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3 Minutes Of New BMW M5 Driving Reveal Its Amazing Exhaust Note 16
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW M, BMW M5, BMW Videos, new cars, video on 12 16th, 2017


The first reviews of the new BMW M5 have started flowing in, and with them come a number of videos that reveal the joys of driving the new Bavarian super saloon.

One of them demonstrates the V8 symphony by taking the new M5 out for a short drive on public roads. Now, it seems that the microphone might have been placed near the exhaust instead of the interior, but that doesn’t make the sound any less exciting.

The clip is accompanied by a short caption that reveals the driver’s opinion on the latest M-car. So, according to him, “the M5 sounds proper, louder, more aggressive than before, and a more complete and cohesive symphony, with deeper tones and frightening backfire crackles”.

We bet we’ll soon see a video comparing the sound of the new M5 with that of the Mercedes-AMG E63, which also has a tremendous soundtrack to go with its ballistic performance.

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3 Minutes Of New BMW M5 Driving Reveal Its Amazing Exhaust Note 16
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW M, BMW M5, BMW Videos, new cars, video on 12 16th, 2017


The first reviews of the new BMW M5 have started flowing in, and with them come a number of videos that reveal the joys of driving the new Bavarian super saloon.

One of them demonstrates the V8 symphony by taking the new M5 out for a short drive on public roads. Now, it seems that the microphone might have been placed near the exhaust instead of the interior, but that doesn’t make the sound any less exciting.

The clip is accompanied by a short caption that reveals the driver’s opinion on the latest M-car. So, according to him, “the M5 sounds proper, louder, more aggressive than before, and a more complete and cohesive symphony, with deeper tones and frightening backfire crackles”.

We bet we’ll soon see a video comparing the sound of the new M5 with that of the Mercedes-AMG E63, which also has a tremendous soundtrack to go with its ballistic performance.

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BMW X6 M By 3D Design Brings Some Extra Bling In The Middle East 15
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in 3D Design, BMW, BMW X6M, Manhart, Middle East, tuning on 12 15th, 2017


This tuned X6 M is the latest Bimmer to arrive at Abu Dhabi Motors, and it’s equipped with a variety of aftermarket bits.

3D Design is responsible for the exterior mods, thanks to its carbon fiber body kit that includes front and rear spoilers, plus new side skirts and diffuser, whereas Manhart’s carbon hood replaced the factory item.

It also sports a new Akrapovic exhaust system, 23-inch alloy wheels from Manhart and BMW’s own M Performance parts such as black accents on the kidney grille, front fenders and roof, and carbon fiber mirror caps.

Things have become a tad sportier inside as well, where this X6 M features red leather with red stitching on the sports seats, armrests, doors, and dashboard, along with black gloss and carbon fiber trim.

The 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine has remained untouched, but then again it’s already powerful enough in stock form, making 575PS (567hp) and 750Nm (553lb-ft) of torque, which are enough for a 4.2-second 0-100km/h (62mph) acceleration and a 250km/h (155mph) top speed.

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Armytrix Exhaust Makes BMW 530i’s Four-Pot Sound Like A V8 14
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Armytrix, BMW, BMW 5-Series, BMW Videos, tuning, video on 12 14th, 2017


The problem, if you can call it that, with four-cylinder engines is that they generally sound rather ho-hum, even in cars that far from under-powered, like the 252 PS (248 HP) all-new BMW 530i.

If you want to talk performance, this premium saloon in rear-wheel drive configuration (there’s an xDrive AWD, too) will get you from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.2 seconds. It will also max out at 250 km/h (155 mph), which, for most people, is more than enough. But even with that performance, the sound is nothing to write home about.

That’s where custom exhaust manufacturers like Armytrix come into play. They can help a “lowly” 2.0-liter four sound throaty, providing plenty of crackles and bangs, as you’d expect to hear in something with a lot more power and, probably, a higher cylinder count.

As we’ve seen before, the tuner’s Valvetronic exhaust helps the driver decide when the car should sound more aggressive via a smartphone app, so you can blend in with the crowd when you feel like it and make a statement when you’re in the mood. Sounds like the best of both worlds, right?

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750PS BMW X5 M Wants To Show Lambo’s Urus Who’s Boss 14
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW X5M, G-Power, tuning on 12 14th, 2017


There are plenty of options to choose from if you want to tune your BMW X5 M, but G-Power’s is perhaps one of the most interesting out there.

