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8 Motorbikes for Cross Country Touring

Spring is in the air, in the northern hemisphere at least, and the open road beckons. Rather than being cooped up in a car, we suggest getting a two-wheeler and making an adventure of the season. Can’t make up your mind on the perfect companion for the motorcycle road trip? Here’s our pick of eight two-wheelers for the little adventure.

Harley-Davidson Low Rider S

Harley-Davidson Low Rider S

We start with the Harley Davidson Low Rider S. The newest addition to the S Series by Harley Davidson is a more subdued mean machine with the bad-boy looks. Fitted with the the Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110 engine —the most powerful by Harley Davidson — a two-cylinder V-twin engine, this is a pretty powerful machine. With 159 N.M of torque at 3,500 rpm and a heavy duty clutch, this classy custom cruiser is the way to go.

The Harley-Davidson Low Rider S starts from €19,290 via www.harley-davidson.com


Honda CB500F 2016

Next up, is the Honda CB500F 2016. With an adjustable front fork and brake lever, this motorcycle is suitable for those unfamiliar with bikes. Compliant with Europe’s A2 licensing category, this motorcycle is fitted with a decent sized fuel tank and LED lights as well as a masculine design. The only drawback of the machine, which you can’t tell from this image, is that it won’t be as comfortable to ride with a passenger.

The Honda CB500F comes at €5,599 via http://powersports.honda.com

KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

The KTM 1290 Super Duke GT oozes sportiness in its lightweight design fitted with a remarkable 173bhp engine and decent mechanics. Its 23-liter tank proves handy in Sport mode – one of its three ride modes. Along with high-end electronics, the KTM also stands out for an innovative semi-active suspension system. Press reports indicate that the passenger option is comfortable and reasonable, making it a proper touring bike.

The KTM 1290 Super Duke GT starts at around €18,200 via www.ktm.com

Aprilia CAPONORD 1200 Rally

Aprilia CAPONORD 1200 Rally

Aprilia’s new Aprilia Caponord 1200 Rally marks a more versatile model than any of its predecessors coming from the Italian bike master. Not only does it have a lively engine but that engine’s handling and the bike’s overall comfort has been boosted too. The compact and practical saddlebag cases are supplied as standard, though a rear mudguard and centerstand aren’t included in the standard package.

The Aprilia Caponord 1200 Rally comes priced from €16,499 via www.apriliausa.com


BMW R 1200 GS Triple Black

BMW R 1200 GS Triple Black

The famous R1200 GS is back with the BMW R1200 GS Triple Black – a special edition model with a black finish and cross spoke wheels. Being dark, sleek and mean with a four-stroke twin-cylinder engine, makes this an adventure motorcycle with a great handle on all kinds of roads and tracks.

The BMW R1200 GS Triple Black has an asking price of €16,575.

Honda NC750X 2016

Honda NC750X 2016

The Honda NC750X 2016 gets a facelift with a rugged style, making it a great open road model for the wayward adventurer. It also has a refined 750cc twin-cylinder engine, LED lights, an optimized front fork, and optional Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). For the rider it also features a comfortable seat, wide handlebars and plenty of storage space.

The Honda NC750X 2016 places at $8,530 to $9,436 for the DCT model (€7,499 to €8,299) via www.honda.co.uk

Triumph Tiger Explorer Xca

Triumph Tiger Explorer Xca

A Triumph Tiger Explorer Xca is the all-terrain adaptable bike for any distance, with its modern assertive design and high end electronics. Electronic features include semi-active suspension and five different rider modes with different ABS, traction control and throttle maps. With an easy handle and pleasant drive, this is the offroad transcontinental explorer that is perfect spec-wise, while not being particularly overpriced for a bike of this kind.

The Triumph Tiger Explorer Xca goes at €19,700 via www.triumphmotorcycles.com


Ducati Hypermotard 939

Ducati Hypermotard 939

The Ducati Hypermotard 939 2016 is for the power of the ride. With a 937cc twin-cylinder engine with 113hp, the Hypermotard 939 comes with three-level ABS, eight levels of Ducati Traction Control and three rider modes. Although, the SP version has higher-spec features and improved handling for a more comfortable ride – thanks to the effective suspension system.

The Ducati Hypermotard 939 2016 goes at approx. €11,990 for the Standard model (www.ducatiusa.com) or €15,490 for the SP (www.ducatiusa.com).

