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BMW News and Reviews

BMW News and Reviews

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  2019 BMW 8 Series Coupe Preview
After a 20-year absence in the luxury automaker’s U.S. lineup, the all-new, ultra-sporty BMW 8 Series Coupe makes its return, designed to combine a compelling appearance with exceptionally powerful, responsive performance.
  2019 BMW X5 Preview
BMW’s original Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV), the X5, is redesigned for the fourth time in its nearly 20-year history. Highlights of the new 2019 BMW X5 include a bigger interior, more powerful engines, and new technologies addressing instrumentation, infotainment, driver-assistance, and collision-avoidance systems.
  BMW Concept iX3 Pure-Electric SUV Debuts at Auto China 2018
BMW previewed its first pure-electric vehicle—the Concept iX3 SUV—at the Auto China 2018 show in Beijing this week.
  2019 BMW M2 Competition Bows in China with Extra Power
BMW this week previewed its 2019 M2 Competition performance sports coupe with 6-speed manual or optional 7-speed double-clutch transmission (DCT) and inline 6-cylinder engine that generates 405 horsepower.
  BMW the Latest Luxury Automaker to Offer Vehicle Subscription Service
BMW Financial Services in the U.S. has announced the debut of Access by BMW, a vehicle subscription service that will provide members with unlimited access to a fleet of BMW vehicles, through a single monthly subscription.
  BMW Launches Its Own Flagship 4-Door Coupe in Geneva in the Form of the...
BMW this week unveiled its Concept M8 Gran Coupe that it describes as an “ultra-sporty, polarizing extrovert” at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show.
  2019 BMW X4 Preview
Based on the BMW X3, the redesigned 2019 BMW X4 is what the company calls a Sports Activity Coupe - a 5-door fastback with all-wheel drive and eight inches of ground clearance.
  BMW Announces New Service, Acquisition, Possible Deal with Daimler
BMW Group has announced the Car & Ride Sharing Lease, for both BMW and Mini vehicles, which will allow its customers to earn extra income by renting their leased vehicles, or driving for ride-sharing providers.
  BMW Inspires with 2019 i8 Roadster at 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show
This week, BMW Group brought the sleek 2019 i8 plug-in hybrid Roadster variant to the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.
  BMW Unveils First-Ever 2018 M3 CS Special Edition Sport Sedan for U.S.
BMW this week revealed its first-ever 2018 M3 CS special-edition compact premium car that combines performance modifications and more power in a practical sedan.
  2018 BMW X2 Preview
BMW completes its family of Sports Activity Coupes with the debut of the 2018 X2. Get all the details on BMW's newest SUV in our new car preview...
  BMW Inspires with Electric i Vision Dynamics Concept Car
BMW Group introduced its latest vision of electric mobility with a 4-door i Vision Dynamics Gran Coupe concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week.
  BMW Debuts Concept X7 iPerformance Ultra Lux SUV in Frankfurt
BMW recently previewed an ultra-luxury Concept X7 iPerformance large SUV that provides a glimpse of a 2018 model that will launch in early 2019.
  2018 BMW i3 Preview
Updated with subtle styling changes, new infotainment technology, enhanced charging options, and a sport-tuned i3s variant, BMW’s 2018 i3 EV offers up to 180 miles of estimated driving range.
  2018 BMW M5 Preview
BMW’s M division has introduced the sixth-generation 2018 BMW M5, and it is the quickest of any M-massaged vehicle to ever lay stripes on asphalt.
  BMW Premieres Concept Z4 Roadster, Displays Concept 8 Series in Monterey
This week, BMW took the wraps off two sports car concepts during California’s Monterey Car Week-the Concept Z4 roadster and the Concept 8 Series that debuted in Italy in May.
  New for 2018: BMW
For the 2018 model year, BMW introduces a completely redesigned X3 SUV, new M5, 6 Series Gran Turismo, freshened 2 Series and 4 Series lineups, and an expanded 5 Series lineup.
  2018 BMW X3 Preview
The 2018 BMW X3 might look familiar, but this compact luxury SUV is completely redesigned. It will be offered as the xDrive30i and the M40i, the latter a new performance-tuned version.
