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2019 BMW Z4
The Z4 roadster will reappear after a four-year hiatus, and this time it will be better equipped to serve its sports-car mission. Unlike its predecessor, it will be offered only with a soft top. If you're interested in a fixed-roof coupe, the similarly new Toyota Supra shares the Z4's six-cylinder engine, transmission, and underlying structure.
Engines, Ride, and Handling
The base engine is a 255-hp turbocharged four-cylinder, which will come with rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic; a manual transmission will not be offered, much to the disappointment of enthusiasts everywhere. Cars with the turbo four wear the 30i badge; stepping up to the M40i adds a 382-hp turbocharged inline-six. The Z4 is stout, too: BMW says it's the stiffest open-top car it has ever built. Handling was sharp and lively when we sampled one in Portugal; the steering was crisp, the transmission quick to shift, and the six-cylinder provided effortless power and sounded just as punchy. We haven't had the chance to sample a Z4 at our test track, but we estimate a zero-to-60-mph time of 4.2 seconds for the M40i and 5.0 seconds for the 30i.
cars  BMW  review  convertible  2010s 
3 days ago by rgl7194
2020 BMW Alpina B7 Is the Ultimate 7-Series
BMW's tuning house builds a 7-series that's familiar yet faster than ever.
We can't yet verify the claimed 205-mph top speed of the 2020 Alpina B7, the latest iteration of the BMW 7-series to be substantially modified by the longstanding German tuning house. Trust us, we tried. But an indicated 186 mph was the most that traffic would allow on the unrestricted stretches of autobahn outside Munich. Still, the strength with which the updated B7 continued to pull at that velocity left us with little reason to doubt it as not only the fastest production sedan you can currently buy, but as the best BMW 7-series.
The world becomes a blurry place when you're traveling through it at 273 feet per second. Gentle bends in the road become actual curves. Trucks moving at a comfortable highway pace whiz by as if going in reverse. Braking events for distracted slow-moving commuters in the left lane generate colorful expletives. Yet the Alpina's size and refinement lend it a dogged sense of composure. It's a climate-controlled living room with warp drive. Wind noise and tire roar are calmingly moderate in the upper reaches of its speedometer, and there are welcome amounts of body control and steering precision with the Sport or Sport Plus drive modes activated. That the B7, even at near-full speed, was the most comfortable place we spent time during our recent trip to the unusually heat-soaked and air-conditioning-averse continent speaks to its capability as a premier luxury performance machine.
cars  BMW  tuner  preview  2020s 
16 days ago by rgl7194
Compact 2020 BMW 2-series Gran Coupe Prototype Is Still Very Much a BMW
We get early seat time in prototypes of BMW's new entry-level sedan, the first front-drive-based BMW car to be sold in the U.S.
Within a radically evolving world now flush with Lamborghini SUVs and mid-engine Chevy Corvettes, there's little point in fighting the fact that, with the 2020 2-series Gran Coupe, BMW will be selling its first (gulp) front-wheel-drive–based car in the United States. Tradition, at least in today's automotive universe, is anything but sacred. Curious as to what we can expect when this smaller-than-a-3-series four-door goes on sale early next year, we jumped on BMW's invitation to drive a pair of pre-production development mules in Germany.
cars  BMW  2020s  prototype 
23 days ago by rgl7194
Watch: Cooks, Gurley crack up over Goff’s driving at BMW track
The Los Angeles Rams still have a few more weeks until they have to report for training camp, which means players’ summer vacations haven’t yet come to an end. Jared Goff, Todd Gurley and Brandin Cooks are spending some time together this offseason and on Friday, they went to the BMW Performance Center.
They each had their hand at racing around the track in BMWs and when it was Goff’s turn, Cooks and Gurley had some fun at his expense. Goff nearly spun out going around a corner, which caused his two teammates to erupt in laughter.
football  rams  goff  gurley  driving  racing  cars  BMW  twitter  instagram  cooks 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
2019 BMW Z4 – Now a More Convincing Sports Car
Better to drive than its predecessor, the new Z4 is a more convincing sports car.
This review has been updated with test results.
Some sports cars are bought to be driven, and—let's be honest here—some are bought to be flaunted. The outgoing BMW Z4 always felt more suited to catwalk duties, as it was compromised by the cumbersome retractable hard top that operated like a mechanized ballet but added mass and bulk in the wrong places for a sports car. As such, it struggled to make a convincing case to buyers asking the toughest question in this market: "Why shouldn't I buy a Porsche Boxster instead?"
The new Z4 is far sharper to drive than its predecessor, and Boxster comparisons will certainly come. But the more pressing question is how it will differ from the new Toyota Supra. In an unlikely corporate hookup, both cars will be built by Magna Steyr in Austria, and they are as closely related as models with different exterior styling can be. The Supra is a coupe and the Z4 a convertible, but both use the same structure and share all underbody hardpoints, suspension design, and powertrains. But don't assume the Z4's fabric roof makes it the less athletic sibling. Indeed, after driving both, we can report that the Z4 measures up to the high bar set by the nimble Supra.
cars  BMW  convertible  review 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
2020 BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe Is Handsome and Spacious - Price, On-Sale Date
The four-door version of BMW's top coupe will be the first 8-series available in the U.S. with an inline six-cylinder engine.
The BMW 8-series Gran Coupe is a four-door-coupe version of the two-door 8-series, which can come as a coupe or convertible.
The Gran Coupe will be available with a choice of two engines, a 335-hp six-cylinder or a 523-hp twin-turbo V-8.
The Gran Coupe will go on sale in September 2019 and start at $85,895.
The 8-series coupe and convertible sit high atop BMW's car lineup with their $112,895 starting price, 523-hp twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 engine, and swanky interior. But the 8's two-door setup left a little something to be desired, so BMW has created the 8-series Gran Coupe. It's a longer version of the 8-series with five seats (although we'd protest having to sit in a second-row, middle-seat berth), a new-to-8-series inline-six, and an M sport model with the same brutish V-8 that powers the two-door M850i, currently the only 8-series available for purchase (a full-bore M8 Gran Coupe is forthcoming).
cars  preview  BMW 
7 weeks ago by rgl7194
2020 Toyota Supra – Toyota's Best Driver's Car Yet
Toyota's tryst with BMW has produced its best driver's car ever.
Tetsuya Tada, the 2020 Toyota Supra's chief engineer, can be cagey. He shrewdly avoids being nailed down about the range of the car's electrically assisted variable-ratio steering rack or its engine's peak boost. He won't say if this Supra is quicker around a track than the Porsche 718 Cayman S, which was its primary development benchmark. And he tells a cautious story about the relationship with BMW that allowed this iconic Toyota sports car to exist again, 21 years after the death of the Mark IV Supra.
That the fifth-generation Supra is a proper sports car, however, lies in clear relief against the uncertainty of a few details. We drove the car at Summit Point Motorsports Park's Shenandoah Circuit in West Virginia, asking much of its chassis, brakes, and powertrain over a day of merciless lapping. Those laps reveal that battles were won by the right people during development and that Toyota is once again taking the sports car seriously. Spoiler alert: This review will not mention popular, if dreadful, movie franchises or aging, overweight Toyota inline-six engines.
cars  toyota  supra  turbo  review  BMW 
may 2019 by rgl7194
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: BMW E36 M3 Race (2019 Target Exclusive HW Throwback Series)
Another round of the Target exclusive Throwback collection! With these cars, old school is back! It's an awesome set in which most of the cars feature the retro-slotted wheels. There's plenty of cars to enjoy from this series, such as this one!
cars  collecting  hot_wheels  BMW 
april 2019 by rgl7194
2020 Toyota Supra v 2019 BMW Z4 comparison - Autoblog
But is there an acceleration difference, too? How to tell the twins apart
Update: We've changed some of the figures on the BMW Z4 M40i based on updates from BMW.
