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2018 Car Of The Year Finalists Announced, Which One Will Win? 27
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Alfa Romeo Stelvio, alfa-romeo, audi, Audi A8, BMW, BMW 5-Series, Car Of The Year, Citroen, Citroen C3 Aircross, Geneva Motor Show, Kia, Kia Stinger, Seat, Seat-Ibiza, VOLVO, Volvo XC40 on 11 27th, 2017


Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW, Citroen, Kia, Seat, and Volvo battle each other for the 2018th edition of the European Car of the Year (=COTY).

Selected from a long list of 37 new vehicles, all of which were launched this year, or will become available by the end of 2017, in five or more European markets, the finalists have proved themselves in various tests.

However, they will be further evaluated by the 60 members of the jury, from 23 countries, over the coming months, as they are responsible for picking one winner, which will be announced on the eve of the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, on March 5.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Presented last year, at the 2016 LA Auto Show, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio represents the brand’s first SUV. It comes with a familiar design, and in its range-topping form it shares the 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine with the Giulia QV, which is rated at 505hp and 600Nm (443lb-ft) of torque.

Audi A8

Audi’s flagship saloon, the A8, has been taken into its fourth generation, and despite having an evolutionary styling, inspired by the Prologue Concept, the BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class rival is all-new, both on the outside, in the cabin, and beneath the skin. It’s also the first car on the road to get Level 3 autonomous driving.

BMW 5-Series

Underpinned by the CLAR platform, and with looks that could allow it to fly under the radar, the new generation BMW 5-Series proved itself worthy in various reviews, and it now wants to go home with the 2018 ECOTY award. It’s lighter yet comes with a larger footprint than its predecessor, while adding new engines, and even an autonomous driving tech that allows drivers to relax behind the wheel, into the mix.

Citroen C3 Aircross

The French company’s answer to the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur, Opel/Vauxhall Mokka, Ford EcoSport, and others debuted this summer wearing the Citroen C3 Aircross moniker. It has a funky crossover-ish design, unlike its MPV predecessor, and can be had with various personalization options, a feature that should help it attract a young audience.

Kia Stinger

With sexy styling and a rear-wheel drive platform, the Kia Stinger wants a piece of the BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe, and Audi A5 Sportback. In addition, the Korean GT undercuts the four-door A5 by more than $10,000, and it’s $11,200 more affordable than the 4-Series GC, in the USA.

Seat Ibiza

The fifth-generation Seat Ibiza has a Leon-inspired styling and the MQB A0 architecture, a combo that should allow it to become a strong challenger against the likes of the Renault Clio, Opel/Vauxhall Corsa, Ford Fiesta, and Peugeot 208. It was presented for the first time at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and in its range-topping form, it has plenty of features, including a range of driver assistance systems.

Volvo XC40

Volvo’s smallest SUV yet, which slots under the XC60 and XC90, is called the XC40. It sports a familiar design, inspired by its two larger siblings, and it’s underpinned by the company’s new modular vehicle architecture, CMA, which was co-developed with Geely. Production began this month in Belgium, and the first units will arrive to customers next year.

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VW Arteon Makes Drag Racing Debut Against BMW 5er In Confusing Manner 23
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 5-Series, BMW Videos, Drag-Racing, video, VW, VW Arteon, VW Videos on 11 23rd, 2017


Going head to head in this standing start drag race is a VW Arteon R-Line powered by a 2.0-liter engine, and an old BMW 5-Series F10, powered by a 3.0-liter petrol unit.

Unfortunately that’s all the information we get as we’re left to interpret exactly what cars are being raced against each other.

Now, since this event takes place somewhere in Eastern Europe, we can safely assume that the 3.0-liter petrol-powered 5-Series is either a 535i (less likely), a 530i, a 528i or a 523i. Meanwhile, the Arteon is either the 280 PS flagship or the 190 PS TSI model.

Another way to figure out which versions we’re looking at is by interpreting the results. Without giving anything away, we’ll say that if the Arteon is indeed the 280 PS turbocharged model, then that F10 5-Series can only be a 530i (272 PS) or a 528i (258 PS).

If it’s the 190 PS Arteon, then the presence of a 523i (204 PS) could also explain the outcome of the race if you factor in how the F10 BMW 5-Series is a slightly heavier car than the much-newer VW Arteon.

Note: Best to turn the volume down on your speakers for this one. The race was filmed with an extremely noisy drone

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VW Arteon Makes Drag Racing Debut Against BMW 5er In Confusing Manner 23
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 5-Series, BMW Videos, Drag-Racing, video, VW, VW Arteon, VW Videos on 11 23rd, 2017


Going head to head in this standing start drag race is a VW Arteon R-Line powered by a 2.0-liter engine, and an old BMW 5-Series F10, powered by a 3.0-liter petrol unit.

Unfortunately that’s all the information we get as we’re left to interpret exactly what cars are being raced against each other.

Now, since this event takes place somewhere in Eastern Europe, we can safely assume that the 3.0-liter petrol-powered 5-Series is either a 535i (less likely), a 530i, a 528i or a 523i. Meanwhile, the Arteon is either the 280 PS flagship or the 190 PS TSI model.

