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BMW will halt production of gasoline-powered 7 Series

With all the issues going around the automotive industry, car makers have to be more mindful of their moves, especially when it comes to the development and production of cars.

Like now, European spec cars had just been given a new set of requirements, and this will mean a production shutdown for BMW’s flagship 7 Series sedan for an entire year. To be more specific, this shutdown really only affects gas powered vehicles, and diesel engine will still be produced. This is quite an odd thing considering that diesel variants have a reputation of being the more polluted engines, especially with the Volkswagen’s Dieselgate scandal.

The decision to shut down engines began when the new requirements of the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (also known as WLTP) were implemented. These rules began in 2017 after new forms of emissions testing has been done, and apparently, these are a better way to measure vehicle emission in real world driving.

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BMW X2, X3 receive two-wheel drive models in the United States

BMW has great news as they have recently launched a 2018 X2 sDrive28i in the United States. And if you do not know what that means, it basically is a two wheel drive version of the current X2, which means that it is also much more affordable, with a starting price of $36,400 (excluding destination and handling of $995).

The 2018 version makes it $2,000 less than the X2 xDrive28i, the hatchback like crossover comes standard with LED lighting units, a power tailgate, as well as 18 inch alloy wheels. When looking at the base model, it does not exactly look very luxurious, though in the cabin, it gets a leather wrapped steering wheel and a 10 way power front sport seats with SensaTec upholstery. It also features an automatic climate control system, a high gloss black trim with pearl gloss chrome accents, and a seven speaker audio system.

Under the hood, you will find a 2.0 liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine that offers 228 horsepower (170 kilowatts) and 258 pound feet (349 Newton metres) of torque. This engine works with an eight speed automatic transmission that lets the crossover accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in only 6.6 seconds before continuing to a top speed of 144 miles per hour (231 kilometers per hour). Having said that, it’s easy to figure out that the front wheel drive version will be slightly slower than the all wheel drive variant, but the good thing is that it is also more fuel efficient.

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German residents can now return their diesel-powered BMW, free of charge

Certain cities in Germany have been pushing to ban  diesel-powered vehicles. And to help ease the fears of people who currently own diesel based engines in Germany, particularly BMW, the automaker decided to offer a helpful solution.

According to statistics, more people are getting rid of their diesel vehicles to opt for a more environmentally friendly car. And in response to this, the automaker attempted to offer their customers something they could not resist, they call this the “diesel return promise”.

Basically, owners of diesel vehicles will be able to return their diesel car to the company. This will start as early as this week in Germany. At the same time, those who lease a new diesel engined BMW may return the vehicle, if driving restrictions on diesel cars are introduced in a nearby city that’s within 62 miles of where they live.

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X-Tomi imagines production version of BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe

BMW has just unveiled the new BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. This concept vehicle serves as the precursor model for the upcoming new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe and the BMW M8 Gran Coupe, providing a glimpse of how these models could look like.

Nonetheless, concept models are usually more aggressive and more dramatic in terms of design compared to the production model. Thus, when BMW M8 Gran Coupe becomes a reality, it is expected to be a subtle version of the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe. To help us imagine how the BMW M8 Gran Coupe might actually look like when it comes to life, X-Tomi Design has created a rendering of the production model.

X-Tomi Design made sure that the rendered BMW M8 Gran Coupe doesn’t stray away too much from the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe in terms of exterior looks. The rendered M8 Gran Coupe by X-Tomi Design features a front end defined by a slightly taller grille.

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Mercedes-Benz managed to get ahead of its peers, especially BMW, in the luxurious premium sector when it unleashed the 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class. Despite Mercedes’ bold move, BMW has yet to follow suit. But it might do so as its unit down under, BMW Australia, has been pleading with the German premium carmaker to come with a pickup that would challenge the Mercedes-Benz X-Class.

Marc Werner, chief executive officer of BMW Australia, said in an interview with Car Advice that there is a real demand for pickup trucks in a number of global markets, such as Australia, South East Asia and Africa, as well as South America. He remarked that BMW simply cannot ignore this demand – not when chief rival Mercedes has entered the race.

During the interview, Werner told Car Advice that BMW Australia has been very pushy when it comes to utes or pick-ups, adding that the unit believes that the German carmaker should consider the matter. He remarked that BMW Australia has already taken the matter with the main headquarters, adding that BMW is already conducting studies. However, Werner said, it is remains too early to speak about the results of the investigation. He quipped that BMW Australia would be happy if BMW decides to build an ute for this market. Werner also said that BMW cannot just ignore or neglect market trends.

