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Going with an Alpine White BMW M3 is usually a great choice. Adding a set of Vorsteiner afermarket wheels is another one. For this owner, the path to customizing his M3 was clear; keep it clean and classy. Hence, the addition of these Vorsteiner V-FF 101 Flow Forged wheels, a bit of lowering and a carbon fiber touch, all make for a perfect looking vehicle. For the most part, the BMW F80 M3 is a well balanced vehicle. It is powered by a 3.0 Liter BMW TwinPower Turbo engine, delivering 425 horsepo...
The next addition to the BMW i family will be a new model which is likely to be sold under the i5 badge. Rumors around a third i model have been going around for years now, with several contradictory reports that mention the next i car being either a fully electric sedan, a crossover or even a hydrogen-powered car. But according to our sources, the next BMW in the i series will be indeed called the i5, but instead of having a design built upon the i3 and/or i8, it will look closer to “regu...
Businessman, car collector and philanthropist Michael Fux has one of the most impressive car collections in the world. Fux is also one of Rolls-Royce’s favorite and most demanding customers, due to his taste in cars and extensive knowledge in the creation of a customer Rolls. His Instagram account is a delight to the eyes and now a special BMW M2 is being featured. Just a few months ago we spotted a BMW M2 Coupe in Austin Yellow being parked at the BMW M facility in Munich. At the time, we did...
The new MINI Clubman John Cooper Works presents itself in a particularly sporty look in the showroom of MINI Abu Dhabi Motors. The black lacquer finish in Midnight Black is combined with numerous decor elements and accents in strong red which makes the Clubman much more aggressive. On the Arabian Peninsula, door handles, headlamp mountings, radiator grille and air intake frame as well as the wheel horns with the sporty signal color were upgraded in addition to the roof and exterior mirrors. ...
The joint venture BMW Brilliance said on Friday that its sales in China are expected to rise at least 20 percent in 2017.  The full-year estimate is based on a 44 percent year-on-year rise in the first two months of 2017, Chairman Wu Xiaoan of Brilliance China Automotive Holdings , told reporters in Hong Kong. In order to manufacture cars in China, BMW had to form a local joint venture with Brilliance Automotive. In 2017, premium vehicle sales are predicted to outperform China’s overall ...
The oft forgotten BMW Isetta is one of the strangest, quirkiest and most interesting cars in the history of the Bavarian brand. BMW bought the license and tooling to develop the Isetta from Italian company Iso in the early 1950’s. But under the hood (which was more of a weird panel on the side of the car) was originally a 250cc BMW R25 motorcycle single-cylinder engine that made just 12 hp. The car in this video, driven by Doug DeMuro, was the later BMW Isetta 300 model, which had its eng...
We recently talked about how in the second episode in this current season of Top Gear, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is faster than the BMW M3. In the Top Gear episode, they compare the Alfa to the standard BMW M3. Despite not reviewing it, you can tell it’s a normal M3 by its wheels and some small styling touches. Now, they also don’t show its hot lap, so we don’t know if that’s the car they lapped. However, in the latest episode of Extra Gear, the smaller show that...
The lighter shade of blue, the color many have opted for with the new BMW M3 and BMW M4, has its counterparts with other luxury car brands. The Yas Marina Blue has an equivalent with Lamborghini, who offers a rather similar color finish for their supercars called Blu Cepheus. The beautiful blue is offered on models like the Huracan and Aventador and make the cars look even more exquisite and spectacular. The Blu Cepheus Lamborghini Huracan we have below comes from 1016 Industries, a US-based ca...
A new era has begun. That is the key message of the new BMW film released today through all online channels. For the first time, the film “A NEW ERA” shows all four BMW Group Vision Vehicles side by side. One year after the company’s centenary, the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles is revisiting its “THE NEXT 100 YEARS” campaign. “A NEW ERA” is the second film that showcases the BMW Group at a corporate level with its strong brands, BMW, MINI, Ro...
Due to high demand for premium SUVs, BMW’s plant in South Africa expects to start building the next-generation X3 in 2018 — a year ahead of schedule. Initially, the Rosslyn plant aimed for a production date of 2019 when the current generation 3 Series would have come to an end. Tim Abbott, BMW Rosslyn manager said on Wednesday international demand for the X3, allied to quicker-than-expected conversion of the Rosslyn assembly plant, near Pretoria, had persuaded the company’s German pa...
