BMW Land│Issue #6
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In these photos, we see what is likely to be a BMW M440i Gran Coupe, judging by its regular mirrors and trapezoidal exhausts. The former of which suggests it’s a standard 4 Series and nothing sportier or more interesting, and the latter suggests that it has a six-cylinder engine, which would make it an M Performance model. If that’s the case, it will almost certainly be powered by a 382 horsepower version of BMW’s B58 engine, a 3.0 liter turbocharged I6.
This video is worth watching for the noise alone. The 3.5 liter inline-six engine powering the E28 BMW M5 is a derivative of the same engine that powered the original BMW M1 and comes straight from motorsport. So it’s a brilliant engine and still one of the very best the Bavarians have ever made. If there were a Mount Rushmore of BMW engines, the M88 (S38 in North America) would be on it.
The Straight Pipes thinks this is a perfect machine. The first reason that comes up is the manual gearbox. Another reason is the fact that you can actually use this on a daily basis without any headaches.
Founded in 1965, Alpina has a symbiotic relationship with BMW. Although independent, its cars are produced on BMW assembly lines: Alpina constructs its special V8 engines, and then hands them over to BMW to install them into a 7 Series sedan. Never mind your neighbors not knowing what an Alpina B7 is, there’s a fair chance your BMW dealer will never have seen one in person.
The latest generation of the Alpina B3 arrived with a storm at the Tokyo Auto Show in October 2019 bringing a heavily reworked 3.0-litre engine and a sporty appearance. Sport Auto wanted to find out exactly how fast the new B3 is and took the saloon to the Nurburgring for a quick lap. A quick comparison with other cars in the 7:50-minute range shows the saloon is quicker than the BMW M2 and BMW F10 M5 Competition, but slower than the previous generation BMW M4 and the BMW M2 Competition.
The BMW M5 CS prototype lapped the Lausitzring faster than a 991-generation Porsche 911 GT3. The lap time was done by AutoBild’s Guido Naumann, who record a very impressive 1:31.88 in the BMW M5 CS. Compare that to the previous-generation Porsche 911 GT3’s 1:32.00 and the M5 CS is only faster by a fraction of a second. So we’re not saying that the BMW M5 CS is certainly a faster car than the 911 GT3 but the fact that a two-ton, leather-lined sedan can actually hang with such a car is a massive achievement from the M Division.
Already going through the oddly named LCI – a.k.a. a facelift – the F90 generation of the BMW M5 high-performance sedan has had plenty of time to prove its worth. The Bavarian automaker would very much like to convince every BMW customer out there that its M5 and M5 Competition models need not be improved… unless it’s done so from the factory. Although the white-gloved driver cared to showcase a bit of the exhaust noise before taking off, the former became a little more dominant than its rumbling companion for this top speed run after surpassing the 300 kph threshold.
It’s time for another pointless but entertaining drag race, this time between a Porsche 911 Turbo S and a heavily modified version of the BMW M5. We often say that the newest 911 Turbo is always one of the fastest cars in the world, but Porsche has outdone themselves this year. Is the most powerful M5 in the UK enough to beat a Porsche 911 Turbo S? This may only have 640 hp, but we’re talking about some of the best launch systems of any car, which can rocket you to 62 mph in 2.7 seconds. “The M5 is doing to the 911 Turbo S what it did to every other car before now,” Mat says.
In these new pics, we get to see a Toronto Red BMW M3 wearing all of its new M Performance bits and it looks, well, extreme. These photos were taken at the BMW Welt, so the car is as official and legitimate as it gets. The parts it has fitted are so intense, though, that you’d be forgiven for mistaking them for aftermarket parts. For example, it gets big new wheels, a carbon fiber lower front lip, carbon fiber front canards, a massive fixed rear wing and — the most controversial of all — an totally brand-new exhaust arrangement.
Well, Manhart tries to give a helping hand with the completely dark MH5 800 Black Edition. The business sedan might do the trick if one tried to surprise Santa Claus leaving the premises that all-important Christmas night. We can only assume the Black Edition takes from the regular MH5 800, which features just the company’s floor mats, with the rest of the cabin being individually configurable upon request.
BMW’s Z-car line is one of the most storied of modern sports cars. The Z1 arrived in the Italian town of Punta Ala ahead of its big reveal, the two-seater sports car had been absent from the BMW range since the 1950s. That car was the V8-engined 507, a sports car so beguiling it was fit for Elvis Presley.
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