The Arctic Trucks BMW X7 Isn’t Real but We Want One
Arctic Trucks is a world-renowned off-road specialist based out of Reykjavik, Iceland whose trucks are specially designed to cross vast frozen wastelands. Their creations have a unique look, with bulging fender flares and big, oversized tires, but that look doesn’t only work on pickup trucks from Toyota, Isuzu or Nissan - it works on any high-riding vehicle, so why not the brand new BMW X7?
2018 BMW iNext Concept
As each of the major automakers vie for technological supremacy, the space between blue-sky concept cars and their production-based realities is starting to blur. The latest to step into this space is the BMW iNext, an autonomous, battery-powered SUV that comes stuffed with the Bavarian’s latest and greatest ideas for the next generation.
“The iNext project will provide our building blocks for the future, from which the entire company and all its brands are set to benefit,” said BMW Group Chairman of the Board of Management, Harald Krüger. That means that over the next several years, this thing will provide the guidance for not just BMW’s line, but the Mini line as well, both of which are promised to offer “in-car integration of the strategic innovation fields Autonomy + Connectivity + Electric + Services,” according to BMW. Indeed, now that BMW has been doing the EV thing for more than a decade at this point, it’s about time the company stepped up its game. Read on to see how.
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There’s A Lot To Like About The BMW iNext Concept, But It’s Not All Great
After teasing us for what seems like ages, BMW has finally unveiled the iNEXT concept crossover. The production vehicle will be based on this concept, and will be up for grabs from 2021. Even though all seems hunky-dory about it, the iNEXT has left us with mixed thoughts. Here are a few.
The BMW iNext Points To the Future Of The Automaker’s Electric SUVs
BMW’s plan to introduce 12 all-electric cars by 2025 took a big step forward when the German automaker officially unveiled the iNext SUV at a Lufthansa hanger at JFK Airport in New York City. The New York unveiling was one of four stops for the iNext in a global tour that started in Munich, Germany. From Germany, the iNext traveled to New York aboard a Lufthansa cargo plane. The SUV also has stops in San Francisco, California, and Beijing, China, before returning home to Germany.
2019 BMW Z4 vs 2017 BMW Z4 Concept
BMW concept cars are somewhat special. Most of them turn out to be clear representations of what one can expect to get from the production phase. The latest BMW Z4 Concept included. BMW pulled a stunt by introducing the Z4 Concept at The Quail in 2017 and, just one year later we got the all-new 2019 BMW Z4. So, while you may still be smitten by the new Z4, I am taking the opportunity to show you just how different the new production Z4 is compared with the Z4 Concept. Or, just how similar it is. Despite losing some sharpness, edginess, and exclusivity of the Z4 Concept, I feel that the production version of the 2019 BMW Z4 actually retained most of the important design cues. Except for the most important ones of course, because, well, real life is never that good.
BMW iNext Teasers Give Us a Small Glimpse at the Car’s Rear End and Front Fascia
Bimmer has been teasing it’s up-and-coming iNext EV for some time now, dropping bits and pieces over the last several months to build steam on the ‘ole hype train. Now, with a full reveal scheduled for next week, BMW is giving us a brief glimpse at the concept’s front and rear ends thanks to a few teaser vids.
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Full Walkaround of the 2019 BMW Z4 M40i - Does the U.S.-Spec Model Make More Power?
The BMW Z4 has been in the news for as long as we can remember. Last week, the car was finally launched, and it took the automotive world by storm. The flagship product from the German automaker was the talk of the town for its looks, the Toyota-BMW collaboration, the launch event, and literally everything surrounding it. However, what caught our attention was the discrepancy in the American and European engine specifications. But before we get to that, let’s get to know the new Z4.
Collective gasps welcomed the BMW Turbo Concept on the stage at the 1972 edition of the Paris Motor Show. The car, stunning from every angle, was the embodiment of what future BMW products would offer: cutting-edge looks, state-of-the-art technology, and performance. This mesmerizing prototype designed by Paul Bracq was the inspiration for BMW’s one and only supercar: the M1. Thirty years later, BMW honored both the Turbo and the M1 by creating the appropriately-named M1 Hommage. Dressed in a similar coat of hypnotic red as the Turbo and with countless design cues that trace their roots in the Giugiaro-penned M1, the Hommage was a way for BMW to look back while also looking towards the future.
First displayed at the Concorso D’Eleganza Villa D’Este in 2008, the M1 Hommage was the German manufacturer’s way of refreshing the wedge-shaped M1 which was celebrating its 30th birthday. BMW brought the much-revered older siblings to complement the launch of this design experiment, but many were left bemused by the company’s announcement that there would be no new supercar to come from Munich.
This wasn’t, however, entirely true as BMW didn’t ignore its waves of fans who fell in love with their 2008 concept and went on to include certain unmistakable design cues in their 2009 Vision EfficentDynamics concept which led to the BMW i8. It’s not a supercar, it was never intended to be, but it’s similar enough to the M1 Hommage to make us happy, and it also channels the Turbo prototype through all of its hybrid technology that it incorporates.
Toyota showed up to Goodwood with a camouflaged Supra in hopes of stealing the spotlight, but Aston Martin, Land Rover, Jaguar, Brabham, and others made sure to get their own attention by bringing their latest gear. BMW was particularly eager to show off here, as next to their all-new 8 Series, they will be revealing this - the BMW M Performance Parts Concept M2.
