Can the Toyota Supra Beat the BMW M2 Competition On the Track?
When Toyota launched the 2020 GR Supra, many fans of the nameplate received the news with a dose of skepticism. Unlike the previous generations, the new Supra shares a lot of internal bits and bobs, engine included, with another car - namely the BMW Z4. Some say it’s not a Toyota anymore, but a rebadged BMW. We just think they’re entitled to their opinion.
MotorTrend went further with the comparison and pitted a 2020 Supra against a 2019 M2 Competition. They both have straight-six engines made by BMW, they’re both RWD, and they’re very similar when it comes to 0-60 acceleration.
2021 BMW 6 Series GT
The turn of the year marked the official demise of the BMW 6 Series in the U.S. But while it will no longer be offered in the U.S. market, the 6er will live on on the other side of the Atlantic. Proof of that comes in the form of new spy photos our eagle-eyed photographers culled of the soon-to-release, mid-cycle 6 Series Gran Turismo. Prototypes of the updated 6 Series GT have been spotted sporting barely enough camouflage to cover its entire body. A few physical changes are expected to come for the facelifted model, including some design cues that we’ve already seen in other new Bimmer models. The updated BMW 6 Series GT is scheduled to hit the market in the middle of 2020 as a 2021 model. It stands as the last 6 Series model in the market.
2021 BMW 4 Series Convertible
BMW is set to launch an all-new 4-Series two-door sometime in 2019 or 2020, and while the G23 coupe version will not feature any dramatic changes over the current model, the G22 droptop will. Spy shots indicate that for the first time in two generations (E93 and F33), BMW is giving up on the folding hardtop design in favor of the more traditional soft top option which it last used on the E46 model discontinued in 2006.
Heavy camouflage covers the prototype spotted, but this important change is quite evident as the canvas top is left completely bare (quite obviously on purpose). It might be an illusion caused by the camo, but it also appears this new 4-Series has a longer hood and rear decklid compared to its predecessor.
Update 12/30/2019: The BMW 4 Series Convertible was caught on the back of a transport on the way to some final testing before its big debut. Check out the latest pictures in our “Spy Shots” section below.
Santa’s Little Secret – He Drives a BMW X6 M
Back in 2017, BMW put together a fun little Christmas video that shows Santa driving a BMW X6 M down a rather snow road. We finally know what Santa has been driving for the past few years when he’s not flying and, to top it off, he rocks out a tiny Christmas tree on the dash instead of a random bobble head. Honestly, I expected a bunch of reindeer bobble heads or maybe one of Mrs. Claus – now that would be funny. But, nope, when it comes to work, Santa’s about work. He leaves his personal life at home.
For what it’s worth, the BMW X6 M50i is quite the performer and it does make sense as a good present hauler, even if the X6 M isn’t available in the States right now. The 4.4-liter under the hood is good for 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, so Santa is able to move his presents at the speed of 4.1 seconds to 60 mph and a top speed of 130 mph. Of course, Santa has magical powers, so we’re pretty sure his BMW X6 M is much faster. On that note, we also hope BMW didn’t make him pay a minimum of $85,650 to get into one. Either way, go ahead and check out the short video below. It’s good for a fun watch.
2021 BMW X8
The 2021 BMW X8 is an upcoming crossover based on the familiar X7. Rumored to arrive by the end of 2020 or in 2021, the X8 will fill another gap in BMW’s SUV lineup. Essentially an X7 with a coupe-style roof, the X8 will become BMW’s range-topping coupe-SUV, as it will slot above the X6.
BMW has yet to confirm the existence of the X8, but intel from BMWBlog claims that the vehicle is already in development with the internal designation G09 (the X7 is codenamed G07). Once it arrives, the X8 will be the eighth SUV in BMW’s lineup. What do we know about the X8? Quite a lot, and we also have a couple of renderings of the SUV’s design. Join me in the speculative review for more.
BMW Tried To Cast Shade on the Ford Mustang Mach-E By Unveiling Information About the 2021 BMW i4
BMW is set on keeping up with the electric car wave that is currently flooding the car industry and now that it has tested the waters with the i3, Munich will unleash its meat-and-potatoes electric car under the i4 nameplate sometime next year, probably at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show.
