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There will be four variants for the 2017 BMW 5-Series that will come out in 2017. The remainder will be arriving in 2018. That being said, you have four prices to choose from if you want to get your hands on the 5-Series.
Here are four options you can choose from in the BMW 5-Series range:
1. 2017 BMW 530i
The base variant of the 5-Series is the rear-wheel-drive 530i. You can get it for $51,200, and comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 engine that can produce 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. If you want some winter season features, you can get it all on this base model for $53,500.
2. 2017 BMW 540i
If you have more bucks, you can get the 2017 BMW 540i, which sells for $56,450. It has a 3.0-liter I6 engine that can churn out 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. It can go 0 to 60 mph in 1.1 seconds less than the 530i’s 6-second time. Again, the 8-speed automatic transmission will come as standard. If you want it with an all-wheel-drive, you will be charged $58,750.
3. 2017 BMW 530e iPerformance
Thinking of going environmental-friendly? You may want to check out the plug-in hybrid, which offers 15 miles of all-electric range. The battery is tucked under the car’s rear seat. There are no pricing details yet for the 530e iPerformance. Don’t expect it to be as cheap as the other variants, though, because all those electrification will certainly make this one of the most expensive vehicles in the lineup.
4. 2017 BMW M550i xDrive
Until the M5 makes its debut, the M550i xDrive is all you have for the highest-performing 5-Series in BMW’s lineup now. Under the hood, you can find a 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 that produces 450 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. It can get to 60 mph in just 4 seconds while the peak torque is at 1,800 rpm. There is also no pricing detail released for the M550i xDrive because it will come out as a 2018 model.
For now, this is the best of the best of BMW’s M series. That is, of course, until the German brand decides to wow us in the future with an innovative tech in its sea of executive sport machines.
According to a source, the 2018 BMW M550i xDrive is boasting of its twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 engine that can produce 456 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque. If you’re thinking where to put the M550i xDrive in terms of BMW language, it will fall somewhere between the E39 M5 and the E60. The E39 has a naturally-aspirated V-8 while the E60 packs a nutty V-10.
Compared to the outgoing M5, this one’s 456 horsepower is 104 horsies less, so there is plenty for BMW to improve on the next M5.
2. Driving Experience
Fans of the original M5 will be happy to know that the German auto brand remained true to its core—the 2018 BMW M550i xDrive is made for executives who want a sporty but professional-looking sedan to drive them to and from the office regardless of the weather. This one will be knocking on your door as an all-wheel drive, similar to the Alpina’s B6 xDrive Gran Coupe.
It can go 0 to 60 mph in just 4 seconds, which is merely 0.3 seconds short of the Alpina’s capacity. It paired its V-8 engine with a paddle-shifted, eight-speed automatic transmission.
The 2018 BMW M550i xDrive packs in two pairs of 19-inch M wheels finished in matte Cerium Grey metallic. An option of going 20 inches in the same color is being offered. The dark finish was done to highlight the blue brake calipers, as well as the rest of the M550i’s looks—decklid spoiler, mirror caps, grille frame, fender vents, and M Performance front intake accents.
Inside the M550i, you’ll find seats upholstered in black Dakota leather (nappa will be an option), as well as M steering wheel, M floor mats, and aluminum pedals. There is a slew of driver aids and connectivity tech.
No price has been released yet for the 2018 BMW M550i xDrive, so stay tuned for more details.
Dähler Design and Technik is offering to BMW fans what is not being offered by the M2. It’s an open-top version of the BMW M2 coupe!
According to source, the German company decided against manufacturing an open-top convertible for the BMW M2 because the engineers thought there was no way it can deliver a good enough droptop. Luckily, aftermarket specialist Dahler thought to make it their personal mission to deliver an open-top convertible for the M2.
1. It is Every Inch A BMW
The Dahler project is obviously made by a professional, and someone who knows how to deal with a BMW. It’s still every inch a BMW because it doesn’t even feel like someone else other than the Bavarian company handled the car. Dahler didn’t say how they converted the vehicle, though we are led to believe that they based it on the 2 Series Convertible rather than the M2 coupe.
2. Its Stage 1 Delivers 402 Horsepower
Dahler is beating out the M2 coupe, which is pretty powerful with its capacity to produce 365 horsepower (272 kilowatts) and 343 pound-feet of torque (465 Newton-meters). It can even be boosted to 369 pound-feet of torque (500 Nm).