  BMW Debuts 2018 X3 Compact Luxury SUV with Numerous Updates
BMW this week unveiled the all-new 2018 X3 at its plant in Spartanburg, SC, where the current X3 is built alongside the X4, X5, and X6 premium SUVs.
  2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo Preview
With the existing 6 Series lineup winding down in advance of the introduction of the new 8 Series, BMW is replacing the 5 Series Gran Turismo with the new 2018 6 Series Gran Turismo.
  Recall Roundup: BMW to Correct Tire Information Label on X5 M, X6 M SUVs
BMW of North America (BMW) is recalling a total of 24 BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M vehicles from the 2017 model year to replace an incorrect tire information label.
  BMW Unveils Edgy, Luxurious Concept 8 Series Coupe
This week, BMW takes the wraps off its Concept 8 Series Coupe to foreshadow the launch of a production BMW 8 Series Coupe in 2018.
  BMW Spruces Up the 2 Series for 2018
BMW has announced a handful of changes for the 2018 2 Series, which is available in coupe or convertible format, and as the 230i and the more powerful M240i.
  BMW Inspires with M4 CS Performance Coupe
BMW revealed at the Shanghai Auto Show that it will introduce a first-ever M4 CS compact premium sporty car model that will be available at U.S. dealerships in 2018.
  BMW Updates 2018 4 Series with Minor Styling, Handling Tweaks
BMW this week revealed a few updates for its 2018 4 Series compact premium car that will be available as a coupe, convertible, and 4-door Gran Coupe.
  BMW Debuts Sporty M550i xDrive and 530e iPerformance 5 Series Variants
German premium automaker BMW has announced that it is adding two sporty variants to its latest 5 Series midsize premium sports sedan range, both arriving in U.S. dealer showrooms in spring 2017.
  New for 2017: BMW
For the 2017 model year, BMW debuts a completely redesigned 5 Series sedan and cancels the slow-selling Z4 sports car. Find out what else is new for every 2017 BMW model...
  2017 BMW 5 Series Preview
Glance at the redesigned 2017 BMW 5 Series and you might not even notice that it is completely different and wearing new 530i and 540i badges.
  BMW Unveils Concept X2 Crossover SUV and Other Models at Paris Motor Show
BMW previewed at the 2016 Paris Motor Show the new Concept X2 crossover SUV in addition to unveiling several other models—the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo and its latest i3 with a more powerful battery and greater driving range.
  BMW Announces Technology-Rich, Plug-in Hybrid 740e xDrive iPerformance
This month, BMW will begin selling a plug-in hybrid version of its 2017 7 Series large premium sedan in the United States—the BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance.
  BMW Honors First M3 with 2017 "30 Years" Limited Edition
To mark the 30-year anniversary of BMW building its first M3 performance sports car, the German luxury car maker will produce just 500 “30 Jahre M3” Limited Edition copies for worldwide sales.
  BMW Unveils M5 Pure Metal Silver Limited Edition
BMW has announced that it will produce one of its most powerful cars in a limited edition for the U.S. market. Only 50 M5 Pure Metal Silver Limited Edition midsize premium cars will be produced.
  5 Fast Facts: 2016 BMW 3 Series
The 3 Series Sedan and Sports Wagon represent BMW's best-selling model line. For 2016, the new BMW 340i premieres an all-new inline 6-cylinder gasoline engine that makes 320 hp and 330 lb.-ft. of torque. Here are more facts about the 2016 BMW 3 Series...
  2017 BMW 2 Series Gets Latest-Generation Upgraded Turbo Engines
BMW has announced that the new 2017 BMW 2 Series compact premium car models—including the M Performance coupe and convertible variants—will be equipped with the German automaker’s latest-generation TwinPower turbocharged 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder engines when they reach U.S. dealer showrooms later this summer.
  2016 BMW 330e iPerformance Preview
BMW’s long-awaited 3 Series plug-in hybrid has arrived, and it is called the 330e iPerformance.
