BMW Land│Issue #3
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Between launching front-wheel-drive minivans and an electric SUV with a controversial design, it’s safe to say BMW is testing the limits of how many purists can accept from their favorite brand. Not all hope is lost for fans of Bayerische Motoren Werke as the next-gen 2 Series Coupe will remain true to its core – a small coupe with rear-wheel drive and a normal front grille.
Along with the return of GTA-badged Alfas and the Yaris GR being better than anyone dared hope, BMW’s confirmation that it would – at last – build an M3 Touring ranks as some of the best car news of 2020.
Speaking of M cars, this M440i… isn’t one. But it’s remarkably close. Like the imminent M4, this range-topping ‘M Performance’ 4 Series offers a 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder engine (albeit with one puffer instead of two), which spins a rear-biased all-wheel drive system through a standard eight-speed automatic gearbox. Now it’s shunned RWD and a twin-clutch gearbox, the new M4 is going to have to go some way to stand apart from this low-key enemy within.
This newly face lifted BMW 5 Series is an outstanding all ’rounder. It’s comfortable, spacious, quiet, good-looking and fun enough to drive for a big car. It’s no E39 5 Series in the twistiest but it’s not bad, either. When it comes to all-around, daily-driving BMWs, the new G30 LCI 5 Series is about as good as it gets. More specifically, Joe Achilles seems to think that the BMW 530d Touring is the most complete BMW on sale.
The BMW M8 Competition is a conundrum: A huge, heavy, luxurious coupe stuffed full of high-tech performance equipment, including an all-wheel drive system that can be switched to rear-wheel drive for tire-smoking fun.
In this video from Cars.co.za, we get to see a gorgeously restored BMW 530 MLE from its first production run of just over 100 cars, which makes it incredibly rare. It’s also stunning, with its white paint and M Division livery. The E12 5 Series is becoming more and more appreciated over time and the 530 MLE is likely the best looking example of it.
The guys from Throttle House have brought together the fastest cars in this segment to pit them against each other. The main rival to the BMW X5 M Competition is the Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S but the newly released Audi RS Q8 shouldn’t be left out either. All of these cars have twin-turbo V8 engines under their respective hoods, even though one has a bigger power plant at 4.4-liters.
Performance SUVs have come a long way in recent years and as it stands, the BMW X4 M Competition, Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S, and Jaguar F-Pace SVR are among the finest currently available – but which is the fastest? On paper, it is the F-Pace SVR that has the upper hand over its rivals.
BMW is launching a new generation they’re My BMW App. The refreshed app comes with a new design, as well as new features and services. The app is now available to customers in 30 European markets, China and Korea. The new app displays information on the status of the vehicle and, depending on the equipment, allows functions to be activated remotely (e.g. to locate the vehicle, lock and unlock the doors, or monitor the vehicle surroundings.
This surprisingly aggressive BMW 2002 has got a side exit exhaust so wicked it can torch a potted plant for no reason whatsoever. Today’s tuning and modding culture may have moved well past the old ethos to LS swap everything, but that doesn’t make the traditional V8 engine choice any less common.
It may not have the deep burble of the V8-engined Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S, but the X3 M Competition is one hell of a performance-oriented utility vehicle. From 3.0 liters of displacement and six cylinders, BMW promises 4.1 seconds to 100 kph as well as an electronically-governed top speed of 285 kph.
Home Models BMW i i4 BMW i4 to come with three variants: i435, i440 and M50 xDrive. Visually, the BMW i4 M50 will have plenty of M bits, as you’d expect from an M Performance Automobile. Of course, BMW will offer the i4 M50 at a higher price tag, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see a $10,000 – $15,000 markup over the rear-wheel drive i440.
BMW’s new iX electric crossover was spotted earlier this week in Munich. BMW offers two optional customization choices for the iX: the Sport Package and the BMW Individual Exterior Line Titanium Bronze. The color palette is also pretty extensive and comprises both standard and BMW Individual shades, such as the Cashmere Silver metallic or the Aventurine Red II. The latter is the color seen on the iX below.
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