BMW’s Return to The Big Grille Actually Dates Back to 1996 and This 7 Series Concept Proves It
The topic of BMW’s large kidney grille is still a much-debated one. The prolonged grille design is actually a design cue that dates back to the 1930s, with cars like the 1936 BMW 328. Now, the long kidney grills have made a return, with most of BMW’s current lineup proudly wearing it (or shamefully, depending on how you’re looking at it). However, BMW’s recent decision to bring back this grille design isn’t as recent as you may think. Back in 1996, Joji Nagashima – the exterior designer behind the E36 and E90 3 Series came up with an interesting concept that paved the way for the controversial E65 7er. It was called the ZBF 7er and was the first concept to bring back the long kidney grille.
2024 BMW 5 Series - A Retro Look With Modern Tech?
The BMW 5 Series has long been one of the brand’s most significant models. With nearly 50 years of history and millions sold, the 5er has enjoyed great success. The current G30 generation was recently updated, so it’s not going away in the next couple of years. That said, we’ve already seen spy footage of the next generation BWM 5 Series, set to debut around 2024. This is what we know so far.
Watch An Audi RS7 Get Schooled By A BMW M5 CS On A Drag Strip
The Audi RS7 and the BMW M5 CS are both quick vehicles, but how they do fare against each other? Daniel Abt finds out the answer by pitting the two together in a drag race. While the Bimmer makes more horsepower, the Lord of the four rings produces a lot more torque. Both the Germans are powered by V-8s and feature an all-wheel-drive system. With similar specs, you’d expect them to have a close race. However, the M5 CS blows the RS7 out of the water. What do you think could be the reason for it – transmission, weight, tires, driver’s skill?
2022 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe
BMW’s gamble to come up with the 4 Series Gran Coupe paid. The company introduced it in 2014 to fill the vacuum between the 3 Series and the 5 Series. Given the vast lineup of both these models, no one really felt a need for a vehicle in between. But, as they say, it was something we didn’t know we need.
Fast forward to the present day, BMW has launched the second-gen of the 4 Series Gran Coupe. Apart from the little tweaks and enhancements in all departments, the biggest add-on to the 2022 4 Series Gran Coupe is the extra pair of doors that makes it all the more practical. Like it any better now?
It’s Easier Than You Think To Make Your BMW 3 Series (E46) Faster to 60 MPH
Building a budget-friendly project car for racing purposes is a goal for many car and motorsport enthusiasts. Luckily, even if you’re not officially versed in the art of wrenching, it is possible to achieve this. This is, in no small part, thanks to channels like ChrisFix. Despite his age, Chris has already proven quite a capable mechanic and his videos are highly informative. This time, it’s all about weight reduction on his BMW 330ix project race car and we’ll see just how much you can remove and how it affects performance.
2022 BMW i4 - This Is The German Automaker’s Answer To The Tesla Model 3
BMW unveiled the i4 digitally at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. A year later, the company has finally debuted the model along with its crossover sibling, the iX. The 2022 BMW i4 will be offered in two different trims, one of them being a performance version that makes over 500 horses. The i4 will launch Stateside in the first quarter of 2022 and will come with a starting price tag of $55,400.
Can An Old Tuned BMW M3 Beat The New M3?
The new BMW M3 was the talk of the town for the longest time for its face. The company didn’t change it despite the outcry, but I guess it is time to move on. That aside, the car is still a great handler. The switch to the torque converter from a dual-clutch has also drawn polarizing opinions, but overall the new M3 is a delight on the tarmac.
The folks at Carwow pit the new M3 Competition against the old BMW M3 for a series of races and tests. But, the catch here is that the old M3 isn’t in its factory tune. The car comes with a power bump and makes 700 horses as opposed to the new M3’s 510. Will this play a big role in the result?
If This Image Is Real, It’s Our First Look at the BMW i4 M50
The new BMW i4 was revealed back in March of 2021, and it’s poised to become the world’s very first electric BMW M car. Dubbed the i4 M for now, we’ve seen plenty of spy shots but this leaked image could be our very first look at what a real electric M car looks like. Some are calling I the i4 M others are calling it the i4 M50. Either way, it’s an electric car, and it’s wearing an M badge.