Now that the 2020 Toyota Supra has been revealed, it's time to let the inevitable comparisons begin. Number one on that list of comparisons has to be its sister vehicle: the BMW Z4. During the lead-up to this reveal, and most likely throughout its entire lifetime, talk of this relationship has and will continue to dominate conversation around it. We don't know every last spec and measurement for both these cars yet, but we know enough for a proper comparison on paper now.
cars  toyota  supra  auto_show  BMW  comparo 
january 2019 by rgl7194
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: BMW 2002 (2018 Entertainment - Forza Motorsport)
Awesome car from an awesome set! Metal/metal + Real Riders + excellent details as always with these Entertainment cars!
cars  hot_wheels  racing  collecting  BMW 
december 2018 by rgl7194
The Matchbox BMW X5 9-pack exclusive is the latest to join a very cool emergency family. – theLamleyGroup
My guess is a lot of you have seen this pack in stores...
I have always been a fan of the Matchbox BMW X5, which has two versions...
Police/Emergency and stock. I like both, but the police version takes the cake. Matchbox has released only a few over the years, but with their Euro-centric liveries, they are always cool. Here are all of them...
If you haven’t subscribed to the Lamley Extras Channel (my other YouTube Channel), be sure to do so.  More Up-to-Date videos and other content coming.
BMW  cars  collecting  matchbox  video  SUV  police 
november 2018 by rgl7194
Up-to-Date: Matchbox BMW M5 & X5 Police – theLamleyGroup
A double dose from the Lamley Extras YouTube Channel...
After opening and featuring the BMW X5 Multipack Exclusive, it became obvious I should showcase the M5 Police as well. I think it is obvious why...
cars  matchbox  BMW  video  BMW_M  collecting 
november 2018 by rgl7194
Up-to-Date: Hot Wheels BMW 2002 – theLamleyGroup
You never what model will be next in the Up-to-Date series on the Lamley Extras YouTube Channel:
Model: Hot Wheels BMW 2002
cars  hot_wheels  BMW  video 
november 2018 by rgl7194
Collecting the BMW 2002: Hot Wheels, Kyosho, and soon… – theLamleyGroup
There are some icons that every collector needs. Sure, collect what you want, blah blah blah, but if you are more into replicas of little cars than hunting chases, there are a few cars you have to have. The list can get long, but it goes from certain Camaros to Mustangs to Corvettes to Skylines to Porsches to Ferraris and on and on. In that list? The BMW 2002.
The 2002 isn’t as well represented in small scale as other cars, but it is starting to catch up. I have had twin 2002’s from Kyosho for a very long time, and they are beautiful.
cars  BMW  collecting  hot_wheels  kyosho  diecast 
october 2018 by rgl7194
Unboxing: Hot Wheels Car Culture Circuit Legends & Entertainment Forza – theLamleyGroup
Soooo, things are gonna be busy.
Forza is out, and available at Wheel Collectors. That means the inevitable, and deserved, S15 Frenzy has begun. And Car Culture Circuit Racers is out too. Unboxing coming and features coming.
Aaaand, the Hot Wheels Convention is less than a week away. I have showcases ready for that. And the DLM Party to prepare for. (You want to attend. I promise.). And the Leipzig Toy Fair is coming, with – as always – a huge Matchbox presence. I have previews coming for that. Rains it pours, but it will be fun.
So let’s get started. Wheel Collectors called me yesterday to tell me that got some pallets full of awesome, and I asked if they would quickly film an unboxing, and Matt & Matt did. So here they are. Now you know what you look for:
(Find HW Circuit Legends at Wheel Collectors)
hot_wheels  cars  collecting  video  porsche  ford_gt  corvette  racing  mazda  shelby  nissan  BMW 
october 2018 by rgl7194
"Two Stage" BMW Theft Attempt - Schneier on Security
Modern cars have alarm systems that automatically connect to a remote call center. This makes cars harder to steal, since tripping the alarm causes a quick response. This article describes a theft attempt that tried to neutralize that security system. In the first attack, the thieves just disabled the alarm system and then left. If the owner had not immediately repaired the car, the thieves would have returned the next night and -- no longer working under time pressure -- stolen the car.
cars  security  BMW  theft 
september 2018 by rgl7194
The new Hot Wheels S15 is cool, but don’t sleep on the other Forza models. – theLamleyGroup
Buy the set. Just buy the set.
Within a few weeks, you will walk into Walmart, and much to your amusement, you will see the new Forza set hanging on the pegs. “Holy shit!” you will say as you notice the S15 Silvia is there. In fact, two!
You grab them both, make quick glance for any Supers on the basic pegs, and then high tail to the registers. Within a minute you are in your car, smiling at your luck. The next thought that must go through you head at that point, however, is not to start the car, but rather return inside and buy at least one of the other cars.
There might be someone else in there, looking at the pegs themselves, mumbling that the S15 is gone. That is where you mention “the local scalper” probably got them, split the leftovers with the other person, and get back to your car.
Good move. You have them all. You won’t regret it.
cars  racing  collecting  hot_wheels  nissan  lamborghini  BMW 
september 2018 by rgl7194
Video is done, now time for the pics. Let’s start with the Hot Wheels Forza card art. – theLamleyGroup
As expected, the response to the new Forza Motorsports set in the Hot Wheels Entertainment line has been, let’s say, positive. The talk will be the Silvia, but there isn’t a weak model in the group. So each model deserves a photo showcase, and those are coming.
For now, let’s focus on the card art. Julian Koiles, the Car Culture art guru, is the one to credit here, and that isn’t a surprise. There is surely a Car Culture vibe to the art, with a theme running through all five models, and that perfect “sunset” touch to make it far more interesting. I don’t think there will be a special boxed set for these – that was a TRU thing – but I wish there were. Still, Julian seems the only one that makes me keep a carded set, AFTER I open the first.
cars  hot_wheels  racing  collecting  nissan  art  BMW  lamborghini 
august 2018 by rgl7194
Here are some of the models coming in Matchbox 2018 Mix J, including the NASA Rover and BMW i8 – the Lamley Group
The Matchbox New Models continue to move towards the pegs. We have seen quite a few, including new tools in Jurassic World, but there are many more to come. And yes, the opening-parts models are coming too.
There are two, among others, that are coming in the J Mix, due this summer. One is one to the most anticipated – the BMW i8 – and the other one of the most unique – the NASA Rover.
The Matchbox Team sent over some of the models from Mix J for me to preview for you. Enjoy...
cars  matchbox  BMW 
may 2018 by rgl7194
Lamley Daily: 2018 Matchbox BMW i8 – the Lamley Group
Model: Matchbox BMW i8
Line: 2018 Matchbox Mainline
Where to get it: Hitting stores this summer.
Why it will be in the collection: Here is the (essentially) finished Matchbox BMW i8. Somewhat expected after the release of the i3, but exciting nonetheless. From what I understand, the BMW i8 has been on designer’s wish lists for awhile, but how to execute the model has been the problem.
