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Rumors about BMW reviving the 8 Series have been floating around for many years and the Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe concept that the German firm unveiled in 2013 poured even more gasoline on the fire. However, BMW has extremely quiet on the matter and it seemed that the 8 Series wasn’t going to happen anytime soon. This changed today, when a rather unusual test car was caught stretching its wheels on the Nurburgring track.
And I say “unusual” because it’s larger than the 6 Series and seems to borrow some features from the Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe concept. What’s more, there are hints of M-designed elements, which means we could be looking at the highly anticipated M8.
The coupe feels pretty impressive on the ’Ring. Although it has a low stance, the car is quite massive and leans heavily while cornering. This doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s as heavy as a regular full-size car, but it’s not exactly an M4 either. The styling is obviously of the 6 Series variety. There’s a long hood, a heavily raked roof toward the rear, and a long decklid. However, the overall shape is notably different than a standard 6 Series and the body is significantly longer.
Although wrapped in camouflaged almost entirely, the headlamps are obviously slim, while the kidney-grille is massive, occupying more than half of the car’s width. Both the front end configuration and the profile seem based on the Pininfarina Grand Lusso concept. Below the grille, there are massive vents that may have been designed by the M division. The same goes for the rear bumper, which has large trapezoidal exhaust pipes at each corner. Another hint that this is an M car are the blue M calipers and the larger brake rotors.
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A lot of people knew that this was bound to happen. The only question was when it was going to. Turns out, both BMW and Mercedes-Benz are finally realizing the consequences of their actions with regards to having too many models and niches in their lineups.
Speaking with Car and Driver at the Geneva Motor Show, Ian Robertson, BMW’s head of sales and marketing, indicated that while Bimmer still has a few models that are in the pipeline, the current lineup – or checkerboard, as he puts it – of body styles and segments is already brimming full. And so, the German automaker is planning to take action by removing some body styles from its current lineup in the future. In a somewhat ironic bit of happenstance, Mercedes-Benz chief Dieter Zetsche admitted that same thing in Geneva when he said that his company is planning to do the same thing in the near future.
Neither BMW nor Mercedes-Benz dived into the specifics of its plans, but the common thread between the two companies appears to be a new-found willingness to trim its current lineup and get rid of models that aren’t selling very well. In both cases, traditional coupes and their open-top counterparts appear to be the ones most likely to be sent to the chopping block.
“The segment that is not really progressing is the roadster segment,”Robertson said.
And so, a future with fewer coupes and roadsters could be in store for the two German titans. It took both companies this long to recognize it; let’s hope then that it doesn’t take either of them as long to take action.
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Just of nine months ago, Mobileye landed a deal with BMW to assist in developing Autonomous technology or future BMW cars. Just weeks later, Tesla and Mobileye cut the cord on their partnership. But, all is good in the world of autonomy as Tesla has soldiered on and BMW now claims that it will deliver Level 5 autonomy – in other words, a fully autonomous car – by 2021. Word was given to a panel discussion in Berlin by Elmar Frickenstein, BMW’s Senior Vice President of Autonomous Driving.
“We are on the way to deliver a car in 2021 with Level 3, 4, and Level 5 Autonomy.” But, he also went on to explain that the vehicle, which has yet to be announced, will have different levels of autonomy depending on where it is used. So, much like Tesla’s autopilot, it could offer full autonomous drive on the highway while still requiring human intervention within city areas or areas that haven’t been adequately mapped.
As things sit right now, Level 3 Autonomy still requires a human driver in place in case intervention is needed, but it’s theoretically hands-off when in operation. Level 4 will still require a human inside the vehicle at most times but will be hands-off and mind-off, meaning a car ride will be more about leisure or work than anything. Finally, Level 5 won’t require any human at all and is the endgame for autonomous technology as we know it now. Cars will be able to drive and function all on their own, which means the car can drop you off at work and return home to the wife. Or, it could take the kids to school on Friday while you enjoy sleeping in on your day off. It’s undoubtedly the future of cars at this point, and right now automakers are locked in a race to see who can get there first.
