The 15 Best BMW M Cars – As voted by readers

Back in 2012, we put together an article on the top 15 best BMW M cars of all time. As any ranking or numbered list, the results can be somewhat subjective and won’t sit well with everyone. In the end, we all have our own criteria when it comes...

Back in 2012, we put together an article on the top 15 best BMW M cars of all time. As any ranking or numbered list, the results can be somewhat subjective and won’t sit well with everyone. In the end, we all have our own criteria when it comes to personal preference, and even more true when it comes to our cars. So we decided to give you, the readers and our loyal supporters, a voice to publish your own thoughts on the best 15 M cars. Scooter Mitchel  has shared with us the following list “as voted by MotorWeek readers and some of the most well versed BMW enthusiasts in the world”. 15. E31 850CSi

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We could not leave this off the list despite wanting to. It weighs as much as a tank, but it is the M8 that was never made. The only BMW Motorsport car with a V12. The car looks cool regardless on who you ask. 14. E36/7 M Roadster

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The car James Bond should have been driving in GoldenEye. The power of the S54 engine in a compact size. The fact that BMW also made an M Coupe version shows that they are willing to take some risks. 13. F12/13 M6 Gran Coupe

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Just a beautiful car, especially the swooping M6 Gran Coupe. This M6 makes a statement: My car is worth more than your house. 12. F82 M4

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What a terrible break from tradition by calling the new M3 an M4. But it doesn’t really matter because the car has the performance of an amphetamine addled sprinter. Pull a fuse to disable the engine soundtrack. 11. E28 M5

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The first family car hiding a sports car inside. Honey, if we get this one we can take the kids. Not the best looking of the bunch but it grows on you. Color choices were limited to the best combination anyhow. 10. E92 M3/E90 M3/Lime Rock etc.

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The end of the regularly aspirated BMW motorsport era, and a perfect finale at that. The first and last M3 with a V8 that pulls from idle to redline. Yes it can get smoked in a straight line by a tuned 335i but for canyon carving, its a monster. 9. E87 1 Series M Coupe

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Some might disagree with the ranking, but they are wrong. The 1 Series M Coupe is the spiritual successor to the E30 M3. It was also the first M car that came stock with turbos. It does kind of look like a pregnant porpoise, but that body work is purposeful. 8. E34 M5 (Euro 3.8L on down)

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This was the beginning of the modern era of BMW M cars, it came stock with 300+ horses and set the bar for cars to follow. There was also a badass wagon version! 7. E24 M6

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The original “shark,” this car was so plush and it encapsulated 1980s excess with an interior drenched in leather (including the roof) and the engine from the M1. Great performance and a high price tag because you get what you pay for. 6. E39 M5

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The best M5 of the group, period. Yes we love the classic E28, the incredible & sell your house expensive S38B38 engine of the E34, the V10 of the E60, and the Turbo chargers in the F10. Fact remains though, the E39 with its aspirated V8 was just better than the rest. 5. E36 M3 Lightweight/Coupe/Sedan

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Following up on the success of the E30 M3 was a tough act to follow but BMW rose to the occasion. 4. E46 M3 CSL

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The E46 M3 is the best looking BMW ever made with awesome performance to boot. The uber rare CSL improved on the standard M3 with 270lbs less weight and carbon fiber in all the right places. Honorable mention goes to the GT, GTR, and competition package versions. 3. E30 M3 – EVO II (2.5L)/EVO 1/Europa/Johnny Cecotto etc. (don’t forget there was even an E30 M3 Vert)

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To any BMW purist, the E30 M3 has got to be in the top 3 because its the most winning homologated car of all time. Game. Set. Match. 2. E9 3.0 CSL

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Simply put, the batmobile that started it all and led to subsequent ///M cars. They actually made a 3.5 CSL for Group 5 racing as well. 1. E26 M1

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What other car could possibly be #1? The M1 was the first BMW car to sport the M badge and the rest is history. The article The 15 Best BMW M Cars – As voted by readers appeared first on BMW BLOG

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2015 BMW X1 – Real Life Photos

BMW is hosting this week the press launch of the new 2015 BMW X1, the second generation mini SUV which has been a hit for the Bavarians. Ahead of the first driving impressions, a reader of Bimmertoday spotted the F48 X1 in a new exterior color: Chest...

