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.

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Watch an Audi R8 Try to Beat the BMW M5 Competition At Its Own Game

Watch an Audi R8 Try to Beat the BMW M5 Competition At Its Own Game

The naturally-aspirated, rear-wheel-drive Audi R8 makes a valiant stand against one of the most powerful BMW M cars ever made

Drag racing is the most straightforward way of seeing which car is quicker. While it certainly doesn’t give you the whole picture, CarWow continues to provide “what if” scenarios, by pitting two, often, very different cars against one another. This time it is the base Audi R8 rear-wheel drive versus the (almost) range-topping BMW M5 Competition. The two cars couldn’t be more different even if they wanted, which technically, devoids the race of any logic. Still, it’s fun and you want to see what happens.

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Senner Tuning Just Put the BMW M3 Into A Class of Its Own

Senner Tuning Just Put the BMW M3 Into A Class of Its Own

One with over 600 horsepower under the hood

There is no doubt that the new generation BMW M3 is like no other before. BMW gave it an interesting look thanks to that massive grille, and, for the first time ever, it has an all-wheel-drive system. Add to this an amazing 503 horsepower under the hood, and you will see why the new M3 enjoys a lot of attention from tuners lately. Especially the more powerful M3 Competition. Senner is one such tuner, and it’s put some pretty extensive work into the new M3.

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Rumor: A New BMW 8 Series With X5 Bones?

Rumor: A New BMW 8 Series With X5 Bones?

There could also be a new 6 Series and an addition to the 7 Series lineup

BMW has always had its unique qualities, mostly the combinations of German build quality and the driving thrill built into their cars right from the development stage. However, when the current 8 Series debuted in 2018, it was a bit left field. By that point, SUVs were closing in on being the most popular kind of new car, and large, luxury coupes were going out of style, so the 8 Series was just a few years too late and has struggled ever since. Now,following a facelift for the 2023 model year, BMW may be considering reinvigorating the 8-series range, but not in that way you would think, or hope.

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A New Leak Hints At the Unthinkable: xDrive AWD for the G87 BMW M2

A New Leak Hints At the Unthinkable: xDrive AWD for the G87 BMW M2

A BMW M2 with AWD might be coming out after all

Earlier this year, we reported that the next-generation 2023 BMW M2 is too fat and too heavy to be equipped with their M xDrive all-wheel drive (AWD) system. As the M2 migrates to the new Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform, after all, the compact performance coupe is expected to gain more weight. This latest leaked document, however, seems to contradict the statements made by BMW M’s engineers, because it reveals that an M2 with M xDrive is coming out after all.

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Manhart MH3 GTR: When 650 Horsepower is the Key to Satisfaction

Manhart MH3 GTR: When 650 Horsepower is the Key to Satisfaction

And there’s an impressive aggressive exterior look, too!

The current generation BMW M3 launched in 2020, and it brought a lot of firsts for the name. It will be the first model to be offered in two versions, the first to feature an all-wheel-drive system, and the first to have a massive kidney grille. The M3 Competition - with its 503 horsepower under the hood is also the most powerful M3 ever. But Manhart decided there was room for a lot more, so the tuner created the MH3 GTR - a package that updates both the look and the performance of the M3 Competition.

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This 700-HP BMW 335I Touring Will Make You Fall In Love With Fast Wagons

This 700-HP BMW 335I Touring Will Make You Fall In Love With Fast Wagons

It may look like an average BMW station wagon, but it packs Lamborghini Aventador power and gobs of torque

Excluding some of the EV stuff, BMW is known for making some pretty awesome driver’s cars. While newer models may lack some of the appeal of older models, AutoTopNL is more than happy to show us this 2006 BMW 335i Touring that has been heavily modified to produce a Lamborghini Aventador-like 700 horsepower and unspecified (probably, massive) amounts of torque. Touring, as you know, designates BMW’s station wagons, and this particular one is very quick. Supercar-quick.

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2022 BMW i4 M50 Review: A True Unicorn in the Wild

2022 BMW i4 M50 Review: A True Unicorn in the Wild

The Ultimate Driving Machine Goes Electric

In May of 2009, I drove my first EV. It was a Cube-based Nissan prototype propelled by an all-electric platform that spawned the LEAF three years later; America’s first modern electric car. A decade later and I’m not sure what’s more astonishing: that electric cars like this new i4 offer such incredible performance or that with such a large lead Nissan still can’t get the ARIYA to market?

