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2013 BMW X1 Reviews Are In

07/17/2012 at 7:00 PM
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The first reviews of the 2013 X1 (LCI facelift) are in and they’re a generally positive bunch. First up are the reviews from Car and Driver, Automobile and Motor Trend.

Check out what each American magazine has to say about the refreshed X1 which has already sold more than 300,000 units worldwide.

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BMW M brand’s biggest present day fan, Bill Caswell [of the controversial "Death of BMW's M Brand" Jalopnik article] takes the 420 electric horsepower all-electric E36 M3 Pikes Peak racer for a test drive.

See if this modern day conversion of an older M car impresses.

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Autobild pits the 2013 M6 Convertible (F12) against the Jaguar XKR-S Convertible and Mercedes SL63 AMG Performance Package. The M6 cabrio takes first place with a 4.2 stars out of 5 over the other two cars, which tie for second place.

See the performance results inside.

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Here is our review on the BMW Active Hybrid 3.

Sometimes, we are victims of stereotypes. I, for instance, have always hated the idea of hybrid cars. Surely, a true car fan can’t possibly find anything good about a car which is obviously made for one reason only: Economy. Things are a bit different about the Active Hybrid 3, however. Here’s the story about my first experience with BMW’s latest hybrid.

At first sight, the Active Hybrid 3 [full official info thread] doesn’t look too different … CONTINUED

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A nice car is one way to draw attention. But what does it take to be instantly noticed by the general public? Emotional styling and exotic engine sound might be a good recipe. Then again, it

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On this episode of Ignition, Carlos Lago searches for the soul inside the heavy yet powerful 2013 BMW M6 Convertible. Is the new M6 really a desirable driver’s car or simply a clever feat of engineering? Or is it both?

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The press drives of the BMW M135i are underway and with that come the first reviews, and they are very positive. See inside for more.

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The BMW 3 Series Touring first drives are underway. Here are a few of the first reactions to the F31 touring model.

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Great in-depth owner’s review of an F30 328i sedan, covering everything from the engine to the transmission, steering, suspension, tires, comfort, seats, visibility package, audio system, idrive, black panel, and other technologies.

There is a slew of photos accompanying the review as well.

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The F10 M5 is now in service a the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg, SC and an M5POST member was on hand to be one of the first lucky drivers to sample the new 2013 M5 at the facilities. As previously revealed, they all have the carbon ceramic rotors. This is his account of the experience:

In short, the car is fantastic. Some may miss the screaming V10 but the turbine like rush of acceleration, pulling hard from a slow corner even in 3rd, is mighty … CONTINUED

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BMW i presents a series of videos with some feedback from the electronauts who are part of the BMW ActiveE lease program.

The BMW ActiveE began leasing in select markets beginning in Fall 2011. It was made available for lease in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, New York, Boston and Connecticut.

The ActiveE has a maximum power output of 170 hp and a maximum torque of 184 lb-ft, the latter is available from a standstill as typical of electric powered vehicles. This makes for an acceleration … CONTINUED

2013 F13 M6 Coupe Review by Autoblog

06/23/2012 at 2:00 PM
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Autoblog takes their turn at reviewing the 2013 M6 coupe. The main question they ask is: So, where exactly has all the marquee-caliber thrill gone since the debut in 2005 of the E63/E64 generation? Are there just more worthy competitors now, or are the Bimmers stepping down off their altar a bit to reach the mainstream? Their answer is that both are probably true, but the M6 coupe stands out amongst its own as the best banner waver for BMW’s M-branded large cars.

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Road and Track compares the 2013 M5 against the Cadillac CTS-V. Will the M5 redeem some of the losses that the E60 M5 took against the latest CTS-V in the last years of the previous M5′s life cycle? See inside.

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Press drives for the 2013 BMW M6 (F13) coupe are underway and the first reviews are in. This one hails from Autoexpress UK and they rate the F13 M6 a 4 of 5 stars. Given that the M6 coupe weighs 130kg less than the convertible, they deem it a much better drive than the convertible. With less weight to lug around, and using the optional carbon-ceramic brakes fitted to the test car, the Coupe goes and stops with monumental force. Full review … CONTINUED

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South African Car Magazine Shootout episode pitted the BMW 1M versus the Audi RS3. Quattro grip versus M Power verve. See the results inside.

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In the latest episode of Head 2 Head (by Motor Trend), Jonny Lieberman compares the BMW 328i with its N20 240hp 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder engine versus the Mercedes C250, also powered by a turbo 4 cylinder (1.8L turbocharged I-4 with 201 hp).

Which car redefines the segment according to Lieberman? View the video inside to find out.

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Chris Harris dusts off his 1986 E28 M5, the first M5 ever built (and by hand too), which he hasn’t driven for years. It still feels nuts to him today, so what the hell was it like for him in 1986? See inside.

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The 2012 M6 convertible (F12) is big, it’s heavy, and it’s for showing off. But, courtesy of the usual magic from BMW M GmbH, it does not feel as big, heavy, or just for showing off. What it is is a super high performing GT convertible and a hell of a looker.

We spent two days this week in Santa Barbara, California to check out and test drive the all new 2012 BMW M6 and 6 Series Gran Coupe (see our previous review). After over 100 miles … CONTINUED