Reviews of BMW’s Twinpower Turbo 2.0L inline 4-cylinder Motor (N20) are currently limited to drives of the X1 xDrive28i as that is only model being powered by the N20 thus far. The first US model to feature the N20 will be revealed next week at the NY International Autoshow. Motor Trend now shares their first impressions of the x1 xDrive28i and its new turbo 4 cylinder heart.
BMW’s new 6-series convertible (F12) just hit the streets which means review comparison time. In their latest issue AMS pits the BMW 650i Convertible against two of its natural enemies – the Jaguar JK Convertible and the Maserati Gran Coupe. We’re happy to share that the F12 650i was able to finish this comparison on 1st place with 498 Points in total. Per AMS, “anything but a victory would have been a suprise. The new 6er Cabrio wins almost every category and shines both in … CONTINUED
The guys at driving-fun.com recently had the opportunity to drive a Swedish owner’s new 1M coupe (who seems to be making the rounds at the major European tracks with his new 1M — first the Spa-Francorchamps and the Nurburgring) at the Dutch Zandvoort track. Here were their impressions of the 1M on the circuit.
Fifth Gear’s Vicki Henderson takes the 535d M-sport against the Jaguar XF Diesel S onto the track for a hotlap showdown at the Assen circuit. Both cars are powered by 6 cylinder turbo diesel engines.
The 535d motor is good for 300hp and 440 pound-feet of torque, which covers 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds while achieving 46.3mpg. The Jaguar XF Diesel S has 275hp under the hood with its 3.0L AJV6D Generation III diesel turbo with 0-60 in 5.9 seconds and an MPG of 42mpg. Winner? Results … CONTINUED
It has been quite a while since we’ve seen a review of the X6 M, which was released to much acclaim from the automotive press. Motor Trend now chimes in with their first test drive review, and they echo what many have said before them, calling the experience “maniacal” and its engineers “nutty.” Here are some of our favorite quotes from the FULL REVIEW:
Car and Driver posts up their first drive initial impressions of the 1M coupe, calling it great and weird and fun, with super-quick steering and go-kart like feel, with stunning grip. Check out the rest of their impressions inside.
BMW M3 Frozen Edition. This car is just beyond cool. Just to remind everyone here, this is the South Africa only vehicle, of which 25 examples were produced (25th anniversary anyone?). The folks over at Car Magazine (South Africa), got their hands on a Frozen Black one, modified with a locally-installed AC Schnitzer exhaust system, modified air box and revised engine management to take the M3 up to 330 kW and 420 N.m.
Just to recap, the M3 Frozen Edition sport black or gray matte paint, … CONTINUED
Fifth Gear’s Vicki Butler-Henderson undergoes what we’d imagine a religious experience would look like when she drives the M3 GTS, calling it one of the best cars she’s ever driven (and she’s tested A LOT). Her enthusiastic reaction to the car is infectious and you can’t help but share in her excitement. Video inside.
Many times when reading reviews on cars, we get caught up with 0-60 times, handling, looks, the typical things that are REALLY important in any car. But its good to take pause, take stock of what any given car is intended to do, and judge the car by those factors. And this is exactly what the New York Times has done when reviewing the X3, there is no doubt this is a family vehicle, and they go into their review with that mentality. And so I … CONTINUED
Automobile Magazine’s Georg Kacher chimes in with his first drive review of a 1M coupe test prototype. The first press drives of the production 1M is set to begin soon, so stay tuned for those reviews.
Autocar.co.uk got a chance to sit down with the new 650i and got to do a full road test/review of the car.
First, they found the 650i to be a ‘seriously rapid car’, only half a second slower then the Bentley Continental GTC getting to 100mph. They go on to comment on the highly responsive turbos and transmission. The overall impression they give is that the engine/drivetrain on this car is perfect.
What they didn’t particularly like was the steering, handling and general responsiveness of the car to … CONTINUED
On the heels of the ‘official’ release of the new 6 series Coupe, the press are now releasing their 6 series cabriolet reviews. Author Dave Moore writes an interesting review of the new 6 titled, “BMW’s six pistol pleasure returns”, citing the car’s high points as: Simpler styling; technology laden; thunderous performance; useful passenger and load areas; nimble for one so big.
Low points: A bit heavy; absence of smaller engine choice; dominant iDrive screen, and overall verdict: Impressive convertible is a cinch to drive and … CONTINUED