But Dahler’s M2 Convertible has two stages: Stage 1 will bring the turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 to produce 402 horsepower (300 kW) and 426 lb-ft of torque (580 Nm). This will enable the M2 Convertible to reach 62 mph (100 kph) in just four seconds. The maximum speed is 180 mph (290 km/h).
3. Its Stage 2 Produces 419 Horsepower
If you are not contented with what Stage 1 has to offer, you can go up another notch with Dahler’s Stage 2 program for the M2 Convertible. Stage 2 can deliver up to 419 horsepower (313 kW) and 450 lb-ft of torque (610 Nm). This has a top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h).
Photos of the BMW M2 Convertible
Check out the gallery below for more images of the BMW M2 made into a convertible by Dahler:
The 2017 BMW X5 Plug-In Hybrid is a killer on the road, if truth be told. The kidney grilles, sleek motifs, and elegant interior all scream BMW—a car that has always been worthy to take on any kind of highway. And the X5 is exactly like that.
According to a test, like all X models, the X5 was built to conquer the highway while highlighting the features that make it undoubtedly a sports car.
The X5 features an electric motor and internal combustion. The internal combustion features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that can produce 240 horsepower. Once paired with an electric motor, it can add another 111 horses to the already powerful 240. These are all mated with an 8-speed Steptronic automatic gearbox.
As with any hybrid vehicle, the two units just don’t add up and bring 352 horsepower. Instead, they average at about 308 horsepower, which is still a welcome development compared to other models in the same segment. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds. It has a top speed of 130 mph.
If you’ll use the full electric, you can go 16 miles on a full charge. But once combined with the four-cylinder engine, you can reach the 56 MPG EPA estimated by BMW. Without the battery (if it is discharged), the motor engine can reach a decent 24 MPG with the four-cylinder engine.
The lightweight material used on the 2017 BMW X5 Plug-In Hybrid is able to save power and fuel, too. The X5 now has a lighter and stronger independent suspension that promised a quiet ride for the Pirelli 20-inch alloy wheels.
The 2017 BMW X5 Plug-In Hybrid has a base price of $62,100. The high-end model will cost $72,420 because of the additional features inside the cabin. The price is justifiable enough because the car will also come packed with a host of safety features such as air bag development, four-wheel ABS brakes, stability and traction controls, and other BMW items.
The redesigned Porsche Boxster, which was first introduced back in 2012, took styling cues from the 911 and the 918 Spyder. Aside from that, this model also has a more rigid chassis and a revised engine lineup that includes smaller, turbocharged flat-four powerplants.
The spy shots did not reveal much of the Porsche 718 Boxster GTS design but if we are basing our judgment on the previous model, we can expect that the car would have a more aggressive front fascia with larger air intakes below the headlamps. A wider lower grille can also be expected because it would work on improving the roadster’s aerodynamics.
We didn’t see the new bumper yet but if the spoiler lip is any indication, it looks like Porsche is getting ready to treat the car to a better downforce. All of these should be finished with dark matte gray color.
The Audi TT-RS made use of the company’s latest styling language, which has more angular lines and sportier stance compared to the previous design. The TT-RS definitely isn’t as sleek as the Boxster GTS, but fans of a massive “singleframe” grille and big bumper intakes should be happy to note these on the Audi. The race-inspired look of the TT-RS is menacing, to say the least, and that’s also thanks to the carbon-look mirror caps, massive spoiler, and muscular wheel arches.
The M2 is bigger than the Boxster since it is essentially a smaller M4 with better proportions. It has a more compact size, though, than the M4. This makes the coupe look lighter, faster, and easier to handle. The M2 is sportier than the TT-RS, but it still might fail in comparison to the Boxster GTS because the Porsche has that race-car layout of putting the engine in the rear. It’s all a matter of taste, really. Plus, we haven’t seen the convertible model of the M2 yet.
Let’s get this out of the way: the 2018 BMW 6 Series Convertible has a whopping price tag of $85,100, which comes very far from the likes of the Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet and the Audi S5 Cabriolet. Because of that, we’re pitting this against the SL Roadster, which is very much its competitor, price-wise in particular.
Based on the spy shots, the 6 Series is sporting a new fascia, grille, and headlights. The front end will have slightly wider kidney grilles, sleeker and slimmer headlights, and some other minor restyling. There could also be some changes in the overall bodyline.