Another way to figure out which versions we’re looking at is by interpreting the results. Without giving anything away, we’ll say that if the Arteon is indeed the 280 PS turbocharged model, then that F10 5-Series can only be a 530i (272 PS) or a 528i (258 PS).

If it’s the 190 PS Arteon, then the presence of a 523i (204 PS) could also explain the outcome of the race if you factor in how the F10 BMW 5-Series is a slightly heavier car than the much-newer VW Arteon.

Note: Best to turn the volume down on your speakers for this one. The race was filmed with an extremely noisy drone

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Can BMW’s M550i xDrive Outsprint The Lexus GS F? 14
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW 5-Series, BMW M, BMW Videos, video on 11 14th, 2017


From the moment it was released, the BMW M550i xDrive has had enthusiasts in a spin. After all, it was the quickest 5-Series ever produced prior to the launch of the new-generation M5.

Powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 with 465 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque, the M550i xDrive can reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4 seconds flat, thanks predominantly to its all-wheel drive system. Such figures would be impressive for any car but they are made all the more noteworthy because it isn’t even a full-blown M car.

Nevertheless, the M550i should be able to deal with a Lexus GS F easily, right? To find out, The Fast Lane Car pitted the duo together to compare acceleration times.

Unlike its rivals from Germany, namely the BMW M5, Mercedes-AMG E63, and Audi RS6, the Lexus GS F doesn’t have an all-conquering forced-induction engine delivering monumental levels of power. Instead, it delivers 467 hp and 389 lb-ft torque and weighs about 300 lbs less than the M550i xDrive.

However, the GS F uses rear-wheel drive. Will the BMW make things look easy?

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G-Power Pumps New Blood Into Certain BMW 5-Series Models 23
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW 5-Series, G-Power, tuning on 10 23rd, 2017


Unlike some of their other upgrades, G-Power's latest offering, aimed at the new BMW 5-Series, isn't all that flashy, although power is the key word here.
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KBB Samples 2018 BMW 530i, Whole Range Gets A Perfect Score 21
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 5-Series, BMW Videos, reviews, video on 10 21st, 2017


Now in its 7th generation, the BMW 5-Series has reached a point where you don't need to make so many compromises anymore if you decide to purchase one, though we'll leave a question mark on whether it really justifies the brand's "ultimate driving machine" motto. 
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3D Design Puts Finishing Touches On G30 BMW 5-Series Aero Kit 20
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in 3D Design, BMW, BMW 5-Series, Galleries, japan, tuning on 10 20th, 2017


After teasing us with their take on the new BMW 5-Series a few months back, Japanese tuner 3D Design has finally unveiled their exterior aero package for the 7th-gen saloon.
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3D Design Puts Finishing Touches On G30 BMW 5-Series Aero Kit 20
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in 3D Design, BMW, BMW 5-Series, Galleries, japan, tuning on 10 20th, 2017


After teasing us with their take on the new BMW 5-Series a few months back, Japanese tuner 3D Design has finally unveiled their exterior aero package for the 7th-gen saloon.
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Poor BMW M550i xDrive Didn’t Even Have A Chance To Leave The Lot 18
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in auction, BMW, BMW 5-Series, Galleries, used cars on 10 18th, 2017


A 2018 BMW M550i xDrive that fell victim to Hurricane Harvey has appeared for sale on Copart.
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New BMW 5-Series Individual Wears Rare Rhodonite Silver Colorway 14
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 5-Series, BMW Individual on 10 14th, 2017


If you're a fan of BMW Individual colors and the new G30 5-Series is to your liking, then this Rhodonite Silver paint job might be something you'll be interested in.
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The Perfect Wagon? GTO-Powered E39 BMW 540i Touring With A Manual 7
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in auction, BMW, BMW 5-Series, Classics, Engine Swaps on 10 7th, 2017


Pulling the engine out of an E39 5-Series for the sake of an LS2 V8 will definitely make some purists cringe but for the rest of us, this sweet wagon sounds like the next best thing to an E39 M5 if done properly.
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BMW Secures Trademarks For M1 CSL Through To M8 CSL 6
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW 1-Series, BMW 2-Series, BMW 3-series, BMW 4-Series, BMW 5-Series, BMW 6-Series, BMW 7-Series, BMW 8-Series, Reports on 10 6th, 2017


BMW has filed a selection of CSL patent with the World Intellectual Property Organization in Germany.
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Aussie Police Getting 80 BMW 530ds To Use As Patrol Cars 21
Sep
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Australia, BMW, BMW 5-Series, Police Cars, Reports on 09 21st, 2017


Police fleets from all over the world are already using certain BMWs, with Australia set to join them next year with 80 units of the new 530d.
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Which Of These Premium Estate Cars Would You Own? 17
Sep
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 5-Series, BMW Videos, mercedes, Mercedes E-Class, Mercedes Videos, reviews, UK, video, VOLVO, Volvo V90, Volvo Videos on 09 17th, 2017


Believe it or not, owning an Estate rather than a medium-sized crossover or a large SUV can be considered out of the ordinary nowadays.
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