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Old 10-14-2017, 10:23 PM   #1
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BMW M Colors



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 spot any mistakes.
BMWBlog.com 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
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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 metallic (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
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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: February 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: -
  • Discontinued: -
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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
  • 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. Hockenheim Silver metallic (C33)
  • Introduced: In 2018 on F87 M2 Competition
  • Launch color on: F87 M2 Competition
  • Also used on: -
  • Discontinued: -


38. Toronto Red metallic (C3G)
  • Introduced: In 2019 on F97 X3 M
  • Launch color on: F97 X3 M
  • Also used on: F98 X4 M, F96 X6 M
  • Discontinued: -

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


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


Here how the individual countries stand. The list doesn't include the "come back" colors.

USA - 7
Italy - 4
UK - 4
France - 2
Germany - 2
Singapore - 2
Spain - 2
Australia - 1
Bahrain - 1
Brazil - 1
Canada - 1
Japan - 1
Macao - 1
Malaysia - 1
Monaco - 1
Portugal - 1
South Africa - 1
Senegal - 1
UAE - 1
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Nice job putting this together! I knew about a few of these, but it's interesting to see how the colours evolved with the brand. It seems they're a little less 'loud' these days--Dakar and Daytona Violet anyone?
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Really cool thread, thanks for sharing!
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Cool list! One addition tho; Daytona Violet was also used in other E31 models, like my 840ci...

Also British Racing Green has been used in one Canadian E31, few more in the world I can assume!
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Also, Dakar Yellow 2 was used until later, I had an 04 E46 M3 of that color.
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Nice job putting this together! I knew about a few of these, but it's interesting to see how the colours evolved with the brand. It seems they're a little less 'loud' these days--Dakar and Daytona Violet anyone?
Phoenix Yellow, Austin Yellow, Laguna Seca, Yas Marina are pretty loud colors too.

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Cool list! One addition tho; Daytona Violet was also used in other E31 models, like my 840ci...

Also British Racing Green has been used in one Canadian E31, few more in the world I can assume!

Those are Individual orders, the available and discontinued list are meant to represent standard color choice. All those colors can be ordered through Individual right now.
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Canada finally will be getting its own M Color. Toronto Red metallic will be most likely used as the launch color on the F97 X3 M. It will also be used on the F98 X4 M, F96 X6 M. Unconfirmed on F95 X5 M, but highly likely.
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Nice! That's a cool gesture by BMW. Makes sense it's on the SUVs, lol.
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Pretty cool, didn't know my color was named after the Australian GP track.
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Thanks for putting this together this comprehensive list
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For some reason Toronto Red Metallic doesn't have a nice chime to it as others. Either way, glad they decided to rep TO
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