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There's More to BMW's New Kidney Grille Than Meets the Eye

There’s More to BMW’s New Kidney Grille Than Meets the Eye

BMW explains that perception isn’t always reality

By now, a lot of you have your opinions of BMW’s new — and very controversial — kidney grille. Seen in models like the M3 and M4, the front kidney grille is, for better or worse, a visual conversation starter. But as much as it captures our attention, very little has been said about the functions of the kidney grille and, more importantly, what you can find behind the new nose.

See, there’s more to the kidney grille than meets the eyes, and thanks to Bimmer’s new “M3 and M4 - Explained” web series, we get a peek behind the curtain, or, in this case, a peek behind the two kidney grilles.

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The BMW X2 Is Getting Bigger, Will Share DNA With the iX2 EV

The BMW X2 Is Getting Bigger, Will Share DNA With the iX2 EV

It will feature fresh design cues, whereas the iX2 could be the rival that Tesla Model Y needs

The X2 was introduced in 2018 and is the youngest of the German SUV lot. It was introduced to fill the vacuum between the X1 and the X3. Given how the market is shrinking and automakers are trying to capitalize on every possible opportunity, the X2 made sense. In its essence, it came in a package slightly smaller than the X3 but with more features and better specs than the X1. However, according to Autobild.de, BMW is giving the X2 bigger dimensions for the 2023 model. Do we really need it?

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Classic Car For Sale: 1973 BMW 3.0 CS

Classic Car For Sale: 1973 BMW 3.0 CS

This fantastic BMW E9 is going for under $50,000, and it could be yours if you act fast

The old Bimmers have a charm that the new ones just cannot match. An E9 from the 70s has arrived at Bring-a-Trailer and it certainly looks like one to collect. The German automaker built the E9 from 1968 to 1975. Apart from its classic, stellar looks, the car was also a performance beast back in those days. BMW even built a homologation of this series in the form of the 3.0 CSL model, which was quite successful as a racing car, especially in the European Touring Car Championship and the Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft.

The car that the auction site has here is a 3.0 CS, which is the tamed version of the 3.0 CSL, but comes with equipment from the latter. Although it spent most of its years in the U.S., it is now up for sale in Canada. Interested?

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2022 BMW iX1

2022 BMW iX1

The BMW iX1 will join the iX3 in the company’s all-electric SUV stable in late 2021

The 2022 BMW iX1 is an upcoming all-electric crossover that’s scheduled to debut sometime in the second half of 2021. As the name suggests, the 2022 iX1 will be based on the X1 subcompact SUV and will feature an all-electric drivetrain. The 2022 iX1 will be BMW’s second electric crossover after the iX3, introduced in 2020.

The 2022 BMW iX1 will be offered with at least two powertrain options, including an entry-level FWD variant and a more powerful AWD versions. Let’s find out more about it in the speculative review below.

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2021 BMW M3 Touring

2021 BMW M3 Touring

BMW has finally taken the plunge to come up with a performance-oriented wagon

Although wagons aren’t selling well in the States, the same can’t be said for the European markets. Jaguar made a bold move and introduced the XF Sportbrake Stateside in 2017, but took it off the market recently due to poor sales. However, the European markets are gearing up for an exciting offering from the only German automaker who didn’t have a performance wagon in its lineup until now.

We’re talking about BMW and the upcoming M3 Touring. The company confirmed that the wagon will arrive by 2022. It was also recently spotted testing near Nurburgring. Do Audi and Mercedes have anything to worry about?

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2021 BMW M2 CS Racing

2021 BMW M2 CS Racing

The BMW M2 CS Racing is an affordable, race-ready M2 CS

The 2021 BMW M2 CS Racing is a motorsport version of the company’s M2 CS road-going coupe. A replacement for the BMW M240i Racing, the 2021 M2 CS Racing, comes with significant upgrades for track use and slots under the BMW M4 GT4 as the firm’s entry-level race car. What makes the 2021 M2 CS Racing an authentic race car? Where can you race this vehicle? Find out in the review below.

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Sing Praise to Prior Design As They Fix the BMW M4's Grille

Sing Praise to Prior Design As They Fix the BMW M4’s Grille

BMW’s bucktooth grille design leaves a lot of room for tuners to fill in

It’s safe to say that BMW’s new take on the front grille for the 4 Series, M3, and M4 has rapidly split its fan base in two camps. Even we raised a lot of eyebrows while looking at the press photos but a recent first contact review with the 4 Series taught us that the loathed grille looks a lot better in the metal.