BMW is hosting this week the press launch of the new 2015 BMW X1, the second generation mini SUV which has been a hit for the Bavarians. Ahead of the first driving impressions, a reader of Bimmertoday spotted the F48 X1 in a new exterior color: Chestnut Bronze Metallic. The second set of photos show the X1 in a silver color, a more traditional look for a BMW car. The new 2016 BMW X1 has grown quite a bit over the previous model, sprouting 53 millimeters in height, with a 36 millimeter raise in the front seating position, to give the X1 a more commanding view of the road.

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This increase in size, and switch to front-wheel drive architecture, has also given the X1 better interior space, to the tune of 37 millimeters more rear knee room and 85 liters more cargo space, bringing the total to 505 liters. With the rear seats folded down, the X1 has 1,550 liters of cargo space.

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The extra growth of the X1 has worked wonders on the somewhat cramped original model’s interior, but it’s also given the exterior styling quite a more masculine feel. Engine options for the new 2016 BMW X1 will be a bunch of 2.0 liters, two petrol and two diesel. There will be an X1 xDrive20i, xDrive25i, xDrive18d and xDrive25d as well as an sDrive20i which will be front-wheel drive. All engines will displace 2.0 liters and all will feature BMW’s TwinPower turbocharger technology. The xDrive25i and xDrive25d have 231 horsepower, but the petrol engine will have 258 lb-ft of torque and the diesel will have 332 lb-ft. An Aisin eight-speed automatic will be standard on most models, with the xDrive18d being available with a newly designed six-speed manual.

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The BMW X1 xDrive28i will be the exclusive model in the US at launch featuring a 2.0 liter TwinTurbo 4 cylinder engine from BMW’s new family of modular engines with maximum output of 228 horsepower.

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Is BMW testing a 2 Series Gran Coupe?

Judging by the spy photos below, BMW seems to be testing a new niche model: the 2 Series Gran Coupe. Earlier reports mentioned a new four-door coupe coming to the BMW lineup to compete with the Mercedes-Benz CLA. German media says BMW’s Chief Devel...

Judging by the spy photos below, BMW seems to be testing a new niche model: the 2 Series Gran Coupe. Earlier reports mentioned a new four-door coupe coming to the BMW lineup to compete with the Mercedes-Benz CLA. German media says BMW’s Chief Development Officer, Klaus Fröhlich, is advocating for the rear-wheel drive Gran Coupe to join the coupe and convertible. The car not only speaks to the customers’ needs, but also to the economies of scale because the rear-wheel drive architecture is shared with the future 3, 5 and 7, each with different wheelbase and track width.

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The exterior design is based on the 2 Series Coupe and Convertible models, but with a slightly longer platform to accommodate the sleek roof line and increased size. If the spy photos are any indication, then the 2 Series Gran Coupe sports short overhangs at the front and rear with a coupe-like profile all around. Because of the stretch to accommodate a slightly lengthened platform, the elongated roofline is lower, more rounded.

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Under the hood, the 2 Series Gran Coupe will inherit the engine lineup from the coupe and convertible models, a combination of four and six-cylinder powerplants. The market launch is scheduled for 2018.

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M Boss: “For now, 600 hp is the most you can get in an M car”

BMW M boss Frank van Meel sat down with Autocar UK to talk about the future of the M brand, touching on subjects like the manual transmissions and horsepower limits for M cars. In regards to dual-clutch transmissions and manuals, Van Meel says that t...

BMW M boss Frank van Meel sat down with Autocar UK to talk about the future of the M brand, touching on subjects like the manual transmissions and horsepower limits for M cars. In regards to dual-clutch transmissions and manuals, Van Meel says that the M brand now favors the use of DCTs and automatic gearboxes. Van Meel said: “From a technical standpoint, the future doesn’t look bright for manual gearboxes. The DCT and auto ’boxes are faster and they have better fuel consumption.

