When it comes to conveying opulence, BMW is way up in the list of car aficionados. Every now and then, the German car maker gives its car innovations new trimmings to catch luxury car lovers’ eyes. The new BMW M4 Concept, which was first unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance, does not totally depart from some features of earlier BMW models. There’s no mistaking the trademark BMW face, highlighted by the two round headlamps in LED and the power dome hood characteristic of M models.
There are lots of noticeable enhancements, of course, including intelligent design and use of lightweight materials for several components. The German designers ensured that the new BMW M4 Concept Coupe will be the epitome of tomorrow’s high-performance sports car.
The M4 is lighter by about 80 kilograms than the M3. The side skirts seem to look more assertive, while the rear apron with quad tailpipes and diffuser add to a stylish look. Overall, the M4 is a sporty yet elegant car that’s versatile enough to be driven to work or to transport the entire brood to family outings. There’s always a tendency for car experts to describe the similarities of a new luxury car model to competing marquees. The new BMW M4 Concept coupe may not exhibit the same sportiness that an Audi has, but in terms of finesse, it hits the mark.
M style luxury cars are noted for their carbon fiber components like the roof, front splitter, and rear diffuser. As with most new luxury car models, the new vehicle takes on a more aggressive look, as evident in the front fascia.
After the January 2014 Detroit Auto Show, the production units of the new BMW M4 Concept Coupe will be rolling off the assembly line by the late part of April. BMW lovers are in for a nice car that combines the magnificence of a luxury sedan with the athletic appeal of a sports car. The sporty and fun character of the new BMW M4 Concept coupe is enhanced by a shade of yellow when the car was unveiled in early 2013.
The new BMW M4 Concept Coupe is touted to have a top speed of 173 miles per hour. Notwithstanding the design constraints, the M4 emerges as an aerodynamically efficient car. Tweaks include the side view mirrors which underscores a `mean machine’ look and reduces drag. The standard M4 model will also have a set of 19-inch ultra high-performance alloy wheels.
BMW cars, as owners may attest, generally need to be scrupulously maintained. Some brand devotees may not mind though, more so with a model that’s dripping with style and enhanced in so many ways to make it “the ultimate driving machine at the track or roadways.”
In terms of power, the new BMW M4 Concept coupe packs a punch. The new BMW M4 Concept car is powered by a turbocharged 3.0L inline six-cylinder engine that produces 425 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque.
The new BMW M4 Coupe’s suspension system was also upgraded. Apart from this, a stable oil flow is facilitated by the improved oil return system and oil extracting pump.
Crossover SUVs are very popular as of late. Even though they get too much criticism for so many reasons, they nevertheless continued to exist (and sell in huge numbers to boot). People love them mainly because they carry a huge presence on the road and they’re adequately sporty for most situations. The BMW X6 is one of the best crossover SUVs on the market. However, with the help of M Sport, BMW has created probably the fastest crossover in the world. This is none other than the 2013 BMW X6M.
2013 is shaping up to be the last year for BMW’s crossover range as we know it. Later this year, the new X5 is about to be released as a 2015 model. Meanwhile, the X6 is scheduled for a full update in 2015. Regardless, the present generation of BMW crossovers, especially the X6, is still very impressive cars. This is especially so when it comes to the 2013 BMW X6M.
The X6M is something BMW would like to call a “sport activity coupe”. This may take some getting used to, as the idea of a coupe weighing over 5000 pounds seem foreign for anyone. However, the styling would say that it’s indeed trying hard to be a coupe. It has virtually the same dimensions as the X5, but it uses a liftback profile to create that coupe-like shape. On the surface, simple ways to identify a 2013 BMW X6M is a hood that comes with a “power bulge”, bumpers with massive vents, aerodynamic parts, and 4 exhaust tips at the back.
On the interior, the X6M has an interior that is familiar if not pedestrian by luxury SUV standards. For the 2013 BMW X6M, the usual wood trim is replaced with aluminum, expressing its sporty intentions. M Sport seats that have 20 different settings are installed in the front. On the rear, you’ll observe that there’s no middle rear seat present, making the X6M a true 2+2. Luggage space totals to 25.6 cubic feet, which is surprisingly large considering the unconventional liftback design.
