Forget Steering Wheels – Future BMWs Might Have a Joystick
If there’s one thing in the world that’s always constant, it’s time. And, as time constantly moves forward, so does our advancement in technology. Take self-driving cars, for example. In what seems like no time at all in the grand scheme of things, we’ve moved from cars with basic computers to cars that are capable of driving themselves in certain and very specific occasions. Soon, level 4 autonomy will be mainstream, but those won’t be perfect, and until we can fully give control over to artificial intelligence, we need to rethink how we as humans control automobiles. Well, that’s exactly what BMW is doing if this patent for a car-mounted joystick even comes close to being a reality.
The BMW M8 Coupe and Convertible Might Be Your Best Investment This Year
The first BMW 8 Series lasted just nine years on the market from 1990-1999, and it took two decades for fanboys to convince BMW to bring the flagship coupe back. As it turns out, the second-gen 8 Series might not be long for this world either – or at least the U.S. market anyway – and I’m willing to bet there’s some real investment potential here. How did I get to this conclusion? Well, the BMW M8 Coupe and Convertible are selling so bad in the U.S. that BMW isn’t selling the 2021 model here. You’ll still be able to buy the regular non-M 8 Series and the M8 Gran Coupe, but with demand for the M8, in general, being so low here, the M8 might be dropped from the market altogether. We don’t know if the base 8 Series will follow, but it certainly doesn’t look good for Bimmer’s flagship here in the States.
BMW Takes Subscription Models Too Far, Wants You To Pay to Use Things Like Heated Seats and Safety Features
BMW is taking a page out of service-based pricing by turning a lot of traditional car options into software services that can be enabled (and disabled) at any point in them.
The German automaker made the announcement in a VR presentation that was streamed live from company headquarters in Germany. BMW tackled a series of digital updates to a lot of its models, but the most significant part of the presentation involved plans to turn a lot of its options into software services that that can be enabled through the new MY BMW app.
BMW’s Big, Controversial Grille Will End Up Being a 4 Series Exclusive
The latest BMW 4 Series was unveiled earlier in June 2020, and the only thing everyone is still talking about is the coupe’s front grille. Unlike other modern BMW’s, the 4 Series sports a taller kidney grille that extends into the bumper. This feature is taken from the BMW Concept 4, and it’s a highly controversial element. While many BMW enthusiasts hate it to death, others think that it’s a cool design feature that helps the 4 Series stand out. BMW is aware of that and finally decided to answer the big question: will this grille make it on other models? In short, it won’t!
There Won’t Be a BMW X7 M Because the Alpina XB7 Would Be Better Anyway
If you’re waiting for an M version of the big BMW X7, don’t hold your breath for too long. Although the Interweb is packed with rumors that BMW will reveal an X7 M model soon, a more recent report claims that such a performance SUV is not in the works. And that’s most likely because Alpina just unveiled a beefed-up X7 that’s almost as powerful as the M Competition models.
Is COVID-19 Hitting Luxury Car Sales? More than 2,000 brand-new BMW 8 Series models Siting on U.S. lots
BMW recently revived the iconic 8 Series and turned it into its halo model, but the nameplate is struggling in the U.S., where more than 2,000 units are sitting on U.S. dealership lots. Dealers blame it on poor marketing support from BMW, but could this be a result of the COVID-19 pandemic?
Holy Crap is the BMW M8 Competition Expensive in Australia
Things have a habit of being more expensive in the land down under, but I have to admit that I about fell out of my chair when I learned what Australians have to pay to set foot in a BMW M8 Competition. In local currency, we’re talking about $350,000 for the Grand Coupe and $352,900. I know, I know – the exchange rate, right? Well, it’s still downright expensive. Those figures translate to $235,130 and $237,078, respectively.
The BMW i8 Goes Out of Production Soon, But The Story Doesn’t End There
The BMW i8 has become known as many things. BMW marketed it as a Porsche 911 rival. Some claimed it was the evolution of the BMW brand and a representation of what the future holds. Others hated it with a passion because it just didn’t lineup with every other BMW on the market. Regardless of how you look at the i8, one this is for sure, it’s not going to matter for much longer if the latest reports hold true. Those reports put the end of i8 production in the Spring of 2020.