  New for 2016: BMW
BMW’s 3 Series—the core model in the German sport luxury automaker’s “Ultimate Driving Machine” lineup for 40 years—is refreshed for 2016. BMW also introduces a redone flagship 7 Series sedan.
  BMW Debuts Performance M2 & X4 M40i Models in Detroit
BMW this week took the wraps off its M2 performance coupe and gave Detroit Auto Show media a view of the new X4 M40i premium fastback small SAV (sport activity vehicle).
  BMW Announces Multiple Initiatives at Annual CES Show
Auto manufacturers and their component suppliers increasingly use the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to showcase the technologies envisioned for future vehicles. This year, BMW brought attention to several concepts it is exploring in the areas of autonomous vehicles, the connected car, and interior design.
  2016 BMW M2 Preview
BMW says the new performance-oriented 2016 M2 Coupe is a descendant of the 1970s-era 2002 Turbo, and continues in the tradition of the original BMW M3.
  BMW Officially Unveils Fierce, Track-Ready 2016 M4 GTS in Limited Edition
Less than two months after first displaying the vehicle at the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance in Monterey, Calif., BMW has officially introduced its 2016 M4 GTS Coupe, claiming that it is a technological masterpiece and the most agile and powerful M4 ever.
  BMW Rolls Out High-Performance Concept M4 GTS
Aficionados of German engineering have another reason to get their salivary glands in an uproar. BMW’s motor sports group has rolled out a road-and-track model of the BMW M4 Coupe it introduced last year: the BMW Concept M4 GTS.
  2016 BMW 7 Series Preview
For 2016, the standard long-wheelbase model that serves as the foundation for the BMW 7 Series will gain an inch in length, and a slight redesign of the front end brings the headlights closer to the signature BMW grille.
  2016 BMW X1 Photos Reveal Sleeker, Roomier Sports Activity Vehicle
The 2016 X1 Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) gets a sleeker, taller look with cues from BMW's larger premium crossover utilities.
  2016 BMW X1 Preview
BMW has taken the wraps off its redesigned 2016 X1 Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV). The new streamlined small premium SUV will debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
  2016 BMW 3 Series Preview
The 3 Series represent BMW's best-selling model line. For the 2016 model year, the new 3 Series Sedan and Sports Wagon receives a range of enhancements, mostly focusing on dynamics.
  2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e Preview
BMW's first plug-in hybrid Sport Activity Vehicle (SAV), the 2016 X5 xDrive40e, will arrive in U.S. showrooms in the fall of 2015.
  New for 2015: BMW
BMW has been busy preparing for 2015, as evidenced by the introduction of the new M4 and X4 models, redesign of its aggressive M3 and X6, debut of xDrive on the 2 Series and a 4 Series Gran Coupe body style, and the launch of a diesel-powered 7 Series sedan. Find out what's new for all of BMW's 2015 car and SUV models...
  2016 BMW 6 Series Preview
BMW is freshening its 6 Series lineup for the 2016 model year.
  2015 BMW X6 Preview
The redesigned 2015 BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe is essentially a BMW X5 equipped with a 5-door fastback body style, and at launch will be offered with a choice between a turbocharged 6-cylinder engine and a twin-turbocharged V-8 engine.
  2015 BMW X4 Preview
At the 2014 New York Auto Show, the new 2015 BMW X4 will roll onto a stage for the first time, the latest in a lineup of what the automaker refers to as a Sports Activity Coupe.
  2015 BMW X3 Preview
Debuting at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, the 2015 BMW X3 represents a mid-life freshening for the popular crossover SUV, or Sports Activity Vehicle, as BMW prefers.
  2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Preview
In advance of its debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, BMW has released detailed information about the new 2015 4 Series Gran Coupe.
  2015 BMW M4 Preview
Though the 2015 BMW M4 has a different name from the 2015 BMW M3, and even demonstrates distinct styling modifications, the two cars are almost identical when it comes to the performance upgrades that set them apart from the models upon which they are based.
  2015 BMW M3 Preview
Returning to the 3 Series lineup for 2015, the performance-tuned BMW M3 is offered only as a 4-door sedan, the former 2-door coupe migrating to the new 4 Series lineup and now called the BMW M4.
