BMW Chops Off the 4 Series’ Roof and Makes It the 2021 4 Series Convertible
Whatever trace of summer we have left is beginning to fade away but BMW can’t be bothered. Munich has just introduced the second-generation 4 Series Convertible and before you start looking for an answer to the question ‘why now?’, know that it will only go on sale in March 2021, just in time for a new sunny season.
The U.S. gets four variants at launch: 430i, 430i xDrive, M440i, and M440i xDrive. Scroll down for a better look at the 2021 4 Series Convertible.
The 2021 BMW M3 Debuts With Massive Kidney Grille, Up To 503 Horsepower, And AWD
After months of teasers and speculation, BMW finally unveiled the new-generation M3, confirming what we already knew from the spy shots: the high-performance model features a pair of oversized kidney grilles in the front, a big departure from the standard 3 Series it is based on. The 2021 BMW M3 is also the first of its kind to be offered in two power versions: a base M3 and a more powerful M3 Competition model. Also a premiere for the nameplate, the 2021 BMW M3 is available with an xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
VinFast President: An Old BMW X5 With a GM V-8 That’s Built In Vietnam
VinFast sounds more like an app of sorts that lets you check a car’s service history by introducing its VIN and getting details on when, where, and why it was repaired. However, VinFast is Vietnam’s only domestic car brand, which became independent in 2018, after it bought GM’s remaining operations in Vietnam.
At the helm of the company sits CEO Jim DeLuca, who also happens to be a former General Motors employee, but the owner is Vietnam’s richest man.
Why are we telling you all this? Well, VinFast just introduced its first SUV, a hot-rodded luxo-barge called the President, that’s based on the F15-gen BMW X5.
When it comes to buying a four-door BMW 2 Series, aka the 2 Series Gran Coupe, you don’t have a whole lot of options. You can either choose the base, 228i, or the current range-topper, the M235i. With a price difference of $7,800, it leaves one to wonder whether you might as well pony up a little extra to get something that looks, well, less bland, or if you should just get the base 2 Series GC and drive it for what it is. The extra $7,800 doe net you nearly 70 extra horsepower and a drastic improvement in acceleration, but is it enough? We just spent a week with the M235i, and our experience with it – and how it competes with the Audi S3 and Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 – will enlighten you.
If You Really Want a BMW M3 Touring, Sign This Change.org Petition
BMW recently confirmed that it’s developing a wagon version of the M3. It will arrive in 2021 and it will be the first Touring version of the nameplate. It will be just as powerful as the sedan and likely nearly as quick.
However, the M3 Touring won’t be sold in the United States, where wagons are slow sellers and almost all major companies drop them from the lineup. But some enthusiasts aren’t willing to give up just yet and started a petition on Change.org, hoping that BMW will change its mind.
That Weird 8 Series Mule Is Probably a Hybrid M8 CSL
We were quite surprised to see what we believed at the time was a BMW 8 Series with a mid-engine configuration. Due to the weird vents in the rear quarter glass, the louvers on the rear window, and the fact that whatever was behind the front seats was covered, there was certainly something going on. A few days after those spy shots started making rounds, we learned that BMW claimed that “mid-engined 8 Series” was little more than a test vehicle that’s passed from department to department to test new technology and mechanical goodies. At that time, we admitted that a mid-engine configuration was unlikely, but despite the lack of electric motor whine, BMW could be testing a hybrid powertrain setup. According to a new report, we may have been right.
2020 BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupe By AC Schnitzer
Like most cars, the M8 Competition Gran Coupe is far from perfect. It’s preposterously fast for a car that weighs in excess of two tons, and yet, the speed doesn’t really translate to the kind of enjoyable driving experience you’d expect from BMW’s range-topping model. Fortunately, AC Schnitzer is always there to answer the bell.
The German tuner known for developing programs for all sorts of Bimmers has come up with a program for the M8 Gran Coupe, one that addresses some of the perceived shortcomings of the M8 Competition Gran Coupe. The result is what you’d expect from AC Schnitzer.
Why Is BMW Testing This Weird Mid-Engined 8 Series Mule?
Our paparazzi just spotted a partly camouflaged BMW 8 Series near the Nurburgring track. Judging by the body elements that are hidden, it appears to be a facelifted version of the big coupe, but some other details suggest that BMW may be testing something entirely different, including some sort of mid-engined mule. What is Munich up to?
Here’s the upcoming BMW M3 Touring before you’re supposed to see it
BMW just confirmed that it will produce a wagon version of the hot M3 and released a teaser of the vehicle’s rear end. The beefed-up wagon won’t hit showrooms until 2022, but it will most likely borrow the front section from the M3 sedan, a car that will break cover in September. Thanks to this new rendering, we don’t have to wait until then to see how the M3 Touring will look like.
The 2024 BMW M5 Could Essentially be a Hypercar in a Luxury Car Body
The current-generation BMW M5 has been on the market since 2017, and the mid-cycle facelift from 2020 guarantees that we will find it in showrooms for another two to three years.
But the German carmaker is already working on the next-generation model, and it seems that it will be more radical than we think. Rumors suggest that the M5 nameplate will include both plug-in hybrid and electric versions, and a new report claims that BMW is also working on an extreme variant with around 1,000 horsepower. Yes, that’s not a typo, the next-generation M5 could be a four-door hypercar.
