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Worthy Alternatives to the BMW M240i

Worthy Alternatives to the BMW M240i

The 2022 BMW M240i offers great Performance, but here’s what else you can have for your Money?

The BMW 2 Series is arguably the hottest model of the brand right now. Its roots can be traced back to the 2004 E87 1 Series, which was a hatchback, but later coupe and convertible models were spun from it. Eventually, the “1er” became front-wheel-drive, but luckily for us, the coupe version, now called 2 Series, still had a rear-wheel-drive platform. The M240i, in particular, is currently the most exciting of the bunch (until a proper M-version arrives), with its B58 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six that makes 374 horsepower and 369 pound-feet (500 Nm). However, at nearly $50,000, there are a lot of worthy alternatives, and here are some of the best out there.

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BMW 2002 - A Car With Interesting History

BMW 2002 - A Car With Interesting History

The 2002 would go on to shape the future of BMW’s sports cars lineup for decades to come

The 2002 is the sports car that helped BMW make a name for itself in the United States and at the same time, it sent BMW on the path of embracing the Ultimate Driving Machine philosophy. Here’s all you need to know about the BMW 2002.

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Great Alternatives to the Volkswagen Golf GTI

Great Alternatives to the Volkswagen Golf GTI

Can the Volkswagen Golf GTI still manage in the increasingly crowded hot hatch market?

The Volkswagen Golf GTI is considered the forefather of the hot hatch segment. The first Golf GTI was introduced in June 1976 and has been going strong ever since. Nowadays, the Golf GTI is in its eighth generation and is still one of the best all-around performers in the segment. It’s also sold both in Europe and North America, which is not something that can be said for all the cars on the list. With that being said, the modern hot hatch scene is as dynamic as ever and many new contenders for the best hot hatch title. Here are some of the best alternatives that aim to de-throne the GTI.

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BMW is Finally Building an M3 Wagon, So Here's a Look at the Company's Previous Hot Grocery Getters

BMW is Finally Building an M3 Wagon, So Here’s a Look at the Company’s Previous Hot Grocery Getters

BMW build only two M wagons in the past, but developed a couple of prototypes as well

BMW recently confirmed that it’s working on a wagon version of the M3. And that’s big news because BMW never offered an M3 Touring model since the nameplate was introduced back in the 1980s. The German company did sell station wagon versions of the M5, but these were restricted to a couple of generations and sold for a very short time. Here’s the shortlist of the only high-performance wagons that BMW has built in recent decades.

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Best BMW Cars Ranked

Best BMW Cars Ranked

The ’Ultimate Driving Machines’ that really deserve the tagline

BMW, the maker with one of the most famous grille designs in the business, has been around for over a century and, in that time, has made some of the world’s finest luxury cars although it’s fast sedans and coupes that really put BMW’s name on the map. Here you’ll find our ranking of the 10 best Bimmers as well as some very honorable mentions.

While the genesis story of Bavaria’s leading automaker is still being misrepresented to this day, nobody’s confused when it comes to naming BMW’s strengths among Germany’s leading brands with its transcendental focus on driving pleasure that’s been paramount to building a brand image that identifies with some seemingly age-old catchphrases: ’Freude am Fahren’ (which loosely translates to ’the joy of driving’) and ’the ultimate driving machine’. You can be sure that the cars below are a joy!

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Top 10 Fastest Used Cars Under $20K

Top 10 Fastest Used Cars Under $20K

These performance cars are cheap, fast, and have all had previous owners

With the prices of cars increasing, a $20,000 used sports car has become harder to obtain these days. Not too long ago, you could afford a decent runner for $20,000 and still have enough change to buy a few cosmetic kits. But that’s no longer the case today, or at least, not for the most part. Look hard enough, though, and you can still score some good deals on used sports cars for $20,000 or less. These cars aren’t world-beaters by any stretch of the imagination, but they should still have enough juice to get the adrenaline flowing. They’re out there in the world. All you need to do is look for them.

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2021 BMW M3/M4: All You Need to Know

2021 BMW M3/M4: All You Need to Know

Best believe that the new M3 and its coupé sibling the M4 are coming. Here’s what we know about them

BMW confirmed that the next-generation G80 M3 and G82 M4 will see daylight in 2020, but hasn’t offered an exact launch date. Some say it could happen at the Geneva Motor Show, while some say a mid-2020 debut is also quite likely, but then it should entail a private, BMW-centric event of sorts. Or maybe the Goodwood Festival of Speed, then? Either way, sales will kick off in early 2021.

As usual, there’s a lot of stuff we don’t know about the incoming BMW M3/M4 duo, such as price, the said launch date, and, most importantly, performance figures. So we focused on what we know about the new M3 and M4 and what we expect BMW to offer for the two.

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2020 BMW M135i vs 2020 Mercedes-AMG A35

2020 BMW M135i vs 2020 Mercedes-AMG A35

BMW has taken a leap of faith after looking over the fence at Mercedes and its highly successful A-Class and launched its own front-wheel-drive hatchback, the new 1-Series. Naturally, since BMW is a manufacturer with sporting aspirations, its new 1-Series will be sold as an all-wheel-drive hot hatch too, the M135i that almost perfectly mirrors the formula (and specs) of the spiced up Mercedes-AMG A35.