Of course, an M car is best known for its performance parts. The BMW X6M is loaded with all the goodies to annihilate unsuspecting challengers. The engine installed in the 2013 BMW X6M is the much-hyped 4.4 liter V8 twin-turbo engine seen in contemporaries such as the M5 and the M6. Reputed as the most powerful engine in a production SUV, the final output of this engine is measured at 555 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. All this force is channeled to all 4 wheels via a ZF 6-speed automatic gearbox. A torque-vectoring differential distributes the power between the front and rear wheels when necessary.
Just to illustrate the performance potential of the 2013 BMW X6M, it accelerates from 0-to-100 km/h at a mind-boggling 4.0 seconds when using launch control. The torque-vectoring differential also works wonderfully well when navigating corners at significant speed. To make the long story short, the X6M is an SUV that has the potential to embarrass legit sports cars in their own game.
BMW, with their M series, are known to create sports cars that are supremely balanced for both road and track use. More than comfortable in both settings, they are considered as the perfect combination between luxury and sportiness. The BMW M6 is the tuned version of their full-sized 6 Series coupe. Now entering its third generation, the 2013 BMW M6 is based on the F12 6 Series. Is this car worth the hype and does it live to the tradition of the M6?
The current 6 Series is quite a massive car. With full-sized dimensions and a weight approaching 2 tons, this is an apt definition of a bulky sports car. However, this car has a distinctive new look, enhanced by functional yet stylish body modifications. The sharp look of the 2013 BMW M6 will make hardcore fans recall the original M6 of the 1980s. On par with M tradition, all modifications are done with functionality in mind. The massive air intake brings cool air into the engine, and a carbon fiber roof slashes down extra weight. All in all, the 2013 BMW M6 weighs in at 1925 kilograms, which is at least 100 kilograms lighter than the usual 6 Series coupe.
True to the tradition of M cars, the 2013 BMW M6 has an interior that’s equal parts luxurious and performance-oriented. Both front and rear seats boast a high amount of space and provide a perfect balance of comfort and support for different driving conditions and styles. The use of leather, aluminum, and carbon fiber on the trim add to the luxury-sport feel of the interior. To make the long story short, the configuration of the interior is very much ideal for the purpose of this car.
As for the performance parts, the 2013 BMW M6 definitely brings it. The 4.4 liter V8 engine derived from the 650i was modified by the guys from M Sport. With the help of new pistons and the addition of 2 turbochargers, the engine’s maximum output is measured at 560 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque, with most of the power accessible in the low-rpm range. A 6-speed manual transmission comes standard, with a quick-shifting 7-speed dual-clutch automatic available as optional equipment. With the help of the M Button, you can adjust suspension settings to suit driving conditions. Lastly, massive 16-inch disc brakes (with carbon-ceramic variants optional) provide strong stopping power.
Describing the overall performance of the 2013 BMW M6 is a mind-boggling one. This car has gobs of speed potential within is massive frame. 0-to-100 km/h acceleration is achieved within 4.2 seconds. Top speed, without the 155 mph speed limiter, is estimated at 190 mph, which is equivalent to over 300 kilometers per hour. The M6 is nimbler than its size and weight would suggest, especially at sport+ settings. However, it’s still at its best element for street driving, whether it may be for short grocery-getting trips or cross-country journeys.
The 2013 BMW M6 is one of the best cars in its class. Priced at around $109000 each (optional equipment will raise the price further), it’s a great alternative for luxury sport coupes such as the Jaguar XKR and the Maserati Gran Turismo.
BMW M cars are known to be faster, sportier versions of the base models they are derived from. A lot of enthusiasts bemoan the fact that traditional classics such as the M3 and M5 are becoming too big to become pure sports cars. Heck, they are even producing SUVs that come with the M badge! In what many consider as a return to basics for the M series, the 2013 BMW 1M Coupe is considered as a smashing success both on sales figures and critical acclaim.