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Two Modified German Performance Sedans Settle A Decades-long Rivalry

Two Modified German Performance Sedans Settle A Decades-long Rivalry

800 horsepower and RWD are about the only thing these two cars have in common

You’ll probably agree that when it comes to performance cars, there aren’t many rivalries as epic as Mercedes AMG versus BMW M. With that said, Officially Gassed has gathered two of the hottest offerings from both camps so they can clash in an epic drag battle. It’s the BMW M3 F80 versus the Mercedes AMG C63S W205. Both performance sedans have been built to Stage 3 and make supercar power, but that’s where the similarities end.

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2023 BMW i7 Is Wildly Out Of Its Comfort Zone On The Nurburgring

2023 BMW i7 Is Wildly Out Of Its Comfort Zone On The Nurburgring

Almost three tons of weight and a focus on comfort does not make for a great track car

BMW used to be near the forefront of automotive electrification, especially back when the initial i3 was launched in 2011. However, they are now somewhat trying to play catchup with the issue of having to uphold their "Ultimate Driving Machine" slogan, while also having to build big, heavy, and comfortable luxury EVs. The upcoming i7 electric luxury sedan was spied running some last-minute testing laps around the Nurburgring to make slight adjustments before customer deliveries begin this fall, and it does not look all that great.

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BMW M3 CSL E46 Shows What It Can Do On The Autobahn

BMW M3 CSL E46 Shows What It Can Do On The Autobahn

Watch as the BMW E46 M3 CSL goes way beyond its official top speed with absolutely zero performance modifications

Even today, the BMW M3 E36 is still regarded, by many, as one of the best driver’s cars out there. Three years after the German performance coupe debuted, a lighter, more track-focused version came out. It was the BMW M3 CSL and it was, essentially, what the RS was for the Porsche 911 GT3 – less weight, slightly more power, and more aggressive aero. The E46 M3 is a quick car even by today’s standards, and just in case you want to witness the capabilities of the hotter, M3 CSL, the YouTube channel AutoTopNL has provided a video showcasing its capabilities on the Autobahn.

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Battle Of The 1990s Icons: BMW E39 M5 Drag Races a Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R

Battle Of The 1990s Icons: BMW E39 M5 Drag Races a Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R

Both vehicles are automotive royalties from the 1990s and they have lined up for an epic drag battle

As a car enthusiast, you will probably agree that the 1990s to early 2000s was one of the best periods for carmakers. While there are a few exceptions to that statement, CarWow has gathered two of the most iconic representatives of that period. Representing the German camp is the BMW M5 E39, and in the Japanese corner is the Nissan Skyline GT-R R34. Both performance vehicles came out at roughly the same time and represent the pinnacle of their respective manufacturer’s engineering. Naturally, we want to know which comes out on top.

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This BMW 2002 Has The 9,200 RPM Heart From A Honda S2000

This BMW 2002 Has The 9,200 RPM Heart From A Honda S2000

The best part? It costs less than half what an original 2002 Turbo does

The BMW 2002 Turbo is arguably one of the most important sports cars ever made as it was BMW and Europe’s first-ever turbocharged car, pioneering tech used in nearly every new car on sale today. It also managed to do so while wearing one of the coolest factory decals ever put on a new car. Now though, there is an option to get an even faster and potentially more fun 2002 Turbo for about $40,000.

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BMW's M Hybrid V8 Racecar Will Lead To More Exciting M Cars In The Future

BMW’s M Hybrid V8 Racecar Will Lead To More Exciting M Cars In The Future

This is a case where manufacturers use motorsports to create better cars

BMW is set to make a comeback at the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the 24 hours of Le Mans in 2024 with the new BMW M Hybrid V8. This is the first time the German automaker is entering a prototype in the WEC since the V12 LMR in 1999, marking an eventual end to a 25-year absence from the sport. BMW joins a list of automakers such as Ferrari who are set to also return to the sport after a much longer 50-year absence.

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It's Official: the BMW M4 Competition xDrive Can Compete with McLaren and Ferrari

It’s Official: the BMW M4 Competition xDrive Can Compete with McLaren and Ferrari

Supercar-like performance just because of the all-wheel-drive system?

Since its debut in 2015, the M4 has been just an M3 minus two doors, with blazing-fast performance and sleeker design. In its second generation, the G82 M4 arrived in 2021 with some serious design upgrades, which led to a lot of controversy regarding the whole kidney-grille design. But that part of the new M4 subsided with the massive jump in performance and the option of xDrive, introduced for 2021. Now, a recent report from Car and Driver shows how the M4 Competition xDrive can compete with supercars. The M4 Competition xDrive model clocked 0-60 in just 2.8 seconds! That is not just fast, but superfast.

