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All-New, 2018 BMW 5 Series Looks to Conquer Sports Sedan Segment

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The all-new, 2018 BMW 5 Series has been revealed, and it isn’t the dramatic restyle many expected. It nevertheless represents the 7th generation of BMW’s popular mid-size sports sedan.

Like the similarly new 7-Series, the new 5 Series is far more evolutionary than it is revolutionary, looking more like a smaller 7 Series than ever before. It sports LED Adaptive headlights, as well as BMW’s trademark kidney grille and twin circular headlights. Shorter front and rear overhangs lend it a sportier appearance.

The interior looks even more evolutionary than the exterior and boasts the German automaker’s new gesture control system that premiered in the aforementioned 7 Series, a 10.25-inch high-resolution infotainment screen with an iDrive 6.0 touchpad controller, and a massage function for rear passengers.

Two models will be available at launch, but more will be added to the lineup later on. The entry-level 530i is powered by a four-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, enough power to accelerate it from 0 to 60 mph in 5.8 second. Buyers looking for power and equipment can opt for the 540i, which makes use of a turbocharged six-cylinder engine that’s good for 335 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque and can sprint to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds.

Both the 530i and 540i can be had with BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system and an M Sport Package that adds an M Aerodynamic kit, Shadowline exterior trim, a lowered M suspension, and distinct 19-inch wheels.

Despite its familiar appearance, the 2018 5 Series is said to be a sharper handler than its predecessor, thanks in large part to an upgraded suspension system and the use of lightweight materials to reduce overall weight by 137 pounds (62 km). An available rear steering system can also be equipped on both rear- and all-wheel drive models.

With regards to safety, the 7th generation 5 Series offer a comprehensive suite of safety features, including active cruise control with stop and go, active lane departure warning and, semi-automated steering.

The 2018 BMW 5 Series goes on sale in the first half of 2017. Do you like how it turned out? Should the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class be worried?

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BMW M8 Gran Coupe Is A Super Sedan With 617 HP

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It can hit 60 mph in a supercar-like three seconds flat.

The BMW 8 Series family has welcomed its final two members, the M8 Gran Coupe and M8 Gran Coupe Competition.

What you are essentially getting with both models is a merger of the existing M8 and the 8 Series Gran Coupe — a super sedan that can go toe-to-toe with many supercars.

Despite offering nearly eight inches of additional rear shoulder room and more than seven inches of rear legroom, the two extra doors and stretched body make the M8 Gran Coupe just 185 pounds heavier than its two-door counterpart.

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Premium leather interior of the 2020 BMW M8 Gran Coupe Competition.

Power comes from the lineup’s familiar 4.4-liter twin-turbo S63 V8, tuned to produce 600 horsepower for the standard edition and 617 ponies for the Competition trim. Torque is rated at 553 pound-feet regardless of variant.

The V8 is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, allowing the BMW M8 Gran Coupe to reach 60 mph (96 km/h) from a standstill in 3.1 seconds, while the M8 Gran Coupe Competition matches the M8 coupe’s 3.0 seconds.

Top speed is electronically-limited at 155 mph (249 km/h) but can be increased to 190 mph (306 km/h) with the M Driver’s Package.

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BMW M8 Gran Coupe First Edition in Individual Green Metallic.

BMW has also announced the M8 Gran Coupe First Edition, a special build based on the Competition variant that pairs Individual Green Metallic paint and Goldbronze wheels and accents inspired by the M8 Gran Coupe concept vehicle.

It also gets unique 20-inch Forged M Star-Spoke wheels, while the interior features Ivory White/Tartufo Full Merino leather and a “First Edition 1/400” on the center console door.

Only 50 examples of the M8 Gran Coupe First Edition will be shipped to the U.S.

U.S. pricing for the 2020 BMW M8 Gran Coupe starts at $130,995 and at $143,995 for the M8 Gran Coupe Competition, both including destination fees.

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BMW Concept 4 Previews A Massive-Grille 4 Series

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Its huge grille supposedly “embodies the aesthetic essence” of the BMW brand.

BMW used the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show to debut the BMW Concept 4, previewing the “new face” of the 4 Series.

The first thing that will catch your eye is its massive twin-kidney grille, which the German automaker describes as a “confident and classy” new take on the brand’s iconic grille. Look closer and you’ll notice that it is made of several small “number 4s” joined together.

“The kidney grille has always been a signature feature of BMW cars,” BMW design head Domagoj Dukec stated. “The BMW Concept 4 presents a confident and classy take on this iconic feature. At the same time, the BMW Concept 4 offers a look ahead to the expressive face of the 4 Series range.”

The design is said to be inspired by the 3.0 CSi, though the 1970s car had a much smaller grille than any modern BMW. Do you like it?

Massive grille aside, the BMW Concept 4 borrows many styling cues from the 3 Series and 8 Series and features classic sports car proportions. We’ll have to wait and see how all of this translates to the production 4 series.

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Here’s A BMW X7 Pickup Truck You Can’t Have

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It’s not April 1, so no jokes here. This car is very real, but you can’t buy one.

BMW has transformed its biggest SUV into a pickup truck, and it’s pretty cool.

Developed by BMW Group vocational trainees in cooperation with the Concept Vehicle Construction and Model Technology divisions at BMW’s Munich plant, the BMW X7 Pickup is a one-off concept that can carry five passengers and an F 850 GS motorcycle. The roof panel, rear door skins, and tailgate are made from carbon fiber to minimize weight, trimming 440 pounds off the X7 SUV’s weight despite being a four inches longer.

The truck bed is finished in fine-polished wood finish, while a height-adjustable two-level air suspension makes it easier to get things into it.

There are no mechanical changes. Power is provided by a 3.0-liter straight-six engine that has been turbocharged to produce 340 horsepower, with an eight-speed automatic transmission driving the four wheels. BMW didn’t publish towing capacity, or revealed the effect the pickup conversion has on performance.

The BMW X7 truck concept looks production-ready and could be an interesting addition to the BMW lineup, but the German automaker stresses it has no plans to build it. What a shame.

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