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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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BMW M's First Electric Car Is Definitely Coming and Will Be Faster Than the M4 CSL

BMW M’s First Electric Car Is Definitely Coming and Will Be Faster Than the M4 CSL

The M CEO predicts an improved electrified M car above previous iterations fueled by ICEs

By 2030, BMW will go full electric, as many of its competitors will. But, unlike the non-performance-oriented lineup, the M division finds it challenging to make battery-operated full-fat M cars, as the weight factor will snatch away the joy of driving them around racetracks. Of course, enthusiasts like you and me love the M3 and M5->art188713] because of the true character they hold. But let’s face it- electrification is the way to look forward, and CEO Frank Van Meel has confirmed it.

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Alpina Opens Up About Being Acquired by BMW

Alpina Opens Up About Being Acquired by BMW

Nevertheless, it was a bold move for Alpina to survive the EV era

Alpina has been a niche tuning firm that concentrates on BMW models, much like RUF does for Porsche. Alpina has been a separate entity for more than 50 years, developing high-performance BMW cars, but in March 2022, news of BMW’s acquisition of the luxury brand was more of a surprise. However, the switch of ownership will not come into effect until 2026. But the million-dollar question remains- why did Alpina agree to the acquisition? Can you blame the pressure of electrification and stricter emission norms?

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BMW i3's HomeRun Edition is its final salute to the electric hatchback

BMW i3’s HomeRun Edition is its final salute to the electric hatchback

A memorable ending after nine years of production

BMW’s Leipzig plant will roll out one final special edition i3 compact hatchback before it ceases production after nearly a decade. The i3 was BMW’s first attempt toward electrified mobility for the masses, and it was fairly successful with 250,000 examples of the i3 produced since its introduction in 2013. The HomeRun Edition will be the Bavarian auto giant’s last hurrah to its first mass-produced EV.

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This 1997 M3 Coupe Could Evoke Your Inner Fanatic

This 1997 M3 Coupe Could Evoke Your Inner Fanatic

Want a BMW M car for cheap? The moment has finally arrived

With the launch of the E36 M3, BMW confirmed how engaging a coupe could be, be it on the highway or a racetrack. 1992 was the year that introduced the second-generation M3, which was initially available as a coupe, with a convertible joining the game in 1994. The E36 M3 Coupe was special because of a few things, including the powerhouse- the 3.0-liter straight-six engine found for the first time on an M3. If you want one of these iconic 1997 M3 coupes, there’s one listed on Bring a Trailer, and it could be the deal of a lifetime. There are, however, a few reasons for the lower bidding price.

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Rumor: An BMW M5 Touring PHEV Could Enter Production By 2024

Rumor: An BMW M5 Touring PHEV Could Enter Production By 2024

This could be the last V-8 powered M5 model before it turns into an EV

The M5, the most potent 5 Series sedan, is at the end of its lifecycle and may enter the new eight-generation along with a Touring model by the end of 2024. A report from the Bimmerpost suggests the same, and if it is true, the M5 Touring will enter its third generation after a 14-year hiatus, and it could do so with a hybridized V-8 under the hood!

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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.

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Here's Everything You Need To Know About The All-New 2023 BMW M3 Touring

Here’s Everything You Need To Know About The All-New 2023 BMW M3 Touring

The M3 Touring was BMW’s best-kept secret for nearly two decades, but it has finally arrived with 510 horses

BMW M3 Touring: If you’re a fan of super wagons, or even wagons for that matter, there’s no way this is an alien term to you. BMW has stayed away from the performance wagon segment for a very, very long time, but has finally decided to snatch its share of the pie with the 2023 M3 Touring. The M3 Touring’s history spans over two decades, but it is only now that the production-spec wagon has been revealed.

BMW has revealed the 2023 M3 Touring at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed, and here’s everything you need to know about it – the ideation, inception, conception, cancellation, execution, and finally, the production. Quite a revelation, right? (Okay, I’ll stop with the wordplay now).

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Spy Shots: An Early Look at the BMW X6 M

Spy Shots: An Early Look at the BMW X6 M

The prototype starts dropping camouflage and reveals part of its front end

BMW is working on a facelift version for both the X5 and the X6, including the base and the M versions. Both versions were caught testing many times before, including around the famous Nurburgring track. The facelift BMW X6 M was caught testing one more time, around the roads of Munich, Germany but also around the Nürburgring race track.

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This 1957 BMW 507 is Dirty But Could Be Worth Millions

This 1957 BMW 507 is Dirty But Could Be Worth Millions

The very rare, Bavarian roadster emerged after 43 years in storage and is bound to fetch a hefty price

BMW has been turning out some of the greatest driving machines ever made. The list is long with cars like the BMW M1 E26, BMW M6 E24, BMW M3 E30, and others, which are world renown for their incredible smile per gallon ratio. Sadly, not all great models are successful and the BMW 507, produced between 1956 and 1960, is among them. Very few of them were made, and recently, one came up for sale, after more than 40 years away from the spotlight.

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The BMW 3.0 CSL Is Coming And We Have Proof

The BMW 3.0 CSL Is Coming And We Have Proof

This has been confirmed by none other than BMW M CEO Frank van Meel himself

We’re very much aware that BMW M is preparing another M car for this year. Apart from the M4 CSL, the M3 Touring, the M2, and the upcoming XM flagship SUV, there’s another M car that’s still in the works. This, however, is something even more special, as this car will be a modern-day interpretation of the BMW 3.0 CSL.