This story was written in-house, based on a list created by the AFP

Goodwood Festival of Speed Honors BMW

We already knew that 2016 would be BMW’s year to shine and it seems appropriate that this is the first time ever that the German automaker will be given pride of place as the central display at the legendary Goodwood Festival of Speed. The full schedule regarding what to expect from the 24th annual edition is being kept a secret until April 12 but the organizers confirmed April 8 that the marque of honor is BMW.

Of the decision to choose the company, which celebrates its centenary this year, the Earl of March, the festival’s founder and the owner of Goodwood house, said: “BMW has created many landmark cars, and has an exceptional motorsport heritage in Formula 1, Formula 2, at Le Mans, and in a variety of touring car series around the world.”

It means that visitors will get to see some of the rarest and most exotic cars in BMW’s history, including a 60-year-old BMW 507 and a 1965 1800 TiSA being put through their paces on Goodwood’s hill-climb course. Fans of things that go very quickly on two wheels will be happy to learn that BMW’s motorcycle division will also be out in force on the circuit with a 1966 BMW R50 S Kaczor, a 1976 BMW R90 S 76 and a 1929 WR 750 Kompressor expected to compete.

Brabham-BMW BT52

Brabham-BMW BT52

Each year, the towering Gerry Judah-created sculpture that stands outside Goodwood House is adorned with actual legendary cars from the marque of honor. And, for 2016 the festival has chosen the BMW 328 Millie Miglia Roadster, the Brabham-BMW BT52 (designed by Gordon Murray, shown above), and the BMW V12 LMR (pictured top) that won Le Mans in 1999. “The sculpture will feature three cars which epitomize BMW’s competitive instincts and pursuit of technology,” said The Earl of March.

Other BMW-themed exhibits will include ‘M’ Avenue, a walk through the 40-year history of the M badge starting with the original M1 plus special concept models not just from BMW but its other brands – Rolls-Royce and Mini – that are being built to mark the company’s first 100 years in business.

“I am delighted that we will be celebrating our landmarks and achievements at Goodwood this year,” said Graeme Grieve, BMW Group UK’s Chief Executive Officer.

The 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed takes place in West Sussex, UK June 23-26. This year’s theme will be “Full Throttle – The Endless Pursuit of Power.”

1955 BMW 507

1955 BMW 507

4 Cars to Watch at Techno-Classica 2016

Techno-Classica makes its mark again this year as the largest classic car show in the world. Until April 10, 1,200 exhibitors will have 2,500 cars spread out across 20 halls at the Messe Essen in Essen, Germany. Of course, such a volume of exhibits going on makes it hard to know exactly what to focus on. These are some of the cars to look out for in the event:

The restored Porsche 911 S/T

The restored Porsche 911 S/T

Among some of the cars Porsche has lined up are the 944, 928, and also the 914. Yet, the main star still happens to be a restored 911 S/T that took two years to return to its former glory. This was the 911 that won its Le Mans class in 1972.

A 1966 Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider

A 1966 Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider

For BMW’s centenary, the company will be marking out milestone models throughout their history, including a 502 “Barockengell,” the 1600 that repositioned the company on the automotive map in the 1960s, and the very first M car, the original M1. Alfa Romeo, too, will be celebrating an anniversary, with its 50th happening this year. They’ll be honoring their Duetto – the two-seat drop top immortalized on screen in the movie The Graduate. Other milestones to be celebrated includes the 50th anniversary of Ford’s 1-2-3 Le Mans finish, and the 100th anniversary of Ferruccio Lamborghini.

This 1978 BMW M1 is to be auctioned at the 2016 Techno Classica.

This 1978 BMW M1 is to be auctioned at the 2016 Techno Classica.

Land Rover will be launching its “Reborn” restoration and sales initiative. Tim Hannig, Director, Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: “[It] represents a fantastic opportunity for customers to own a valuable and collectable automotive icon. Reborn showcases Land Rover Classic’s expertise in restoring and maintaining our loyal customers’ prized Land Rovers.”

Techno Classica will mark the world debut for Land Rover Series I 'Reborn.'

Techno Classica will mark the world debut for Land Rover Series I ‘Reborn.’

Alongside the shows, the show auction is also a notable event held by COYS on Saturday April 9. This year’s lots have a combined potential value of €15 million and potential highlights include a pristine 1978 BMW M1 (estimated at €550,000- €650,000), a 1968 Ferrari 330 GT/C (€600,000 – €700,000) and a 1929 Lancia Lambada.

With all that running on, the Techno-Classica show is the perfect spot for classic car fans who prefer nostalgia to high-end gadgetry. They’ll have much to gaze and wonder at.

