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.

Motorsport Magazine Tries To Make A Case For The BMW 128i

Motorsport Magazine Tries To Make A Case For The BMW 128i

Is the BMW 128i really all it’s cracked up to be?

BMW is a brand loved by many. However, times have changed and with them many of the car company’s values. The BMW F40 (yes, that’s the chassis code) has done away not only with the inline-six but also with the rear-wheel-drive layout. It has dropped its distinctive characteristics in favor of practicality. Motorsport Magazine took the BMW 128ti – the second most powerful version after the 135i – and tried to justify its purchase over the rest of the hatchbacks.

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Doug DeMuro's Review of this E34 BMW M5 Will Hit You With Some 90s Nostalgia

Doug DeMuro’s Review of this E34 BMW M5 Will Hit You With Some 90s Nostalgia

It’s easy to forget about such a performance gem

With single-turbo or twin-turbo engines so popular today in BMW’s stable, it’s easy to overlook the fact that back in the late 1980s-early 1990s, the Bavarians built a performance sedan that had some BMW M1 DNA baked in under the hood. That performance sedan was the E34 M5, which happens to get the DeMuro treatment - and a Doug score, of course.

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This Video Review of the 2003 BMW E46 M3 Will Take You Back to Simpler and Better Times

This Video Review of the 2003 BMW E46 M3 Will Take You Back to Simpler and Better Times

The E46 M3 is a banner car for that time in recent history when the past really shook hands with the future

The go-fast version of the E46-generation 3 Series is seen as some sort of a last hurrah since it stands as the final M3 to be powered by a naturally aspirated inline-six engine. With turbocharging being the norm nowadays, an N/A M3 may never return and, as such, we look back fondly to the E46 M3, the first properly fast M3.

Or do we? Many criticized BMW for fitting this M3 with the SMG-II semi-automatic transmission that was lackluster at low revs and oftentimes sluggish when compared to the manual six-speed transmission. Then there was also the crowd that bought M3s that blended in well with the rest of Bimmer owners that give the Munich-based company a bad rep because of the way they behave in traffic. RCR dives in to give its opinion on whether the E46 M3 was a hero or a villain.

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You Should Probably Hear What Chris Harris Has to Say About the BMW M3

You Should Probably Hear What Chris Harris Has to Say About the BMW M3

Chris Harris addresses the aesthetics of the M3 and he has a lot to say about them

BMW’s new design language has raised more than a few eyebrows in recent times. The G20 generation of the BMW M3 has taken a lot of flak because of its looks, and because it’s the brand’s best-selling performance car.

Needless to say, many of the more traditional BMW fans see the new design of the M3 as a botched plastic surgery, mostly with regards to the front fascia. We are not going to get into details about the front grille design, as this is a subject as hackneyed as the death of the Dodge supercharged V-8 engines or the fact that the Corvette is now a mid-engine Ferrari-looking thing. But let’s get back to the new BMW M3 because the grille is just part of the issue.

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Here's What The BMW Nazca C2 Would Look Like if It Was Made Today!

Here’s What The BMW Nazca C2 Would Look Like if It Was Made Today!

Wedge shape, sleek body, maybe an all-electric powertrain?

Penned by Fabrizio Giugiaro, son of the great Giorgetto Giugiaro, at the age of just 26, the BMW Nazca M12 came to life as a working prototype in 1991 only to be followed by an evolved version in 1992, called Nazca C2. It was supposed to replace the M1, but BMW pulled the plug and it never saw production. So, how about a modern-design BMW Nazca C2?

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1990 BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution - A Homologation Miracle

1990 BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution - A Homologation Miracle

When special got even more special

BMW unveiled the E30 M3 in 1985, at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The E30 M3 was the first-ever M3 and it immediately evolved into one of the most loved BMWs ever made. This is the story of an incredibly special version of the E30 M3, namely the Sport Evolution.

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It Almost Seems Like BMW's Design Boss Is Trying to Justify His Job Amid Big Grille Criticism

It Almost Seems Like BMW’s Design Boss Is Trying to Justify His Job Amid Big Grille Criticism

Who thought a grille would cause so much upset among BMW fans?

It is no secret that BMW’s decision to enlarge the front grille of its 4 Series (and M3 and M4, for good measure) has been receiving a lot of criticism from fans and potential customers. In fact, the decision has prompted tuners to come up with conversions that take the grille to a more bearable design, yet BMW continues to defend this polarizing styling cue.

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Artist Creates the Mythical BMW M4 Shooting Brake and the M4 Gran Turismo With Perfection

Artist Creates the Mythical BMW M4 Shooting Brake and the M4 Gran Turismo With Perfection

These two pipe dream models exist only in our imaginations

BMW has no plans to build shooting brake and Gran Turismo versions of the M4, but that hasn’t stopped digital artist Sugar Design from imagining what they could look like if the German automaker put them to production. Designed with the familiar styling of a coupé with extended hatchback proportions, the M4 Shooting Brake looks like a car that BMW should build. The M4 Gran Turismo, however, looks like what you’d expect to see from the M3 Gran Turismo if that model ends up becoming a real thing.

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These Renderings Make the BMW M3 Touring Look Pretty Appealing

These Renderings Make the BMW M3 Touring Look Pretty Appealing

BMW itself could not have drawn these any better

It was not that long ago when a brief press blurb from BMW announced the arrival of the BMW M3 Touring. With the said blurb came a darkened picture of the wagon M3’s derriere, which didn’t exactly say much related to what the more practical M3 would look like.

Thankfully, the internet is oozing with skilled pixel manipulators eager to fill in the gap left by the automaker.

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2021 BMW M3 and M4 by Manhart

2021 BMW M3 and M4 by Manhart

The Manhart-tuned M3 and M4 will come with an additional 100 horses along with other cosmetic and mechanical upgrades

The new BMW M3 and M4 have just started arriving at the dealerships, but Manhart Performance is already developing its own versions of these beauties. The M3 and the M4 are under scrutiny for their kidney grilles, but there’s no denying that they’re an improvement in every aspect otherwise.

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2021 BMW 4 Series by AC Schnitzer

2021 BMW 4 Series by AC Schnitzer

There’s no workaround for that kidney grille, is there?

AC Schnitzer has released its new tuning program for the G22-generation of the BMW 4 Series Coupe. A slew of aerodynamic panels is part of the new tuning package. When installed, they make the 4 Series look sportier and more aggressive-looking than it already is. Engine upgrade programs are also available for the 420i, 430i, and M440i xDrive variants of the 4 Series. No word yet on pricing, but the cost will depend on the kind of upgrades that you get for your 4 Series Coupe.

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Doug DeMuro Weighs In On BMW's Recent Outrageous Decisions

Doug DeMuro Weighs In On BMW’s Recent Outrageous Decisions

BMW has learned the hard way that it’s not immune to skepticism.

The automotive world is a dynamic one and manufacturers are trying hard to stay on their game. On his more recent channel – More Doug DeMuro – Doug shares his thoughts on BMW’s latest marketing moves. We all know that BMW is heading in the way of total electrification, with regards to its drivetrains. The newly-announced BMW iX laid the foundation for future for the brand’s future all-electric SUV lineup. This made more than a few people raise their eyebrows, including Doug DeMuro.

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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.