  New for 2014: BMW
BMW focuses on fuel efficiency in its 2014 lineup, as the company debuts an all-new i3 subcompact electric car, plug-in hybrid i8 sports car, and new 3 Series and 5 Series diesel-powered powertrains.
  2014 BMW 2 Series Coupe Preview
The new 2014 2 Series is a 2-door coupe with rear-wheel drive, replacing the 1 Series Coupe in the automaker's lineup.
  2014 BMW 4 Series Convertible Preview
The new 2014 BMW 4 Series Convertible is a replacement for the outgoing 3 Series Convertible and shares its design and platform with the recently introduced 4 Series Coupe.
  2015 BMW i3 Preview
The BMW i3 is designed from the start to be an electric vehicle (EV), an approach that the automaker says allowed designers and engineers to maximize the car's effectiveness as an EV.
  2013 BMW 3 Series Sedan Preview
BMW's popular 3 Series luxury sedan was redesigned for 2012 and, as a result, the 2013 model arrives with relatively few changes.
  2013 BMW 3 Series Coupe and Convertible Preview
Unlike the BMW 3 Series sedan, the BMW 3 Series coupe and 3 Series hardtop convertible models did not undergo a redesign in 2012. For 2013, there is again no change in the status quo, as these 2-door variants continue to share a design with the previous-generation 3 Series sedan.
  2013 BMW X6 Preview
To some it's a crossover, to others it's an SUV, but to BMW, it's a sports activity coupe. Classification aside, the unique 4-door X6 returns for 2013 with revised front styling, LED taillights, and upgraded performance features.
  2013 BMW M5 Preview
BMW's Nurburgring-tempering M5 sedan has been redesigned for 2013, offering a new turbocharged engine that is more powerful and efficient than its predecessor, new dual-clutch transmission with manual and automatic modes, and updated styling.
  2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe Preview
BMW's all-new 2014 4 Series Coupe, a larger but lighter replacement for the 3 Series Coupe, is being offered in 428i and 435i models and four trim levels: base, Sport, Luxury, and M Sport.
  2013 BMW M3 Preview
The BMW M3 has long been the standard by which newcomers like the Cadillac CTS-V and Lexus IS F have been measured. For 2013, the track-friendly BMW returns in coupe and convertible body styles and a generous bounty of standard features.
  2014 BMW X5 Preview
The 2014 BMW X5 is completely redesigned, lighter, quicker, and more fuel efficient than before while offering a range of new standard and optional information, entertainment, connectivity, communication, safety, and autonomous driving equipment. The midsize luxury SUV, which is offered with an optional third-row seat, goes on sale toward the end of 2013.
  2013 BMW Z4 Preview
BMW's long-nosed, 2-door, 2-passenger Z4 roadster is slated to undergo significant updates for the 2014 model year. As a result, the 2013 Z4 arrives with only minor changes, including the addition of a few standard features.
  2013 BMW 1 Series Preview
In 2008, BMW expanded its lineup with the addition of an all-new 1 Series model. Slotting in below the iconic 3 Series, the 1 Series continues to be offered in coupe and convertible body styles equipped with a choice of powerful engines.
  2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo Preview
The 2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is a 5-door hatchback model with seating for four people. It is offered as a 328i Gran Turismo and a 335i Gran Turismo, each with standard specification or one of four trim lines: Sport, M Sport, Luxury, and Modern.
  2014 BMW Z4 Preview
Four years since its last complete redesign, the BMW Z4 roadster returns for 2014 with a new standard engine, minor cosmetic modifications, and expanded technology features.
  2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe Preview
The 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe is a performance-tuned variant of the BMW 650i Gran Coupe, itself a 4-door version of the BMW 650i Coupe. Designed to carry 4 passengers in comfort, the Gran Coupe's rear seat can accept an additional passenger when necessary, prompting BMW to claim that the car offers "4 + 1" seating.
