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  • Bettering Expectations BMW F46 2 Series Gran Tourer

     BMW F46 2 Series Gran Tourer

    The new seven-seat MPV deserves a second look. The 2 Series Gran Tourer is BMW’s first foray into the seven-seat MPV market, but does it tick all the right boxes? Words: Bob Harper /// Photography: BMW

  • Bigger is better 2020 BMW M8 Gran Coupe F93

    2020 BMW M8 Gran Coupe F93

    Critics of BMW’s recent design, look at this purple V8 super saloon. It’s a belter

  • BMW 2 Series Gran-Tourer seven-seat version F45

    BMW 2 Series Gran-Tourer seven-seat version F45

    Seven-seat BMW 2 Series makes its debut. Look away now BMW traditionalists as if the frontwheel drive Active Tourer didn’t float your boat the new seven-seater MPV, the 2 Series Gran Tourer, will be sure to upset you further. This is not a sector in which BMW has previously been represented but with its 2 Series Active Tourer and now the Gran Tourer it will now be able to appeal to customers to whom its more traditional line-up of two-door coupés, four-door saloons and five-door Tourings have limited appeal. The world, or more specifically the world of the 20- to 30-something family buyer, has fallen hook, line and sinker for the MPV as a convenient way of transporting the family, pets and associated detritus around the country and it was only a matter of time before BMW decided that it wanted a slice of the pie. There’s money in these vehicles and it would have been somewhat perverse if BMW hadn’t joined the party – it doesn’t seem to have done Mercedes any harm after all.

  • BMW 3 Series back on track

    BMW 3 Series back on track

    The 3 Series will return to Britain's premier motor racing series this year, with BMW confirming it's to bring its best-selling model back to the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship (BTCC). A prolific winner virtually from the outset, the story of the BMW 3 Series in the BTCC is a long and distinguished one, yielding five drivers' titles and two manufacturers' crowns between 1988 and 2009; from Frank Sytner's success with the M3, to Colin Turkington's triumph with the 320Si E90. In between, there were back-to-back championships for Will Hoy (1991), Tim Harvey (1992) and Joachim Winkelhock (1993).

  • BMW 507

    BMW 507

    Internt: John Eriksson om ett bilminne som har fastnat hårdare än andra.

  • BMW 7 Series Celebration 40 years

    BMW 7 Series Celebration 40 years

    With the 7 Series hitting its 40th birthday, Bob Harper looks back at what’s made this model range a pioneer of the motoring landscape since 1977. Seventh wonders 7 Series Celebration 40 years of luxury motoring. Then and now; BMW 7 Series production now spans 40 years.

  • BMW 7 Series G11/G12 - tech detail

    BMW 7 Series G11/G12 - 2015

    New BMW G11 7 Series. Stunning new 7 Series BMW’s high-tech flagship model will be its most luxurious machine to date. The all-new 7 Series G11/G12 was revealed to the world in Munich last month and with a sharp new suit and some seriously high-tech underpinnings and interior gadgets BMW is looking to rule the luxury class for some time to come. Words: Bob Harper. Photography: BMW.

  • BMW and Mercedes-Benz, partners?

    BMW and Mercedes-Benz, partners?

    In news from America, we gather that the BMW Group and Daimler AG are planning the next steps for their joint mobility company, following approval by the responsible competition authorities.

  • BMW Cars Celebrates 30 Years Of Four-Wheel Drive Technology

    BMW Cars Celebrates 30 Years Of Four-Wheel Drive Technology

    It’s amazing to think that just 30 years ago BMW’s four-wheel drive adventure was only just beginning and back in those days its USP was that in a time when just about every manufacturer was turning to front-wheel drive BMWs remained resolutely driven by their rear wheels.