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For a BMW M3 or M4 stand out from a crowd of sports and high-performance cars, it needs to be unusually stunning and outrageously weird. Of course, it would be hard for a BMW M4 (F82) Coupe to stand out when there are hotter supercars around. For an M4 Coupe to do that, it needs more than just being red hot, it has to be radioactive green.

This is how a BMW M4 Coupe is dressed up as displayed at BMW’s showroom in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It is finished in a color – called as Signal Green -- that is seemingly picked out from the color palette of the mutant character Incredible Hulk, whose leafy shade is owned to his exposure to radiation. Most of the exterior parts and sections of this special M4 Coupe is wrapped in Signal, with the rest finished in black. From the front bumper and its muscular bonnet, through its side panels and pillars, to its rear decklid and rear fascia, this M4 Coupe is finished in Signal Green.

Aside from its radioactive finish, this Signal Green BMW M4 Coupe is provided with a number of optional elements derived from the parts and accessory catalogue of M Performance. These optional elements include the M Performance kit with a number of components made from carbon fiber, yellow brake calipers as seen through the wheels, as well as an Akrapovic exhaust system.

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German premium carmaker BMW is officially previewing in metal the precursor model for the most exotic variant of its new flagship model. Providing a glimpse of the new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe and the BMW M8 Gran Coupe, the new BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe is being unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

Essentially, the new BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe serves as a follow up for the BMW 8 Series Coupe Concept. Unveiled in 2017, the 8 Series Coupe Concept offers a glimpse into the possible design of the much-awaited 8 Series grand tourer that will be launched into the market this year as part of BMW’s massive product offensive. Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design, remarked that the Concept M8 Gran Coupe serves as a window to what he described as the most exotic and alluring variant of the new 8 Series flagship. It defines luxury in a whole new meaning – it is polarizing and ultra-sporty.

Just like the BMW Concept 8 Series, the new BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe is influenced by BMW’s new design language, as evident on its expressive surfaces, which graphic arrangement is underscored by precise character lines. The front end sports a muscular, precisely contoured bonnet as well as radiator grille kidneys which contours broaden as they drop towards the road to emphasize the low center of gravity of the Concept M8 Gran Coupe.

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A lot of people, especially in Europe, love the diesel engine despite the fact that it is one of the dirtiest things you could also talk about these days. While automakers like BMW are shifting to hybrid and electric vehicles for their upcoming models like the next generation X3, there are some models that still remain to build diesel engine vehicles. For instance, Alpina had just given the diesel powered SUV engine a boost. That is something BMW will definitely not do.

Having said that, this is exactly what the Bavarian tuner did: they tweaked the BMW 3.0 liter straight six engine with two turbochargers and common rail high pressure direct injection of the regular X3 diesel. Overall, this gives an output of 333 horsepower (245 kilowatts) and a torque of 516 pound feet (700 Newton metres).

If these numbers do not sound impressive to you, Alpina wants to boast that in only 4.9 seconds, the XD3 can accelerate to 62 miles per hour from standstill (0-100 kilometers per hour). It achieves a top speed of 158 miles per hour (254 kilometers per hour). In other words, this could be the fastest, diesel powered SUV in the market today.

Read the entire article 2018 Alpina XD3 is a BMW X3 with 4 turbos, set to launch at Geneva Motor Show

Back in 1988, the Bavarians of BMW M decided to chop the roof off one of their cars to create a high performance M3 convertible. And now, the automakers feel the need to celebrate that moment. That being said, check out this new BMW M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre, following other anniversary models like that of last year’s 7 Series, 2016’s M3, and 2014’s M5.

The special edition M4 Convertible comes equipped with the M Competition Package and some other M goodies. This includes an adaptive suspension with sport mode, a sport exhaust system, and an active differential. Under its hood is a biturbo inline-six 3.0 liter engine that has been tweaked to bring out 450 horsepower (331 kilowatts), thanks to the very same package.

The automaker did not mention anything with regards to the car’s speed and acceleration though. But the standard model can hit the 62 miles per hour sprint in 4.6 seconds before hitting its top speed of 155 miles per hour.

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The 2019 BMW X4 (G02) boasts an updated exterior and tech-heavy cabin. Physically, the SUV has grown in size and is now three inches longer than its predecessor, and this means more legroom for rear passengers as well. This X4 is scheduled to be out in dealerships sometime in July, but rendering artists have already gone to work on imagining an M version of this.

The rendering artist who created the X4 M is none other than X-Tomi Design. At first glance, you will notice that the more hardcore variant gets a lot of obvious cues from the base model - including the dual kidney grille and the sloped roofline. But it also gets some added elements that make it extra unique.