The i4 will take the shape of a sedan and will look a lot like the current BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. In our book, the 4er GC is one of the sleekest cars in Munich’s present lineup, by the way. Looks aside, two questions arise: will the i4 pack the desired amount of power and long-range capabilities sought after by today’s clientele? Furthermore, how will it fare against some of its potential competition out there?
2020 Alpina B3 Saloon
Where do you go when you want a car that looks like a BMW and still is a BMW deep inside, but sports subtle design tweaks, boosted powerplants, and new badges without looking over the top and rather elegant instead? Well, if you’re thinking Alpina, then you’re absolutely right. The firm calls itself a manufacturer because it does not offer aftermarket kits, tuning chips, of mods, but instead, it delivers BMW-based models that have been tweaked from the ground up. Alpina’s latest product, the B3 saloon, just took the stage in Tokyo, so why don’t we get to learn what’s it all about?
BMW is Sticking With the Concept 4’s Ridiculous Grille
By now, you’ve surely seen all the hatred plastered across the internet over the Concept 4’s big, ridiculous grille. And, it’s not surprising since BMW has already said that this concept previews its design language for the next-gen 4 Series and, potentially, other models as well. Despite all the negativity after the Concept 4’s debut, BMW refuses to step back and will instead move forward with it regardless of what you, I, or even its most loyal fans and customers think.
In changing circumstances of the car market that more and more transitions toward the alternative propulsion methods, it is a bit of a curiosity to see a major manufacturer develop a new V-8 engine. Well, that is precisely what is happening behind the closed doors in the BMW Munich headquarters. There, scientists and engineers work tirelessly to develop a new breed of the V-8 engine. Its name is the S68 (a „logical“ continuation after the current S63), and it will, according to the rumors, keep the „hot vee“ design. This basically means that two turbochargers will remain seated in between the cylinder banks. Something that BMW did first with the N63 in 2008.
I hope, however, that BMW will correct its „oversight“ concerning oil cumulation under those turbochargers, and in between the cylinder banks. I am sure almost every N63, and S63 owner knows what I am talking about.
This Rendering of a BMW Concept 4 Shooting Brake Will Make You Forget the Fugly Grille
These days, BMW is as addicted to big grilles as a 12-year-old is to big boobs after accidentally finding dad’s secret porn stash. Eventually, most 12-year-olds grow out of their first addiction and move on to something else, but BMW, on the other hand, just wants its grilles bigger and bigger – that’s the exact reason why the BMW Concept 4 damn near broke the internet in the worst way possible. All of that can now be forgiven now that X-TOMI design has converted the 4 Series Coupe Concept into a shooting brake. Well, to me it looks like a longer two-door hatchback, but for intents and purposes, it’s being considered a shooting brake, so we’ll go with that. Either way, We’re convinced that BMW needs to take the plunge on this one, even if it won’t ditch that fugly grille.
2019 BMW X5 Protection VR6
It’s been over 40 years since BMW released the 733i High Security. It was the German automaker’s first attempt at an armored vehicle. Little did anyone know, including BMW, that the 733i High Security would send Bavaria down the road to developing more personal protection vehicles. Fast forward to 2019 and Bimmer is still churning out fortresses on four wheels, this time with the fourth-generation BMW X5 SUV. Officially, this X5 carries the “Protection VR6” label. It’s a standard X5 by most measures, except that it also carries enough protection to keep its occupants safe from heavy ammunition attacks. The BMW X5 Protection VR6 is not for the faint of heart, folks. It’s designed for people who need all the extra protection they can get on the road for reasons that are probably best left unasked.
2019 BMW X5 G05 by AC Schnitzer
BMW is known for its elegant, capable, and good-looking vehicles, be it the sedans, SUVs, or sports cars. It’s been 20 years since the X5 was launched, and this is the fourth-gen of the SUV. However, the latest design philosophy has kind of diluted the last aspect for the majority of people. The kidney grille is not exactly a favorite, but BMW, for some reason, thinks this design will age well and is persistent to continue with it. But, thanks to companies like AC Schnitzer, these vehicles are looking quite good even in the latest iteration. AC Schnitzer got its hands on the 2019 X5 and has done magic on the SUV to make it look a lot better than what it does in stock condition. Are there any changes except for the makeover?