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The Cool and Sad History Of The BMW 5 Series E60

The Cool and Sad History Of The BMW 5 Series E60

Here’s some interesting facts you didn’t know about the fifth-generation BMW 5 Series

Produced from 2003 to 2010, the fifth-generation BMW 5 Series is almost a classic now, mostly because it spawned the only M5 model with a V-10 engine, as well as one of only two station wagon M5 up until now. But upon its release in 2003, the E60 5 Series was actually hated by many BMW purists, who didn’t like the company’s new design direction.

Just like the E65-gen 7 Series launched in 2001, the fifth-gen 5 Series saw a big departure from traditional BMW styling, employing the then-new "flame surfacing" design. Chris Bangle is usually credited with the exterior styling of these cars (the rear end of the 7 Series was nicknamed "Bangle Butt"), but they were designed by someone else. And the story of the E60 5 Series is touching to say the least.

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Have a Few Laughs At BMW's Expense in "A Story of Generations"

Have a Few Laughs At BMW’s Expense in "A Story of Generations"

It’s the story of a crusty OG and a young whippersnapper

It’s hard to believe that BMW’s iDrive infotainment system is 20 years old this year. But it is, and if you need a little reminder of that, this short film from Bimmer will give you all the reminding you need. The film stars a grumpy, foul-mouthed BMW E65 7 Series and a much younger BMW iX. The two talking Bimmers argue about which of them is the better car.

Curse words are uttered, feelings are hurt, and a resolution happens towards the end. It’s a weird short film that’ll make you wonder what Bimmer’s marketing folks are sipping these days, but there is a story that’s told perfectly here, too. This is a story of two generations of BMW that couldn’t be more different from each other, though the two do have ties that bind. Give it a watch and prepare to have feelings about it afterward.

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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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The BMW X2 Is Getting Bigger, Will Share DNA With the iX2 EV

The BMW X2 Is Getting Bigger, Will Share DNA With the iX2 EV

It will feature fresh design cues, whereas the iX2 could be the rival that Tesla Model Y needs

The X2 was introduced in 2018 and is the youngest of the German SUV lot. It was introduced to fill the vacuum between the X1 and the X3. Given how the market is shrinking and automakers are trying to capitalize on every possible opportunity, the X2 made sense. In its essence, it came in a package slightly smaller than the X3 but with more features and better specs than the X1. However, according to Autobild.de, BMW is giving the X2 bigger dimensions for the 2023 model. Do we really need it?

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2021 BMW 5 Series

2021 BMW 5 Series

BMW has refreshed the 5 Series for the 2021 model year

BMW updated the 5 Series sedan for the 2021 model in May 2020. It looks sharper and sportier on the outside, features notable changes on the inside, and comes with a new mild-hybrid system for the six-cylinder engines. There are some tweaks made to make it aerodynamically more efficient, too.

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2021 BMW M5 CS Release Date And Specs Revealed!

2021 BMW M5 CS Release Date And Specs Revealed!

Oh boy, just when we thought the super-sedan from Bavaria can’t get any meaner…

BMW has finally let the cat out of the bag, sort of. The cat being the new M5 CS, which is yet to be unveiled in full but, hey, at least it sheds some spec sheet secrets. And yeah, they’re of the juicy variety.

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2020 BMW X7 Dirt Edition 2 By Manhart

2020 BMW X7 Dirt Edition 2 By Manhart

Rugged looks, raised stance, and a power increase of 120 horses over the stock X7 makes this Manhart build a desirable monster

Manhart is known to come up with extraordinary builds. This time around, they’ve laid their hands on the BMW X7 and gave it an armored, military vehicle look. Called the Dirt Edition 2, this X7 boasts of a rugged-looking matte wrap on the outside coupled with smoking-hot black wheels, a raised stance, and a power boost for the V-8 engine under the hood. The Wuppertal-based tuner calls it the Dirt Edition, thus implying that this is a follow-up to the first dirt edition SUV that was based on the BMW X6 almost a decade back.

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2020 BMW M8 Gran Coupe Driven

2020 BMW M8 Gran Coupe Driven

Is the M8 Gran Coupe just another niche four-door coupe or is there more to it?

The BMW M8 Gran Coupe offers the same rapid and effortless acceleration, impressive interior, and command of the road without the sacrifice that comes with owning the standard M8 – a lack of interior space. In a sense, the M8 Gran Coupe sort of fixes everything that was wrong with the M8 coupe while bringing the M8 to a place where it’s more capable of carrying a family or – at the very least – four full-grown adults. Does the mean that the M8 Gran Coupe is just another four-door coupe or is there more substance to it? We spent a week with one to find out, and this is what we’ve learned.

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A Rendering Artist Has Tweaked An Original BMW M850 In Unimaginable Ways

A Rendering Artist Has Tweaked An Original BMW M850 In Unimaginable Ways

It’s not what I’d do if I had a BMW M850, but the interpretation is appreciated

It’s well established that I count the first-generation BMW 8 Series as one of my grail cars. It still ranks as one of the most beautiful cars I’ve ever seen, and two decades after BMW ended production of the E31 8 Series, I’m still smitten by it every time I see it. This, then, leads me to the Instagram page of Khyzyl Saleem, a rendering artist who has earned followers for his incredible creations. Saleem recently rendered a BMW 850CSi in what he described as his “perfect spec,” and the results are, well, intriguing, to say the least.

