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Old 11-11-2004, 08:16 PM   #1
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What does ti stand for in 318ti? I'm also curious what the other letters stand for from other BMW models. I know that the first number is the series, and the last two are the engine size, but I don't know what the letters mean.
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Old 11-11-2004, 08:24 PM   #2
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i = fuel injected
s = sports model
t = touring
x = 4 wheel drive
c = coupe
td = turbo diesel
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Old 11-11-2004, 08:31 PM   #3
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touring international?
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touring is the station wagon. and non of the station wagong have a T.
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You know, the T is the only one I wasn't possitive of so I assumed it was touring. If compact started with a T I'd say it was that.

Also, C also means convertible on older models. I think it's just e46's that it means coupe. They change with new body styles so it can get a little confusing.

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doesn't the s mean sedan? Isn't a 318i the coupe and 318is the sedan?
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No, the S means sport model, which just happens to be a 2 door. Sports models, as far as E36's go also have sportier seats, and a tighter suspension. I'm not sure if there were ever any 2 door non-sports model BMW's besides the convertibles.
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ti is touring international.
s can stand for coupe.
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Doesn't c stand for convertible?
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One vote for touring international. I forgot where else I saw it, but I believe that's the official designation. C on the E36's were convertibles, S were the coupes. So with the E46's the C took the place of the S but I think they switched positions with the I between the two generations. Now with CSI and CSL I start to get even more confused so I will stop now before I make it more complicated than it has to be
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Ti = hatchback
iT = wagon

C = coupes on some models (e46) also convertible
S = sport or coupe on some models (e36)

So i guess 635CSi is 6 series 3.5 liter coupe sport injected.
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Ti = hatchback
iT = wagon

C = coupes on some models (e46) also convertible
S = sport or coupe on some models (e36)

So i guess 635CSi is 6 series 3.5 liter coupe sport injected.

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also on the E36 te "C" was not part of the emblems... per door jam: 328ic convertible. 328ci E46 coupe.
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Oh, and another one.

In the 80s BMW had the E engines (325e). E stood for Eta (η) which BMW used to mean 'efficiency.' I believe this was a response to be more fuel conscious but ended up being just short on power. Compare a 325i to a 325e, the torque is about the same but the 'e' only has about 125 ponies while the 'i' sports about 170.
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