Autos

We all have at least one of those car nerd friends, the one that will take twenty minutes just to examine how a piece of suspension is put together or how a door handle works (that’s me, by the way). Car nerds can obsess over the most minute of details on a performance car, especially something of impressive engineering. Sometimes, car nerds obsess about those small details more than the car itself and its performance capabilities. If that’s you, the BMW M4 GTS is a car to geek the h...
While we’re patiently waiting for Audi to be done with its research and development of its new RS5, which is the usual rival of cars such as the BMW M3 – or M4 these days – and the Mercedes-AMG C63, there’s a new kid on the block making waves. We’re talking, of course, about the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV. Since it was launched, the Italian sports car received glowing reviews, many rushing to call it even better than the benchmark for the last 30 years, the BMW M3. However, some still argue ...
Earlier this month, BMW and Garage Italia unveiled another joint project, again based on the BMW i3 and i8 models. The Memphis Style of the 1980s, which was founded and lived by artists in Milan, served as a model and concept for the spectacular look of BMW’s i cars. For the presentation of the BMW i8 Memphis Style Edition, Michele de Lucchi was one of the most important representatives of Memphis Style. The new interpretations of the year 2017 were not designed by Michele de Lucchi, but b...
German luxury manufacturer ALPINA will bring its enhanced versions of its B4 Bi-Turbo Coupe and Convertible models at the upcoming London Motor Show. Based on the LCI versions of BMW’s 4 Series range, the world premiere of the two took place at the Geneva Motor Show, earlier this year. The old ALPINA B4 Coupe and Convertible models were are and powerful enough by any means, but considering the world we live in, there’s always room for improvement. Therefore, as BMW is now rolling out 440i ...
While waiting for the new M5 to come out, people are starting to forget about the performance monster the BMW F10 M5 still is. When it originally came out, everyone was impressed by its power and straight line performance, but as seven years flew by and other monstrous creations came forward, they started to fade. Even so, the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 of the F10 M5 is a beast no matter how you look at it. While BMW claims it only makes 560 HP and 501 lb-ft (680 Nm) of torque, real-life measureme...
The BMW M3 has always been the benchmark for the small performance sedan segment. You can argue all you want that the modern F80/F82 M3/M4 has diluted the model’s heritage and that the [insert any modern competitor here] is better. However, it’s the M3 that started it all and which every other modern competitor owes its existence to. The original E30 M3, in many ways, is still the benchmark for small, lightweight performance sedans that emphasize fun and handling over power and perfo...
The 2002 is one of the most celebrated of modern BMWs. Introduced in 1968, the 2002 was powered by a 1,990cc, 100bhp version of BMW’s classic M10 single-overhead-camshaft four-cylinder engine. Complementing the 2002 base model were a pair of higher performance versions, the 2002Ti and fuel-injected 2002Tii. Endowed with attractive styling, more than adequate performance, reasonable economy and excellent controllability, the 2002 proved outstandingly successful, nearly 400,000 of all types ...
In the eyes of BMW enthusiasts, the BMW 1 Series M is the stuff of legends. It was actually almost a parts-bin-special, with the engine from a Z4 sDrive35i, the rear diff from an E92 M3 and some mirror caps and other exterior bits also from the E92 M3. It was also the first BMW M car that didn’t have a bespoke M engine. So it wasn’t really a thoroughbred M car. That means nothing, however, as it is possibly the best driving BMW experience of the last decade, maybe even longer. Doug D...
With news of a diesel BMW 5 Series coming to the US breaking this morning, the torque-loving crowd out there must be overjoyed. Admittedly, diesel cars aren’t getting a lot of love in the US but those who do love them, go above and beyond when it comes to praising compression-ignition machines. The US market will apparently get a 540d model this year, but specifics of the engine used under its hood are still missing. If the older F10 range is anything to go by, we could expect BMW to do a ...
In what appears to be a short teaser of a longer video to come, BMW published a 1-minute clip today that will get your heart rate up in anticipation of what’s to come. In the footage, we get to admire two of the best looking concepts the brand launched in the last few years, the BMW 2002 Hommage and the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R. Sharing the famous Miramas track in France, the place where some of the most innovative BMWs are being tested, the two cars seem to be right at home on the black tarm...
