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Believe it or not, but the BMW X5 is approaching its 20th birthday. The first-generation model went into production in 1999 as a 2000 model year vehicle. Today, BMW has taken the wraps off the fourth-generation X5, and it's appealing as ever for those looking for a premium, mid-size crossover vehicle. As seems to be the case with every new generation of vehicle launched these days, the 2019 X5 is larger than before, and comes packing in even more technology and luxury features that you would expect (from a BMW). The vehicle is 1.1 inches longer than the outgoing model, and rides on a wheelbase that is just fractionally longer than before. It's built using BMW's Cluster Architecture, which... Read more...
BMW has been experimenting with alternative powertrains for quite some time, and has offered vehicle like i8 sports carand the funky i3 whatchamacallit(which is available in fully-electric and range-extending variants). Now, the company is looking to bring an electrified version of its hot-selling X3 crossover to market, and it will be called the iX3. The vehicle debuted in concept for today, and it retains the same basic shape as its gasoline-engined sibling. Most of the changes occur upfront where the twin kidney grille gives way to a version that sort of merges the two together. To our eyes, it reminds us a bit of a KIA grille, but we digress -- it's a false grille anyway given... Read more...
BMW has gone official with the all-new 2019 M2 Competition sports car. The first notable thing about the new car is that it has a detuned version of the engine from the M3 and M4 under its hood. In M2 Competition guise, that M TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine makes 405hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. That heart is an M TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder unit that pushes power to the rear wheels. Driving purists will be thrilled to hear that the standard transmission is a 6-speed manual unit, while the M DCT is optional for those preferring flappy paddles for shifting. BMW says that the car is good for a 0-60 mph sprint of 4.0 seconds with the DCT transmission and 4.2 seconds with a manual.... Read more...
BMW is well known for nickel and diming customers with outrageously priced option packages. However, BMW's latest boondoggle could be one of its most egregious acts yet -- starting next year, it will begin charging a subscription fee to access Apple CarPlay. Yes, you heard that correctly. Don Smith, technology product manager for BMW North America, told The Verge that the German auto giant will charge $80 per year to access CarPlay. To help soften the blow somewhat, the company says that the first year of access will be provided for free. BMW currently charges a flat $300 option fee to enable CarPlay support on 2017+ model year automobiles. To make matters worse, BMW's reasoning for switching... Read more...
Electric vehicles and hybrid automobiles are all about being friendlier to the environment and saving on gas money, though the latest models are anything but boring or conservative. Automakers have been pushing out increasingly faster, better performing EV and hybrids, and many of them even have a certain sex appeal. To that end, BMW's new i8 Roadster and i8 Coupe are a couple of environmentally friendly (relatively) beauties. These are plug-in hybrids, one with a fixed roof (i8 Coupe) and the other an open-top version (i8 Roadster), the latter of which is a new addition to what BMW claims has been the highest selling plug-in hybrid since the i8's introduction in 2014. Both are based on the LifeDrive... Read more...
BMW has unveiled the most hardcore of its M3 variants for the U.S. and the car is called the BMW M3 CS. The M3 CS is a limited-edition model, of which only 1,200 units available globally (only 550 of them will be coming to the States). The car is notable for being 110 pounds lighter than other M3 models with copious amounts of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) used to help the M3 CS shed that weight. The entire roof of the M3 CS is made from CFRP and it alone accounts for 13 pounds of weight lost. The goal behind reducing the weight of the roof is to effectively lower the vehicle center of gravity and improve handling. Other than the roof, CFRP is also used in the front splitter, "Gurney... Read more...
Move over Tesla, here comes BMW in the fast lane and it has grand aspirations of zooming out in front. The German automaker hopes to have 25 electric vehicle models by the year 2025, a dozen of which will be pure electric instead of hybrid variants. BMW stated its ambitious goal during the Frankfurt Motor Show, where it unveiled its new i Vision Dynamics, a four-door coupe that could give Tesla's Model S a run for its money. The BMW i Vision Dynamics has a range of 373 miles (600 kilometers) with a top speed of 120 miles per hour (200 km/h). It also boasts an acceleration of 0-62 MPH (0-100 km/h) in four seconds. In other words, it offers the speed and acceleration performance of a gas powered... Read more...
