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Why BMW Still Won't Build an M7

Why BMW Still Won’t Build an M7

Why build an M7 when your flagship goes beyond traditional M capability?

BMW just revealed the all-new 7 Series, with the all-new i7 taking the center stage as the brand’s largest and most powerful EV to date. One of the craziest features is the new 31-inch theatre display in the rear seat, but a lot of people are having a hard time looking past the larger-than-life grille. Now that the new 7 Series and i7 have been detailed to the fullest, people are starting to wonder whether or not there will be an M7 or, perhaps, an i7 M.

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BMW Sees Danger in Abandoning the Internal Combustion Engine

BMW Sees Danger in Abandoning the Internal Combustion Engine

“If you are not selling combustion engines, someone else will”

Every mainstream manufacturer and a handful of startups have started bowing to regulations, government influence, and the youngest generation of drivers to sink significant money into electric vehicles. It’s a noble thing that might be good for the environment, and it’s definitely good for an automaker’s bottom line, but are we to a point where it’s safe for all automakers to shift into an electric-only strategy? Well, there are a number of things to keep in mind, one of the most important being whether or not our electrical infrastructure can actually handle it, and then you’ve got the sheer cost, with one Mercedes executive recently saying that EVs won’t be getting cheaper anytime soon. The bottom line is that, right now, not everyone can afford to shell out EV money, and now BMW’s CEO Oliver Zipse, looks to that fact to explain why automakers should rely too heavily on all-electric strategies – at least not yet, anyway.

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History Could Repeat Itself as BMW and McLaren Ponder New Joint Venture

History Could Repeat Itself as BMW and McLaren Ponder New Joint Venture

The two brands that once created the legendary McLaren F1 could partner up on an electric sports car

It’s been decades since BMW and McLaren shook hands and built one of the most legendary cars in the world: the McLaren F1. One could argue that the McLaren F1 essentially kickstarted the modern supercar market, and to this day, it’s still the fastest naturally aspirated production car in the world. It’s something that was only made possible by McLaren’s amazing aerodynamic engineering and that glorious naturally aspirated V-12 that was built by none other than BMW. Now, it looks like history could repeat itself as a new report claims that McLaren and BMW are in talks of another joint venture, but this time the stakes are even higher than before.

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Alfa Romeo Sets it Sights on the Heart of BMW

Alfa Romeo Sets it Sights on the Heart of BMW

Alfa Romeo hopes to jump in the ring with the big boys before the end of the deade

Alfa Romeo has been in a weird place lately. After canceling plans to revive the 8c and GTV, the company killed off the 4C spider and delayed the Tonale. The Tonale has since made its debut as the company’s first plug-in hybrid, but a new compact SUV was supposed to happen this year, and it has naturally been pushed further into the future. There are even rumors that a larger-than Giulia competitor for the 5 Series was in development, but that has also gone nowhere. Now, the same man that swore the key to saving Alfa was to raise price and delay models, has set the company’s sights on the BMW X5, X6, and – believe it or not – the BMW 7 Series.

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Alpina and BMW Are Officially A Couple – Here's What It Means

Alpina and BMW Are Officially A Couple – Here’s What It Means

BMW has taken the plunge and acquired Alpina, opening a new path into the future

BMW M models are great – they provide awesome performance, outrageous handling, and hard-to-rival on-track performance. But, if you want something that’s over the top and tuned more toward luxury and comfortable driving, that’s where Alpina comes in, at an added cost, of course. Alpina has made a name for itself by catering to people who want an ultimate driving machine but spend 99-percent of the time on well unmaintained public roads and not on the track. Alpina’s special tuning turns any BMW into a magic carpet that floats seamlessly down the road, generally looks better on the outside, and has a few extra luxury bits on the inside. Up until this point, Alpina has worked closely with BMW and even had the ability to access vehicles before they were released to the public but worked independently. All of this, however, will change in the near future as BMW just acquired Alpina, something that secures the latter’s long-term future but calls into question what it all means for the Alpina brand.