  New for 2013: BMW
BMW has a busy year ahead as it introduces the new 2013 X1 crossover SUV, launches the new 6 Series Gran Coupe, debuts new M5 and M6 models, and expands the 3 Series lineup. Find out what else is new for the entire 2013 BMW model lineup...
  2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 Preview
Thanks to ever tightening fuel economy and air pollution regulations in Europe and the U.S., every automaker is seeking new ways to improve mileage and reduce emissions, including BMW. The 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 3, starting at $50,195 and loaded with technology designed to maximize MPG, will be available in the fall of 2012.
  2013 BMW 7 Series Preview
The 2013 BMW 7 Series is the German automaker's flagship sedan, available as the 740i, 740Li, 750i, 750Li, 760Li, and a long-wheelbase ActiveHybrid 7.
  2013 BMW 135is Preview
BMW sold the 1 Series M Coupe for only one year, and follows the limted-production run with the new 2013 135is models in coupe and convertible body styles. The new 135is arrives in dealerships in the fall of 2012, and will start at $44,145.
  2013 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon Preview
The BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon is redesigned and going on sale in early 2013, serving as a station wagon variant of the BMW 3 Series Sedan.
  2013 BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon Preview
The BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon is redesigned and going on sale in early 2013, serving as a station wagon variant of the BMW 3 Series Sedan.
  2013 BMW X1 Preview
The new 2013 BMW X1 is a subcompact crossover SUV that is smaller than the BMW X3 and rides higher than the BMW 3 Series Wagon. When it goes on sale for $31,545, it will be the least expensive BMW model available in the U.S.​
  2013 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Preview
This article previews the all-new 2013 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, including model highlights, exterior features, interior features, optional features, engine and transmission specifications, and safety information.
  2013 BMW M6 Preview
This article previews the all-new 2013 BMW M6 premium luxury sport coupe and convertible, including model highlights, exterior features, interior features, optional features, engine and transmission specifications, and fuel economy and safety information.
  Concept-BMW 1 Series ActiveE Preview
Critical Knowledge:Second-generation electric vehicle technology from BMWBuilt on the 1 Series platformVery unique color, decals and badgingNo compromise on interior space-seats 4 passengersElectric motor develops 170 horsepowerAccelerates to 60 mph in about 8.5 seconds, according to BMWFull household charge in about 4.5 hoursRange of about 100 miles per chargeLeasing program to be announced in January, 2010IntroductionThe German automaker BMW is not new to electric vehicles. In mid-2009, BMW began a public test program with the Mini E-an all-electric vehicle based on its compact Mini Cooper platform. The car was offered to more than 500 consumers in the Los Angeles and New York areas on a special one-year lease program. The unique test was designed so the automaker could do real-world analysis of its technology.
  Concept-BMW X1 Preview
Critical Knowledge:A preview of the upcoming X1 crossoverStyling from the 1 SeriesBuilt on the 3 Series platform4- and 6-cylinder powerplantsStandard all-wheel driveIntroductionFollowing the success of the BMW X5 and X3 sport-activity vehicles (SAVs), BMW unveiled its X1 concept at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. Although it is designated a concept car, the smallest SAV from the German automaker is expected to closely resemble the upcoming production X1 crossover.
  Concept-BMW Concept 1 Series tii Preview
Critical Knowledge:A design study hinting at a possible future 1 Series modelOptimized aerodynamics aid high-speed stabilityLightweight carbon fiber componentsMotorsport-themed interior appointmentsSpecial BMW color schemeIntroductionIt has been more than three decades since the last BMW "tii" model made an appearance. That car, the 2002tii, combined a lightweight and capable chassis with a fuel-injected 130-hp engine. Often credited with starting the compact sport sedan craze, the BMW 2002tii was an instant success and its popularity is still celebrated by enthusiasts worldwide.