  • BMW eyes pure-electric power to make the next i8 a 911 beater

    all-electric future for next-gen i8 BMW

    BMW lines up all-electric future for next-gen i8 BMW will decide this year if its new flagship sports car will be electric only or hybrid

  • BMW i3 Più autonomia, e una scossa alla Mini nel 2020

    2020 Bmw i3

    La scossa per la Bmw passa attraverso 2 e 4 ruote. Giunta alla seconda fase della sua strategia di elettrificazione, come sottolineato dall’amministratore delegato Harald Krueger, la Casa bavarese ha presentato allo scorso Salone di Parigi le nuove edizioni della compatta i3 e dello scooter C Evolution, entrambe dotate di accumulatori più efficienti per estenderne ulteriormente raggio d’azione e abbassarne i tempi di ricarica.

  • BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant

    BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant

    From March 2019, BMW drivers and passengers will be joined by an intelligent, digital character that responds to the prompt ‘Hey BMW'. This will mark the start of a new era for the BMW Group, in which drivers will increasingly be able to operate their car and access its functions and information, simply by speaking.

  • BMW Luxury Vision

    BMW Luxury Vision

    News: Vision future luxury. BMW’s Luxury Vision. With an innovative construction, more display screens than you can shake a stick at and a supremely luxurious interior BMW’s Vision Future Luxury hints at taking the marque further upmarket.

  • BMW M2 F87 & BMW M5 F90 Competition

    BMW M2 F87 & BMW M5 F90 Competition

    Les deux extrêmes de la gamme BMW Motorsport passent à la version Competition. Les améliorations s’annoncent savoureuses, surtout sur la petite M2.

  • BMW M235i Racing

    BMW M235i Racing

    New Kid on the Block. We hitch a drive in the awesome new BMW M235i Racing series F22 at its competitive debut in the pre-qualifying race for the Nürburgring 24 Hours. Come and race an M235i Racing,' they said. 'It'll be fun,' they said. 'You know the Nurburgring, right?' Well, I thought I did. But after a day of practice and acclimatisation to BMW's new customer race car, I'm not so sure. In fact, despite being shattered, I can't sleep and I'm cursing myself. Cursing those moments when my right foot wavered, cursing the last centimetres of track I failed to run out to on the exit of each corner and for braking too early here and there. Tomorrow I'll go quicker. The problem is that I need to find a lot of time. And this mighty track isn't the sort of place to forgive mistakes...

  • BMW M4 Convertible Unveiled

    BMW M4 Convertible

    M4 Convertible Unveiled. The wait for the new M4 to hit the streets is almost over and now it's less than a few weeks before the first lucky owners will take delivery of their Coupes BMW has revealed the Convertible version, too. No doubt a Gran Coupe version of the M4 will also be in the pipeline but that will be a story for another day.

  • BMW Motorrad to Launch 1,800-cc Cruiser Next Year?

    BMW 1800cc Boxer Engine Cruiser Coming in 2020

    This minimalistic custom motorcycle, the birdcage, created by revival cycles, showcases BMW Motorrad’s massive, new 1,800-cc boxer twin that will do duty in a cruiser aimed squarely at Harley- Davidson’s market.

  • BMW on track

    BMW on track

    So close… BMW has had some fine results at Le Mans, but it’s never been the company’s happiest hunting ground, as Bob Harper explains. Photography: BMW Press and BMW Group Archive.

