BMW Says Goodbye To V-12 Engines With Special Edition M760i xDrive
We knew for quite some time now that BMW’s V-8 and V-12 engines are living on borrowed time. In fact, when the new generation 7 Series will arrive at the end of 2022, none of these engines will be offered. Instead customers will have to choose between straight-six, hybrid or all-electric versions.
Now, BMW confirmed that the last V-12 will be produced in June 2022 and, to mark the event, it will launch a total of 12 M760i Final V12 Edition units. Each will carry a price tag of $200,000, plus destination fees and will be distinguished by unique badging, wheels, and a vast collection of exterior colors and upholstery.
Vorsteiner’s Aero Kit Aims To Fix The BMW M3 And M4’s Grille
While the current BMW M3 and M4 are still relatively new cars as they haven’t even reached two years in their life cycle, it seems like these high-performance cars have already existed for way longer due to how much people are still talking about its schnoz. Thankfully, Vorsteiner may have a fix for that.
SVE Oletha Is The High-Performance Z8 BMW Never Made
For better or worse (definitely worse), it seems that old-school performance cars with driver engagement in mind will be built by boutique manufacturers and in very small numbers. Although we occasionally get cars like the Toyota GR86 and Nissan Z, modern cars keep getting heavier, more complicated, and more artificial. With that being said, Smith Vehicle Engineering (SVE) has taken a BMW Z4 E86 and has done something remarkable with it.
What Were They Thinking? Original X5 Designer Roasts The New BMW XM
Who better to critique the styling of the polarising BMW XM than the designer of the original BMW X5, Frank Stephenson. Now Frank has featured some truly unique cars on his channel, but with the XM, he really took his time and waited for the dust to settle to finally give his opinion.
BMW M5 Hybrid Spied Again - Is BMW Trying to Rush Development?
or padding, these pictures are more detailed than the previous set we’ve published. The padding on the bumper is apparently hiding a set of fairly aggressive corner vents and, while the grille won’t be massive, it does look like it’ll have a notched metting with the front hood. If you look closely, you can also see the muscular body lines of the hood, even though they are padded and won’t be quite so dominating when the camo comes off.
As of now, there’s not much else to report. The M5 Hybrid is expected to be a PHEV, and should offer somewhere in the area of 30 miles of all-electric range. The combined use of the hybrid system should offer a nice performance boost over the ICE-only model but can also be used to improve fuel economy as well during periods of cruising. Given the shape and design of the charging port door, we can tell that comes directly from the 545e xDrive, which means the M5 Hybrid could sport a similar powertrain.
The BMW M2 Evolves as it Inches Closer to Production
2022 is a big milestone for BMW’s M division as it marks its 50-year anniversary, so it’s not surprising that the brand has a big year ahead of it. One of the most important models will be the new BMW M2 that you see here, and these latest spy shots showcase something a bit unexpected. The G87 M2 is destined to be revealed in the metal sometime before the end of 2022, and it should go on sale as a 2023 model, so what can we expect?
This prototype is wearing thinner camo and less padding that previous models that we’ve spotted, and that’s a bit deal. We can now say with certainty that the G87 M2 won’t have the big controversial grille. You can tell largely by the smaller air intakes in the corners and the divider that separates the smaller kidneys from the air damn below, which also features a set of segregated, smaller air intakes.
Beyond this, this prototype was also sporting a quad exhaust setup, and it looks like it will have the same lip spoiler from on the M Performance model. Although, if you want something a little more aggressive, the M Performance Parts catalog will be more than happy to oblige. This mode does sit closer to the road, though, signaling the expectation for a stiffer ride and sharper handling.
You can expect the G87 M2 to continue on as a RWD-only model, forgoing the option for AWD that available with the M4. BMW will offer a six-speed manual transmission alongside the automatic for those of you that still want to row your own gears. Base output should come in at around 400 horsepower with the Competition model pushing that figure up to around 430 ponies. This is the same S58 engine found in the M4, but don’t expect it offer the same level of power or performance unless you stop by a tuner for some extra work.
Chances are that the G87 M2 will be revealed in the summer of 2022, and it could even be followed by an M2 CS and, potentially, and M2 CSL.
The 2024 BMW M5 Hybrid Confirmed via A New Set of Spy Shots
Rumors of a BMW M5 hybrid have finally been confirmed thanks to the latest M5 prototype that has been spotted doing some public road testing. We know this isn’t a basic 5 Series due to the extra-large brakes, but the “Hybrid Test Vehicle” sticker on the driver’s door exposes BMW’s desire to take the M5 electric. There’s also a new flap on the front fender, which is likely for a charging port indicating that this is a plug-in hybrid M5 and will likely offer some kind of usable electric-only range. It should be noted that this charging door is in the same place and is the same shape and size as that on the 545e xDrive.
With all of this in mind, will BMW manage to keep the V-8 under the hood? We’re going to say that it’s quite likely. Part of the reason the M5 is going the hybrid route is to help it not only cut fuel consumption but meet the stricter emissions regulations. As of now, there’s not much more to say about this prototype, but this is its first outing, so if it will be revealed anytime in 2022, it’ll come much later in the year, with 2023 being more likely. It should go on sale as a 2024 model.
