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BMW Grand Coupe 2 Series

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BMW is taking their Grand Coupe name to the 2 series lineup creating a unique 4 door sloped roof version of the current 2 door coupe. Similar to the 4 and 6 series Grand Coupe, the 2 series Grand Coupe’s body style fits right in to compete against its similarly designed competitor Mercedes CLA.

Overall the 2 series Grand Coupe will look very similar to the 2 door coupe version albeit with a slightly longer body profile and a fully functional hatch style trunk. BMW will be offering an M variant of the Grand Coupe as well which will broaden it’s appeal to buyers.

Top Gear Yet Again Fails to Pull in Ratings
Viewers voice is in, and Top Gear isn’t doing too well with it’s new line up of hosts. The rebooted UK TV series hosted by Chris Evans pulled in dismal ratings for its second episode at 2.8 million viewers. While that may sound like a lot, that number is only half of what the old Top Gear pulled in as the average viewer rating, and substantially lower than the predicted 5 million viewers estimated by Evans.

The second episode was also down by 1.5 million viewers as compared to the new series premiere last week. Although official numbers are not in which will include online streaming viewers from iPlayer, it is hard pressed for those numbers to pull in enough ratings to make a substantial difference. What we are seeing is a quick spiral trend downwards for the rebooted Top Gear and that is not a good sign.


Teased with More Possibilities of the Supras Return

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News about Toyota and BMW’s partnership to create a new sports car is nothing new. To share in development costs, the two major manufacturers are sharing their development dollars in designing and producing a new platform which will underpin BMW’s Z4 and Toyota’s unnamed sportscar which we all think will be the next Supra.

Although powertrain details have not yet been shared, there’s a lot of buzz around Toyota moving towards hybrid power. The future powertrain could feature a complex hybrid system combining a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine sourced from BMW with a trio of electric motors.

Although news has been quiet for a while on any new developments of the Supra, there have been some small ticks of action happening that is leading us to think something might be coming soon. Toyota recently trademarked the name Supra in Europe for use on any vehicle. The automaker took similar steps back in 2014 in the US. So that can only mean that Toyota will want to revive the Supra name at some point for their own use.


BMW’s I Brand Goes Autonomous

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BMW’s I brand is an arm of the automaker which focuses solely on producing electric vehicles. Now, their mission has expanded just a bit by also focusing on producing EVs which utilize autonomous technology.

This shift in direction may be signs that BMW is not only wanting to capture market share of customers who want to buy autonomous vehicles, but they might step into the realm of ride-hailing service and utilize a fleet of autonomous vehicles to carry passengers.

The technology is still some ways away for BMW as they don’t plan on a production EV autonomous vehicle until 2021.


BMW’s Torquey Diesel with Four Turbos

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BMW’s new diesel engine makes a massive 400hp and even greater amounts of torque at 560lb/ft. The engine is a 3.0L 6 cylinder engine but it pack in four turbos which is BMW’s proprietary TwinPower Turbo technology. The turbos perform in multi stage and is able to produce fuel economy in the 48-49mpg range. When packed into the 750 big body car, the motor can still generate a 100km/h sprint at just 4.7 seconds.

Managing fuel economy was accomplished by utilizing new engine manufacturing processes and technology which allows the engine to operate more efficiently. An example of that is utilizing low-friction coatings on the cylinder walls and pistons made from aluminum and silicon to aid in the increase in fuel economy.


2016 BMW M4 Competition Sport

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Our European counterparts generally give us the shaft when it comes to country specific high performance vehicles. They’ve historically had factor models which we never get in North America and it’s usually a better, more powerful, and more fun version of what we get. Sometimes it feels like we’ve gone to a family dinner and everyone started without us, and then just left us the table scraps.

But there’s a time for redemption, well, sort of. BMW Spain announced that they will be making a limited edition (60 units only) M4 called the M4 Competition Sport. The car is designed with the spirit of the M4 GTS in mind, and is built as a performance upped M4. So what that means is that the M4 Competition Sport is actually designed to slot right in the middle of the GTS and the standard M4.

The Competition Sport gets larger wheels, carbon fiber body trim, a huge carbon fiber rear wing, and some custom racing seats. The engine is a tuned version of the M4’s twin turbo six cylinder which bumps power to a respectable 444hp. That’s great and all, but the GTS which we get pumps out an even more impressive 493-hp.

So while we’ve traditionally always gotten the short end of the stick with factory special models, it seems like this time we’ve turned the tables.