In Stage 1, they use their Bi-Tronik 2 V1 engine software optimization or, as an alternative, the external Bi-Tronik 5 V1 power module, to raise the output of the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 from the stock unit’s 575PS (567hp) and 750Nm (533lb-ft) of torque to a Lamborghini Urus-matching 650PS (641hp) and 850Nm (627lb-ft).

Stage 2 extracts even more power, namely 700PS (690hp) and 905Nm (667lb-ft) of torque, but the ultimate upgrade is what interests us, as it brings an impressive 750PS (739hp) and 980Nm (723lb-ft) of torque, which, combined with other tweaks make it, according to the tuner, the perfect choice for extroverted X5 M drivers who want to make a stand.

G-Power also offers sports exhaust systems, fender flares and a carbon Venturi hood, along with a forged wheel set, 11.23-inch in size, with five double spokes. It would be interesting to see how it fares against the Urus, wouldn’t it?

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Would You Buy This BMW M3 Convertible For £25k? 13
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW M, BMW M3, BMW Videos, UK, used cars, video on 12 13th, 2017


Like most performance models out there, old M3s are more desirable with a fixed roof and manual transmission, but BMW catered for a wider range of customers, not just dyed-in-the-wool petrolheads.

Take this Ε46 Μ3, for instance, that’s listed by Hexagon for £24,995, or $33,420 at today’s exchange rates, and is a Convertible with a six-speed automatic transmission.

For £7,000 ($9,360) less, one could have this M3 E92, which is not only 5 years newer, but drops the E46’s 3.2-liter inline six-cylinder engine for a 4.0-liter V8 that makes over 75hp more and is paired to a proper six-speed manual gearbox.

Whatever purists might think, there’s no denying that this 14-year old M3 is in perfect condition, as its carbon black metallic paint, 18-inch alloy wheels and Imola Red leather interior look almost as good as new.

Moreover, it has only 29,100 miles (46,832km) on the clock, two former owners, and it’s supplied with a full BMW service history and a 12-month written warranty.

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This Might Be The Cheapest Well-Maintained BMW M3 In The U.S. 12
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW M, BMW M3, BMW Videos, reviews, used cars, video on 12 12th, 2017


Even though you might be able to score a BMW M3 for less, spending $3,000 on a solid, working E36 M3 Convertible sounds like a great deal if there are no surprises.

As you’d expect, the man behind this “project” is none other than Tyler Hoover, the same one who had his ML55 AMG stolen earlier this year, and who later bought an E65 7-Series for just $3,400.

So how great of a deal is this E36 M3 you ask? According to Hoover, the car is in tip top shape, doesn’t make any weird noises, there’s no ‘Check Engine’ light warning and the electric top works, which is always a bonus.

Furthermore, he was also impressed with the state of the front suspension, although the rear end felt a little “loose and wobbly”. Still, the car sounds like plenty of fun, even if it does have an automatic transmission.

Also worth noting is that the M3 has 152,000 miles (244,620 km) on the clock, which can be a lot for this type of car, but since it drives well, looks well and sounds good, says its new owner, then perhaps that’s all that matters for now.

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Can The BMW X3 Tackle Morocco’s Tough Conditions? 11
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW Videos, BMW X3, video on 12 11th, 2017


The BMW X3 is in its third generation and compared to its predecessors, adopts a brand new design and a slew of technology changes. But, is it good enough to battle the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLC and Audi Q5?

Carfection recently jumped behind the wheel of the new X3 in Morocco and set about exploring some of the country’s phenomenal roads, ranging from paved surfaces, gravel paths, and right through to desert sand dunes.

The new X3 is slightly larger than the old model, adopting a wheelbase extended by 2.2-inches (5.5 cm) and an impressive 50:50 weight distribution. Inside, customers will enjoy a selection of features including Gesture Control, cloud-based Intelligent Voice Control and a number of digital services through the BMW Connected app.

Depending on the market, customers have variants like the xDrive20d, xDrive 30i, xDrive 30d, and X3 M40i available, the latter of which uses a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine delivering 355 hp. It allows the X3 to accelerate to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.6 seconds and hit a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

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Can The BMW X3 Tackle Morocco’s Tough Conditions? 11
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW Videos, BMW X3, video on 12 11th, 2017


The BMW X3 is in its third generation and compared to its predecessors, adopts a brand new design and a slew of technology changes. But, is it good enough to battle the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLC and Audi Q5?

