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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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Yes, The BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile Really Was That Significant

Yes, The BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile Really Was That Significant

These BMW Classic specialists will give you all the juicy details about the iconic 3.0 CSL "Batmobile"

BMW Group Classis is a YouTube series where the good people from BMW Classic acquaint us with some of the brand’s most iconic models. As most BMW enthusiasts would point out, there were plenty of epic BMW cars made throughout the brand’s history. Today Benny and Mark are on screen so they can talk about one of the most iconic cars ever made – the BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile.

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The Restoration Of This Forgotten, BMW E31 850i Will Make You Feel Warm and Fuzzy Inside

The Restoration Of This Forgotten, BMW E31 850i Will Make You Feel Warm and Fuzzy Inside

This 1991 BMW 850i gets much deserved love from its new owner

YouTube is full of people creating automotive content. The amount of car content is staggering and ever-increasing, but among the oddest bunch of people on YouTube are the “automotive masochists”. Although not the first one to come to mind (that would probably be Hoovie’s Garage), “M539 Restorations” is a channel focused on the unenviable task of bringing old BMWs back from the dead.

Sreten – the founder of the channel – is an IT guy, but you’d never guess from watching him engaging in this sadistic endeavor. This is actually part four of his “project Marseille” – he names every project after a city and this is the codename of his 1991 BMW 851 E31. He previously got “this glorious turd” running, and now, he’s going to attempt to get it driving.

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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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2023 BMW M2 G87 – We Have Some Good News and Some Bad News

2023 BMW M2 G87 – We Have Some Good News and Some Bad News

A production gap is inevitable, but there is some good news about the G87 2023 BMW M2

Our first sighting of the next-gen 2 Series happened about a year ago, and as of August 2020, we learned that it would be offered with rear-wheel drive. This is a big plus considering that the 2 Series Active Tourer and the Gran Coupe are, in fact, front-wheel drive. As is always the case, you have to take the good with the bad, and even though the next-gen 2 Series Coupe is just about ready to hatch, the M2 is still in the incubator. How long do we have to wait? Let’s just say there’s going to be a generational gap.

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The Most Powerful BMW M Engine Wasn't Found In a BMW - Until Now, That Is

The Most Powerful BMW M Engine Wasn’t Found In a BMW - Until Now, That Is

BMW just took the gloves off. The M5 CS boasts the most powerful street engine BMW has ever made

Throughout its existence, BMW has made some pretty epic engines (and some not so epic), but their most powerful engine wasn’t actually put in a BMW car. It was the McLaren F1 that received BMW’s S70/2 6.1-liter V-12 back in the day, and for a long time, that was the brand’s most powerful engine. Until now, that is. Things have changed and we have the BMW M5 CS to thank for that.

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Care to Know How the Drift Analyzer in the new BMW M3 and M4 Works?

Care to Know How the Drift Analyzer in the new BMW M3 and M4 Works?

BMW may have come up with the coolest feature ever. Here’s how it works

BMW has taken some very controversial decisions in recent times, but the one we are talking about today will definitely be liked by BMW enthusiasts. The latest M3 and M4 models come with a drift mode. Having at least 480 horsepower, the BMW M3 and M4 are certainly capable of kicking the back end out, which is why the good people of BMW have given us the M Drift Analyzer. The YouTube channel “BMWBLOG” gives us a demonstration of this function.

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The BMW M3 Competition Is Lighter Than Claimed Because Politics

The BMW M3 Competition Is Lighter Than Claimed Because Politics

Apparently, EU regulations want you to account for driver’s weight also

If someone tells you that a particular performance car’s weight figures are rigged, you would assume the company has listed it to be lighter than what it actually weighs. I mean, wouldn’t a lighter car hold more advantage over a heavier car? But as it turns out, that’s not the case with the Euro-spec BMW M3 Competition. The folks at MotorTrend weighed the car and found out that the BMW M3 Competition is actually 150 pounds lighter than what the company claims. Why, you ask? Because of EU regulations! Yeah, we were as confused as you at first.

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Is The Old BMW M4 Better Than The New M4 And The New M440i?

Is The Old BMW M4 Better Than The New M4 And The New M440i?

In terms of looks, yes, but what about performance?

Everything about the new M4 has been eclipsed by that monstrosity that BMW calls a grille. The car, otherwise, lacks nothing. The Competition trim makes well over 500 horses and is a big improvement over its predecessor. The folks at Carwow pit it against the old M4 and the current M440i in a fun inter-family battle. At the onset, the M440i doesn’t hold a candle against the two, but the all-wheel-drive system coupled with the launch control could bring in some spice to this triple threat match. Who are you rooting for?

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This 1974 BMW 2002 Turbo Is Here To Remind You That Older Can Be Better

This 1974 BMW 2002 Turbo Is Here To Remind You That Older Can Be Better

This was BMW’s first turbocharged production model

With the advent of EVs in the last couple of years, all people talk about is the range, battery capacity, or the number of motors equipped on its axle. So, let’s catch a break and remember a lovely BMW model from the past – the 1974 2002 Turbo. This model is fondly remembered as the first turbocharged production model to have rolled out of BMW’s production line. The German automaker made less than 1,700 examples of this beauty during its two-year production run. One of them recently arrived at the Bring-a-Trailer auctions and you can make it yours if you act fast.

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BMW 2002 - A Car With Interesting History

BMW 2002 - A Car With Interesting History

The 2002 would go on to shape the future of BMW’s sports cars lineup for decades to come

The 2002 is the sports car that helped BMW make a name for itself in the United States and at the same time, it sent BMW on the path of embracing the Ultimate Driving Machine philosophy. Here’s all you need to know about the BMW 2002.