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Classic Car For Sale: 1973 BMW 3.0 CS

Classic Car For Sale: 1973 BMW 3.0 CS

This fantastic BMW E9 is going for under $50,000, and it could be yours if you act fast

The old Bimmers have a charm that the new ones just cannot match. An E9 from the 70s has arrived at Bring-a-Trailer and it certainly looks like one to collect. The German automaker built the E9 from 1968 to 1975. Apart from its classic, stellar looks, the car was also a performance beast back in those days. BMW even built a homologation of this series in the form of the 3.0 CSL model, which was quite successful as a racing car, especially in the European Touring Car Championship and the Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft.

The car that the auction site has here is a 3.0 CS, which is the tamed version of the 3.0 CSL, but comes with equipment from the latter. Although it spent most of its years in the U.S., it is now up for sale in Canada. Interested?

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2021 BMW 745Le xDrive Ellerman House

2021 BMW 745Le xDrive Ellerman House

This is BMW refinement at its absolute finest

Special edition models come in all shapes and sizes. Some come in the form of tiny pocket rockets while others come in the form of luxury barges on four wheels. The BMW 745Le for Ellerman House falls closer with the latter, and it fits the bill of a legitimate special edition model that was created exclusively for the luxury boutique hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. That means the BMW 745Le for Ellerman House isn’t for sale; you can only ride it if you stay at Ellerman House. That’s a fair tradeoff for the opportunity to ride in one of the most exclusive BMW 745Le models in the world.

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The BMW Vision iNext Just Became The iX Flagship, And It's Still A Concept

The BMW Vision iNext Just Became The iX Flagship, And It’s Still A Concept

The BMW iX is a near production-ready version of the iNext; debuts in 2021

Remember the Vision iNext concept that BMW unveiled at the 2018 Paris Motor Show? It’s now called the iX, and it’s one step closer to production. Although it’s still a concept vehicle, the iX doesn’t look as futuristic as the iNext, but it previous technology that we will find in BMW production models in the future. Set to go into production in late 2021, the iX will become BMW’s flagship electric vehicle, so it will slot above the X3-based iX3. The big news here is that the iX is built on a new, modular, and scalable platform for electric vehicles.

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2022 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

2022 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe will be launching very soon

The new BMW 4 Series is already a fact. With the coupe and convertible versions being introduced, the new Gran Coupe is ready to make an appearance as well, thus expanding the 4 Series family.

BMW has always been a competitive brand across the board. That said, BMW came late to the four-door coupe party. A segment that has become rather competitive over the last decade. Although the Bavarian brand was beaten to the four-door coupe party, it eventually managed to regroup and now they have four different four-door coupes in their lineup. But has the new 4 Series still have what it takes to play the game?

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2022 BMW iX - Photo Gallery

2022 BMW iX - Photo Gallery

BMW’s Vision iNext Concept has finally morphed into something almost production ready

The BMW Vision iNEXT has become the BMW iX – a pre-production prototype that previews the brand’s upcoming electric SUV. With a year still to go before its market launch at the end of 2021, the BMW Group is providing a first look ahead to the future BMW iX, which is currently still in the series development phase. The BMW iX is the first model based on a new, modular, scalable future toolkit developed by the BMW Group and focused on a fresh interpretation of design, sustainability, driving pleasure, versatility and luxury. Check out our awesome photo gallery below!

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2021 BMW M3 Touring

2021 BMW M3 Touring

BMW has finally taken the plunge to come up with a performance-oriented wagon

Although wagons aren’t selling well in the States, the same can’t be said for the European markets. Jaguar made a bold move and introduced the XF Sportbrake Stateside in 2017, but took it off the market recently due to poor sales. However, the European markets are gearing up for an exciting offering from the only German automaker who didn’t have a performance wagon in its lineup until now.

We’re talking about BMW and the upcoming M3 Touring. The company confirmed that the wagon will arrive by 2022. It was also recently spotted testing near Nurburgring. Do Audi and Mercedes have anything to worry about?

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2021 BMW M4 Competition x Kith

2021 BMW M4 Competition x Kith

BMW shows its fashionable side with the help of a popular U.S.-based lifestyle brand

Not one to be in the dark in the world of fashion, BMW has launched a collaboration with New York-based fashion and lifestyle brand Kith to create a limited edition version of the 2021 BMW M4 Competition.

Called the M4 Competition x Kith, the special edition performance coupe comes with a host of exclusive features and details that highlights the partnership between the German automaker and the American lifestyle brand. The M4 Competition x Kith is limited to just 150 units, all of which are earmarked for the global market. Each unit comes with a starting price of $110,000.

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The BMW X5 M and X6 M Competition First Edition Are Too Exclusive For You

The BMW X5 M and X6 M Competition First Edition Are Too Exclusive For You

These are the most exclusive BMW M models you can buy in 2020

The G05-generation X5 and G06-gen X6 are the first of their kind to be offered in M Competition trim. The midsize SUVs joined nameplates like the X3, X4, 3 Series, and 4 Series in the summer of 2020, and BMW just added First Edition models to the lineup. Fitted with exclusive and extra features, these are limited to only 250 units each, making them the rarest X5 and X6 models from this ongoing generation.

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