Carfection recently jumped behind the wheel of the new X3 in Morocco and set about exploring some of the country’s phenomenal roads, ranging from paved surfaces, gravel paths, and right through to desert sand dunes.

The new X3 is slightly larger than the old model, adopting a wheelbase extended by 2.2-inches (5.5 cm) and an impressive 50:50 weight distribution. Inside, customers will enjoy a selection of features including Gesture Control, cloud-based Intelligent Voice Control and a number of digital services through the BMW Connected app.

Depending on the market, customers have variants like the xDrive20d, xDrive 30i, xDrive 30d, and X3 M40i available, the latter of which uses a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine delivering 355 hp. It allows the X3 to accelerate to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.6 seconds and hit a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

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Consider The Sultan’s BMW 8 Series While Awaiting The New One 10
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW 8-Series, Classics, used cars on 12 10th, 2017


BMW is gearing up to launch a new 8 Series. But as any Bimmerphile could tell you, it won’t be the first.

The Bavarian automaker produced just such a model between 1989 and 1999, cutting one of the sleekest profiles the industry has ever produced.

Just look at this one, for example. It’s an 850Ci from 1993, packing a then-newly upgraded 5.4-liter V12 rated at 322 horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque – placing it second only to the quasi-M 850CSi.

This particular example was ordered in Maldives Blue Metallic, and is believed to be the only 850Ci ever made in that color and right-hand drive. That means it was made for countries where they drive on the left-hand side of the road, like in the UK, Japan… or Brunei.

In fact this one is said to have been delivered new to the Sultan of Brunei, who once stood as one of the world’s preeminent car collectors. Now nearly 15 years later, the car’s listed for sale on AutoTrader in the UK (and brought to our attention by our friends at Motor1), with an asking price of £36,995.

That’s nearly $50k at current exchange rates, or about the price of a new M240i coupe. Given the choice, which would you take between the two?

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Is The 2018 BMW M5 The New King Of Super Saloons? 10
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW M5, BMW Videos, new cars, reviews, video on 12 10th, 2017


BMW has taken the M5 into its sixth generation, which sports, for the first time, not only a controversial four-wheel drive system but also plenty of new features.

Starting with its exterior design, it is quite restrained and at first glance you might mistake it for regular 5-Series, but look closer and you will see the wider air intakes at the front, large diffuser at the rear, carbon fiber roof, specific wheels and M badges.

Step inside and you will also see the M add-ons over lesser 5-Series, such as the sport seats and steering wheel, in addition to the exclusive aluminum trim and a variety of options that could eventually make your new M5 weigh in excess of 2 tons (4,410lbs) and cost more than €117,900 ($140,182) in Germany.

The 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 puts out 600PS (592hp) and 750Nm (553lb-ft) of torque, which is 40PS (39hp) and 70Nm (52lb-ft) more than its predecessor. However, compared to its direct rival, the range-topping Mercedes-AMG E63 S, it’s down by 12PS (12hp) and 100Nm (74lb-ft).

For the first time ever, the new BMW M5 is offered with a four-wheel drive system, though not the usual xDrive that you would find on the rest of the 5-Series’ range, but one developed by the brand’s M division. This means that it’s rear-wheel drive-biased, offers massive grip and comes with various configurations that allow drivers to put it into 2WD, which really comes to life when unleashed on the track.

Enough talk; let’s see what the new BMW M5 actually feels like in the hands of Autocar and AutoExpress, who tested the new Bavarian super saloon. Both agree that it’s reasonably comfortable as an everyday driver and more civilized than an AMG E63, but is it the game-changer we were expecting?

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Is The 2018 BMW M5 The New King Of Super Saloons? 10
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW M5, BMW Videos, new cars, reviews, video on 12 10th, 2017


BMW has taken the M5 into its sixth generation, which sports, for the first time, not only a controversial four-wheel drive system but also plenty of new features.

Starting with its exterior design, it is quite restrained and at first glance you might mistake it for regular 5-Series, but look closer and you will see the wider air intakes at the front, large diffuser at the rear, carbon fiber roof, specific wheels and M badges.

Step inside and you will also see the M add-ons over lesser 5-Series, such as the sport seats and steering wheel, in addition to the exclusive aluminum trim and a variety of options that could eventually make your new M5 weigh in excess of 2 tons (4,410lbs) and cost more than €117,900 ($140,182) in Germany.

