BMW Land│Issue #5
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Engineers are out testing a prototype for an updated version of the BMW X4 M. Telltale signs this is a prototype for the X4 M we’re looking at are the additional intakes in the front fascia, big wheel and brake package, lowered ride height, aerodynamic side mirrors, and quad-tip exhaust system.
Some new spy photos have just surfaced of the upcoming four-door 4 Series and, while the car is covered in camouflage, there are still some interesting details to be seen. One such detail is the 4 Series Gran Coupe seems to have that the regular Coupe does not is a flush door handle design.
Bavarian car-maker’s EV sedan on track for 2021 debut as late-stage prototype teased. Designed to compete with the Tesla Model S and the Porsche Taycan, BMW has already announced the i4 will be quick, hitting 100 km/h from standstill in less than four seconds on its way to a top speed of more than 200 km/h.
With an M badge, you expect fire and brimstone; a hard-edged performance accompanied by a rock-n-roll soundtrack. Underneath that aggressive hood lies a 4.4 liter twin-turbocharged V8 with 617 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. When connected to its ZF-sourced eight-speed auto and M-tuned xDrive all-wheel drive, the BMW X5 M Competition is capable of 0-60 mph in the low three-second range. The X5 M could outrun a Ferrari 458 Italia to 60 mph, a fact that almost makes me uncomfortable.
In the video we can check out the M5 Competition first shift from 6th to 7th gear at around 295 kph (over 183 mph) before reaching a maximum of 310 kph (around 192 mph). That’s actually a bit more than even BMW advertises for the M5 Competition with the M Driver package option, which officially raises the top speed bar to “just” 305 kph (189 mph).
Achilles drives an M2 Comp every day, so he has a great point of reference for how much better the M2 CS is. One area in which the more expensive CS model is much improved is its ride. Thanks to brilliantly calibrated adaptive dampers, the BMW M2 CS rides far better than the M2 Competition, despite being more planted and more capable. The Summary of the test is brilliant Despite owning the M2 Competition, Achilles feels that the M2 CS is worth the extra money.
In the newest video, Watson from Carwow criticizes the blue touches of its exterior, claiming that they seem a bit shout and unnecessary. But what’s the iX3 actually like to drive? Turns out, it’s surprisingly sporty. Thanks to its rear-wheel drive layout, low center of gravity and great chassis, the BMW iX3 actually isn’t bad to drive at all. In fact, it’s quite fun. However, it is relatively slow, with 0-60 mph taking about six seconds.
In this video, we get to see a tuned BMW X3 M Competition take on a stock AMG GT R. While that’s not entirely fair that one car is tuned and the other isn’t, the AMG GT R is still far more expensive than a tuned X3 M. According to this video, the X3 M uses a tune and a down pipe and makes somewhere around 640 wheel-horsepower. Is that enough to take down the lighter AMG GT R with its 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 and 577 horsepower?
The guys from AC Schnitzer have been creating interesting projects under the “Tune It! Safe!” motto for quite some time now. This is a project they joined, started by the local German authorities, aimed at encouraging tuning cars but, at the same time, doing it safely, with all the precautions in mind. We’ve seen plenty of cars going through this program before, but today we’re checking out their latest offering: a BMW M850i police car.
The Full story goes over the ups and downs of pushing the stock S55 engine block, then taking the time to do a full engine build the proper way. This is a great educational video for those who aren’t sure of what to do with their performance build, especially those who insist on pushing the S55 engine on factory internals and fuel system all for the sake of glory.
BMW’s 3 Series G20 sedan and G21 Touring remain the bread and butter for the Bavarians in Germany. According to the latest registration report, BMW sold 5,331 units of the 3 Series in November 2020, while also extending the lead over the Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The next bestseller for BMW was the front-wheel drive 1 Series (3,078), followed closely by the X1 Sports Activity Vehicle (3.047). Despite the pandemic and all of its implications, the G20/G21 3 Series numbers are higher than in November 2019.
This low-mileage 2011 BMW 1M is currently up for auction on Bring-a-Trailer, and it’s likely to fetch a pretty penny. The auction only just begun, with seven days left (at the time of writing this), and there are already twelve bids, with the current bid at $34,500. Considering that’s already 70-percent-ish of what it cost when new, expect this car to sail past its original MSRP.
Manhart knows its way around BMW’s lineup and decided that a beefed-up X7 was just what the world needed, so here it is. It’s officially called the Manhart MHX7 650 Dirt Edition, and it’s based on the powerful BMW X7 M50i. The X7’s long body has been finished in a custom design foil with a 3D rivet design and a distinctive matte black brushed finish.
BMWs aren’t cheap. While most car fans can think of at least one BMW they’d buy off a dealer lot tomorrow, for most people, any top-spec new models are out of reach. Thankfully, the used market is absolutely chock-full of hidden Bavarian gems at bargain prices.
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