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BMW was recently named the world’s best luxury car brand, and we can hardly say we were surprised. Is there any brand that rivals the style, power or finesse of a BMW? Well actually, although BMW made 1.8 billion in sales last year both Mercedes and Audi were not far beyond. So, while BMW is still the most popular choice, the competition is closing the gap. But why is BMW still so popular?

The Cars

According, to the company’s marketing chief, the success is solely due to the cars that sold like hotcakes last year. These included the X4 and the electric series I3.

There is no doubt that the X4 is a fantastic SUV with some added power from its sports car engine. It handles well on the corners and you are certainly in for treat if you dare to rough it up a little off road. But, it could be argued that some were expecting more from the upgrade and were disappointed by the sound of the engine when travelling at high speeds. That said, while it still looks like a sports car the SUV still had enough room to fit four people in comfortable luxury, making it one of the top cars on the market last year. If you want to pick up one of these brilliant, fast paced, muscular machines we suggest having a look at some new car sites online. It came out last year so we suspect the price might have dropped to match your budget.

On the other side, is the I3, with BMW proving once again that it leads the world in electric cars. The I3 is still available in a model that runs on pure electricity, making it one of the greenest cars on the market. It looks modern, futuristic, and we can certainly see why fans were clambering over one another to buy them. But, there were a few disadvantages. For a hatchback it is rather expensive and similar to the X4 has limited space for carrying anything in the boot. So, although we agree the cars are incredibly this can not be the only reason why BMWs are popular.

The Fashion

bmw e36 m3 convertible What Makes BMW The Worlds Best Luxury Car Brand?

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We think this has got a big part to play in those sales. Say what you like about BMWs but they are definitely one of the most stylish brands, no matter what type you buy. As we have already seen, even the SUV models look like they could take on some of the world’s top supercars. But that’s not all, because when you buy a car you are also buying the symbol on the front and back. While other cars have appealing logos, there is something rather unique and marketable about having BMWs classic blue, white and black symbol on your bonnet.

The History

Finally, BMW is known for its durability which means if you buy one, you will probably not be visiting your local mechanic that often. A BMW will keep you off the sides of the roads and driving along that white line, for years after you make your first investment.

We hope you agree that there is nothing quite like driving a new BMW.

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Filed under: Motorsports, Coupe, Performance, Videos, BMW, Racing, BMW Top News Black

e88bm3 air Watch this BMW take flight at Viru Rally

An E36 BMW 3 Series might be a good choice for a lot of purposes – a long road trip, a track day, rallycross, impressing your friends… but a full-on rally? It’s rear-drive when the best rally machines are front- or all-wheel drive. But that didn’t stop Pritt Koik and Alari-Uku Heldna from entering their stripped-out E36 in the Viru Rally in Estonia… or from getting some big air time when they did.

Fortunately the jump was not just caught on video… it was caught on video from three angles: two from the side of the rally stage and one from inside the cockpit. Check out all three below to see how this particular BMW got back into the aircraft business.

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Filed under: Spy Photos, Coupe, Performance, BMW

a7e8BMW M4 GTS Spy Shots 001 Are you a BMW M4 GTS track car in disguise?

BMW is always happy to extract a little bit more gumption out of its M cars, just look at the latest 30th anniversary M5 or even the earlier CSL variants of the M3 for proof. Now, It looks like we might be getting the first glimpse of an even hotter M4, and it’s wearing very interesting livery.

Our spies recently shot this M4 that could preview a future GTS version. It’s all done up in MotoGP decals, but that might just be a ruse. This car sports a camouflaged lower air dam and rear wing, but those parts don’t appear to be from an actual series safety car. The chin spoiler seems larger, and the rear wing is completely different. You can also spot an obvious Recaro logo on the driver’s seat in one of the photos. Plus, the BMW emblem is removed at the back.

The disguised changes and odd choice of decals make this prototype incredibly weird. A BMW exec said at the beginning of the year that there were “no plans whatsoever to make a lighter, harder version just yet,” of the M3 or M4, despite earlier rumors to the contrary. Check out the gallery to see what you think this is.

Are you a BMW M4 GTS track car in disguise? originally appeared on BMW Top News on Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Filed under: Etc., Videos, BMW

0dfebmw welt proposal M thusiast pops the question at BMW Welt

We’ve seen all manner of marriage proposals over the years, but our favorites, of course, revolve around cars. One guy proposed to his girlfriend at a traffic stop, another during an autocross event, while yet another got dozens of Mazda MX-5 owners together to spell “Marry Me?” in Miatas. This latest proposal, however, put the M in Marriage as only a BMW enthusiast could.

While visiting BMW Welt in Munich, Bachir from Lebanon rolled out in a new blue M3 and got down on one knee in front of the gathered crowds to pop the question to Layal, his girlfriend of one year.

We’ll let you watch the clip for yourself to see how it went, but suffice it to say that she was delighted. The couple plan to drive to the church in a procession of M cars for what promises to be a high-octane ceremony in their home country.