It’s as if the two rival manufacturers copied each other’s formulas, then went ahead and materialized the idea in their own way and their own style. The result is two highly enticing premium hot hatchbacks with oodles of appeal and bags of charm - but which one do you go for?

There are probably few rival models in the world right now that are so close in so many ways, yet their manufacturers are completely separate entities. If you were to choose one of these cars based on performance, you’d have a very hard time doing so because they are almost identical. But even so, they will undoubtedly be cross-shopped, so a conclusion should be reached as to which one is the better buy - a tall order, no doubt, that will require an in-depth analysis of each taken separately, as well as both together and in the current market context.

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2020 Toyota Supra Vs. 2019 BMW Z4

2020 Toyota Supra Vs. 2019 BMW Z4

Are they really clones, or is there more to it?

Few sports cars can rustle the ‘ole jimmies quite like the 2020 Supra and 2019 BMW Z4. Built as a collaborative effort between the two automaker giants, each is a rebirth of a long-lost nameplate, sliding into a market where sports cars are on the decline. However, despite efforts to meet the demands of an enthusiast-driven public, many decry the Supra and Z4 as nothing more than badge-engineered twins designed to leverage fond memories. But the question remains - how do these two machines stack up against one another?

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Cars That We Can't Wait to See in 2019

Cars That We Can’t Wait to See in 2019

There are so many that we just don’t know what to do

What does the future behold? There are countless future classics ready to slide out from under the sheets of which they’ve been covered, and it’s all set to happen in 2019. There will be new EVs, new muscle cars, and a complete evolution of luxury cars. One of America’s most loved sports cars, the Chevy Corvette, is set move into a mid-engine configuration - something that’s been in the works for decades. With that said, we have a lot to be excited for, and this is a list of the models that we just can’t wait any longer for.

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Visual Comparison: The 2020 Toyota Supra and the BMW Z4

Visual Comparison: The 2020 Toyota Supra and the BMW Z4

They Do Not Look Similar

With the leak of the first picture of the all-new 2020 Toyota Supra A90, we are finally getting a proper look at the most anticipated Japanese car in years. While the photography posted on the SupraMKV.com forum does not do enough justice to the new car, one thing is certain - Toyota’s designers and its administration are courageous. Designers created a car that looks a lot like the Toyota FT-1 Concept from four years ago, and all the key people in bureaucracy offices said yes to it. Considering the fact that Toyota basically signed BMW to develop a whole new car, it is only logical to make a fast visual comparison between the new 2020 Toyota Supra A90 and the 2019 BMW Z4. While both of these do have basically the same drivetrain, their exterior visage seems to be completely different. Heck, one is a coupe, the other - a roadster.

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2019 BMW Z4 vs 2017 BMW Z4 Concept

2019 BMW Z4 vs 2017 BMW Z4 Concept

Staggeringly Similar

BMW concept cars are somewhat special. Most of them turn out to be clear representations of what one can expect to get from the production phase. The latest BMW Z4 Concept included. BMW pulled a stunt by introducing the Z4 Concept at The Quail in 2017 and, just one year later we got the all-new 2019 BMW Z4. So, while you may still be smitten by the new Z4, I am taking the opportunity to show you just how different the new production Z4 is compared with the Z4 Concept. Or, just how similar it is. Despite losing some sharpness, edginess, and exclusivity of the Z4 Concept, I feel that the production version of the 2019 BMW Z4 actually retained most of the important design cues. Except for the most important ones of course, because, well, real life is never that good.

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2020 BMW Z4 vs 2017 BMW Z4

2020 BMW Z4 vs 2017 BMW Z4

The new BMW Z4 is a totally different car compared with the one from before. BMW officials are adamant about the new positioning of the Z4 which has, apparently, become a far more engaging and dynamic machine. Developed along with the new Supra (according to BMW “Toyota ordered a sports car as a coupe from us [BMW], which we developed according to our order,” said BMW Z4 Project Manager Andreas Ederer), the new Z4 had to be meaner and sharper than ever before. After all, it shares the drivetrain, the chassis, and many driving aids with the upcoming Toyota icon.

Despite its clear connections with the new Supra, the BMW Z4 is its own car, and we have to look at it as a continuation of the lineage that started all the way back with the first Z car - the Z1. In that regard, I will try to draw some parallels between the newest kid on the block and its latest revealed predecessor - the 2017 BMW Z4 sDrive35is.

However, before we sink into the real fun stuff about the engines and performance of the 2019 BMW Z4 M40i and the 2017 BMW Z4 sDrive35is, I’ll start, well, at the very beginning:

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Five Things You Didn't Know About The New BMW Z4

Five Things You Didn’t Know About The New BMW Z4

Someone Opened The Roof On The Z4 At 110 mph And It Worked

As with every new car, manufacturers are trying to reinvent the wheel. Well, not literally, but, at least, they are trying to make the most of it. It is the same case with the new 2020 BMW Z4, a new BMW roadster that looks to transform everything we have known about the previous gen Z4 into something more meaningful, sharper, and definitely more sporty. The latest generation car makes do with some fundamental changes compared with the outgoing model, the E89 Z4. How deep the changes go is quite extraordinary, despite BMW actually offering something similar to the previous gen car - a RWD, small, and fun roadster.