BMW Unveils ‘Smart’ Mobility App

BMW Connected is the new app released by the company that aims to be a driver’s ‘personal mobility companion’. It was unveiled at Microsoft Build and will be initially available for North American BMW drivers with an iPhone as a free download. The app was developed on the Azure cloud platform and provides users with a host of remote vehicle-related functions.

These functions include being able to check on a car’s location and fuel levels or to turn on the air conditioning, unlock the doors and, in the case of hybrid models, the state of battery charge. Also included is the ability to reserve a parking space, find a fuel station or charging point or an authorized mechanic. Yet, in order to differentiate itself from similar features available in other luxury cars, the app is a ‘smart’ app that is capable of ‘learning’ and picking up driver’s preferences or habits, and adjust to such mobility needs accordingly. One of the app’s smartest features is the ability to support or host the best functions of a user’s favorite third-party navigation or driving app so that everything is in one digital place — either on a smartphone or smartwatch and then seamlessly transferred to the car’s infotainment screen when it’s time to go.

It can also offer predictive navigation based on a user’s calendar, frequently traveled routes and live traffic flow data. It will alert the user when it’s time to leave, based on congestion. It will also calculate the ‘last mile’ portion of a journey — i.e., the route on foot once the car is parked. It will even give friends and family updates regarding estimated time of arrival.

The ‘smartness’ of the app was one of the reasons why it was presented at Microsoft’s developer conference rather than an auto show. With this, BMW may be able to break through the competition and place itself far ahead on the curve technologically, but it also spells a great advancement for the possible future of automobile tech in general.

BMW Marks Centennial Milestone

In light of its 100th birthday, the German car manufacturer unveiled its Vision Next 100, a concept car that combines a sleek coupé design with an autonomous driving mode as well as a shape-shifting interior. The futuristic car will be on display in Beijing from May 5 to 15, and sports seats that can be shifted to allow passengers to face each other, a steering wheel and center console that can retract and headrests that can be shifted sideways. From Beijing, the car will embark on a world tour including destinations such as the Paris Motor Show.

Vision Concept cars will also be unveiled by the Mini and Rolls-Royce brands, owned by BMW, on June 16 in London as well as the BMW Motorrad concept car in October 11 in Los Angeles. Once the world tour comes to an end, the cars will he housed in the BMW Welt plant in Munich, Germany that is home to the BMW museum. The museum, is currently holding a temporary exhibition entitled “100 Masterpieces. BMW Group — 100 years of innovative strength and entrepreneurial courage.”

Apart from BMW’s iconic vehicles such as the BMW 328, BMW 507 and the BMW Turbo on display, the exhibition will look back at the brand’s progress over the years and the many technical milestones in its history. Later in the year, the “BMW – The Next 100 Years” festival will be coming to the Munich Olympic Park (Olympiapark) and the BMW museum, September 9-11, for a weekend of entertainment and experiences in the company of celebrities, brand ambassadors, musicians and DJs.

The anniversary is also being celebrated with a collection of 13 centenary publications tracing the history of the group and its various brands (BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad) and outlining future challenges. In autumn 2016, the publications will be grouped together and released as a comprehensive limited-edition work.

Alpina to Unveil B7 xDrive in Geneva

Motoring enthusiasts are looking forward to Alpina’s latest work of art to join the BMW 7-series team. The announcement has been made that the car will be unveiled come March at the Geneva Motorshow.

It keeps the high-tech features that are usually found in the previous BMW 7-series editions while showing off a twin-turbo charged 4.4-liter V8 engine. A modern and sleek design, this is a high-performance vehicle that does not compromise on its aesthetics. Its interior is high-quality Lavalina leather that is hand-finished, for a polished feel.

Making its debut at the Geneva Motor show in March, the 2017 Alpina B7 xDrive delivers an impressive 600 horsepower and the same high-torque-low-revs ratio that characterizes Alpina in general. The eight-speed automatic transmission brings this power to all four wheels with ease, while the re-worked suspension system keeps it all under control. Going from 0 to 100 km/h in under four seconds, this luxury sedan can seriously put the pedal to the metal, as they say. Do remember though that there is no manual version of this vehicle, if the example of previous B7s is any indication.

On that note though, a first in the history of the B7 is the introduction of Integral Active Steering. The combination of variable ratio electric steering at the front axle and active steering on the rear axle provides the driver with a truly dynamic experience. The Alpina classic wheels that have Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires mounted on it further enhances the B7 xDrive.