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BMW EVs Will Be Restricted to Traditional Charging Methods

BMW EVs Will Be Restricted to Traditional Charging Methods

BMW looked into battery swapping as a solution to charging downtime, and determined that it’s “not expedient”

Outside of things like available range and the sheer cost of batteries, the time it takes to charge an EV – especially if you’re not at a high capacity DC fast charger – can be a hard pill to swallow. DC fast charging, however, goes a long way to getting us back on the road fast. Tesla’s supercharger network, for example, can give you 200 miles of range in just 15 minutes on the fastest charging option. That’s not bad. Some companies want the whole process to be faster, and perhaps even faster than the time it takes to refuel an ICE vehicle. This is where the concept of battery swapping comes in. Some companies have decided to make it a priority, while others, like BMW, see it as a complete waste of time.

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BMW Is Faced With a Hard Decision As the Z4 Nears the End of its Life Cycle

BMW Is Faced With a Hard Decision As the Z4 Nears the End of its Life Cycle

It’s been said that the BMW Z4 isn’t living up to sales expectations, and 2025 could be the end of the line

BMW launched the new Z4, twinned with the Toyota Supra, in 2018 as a 2019 model, and since then its sales haven’t been spectacular – especially in the United States. After three years on the market, the Z4 has been good for sales figures that total 7,717 examples in the U.S., or an average of 2,572 examples sold per year. The best year was, of course, 2019 when sales hit 2,941. In Europe, on the other hand, the Z4 has been much more successful with sales of 9,681 examples in 2019 and 8,314 in 2020. Are these sales figures good enough to keep the Z4 on the market through the decade and, perhaps, enough for a new generation? Apparently not, as a new report claims that BMW is set to kill off the Z4 roadster in 2025.

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America's Largest Exporter Of Vehicles Isn't Even An American Brand

America’s Largest Exporter Of Vehicles Isn’t Even An American Brand

Guess what? American’s largest vehicle exporter is actually German

It’s no secret that domestic American brands produce the most cars in the United States. After all, the three best-selling cars in America are the Ford F-Series, the Ram pickup, and the Chevrolet Silverado. However, in terms of vehicle exports, it’s actually a German brand that has led the way for the past eight years. The brand in question here is BMW.

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BMW iX, i4 Owners Will Get Two Years Of Free Charging At Electrify America Stations

BMW iX, i4 Owners Will Get Two Years Of Free Charging At Electrify America Stations

Will this tempting offer make you choose BMW over Tesla?

The BMW iX and i4 will hit the U.S. dealers this March, and the German luxury automaker is already preparing to make a big splash once customers can finally get their hands on one. Sweetening this deal is the announcement that the iX and i4 will come with free charging at Electrify America.

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It Looks Like BMW Is Developing A Special M Car That Will Debut In 2022

It Looks Like BMW Is Developing A Special M Car That Will Debut In 2022

Next year is the BMW M division’s 50th anniversary, and we could have a limited-production special car to commemorate the milestone

BMW and its M division are gearing up for a busy 2022. It’s got quite a lot of vehicles lined up for debut, like the M2, the M3 Touring, the XM, and even the iX M60. Amidst all this, we now get news that the performance arm of the German automaker is planning for a special vehicle. This is rumored to be a special edition of the BMW M4 to commemorate BMW M’s 50th anniversary. But, do you think the company will mark its Golden Jubilee with just another M4?

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Your Next BMW Might Be Lacking A Very Common Feature

Your Next BMW Might Be Lacking A Very Common Feature

There’s no stopping the consequences of the global chip shortage, and even BMW is not immune to this.

Remember the previous versions of BMW iDrive whose screens can only be controlled through the rotary knob controller? Well, it seems the old-school iDrive is making an unofficial comeback due to a shortage of chips.

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BMW's Future Designs Need to be Bold and Meaningful

BMW’s Future Designs Need to be Bold and Meaningful

Believe it or not, a car’s exterior design is about more than choosing to be bold or bland

As BMW navigates the inevitable course to the future that doesn’t only include electrification of its lineup, but digitalization and sustainability, the company has been forced to rethink everything it stands for, all the way down to a design standpoint. This was never more evident than when BMW released the controversially grilled BMW M3 and the even bolder M4. And, while nobody can argue that the design of the M3 and M4 were definitely bold, that’s actually just the start of things.

