2021 BMW M3/M4: All You Need to Know
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.
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.
Between Godzilla and the BMW M5, This is One Action-Packed Head-to-Head Showdown
The BMW M5 and the Nissan GT-R are two cars that you don’t want to race against. Racing them against each other, though, is an entirely different story. You can argue that the M5 and the GT-R are two of the best performance cars on the market, and when there’s an opportunity to see which of these two savants has the performance edge over the other, you take that opportunity and you run away with it.
That’s exactly what Bulgaria-based YouTube channel DizzyRiders did when it put the M5 against Godzilla in a series of head-to-head races. Which of the two reigned supreme? We won’t divulge the results here, but you should know that both the M5 and GT-R showed out.
A BMW Rival For the Porsche 911 "Would Be a Nice Idea"
Do you know how fashion is a cyclic affair? What was trendy some decades ago comes back to the highest peaks of popularity? Well, in the car industry, this sort of thing sometimes happens for old reports.
Take the one claiming that BMW is looking to build a rival for the Porsche 911. It was floated on the Internet back in 2016, together with the info that the 6 Series will be phased out to make room for the new 8 Series. So far, only the 6 Series-8 Series swap found fruition, but we’re getting some signals that a BMW-badged rival for the 911 isn’t something Munich will vote against.
The BMW i8 Goes Out of Production Soon, But The Story Doesn’t End There
The BMW i8 has become known as many things. BMW marketed it as a Porsche 911 rival. Some claimed it was the evolution of the BMW brand and a representation of what the future holds. Others hated it with a passion because it just didn’t lineup with every other BMW on the market. Regardless of how you look at the i8, one this is for sure, it’s not going to matter for much longer if the latest reports hold true. Those reports put the end of i8 production in the Spring of 2020.
A Short Film Starring an E30-Gen BMW M3 Reminds Us How Therapeutic Driving Can Be
The E30 BMW M3 is one of the most memorable and iconic cars to every come out of BMW’s stable. It was one of those times when an automaker managed to get everything right from design, to performance, luxury, and everything in between. The E30 M3 was, without a doubt, an absolute blast to drive to the point that’s it practically therapeutic. And, that’s where this short film, titled “The Interview” comes into play.
I don’t want to and spoil it for you, as you simply must watch it from start to finish. But, the base line of the story is that the main human character is faced with a serious dilema. He’s heading to yet another job interview, only to leave in disappointment. Right around the same time, his girlfriend pushes the issue that the struggle is so bad that he just might have to sell that wonderful M3 if he doesn’t get the job.
Needless to say, the main character and the E30 have a close bond and, despite his next interview not going well, our protagonist takes off for a drive. The ending is pure bliss, but you’ll have to watch it to see what happens. The point is that this short film will remind you how a good, long drive in the right car can be one of the most amazing stress relievers on the planet. Go ahead and watch the short film below – you’ll be glad that you did!
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.
Throwback: BMW’s Holiday Video Features Rarely Seen M3 E30 Pickup
With Christmas literally being a few days away, automakers have started rolling out their holiday greetings for the masses. BMW’s M Division is the latest to do so with a holiday-themed ad that features a vehicle that was never sold to the public. We’ve seen it a handful of times over the years, but this is probably the first time Bimmer is using the pickup version of the BMW M3 E30 for any of its promotional videos. Consider it a treat then that BMW is doing it for the holidays. Merry Christmas, indeed!
2020 BMW M2 CS Picture Gallery
BMW introduced the 2020 M2 CS and the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show and, while it is focused around BMW’s M-Sport DNA, it’s also focus on luxury and comfort as well. On the outside, the M2 CS doesn’t look overly extreme. Sure, it’s a little more extreme than the M2 it is based on, but the goal here was to shed weight, and shed weight it did. Most of thw eight savings come courtesy of the CFRP body panels and components, the most prominent of which is the hood – it’s now nearly 50-percent lighter than its steel counterpart. In addition to this, the roof of the M2 CS is also made from CFRP, which is – believe it or not – a first for the M2.
Inside, the weight saving measures continued. The transmission tunnel, for instance is also made from CFRP – just another weight to shed 6 pounds from the overall weight of the car. The center armrest and dash trim are covered in Alcantara as is steering wheel. As part of the “keepin it luxurious” mentality, the steering wheel isn’t as sporty as you might expect with no flat-bottom in sight. The sport seats, on the other hand, exude the echos of a performance car and are finished in a mixture of Alcantara and Black Merino leather with red contrast stitching.
Under the hood sits BMW’s now-common 3.0-liter inline-six that’s been tuned to deliver a total of 444 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. That’s an increase of 39 horsepower over the M2 Competition, and it’s all channeled through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. This extra boost in power and reduction in weight puts the M2 CS in a position to sprint to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. If you opt for the manual transmission, you’ll make the same sprint in four-seconds flat. Top Speed is pinned at 174 mph and the Adaptive M Suspension – another first for the M2 – will help keep things stable and smooth at higher speeds.
The BMW M2 Cs goes on sale in the second half of 2020.
BMW M Models Won’t Be Going Electric Any Time Soon But It Has Nothing to Do With Desire of Purists
BMW M is well aware of the fact that electrification is now a matter of when, and not if. Yet while Munich’s performance division admits its competitors are becoming better and better at harnessing the powers of electricity, it won’t jump the sporty EV bandwagon.
In fact, BMW M will keep on doing its thing with gasoline-powered ICEs (Internal Combustion Engines) until all-electric technology evolves to the point where it suits the division’s creed and doesn’t add that much extra weight to its vehicles.
BMW’s New Cup Holder Will Let You Take Your Coffee to the Track
Can you imagine sitting in your BMW M8 with an uncovered cup of coffee as you wait in line to enter your favorite track? It sounds like a disaster waiting to happen, right? As soon as you hit that first curve at speed, there will be coffee everywhere, your interior will be ruined, electronics shot, and you’ll be pissed. That’s not a very fun day at the track, but if BMW has its way, you could –theoretically—cruise around the Nurburgring and have that coffee without a worry in the world. How does that work?
A Standalone M Halo Model Just Got a Huge Boost of Momentum
The unveiling of the BMW Vision M Next Concept at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show opened the doors on the possibility of one day seeing a standalone M halo model. That door remains open to this day, though BMW M chief Markus Flasch was also quick to point out that the new standalone model doesn’t have to be a mid-engined supercar. Flasch made that point while speaking to Auto Express at the Los Angeles Auto Show, adding that even if it doesn’t turn out to be in the vein of the Vision M Next Concept, the future M model still has to “stand out from the crowd,” as all M cars should. Regardless of the form it ends up taking, the future M model is expected to arrive sometime in 2021.