The Alpina B7 xDrive will make its debut at the Geneva Motor show in March and will be made available to order from September. 

5 Key Automotive Concepts at CES 2016

CES 2016 may be over but the excitement it delivered will live on, especially now that it has become a car show. Ok that is a bit disingenuous but the world’s most important showcase of new technology has drawn the attention of automakers like never before. This year, we saw cars that come with their own pet drone and that respond to a wave of the hand; vehicles that provide real-time health diagnostics and that can automatically interact with everything from smart ovens, lighting systems and thermostats around the home. Truly, automakers made an indelible impression on this year’s Las Vegas technology extravaganza. Here are five important concepts, only two of which are from established car brands, that will generate buzz long after the Ehang drone has faded from view.


The BMW iVision Future Interaction Concept Car explores how drivers will keep control over the various in-car functions as vehicles become computers on wheels. The answer is panoramic touchless touch screens, responding to hand gestures instead. “This system is able to recognize 3D movements and relay them to the interface. This next step in gesture control will open up new possibilities,” said BMW’s Klaus Fröhlich. The concept is pictured above.

Bosch at CES 2016


Bosch is trying to solve the problem from the opposite side. Its future dashboard system (above) is resplendent in touch screens but ones that manipulate the driver’s finger when touched that it feels like pressing a real knob or button. The sensation is remarkable and this sense of touching a knob makes a control easier to find, meaning there’s no need to take your eyes off the road. “We want to make people’s lives better and easier, and the key to this is connectivity,” said Bosch CEO Dr. Volkmar Denner.



Rinspeed’s Ʃtos concept had a drone for collecting supplies, videoing drives and scouting out the road head. It sounds leftfield but Ford also announced plans to integrate car and drone technology at this year’s show as a means of helping United Nations emergency response teams.


Faraday Future

Faraday Future turned heads with its first car, the FFZERO1 – a single-seat electric racer straight out of the future. “On our platform, electric vehicles will not only deliver on sustainability, but will be seamlessly connected and exhilarating to drive,” said the company’s Nick Sampson. The car has a Bugatti-baiting 1000bhp and similar acceleration and top speed credentials. However it is just a concept. The first production car isn’t due until at least 2018.


That means it will arrive at the same time as Volkswagen’s Budd-e, a battery-driven reimagining of its iconic Microbus. This is a little off our radar but given the recent issues faced by Volkswagen, positive developments should also be watched carefully. Revealed as a concept but one heading for production, the MPV can travel 500km+ on one charge and previews features, like gesture-operated doors and self-parking that are coming to the VW range shortly. “The original Microbus was the embodiment of peace, hope and happiness, an apartment on wheels. The future belongs to cars that make everyone happy,” said VW head Dr. Herbert Diess.


Luxury Carmakers Cheer Brilliant 2015 Finish

Even as prices at the pump hold steady at low rates, the premium segment of the auto industry is popping the champagne after an historic 2015. Over the course of last year, Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Volvo and McLaren have all set or are anticipating new sales records. Aside from sales, Ferrari is celebrating its independence and Hyundai is dropping in on the luxury market with the Genesis badge.

For McLaren, a supercar company that’s only been in business for five years, 2015 is the second year in succession that it’s broken the previous year’s record. Even though each model it produces is hand assembled, it delivered 1654 cars this year.

Demand is such that the company is introducing a night shift. “This accelerated development has led to yet another record year, with unprecedented levels of demand for all of our cars, especially the new Sports Series, for which we are currently holding more than six months worth of orders,” said CEO, Mike Flewitt.

Jaguar Land Rover has also enjoyed a bumper 2015, selling 487,065 vehicles – a 5% jump on 2014. “Customer response has been extremely positive, resulting in record retails across UK, North America and Europe. The appeal of our Jaguars and Land Rovers has also been recognized through over 95 global awards in 2015, including 15 for the Land Rover Discovery Sport and 19 for the Jaguar XE alone. 2016 promises to be another exciting year,” Andy Goss, Jaguar Land Rover Group Sales Operations Director, said.

Despite being implicated in the Volkswagen dieselgate scandal, Audi exceeded even its own lofty expectations – selling 1.8 million cars globally and for the first time crossed the 200,000-vehicle mark in the US where it can’t build SUVs quick enough to keep up with demand.

“2015 has proved that Audi is solidly on track and that we are able to master a year that presented various challenges very successfully,” Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi AG, said.