The 2013 BMW 1M Coupe is based on the coupe version of the E82 1 Series platform. It is said that the engineers at BMW M took 2 years to develop the M Coupe, using technology and components they developed from the highly-successful E92 BMW M3. To allow for the fitting of larger wheels derived from the M3, the body is widened by 2.1 inches with the help of flares on all 4 sides. Aerodynamic parts also help to improve the drag coefficient of this car to 0.37.
The interior is also spiced up to match the sheer looks and speed of the 2013 BMW 1M Coupe. Lightweight yet comfortable M Sport seats are installed, and they are wrapped with black leather upholstery. A combination of leather and Alcantara are used to cover the rest of the interior, with distinctive orange stitching helping the interior stand out further. The moonroof is removed to save weight and lower the center of gravity.
The engine used in the 2013 BMW 1M Coupe is the highly-reputed 3.0 liter 6-cylinder engine seen on the Z4 and the 335is. Armed with direct injection and 2 turbochargers, this engine has a maximum output of 335 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. It also comes with an overboost function that allows for quick bursts of speed. The power from this fearsome engine is channeled to the rear wheels via a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission.
To improve the overall maneuverability of the 2013 BMW 1M Coupe, almost all of its suspension components are toughened up. Larger brakes are also installed for faster, more reliable stopping even in high speed. 19-inch M Sport wheels used for the E92 M3 are installed in all 4 corners, significantly improving traction and handling.
Whether on the road or on the track, a lot of people note that the 2013 BMW 1M Coupe performs incredibly well. All occupants, even those on the larger side, will feel very comfortable sitting in this car’s confines. The sport-tuned suspension still cancels out road unevenness very well and minimal noise enters the cabin. However, all the modifications made in this car are best felt on-track. Acceleration from 0-to-100 is done in less than 5 seconds, and this car’s compact and light construction make for fun driving. In terms of track performance, some even compare it favorably to the original E30 M3.
All in all, the 2013 BMW 1M Coupe is simply amazing. It’s just unfortunate that production for this car has already ceased. Consider people who were able to pick up one of these very lucky.
The BMW M3 has always been considered as a special vehicle in the BMW product line. A fixture in touring car competitions around the world, it has been giving contemporaries such as the Porsche 911 a run for their money. While there are rumors that the next-generation M3 (coming in 2014 or 2015) is rumored to be drastically different, the 2013 BMW M3, the last year for the car based on the E92 platform, still brings it with the best of them.
The 2013 BMW M3 still has the goodies that made it one of the most popular sports cars in the world. This car virtually has it all: speed, handling, style, comfort, and practicality. Its balance is the main reason why it’s used as a benchmark by most of the competition. The 2013 version, scheduled to be the last of the fourth-generation M3 models, still retains the things that made this particular model special, while adding some new things that make it better.
The 2013 BMW M3 is available in both coupe and convertible variants. The coupe boasts of a carbon fiber roof, while the convertible has a built-in hardtop stowed at the back. A new limited edition model, the Lime Rock Park edition, was done in collaboration with Lime Rock Park owner Skip Barber. These cars come with an exclusive Fire Orange paint, a titanium muffler, an aerodynamic kit made of carbon fiber, and special interior trim. Only 200 copies of the Lime Rock Park version are produced, making it an instant collector’s item.
The core components of the fourth-generation M3 are retained for 2013. The 2013 BMW M3 is still powered by the same 4.0 liter V8 engine that has a maximum power output of 414 horsepower and revs up to an astounding 8400 rpm. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard, but a 7-speed dual-clutch “manumatic” transmission (called the M DCT) is also available as optional equipment. Massive anti-lock disc brakes are installed in all 4 corners, meaning the M3 will still be one of the best-stopping cars in the business.
The 2013 BMW M3 still has one of the best interiors in the business. The seats achieve the perfect balance between providing ample support during fast driving and providing superior comfort for long trips. The convertible versions have unique reflective upholstery, preventing the seats from heating up during warm weather. Trim still remains simple yet elegant, with metal and wood trims placed in strategic parts of the car. Trunk space for the coupe is 11.1 cubic fit, impressive for a sports car.
