Check Out the 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe on Video During Cold-Weather Testing
BMW has officially teased the 2 Series Gran Coupe, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t seen the car already. No, I’m not talking about the renders; it’s the spy shots. Now, the so-called ’coupe’ has again been spotted on video doing some cold-weather test runs. The car has followed the footsteps of its elder sibling, the 6 Series Gran Coupe, and will soon feature a slanted, coupe-style roof. Is this a success mantra, or just a counter-attack to keep up with rivals?
The 2020 BMW 3 Series LWB Came To Shanghai With Its Sights Set On the Audi A4 L and Mercedes C-Class L
The BMW 3 Series has a long-wheelbase variant, and it’s only available in the Chinese market. The newest version of the stretched 3 Series is on display at Auto Shanghai 2019,proving yet again that, at least in China, stretched sedans are the business. The 3 Series LWB shares most of its features with the standard 3er. The only benefit is that it’s longer, which, in turn, provides more interior space for its owners, particularly those who would want to stretch their legs in the back seats. The long-wheelbase 3 Series will go on sale in China by the middle of the year, where it will compete with similar stretched models like the Mercedes C-Class L, Audi A4 L, and Jaguar XEL. Production will take place in the country through BMW’s partnership with China’s Brilliance Auto Group.
2020 BMW X5 M
BMW just unveiled the new-generation X5 in June 2018 and we’re already seeing renderings of the X5 M model. The performance-oriented SUV is expected to break cover by the end of 2018 and it’s about time we have a look at what it may bring to the table.
Much like the standard X5, the upcoming X5 M will ride on the same CLAR platform as the new 5 Series sedan. Of course, the M-badged SUV will get unique chassis tuning as well as a wild V-8 with massive output. Interestingly enough, the new X5 M will arrive just in time for the redesigned Mercedes-AMG GLE63, also due to break cover in 2018. Find out all you need to know about the upcoming X5 M in the speculative review below.
Update 04/10/2019: The 2020 BMW X5 M was just caught testing on the Nurburgring and a lot has changed since we last saw it. Check out the latest images and what we know so far in the Spy Shots section below!
2020 Toyota Supra Vs. 2019 BMW Z4
Few sports cars can rustle the ‘ole jimmies quite like the 2020 Supra and 2019 BMW Z4. Built as a collaborative effort between the two automaker giants, each is a rebirth of a long-lost nameplate, sliding into a market where sports cars are on the decline. However, despite efforts to meet the demands of an enthusiast-driven public, many decry the Supra and Z4 as nothing more than badge-engineered twins designed to leverage fond memories. But the question remains - how do these two machines stack up against one another?
It’s been three years since BMW introduced the world to the second-gen X1 crossover the model that would make BMW front-wheel architecture almost bearable. The X1 is also the model that forced Audi to create the Q3 and Mercedes to create the GLA. The second-gen model is a real looker though, and we think it deserves some extra love. So, we’ve decided to make it our wallpaper of the day. Check out our favorite below or browse the gallery at the bottom of the page to find your favorite.
BMW Replaces Entire Engine Line With Toyota 2JZ
Bending to popular demand, BMW has announced it will replace the entirety of its engine lineup with the venerable Toyota 2JZ inline six-cylinder. The announcement follows widespread public resentment over BMW’s involvement in the development of the fifth-generation Toyota Supra.
BMW’s New M Town Video Showcases the Legendary 1978 BMW M1
Back before it was building oodles of luxury compact crossover coupes, BMW had its hands full with some very serious performance cars. One of the most impressive of them all was the BMW M1, which was actually the first model to sport the now ever-present M badge. Now, the M1 is back in this brief 39-second long BMW M Town video.
Ever Wonder What the BMW 8 Series Would Look Like if it was Mid-Engined? This Rendering is Your Answer
You are looking at astonishing rendering work by Rain Prisk Design who managed to conceive the BMW 8 Series as a mid-engine supercar. Not only did he think of rebuilding the new 8 Series as a mid-engine machine, but he did the same with the original car from the Nineties. As we are all in neverending anticipation of official BMW announcement for the development of their mid-engine supercar (a proper one), we have to satisfy our greedy supercar needs with these astonishing renderings. Rain Prisk, kudos to you.
BMW’s Latest Video Proves that Even The Dead Are Afraid of Self-Driving Cars
The age of autonomous or self-driving cars is slowly creeping up on us and, with each new year that passes, semi-autonomous technology is getting better and better as we inch toward the day when human driving could be outlawed altogether. With that said, a recent report provided by Cox Automotive points out that 84-percent of people surveyed would still prefer the option of driving themselves, leaving just 16-percent of those surveyed willing to give up full control. To make matters worse, the overall acceptance of self-driving technology over the last two years has fallen by 18-percentage points. That probably, at least in part, comes thanks to recent high-profile autonomous car accidents, like the fatal accident with one of Uber’s self-driving cars. As such, it’s not surprising that automakers are scrambling to prove that their autonomous technology is safe – we can always trust them, right?