  2012 BMW 1 Series Preview
Highlights:New front and rear fasciasNew headlight and tail light clustersNew "air curtain" front aerodynamics to lower wind resistanceStandard 230-horsepower, 3.0-liter inline-6 engine (128i Coupe and 128i Convertible)Standard 300-horsepower, 3.0-liter, turbocharged inline-6 engine (135i Coupe and 135i Convertible)Standard 6-speed manual transmissionOptional 6-speed automatic transmissionManufactured in GermanyIntroductionThe BMW 1 Series has been in production since 2004 (however, it has only been offered to customers in North America since 2008). The compact sports coupe and convertible are both based on the larger 3 Series platform. Differentiating themselves from others in this crowded segment, all 1 Series models are rear-wheel drive (most of the competitors are front- or all-wheel drive). In addition, all 1 Series models are fitted with 6-cylinder engines (including a 300-horsepower turbocharged model) while most of the competition uses 4-cylinder powerplants.
  2011 BMW X5 Preview
Critical Knowledge:Minor facelift, front and rearNew base 6-cylinder turbocharged engineNew 8-speed automatic transmission on two enginesNew exterior colors and body-colored plasticNew interior upholstery choicesProduction starts in April 2010IntroductionThe first-generation X5, one decade ago, redefined the premium sport utility segment. In a move counter to the rest of the industry, BMW called its first luxury SUV a "Sport Activity Vehicle" (SAV). It was a direct reference to its engineering design of premium handling, performance, efficiency, practicality and versatility over more traditional SUVs with their heavy off-road capabilities. The early X5 carried up to 5 passengers in sophisticated luxury. It offered full-time all-wheel drive (AWD) for control during inclement weather and car-like handling. Completely redesigned in 2007, the second-generation BMW X5 was slightly larger and addressed the limited cabin space of the previous model as it offered optional seating for up to 7 passengers. The engine choices remained either 6- or 8-cylinder powerplants. In 2009, BMW changed the nomenclature ("xDrive" was added to the name) and added a brand-new diesel powerplant under the hood of the X5 xDrive 35d.
  2011 BMW X1 Preview
Critical Knowledge:All-new designSmallest of the X-family lineupFive-passenger compact SUVMore head and shoulder room than the X3Gasoline and diesel powerplants (market specific)Rear- or all-wheel drive (in some markets)On sale in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2011IntroductionFollowing the success of the X3 and X5 sport-activity vehicles (SAVs), as the company refers to them, BMW unveiled its "X1 Concept" at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. Although it was designated a concept car, the smallest SAV from the German automaker was considered a sneak peek at a model BMW was already close to launching. The rumors rang true in September of 2009 when BMW finally took the wraps off the production-ready BMW X1 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
  2011 BMW 5 Series Preview
Critical Facts:All-new sixth-generation modelConservative styling reminiscent of the E39 5 SeriesNew double-wishbone front suspensionFourth-generation iDrive systemAvailable high-beam control and Night VisionA host of tech options available for those so inclinedFast Facts:Available turbocharged 6- and 8-cylinder enginesStandard rear-wheel drive appeals to driving enthusiasts8-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission550i features a 4.4-liter 8-cylinder engine with 400 horsepowerand 450 lb.-ft.
  2011 BMW 1 Series Preview
Highlights:Manufactured in GermanyNew single-turbo, 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engineStandard 6-speed manual transmissionOptional 6-speed automatic transmissionAvailable no-cost leather upholsteryAvailable no-cost iPod integrationFast Facts:New optional 7-speed dual-clutch transmissionRear-wheel-drive powertrain appeals to driving enthusiastsStandard 230-hp, 3.0-liter inline-6 (128i Coupe and 128iConvertible)Standard 300-hp, 3.
  2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 Preview
Critical Knowledge:New ActiveHybrid 7 Series model available in short- and long-wheelbase variantsThe most powerful hybrid luxury sedans in the world, according to BMWTurbocharged V-8 engineSingle electric boost motor8-speed automatic transmissionTotal hybrid powerplant rating of 455 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. off torqueReported 15 percent more fuel efficient than the BMW 750iArrives in the spring of 2011IntroductionThe BMW 7 Series is the flagship of the German automaker's model range. Only available as a 4-door sedan, the first generation appeared in the late 1970s with a 6-cylinder powerplant and a 4-speed automatic transmission. The second generation, introduced in 1986, heralded the 8- and 12-cylinder powerplants that would become offered in future models. That model also inaugurated the available stretched ("L") variant for more rear passenger leg room. The third generation, debuting in 1994, brought satellite navigation and Xenon HID headlamps to the model range. The fourth-generation 7 Series, with sales starting in 2002, introduced BMW's iDrive infotainment controller.