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Once again, an M boss hints at the disappearance of manuals in the future. Yet the U.S. market and its loyal manual fans might save them. For now. “It’s difficult to say we’ll stick to the manual, but we still have a big fan community for manuals and we are not going to take away something the customer wants to have.”

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Van Meel also said 600bhp is the current limit of an M car’s capability. “For now, 600bhp is the most you can get in an M car,” he said. “We’re at the limit. If you go on adding more horsepower and torque, it’d probably be over the limits.” Likely the next generation F90 M5 will output 600 horsepower and potentially more with the use of a Competition Package and the first optional xDrive system for an M sedan. The article M Boss: “For now, 600 hp is the most you can get in an M car” appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Next-gen BMW M5 Spied again

The next generation BMW M5 was spotted again, running around in its black and white camouflage. Quad exhaust pipes, drilled rotors, big wheels and lowered suspension give it away as being an M5 and not your run-of-the-mill 5 Series. One of the bigges...

The next generation BMW M5 was spotted again, running around in its black and white camouflage. Quad exhaust pipes, drilled rotors, big wheels and lowered suspension give it away as being an M5 and not your run-of-the-mill 5 Series. One of the biggest questions surrounding the next-gen M5 is whether or not xDrive all-wheel drive will be an option. Last time we spied it, it was running around in the snow, so it’s very possible. This time, however, it’s being tested on a hot summer’s day, so we can’t really determine any drivetrain information. What we do know is that it will use extensive amounts of carbon fiber, aluminum and magnesium, much like its older sibling, the 7 Series. This should help in creating a much more dynamic car than the already very impressive current M5. Judging by the pictures with the people in it which, without comparison, can’t be very accurate, this upcoming M5 seems to be a bit smaller. The wheelbase should remain similar, but the whole car seems a bit shorter, with shorter front and rear wheel overhangs.

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The car also seems to sit a bit lower than the current-gen and has a more smoothly tapered roofline by the C-Pillar. The rear deck also seems a bit shorter. This is all probably due to the new CLAR architecture shared with the new 7 Series, which should help with the M5’s only real problems; weight and size. No word on powertrain options yet, but expect it to be a revised version of the 4.4 liter Twin Turbo V8 currently being used. BMW has proven that it can push that engine well over 600hp, and that’s probably a realistic power estimate. That engine has proven to be excellent, even in comparison to much newer ones, so there seems to be no reason to change it now. Transmission options will likely just be the seven-speed DCT, with the possibility of a manual coming to the North American market later on. We still aren’t positive whether this new M5 will be available with all-wheel drive or not, but it’s very likely. All of its competitors, like the Mercedes E63 AMG and Jaguar XJS are making the switch and once you start to get into 600hp territory, all-wheel drive starts to become necessary for traction. However, there’s no need to fret for the weary, BMW M CEO, Franciscus Van Meel has clearly stated that if M ever made an all-wheel drive car, classic M dynamics would remain. “If we were to make a four-wheel-drive car, it would have a rear-wheel drive feel but with added traction. It would need to drive like an M car. If it was possible to get those vehicle dynamics with four-wheel drive, then it would be suitable for us.” So, while much of the M5’s details are still under wraps, we can rest assured that whatever BMW is planning will be a worthy successor to the currently excellent M5. For now, we can just check out these spy shots and hope. The article Next-gen BMW M5 Spied again appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW’s relationship with America

Since the our Independence Day has just passed, it’s good to think about how important the United States has been to BMW over the years. The American market is one of BMW’s most important and is now even has a major manufacturing facility, in Spa...

Since the our Independence Day has just passed, it’s good to think about how important the United States has been to BMW over the years. The American market is one of BMW’s most important and is now even has a major manufacturing facility, in Spartanburg, South Carolina. So while BMW is a German car company, America does have a huge part to play in its success, and so I think it’s fair to say that BMW is allowed to celebrate in its Independence Day. This is especially a good year to celebrate the connection between BMW and America. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the 1975 BMW victory at Sebring. Brian Redman piloted a 3.0 CSL racer to take the victory, putting BMW and its Motorsport Division on the map. BMW’s weren’t very well known in America at that point, with Brian Redman once saying that many American’s thought BMW stood for Bavarian Motor Works. But after that race, sales nearly tripled in North America, so BMW’s plan worked and Americans started to take notice.