  • BMW plots supercar to take on McLaren

     Hybrid-powered super-sports flagship, based on the i8 but with twice as much bhp, is under consideration before 2023. BMW is actively considering introducing a flagship “super-sports car” to its line-up. The McLaren 570S-baiting package would bring together the brand’s advancements in electrification, light-weighting and new materials.  The i8 is currently BMW’s principal electrified sports car, with the new 8 Series becoming the more traditional flagship GT. Drive-My understands a direct replacement for the i8 is unlikely, although BMW has yet to confirm this publicly.  A new super-sports car would take inspiration from the i8 and could serve as an indirect replacement. However, it would have a higher price point and more power, and sit at the top of the M performance division.  Klaus Fröhlich, the BMW board member responsible for product development, hinted that the supercar is in the works. “If you are an engineer, once in your life, you want to make a super-sports car,” Fröhlich told Drive-My.  “I think partial electrification will enable that.  “If we have these very compact and very powerful electric driving units, if we have a carbonfibre chassis – for example, the i8’s – and if we still have high-performance engines, then, if you do it cleverly, you can combine them into a real performance package.”  He continued: “If you look at the supercars – the McLarens, the Ferraris – beyond 2020, they will be all partially electric. And if you look at power plug-in hybrids we are planning for today, an electric motor in our PHEVs has a little bit more than 99bhp and 184lb ft of torque.” The model, which could arrive by 2023, would use a hybrid powertrain powered by a petrol engine and electric motors and a chassis heavily based on the existing lightweight carbonfibre architecture found in the i8. But a much larger combustion engine than the i8’s three-cylinder unit is expected, likely moving up to six cylinders.  Power should push 700bhp, nearly double the i8’s 369bhp and exceeding next year’s M8, which is tipped to deliver around 620bhp. Fröhlich added that BMW’s PHEV e-motors will have more than 197bhp and up to 378lb ft within a few years.  “So if you see this e-motor in a car which can give you in milliseconds the push formerly found in a V8 engine, then you can have a very sporty feel from this power- PHEV – and it fits perfectly to the M brand,” he said. A BMW super-sports car could easily exceed the i8’s £114,000 price tag and would likely to target hybrid competitors including the Honda NSX and conventionally powered alternatives such as the McLaren 570s at £150,000 and beyond.  Production numbers would be strictly limited to sustain the car’s exclusivity and retain residual values, which are a weak point of the i8.  “Power should push 700bhp, nearly double the i8’s 369bhp and exceeding next year’s M8” BMW is not expected to directly replace its i8 plug-in hybrid.  FUTURE BMWs TO OOZE FLEX APPEAL  BMW’s M brand will go electric in the future, but hybrids will rule the roost, according to product development boss Klaus Fröhlich.  “M will also be electric in the future, but we will work very heavily on partial electrification on M cars. This is because they do not only need acceleration on the straight, they have to drive around corners and race tracks, so weight is an issue and electric vehicles still have a weight penalty for range,” he said.  Each of BMW’s two platforms are able to accommodate combustion engines, plug-in hybrids or electric powertrains, which means that every BMW from 2021 has the capability to be electric. Fröhlich said: “The M cars are derived from that architecture, the electric i cars will be derived from that architecture and I think flexibility to react to different demands all over the world is key.  “For example, we can’t afford to have a 7 Series on an electric platform and a conventional platform, so the 7 Series for China will be a lot of EVs and, in America, perhaps we will have power-PHEVs or perhaps there will be M Performance derivatives.”

    Hybrid-powered super-sports flagship, based on the i8 but with twice as much bhp, is under consideration before 2023.

  • BMW readies iNext SUV for 2021

    BMW readies iNext SUV

    Before the next i8 arrives on the scene, BMW will launch the iNext, an electric SUV with advanced autonomous technology. Imagined by DRIVE-MY, the new model has already begun winter testing in Sweden in prototype form ahead of its 2021 launch.

  • BMW Team RLL Daytona 24 hours success!

    BMW Team RLL Daytona 24 hours success!

    BMW Team RLL took victory at the 24 Hours of Daytona (USA) over the weekend of 26-27 January. When the opening round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship was suspended due to heavy rain for the second time, the #25 BMW M8 GTE and drivers Connor De Phillippi (USA), Augusto Farfus (BRA), Philipp Eng (AUT) and Colton Herta (USA) were leading the GTLM class.

