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BMW Vision M Next Concept – Driver-Focused Hybrid Supercar
BMW's latest concept imagines an automotive future with an emphasis on driving, not autonomy.
The BMW Vision M Next is a new plug-in-hybrid concept car that BMW says is the future of "sporty driving."
The extremely futuristic design has a number of retro cues taken from the M1 of the late 1970s.
BMW says it's a taste of the M brand's electric future, and we think it might preview a production supercar.
What you see here is the BMW Vision M Next concept, a quite absurd-looking hybrid supercar that BMW says is "a take on how driving pleasure might look in the future." It's the latest in BMW's string of concept cars under the Vision Next name, which was started in 2016 by the Vision Next 100 and continued in 2018 by the Vision iNext.
cars  concept  hybrid  BMW_M 
7 weeks ago by rgl7194
2021 BMW M3 and M4 – New G20-Generation M Models
Here's what we know about the new G20 generation of the M division's bread-and-butter models.
The next-generation BMW M3 and M4 are forthcoming, and here's what we know about them.
They will continue to be hotted-up versions of the standard 3-series sedan and 4-series coupe and convertible, and they will likely use BMW's new S58 inline-six with up to 503 horsepower.
Expect to hear more about the M3 and M4 in 2020, since the cars are scheduled to go on sale as 2021 models.
The seventh-generation 3-series (G20) is here, which means the next M3 and M4 will arrive soon. Slated for simultaneous unveilings in mid-2020 followed by a market launch for the 2021 model year, both the G20's M3 and M4 derivatives should benefit from more reengineering that may bring the magic back to the 3-series. In keeping with tradition, BMW will thoroughly retune and stiffen the M3/M4 chassis, meaning that the steering may get even more engaging. But that will be just the start.
Details are scant at this point, but we know that the next M3 and M4 will be differentiated from the base 3- and 4-series at least as much as the current M cars are. Expect to see spoilers, diffusers, flared fenders, gaping air intakes, bulging hoods, and wheels and tires sized 19 inches and up. As with the current generation, the M3 and M4 will offer exclusive color and trim choices, and the instrument cluster will be programmed to visually reflect BMW's racing heritage.
cars  preview  BMW_M 
7 weeks ago by rgl7194
2020 Toyota Supra vs. Porsche 718 Cayman vs. BMW M2 Competition: Sports Car Comparison - MotorTrend
Supra Bowl: The reborn Toyota sports car takes on titans from Porsche and BMW
Here in Los Angeles, we know a lot about the sometimes fickle nature of football franchises. The Rams have returned from their St. Louis affair, and somehow we stole the Chargers from San Diego—although our onetime resident Raiders are once again the noisy neighbors to the north. So, you can say L.A. is a football town, even if the history is patchy.
To continue the analogy, you could also say Toyota City, Japan, is a sports car town with an equally patchy history. It'll make performance cars, then stop, then start again. This year, we welcome a new hometown hero—albeit one with shared heritage with an old-school sports car town in Germany—in the 2020 Toyota Supra.
With its shared German-Japanese DNA, the Supra makes a natural rival with a pair of league stalwarts with many championships between them: the Porsche Cayman and BMW M2 Competition. And they aren't about to let the new guy show them up.
First things first: Does the Supra move like a German car or a Japanese one? It's not dead flat around a corner like a track car. There's body roll when you crack the wheel, but it's quick, perfectly controlled, and deliberate. Dashing though a slalom section of mountain road, the Supra shifts its weight side to side like a barrel racing champion. The steering is super quick and has absolutely zero dead spots, so every movement you make on the wheel directly translates into precision and accuracy on the road. It lacks the feel of the best sports cars, but that's its only concession.
The standard adaptive dampers do a phenomenal Jekyll and Hyde routine, compliant and comfortable on the commute then appropriately stiff when you press Sport on the center console. Rather than fade, the brakes like heat, though the rear end gets light under hard braking from high speeds. Getting up to pace is easy, too, because the power delivery is smooth and linear all the way up.
cars  toyota  supra  turbo  porsche  BMW_M  comparo  review 
7 weeks ago by rgl7194
2019 BMW M5 Competition – A Subtly Sharpened M5
A marginally better M5 is still a better M5.
This review has been updated with test results.
After the mild disappointment of its emotion-lite predecessor, the current 2019 BMW M5 marks a welcome return to form for the Motorsport division's biggest sedan. (We're not even going to pretend that the M760i qualifies as a true M car.) But BMW's model-development program moves to a staccato drumbeat these days, and we're now driven to focus on the new, fractionally turned-up Competition version.
The new car marks the transition from an option package to a separate trim level, one that's hairier than the standard M5 but some way short of the black-hearted transformation wrought to BMW models such as the M3 CS or the M4 GTS. Unlike the new M2 Competition, the M5 Competition doesn't replace the regular M5. Instead it will be sold alongside it, carrying a $7300 premium and boasting a modest increase in power, firmer suspension settings, and some very subtle cosmetic tweaks—the most obvious being the Competition label that now appears beneath the M5 badge on the decklid.
cars  review  BMW_M 
april 2019 by rgl7194
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: 1992 BMW M3 & Fleet Flyer (2019 SUPREME Exclusive! | Car Culture Team Transport)
That's right, I got one! Not bad for a first-time Supreme customer to score a really hot item directly off the Supreme online shop!
car  hot_wheels  BMW_M  90s  collecting 
april 2019 by rgl7194
The Coolest New Cars For 2019 – Forbes
Though sport-utility vehicles and pickup trucks now account for the lion's share of new-vehicle sales, the reports of the passenger car's death have been greatly exaggerated.
1
Aston Martin DBS Superleggera.
Aston Martin brings back and combines two famed nameplates from its storied history for its new flagship coupe, the DBS Superleggera. Gorgeously styled with fluidly flowing bodywork crafted from carbon fiber, it’s 2+2 interior is equally appealing, with front-seat occupants treated to sports seats upholstered in supple “aromatic” leather and Alcantara.
A 5.2-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine generates a mighty 715 horsepower and, assisted by a performance-enhanced eight-speed automatic transmission, can launch the car to 62 mph in a sudden 3.4 seconds and hit a terrifying top speed of 211 mph. Riding on 21-inch rims and Pirelli P-Zero performance tires, and with assorted performance-enhancing systems at hand, the car is engineered to hug the corners as tightly as a toddler with a teddy bear.
cars  aston  audi  bentley  BMW_M  corvette  hyundai  honda  lexus  mercedes  nissan  toyota  vw 
march 2019 by rgl7194
The E30 BMW M3 Sport Evolution of Matthias Unger
For Matthias Unger, the season when the leaves of the forests change from a rich yellow to a bright red has a very special charm. He utilises the last rays of the sun by grabbing his amazingly simple M logo-bearing ignition key and heads to his garage. Awaiting him here is a very special automobile. Matthias Unger's BMW M3 Sport Evolution from 1990 is to this day an irreplaceable piece of motorsport history with road approval. We accompanied him on a drive and were able to experience what it means to take to the road with an almost three-decades-old sports car.
„ The enthusiasm began with my father’s BMW 323i from 1984. In 1988 I turned 18 and was passionate about being allowed to drive it myself.” “
cars  driving  racing  BMW_M 
february 2019 by rgl7194
Hot Wheels x Supreme Collaboration: Yep. – theLamleyGroup
Yes, this is real. It will be sold exclusively on the Supreme website sometime this spring. A great choice in model, simple Supreme deco, and the coolest thing? 90’s Era Hot Wheels car art.