IMG_7159 Ever since then BMW has been one of America’s most sought after luxury and performance car brands and America has become one of BMW’s biggest and most important markets. In fact, America became so important to BMW that it opened up a manufacturing plant in Spartanburg. This plant is solely responsible for manufacturing all BMW “X” model SUVs for the entire world marketplace. It also has test track and driving school facilities on the grounds to help customers learn how to use their xDrive vehicles. This facility is brand new and state-of-the-art and handles a massive workload, so it shows just how important it is to BMW. It’s ironic, that BMW and the United States would be so important to each other, considering that BMW used to make engines that piloted Nazi Luftwaffe fighter planes, back in WWII. But it seems that all of that is water under the bridge, and that both BMW and the United States are best of pals, now. Hopefully, such a relationship can continue for many more years, and Independence Day celebrations to come. The article BMW’s relationship with America appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Josef, the 83 year old precision driver

Josef was chief instructor and head of the BMW Driving Experience. He started in the 1950`s with his first BMW vehicle. Later he planned and developed the driver trainings. So he had the chance to test-drive almost every BMW of the time. What a job!...

Josef was chief instructor and head of the BMW Driving Experience. He started in the 1950`s with his first BMW vehicle. Later he planned and developed the driver trainings. So he had the chance to test-drive almost every BMW of the time. What a job!

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Happy 4th Of July!

Today, those of us that live in the United States celebrate July 4th, the 239th Independence Day, the national holiday of the United States of America commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4,...

Today, those of us that live in the United States celebrate July 4th, the 239th Independence Day, the national holiday of the United States of America commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia. This is a day full of parades, barbecues, carnivals, picnics, concerts, baseball games, ceremonies and plenty of refreshing beverages. Independence Day is one of the most patriotic days in the U.S. Many will proudly wear red, white and blue clothes and hang up their flags. We encourage everyone here in the U.S. to take some time off and enjoy it with their family and friends. Here a few things you may not know about the U.S. Independence day as outlined by NyDailyNews:

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July 2 or July 4? John Adams believed that July 2 was the correct date on which the to celebrate the U.S. independence. Adams thought the second was the correct date because that was the day the Continental Congress voted in favor of Lee’s resolution for independence. However, the Declaration of Independence wasn’t formally adopted until July 4. Adams explained in a letter to his wife Abigail that July 2 should’ve been celebrated with “pomp and parade … games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and festival.” First Independence Day celebration The first ever Independence Day celebration took place in 1777 in Bristol, Rhode Island and Philadelphia. The celebration in Bristol consisted of a 13-gun salute in the morning and another at night. The celebration in Philadelphia was a bit more traditional, which means people had dinner, drinks and fireworks. Federal Holiday The Fourth of July did not become a federal holiday until 1870. However, it wasn’t a paid holiday. The U.S. Congress didn’t expand the grant to make it a paid holiday until 1941. Booze on Independence Day Independence Day is known as one of the booziest holidays in the U.S. Drinking on this day first became a tradition when George Washington issued his soldiers double rations of rum to mark the anniversary of their independence. Nowadays, beer sales top $1 Billion on July 4. Deaths on the Fourth Founding fathers John Adams (second U.S. president) and Thomas Jefferson (third U.S. president) both died on July 4, 1826. James Monroe, the fifth president of the U.S. also died on July 4 five years later in 1831. Fireworks and U.S. flags Most of the fireworks and flags used on the Fourth of July are imported from China, according to U.S. International Trade Commission. Nearly $204 million worth of fireworks was imported in 2013 and about $3.5 million was spent on U.S. flags made in China in 2014. While we’ll be taking it easy for the day, but there will still be some BMW news for those of you that can’t go a day without your BMW fix. Happy 4th Of July! The article Happy 4th Of July! appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Corvette vs M4 for Independence Day

If you hadn’t already heard, it’s the Fourth of July, the United State’s Independence Day. It’s normally a day filled with classic American virtues, eating hotdogs and apple pie, watching fireworks, throwing a ball around on the front lawn an...