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Special edition models come to life for some different reasons, one of which is to keep a specific model relevant until an updated version, or a next-generation model arrives in the near future. That appears to be the case with BMW after the German automaker announced a new special edition 6 Series called the M Sport Limited Edition. It’s not a coincidence that this new special edition is arriving as we wait patiently for the fourth-generation 6 Series to arrive later this year.
To be fair, there’s nothing wrong with the 6 Series M Sport Limited Edition. BMW is well within its bounds to offer it as a way of keeping the current 6 Series relevant. It’s actually a good strategy in a lot of ways, especially for customers who aren’t keen on waiting for the next-gen 6 Series to arrive. A special edition version of the current 6 Series is a pretty good alternative to have. The 6 Series M Sport Limited Edition is made even more appealing by the fact that it’s available in all body styles of the 6er, be it the Coupe, Convertible, or Gran Coupe variant.
Apart from that, potential customers can also look forward to the special edition 6 Series receiving a host of exclusive features (another good selling point!) to go with extra standard options and some M bits and pieces, giving the M Sport Limited Edition a more exclusive look and feel to it. The upgrades are mostly cosmetic in nature, but they do add up to create a unique 6 Series that could help keep the current-generation model relevant until the next-gen model arrives. Consider this special edition model a success if it does end up doing that.
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When you line up the number of tuning firms who specialize on BMWs, you’ll inevitably come across Alpina, which technically started as an aftermarket company before turning into a manufacturer of its own after years of close ties with BMW. In fact, Alpina and BMW have become partners of sorts since most of the former’s models are integrated into the latter’s production lines, including the Alpina B7, which rolls from the same facility as the BMW 7 Series. That’s how far this relationship has come, and the German Ministry of Transport even recognizes it as such, designating Alpina as an automaker instead of an aftermarket specialist.
History lesson aside, Alpina is headed to the 2017 Geneva Motor Show with a number of its latest creations, one of which is the B4 S Biturbo, an interpretation of the 4 Series according to the specifications of Alpina. Like most models to come out of Alpina, the B4 S Biturbo is technically a 4 Series, and the process by which Alpina uses to create the car isn’t too different from what expert BMW tuners like AC Schnitzer do. So while it is technically an automaker, Alpina’s methods are still closer to AC Schnitzer than it is to BMW, hence the approach we’ve taken here.
The car itself is what you’d come to expect from Alpina. Like the B7 before it, the B4 S Biturbo is loaded with upgrades on all sections of the car, right down to the aerodynamic body kit and the engine upgrade that puts the B4 S Turbo’s power right up there with the BMW M4.
All told, the B4 S Biturbo is a car that’s worth our attention, not only because it’s an Alpina-badged model that’s based on the BMW 4 Series, but more importantly, because it checks off a lot of boxes on what we’d like to see the aftermarket world do to the 4 Series in the first place.
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In a world often taken up by personalization divisions and aftermarket options, it’s easy to miss out on the benefits of something as simple as an add-on package. They don’t get the flashy reviews or the top-of-the-page headlines, but there is an argument that they’re just as effective in giving life vehicle. BMW’s M Performance Parts is a good example of that since it’s often overshadowed by tuning companies and Bimmer’s Individual personalization division. But as it showed in the 5 Series Touring variant of the mid-sized luxury sedan, there’s more to the M Performance Parts than meets the eye.
The treatment itself is getting some well-deserved shine at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show where BMW will be displaying the 5 Series Touring with M Performance Parts in all its glory. It might be hard to recognize the difference, but rest assured, the package comes with an assortment of sporty goodies meant to drive up the personality of the 5 Series Touring. Starting with the exterior and moving to the interior and the engine (yep, there’s an optional power kit included) the M Performance Parts lives up to its name by turning the 5 Series Touring into a veritable M car.
It may not carry the iconic M badge, but that’s just a matter of cosmetics. The BMW 5 Series Touring with M Performance Parts looks and acts like an M car. That in itself is worth giving the station wagon the attention it deserves.
