2022 BMW 430i GRAN COUPE

The BMW 430i Gran Coupe is a fascinating mix of pure-bred sports car and family hatchback. It’s capable of carrying five people, though see the Driving section of this review for comments on that, and is low enough to look sleek. It certainly grabbed the attention of people who saw it on the road during our test period. Either when we were on the road or in carparks. STYLING Gran Coupe has the sometimes-criticised very-large front grille, but in the 4 Series the sheer size of the car means the… Read more

BMW 3 SERIES 2012 – 2021

The BMW 3 Series is an upmarket small-medium German car. The sixth generation, launched in Australia in February 2012, is noticeably larger than the models it superseded and we start with it in this Checkout. This is very much a driver’s car as rear-wheel drive gives you throttle control that’s lovely to play with. The neutral feel through the steering is arguably the best feature of all BMWs. BMW 3 Series sold as a four-door sedan, five-door hatch and five-door wagon. The latter is named the Gran Tourismo or GT…. Read more

BMW X1 COMING TO AUSTRALIA IN Q4 THIS YEAR

BMW Australia will introduce the third generation X1 to the local market in the final quarter of 2022. At launch in Q4 this year, BMW will offer the X1 sDrive18i and xDrive20i, both of which are powered by TwinPower Turbo engines with a seven-speed Steptronic transmission. Sustainability measures have been implemented in the development of the new X1, with extensive use of green energy both in production and across the supply chain, as well as use of greater quantities of secondary raw and natural materials. The surface treatment, lines and… Read more

LIGHT WEIGHT BMW M4 CSL IS COMING TO AUSTRALIA

Light weight BMW M4 CSL is coming to Australia later this year. It has a kerb weight to 1,625 kilograms, giving it a power-to-weight ratio of just 2.95 kilograms per hp (4.01 kg/kW). Interestingly it will only be a two-seater as 21 kilograms were saved by removing the rear seats and seat belts, integrating a partition and making the associated modifications to the luggage compartment. Using M Carbon full bucket seats reduced weight by around 24 kilograms compared with the standard seats fitted in the BMW M4 Competition CoupĂ©. Chassis… Read more

BMW iX M60 WILL LAUNCH IN AUSTRALIA MID 2022

The all-new BMW iX M60 will launch in Australia in the middle of 2022. It is the third variant in the BMW iX line-up and represents the latest fully electric offering from the BMW M high performance brand following the BMW i4 M50, which launched in Australia in March. Launches of the iX M60 and i4 M50 models are significant developments in a year when BMW M celebrates its 50th anniversary. The iX M60 produces up to 455kW and 1100Nm of torque and accelerates from zero to 100km/h in just… Read more

BMW 3 SERIES UPDATED

The BMW 3 Series with revised styling and enhanced levels of equipment is coming to Australia later this year. It will have a redesigned kidney grille and the LED headlights are slimmer, the daytime driving lights are arranged in an inverted L shape. Adaptive LED Headlights, fitted as standard on the BMW M340i xDrive Sedan, are identifiable by the blue accents inside their covers. The adaptive LED headlights have cornering lighting and non-dazzling matrix high beam as well as variable light distribution. The rest of the BMW 3 Series range… Read more

BMW 2002

In March 1966 BMW introduced a new, smaller two-door body with similar engineering specifications to the previously introduced larger four-door sedans, but these cars only had 1.6 litre engines. In September 1967 a twin-carburettor, high compression model, the 1600TI was added to the range. With the arrival of new US emission regulations, it was found too difficult to bring the 1600TI into conformity with these regulations by simply adding twin carburettors so an alternative solution, adding more engine displacement, was adopted. The result was the 2002, with a single-carburettor two-litre… Read more

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