Well the Matchbox Team figure it out, and it is nice to see it finished, and how great it looks. The blue trim pops right off the black body, just like the i3, and the details and unique lines are there as well.
cars  matchbox  BMW 
may 2018 by rgl7194
Here is how the Matchbox BMW i8 is coming along. – the Lamley Group
It was definitely a crowd-pleaser when it was announced last July. When the Matchbox Team unveiled its plans for 2018 at last year’s Gathering of Friends Convention, there was a lot to get excited about. The BMW i8 was in the middle of it all.
First off, after Matchbox debuted the i3 in 2017, the i8 seemed like a logical next step. Both unique cars with unique silhouettes, the i3 and i8 needed to be together. So announcing the i8 for 2018, collectors were both not surprised and ecstatic. It needed to be done. Second, the Matchbox Team announced two versions. One basic version and another with opening doors.
We haven’t seen the opening door version – but I’m told the opening parts models are coming along nicely – but the basic version is on its way and will be here soon. In fact, the Matchbox Team teased the finished product in IG...
cars  matchbox  BMW  instagram 
april 2018 by rgl7194
2018 BMW X2 xDrive28i Test | Review | Car and Driver
The new X2 is proof that BMW still loves yuppies.
There’s a BMW roundel stuck to the C-pillar of the new X2. It’s an impossible-to-miss detail on a crossover-hatchback thing that is in itself impossible to miss, especially in Galvanic Gold Metallic. It looks great stuck back there, behind the X2’s version of the Hofmeister kink. Does it matter that only the most devout of the BMW faithful will know that this badge is a tribute to the CS coupes of the ’60s and ’70s?
Attractive inside and out, nails the fun-to-drive quotient.
Stiff ride, road and suspension noise, high as-tested price.
cars  BMW  SUV  review 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Review: The BMW 640i xDrive GT is the nicest hatchback you’ll ever drive | Ars Technica
In the market for a $70,000 hatchback? BMW has you covered.
If you go to an auto show, you'll notice that German carmakers tend to have a lot of models in their lineups. Not so much Porsche, but Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and especially BMW have a dizzying array of cars to choose from. For those contemplating an Ultimate Driving Machine, you've got your 1 Series all the way through the 7 Series, the X models, the Z4, M models, and the i Series. The lineup looks straightforward at first glance, but it's really not. Want a coupe or convertible? 2-, 4-, or 6-series. [N.B. this includes those four-door "coupes" that still confuse me—Ed.] How about a sedan? 3-, 5-, or 7-series. SUV? X marks the SUV spot, unless it's an X4 or X6, which look more like a 3-series or 6-series GT. Hatchback? 3- or 6-series. And that's where I found myself last week, behind the wheel of an $84,000 hatchback.
The 640i xDrive Gran Turismo is new to BMW's lineup this year. Previously, BMW's high-end hatchback was a 5-series car, but the German automaker decided to move the model a bit upscale while continuing to use the 5-series platform. The GT is also the least-expensive 6-series car, starting at $69,700 for the base model. The model I drove was maxed out with the M Sport package, Driving Assistance Plus, Dynamic Handling Package, and Executive Package. Add in the destination charge and a couple of other bits, and the sticker price is $84,010. That's a big number for a body type that is not that popular in the US.
cars  BMW  review 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Here is your first look at the Matchbox BMW i8 – the Lamley Group
Of all the 2018 New Models announced by Matchbox, one has gotten the most attention. Or at least its the model I’ve gotten the most questions about. It’s the BMW i8, and now we have our first look, posted by the Matchbox Team on IG...
Don’t pay attention to the color or interior. This is an early prototype, and obviously forest green isn’t the color of choice. There is more to learn, especially how the graphics will be done. For now, ogle away.
cars  BMW  instagram  matchbox 
february 2018 by rgl7194
2019 BMW 3-series Sedan Spied, This Time with a Look Inside | News | Car and Driver
What to expect from the next version of BMW's bread-and-butter car.
What It Is: A camo-wrapped prototype of the seventh-generation BMW 3-series sedan caught running around Germany.
Why It Matters: For generations, BMW’s 3-series sports sedan has been seen as the consummate example of its breed, though the last version fell closer to par for the class in terms of design and performance as BMW chased sales in the soft middle-belly of the premium car segment.
cars  BMW  preview 
february 2018 by rgl7194
2019 BMW Z4 Spied During Winter Testing | News | Car and Driver
Will the next Z4 be taken more seriously?
What It Is: At this point, we’re chasing Toyota rumors to find out more about the upcoming new BMW Z4 and hunting down Z4 odds and ends in the pursuit of educated conjecture re: BMW’s reconstituted Supra. The question on the minds of enthusiasts, however, is twofold: Will the Z4 finally be taken seriously as a sports car, something that plays in the Porsche 718 Boxster’s league rather than the Mercedes-Benz SLC’s? And will the new Supra be a worthy successor to the venerated mile muncher of the 1990s?
Why It Matters: The previous Z4, as attractive and pleasant as it was, wasn’t a patch on Porsche’s Boxster dynamically. And since its folding hardtop drastically impinged on trunk space, it wasn’t even as practical as the mid-engined, twin-trunked Swabian. Instead, the Z4 lived out its days as a blowsy boulevardier, subject to the same stereotypes that Miatas endure but without the little Mazda’s side rep as a hard-core race car, no matter how many times the Bavarians took it racing. The next Z4 needs to fill the hole in the line vacated by the previous car while also giving the Motoren Werke an honest performer in the segment.
cars  BMW  preview 
february 2018 by rgl7194
2018 BMW 5-series Lineup Grows by One (Very Powerful Diesel, That Is) | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
With U.S.-market diesels nixed at Audi and on borrowed time over at Mercedes-Benz, BMW stands to be the only German luxury-brand willing to keep selling them here. And BMW’s latest diesel-burner, the 2018 540d xDrive sedan, is shaping up to be a stunner, with huge helpings of the the torque and fuel economy that give diesel-powered entries their appeal.
For starters, the new 540d’s turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six—which hails from BMW’s new B57 modular engine family—makes 261 horsepower and a massive 457 pound-feet of torque. (Last year, we drove a Euro-spec 530d, which uses the same powertrain but has a different name.) That’s quite a bit more than the 255 horsepower and 413 pound-feet produced by the old N57-family engine, which powers the X5 xDrive35d and was under the previous-generation diesel 5-series’ hood.
cars  BMW  preview 
february 2018 by rgl7194
2018 Audi A5 Sportback vs. BMW 430i Gran Coupe, Kia Stinger | Comparison Test | Car and Driver
A battle for coupelike supremacy.
Second (Tie): 2018 Kia Stinger AWD
Second (Tie): 2018 BMW 430i xDrive Gran Coupe
First: 2018 Audi A5 Sportback
In this cuckoo-crazy, mixed-up world, nothing is certain and the set order is up for renegotiation. For decades, the four-door sedan was the sensible choice, the vehicle that sober, serious grown-up types bought to show just how sober and serious they really were. But crossovers have toppled the establishment, and now four-doors are struggling to retain relevance. So squash the roofs, pack in the tech, add a practical hatch for the camping equipment, and voilà—the sedan is king again. Only now they’re four-door coupes. Got it?
The quasi-coupes under examination today are Audi’s A5 Sportback and BMW’s 430i xDrive Gran Coupe, with the Kia Stinger here to do its own renegotiating of the set order. The Audi and BMW lead with, and are enabled by, their heritage. They’re tweaked expressions of long-established brand identities. Kia is relatively new to the premium realm and has yet to produce a hit there. The Stinger could be it.
cars  audi  BMW  kia  comparo 
february 2018 by rgl7194
The Big Three German Automakers Are Becoming More and More Alike | Feature | Car and Driver
Once distinct, the cars of Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz are increasingly borrowing the brand character of the others.