Instead of the original chrome grille inserts, the BMW X4 M’s had been blacked out. The lower air vent on the grille is now larger and more defined. Each corner is accented by two smaller vents, each one embedded with LED running lights. Its entire body has been lowered to the ground, while the roof has a carbon fiber treatment finished in black - overall, making it look more aggressive.

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After going through a number of tests in Germany, the BMW 320d was deemed to be fully compliant will all legal requirements by the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA). The extensive test-bench and road tests were a result of accusations back in December 2017 from environmental lobby group Deutsche Umwelthilfe (Environmental Action Germany).

Klaus Frohlich, BMW board member said that their vehicles are not manipulated and comply with the country’s legal requirements. He then says that the public and the policymakers should rely on the fact that their diesel engines are clean. But he also emphasized that its customers as well as their employees can also rely on this guarantee.

Furthermore, after going through tests, the KBA did not find that BMW was involved in any illegal activities or technical provisions of any kind that influenced the test results for recording emissions. In other words, the BMW 320d had no defeat device installed to it. In fact, the KBA’s tests were pretty much the same as what other authorities worldwide have proven repeatedly after several tests.

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For those of you who are interested to own one of the BMW i8 Roadsters, be ready to spend some serious cash as the convertible that made its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show last year will finally arrive in March. And the good news is that this will come with a handful of new features including the E-Copper leather, 20 inch wheels, a head-up display, and heated front seats, and of course, an inflated price tag.

If BMWBlog sources are valid, the BMW i8 Roadster will have a starting price of $163,300, which does not include the $995 destination fee yet. If the automaker ends up selling it for that price, then it will be the most expensive BMW on the market right now. In fact, that makes it $19,900 more expensive than the current i8 coupe that has a price tag of $143,400.

As usual, if you add all the optional features that the automaker can add to it, this model will dig even deeper into your wallets but it also gets much cooler. For instance, adding a set of laser lights for the i8 Roadster will cost you $6,300.

Read the entire article Starting price of $163,300 on BMW i8 Roadster makes it the highest priced model now

The first time you see the 2019 BMW X4 (G02), you wouldn’t notice that much of a difference compared to the outgoing model when it comes to the exterior. However, the German automaker actually gave it the latest technology so it can still be among the best models in its highly competitive segment. This model will go on sale in the United States in July 2018.

When looking at it from the outside, the X4 now gets a larger grille. Though its body does not look like it has grown perceptibly in size, the model’s measurements actually grew by 3 inches (76.2 millimeters) in length, 2.1 inches (53.3 mm) in wheelbase, and 1.4 inches (35.6 mm) wide. The ride height then lowers by 0.1 inch (2.54 mm). There’s good news for passengers as the legroom has been expanded by an additional inch (25.4 mm). Despite it being larger, aerodynamic drag has decreased to 10 percent.

The 2019 model year has been equipped with plenty of standard equipment including LED headlights. Inside, there’s a 10.25 inch infotainment display on top of the center stack that features navigation. There are safety assist systems like front collision warning, collision mitigation and braking, plus pedestrian detection. Extra features include a panoramic moonroof and three zone climate control.

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BMW has been pretty busy lately with the launch of several models including the M5, i8 Roadster and X2 as well as the facelifted 2 Series Active Tourer. Aside from those, they will also be joined by other models later this year such as the 8 Series, Z4, X4, and the X7 flagship, which is scheduled to make its debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show later this year.

The surprising thing is that we initially thought that the Bavarian automaker would unveil the CLAR-based SUV a little earlier at the Paris Auto Show. Though nothing has been confirmed yet, several reports indicate that the automaker has decided to bring it to the City of Angels instead.

Just so you know, the automaker is actually planning to sell the first-ever X7 to the U.S. and Chinese markets, although they also plan to offer this model in some parts of Europe as well.

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It has been a while since we first started hearing rumours about a more powerful BMW M2. And just like the M4 CS and the M3 CS, it was a long time in the making. In fact, I’m sure you remember seeing the spy shots of the so called M2 CS (Competition Series) going around the Nürburgring. But recently, new photos have emerged, revealing the identity of the sporty coupe ahead of its scheduled reveal.

It was a user that apparently shared these photos, and he claims that the more powerful M2 will be referred to as the “Competition” edition. The unnamed user who posted the images then said that these are in the log from the current M2. One of the photos then show a start/stop button like that of the F90 M5 and the F80 M3 CS. This was then shared by Bimmerpost on Facebook, which naturally caught the attention of many.