Debuting at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the car will showcase all the breadth of BMW M Performance division who spruced up the M2 to previously unimaginable levels. It is a lighter, meaner, and angrier version of the BMW M2 Coupe. Some of the parts showcased here are destined for the new BMW M2 Competition.
It’s not exactly a production model yet, but it’s as close as it can possibly be. BMW debuted the iX3 Concept at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show, and it’s already won its way into a lot of hearts. It’s got a lot of X3 styling cues with some EV-specific cues in the front and rear. Just take a look at that new grille – you better get used to it because it’s going to be the BMW trademark grille on electric vehicles in the future (well, most likely, anyway.) Its specs sound promising too. It is powered by BMW’s next-gen battery technology, so it offers up a range of around 249 miles from a 70 kWh battery pack. Putting power to the pavement is a 270 horsepower (200 kW) electric motor. There is no word on performance figures but you can plan on it being a torque monster, and it’ll probably be pretty quick too. Either way, if you can’t wait for it to go into production, we’ve plucked out a few awesome wallpapers to spruce up your desktop and get you by for the time being.
BMW has eased into the electric future, starting with the BMW X5 I Performance – it’s first plug-in hybrid – back in 2015. Fast forward a few years and here we are looking at the BMW iX3 Concept, an X3-based, all-electric SUV (or SAV as BMW likes to call it) that features the brand’s fifth-gen electric drive system, modular batteries, and some i-specific design cues that we’ll surely see when the iX3 goes into production. As a concept that’s practically ready to roll off the production line, there’s a lot to talk about, so let’s get to it.
The iX3 Concept Previews BMW’s EV Technology of the Future
BMW has been promising to expand its electric car lineup for quite a few years now, but the Germans are still offering just one model, the i3. But things will change in 2018 when BMW introduces the iX3, its first all-electric SUV. Based on the X3, the EV was unveiled as a concept car at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show and will go into production under the BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture in Shenyang, China.
One Minute News: BMW Teases the iX3 Concept and It Doesn’t Have the X3’s Grille
The BMW iX3 is BMW’s first pure electric EV that’s built around the brand’s “fifth-generation electric powertrain.” The concept is said to have extended range, or at least 200 miles (guess that’s extended to the Germans) and has officially been teased for the first time. We thought we had seen in all its glory in spy shots previously but thanks to this teaser we can at least say that the grille is new compared to anything we’ve seen so far. It should still be heavily based on the X3 SUV with some minor changes here and there. It will be followed by the i4, the I Vision Dynamics, and the iNext crossover.
2018 BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe
Introduced in 1989 as a replacement for the 6 Series, the 8 Series became BMW’s largest and most luxurious coupe yet. Produced in a little over 30,000 units until 1999, it’s among the rarest and most desirable Bimmers ever built. Come 2018, and the flagship two-door is set to return alongside an M8 version (for the very first time) and a race-spec model. But BMW isn’t stopping here. With some nameplates already available in Gran Coupe trim, the 8 Series will also get a four-door coupe model. The vehicle was confirmed at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, where the German firm showcased the Concept M8 Gran Coupe.
Designed to offer "a look ahead to the most exotic and alluring variant of the new BMW 8 Series," the Concept M8 Gran Coupe also previews a car that "will take over as the new flagship model" for the lineup. This means it will sit atop the 7 Series full-size, and even though it won’t be necessarily larger than the four-door, it will definitely cost more and have more exclusive features inside and out. And, despite the "flagship" description, it won’t take over the 7 Series’ battle with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the Audi A8. Instead, it will compete against the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Audi A7. The concept also suggests that the 8 Series Gran Coupe will be joined by a sportier M8 version.
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BMW Continues to Drag its Feet by Displaying the M8 Gran Coupe Concept Instead of the Production 8 Series
Previewed by a couple of spy shots last week, BMW’s new Gran Coupe vehicle just made its official debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Believed to be a four-door version of the upcoming 8 Series, the vehicle was confirmed as the M8 Gran Coupe. BMW is basically using the same strategy as it did with the 8 Series, which was previewed by an 8 Series Coupe concept. At the same time, BMW confirms that the M8 Gran Coupe show car will be followed by production versions in both M8 and 8 Series guises in 2019.
BMW Teases A Sleek, Four-Door Coupe For Geneva; Could It Be The 8 Series Gran Coupe?
The 2018 Geneva International Motor Show is very nearly upon us, and BMW is gearing up for the big event with a variety of hotly anticipated debuts. The latest looks to be a concept version of the upcoming 8 Series Gran Coupe, as revealed in a teaser image recently posted to Bimmer’s various social media accounts.
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Is BMW Preparing an M8 Concept for Geneva?
The Chicago Auto Show is now open, but for most European automakers, the event they’re preparing for is the next one on the calendar. The Geneva Motor Show is regarded as one of the biggest auto shows of the year. Every automaker worth its salt attends the event. That includes BMW, which is already in line to debut the new X4. Now, whispers abound that another model is coming to the auto show. If these whispers hold true, we could be on the receiving end of seeing a new, 8 Series-based concept from the M Division.