Here, I am presenting to you five things you didn’t know about the new BMW Z4. These should give you a whole new insight into what BMW actually wanted to achieve with the new car and help you understand how the Bavarians managed to change the car’s character without changing the layout.

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Comparison: 2018 BMW M2 Competition vs 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS

Comparison: 2018 BMW M2 Competition vs 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS

Which car wins?

BMW just unveiled the M2 Competition, a significant upgrade to the already familiar M2. Sporting exclusive features inside and out and a turbocharged engine borrowed from the M4, the M2 Competition is a big step forward for the nameplate on the performance ladder and may open the door to a more track-prepped version in the future. With more than 400 horsepower at its disposal, the M2 Competition seems ready to take on the heavyweights of the performance market, starting with the Porsche 718 Cayman GTS. Does it have what it takes to go against Stuttgart’s mid-engined sports car? Let’s find out in the comparison below.

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BMW M5: Old vs. New

BMW M5: Old vs. New

What changes do you spot?

2017 brought us the new BMW 5 Series, so it’s only fitting that 2018 brings us a new M5. We must have been good this year because Santa came early, and with him, he brought a whole slew of updates that include an updated V-8, loads of new technology, BMW’s xDrive AWD system as standard (optional outside the U.S.,) a lighter chassis, and better performance. Talk about some good news, right? Truth be told, the M5 dropped as much as 127 pounds, has more aggressive styling, an updated interior with the latest infotainment system, and an extra 38 ponies and 51 pound-feet over the outgoing model – that brings total output figures up to 591 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. It can now hit 62 mph in as little as 3.4 seconds and 124 mph in just 11.1 seconds. Of course, top speed is still pinned at 155 mph, unless you get the M Driver’s package, which increases the top speed to 189 mph.

Now, it’s set to take on other established beasts in the market that include the Mercedes-AMG E63, the Audi RS7, and the Cadillac CTS-V – I know, it’s not German, but this thing is seriously a beast, so don’t get caught slipping because it will eat you alive. With all this in mind, we decided to throw together a little infographic for the M5 to help bring its best features and qualities to the forefront. Check it all out in our visual comparison below.

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Is the new BMW M5 a Waste of Money? Why not Just Get the M550i?

Is the new BMW M5 a Waste of Money? Why not Just Get the M550i?

It really boils down to what you plan to do with the car and your general taste…

We’re fortunate enough to live in a world where brands like BMW take pride in their performance arms and like to apply M-power to just about everything. But, is it for everyone? Probably not. M-cars are typically much more expensive than the model that sits below them, but the tradeoff is usually lots of extra power and slightly more aggressive looks. Unless you’re one of those people that needs to have the best of everything, you could find yourself questioning whether or not the M5 is really for you, and I honestly can’t blame you. The new M5 comes just a year after the 5 Series transitioned into its seventh generation. With this transition, the 5 Series lost some weight (as much as 137 pounds) and came complete with some updated engine options that deliver better fuel economy and performance. On top of that, BMW finally decided to give the M5 all-wheel drive (standard in the U.S. but optional everywhere else) which is enough to bring it up to par with the competition from Audi and Mercedes. But, with a car like the BMW M550i xDrive resting just below the M5 in the lineup, do you really need to pony up for the M5?

Well, that’s not something I can answer directly, but I would be lying if I told you that the M550i didn’t have some intriguing points to back up why it just might be a better candidate. After all, the M550i is a gorgeous car with attractive and aggressive looks that make it stand out among its brethren, and it does have enough balls to compete on its own in most cases. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at why the M550i may be a better option for you and talk a little more about it.

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TopSpeed's 10 Best Mid-Level Sports Cars

TopSpeed’s 10 Best Mid-Level Sports Cars

So, entry-level sports cars aren’t good enough. You make too much money to be seen in a Mazda MX-5 or a normal Ford Mustang. Your successful self needs something powerful and exciting. Well, there is plenty of choices in the market.

To be as precise as possible, there is actually an overwhelming amount of choices in the market, with each car being a little different. There are German performance coupes, American muscle, and Japanese street rockets. These machines have the same sort of mind-bending power, but the way each puts that power down is as different as Apollo and the Space Shuttle.

Due to that reason, we had a hard time putting machines like the Dodge Challenger in same category as the Porsche Boxster. How can you compare two machines that are so vastly different? Sure, we could have, but it just wouldn’t have worked. So, after the jump we have three - even though the title says ten - different top fives. The price cap is $60,000.

We broke it down like this. At the top we have four-door performance machines that use amazing power with epic grip and practicality. Then we have the coupes. Don’t get these coupes mixed up with the Corvette-type coupes because these European cars are tuned for a mixture of speed and cornering ability. Finally, we have the American straight road muscle. Cars that run the quarter miles as naturally as a sports analyst getting a prediction terribly wrong.

Hit the jump to read the lists.

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