BMW’s Return to The Big Grille Actually Dates Back to 1996 and This 7 Series Concept Proves It
The topic of BMW’s large kidney grille is still a much-debated one. The prolonged grille design is actually a design cue that dates back to the 1930s, with cars like the 1936 BMW 328. Now, the long kidney grills have made a return, with most of BMW’s current lineup proudly wearing it (or shamefully, depending on how you’re looking at it). However, BMW’s recent decision to bring back this grille design isn’t as recent as you may think. Back in 1996, Joji Nagashima – the exterior designer behind the E36 and E90 3 Series came up with an interesting concept that paved the way for the controversial E65 7er. It was called the ZBF 7er and was the first concept to bring back the long kidney grille.
2024 BMW 5 Series - A Retro Look With Modern Tech?
The BMW 5 Series has long been one of the brand’s most significant models. With nearly 50 years of history and millions sold, the 5er has enjoyed great success. The current G30 generation was recently updated, so it’s not going away in the next couple of years. That said, we’ve already seen spy footage of the next generation BWM 5 Series, set to debut around 2024. This is what we know so far.
Watch An Audi RS7 Get Schooled By A BMW M5 CS On A Drag Strip
The Audi RS7 and the BMW M5 CS are both quick vehicles, but how they do fare against each other? Daniel Abt finds out the answer by pitting the two together in a drag race. While the Bimmer makes more horsepower, the Lord of the four rings produces a lot more torque. Both the Germans are powered by V-8s and feature an all-wheel-drive system. With similar specs, you’d expect them to have a close race. However, the M5 CS blows the RS7 out of the water. What do you think could be the reason for it – transmission, weight, tires, driver’s skill?
Worthy Alternatives to the BMW M240i
The BMW 2 Series is arguably the hottest model of the brand right now. Its roots can be traced back to the 2004 E87 1 Series, which was a hatchback, but later coupe and convertible models were spun from it. Eventually, the “1er” became front-wheel-drive, but luckily for us, the coupe version, now called 2 Series, still had a rear-wheel-drive platform. The M240i, in particular, is currently the most exciting of the bunch (until a proper M-version arrives), with its B58 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six that makes 374 horsepower and 369 pound-feet (500 Nm). However, at nearly $50,000, there are a lot of worthy alternatives, and here are some of the best out there.
One of the Rarest BMW’s Ever Made Was Recently Brought Back to Life
The BMW E32 7 Series is the second generation of the brand’s full-size luxury sedan. It was made between 1986 and 1994, with a total of 311,068 units built. The E32 brought many innovations for the brand, such as traction control, active suspension, xenon headlights (1991), and dual climate control, to name a few. It was also the first car to adhere to the “Gentlemen’s agreement”, limiting top speed to 155 mph (250 km/h). What you may not know, however, is that the E32 also offered as a station wagon, which was very rare. Moreover, only one of them was a long-wheelbase variant, and recently, it underwent a full restoration.
2021 BMW 2 Series Coupe
The 2 Series line can be traced back to the old BMW 1 Series from about a decade ago. You see, over time, the 3 Series had grown dimensionally and BMW wanted a machine that was in line with its DNA. So, they turned their attention to the rear-wheel-drive 1 Series hatchback at the time, added some performance bits and a trunk to it. and then there was the BMW 1M.
BMW purists hailed the 1M as one of the all-time greats. It offered a spirited drive that had been missing from the 3 Series for the longest time. The compact dimensions, rear-wheel drive, and stick shift put the driver back in the Ultimate Driving Machine. BMW later repositioned this model as the 2 Series and M2 for the following generation.
Old Vs New: BMW M5 V-10 Touring Drag Races The BMW M440i
When a new model comes out, it’s always interesting to see how it fares against an older one. Whilst our friends from Carwow love walking us through the latest the automotive world has to offer, they’ve been kind enough to answer some questions that few remembered to ask. In this case, the question is, how will the new BMW M440i do against the BMW E61 M5 Touring, in a quarter-mile drag race? Let’s look at the cars.