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You can be excused if you’ve become increasingly frustrated with BMW and the seemingly long wait for the M7 to arrive, if it ever arrives to begin with. Truth be told, it’s become an exercise in patience itself just to wait for the flagship sedan. The presence of the M760Li xDrive, which BMW launched in late 2016, isn’t helping that long and arduous wait, either. But the good news is that we still do have the M760Li xDrive as opposed to not having one at all. It may not be the M7, but it could pass as one if you ignore the fact that it isn’t. Makes sense, right?
That’s not the point of all this, though, because to BMW’s credit, it is at least doing its part to make the M760Li xDrive more interesting with the luxury saloon’s first go in the world of BMW Individual. As you can imagine, a car that’s already brimming with luxury appointments like the M760Li xDrive is going to be a little difficult to improve from an aesthetic standpoint because, well, it already has everything a customer would probably want in a saloon short of it actually having its own portable butler. (Hmm…)
Good thing then that BMW Individual isn’t bound by what a car already has, but what a car could still have to go on top of what it already has. And so, the German automaker’s very own personalization division went to work on the M760Li xDrive and presented it with a series of new options that are meant to entice customers on seeing the seemingly limitless customization potential of the saloon.
You think the BMW M760Li xDrive already has everything? Well, try telling BMW Individual that. Just don’t mention anything about the M7, because, well, that’s for BMW to answer.
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Noted BMW tuner AC Schnitzer has been in the tuning game for three decades and the company is preparing a special edition package to commemorate its 30th anniversary. And it’s only fitting with the 2017 Geneva Motor Show just around the corner. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the ACL2S, an evolved version of the ACL2 Concept the tuner showcased at last year’s Geneva show. Befitting its status as a legitimate anniversary piece, the ACL2S will not only be limited to just 30 units, but just as important, it was developed to encompass the tuner’s storied history as the quintessential tuning shop for all models wearing the BMW badge.
There’s a lot to piece through here, but it is quite obvious from the photos that AC Schnitzer has another winner on its hands. Not that people need to be convinced of that, but for those who are curious to know why the ACL2S is as good a celebratory special edition as there is in the market today, evidence can be found under the M240i’s hood where Bimmer’s new 3.0-liter straight-six B58 engine resides. Even with a few extra cc’s and a slightly larger turbocharger, the German tuner still put in the work to get the output up to 400 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. Don’t look now, but those numbers actually slot comfortably between the BMW M2 and the BMW M4.
Beyond the impressive power gains, the ACL2S is also defined by extensive upgrades on the car’s exterior and interior, all of which come with the full scope of AC Schnitzer’s patented aftermarket expertise.
The attractive 30th-anniversary special edition M240i will no doubt turn some heads when it makes its official debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. From there, it should be a mad dash to scoop up one of the 30 units that AC Schnitzer is going to make available to the public.
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The term “drifting” gets thrown around a lot these days. Hell, some manufacturers will even add it as a specific driving mode. But what is drifting really, and how is it different from any other form of ass-out oversteer? Car Throttle decided to drill down and figure it out in this nine-minute, 51-second video. Commence the tire smoke.
At the heart of the video is the difference between powersliding and drifting, which is explained by Car Throttle’s resident “Driving Badass” Alex Gassman as such – “drifting is everything you do on the way into a corner and powersliding is what happens after the apex.”
Sounds simple enough. Playing the part of tire killer for this demonstration is BMW’s M2 coupe, which manages to kick out the rear with ease thanks to the 365 horses provided by a front-mounted turbocharged six-cylinder. It also looks pretty good doing the whole sideways in slo-mo thing.
Gassman not only demonstrates both types of oversteer, but also provides some helpful hints if you wanna try it out for yourself at your local closed course. Of course, if you do decide to explore either drifting or powersliding, make sure you do it legally in a safe, controlled, environment.
When BMW first showed off the i-brand concepts, we had no idea we would see production models so fast. In what seemed like just a few seconds in the grand scheme of things, we were looking at production models of the BMW i3 and BMW i8. With the i8 Spyder Concept debuting in 2012, and the production version of the i8 hitting dealers for the 2015 model year, Bimmer fans everywhere have been itching for a production version of the i8 Spyder. So much, in fact, that the rumor mill has been working overtime and there have even been a few false sightings of the unicorn. But, either hell has frozen over or pigs have sprouted wings (or, maybe it’s both) because someone finally caught an official i8 Spyder prototype cruising in the middle of nowhere. They aren’t the best photos we’ve ever received, but the top is clearly down, and it appears to be every bit legitimate thanks to that “hybrid test vehicle” sticker prominently displayed on the rear fascia.