Watch The Audi Q8 And The BMW X5 Engage In A Duel For Bragging Rights
Sam from ‘Sam CarLegion’ brought two fast, powerful SUVs to the drag strip for a face-off. On one corner, we had the Audi Q8, and on the other, the BMW X5. Both the SUVs are quite similar on paper, which makes this an unpredictable race. Which one do you think will win?
Zacoe Has MAde the BMW 8 Series and M8 Sportier Than Ever
If there’s one BMW that at least to our eyes is truly beautiful, that would be the 8 Series. Its long, elegant design and classic grand tourer (GT) proportions make it one of the most elegant modern BMWs to date. Yet Zacoe thinks there’s still room for improvement, and so they released a set of body kits for both the 8 Series and the M8 Gran Coupé.
This BMW iX Uses E-Ink From Your eReader To Change From Black Or White
2022 Manhart MH8 800 Limited
German tuner Manhart decided to start 2022 in style and it is offering a very cool upgrade kit for the BMW M8 Competition. It now only adds more than 200 horsepower to the final output, but it also completely transforms the look of the M8! This way, the BMW takes it to an all new level, becoming more powerful, more luxurious and even more exclusive!
2023 BMW iX M60 Breaks Cover As A 610-HP Electric SUV With 280-Mile Range
The Audi RS4 Avant Gets A New Rival In The Form Of The BMW M3 Touring!
If you belong to the breed that believes wagons are the most practical vehicles out there, then this news will make you happy. BMW is coming up with a wagon based on the M3 called the M3 Touring. This is the first performance wagon from the German automaker that’s set to hit the production line. It has been spotted a few times before, but there was no official confirmation on it… until now.
BMW has teased the M3 Touring on its Instagram page, thus confirming that it has broken the shackles and come out of its orthodox mentality that a performance wagon is not something customers want. Do you think it will do well?
Is It Fair To Pit A Full-Blown Audi RS Performance Model Against A BMW M440i Gran Coupe?
Mat Watson from ‘Carwow’ brought two German beasts to the drag strip for another fascinating race. This time, it’s the Audi RS5 versus the BMW M440i Gran Coupe. While the M440i is a sporty version of a regular trim, the RS5 is a full-blown performance model. The latter even makes more power and weighs less. Do you think the BMW stands a chance here?
Can The BMW i4 M50 Defeat The Tesla Model 3 Performance In A Drag Race?
The ‘Carwow’ team kicked off 2022 with a drag race between two entry-level EVs from Tesla and BMW – the Model 3 and the i4. Both the cars were in their sportiest trims and were out to battle each other on the drag strip. The i4 M50 makes more power, but it is also significantly heavier. Which car do you think will get the win here?
Check out this BMW 8 Series Convertible Prototype!
The current generation BMW 8 Series was launched in 2018, and now, after four years on the market a small facelift is required. The company started to test the facelifted 8 Series Convertible back in May 2021, when we caught the first prototypes out on the Munich streets, and now, as we settle into 2022, BMW is performing another testing session.
A Second 2023 BMW XM\X8 Prototype Has Been Caught on Camera
The BMW X7 M won’t exist because BMW would rather produce the X8 – a halo SUV that was previewed by the XM Concept car. An all-new set of spy shots hasn’t revealed anything new, but considering that this is a completely different prototype than the one we revealed just a few hours ago, it’s pretty clear that BMW wants to get the details ironed out and the production lines rolling. As of now, there’s more secrecy that fact, but a twin-turbo V-8 paired with a plug-in hybrid system should provide some 750 horsepower. As for an official debut, it’s slatted to be a 2023 model, so sometime in mid-to-late 2022 sounds about right. Check out the full gallery below to see the new BMW X8 for yourself.
The Facelifted 2023 BMW X5 Caught Testing With Minor Updates
The facelifted 2023 BMW X5 was just caught testing on the road, and while it will borrow some cues from the future 7 Series, XM, and X7, it will still maintain its own look. The rear, for example, will mimic that of the X7 with a revised rear fascia and new matrix for the taillights. The front end, however, won’t get the split headlights, and will instead carry on with slightly updated versions of the larger headlight design, something that could signify a shorter life post-launch in 2023. However, it should be noted that the facelifted X5, as a 2023 model, won’t be revealed until way later in 2022, so there’s a good chance that this could change between now and then. Until we learn more, check out the fresh gallery that we’ve posted below.
Production Version BMW XM, aka X8, Starts Dropping Camouflage
We knew already that BMW Is not going to offer an M version for the X7 luxury SUV. Instead it will build a more luxurious version called X8. In fact BMW already previewed the X8 SUV with the XM - a hybrid concept car that delivers an impressive 750 horsepower.
Now, our spy photographers caught the production version XM out for a testing session on the streets of Munich, Germany.
2022 G-Power G5M CS Bi-Turbo
The BMW M5 is offered in standard and Competition versions, with the latest one delivering a total of 617 horsepower. However, there was also the M5 CS - which was rolled out in March 2021 - which delivered a total of 627 horsepower and was also 230 pounds lighter than the M5 Competition.
Even if the M5 CS is already out of production, the German tuner G-Power decided to offer current owners the possibility to add a lot more power under the hood.
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.