Automakers have long believed that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. Yet an etymological investigation into the origins of this well-worn phrase reveals that the literal translation is even more apt. What the poet Ovid actually wrote in The Art of Love—basically a how-to guide for putative Roman pickup artists—was “fertilior seges est alienis semper in agris,” or, “the crop is always greater in the lands of another.” Which neatly summarizes the financial motivation behind the me-too mentality that has sent Audi, BMW, and Mercedes chasing one another’s tails—and sometimes sniffing one another’s butts.
It hasn’t been long since the three luxury automakers’ portfolios were as distinct from one another as the numerous different types of German sausage. BMW produced the archetypal sports sedan, keen and responsive if short on practicality. Mercs felt and often drove like bank vaults, a perceived solidity that continued even when the brand went through its quality nadir in the early naughties—an era that proved it was possible to make a door that would thunk even when filled with rust holes. Audi was technical and slightly aloof, delivering grip and performance without a huge amount of that distracting driver-involvement stuff. Each carmaker had its fans and its own carefully guarded place in the world.
cars  audi  BMW  mercedes 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: BMW's Apple CarPlay Annual Fee Is Next-Level Gouging
Tim Stevens, writing for CNet...
It’s patently offensive. If BMW goes through with this, you can never truly own one of their cars. $80/year isn’t much compared to the price of the car, but on general principle this is way out there in Fuck You territory.
We bought an Acura back in 2006, paid it off within a few years, and haven’t sent a single penny to the Honda Motor Company since. Not one penny. And the car is still running great — with every single function working just as well as it did the day we drove it off the lot. The fact that everything still works well speaks to Honda’s reliability. The fact that we haven’t had to send them a money is because, you know, we own the goddamn thing.
My understanding is that Apple’s fee is nominal — and unequivocally nominal in the context of the price of any new car, let alone a new BMW.
UPDATE, 23 JANUARY 2018: I’ve now received the following clarification from Apple:
There is no fee for OEMs for either MFi or CarPlay integration. There never has been, and to my knowledge there are no plans for this to change.
There are no royalty costs or ongoing costs. The only costs to automakers are those necessary to create the hardware (this includes an authentication chip).
No fees, no royalties, no ongoing costs. Apple’s goal is to get more cars on the road that are CarPlay-enabled, not to make money from CarPlay-enabled cars.
cars  BMW  carplay  subscription  daring_fireball 
january 2018 by rgl7194
BMW Releases Images of 8-series Coupe Undergoing Testing | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
With the M8 GTE set to make its competition debut at this weekend’s 24 Hours of Daytona (or the Rolex 24 at DAYTONA if you have no respect for tradition or typographical caxes), the Webasto stoves have been cranked full-blast at luxury autohaus BMW’s testing locations across Europe. Handily, they thought to take some “spy” photos of their very own and distribute them to the media.
Resplendent in gauze-dazzle vinyl sheeting, the 8-series coupe is on display here. Expect a convertible and a Gran Coupe to follow, as the 8-series will eventually supplant the 6-series in BMW’s line. (The 6-series name, meanwhile, has been applied to the replacement for the 5-series Gran Turismo.)
cars  BMW  preview 
january 2018 by rgl7194
A little more power and a lot more battery for the BMW i8’s mid-life refresh | Ars Technica
Battery capacity is now up to 11.2kWh, and the electric motor makes an extra 12hp.
DETROIT—Although we've been covering the auto industry for almost four years, probably my favorite car remains one of the first that we reviewed here at Ars: the BMW i8. What's not to like about a plug-in hybrid sports car with a carbon fiber chassis that, even when driven hard, will return more than 25mpg? [Note: it will do a lot better than 25mpg if you don't drive it like a hooligan everywhere.]
At this year's North American International Auto Show, BMW revealed the mid-life refresh for this clever machine. The engineers at BMW i have shown restraint, though. According to Alexander Kotouc, head of BMW i product management, that's in large part due to feedback from customers.
"When we asked customers what we could improve, they said 'not too much,'" he told me. "We didn't change the styling because it still looks modern. But we did a lot inside the car."
cars  BMW  hybrid  auto_show 
january 2018 by rgl7194
A Bimmer with a battery: The 2018 BMW 530e hybrid | Ars Technica
The 5 Series is the latest BMW to get the hybrid treatment.
BMW has been one of the better automakers when it comes to weaning itself off fossil fuels. That's in large part thanks to its i sub-brand, which includes the excellent i8 coupe and the good-but-expensive i3 city car. Both cars were designed from the ground up to be electric vehicles, and both make extensive use of composites and carbon fiber. But they aren't for everyone, and neither are they your only options if you want a plug-in hybrid EV that wears the famous blue and white propellor badge.
Meet the most recent addition to BMW's PHEV line: the 2018 BMW 530e iPerformance.
The 530e is the most recent mainstream BMW model to get the company's eDrive powertrain, which first showed up in the X5 SUV that we tested back in 2016, then in the 3 and 7 Series sedans. But the 5 Series had to wait until the arrival of the seventh-generation model, which is known to BMW nerds as the G30. That hit the streets in 2017. We tried out the conventionally powered G30 5 Series early last year and came away relatively impressed.
So how does the addition of an electric motor and 9kWh worth of lithium-ion batteries change the equation?
cars  BMW  review  hybrid 
january 2018 by rgl7194
The BMW 2002: Rediscovering the Magic that Made It an Icon | Feature | Car and Driver
We strap into an original 2002, the progenitor of the sports sedan.
It started with "Turn Your Hymnals to 2002.” That invocation, penned by the late David E. Davis Jr. in his paean to the 1968 BMW 2002 in our April 1968 issue, marked the beginning of the sports-sedan era. The 2002 wasn’t the only car of the time that synthesized the agility of a European sports car and the practicality of a compact sedan, but we instantly recognized it as the best and heralded the news to our readers.
Back then, of course, no one could know that the 2002 would give rise to the enthusiast-oriented vehicles that flourish to this day. We certainly didn’t know that the 2002 and the 3-series it begat would win 23 10Best awards. Or that the 2002’s popularity would lead BMW to cultivate, own, and then walk slowly away from the Ultimate Driving Machine ethos. We only knew that it was a breakthrough—and that it was our job to tell car lovers about it.
BMW  cars  60s  review 
december 2017 by rgl7194
BMW i: An electric, autonomous, vehicular “Skunk Works”? | Ars Technica
There’s a new i8 Roadster, a sportier i3s, and the autonomous iNEXT is coming.
I like when car makers get experimental. By their nature, car makers are normally conservative beasts, but progress requires trying new things, even at the risk of the occasional failure. Often, these automotive experiments are carried out by racing departments—always catnip to nerds like me who begin to salivate at the mention of words like "homologation."
But recently, the cars of BMW's i brand have captivated me the most. The plug-in hybrid i8 remains my default answer when asked about my favorite car (this happens regularly in my line of work), and it surely represents the near-term future of the sports car.
BMW  cars  electric 
december 2017 by rgl7194
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL Race Car (2017 Entertainment - Forza Motorsport)
I can never get tired of these Entertainment cars! As always, it's all metal construction, comes with rubber wheels, and along with extra details. The Forza graphics aren't bad either!
cars  hot_wheels  BMW  racing 
december 2017 by rgl7194
2017 BMW i3 | In-Depth Model Review | Car and Driver
Rock down to electric BMW.