The BMW M2 Competition, if that’s really what it will be called, is supposed to be more powerful and better equipped than the standard M2 from the factory. To make it more exclusive, just 1,000 examples of the more hardcore M2 will be built, according to rumours. Each example will be getting a revised version of the 3.0 liter turbocharged inline-six engine, similar to the ones you will find in the current M3 and M4. This makes the M2 Competition somewhat like a baby M4.

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If you have driven, or at least heard of the BMW M550i’s performance specs, you will definitely be blown away, as it can hit the 60 miles per hour sprint in under four seconds, with its 4.4 liter, twin turbo V8 engine. This engine lets the vehicle carry out 456 horsepower and 480 pound feet of torque of tap, which also makes it half a second quicker than the previous M5 that is actually equipped with the same engine.

Now, we already know that the new M5 is the perfect car for people who enjoy driving crazy powerful cars, and with all its power, it barely needs any upgrade. But looking at this machine sometimes makes you think of what more can it give.

Well, if you happen to be in the area, you might want to head out to the world’s largest BMW dealership located in the Persian Gulf emirate of Abu Dhabi. Because that is where you will find this brand-new M550i xDrive.

Read the entire article Seen in Abu Dhabi: BMW M550i xDrive is decked out with M Performance body kit, brown leather interior

This BMW 7 Series in the 730Li spec features a 2.0 liter four cylinder power unit. It also gets a longer wheelbase and that means that it is heavier and will tax its engine even more. This particular model we are talking about today can be found in the BMW Abu Dhabi Motors dealership and is finished in a beautiful Ruby Black Metallic finish.

Exterior upgrades that come with it include a 3D Design front spoiler, an M Performance trunk lid spoiler, and an M Performance kidney grille. And we are quite sure you noticed the new set of wheels it sits on as they measure 21 inches in diameter, and have been finished in an orbit grey shade.

As you move into the car’s interior, there are clear signs that this had been made by the automaker’s BMW Individual division. Red leather covers the seats, the door panels and part of the center console and the bottom part of the dashboard.

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Are you one of those people whose favourite colour is black? If you are, then you will definitely love this murdered out BMW X5 M example here. And by the way, let us be clear that mounting black wheels on a random black car does not make it qualify as having been murdered out. Speaking of blacked out cars, check out this X5 from Z-Performance. At first glance, you would think that this example is owned by your favourite villain who wants to rule the world.

Almost every week, we hear from at least one aftermarket tuner, but Z-Performance isn’t one to make a lot of noise on a regular basis. And even if they don’t, did you know that they have actually been around for 26 years now? One reason why not everybody knows of this tuner is also because they specialize in customs wheels more than anything else.

Having said that, this BMW X5 had been given a set of forged 22 inch Z-Performance wheels that measure 10.5 inches wide and a full 12 inches out. Of course, the wheels were finished in no other than matte black in the center, with glossed up lips.

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BMW has been steadfastly working on developing the all new version of the 3 Series and M3. That’s why it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the existing model’s production will end when the new version comes along. But then, it seems like production will end sooner than we expected. In fact, there have already been reports of the discontinuation of the current F80 M3 taking place in a few months.

It was actually BMWBlog that announced this, as they said that the F80 M3’s production will be capped off as early as May 2018. One of the reasons for this is because of the introduction of the new WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure) driving cycle. This new procedure will act as the new standard when determining levels of pollutants, C02 emissions, fuel or energy consumption for cars worldwide.

Once this becomes effective, BMW will have to fit the M3 F80 with a complex new Otto particle filter beginning in June. But instead of doing this, they have decided to just completely stop production in May, also so that they may focus on developing the 3 Series and the M3 - both models are slated to begin production within the next couple of years. Production will only be halted for the M3 though, as the M4 will remain unaffected by this change. Therefore, production of the M4 will continue for a few more months after May.

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Former Aston Martin designer turned entrepreneur, Henrik Fisker, is known for designing models like the Aston Martin DB9, the BMW Z8, the Fisker Karma or Karma Revero, and the newest one out there, which is the Fisker EMotion. But there is another model here that you probably did not even know of - the 2006 Fisker Latigo.

Fisker only built one example of this model, making it the very first and last production model. And it is now up for grabs on the website Bring a Trailer. To get this rare model brand new, it would have cost about $216,000; but currently, its value has gone down a bit and bidding is now set at about $37,500.

Fisker’s original plan was to build 150 units of the Latigo. But after they developed the prototype and built the first production model, the project was halted. One of the reasons for this was the rising of oil prices. This coachbuilt Fisker sits on the same platform as the 2006 BMW M6, while featuring a rebuilt 5.0 liter V10 tuned by RD Sport, which is paired to a seven speed sequential manual transmission. With that engine, this model can produce 665 horsepower (495 kilowatts).

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