This definitely hints at a collaboration trend that has this guy VERY excited. Hot Wheels transcends, and this is more evidence. I love it.
cars  hot_wheels  collecting  BMW_M 
february 2019 by rgl7194
The E30 BMW M3 Sport Evolution of Matthias Unger
For Matthias Unger, the season when the leaves of the forests change from a rich yellow to a bright red has a very special charm. He utilises the last rays of the sun by grabbing his amazingly simple M logo-bearing ignition key and heads to his garage. Awaiting him here is a very special automobile. Matthias Unger's BMW M3 Sport Evolution from 1990 is to this day an irreplaceable piece of motorsport history with road approval. We accompanied him on a drive and were able to experience what it means to take to the road with an almost three-decades-old sports car.
„ The enthusiasm began with my father’s BMW 323i from 1984. In 1988 I turned 18 and was passionate about being allowed to drive it myself.” “
cars  driving  racing  BMW_M 
february 2019 by rgl7194
2019 BMW M2 Competition Review: Bimmer's Sports Coupe Borrows a Cup of Horsepower from M3, M4 - The Drive
It costs $4,400 more than before, but the new M2 Competition shows how seriously BMW is taking its reputation.
How agile and effective was the BMW M2 Coupe? Well, it almost managed to quiet the choir-preachers of the automotive press, for whom every BMW story must begin with a lazy reverie for the brand’s Good Old Days—larded with shopworn words like “iconic,” “seminal” and “E36”— followed by the shocking observation that BMW also makes SUVs now, some quite popular. Considering the satisfaction the M2 supplied auto scribes and enthusiasts in 2017, you might think BMW wouldn’t touch a thing, at least for a few years. Instead, the 2019 BMW M2 Competition is an ultimate hedge against complacency, via a Jeffersonian strategy of status improvement—referring to the sitcom family, not the founding father—that some automakers have avoided lest they muddy their own showroom waters.
This M2 Competition moves up in BMW Welt, knocks on the door of its luxurious neighbors, the larger M3 sedan and M4 Coupe, and borrows some mechanical sugar—their rollicking twin-turbo inline-six dubbed the S55, which replaces the “old” M2’s single-turbo, N55 inline-six—for a freak-out rush. The M Division engine’s output is nominally detuned to 405 horsepower for this competitive-minded M2 (down from 425 in the M3/M4), but torque is unchanged at 406 pound-feet. Compared with the M2 Coupe that the M2 Competition flat-out replaces, those are hefty gains of 40 horsepower and 37 pound-feet. And it’s not like the M2 Coupe was ever slow; it was capable of spanking out a 4.1-second 0-60 mph run, with a 155-mph top speed.
cars  BMW_M  review  the_drive 
february 2019 by rgl7194
2019 BMW M2 Competition – More Power, Same Acceleration
Munich's updated coupe can't beat its predecessor's numbers, but we love it regardless.
This story has been updated with test results.
Carved into the mountains of southern Spain, east of the historic city of Ronda, resides the fast and technical 3.4-mile Circuito Ascari. The racetrack flows smoothly yet is mentally demanding. Linking the chicanes and off-camber sections of its 26 corners requires a sniper's patience and precision. The straights aren't so straight and necessitate convincing the brain to go full send. Ascari is a driver's track, and a course this pure requires a vehicle equal in execution. It’s here that we first sampled the 2019 BMW M2 Competition, which supersedes the regular M2 and comes armed with more of everything.
New Turbocharged Engine
BMW could have spent wads of cash revising the previous turbocharged N55 inline-six to meet tighter emissions standards. Instead, it snatched a powerplant already in the arsenal, the potent S55 twin-turbo inline-six from the M4. In deference to the M hierarchy, boost is reduced in the M2's version, lowering the output from 425 horsepower to 405. Torque, however, is undiminished at 406 lb-ft.
Dialing back the S55's power doesn't just preserve the M family pecking order; it also addresses a cooling issue. Although the M2 Competition’s fascia is revised and the cooling system is derived from that of the M4 Competition, the smaller car doesn't flow as much air through its front end, and less airflow means less cooling. But even detuned to 405 horsepower, the S55's output represents a substantial increase over the outgoing M2's 365 horses and 369 lb-ft. The M2 Competition rockets down the straights, and the sweet inline-six barks through a new exhaust system, pulling strongly all the way to the redline.
At our test track in Michigan, though, the additional power did not produce much of a gain in straight-line acceleration. An M2 Competition with the optional DCT automatic transmission we tested couldn't improve on its predecessor's zero-to-60-mph time of 4.0 seconds flat and barely beat it in the quarter-mile, returning a 12.4-second pass at 116 mph, improvements of 0.1 second and 3 mph.
cars  BMW_M  review 
february 2019 by rgl7194
The One-Off BMW M850i Night Sky Has Real Meteorites inside It
The M850i Night Sky celebrates the Quadrantids meteor shower and has cosmic design touches throughout.
Beginning tonight, January 3, the Quadrantids meteor shower will hit its peak, with shooting stars visible in the night sky. Why are you reading this at Car and Driver? Because, to celebrate the shower, BMW has revealed a one-off 8-series coupe that has actual meteorite fragments on the inside.
The Quadrantids shower occurs when the Earth passes by the 2003 EH asteroid from which the meteors likely originated, and it has one of the shortest and most intense peaks of the yearly visible meteor showers. Rarely, some of those meteors can make their way through the planet's atmosphere and fall to the ground as meteorites. In this case, they made their way all the way into this M850i coupe.
cars  BMW_M  customization 
january 2019 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
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: BMW M1 Procar (2018 Car Culture - Eurospeed | Project Cars)
Metal on metal, check. Real Riders, check. Cool graphics, of course. What is there not to enjoy about this casting. These Car Culture cars have been on a roll!
cars  BMW_M  hot_wheels  collecting 
may 2018 by rgl7194
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: 2018 Gran Turismo Set!
Talk about an awesome set! I think it may be even better than the last Gran Turismo cars from Hot Wheels (click here to see that post). Regardless, it's a nice set to have!
cars  hot_wheels  collecting  GT-R  renault  EVO  corvette  BMW_M  ford_gt  mclaren 
may 2018 by rgl7194
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: 2018 Car Meet 5-Pack
One awesome 5-pack! I think that's all I need to say, just check out the car selection and deco of each car in this set. It's pretty good. My personal favorites out of this pack is the Gasser and the WRX, how about yourself?
cars  hot_wheels  subaru  mustang  BMW_M 
may 2018 by rgl7194
The next Hot Wheels Gran Turismo set is now available at Wheel Collectors – the Lamley Group
This one is better than last year.
The next Hot Wheels Gran Turismo set has been released, and Wheel Collectors has it. You can buy the set now:
Hot Wheels 2018 Gran Turismo at Wheel Collectors
As far as where we will see this one in stores, I am not entirely sure, but I would assume the same places as last year. Or you can make it super easy and grab a set now. Last year’s set was nice, but this one is a major step up. Do you agree?