There are two different trims available for the US market. The 640i and the 640i xDrive will get the 3.0-liter, twin-turbo, inline-6 while the 650i and the 650i xDrive will get the 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V-8. The 3.0-liter should produce around 350 horsepower and 340 pound-feet of torque while the 4.4-liter should cough up at least 475 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque.
Each engine will be paired with a “sport” automatic transmission while xDrive models get an all-wheel drive. Non-xDrive models get a rear-wheel drive.
Mercedes SL Roadster
If you’re planning to spend $90,000 on a car and don’t really need a backseat, then you can check out the Mercedes SL Roadster. It’s an evil little car in terms of sportiness, power, and speed. Currently, it’s available in four trim levels—the entry-level SL450 at $86,950 can deliver 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque thanks to the 3.0-liter V-6.
On the other end is the AMG SL63 and SL65, which are priced at $151,250 and $219,850, respectively. The SL63 makes use of a 5.5-liter V-8 machine that comes up with 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. The SL65 has a 6.0-liter engine that produces 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque.
The 2017 Mercedes SL Roadster has many improvements on the exterior and interior, but none is better than what it changed outside. This model now has a power-folding hardtop that has a speed of 40kph or 25mph. It has a redesigned front and rear fascia, with the former coming with large air inlets under the new LED headlights, chrome or carbon fiber accents. You can choose from either a 10-spoke or five-spoke designs for the 19-inch wheels. Aside from the existing color palettes, the 2017 model welcomed two more colors—Brilliant Blue and Selenite Grey Magno.
If you’re a fan of the current BMW X3, you’ll be happy to know that the same snappy performance, elegant interior, and reasonable pricing are packaged in an all-new next-generation 2018 BMW X3.
Spotted testing once again, the new X3 is likely to arrive in showrooms starting next year as a 2018 model. Aside from what we enjoy with the current model, the German automaker added other elements to make this the perfect crossover SUV. What does anyone want in an SUV? Power, aerodynamics and cargo space. All of these you can find in this next-gen X3.
1. More Interior Space
Crossover SUVs have suffered tremendously for its failure to offer adequate interior and cargo space like it’s bigger brother, the SUV. It’s understandable why since the crossover wasn’t made to rival the SUV. It was just made to be bigger than the sedan, but significantly smaller than the SUV. The focus was on ground clearance than interior space. But thanks to a more efficient engineering and the use of lightweight materials, the 2018 X3 is equipped with a larger interior.
That is thanks largely to the adoption of the CLAR modular platform that was first seen in the 2016 7-Series. The SUV version will be debuting in the X3, and will likely appear in the new X5 and X7 as well.
2. Diesel and Plug-in Hybrid Options Available
For those of you waiting for a battery-powered electric X3, this isn’t the year for that, unfortunately. Under the hood of this new X3, you’ll find almost the same engine as that of the latest 3-Series. This means that the crossover is offering BMW’s new B58 modular 3.0-liter inline-6 and inline-4 units, including diesel and plug-in hybrid options. The battery-powered electric X3 will arrive towards the end of the decade.
3. Performance Variants are Coming
There will be an X3 M40i and X3 M, the latter was apparently spied in prototype form. Its engine will be coming from the M3/M4 line which produces 425 horsepower. These performance variants will have an aggressive body form that is also wider than the current X3.
The smallest sedan in the BMW lineup, called the 1-Series, has been unveiled during the 2016 Guangzhou Auto Show. The compact sedan was first shown in July.
Here are three things to know about this new sedan from the German auto brand:
1. BMW 1-Series will only be available in China.
During the show, BMW also confirmed that the 1-Series will only be available in China, where it is assembled by the joint partnership between BMW and Briliance, the Chinese automaker. This will go against the Acura ILX, Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA.
This sedan is based on the UKL platform, the BMW Group’s front-wheel-drive that is used on the X1 and the 2-Series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer models. The latest models from Mini are also using the same platform.
2. BMW 1-Series has three powertrains.
During the launch of the BMW 1-Series, the German group also introduced three powertrains for the newest sedan. The base is the turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-3 in a 118i that produces 136 horsepower. Above this sits the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 in a 120i that can cough up 192 horsepower. At the top of this range is the turbocharged 2.0-liter option in a 125i that churns out 231 horsepower.
The standard transmission is a 6-speed manual while an 8-speed automatic is also available.