  • BMW updates i3 I01 battery and drops REX

    BMW updates i3 I01 battery and drops REX

    Doubling in size, the new i3 and i3s battery has a capacity of 120Ah and a gross energy content of 42.2kWh. Translation: official range is now 223 miles (previously 180 to 186 miles) on the NEDC driveing cycle for the i3 and 214 miles for the i3s. More importantly, this means 192 miles of driving range according to the new and more accurate WLTP testing.0-80% charge using CCS should take around 42-minutes, while using a 7.4kW wallbox will take 4.9 hours. The new battery also marks an important move - the i3 is now electric only, with BMW quietly dropping the range extender from the line-up.

  • BMW Vision iNEXT previews 2021 SUV

    BMW Vision iNEXT previews 2021 SUV

    BMW has shown off its Vision iNEXT concept at the LA Auto Show, previewing the brand’s future technological flagship. A production version is due to begin rolling off the line at its Dingolfing plant in 2021. An SUV with clear links with the BMW i3, Vision iNEXT previews BMW’s approach to autonomous mobility and the styling direction of its battery electric vehicles.

  • BMW X3: когда хочется позажигать

    Красивые и быстрые автомобили - настоящая любовь москвички Натальи. несколько лет назад в ее жизни появился баварский кроссовер, который для нее и ее семьи стал настоящим помощником и другом.

  • BMW X5 F15 and X6 M F16 models due in 2015

    BMW X5 F15 and X6 M F16 models due in 2015

    Hot BMW X5 F15 and X6 M F16 models due in 2015. BMW’s latest hot 4x4 M models have been revealed in all their glory as the X5 M and X6 M make their worldwide debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Naturally enough they’re based on the F15 (X5) and F16 (X6) and BMW claims they bring big improvements over the outgoing E70 and E71 examples. Power is up by four per cent, torque and performance are all said to be boosted by 10 per cent, while economy and emissions have both been improved by over 20 per cent. Impressive stuff.

  • BMW X5 F15 plug-in hybrid makes its debut

     2015 BMW X5 xDrive40e F15

    Up until now the only plug-in hybrid BMWs available to buy have been those from the company’s ‘i’ stable, but with the debut of the X5 xDrive40e we have the first of what promises to be many Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) from the core BMW brand. The concept for this X5 has been doing the motor show rounds for a while now and a couple of months back we sampled the prototype 3 Series PHEV which we’re expecting to make its debut when the F30 generation of 3 Series receives its mid-life refresh later this year.

  • BMW's bobber goes big

    2019 BMW Motorrad Concept R18

    BMW is going into the bobber business. With many manufacturers going down the bobber route and launching lean, low, cut down motorcycles that ape the American cruisers of the 1950s, the German automotive giant has gone bigger than most with its Motorrad Concept R18. The machine features a newly designed, two-cylinder 1800cc boxer engine.

  • BMW's new sporting sensation 2019 BMW M850i xDrive G15

    2019 BMW M850i xDrive G15

    BMW's new sporting sensation BMW claims that the new 8 Series Coupé represents the start of a new chapter in its long and illustrious history of making iconic and sensational sports cars. With outstanding performance, emotion-stirring design, state-of-the-art luxury and advanced equipment technology, the stylish new 8 Series is regarded as one of BMW's most exciting new models to emerge in recent years.

  • BMW’s electric ‘boxer’

    BMW’s electric ‘boxer’

    BMW has paid homage to its iconic boxer engine with the Vision DC Roadster, a concept that aims to marry electric propulsion and the company’s trademark engine configuration for wider appeal. The unveiling comes as the German giant sets out to deliver 25 electric models across two and four wheels by 2023. The design of a conventional, combustion-powered motorcycle starts with the largest item to accommodate: the engine. With electric bike, the largest items are the batteries, while the power unit itself is relatively compact.

  • BMW’s revised 2019 7 Series G11/G12 is armed to the grille… er

    2019 BMW 750Li xDrive G12

    Stairway to 7 - BMW’s revised 7 Series G11/G12 is armed to the grille… er teeth with a raft full of advanced tech.