Meanwhile Volvo sold more than 500,000 cars for the first time in its history. “I am delighted to report that 2015 was a year of record sales,” said Håkan Samuelsson, chief executive. “Now, with a successful 2015 behind us, Volvo is about to enter the second phase of its global transformation. Once completed, Volvo will have ceased being a minor automotive player and taken its position as a truly global premium car company.”

Cadillac is also reenergized. After years of struggling to compete, it saw a 7.5% growth in global sales. “This creates a strong foundation for our two all-new products launching in the first half of 2016 — the CT6 prestige sedan and the XT5 luxury crossover,” stated Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen.

Mercedes and BMW remain the popular premium automotive brands to beat. Mercedes clocked up sales of 1.872 million vehicles globally, a 13.4% jump on 2014. “We anticipate additional sales impetus in 2016 from the new E-Class, the world’s most intelligent business saloon,” explained board member Ola Källenius.

BMW has yet to reveal full results from 2015 but the firm had already experienced a record 2014, selling more than 2 million vehicles globally; the Munich-based automaker passed the 2 million mark in November last, the first time it has ever done that by that point in the year. “The steady sales growth we’ve shown throughout the year so far reflects the great new products we currently have on the market,” commented Dr Ian Robertson, member of the board of management of BMW AG responsible for sales and marketing BMW.

This report was compiled by in-house writers, in combination with a wire report and image from the AFP.

Buy Damac Property, Get Free Supercar

We rarely cover promotions here because it is just too prosaic but Damac Properties – for the 10th year running – is offering something we cannot pass on reporting. In conjunction with the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), the developer is promising free 2016 models of the BMW 730i, BMW X6 and Lamborghini Huracan for buyers of its properties in Dubai. According to the Khaleej Times, which broke the story, eligible buyers will get their car upon payment of just 20 percent of property price. The promotion holds true for the full spectrum of Damac Properties, including the villas in Akoya, Damac Residenze in Dubai Marina, serviced apartments in the vicinity of the Burj and Versace-styled villas on Palm Jumeirah. Longtime readers will realize that we covered something similar some years ago right here, proving that some promotions are indeed worth revisiting.

BMW Brings In-Cabin Class to CES

German automaker BMW will share its automotive vision of the future at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show and, more importantly for sportscar fans, will be showcasing it inside a production-ready version of its i8 Spyder. This of course is tremendously exciting, as we reported earlier.

The hardtop, environmentally and racetrack friendly i8 is already a very cool and incredibly capable car. Using a combination of battery and gasoline power it performs like a supercar – 0-100km/h in 4.4 seconds – yet sips fuel like a supermini thanks to a 1.5-liter engine, and, as such, demand is outstripping supply despite its hefty €135,000 premium.

The only way to make it better is to build it in convertible form, and after several years of development it looks like BMW is ready to deliver.

However, just as important as the car will be the technology it will be showcasing when CES opens its doors on January 6 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Called AirTouch, BMW is billing it as the interior and user interface of the future and one that does away with taps, swipes, touches and on-screen taps altogether.

In October during a press gathering with Rolls-Royce design chief, Giles Taylor, the subject of integrating technology into automobiles was raised and particularly the idea of going from buttons and knobs to touchscreen interfaces as the convergence between cars and technology continues at pace.

He said the reason why Rolls-Royce had so far rejected touch screens was that he hated the idea of leaving fingerprints all over the beautiful fascia of one of his cars and that, more importantly, forcing the owner of a Rolls-Royce to have to reach forward and touch something rather than that something coming to him or her went completely against the grain of what a luxury car experience should be.

The story is important because as Rolls-Royce’s owners, it’s BMW that provides the infotainment aspects of each Phantom, Wraith or Ghost, and the two companies are clearly on the same page.

AirTouch promises to bring technology to the cabin with the requisite touch of class expected at the pinnacle of the car-buying market. In BMW’s words, the new technology will enable a display “to be operated like a touchscreen without actually having to make contact with the surface.”

Thanks to a raft of sensors, the driver or passenger can use simple gestures with a flat hand to access everything from the phone to navigation and entertainment settings. The system is intuitive too, so that if for example the phone is selected, the menus for contacts and recent calls automatically appear.

7 Contenders for Top Euro Car 2016

The Internet loves lists and the year-end period is full of them. This one in particular caught our eye, with two of our favorites – the BMW 7 Series and the Jaguar XE – making the cut. Behold the shortlist of nominees for European Car of the year 2016, released ahead of the awards ceremony on February 29 at the 2016 Geneva Motorshow. The AFP is right to note that this year’s pack is one of the most competitive in recent times.

