This week’s standout car comes in the form of the track-focused BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition, to celebrate Marco Wittmann winning the DTM driver’s title.
The M4 DTM CE comes with a water-injected, turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six engine that produces 500hp and a torque output of 600Nm. The engine sends its power exclusively through a seven-speed double-clutch transmission, allowing it to get from 0-100km/h in 3.8 seconds and maxing out at 305km/h.
What do you buy when you just want a cheap run-around, that you don’t mind bearing a few small scratches from other careless drivers coming out of parking spots? Most people would go for a small hatchback and then call it a day. Me? I’ve bought an 18-year-old E36 BMW 320i, and considering that it was just a regular run-of-the-mill 3-Series in the ‘90s, convincing you that it’s a standout car might be a bit difficult.
To celebrate 30 years of the M5, BMW have unveiled the most powerful M5 yet, the special edition “30 Jahre M5”.
The 30 Jahre M5 is limited to only 300 examples, and will come equipped with the same twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 as the standard M5, but with power rated at 600hp – making it 40hp more powerful, and with torque rated at 700Nm (516 lb-ft). Acceleration from 0-100km/h takes 3.9 seconds, while top speed is limited to 250km/h (305km/h with optional M Driver’s Package). The claimed combined fuel economy and CO2 figures are 9.9l/100km and 231g/km.
You might have already seen online photo leaks of them, but what are possibly one of the most anticipated cars of the decade have been officially uncovered – the BMW M3 Saloon and M4 Coupe.
What used to be the M3 coupe is now the M4 Coupe, carrying on BMW’s new agenda of naming their coupes after even numbers. Apart from the new model designation for the coupe, the new M3 and M4 now use a turbocharged inline-six engine rather than the high-revving naturally-aspirated V8 engine from the previous M3.
The new BMW 2-Series coupe has been gathering a lot of attention this week thanks to leaked photos and speculation, but as of now it has officially been revealed.
The 2-Series coupe is essentially the successor to the 1-Series coupe, and like that car there’s no shortage of engine options. The 2-Series will include six models (model availability depending on market): the 218d, 220d, 220i, 228i, 225d, and 235i. Transmission choices are either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic.
So, pictures of the 3-Series coupe's replacement, the 4-Series, have found their way out of BMW's hands thanks to Mr. Internet. We should get official specs and photos within the next few days/weeks, but for now these pics - which look authentic - are the only clues to what the 4-Series will look like.
The Geneva Motor Show closed its doors yesterday, and like many who end up going to car shows, SOC has prepared a wish list if ever one was to win the lottery. Do you have a wish list of your own? Go ahead and share it in the comments section.
Written by Alex Kisiri
With 2012 just days away from ending, we can only hope that 2013 will have as many exciting new cars as this year did. Here is a gallery of 22 cars that made a good first impression. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Say goodbye to the 3-Series coupe and hello to the 4-Series. There is no information on engine choices, but it will most likely use engines from the 3-Series sedan. With a nice, sleek design, the 4-Series looks set to be a big seller, and this week's standout car.
Like most car enthusiasts, when I see a car on the street that catches my attention, chances are I will end up going online to look at how much a second-hand one costs. So having recently seen a 'black-on-black' BMW 645ci (E63) with a rather nice-sounding aftermarket exhaust, I spent a good bit of time on used car websites trying to find out how much little money can get you one, and on YouTube to see which aftermarket exhaust makes it sound best.
The 2003-2010 6-Series was introduced when BMW’s design department was under Chris Bangle. It made use of a reincarnated version of BMW’s distinct ‘shark nose’ for the front, a rather odd-looking rear end, and a few Bangle-style creases here and there – making today’s pretty-looking F10 6-Series look rather conservative in comparison. Although it didn’t have the sharp lines of some of Bangle’s other designs, the E63 definitely had some visual impact.