Updated BMW i3

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BMWs updated i3 is set to debut to the market this summer. With the larger 33kWh capacity batter in the new model, the i3 will now be capable of approximately 300km of ev range which close to doubles its previous range. With BMW’s range extender package, you could theoretically get a solid 400km combined range out of the updated i3 thanks to the addition of a 34hp gasoline engine.

Those who currently own an i3 will be happy to hear that their vehicles can be retrofitted with the new battery pack to bring it to the updated specifications. The all new BMW i3 is priced around $42,219USD or $47,397USD with the Range Extender.


BMW’s Alpina C1

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The Alpina name has been synonymous with BMW performance and tuning over the past 50 years. Now, Alpina even puts out factory specials which are highly sought after vehicles. Back in the 80’s, BMW was still about tuning and performance, but their cars weren’t quite as speedy as today’s luxury rockets. Take for example this Alpina C1 2.3 which was well tuned for its days.

The C1 is based on BMW’s E21 3 series and was an upgraded version of their stock 323i. Pumping out 170hp in a relatively small car, the C1 charged to 100km/h in just 7.5 seconds. To put that into perspective, the iconic E36 M3 of the 90’s did 100km/h in 6.5 seconds. Not too bad for a car that’s 10 years older and with much less technological advancements.

The Alpina C1 does come as a potent little package with sport tuned Bilstein suspension, bigger brakes, light weight wheels, and simple aero in the form of a signature front and rear Alpina spoiler and Alpina livery. The updates extend into the cabin with optional Recaro seats, leather steering wheel, and custom Alpina gauges.

Produced in very limited numbers, seeing this ’83 Alpina C1 up for sale is truly a rare sight.


Next Generation BMW M5 Spotted Uncover

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BMW’s next generation M5 has been spotted testing on roads recently. The car is still wearing a lot of it’s camouflage, but as one can expect from BMW, the new M5 will continue to blend luxury and elegance with balls out performance.

The test car shows off it’s more aggressively proportioned front facia with larger vents. The rear of the car continues with the sporty theme, but all that’s really visible are the four exhaust tips peeking out from the bumper. Look a little further and you’ll spot the signature BMW small rear lip spoiler as well.

Set to challenge Mercedes’ E63 AMG in the power department, the 2018 BMW M5 will be using a 4.4L twin turbo V8 powerplant that’s good for 620hp. Power will be sent to all four wheels, but the system is naturally rear wheel biased. Gear selection will be automatic via a seven speed dual clutch transmission. A manual gear box will likely not make it into production for the new M5


Fisker Karma to be Sold as Karma Revero

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The once Fisker company has gone through quite some changes. It is now officially known as Karma Automotive and was bought by China’s Wanxiang Group. Fisker’s very well known Karma also went through an identity change during this transition. Being called the Karma will no longer work as the company name is now Karma. So the new company has rebranded the vehicles with the name Revero which can be ordered by customer later this year with an August delivery date.

The Chinese owned company now runs all manufacturing operations out of the US. Jim Taylor, a former General Motors executive now Karma’s CMO, stated that the company has continued to support the original 1,950 owners with service and electronic upgrades to their vehicles. The original owners will be in the company of a new batch of owners really soon.

The new Karma Revero will have a host of new updates. The major upgrade is the drivetrain will be supplied by BMW and will be the company’s electric powertrain. Taylor says, “There are huge, serious, major upgrades throughout the electronics systems, wiring, charging, battery. All of which won’t be be visible to the naked eye.” This will allow Karma to keep the exterior beauty of the vehicle as intended but bring its technology and driveability up to today’s standards.


BMW M4 GTS May Arrive on North American Soil

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BMW has historically always made a special edition of their M-cars. Following the M3 lineup, the Bavarian automaker has developed the 1988 M3 Evolution, the 1990 M3 Sport Evo, the 95 M3 GT, the 03 M3 CSL, the 2010 M3 GTS and then the 201 M3 CRT. Now to add to that lineup, 300 M3 GTS Special Edition will arrive in the US out of the 700 to be produced.

These special edition vehicles usually get a standard package treatment which includes more horsepower, tuned suspension, weight savings, and new aero all for the sole purpose of making a track ready street vehicle. The new M4 GTS is no different with power bumped to 493hp and 442lb/ft of torque which propels it to 100km/h in just 3.7 seconds. The entire package together was put to the test at the legendary Nurburgring circuit where it clocked in a 7-minute, 28-second lap.


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