BMW Could Be One of the Last Manufacturers to Drop the Internal Combustion Engine
Like its main competitor, Mercedes, BMW is spending some serious cheddar on research and development of electric vehicles and related technologies. And, like Mercedes, it will be bringing a handful of new EVs to the market, the first of which will be the iX3 that comes later this year. The iX3 will be followed up by the iNext shortly thereafter. That leaves a lot of people wondering just when BMW will make a hard left away from fuel-powered engines and start producing nothing but EVs. For most, this is a question of purity and uncertainty of what the brand will become. Can the legacy of BMW M survive in an all-electric market? What about the heart and soul that is pumped from each and every one of BMW’s six- and eight-cylinder engines? What about the legendary and almost unicorn-like V12 that’s available in the M760i?
If You’re Thinking of Leasing a 2020 Toyota Supra, You Might Want to Consider the 2020 BMW Z4 Instead
My wife will be the first to tell you that I suck at math, but after reviewing Cars Direct’s findings of lease cost for the 2020 Toyota Supra and 2020 BMW Z4, even I can tell you things don’t add up properly – and that’s saying a lot. In short, the more expensive BMW Z4 is cheaper to lease than the Toyota Supra, even when you go for the Z4 M40i and compare it to the entry-level Toyota Supra. Yikes!
The BMW i3 Will Die a Slow Painful Death Because It’s The Black Sheep of the Family
The BMW i3 always stood out from the rest of BMW’s premium lineup. It’s Bimmer’s first-ever fully electric vehicle and six years after it was introduced, the i3 still draws a lot of attention, thanks in large part to its quirky styling, electric powertrain, and a surprisingly spacious interior.
The i3 served a purpose when it was launched in 2013. It was BMW’s first foray into battery electric vehicles and it was intended to gauge customer interest in electric cars without compromising BMW’s mainstream lineup of models. Well, the i3 served its purpose. Like most automakers, BMW is in the midst of a full-on assault on electric vehicles with plans to release 13 EVs by 2023.
Unfortunately, the i3 won’t be part of that future anymore now that BMW announced that it wouldn’t renew the i3 past this current generation. It will still build models for the next few years, but as far as a next-generation model is concerned, that’s no longer happening. So pour a 40 for Bimmer’s quirky little electric ride. It’s had a good run, but like all things in this world, that run will have a finish line.
The BMW-Sourced Engine in the 2020 Toyota Supra Might Have More in Common with the 2JZ Than You Think
When Toyota unveiled the fifth-generation Supra most complaints were centered around the fact that it has a BMW engine. Purists consider that a BMW-powered Toyota can’t be a true Supra and that’s not necessarily related to how much power it delivers. BMW’s turbo six-cylinder engine is powerful enough for the Supra at 335 horsepower. The issue, according to the gearhead community, is that it can’t match the iconic 2JZ unit in the previous Supra. Well, at least an engine expert claims that the BMW-sourced engine could be better than the 2JZ in terms of aftermarket tuning.
They Are So Young and BMW is About to Kill Them - Which Models Will BMW Send to the Guillotine to Save Cheddar?
There’s a glamorous side to the auto world that we often celebrate in world debuts, product launches, and concept car reveals. But as exciting as that side of the business is, the actual business of making money is about as ruthless and cutthroat as it gets. We don’t often see this aspect of the industry, but when it rears its ugly head, it can turn the fortunes of an automaker upside down without warning. Like most automakers, BMW’s bottom line is its number one priority. When that bottom line trends north, everyone goes home with a smile on their face. But what if that bottom line suddenly reverses course? Panic ensues and plans and projects, no matter how new, are scuttled and thrown directly into the trash bin. To be clear, BMW is still profitable; it’s just not as profitable as it would like to be, especially with heavy investments in hybridization and electrification draining most of its profits away. To keep its numbers from spiraling out of control, BMW is reportedly considering axing several models from its lineup, including a pair of models that have just been unveiled in the last couple of years. The cost-cutting measures come at a time when Bimmer is redirecting its attention and resources towards projects that will help it remain relevant in the next decade. It’s just that, by doing that, we’re likely going to have to say goodbye to some of the automaker’s current models, none more surprising, at least in my mind, than the new BMW Z4 and coupé and convertible versions of the BMW 8 Series.
