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Watch The Lambo Urus Take On Its Closest Rivals In Forza 7 20
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW Videos, BMW X6M, BMW-X6, Film, Forza, Games, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Urus, Lamborghini Videos, porsche, Porsche Cayenne, Porsche Videos, video on 12 20th, 2017


Now that the Lamborghini Urus has arrived, the big question is how it will stack up against the competition.

That’ll be a difficult question to answer, not least because the Urus doesn’t really have any direct competition – positioned as it is well above any other performance SUV out there, and with much more power.

But it does have some rivals that come close, like the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and the BMW X6 M, for example – models which also have twin-turbo V8s displacing four-some-odd liters to deliver prodigious performance, albeit not quite at the level of the Urus.

It may take a while yet before anyone’s able to put these three (or really any other would-be contenders) in the same place. But in the meantime, the gamer/YouTuber known as Dizeuul has put them together in the cyperspace of Forza 7 (brought to our attention by our friends at Motor1).

A reliable comparison? Maybe not. But the programmers at Turn 10 Studios pour considerable energy and expertise into getting the vehicles and their environments just right, so it may not be that far off.

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Watch The Lambo Urus Take On Its Closest Rivals In Forza 7 20
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW Videos, BMW X6M, BMW-X6, Film, Forza, Games, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Urus, Lamborghini Videos, porsche, Porsche Cayenne, Porsche Videos, video on 12 20th, 2017


Now that the Lamborghini Urus has arrived, the big question is how it will stack up against the competition.

That’ll be a difficult question to answer, not least because the Urus doesn’t really have any direct competition – positioned as it is well above any other performance SUV out there, and with much more power.

But it does have some rivals that come close, like the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and the BMW X6 M, for example – models which also have twin-turbo V8s displacing four-some-odd liters to deliver prodigious performance, albeit not quite at the level of the Urus.

It may take a while yet before anyone’s able to put these three (or really any other would-be contenders) in the same place. But in the meantime, the gamer/YouTuber known as Dizeuul has put them together in the cyperspace of Forza 7 (brought to our attention by our friends at Motor1).

A reliable comparison? Maybe not. But the programmers at Turn 10 Studios pour considerable energy and expertise into getting the vehicles and their environments just right, so it may not be that far off.

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BMW Celebrates Delivering Over 100,000 EVs In 2017 20
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW Videos, Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, Tech, video on 12 20th, 2017


BMW has confirmed that in 2017, it sold more than 100,000 electrified vehicles globally.

Throughout 2017, BMW’s all-electric and hybrid models proved particularly popular in western Europe and the U.S. In fact, the highest selling BMW model in Scandinavia last year was the i3 and Germany alone accounted for over 10,000 new EV registrations.

Furthermore, approximately 10 per cent of all 3-Series vehicles delivered in 2017 were electrified while 13 per cent of BMW 2-Series Active Tourer models sold were plug-in hybrids. Additionally, the Mini Cooper S Countryman ALL4 already makes up ten per cent of all Countryman sales, despite only being launched in June.

Strong demand for BMW’s electrified models means the firm now has a 21 per cent market share of registrations for new fully-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in Europe. This 21 per cent share is more than three times its market share in Europe for ICE models. Globally, BMW says it has a 10 per cent share of the electrified vehicle market.

In order to celebrate the delivery milestone, BMW illuminated its Munich headquarters to look like a massive battery.

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BMW Celebrates Delivering Over 100,000 EVs In 2017 20
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW Videos, Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, Tech, video on 12 20th, 2017


BMW has confirmed that in 2017, it sold more than 100,000 electrified vehicles globally.

Throughout 2017, BMW’s all-electric and hybrid models proved particularly popular in western Europe and the U.S. In fact, the highest selling BMW model in Scandinavia last year was the i3 and Germany alone accounted for over 10,000 new EV registrations.

