2019 BMW M8
The BMW 8 Series returned in 2018 after almost 20 years. Developed to replace the 6 Series, the 8 Series is sportier, more modern, and enables BMW to compete against the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe.. But since this is BMW we’re talking about, it’s not just a matter of competing against its rivals; it’s also about one-upping them when the opportunity comes. That "opportunity" has arrived in the form of the BMW M8, the high-performance version that will be offered in coupe and convertible form, not to mention coupe and convertible variants of the more potent Competition trim. Production for the M8 starts in mid-to-late 2019. The M8 is priced from $133,000 for the base coupe model to $155,500 for the Competition convertible model.
2017 BMW i8 – Driven
The BMW i8 has been around since the 2015 model year, but I’ve just recently had the chance to get behind the wheel. In fact, I had an entire week to play with it, driving it to mundane places like the grocery store and the parent pickup line at the kiddo’s school. As you might imagine, the i8 garnered plenty of attention wherever it went. And why not? It’s the sexiest machine in BMW’s current lineup and just as exotic as anything from Lamborghini or Ferrari. Yet under its Sophisto Grey paint and carbon fiber reinforced plastic body lies some of the most sophisticated and technologically advanced drivetrain components this side of Doc Brown’s DMC DeLorean and its Mr. Fusion nuclear reactor.
The i8, along with its less athletically inclined brother, the i3, are the current members of BMW’s i Division. As BMW’s M Division is committed to high performance vehicles, the i Division is all about electrification. For the time being, the i Division has concentrated on gasoline-electric hybrids, combining the best of both worlds into an amalgamation of efficiency and sportiness while limiting the amount of gasoline needed. Holistically, the BMW i8 lives up to its hype, delivering a 0-to-60 mph time of 4.0 seconds, a top speed of 155 mph, an EPA-estimated 76 MPGe, and a combined rating of 28 mpg when the gasoline three-cylinder kicks on. But like most cutting-edge technology and exotic supercars, the everyday experience can be a bit compromised and challenging.
Continue reading for the full review of the 2017 BMW i8.
1978 - 1981 BMW M1
Although BMW had been racing its cars since the 1920s, it didn’t develop its first true-blue sports car until the late 1970s. A few years after the M division started making headlines with its beefed-up sedans and coupes, BMW signed an agreement with Italian manufacturer Lamborghini to build a mid-engine sports car in sufficient quantity for racing homologation. The collaboration didn’t go as planned, and BMW eventually decided to produce the car itself with input from its Motorsport division. The M1’s body was designed by Giugiaro, which explains its very Italian cues, while production was handled by Baur. The end result was sold to the public from 1978 to 1981, with only 453 examples built.
To this day, the M1 remains one of BMW’s rarest models. Likewise, it is also one of the company’s most successful race cars, with its track career surpassing that of the road car’s well into the 1980s. Unfortunately, the M1 is also BMW’s first sports car, which makes it that much more important to the Munich’s storied history as an automobile manufacturer.
The M1 Homage Concept launched in 2008 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the M1 spawned rumors that BMW might build a successor, but a modern-day M1 has yet to arrive as of 2014.
Updated 08/23/2016: RM Sotheby’s auctioned a very well preserved Ferrari Enzo during the 2016 Monterey Car Week. Check out the "Prices" section to see how how much it was auctioned and the "Pictures" tab for some images taken during the event.
Continue reading to learn more about the 1978-1981 BMW M1.
BMW’s supercar, the M1, was sold between 1978 to 1981 as the only mid-engined BMW to be mass produced. But you’d expect more from a maker like BMW, right? And with all the competition on the market, BMW had to do something about it, so they decided to put the Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show into production.
There is one distinct change for the Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept as it heads into production, as BMW changed its name to the i8. Along with the recently announced i3, the i8 shows the other end of the spectrum that the German automaker can reach with its hybrid drivetrains. The production i8 will, surprisingly, carry the concept’s in-line three-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor to drive the front wheels.
As of now, there is only one i8 model set for production, but we have a sneaking suspicion that there may be an M or M Sport model in coming years.
Updated 9/1/2015: Our man Jonathan Lopez took some pics at Monterey Car Week. Enjoy!
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It’s been a while since I admittedly got all tingly about a car that doesn’t even exist yet, but BMW seems to have done the trick with this “hotter i8” report. Automobile Mag is reporting that BMW’s 100th anniversary in 2016 will coincide with the launch of green supercar that currently carries the codename “M100”. The codename is merely temporary, as it’s reportedly set to be called the BMW i8S.