Video and photo features coming soon.
cars  hot_wheels  collecting  mclaren  GT-R  renault  ford_gt  corvette  BMW_M 
may 2018 by rgl7194
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: BMW M1 Procar (2017 Car Culture - Cars & Donuts)
Metal on metal, check. Real Riders, check. Cool graphics, of course. What is there not to enjoy about this casting, these Car Culture cars have been on a roll!
cars  collecting  BMW_M  hot_wheels 
april 2018 by rgl7194
Battle of the Baby Bimmers: Hot Wheels BMW M2 vs Matchbox BMW 1M – the Lamley Group
If I could have any car – real car, not toy car – what would it be?
I get asked that a lot. Many times by you diecast nerds, but also by a lot of non-diecast nerds who know I am a diecast nerd. And in all honesty I have no idea. I know what cars I would put in my garage if I were a Jay Leno-like collector, but I’m not. That is probably why I’m a diecast collector. Lots of cars, minimal space.
Back to the real cars. Considering all the factors – classic vs new, project vs low maintenance, fun-to-drive vs fun-to-look-at, among many – there have always been a few cars on my list. I won’t get into all of them now, but the BMW 1M is one of them.
I don’t know what put the 1M on my favorites list. It might have been Jeremy Clarkson’s reaction to driving it, or maybe it was the Matchbox release. Needless to say, I’d love to have one in the garage.
I probably won’t have on in the garage, so the Matchbox will do just fine. I have a nice collection, including a prototype won at a Gathering charity auction, and am happy to have them. And I am happy to start a Hot Wheels BMW M2 collection alongside it.
Both castings represent their real counterparts well, and both are musts for me. The real-life M2 doesn’t bring the excitement that the 1M does, but I am sure happy to see it in diecast form. The casting is stellar.
cars  BMW_M  hot_wheels  matchbox  video  comparo 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: 2016 BMW M2 (New for 2018! - Factory Fresh)
Dang, this is a good looking M2 for sure, the details are awesome too!
cars  hot_wheels  BMW_M 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Tiny EVs, four-door coupes, and a new Supra star at the Geneva Motor Show | Ars Technica
There were a whole bunch of new EVs, and BMW and Mercedes redefine the coupe.
Over in Switzerland, the Geneva International Motor Show got underway on Tuesday morning. Switzerland has no real domestic car industry, so it's neutral territory for the world's car companies. That's made Geneva the marquee event on the calendar, where OEMs bring out their biggest reveals of the year in an attempt to steal headlines from one another. Sadly, we're not there on the ground this year—I did get an invite from Lamborghini which we had to decline due to our junket policy—but the wonders of the Internet mean we're still able to bring you the highlights.
And what an array of new reveals to choose from! There's something for everyone, whether you like pint-sized urban electric vehicles, four-door luxury coupes, or new hybrid or electric SUVs. You can even go all the way up to multimillion-dollar hypercars, several of which aren't even going to be road legal.
cars  auto_show  vw  porsche  toyota  mercedes  BMW_M 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Out of the Shadows: BMW Pitches M2 Black Shadow Edition | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
In an era of electrification, downsized engines, and a move toward front- and all-wheel-drive architectures, the BMW M2 epitomizes the essence of the BMW brand as we once knew it. No wonder it’s a favorite with enthusiasts and around our offices.
There are rumblings that BMW plans a hotter M2, perhaps fitted with the M3 with Competition package’s 444-hp S55 engine, but Munich had something else at the Geneva auto show: the M2 Black Shadow, a special edition with cosmetic changes that emphasize the company’s racing heritage.
cars  BMW_M  auto_show 
march 2018 by rgl7194
BMW M8 Gran Coupe Concept Revealed | News | Car and Driver
A preview of the 8-series in four-door, full-sport form.
The letter M at BMW used to stand for Motoren—motors, or engines. But now the company has come up with a new explanation: M, we are told, stands for More, according to the press release distributed on the occasion of the debut of the Concept M8 Gran Coupe at the 2018 Geneva auto show. This car, moreover, represents "a new facet of luxury: extremely sporty, extravagant and polarizing," according to chief designer Adrian van Hooydonk.
The concept is a thinly disguised preview of the production M8 Gran Coupe. There's "more" in the model designation: The M8 replaces the M6 and, again based on the 5-series, it remains in essentially the same position in the market.
cars  BMW_M  concept  auto_show 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Monstrous BMW E34 M5 thrashes Bugatti Veyron in a drag race | DriveTribe
There are not many cars I love more than the BMW M5 E34. They just have a simplicity that gives them an understated aggression. The E34 in this clip throws 'understatement' out of the window by being absolutely brutal.
It has a few modifications on a normal M5 which gives it that extra bit of power. Thanks to a rather large turbo stolen from a truck, this M5 rips apart a Bugatti Veyron in a straight drag race.
At 42 seconds into the video you can hear the truck turbo kick into life. Magical stuff.
Watch the full clip here...
cars  BMW_M  turbo  video  drivetribe  bugatti  racing 
february 2018 by rgl7194
Three iconic racecars you can actually buy | DriveTribe
It’s time to sell your worldly possessions and cash in all of your stocks and shares. As all of these iconic racers can now be yours if you have deep enough pockets. These long-retired racecars will go under the hammer at the Amelia Island auction on 9 March 2018.
All of these picks are out and out iconic racers that have not seen competitive track action for some years. But, they are still eligible for use in a wide variety of vintage racing events, tours and rallies assuming your brave enough. Or, if you’re wealthy enough you can park them in your huge living room and enjoy the view (please don’t do this, not now, not ever.)
cars  racing  drivetribe  BMW_M  porsche 
february 2018 by rgl7194
2017 BMW M2 | In-Depth Model Review | Car and Driver
The ultimate driving machine rises again.
BMW—maker of the self-proclaimed ultimate driving machines—returns to its roots with the track-tastic M2. Based on the superb 2-series, this wide-body hot-rod version of the little 2 coupe caters to hard-core enthusiasts who prefer max performance over daily comfort. A 365-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six churns the rear wheels furiously. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard; a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic costs extra. This car’s precise handling and tenacious attitude earned the red-hot M2 (and its milder M240i sibling) our 2017 10Best Cars award. Although BMW has alienated purists in recent years by producing an overload of crossovers and progressively subdued sports sedans, this smallest and purest machine in the company’s souped-up M lineup has resuscitated its reputation.
HIGHS
Clairvoyant chassis, gleefully violent thrust, standard stick-shift transmission.
LOWS
Masochistic ride, sedated interior lacks quality, M240i is cheaper and comfier.
VERDICT
The merciless M2 confirms that BMW can still build an ultimate driving machine.
cars  BMW_M  review 
february 2018 by rgl7194
BMW M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre Is an Ode to Droptop Driving | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
Manufacturers look for any reason to create special-edition vehicles. Birthdays, anniversaries, deaths, records, motorsport achievements, auto shows, anything that gives a dash of legitimacy to throwing some badges and contrast stitching on a vehicle and limiting its release. The “unique” vehicles keep attention on the company, make a few customers feel special and loved, and present opportunities to make some extra cash. The most recent example is the BMW M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre (30 Years), in homage to three decades of open-top M performance driving.