If you hadn’t already heard, it’s the Fourth of July, the United State’s Independence Day. It’s normally a day filled with classic American virtues, eating hotdogs and apple pie, watching fireworks, throwing a ball around on the front lawn and possibly getting slightly intoxicated and then yelling at family members. But most importantly, it’s a time to remember the great things that this wonderful country has done and has to offer. Some of those great things have been cars. Being a BMW-based website, we seldom talk about American cars, unless it’s the ATS-V. So I thought we could talk a bit about the new Corvette Stingray and how it stacks up to the M4. This isn’t a new comparison, but it’s a relevant one for today. The Stingray is probably the best car America has to offer at the moment. It’s fast, good looking, relatively inexpensive and handles great. It’s genuinely one of the better sports cars on the market.

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But BMW has something that similarly as good, the M4. The M4 has all of the same aforementioned attributes and has similar performance. Both cars are the best rear-wheel drive sports cars that each company has to offer. But they’re also very different. Where the Corvette makes its power with good ole American muscle and a 6.2 liter V8, the M4 uses high-tech German ingenuity, and a 3.0 liter Twin Turbo I6. Both cars offer over 400 hp, though and nail 60mph from a standstill in a tick under four seconds, so the two different paths led to a similar place. Where the cars really start to differ is in the handling. Whereas the BMW M4 is the more technical of the two, the Corvette is the typical cowboy of the duo. The M4 is more clinical, an exercise in calculated performance. The Corvette likes to shout and roast its rear tires to bits. The M4 might be the easier car to drive at the limit and maybe even the faster one around a track, but the Corvette might be the more fun. Automobile Magazine took each car and pit them against each other at the track and came to similar conclusions. It’s interesting to see them both together on a track, getting similar performance figures and lap times out of such different philosophies. Regardless of which car you like more, each is fun in its own right and both are excellent cars. I know we’ll all want to root for the M4 here, but I thought it would be nice, on our Independence Day, to celebrate just how good of a car America can make and how it can stack up to some of the best from Germany. The article Corvette vs M4 for Independence Day appeared first on BMW BLOG

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How to run a BMW X5

Sometimes when you get bored, wild ideas run through your mind, and looking at this BMW X5, that’s likely the only explanation we can find. The folks over at A.R.T, what seems to be a tuning shop in Germany, got their hands on an F15 X5 and dec...

Sometimes when you get bored, wild ideas run through your mind, and looking at this BMW X5, that’s likely the only explanation we can find. The folks over at A.R.T, what seems to be a tuning shop in Germany, got their hands on an F15 X5 and decided to let their imagination run wild. Only this time, it was for the worst. Using a widebody conversion kit (the least of their problems with this project), the German tuners decided to mix a lot of things together with the hope something good would come out of it. Only…it didn’t. This X5 also received a redesigned front bumper with a weird carbon fiber lip positioned in the large air intake area, surrounded by two pairs of a three-pack LED daytime running lights.

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But that’s not all, the kidney grille gets reshaped with a large frame painted in white, which looks quite odd. The hood is another “masterpiece” with a power dome that you usually see on smaller sportscars. The BMW roundel also kinda gets swallowed up in that whole mess of a front fascia.

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Compared to the rest of the car, the side view is not too bad, despite the two air breathers now facing each other.

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The rear end also gets butchered a bit with a roof-mounted spoiler and odd looking side skirts hugging the rear end.  A.R.T. has ialso nstalled a quad exhaust system with 100mm chrome-plated tips. The stock stock wheels have been replaced by a custom set of 22-inch wheels wrapped around in 295/30 R22 while the interior cabin has been blessed with leather and Alcantara. All of these put together make for an odd looking X5 which is likely to get the BMW community talking (we’re already doing that).

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