Archive for the ‘BMW’ Category

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 […]

BMW M135i LCI photo gallery

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LCI—the three most important letters to the F20 1 Series range—they stand for Life Cycle Impulse which is BMW speak for get the fugly out of here! Finally, the 1 Series has been give a front-end makeover and here is the new M135i. True, it’s still not the world’s prettiest car, but at least its […]

VIDEO: Bathurst 12hr kangaroo strike

The 2015 Bathurst 12 hour race saw a record 20 Safety Car periods. The first of those came after this incident during the early stages of the race when Anthony Gilbertson driving the #42 BMW M3 GTR hit a kangaroo on Conrod Straight. Video of the strike has been uploaded to YouTube by Gilbertson and […]

VIDEO: Three days of fun

Chris Harris and mates at Portimao with his favourite cars from 2014. There’s no agenda, no forced result to pick a winning car. It’s simply a recipe for fun. Enjoy! Aston Martin V12 Vantage S BMW M3 Ferrari 458 Speciale Ferrari F12 Porsche 911 GT3 Porsche 918 Spyder Renault Megane 275 Trophy R [Thanks to […]

BMW i3 wins 2014 Wheels COTY

The BMW i3 has been named the 2014 Wheels Car of the Year. This, we think, is a pretty cool thing. Yes, it’s expensive for a city runabout. Yes, that makes it out of reach of most people. But, the i3 represents a step forward. It’s not just that it’s not a Prius, but that […]

Punter shows BMW how to design a car

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The front end of the F20 1 Series is awful. The M135i makes a small improvement, but it’s still no match for the much easier on the eye treatment on the M235i. Which begs the question, why didn’t BMW just get it right the first time? And why have they left it so long to […]

Say hello to the BMW M4 GTS

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Hey, remember that wicked orange BMW M3 GTS? Well, good news, the new M4 is getting the GTS treatment too and here’s the video to prove it. As you can see the M4 GTS will get a reworked and more aggressive front end, with a pretty big splitter by the looks. At the back there’ll […]