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BMW 4-series Gran Coupe: A beautiful niche

By Jens Meiners, BIMMERPOST Correspondent
May 22, 2014

BMW’s R&D board member Herbert Diess is ecstatic. “It is even more elegant than the coupe,” he says of the 4 Series Gran Coupe (Official Thread) on the roof terrace of the Grand Hotel Domine, just across from the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Exterior chief designer Karim Habib agrees. The latest addition to the F3x architecture was conceived before he returned to BMW after his relatively brief stint at Mercedes-Benz, but … CONTINUED

BMW X4 First Drive

05/22/2014 at 3:00 PM
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BMW X4: The baby X6

By Jens Meiners, BIMMERPOST Correspondent
May 22, 2014

While others, such as Audi and Mercedes-Benz, are busy bringing their first generation of SUV-based coupes to market, BMW is launching the second round. Just a few months before the next generation of the X6 will be unveiled, the BMW X4 comes to market – as a sporty derivative of the X3.

Ever since the X4 concept was launched at the Shanghai auto show last year, it was clear what the Bavarians were up … CONTINUED

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Here is a translated version of some of the highlights of Sport Auto review of the F80 M3 and F82 M4.

No rpm, no sound and irritating turbo lag? By corner 9 and 11 all the concerns of the traditionalist have disappeared. Lightfooted the M3 storms through the Samsung corner and up the hill.

5600, 6600, 7600rpm, the new engine doesn’t reach the high 8300rpm limit of the old V8. But for a turbo it revs astonishingly high. … CONTINUED

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Preview of the much anticipated F80 M3 / F82 M4 video review by Chris Harris.

Here are his testing notes:

Engine
Weird noise to begin with. No word of a lie, I laughed out loud when trying to define it – all I could think was ‘mapped 335d’. It’s less musical, lower frequency and less clearly straight-six than the M235i I’m currently driving. At first I didn’t like it much, then it became a non-issue and after thrashing around a circuit for a while I almost liked … CONTINUED

BMW M235i vs CLA45 AMG Video Review

05/15/2014 at 7:35 AM
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Video comparison review of the M235i Coupe versus the CLA45 AMG.

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It’s the battle of the performance coupes as BMW’s new M4 takes on the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. Can the M4′s turbocharged 425bhp six-cylinder petrol engine compare to the 6.2-litre V8 of the C63 AMG? Steve Sutcliffe has the keys to both, and he’s about to find out.

M4 Video Review by Ausfahrt.tv

05/14/2014 at 7:15 AM
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2015 BMW M4 Coupe (F82) – Test drive, review and hands-on test by Ausfahrt.tv.

Edmunds Tests the BMW 228i

05/13/2014 at 5:00 AM
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Edmunds has performanced tested the BMW 228i coupe and posted their impressions along with performance results data.

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Here are the first VBOX data recorder results from the first delivered 2014/2015 F80 M3 sedan.

It was able to cover 0-100kmh (62mph) in 4.2 seconds.

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Steve Sutcliffe from AutoCar UK reviews the new BMW M3.

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The historic Mid-Ohio Raceway roared to life this week with the sound of power, M Power. In an unprecedented show of force, the brand brought together every generation of M3 street and race cars and invited Justin along for the ride. Of course, he couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel of the all new 2015 BMW M3 to record some of the first driving impressions on the latest evolution of a legend.

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Watch the F80 M3 and F82 M4 being tested on the track, as well as launch control acceleration videos.