The BMW E30 is widely considered not only one of the best BMWs, but one of the best driver’s cars ever made. Some might not know, however, that it also served as the platform for the first droptop M car, the 1988 M3 convertible. An M3 convertible is no longer part of BMW’s current lineup, though, because the two-door variants of the 3-series adopted the 4-series name during the current, sixth generation. The ethos now lives on in the M4 convertible, which today serves as the platform for a new limited-edition vehicle honoring the ’88 M3 convertible.
cars  BMW_M  review  anniversary  convertible 
february 2018 by rgl7194
2018 BMW M5 Test | Review | Car and Driver
A return to form.
Love affairs don’t always last. After we fell hard for the naturally aspirated V-8– and V-10–powered versions of the BMW M5, a twin-turbo V-8 M5 arrived for 2013 and left us a little cold. Sure, it had 560 horsepower, 502 lb-ft of torque, and a body by Atlas, but something that was core to our long-held attraction was lost. Even an available manual transmission couldn’t bridge the emotional gap. While the car’s performance left us in awe, somehow BMW forgot to make it fun. We’d grown apart.
HIGHS
Astounding acceleration, rediscovered involvement that doesn’t negatively affect refinement and luxury.
LOWS
Stiff ride in Sport mode, fake engine soundtrack remains, the stick shift is dead.
cars  BMW_M  review 
february 2018 by rgl7194
BMW Drifts an M5 for Eight Hours and 232.5 Miles | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
Just because the 2018 BMW M5 comes with standard all-wheel drive doesn’t mean it can’t engage in some tail-out antics. Thanks to its 2WD mode, the latest M5 is capable of channeling its 600-hp twin-turbocharged V-8’s 553 lb-ft of torque solely to the rear wheels.  We presume it was in this mode that BMW driving instructor Johan Schwartz drifted a 2018 M5 around the skidpad at the BMW Performance Center in Greer, South Carolina, for 232.5 miles. The distance earned Schwartz and the new M5 a place in the Guinness World Records for the record of “greatest distance vehicle drift in eight hours.” Schwartz’s drift also bettered a recent record attempt for “longest continuous vehicle drift” set by Jesse Adams of South Africa, who drifted 102.5 miles in a Toyota GT86 last year.
cars  BMW_M  drifting  record  video 
january 2018 by rgl7194
2017 BMW M2 Long-Term Test | Review | Car and Driver
BMW's spunky little coupe dishes out the abuse . . . and takes a little in return.
WHAT WE LIKE: The M2—the beating heart of BMW as a whole and the M division in particular—is a race car in want of a track, perfectly balanced whether the intent of a lap is minimum time or maximum yaw. The engine is powerful, smooth, and sonorous, the transmission snappy and smart. Yeah, we wanted a manual, but the M DCT is one of the better examples of the dual-clutch automatic breed. And with the accelerator floored, simply holding the downshift paddle drops the transmission all the way into the lowest possible gear for quick passing maneuvers.
cars  BMW_M  review 
january 2018 by rgl7194
BMW Introduces M3 and M4 Heat Edition for Japan | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
There might be subzero temperatures here at our headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but in Japan, BMW is turning up the heat. The Bavarians are treating the Japanese to an extra dose of exclusivity with limited runs of specially equipped M3 and M4 Competition models called the Heat Editions.
Following the release of the X5 M and X6 M Black Fire Editions, these latest cars were again created using a bevy of BMW M Performance parts. Each sports carbon-fiber mirror covers, a carbon front splitter on an M Performance fascia, and a carbon-fiber rear diffuser. Inside is an M Performance steering wheel wrapped in microsuede, and carbon fiber is applied to the iDrive knob, the center console, the dashboard, and the steering wheel. Stainless-steel pedals and Heat Edition badging also are fitted. While red might be an appropriate color for something called the Heat Edition, both of the special M3 and M4 cars are draped in Tanzanite Blue Metallic, a BMW Individual paint color that’s contrasted here with black 20-inch forged-aluminum wheels. Only 30 examples—split evenly between M3s and M4s—will be built for Japan, with deliveries slated to start in February.
BMW_M  japan  cars 
december 2017 by rgl7194
2018 BMW M5 First Drive | Review | Car and Driver
The M5 corners again!
It’s tempting to characterize the traditional flagship cars—the large, top-of-the-line sedans such as BMW’s 7-series and Mercedes-Benz’s S-class—as the ultimate embodiment of brand values. But at Bayerische Motoren Werke, that mantle rests on the M5 and the M3. For the better part of 30 years, these sports-sedan prophets have spread the good word through light-footed athleticism, steering feedback, and soulful engines. More recently, though, they have walked away from BMW dogma, the latest versions being more aloof, less feeling speed machines.
HIGHS
M rediscovers handling religion, righteous power.
LOWS
Blasphemous lack of manual transmission, gluttonous size and weight.
The sixth coming of the M5, internally known as F90, is BMW’s latest interpretation of its own holy creed and a reminder that, in this automotive era of rapid evolution, nothing is sacred. This 600-hp sledgehammer is the first M car equipped with all-wheel drive (excepting the X5 M and X6 M SUVs). It’s also the first M5 that will not be offered with a manual transmission.
cars  BMW_M  review 
december 2017 by rgl7194
All-New 2018 BMW M5 Starts at $103,595 | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
The 2018 BMW M5 will undercut the Mercedes-AMG E63 S by $1800 when it goes on sale in the spring. Priced from $103,595, the BMW supersedan comes standard with a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 engine that pushes out 600 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque, figures that put the Bimmer down three horses and 74 lb-ft compared with its Mercedes-badged competitor.
Despite its power disadvantage, BMW claims the new M5 will scoot from zero to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, 0.1 second ahead of the E63 S’s claimed time. Like the Mercedes-AMG, the new M5 relies on an all-wheel-drive system that can disconnect the front driveshaft in order to provide owners with the tail-out antics of a rear-wheel-drive car. An eight-speed automatic transmission serves as the intermediary between the M5’s engine and drive wheels. Meanwhile, an available M Driver’s package raises the top speed of the 600-hp four-door from 155 mph to a hellacious 189 mph—3 mph faster than the E63 S, which is limited to 186 mph.
BMW_M  preview  cars  auto_show 
december 2017 by rgl7194
Hot Wheels Car Culture Cars & Donuts is now out at Wheel Collectors – the Lamley Group
Let’s cut to the chase. Cars & Donuts is loaded. Two new castings – the Subaru WRX and BMW M1 – and it includes two of the most popular new castings of the last year – the FuguZ and Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Oh, and there is a McLaren. And it is now available for purchase at Wheel Collectors, in singles and as a set, at this link:
2017 Hot Wheels Car Culture Cars & Donuts at Wheel Collectors
Grab them now, and I promise you will not be disappointed with what comes. There is so much to like about this set. The Hot Wheels Team went through it with me at the Convention...
Car Culture dominance continues.
cars  hot_wheels  collecting  subaru  BMW_M  alfa  nissan  mclaren 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Lamley Daily (Preview Edition): 2017 Hot Wheels Car Culture Cars & Donuts BMW M1 Procar – the Lamley Group
Model: Hot Wheels BMW M1 Procar
Line: 2017 Car Culture Cars & Donuts
Where to get it: Coming soon
Why it (will be) in the collection: Cars & Donuts is the first Car Culture line to debut two new castings. We have seen a completely new casting released with a newly modified casting before, but this is the first pair.
This BMW M1 joins the Subaru Impreza WRX as the two new models.