2022 BMW X4 M and X4 M Competition
BMW recently refreshed a lot of products for the 2022 model year. This even includes the X3M and the X4M models. The exterior tweaks and turns are a standard affair and nothing out of the blue that you wouldn’t expect in a model refresh. But, the most noteworthy improvement here is the new engine tuning that adds extra torque. This results in improved 0-60 mph times. And, what cost do these improvements come at? Well, not a dime as there is no price revision for the 2022 model. Seems a little more attractive now, doesn’t it?
BMW M’s First Official Drift Cars Put Down More Than 1,000 Horsepower!
A few months back, BMW revealed that its performance arm was dipping its toes in the drifting scene. The automaker was backing the Hountondji brothers who are famously known as the Red Bull Driftbrothers. BMW handed them two pre-production M4 Competitions eight weeks back, and the duo has now revealed the monsters. All the exact specs are yet to be revealed, but we do know that the cars make more than 1,000 ponies! The Hountondji brothers will take these cars to the 2021 season of the Drift Masters European Championship in Greinbach, Austria.
2022 BMW M4 Competition Convertible M xDrive
BMW recently updated its lineup for the 2022 model year. Apart from the refreshed existing models, the company also introduced the new M4 Convertible. The M4 Convertible comes with an all-wheel-drive system for the first time and receives power gains as well. The car has even lost its hard top in favor of a lighter, reinforced fabric soft top. Apart from the super long name - 2022 BMW M4 Competition Convertible with M xDrive – nothing else seems to be outrageously annoying.
2022 BMW X4
Quite recently, we talked about the 2022 BMW X3 and what makes it so much better than its predecessor. When we talk about BMW’s compact SUV, we cannot go without talking about its sportier counterpart – the X4. Like its slightly more practical sibling, the 2022 BMW X4 has also undergone numerous improvements, in order to stay up to stay relevant and to keep up with the competitiveness on the SUV market.
2022 BMW X3
BMW is in the process of refreshing its existing lineup and the BMW X3 G20 is among the latest models to receive a facelift. The Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) has undergone numerous revisions, making it more modern and digitalized than before. The BMW X3 is an important model for the brand, which is why they want to make it a more appealing offer through a revised range structure. In addition to the new look, the X3 (and consequently the X4) is sportier and more versatile than ever before.
2023 BMW M4 CS/CSL
We have reason to believe that BMW will offer a hardcore, lighter, and potentially more powerful version of the current M4 coupe. Firstly, the previous M4 was further distilled into such a variant and secondly, a set of spyshots sent in by our photographers shows a couple of interesting test mules.
2022 BMW X3 M Competition
BMW recently revealed a plethora of vehicles as part of the 2022 model refresh. One of them included the X3 M Competition. The German revealed the M models for the X3 and the X4 a couple of years back and have now refreshed it for the 2022 model year. It comes with nips and tucks on the inside and outside. Apart from this, the SUV also comes with a slight bump in the torque figures that results in quicker 0-60 mph times. Overall, not bad for what is essentially just a refresh.
BMW M3 Competition MH3 600 by Manhart
Just like ABT Sportsline is to Audi, Manhart is to BMW. The German aftermarket company is known to customize Bimmers quite tastefully. They look quite different from the stock models, but nothing too extravagant. Their latest build is a testimony to that. Manhart has come up with its own version of the 2021 BMW M3 Competition called the MH3 600. The car comes with a black-and-gold combination on the outside that looks swell. But, it’s not just this. It also makes over 100 horses more and features a different suspension setup and exhaust system.
2022 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe
BMW’s gamble to come up with the 4 Series Gran Coupe paid. The company introduced it in 2014 to fill the vacuum between the 3 Series and the 5 Series. Given the vast lineup of both these models, no one really felt a need for a vehicle in between. But, as they say, it was something we didn’t know we need.
Fast forward to the present day, BMW has launched the second-gen of the 4 Series Gran Coupe. Apart from the little tweaks and enhancements in all departments, the biggest add-on to the 2022 4 Series Gran Coupe is the extra pair of doors that makes it all the more practical. Like it any better now?
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.