And, while we’ve all been waiting somewhat impatiently for the i8 Spyder, the fact that we’re finally seeing a prototype isn’t all that surprising. Just a few months ago, BMW CEO Harald Krueger not only confirmed the car was in the works, but that it had a production target of 2018! That means that we should see it in production form sometime toward the end of 2017. It’s doubtful that this is the i8 Spyder’s first venture onto public roads, so props to BMW for managing to keep it out of the public eye for so long. But, with that said, let’s talk a little more about what we can see from these few spy shots in my speculative review below.
Updated 02/28/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming i8 Spyder during winter testing in Sweden.
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When BMW rolled out the M4 at the 2014 New York Auto Show, it represented the culmination of the 3 Series splitting into two distinct models. The four-door sedan version and all of its derivatives still carried the 3 Series name, but the sportier two-door variant was renamed the the 4 Series. The latter then gave birth to the M4 performance coupe, and three years after the first M4 burst into the scene and into our welcoming arms, BMW has finally announced an update to the coupe that has turned into one BMW’s most popular models.
Like with most updated models, the M4 Convertible remains the same, at least for the most part. The convertible’s design hasn’t changed, specifically in the front and rear fascias. That said, this isn’t the same exact M4 Convertibles either. There are upgrades in place all over the car that help distinguish it from its predecessor. Some are more obvious than others, but the objectives of freshening up the M4 Convertible for a plate of new customers are all there.
So if you’re in the market for a convertible that’s getting some nice new bits and pieces here and there, the updated BMW M4 Convertible makes for a pretty compelling option. Not only does it exude the confidence and outright braggadocio of BMW’s M Division, it’s also turned itself into the face of that same division. Now that same face just got a fresh set of updates. It seems to me at least that the good just got better.
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It’s easy to see why some people have become weary of BMW’s penchant to dress up the i8 in special edition wardrobes when the common call for the German automaker is to drop some serious updates on the car. After all, the long-promised i8 Spyder has not yet arrived and a next-generation model isn’t making its debut anytime soon. Heck, there was even one point when talk of a “hotter” i8 – reportedly called the i8S – was in everyone’s radar. Nothing has come out of it though and the restless have become even more angsty. In the meantime, BMW seems to be content in dropping one special edition i8 after another and the latest to get that treatment is the i8 Protonic Frozen Yellow Edition.
In truth, the i8 Protonic Frozen Yellow Edition was announced together with the i8 Protonic Frozen Black Edition. You might even say that with the exception of the body color that’s carried over into their actual names, both special edition i8s are somewhat identical to one another.
BMW’s approach with the i8 Protonic Frozen Yellow Edition is simple and straight to the point, as it has been for other Protonic special editions that the German automaker has released in the past. Remember the i8 Protonic Red Edition and the i8 Protonic Dark Silver Edition from last year? Lump in the the i8 Protonic Frozen Yellow’s tag-team partner, the Protonic Frozen Black Edition, and you can see a familiar template being followed here.
Yes, the family of special edition BMW i8s is growing and until we get to see some concrete movement in the expansion of the model’s line-up, we might have to settle ourselves with the understanding that for now, the scope of BMW’s expansion plans for the i8 will largely be focused on more special edition models in the near future, possibly of the “Protonic” persuasion.
It’s not necessarily a bad thing since there’s still a segment of the population that get excited over these models. But the novelty is also wearing thin for some people and as creative as these special edition i8s are, the time when people we’re falling over their feet in excitement every time BMW released one has clearly passed.
There’s a good chance that the BMW i8 Protonic Frozen Yellow Edition will still attract a lot of people. But don’t be surprised if just as many start jumping off the bandwagon.
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The V12 engine was supposed to be dead and gone for about six years now, but thanks to the magic of turbocharging, and a healthy disregard for the “green” opinions, the thing is still going strong. Meet the 2017 BMW M760Li xDrive, the range-topping version of the new 7er with a 612 horsepower 6.6-litre V12 engine!