It is very possible that the 2013 BMW M3 might be the last of its kind. It’s very likely that only a sedan version will be made for the next-generation M3 (with the coupe and convertible versions being renamed as the M4), and it might be powered by a 6-cylinder twin-turbo engine. Because of these impending changes, the 2013 version of the M3 is a model that must be enjoyed and savored for what it is. Given its impressive features, it’s not all that hard to do.
BMW, while known as a creator of sporty cars, is not exactly known for making supercars. This all changed with the release of the BMW Z8, a retro car with world-beating performance and exclusivity. The Z8 was in production from 1998 to 2003. To end production of this immensely popular and borderline legendary sports car, the BMW Alpina Roadster V-8 was released. What makes this car special and how will history judge it?
The BMW Alpina Roadster V-8 is based on the Z8, albeit with modifications done mostly with the help of tuning company Alpina (more on this later). The Alpina is considered to be a “final run” variant for the highly-successful Z8, which was revolutionary in more ways than one. This car, popularized by the James Bond movie “The World Is Not Enough”, has its chassis built purely out of aluminum. The engine used in this car, the same 5.0 liter V8 engine used in the E39 M5, has a maximum output of 400 horsepower. According to tests, the Z8 goes from 0-to-100 kph in around 4 and a half seconds and beats most of its contemporaries such as the Ferrari 360 Modena on performance tests.
In an attempt to open the Z8 to other markets, particularly to the United States, BMW collaborated with niche tuner Alpina to create the BMW Alpina Roadster V-8. Compared to the original Z8 which is an all-out sports car, the Alpina is more oriented to being a grand touring car. To make this possible, a number of changes are done to the car. The biggest change in the BMW Alpina Roadster V-8 would be in the drivetrain department. The M5 engine was replaced with the 4.8 liter engine coming from the Alpina B10 V8 S, and the Z8’s original 6-speed manual transmission was replaced with an Alpina-tuned 5-speed ZF automatic gearbox.
Other modifications are done to ensure that the BMW Alpina Roadster V-8 will have that desired grand touring character. The suspension tuning was made more relaxed to make it more suitable for cruising and daily-driving. While the handling is still sporty, it is now significantly more comfortable to drive than the original Z8. The 18-inch wheels are swapped with a set of 20-inchers. For the interior, a more supple form of Nappa leather was used to upholster the seats, giving the Alpina a more premium feel. The gauges and steering wheel are supplied by Alpina to provide both a more distinct look and to include more AT-specific functions (steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and gear selection display).
As for the driving experience of the BMW Alpina Roadster V-8, the conversion from pure sports car to grand touring car is a highly successful one. While 0-to-100 acceleration is reduced to 5.0 seconds, top speed is increased to an electronically limited 260 kilometers per hour. Much of the Alpina-sourced engine’s power is tapped at the low-rpm range, which promises smooth acceleration and better on-road usability. While it can still attack tight corners with ease and run fast with the best of them, the Alpina does so now while providing a more comfortable and relaxed ride. Furthermore, the automatic transmission selected for this car is perfect for the purpose it is intended for.
The BMW Alpina Roadster V-8 is distinctly different from the BMW Z8 in which it is derived from, but it managed to retain a lot of the things that made the Z8 such a big hit. With only 555 examples of this car built, it is safe to say that the Alpina Z8 will be a collector’s item for years to come. It is desirable, drives well, and performs its purpose perfectly. What more can a car enthusiast want?
Although the 507 was the first ever roadster made by the car manufacturer BMW, the production of the BMW Z1 was definitely the most revolutionary. With the concept car released in 1986 and 8,000 units made by 1991, the car not only innovated the way roadsters were made but also boosted the company for creating advanced mechanical technologies uncommon for the times. A number of new patents were made exclusive to the German car mogul all associated with the three years the BMW Z1 was being perfected.
