BMW 507 SPORTS

1955 BMW 507 V8 Touring Sport

Whilst BMW is today considered to be one of the finest marques, this was not always the case. In the 1920s BMW made aero engines and motorcycles before beginning licensed production of the Austin Seven in 1929. The company’s original design arrived in 1934 and two years later it established its credentials with the 328, which was probably the best all-round sports car of the day. After World War II the firm’s major plant in East Germany was nationalised and eventually made the unloved Wartburgs. The Munich factory in West… Read more

BMW I3S BATTERY BOOST SPARKS BRIGHTER FUTURE DOWN ROAD

BMW became an earl adopter of electric vehicles, launching the i3 in Australia in late 2014 with a 60 Ah (Amp-hour) battery capable of taking the car 140 kilometres on a single charge, depending on driving conditions. A year later, with a two-cylinder petrol engine range extender fitted to hold the battery – but not increase its range, the distance was increased to about 320 km. The downside of the petrol unit (borrowed from a BMW motorbike engine) was added weight, a higher price and the introduction of exhaust emissions…. Read more

BMW M8 COMPETITION COUPE

BMW Australia says it will debut of the BMW M8 Competition Coupé in the first quarter of 2020. It will be fitted with an updated version of the BMW M 4.4-litre V8 TwinPower turbo-petrol engine (460 kW / 750 Nm) and eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic. This will give it the ability to get from zero to 100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds – that’s motorbike territory. Technical highlights include two twin scroll turbochargers in the V between the cylinder banks, indirect charge air cooling, direct injection with a… Read more

BMW 2 SERIES GRAN COUPE

BMW Australia has just advised that its all-new BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé will be imported here by Q1, 2020. Styling sees a contoured kidney grille, new design of the rear lights and a high-gloss black band that accentuates the rear width of the car. BMW M235i xDrive sports exclusive highlights in Cerium Grey. The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé measures 4526 mm in length, 1800 mm in width and 1420mm in height. For rear passengers, the extra leg room provides seating comfort and makes for easier entry and exit…. Read more

MORE HIGH-PERFORMANCE BMWs COMING

BMW X5M & BMW X6M

BMW Australia will bring in the all-new BMW X5 M Competition and BMW X6 M Competition models in the second quarter of 2020. Both models will feature the signature BMW M kidney grille, with black double bars adorning the front design along with matching M gills, exterior mirror caps, diffuser trim in the rear apron and exhaust pipes in black. They are powered by a 4.4-litre M TwinPower turbocharged V8 petrol engine with 460kW of power and 750Nm of torque. They can get from a standstill to 100km/h in just… Read more

NEW BMW 1 SERIES: FIRST DETAILS

BMW Australia advises that the all-new BMW 1 Series will be in Australia later this year at a date to yet to be revealed. The third generation 1 Series will initially be sold with two models, the 118i priced at $42,990 and $63,990 for M135i xDrive. On-road costs have to be added to these figures. Powered will be provided by BMW TwinPower Turbo engines, including the most powerful four-cylinder engine ever in a road car from BMW, the M135i xDrive. As previously used only on the BMW i3 pure-electric car,… Read more

BMW PALS UP FOR PREMIUM PERFORMANCE

Had BMW and Toyota not buddied up for the latest version of the latter’s Supra sports car, it is unlikely, we are told, the new Z4 M40i Roadster would have made it to market, falling sales of convertibles being the culprit. While M Series engineers had input to the car with an adaptive M suspension, M Aero package, M Sport brakes, M Sport limited-slip diff and M Sport seats, like a mid-strength beer, the Z4 M40i, falls short of the full ‘flavour’ in raw performance. However, there’s still a lot… Read more

THIRD-GENERATION BMW X6

The third-generation BMW X6 will arrive in Australia in the fourth quarter of 2019 with sleek proportions, new infotainment systems, as well as the interesting option of BMW’s new high-capacity towing system across all models. The new BMW X6 has grown in length, width and wheelbase but a reduction in overall height to suit its sporting exterior. Both parts of the frontal design are framed by a common surround. An oft-ticked option is likely to be the “Iconic Glow” illuminated grille. The new interior is designed to create what BMW… Read more

BMW GROUP AUSTRALIA EXPANDS ‘X’ MODEL RANGE

BMW X5

BMW Australia has significantly expanded its range of topline X5 and X7 SAV (Sports Activity Vehicles). The new xDrive25d uses a four-cylinder TwinPower turbo-diesel that develops 170kW of power and 450Nm of torque. This is driven through an eight-speed Sport Steptronic transmission. The xDrive45e is the first hybrid variant available for the new generation BMW X5. It has a six-cylinder petrol engine, which replaces the four-cylinder power unit of the previous generation X5 xDrive40e. It combines this with a powerful electric motor for an impressive combined total output of 290kW…. Read more

UPMARKET TOW CARS FROM BMW

BMW X7

Who says you need to own a pickup truck or a mundane SUV to tow heavy vans or traliers, when you can use a prestige car instead? Because BMW has just introduced a factory-designed and installed towing system that’s available for nine models across the BMW X5 and X7 lines. BMW Australia dealers can supply and fit an approved Tongue Kit that includes a tongue, ball, appropriate bracket and ‘D’ shackles, stickers and a specific BMW bag. The Wiring Harness includes a 12 pin ‘flat’ plug and a wiring loom… Read more