  New for 2011-BMW
HistoryFounded in 1916, BMW is a German manufacturer noted for its line of performance-oriented automobiles, sport utility vehicles, crossovers, and motorcycles. In addition to its BMW-branded lineup of vehicles, the automaker also owns and produces the MINI brand of small cars, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is owned by BMW (many Rolls-Royce models contain 7 Series drivetrains and electrical content). BMW was originally a manufacturer of aircraft engines, but the end of World War I saw the company switch to motorcycle production and then eventually to automobiles. Promoting its enthusiast-tuned engineering, BMW has been involved in motor sports for decades, racing both cars and motorcycles.
  2011 BMW Alpina B7 Sedan Preview
Highlights:Second-generation 7 Series Alpina model100-horsepower increaseUpgraded engine componentsAerodynamic enhancementsUpgraded wheels, tires and suspensionInterior cosmetic upgradesFast Facts:4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 engineRear-wheel drive with 500 horsepowerUpgraded intercooler; larger and stronger pistonsIncreased turbo boost and compression ratioSpecific output of 115 hp/literIntroductionAlpina Burkard Bovensiepen GmbH, or simply "Alpina" as it is more widely known in automotive circles, is an automobile manufacturing company in Bavaria, Germany. In 1965, the company began modifying BMW automobiles with engine performance enhancements-mostly upgrades to carburetors and cylinder heads. A major turning point for the small company came in 1970-the year the team's cars won the prestigious Spa 25 hours, German Hillclimb Championship, and European Touring Car Championship.
  2011 BMW X3 Preview
Highlights:All-new model with completely new evolutionary stylingTwo new models: xDrive28i and xDrive35iStandard 6-cylinder power and standard all-wheel driveNew 8-speed automatic transmissionNew available Electronic Damping Control suspensionNew available Driving Dynamics ControlAssembled in Spartanburg, South CarolinaIn showrooms by the end of 2010IntroductionThe BMW X3,the automaker's compact entry-level sport utility vehicle, has been inproduction since 2004.Unlike some other models in this category, the luxury-oriented X3 wasoriginally designed to offer superior on-road prowess over seriousoff-road handling (BMWprefers to call it a "sport activity vehicle," or SAV, instead of anSUV). With standard 6-cylinder power, full-time all-wheel drive,5-passenger seating, and an available 6-speed manual transmission, theoriginal BMW X3 satisfied an untapped niche in the market. According tothe automaker, more than 600,000 original X3 models were sold duringits 7-year production run.
  2010 BMW X6 M Preview
CriticalKnowledge:New 2010 model Highest-performing X6 model ever Twin-turbo, 4.4-liter V-8 engine rated at 555 hp BMW states 0-60mph in just 4.
  2010 BMW X5 M Preview
CriticalKnowledge:New 2010 modelHighest-performing X5 model everTwin-turbo, 4.4-liter V-8 engine rated at 555 hpBMW states 0-60mph in just 4.
  2010 BMW M3 GTS Preview
What's New:New limited-edition, street-legal, track-ready BMW M3High-performance engine and suspensionLightened chassisStandard 7-speed dual-clutch transmissionUnique orange/black paint scheme450 horsepower and 325 lb.-ft. of torque (36 hp and 30 lb.-ft.morethan standard M3)Fast Facts:Stroked 4.
  New for 2010-BMW
Critical Knowledge:2010 1 Series Coupe/Convertible: The Professional audio upgrade is now standard while the moonroof and automatic high beams are now stand-alone options. There is one new exterior color.2010 3 Series Sedan/Wagon/Coupe/Convertible: New 16-inch wheels for the base model and the Professional audio upgrade is now standard equipment. Automatic high beams and moonroof are now stand-alone options, and Premium Sound now includes a HiFi audio option.2010 5 Series Sedan/Hatchback/Wagon: This is the last year of this platform-a replacement will arrive in the summer of 2010. Nevertheless, BMW has upgraded the infotainment system and added HD Radio to the Navigation package.