The doors were easily distinguishable as at the push of a button, it disappears vertically. Retractable doors were quite new to the trade and only the makers of the Kaiser Darrin were able to make a car’s door retract horizontally. Critiques have raved about the difficulty in pressing the button and climbing out of the vehicle, but a first for the company it surely was. So is the front and rear bumpers that are made of elastic plastic and fibreglass. Minimal pressure to these caused by impact with a maximum speed of 2.5 miles per hour should cause no damage as they spring back to their normal form.
Having an interchangeable body was another remarkable feature of the BMW Z1. The panels can easily be disintegrated by a skilled mechanic and replaced by a new colour as desired by the owner. One may even drive around without the body, should they dare.
The use of the under-body tray is another feature exclusive, at that time, to the BMW roadster. The chassis was covered with a smooth under-panel that was used to maximize the car’s aerodynamic make. Such mechanism provided the car an anti-squat, anti-dive mechanism creating a more stable negative lift in relation to the ground.
Looking under the hood, though, you will find a mix of the old and the new. The engine and transmission had been borrowed from the E30 325i and the E30 325ix. The new BMW Z1 still runs with the same 2.5 litre, 12-valve engine with 170 horsepower, and 5-speed manual transmission. Only minor adjustments were made. On the other hand, the high intensity discharge lamp along with the new multi-link axel was first used in this model and was used again in many of its successors released by the company.
Despite the reuse of the older BMW’s engine and transmission, the developed technologies due to the process of making the BMW Z1 proved indispensable to the manufacturer. Not only have they patented these improvements for their own benefit, but a whole set of enhanced mechanisms were made available to the world.
The Z in the name Z1 meant “Zunkuft”. It means “future” in the German language. The manufacturers were right to give it this name as the rise of the car was the beginning of improved technology for roadsters. Definitely, its features are incomparable to new cars made by various companies nowadays, but then, it was the revolution. With its popularity followed the birth of the BMW Z series that still remains true to the stylish, safe, and powerful nature exemplified by their matriarch, the BMW Z1.
In 1997, the German automotive giant BMW created a concept car in remembrance of the BMW 507. It captured the sexy curves, rounded headlights and the classic feel of the 1950’s sports car. Since showcasing the concept car in the 1997 Tokyo Show, keen interest on the vehicle has been shown pushing its manufacture. They called it the BMW Z8.
The company stayed true, mostly, to the concept car first publicized in the Tokyo Show. Very few changes were made. Two years later, in 1999, the first model of the BMW Z8 was sold. Since the company produced only a limited number of vehicles, only a selected few were given the privilege to own the roadster.
The BMW Z8 sold for an extravagant amount, a price tag many say is worth every cent. The convertible, two-seater’s body and chassis are all made of aluminium, giving a sturdy yet light component to the car. The interior is minimalistic and covered with leather in three distinct shades a buyer can choose from.
These make the BMW Z8 perfect for those whose image is of extreme importance. The simplicity and elegance of the car makes it ideal for celebrities and other well-known personalities, even a company CEO for that matter. The laid-back appearance of the BMW Z8 makes it the ultimate car for the austere who wants nothing more than to cruise leisurely around the city or in the countryside.
The classic appearance, however, is about the only vintage thing one can find in the BMW Z8. Pushing the starter button and hearing the machine come to life definitely says it’s not aged. Looking under the hood, you will find more evidence of this.
Its engine and chassis are as modern as it could get. The car has a 4.9 litre V8 engine with a six speed manual transmission. And if that isn’t enough, flooring it would bring you from a halt to 62 miles per hour with a maximum speed of 155 miles per hour. The BMW Z8 boasts of its strength of 400 horses. Even the curves were engineered carefully to make the car more aerodynamically stable and thus much quicker. This should be just right for those who live for the thrill of speed and the rush of adrenaline.
Furthermore, the BMW Z8’s Dynamic Stability Control has made the car ideal not only for the experienced driver but also for those who are still getting used to such toys. Stable breaking, handling, and cornering features were incorporated to the car to make driving it a breeze and safety a priority. It is the perfect car for the beginners in the field of the speedy sports cars.
The classic exterior coupled with a modern engine is enough to keep just about anyone interested and wanting a piece of the BMW Z8. This modern yet classic car, as exclusive as it is, enthrals just about anyone.
