Hannes Oosthuizen drives Volkswagen’s new Up! city car in Germany.
A few months back CAR senior associate editor Mike Monk had the privilege of sitting in the passenger of one of the bmw 1 Series M Coupe test mules for a quick lap of the demanding Ascari circuit in Southern Spain, but now he’s gone one better…He’s climbed behind the wheel of BMW’s upcoming baby M-car to give us a taste of what’s in store!
Purists may not have approved when BMW turned to six-cylinder power for the second-generation (E36) M3, but the fact that in-line six came to be the engine that defined the smaller M cars as giant-killers can’t be denied. The upcoming 1 Series M Coupe will return to the Munich manufacturer’s roots with a turbocharged 3,0-litre six borrowed from the Z4 sDrive35iS.
With only a handful of right-hooker BMW M3 GTS models being produced, none of which have been earmarked for the Republic, BMW SA has moved to appease local M3 fans by releasing a fettled Frozen Edition.
Seventy years after Huschke von Hanstein and Walter Baumer led the BMW team to victory at the 1940 Mille Miglia in a 328, the legendary BMW once again took top honours in this year’s event.
It might be a precursor to a four-door version of the next-generation 6 Series or a longer, sleeker derivative of the Five… Either way, the Concept Gran Coupé suggests BMW is readying a competitor to the sleek Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class.
Sunny California, with it’s fun-loving, elegant lifestyle… one could hardly think of a more suitable location to acquaint oneself with the new Rolls-Royce Ghost, a car aimed unashamedly at the rich and famous. Pelican Hill, a sumptuous resort was the base chosen for the unveiling of the new “compact” from the stable that created the Phantom.
A senior source within BMW has stated that the high-performance Vision EfficientDynamics Concept plug-in will go into production with minimal changes…but perhaps a new name.
We’ve had to wait more than two years for the arrival of new 311 kW 5,0-litre V8-powered Lexus IS-F and now it’s here… Priced to sell, specced to the max, and slots in squarely between the ever-feuding BMW M3 and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG.
Despite expectations to the contrary, BMW will launch an M version of its turbocharged 1 Series Coupé, with 263 kW on tap, next year.