In a world where auto manufacturers have filled nearly every niche of the market, the BMW i3 occupies a place all its own. The BMW i3 is the only luxury electric vehicle not named Tesla that can drive more than 100 miles on a single charge. Along with the i8 hybrid sports car, the i3 is part of BMW’s eco-friendly i sub-brand, and both have elevated car design. That said, the i3’s range is no longer competitive in the overall EV landscape, even when fitted with the optional gasoline-powered range extender, which boosts total range to an EPA-rated 180 miles. The Chevrolet Bolt EV makes more sense, goes much farther on a charge, and costs far less.
Gorgeous interior, funky personality, eco-luxe image.
Limited range, polarizing exterior, discouraging handling.
A fancy package with unique features but average electric range.
BMW  cars  electric  review 
december 2017 by rgl7194
2019 BMW i8 Roadster: i-Opener | Car and Driver
The open air greets BMW's range-topping hybrid sports car.
The cool and controversial BMW i8 is entering the second half of its life cycle with a modest update but big news in the form of a new softtop roadster variant. It’s no coincidence that BMW is unveiling the roadster at the annual auto show in Los Angeles—that is where the i8’s initial press launch took place in the spring of 2014, and it’s where the car has an especially rabid customer base that is eager to telegraph their green credentials with this plug-in hybrid that BMW stubbornly categorizes as an “electric” on its consumer website.
cars  BMW  electric  auto_show 
december 2017 by rgl7194
Didn’t want the whole Hot Wheels Entertainment Forza set? Wheel Collectors now has singles available. – the Lamley Group
When I previewed the Hot Wheels Forza set at TRU, a few of you mentioned you would wait until the singles were out in order to get the models you want. Some just want the BMW CSL, or Ford GT, or the brand new Porsche 356.
Now is your chance, as Wheel Collectors has the singles listed...
2017 Hot Wheels Entertainment Forza at Wheel Collectors
So head on over and take your pic. Or just buy the set. Choices.
hot_wheels  cars  racing  BMW  ford_gt  porsche  pagani 
november 2017 by rgl7194
2017 BMW 7-series | In-Depth Model Review | Car and Driver
Lacking BMW's signature sportiness, this big luxury sedan fails to distinguish itself.
The gilded playground of full-size luxury sedans is rampant with high expectations. BMW’s 7-series only partially meets them, serving up a comfortable, quiet ride but no distinguishing features or character to set it apart from its upper-crust rivals. In designing the 7-series, and as it has done with most of its newer passenger cars, BMW left behind its reputation for building excellent sporting sedans. At least the turbocharged inline-six, twin-turbo V-8, and twin-turbo V-12 engines that are available in the 7-series live up to the brand’s sparkling mechanical repute. (The company is named the Bavarian Motor Works, after all.) Even the 740e plug-in hybrid’s powertrain is well executed. Engines aside, the 7-series is luxurious but unremarkable.
Classic BMW handsomeness, excellent engines, quiet at speed.
Gimmicky interior tech, Ultimate Driving Machine character absent (again).
Neither more luxurious nor more sporting than rivals, the 7 succeeds mainly at being expensive.
cars  BMW  review 
november 2017 by rgl7194
It’s not exactly the Le Mans winner, but the new Hot Wheels Forza Ford GT Race Car is a must-have. – the Lamley Group
As the Hot Wheels Entertainment set hits Toys R Us, I need to get to my features on each of the models.
(And FYI the set is available with the TRU-exclusive packaging now, but in case you want the models other stores and hobby dealers will the assortment soon.)
The most notable model of the set is the new Porsche 356 casting, but the two best models in the set are the BMW CSL and this one, the Ford GT Race Car.
When the Ford GT Race Car was released in the 2017 Mainline, the first question from most collectors was “When will we see a replica of the Le Mans winner?”.  That was my question too.
Little did we know Hot Wheels already had one in the works for Forza.  It isn’t exactly the livery, but it is most surely “inspired” by it.  Of course, if Hot Wheels ever has the chance to do the exact model, I would not complain in the least, but this is a nice alternative.
cars  hot_wheels  racing  collecting  porsche  BMW  ford_gt 
november 2017 by rgl7194
BMW Concept Z4 Dissected | Feature | Car and Driver
BMW's Concept Z4 plays all the angles.
The third iteration of BMW’s Z4 roadster is just around the corner, and it represents a new approach to the way Werke does business. This roadster has been co-developed with Toyota, which will market its version of the car as the reborn Supra. The Concept Z4 also indicates a stylistic departure from every past generation of the company’s smallish droptop, with the long-hood proportions and sweeping body lines of the outgoing car reshuffled. Heck, the concept even reinterprets BMW’s familiar double headlights. Together with the recent 8-series preview, this Z4 points clearly to a new direction for BMW’s design language, one that emphasizes angles over curves. Departure though it may be, the Concept Z4 is a looker.
cars  BMW  concept 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Holy Custom BMW 3.0CSL Batmobile Tribute with M3 Power! | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
BMW built only 1265 original, lightweight 3.0CSL coupes during the first half of the 1970s and just 110 with the wild “Batmobile” aerodynamic kit that was offered later in production. Their rarity ensures that buying one is cost prohibitive for most people. Want one? Maybe consider following the path of an enthusiast we found at the SEMA show: Willy Izaguirre, who built his own. We first noticed the incredible BMW at SEMA’s annual Gran Turismo awards ceremony, an event where judges choose their favorite SEMA cars in several categories. An overall best of show is chosen from among these class winners and then actually put into the Gran Turismo video game. Willy’s BMW won the European Import category, although it didn’t get chosen for Gran Turismo fame.
cars  BMW  batmobile  auto_show 
november 2017 by rgl7194
2018 BMW 3-Series | In-Depth Model Review | Car and Driver
Greatness eludes our former darling.
The reputation of the BMW 3-series precedes it. In previous iterations, it was a repeat winner of our 10Best Cars award, and the nameplate occupies a place of honor in the heart of many a car enthusiast. The 3-series earned that esteem by being, for a long time, one of the most generally excellent sedans on the road. Communicative steering, satisfying powertrains, and exceptional ride-and-handling balance were hallmarks of the nameplate and made BMW’s sports sedan the benchmark against which other brands aspired. But time, alas, makes fools of us all, and age has dulled the reflexes of the 3-series. It’s still very good, with a full lineup of rewarding powertrains, an eminently useful cargo hold, and, as always, that iconic blue-and-white roundel on the hood. But it is no longer a paragon of its kind. The steering wheel fails to deliver useful feedback, the available adaptive suspension seems imprecisely tuned, and the design is aging. We wouldn’t turn up our noses at a 3-series if one showed up in the driveway, but it’s no longer the sports sedan other companies have in their sights.
Classic BMW appearance, strong acceleration, good fuel economy.
Chassis tuning is hit or miss, expensive, no longer the benchmark it once was.
Still a good sports sedan, but its advantage has evaporated.
cars  BMW  review 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Lamley Preview (Part 1): 2017 Hot Wheels Entertainment Forza 5-Car Set (with Toys R Us Exclusive Packaging) – the Lamley Group
This is a beautiful set.  Beautiful enough that I am going to give it a fair amount of attention before it hits TRU next month.
So here is Part 1.  The new Hot Wheels Entertainment Forza 5-Car set.  Full premium, with a new casting (Porsche 356 Speedster), and three new diecast chassis (BMW CSL, Ford GT Race, and Pagani Huayra).  And all packaged in a TRU exclusive box.
