An 18-year-old from Haryana’s Yamunanagar in India was given a BMW for his birthday instead of the Jaguar he requested. So, he did the least logical thing possible…pushed it into a swollen river in a fit of anger. That’s not all, “when the youth was plunging the high-end BMW car into the river, he also made a video and put it on social media,” said a police official. Read more for the news report and additional information.
CarWow has pits the 2020 Toyota Supra against the BMW Z4, of which it shares the same platform, in a drag racing showdown. Aesthetically, both vehicles look very different, but under the hood, you’ll find BMW’s straight-six engine, which generates 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet sending power to the rear axle with an 8-speed ZF 8HP automatic torque converter transmission. One thing you may not already know is that the fifth generation Supra is being assembled alongside the G29 BMW Z4 in Graz, Austria by Magna Steyr. Read more for the video and additional information.
The BMW X7 is the automaker’s flagship Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV), but recently their vocational trainees teamed up with the Munich plant’s Concept Vehicle Construction and Model Technology divisions to create a one-off pickup truck version. This was made possible by extending the body 4-inches and adding a bed that measures 55-79 inches, depending on the closed / open position, respectively. Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composites (CFRP) was used on the roof, rear doors and rear lid to cut 441 lbs from the factory X7 weight. Read more for additional pictures and information.
What could make the BMW Vision M Next Concept coupe eve more futuristic? Hiring Hans Zimmer to engineer the motor sounds of course. Before we get to that, this EV boasts a four-cylinder gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain generating a combined output of 600 horsepower, enabling it to accelerate from zero to 62 mile-per-hour in just 3.0 seconds, while topping out at 186 mph. There’s also a “BOOST+” function that adds extra power at the push of a button, while offering 62 miles of pure electric driving. Since EVs don’t produce any engine noise, legendary film composer Hans Zimmer developed a Blade Runner-inspired sound for the Vision M Next. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
We have seen the future of electric motorcycles, and it includes the BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster. The original Motorrad is a two-cylinder motorcycle that has been in production since the 1920s, but the company decided to give it a modern makeover with an electric battery pack, which offers massive torque from the get-go and unique U-shaped LED daytime running lights. This new bike also features a carbon fiber and aluminum chassis to keep things extra light. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
BMW introduces the first-ever 2020 M8 lineup ($133,000+ coupe / $142,000+ convertible), including sleek M8 Competition models ($146,000+) powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 generating 617 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, enabling it to hit 60 mph in just three seconds. For those who like open-top cruising, there’s the standard 600 hp convertible, but without the stiffer springs, 15.5-inch front brakes with six-piston calipers, and optional 15.75-inch carbon ceramic brakes found in the Competition models. Read more for two additional videos, pictures and information.
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The 2020 BMW M3 is set for its official reveal at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, but there have already been several test mules spotted at Nurburgring in full camouflage. These renders from Kolesa shows us what the actual vehicle could look like, complete with its large front grilles with vertical slits instead of the traditional horizontal ones. Read more for a video and additional information.
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For those who don’t know, the 2020 Toyota Supra is a collaboration between Toyota and BMW and is based on the Z4, but only the chassis and engine are the same. The engine is also tuned differently as well as the suspension. Only the turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-six engine producing 335 hp and 369 lb⋅ft of torque, will be offered in the US. You’ll be able to choose from two trim levels: 3.0 and 3.0 Premium. The 3.0 model has a 6.5-inch center touchscreen multimedia system with Bluetooth and standard Alcantara trimmed seats, while the 3.0 Premium has an 8.8-inch touchscreen multimedia system, standard navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay, 12-speaker JBL stereo sound system, wireless phone charging, color head-up display, along with heated leather seats. Read more for a more in-depth first drive video, additional pictures and information.
BMW has unveiled its latest Formula E safety car, and it’s based on the i8 Roadster. Unlike the production model, this special safety car sits 15mm lower to the ground, comes equipped with an FIA-approved roll bar, a new front splitter and of a light bar mounted above the rear wing for better visibility. Other upgrades include GPS communication antennas, a rear view camera, and retaining the standard 228hp 1.5-liter three-cylinder petrol engine with a 141hp electric motor for a combined power output for 386hp. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Sure, Dubai may have some of the wildest police vehicles, but BMW’s M Town isn’t too far behind, especially since their first car is based on the M2. Featuring an LAPD-inspired black / white livery, a large push guard and of course, the red & blue emergency lights. Instead of the normal 911, to call this vehicle in emergencies, it uses 1972, which is also the year that the BMW M was founded. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.