BMW’s First Electric M Car Will Sound Kind of Like A Space Ship
Even we - car enthusiasts - must acknowledge that EVs are now part of automotive culture. Although there is still a debate around their sustainability or even the point of EVs in general, one aspect we can all agree on is the sound, or more specifically the lack thereof. BMW M has recognized that electrification has taken away an important aspect for the car enthusiast, so they have enlisted the help of legendary composer Hans Zimmer in order to try and create a thrilling futuristic sound for their first EV.
How Do The BMW M550i and the M5 Competition Fare Against a 1000-Horsepower M5?
Like the 3 Series, the BMW 5 Series also comes in various iterations to cater to the needs of all kinds of customers. From the plush and luxurious core models, to the fuel-efficient electrified trim, to the performance trims; the 5 Series has it all. Carwow brought the two performance models, the M5 Competition and the M550i on a drag strip for a series of drag races, rolling races, and brake tests. These two had another M5 giving them company, but it was tuned to make 1,000 horses and over 800 pound-feet of torque. We obviously know who the winner here is, but can the M550i trump the more powerful M5 Competition to take the second place?
This BMW M5 Test Mule Raises A Lot Of Questions
It seems BMW might be working on another version of their M5, as a test car was spotted on the street with what seems to be a wider track. This forced the engineers from BMW to put extended fenders. It’s not just the track but the tires that are wider. To give some perspective, the normal BMW M5 has 275 mm wide rear tires, while the M5 Competition has 285 mm wide tires. On the photos, you can clearly see that the rear tire width is 295.
The Most Powerful BMW M Engine Wasn’t Found In a BMW - Until Now, That Is
Throughout its existence, BMW has made some pretty epic engines (and some not so epic), but their most powerful engine wasn’t actually put in a BMW car. It was the McLaren F1 that received BMW’s S70/2 6.1-liter V-12 back in the day, and for a long time, that was the brand’s most powerful engine. Until now, that is. Things have changed and we have the BMW M5 CS to thank for that.
Care to Know How the Drift Analyzer in the new BMW M3 and M4 Works?
BMW has taken some very controversial decisions in recent times, but the one we are talking about today will definitely be liked by BMW enthusiasts. The latest M3 and M4 models come with a drift mode. Having at least 480 horsepower, the BMW M3 and M4 are certainly capable of kicking the back end out, which is why the good people of BMW have given us the M Drift Analyzer. The YouTube channel “BMWBLOG” gives us a demonstration of this function.
The BMW M3 Competition Is Lighter Than Claimed Because Politics
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.
The Next-Gen BMW M3 Will Probably Be Electric
The current BMW M3 (and M4, for that matter) are so new that the welds on the have yet to cool, so why would I even consider talking about the next-gen model already? Because time tends to fly, and the next-gen M3 will actually be here before we know it. Add to this the fact that automotive technology is advancing incredibly fast, and it’s hard not to think about how different the next-gen M3 might actually be. Will BMW follow the hybridization route or will it go one step further and make the BMW M3 (And M4) full-on electric vehicles? I’m going to go out on a limb and say it’ll be the latter, and my reasoning behind this is rooted deeply in logic.
Here’s How The Traction Control In the 2021 BMW M3 and M4 Works
From the M Drift Analyzer to the two brake settings and the second M mode further split into Road, Sport, and Track, the new BMW M3 and M4 are brimming with geeky tech meant to boost one thing and one thing only: the driver’s pleasure. At the same time, the traction control system developed by BMW M is a brand new concept that comes to improve on the old one used in the previous M3 and M4.
The Cool and Sad History Of The BMW 5 Series E60
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.
2021 BMW M4 - Driven
The new BMW 4 Series, which was based on the BMW Concept 4, has been the victim of heavy criticism for some time now, and the M4 has fallen victim to the same big glass of hateraid. But, what sits behind that big, bulky, look-at-me nose is a humble powerhouse of performance that’s just as thrilling to drive as any other BMW on the market. After spending a week with the 2021 BMW M4 we can tell you that ugliness only runs skin deep, and you certainly shouldn’t judge a car by its face – this is our story with the new M4.