2017 BMW 5-series Sedan

Feb 18th
Rudolf Diesel, inventor of the compression-ignition engine that bears his name, allegedly drowned in the English Channel 103 years ago. While tragically unfortunate for the inventor himself, this is also bad news for those looking for a metaphor to frame the modern dilemma in which the diesel engine finds itself. At risk of sounding grossly insensitive, it would be much…
2016 BMW 6-series Coupe

Feb 15th
By traditional size and body-style classification, the BMW 6-series is now an outlier—it’s bigger than all the two-door luxury coupes, save the even larger, more expensive S-class coupe from Mercedes-Benz. In the mid-size luxury segment, sales instead tilt toward fast-roofed four-doors exemplified by the Mercedes-Benz CLS and the Audi A7—even within the 6-series range, the Gran Coupe four-door handily outsells…
2018 BMW 5-series Sedan

Feb 14th
The speed limit just clicked from 120 km/h to unlimited, but the guy in the 10-year-old black Mercedes-Benz C-class diesel won’t get the hell out of my way. We’re heading westbound on the A8 autobahn, about 50 miles southeast of Munich. Spring is late, and the freezing rain hasn’t let up for days.I’m driving a 2018 BMW M550i xDrive, and…
2015 BMW M3 Sedan

Feb 13th
BMW has been unafraid to tailor its M3 to the times. Over the past 29 years, the M3’s cylinder counts and transmission choices and even body styles have changed. These moves have had corresponding effects on comfort, luxury, and reliability, yet the M3 has always maintained its status as a no-compromise machine. Each of its five generations has offered a…
2016 BMW M3 Sedan

Feb 12th
BMW baked this automotive version of a German chocolate cake to celebrate the M3’s 30th birthday: an M Competition package containing a 444-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six (a 19-hp upgrade over the standard M3), 20-inch wheels and tires, a retuned Adaptive M suspension, revised exhaust plumbing, and a few distinctive exterior-design touches. This delicacy is available on both the M3 and…
2017 BMW M2

Feb 12th
If you’re the type who enjoys wringing your hands over those who have lost their way, then you’re probably fixated on BMW right now. Among a litany of warning signs, its embrace of electrically assisted steering plus the prioritization of ride comfort, SUVs, and now all-wheel-drive M cars suggests the brand is specifically targeting your proclivities.But screeching sideways through the…
2015 BMW M4 Convertible

Feb 12th
As the E92 BMW M3 was carving out its place in history, BMW’s self-appointed arbiters of purity immediately branded its optional sunroof the mark of a poseur. The sunroof precluded the carbon-fiber roof panel, which meant not only more weight but more weight higher up, thus raising the center of gravity. And any true M3 pilot acid-dips his helmet and…
2016 BMW 6-series Convertible

Feb 11th
Since the 6-series returned from hibernation more than a decade ago, BMW’s big convertible has occupied an enviable spot in the motoring pantheon in that it has few direct competitors. Mercedes-Benz’s S-class cabriolet is significantly more money, while the E-class convertible offers little in the way of grand-touring pretense. The Mercedes SL lacks rear seats, and Porsche’s droptop 911 Carrera…
2015 BMW X6 M

Feb 8th
No argument can be brokered that we do not live in an automotive enthusiast’s gilded age, where even big SUVs can be ordered track-ready from the factory, boasting performance numbers on par with exceptional sports cars like Porsche 911s and Chevrolet Corvettes. We’ve already forgotten what the world was like before 5200-pound utilities delivered sub-four-second zero-to-60-mph times. Because yes, that’s…
2017 BMW 740e Plug-in Hybrid

Feb 7th
Regulators have left carmakers little choice but to embrace plug-in-hybrid technology: In Europe, for example, ultra-aggressive fuel-consumption standards, coupled with testing methods heavily favoring plug-ins, give such models a big advantage. In China, they’re favored by legislation at both the municipal and national levels. Here in the U.S., CAFE requirements, environmental concerns, and more are putting pressure on manufacturers to…
2017 BMW X4

Feb 5th
When BMW pioneered the fastback SUV with its X6, it wasted little time bringing out an M version, figuring correctly that buying an X6 isn’t about making a rational choice—it’s about making a statement. And the X6 M makes that statement louder and prouder, a preening, muscular brodozer among SUVs. Unsurprisingly, BMW applies the same logic to the generally not-very-baller…
2017 BMW 2-series Coupe

Feb 5th
Large automakers have become adept at creating new micro segments, but BMW has managed an uncommon twist: Its M240i is one of the rare cars that competes more closely with its own sibling—the BMW M2—than it does with any external foe. This is fraternal rivalry as practiced in a piranha tank.Despite the best efforts of the BMW marketing machine to…