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Wallpaper of the Day: 2016 BMW X1

Wallpaper of the Day: 2016 BMW X1

When BMW introduced the X1 compact crossover, it forced Audi to create the Q3 and Mercedes the GLA. When BMW introduced the second-gen model for 2016, it forced both automakers to revamp their respective contenders as well. Needless to say, the X1 is the leader of this luxury segment, and that’s why we’ve decided to make it the wallpaper of the day. Built on a controversial FWD architecture, It’s offered with a 2.0-liter inline-four that’s good for just 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It’s nothing to write home about, but it does deliver a 60-mph sprint in 6.3 seconds, which isn’t bad. With that said, we’ve handpicked our favorite wallpaper and included a gallery at the bottom of the page. Take all the wallpapers you want – they’re all free to use as long as you’d like!

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BMW Teases New Vision Vehicle With Blue And White Silhouette Image

BMW Teases New Vision Vehicle With Blue And White Silhouette Image

High-tech, self-driving, all-electric SUV concept incoming?

Like the other big-name German luxury makes, BMW has been quite busy lately offering a variety of electrified concept vehicles. Now we’re getting our first official look at the new iNEXT Vision, and it’s promising the very latest in electrified powertrain components and self-driving capability, carrying the torch as the brand’s forthcoming technology flagship.

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The 2019 BMW M2 Competition Comes at a $4.4 Premium Over the Standard M2

The 2019 BMW M2 Competition Comes at a $4.4 Premium Over the Standard M2

At a little under $60,000, this thing is still ready to rock

BMW first introduced the 2 Series in 2013 as a follow-up to the first-generation 1 Series. Back in April of this year, the Bavarians unveiled the go-faster M2 Competition Coupe, offering extra power, more aggressive styling updates, and a more exciting experience behind the wheel, and now, according to a recent post from our friends over at BMW Blog, it looks like the two-door will be available this summer for a $4,400 premium over the standard M2 model.

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The Next-Gen BMW X5 Will Debut This Year be Sold as a 2019 Model

The Next-Gen BMW X5 Will Debut This Year be Sold as a 2019 Model

This is much earlier than expected and a welcome development

BMW has followed a predictive trend with the X5, keeping the first- and second-gen models on the market for just six years. So, even if we hadn’t started seeing spy shots of the third-gen, G05, X5 being put through the paces, we still had a feeling that we would see it by at least 2020. As new spy shots came in, it became painfully obvious we might see it sooner than expected, and that has now been confirmed by none other than BMW Group CEO, Harald Kruger, at the 98th Annual General Meeting this week. In short, he not only confirmed that we would see the new X5 this year, but we would see it this month. So, May 2018 will officially go down as the month of the X5.

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2020 BMW M3

2020 BMW M3

Extra power, less weight, and more Bimmerness than ever before

The BMW M3 has been around for a while now, first entering production in 1985 as a high-powered go-faster variant of the ever-popular BMW 3 Series. The latest F80 generation dropped in 2014, essentially setting the benchmark for all other fast four-doors to match, and now, there’s a new generation in the making. Dubbed internally as the G80, the next M3 is shaping up to be quite the ultimate driving machine, so we gathered up all the rumors we could find and put ‘em right here in the following speculative review.

Update 05/17/2018: The M3 is about ready to make its debut, but engineers decided to take it out for another spin on the Nurburgring. Check out the latest photos in our special section below.

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2020 BMW iX3

2020 BMW iX3

The company’s first electric SUV is coming in 2019

Like most automakers out there, BMW announced plans to add a large number of electrified models, but while some companies are already offering a handful of EVs and hybrids, BMW doesn’t have much to offer beyond the i3 electric hatchback and the i8 hybrid sports car. But that’s about to change soon, as BMW developed a new-generation eDrive platform that will underpin a number of vehicles in the future. The new drivetrain made its debut in the iX3 Concept, which previews a production model based on the familiar X3 crossover.

Showcased at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show, the iX3 is a mildly revised X3 on the outside. This is a sign that BMW wants its electric lineup to be familiar to company enthusiasts and it’s a hint that upcoming EVs will share design cues with the conventional Bimmers instead of getting their own unique styling, like the i3. Specs and performance details are slim as of this writing, but BMW promises an innovative drivetrain layout, an output of at least 270 horsepower, and mileage of at least 400 km (249 miles). A prototype of the production model was already spotted in the wild, so it may be unveiled early next year. Let’s find out more in the speculative review below.