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8 Reasons Why the E90 (E9X) 328i is the Perfect BMW

8 Reasons Why the E90 (E9X) 328i is the Perfect BMW

Here is a list of reasons that make the E90 BMW 328i a used car bargain in 2022

The E90 BMW is the fifth generation of the 3 Series lineup, launched back in 2004 it was offered in four body styles - coupe, convertible, wagon, and sedan to take on the likes of the Mercedes C-Class and the Audi A4. The 328i was the entry-level offering in the North American region and came with a brilliant straight-six engine, a beautiful chassis, and everything else that’s made the 3 Series lineup so successful over the years. So, let’s look at eight reasons why the 2008 BMW 328i promises to be one of the best-used cars in 2022.

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Tuner Heaven: This is What 11,650 Horsepower Looks Like

Tuner Heaven: This is What 11,650 Horsepower Looks Like

An M2 with the engine from an M5, yes please!

When it comes to car tuners, the general rule of thumb is the crazier, the better. Not just concerning the power and performance figures, but the interior and exterior modifications as well. Of course, there are exceptions to that rule. Typically German car tuners such as Manhart and Novitec tend to lean towards a more subtle approach in the form of adding power, some bigger wheels and tires, and not much else. While that route may not seem all that exciting, it is just as possible to blow the pants off the competition.

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Take a Trip Down Memory Lane With this 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL

Take a Trip Down Memory Lane With this 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL

The current bid is $75,000, but there is still time for it to get a lot higher

The E9 series was first launched in 1968 when BMW unveiled the 2800 CS. In 1971, the 2800 CS was replaced by the 3.0 CS and 3.0 CSi, while in 1972, BMW also launched the 3.0 CSL - a homologation special built to make the car eligible for racing in the European Touring Car Championship. BMW built 1,265 3.0 CSL units, with only 429 of them being left-hand drive, but none of them were ever sold in the U.S. Which means chances of actually finding one listed for sale here are very limited. This is why you should take advantage of this chance offering on Bringatrailer: a gold-finished 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL with about 38,000 miles on the odometer and currently listed for $75,000.

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Spy Shots: An Early Look at the 2024 BMW X1 M35i

Spy Shots: An Early Look at the 2024 BMW X1 M35i

The X1 range-topper could recover the absent sales of BMW’s smallest SUV

The fully redesigned third-gen BMW X1 launched in May 2022, and it seems that the Bavarian carmaker is busy preparing its baby performance SUV to take down the likes of the Audi SQ2 and the Mercedes-AMG GLA. A fresh set of spy shots arrived with light camouflage from our photographers who witnessed an X1 M35i prototype zipping around the Nürburgring. This M lite version of the X1 will pack more aggressive bodywork and engine power to match its rivals.

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Spy Shots: An Early Look at the 2023 BMW 3.0 CSL

Spy Shots: An Early Look at the 2023 BMW 3.0 CSL

Only 50 units will be built, and each will come with supercar-like prices

In 1972, BMW unveiled the 3.0 CSL as a lighter version of the 3.0 CS (hence the L in the CSL name). Only 1,265 units were built, but none of these units were sold in the States. In 2022, BMW M celebrates its 50th anniversary, and to mark the event the company will bring the 3.0 CSL name back to the lineup. The model has already been teased by BMW M boss, Frank van Meel, on his Instagram account, but today our spy photographers were also able to catch the future sedan out for a testing session of the streets of Munich, Germany.

Update 7-21-2022: The new BMW 3.0 CSL was spied testing on the Nurburgring, and we snapped some amazing pictures of it. Check them out below!}0}

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BMW Will Change Up Its Naming Tradition with the new XM Hybrid SUV

BMW Will Change Up Its Naming Tradition with the new XM Hybrid SUV

You won’t recognize the trim levels on the XM

There is no doubt about one thing: the next BMW XM must be huge! And we are not only talking about its dimensions. The XM will be BMW M’s first standalone vehicle since the M1 sportscar in 1978, which means it must be at least as amazing as the M1 was, if not better. The first details we have on the next XM are of course promising - an electric SUV with 750 horsepower under the hood in range-topping form will give its competition a lot to deal with.

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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.