Cool Car for Sale: 2001 BMW M5 E39 Titanium Silver Metallic
BMW E39 is widely considered as the best BMW 5 Series ever built. The automaker produced it from 1998 to 2003. It isn’t just about the classic looks, but also the fact that it came through in a transition period wherein companies were adopting a lot of tech features. So, this was one of the last BMWs to have the mechanical-feel to it and arguably the best driver’s car that BMW has offered to date.
If you scout the pre-owned market for the E39, you’ll figure out that the model is getting harder to find with every passing year. But, here is one pristine example of 2001 BMW M5 E39 with a modest mileage in the Netherlands. Drool-worthy, isn’t it?
2021 BMW i3
BMW is one of the most proactive automakers to advance towards electrification. The company has not just announced new electric models, but will also electrify the existing lineup. Recently, it revealed the iX3, which carries over all the shenanigans of the regular X3, but with an electric powertrain. Recently, the electric version of the 3 Series was spotted yet again and it seems to be on the same transformational path as the electric X3.
We Can Finally Say That the 2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe Will Be Rear-Wheel Drive
In production since 2013, the current BMW 2 Series is a bit long in the tooth as of 2020. But we know that the German company is working on a new-generation version because we keep seeing it being tested in various locations. Our paparazzi just sent us a new batch of spy shots, and it seems that the upcoming 2 Series will look a lot more muscular than the outgoing model. But there’s more good news to consider.
Is a 2020 BMW X6 M50i Faster Than Jaguar’s Supercharged F-Pace SVR?
If you told us two decades ago that we’ll have SUVs fitted with bumped-up V-8 engines roaming the streets, able to pull off insane 0-60 figures, we would have sent you home for a nap to cure that drunkenness. Fast forward 20 years and drag racing performance SUVs is becoming the norm, so here’s today’s duel: the BMW X6 M50imeets the F-Pace SVR. Care for a bet?
Is the 2020 BMW M5 Competition Really Better Than the Jaguar Project 8?
The BMW M5 Competition is arguably the best car the German automaker has on the road these days. It checks all the boxes you’d want in a prized super saloon. Refinement? Check. Class and sophistication? Check. Power and performance? Check. If you want something from a car, the M5 Competition probably has it in spades. Knowing all of that, is it possible that the M5 Competition is too good of a car that when you line it up opposite, say, a Jaguar Project 8, you’d enjoy the much-less refined special project Jag more than the BMW saloon? Veteran auto scribe Harry Metcalf sought to find an answer to that question, and he did so the only way he knows why: driving both cars and seeing which of the two is the better car.
BMW to Take the Tesla Model S Head-On With the 5 Series EV, But Will It Have What It Takes?
BMW recently unveiled the iX3, an all-electric version of the X3 crossover. The iX3 joined the i3 to form the company’s small, two-vehicle EV lineup, but BMW just announced plans to expand more into zero-emission territory. The i4 and the iNext are already underway for 2021, but BMW also plans to roll out electric versions of the 5 Series, 7 Series, and X1. The 5 Series is particularly important here, as it will go against the Tesla Model S.
There Are Heaps of New M Performance Parts For Your 2020 BMW 5 Series
Do you want your BMW 5 Series to look mean but you can’t afford the M5? Or you simply don’t like the M5 that much and you want to customize your own 5 Series? Well, BMW has you covered with a new lineup of M Performance Parts for the facelifted, midsize sedan.
The four-year-old G30-generation 5 Series was revised for its mid-cycle facelift in 2020, but the upgrade didn’t change all that much on the outside. However, BMW now offers more M Performance Parts than ever that cover the exterior, the cabin, and the drivetrain department. These Performance Parts aren’t only for the 5 Series though, they also work with the beefed-up M5 and M5 Competition models.
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 Resorts to Tesla-Style Trolling With Latest BMW M3 and M4 Teaser Image
BMW has released a teaser image of the future M3 and M4, giving us our first slightly decent look at the two high-powered sedans. The image shows the front-end of the all-new M4 (G82) alongside the rear section of the just-as-all-new M3 (G80).
The German automaker dropped some cheekiness in the image, hiding two well-placed Easter eggs for all those who attempt to get a clearer picture of the two models’ exterior designs. So in case any of you try to outwit BMW, the automaker’s marketing and PR departments have a surprise or two waiting for you.
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.
I love 4-door cars. Being able to have room inside for your friends is usually a good thing and having a big four door with 600 hp is even better. Enter the new BMW M8 Gran Coupe. This is a car for when you don’t want compromises and you want everything. There are usually drawbacks for such situations and in this case it comes down to money. But let’s just enjoy the fast and luxurious M8 for now.
BMW Is Outgunning Mercedes and Audi With the new BMW M3 and M4
BMW has finally confirmed that, as expected, the upcoming 2021 BMW M3 and M4 will be offered in standard M trim and Competition trim. What’s more important, however, is the impressive improvement that comes with the new generation, including an output increase of 66 horsepower over the current M3 and M4 Competition. With the 2021 M3 and M4 Competition pumping out 510 horsepower, can they hold their own against the Mercedes-AMG C63 S and the Audi RS5? You bet your ass they can.
2020 BMW 8 Series Golden Thunder Edition
BMW is back at its special edition game with a new attire for the 8 Series. While the package looks alright and will at least prevent owners from painting their 8er’s rims gold, we cannot not wonder just how helpful will the Golden Thunder Edition prove to be for the 8 Series’ sales cause.