Jeremy Clarkson has published his list of the top 100 cars of 2013, and the BMW i3 has placed first, i8 second, and the 3 Series second, in their respective categories of Electric Cars/Hybrids, Supercars, and Family/Estate Cars.
The other three BMW models to crack the 100 list were the 7 Series (8th place in Executive category), the 5 Series (10th place in the Executive category) and the X3 (9th place in SUV category).
On this episode of The Downshift, the boys from Motor Trend and Tire Rack team up to test some tires. Do performance tires really make a difference? Our resident hot shoe Randy Pobst takes to the track with a BMW 328i, Mustang V6, Subaru BRZ and a truck load of tires to find out. Includes track times for each model and tire.
Chris Harris test and flogs the Alpine B3 F30 biturbo on the road and track. Verdict? See inside.
Results from Motor Trend’s latest luxury sports sedan comparison, pitting the F30 3 Series xDrive against the S4, ATS, IS350 and S60.
CAR Magazine compare the 3-series Touring vs Audi A4 Avant vs Mercedes C-class Estate and asks: Is the new BMW 3-series Touring worthy of its predecessor’s ‘all the car you’ll ever need’ tag? It should be practical, desirable, enjoyable to drive, comfortable and efficient – and better in every discipline than the Audi A4 Avant and Mercedes C-class Estate, if it’s to take the crown.
Road & Track compares two generations of BMW 328i – the F30 versus E90.
Motor Trend gets behind the wheels of a BMW M Performance Power Kit propelled 335i xDrive.
The result is some very impressive acceleration – matching that of the current M3.
See the rest of what they have to say inside.
We had a chance this week to drive a group of F30 335i equipped with the full complement of BMW M Performance Parts. On the performance side, these cars featured M Performance Power Kit (PPK), suspension kit, brakes and exhaust. Cosmetic enhancements include the M Performance front lip spoiler/splitters, sport stripes, carbon fiber mirror caps, black kidney grilles, side-sill decals, 20″ wheels (Style 405M), carbon fiber/alcantara interior and carbon fiber shift lever.
How did the cars perform? With the M Performance Suspension Kit, the 335i handling felt several increments more immediate and responsive, with less roll, squat or dive than a standard 335i. The cars looked great too with the reduced wheel gap. The upgraded brakes held up well lap after lap and session after session … CONTINUED