Furthermore, approximately 10 per cent of all 3-Series vehicles delivered in 2017 were electrified while 13 per cent of BMW 2-Series Active Tourer models sold were plug-in hybrids. Additionally, the Mini Cooper S Countryman ALL4 already makes up ten per cent of all Countryman sales, despite only being launched in June.

Strong demand for BMW’s electrified models means the firm now has a 21 per cent market share of registrations for new fully-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in Europe. This 21 per cent share is more than three times its market share in Europe for ICE models. Globally, BMW says it has a 10 per cent share of the electrified vehicle market.

In order to celebrate the delivery milestone, BMW illuminated its Munich headquarters to look like a massive battery.

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BMW Wishes Us A Merry Christmas With One-Off E30 M3 Pickup 20
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW M, BMW M3, BMW Videos, Classics, commercials, Film, video on 12 20th, 2017


‘Tis that time of season again to decorate your home and choose that perfect Christmas tree, and for automakers it’s also a nice opportunity to promote their products by creating Christmas-themed ads.

BMW did just that, but instead of choosing something of its current arsenal, like the new, all-wheel drive M5 or one of their powerful crossovers/SUVs, they went for something from the past, and most specifically a pickup version of the M3 E30.

If you’ve never heard of it, it’s because it never hit the market and was a skunkworks project created by the Bavarian brand’s M division in 1986 to transport various work equipment and parts. That it did until 2012, when it was retired.

The M3 pickup is based on an E30 Convertible and initially used the 2.0-liter engine of the 320iS, which was subsequently replaced by the M3’s 2.3-liter unit that’s rated at 200hp.

The commercial shows a mother and her daughter making the final preparations for Christmas, while the father is coming home with the tree in the M3 pickup’s bed. Apparently, he enjoyed powersliding on the snow-filled roads and had so much fun, he forgot about the Christmas tree at the back and, by the time he got home, it was ruined, much to the dismay of his family.

The video is also BMW’s way of promoting their new M website, which includes no less than 12 models, from the M2 Coupe to the X6 M and from the M3 CS and M4 CS to the all-new M5.

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BMW M3 Competition Pack Takes On M4 GTS In 1/4 Mile Race 19
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW M, BMW M3, BMW M4, BMW Videos, Drag-Racing, Film, Top Gear, video on 12 19th, 2017


If losing a drag race to one of your siblings is more acceptable in the automotive industry than being out-performed by a direct rival, then neither of these cars has anything to worry about.

On one hand, it would take a brave M3 owner to want to challenge an M4 GTS, even if it’s just a straight line drag race and not a quick lap of some racing circuit – which is where the M4 GTS shines.

Then again, with the Competition Pack, the M3 truly is at its best when it comes to acceleration. It’s got 450 PS (444 HP), better wheels, plus upgraded springs, dampers and anti-roll bars for its Adaptive M suspension.

As for the M4 GTS, not only does it have 500 PS (493 HP) and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque, it’s also missing its rear seats, boasts an enhanced M differential, a re-tuned electromechanical steering system, adjustable suspension and a massive rear wing, which is probably one of the first things you notice when looking at it.

In the end, the race was quite close, but mostly because one of these two M-cars struggled to get decent grip off the line.

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Mercedes S350d And BMW 730d Luxo-Diesel Sprint Test Reveals Similarities 19
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 7-Series, BMW Videos, diesel, Drag-Racing, Film, mercedes, Mercedes S-Class, Mercedes Videos, video on 12 19th, 2017


In certain parts of the world, buying into either the Mercedes-Benz S-Class range, or the BMW 7-Series range, means opting for a base diesel version.

In both cases, you’d be looking at 3.0-liter inline-six engines, producing 265 PS (261 HP) and 620 Nm (457 lb-ft) of torque in favor of the 7-Series, and 286 PS (282 HP) and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque in favor of the S-Class.

According to AutoTopNL, this race is between a 730d that gets from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.1 seconds and an S350d that needs just 5.8 seconds, which means it’s actually the 4MATIC version.

