Archive for the ‘BMW’ Category

BMW responds to noxgate claims

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German publication Auto Bild has dragged BMW into Volkswagen’s noxgate scandal. It claims the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) conducted tests on the diesel-powered BMW X3 20d Xdrive and found it produced more than 11 times the allowed NOx emissions under Euro6 regulations. BMW has been quick to respond with an official statement saying […]

Elvis lives and he’s a BMW 507!

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Elvis lives! We all knew his death back in 1977 was a conspiracy, but few knew he’s being reincarnated as a true thing of beauty—a BMW 507. Actually, this is not entirely true, but there is a connection between Elvis Presley and the 507, specifically the car carrying chassis #70079. This was the car which […]

BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R revealed

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This is the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R and it is pretty damn awesome. Inspired by the iconic 1970s 3.0 CSL this 21st century concept was revealed at the Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach last weekend. It’s little more than eye candy with scant technical details offered. That leaves us with grand statements from BMW’s […]

BMW Concept M4 GTS revealed

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BMW turned up to Monterey Car Week with this Concept M4 GTS. It’s a preview of a harder core M4, it’s still a road car but it will have more of a track focus. Mostly we’ve got a lot of photos and not much technical detail. We do know that the turbocharged six cylinder engine […]

Johanna Quandt 1926–2015

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Johanna Quandt, wife of Herbert Quandt and matriach of the family who owns 47% of BMW, passed away last week. She was 89. She took a place on the BMW supervisory board in 1982, after her husband died in 1982 and held the role until her retirement in 1997. She is survived by her two […]

BMW Motorsport icons never die

BMW USA will be participating in the 2015 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion later this month and has come up trumps with a few photos of its past motorsport icons. We liked the pics of the 3.0 CSL aka the Batmobile and the mid-engined M1. And because we’re nice folks here at AUSmotive we sharing these […]

Just how good is the Civic Type R?

The all-new Honda Civic Type R had an extremely long development cycle. It’s now been launched and has to go about living up to the hype Honda has generated. Here Steve Sutcliffe from Auto Express takes the Type R to the tight Llandow Circuit in Wales to see how it compared with the Seat Leon […]

BMW Australia heavily discounts M3/M4 LCI models

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BMW Australia is now taking orders for M3 and M4 LCI (life-cycle impulse) models and has taken the knife to pricing, while adding additional standard features as well. When originally launched down under list pricing for the F80 M3 was $156,900 and the F82 M4 was priced from $166,900. Those prices have now been reduced […]

Would you buy a BMW M3 Touring?

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Following word from Bad Frank van Meel that there will be no M3 Touring under a BMW M GmbH he leads, here’s a look at what we’re missing out on. Thanks to master rendering guy Theophilus Chin we can see how seriously awesome an M3 Touring could be. Fast, practical, and über cool. Bad Frank […]

BMW M2 watch: It’s coming soon, real soon!

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The new BMW M2 has been getting out and about lately putting in some good miles at the Nürburgring. And the latest word is that it won’t be too long until we get to see the car without its fancy swirly graphics. Frank van Meel, BMW M boss, spoke to Dutch publication Autovisie recently and […]

BMW to bring hydrogen-power to Le Mans?

BMW is reportedly considering a return to Le Mans. And it won’t be conventional if they do, with word that BMW plans to power its car with hydrogen fuel cells. It’s believed the project has moved someway down the internal approval chain inside BMW, with an entry into the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans […]

The disappointment of Europe v America

Take the sophisticated power of a BMW i8 and a Lamborghini Huracan and see how they go against the brawn of a Ford Mustang and a Dodge SRT Hellcat. Imagine you’re doing this and imagine that you’ve got four days and 1300 miles to work out what’s what. Then imagine you’ve got to publish a […]

VIDEO: Porsche 911 Carrera GTS v BMW i8

Dan Prosser from Evo magazine presents a very intriguing challenge here by pitting a Porsche 911 Carrera GTS against a BMW i8 on the track. We’ll let the cat out of the bag early, the i8 couldn’t match the 911 for outright lap times. In fact, it’s not even close. But can the i8 match […]

Germany, here I come!

AUSmotive is about to go into a hiatus of some sort while I head on an overseas holiday for the next five weeks or so. I’ll be flying to Germany later this week and the items on my magical museum tour, in itinerary order, include: Mercedes-Benz Museum (Stuttgart) Porsche Museum (Stuttgart) BMW Welt and Museum […]

VIDEO: BMW 1602e

Today it’s the i Series range that is forging the way with electric power for BMW. The i3 and i8 look futuristic and modern. Even better they’re pretty good cars to drive as well, by all accounts. However, it’s this beautiful 1602e that was BMW’s first attempt at an all-electric powered vehicle. Only two were […]