BMW’S 5 SERIES UPGRADED

An upgraded BMW 5 Series will arrive in Australia in October and sport a facelift, tail-tuck, revisions and to its interior and technology. The local line-up will start with the 520i, which now features the M Sport package, now fitted as standard on all 5 Series models. The package includes 19-inch light alloy wheels, M Sport suspension, BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line, Sport seats, BMW Individual roof-liner in Anthracite, M Aerodynamics Package, M leather steering wheel, M door sills, ‘M’ designation on the front side panels and tailpipe finishers… Read more

NEW BMW 220i GRAN COUPE LAUNCHED

BMW has added to its premium compact sedan segment with the introduction of a 220i Gran Coupé. It joins the 218i and M235i xDrive that arrived in Australia in February. It uses a 2.0-litre four-cylinder BMW TwinPower turbo-petrol engine with 141kW and 280Nm powering through a seven-speed double-clutch Steptronic Sport transmission. Further control is offered by way of steering wheel mounted shift paddles. BMW’s M Sport Package is standard. BMW Oz feels many buyers will opt for the added driving dynamics Adaptive Suspension system. The BMW 220i Gran Coupé will… Read more

BMW’s DIGITAL KEY

BMW will become the first carmaker to enable owners to use their Apple iPhone as a fully digital car key. It will let them tap to unlock and then place the iPhone in the smartphone tray and pushing the start button. Setup of the Digital Key can be done through the BMW Smartphone app. The car owner can share access with up to five friends including a configurable car access option for young drivers which restricts top speed, engine power, maximum radio volume and more. Management of access can be… Read more

BMW 4 SERIES COUPE

BMW Australia will introduce the all-new BMW 4 Series Coupé to our market in October. Style-wise it reprises a design feature from the company’s past with models such as the BMW 328 and BMW 3.0 CSi. A huge kidney grille angles forwards and extends down almost to the lower edge of the front apron. A horizontal mesh structure, similar to what has appeared on other recent BMW M series models, features within the kidney grille. It’s a large coupe; length has increased by 128 millimetres to 4768mm, width by 27mm… Read more

REVISED BMW 5 SERIES COMING

An updated BMW 5 Series will be here in October and feature enhanced powertrains and integrated technology elements including the BMW Operating System 7.0 and a high definition 12.3-inch centre control display. The BMW kidney grille adds extra width and height, drops down further into the front apron and is framed by a single-piece, octagonal surround. New full-LED headlights include adaptive cornering function, BMW Selective Beam non-dazzling high beam with matrix technology and the High-beam Assistant. The rear lights and brake lights are integrated into a shared light fixture that… Read more

BMW’S WORDS OF WISDOM

BMW Australia made use of the advanced technology embedded in its vehicles to send a message to more than 46,000 BMW and MINI customers prior to Easter encouraging them to follow government recommendations to enjoy the long weekend at home with family to help contain the spread of Covid-19. It adopted the BMW ConnectedDrive system, which combines numerous digital features that provide drivers access to a suite of constantly updated services and apps, as the platform to deliver the message via the vehicles’ centre-mounted display screens. The message read: “BMW… Read more

2020 BMW Z4 M40i REVIEW

BMW Z4 M40i Roadster is a genuine sports machine with superb styling, serious punch from a straight-six engine and – of course – it’s driven through the rear wheels. This can be a practical daily driver, even when the weather is threatening. The roof can be raised or lowered in just 10 seconds at speeds up to 50 km/h. It is stored above the boot without intruding into cargo space. At 281 litres, luggage capacity is half as much again as the previous Z4. Still not huge but it can… Read more

BMW HIGH-PERFORMANCE M MODELS ARRIVING SOON

BMW will launch the third generation of its X5 M and X6 M models Downunder in May 2020. Both models will be offered in Competition guise only. This means the most powerful BMW M TwinPower Turbo V8s engines in the segment. Producing a heady 460kW and 750Nm. Claimed zero to 100km/h passes are just 3.8 seconds. The new engine features twin-scroll turbochargers located in the V of the engine, a forged crankshaft and a motorsport oil supply system that integrates baffling and active suction in the sump to ensure lubrication… Read more

BMW 1 SERIES 2011 – 2018

2015 BMW 125i

The smallest vehicle in the BMW car range, the 1 Series is aimed at those who enjoy driving, rather than people who treat driving as a chore. It features excellent engines driving the rear wheels. A downside is that rear-drive steals cabin and boot space as its engine / transmission is mounted longitudinally rather than sideways, so it encroaches into the passenger area. There’s good legroom in the front seats, though foot-width is restricted by the gearbox housing. The back seats are fine for kids, but if you carry adults… Read more

BMW Z4 M40i GETS MORE POWER – NO PRICE INCREASE

BMW Australia has ramped up the performance of its Z4 M40i roadster by announcing a 35kW increase to the power output of its 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder petrol engine. The increase means the Z4 M40i can now accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 4.1 seconds, an improvement of four tenths of a second over the previous model. It also now aligns the Z4 M40i with fellow M Performance models M340i xDrive, X3 M40i and X4 M40i, which feature the 285kW version of the famed BMW TwinPower Turbo straight six powerplant. The powertrain… Read more