Both are most welcome. I am partial to the Subie, but this one also fills a large gap in the Hot Wheels line. The M1 is iconic, and this new Procar joins the previous M1 that Hot Wheels refreshed and reintroduced a few years ago.
BMW_M  cars  hot_wheels 
november 2017 by rgl7194
2018 BMW M3 CS Photos and Info | News | Car and Driver
A lighter and more powerful limited edition.
At BMW, the CS moniker has traditionally been used to designate sporty coupe models, dating back to the 3200CS in 1961. It migrated to the 2000CS and then was used on the first-gen 6-series. The fastest 8-series became the 850CSi, and the most awesome E46 M3 was the CSL. Now BMW is launching the first four-door CS in the form of the limited-edition M3 CS.
As you might expect, the two-letter appellation brings with it some notable performance upgrades. For starters, the S55 inline-six engine is bumped up to 453 horsepower at 6250 rpm, significantly more than the regular M3’s 425 horses and in excess of the 444 ponies available to M3 buyers who spec the $4750 Competition package. Maximum torque increases, too, peaking at 443 lb-ft versus 406 for other M3 models. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is standard and, unfortunately, the only choice for the CS; the six-speed manual available on lesser M3s is not an option.
cars  BMW_M  preview 
november 2017 by rgl7194
We Drive the World's Most Busted-Out BMW M3 | Feature | Car and Driver
An analog test bed that worked deep into the digital age.
Tires have benefited from the digital age as much as Twitter has expanded the social game of POTUS, for better or worse. In the last decade, the spiciest street-legal tires have nearly surpassed the performance of a decade-old racing tire, and computer modeling is a big part of the reason. But as good as computers are at calculations, they can’t replicate human feel—yet. So prototype tires are still fitted to cars and run around tracks and handling roads by human drivers to fine-tune the product for human sensations. Probably much like you, we’d never thought too much about what cars were used as testing mules.
Which brings us to this particular car. During this author’s first trip to Michelin’s Laurens, South Carolina, proving ground nearly 10 years ago, I spotted a personal automotive hero: the 1995 BMW M3 Lightweight. For me, that car was the most special among the exceptional. As an avid car-magazine reader in my youth, the E36-generation M3 occupied a place in my automotive heart from which it would not be displaced. It was the first car I remember driving while thinking, “Ohhhh, this is what Car and Driver is talking about.” The car spoke to me, and the memory of it will always be magic. It was never the fastest thing on the road, and, yes, we got a neutered version in the United States, with a less powerful and technically inferior inline-six—European models got six throttle bodies and variable valve timing—and a slightly softer suspension than was used in Europe.
cars  BMW_M  test 
november 2017 by rgl7194
BMW Unveils Unique M3 Dedicated to America at SEMA | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
BMW is marking three decades of M3 sales in the U.S. with the M3 30 Years American Edition. Designed by BMW’s Designworks team and built by the brand’s Individual service, the 30 Years American Edition was unveiled at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas and will be limited to a single production unit.
Equipped with the M3 Competition Package’s 444-hp twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six, the 30 Years American Edition sports a six-speed manual transmission and features a host of unique touches. Among them are a coat of Frozen Red II metallic paint; split-spoke wheels measuring 19 inches up front and 20 inches in the rear; a massive, carbon-fiber rear wing; a special rear-window graphic; and a carbon-fiber roof that’s been emblazoned with the M division’s red, blue, and purple stripes. A set of adjustable springs lower the car by 0.2 to 0.8 inches. Meanwhile, an M Performance exhaust system gives the 30 Years American Edition a wail as distinct as its looks.
BMW_M  cars  anniversary  auto_show 
october 2017 by rgl7194
BMW M5 Will Serve As MotoGP Safety Car | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
Even motorcycle racers need safety cars, and BMW will send an all-new M5 to serve in that capacity for MotoGP.
Like the production 2018 M5, the M5 MotoGP safety car is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 engine making 600 horsepower and paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. That’s enough oomph to propel the M5 from from zero to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds, according to BMW.
cars  BMW_M  racing  safety 
october 2017 by rgl7194
BMW Celebrates 30 Years of the M3 in America | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
In 1987, Bavaria’s premier automaker brought a high-revving four-cylinder homologation special based on its E30 3-series to the United States. The box-flared and bewinged 1988 BMW M3 stole the hearts of schoolboys across the country and cemented the M brand in the minds of budding enthusiasts in a way that the M1 and M5 hadn’t.
The former was a ’70s oddball supercar, a cool thing that hadn’t quite become the fetishized object it is today, while the M5 arrived as a rad sedan during a time in America when a car still required two doors to be considered truly sporty. So at this year’s SEMA show, a celebration of everything American—for better and for worse—about the automobile, BMW is trotting out a special-edition M3 to celebrate the past three decades.
cars  BMW_M  auto_show 
october 2017 by rgl7194
2018 BMW M3 CS Spy Photos | News | Car and Driver
As goes the M4, so goes the M3.
What It Is: The four-door BMW M3 given the same treatment as the limited-production M4 CS coupe, caught testing on Germany’s Nürburgring circuit. In the M4 lineup, the CS shoots for the narrow gap between the regular M4 equipped with the Competition package and the hard-core, track-focused M4 GTS. There is no GTS in the M3 family, but the Competition package is available; this new CS will slot above M3s so equipped and bring a little extra power, handling capability, and exclusivity.
Why It Matters: Just as with the M4 CS, the M3 CS aims to give buyers eager for more M-ness something to chew on. Since there is no M3 GTS variant on offer, the CS would define the upper boundary of factory M3 performance.
cars  BMW_M  preview  nurburgring 
october 2017 by rgl7194
2018 BMW M550i xDrive Test | Review | Car and Driver
M-like performance, but not M-like involvement.
Seeing an M badge on the rump of a BMW used to be unambiguous proof that you were looking at a pinnacle car, one of those lucky products to have been given the comprehensive reworking by the company’s motorsport division.
HIGHS
Performance, refinement, equipment.
LOWS
Inert driving experience, unresolved ride, no steering feel.
cars  BMW_M  review 
october 2017 by rgl7194
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: 1992 BMW M3 (2017 Car Culture - Modern Classics)
Check out this awesome metal/metal casting with Real Riders from the latest Hot Wheels Car Culture set!
cars  BMW_M  hot_wheels 
september 2017 by rgl7194
BMW Debuts Le Mans-Bound M8 GTE| News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
BMW is trying hard to keep the attention of car enthusiasts, even as it peddles ever plusher luxury sedans and tools up an expanded fleet of electrics. The all-new 8-series and the upcoming Z4 roadster show BMW exploring fresh styling directions while the driving character of the 2017 10Best Cars–winning M2/M240i reassures us that we’re not entirely forgotten amid all the chatter about autonomous vehicles. BMW continued its momentum by announcing this M8 GTE race car at the Frankfurt auto show, and it’s a beauty, complete with checkered-flag-pattern carbon fiber.
cars  BMW_M  racing  auto_show 
september 2017 by rgl7194
All NEW BMW M9 SUPER CAR | DRIVETRIBE
Yep you've read it right, The Popular German auto motive maker are thinking about bring to life a new super car. The M9!
BMW curretly only have one super car on the market at the monment. Which is the i8, However BMW did have the M1 but it was short lived (1978 to 1981).
