BMW

BMW might be known as a luxury and performance car maker today, but the company got off the ground, quite literally, but producing aircraft engines all the way back in 1916. Over the course of more than 100 years, BMW has survived two world wars and, despite its current position as a global automaker, it even came face-to-face with bankruptcy back in the 1960s when things were so bad that Dr. Hans Feith – the chairman of the company’s Supervisory board – suggested merging with Daimler-Benz. That, however, is a story for another time. Since then, the company turned around and has since introduced its M division back in the late 1970s – the performance arm we’ve all grown to love – and is now focused on delivering SUVs and developing electric and hybrid cars. BMW is doing so well these days that it produced more than 2.5 million vehicles globally in 2018 and has now introduced a new halo model – the all-new 8 Series.

There Won't Be a BMW X7 M Because the Alpina XB7 Would Be Better Anyway

There Won’t Be a BMW X7 M Because the Alpina XB7 Would Be Better Anyway

But we could still get an X8 M as a standalone model

If you’re waiting for an M version of the big BMW X7, don’t hold your breath for too long. Although the Interweb is packed with rumors that BMW will reveal an X7 M model soon, a more recent report claims that such a performance SUV is not in the works. And that’s most likely because Alpina just unveiled a beefed-up X7 that’s almost as powerful as the M Competition models.

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Latest Driven Reviews:

2020 BMW M8 Competition MH8 800 by Manhart - The Fastest 8 Series In the World

2020 BMW M8 Competition MH8 800 by Manhart - The Fastest 8 Series In the World

When Manhart sets to deliver something, the result is nothing but amazing

Manhart has a new toy for big boys and it’s based on the smoking-hot BMW M8 Competition, a car that’s already brimming with performance. Yet Manhart didn’t settle for the stock grunt because, honestly, that’s not what tuners do. So what you’re seeing here is the MH8 800, the fastest BMW M8 Competition... in the world.

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2020 BMW X5 M Competition - Driven

2020 BMW X5 M Competition - Driven

BMW’s best attempt yet at making a lumpy SUV feel like a sporty sedan

With 615 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, the BMW X5 M Competition is one of the most powerful BMWs ever made, a 5,500-pound behemoth capable of going from naught to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and do it while enveloping you in a luxurious cabin blending leather and carbon fiber. We took the X5 M Competition out for a spin because we know that it shares its engine with the M5 and the M8 Competition but we wanted to find out if it also drives like BMW’s quick sedans.

When BMW came up with the X5 over two decades ago, the unique selling proposition of the first Bavarian crossover of any kind was that it offered all the benefits of an SUV - like the added practicality, the higher driving position, and off-road ability - while staying true to the BMW ethos and thus delivering that much-coveted driving pleasure. BMW even tried to create a brand-new niche with the arrival of the X5, calling it an ’SAV’ which is something that still applies to this day, with the only difference being that, over the years, the X5 did become sportier and felt more and more like a sedan able to belie its generous dimensions.

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How Does This Rendering of the BMW X8 M Sit on Your Conscience?

How Does This Rendering of the BMW X8 M Sit on Your Conscience?

4 Series grille, X2 C-pillar, 8 Series headlights, this is a lot to take in

It seems like these days there’s a rounded-rear version for every premium SUV out there. The X3 has the X4, the X5 has the X6, the GLE has the GLE Coupe, the Cayenne has the Cayenne Coupe and so on. You get the point.

Coming back to BMW’s Xs, its largest SUV to date - the X7 - is in need of a hunchback brother and that might come in the shape of the X8.But one designer went ahead and concocted what he calls the X8 M.

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Thanks to Hybridization, There Is No Ceiling for the BMW M Brand

Thanks to Hybridization, There Is No Ceiling for the BMW M Brand

In other words, expect even more powerful M cars

Harnessing electricity - fully or partially - in a vehicle has opened a whole lot of avenues for car brands to explore in their quest to offer more power than the rival next door.

One such nameplate is BMW’s M division, which doesn’t have the slightest intention to limit the level of grunt offered by its future models. On the contrary: it plans to boost those figures.

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BMW Believes That Solid State Batteries Are Still At Least 7 Years Out

BMW Believes That Solid State Batteries Are Still At Least 7 Years Out

I hate to burst your bubble, but the chances of solid-state batteries powering EVs is looking bleak

The biggest challenge that EVs are facing today has to do with batteries. To be more specific, extracting maximum range from the batteries and reduce the charging times. There are a lot of technologies being developed that would be the solution to these problems, but the brightest one as of now is the solid-state battery. These are much safer, but cost a lot more than lithium-ion packs, and its application in EVs is not mainstream yet. How long would it take for it to feature in EVs, you ask? BMW says at least seven years.

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BMW M Next Hypercar - AKA the i8 M - Is Reportedly Cancelled

BMW M Next Hypercar - AKA the i8 M - Is Reportedly Cancelled

Say goodbye to the modern M1 you craved to see

According to BMW Blog quoting its own sources at BMW and German publication Manager-Magazin, the M Next project has been thrown under the bus. Despite the lack of an official announcement from BMW, the hybrid supercar/sports car is believed to be axed.

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Latest BMW:

2021 BMW M4 Coupe

2021 BMW M4 Coupe

Mere days after we saw a prototype version of the all-new BMW M4 prancing around in test mule form comes its hardtop sibling, which, not surprisingly, is also decked in full camo regalia. To be fair, this isn’t the first time that the BMW M4 Coupe was spotted in the wild.

