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Nine Lives! BMW Planning Mega-Luxe 9-series

BMW is pondering a model line positioned above the 7-series, company sources confirm. The project is in its concept stage and the vehicle is far from being finalized, but the most likely body style is a low-slung four-door sedan with a sloping roofline (a “four-door coupe”). A large two-door coupe …

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2016 BMW 328i M Sport

2016 BMW 328i Automatic

The 3-series gets slightly sharper.<p>The latest, F30-generation BMW 3-series hasn’t exactly lived up to its reputation as the archetypal luxury sedan for enthusiasts. Increasingly competent and sportier competition from brands such as Audi, Cadillac, and Lexus is partly to blame. But the distinctive …

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2016 BMW M4 GTS: A New High-Water Mark for the M4

At the Pebble Beach Concours d’Élégance this summer, BMW granted us a first look at an upcoming higher-performance version of the M4—the M4 GTS. Far from being another high-powered derivative for collectors, this special edition is a real technology showcase.<p>The M4 GTS features two BMW-claimed …

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2016 BMW X4 M40i Launched: Because Why Not?

BMW’s M Performance lineup is growing, most recently with the addition of the X4 M40i, which targets the Audi SQ5 and the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLC450 AMG. Unlike those two, however, the BMW is based on a “crossover coupe”—and based on its specs and appearance, it might well be the sportiest SUV …

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2016 BMW 340i Sport Line sedan

New BMW 7-series Plug-In Hybrid Packs a Four-Cylinder

When BMW brought out a V-12 in its second-generation 7-series, the move stunned the industry and prompted Mercedes-Benz to follow suit. (In fact, a V-16 had been considered.) Fast forward to the new, sixth generation of the 7-series and BMW is confirming the availability of a four-cylinder, the …

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2016 BMW 340i

What was good before is better.<p>For the 2016 model year, BMW has performed a near-imperceptible facelift of its 3-series sports sedan, one that will challenge even the brand’s most fervent fans to spot the visual differences. Yet there are changes under the skin that are significant. We spent a day …

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2014 BMW 328d xDrive Diesel Sports Wagon

Some fantasies are best left unfulfilled.<p>Say the words “diesel station wagon” around a group of European enthusiasts and they’ll yawn. Do the same thing in America, though, where such cars are exceedingly rare, and rivulets of sweat form on foreheads. Pulses quicken. Eyes widen. We should know—this …

2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e Plug-In Hybrid

The X5 takes (a) charge.<p>BMW, like many automakers, is moving quickly to introduce plug-in hybrids. In fact, the Bavarian outfit plans to have a plug-in version of every model it sells. We’ve already driven a prototype of the plug-in-hybrid 3-series, and now the brand has unveiled a plug-in-hybrid …

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2015 BMW 428i Gran Coupe

Permutation number 37b of the F30 BMW 3-series.<p>From the December 2014 issue of <b>Car and Driver</b><p>What’s this? Yet another derivative of the F30 BMW 3-series? Indeed, that benign sedan has now sired a wagon; a long-wheelbase Gran Turismo five-door; and the 4-series trio of coupe, convertible, and this …

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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-class Coupe: The BMW X6 Finally Has Competition

Hey, another fastbacked SUV-type substance.<p>After watching the BMW X6 inexplicably rack up sales and profits for nearly seven years, Mercedes-Benz finally is launching its own model into the crossover-coupe niche. Dubbed the GLE-class coupe, it is the first model to reflect the new nomenclature at …

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2015 BMW M4 DCT Automatic

Another go in M's sacred cow, this time the self-shifter.<p>Mick famously preaches that you can’t always get what you want, which couldn’t be truer of the new BMW M4—and in more ways than one. We’d hoped to test a model without the $8150 carbon-ceramic brakes and $1000 adaptive dampers because we …

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Закат аристократа из «Скудерии

Уход <b>Луки ди Монтедземоло</b> — событие планетарного масштаба для Формулы-1. Этот человек настолько отождествил себя с «Феррари», настолько являл собой …

Марк Хьюз об уходе Луки ди Монтедземоло из Ferrari

Известный британский журналист Марк Хьюз в авторской колонке на сайте телеканала Sky Sports прокомментировал уход Луки ди Монтедземоло с поста …