The Brilliance-BMW cooperation in China gives birth to a new model – the Zinoro 60H plug-in hybrid. The China-only SUV is based on the long wheelbase BMW X1 Li and features the same powertrain as the BMW X1 xDrive 25Le, which is also made by Brilliance-BMW and which will hit the market later this year. It consists of a 1.5 liter engine with 136hp and 220 Nm of torque and an electric motor with 95hp and 165 Nm. Combined output stands at 231hp and 385 Nm. All the power is sent through a six...
If there is one car that we’ve been craving for, then it has to be the alleged BMW M2 CSL. The highly rumored and super sporty compact sportscar has now been rendered by Monholo Oumar, the French graphic artist who gave us that beautiful 320i Turbo Hommage. Whether it will be called CS, GTS or CSL, remains to be seen, but one thing is certain at this point – the wizards in Garching are indeed preparing a supped-up version of the high-seller M2 Coupe. Packing a detuned variant of t...
Designing a car is extremely expensive. The amount of trial and error that goes into product development is staggering and the amount of money it costs is even more so. This is especially true in the auto manufacturing world, where prototypes have to be developed every time they want to change even a small aspect of a dashboard or window or door panel. This is not only costly but time consuming, which is even more valuable than money. So car companies have turned to VR to help develop aspects ...
While the BMW X1 may be maligned by enthusiasts, it’s actually a car the we like quite a bit. Sure, it’s front-wheel drive-based and that angers teeth-gnashing fanboys who want rear-wheel drive or nothing. However, a quick drive in the X1 will reveal its charms and prove that it’s the best small crossover in its class. It convinced this typically hard-headed BMW fan and if it can convince me (Italians are famously and unnaturally stubborn), then it must be good. But don’t...
It was 15 years ago today that a feisty, little- known car company came ashore in the United States and captured the hearts of Americans from coast-to-coast. Since 2002, MINI USA has sold and delivered more than 725,000 MINIs to delighted customers across the country. Over the past 15 years, MINI has grown its vehicle portfolio from the iconic single Hardtop model that launched the brand here in the U.S. to include four unique models each with their own personality. The MINI Convertible, MINI Cl...
BMW of North America announced a small price increase for some of its 2017 and 2018 models. The following models will see a 1.9 percent increase in their base price: 3 Series GT (330 & 340), i3 (BEV & REx), i8, X1, X3 (All Versions), X5 (All Versions incl M), X6 (All Versions incl M), 6 Series (CV & GC) (All Versions including M & Alpina) and 7 Series (All Versions including M760 & Alpina). There are no base price changes to the MY17 2 Series, M2, 3 Series Sedan and Sports Wa...
The BMW 340i is a step below the famed BMW M3 models. Powered by a powerful and efficient engine, this is just one step below the power of the high-performance BMW M Sedan model range. The 3.0 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo engine generates 320 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. The 340i was the first model in the BMW line-up to be powered by the lightweight, all-aluminum B58 inline 6-cylinder engine from the EfficientDynamics family. It utilizes the TwinPower technology and innovative features like High Pr...
In 2016, BMW sold 40,000 electrified vehicles, which are compromised of both pure BEVs (Batter Electric Vehicles) and plug-in hybrids. So that includes the BMW i3, i8, 330e and X5 xDrive40e. While that’s not bad and a step in the right direction for BMW, the Bavarian brand has lofty goals for 2017, with its electric sales target of 100,000 vehicles. While BMW has been selling a lot of electric cars across the globe, Tesla has been beating the Bavarians in America by quite a bit. Tesla act...
BMW’s new Z4 is built under the internal codename G29 and aims to take on the likes of the Porsche 718 Boxter. And to do so, it has to go through some rigorous testing, like this winter trials in Sweden. As seen in the video below, the folding hard-top of the Z4 has been replaced by a lighter and easier to accommodate fabric roof. The new Z4 derives chassis components and engineering solutions from the current 3 Series and its various derivatives, including the rear axle and five-link rear su...
Now in its second season, the new Top Gear is starting to get better. While the first Chris Evans-hosted season was sort of a mess and maligned by most viewers, this second season is getting better. While not perfect, and sometimes still quite cringe-worthy, it’s showing signs of real promise, with its trio of hosts ( Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris and Rory Reid) starting to build some chemistry. Admittedly, the sort of chemistry that the previous trio of Clarkson Hammond and May had takes qui...