Toyota Could Get Access to BMW’s New, 503-Horsepower, S58 Inline-Six for the Supra GR, But Will It Happen?
The fifth-generation Toyota Supra is pretty powerful at 335 horsepower, but there’s definitely room for improvement. Will Toyota release a beefed-up version soon? We don’t know that yet, but we do know for a fact that it could. According to BMW, the Japanese firm could borrow a more powerful version of its 3.0-liter inline-six for the Supra.
The 2019 BMW M5 Competition Is More Powerful Than BMW Says, But How Powerful is it, Really?
When BMW announced the 2019 M5 Competition, it also announced that the M5 was finally faster than the Mercedes-AMG E63 S. With a 4.4-liter V-8, the 2019 M5 Competition has an “official” output of 617 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque at the crank. For those of you that don’t know, that figure is actually different from the power that makes it to the wheels because there isn’t a driveline out there that doesn’t have at least some loss from crank to the wheels. Most modern lock-up torque converters, for example, lose 10-percent just because of the nature of hydraulic coupling and natural slip. Even without a torque converter, horsepower and torque can be lost through the rest of the driveline as well – remember the engine’s crank spins on one axis while the tires spin on the other.
But, I digress.
The point is that BMW is known for historically understating power output but the question of how much has been a topic for debate. Now, it turns out that the 2019 BMW M5 Competition has been put to the test and it fares much better than BMW lets on. How much better? Well, keep reading to find out.
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.
Is BMW Preparing to Move Even Further Away From the Manual Transmission?
If you are a stick-shift lover, proceed with caution. We heard some news that is not yet official and we sincerely hope it is just a baseless rumor. Blame the reduced demand for this, but according to Bimmertoday, BMW is planning to eradicate manual transmissions from even more of its models. Is there any reason to live in this world anymore?
BMW Settles In Class Action Lawsuit for Poor Key Fob Design
It really sucks when you accidentally lock yourself out of your car, especially if you’re stuck somewhere you’d rather not be. Apparently, BMW X5 owners who underwent this ordeal may be able to place the blame on the design of their key fobs, as BMW is currently facing down a class action lawsuit for poor design of the locking function.
Warehouse Find: 11 1994 BMW 5-Series E34s with Zero Miles
From time to time a story such as this one pops up, where people stumble across many cars that were forgotten in storage. Such discoveries are akin to time machines, so when we heard that 11 essentially brand new E34 5-Series BMW were discovered in a warehouse in Bulgaria, we had to check it out.
If You Want a New BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon, You Better Order One Now!
Unlike Prince Akeem, the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon is not coming to America. That’s the word from BMW itself after a spokesperson from BMW North America confirmed that the next-generation 3 Series Sports Wagon is not headed to the U.S. market. Simmer’s decision to skip on selling the 3 Series Sports Wagon in the U.S. ends the model’s 20-year run in America. BMW has sold the 3er wagon in the U.S. since the E46 generation, which lasted from 1998 to 2006 before making way for the E90 and F30 generations of the popular nameplate. But now that BMW has switched over to the all-new, G20 generation, the list of models available here in the U.S. will miss one staple. You can still buy a 3 Series Sport Wagon, but you’ll have to settle for the current-generation F30 model.
BMW To Get Into Ride-Hailing Service Business
BMW said that it will launch its own ride-hailing service in China next month. According to Reuters, BMW is the first foreign car manufacturer that has been granted a license to operate a ride-hailing service in China. The license has been obtained in Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan province in southwest China.
BMW’s New Patent Is All About Making Sure You Don’t Spill Your Champagne Ever Again
Just as other automakers are filing patents for new car layouts and technologies like Targa roofs and active aerodynamics systems, BMW is turning its attention on making sure that you never have to spill champagne in your car ever again. The German automaker known for its technical prowess in the auto industry has filed a patent for a beverage dispenser that can fill your glasses upwards from the bottom instead of you having to pour the drink over the top. First-world problems? You bet.
Rumors Say that the BMW 3-Series GT Isn’t Long for this World
It looks like the BMW 3-Series GT might not see the light of day in the coming decade. According to BMW Blog, the 3-Series GT will be dropped from BMW’s lineup once the current generation goes out of production in 2020. This is solely because of poor sales figures, and the fact that the widely spread 3-Series has enough on its plate already.