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2020 BMW 7 Series

2020 BMW 7 Series

Refreshed with extra power, better interior tech, and a sharper style

BMW first revealed its full-size 7 Series luxury sedan in 1977, with the latest sixth-generation arriving in 2015 following a debut at the International Motor Show Germany. Now, it appears as though there’s a refreshed model just over the horizon, as confirmed in a series of spy photos that reveal a fresh camo-clad exterior and a revamped interior spec.

Update 5-16-2018: The BMW 7 Series is set to review its new face for the 2020 model year with mild changes inside and out. We’re getting another look at it, this time on the Nurburgring and on public streets where it was benchmarked against the current 7 Series. Check out the new photos in the special section below.

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BMW Will Debut the Production Version of the 8 Series Coupe at the 24 Hours of Le Mans

BMW Will Debut the Production Version of the 8 Series Coupe at the 24 Hours of Le Mans

We’re just a month away from seeing the new 8 Series in full-production glory

While Bimmer fans have been eating up the new 8 Series in its be-winged and racing livery form with the M8 GTE, the full production model has yet to make its official debut. But that’ll change next month when BMW brings a brand-new M850i xDrive Coupe to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as teased in the above-featured picture.

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The UK Bans BMW Ad For Depicting Dangerous Driving

The UK Bans BMW Ad For Depicting Dangerous Driving

The Ultimate Driving Machine just got too ultimate for British television

When you consider the constant bombardment of advertising that we all must endure on a daily basis, it comes as no surprise that grabbing the attention of consumers is no easy feat. Bimmer thought it had the right recipe with this ad aimed at the U.K. market, but apparently, it violates the sensibilities of regulators by depicting “dangerous” and “irresponsible driving.”

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Video of the Day: Top 13 Hardest BMW Crashes on the Nurburgring

Video of the Day: Top 13 Hardest BMW Crashes on the Nurburgring

If you’re someone who just can’t stand seeing a BMW (I’m talking to you Mercedes fan boys) you’re going to find this video near orgasmic. If you’re a BMW fan, however, you might as well grab the tissues because you’re probably going to ball your eyes out. Go ahead and hit play, if you dare…

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2019 BMW M5 Competition Package

2019 BMW M5 Competition Package

The M5 is finally quicker than the Mercedes-AMG E63 S

Introduced in 1972, the BMW 5 Series didn’t receive its first M package until 1985. That’s 13 long years! But the M5 has been offered ever since and it’s now considered one of the most iconic performance sedan on the market. Starting 2014, BMW began offering the Competition Package, an update that increased output and made the sedan a tad quicker from 0 to 60 mph. The previous M5 Competition Package had almost 600 horsepower, but the new M5 is just as powerful without the upgrade. Come 2018 and BMW launched a new Competition Package model.

Much like its predecessor, the Competition Package adds new features inside and out and inject a bit more power under the hood. The upgrade is far from overwhelming, but it gives customers access to a slightly more aggressive exterior and enhanced performance that takes the M5 closer to the bonkers Mercedes-AMG E63 S. For the first time ever, the M5 is quicker than the most powerful version of the E-Class, despite offering significantly less torque. Let’s find out more about the new features and the uprated engine in the review below.

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BMW M2 Competition Gets M Performance Parts

BMW M2 Competition Gets M Performance Parts

Suspension bits, lightness adding, and acres of carbon fiber details

Originally released in 2015, the M2 is Bimmer’s take on small, lightweight, two-door driving excitement. Now, the Bavarian’s go-faster division is blessing the coupe with a slew of performance parts designed to up the fun factor to ever-greater heights, while also adding some tasty aesthetics upgrades to boot.

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New Trademark Hints That We May Finally See a Real BMW M7

New Trademark Hints That We May Finally See a Real BMW M7

Until Now, it’s been all about luxury, but this could change everything…

Despite consumer interest, BMW has never turned the 7 Series over to its M Division for a proper working over. As such, the best we’ve ever seen in the V-12 powered, M760i which is nice and all, but it’s more about luxury and far from being a proper M car. All of that may change as BMW has apparently filed a trademark for the “BMW M7” name, hinting that the M Division may finally be able to have its way with the large sedan.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 BMW i8

Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 BMW i8

The BMW i8 really stands out in the car world. It’s considered ugly by some and gorgeous by others. It was one of the first performance models from BMW to make use of a hybrid drivetrain and, despite the fact that it had a very limited all-electric range, it still delivered exactly what most customers wanted. Unfortunately, the world isn’t long for the i8 as BMW has recently hinted that there won’t be a successor, but the current model should stick around for a while as it was recently updated for the 2019 model year. There wasn’t a lot that came new for 2019, but there were some minor tweaks to the drivetrain, a slightly larger battery pack, and some other styling changes here and there – just enough to keep things fresh.