There are many car of the year awards around the world but what makes the European event so noteworthy is that it represents the oldest, most mature, diverse and demanding of all automotive markets (North American car enthusiasts, register your complaints with the AFP).

Well, to be fair, it is an especially strong pack of contenders this year and crucially, there’s a very strong chance that the winner could be crowned car of the year for the very first time. Only two shortlisted manufacturers – Audi and Opel/Vauxhall – are former winners. Believe it or not, BMW has never won the top prize…

Audi A4

The latest generation car builds on the foundations of the last A4. It’s not overly aggressive to look at and it’s competent, rather than exciting to drive. But where it impresses is in comfort and refinement and that all-round sense of well-being that’s needed to stand out alongside the latest BMWs and Mercedes.

BMW 7 Series

Despite being runner up on numerous occasions, BMW has never won the ultimate prize. Even though the 7 Series sets new benchmarks for driving dynamics and tech in the highest echelons of the executive sedan sector, the fact that it is such a premium vehicle may count against it. Nevertheless, it is the first car that can be remotely parked via its key fob and has a very clever transmission that uses GPS to automatically pick the right gear to suit the road ahead. The luster of this series is precisely why it is one of our favorites.


Jaguar XE

Lightweight (check out that almost-all-aluminum body), economical – so much so that it leads the class – and engaging to drive, this is one of the best Jaguars in years and certainly the most complete sedan. Even the infotainment and active safety features are on a par with the best from Germany and Japan.

Mazda MX-5

Despite changing trends and tastes, Mazda has never been tempted to tamper with the MX-5’s recipe. The latest generation is just as much fun to drive as the original car and is just as easy to live with.

2016 MX-5 Club (PRNewsFoto/Mazda North American Operations)

Opel/Vauxhall Astra

With the Astra, a huge dose of premium German quality has been injected into the mass-market family hatchback sector dominated by the Ford Focus and VW Golf. Sharp lines, good looks, full web connectivity and concierge service all come as standard.

Skoda Superb

If the Skoda emblems were hidden, it would be very easy to convince drivers that they were getting behind the wheel of a BMW or an Audi. The Superb really does live up to its name in terms of comfort, rear passenger space, quality and even exterior styling.

Volvo XC90

Like the 7 Series, the XC90’s price might put it out of the running as affordability is a criterion of the judging panel. However, this is the safest car currently on sale at any price and one of the most comfortable. It is also proof that making an off-roader that’s as elegant as it is robust is not a trait exclusive to Land Rover’s flagship Range Rover.

Volvo XC90

Third BMW i Model to Debut at CES

After the news of Porsche’s all-electric planned offering, the Internet is abuzz with news of more design-forward green vehicles, this time from BMW. The Munich-based automaker will soon be unveiling a new concept car to pave the way for a convertible version of its i8 electric sports car. The AFP, via Autocar, reports that the concept will be revealed at the CES 2015, which will be held in Las Vegas in the US from January 6 to 9, 2016. It will be directly inspired by the first BMW i8 Spyder concept, which was presented at the Beijing Auto Show in 2012, but never went into production. You can read Autocar‘s original take here.

2016 could therefore see a third model added to the BMW i offering which currently consists of the small electric i3 city car and the i8 hybrid sports model. Launched in 2011, BMW i is a brand that is separate from the German group, offering both premium and visionary cars that are fully or part electric and inspired by sustainable development.

The BMW i3 is a small fully electric coupe with autonomy ranging from 130km (in Comfort mode) to almost 200km (EcoPro+), with zero CO2 emissions due to its 170hp electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery. The BMW i3 can be equipped with an autonomy extender as an option. This takes the form of a 34hp two cylinder gasoline engine, placed next to the electric motor above the back axel. This extends the autonomy range to a maximum of around 300km. The BMW i3 can be charged at a public charging station or using a conventional socket.

The BMW i8 presents itself as a real sports car with a gasoline engine and an electric motor, totaling 362hp (respectively 231hp and 131hp) with a top speed of 250km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100km/h in only 4.4 seconds. In fully electric mode, it has an autonomy of almost 37km and a maximum speed of 120km/h. Its average fuel consumption is 2.7l/100km, i.e. CO2 emissions of around 49g/km.