  2010 BMW ActiveHybrid X6 Preview
Critical Knowledge:All-new fourth model in the X6 lineupThe most powerful hybrid in the world, according to BMW20-percent improvement in fuel economy over gasoline equivalentThree individual power units for a combined 480 horsepowerNickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery packUnique 2-mode transmission controls the electric motors7-speed automatic transmissionStandard xDrive all-wheel-drive systemStandard 20-inch aluminum
  2010 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo Preview
Critical Knowledge:The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo (GT) is an all-new model for 2010Replaces the 5 Series Touring (wagon)Unique styling foreshadows future 5 Series designFive-door hatchback body style with unique dual-action tailgateNearly 60 cubic feet of available cargo spaceChoice of 6- or 8-cylinder turbocharged powerplantsStandard 8-speed automatic transmissionIntroductionBMW's 5 Series is a midsize luxury performance car that has been in production since 1972. Slotted in between the compact BMW 3 Series and full-size BMW 7 Series in size, the 5 Series was significantly updated, including a mid-cycle facelift, in 2008. In 2009, it is offered as a sedan with a choice of efficient 6-cylinder engines or a powerful 8-cylinder powerplant, or a 6-cylinder station wagon known as the Touring.
  2009 BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe Preview
Critical Knowledge:World's first "Sports Activity Coupe"Based on the X5 platformFour-passenger seatingOffering choice of two twin-turbo powerplantsFirst BMW to offer Dynamic Performance ControlArriving second quarter of 2008IntroductionBMW created a new segment in 1999 with the introduction of their X5 "Sports Activity Vehicle" (SAV). Based on the 5 Series platform, and sharing many of its mechanicals and electronics, the X5 was offered with standard all-wheel drive (AWD) and a choice of 6- or 8-cylinder power. Unlike most other ponderous SUVs of the time, the 5-passenger BMW X5 was set up to favor sporting road use with limited off-road intentions. The X5 was a success, encouraging Porsche, Audi, and Volkswagen to follow with their own luxury SUVs. BMW followed the X5 with the X3, slightly smaller and less luxurious, but with the same road-favoring attributes of its big brother.
  2009 BMW Z4 Roadster Preview
Critical Knowledge:Retractable hardtop convertibleReplaces both the previous-generation Z4 Roadster and Z4 Coupe Enhanced interior roomIncludes iDrive as standard equipmentRear-wheel drive with a 50/50 weight distributionChoice of two 6-cylinder powerplantsOptional 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissionIntroductionThe first popular modern incarnation of BMW's roadster appeared as the Z3 in 1996 (the Z8 was a hand-built, limited-production vehicle which had appeared a few years earlier). While open motoring was a new experience to mainstream BMW buyers, the 2-seat droptop was offered with a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that did little to stir the soul. Several larger engines appeared in subsequent years (including an M Roadster in 1998), and a fixed-roof Coupe joined the lineup in 1999. Both Z3 models were replaced by the all-new Z4 Roadster/Coupe models in 2003 and 2006, respectively. Larger, stronger and more refined than their predecessors, BMW's Z4 models were offered with a choice of 6-cylinder powerplants and manual, automatic or Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG) transmissions.
  2009 BMW X5 xDrive35d and BMW 335d Preview
Critical Knowledge:50-state BIN5 compliantBluePerformance for reduced emissions3.0-liter, twin-turbo, inline 6-cylinder engineRated at 265 hp and 424 lb.-ft. of torqueHigher performance than standard gasoline-powered modelsBoth models available in late 2008IntroductionBMW introduced its first diesel engine vehicle in 1983. Mounted under the hood of a 5 Series sedan, the 2.4-liter, turbocharged diesel engine in the 524td would accelerate the vehicle to 60 mph in about 14 seconds. BMW touted it as the fastest diesel in the world, with a top speed of 112 mph. It was sold for a short time in the United States before it was pulled from the domestic marketplace.
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