2020 BMW X3 M and X4 M Unveiled, Brings More Than 500 Ponies In Competition Trim
It’s no secret that consumers are flocking to the high-performance SUV segment, gobbling up any and all tall-riding, corner-carving, hard-accelerating ‘ute along the way. BMW is well-versed in this space, and now the Bavarians are taking advantage with the new 2020 X3 M and X4 M. Sporting turbocharged six-cylinders, tons of rubber, and just about every physics-defying tech-trick in the book, these machines looks poised to bring some serious heat to the segment.
BMW Reveals New Details On M8, Sets Market Release for 2019
For the first time ever, the 8 Series will spawn an M8 version. We know it’s coming, we’ve seen it in concept form, and also as a race car. We still don’t know too many details about the drivetrain, but BMW just released a bit of information and more photos of a camouflaged car.
The Nardo Ring is a high-speed test track located located at about 12 miles away from the Italian city of Nardo. The track measures 7.8 miles long and is divided in four different lanes, with neutral speed ranging from 62 mph in lane 1 to 149 mph in lane 4. The term "neutral speed" means that the driver can drive the car without turning the wheel.
This is a reason why this ring is the perfect place where you can go and travel with no problems at speeds above 300 km/h (186 mph). The folks over at Auto Bild recently invited a group of cars capable of hitting this speed in a test drive it named "Beyond 300 km/h." One of the cars invited was a BMW M6 Gran Coupe tuned by AC Schnitzer.
The M6 proved it was worthy of the invite, as it managed to hit a top speed of 328,9 km/h (204 mph). With this speed, the M6 Gran Coupe by AC Schnitzer becomes the fastest road legal BMW to lap Nardo.
Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M6 Gran Coupe by AC Schnitzer.
Next year will bring a series of small modifications in BMW’s lineup – most of the shuffling will happen within the Bavarian automaker’s naming system. The 3-Series Coupe and Convertible will be sold as the 4-Series and the 1-Series Coupe and Convertible will become the 2-Series.
Until now, we only brought you spy shots of the next 4-Series, but our spy photographers have just caught the 2-Series Convertible testing on public roads for the first time. You can see one image above and the rest in the gallery.
The 2-Series Convertible will be based on the 1-Series hatchback from which it will borrow its technology and engine lineup. As for its design language, BMW has promised to make the 2-Series a little sportier.
Under the hood, we will only see four-cylinder engines. The engine lineup will consist of a 2.0-liter gasoline engine with 150, 177 or 218 horsepower, and a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine with 214 horsepower. All of the engines will mate to either a six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed automatic transmission. BMW’s now famous xDrive system will be available as an option on the 2-Series, as well.
The upcoming 2-Series Convertible is set to be unveiled in late 2013.
It’s not every day the words "BMW M3" and "Electric" get thrown together, but today is one of those days. Rimac Automobili - yes, the same guys that introduced the Concept One - have taken a 1984 BMW M3 and converted it to an electric piece of automotive wonder.
The idea came about when Mate Rimac - the founder of Rimac Automobili - blew out the engine of his Bimmer while racing. He then started to read about how to develop electric vehicles and after one year of work, his end result netted him a heavy and not very powerful vehicle with a very limited range. Since that time, Rimac’s BMW has gone through five development phases during which almost everything about the car was changed. The time Rimac spent on this vehicle and the help he received from experts in the electric car field, gave way to the Rimac e-M3, which has become one of the fastest and most exciting electric cars in the world. Its electric motor delivers a total of 600 HP and 664 lb-ft of torque, which sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds up to a top speed of 174 mph. It also has a range of 111 miles.
The Rimac e-M3 has already smashed five world records (three of which are still waiting for official FIA approval) when he took the car on a two-mile long military runway near Zagreb on April 17th, 2011.
Hit the jump for a full list of the Rimac e-M3’s new world records and a list of performance specs!