Hot on the heels of the Concept 8 Series that was unveiled at the Concorzo d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Lake Como, Italy, BMW has pulled the wraps off the successor to the long-in-the-tooth E89 generation Z4 convertible (first introduced way back in 2009). BMW’s Concept Z4 adopts a similar design language to the aforementioned Concept 8 Series, but in a more lithe package. For better or worse, the Concept Z4 shows no real stylistic links with the current vehicle, save for its two-door convertible layout.  Even the super-long hood proportions of the last two generations of Z4 have been pared down somewhat. The front of the Concept Z4 is dominated by low and wide twin nostrils (a BMW signature)... Read more...
It has been nearly two decades since then original BMW 8 Series went out of production, but the nameplate is ready to make a return to the Germany marque’s lineup. Feast your eyes on the new Concept 8 Series, with its gorgeous lines and protruding twin kidney grille that was unveiled today at the Concorzo d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Lake Como, Italy. The production version of the Concept 8 Series is scheduled to arrive sometime next year, and if past BMW concepts are any indication, its exterior should remain mostly intact with regards to styling. Speaking of styling, the Concept 8 Series is quite sinuous, and has a lot more dramatic flair than BMW’s current car lineup. If it wasn’t for the signature... Read more...
It might not have the brawny, rumbling ferociousness of a Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, but the new Kia Stinger is going after an equally fierce product segment. The vehicle will find itself doing battle with vehicles like the BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe and the Audi A5 Sportback, and it just might be a real winner. The Stinger is based on a new rear-wheel-drive (RWD) platform, which is critical in this segment. Base vehicles are powered by a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine that produces 255 horsepower and 260 foot-pounds of torque. That makes it very competitive with similar engines from BMW and Audi. However, the engine that everyone will likely want to sample is the 3.3-liter V6 (found in the Stinger... Read more...
Now this is what we call Hot Hardware. The BMW M1 is truly a rare beast, as only 435 examples were produced between 1978 and 1981. It was a truly team effort, as BMW contracted Lamborghini to help engineer the vehicle, while Giugiaro designed the gorgeous (and clearly 1970’s-inspired) body. So, it stands to reason that you wouldn’t expect to find one of these highly desirable, and extremely valuable vehicles neglected, slinked away in a garage collecting dust. Well, that’s exactly what happened to this 1981 M1, which is one of the last examples produced. The car amazingly only has 4,593 miles on the odometer and last hit the pavement in 1982, after which it was exiled to a dusty existence. The... Read more...
No, you haven’t joined the Avengers or boarded the USS Enterprise. Real-life holography is coming to consumers very soon. BMW will debut its HoloActive Touch floating in-car virtual touch screen at CES 2017. The HoloActive Touch is a free-floating, touch sensitive display that shows drivers information such as music and navigation. The display is located to the right of the driver’s steering wheel and is operated by using finger gestures. A camera detects the driver’s hand movements and registers where the fingers are positioned. A pulse is emitted and the function of the “button” is performed, once the fingers make contact with the virtual control surfaces. The driver does not interact with... Read more...
Tesla might be the first name you think of when the topic of electric vehicles comes up, but being popular doesn't always guarantee victory. Case in point, German automaker BMW beat Tesla by winning a contract to supply the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) with a flee of electric cars for its community outreach program and other police business.The LAPD will lease 100 of BMW's all-electric i3 vehicles, which effectively doubles the number of electric cars that are collectively in use by different departments in the city. None of these are used for patrol or for hot pursuit—those activities still rely on good old fashioned gasoline powered vehicles.Tesla had a shot at winning the contract... Read more...
Whether it's showing up to the blacktop to trash talk the regulars in a game of hoops or meeting downtown with investors on a new venture, you'll make a bigger statement by stepping out of a Bimmer (it's's not a Beemer, folks) than showing up all sweaty from pedaling your Schwinn. Sure, life may have had other plans, putting a BMW out of your price range for the time being, but once the automaker launches its ReachNow car-sharing program, it won't matter. This isn't BMW's first foray into the car-sharing sector. BMW offers a similar service in Europe called DriveNow, and that's what ReachNow will be modeled after. The rubber will meet the road starting in Seattle with an initial fleet of 370... Read more...
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