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New BMW X2 Arrives For Those Who Want A More Stylish X1

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This is the new BMW X2, essentially a sportier-looking BMW X1 and the latest addition to BMW’s Sports Activity Coupe lineup, one that includes the X4, and X6.

As a coup-style crossover, the X2 is to the X1 crossover what the X4 and X6 are to the X3 and X5, respectively. Despite sharing the same architecture, it is 3.2 inches shorter and sits 2.8 inches lower than the more practical X1, with its short overhangs, low roofline and slim windows giving it a more muscular and even sleeker look.

The M Sport X model is further distinguished by “Frozen Gray” body cladding that gives it a more rugged appearance.

Thomas Sycha, Head of Design BMW Compact Class, summed up the X2’s design as follows:

“The BMW X2 fuses the fast-moving forms of a coupe with the robust volumes of an X model. It was important to us to make these apparently conflicting aspects of the BMW X2 and the car’s individual character something you experience from every angle and at first glance.”

2018 BMW X2, blue gold

Inside, BMW’s new utility vehicle is standard fare and nearly identical to the X1’s, offering BMW’s latest infotainment systems with either a 6.5-inch or 8.8-inch Touch Control Display, as well as a full-color Head-Up Display, among other features.

Power is provided by a TwinPower four-cylinder producing 228 horsepower and 258lb-ft of torque, although a diesel engine is available some world markets. The engine is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the front wheels or, optionally, through BMW’s xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system.

Models equipped with XDrive can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 6.3-second or even quicker, seeing as BMW has a tendency of understating the output of its vehicles.

For those looking for the most performance out of the X2, the M Sport X package adds a sports-tuned transmission, a sportier suspension and unique 20-inch wheels.

North American sales of the new, 2018 BMW X2 begin by the end of 2017.

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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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