The rumor of a cabriolet version of the BMW i8 is not new. This “BMW i8s”, or “i8 Spyder”, could be one of the major announcements made by the brand to mark its centenary in 2016. Compared to the BMW i8, this two-seater could have an even more sporty design, with a new suspension and wider tires. It could have a maximum of 500hp according to reports by specialist websites.

CES takes place January 6 to 9, 2016 in Las Vegas.

Frieze Art Fair London 2015

BMW to unveil 7 Series Lounge at Frieze Art Fair

Frieze Art Fair London 2015

BMW has announced that it will present its “BMW 7 Series Lounge” at the 2015 Frieze Art Fair.

The group, which is the partner of the 13th edition of the contemporary art fair, will use the lounge to showcase its new 7 series model and maquettes of BMW Art Cars designed by Andy Warhol (1979) and César Manrique (1990) during the event.

Three exclusive sound installations by artists Alicja Kwade, Xaviera Simmons and Sergei Tcherepnin will also be unveiled by the car manufacturer, and the brand will team up with Soho House to present the debate series “BMW Art Talk”, featuring artist Christian Jankowski and the director of the art program at the Royal Academy, Tim Marlow.

The Frieze Art Fair will run October 14-17, 2015.

BMW X4 M40i

BMW unleashes M Performance X4

BMW X4 M40i

A new 355bhp version of BMW’s smallest crossover coupe is about to hit the road and it’s gunning for the Porsche Macan.

The new model, the X4 M40i, will move right to the top of the X4 range when it goes on sale, promising a heady mix of practicality and power.

Four doors, space for four adult passengers, plenty of luggage space and a commanding driving position combined with a 0-100km/h time of just 4.9 seconds and limited top speed of 250km/h.

Its 3-liter twin-turbocharged straight six engine is a brand new powerplant and as well as offering up 355bhp it is also capable of delivering 8.6l/100km in terms of fuel consumption and combined CO2 emissions of 199g/km.

And even though it isn’t an official out-and-out M car — like the larger X5M and X6M crossovers (or Sports Activity Vehicles, as BMW likes to call them) — it still beats its closest rival, the Porsche Macan Turbo in terms of emissions, economy and, crucially acceleration.

BMW Concept M4 GTS

BMW introduces Concept M4 GTS in Pebble Beach

BMW Concept M4 GTS

The BMW Concept M4 GTS unveiled in Monterey ahead of the official start of this year’s Concours d’Elegance is a track-focused yet road-legal take on the already potent M4 coupe. And while the company might be calling it a concept, make no mistake: this car will be going into production.

And, just as importantly for BMW drivers in general, rather than simply the lap-record setting obsessed, a number of this car’s technological tricks will be filtering down to the company’s wider range.

BMW Concept M4 GTS

The coolest of these tricks is a water injection system. Spraying water vapor into the engine ahead of the fuel cools everything down.

Colder air is denser, meaning that the subsequent combustion of the fuel is more potent and powerful and that means that turbo boost pressure can also be dialed up even more.

In layman’s terms it means that the engine has extra power or extra fuel efficiency but without having to increase or reduce that engine’s size or capacity. It’s an ingenious idea.

BMW Concept M4 GTS

As is swapping the traditional rear headlamps for OLED units, which are brighter and quicker to react than LEDs, and one light unit can be programmed to produce the several different colors needed to tell those behind whether you’re stopping, turning left or backing up.

BMW Concept M4 GTS

The car boasts manually adjustable carbon fiber front splitter and rear wing so that it can be set up ‘just right’ for different track events (or driving on the road) and sits on special lightweight alloy wheels. In a further bid to improve handling, the hood is plastic-reinforced carbon fiber; as well as cutting weight and increasing rigidity, the use of the composite lowers the car’s center of gravity, crucial for driving close to the limits.

BMW Concept M4 GTS

One thing that the company hasn’t revealed is the car’s vital performance statistics. The ‘standard’ flagship BMW M4 Coupe can go from 0-100kph in 4.3 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 155mph (250kph). So the GTS will have to be something special indeed if it’s to better those numbers when it goes into production.

2015 BMW 7 Series teaser

BMW to unveil first 7 Series in seven years

2015 BMW 7 Series teaser

Viewers of a June 10 public livestream will see the German manufacturer unveil its new flagship vehicle, the .

The model’s last major revision was in 2008, and this new luxury vehicle is the result of a complete overhaul from the ground up.

New levels of technology and comfort are expected, with the 2016 7 Series also acting as foundation for a new Rolls Royce and a first ever 7 Series super-sized SUV, the X7.