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Filed under: Detroit Auto Show, Coupe, Performance, BMW

de84bmw20m420concept20monterey20628 BMW M4 to debut in Detroit, lose manual transmission

BMW took the wraps off its M4 Concept at Pebble Beach last weekend, and many speculated that the highly anticipated production version of the sleek new two-door sports coupe would debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this year. But a well-placed source tells BMW Top News that the E92 M3’s successor won’t arrive in Southern California this November. Instead, the German automaker will wait until the Detroit Auto Show in January for its first official reveal.

An all-new 3.0-liter inline-six with twin turbochargers is expected under the hood, and it should provide about the same horsepower as the current 4.0-liter V8 (rated at 414 horsepower), but with much more torque that arrives lower on the tachometer. The lightweight engine is said to have an impressively high redline, which is unusual for a turbocharged engine.

Unfortunately, Save the Manuals members aren’t going to like this next bit of news. After four generations of three-pedal M3 models, our source says the upcoming F82 M4 will arrive with a dual-clutch transmission (DCT) as standard equipment – with no manual option – just like the latest iteration of the track-ready Porsche GT3 (few have complained about the automaker’s PDK after driving the latest sports car from Stuttgart). In exchange for some moans, groans and gripes from enthusiasts, BMW’s DCT mounted aft of the M4’s inline-six will provide quicker acceleration and improved fuel economy.

BMW M4 to debut in Detroit, lose manual transmission originally appeared on BMW Top News on Wed, 21 Aug 2013 13:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Filed under: Concept Cars, Coupe, Performance, BMW, Misc. Auto Shows, Design/Style

2c98l BMW M4 Concept beckons the new golden child of M cars

Ushering in the next-generation of two-door M performance cars for BMW, the new M4 Concept was officially unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance last night after an unceremonious embargo leak yesterday afternoon. The reality of the fact that we will never again have a new M3 Coupe is a little easier to deal with after browsing the M4 Concept’s sleek and sporty lines.

As was the case with the Concept 4 Series Coupe, we expect the this M4 to transition from concept car to production coupe with very few changes. Among the features we’s bet against making it into production include the front splitter and the exhaust tips – both made from carbon fiber. Other notable details are the aero-shaped mirrors, the subtle M stripes on the carbon fiber roof and the 20-inch wheels exposing big six-piston from brakes. If it were up to us, we’d say bring this car to production as is – except for the paint color.

There is still no word on the M4’s powertrain or if it will even offer a manual geabox, but we would imagine that we’ll be seeing this car in production form, complete with all of those details at the LA Auto Show.

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BMW M4 Concept beckons the new golden child of M cars originally appeared on BMW Top News on Fri, 16 Aug 2013 16:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Filed under: Coupe, Performance, BMW, New Car Reviews, Luxury

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32b603 2013 bmw m3 lre review 2013 BMW M3 Coupe Lime Rock Park Edition

I like difficult cars. I like turbo “moments,” dramatic weight distribution, low-grip, peaky power delivery, and overly quick steering, along with ultra-short wheelbases and any number of other non-racecar-perfect dynamic foibles. I love the newest generation of BMW cars and engines – all turbo’d up with tons of torque and power everywhere in the rev range, too. But what I think the enthusiast community will miss when this 2013 M3 Coupe becomes the 2014 M4 Coupe – replacing its idiosyncratic, small-displacement, revvy V8 for something like a triple-turbo, directly injected, inline six-cylinder powerhouse in the process – is the work it takes to drive the car fast and perfectly. Sometimes small flaws just make things better; my mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun, and all that.

The idea of this E92 M3 going away then, magnified by the loss of the M3 badge for the coupe, is at best bittersweet for me. This generation of M car is already surpassed in terms of raw thrills by the better-than-ever Mercedes-Benz C63, a car that doesn’t ask its driver to sacrifice low-end grunt or the very latest in amenities in return for stellar backroad performance. Yet any time I’ve been lucky enough to lap a track in the M3, it has quickly become clear that the Bimmer is the better on-edge tool. With the freedom to wring the neck of the 4.0-liter V8 and room to exercise the lovely balance of the car, the E92 is hard to match (even six years after its debut).

Still, when the 2013 BMW M3 Coupe Lime Rock Park Edition rolled into my driveway, its Fire Orange bodywork flashing over gloss-black 19-inch rolling stock, the car had me a little crossed up. BMW has been tossing out special edition M3s for the last few years now, all asking thousands of dollars extra for the limited production-run vehicles. I knew that the LRP was more than a mere trim and tape package, but would it be an appropriate send off for a spectacularly departing sports car legend, or just $10,000 down the drain where a stock M3 Coupe would have happily sufficed?

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2013 BMW M3 Coupe Lime Rock Park Edition originally appeared on BMW Top News on Thu, 25 Jul 2013 11:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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