MINI has been changing a lot over the past few years. After BMW took over the winged logo company and breathed life into it, some people were ecstatic about the way things turned out while some just couldn’t get over the fact that the name of the company doesn’t necessarily translate into minuscule cars. You’d think that over 15 years people would get used to that idea but as reviews of the MINI Countryman start pouring in, it becomes obvious that’s not the case. The guys...
The idea of ​​inductive charging for electric cars is almost as old as the electric car itself, but from 2018 onwards, it will become reality. BMW Wireless Charging is the technology that will initially be available for the BMW 530e iPerformance and shortly thereafter for other electric cars and plug-in hybrids from Munich. With the help of a special loading plate and, of course, a correspondingly equipped car, the plugging in of a charging cable will thus be superfluous. The prototype shown...
At the 2017 New York Auto Show, we sat down with Alanna Tracey-Bahri, Product Manager at BMW North America, to talk about the current U.S. lineup and future models. Among many topics, one came up consistently – the future of diesels in the United States. One model that has yet to be announced in the new 5 Series lineup is a diesel, but according to Bahri, customers will soon have a choice. Today, Car and Driver confirms that the model in question will be the 2018 BMW 540d, which will join ...
Building upon the new exterior design of the G30 5 Series, the first all-wheel drive M5 will offer a unique combination of M design cues paired with the luxury and classiness of a business sedan. Later this year, BMW will finally unveil the highly-awaited performance sedan and today, we have some exclusive details to share with you. Design wise, the F90 M5 is very close to the rendering seen below; the only significant difference is the lack of air breathers on the side. The carbon roof has the ...
Powerful and reliable: these two terms perfectly sum up the demands placed on the V8 engines in the DTM. The six BMW drivers have just one engine each for the entire season. With this in mind, the engineers and mechanics at BMW Motorsport gave top priority to absolute precision during the production phase. Here is the lowdown on the BMW DTM engine, the BMW P66/1. In 2017, DTM regulations allow a larger diameter – 2 x 29 millimeters – for the air restrictors, through which the engine draws it...
Calling the BMW i sub-brand visionary is no longer a cool thing to do. As a matter of fact, it has been said so many times that most people could consider it a cliche by now and they’d be right. I guess the same could be said about TED talks, where the world’s brilliant minds come together to show humanity their latest idea. But what if these two joined forces? Well, hold on to your neuron links because it already happened. The collaboration between the two was announced yesterday du...
With the 2018 BMW 4 Series, BMW enhances an already great car with a raft of very subtle changes that add up to a more driver oriented enthusiast car. The 4 Series uses the same platform as the 3 Series, but comes with a wider front and rear track and lower center of gravity for better handling. The 4 Series leads its segment in sales and since it debuted at the end of 2013, the 4 Series has racked up over 400,000 sales. So BMW was wanting to tweak it, but not drastically change it. Changes ar...
We all know that the current-gen BMW X3 is quite old and in desperate need of replacement, which will happen later this year. However, we aren’t the only ones that know this, as Audi just fired some shots at the current X3 in its newest commercial for the Q5. To be honest, this isn’t the first time Audi has taken shots at BMW in its new Q5 commercials, as a previous commercial called BMW X3 drivers “conformists“. Now, though, this new Audi Q5 commercial takes a shot at th...
BMW is serious about electrifying their future and next model to be electrified is the all-new 530e iPerformance. The BMW 530e sets a best in class pure electric range at 50 km or about 30 miles, and Bavarian engineers say this longer pure electric range should allow most owners to commute to work without using any petrol. The United States is the biggest market, followed closely by the UK for BMW’s iPerformance plug in hybrids, so it was very important that BMW get the design and execution ri...
For 2018, BMW updates the 4 Series Convertible and BMWBLOG had the pleasure of driving in from Munich to Berchtesgaden in the Bavarian Alps on a recent cool spring day. We detailed many of the changes to the new 4 Series in our coupe review here. The 4 Series Convertible get all of the cosmetic changes and interior changes, but the chassis remains unchanged as it was calibrated for the increased weight of the convertible mechanism an is aimed at a more touring car audience. Highlights of t...