Part 2 & 3 are coming later.  Opening of course, and then a whole lot of photos.
Enjoy the video, and as always, thanks to Mattel for allowing me to preview these.
cars  hot_wheels  racing  porsche  BMW  ford_gt  pagani  video 
october 2017 by rgl7194
2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo First Drive | Review | Car and Driver
The new 6-series? It's the 5-series GT recast.
The 6-series was among our favorite BMWs. Built for three model generations—two of which have been consecutive, starting in 2003—it was an upmarket and beautiful coupe (with a convertible and later a low-slung four-door derivative) with strong dynamic capabilities. Now BMW tells us its successor for the 6-series will revive the 8-series nomenclature, despite virtually identical market positioning. But that doesn't mean the 6-series moniker will disappear. Henceforth, it will be affixed to a vastly different car: the BMW 6-series Gran Turismo.
Looks better than its 5-series predecessor, spacious interior, comfortable ride.
Sits too high, floaty ride in Comfort+ mode, what’s becoming of BMW?
cars  BMW  review 
october 2017 by rgl7194
2017 BMW 530i xDrive Test | Review | Car and Driver
This one still isn't changing our minds.
A decade ago, BMW’s Ultimate Driving Machine ethos was an undeniable fact. But drive a 10-year-old BMW sedan back to back with a modern one like this new BMW 5-series, and it’s pretty clear that the brand is taking a sabbatical from building the best-driving cars on the planet. In the interim, while BMW has toned down dynamic ability in favor of ramping up comfort, other manufacturers have stepped up their challenges for the crown as the best-driving sedan. These include Cadillac with the CTS, Mercedes-AMG with the E43, and Alfa Romeo with the Giulia, to name just three.
Quiet cabin, supreme highway comfort, stout 2.0-liter capable of stretching highway miles.
The options add up quickly; where did all the dynamic prowess go, BMW?
cars  BMW  review 
october 2017 by rgl7194
Is this BMW’s next electric car? | Ars Technica
BMW says it will have 12 new battery EVs on sale by 2025.
Way back at the beginning of 2016, rumors were swirling that BMW planned to expand its i range of electric vehicles. The i6 would be a four-door coupé that offered more practicality than the i8 sports car or i3 city car. Then things went quiet as BMW geared up to celebrate its centenary. Now it looks like those rumors were correct, judging by the concept car the company brought to the Frankfurt Auto Show this year. The BMW i Vision Dynamics is a four-door coupé EV that we reckon will become a production car in the next year or so.
"BMW i is the innovation driver for the BMW Group," explains Klaus Fröhlich, member of the Board of Management at BMW AG. "Here, visionary solutions and future-ready concepts become reality for the first time. But BMW i also acts as a spearhead of innovation for our other brands. The BMW i Vision Dynamics allows us to show right now what another electric BMW might look like. And BMW has demonstrated its talent for turning visions into real life throughout its history."
cars  electric  BMW 
september 2017 by rgl7194
Electric cars all the rage at Frankfurt Auto Show, but we can’t drive them yet | Ars Technica
Concepts and roadmaps are fine and well, but we need EVs now.
The theme at this year's Frankfurt Auto Show was definitely electric. Just about everyone had a new electric vehicle concept on show. And there were electrification roadmaps galore. The only thing that was missing was the here and now, and the holdup has me irked. You see, disclaimers were everywhere. The EVs on display are mostly stalking horses for production cars, but none of them is ready for sale today. Those plans to electrify entire model ranges? 2030 appears to be the date by which you'll be able to get an electric version of any car you want—subject to fine print.
auto_show  cars  electric  germany  honda  mercedes  BMW 
september 2017 by rgl7194
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL Race Car (2017 Walmart Exclusive Zamac - HW Speed Graphics | Castrol)
Here's the first Zamac for 2017! Zamacs are one of my favorite kinds of Hot Wheels. There's just something about that shiny unpainted metal surface that just looks really awesome. Keep them coming because I can't get enough of them!
cars  hot_wheels  BMW  zamac 
september 2017 by rgl7194
BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept Photos and Info | News | Car and Driver
The Bavarians get serious again about electrification . . . and autonomy.
“He who comes too late is punished by life,” former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev once famously said. But that can be true for those who come too early as well, as the BMW Group learned with its ambitious lineup of production electric cars. The automaker first launched the Mini E nearly a decade ago, followed by the 1-series–based ActiveE a couple of years later. In 2013, it then sent the i3 into the world, and BMW said it had never been so proud to launch a new product. But alas, sales of the i3 have proved severely lacking. BMW simply came too early to what’s still a nascent segment, and it was punished.
BMW  concept  electric  auto_show 
september 2017 by rgl7194
Why the opening scene from The Transporter is the best scene in cinema history. | DRIVETRIBE
If the clickbait title didn't convince you, then allow me to state my case and you can judge me after that.
When 'The Transporter' was released in 2002, it looked like a straight to DVD film much like 'Taken' did on its release. A low budget action film made purely to keep Jason Statham in employment. This couldn't be further from the truth. In fact I can't believe that Statham was ignored for an Oscar for Actor in a leading role. They gave it to Denzel Washington. Everyone knows that Jason Statham should have won.
cars  movies  drivetribe  BMW  video 
september 2017 by rgl7194
In 2005 BMW brought us the V10 S85 engine in the M5 E60 which replaced the V8 S62. It was BMW's first ever production V10, and the first petrol V10 engine to be available in a production sedan ever.
With a peak power of 373 kW at 7750 rpm and peak torque of 520 N·m at 6100 rpm. It was amongst the highest of naturally aspirated production car engines.
cars  BMW  drivetribe 
september 2017 by rgl7194
Eight BMW prototypes that we wanted, but could never have | DRIVETRIBE
BMW has done a great job over the years of teasing us with cars that we wanted, before then not building them. Some of these were purely concept cars that they should have given us, while others were prototype versions of existing models that we really hoped they would build which sadly never materialised.
Here is our pick of the cars that they should have put into production to make us happy.
cars  BMW  concept  drivetribe 
september 2017 by rgl7194
2018 BMW 2-series | In-Depth Model Review | Car and Driver
If BMW’s floaty 7-series and disconnected 3-series are symptoms of something amiss in the state of Bavaria, then the 2-series is the antidote. This sports coupe is quick, nimble, and engaging the way that some our favorite Bimmers of yore were. Two models, the 248-hp 230i and the 335-hp M240i, span the distance from slightly sportier than average to nearly track ready. Both powertrains are available with all-wheel drive and as convertibles, and while the interior is cramped for four, it could be the perfect chariot for a single person in search of a more exciting commute. Others in the class have more in the way of active safety technology, luxury materials, and connectivity options, but we’re still happy any time we can get behind the wheel of this gift to BMW’s faithful.
A pair of truly great engines, big fun to drive, looks every bit a BMW.
Cramped back seat, behind the curve on active safety, interior is plain for the price.
Small and relatively affordable (for a BMW) and a good way for Bimmerphiles to get their fix.
cars  review  BMW 
september 2017 by rgl7194
2017 BMW 740e xDrive Plug-In Hybrid Test | Review | Car and Driver
Beware the Jedi mind trick!