According to Automobile Mag, the new “i8S” isn’t just going to be a showpiece concept; rather, BMW has plans to release a full-fledged production model by 2017.
Project i team leader Ulrich Kranz is spearheading the project under the leadership of Roberto Fedeli, BMW’s program director who recently traded in his technical director job at Ferrari for BMW. Fedeli’s involvement is particularly interesting because of his expertise in lightweight construction materials and hybrid powertrains, two critical ingredients of the Ferrari LaFerrari.
There are also reports that the i8S will feature plenty of bespoke parts, including lots of carbon fiber and a chassis that uses plenty of aluminum materials. The new i8S is also tipped to feature a more comprehensively integrated architecture that could lead to a more aggressive design than the current i8 and a stronger suspension setup that could presumably handle the rigors of what could very well be a powerful hybrid engine.
This car opens up a world of new possibilities for BMW. For all of the things we love about the i8, it does have just 362 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. There’s still a lot of room there for improvement, something we’ll likely see with the I8S.
The Automobile Mag report goes on to indicate that BMW is testing two drivetrains in the i8S. One is a twin-turbo, 2.0-liter inline-four engine that produces 320 horsepower and an electric motor with 204 horses. The second drivetrain includes a 480-horse, 3.0-liter I-6 and a 109-horsepower electric motor. No matter which drivetrain BMW chooses for the production model, the i8S will have more than 500 horses to play with.
Also included in the report is the claim that the i8S will include a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The i8S is expected to top out at 155 mph and sprint to 62 mph in just 3.5 seconds.
Note: Standard BMW i8 pictured here.
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Audi and Mercedes, watch out! BMW is preparing a successor for the Z8 that will compete with models like the Audi R8 and the Mercedes SLS. The British magazine Auto Express reports that the supercar will be called the Z9 and it will be inspired by the California Spyder concept unveiled at the 2005 Los Angeles Motor Show and the Vision EfficientDynamics concept unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Like the Z4 roadster, the future supercar will feature a long bonnet and tiny front with rear overhangs and a double-bubble deck rear similar to the one used in the Porsche Boxster Spyder. The Z9 will also feature new design elements introduced by BMW’s new styling boss, Adrian Van Hooydonk. The active front splitter and rear diffuser will change shape at speed to optimize air flow around the car to improve fuel efficiency.
The Z9 will be built on the same platform as the 7-Series and will feature a carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) body. Under the hood there will be the same 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine from the M5. Output will be in the 600 HP area.
Production version is expected to debut in 2014.
After the M1, launched in the ’70, BMW has decided it was about time to have something more to say in the world of supercars. After Audi has unveiled the R8 supercar, BMW has announced that they will unveil a direct competitor for it. The new model, called Z10 will debut in late 2008 as a 2009 model. It will compete with Ferrari F430 and Lamborghini Gallardo.
To brighten up the X5 launch BMW decided to built a very special version of the X5 showcasing the maximum ability of the car. Under the enlarged bonnet BMW have installed the 1999 LeMans winning V12 engine. Now without the mandatory restrictors the engine is good for a healthy 700 bhp, which is about twice as much as the most powerful X5 V8. The chassis was adjusted to handle this slight power increase.
The X5 LeMans concept car has been modified only slightly compared to the (...)
The ultimate in sports estate motoring has a new name: BMW M5 Touring. This finest 5-Series Touring will be the most powerful production estate of all time: 305 cui, ten cylinders, a maximum output of 507 bhp, a peak torque of 383 lbs/ft and engine speeds redlining at 9,000 rpm, these are figures that speak for themselves and blur the lines between a car for the whole family and a vehicle for ambitious motor sport racing.
Painted in colors like Laguna Seca Blue and Imola Red, there’s no doubt about the E46 BMW M3’s aspirations. These famous race-tracks are fitting playgrounds for any car that promises such astonishing levels of power and handling. Whether blasting up “Tamburello” at Imola or diving into the “Corkscrew” at Laguna Seca, not many cars in the world could attack a road course with the tenacity of those proudly wearing the "M" badge, as the car we’re about to review is.
The BMW E36 M3 is considered to be one of the better-handling cars of all time, and was awarded "Best-Handling Car" award by Car and Driver magazine in 1997. Available as a saloon, a coupe or a convertible it flags the BMW Motorsport badge as a statement of it’s high performance.