THE NEW BMW X1 AND X2 SPORT

BMW Australia has added to its Sport Collection with of the addition of X1 and X2 models. They will X1 Sport will begin to arrive in Australia in late May, while the X2 model will launch in the third quarter. BMW X1 sDrive18i Sport is limited to 100 units, priced at $55,900 driveaway. It has the following features: Metallic paint (Black Sapphire or Mineral White) 18-inch light alloy wheels Y-spoke 679, Bi-colour Orbit Grey Sensatec upholstery, black Interior trim black high gloss with highlight trim finisher Pearl Chrome BMW Head… Read more

BMW X3 AND X4 FROZEN EDITION

BMW Australia has introduced two new limited edition the X3 and X4 M40i Frozen Editions. They are painted in Frozen Deep Grey metallic paint finish. Only 37 are being imported; 17 of the X3 M40i Frozen Edition and 20 of the X4 M40i Frozen Edition They are finished exclusively in BMW Individual Frozen Deep Grey metallic and feature: M Shadow Line kidney grille in high-gloss black. Mirror caps in carbon fibre. Rear boot lid spoiler in carbon fibre (X4 M40i Frozen Edition only). M Sport brakes in high-gloss red. Sun… Read more

BMW 328

Bayerische Motoren-Werke (which translates to Bavarian Motor Works and which we know today as BMW) was founded in 1916 principally to build aircraft and aircraft engines. It branched into motorcycles in 1923, producing its first flat-twin motorcycle in Munich. Its first production of motor cars took place in 1923 when BMW acquired the Dixi company and their motor works at Eisenach. This car was called the BMW-Dixi and was based on the English Austin 7, being built under licence. It had a four-cylinder engine which BMW developed further into a… Read more

BMW 700

In 1957 BMW introduced the model 600 which was a four-seat alternative to the Isetta, a mini-car designed around a 247 cc BMW motorcycle engine. The 600 was a move in the direction of `real cars’ after Europe began to slowly return to normal following World War II when it became apparent that the market for semi-autos like the Isetta and Goggomobile was beginning to dry up. The 600 had a two-cylinder motorcycle engine and the first form of rear suspension with semi-trailing arms that became a normal engineering feature… Read more

DETAILS OF ENHANCED BMW M135i XDRIVE

BMW has provided us with details of the enhanced M135i xDrive which will arrive in Australia early in 2022. Modifications for the chassis result in precisely controllable driving characteristics even when pushing hard. The camber values for the front wheels have been increased to optimise absorption of lateral forces when cornering. A new “hydromount” has been attached the front suspension wishbones, while mounts for the trailing and control arms at the rear axle have been redesigned. Spring and damping systems have undergone recalibration, contributing to a significant improvement in roll… Read more

FULLY ELECTRIC BMW iX3

The just announced fully electric BMW iX3 will launch in Australia this November. Interestingly it will be fitted as standard with the M Sport package. Which makes sense as fully electric cars have instant response to the ‘throttle’ something that’s much loved by keen drivers. The amount of the raw material cobalt used in the high-voltage battery of the BMW iX3 has been reduced by around a third compared with the previous-generation battery in the 2019 BMW i3 model. The BMW iX3 is the first model to feature the fifth-generation… Read more

BMW 8 SERIES HERITAGE EDITION

Just nine BMW 8 Series Heritage Edition models are set to arrive in Australia for customer deliveries from October this year. It pays tribute to the 8 Series luxury sport grand tourer that was first launched in Australia 30 years ago. It will be sold with the 840i powertrain and in Coupé, Gran Coupé and Convertible bodies. They are powered by BMW’s TwinPower Turbo in-line six-cylinder engine with 250kW and 500Nm. It drives the rear wheels via an eight-speed Steptronic Sports transmission. Dynamic features are an M Sport differential, adaptive… Read more

BMW X3 GETS STYLING UPGRADES

For the 2022 season the BMW X3 sports activity vehicle has a facelift to give it a sportier look. The BMW kidney grille now has a single-piece frame. Below the headlights, vertical air intakes arranged in a triangular interpretation frame the front bumper. The BMW X3 xDrive30e also bears an “electrified by i” emblem on the front guards and blue ring sits around all the BMW logos, including those on the wheels. The rear, black borders give the lights a more precise appearance, while the narrower light graphic now includes… Read more

SECOND GENERATION BMW 4 SERIES GRAN COUPÉ

BMW Australia will introduce the second generation 4 Series Gran Coupé to the Australian market at a date yet to be announced, other than it’s towards the end of the year. Though it has four doors BMW tells us it can be classed as a coupé due to its sleek shape. This is quite a large vehicle with a length of 4,783 millimetres, 1,852mm in width and 1,442mm in height. It’s said it can carry five adults in comfort. We will have to verify, or otherwise, when we get to… Read more

DIESEL SEDATE? NOT THIS BMW EXECUTIVE SEDAN

Following the recent off-the-planet design detour by certain BMWs, the car maker is back to Earth with its 5 Series Life Cycle Impulse upgrade. Not that the facelifted seventh generation model is out of date or boring. It’s just that, well, it’s a BMW, swapping the out-there nose straight out of the Cyrano de Bergerac playbook, Proboscis: the long version, for return to the hallmark tucked-in twin kidney grille. And the car that pointed the way in my case was the 530d, the lone diesel among a range of powertrains… Read more