2015 BMW 2-series Convertible: The Version for Hedonists

Two turbo engines, available AWD, and a top that drops.<p>With the introduction of the 2-series convertible, BMW's rear-wheel-drive 1-series is history in the U.S. (The Euro-market hatchback is still available.) But despite the new moniker, the 2-series very much adheres to the formula of its …

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2015 BMW M3

BMW blows it.<p>The new F80-generation M3 is drawing its share of cyber hate, mainly because of its engine configuration. Engines are (or should be) holy to a company whose name translates to “Bavarian Engine Factory,” and special powerplants should be part of what you pay for in any M car. But the …

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2015 BMW X4 xDrive35i

BMW's Little Enos satisfies, confuses, and condemns.<p>Frivolity is the endgame of progress. It has to be. Computers are a great example. Once upon a time, they were magic. They allowed man to walk on the moon. They fueled an unprecedented boom in human knowledge and understanding. Today, much of the …

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2015 BMW 2-series Active Tourer

The revolution will be front-drive.<p>This, ladies and gentlemen, is the future: BMW insiders tell us that half of the company’s lineup eventually will consist of front-wheel-drive vehicles. The 2-series Active Tourer is the first such vehicle, and it has so little in common with any other BMW that it …

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2015 BMW X3 xDrive28d Diesel

The X3 goes compression ignition.<p>BMW’s recent face lift of the X3 might have gone largely unnoticed, but this particular X3 won’t. Powered by BMW’s N47 four-cylinder turbo-diesel, the xDrive28d makes its presence known with considerable clatter and rumble; it’s supposed to ride the slowly rising …

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2014 BMW M235i Automatic

Stick with M3s while eschewing the stick.<p>When you’re told a red 2014 BMW M235i is parked outside and awaiting your editorial critique, it’s hard not to get at least a <i>little</i> excited. Keys in hand, we walked out into air that didn’t smell like Cheetos and wet socks, opened the M235i’s door, and found …

BMW X5 Plug-In Hybrid Concept

The shy version of BMW's "Boss."<p>On the heels of its unconventionally styled i3 and i8, BMW is launching a different breed of electrified vehicle, one that appears quite conventional to the casual observer. The plug-in-hybrid version of the X5—a car that BMW has nicknamed “the Boss”—is almost …

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2015 BMW 4-series Gran Coupe

Handsomely retro.<p>In the 1970s and ’80s, several European carmakers offered premium hatchback sedans, but the traditionally conservative German brands were not among them. That situation began to change in recent years with the advent of Audi’s A5 Sportback and A7, and now BMW is joining the …

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Marussia и ее гонщик

Были ли шансы у «Маруси» догнать Николая Фоменко?<p>Российский проект по созданию спорткаров и внедорожников Marussia закрыт. Несмотря на обещания …

Не плачь, Marussia: история о слишком больших деньгах

Статьи 23 апреля 2014<p>Не плачь, Marussia: история о слишком больших деньгах<p>Autonews.ru проследил историю Marussia вместе с ее бывшим главным …

2017 BMW i5 Rendered

The third strike.<p><b>What It Is:</b>The third model of BMW's "i" range of green-themed vehicles. BMW has hinted persistently that all alphanumeric monikers up to i9 have been reserved, and that an i5 would fit into the lineup above the entry-level i3. It will be an eco-friendly electric family vehicle with …

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2017 BMW Z2 Rendered

Shocking, raw, full-frontal drivery.<p><b>What It Is</b><i>:</i>A possible two-seat roadster, and the most attractive variation of BMW's new compact platform by far. Lightweight and compact, it will aim to deliver agile dynamics and, unlike the Z4, it will feature a fabric top. There's one bitter pill BMW …

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2015 BMW M4 Coupe

Is it still heresy if the car's excellent?<p>One of the worst things a carmaker can do is succeed. You can mint money selling cars to which people are indifferent, but if you get every last detail right and build something spectacular, you’re screwed. When buyers love your car, they don’t want it to …

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2016 BMW Active Tourer 7 Seater

Because a more-expensive Mazda 5 is a niche too enticing to leave empty.<p><b>What It Is:</b> An artist’s impression of what a stretched version of BMW's upcoming 2-series Active Tourer, developed with the U.S. in mind, could look like. It will likely be sold alongside its slightly more compact sibling, …

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