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  • 2020 BMW M8 Gran Coupe spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    BMW's 8-Series just returned after a long hiatus, and the German automaker has plans for an entire lineup of its svelte range-topper. Both the 8-Series coupe and convertible have officially debuted, and photos of the M8 coupe were leaked onto the Internet. The 8-Series Gran Coupe has been spotted testing on public roads, and now its more powerful sibling, the M8 Gran Coupe, has been caught testing as well. While the word coupe is in the name, the M8 Gran Coupe is actually a fastback sedan with a hatch. Expect the car to debut late in 2019 or early 2020 and to go on sale shortly thereafter...

  • 2020 BMW M3 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 BMW M3 spy shots and video

    BMW’s benchmark sport sedan, the M3, will soon come in for a redesign. A prototype for the next-generation model been spotted again, revealing a number of clues. Referred to internally as the G80, the new M3 will sport a much wider track compared to the redesigned 2019 3-Series, from which it...

  • 1979 BMW M1 modified for high-speed record run
    Unique BMW M1 re-discovered after 25 years

    After sitting in an East London garage for nearly 25 years, this 1979 BMW M1 has become the latest high-profile barn find. The car, which was available at the Coys Techno Classica event in Essen, Germany, this past weekend, is a unique model as it's been modified for a high-speed record run...

  • 2019 BMW 1-Series hatchback spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 BMW 1-Series hatchback spy shots and video

    The current BMW 1-Series hatchback is somewhat of an oddity in the world of compact cars, because it comes with a sporty rear-wheel-drive layout and available inline-6 engines. This is odd because the rear-wheel-drive layout eats into interior space, making an already tight cabin even tighter...

  • BMW M5 acceleration
    BMW explains the science of 0-60 mph times

    The 0-60 mph time has been a measure of performance for a long time and cars have continued to reduce their times over decades. BMW decided to explain what goes into shaving seconds off of a 0-60 mph time and it involves a few key areas. The basics show that all of the power a car has needs to work...

  • 2020 BMW 7-Series
    BMW says it will be a challenge to keep V-12 after 2023

    BMW will champion the V-12 engine for at least another four years, but after 2023 the German luxury marque said it will be a challenge to keep the powerplant in its vehicles. Michael Bayer, head of BMW powertains, said the brand has no plans to abandon the V-12 engine, which serves the 2020...

  • 2019 BMW 3-Series Long Wheelbase

    BMW's newest 3-Series is the biggest yet, but the automaker will present an even bigger version at this month's Auto Shanghai 2019. Yes, BMW has another generation of its 3-Series Long Wheelbase, with the car once again to be sold exclusively in China. It's one of the models built by the BMW Brilliance joint venture in China. The car stretches 190 inches in length, or almost 5 inches more than a standard 3-Series, and all of the extra length goes toward creating extra space for those traveling in the rear. In China, it's not uncommon to have a personal driver, which is why many models...

  • Jozef Kaban
    Rolls-Royce's new design chief is the man who penned the Veyron

    Rolls-Royce has been without a head designer since Giles Taylor stepped down last September after a 6-year stint to join China's FAW Group, where he's been tasked with helping shape future products from a revived Hongqi. The situation at Rolls-Royce finally changed on Monday with the appointment of...

  • 2019 BMW i3
    BMW i2 rumored as first BMW-Daimler joint project, could replace i3

    BMW and Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler appear to be setting aside their decades-old rivalry for the good of cost-cutting. A new report claims the two German auto giants will pursue joint development of a platform for future electric cars. For BMW, this model is reportedly set to be called the...

  • 2021 BMW 4-Series Convertible spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2021 BMW 4-Series Convertible spy shots

    BMW introduced a redesigned 3-Series for 2019 and today we have new spy shots of a prototype for the related 4-Series, specifically the 4-Series Convertible. The redesigned 4-Series is expected to debut in late 2019 as a 2020 model, but in coupe form only initially. The convertible will trail the...

  • 2019 BMW 1-Series hatchback prototype
    BMW reveals first details on redesigned 2019 1-Series hatchback

    The BMW 1-Series Hatchback has always been somewhat of an oddity in the world of compact cars as it has always been offered with a sporty rear-wheel-drive layout and available inline-6 engines. That won't be the case for the third-generation model that BMW plans to unveil later in 2019. The...

  • Left to right: Volkswagen ID, ID Buzz and ID Crozz concepts
    Volkswagen looks to develop European batteries for EVs

    Last week Volkswagen Group announced plans to double-down on building electric cars with 20 new models and an additional 7 million cars over five years. So far it's said that the battery cells for its MEB vehicles will come from four different global suppliers: CATL, LG Chem, Samsung, and SK...

