BMW Land│Issue #52
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This particular model was just spotted out doing some serious testing and spy photographers caught up with it. Other clues giving the identity of the tech under the sheet metal away include the flush door handles and the blocked out kidney grilles.
The former BMW M CEO, Markus Flasch, said that the company is working on a bespoke, standalone model for the most dedicated fans out there and this is going to be it. As you can see from these latest spyshots, it will definitely come with a unique design.
Both are performance cars at heart, but other than that, the BMW M5 and Shelby Mustang GT500 couldn’t be any different.
It’s not all about horsepower, torque, and weight as nowadays choosing the right settings is just as important to squeeze every last drop of performance for a drag race.
They are to Germany what the Commodore and Falcon were to Aussies: large rear-drive sedans that once dominated the market before SUVs ruled the world. Is there still a place for this pair?
Rumors of an M3 Touring straight from the factory have been swirling around the Internet for years, but it was only a little over a year ago when BMW confirmed plans to finally launch the high-performance version. This aftermarket M3 Touring is based on the F31 and tentatively carries the “F81” codename that never officially happened.
The ALPINA B8 Gran Coupe is bite-the-back-of-your-fist beautiful. The shape, the subtly body lines, the ALPINA-specific bumpers, and — of course — the always-gorgeous iconic ALPINA wheels. Admittedly, it owes almost all of its beauty to the standard BMW 8 Series, which is pretty even in its most basic form.
In its second generation, the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe carved out its own little unique niche and, from that, grew a loyal clientele base. Compared to the now canceled 3 Series Gran Turismo, the 4 Series Gran Coupe has always been regarded as the more stylish and cool looking brother. But now in its second generation, the four-door coupe only has to compete with the likes of the 3 Series Sedan, and arguably, with the touring version as well.
YouTuber Joe Achilles is in an interesting position when it comes to testing many cars, as he personally owns a G80 BMW M3 Competition. So when he tests the new M3 Competition xDrive, his opinion is more intriguing than most because he drives and lives with the standard rear-wheel drive car on a regular basis.
We’ve already learned from former BMW M boss Markus Flasch that the mighty V8 is sticking around until at least the end of the decade. It apparently won’t be the only type of propulsion driving the wheels, as the German magazine claims the V8 will form a plug-in hybrid powertrain with an electric motor.
For the second time this year, BMW CEO Oliver Zipse took a public dig at Tesla, singling out quality and reliability as issues that he said set the Germany luxury automaker apart from the electric car leader.
Fully autonomous driving and ever more advanced driver assistance technologies are likely to impact day to day transportation to a great degree each year. According to Frank Weber, BMW Director of Development, we can expect Level 3 automated driving to be featured in the 2023 7 Series.
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