The new BMW M9 interior is a class apart from its predecessors. It’s a sports car with two seats, has an updated deck with battery chargers and music system, also, there are more features that were introduced in this model and hopefully.
BMW_M  concept  cars  drivetribe 
september 2017 by rgl7194
2018 BMW M5 Photos and Information | News | Car and Driver
Bavaria's supersedan is on track.
In 1979, Americans watched a total solar eclipse pass over the continental United States. Eight years later, another phenomenon crossed our paths: the first BMW M5. It was rare, it was heroic, and most of all, it was a four-door sedan that, at the height of the horsepower-robbing 1980s, could outgun Corvettes and Ferraris. For 2018, the G30-based M5 is once again a rolling NASA space station of computers and sensors propelled by a force-fed V-8. That should sound impressive, except that two-ton luxury sedans that accelerate to 60 mph as hard as a McLaren F1 are now normal, everyday occurrences. If it seems as if the latest M5 won’t warp space-time anymore, well, blame the Dodge Charger Hellcat and the Porsche Panamera Turbo.
cars  BMW_M  preview 
august 2017 by rgl7194
454-HP BMW M3 CS Is Coming in 2018, Report Says - The Drive
It's poised to be the most powerful M3 ever made.
You might not realize it based on all the hubbub surrounding the BMW M2 these days, but the German automaker has not forgotten about the bigger M3 and M4. According to a report from Bimmer Today, BMW is preparing to launch a 454-horsepower M3 CS. That figure would make it the most powerful series production M3 ever made. (Yes, the M4 GTS makes almost 500 with its fancy water injection system, but that's not billed as an M3 anymore, now is it?)
cars  BMW_M  preview  the_drive 
july 2017 by rgl7194
Watch a 562-HP AC Schnitzer BMW M235i Set a Nurburgring Record, Kill a Bird in the Process - The Drive
Obstructed visibility: Less of a problem than you'd think, apparently. 
German tuning house AC Schnitzer has developed quite the reputation over the years for its impressive work modifying BMWs. The company's latest project, however, has earned the tuner something extra: a new record for the fastest lap of the Nurburgring Nordschleife in a street-legal BMW. In the hands of Touring Car racing driver Markus Oestreich, AC Schnitzer's ACL2—a BMW M235i running a modified M4 engine packing 562 horsepower, and equipped with a big ol' spoiler and a widebody kit, among other mods—cracked off a 7:25.8 lap of the 'Ring.
cars  record  BMW_M  tuner  nurburgring  the_drive 
july 2017 by rgl7194
2019 BMW 3-series Spy Photos | News | Car and Driver
The rule of three.
What It Is: The BMW 3-series gets completely redesigned for the 2019 model year, and these images are our clearest look yet at what we can expect from the all-new compact luxury sedan.
Like its bigger 5- and 7-series stablemates, the new 3-series features large headlights that appear to merge into the brand’s classic kidney grille design. That grille will employ shutters that open and close at higher speeds in order to improve aerodynamics and fuel economy. Meanwhile, the 3’s body sides will include a handful of character lines that sweep across the car’s four doors. Expect the front fenders to house a pair of functional vents that mimic those on other BMW models.
cars  BMW_M  preview 
july 2017 by rgl7194
The AC Schnitzer ACL2 is now the fastest BMW ever around the Nürburgring | DRIVETRIBE
BMW has had its M Performance department to rely on since 1972, taking its road cars and molding them into track stars to take on the biggest and best in GT and touring car racing. The performance pedigree of M cars soon began to attract modifiers and it wasn't long before AC Schnitzer (now an icon of BMW modification) came along and started turning BMW's cherries up a few notches.
Its latest creation seen here is the ACL2. And doesn't it look the part.
Using the tight package of the M235i as a base, AC Schnitzer has stuffed an M4 powertrain between the two front wheels to make for a genuine Munich hotrod. 562bhp from the twin-turbocharged straight-six is quite a scary prospect in something as small as this, with Schnitzer employing the old mantra of 'less is more'.
cars  BMW_M  tuner  nurburgring  drivetribe 
july 2017 by rgl7194
2018 BMW M4 First Drive | Review | Car and Driver
It's an M, only a little more so.
The BMW M4 seems destined to forever be the second-most-exciting model in the 4-series clan, having previously played second fiddle to the water-injected M4 GTS and now finding its position at the top of the range usurped by the fractionally faster, fractionally firmer M4 CS. While the regular M4 remains a hugely desirable performance car, its suitors will be forever gazing over its shoulder and trying to flirt with its sexier sister.
cars  BMW_M  review 
june 2017 by rgl7194
BMW M6 GT3 Art Car Exists in a Digital Alternate Reality | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
At 39, Cao Fei is the youngest artist ever to create a BMW Art Car, so it stands to reason that her Art Car #18 would blend multiple forms of media. Known also for questioning the lines separating mental, physical, and digital existence, Fei used a BMW M6 GT3 race car as an element in a virtual artistic experience. Based in Beijing and born in Guangzhou, Fei is the first Chinese artist to work on a BMW Art Car. Educated at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Fei has had works in the MoMA PS1 and Guggenheim museums in New York City, the Tate Modern in London, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. During the three years it took to create her work, Fei went to a racing event in Switzerland and interacted with driver Cyndie Allemann, took a tour of the BMW plant in Tiexi, China, visited BMW headquarters, and worked with BMW engineers and designers for educational and inspirational purposes.
cars  BMW_M  art 
june 2017 by rgl7194
BMW M8 Prototype Revealed at the Nürburgring 24 Hour Race | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
Two days after BMW unveiled the Concept 8-series at the famous Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on Italy’s Lake Como, it’s using the 24-hour sports-car race at the Nürburgring to preview the hottest new 8-series coupe: the M8.
Unlike the Como concept, this prototype was entirely covered with camouflage wrap, so the presentation was more of an aural than a visual treat. What we could see were fat tires, large aerodynamic addenda, four round exhaust tips, typical M-spec mirrors, and huge air intakes. Behind the intakes is a powerplant that is hungry for air, both to ingest and for cooling: the next-gen twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 that probably will make something north of 600 horsepower. This is the same engine that powers the next M5, and it will be mated solely to an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive will be standard, although drivers will be able to select a rear-wheel-drive mode to induce powerslides or to drift at will.
BMW_M  cars  nurburgring 
may 2017 by rgl7194
BMW M4 GT4 Race Car Available for Order | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
For $67,195 BMW will sell you an M4, a proverbial race car for the street; however, for just a smidge less than $190,000, the German company will sell you a literal race car. The BMW M4 GT4 is now available for order, and unsurprisingly the twin-turbocharged coupe means serious business.The 187-inch long race car wears a carbon-fiber hood from the water-injected M4 GTS, a pair of carbon-fiber doors, and a host of aerodynamic add-ons, including front splitters and a massive rear wing. BMW also equips the stripped-out M4 GT4 with the seat, brakes, and pedal box from the bigger BMW M6 GT3 race car. Those brakes comprise of chunky 15.4-inch front and 14-inch rear rotors, with calipers using six pistons in front and four piston at the rear.
cars  racing  BMW_M 
may 2017 by rgl7194
Money GmbH: 2018 BMW M240i M Performance Edition | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
BMW’s M division may build the best freude am fahren you can buy, but the motorsport badge appears to be more profitable when stitched on a floor mat than etched on a steering knuckle.