3. BMW 1-Series has a typical BMW interior.
Inside the 1-Series, you’ll find everything you could ever want in a BMW sedan. The controls are facing the driver and the dashboard has a layered design that stars an 8.8-inch screen for the infotainment system.
To control the system, the driver will have access to a rotary dial in the center console. Upward, there’s a panoramic sunroof. At the back, the rear seats can be folded to expand the cabin.
Other features include LED headlights, run-flat tires, and collision, lane departure and pedestrian warning systems.
The BMW 1-Series will be available to the Chinese market in the first half of 2017.
In 2014, BMW announced plans to make a full-size SUV, the platform of which we are now seeing based on these spy shots. There are no surprises with the design of the BMW X7 since there have been speculations already that it will be patterned after the German company’s next-generation X5.
Here are things you need to know about the X7 before trying to get your hands on it:
The BMW X7 will compete against full-size SUVs in the luxury arena. In this segment are the Audi Q7, Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes-Benz GLS, Land Rover Range Rover Long-Wheelbase, Lincoln Navigator and upcoming Jeep Grand Wagoneer.
There are no surprises when it comes to the design. The X7 looks like a stretched version of the next-generation X5, though the former is more muscular on the front section. Based on the spy shots, it’s easy to see that the grille and lights are all test units. They will be replaced once advanced prototypes have been tested and released.
For the X7, the platform that would be used is the German company’s flexible CLAR, a modular platform which made its debut on the 2016 7-Series and the 2017 5-Series. This platform will be soon used on all BMW models from 3-Series and up.
The CLAR platform promises lightweight construction and compatibility with electrified powertrains. Because of this, we can now assume that the X7 will feature a plug-in hybrid powertrain, along with the regular V-8 and inline-6 options. A V-12 may also be offered, though expect this to only be available for the M760i M Performance trim.
The cabin of the BMW X7 will be similar to the 2016 7-Series, especially the cockpit design. It will have three rows of spacious seating, a driver-focused layout, and an advanced infotainment system with gesture control.
Production of the X7 will take place in Spartanburg, South Carolina. It will be introduced in 2018, so it will likely be a 2019 model.
Here are the latest photos of the camouflaged 2019 BMW X7 from Motor Authority:
Rumors that BMW is building an X2 crossover has been around since 2011. It was finally semi-confirmed when spy shots surfaced on the streets in 2015 and early 2016.
A concept car was also introduced during the 2016 Paris Auto Show, making it clear as the day that the German company wants to put the competition with Audi Q2 to the test.
Spy photos of the BMW X2 being tested near the BMW Development Center in Munich showed that it will be a sportier and coupe-like version of the X1. It will certainly not have the hunched roofline of the X4 and X6. It will heavily depend on the X1, albeit with a little more legroom.
The X1 and X2 will have similar front fascia with a big twin-kidney grille, as well as sleeker headlamps. It will be more aggressive in appearance compared to the X1, though the X2 will have a shorter tailgate and rear windscreen.
Inside, we expect to see a seven-speaker audio system, a multi-function, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and cruise control, as well as an 8.8-inch display, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system and a panoramic moonroof.
In terms of drivetrain, the X2 will take a page from the X1’s book. It will have gasoline and diesel options, both with three- or four-cylinder formats. They will also be offered in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive.
The base model in Europe has a 1.5-liter three-cylinder gasoline unit that produces 134 horsepower. This is coupled with a six-speed automatic and power FWD versions only. There will also be a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine while the sDrive20i and xDrive20i will have 189 horsepower and the xDrive25i, 228 horsepower.
Diesel-wise, the X2 is getting 1.5-liter three-cylinder that produces 114 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. The base model will be able to crank out 148 horsepower and 243 pound-feet while the high-end variant gets 228 horsepower and a whopping 332 pound-feet of torque.
The X2 could be bought for $37,500 before options.
A mash-up between the Q1 and A3, the Q2 looks more like a hatchback than a crossover. The only thing that allows it to be in the crossover segment is the aggressive lines, sporty roofline, spacious indoor capacity and the diverse powertrain lineup.
The base is a 1.0-liter three-cylinder that can generate 116 horsepower, while the 1.4-liter four-pot is available 150 horsepower. Higher end models will get the 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 190 horsepower.
When it comes to diesel engine, there’s the 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 116 horsepower and a 2.0-liter four-banger with either 150 or 190 horses.
The Audi Q2 is priced at $27,780.