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BMW Trademarks The M7 And M9 Badge Names

BMW Trademarks The M7 And M9 Badge Names

BMW reserves the M7 and M9 monikers, which could mean a high-performance 7 Series and a flagship supercar

Exciting new information points out to BMW potentially bringing two new high-performance variants, in the near future. It’s not the first time the Bavarian carmaker reserves names for future models. This piece of information comes in the form of a filing from the Intellectual Property Office, in the Philippines, according to which BMW just reserved the M7 and M9 badge names.

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BMW To Kill Off 50-Percent Of Its Engines to Make Room for Electrification

BMW To Kill Off 50-Percent Of Its Engines to Make Room for Electrification

Don’t worry, BMW probably isn’t killing off your favorite engines…. Or maybe it is

It’s no surprise that with the advances in electrification that automakers are starting to thin out their engine offerings. Just a few years ago, for example, you could buy Mercedes-AMG C63 with a big, beefy V-8 engine. Today, however, the entire C-Class lineup will only be offered with a four-cylinder. Mercedes has a good reason, of course, but it’s a clear sign of how much the industry is changing. So is the introduction of cars like the BMW i4 or the recently leaked BMW i4 M50. Now, we have word that BMW is actually about to kill off some 50-percent of its engines, leaving us with one major question: What BMW engines stay and which ones go?

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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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BMW Isn't Going to Abandon Gas-Drinking Engines Anytime Soon

BMW Isn’t Going to Abandon Gas-Drinking Engines Anytime Soon

That is confusing to say the least

It was earlier this week that Audi decided it’s time to call it a day on new combustion engines development, pledging to focus on electrification and improving its current ICE range to abide by emissions standards. BMW, however, looks to be taking a different route as Munich is not yet ready or willing to part ways with the ICE.

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It Almost Seems Like BMW's Design Boss Is Trying to Justify His Job Amid Big Grille Criticism

It Almost Seems Like BMW’s Design Boss Is Trying to Justify His Job Amid Big Grille Criticism

Who thought a grille would cause so much upset among BMW fans?

It is no secret that BMW’s decision to enlarge the front grille of its 4 Series (and M3 and M4, for good measure) has been receiving a lot of criticism from fans and potential customers. In fact, the decision has prompted tuners to come up with conversions that take the grille to a more bearable design, yet BMW continues to defend this polarizing styling cue.

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If You Don't Like BMW's Bucktooth Grille, That's Okay - You Weren't Going to Buy One Anyway

If You Don’t Like BMW’s Bucktooth Grille, That’s Okay - You Weren’t Going to Buy One Anyway

BMW explains why the big grille on the M3 and M4 is not for everyone

The latest BMW M3 and M4 are the most dynamic and powerful of their kind, but they also stand out due to their polarizing exterior designs. The huge kidney grille is the main culprit. While some BMW enthusiasts find it daring, others think that the German company ruined them. Some would rather have Chris Bangle back on the design team!

BMW is well aware that many do not like the new grille, but it doesn’t have a problem with all the criticism it’s getting on social media. Design boss Domagoi Dukec explains that the oversized kidney grille was created for customers that want to stand out. In short, if you don’t like, you weren’t among BMW’s targeted customers anyway.

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There's More to BMW's New Kidney Grille Than Meets the Eye

There’s More to BMW’s New Kidney Grille Than Meets the Eye

BMW explains that perception isn’t always reality

By now, a lot of you have your opinions of BMW’s new — and very controversial — kidney grille. Seen in models like the M3 and M4, the front kidney grille is, for better or worse, a visual conversation starter. But as much as it captures our attention, very little has been said about the functions of the kidney grille and, more importantly, what you can find behind the new nose.

See, there’s more to the kidney grille than meets the eyes, and thanks to Bimmer’s new “M3 and M4 - Explained” web series, we get a peek behind the curtain, or, in this case, a peek behind the two kidney grilles.

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