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  • Chris Macha

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    Afshin,

    The bike is pronounced Beemer with a long 'e' like femur or lemur. Bimmer is pronounced like the word Dinner. Legend has it that the bike made a sound like beeemmm or something like that. I can't find my original post though?

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  • Chris Macha

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    Ah, found the prior post. Ask Bimmer Magazine how they pronounce their name. I bought my first BMW 2002 in 1974, have always called them Bimmers.

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  • Chris Macha

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    I also think newer devotees to the marque who have only bought newer cars are the ones who say Beemer.

    :)

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  • Chris Macha

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    Well, the Internet certainly has a lot of opinions on nomenclature. This is from the BMW Wiki:

    "The English slang terms Beemer, Bimmer and Bee-em are variously used for BMWs of all kinds,[42][43] cars and motorcycles.[44][45]
    In the US, specialists have been at pains to prescribe that a distinction must be made between using Beemer exclusively to describe BMW motorcycles, and using Bimmer only to refer to BMW cars,[46][47][48] in the manner of a "true aficionado"[49] and avoid appearing to be "uninitiated."[50][51] The Canadian Globe and Mail prefers Bimmer and calls Beemer a "yuppie abomination,"[52] while the Tacoma News Tribune says it is a distinction made by "auto snobs."[53] Using the wrong slang risks offending BMW enthusiasts.[54][55][56] An editor of Business Week was satisfied in 2003 that the question was resolved in favor of Bimmer by noting that a Google search yielded 10 times as many hits compared to Beemer.[57]"

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  • Eddie Relvas

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    It's not that easy a pick... the E9 looks utterly gorgeous, and has a lusty straight-six to go with it. The 130 is the subtle one, whose charms are not touted to the world. As a good fan of a sleeper, that would make it my choice, especially if I can have the 5-speed manual. Not a lot of people know these cars, and most would not even guess it to be a Fiat on the street. The build quality is excellent (more than a match for the BMW), and the equipment levels are second to none. And the wail of that V6 on full tilt... ooooh....

    BTW, the V6 in the 130 does not share anything other than its configuration with the Dino unit... it was a brand-new design from Lampredi, and actually inspired by the geometry he used on the SOHC engine designed for the 128, albeit obviously adapted to this new layout.

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  • Rik

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    +1 for the Fiat.

    So rare and mysterious, the BMW is almost common by comparison. By common I mean I may have seen 2 on the road in the last 18 months whereas I don't think I've ever seen a Fiat outside of a classic car show.

    from Auckland, New Zealand
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  • Josh Stewart

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    I think I'm going to have to break with popular opinion and go with the Fiat. The BMW is a great car, but compared to the Fiat, it's just a bit... boring. Sure it looks good for a BMW, but sitting inside and driving it is going to feel pretty much the same as sitting in any 2002 or even E21. The Fiat on the other hand, just look at that interior! The wheel, the console, the gear selector etc. Love it!

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  • Erwan Brillot

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    No competition here for me, it's got to be the bimmer.

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  • Leucea Alexandru

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    What if we spice things up an give the BMW a proper competitor? How about this Ferrari 330 GT from the 60's? The back end looks similar, even the C-pillar..

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  • Lamond Jack

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    GERMAN GT COUPE ALLLLLLLLLLLLL DAY!

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