW 507 (1956)
4:33 Narrowing it down: BMW 1500 (1961)
5:33 Sports car and grille icon: BMW M1 (1978)
6:40 Evolutionary revolution: BMW 3 Series (E36) (1990)
8:09 21st century: BMW 3 Series (F30) (2011)
9:09 Going electric: BMW i3 (2013)
10:03 Angular outlines: BMW 8 Series and BMW Z4 (2018)
11:01 Into the present: BMW 4 Series Coupe (2020)
12:00 Future: BMW Vision iNext and BMW Vision M Next (2018 & 2019)
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