As Obi-Wan Kenobi famously said: “These aren’t the BMWs you’re looking for.” Okay, Obi-Wan said “droids,” referring to the fugitives he was harboring from Imperial stormtroopers. Like those stormtroopers, we’re looking for something, too: BMW’s once-sweet-driving sports sedans. The automaker, like Kenobi with his Force-enabled misdirection, is erasing its storied past with a wave of the hand and a preponderance of comfort-minded and tech-burdened luxury cars. The brand’s iPerformance plug-in hybrids sit at the deep end of this nexus, and—unlike C-3PO and R2-D2—they really aren’t what we’re after.
Powerful hybrid powertrain, intuitive displays, discreet looks.
That price, is this really the BMW people are looking for?
BMW  hybrid  cars  review 
september 2017 by rgl7194
BMW Concept Z4 Photos and Info | News | Car and Driver
BMW's reborn sports car takes shape.
The nascent sports-car partnership of BMW and Toyota is taking shape with the launch of the Concept Z4 during the festivities leading up to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. So far, the brand has been mum on details about the upcoming roadster, its version of a jointly developed platform that has a reborn Supra for Toyota as its other offspring.
While the Supra, judging from the spy pictures we’ve seen so far, will be characterized by round and bubbly shapes, BMW has gone for a far more chiseled and angular look. One thing is for sure: Nobody will confuse the two on the road.
cars  BMW  preview  toyota 
august 2017 by rgl7194
2018 BMW 5-series Alpina B5 Biturbo First Drive | Review | Car and Driver
A discreet M5.
Today, virtually every premium carmaker has a performance sub-brand: There’s Mercedes-AMG, BMW M, and Audi Sport. Cadillac has its V models, and Lexus cultivates a selection of performance cars under the F moniker. Over the last few years, some of these offerings have become characterized by ultrafirm suspensions, roaring exhaust systems, and dark carbon-fiber décor. Subtlety seems to be out of fashion.
Relentless acceleration, claimed 205-mph top speed, high-speed stability, overall subtlety.
Americans can’t get one.
cars  BMW  review 
august 2017 by rgl7194
2017 BMW 2-series | In-Depth Model Review | Car and Driver
A sports coupe that delivers both goodness and greatness.
The 2-series reminds us of the great BMW 3-series coupes and sedans of the past. Compact, solid, nimble, and quick—make that ripsnorting fast with the uplevel six-cylinder engine—the 2-series is a link to when Bimmers felt as if they were designed exclusively to delight enthusiastic drivers. The 2-series comes in two flavors: the zesty 248-hp 230i and the jalapeño-hot 335-hp M240i. With two satisfying engines, available manual transmissions, well-executed automatics, and a choice between rear- and all-wheel drive, the 2-series is a comprehensive take on the entry-luxury sports coupe. While competitors such as the Audi A3 focus on providing the newest tech and safety gadgets to their entry-level customers, the littlest BMW aims to deliver on the brand’s sporting rep—and largely succeeds. We wouldn’t say no to more modern active safety equipment or richer interior materials at this price point, but their absence won’t keep us from enjoying the ride. Count us among the faithful.
cars  BMW  review 
august 2017 by rgl7194
2018 BMW 530e xDrive Plug-In Hybrid Test | Review | Car and Driver
The 5, Electrified.
The 530e xDrive iPerformance plug-in hybrid lacks the satisfying driving dynamics and sporty character that once separated BMW’s 5-series sedan from the rest of the mid-size luxury pack. But then so, too, do the conventionally powered 5-series iterations, which are softer, tech-laden facsimiles of the fine sports sedans BMW once made. In this new world where BMWs emphasize comfort over driving enjoyment, the 530e at least offers an added element: a plug-in-hybrid powertrain. None of the 5’s direct German or Japanese competitors do, leaving Cadillac’s larger CT6 plug-in as its primary adversary.
cars  BMW  electric  review 
august 2017 by rgl7194
2017 BMW 230i xDrive Coupe Test | Review | Car and Driver
Little deuce coupe.
A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but does a four-cylinder BMW 2-series by any other name drive as well?
Great engine, great chassis, great performance.
Miserly standard equipment, cramped back seat, rear-drive version is better balanced.
BMW  review  cars 
august 2017 by rgl7194
BMW 8-Series Concept Dissected | Feature | Car and Driver
BMW gets ready to take the 6-series up a notch.
When the E24 BMW 6-series expired with the ’80s, the company decided it was time to take its big coupe upmarket, replacing the 6 with an 8 based on the 7-series sedan. Built to impress, the 8-series was originally offered only with a V-12. It was also priced so high that many 6-series customers couldn’t or wouldn’t make the leap. BMW’s 8-series output totaled less than a third of 6-series production, and the company pulled the plug in 1999, eventually relaunching the 6 in 2003. But now BMW is nudging its big two-door upmarket again.
cars  BMW  concept 
july 2017 by rgl7194
2017 BMW 3-series | In-Depth Model Review | Car and Driver
Still synonymous with "sports sedan," but fading.
If Merriam-Webster did in fact define the term “sports sedan,” we are confident that the BMW 3-series would be the first entry. Its reputation is built on the backs of 3-series gone by, as this is the first ever 3 to merely whelm us. An objectively strong performer, the 3-series lacks the seductive man-machine connection of its forebears, and it’s pricey. With sedan, Sports Wagon (BMW speak for, well, wagon), and Gran Turismo hatchback models and a powertrain lineup encompassing two gasoline inline-fours, a diesel, an inline-six, and a plug-in hybrid, the 3-series family is bigger than BMW’s entire lineup was when the 3-series was born in the 1970s.
cars  BMW  review 
july 2017 by rgl7194
2017 BMW 5-series | In-Depth Model Review | Car and Driver
Once known as the ultimate driving machine, the mid-size BMW has become an impressive all-around luxury sedan.
Once the gold standard for sports sedans, in recent years the BMW 5-series has morphed into more of a luxury cruiser. Technologically advanced and supremely comfortable, the newest 5-series performs well in many categories but lacks the lively handling of BMWs we fondly remember from the past. A strong turbocharged inline-four engine is standard in the 530i, and an even more potent turbocharged inline-six propels the 540i (V-8, hybrid, and diesel options soon will be available, too).
cars  BMW  review 
july 2017 by rgl7194
BMW Marks 40 Years of the 7-series with Special Edition | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
While Audi has unveiled an entirely new, breakthrough A8 and Mercedes-Benz is launching an extensively updated S-class facelift, BMW looks back at the history of its 7-series and celebrates the model’s 40th birthday with a special edition, of which only 10 copies will come to the United States. To be unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show this September, the Edition 40 Jahre (40th Anniversary Edition or, literally translated, Edition 40 Years) will be built in a series of 200 units, according to customer specifications and wishes. In Europe, all engines and drivetrains will be available; there is no word on how U.S.-bound cars will be configured.
cars  BMW  anniversary 
july 2017 by rgl7194
2018 BMW 4-series | In-Depth Model Review | Car and Driver
What the luxury sports car is all about.
Whether cruising in the swanky convertible or raising hell in the racy coupe, the two-door 4-series exemplifies the luxury sports car. Based on BMW’s venerable 3-series sedan, both body styles are available with an overachieving 248-hp turbocharged four-cylinder (430i) or a dynamic 320-hp turbocharged inline-six (440i). The convertible is of the hardtop variety, which enhances interior quietness and is snug in cold-weather months. The 4-series is expensively tailored, and its driver-centric interior also has the segment’s largest back seat. A highly capable chassis seamlessly transitions between relaxed and athletic.
BMW  cars  review 
june 2017 by rgl7194
2018 BMW 6-series Gran Turismo Photos and Info | News | Car and Driver
The latest mutation of the 6-series.