That impression, years after Munich started associating M’s all-out, purpose-built sports cars with M Sport appearance packages and mildly-tuned M Performance models, is furthered here with the 2018 M240i M Performance Edition. A collection of cosmetic accessories for the 2-series coupe, the M Performance Edition may claim a smidgen of extra performance from the 19-inch two-tone wheels on run-flat Pirelli P Zeros, plus minor aero revisions to the front splitter and rear valance. Otherwise, it’s the excellent 10Best-winning M240i with more M markings than an actual M2. Don’t confuse it with the M2 M Performance Edition, which comes with more serious hardware upgrades.
cars  BMW_M  preview 
may 2017 by rgl7194
2018 BMW M5 Prototype Drive | Review | Car and Driver
New direction for M: all-wheel drive and no stick shift.
It’s a week after the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon debuted, and it is still blowing up the internet. Its specs have already been tattooed on the faces of more than a few of Mopar’s faithful. But Dirk Hacker, vice president of engineering at BMW’s M division, hasn’t heard word one about America’s newest and most powerful muscle car.
“How much power?” he asks.
cars  preview  BMW_M 
may 2017 by rgl7194
BMW Refreshes M2 Sports Coupe for 2018 | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
BMW is injecting some small updates into its M2 performance coupe for the 2018 model year. While the most powerful 2-series model continues to be powered by a 365-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six connected to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, those seated behind the wheel of the refreshed car are treated to updated styling and revised infotainment technology.
Exterior changes to the amazingly rewarding—and 10Best Cars–winning—M2 are modest, so modest in fact that you may not even notice the car’s updated LED head- and taillight designs. Equally subtle are the car’s interior changes, which include a reworked dashboard design with redesigned HVAC vents, as well as minor updates to the gauge cluster.
cars  BMW_M  review 
may 2017 by rgl7194
2017 BMW M760i xDrive Tested | Review | Car and Driver
Making its case as the ultimate 7-series.
There has been a change of heart in Bavaria. After decades of keeping its 7-series full-size sedan far away from the M division (except for mostly visual M Sport packages), BMW finally has affixed an M badge to its largest sedan. Several M badges, actually—we counted 12 but may have missed a few.
Even festooned with badges, the M760i is not a full M creation along the lines of the M3 or the M5. Instead, it slots into the same M-adjacent lineup (BMW calls it M Performance) populated by the M240i, the X4 M40i, and the M550i. Even so, it sits atop the 7-series price ladder and is powered by a V-12. But this is a significant departure from the previous V-12–powered 760i, a stretched, hedonistic sedan with little interest in sporting delights.
cars  BMW_M  review 
may 2017 by rgl7194
2018 BMW M550i xDrive First Drive | Review | Car and Driver
The quickest 5-series of all time. For now.
The speed limit just clicked from 120 km/h to unlimited, but the guy in the 10-year-old black Mercedes-Benz C-class diesel won’t get the hell out of my way. We’re heading westbound on the A8 autobahn, about 50 miles southeast of Munich. Spring is late, and the freezing rain hasn’t let up for days.
I’m driving a 2018 BMW M550i xDrive, and it wants to eat. BMW says it’s the quickest 5-series sedan of all time, even outaccelerating the F10-generation M5, which just ceased production.
cars  BMW_M  review 
may 2017 by rgl7194
The BMW M550d Is a Quad-Turbo Diesel Wagon | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
BMW has concocted a recipe that will have many car enthusiasts salivating: a diesel-powered, nearly 400-hp, all-wheel-drive, quad-turbocharged 5-series that is available as a wagon. It’s called the M550d xDrive, and it joins the V-8–powered M550i as the second M Performance model in the new seventh-generation 5-series lineup. At least it does in Europe, where it’ll go on sale later this year. As is often the refrain with European diesels and wagons, don’t count on it coming to the U.S. anytime soon.
cars  BMW_M  europe  preview 
april 2017 by rgl7194
BMW Announces 2018 M4 CS, a Sort Of GTS Lite | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
BMW is taking the granular infill of its model lineup very, very seriously. If the M4 with the Competition package isn’t enough for you, but you found the hard-core GTS a touch too much, the M division’s offering the new M4 CS, introduced at the Shanghai auto show. What’s more, the new CS signals a distinct pyramid for the M cars. This isn’t going to be the last CS we see. You’ll have your standard models, your Competition package cars, the special-edition CS machines, and finally, the GTS or equivalent track-oriented automobiles.
cars  BMW_M  preview 
april 2017 by rgl7194
Two Lane Desktop: Majorette BMW Z3 M Coupe and Matchbox Datsun 260Z 2+2
Here's a look at two cars that tried their best to make sporty coupes practical, yet the idea quickly fizzled down to low sales and short lives. For BMW it was a may to make the sporty Z3 roadster a coupe and not any coupe a more practical one to boot, while at Datsun it was time to make the Fairlady Z car more family friendly.
cars  diecast  BMW_M  nissan 
april 2017 by rgl7194
Two Lane Desktop: Majorette BMW Z3 M Coupe and Matchbox Datsun 260Z 2+2
Here's a look at two cars that tried their best to make sporty coupes practical, yet the idea quickly fizzled down to low sales and short lives. For BMW it was a may to make the sporty Z3 roadster a coupe and not any coupe a more practical one to boot, while at Datsun it was time to make the Fairlady Z car more family friendly.
cars  diecast  BMW_M  nissan 
april 2017 by rgl7194
The 2017 BMW M760i is a hell of a car, but is it an M? | Ars Technica
We try out BMW’s new flagship V12 sedan.
As any fan of LJK Setright will no doubt remind you, the V12 is the king of engines, perfectly balanced no matter the V-angle. The LJK is also something of a dying breed; smaller-capacity turbocharged V8s are more than capable of giving top-of-the-line models sufficient power without the complexity, cost, and and weight of 12 cylinders. But dying isn't the same as being extinct, and BMW has decided to buck the trend with its new flagship, the $153,800 M760i.
We first saw the big BMW at last year's New York International Auto Show. But it wasn't until late last month that the automaker finally allowed the media—Ars included—behind the wheel.
cars  BMW_M 
march 2017 by rgl7194
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio vs. BMW M3, Cadillac ATS-V, Mercedes-AMG C63 S – Comparison Test – Car and Driver
The winners lose and the losers win in this latest test of amped-up four-doors.
From the March 2017 issue
A brand that once ruled racing, gave a young Enzo Ferrari his start, and produced bubbly little macchine throughout the 1950s and ’60s is also a company whose cars earned a reputation for electrical malignancies and for dissolving with the speed of an Alka-Seltzer tablet. Plop, plop, fizz, fizz.
Those ghosts define Alfa Romeo, simultaneously elevating and haunting the brand as it tries to launch its American comeback tour, attracting and repelling us in equal measure. We will not forget that, in the late ’80s, we had two very charming Milanos fail to complete long-term tests. Two.
cars  comparo  alfa  BMW_M  mercedes 
february 2017 by rgl7194
2017 Hot Wheels G Case #154 BMW M4 - Hall's Guide for Hot Wheels Collectors
Episode 178 – The BMW M4 makes it’s second appearance of the year in the 2017 Hot Wheels G Case. First it was in dark blue, now it appears in the Factory Fresh series again in light blue.
cars  hot_wheels  BMW_M  video 
february 2017 by rgl7194
the Lamley Group: Why you should always look at the Hot Wheels 9-packs...