Back in December, we caught a glimpse of the sports coupé being unloaded from a car transporter. That sighting didn’t amount to much, but this fresh batch of spy photos shows the M4 Coupe — still wrapped in heavy camouflage — in its more natural state, engaged in test runs in and around the streets of Germany.

Just like its roofless sibling, the all-new BMW M4 Coupe is set to debut sometime this summer ahead of its market launch at the end of the year. But before any of that happens, BMW will continue doing test runs of the M4, hopefully with fewer camo wraps in the succeeding sessions.

Update 4/28/2020: The BMW M4 Coupe was spied testing once again, and this time we’ve gotten a look at the interior. Check it out in our special Spy Shots section below!

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Are These Leaked Images of the 2021 BMW 5 Series Legitimate?

Are These Leaked Images of the 2021 BMW 5 Series Legitimate?

Don’t get too excited, this is a rather conservative mid-life refresh for the 5er

We’re back with another BMW-related leak. This time, the revised G30 BMW 5 Series has surfaced online in a set of pictures that look like the real deal.

Unlike the next-gen BMW 2 Series Coupé, the arrival of a facelifted 5 Series was previously documented by various spyshots, so it was only a matter of time before it broke cover, one way or the other.

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BMW's Long-Awaited Supercar Will Probably be the i8 M

BMW’s Long-Awaited Supercar Will Probably be the i8 M

It could have 600 horsepower, but it won’t be here until 2023

Six years old as of 2020, the BMW i8 is a bit long in the tooth. As a result, BMW decided to end production of the hybrid sports car. The bad news is that the Germans have yet to announce a successor, but a recent report claims that BMW is actually working on a follow-up. And it seems that its spiritual success will be notably more powerful.

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2021 BMW 4 Series Coupé

2021 BMW 4 Series Coupé

The million-dollar question is: will it get the humongous front grille or not?

Remember the excessively polarizing BMW Concept 4 shown at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show? Well, some of its distinctive styling cues are bound to be trickled down to the upcoming BMW 4 Series Coupé and we’ve already seen pics that suggest the oversized kidney grille is one such element.

Although we’ll have to wait a while to see the new 4 Series take a bow, our spy photographers caught a heavily camouflaged test mule and managed to sneak inside for a couple of interior shots. Read all about it and more in the in-depth review below.

Update 4/28/2020: The BMW 4 Series Coupe was spotted testing the the wild once again, this time with much less camo and padding. Check it out in all its glory in the Spy Shots section below!

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These Leaked Images Show Off the New BMW 2 Series Coupe

These Leaked Images Show Off the New BMW 2 Series Coupe

In some sort of M Performance guise, that is

Allegedly leaked images of what looks like the next-gen BMW 2 Series Coupe have popped up on Instagram over the weekend. While the pictures look legit, we’re taking them with a pinch of salt for now, for a couple of reasons.

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What is the Least Expensive BMW?

BMW’s lineup consists of 17 models (not including the M models) the cheapest of which is the compact BMW X1 SAV that starts out at $34,950. The X1 is essentially the poster child of affordable luxury, but if SUVs aren’t your thing, you should check out the BMW 2 Series Coupe, which is similarly priced at $35,300. In markets outside the United States, BMW offers a 1 Series with a sticker price of around $32,000 at current exchange rates.

What is the Sportiest BMW?

Thanks to BMW’s deep motorsports roots, BMW’s M division has crafted a number of exceptional and outrageously sporty models. The entry-level M2 and M3 models are high on the popularity scale but, you could also go for a sporty SUV like the X5 M or a Coupe-SUV like the X6 M. Of course, if none of these tickle your fancy, there’s always the BMW i8 with supercar-like looks a decent hybrid performance.

What is the Most Popular BMW?

The BMW 3 Series used to be the best-seller of the entire lineup, but it’s SUV equivalent, the X3 and the larger X5 have stolen that title. In 2018, BMW sold 44,578 examples of the 3 Series, but thanks to the popularity of SUVs, the X5 beat it out with sales totaling 45,013. The most popular BMW in the USA for 2018 was the BMW X3. BMW sold 61,251 examples of the BMW X3 over the course of 2018.

What is the Most Expensive BMW?

Not surprisingly, theBMW i8 Roadster is the most expensive BMW sold in the United States. With a price tag of $163,300 before options, taxes, and other fees, it overshadows the rest of the lineup. The i8 coupe comes in at $147,500. BMW halo car, the BMW M8 is priced from $133,000 and is the most expensive model below the i8.

What is the Fastest BMW?

The BMW M8 Competition is the fastest car in BMW’s lineup as of the time of this writing. Its 4.4-liter V-8 delivers 617 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque and can propel it to 60 mph in 3 seconds flat. Its top speed is pegged at 189 mph. However, the M5 30th Anniversary edition is significantly smaller and could actually reach 199 mph, but we don’t count that as it was a limited run model.

Are BMWs Reliable?

BMWs have a bad reputation of being unreliable, but the truth is that BMW isn’t quite as bad as people would have you believe. According to JD Power’s 2019 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study, BMW ranks No.7 among its peers with an average of 122 problems per 100 vehicles. Its competitor Mercedes ranks much lower with 134 problems per 100 vehicles, while Audi falls just below it with 124 problems per 100 vehicles. Repair Pal rates it at a 2 out of 5, which is below average. According to that outlet, the average annual repair costs comes in at $1,081 with the frequency of unscheduled repairs being 1.4 times per year – much higher than the 0.4 rating of all models. Furthermore, 14-percent of BMW repairs are considered severe and need urgent attention – 3-percent higher than the average for major issues across all models.