Either way, the BMW 730d is the lighter car here, regardless of whether or not the S350d is wearing its heavy, yet useful all-wheel drive suit. Now, while there are slight differences to observe, you’ll find that these two models are remarkably similar when it comes to accelerating in a straight line.

So whichever one you may be driving, we reckon it should handle various workloads just as well as its rival.

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Tuned BMW M4 And Mercedes SL63 With 750HP Each Go Head-To-Head 19
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in AMG, BMW, BMW M4, BMW Videos, Drag-Racing, Film, mercedes, Mercedes SL, Mercedes Videos, Unlimited 500, video on 12 19th, 2017


With 750 HP on each side, you’d think that this half-mile drag race between an F82 BMW M4 and a Mercedes SL63 AMG would come down to the wire, right?

As it turns out, no. In stock form, they have identical 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration time, mostly because the M4’s weight advantage is offset by the SL63 having roughly 100 more horses under the hood.

Now, both cars put down 750 HP, the M4 thanks to a Stage 3+ KK-Performance tune, while the SL63 uses a WINDE Tuning mod. As it turns out, though, the difference between the two was bigger than expected.

The winner covered a 1/4 mile in 11.35 seconds at 215 km/h (133 mph), while the runner-up needed 12.15 seconds, doing just 200 km/h (124 mph). As they reached the finish line, that difference had risen to almost 1.5 seconds, with 19 km/h (12 mph) between them.

So, who do you think won this duel, the Bimmer or the Merc? To find out, just click on the video right after the jump.

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BMW Compares Current X3 To The Old One, Tech Progress Evident 18
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW Videos, BMW X3, Film, video, Visual Comparison on 12 18th, 2017


After more than seven years, BMW’s second-generation X3 finally got to tap out and allow a newer car to take on the likes of the Mercedes GLC or the all-new Volvo XC60.

While the third-gen X3 doesn’t represent a major styling departure from its predecessor, you also can’t ignore its larger kidney grille, sharper design lines and of course, modern, 2018-worthy tech – which by the way includes the new lights, front and rear.

Still, it’s the profile shots that might stick with you the most. The two cars in this video are both white and aside from a few creases, they look remarkably similar when viewed from the side.

Open its doors and you’ll notice how the newer model features a newly designed center console and more hexagonal forms and sloping edges found throughout the cabin. Then there’s the ambient lighting package and the 10.25″ touchscreen display with Gesture Control, not to mention all the new active safety tech and connectivity functions.

Overall, the 2018 BMW X3 is a strong contender within its segment, as most reviews have been on the positive side. But then, the old one wasn’t bad either, was it?

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BMW And Rolls-Royce Cavalcade Testing In Death Valley, Luxury SUV Included 17
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW Scoops, BMW Videos, Rolls Royce Cullinan, Rolls Royce Scoops, Rolls Royce Videos, Rolls-Royce, Scoops, SUV, video on 12 17th, 2017


Testing continues for the new Rolls-Royce SUV, as the latest prototype was scooped in Death Valley alongside a variety of test cars from both the British luxury brand and BMW.

Roll’s first ever SUV will rival the Bentley Bentayga, and will also be a more luxurious alternative to the Range Rover SVAutobiography and Lamborghini Urus.

Although its design is still kept under wraps, we do have a pretty clear picture of what it will look like, based on recent spy shots and renderings.

The luxury SUV will share quite a few things with the new generation Phantom, including its aluminum platform. However, the “high-sided all-terrain motor car”, which is Rolls’ way of referring to it, will get a new all-wheel drive system in addition to various chassis and suspension settings, which will allow it to perform not only the tarmac, but off-road as well.

Despite being, for a long time, called the Cullinan, after the famous diamond mined in South Africa in 1905 that is the largest rough one ever found, Rolls-Royce has made it clearthat this was a “working title” and the production version of its SUV will bear a different name.

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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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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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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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