Official site live.bmwgroup.com will host the presentation which is to run 18:50 – 19:20 Central European Time, with introductory speeches from Group CEO Harald Krüger, Research & Development head Klaus Fröhlich, and Design Director Adrian van Hooydonk.

BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage teaser image

BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage Concept Coming Soon

BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage teaser image

BMW has announced that its big concept car reveal for this year’s event will be a modern-day interpretation of its formidable 3.0 CSL coupe of the 1970s — the car which really established the company’s racing credentials.

Every year, the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, an event that is equal parts incredible scenery and fabulously rare and exotic classic car show, thanks to its location on the banks of Lake Como, Italy, honors a particular aspect, decade, model or marque in automotive history.

And 2015 will be no exception because when the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este opens its doors to the public on May 22, it will do so to celebrate the jet-setting style of the 1970s.

Therefore, it should come as little surprise that the BMW 3.0CSL will be one of the potential stars of this year’s event.

With its exaggerated chin spoiler, huge rear wing and massive, flared rear air intakes, it not only dominated touring car and endurance racing, the BMW 3.0 CSL was also the first car built by the company that children wanted to pin to their bedroom walls alongside posters of Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Porsches.

Alexander Calder BMW Art Car

The 3.0CSL was also the very first ‘Art Car’. In 1975, US artist Alexander Calder decided to use one as a canvas and by the end of the decade, Andy Warhol, Frank Stella and Roy Lichtenstein had also followed suit.

This year’s event will see those initial Art Cars reunited for the first time alongside the most recent effort, from Jeff Koons. All of which will provide the perfect backdrop for this year’s show concept.

Called the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage and thus far merely teased with cropped images, it promises to be a modern-day reimagining of the iconic coupe, complete with the spoilers and air intakes.

But as well as capturing the original car’s looks, BMW’s design team claim that the new concept also reflects the original’s philosophy.

 BMW 3.0 CSL

The 3.0 CSL Hommage will be seriously lightweight and stripped back, thanks to carbon fiber and every feature inside and out will be there to serve a clear purpose rather than to serve an aesthetic need.

Very few show cars that BMW brings to the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este ever go close to becoming a production reality.

However, the company is strongly tipped to be resurrecting the CSL nameplate as a sub brand to distinguish its most extreme, stripped-back race-focused road cars of the future.

BMW 3 Series

Facelifted BMW 3-Series debuts

BMW 3 Series

German carmaker BMW’s most popular model gets a subtle exterior nip and a tuck but a serious internal update for 2015.

The new sedan and estate car has been tweaked to look lower, wider and more dynamic — thanks to new bumpers and headlights.

The chassis and suspension system have also received some serious attention so that the car remains fun to drive, even in the face of increasing competition from the like of Jaguar.

The most noticeable change for 2015 however, will be found under the owner’s right foot.

That’s because each of the three- four- and six-cylinder gas and four-cylinder diesel engines offered for the new car are new powerplants, with new levels of performance or efficiency, depending on whether economy or excitement is at the top of your list.

one-yuan banknotes

Woman pays for BMW with one-yuan notes

one-yuan banknotes

A woman stunned staff at a car showroom by making a part payment for a new BMW 730Li using 100,000 yuan ($16,400) in one-yuan banknotes.

It took 20 employees in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province, China six hours to count the money – without any rest – SCMP reports.

The unnamed buyer, who owns a food retail business, paid the rest of the cost of her one-million-yuan car with her bank card.

She said people often paid her at work using small denomination notes.

As she was often busy she had decided to keep the banknotes until she was able to spend them all at once when buying a car!

bmw i8 concept spyder photo

BMW i8 wins UK Car of the Year

BMW i8 series sportscar

The BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sportscar has been named as the UK Car of the Year for 2015.

The UK Car of the Year Awards are judged every year by 27 motor journalists. There are 12 different categories. The BMW i8 won the overall title and also performance car of the year.

For BMW, it was the second successive year of victories for their hybrids; last year the i3 took the top award at the UK Car of the Year Awards.

Judges praised the i8’s fusion of looks, performance, and ecological nature.


The Citroën C4, Best Small Hatch, was the next in line, with Best City Car category winner, the Renault Twingo, in third.

The European Car of the Year Awards are to be announced on March 2 at the Geneva Motor Show, where both the C4 and Twingo are among seven finalists, and BMW’s 2-Series Active Tourer is also in the running.

The World Car of the Year Awards follow on April 2.