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BMW M Colors Inspired by Race Tracks and Racing

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As some of you probably have noticed, BMW names some of their M colors after racing circuits, racing events or prominent racing locations. Some are quite known and obvious, some not so much. Here is a list I compiled so far. Let me know if I missed anything or if you spot any mistakes.

Another BMW website actually did an article on this, but I only discovered it when I was looking for the Kalyami photo. It is missing some colors though.

The discontinued date and used on section only apply where those colors were offered as a non-special order color. A lot of those colors were used by special editions, but according to BMW the colors were special orders and therefore are not included.

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1. Sebring Grey metallic (229)
  • Introduced: In 1988 on the E34 M5
  • Also used on: E30 325i Convertible Last Edition
  • Discontinued: 1992
  • Notes: Even though it is named after a US based racetrack, the color was not available on the US-spec M5.


2. Misano Red metallic (236)
  • Introduced: In 1988 on the E30 M3 Evolution II
  • Also used on: E34 M5, E24 M635CSi Motorsport Edition, E30 M3 Ceccotto/Revaglia and E30 325i Convertible Special Edition
  • Discontinued: 1990


3. Nogaro Silver metallic (243)
  • Introduced: In 1988 on the E30 M3 Evolution II
  • Also used on: E24 M635CSi Motorsport Edition, E30 M3 Ceccotto/Revaglia and E30 325i Convertible Special Edition
  • Discontinued: 1990


4. Macao Blue metallic (250)
  • Introduced: In 1988 on the E30 M3 Evolution II
  • Also used on: E34 M5, E24 M635CSi Motorsport Edition, E30 M3 Ceccotto/Revaglia and E30 325i Convertible Special Edition
  • Discontinued: 1991


5. Dakar Yellow (267)
  • Introduced: In 1992 on the E36 M3
  • Also used on: E36 318is Sedan Class II
  • Discontinued: End of 1995


6. Mugello Red (274)
  • Introduced: In 1992 on the E36 M3
  • Also used on: E34 M5
  • Discontinued: Fall of 1994


7. Avus Blue metallic (276)
  • Introduced: E34 M5 in the late 1991
  • Also used on: 850CSi, various E34, E36 models and E39 M5
  • Discontinued: August 2000


8. Daytona Violet metallic (283)
  • Introduced: E34 M5 in the late 1991
  • Also used on: 850CSi and various E34 and E36 models
  • Discontinued: End of 1997


9. British Racing Green (312)
  • Introduced: E36 M3 GT
  • Also used on: South African built E36 M3
  • Discontinued: September 1998
  • Notes: Not exactly sure if this should be on the list, but I decided to include it anyway.


10. Estoril Blue metallic (335)
  • Introduced: Mid 1995 on the E36 M3
  • Also used on: E36/7 M Coupe/Roadster, E46 Clubsport, various E53 models
  • Discontinued: Summer of 2006


11. Dakar Yellow 2 (337)
  • Introduced: Late 1995 on the E36 M3
  • Also used on: Various E36 and E36/7 models
  • Discontinued: Mid 2002
  • Notes: The first "come back" color. This time Dakar Yellow comes with a clear coat.



12. Kyalami (351)
  • Introduced: Never. Used on some pre-production E36/7 M Roadster built in 1997
  • Also used on: -
  • Discontinued: -
  • Notes: This color actually never went into the series production. Only 3 pre-production M Roadsters were built in this color. Interestingly enough, the Kyalami interior color went into production.


13. Imola Red (366)
  • Introduced: Never. Used on some pre-production E36/7 M Roadster built in 1996
  • Also used on: -
  • Discontinued: -
  • Notes: Ever wondered why your Imola Red is Imola Red 2? Well, that is because just like Kyalami, the original Imola Red never went into production. BMW built 18 pre-production Imola Red E36/7 M Roadsters


14. Le Mans Blue metallic (381)
  • Introduced: At the end of 1999 on the E39 M5
  • Also used on: Too many to list
  • Discontinued: Mid 2015


15. Imola Red 2 (405)
  • Introduced: End of 1997 on the E36/7 M Coupe/Roadster
  • Also used on: Too many to list
  • Discontinued: February 2015


16. Silverstone metallic (425)
  • Introduced: Spring of 1998 on the E39 M5
  • Also used on: -
  • Discontinued: September 2001


17. Phoenix Yellow metallic (445)
  • Introduced: Late 1999 on the E46 M3
  • Launch color on: E46 M3 Convertible
  • Also used on: E36/7 M Coupe/Roadster, E85/E86
  • Discontinued: July 2007


18. Laguna Seca Blue (448)
  • Introduced: Late 1999 on the E46 M3
  • Launch color on: E46 M3 Coupe
  • Also used on: E36/7 M Roadster/Coupe
  • Discontinued: August 2004


19. Silverstone 2 metallic (A29)
  • Introduced: In 2004 on the E60 M5
  • Launch color on: E60 M5, E90 M3
  • Also used on: Most M models
  • Discontinued: -
  • Notes: Another "come back" color.


