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New BMW M5 Boasts AWD, Hits 60 MPH In Just 3.2 Seconds

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The sixth-generation BMW M5 has sped into action, officially becoming the first M car to be equipped with all-wheel drive. It’s quite impressive.

Powered by BMW’s latest generation TwinPower Turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine, the new M5 has 600 horsepower above 5,700 rpm and 553 pound-feet of torque from 1,800 rpm through 5,700 rpm to work with, delivered via a new eight-speed M Steptronic transmission.

Working with the M-specific xDrive all-wheel drive system, which maximizes driving dynamics by only engaging the front wheels when the rear wheels are unable to put all commanded torque to the ground, the powertrain allows the performance-tuned sports sedan to launch to 60 mph from a standstill in a supercar-like 3.2 seconds, reach 124 mph in just 11.1 seconds, and hit a top speed of up to189 mph. It’s the fastest M5 to date!

When the DSC is activated, the M xDrive system allows a certain amount of wheel slip when accelerating out of corners, while an Active M Differential helps avoid the need for engaging the front wheels or activating the DSC system by locking the rear differential in some situations to help maximize power delivery across the rear wheels.

Purists need not worry — the AWD and DSC systems can be completely disabled if proper rear-wheel-drive mode is what you want.

Despite the extra mass brought on by the xDrive system, BMW claims to have reduced the M5’s overall weight by employing a carbon fiber roof, a lightweight exhaust system, and other weight-saving measures.

Stopping power is provided by M compound brakes or optional M carbon ceramic brakes that provide 50-lbs of unsprung weight reduction.

On the styling front, the 2018 BMW M5 sets itself apart from the more pedestrian 5 Series models with a more aggressive front bumper with large air intakes, an aluminum hood, more aerodynamic mirrors, the aforementioned carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof, and a four-tailpipe exhaust system. 19-inch wheels are standard, while 20-inch wheels are optional.

North American sales of the 2018 BMW M5 begin in spring 2018. Are you impressed with what BMW has created?

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BMW M8 Gran Coupe Is A Super Sedan With 617 HP

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2020 BMW M8 Gran Coupe Competition, front side

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.

2020 BMW M8 Gran Coupe Competition, interior

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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BMW X7 pickup truck

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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