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

BMW 3.0 CSL

The CSL was a lightweight version of BMW’s flagship six-cylinder 2800/3.0 CS coupes, although the shape harks back to the 1965 2000 CS. It was built especially to allow the car to meet the requirements needed for European Touring Car Group 2 racing. The first CSLs, announced in May 1971, were specially modified so as to become 217km/h road racers with thinner body panels, no front bumper, fibreglass rear bumper, racing latches on the bonnet, manual winding side windows made from plexiglas, and of course the alloy-skinned opening panels, all… Read more

BMW 7 SERIES 2009 – 2020

BMW 7 Series are large saloons aimed at comfortable cruising in all conditions and are particularly impressive covering huge distances on unrestricted sections of autobahn in Germany. Sadly, the laws of physics seem to be different in Australia and the authorities here tell us that if we drive at more than 110 km/h the big Bimmer will probably crash. Sad, isn’t it? In this Used Car Checkout we are looking at models than e the F01 and F02 series sold here from March 2009. The F01 has a rather conservative… Read more

BMW SENDS IN THE ‘CLOWN’ WITH ITS TOP-BILLING COUPE

In the circus that is modern car design, the BMW 4 Series Coupe could well be cast as the clown, complete with a ‘red nose’ and big boots. The maker says it has conceived the new Coupe to stand on its own two feet away from its 4 Series cousins. And to say the BMW M440i xDrive does is an understatement, with a flashy front end that refuses to be ignored. And this is not only reflected in its controversial appearance. In dimensions, too, the new model shifts further away… Read more