BMW Land│Issue #4
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Bavaria’s flagship SUV hits the road with big grilles, sloping roofline and X7 dimensions. Due to go on sale in 2022, the rumored X8 – or, according to some insiders, XM – will sit above the current X7 as the flagship model in BMW’s SUV range, reportedly positioned as a high-performance halo with a focus on driving dynamics.
After making an appearance at the Nürburgring a few months ago, the new generation BMW 2-Series Coupe was recently taken close to the Arctic Circle in Northern Europe, where it had to face the sub-freezing temperatures. The prototype snapped by our spy photographers retained the heavy disguise, so there isn’t much to report on from a visual standpoint, other than this probably being a lesser variant of the car, considering that it has a single round exhaust pipe on the driver’s side.
The iX3 made its official debut in January this year and is currently being tested by journalists around the globe. In BMW’s world, though, it’s never too early for a refresh. What you see in the gallery below are spy photos of a lightly camouflaged iX3 prototype caught in a parking lot together with other BMW test vehicles.
The next-generation BMW X1 has been spotted yet again in prototype form, this time boasting decals that reveal its electrified underpinnings. In this case, it appears we’re looking at a plug-in. Thanks to the extensive camouflage on these development vehicles, there aren’t really any new clues as to BMW’s styling direction for the next iteration of its baby crossover, but we can at least see that the X1’s silhouette will be largely unchanged.
In this new video from Car Gurus, Dan Prosser put those very two sports cars head-to-head, and we’re extremely jealous. The BMW M2 CS puts up a great fight but, predictably, it can’t take down the Porsche. That’s really not an indictment of the BMW, but high praise for the GT4. Porsche’s hottest Cayman is quite possibly the finest driving machine on sale at the moment, with a sublime mid-engine chassis, a screaming naturally-aspirated flat-six engine and fantastic steering.
Achilles recently spent a week in a BMW M5 Competition and then spent a week in the Audi RS6 Avant, without too much time in between. So he was able to draw an accurate comparison between the two cars and judge them properly. In his review, he’s only driving the RS6 but drawing comparisons between it and the M5 throughout, trying to determine which car is better.
The guys from G-Power have come up with some incredible kits for the latest M models in BMW’s range. The BMW M8, for example, can get upgraded to create monster power figures, as is the case with the G8M Bi-Turbo, a car that is supposed to offer 770 horsepower, according to the German tuner. However, a trip down to the local dyno can show different numbers, as one would expect.
This is the most expensive, cream of the crop BMW you can buy right now. The company don’t call it a supercar. BMW has said many times it isn’t interested in following up the M1 (at the moment), so the M8 is technically a grand tourer, while the Competition variant introduces more power and less weight, as well as other tweaks.
For BMW fans, the BMW M340i Touring seems a bit out of its league here, something that usually doesn’t happen with the M340i, thanks to its immense performance. The BMW relies on a 3.0 liter straight-six engine, developing from 374 horsepower in Europe to 382 horsepower in the US. This being shot in the UK, the BMW M340i in the video is the less powerful model.
Featured in the video embedded on top is the BMW 7 Series that Agent 007 used in Tomorrow Never Dies, the 18th installation in the movie franchise that came out in 1997. The car can be driven by a stunt driver from the rear seats; four BMWs came with this feature, actually, which were used for the remote control or driverless scenes.
BMW M has released its latest ‘M Town’ commercial that features some of the company’s finest performance vehicles ever. The company says that M Town is the most successful digital campaign it has run for the M division and in this film, dubbed ‘The Drop’, the protagonist drives a red E30 M3 from the BMW M Heritage Fleet.
Since the automotive community has so much variety to offer these days, folks at BMW decided to give the 4-series an extra set of doors. The 4-series was a market-driven idea from BMW when the community never really needed one since the 3-series coupe did its part pretty well. The 4-series wasn’t revolutionary but, the G22 generation garnered a lot more attention than the F32 it replaced. Who doesn’t remember the spy shots that shook the community when it showed the upcoming 4-series/ 3-series sporting a massive grille.
The most enjoyable and rewarding M car to drive for quite some time. Potentially, a future classic. The original, powered by a tuned version of the N55 straight six, was a good car, a desirable car, but one that lacked the polish of the best creations from the M stable, particularly in the dynamics department. The car is no lighter than the Competition due to its increased technical content, but helping to offset that is a carbon fibre bonnet and roof, the former featuring a large vent to assist engine cooling and to reduce aerodynamic pressure at the front of the car.
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