BMW is clearly on a rampage at the moment, as are a number of other manufacturers, to fill every possible niche market. And the BMW X4 is just the latest proof of their intent.
It’s smaller and cheaper than the similarly shaped X6, more expensive and less practical than the X3 on which it is based, and it doesn’t really have much in common with the X3′s larger clone, the X5. The X4 is aimed at buyers who… Oh forget it. Who knows anymore? Customers walking into the showroom will either like it or they won’t. BMW is just making sure they have every base covered.
In terms of size, the X4 is 0.6 inches (14 mm) longer than the X3, and 1.5 inches (37 mm) lower. The coupe-like roof line means it looks a little more sporty, but that comes at the expense of space and practicality. Rear seat passengers will notice the difference more than those in the front, and cargo space – with the rear seats upright – is reduced by about a third when compared to the X3.
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BMW likes to go around telling everyone that they that they produce the ultimate driving machines. Well in fairness that’s true about some of their models – there’s not much to complain about when it comes to the M cars, or even some of their more mundane models. But the all-new 2-Series Active Tourer, really is pretty boring for BMW. It’s the company’s first compact minivan, and also the first to use a front-wheel-drive platform.
The BMW 2-Series Active Tourer has been designed for practicality, versatility and economy, but not desirability. It features a newly developed chassis, a lightweight body and a range of small-displacement 3 and 4 cylinder gasoline and diesel engines.
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The GG Taurus is a BMW-powered reverse trike which is manufactured in Switzerland. The vehicle features a 1300 cc BMW inline 4-cylinder engine which produces 175 horsepower and 104 ft-lbs of torque. The transmission is a six-speed unit with a reverse gear. Top speed of the GG Taurus is 140 mph.
The GG Taurus will make its US debut in Miami on February 22. It will be sold as a limited edition, with a long list of options available, including different suspension setups, a digital dash, luggage boxes, lighting and custom paintwork.
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BMW’s all-new 4-Series Gran Coupe model throws up a few questions. Mainly how many more versions of the 3 Series and 4 Series will the company come up with? Two Photoshop gurus from opposite sides of the world clearly had the same thought, but arrived at different, yet equally logical, conclusions.
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The BMW 3 Series/4 Series range has just got a little bit more complicated. The full lineup of BMW models in the two overlapping ranges now includes the BMW 3 Series Sedan, the 3 Series Touring, the 3 Series Gran Turismo, the 4 Series Coupe, the 4 Series Convertible, and now the 4 Series Gran Coupe.
It’s more than a bit confusing that BMW has decided to name the 4 Series Gran Coupe as it has, because it was only recently that they explained to the world how their new naming format would use odd numbers for four-door vehicles, and even numbers to denote two-door vehicles – well at least that’s what I took from their new naming strategy outline. Also, seeing as how the 3 Series Gran Turismo and 4 Series Gran Coupe are more or less the same vehicle – except the 4 Series somehow manages to be supremely better looking and way more desirable – why didn’t they just replace the 3 Series Gran Turismo with the new model.
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Japan-based tuning company 3D Design, who specialize in performance products for late-model BMWs, have just announced a range of aerodynamic accessories for the all-new BMW 4-Series.
What’s on offer is primarily an exterior makeover, consisting of a front spoiler, lip spoiler, rear diffuser, roof spoiler and trunk-lip spoiler. Both the front lip spoiler and the rear diffuser are formed from carbon fiber, while the rest of the panels are urethane.
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If you’ve got a 1 Series M Coupe – one of the best modern drivers cars – but want to make it that little bit more special, then the folks over at Vorsteiner have some things you might be interested in.
The Vorsteiner upgrades for the 1M Coupe are collectively called the GTS-V package. It includes a new front spoiler, a rear diffuser, a trunk lid spoiler and a sports exhaust.
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Today BMW have released all the details regarding the all-new 2014 BMW M3 and M4 models. More or less identical, except for the door count, the two cars are both powered by the same engine and drivetrain, and both feature a number of weight-saving measures designed to improve performance and agility – with the added benefit of better fuel economy.
The 2014 M3 and M4 are both powered by a turbocharged 3.0 litre inline 6 cylinder offering 431 horsepower. Compared to the previous car it might be down a litre on displacement, and short of two cylinders, but the power output is increased, as it torque. Preliminary performance figures for the cars are; 431 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm, 406 lb-ft of torque @ 1,850 rpm, 0-62 mph (100km/h) 4.1 seconds (M-DCT transmission), and an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
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If you happen to have a pre-facelift E63 BMW 6-Series (2003 – 2007) laying around, and you want to give it a completely new personality, then it might be worth giving the guys at Vilner a call. The Bulgarian tuning company have just published details regarding their 6-Series based Vilner Bullshark.
It’s a fairly comprehensive makeover, with only the doors and roof remaining the same. The front end is almost unrecognisable, yet it still manages to look BMW-ish. Those headlights by the way come from an Infiniti FX! At the rear of the car, Vilner have done their best to hide the controvertial Bangle-butt, primarily by hiding it under a large whale-tail spoiler. The taillights are from the post-2007 6-Series.
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With the introduction of the M235i Racing, BMW Motorsport is expanding its range of cars within the BMW Sports Trophy Customer Racing programme. From 2014, privateer BMW teams and drivers who cough up the asking price of 59,500 Euros will have the opportunity to line up on the grid with the brand-new BMW M235i Racing.
The plan is initially for the car to be used in series and events such as the VLN Endurance Championship and the Nürburgring 24 Hours on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (DE). However in the future, the BMW M235i Racing should also be a contender on international stages for BMW Sports Trophy drivers.
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