  • 2021 BMW iX3 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    Prototypes for an electric version of the BMW X3 have been spotted and follow an earlier sighting of a test mule. The vehicle, which will go by the name iX3, is confirmed for launch in late 2020, meaning we'll likely see it arrive as a 2021 model. After stumbling with the oddball i3, BMW decided to change its approach to electric cars by developing battery-powered versions of its core models as opposed to launching standalone EVs. The move makes more sense now that electric cars are becoming more widely accepted, and it will also save the automaker a boatload as the costs of developing EVs...

  • Teaser for BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe debuting at  2019 Los Angeles Auto Show
    BMW locks in 2-Series Gran Coupe for 2019 LA Auto Show

    The 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show isn't until November but the show's first world premiere has already been confirmed. During BMW Group's annual financial results press conference held Wednesday in Munich, Germany, CEO Harald Krueger announced that a BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe will be unveiled at the...

  • 2019 BMW 3-Series
    Ineos' Land Rover Defender rival to be powered by BMW

    Ineos, a chemicals giant based in the United Kingdom, has established an automotive division tasked with developing a hardy vehicle along the lines of the original Land Rover Defender to target mining explorers, forestry workers, farmers and off-road enthusiasts. The off-road vehicle is being...

  • 2019 BMW X7
    First drive review: The 2019 BMW X7 has grit, grille, and grandeur

    Somewhere on the interstate between Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina, it finally clicks, like the incessant drops of rain on the glass. We’re not getting any decent weather on this first drive of the 2019 BMW X7. No useful turns, either. The descent into Low Country evaporates all hope...

  • 2020 BMW M2 CS spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 BMW M2 CS spy shots

    BMW M is out testing a new version of the M2 at the Nürburgring, believed to be a hardcore M2 CS. The car may look like the recently launched M2 Competition but if you look a little closer you'll notice some key differences. For instance, the front fascia sports an additional lip spoiler...

  • 2020 BMW M3 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    New BMW M3 specs reportedly confirmed, no manual transmission in initial plans

    Ahead of an expected debut later this year, the next BMW M3 sport sedan's specs have reportedly been confirmed. If you can't imagine the idea of an M3 without a manual transmission, you won't receive the news well. British website EVO reported Monday after speaking with Carsten Pries, BMW M product...

  • 2020 BMW 3-Series Sports Wagon spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    There's a redesigned BMW 3-Series in showrooms, and once again the small sport sedan will spawn a wagon variant, known in the United States as a Sports Wagon. In other markets the 3-Series Sports Wagon is called a Touring. Our latest spy shots and video show a handful of prototypes for the redesigned 3-Series Sports Wagon, which looks to feature similar proportions to the outgoing model. Some of the testers are likely for an M Performance model as indicated by a body kit and blue brake calipers. It was previously thought that the redesigned 3-Series Sports Wagon would arrive in U.S. showrooms...

  • BMW X3 xDrive30e
    BMW X3 xDrive30e plug-in hybrid due in US in 2020

    BMW didn't have much in the way of surprises at this week's 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, but the automaker did roll out a new plug-in hybrid version of the X3. The vehicle is badged an xDrive30e and packs the same powertrain as the new 330e sedan. A 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 works...

  • 2022 BMW iNext spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2022 BMW iNext spy shots

    BMW is working on a technological flagship code-named the iNext, which the automaker previewed last September with the Vision iNext concept and has since confirmed is coming in 2021. A prototype for the iNext has now been spotted, revealing a few clues about the vehicle that in production guise...

  • 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan
    Rolls-Royce declares it wouldn't survive without BMW backing

    Rolls-Royce isn't an independent British luxury company. It hasn't been since 2003 when BMW Group acquired full control of the automaker. On Friday, the luxury marque's top executive acknowledged that without BMW, the brand would be dead. Speaking to Australian website Go Auto, Rolls-Royce CEO...

  • 2019 BMW Z4 Roadster
    First drive review: The 2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i revives the roadster

    Coachella is a town, not a thing. For the 356 days a year when Boy Pablo and Childish Gambino aren’t in residence, it’s a prosaic farm community, where highlighter-pink and yellow signs hawk Medjool dates, shaken fresh from the trees that tower over checkerboards of agri-business green...

  • BMW and Mercedes-Benz self-driving car concepts
    BMW Group and Daimler partner on self-driving cars

    BMW Group and Daimler will partner on self-driving cars, the two automakers announced Thursday. The announcement follows last week's briefing on a 50:50 joint-venture company BMW and Daimler have set up to oversee all of their various mobility services under the one roof. In the area of...

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