Still, this aspect hasn’t stopped Prior Design from developing a fix for those wanting a more traditional grille approach on their M4.

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2021 BMW 4 Series Track Review: Sharper Than Ever

2021 BMW 4 Series Track Review: Sharper Than Ever

Say what you will about the bucktooth grille; the new BMW 4 Series remains a class act of dynamic balance

The first-generation 4 Series still looks good to this day. It’s even better to drive, thanks in particular to the 50:50 weight distribution between the two axles and BMW’s affinity for a driver-centric experience - and by that, I don’t mean just the fact that the cockpit points every button, knob, or screen at whoever is sitting behind the wheel.

That genuine appetite for spirited driving is still present in the new 2021 BMW 4 Series, albeit wrapped up in a polarizing package. What I’m really trying to say is that this book should under no circumstances be judged by its cover. That would be a mistake.

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2021 BMW X2 Mesh Edition

2021 BMW X2 Mesh Edition

BMW’s new cosmetic package for the X2 is a welcome sight for the crossover

This is the BMW X2 M Mesh Edition, a package-laden special edition model that adds more visual character to a crossover that, quite frankly, needs all the help it can get. A mesh kidney grille — not BMW’s new and controversial grille — stands out as the package’s most prominent addition. Exclusive color options, decals, and a new set of wheels are also included in the X2 M’s dress-up. The Edition M Mesh package for the X2 M is priced at $3,550.

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2021 BMW 128ti

2021 BMW 128ti

The BMW 128ti slots below the M135i and takes on the VW Golf GTI

The 2021 BMW 128ti is a performance-oriented version of the third-generation (F40) 1 Series. The 2021 128ti slots between the 120i and the M135i xDrive models in terms of equipment and performance. It borrows some styling features from the range-topping M135i xDrive, but its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is detuned from 302 to 261 horsepower. It’s also a rear-wheel-drive model with no option for an AWD system.

More importantly, the 128ti revives the iconic "ti" badge that BMW first introduced in the 1960s and used most recently in 2004. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.

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Three-Way BMW M Race Will Leave you Longing for the Past

Three-Way BMW M Race Will Leave you Longing for the Past

The BMW M3 E46 and the BMW M3 E36 take on the new BMW M2 Competition

The BMW M3 E46 is considered one of the greatest driving machines of all time, and its predecessor, the BMW M3 E36, wasn’t that far behind. The two M3s from yesteryear are largely responsible for turning BMW’s M division into a household name. That legacy lives to this day now that the all-new M3 G80 has arrived.

But this isn’t about the M3 G80 or its roots to both the E36 and E46. This is about the two M3 legends taking on a different M car: the equally all-new BMW M2 Competition.

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The 2021 BMW 128ti Is a Detuned M135i Aimed at the VW Golf GTI

The 2021 BMW 128ti Is a Detuned M135i Aimed at the VW Golf GTI

BMW revives the "ti" badge after 16 years on VW Golf GTI competitor

BMW just unveiled a new version of the third-generation 1 Series. It’s called the 128ti and it’s pretty much a detuned M135i without an xDrive system. Powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 261 horsepower, the 128ti slots between the 120i and M135i and it’s a new competitor for the popular Volkswagen Golf GTI.

The 128ti also revives the "ti" badge, which BMW previously used from 2001 to 2004 on the 3 Series Compact, a hatchback version of the 3 Series sedan. The "ti" badge actually goes back to the 1960s, when BMW used it on the 1800 TI, a version of the New Class sedan, a predecessor to the 5 Series. BMW also produced 02 Series (3 Series predecessor) model with this badge, including the 1600 TI and 2002 tii in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Video of the Day: BMW M2 vs. Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

Video of the Day: BMW M2 vs. Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

If you were to run a BMW M2 against a Shelby GT350, which do you think would win? Well, throttle house decided to do just that and put them through the paces on the track and in a drag race to see which one was actually better. In one corner, the BMW M2 is capable of putting out 365 horsepower and a sprint to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, thanks to a 3.0-liter inline-six. In the other corner, we have the Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 that pumps out 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque from a 5.2-liter V-8. On paper, the Mustang should kill the M2 all day long running a cylinder down. But, it’s not always so cut and dry as you’ll see in the video below. Go ahead and click play, then sit back and enjoy the action!

