BMW is teasing the future of sports cars with a pewter and orange coupe with butterfly (aka billionaire) doors. The carbon fiber-bodied 2-seater packs a 600hp hybrid drivetrain and can hit 60 mph in less than 3.0s. Its minimal interior has a razor sharp focus on the driver designed to reduce distractions.
We’ve teamed up with the folks at Rides & Drives to bring car lovers a fresh new series. Each 3-Minute Test Drive packs in driving footage, feature highlights, and overall impressions, providing a quick overview of what each car has to offer. First up, the 617hp V8 monster BMW M5 Competition.
The most potent of BMW’s 8-series looks fantastic in either coupe or convertible form, and Competition models that rev higher and get M Sport exhaust. The M8 gets a 600 hp twin-turbo V8, while the M8 Competition bumps that to 617 hp for a 0-to-60 time of just 3.0 seconds, and a 189 mph top speed.
We recently joined our friends from MenWhoBlog at the BMW Performance Center at California’s The Thermal Club. We were treated to an amazing day of fun, learning, and hot laps on the track, along with an opportunity to enjoy the wonderful sights, accomodations, food, and libations of Greater Palm Springs.
BMW decided to make it a little easier to for us test its many vehicles by creating the BMW Test Fest, a day-long event at the BMW Performance Center in Thermal, California. With over 80 cars from BMW, Rolls-Royce, and MINI, here’s a taste of what we experienced.
Auto body mechanic Arthur Tussik shows how – with the proper skills, time, tools, and parts – a totaled car can be made to look just like new. Here, he takes a horribly smashed up BMW 7 series, and brings it back to life. We can’t speak to its structural integrity, but it looks good.
Sharing a platform with the upcoming Toyota Supra, BMW’s new roadster is a bit more subdued than the concept that inspired it, but it still looks great, with aggressive styling, perfect 50:50 weight balance, and a 3.0L inline-6 that launches it from 0-to-60 in 4.4 sec.
The most powerful M5 sedan BMW has ever made packs a 4.4-liter twin turbo V8 that makes 617 hp and 553 lb-ft. of torque. It does 0-to-60 in 3.1s and 0-to-124 in 10.8s. The car offers sport exhaust, custom engine mounts, specialized tuning, and lots of other enhancements.
BMW’s futuristic hybrid electric car drops its top for its new variant, with a folding roof that maximizes storage space and shows off its flying buttresses. It gets a total of 369 hp, zooms from 0-to-60 in 4.4 seconds, and can drive up to 18 miles (US) on pure electric power.
We’ve seen hot tub boats, but a hot tub car? Only Colin Furze would be brave enough to take this on. As if the plan wasn’t crazy enough, he chose to sacrifice a BMW E30 convertible. Watch him try his best to seal and reinforce the car for its new occupant – a ton of hot water.
BMW is gunning for the Mercedes-Benz GLS, Lexus LX and other road-hogging SUVs with the X7. It’s the most spacious BMW ever designed, and has a panoramic glass roof that stretches all the way to the back. It will be available as a hybrid with a turbocharged engine. That kidney grill tho.
BMW is set to bring back its 8 Series coupe in 2018, and is showing off a stunning, curvaceous concept which offers a glimpse at what to expect. While it nods to the classic 850CSi, it’s a 21st century Bimmer on every other level. We look forward to finding out its full specs.
Motor Trend’s Ignition takes the new BMW M2 Coupe out on the track and on the road to see if it can recreate the magic of the 1M. Despite gripes about the manual’s rev-matching feature, and a few cost-cutting measures, they find that it’s a fun car worthy of the M badge.