The 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 puts out 600PS (592hp) and 750Nm (553lb-ft) of torque, which is 40PS (39hp) and 70Nm (52lb-ft) more than its predecessor. However, compared to its direct rival, the range-topping Mercedes-AMG E63 S, it’s down by 12PS (12hp) and 100Nm (74lb-ft).

For the first time ever, the new BMW M5 is offered with a four-wheel drive system, though not the usual xDrive that you would find on the rest of the 5-Series’ range, but one developed by the brand’s M division. This means that it’s rear-wheel drive-biased, offers massive grip and comes with various configurations that allow drivers to put it into 2WD, which really comes to life when unleashed on the track.

Enough talk; let’s see what the new BMW M5 actually feels like in the hands of Autocar and AutoExpress, who tested the new Bavarian super saloon. Both agree that it’s reasonably comfortable as an everyday driver and more civilized than an AMG E63, but is it the game-changer we were expecting?

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Atlantis Blue Paintjob Suits This BMW Individual 750Li Just Fine 10
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW 7-Series, BMW Individual, Middle East on 12 10th, 2017


Some Middle Eastern markets can’t get enough of BMWs with wacky paintjobs and interiors, hence the multitude of flashy cars that emerge, quite often, from BMW Abu Dhabi Motors.

The latest one is a 750Li, which may not be the flagship version of the new 7-Series, but it’s still very quick, capable of reaching 100km/h (62mph) in 4.5sec, thanks to its 445hp and 650Nm (479lb-ft) of torque V8 engine.

However, its performance is not what interests us, in this case, because this particular example is finished in Atlantis Blue. The color, which is the work of BMW Individual, was also applied to other BMWs in the past, including several M3s and M4s, and represents a step away from the default black, grey, or white finishes that most customers prefer for the 7-Series.

Step inside, though, and you’ll see the bright red leather that covers the seats, door panels, lower part of the dashboard, and central console, contrasting its exterior and making the whole car more unique.

Now, for the right sum, Abu Dhabi Motors, which happens to be the world’s largest BMW dealership, would sell you an identical BMW 750Li, as this one is probably spoken for, and if you’re not fans of the flashy bits, then you could tell them exactly what you want and they’ll make it happen.

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Atlantis Blue Paintjob Suits This BMW Individual 750Li Just Fine 10
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW 7-Series, BMW Individual, Middle East on 12 10th, 2017


Some Middle Eastern markets can’t get enough of BMWs with wacky paintjobs and interiors, hence the multitude of flashy cars that emerge, quite often, from BMW Abu Dhabi Motors.

The latest one is a 750Li, which may not be the flagship version of the new 7-Series, but it’s still very quick, capable of reaching 100km/h (62mph) in 4.5sec, thanks to its 445hp and 650Nm (479lb-ft) of torque V8 engine.

However, its performance is not what interests us, in this case, because this particular example is finished in Atlantis Blue. The color, which is the work of BMW Individual, was also applied to other BMWs in the past, including several M3s and M4s, and represents a step away from the default black, grey, or white finishes that most customers prefer for the 7-Series.

Step inside, though, and you’ll see the bright red leather that covers the seats, door panels, lower part of the dashboard, and central console, contrasting its exterior and making the whole car more unique.

Now, for the right sum, Abu Dhabi Motors, which happens to be the world’s largest BMW dealership, would sell you an identical BMW 750Li, as this one is probably spoken for, and if you’re not fans of the flashy bits, then you could tell them exactly what you want and they’ll make it happen.

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Let’s Take A POV Ride In The BMW M4 CS, Shall We? 9
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW M4, BMW Videos, video on 12 9th, 2017


The new BMW M4 CS is absolutely dripping with sex appeal and has a spec sheet to back up its seductive looks. But what’s it like to drive?

To find out, AutoTopNL jumped behind the wheel of an example finished in San Marino Blue and took it through a number of forest roads. The review also features a high-speed run along the Nurburgring, perfectly showcasing just how potent the tweaked M4 is.

Designed to slot between the M4 GTS and the M4 Competition Package, the twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine of the car has been uprated to a healthy 454 hp and 442 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque. When mated to a dual-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission, it can sprint from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds, or 0.3 seconds quicker than the M4 Competition.

Beyond its engine upgrades, the M4 CS comes complete with 6-piston front and 4-piston rear calipers clamping down on carbon ceramic discs. There are also stiffer springs and dampers, larger roll bars and 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels as standard, while weight saving measures mean the M4 CS is 32 kg (71 lbs) lighter than a normal M4.

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