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Road Test: 2012 BMW M5
By August 13, 2012 Read More →

Road Test: 2012 BMW M5

It looks much like a BMW 5 Series Sedan, but the new BMW M5 is actually a very different kind of a car. It is a sports car disguised as a friendly looking sedan. For the first time, the BMW M5 is now powered by a turbocharged engine. While the preciding M5 had a 5.0-litre V10, there is now a 4.4-litre V8 under the bonnet. The turbocharging not only improves performance, but also the efficiency of the car.

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Road Test: 2011 BMW X1 xDrive28i
By October 10, 2011 Read More →

Road Test: 2011 BMW X1 xDrive28i

X1 xDrive28i is the first BMW with the new four-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine. The new engine has a displacement of 1997cc and with the help of BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, high precision injection, double-Vanos and Valvetronic, it delivers 245 horsepower. This kind of power is usually found from the BMW’s engines that have two more cylinders and a much larger displacement. In addition to the horsepower, turbocharging the petrol engine creates a nice mount of torque as well. Hefty 350 Newton metres of torque is available at very low revs at just 1250rpm. This torque at low revs makes the engine very enjoyable to drive, but bringing up the real performance of this engine, it needs more revs. All the 245 horsepower wakes up at 5000rpm and then this engine shows its other side. The new X1 xDrive28i can sprint from zero to hundred kilometres per hour in 6.5 seconds with this automatic transmission. With the six-speed manual gearbox the sprint time is even 0,4 seconds faster.

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Road Test: 2011 BMW 650i Convertible
By September 19, 2011 Read More →

Road Test: 2011 BMW 650i Convertible

It’s hard to be unnoticed when driving with the BMW’s new 6 Series Convertible. If the previous 6 Series looked good, this new one is astonishing. With the total length of 4894 millimetres, the new Convertible is 74 millimetres longer than its predecessor. The car is also 39 millimetres wider and now measures 1894 millimetres across. At the same time 9 millimetres have been shaved off its height. As the car’s height is only 1365 millimetres, it looks even longer and wider than it actually is. As the car has grown in width and length, the interior is quite spacious, especially in the front. The 6 Series is designed to be a 2+2 seater, so the legroom is surprisingly small in the rear seat considering the car’s wheelbase of 2855 millimetres. Eventhough the car has lost some height, it still provides quite nicely headroom in both front and rear seats, also with the roof on top. The Dakota leather trim is standard, but Nappa leather is available as an option in four colour options. In addition to the seats, the instrument panel, the centre console and the upper sections of the rear door panel and side trim can also be lined with Nappa leather as an option and if you want the interior to look even more special, these interior elements can also be ordered with the stitching in a contrasting colour.

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Road Test: 2011 BMW 125i Convertible
By August 15, 2011 Read More →

Road Test: 2011 BMW 125i Convertible

For the model year 2011, the two-door models of the BMW 1 Series got some design modifications and optimised aerodynamics. At the front, there is a restyled front apron with one large central air intake and two vertical side intakes. The central air intake is enhanced by a black trim strip and the foglamps are intagrated in the apron. Functionally the biggest innovation in the front apron is the integration of air curtains into the outer air intakes. They have the effect of considerably reducing turbulence in the area of the wheel arches by optimising airflow. At the outside edge of the side air intakes, the inflowing air is guided through closed ducts, which lead along the inside of the front apron to the two wheel arches. In each wheel arch, the air emerges from a narrow, vertically-orientated slot so that it is directed just along the sidewalls of the tyre at high speed. This optimisation of the aerodynamic results in a further reduction in emissions for the new BMW 1 Series Coupe and Convertible. For even sportier look, the M Sports Package is available for all models as an option. The BMW 135i has a modified M Aerodynamics Package as standard.

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Road Test: 2011 BMW X3 xDrive35i
By March 14, 2011 Read More →

Road Test: 2011 BMW X3 xDrive35i

The 3-litre straight six-cylinder twinturbo petrol engine is one of my favorites in the current BMW engine range. Luckily it is now available for the new X3 also. With BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, direct petrol injection and variable valve control it provides not just a a lot of power but is surprisingly fuel efficient also. The engine generates 306 hp which is available at 5800 rpm. With the help of the turbocharging, the engine provides a lot more torque than what we would get from a naturally aspirated engine. 400 Newton metre of torque is available on a wide engine range between 1200 and 5000 rpm. When you have a lot of torque available, it is possible to drive with surprisingly low revs. The average fuel consumption for xDrive35i in the EU test cycle is 8.8 litres/100 km and CO2 emission level is 204 grams per kilometre. On our test drive this also seemed quite realistic number, although low fuel consumption is probably not the main reason why you choose the xDrive35i. When giving it a bit more throttle, xDrive35i can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.7 seconds, while the top speed is 245 km/h.

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Road Test: 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid X6
By November 30, 2010 Read More →

Road Test: 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid X6

There are few exterior details, where BMW ActiveHybrid X6 differs from the standard X6. One and probably most noticeable is the Powerdome on the engine lid, which is required to make room for the hybrid technology in the engine bay. Of course there are also “ActiveHybrid” model designations on the tailgate and on the front doors. ActiveHybrid has 19-inch light-alloy wheels or, as an option, 20-inch light-alloy wheels in aerodynamically optimised Streamline design.

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