The new BMW M5 marked the first time the company ever used a turbocharged engine for that specific model and the added boost was worth it, providing the 4.4-liter V8 with a galloping 560 HP at 6,000 – 7,000 rpm and a 502 lb-ft of torque from 1,500 rpm. Much to our surprise, though, BMW failed to offer a wide variety of performance numbers for their new sports sedan, leaving the ball in the customers’ court as to how fast the M5 could really go. Lucky for us, an owner of the new M5 was kind enough to share some of his performance times.
This owner recently took his M5 to a local drag strip, pulling in a time of 11.92 seconds at 119 mph with a 1.9 sixty foot. This was only his first attempt, however, as after getting used to the launch control, he managed to improve his time to 11.78 seconds at 119 mph with 1.85 sixty foot. He said that his M5 was bone stock, including the tires and air pressure.
This adds to the BMW M5’s already stellar performance numbers of 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and its Nurburgring lap time of 7:55, as well as its top speed of 190 mph.
We all love the BMW M lineup, and we are particularly fond of the brand new 2012 Ms, which punches 560 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque from a TwinPower Turbo 4.4-liter V-8 engine. According to our report in January, the 2012 M5 can hit a top speed of 190 mph, and a driver on the Autobahn decided to test this spec.
This 60-year-old man pushed his fresh-off-the-showroom-floor 2012 BMW M5 all the way up to an estimated 186 mph. As he approached a merging vehicle he swerved to avoid it, sending this machine into ping-pong ball, as it careened back and forth between the left and right guardrails. The M5 then flipped several times before coming to a rest in the grass to the side of the high-speed highway.
Miraculously, the driver, his 20-year-old passenger, and his dog all survived the crash, though severely injured. This clearly shows how advanced theBMW’s safety features are. Judging by the images (hat tip to Bimmerpost for the images) if this were any other car, the results would have been more tragic.
This just goes to show that just because you own a car that will do 190 mph and are on a section of the Bundesautobahn (Autobahn for short) that has an unregulated speed limit, does not mean you should push the car to its limits. By all means, stretch its legs when it’s safe, but don’t max the thing out. We should all use the tragic death of this brand-spankin’-new M5 as a lesson in how not to drive. Save that craziness for the racetrack.
Right before Christmas, German magazine Autobild gave themselves a little present: they took all of the current BMW M models and tested them on the circuit to see which one was the fastest. All of the tests were done on the Sachsenring circuit in Germany and, surprising or not, the fastest model turned out to be the M3 CRT (E90). In fact, according to Autobild, not only was it the fastest from all the models tested, it was also the fastest M Car they have ever tested on the Sachsenring.
The M3 CRT lapped the circuit in 1:38.87 , closely followed by the M5 with a lap time of 1:38.90 and the 1-Series M Coupe with a time of 1:40.18. The list continues with the M3 in coupe, sedan, and convertible forms and ends with the X6M and X5M. Both SUVs were faster than the old E60 M5.
And just for fun, Autobild also brought a Porsche Panamera Turbo S and a Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG to the test. Hit the jump to see the official lap times.
BMW spent a great deal of time bragging about their new M5, only to disappoint with an announced 0-60 mph sprint time of 4.4 seconds. Not too shabby in comparison to other high performance sports cars out there, but hell, the new Audi S8 has a reported time of 4.2 seconds and is considerably larger than the M5. Lucky for BMW, Car And Driver has expert drivers that were able to drive the new sports sedan the way it was meant to be driven. With the help of these drivers, the BMW M5 has been able to clock a 0-60 mph sprint in 3.7 seconds. Eat that, BMW!
Maybe BMW didn’t realize what their car could really do? If that’s the case, then they need to buy these guys a beer or something. Now they can truly say that their sports sedan is better than the Mercedes E63 AMG which sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds.
During that same test, the BMW M5 also covered the quarter mile in 12.0 seconds.
The BMW 7-Series is designed for luxury first and power second, but German tuner, TuningWerk, has decided to change up BMW’s priorities just a bit. Well actually, a whole lot. TuningWerk’s new package for the 750Li luxury sedan increases the 4.4-liter turbocharged V8’s output to a total of 720 HP, while top speed has been bumped up to 223 mph. There is also a milder version available for those that can’t handle the extra push.