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$42,000 Could Get You A VERY UNIQUE 1986 BMW E30 3 Series

$42,000 Could Get You A VERY UNIQUE 1986 BMW E30 3 Series

This model features a lot of changes inside out, including a new heart from Chevy

Although the new BMW design philosophy has garnered heavily polarized opinions from the enthusiasts all around the globe, the yesteryear Bimmers were generally liked by all. Not only were they beautiful in terms of aesthetics, but they also checked the box when it came to features and creature comforts, and of course, the performance.

However, that doesn’t mean the models were not customized and modified by the owners. Here’s one such example – a 1986 E30 325Es – that has received cosmetic surgeries and a heart transplant, and it can be yours for $42,000. Tempting?

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2021 BMW M3

2021 BMW M3

The 2021 BMW M3 comes with extra power, AWD, and more Bimmerness than ever before

The 2021 BMW M3 (G80) is the sixth-generation of the company’s high-performance compact sedan. Based on the seventh-generation 3 Series (G20), it debuts many firsts for the nameplate. Design-wise, 2021 M3 stands out thanks to its massive kidney grille, a feature it shares only with the M4 as of 2020. It’s also the first M3 model available in two versions: there’s a base M3 with 473 horsepower and a beefed-up M3 Competition model with 503 horsepower. The two-model lineup is an answer to the Mercedes-AMG C 63, available in standard and S guises. The 2021 M3 is also the first of its kind to feature an all-wheel-drive system. It’s available as an option for the M3 Competition trim. Unlike its competitors, the 2021 M3 retains a manual transmission, offered as standard on the base model. Let’s find out more about all of the above in the review below.

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New Spy Shots Hint That BMW Is Still Trying to Fine-Tune the 2021 M3

New Spy Shots Hint That BMW Is Still Trying to Fine-Tune the 2021 M3

We spotted a couple of brand-new BMW M3s on the go

BMW just unveiled the M3 and M4 performance compacts, and we already know everything about them. We’ve seen the updated exterior design with the massive kidney grille and how much power comes from the revised inline-six engine. So why should we care that an M3 was spotted testing on public roads with no camo on the body? Well, these are the first shots of the performance sedan in real life: no studio shots, no editing, no digital glitz or glamour. Until the M3 rolls off the assembly line and hits public roads, this is our best look at the four-door sedan in the wild.

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M Performance Parts for the BMW M3 and BMW M4 Take Extreme Even Further

M Performance Parts for the BMW M3 and BMW M4 Take Extreme Even Further

If stock isn’t your thing and you don’t trust tuners, M Performance could be the best compromise

The M3 and M4 cats are out of the bag. Both of them get a twin-turbo inline-six first introduced by the X3 and X4 M crossovers and both can deliver up to 503 horsepower in Competition trim. Standard stuff aside, BMW is letting customers spice up its polarizing coupe and sedan with a long list of M Performance bits and bobs.

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2021 BMW M4 Competition

2021 BMW M4 Competition

The 2021 BMW M4 Competition hits the ground with 503 horsepower and optional AWD

The 2021 BMW M4 Competition is a higher-performance version of the second-generation M4. A successor to the old M4 Competition, this nameplate is no longer a limited-edition model, but it has been included in the lineup alongside the regular M4. BMW is pretty adopting the same strategy as Mercedes-Benz, which offers two power versions of the C 63 S Coupe. An evolutionary design of the previous model on the outside, the 2021 M4 Competition introduces a new, massive front kidney grille and a twin-turbo inline-six engine rated at an impressive 503 horsepower. Not just the most powerful M4 ever built, surpassing the old M4 GTS, the 2021 M4 Competition is also the first M4 model to feature an all-wheel-drive system.

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2021 BMW M3 Competition

2021 BMW M3 Competition

The 2021 BMW M3 Competition is the most powerful M3 ever built!

The 2021 BMW M3 Competition is a higher-performance version of the sixth-generation M3. Essentially a more powerful M3 with extra features inside and out, the 2021 M3 Competition is the range-topping model of the G80-generation sedan. An evolutionary design of the previous model, the 2021 M3 Competition stands out through a bigger-than-ever kidney grille and a twin-turbo inline-six engine rated at 503 horsepower. This rating makes the 2021 M3 Competition the most powerful M3 ever built.

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