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2023 BMW M4 CS/CSL

2023 BMW M4 CS/CSL

Looks like BMW is hard at work turning the M4 into an even meaner track rocket

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.

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BMW's xDrive AWD System Makes the M3 and M4 Competition Faster Than You'd Expect

BMW’s xDrive AWD System Makes the M3 and M4 Competition Faster Than You’d Expect

It was really just a matter of time before the M3/M4 twins got all-wheel-drive systems

BMW just announced that as of this summer, the M3 and M4 can be configured with M xDrive, a souped-up version of the company’s hugely popular xDrive setup. With it comes more grip and more control in tight corners, but also a bump in performance.

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The Next-Gen BMW M3 Will Probably Be Electric

The Next-Gen BMW M3 Will Probably Be Electric

A lot can change in six years, and that will probably make an electric M3 easily possible

The current BMW M3 (and M4, for that matter) are so new that the welds on the have yet to cool, so why would I even consider talking about the next-gen model already? Because time tends to fly, and the next-gen M3 will actually be here before we know it. Add to this the fact that automotive technology is advancing incredibly fast, and it’s hard not to think about how different the next-gen M3 might actually be. Will BMW follow the hybridization route or will it go one step further and make the BMW M3 (And M4) full-on electric vehicles? I’m going to go out on a limb and say it’ll be the latter, and my reasoning behind this is rooted deeply in logic.

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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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Remember That Time When BMW Built An X5 With the McLaren F1's V-12

Remember That Time When BMW Built An X5 With the McLaren F1’s V-12

Who still remembers the bonkers, one-of-one BMW X5 Le Mans?

While the association between an SUV, be it the sporty BMW X5, and Le Mans should never have happened, German engineers pulled it off just for laughs. That’s how the X5 Le Mans was born, with a little help from a fire-breathing V-12.

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There's Actually a Good Reason BMW Doesn't Offer a DCT in the M3 and M4

There’s Actually a Good Reason BMW Doesn’t Offer a DCT in the M3 and M4

Torque converters are old-school, but it’s exactly what the M3 and M4 needed

BMW has decided to use the ZF eight-speed torque-converter automatic instead of the DCT unit we are used to seeing on the previous generation M-cars. In this video, Karsten – the man in charge of M GmbH transmission design – explains the reasoning behind why a modern performance car like the BMW M3 or M4 would flourish with old-school transmission technology.

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10 Things a BMW M Hypercar Needs to Corner the Market

10 Things a BMW M Hypercar Needs to Corner the Market

BMW M Is Working On A Supercar, But What About The Hypercar?

One of the best ways to showcase your technical expertise and convince buyers to buy your cars is to build a hypercar. Mercedes-AMG did it, Aston Martin too. Heck, Volkswagen AG has the best of them all - the Bugatti Veyron and the Chiron. I can only imagine that somewhere in BMW headquarters in Munchen, the board of directors and investors sat together and discussed the hypercar idea.

After all, back in 2017, when Mercedes-AMG showcased the F1 inspired Project One, BMW M boss Dirk Hacker said:

“We would like to do a standalone car, and we could do it – but today there is no requirement from the market to do it. As a company, we are more focused on future mobility than digitization than building a hypercar, to be honest, but if we came to the decision to do a super sports car, then we could do that.”

Apparently, the market still isn’t favorable for the development of the BMW hypercar, but that does not stop us from the brainstorming of what that proposed hypercar could be. I am giving you ten different things BMW hypercar needs to succeed.

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This Shootout Between the BMW M4 and Porsche Cayman GT4 is Epic

This Shootout Between the BMW M4 and Porsche Cayman GT4 is Epic

One has more power, the other is lighter, so which one takes the cake?

Out of the two German sports cars, the 718 Cayman GT4 is perhaps the more track-focused animal. However, the BMW M4 in Competition trim showed that it is no pushover.

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BMW M Could Be Working On A Bespoke SUV

BMW M Could Be Working On A Bespoke SUV

Don’t hold your breath just yet, this is just a patent that might mean nothing in the end

A trademark filed by BMW in October 2020 with the US patent office has been submitted to the UK office on April 5, 2021. It’s called “XM” and Carbuzz thinks “it sounds like it could be a bespoke, M-branded SUV.”

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Here's How The Traction Control In the 2021 BMW M3 and M4 Works

Here’s How The Traction Control In the 2021 BMW M3 and M4 Works

The M brothers come with a lot of fancy features, yet traction control is often overlooked

From the M Drift Analyzer to the two brake settings and the second M mode further split into Road, Sport, and Track, the new BMW M3 and M4 are brimming with geeky tech meant to boost one thing and one thing only: the driver’s pleasure. At the same time, the traction control system developed by BMW M is a brand new concept that comes to improve on the old one used in the previous M3 and M4.

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This is Probably What the New BMW 8 Series Should Have Looked Like

This is Probably What the New BMW 8 Series Should Have Looked Like

A YouTube graphic designer gives BMW a great idea for a "hommage" model

By this moment in time, we’ve seen the retro-futuristic design in many incarnations. We’ve seen the American trio – Mustang, Camaro, Challenger, the Alpine A110, and now the soon-to-arrive Nissan 400Z. They all harken back to their originals from the 1960s and 1970s. That said, a design from the 1980s is a bit trickier to reinterpret. TheSketchMonkey has decided to take the challenge and gives us his take on what the current BMW 8 Series would look like. His YouTube channel has been around for a while and this is just one of the graphic designer’s many projects.

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This Guy Built His Own BMW James Bond Car

This Guy Built His Own BMW James Bond Car

It is not quite the Z8, but it does spit flames…

What do you do when you are feeling a bit James Bond-y but can’t get your hands on a BMW Z8? Well, you find yourself a BMW Z3 and work with what you have. Or you give this guy a call an ask to borrow his.

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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.