20. Interlagos Blue metallic (A30)
  • Introduced: Spring of 2003 on the E46 M3 Competition Package
  • Launch color on: E46 M3 Competition Package, E61 M5
  • Also used on: E63/4 M6, E9x M3 and E85/6 M
  • Discontinued: September 2013


21. Indianapolis Red metallic (A31)
  • Introduced: In 2004 on the E60 M5
  • Launch color on: E63 M6
  • Also used on: -
  • Discontinued: Summer of 2010


22. Sepang Bronze metallic (A32)
  • Introduced: In 2004 on the E60 M5
  • Launch color on: E64 M6
  • Also used on: E85/E86 M
  • Discontinued: Summer of 2010


23. Jerez Black metallic (A73)
  • Introduced: In 2007 on the E9x M3
  • Launch color on: E93 M3
  • Also used on: -
  • Discontinued: 2013


24. Melbourne Red metallic (A75)
  • Introduced: In 2007 on the E9x M3
  • Launch color on: E71 X6 M
  • Also used on: Too many to list
  • Discontinued: -


25. Monte Carlo Blue metallic (B05)
  • Introduced: E70 X5 M and E71 X6 M
  • Launch color on: E70 X5 M
  • Also used on: F12/F13 M6
  • Discontinued: End of 2016


26. Singapore Grey metallic (B41)
  • Introduced: In 2011 on the F10 M5
  • Also used on: F06/F10/F12 M6, G11/G12
  • Discontinued: -


27. Valencia Orange metallic (B44)
  • Introduced: In 2010 on the E82 1 Series M Coupe
  • Launch color on: E82 1 Series M Coupe
  • Also used on: On many Leipzig built models. Not available on any M cars.
  • Discontinued: -


28. Estoril Blue 2 metallic (B45)
  • Introduced: F30 M Sport
  • Launch color on: F30 M Sport
  • Also used on: Too many to list
  • Discontinued: -
  • Notes: After a 6 year hiatus, Estoril Blue is back, but this time it's not available on the M models.



29. Sakhir Orange metallic (B50)
  • Introduced: Late 2011 on the F06/F12/F13 M6 and F10 M5
  • Launch color on: F13 M6
  • Also used on: F80 M3 and F82/F83 M4
  • Discontinued: June 2017


30. San Marino Blue metallic (B51)
  • Introduced: Late 2011 on the F06/F12/F13 M6
  • Launch color on: F12 M6 and M4 CS
  • Also used on: F80, F82, F83
  • Discontinued: -


31. Austin Yellow metallic (B67)
  • Introduced: In 2013 on the F80 M3 and F82/F83 M4
  • Launch color on: F82 M4
  • Also used on: -
  • Discontinued: -


32. Yas Marina Blue metallic (B68)
  • Introduced: In 2013 on the F80 M3 and F82/F83 M4
  • Launch color on: F80 M3
  • Also used on: -
  • Discontinued: -


33. Long Beach Blue metallic (C16)
  • Introduced: In 2014 on the F85/F86
  • Launch color on: F86 and F87
  • Also used on: -
  • Discontinued: -


34. Donington Grey metallic (C28)
  • Introduced: In 2014 on the F85/F86
  • Launch color on: F85, F97
  • Also used on: F90
  • Discontinued: -


35. Sakhir Orange 2 metallic (C1H)
  • Introduced: In 2016 on the F80 M3, F82/F83 M4
  • Also used on: -
  • Discontinued: -
  • Notes: Due to a supplier issue BMW created a new formula for the F80 M3, F82/F83 M4 models. For a short period of time Sakhir Orange 2 and the original Sakhir Orange were available at the same time. However, they were not offered on the same model at the same time.


36. Marina Bay Blue metallic (C1K)
  • Introduced: In 2017 on the F90
  • Launch color on: F90
  • Also used on: -
  • Discontinued: -


37. Misano Blue metallic (C1D)
  • Introduced: In 2017 on X2 M Sport
  • Launch color on: F39 X2 M Sport, G29 M40i, F40 M135i, F87 M2 CS
  • Also used on:
  • Discontinued: -
  • Notes: After 30 years Misano Worlds Circuit gets a second. This is the first time a race track gets a second color. This is the second color that is introduced on the M Sport / M Performance model rather than a full M car


38. Hockenheim Silver metallic (C33)
  • Introduced: In 2018 on F87 M2 Competition
  • Launch color on: F87 M2 Competition
  • Also used on: -
  • Discontinued: -


39. Portimao Blue metallic (C31)
  • Introduced: In 2018 on G20 3 Series M Sport
  • Launch color on: G20 3 Series M Sport
  • Also used on: G80 M3, G82 / G83 M4
  • Discontinued: -


40. Toronto Red metallic (C3G)
  • Introduced: In 2019 on F97 X3 M
  • Launch color on: F98 X4 M
  • Also used on: F97 X3 M, F95 X5 M, F96 X6 M, G80 M3, G82 / G83 M4
  • Discontinued: -


41. Motegi Red metallic (C3K)
  • Introduced: In 2019 on F91 and F92 M8
  • Launch color on: F91 M8
  • Also used on: F90
  • Discontinued: -


42. Brands Hatch Grey metallic (C17)
  • Introduced: In 2019 on F91 and F92 M8
  • Launch color on: -
  • Also used on: F90
  • Discontinued: -


43. Isle of Man Green metallic (C4G)
  • Introduced: In 2020 on G80 M3, G82 / G83 M4
  • Launch color on: -
  • Also used on: -
  • Discontinued: -

44. Sao Paulo Yellow (C4H)
  • Named after: Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace which was originally known as Autodromo de Interlagos is located in the city of São Paulo
  • Introduced: In 2020 on G80 M3, G82 / G83 M4
  • Launch color on: -
  • Also used on: -
  • Discontinued: -
  • Notes: First new non-metallic M color since Laguna Seca Blue which was released over 20 years ago. This is the second color that Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace gets.

Last edited by SickFinga; 02-10-2020 at 08:37 PM..
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