The latest iteration of BMW’s V12 powerhouse, which is also found in all Rolls-Royce models, pumps out 448 kW/610 hp at 5,500 rpm and peak torque of 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) at 1,550 rpm in the BMW M760Li xDrive. That oomph translates on the road into a 0 to 60 mph time of 3.7 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph) – 305 km/h (189 mph) with the M Driver’s Package. Despite this ferocious turns of speed the engine remains relatively light on fuel, averaging about 13 liters per 100 km or 22 mpg imp.
Boasting an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission as well as xDrive all-wheel-drive, BMW M760Li xDrive offers not just plenty of speed, but exquisite sure-footedness and excellent comfort. The car comes with M brakes and suspension as well as exclusive 20-inch M light-alloy wheels in matt Cerium Grey metallic. And then there is the host ot techie features such as Integral Active Steering system, Driving Assistant Plus system which includes the Steering and lane control assistant, Lane keeping assistant with active side collision protection, Rear collision prevention and Crossing traffic warning functions.
Obviously, such a top-end model comes with a magnificent interior the highlights of which include electrically adjustable front comfort seats with memory function and the Fineline black fine wood interior trim strips with high-gloss metal, high-quality deep-pile floor mats in the rear compartment and an Alcantara Anthracite headliner, and Nappa leather trim for the seat surfaces, seat side sections, head restraints, door cards, centre armrests and side armrests.
The BMW i8 is a few months away from celebrating its third year anniversary since entering production, and if there’s one thing that we’ve come to know and understand about the i8, it’s that BMW has never wasted an opportunity to dress up the hybrid sports car in a number of different versions. Over the years, we’ve seen special edition versions like the i8 Protonic Red Edition, the i8 Concours d’ Elegance Edition, and the i8 Protonic Dark Silver Edition. At one point, there was even the i8 Mirrorless Concept, which didn’t come with standard mirrors, hence the name. Today, we welcome a pair of new special edition I8’s, both of whom are scheduled to make their debuts at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. One of these special editions is called the i8 Protonic Frozen Black Edition and predictably enough, it’s dressed in black from nose to tail.
Debonairs the world over would certainly appreciate a car like the i8 Protonic Frozen Black Edition. The special edition i8’s all-black look is a magnet for self-assured confidence and we all know that the suave and urbane are not lacking in those particular character traits. Naturally, it touts a model-specific BMW Individual paint finish as the main highlight of the Protonic Frozen Black Edition, as it has for the aforementioned special edition i8s that have come before it.
That said, the i8 Protonic Frozen Black Edition isn’t just defined by its striking paint finish. Specific interior appointments also help magnify the i8 Protonic Frozen Black Edition’s special edition status. There’s not a lot of them, but the ones that are there are exclusive to the Frozen Black Edition and its co-star in Geneva, the equally limited Protonic Yellow Edition.
Both special edition i8s are scheduled to go on sale this year with the Protonic Frozen Black Edition hitting the market first in April 2017. For its part, the Protonic Frozen Yellow Edition will follow suit a few months later, possibly around the latter half of the year.
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The 2017 Geneva Motor Show is only a month away and automakers are slowly unveiling their new products for Europe’s first major car show of the year. Among them, BMW has already launched the new 5 Series Touring (wagon) and two special-edition models of the i8. The latter two go by the name Protonic Frozen Black Edition and Frozen Yellow Edition and made me die a bit inside.
Why BMW, why do you keep making Protonic editions of the i8 that don’t have much to offer besides an exterior color and new interior trim?
In case you’re not familiar with these special editions, BMW first introduced the Protonic i8 at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The first car was named Protonic Red and had an exclusive red paint job, gray wheels, and some red detailing inside. At the Paris Motor Show, we saw the Protonic Dark Silver, which had a… wait for it… dark gray metallic exterior. BMW didn’t even bother to release interior shots for this car.
