2017 BMW 3-series Sedan

Jan 17th
The battle for the soul of BMW rages on, although one side is clearly winning: those driving the company toward mainstream appeal in its core models as well as futurists who advocate for electric cars, increased hybridization, and across-the-board adoption of semi-autonomous driving systems. The other side is aligned with BMW’s once-granitic core, the Ultimate Driving Machine faithful, dedicated to…
2016 BMW M2

Jan 16th
Back in 2011, BMW teased us by bringing 740 1-series M coupes to the U.S. market. Ever since that taste of sport-coupe greatness, we’ve been waiting for the company’s follow-up act. It’s finally here in the form of the M2.Here’s a quick refresher: The 1-series M—they couldn’t exactly call it the M1 because that name already was applied to BMW’s…
BMW M6 Badging

Jan 15th
BMW gave its 6 Series a mild makeover for 2015. As most of the changes cover styling tweaks and equipment upgrades to the standard versions, spotting a new M6 Convertible requires a ‘Where’s Wally?'-type forensic eye. There are small differences, though. Now you get LED headlights as standard, plus a gloss black finish around the climate control buttons to enhance what…
2016 BMW 7-series

Jan 14th
WHAT WE LIKE:Who says you need all-wheel drive to survive winter? As winter snow gives way to early spring rain, we can report that our rear-wheel-drive 740i sailed through the cold months and never struggled to find traction. It helps that we fitted our 7-series with Pirelli Sottozero Serie II winter tires, at a cost of $1556, but another factor…
2016 BMW M4 Coupe

Jan 14th
By now BMW’s F30 M4 is a known quantity, being an über-quick German sports coupe revered for its performance and chastised for not being as tactile as its much-loved predecessor, the E92 M3 coupe. The M4 gets dinged for its twin-turbocharged inline-six that can’t match the sheer screaming joy of winding out the old M3’s naturally aspirated V-8 to its…
2016 BMW 3-series Sedan

Jan 10th
BMW forged its reputation with fun-to-drive sports sedans, especially compact ones like the 3-series, a regular on our annual 10Best Cars list for much of three decades. But recently, BMW has also become good at certain things beyond that core competency. Fuel-efficiency. All-wheel drive. Ride smoothness. High-zoot luxury and technology. So when our West Coast bureau picked up this handsome…
2016 BMW 7-series

Jan 6th
Luxury is a great intangible. There’s no formal test to detect it or means of measuring it. It’s nothing but an impression and, as such, can lack real substance. But BMW’s new 2016 7-series has plenty of substance, starting with the very substances from which it’s constructed.In one of the more startling cross-pollinations in the car business, BMW is applying…

Jan 3rd
Call it kismet, karma, or dumb luck, but practically every car line eventually enjoys a day in the sun. Twenty years ago, the planets aligned for the BMW 5-series. The fourth-generation E39 sports sedan arrived with beguiling powertrain, chassis, and aesthetic attributes and driving merits worthy of six straight Car and Driver 10Best awards between 1997 and 2002. Even Consumer…
2016 BMW I8

Dec 16th
The BMW i8 is comfortable in its own amazing skin. It needs to be. It looks like a buttressed spaceship trimmed with extraterrestrial blue and black. If the wheels were spat-covered, it’d be easy to convince people it’s actually levitating on the pride of Munich. Every person who catches a glimpse locks eyes on it, and you needn’t be clairvoyant…
2015 BMW X3

Dec 14th
New compact luxury crossovers are being introduced apace, with strong-selling models like the Lexus NX and the Lincoln MKC claiming large slices of a pie once carved up almost exclusively by Acura, BMW, Mercedes, and Audi. But there’s still goodness to be found among the older guard, particularly BMW’s X3.Introduced in 2003 as one of the first of its breed,…
2016 BMW X5

Dec 12th
The first thing you need to know about the new plug-in-hybrid version of the BMW X5 is that the EPA rates its electric-only range at just 14 miles—and, of course, your results may vary. Which is another way of us saying that you’ll need good luck to go even that far between charges.So you shouldn’t expect the X5 xDrive40e to…
2018 BMW M5 Review

Dec 11th
It’s a week after the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon debuted, and it is still blowing up the internet. Its specs have already been tattooed on the faces of more than a few of Mopar’s faithful. But Dirk Häcker, vice president of engineering at BMW’s M division, hasn’t heard word one about America’s newest and most powerful muscle car.“How much power?”…