If you’ve wondered why the successor to the BMW 6-series will be called the 8-series, even though it will be virtually identical in size, it’s because of this car: the 6-series Gran Turismo, which is moving up from its previous 5-series designation and taking on the number that once denoted BMW’s sexiest coupes.
cars  BMW  preview 
june 2017 by rgl7194
2018 BMW 440i RWD Coupe Automatic Test | Review | Car and Driver
Updates bolster an already solid package.
Although the BMW 4-series coupe was first shown more than four years ago, the trickling out of multiple variants of the model over time means the car still feels fresh. But time marches on, and 2018 brings an update for the luxury sports coupe.
BMW tweaked the 4-series’s engine lineup and naming convention in 2017, and those continue for 2018. The 4-series is available as the turbocharged four-cylinder 430i or turbo-six 440i in two-door coupe, convertible, and four-door Gran Coupe forms. With the two-door coupes there is a choice of either a manual transmission (not dead yet) or an automatic, while all body styles offer a choice of rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
cars  BMW  review 
june 2017 by rgl7194
2017 BMW 530i RWD Test | Review | Car and Driver
Careful with that options sheet.
As BMW has branched out from a brand focused on serving enthusiasts to a brand that wants to serve everyone, it has expanded the bandwidth of its offerings. It’s done so by means of electronics that can alter its cars’ driving characteristics, as well as via the options sheet, which can tailor individual models to disparate tastes. Thus, how one specs a BMW has become more important than ever, as we see with the latest 5-series.
cars  BMW  review 
june 2017 by rgl7194
Move Over: This Is the New Face of BMW | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
Launched on the eve of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on Lake Como, Italy, the BMW Concept 8-series is not only a close preview of the upcoming 8-series. It also ushers in a new era in BMW design, according to the corporate design chief, Adrian van Hooydonk. With its aggressive and sculptural look, the 8-series concept takes up many elements seen in the Concept X2 that BMW displayed last fall at the 2016 Paris auto show. That car, van Hooydonk said, gave an “indication” of the brand’s new styling direction. By contrast, he said, the 8-series fully conforms to it.
cars  design  preview  BMW 
may 2017 by rgl7194
BMW Concept 8-series Photos and Info | News | Car and Driver
This shapely coupe concept previews the replacement for the 6-series.
The issue with giving cars numbers rather than names is highlighted by proliferating model count: Automakers are starting to run out of digits. Audi already applies every integer between 1 and 8 to at least one derivative, albeit prefixed by a variety of different letters. Now BMW faces another almost-full house, bringing back the 8-series after what will be, by the time the car goes on sale, a 19-year hiatus.
cars  BMW  concept 
may 2017 by rgl7194
The BMW i8 Got the '80s-Tastic Paint Job It Always Deserved | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
Last year, Fiat heir Lapo Elkann’s Garage Italia Customs created an i3 and an i8 with fancy patterned paint jobs, but now, Elkann has really outdone himself. For a furniture show in Milan (seriously), Elkann and Garage Italia created an i3 and i8 that pay tribute to 1980s furniture maker Memphis Style. The cars are fantastic. You wouldn’t necessarily think that a wild 1980s color palette would work on futuristic cars like the i3 and i8, but somehow, it fits beautifully. The interiors, with their mix of colorful leather and microsuede, are especially great. Bring back striped seats.
cars  BMW  review  electric  color 
may 2017 by rgl7194
BMW Teases New 8-series on Twitter; We Want to See More | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
If basketball players start out with hoop dreams, then BMW is having coupe dreams. The German automaker is planning to augment its coupe range upward in size and price with a resurrected 8-series model, and it has finally given us an official peek at what that two-door will look like. Tweeted out via BMW Group’s official account, the image shows the car will have an extremely sleek roofline that ends in a prominent ducktail spoiler integrated into its trunk, BMW’s signature quad-headlight peepers, and a tiny Hofmeister kink at the terminus of the rear quarter-window. The bulging fender over the rear wheel would be new design territory for BMW and seems to us like an unsubtle riff on the similar line on Bentley’s Continental GT coupe (a car this 8-series might compete with). All of these features are in line with what we’ve seen on camouflaged prototypes that our spy photographers caught last year.
cars  BMW  preview 
may 2017 by rgl7194
the Lamley Group: All Hot Wheels '73 BMW 3.0 CSL Race Car releases, ranked.
Ok, ranking the releases of this model doesn't make a ton of sense, especially considering the liveries have stayed true, for the most part, to the actual racing liveries of the actual car.
Maybe, instead, I should rank the Fast & Furious movies. 5, and then the others. Ok, done.
Back to the BMW. Want me to rank them? Ok, here it is...
cars  hot_wheels  BMW  ranking 
april 2017 by rgl7194
the Lamley Group: Whether you like the real car or not, there is no denying the Matchbox BMW i3 is darn cool.
I like the BMW i3. I know in some circles that is a blasphemous thing to say, but I think it is pretty cool. It is unique to say the least, and I am cool with anything forward thinking like the i3 is.
But I know many of you disagree. You don't like its looks, its preformance, what it represents. That is fine too.
Hopefully, though, we can all agree that the new Matchbox BMW i3 is awesome. The Matchbox Team sent the completed FEP over for a preview, and I can honestly say I am way stoked with this one.
Matchbox at its best releases a variety of vehicles, from sports cars to utilities vehicles to emergency to classics, and everything in between. And mixed in might be that unique street car that may not get us giddy like say a Datsun 510, but makes for a great model nonetheless. Think Prius Taxi for example.
The i3 surely fits in that category. Pick a unique car and replicate it well. That is what Matchbox did.
cars  BMW  electric  matchbox 
march 2017 by rgl7194
This Drift-Filled Rally Test Day Sure Looks Fun - The Drive
Sometimes the difference between heaven and hell is a BMW 6 Series rally car.
Like many other residents of the East Coast of America today, we at The Drive are pretty much snowed in because of a massive winter storm. Luckily for you, that means we're still working hard to bring you the automotive content you enjoy and cherish. So for us, watching this two and a half minute long video of a bunch of Europeans having fun drifting on a dirt-tarmac course is pretty difficult, because we want to be outside doing the same thing. Anyways, we thought we would share the video with you so you could also join us in our jealous fit of rage.
cars  BMW  drifting  rallying  the_drive 
march 2017 by rgl7194
the Lamley Group: UK Collectors, Modelmatic now has 2017 Matchbox Best of World in stock.
Just a quick heads up that UK-based diecast seller Modelmatic has 2017 Matchbox Best of World in stock.
If you need a reminder, this is the 6-car set released late last year, and some of the models are sporting Hot Wheels Real Riders. The Lamborghini Miura is the must-have, but there really is no slouch in the bunch.
Grab them at Modelmatic here, and be sure to check out the huge variety of diecast available in the store.
cars  matchbox  lamborghini  mercedes  vw  BMW  porsche 
march 2017 by rgl7194
New BMW 5-series Yields Smokin’ Hot New Alpina B5s! | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
Eager to feast your eyes on a pair of ultra-exclusive BMWs that likely won’t ever set a tire on American pavement? From the 2017 Geneva auto show, we bring you the newest Alpina B5 Biturbo models based on the new 5-series sedan (which we do get in the U.S.) and the Touring wagon (which we don’t). Each B5 incorporates the usual rash of Alpina upgrades, including a stonkin’ twin-turbocharged V-8 and the BMW outfitter’s signature 20-spoke wheels.
cars  BMW  auto_show 
march 2017 by rgl7194
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