Now, BMW introduced the Protonic Frozen Black and Protonic Frozen Yellow. Obviously, their main features are the black and yellow exterior paints (shocking!), plus yellow stitching and a few small additions on the inside. Sure, the new paints come from Individual and are pretty fancy — the matte black shines like a metallic color in certain lighting conditions — but that’s about it. Oh, wait, both will be produced in limited runs (no numbers yet), but I’m still not impressed. There aren’t many automotive things I hate more than so-called limited-edition models that are just repainted standard cars.
I mean, is it so hard to make a two-paint, add a custom upholstery, or maybe even create a livery inspired by BMW’s successful racing past? Okay, okay, I do get the Protonic line and the need to give customers a special paint job in the absence of actual upgrades, but how many cars are you going to make, BMW? This year’s Geneva will be the third auto show to feature a repainted i8 and it seems to me that BMW is creating these models just to populate its booth.
Why not offer something new? Like a significant power update or, even better, a spyder version of the i8. I’m sure customers will go nuts over a convertible and sales would increase dramatically. An i8 Spyder and more optional exterior paints in the configurator would basically eliminate the need of Protonic special-edition models for a few years. Give it a rest and give us what we want, BMW!
The BMW 4 Series just received its mid-cycle facelift for the 2018 model year, an update that also brought a similar refresh for the Gran Coupe model. Introduced in 2014, one year after the 3 Series Coupe became the 4 Series, the Gran Coupe gave BMW access to a new segment of compact four-door coupes. One of BMW’s weirdest offerings, the 4 Series Gran Coupe is essentially a four-door version of the 4 Series coupe, which in turn is based on the 3 Series sedan.
Part of a recent lineup of niche models that also includes the 3 Series GT, 5 Series GT, and 6 Series Gran Coupe, the 4 Series Gran Coupe competes against the Audi A5 Sportback. The latter was redesigned for the 2017 model year, which makes BMW’s facelift a welcomed upgrade to a vehicle that’s already three years old. The revisions are pretty much similar to the two-door 4 Series and includes minor nips and tucks on the outside, new technology, and small upgrades in the drivetrain department.
Will it be enough to keep the Gran Coupe afloat next to the new A5 Sportback? It’s too early to tell since Audi has yet to bring its four-door coupe Stateside, but the two should clash on public roads by the end of 2017. Meanwhile, let’s have a closer look at what the updated 4 Series Gran Coupe has to offer in the review below.
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It is not exactly a secret that BMW X4 is one of the company’s least savory cars in terms of design. It looks like a baby hippo stepped on by its own mother. And if we’re honest not many of the tuning treatments available for the car properly address the issue. Now though, we have come across this heavily tricked-out example which might finally solve the issue.
This is a BMW X4 M Sport Package with 3D Design carbon fiber aerodynamic package, prepared by AD Motorsport for BMW Abu Dhabi. So it has the factory M package and an aftermarket kit on top of that. And that is what it takes to make an X4 half tolerable. Not that the terrible looks would stop anyone from buying this thing. For some reason people respond better to uglier BMWs than those with a nice and cool design, which says a lot about the typical BMW buyer!
Anyway, the M and 3D Design kits on this unique BMW X4 consists of M sport bumpers on the front and rear complete with the tuner’s spoilers and diffuser, custom side skirts and sill, carbon mirror caps, M performance exhaust system, M Performance 21″ alloy wheels, M Performance metal pedal set and M Performance black kidney grill. What’s more, it’s an xDrive 35i with the top engine and a special Sophisto Grey paint job. You can’t get really spec an X4 better than this.
BMW just revealed the 2017 5 Series Touring model, giving the recently debuted seventh-gen mid-size 5 Series line an extra dose of usability and practicality. The new model gets the same styling outside as the updated 5 Series sedan, plus new interior technology, the latest driver’s assists and safety features, and enhanced infotainment.
Four engine options are on the table at launch, all of which are turbocharged. On the gasoline front, there’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 252 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, mated to a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and posting a 0-to-62 mph time of 6.5 seconds. There’s also a 3.0-liter six-cylinder and eight-speed auto combo, plus AWD, which lays down 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque for a 0-to-62 mph time of 5.1 seconds.