Owning a BMW Z8 has become even more popular when the company released the last of the series in 2003. This has made the opportunity of owning the roadster even more exclusive than it already was. The car is a coveted treasure for many and the few who have it are only mesmerized by the modern and classic work perfectly together in one BMW Z8.
Apparently the shortlist with the cars that can win this title has been revealed and finally we were able to know which are the best cars that can be seen in this competition.
When it comes to front runners we must mention Tesla Model S and Mercedes S-Class.
At the beginning the list contained 32 nominees and now it has been shortened up to only 7 cars. The cars that can win the competition, in alphabetical order, are:
1. BMW i3
2. Citroen C4 Picasso
3. Mazda 3
4. Mercedes Benz S Class
5. Peugeot 308
6. Skoda Octavia
7. Tesla Model S.
This list has been analysed by 58 judges from 22 different European countries and they are going to choose the winner as well, after testing the cars. The European Car of the Year is going to be announced at the Geneva Motor Show, on March 3.
The cars were analysed according to several criteria such as their aspect, performances, power and even fuel economy. Each of them had pros and cons, but all in all these are the best cars that were produced in Europe this year.
If you are curious to know more about each car then you can visit the official websites of the companies and you can even choose your favourite vehicle on forums. Unfortunately the only opinion that matters is the judges’ one and they are going to be extremely attentive in order to ensure that they have made the right choice.
If you own one of these cars then I am sure that you can’t wait to find out the results because not only that you are going to know for sure that you have made the right choice, but you will also feel a lot of pride while driving the vehicle of the year.
When the winner is going to be revealed we are going to offer you its name and even more details about its specification and special features. Until then all you have to do is wait and keep reading about this topic.
Germany is the number one enemy of Italy and thanks to its superior manufacturing and engineering capabilities it managed to create some incredible supercars. Ones of the most amazing cars of all time are German cars and here you have a list with the best five cars that were produced in Germany.
1. Mercedes Benz SLS AMG
It first appeared in 2010 and it was recognized as an instant classic from the first day. It is powered by a 6.2 liter V8 which can reach 583 horsepower, and it is a very powerful car. This car is both perfect as a comfortable daily driver but also if you want to tear up the asphalt on the track. Thanks to its short rear deck and long hood, this car looks extremely fast even when it does not move. Its aspect is completed by the gullwing doors and the retro styling which make it stand out and which help it impress its buyers. It is definitely one of the best cars Mercedes Benz ever produced.
2. BMW M1
In 1978, BMW managed to shock the entire world with this special car. At the beginning this project was collaboration between BMW and Lamborghini, but in the end BMW took over the project entirely because Lamborghini had some serious financial problems. The car has a 3.5 liter six cylinders mounted amid ship and it is able to produce 273 horsepower, not to mention its top speed which is 160 mph. They also created the Bimmer, who took part in motorsports such as the M1 Procar, after they changed the engine which was now able to produce 850 hp.
3. Audi R8
This amazing car was revealed in 2006 and it changed the definition of supercars. Audi R8 is the perfect combination between a lion on the track and a small and delicate lamb on the street. Its power comes from a 4.2 liter V8 which can be upgraded up to 5.2 liter V10. It can produce 430 horsepower (and 525 hp for the V10 version). The best thing about this car is its interior which is a bold and stylish one.
4. Porsche Carrera GT
This car is one of the most spectacular supercars in the world. It has a 5.7 liter V10 engine which can produce 612 horsepower and even 435 lb-ft of torque. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 second and it has a top speed of 205 mph. Not to mention the fact that it has a removable roof panel for open air driving and an amazing aspect.
5. Gumpert Apollo
This car was unveiled in 2005 and it was powered by an Audi sourced twin turbo V8. The clients were able to choose between three different engine versions which could produce from 641 to 789 horsepower. The car has a top speed of 224 mph and an amazing aspect thanks to the carbon fiber body panels or fiberglass ones. The best thing about it is the fact that it is extremely aerodynamic and it is able to produce enough down force to drive upside town, at more than 190 mph, in a tunnel.