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This E92 BMW M3 Put on an Epic Drift and Smoke Show at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed

This E92 BMW M3 Put on an Epic Drift and Smoke Show at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed

This 2JZ-powered BMW E92 drift car throws a smoke screen in celebration of BMW’s new models

Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the most spectacular automotive events, and in 2022, the 29th edition took place. The event started on Thursday, June 23, and ended on Sunday, June 26. As always, some of the most epic machines of all shapes, sizes, classes, powertrains, etc. were showcased at the event in West Sussex. By far, one of the greatest shows was put up by James Deane’s BMW M3 E92, which disappeared entirely into a cloud of smoke at one point.

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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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Rendering: A BMW Z7 Would Make for the Perfect Electric Sports Coupe

Rendering: A BMW Z7 Would Make for the Perfect Electric Sports Coupe

BMW needs to add an EV sports car to its lineup and this BMW Z7 fits the bill

Even in times when carmakers are transitioning to electricity, BMW still prides itself as one of the sportier premium brands on the market. While the Bavarian company continues to churn out high-performance models like the M4 Competition, it’s the Z Series that seems to have been neglected. The Z4 G29 never really made an impact, unless we count its technological twin, the GR Supra, but an independent designer that goes by Bekir Kaya, has provided an interesting take on what a BMW Z7 would look like.

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BMW M Can't Ditch Manual Transmissions

BMW M Can’t Ditch Manual Transmissions

The Bavarian carmaker decided to stick with manual transmission for the upcoming M2 due to high demand

We are months away from the M2’s launch, and it will be the last ICE-powered M car without any touch of electrification. Also, the cheapest M coupe will be offered with a manual transmission, which clearly indicates that, unlike other major German automakers, BMW defies the idea of ditching the third pedal. In fact, a recent report from Autocar states that the M boss Frank van Meel wants to keep the manual transmission alive as long as possible.

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BMW M Just Indirectly Confirmed the 3.0 CSL Is Coming This Year

BMW M Just Indirectly Confirmed the 3.0 CSL Is Coming This Year

The spiritual successor to the 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL will be produced in limited numbers and will come only as with rear-wheel drive, and a stick

The 50 years of BMW M celebration kicked off today at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Bavarian carmaker, naturally, took the opportunity to introduce the new BMW M3 Touring, after many faithful fans awaited (for decades) for the return of the high-performance station wagon/estate. While on the subject of BMW’s high-performance models, M bosses took the opportunity to tease another upcoming model, which is even more special, as it could be the new 3.0 CSL.

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Spy Shots: An Early Look at the 2025 BMW X3

Spy Shots: An Early Look at the 2025 BMW X3

The X3 M lite was spotted with heavy camouflage and an aggressive front bumper

BMW’s hottest-selling compact SUV, the X3, is just a year old since it has received a facelift, and a new generation X3 is already in the making and will possibly launch in 2024 or the beginning of 2025. Our photographers have caught the upcoming fourth-generation X3 prototype near BMW headquarters as they were being loaded onto a trailer.

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Spy Shots: An Early Look at the 2023 BMW XM

Spy Shots: An Early Look at the 2023 BMW XM

It ill feature the biggest grille ever

When BMW unveiled the XM Concept back in 2021 it announced the production version will follow in just a few years. BMW has been testing prototypes of the production version for quite some time now, and today our spy photographers managed to spot another one out in the wild. It is the most revealing prototype so far, showing more details of its future and aggressive design.

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The BMW M3 Touring is the Ultimate M Car

The BMW M3 Touring is the Ultimate M Car

For the record, it’s also the first M3 in wagon form throughout its 36-year history

The 2023 BMW M3 Touring has finally been revealed to the world, and it’s definitely the wagon of our dreams. It’s also the first time in the M3’s 36-year history that a wagon body style has been offered. While it still has the same controversial face as the M3 sedan and M4 Coupe, almost all is forgiven thanks to the M3 Touring’s svelte wagon body.

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Alpina D4 S Gran Coupe Tries To Keep Diesel Relevant

Alpina D4 S Gran Coupe Tries To Keep Diesel Relevant

Deliveries will begin in September

In the States, people show next to zero interest for diesel-powered cars, but in Europe, they are still a big thing. Gasoline-powered cars are starting to see more attention, and while you may think that emissions have a lot to do with this, you are wrong: the main reason is the price of diesel which is trending higher than the price of gas.

Well, in a world where people are not paying much attention to diesel cars anymore, Alpine launched the DS4 Grand Coupe. Based on the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, the DS 4 takes its design inspiration from the Alpina B4 and the engine from the D3 S. The model is priced at €79,700 (about $84,000 at the current exchange rates) and deliveries should start in early September.

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The 2023 BMW M4 GT4 Drops In Time For The Next Racing Season

The 2023 BMW M4 GT4 Drops In Time For The Next Racing Season

BMW M Motorsport unveils its latest GT4 race car and it’s a great improvement over its predecessor

BMW has a long and proud history in racing, particularly so in GT racing. With this in mind, BMW’s Motorsport division just announced that its new racecar, the BMW M4 GT4, officially goes on sale. BMW’s latest GT4 racer was unveiled in preparation for the SRO race weekend at the Virginia International Raceway (USA). The latest iteration of BMW’s GT4 racecar is set to continue the German brand’s success in the GT4 category, and from 2023, private teams will be able to purchase the M4 GT4 and put it straight to work in the racing series.

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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.