It you prefer oil burners, you can get a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel with 190 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, which mates to a six-speed manual transmission as standard (the eight-speed is optional), and gives a 0-to-62 mph time of 8 seconds. Finally, there’s a 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel with 265 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque, offered with either RWD or AWD, plus an eight-speed automatic. All that twist yields a 0-to-62 mph time of around 5.6 seconds with AWD grip added.
BMW says it’ll add further engine and drivetrain options, including both RWD and AWD models, throughout the year.
Additional aluminum was used to reduce overall weight, including in the side members and the tailgate, cutting up to 100 kg (220 pounds) compared to the outgoing model. The suspension incorporates a rear air ride system as standard, while Dynamic Damper Control, an Adaptive Drive system, Integral Active Steering, and M Sport suspension are all optional.
Outside, you’ll find active grille shutters in the nose, plus standard LED headlights.
In the cabin is a Wi-Fi hot spot, a 10.25-inch touchscreen, a color heads-up display, gesture control, voice control, and wireless phone charging. The seats also get eight massage programs, while the rear cargo space is up to 570 – 1,700 liters (20 – 60 cubic feet). Safety features include steering assist, lane keep assist, lane change assist, cross traffic warning, and wrong-way warning.
Look for the new 5 Series Touring in the metal at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show this coming March. Sales will commence in June. No word on whether or not BMW is planning on bringing this thing stateside, but odds are against it. And that’s a shame, because the U.S. could absolutely use more wagon hotness, don’tcha think?
Remember when I called the BMW M4 one of the most tuner-friendly cars in the market today? While that’s still true, there’s also an alternative truth to it and that alternative truth is this: the BMW M4 may no longer be the favorite BMW M model among aftermarket tuners. A case can be made that the M2, the M4’s younger brother, has that distinction. It’s hard to argue against that assertion because the M2 presents a strong and compelling case. Unlike the M4, the M2 has only been around for a little over a year and yet, there are already a good number of tuners that have developed and unveiled programs for the small performance coupe.
One of these tuners is RevoZport, who some people might remember presented a program for the BMW 1M Coupe back at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show. But that’s in the past now because RevoZport has turned its attention to the M2 with a program that includes, among other things, engine upgrade program that helps elevate the coupe’s output to the vicinity of 500 horsepower.
Yes, there’s such a thing as a 480-horsepower BMW M2 that achieved that figure with only software engine upgrades to speak of. Remember that figure for later on because it beats out a significant number of competing tuners and comes close to matching what other tuners did using more components at their disposal.
Beyond the impressive power gains, RevoZport’s new kit for the M2 also focuses on a sophisticated aerodynamic body kit that helps improve the coupe’s cosmetic and aerodynamic characteristics. It might not look the part based on the photos you see, but this M2 means serious business. RevoZport made sure of that and the results are all there, waiting to be enjoyed by anybody who’s willing to get it for their BMW M2s.
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What you are looking at here might appear a disturbingly brown 7 Series Bimmer to an uninterested eye, but an aficionado will be quick to realize this thing is quite possibly the rarest, coolest, most richly adorned car luxury saloon in the world. This is a fully-loaded Alpina B7 bi-turbo in Chestnut Bronze complete with BMW Individual options.
This car is the only Alpina B7 in this configuration, and yes, like any other one-off BMW it is a resident of the Abu Dhabi showroom. The exclusive paint job on this bad boy is complemented not just with the Alpina’s subtle body kit, but also with the tuner’s classic wheels and graphics in gold which is a nice complement for the color. The car also has a matching interior loaded with every conceivable creature comfort and connectivity and entertainment equipment. This thing really is a brown palace on wheels.
As for the technical stuff, the BMW Alpina B7 Bi-Turbo ALLRAD 038, to give its full name, boasts a 608 horsepower 4.4 liter 8-cylinder engine with twin-turbo charging, gasoline direct injection and Valvetronic. With the help of the all-wheel-drive the car accelerates in just 3.6 seconds from 0 to 60 mph and can reach a top speed of up to 193 mph. But the B7 is not just about speed and acceleration but also exquisite comfort, thanks mainly to the 2-axle air suspension system combined with Dynamic Damper Control and Active Comfort Drive with Road Preview.