Hunting is part of why we collect, right?
Sure, a few of you will say it isn't, and I believe you, but if you are a Hot Wheels collector, there is a good chance that getting out and hunting is something you enjoy.
Now when I start a feature with that statement, you might assume I am jumping into a Super TH post, describing a Super find of whatever.  But while I will never argue the joy of finding a Super, it is those hidden gems that can even more fun.
That is doing a deep dive into the 9-packs can be a treat.  
It is always interesting to see what Hot Wheels will throw into a 9-pack.  There are obviously some exclusives, some totally worth getting, mixed in with mainline releases.  Beyond that sometimes Hot Wheels throws in some wheel variations, whether they are aware or not.  For example, right now you can find the 2017 releases of the Lamborghini Huracan and Lincoln Continental with different wheels than what you will find on the card...
cars  hot_wheels  collecting  lamborghini  porsche  BMW_M 
february 2017 by rgl7194
Watch a 530-HP BMW M2 Rocket up the Gurnigel Hill Climb in Switzerland - The Drive
Checking out a stock BMW M2 gets us excited...but a 530-horsepower M2 gets us ecstatic. Rather than sticking with the good ol' stock engine for its build, Swiss tuning house Dahler swapped it out for an S55 straight-six from a BMW M4. 
No matter which engine you prefer in this ride, it's hard to deny that this modified M2 is perfect for shredding the mountain roads of Switzerland's Gurnigel Hillclimb. Blasting through corners and up ascents, the M2’s exhaust note echoes through the countryside and brings a stupid grin to the face of anyone watching. Unfortunately, the in-car audio is running too hot to pick up the sound without distortion...but the outside video does just fine.
cars  BMW_M  video  the_drive 
february 2017 by rgl7194
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: BMW M4 (2017 Factory Fresh)
Factory fresh, it sure is! No tampos covering this beauty up except for some excellent details!
cars  hot_wheels  BMW_M 
january 2017 by rgl7194
the Lamley Group: Variation Alert: 2017 Hot Wheels BMW M4 with lace wheels being found at Target...
Lamley Reader Andrew Hoffsommer came emailed me to report this fantastic find...
On the bottom is the standard release of the 2017 Hot Wheels BMW M4 in blue, with J5 wheels. On top of that however, is the gem. The same M4, only with lace wheels.
While my pursuit for wheel variations has tailed off a bit, they always pique my interest. Especially wheel variations like this one - on a model I really like, with wheels that REALLY look good. This is definitely on the want list now, especially as someone who really loves this casting.
cars  hot_wheels  BMW_M 
december 2016 by rgl7194
John Baldessari–Painted BMW M6 GTLM Debuts – News – Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
In the annals of artifice-laden BMW race cars, the Homer E30 may stand alone, but the Bavarian concern itself holds a tradition of commissioning famed artists to gussy up its machines that dates back 41 years, to the mid-1970s, when first Alexander Calder and then Frank Stella painted 3.0 CSL cars for Hervé Poulain. Since then, art-world luminaries such as Jeff Koons, Jenny Holzer, and Andy Warhol—who regrettably didn’t live to silkscreen a banana onto Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes—have plied their trade on automobiles from Munich. Now it’s John Baldessari’s turn.
cars  BMW_M  art 
december 2016 by rgl7194
the Lamley Group: Is the BMW M4 today's most underrated Hot Wheels model?
There has to be a spectrum right?
With the Lamley Awards we try and define that spectrum a bit, with Best New Model to Most Disappointing, or Best to World Super.
But what about overrated to underrated? That is probably a bit subjective as well. Overrated? I am not going to go there. I could say the Beatles Sub for example, but while the hype probably got a bit out of control, the fact is it a pretty unique model, and an interesting Hot Wheels release.
cars  hot_wheels  BMW_M 
november 2016 by rgl7194
2016 BMW M3 Sedan DCT Competition Package Tested
German chocolate cake.
BMW baked this automotive version of a German chocolate cake to celebrate the M3’s 30th birthday: an M Competition package containing a 444-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six (a 19-hp upgrade over the standard M3), 20-inch wheels and tires, a retuned Adaptive M suspension, revised exhaust plumbing, and a few distinctive exterior-design touches. This $5500 delicacy is available on both the M3 and its coupe kin, the M4, but not the M4 convertible.
cars  BMW_M  racing  review 
october 2016 by rgl7194
2016 BMW M4 Coupe DCT Competition Package – Review – Car and Driver
A firm step toward a more tactile M4.
By now BMW’s F30 M4 is a known quantity, being an über-quick German sports coupe revered for its performance and chastised for not being as tactile as its much-loved predecessor, the E92 M3 coupe. The M4 gets dinged for its twin-turbocharged inline-six that can’t match the sheer screaming joy of winding out the old M3’s naturally aspirated V-8 to its 8300-rpm limit, for its numb steering, and for its generally overdigitized nature. None of these transgressions keep the M4 from posting incredible performance numbers, but they do sap some of the fun from the process of extracting them.
cars  BMW_M  review 
october 2016 by rgl7194
BMW Offers 200 BMW M4 DTM Champion Editions – News – Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
Twenty-six-year-old Marco Wittmann is pretty good at piloting a race car. He’s proven it by winning the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) driver’s title twice in the four years he’s been in the series, first in 2014 and again this year in even more convincing fashion. His weapon of choice has been the BMW M4 DTM, and now, its maker would like to celebrate his winning record the best way it knows how: with a limited-run BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition.
cars  BMW_M  racing 
october 2016 by rgl7194
2017 BMW M240i Coupe Automatic Tested – Review – Car and Driver
Sibling rivalry in the M camp.
Large automakers have become adept at creating new micro segments, but BMW has managed an uncommon twist: Its M240i is one of the rare cars that competes more closely with its own sibling—the BMW M2—than it does with any external foe. This is fraternal rivalry as practiced in a piranha tank.
cars  BMW_M  review 
october 2016 by rgl7194
Watch a BMW Factory Race Driver Hammer the M4 GTS at VIR – News – Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
There are always a few surprises at our annual Lightning Lap track shindig at Virginia International Raceway. BMW provided one of this year’s when, in addition to sending a M2 and a M4 GTS for us to wail on, it brought along one of its race drivers, Bill Auberlen. What do you do when a professional wheelman who’s been racing for BMW for 20 years and has thousands of laps at VIR is wandering the paddock? Slap a couple cameras on the M4 GTS and ask for a ride, of course.
cars  BMW_M  racing  video 
september 2016 by rgl7194
BMW M3 30th Anniversary: A Look Back at the Ultimate Ultimate Driving Machine – Feature – Car and Driver
The year 2016 marks two important milestones for BMW: the 100th anniversary of the brand and the 30th anniversary of the iconic M3. The M3 was introduced in 1986 as a mildly domesticated racing car for the street, and it quickly established itself as the beating heart of the brand. As highly regarded as the M3 is now, however, it’s somewhat ironic that BMW had to be convinced to send M cars to the United States. The M3 was available in Europe for two full years before turning a wheel in the United States.
cars  BMW_M  anniversary 
september 2016 by rgl7194
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