In the video you see below, BMW has chosen one of its autonomous test vehicles with the co-star being none other than a scary-looking ghost in the woods. Naturally, the self-driving car stops in the middle of the road, long before it could run over the scary ghost because, you know, self-driving technology is just that good. As the video proceeds, the ghost opens the car door to find nobody in the driver’s seat, gets scared, and scurries off into the woods like a very naughty mouse that was caught in your kitchen cupboard. Then we see the phrase “NOTHING TO BE AFRAID OF” flash across the screen.
This video can be seen in one of two ways. The way BMW wants you to see it is that its self-driving technology is so good that it can even stop for a lifeless entity in the middle of a dark wooded road in the middle of the night – a place where no car (or driver for that matter) really has any business being anyway. That’s great- BMW’s self-driving tech will stop for anything. Not that I’d want my car to stop for a ghost, ghoul, goblin, or any other form of the undead – can you imagine how useless autonomous cars would be in a zombie apocalypse? Anyway, YAY; it is super safe.
I, on the other hand, look at this video a completely different way. First off, why was this self-driving car in the middle of the darkest, creepiest looking wooded road in the middle of the night? Maybe the car had gone rogue after the passenger stopped to take a leak. A brave soul that would have been. But, I digress. I think the real message here is that even ghosts – the leftover souls of those that once walked this earth – are scared of self-driving technology. Now, that, my friends, is something to take note of. If a creepy ghost walking down a dark road in the middle of the night, with clear intentions of scaring the hell out of someone, is scared of self-driving cars, then shouldn’t we be scared of them as well? Anyway, it’s just a thought. Enjoy the video!
2021 BMW 4 Series Convertible
BMW is set to launch an all-new 4-Series two-door sometime in 2019 or 2020, and while the G23 coupe version will not feature any dramatic changes over the current model, the G22 droptop will. Spy shots indicate that for the first time in two generations (E93 and F33), BMW is giving up on the folding hardtop design in favor of the more traditional soft top option which it last used on the E46 model discontinued in 2006.
Heavy camouflage covers the prototype spotted, but this important change is quite evident as the canvas top is left completely bare (quite obviously on purpose). It might be an illusion caused by the camo, but it also appears this new 4-Series has a longer hood and rear decklid compared to its predecessor.
Update 03/29/2019: How spy photographers managed to catch the 2020 BMW 4 Series Convertible on video as it performed some cold weather testing. Check it out for yourself in our "Spy Shots" section below!
Video: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe Vs. 2019 BMW X4
The luxury compact coupe SUV segment might sound rather niche, but it’s actually pretty well filled-out. Two of the biggest competitors in this space are the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe and 2019 BMW X4, both of which bring sleek styling and the best luxury bits that either brand can muster. But the question is this - which is better?
BMW has so far not officially revealed the X5 M and X6 M, but through several posts on Instagram by @wilcoblok, we see the X5 M Competition and X6 M Competition, the hardcore top of the range X5 and X6 models. These shots we pulled from Instagram reveal not only what the new Motorsport SUVs will look like, but also some of the special touches that BMW will apply to the more exclusive Competition versions.
BMW Just Confirmed and Teased the 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe
The much-rumored BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, a car we already spotted on public roads as a camouflaged prototype, was just confirmed by the German automaker. The four-door coupe will make its public debut at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show in November and will be a global vehicle.
Video Reviews: Is the 2019 BMW X7 the new large luxury SUV king?
BMW’s largest SUV offering used to be the X5, but in the context of there being even larger premium SUVs on the market, the German automaker decided to make its own - the new X7. Now it’s being tested by the international motoring press, and they seem to like it quite a lot - some of them even go so far as to say its huge twin-kidney grille is not oversized and it looks suitable with the rest of the design.
2019 BMW 118i - driven
BMW will soon stop production of the current, second-generation, F20/F21 1-Series, a model that is a truly unique proposition in the compact hatchback segment. What sets it apart from all other similar rivals is the fact that it has a longitudinally mounted engine and most examples are rear-wheel drive (although some xDrive-equipped models were also sold). This engine and drivetrain layout dominates the driving experience, and it turns the current 1-Series into a peerless car in its segment. And, it’s not rear-wheel drive just for the sake of it, because it handles like a true rear-wheel-drive car should, blending a surprisingly playful rear end when you want it to be, with a reassuring, surefooted feel when you want grip.
My 2019 BMW 118i five-door hatchback tester was also quite an interesting proposition because its power plant only has three cylinders and a displacement of 1.5-liters. However, thanks to turbocharging, the three-pot is surprisingly apt at moving the car and, since the engine is small and light, it improves the car’s overall handling characteristics.
Thanks to BMW’s S58 Engine, the 2020 BMW M3 Could Offer As Much as 480 Horsepower in Base Form
Known by most as the ultimate representation of the BMW ethos, the BMW M3 is an essential installation in the powerful and dominant line of Motorsport machines. Specially designed to attract driving purists, the BMW M3 has been a driver’s favorite for decades. The next generation is on the horizon and is expected to debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show with BMW M’s new 3.0-liter, S58 engine with 474 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. That is a substantial improvement over the 444 horsepower of the 2018 BMW M3 Competition. The power bump is crucial as the new BMW M3 faces stiffer competition in the shape of the 500+ horsepower Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, 500+ horsepower Mercedes-AMG C63 S, and the impressive 450-horsepower Audi RS4.