Bob Jr Harper - our specialist in post-war BMW cars

Date Friday, 10 April 2020

Birds’ B1 Dynamic Package brings out the best in the BMW M140i F20, markedly improving its behaviour when pressing on and proving you don’t need to buy a full-on M car to have serious fun... Words: Bob Harper. Photography: Malcolm Griffiths.

Date Thursday, 17 October 2019

Unlikely competition BMW'S new M8 is a fine fast luxury cruiser, but it's no Porsche 911 Turbo 992 crusher, despite what the Bavarian brand might say.

Date Tuesday, 02 July 2019

2 Series Review. The 2 Series Coupés and Convertibles offer useful performance and entertaining handling, but which one should you choose? Bob Harper is our guide to the current range.

Date Friday, 20 April 2018

Ferrari 365 GT4 BB Clint Eastwood’s unique targa-roof Boxer Roofless Streak This 1975 Berlinetta Boxer has two reasons for being unique: it was owned by Clint Eastwood, and it’s had its roof chopped off Story: Drive-My/Marco Visani Photos: Drive-My/Dirk De Jager

Date Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Tech Focus: Superchargers. All you ever wanted to know about superchargers but were afraid to ask. One of the best ways to extract more power from a normally aspirated BMW is to fit a supercharger but do you know the different types there are and how they work?

Date Sunday, 14 February 2016

It is always a question of choice pretty much, the matter pertaining to ‘atmo’ or forced-induction cars. Some among us simply gets goose bumps and multiple raptures of automobile nirvana as we helmed the wheel of a big capacity V12, getting ‘sucked in’ to the almost surreal vibe of the smooth, creamy power flow of a high revving naturally aspirated engine at full song, the subliminal engine note feeding in the entire vibe and nuances as such.

Date Saturday, 21 November 2015

Stunning new 730d tested. Luxury Reimagined G11 730d Getting to grips with the technology-laden new 730d in an extended UK test drive.  We were impressed with out first drive of the new Seven but how does the technological marvel fare on an extended UK test? Words: Bob Harper. Photography: Gus Gregory.

Date Tuesday, 13 October 2015

The Bee’s Knees Alpinas old and new go head-to-head as we sample the Edition 50 models and the B7 S Turbos.   For its 50th anniversary, Alpina celebrated in style with its 600hp Edition 50 versions of the B5 and B6 and we’ve brought these latest turbocharged monsters to meet their illustrious forefathers, the awesome B7 S Turbos from the early 1980s. Words: AutoBild and Bob Harper. Photography: AutoBild.

Date Monday, 14 September 2015

BMW M1 E26 debut of this exciting Giugiaro styled mid-engined coupe at Paris Show in October 1978. Sales started early 1979 and homologation into FIA Group 4 (400 off) should be near. Engine M88/1 is four valves per cylinder R6 (277bhp DIN) version of the production M90 of 3.5-litre unit seen in the 635CSi E24, 735i E23, 535i E12 and original M5 E28 use M88/3 version of this engine.

Date Tuesday, 08 September 2015

How it works - more than just a Beetle engine with a couple of extra cylinders: we look inside the air-cooled Porsche flat six.  It may have been derived from the humble Beetle unit but Porsche’s air-cooled flat six outlived all its other engine designs.