A 1.5-liter, three-cylinder gasoline engine provided a little bit of getup while the hybrid drivetrain did the rest. All told, there was 228 ponies and 236 pound-feet of torque from the engine and another 141 ponies and 184 pound-feet from the motor. It can hit 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and tops out at 155 mph (or 75 mph in EV mode) It’s not the fastest car on the block, but it sure does look pretty cool. So, we asked ourselves: why not make it the wallpaper of the day? And, we did. You can take our hand-picked favorite or browse the gallery below for more cool choices.

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Pops' Rants: The BMW M5 Competition Package Is a Useless Abomination

Pops’ Rants: The BMW M5 Competition Package Is a Useless Abomination

Stop buying powerful but extremely heavy sedans!

The BMW M5 is an abomination. There, I finally said it. If you’re a diehard fan, you can now have an aneurysm, take a deep breath, and continue reading. Or you can yell "you know nothing" and go complain on your crappy BMW forums. Because that’s what true BMW fans do. Either way, the M5 sucks, and I’m going to explain why because it’s way too hot outside to go for a bike ride.

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BMW M5 Competition Performance Specs and Images Leaked Before May 8th Debut

BMW M5 Competition Performance Specs and Images Leaked Before May 8th Debut

Just a little early for your pleasure

According to a user over on Bimmer Post. the BMW M5 Competition Package is set to make its global debut on May 8th. That’s great and all, but thanks to that same user, and a temporary hiccup at BMW’s Germany website, we’ve gotten our hands on some specifications and some images. As expected, the competition doesn’t change much in terms of visual appearance. It does get the usual black highlights around the grille, windows, and the black mirrors, of course. It also gets a set of Y-Spoke 789M Wheels, high-gloss black spoiler, and a blacked out rear fascia insert. Topping off the exterior is the typical black badging and the “competition” nomenclature under the M5 logo.

What’s more important, however, comes on the performance front. Power is up to 460 kW (616 horsepower,) an improvement of 19 kW (25 horsepower) over the standard model. This makes for a sprint to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.3 seconds (an improvement of 0.1 seconds) and a sprint to 200 km/h (124.2 mph) in 10.8 seconds. Top speed sits at 305 km/h or 189.51 mph with the M Driver’s Package. There’s no word as to how BMW massaged this extra power, but it likely has to do with the tuned sports exhaust (not to be confused with the full titanium exhaust) and some minor engine calibration.

Other goodies with the package include revised suspension that sits lower and is firmer when in sports or sports+ mode, door sills with backlit “competition” logos, and an M Carbon engine cover. Pricing has yet to be leaked, but in Australia, it’s said to go for $229,000 AUD before options, taxes, registration, and delivery. That doesn’t mean much to the rest of us, but the price is damn near the same as the last competition package so expect similar pricing globally. That means an estimated cost of $7,300 for the package, bringing the entry-level price to $110,000 or about $6,000 more than the Mercedes-AMG E63 S that it competes against. Stay tuned for fully confirmed details in the near future.

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The BMW i8 S Isn't Happening Because Nobody Wants One

The BMW i8 S Isn’t Happening Because Nobody Wants One

Apparently, the i8 is already fast and powerful enough for everyone

The BMW i8 sports car may have an uncertain future, but sales of the model, including the i8 Roadster, are going strong. The pioneering hybrid sports car is apparently so popular that BMW isn’t considering a more powerful version anytime soon. That means that those who were hopeful of seeing the i8 S will have to at least temper those expectations. According to BMW i8 Product Manager Marcus Pluntke, the i8 S is not on BMW’s radar at the moment because there isn’t a strong enough demand for one.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 BMW iX3 Concept

Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 BMW iX3 Concept

It’s not exactly a production model yet, but it’s as close as it can possibly be. BMW debuted the iX3 Concept at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show, and it’s already won its way into a lot of hearts. It’s got a lot of X3 styling cues with some EV-specific cues in the front and rear. Just take a look at that new grille – you better get used to it because it’s going to be the BMW trademark grille on electric vehicles in the future (well, most likely, anyway.) Its specs sound promising too. It is powered by BMW’s next-gen battery technology, so it offers up a range of around 249 miles from a 70 kWh battery pack. Putting power to the pavement is a 270 horsepower (200 kW) electric motor. There is no word on performance figures but you can plan on it being a torque monster, and it’ll probably be pretty quick too. Either way, if you can’t wait for it to go into production, we’ve plucked out a few awesome wallpapers to spruce up your desktop and get you by for the time being.

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