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BMW's Big, Controversial Grille Will End Up Being a 4 Series Exclusive

BMW’s Big, Controversial Grille Will End Up Being a 4 Series Exclusive

Not a fan of the BMW 4 Series grille? Don’t worry, it won’t make it on other cars

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!

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The 2021 BMW M5 Looks Like a Sleeper And Packs a Solid Punch

The 2021 BMW M5 Looks Like a Sleeper And Packs a Solid Punch

The 2021 BMW M5 debuts with new looks and tech to go with the same V-8 engine

Back in May 2020, BMW unveiled the mid-cycle facelift for its midsize sedan, the 5 Series. Just one month later, the German firm introduced the same update for the high-performance M5 model. The facelift adds a revised exterior, some new tech, and upholstery choices inside the cabin, but the drivetrain remains unchanged. Let’s find out more about it below.

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The Modern BMW 6 Series Rendering Shows Us What the BMW 8 Series Should Have Been

The Modern BMW 6 Series Rendering Shows Us What the BMW 8 Series Should Have Been

This BMW 6 Series is based on the iconic E24 "Sharknose" model

BMW revived the 8 Series nameplate in 2018 as a flagship two-door model. At the same time, the German firm discontinued the 6 Series after 15 years of continuous production. The 8 Series was well-received overall, but some BMW fans weren’t quite happy with the exterior design, considered rather dull for a flagship coupe. If you’re among those unhappy with the 8 Series, you should check out the modern 6 Series design by Grigory Butin.

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The 2021 Alpina B5 is the BMW M5 Wagon you always wanted

The 2021 Alpina B5 is the BMW M5 Wagon you always wanted

The Alpina B5 comes with 612 horsepower and that’s more than the BMW M5

M-branded cars have been the flagship of BMW automobiles for a few decades now, but there’s one brand you can go to for a more exclusive Bimmer. I’m talking about Alpina, a small Bavarian company that has been modifying BMWs since the 1960s, long before the German firm established the M division. Alpina is now the go-to tuner if you want exclusive features on your BMW, but it also provides drivetrains that generate more oomph than those found in full-fledged M cars. One such example is the facelifted B5. Based on the G30-generation 5 Series, the 2021 Alpina B5 debuted with more oomph than the latest M5.Making things even better, it’s also available as a wagon.

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This Is, Without a Doubt, The Most Amazing BMW Collection You'll Ever See

This Is, Without a Doubt, The Most Amazing BMW Collection You’ll Ever See

This BMW collection includes some of the rarest cars built by the German company

BMW has become one of the most iconic car brands in the world, starting with the 1960s, and many of the company’s cars are now sought-after collectibles, with some worth in excess of $1 million. But while some have a passion for a certain nameplate, some collectors adore BMW’s history as a whole. Peter Gleeson is one of those guys, and he owns an impressive collection of Bimmers. The Peterson Automotive Museum paid him a visit, and he showcases some of his favorite possessions.

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2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe Powertrain and Performance Explained

2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe Powertrain and Performance Explained

Some models are better, others are more of the same

BMW has finally launched the next-gen, 2021 BMW 4 Series, and with it comes BMW’s new (and massively large) kidney grilles, a new sporty yet muscular appearance, and a revised interior that pushes the 4 Series into the next level of evolution. But, is that new, muscular and sporty look justified by what’s going on under the hood? Well, BMW has revealed almost the entire coupe lineup, save for the full-on M4, so let’s take a closer look at your engine and performance choices.

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The 2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe Is Here And BMW Still Fails To Justify Its Ugly Face

The 2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe Is Here And BMW Still Fails To Justify Its Ugly Face

Is that a face only a mother could love?

Ever since the 2019 4 Series Concept made its debut, BMW’s new design language – namely the massive, vertically oriented kidney grilles – has been a frequent topic of conversation. Now, the 2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe with that very same grille design and, while the design does seem to fit decently with the overall design of the M440i, it looks a little out of place on the lesser models. Outside of BMW essentially saying it doesn’t care what anyone thinks about the new design – it’s here to stay – the company is still trying to justify the design. The latest reasoning behind that grille almost holds water until you look a little closer.

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The 2021 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo Is Still Ugly, But It's Now a Mild Hybrid

The 2021 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo Is Still Ugly, But It’s Now a Mild Hybrid

And it’s almost as spacious as the BMW X5

Although the 6 Series is no longer in production, having been replaced by the 8 Series, BMW continues to offer the oddly shaped Gran Turismo (GT) model in Europe. The five-door hatchback was introduced in 2017, and it was just revamped for the 2020 model year. Featuring styling cues from the most recent 5 Series model, the 6 Series GT looks crisper and sportier. More importantly, it now packs mild hybrid drivetrains across the lineup.

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There Won't Be a BMW X7 M Because the Alpina XB7 Would Be Better Anyway

There Won’t Be a BMW X7 M Because the Alpina XB7 Would Be Better Anyway

But we could still get an X8 M as a standalone model

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.

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2020 BMW M8 Competition MH8 800 by Manhart - The Fastest 8 Series In the World

2020 BMW M8 Competition MH8 800 by Manhart - The Fastest 8 Series In the World

When Manhart sets to deliver something, the result is nothing but amazing

Manhart has a new toy for big boys and it’s based on the smoking-hot BMW M8 Competition, a car that’s already brimming with performance. Yet Manhart didn’t settle for the stock grunt because, honestly, that’s not what tuners do. So what you’re seeing here is the MH8 800, the fastest BMW M8 Competition... in the world.

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2020 BMW X5 M Competition - Driven

2020 BMW X5 M Competition - Driven

BMW’s best attempt yet at making a lumpy SUV feel like a sporty sedan

With 615 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, the BMW X5 M Competition is one of the most powerful BMWs ever made, a 5,500-pound behemoth capable of going from naught to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and do it while enveloping you in a luxurious cabin blending leather and carbon fiber. We took the X5 M Competition out for a spin because we know that it shares its engine with the M5 and the M8 Competition but we wanted to find out if it also drives like BMW’s quick sedans.

When BMW came up with the X5 over two decades ago, the unique selling proposition of the first Bavarian crossover of any kind was that it offered all the benefits of an SUV - like the added practicality, the higher driving position, and off-road ability - while staying true to the BMW ethos and thus delivering that much-coveted driving pleasure. BMW even tried to create a brand-new niche with the arrival of the X5, calling it an ’SAV’ which is something that still applies to this day, with the only difference being that, over the years, the X5 did become sportier and felt more and more like a sedan able to belie its generous dimensions.

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2021 BMW 4 Series Coupé

2021 BMW 4 Series Coupé

The million-dollar question is: will it get the humongous front grille or not?

Remember the excessively polarizing BMW Concept 4 shown at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show? Well, some of its distinctive styling cues are bound to be trickled down to the upcoming BMW 4 Series Coupé and we’ve already seen pics that suggest the oversized kidney grille is one such element.

Although we’ll have to wait a while to see the new 4 Series take a bow, our spy photographers caught a heavily camouflaged test mule and managed to sneak inside for a couple of interior shots. Read all about it and more in the in-depth review below.

Update 4/28/2020: The BMW 4 Series Coupe was spotted testing the the wild once again, this time with much less camo and padding. Check it out in all its glory in the Spy Shots section below!

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