The new 720 HP and 803 lb-ft found in the top kit can sprint the Beamer from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds before the Carbon Ceramic brake system slows it to a halt. This performance is facilitated by the weight reduction options chosen by TuningWerk. The firm reduced the 7-Series’ weight by 264 lbs thanks to a lightweight design sports exhaust system and front and body sills made out of a combination of carbon fiber and other lightweight materials. The kit, car included, costs 198,000 euros or about $270,000 at the current exchange rates.
If the thought of being carried by 720 HP is too much to handle, TuningWerk has also released a "small-scale" version that will boost output to 530 HP and 545 lbs-ft, up from the standard 362 HP and 360 lb-ft of torque. This version will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and hit a top speed of 192 mph. It will set you back 169,800 euro or about $230,000 at the current exchange rates.
If you happened to work at a BMW dealership and had to look at the beautiful 1-Series M Coupe hour upon hour every day, chances are you’d be extremely tempted to extract the keys from their little hook and take the new sports coupe out for a little test drive. Two employees from Pacific BMW in Glendale were unable to resist that temptation, not only taking the new M Coupe for a test drive, but pushing it to its twin-turbocharged 340 HP limit.
Now imagine if you were the excited customer that just purchased their brand new BMW and were then called by the dealership manager to hear the news of the employees’ debacle of a test drive. Pissed? Sure would be, especially because proof of the extreme test drive was delivered to YouTube by the employees who were too pumped up by the experience to realize it would not be a good idea to tape it and splatter it all over the internet. Idiots.
The BMW employees were obviously fired, but Pacific BMW has bigger problems; the BMW 1-Series M Coupe comes with a warning letter from the factory advising against excessive revving and speeding prior to 1,200 miles. Now the customer who purchased the famous 1-Series M Coupe is demanding that $10,000 be refunded to him for the high-speed hijinks, which is the same amount paid over the base price of the 1M. According to the disgruntled customer, the dealership claims that no damage was done to the vehicle and that they would only refund him $2,000. This is the part where lawyers were called to solve the issue. No compromise has been achieved as of yet.
We’re not taking any sides because there’s always multiple sides to every story, but we’d be pretty angry if we found out our $50,000 sports car was pushed to its limits 10 days before we even walked into the dealership to purchase it. Let us know what you guys think in the comments section below. Is a $10,000 refund a fair price for the dealership to pay?
By the way, this video of the test drive contains excessive cursing, so make sure you are old enough to watch it.
When BMW launched their 1 Series M coupe, everyone wondered how the car would fare against the larger and heavier, but more powerful,M3. In testing, a German car magazine ran the Nürburgring Nordschleife from bridge to gantry in 8:15, while the record for a ‘Ring lap in an M3 CSL stands at 7:50. Even the plain E92 BMW M3 lapped the ‘Ring in 8:05, so it seemed clear that all M3 variants were quicker than the 1 Series M cars.
The video above may prove otherwise. The driver of the 1 Series M, with the in-car camera, is Andre de Vries. He’s chasing a BMW M3 CSL, set up as a Nürburgring track day car and fitted with a roll cage, big brakes, lightweight exhaust, racing seats and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires. The 1 Series M, on the other hand, is bone stock, which makes the performance of the car that much more remarkable.
It’s amazing to see how closely matched the two cars are, and de Vries managed to clock the exact same 8:15 time recorded by Sportauto tester, Horst von Saurma. Given a cleaner run around the ‘Ring, with less traffic and no accident to necessitate lifting off the throttle, deVries is confident that he can lap from bridge to gantry in under 8 minutes, which puts the 1 Series M in the same league as a 2005 Dodge Viper SRT-10, a 1996 Nissan Skyline GT-R R33 V-Spec, and the 2004 Porsche 911 Carrera S. That’s some impressive company to keep.