E9. No, we haven't sunk your battleship. We just wanted to remind you of one the greatest BMW models ever. BMW wants to jog your memory, too, which is why it put together a short video documenting the E9's history, with a specific focus on the 3.0 CSi.

Approximately 8,359 examples of the stylish two-door were built from 1971 through 1975. The car's fuel-injected 3.0-liter inline six produced 200 horsepower, enough giddyup to propel the CSi down the road at 140 miles per hour. Click past the jump for a closer look at this BMW icon.


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      Christopher Meyer
      • 3 Years Ago
      The retro styling movement has taken all of the wrong cues from this timeless era. Whatever happened to slim, simple-lined cars such as these?
      wmaclough
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just wish the new roll over standards allowed for pillars as thin and green houses as large as the 2800/3.0. They were easy to see out of, so maneuvering in traffic was easy, and the power of the engine was more than sufficient with the light body. Those were the days. But gee, you know we can save up to 6 lives a year in vehicles that are tall and heavy with the new roll over standards (not to mention squeeze all the fun out of driving...).
      Copyright Attorney
      • 3 Years Ago
      With that kind of legacy, it’s really no wonder BMW is so proud of the E9. Setting the standard for how a BMW big coupe should look and perform, the 3.0 CSI and other variations of the E9 left a distinctive mark on the company’s style, helping to shape the 6 Series models that followed. The E9’s pacesetting performance and elegant coupe looks not only make it an interesting subject for a BMW promotional video, but also a vital piece of the company’s illustrious history.
      htay9500
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car was a timeless thing to look at. It has great looks that will stand out in traffic and well, it's just beautiful.
      Randy Arnold
      • 3 Years Ago
      The CSi was never imported to the US so we only had the 2800 and 3.0 but they were magnificent. As quick as a 911 but room & comfort for 4. That engine made majic sounds when you really got busy and both of the manual transmissions they used were exceptional. My wife new she looked better in it than I did!
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh hell yeah! That is one sharp looking car. I so wish BMW would do an update of this car, as well as their 2002. I love how this CSI was their top of the line car back in the early 70s, and yet its about the same size as their current lowest-end 1-series.
      Svartorn
      • 3 Years Ago
      One of my favorite classic cars. I'd love to have one.
      Prakash Natesan
      • 3 Years Ago
      While looking at the 3.0 CSi, it will be worth to look at the daddy of the most powerful letter in the world - M and the car I am talking about is BMW M3 E30
      BG
      • 3 Years Ago
      Gorgeous car, sleek, but yet subtle. And the large greenhouse is so much more tasteful than the ponderous sheet metal-small glass look we see today. How could they possibly have evolved from the E9 to the X6 and the 5GT of today?
      rty
      • 3 Years Ago
      it looks like Lada
      Demos Philippou
      • 3 Years Ago
      ..and now we get the 6 series. an ugly piece of metal without that special bmw uniqueness to it that the 3.0 csi (still) has.
        JaredN
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Demos Philippou
        Exactly! I'd take a 3.0 csi over the current 6 series any day.
        Susan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Demos Philippou
        I think the new 6 is OK, not timeless like the 3.0 CSi, but certainly not an ugly ride. Now as for the absurd X6 and the 5GTs....
          BG
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Susan
          Oh, oh, she upset some X6 driver....
      • 3 Years Ago
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