BMW 316 represents lightweight sportive sedan of third series by the world automobile leader. BMW 316 model appeared on the roads of Europe in 1975. As the basis for its development specialists BMW used a new, at that time, E21 platform. On the appearance of which worked such well-known designers as Paul Marriage, who was the ideologist of the project, Wilhelm Hofmeister and Klaus Lure since 1975. Presented to the public in Munich, the car made it clear that it is going to be one of the best vehicles of BMW with its own character. Branded radiator grille is similar to the fifth series of BMW models with E12 body.
The famous Hofmeister bend, trimming parts and car body is not allowed to make a mistake. Many designer finds which were applied in the design of E21 defined the concept of BMW for many generations to come. The first versions of BMW 316 had four- cylinder eight-valve line M10V16 engine with capacity of 1.6 liters (1573 cc). Power of the engine counted 90 horsepower. The four-door sedan could place up to 5 people (including driver) have length 4345 mm, width 1680 mm and height 1370 mm. Trunk volume is 425 liters.
In 1980 it published the next version of BMW 316 engine M10V18. It had the same power, but already with engine of 1.8-liter capacity. In the body of the BMW E21 316 had lived until 1983, when instead of an outdated platform came a new development of the Bavarian company engineers. It was BMW E30 with some renovations. It had a corrosion-protected body and enhanced engine in accordance with the requirements of the time. 316-I BMW E30 was equipped with a 1.8-liter (1766 cc) M10 L4 engine with 90 horsepower with carburetor supply system. The main accent in the design of this rather less powerful, even for the time, model of the vehicle was made at its relatively low cost. Carburetor version of the car of the third series of BMW 316 had been produced by Bavarian Concern until 1987. Later versions of the model already had index "i" in its notation and a system of direct injection.