Whatever x-factor makes cars appealing, BMW has just got it. Their designs are nearly always universally liked. Every now and again they'll push the envelope a bit too far and we end up with BMW 2-Series Gran Tourer or the E60 M5, but the majority are spot on.
You can argue that they aren't on the same level of 'sexiness' as a Lamborghini or Ferrari, but if you cherry pick the best of the Bavarian beauties, you can make a strong case that the usually un-sexy Germans can really let their hair down and produce some of the sexiest cars in history. Before you start keyboard warrioring the comment section, have a gander over my 11 sexy BMWs list below and it might just change your mind.
Top 11 sexiest BMWs of all time
11) BMW 750IL E38
Let's kick off with one of the sexiest saloons of all time, the E38. There are so many reasons why I love this car. I'll admit a fair amount of my love for the E38 has come from the film industry. I first fell in love with it in 'Tomorrow Never Dies' as a rocket casually flies through the windscreen and out the rear and the only effect is Pierce Brosnan being slightly dishevelled. The other film was 'The Transporter' where Jason Statham escapes the police on French streets, magical (might be a 735i in this film).
10) BMW M5 E34 Touring
Oooh it's a bit special. The E34 is accumulating sex appeal every day. As we all know the estate version is almost always cooler and it is no exception with the E34. If you want to transport the whole family across Germany in the shortest possible time, there is no better vehicle.
9) BMW Z3M Coupe
Now this entry might surprise some people. Whenever I confess my love for the Z3M, even in the DriveTribe office where I thought I was safe, I get a fair amount of criticism. I still can't comprehend why. I know the basic Z3 was a bit shite, but the 3.0-litre coupe looks sublime. I can't be alone with this opinion, right?
8) BMW M5 E39
I've been addicted to the M5 E39 ever since I saw Tiff Needell clear all four wheels off the ground on a Clarkson VHS. It is proportionately perfect as saloons go. If you find a bad angle of it let me know, I've failed to see one for about 20 years now.
7) BMW 635 CSi
If you were rocking one of these in the '80s, you had it made. I can guarantee your hair was slicked back, you had braces to keep your trousers in check and had a brick of a phone attached to your ear at all times in case the market crashed. If it did, you can just open up the glovebox to reveal a kilo of Colombia's finest and that'll get you through the weekend.
6) BMW 3.0 CSL - "Batmobile"
"Holy rear-wing Batman!" How could I have a BMW cool list without featuring a car nicknamed 'Batmobile?' The standard BMW 3.0 would have made it anyway, but when you get the caped crusader involved it's a slam dunk.
5) BMW M1
Just bloody gorgeous isn't it? When I see one in full racing Procar spec, I start to get a huge jolt of nostalgic warmth come over me as I was lucky enough to have a 1:18 model as a kid, in the exact livery seen below.
4) BMW Z8
Even if this wasn't sawn in half by a helicopter with drop down blades in 'The World is Not Enough' I'd still love it to death. The Z8 got slaughtered by the critics on release. I've spoke to a few experts about this and apparently BMW changed the tyres for the journalist road tests which virtually ruined the car's handling. With an engine brace to stiffen up the chassis and the right tyres, it drives as it was intended. I hope whoever made that decision got the sack.
3) BMW 507
The choice of Mr Elvis Presley himself, the 507 was the Jaguar E-Type competitor. It cost twice the price as the E-Type when new, which only adds to its cool levels.
2) BMW 850 CSi
What's that? It has a 5.6-litre V12? Yes… yes it does. There is only one BMW that can beat the 8-Series and it's the…
1) BMW X3
This might be controversial, but I love the X3. It has… only kidding you fools.
1) BMW Nazca C2
BOOM. Weren't expecting that, were you? Designed by a Mr Giugiaro no less. It also is hiding a 6.0-litre V12 twin-turbocharged engine under that bonnet. Drool.