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2020 BMW 8-Series Convertible Caught in a Spy Video

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A new video surfaced showing a new convertible from BMW. The source said it will be the 2020 BMW 8-Series Convertible. The auto will be the automaker’s response to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet.

According to Motor Authority, BMW is working on a replacement for the 6-Series coupe and convertible models. The cars will be positioned higher in the hierarchy of the automaker’s vehicles. The report claimed the vehicles will be under the 8-Series range.

Supporting the article is the earlier confirmation of BMW about the move. It was revealed last May during the launch of the 8-Series Concept at the 2017 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

The source noted that BMW never released a convertible variant for its original 8-Series. However, it appears that the plan was just shelved because a prototype of the convertible version existed in the past.

The spy video shows the BMW 8-Series Convertible with a soft top. The report pointed out that it might only be a ruse to hide the retractable hard top of the car.

It seems that the vehicle rides on the carbon fiber CLAR platform of the brand. The unit was used in the 2016 BMW 7-Series.

The post said that BMW trademark documents suggest that the 8-Series will spawn 850, 860 and M850 models. The range will be carrying V8 and V12 engines.

The M Performance version of the 8-Series will most probably get the new 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, which will be showcased this year in the upcoming BMW M5. The power of the auto will be distributed via an 8-speed automatic transmission and paired with the M division’s latest M xDrive all-wheel drive system.

It is not clear when the unveiling of the new BMW 8-Series Convertible will take place. The source discussed that it might be in 2018.

Spy Video of the BMW 8-Series Convertible

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Toyota Remains the Most Valuable Car Brand in the World

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Toyota retains its status as the most valuable car brand in the world. The company toppled the likes of luxury car giants like Mercedes-Benz and BMW to keep its position.

According to Autoweek, the Japanese automaker’s value dropped by three percent to $28.7 billion. The decrease was attributed to the tough currency rates, in addition to the company’s investments and increase in labor costs. Despite the setbacks, Toyota topped the vehicle segment of the BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brand study made by market researcher Kantar Millward Brown.

Brown said Toyota is still viewed by customers as a reliable brand with quality value. Even with the recall issues going on, Toyota car owners gave positive reviews to their cars.

Based on the report, the study was first conducted 12 years ago. Since then, Toyota has landed in the number one rank 10 times.

In our earlier article, Toyota projected that further losses in revenue and net income are expected for the current fiscal year, which ends in March 2018. The company, through its CEO Akio Toyoda, defended that the slump is also in line with their vision to put more priority in stabilizing their future investments rather than focusing on short-term profit.

The Toyota CEO added that to safeguard the company’s future, they created an internal division called the Toyota Research Institute. The new division aims to work on futuristic technologies like the development of electric and hybrid vehicles as well as a potential autonomous car.

BMW and Mercedes landed on the second and third spots, respectively. BMW fell in value by eight percent to $24.6 billion while Mercedes rose by four percent to $23.5 billion.

On sidelines, Tesla seems to be catching up fast in the global car brand rankings. The company just jumped from number 10 last year to number 8 at the present, thanks to an increase of brand value by 32 percent to $5.9 billion. The car maker overtook Land Rover and Porsche to secure its new place in the hierarchy.

2018 BMW X2 Spied in Nurburgring

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The BMW X2 was spied as it was being tested in Nurburgring. The sport utility vehicle is expected to make its way in the market by early 2018.

The X2 is BMW‘s answer to the Mercedes-Benz GLA, Audi Q3, Range Rover Evoque and Infiniti QX30. Its starting price is estimated to cost around $38,000.

So far, details about the 2018 BMW X2 are still scarce, but here are its key features based on sources and hints depicted in spy shots plus the video you are about to watch below:

Exterior

The X2 obviously sits between BMW’s X1 and X3 models. The crossover is expected to put more emphasis on its styling than its practicality.

Taking many of its coupe-like design elements from the BMW X2 Concept, the production model of the vehicle will have steeper windshield, higher beltline, as well as lower and more curvaceous roofing.

The X2 will share platform with the X1. Therefore, it will be carrying the UKL architecture of its maker, which features front-wheel drive system and transverse engine layout. Since the platform also supports an all-wheel drive system, the X2 might get it too.

Interior

For now, it is hard to make out the interior design of the X2. It will possibly get the same treatment as the X1 though. It seems the X2 has prioritized space over style so it will probably have less legroom than the X1.

Engine

The BMW X2 will likely take the same engine possessed by the X1. That is a 2.0-liter inline-four power unit. The engine is good for 228 hp. However, look forward to an increase in its output in the X2.

Look forward to the SUV’s “M Performance” model also. BMW might match the power of the auto with a six-stick or eight-speed automatic transmission gearbox like the X1.

Video

Check out the new spy video of the BMW X2 here:

4 Stuff You Should Know About the BMW 5-Series Li

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The BMW 5-Series is in it is seventh generation for the 2017 model year. At this year’s Shanghai Auto Show, a new model of the car was just unveiled called the BMW 5-Series Li.

Here are 4 stuff you should know about the BMW 5 Series Li, which was manufactured under the Brilliance-BMW alliance:

1. Exterior

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In a nutshell, the BMW 5-Series Li is the long wheelbase model of the 5-Series. It follows all the design cues of the car where it is based.

The 5-Series Li’s wheelbase is five inches longer than its standard version though. The extra space gives its rear passengers more legroom.

The target market of the series are the wealthy people who prefer to be chauffeured to their destinations. Thus, the extra room in its rear seats.

2. Interior

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The long wheelbase car follows the interior elements of the 5-Series. It is adorned with Nappa leather and dark wood trims on the side panels.

However, its rear seats feature added soundproofing, electronically adjustable seats, two 10.5-inch touchscreens and Sky Lounge Panorama glass roof. In between the rear passenger seats of the luxury vehicle is another touchscreen display integrated with the center armrest.

3. Engine

The powertrains of the BMW 5-Series Li follows that of its standard version. Buyers of the long wheelbase models can choose among the two gasoline-fed 2.0-liter turbo inline-four engines and 3.0-liter turbo inline-6 engine versions of the luxury vehicle. The respective outputs of the units are 224 hp, 252 hp and 340 hp.

Sources in China claimed that there is also a BMW 5-Series Li M Sports. But do not get your hopes up too much on that one because it only offers a new set of bumpers and wheels.

4. Exclusivity

Unfortunately for most fans of BMW, the 5-Series Li will only be available in the Chinese market. As of writing this article, there is no official confirmation yet about the market release of the long wheelbase car.

Review of the Top 5 Features of the 2017 BMW M240i Coupe

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The 2017 BMW M240i Coupe is the entry model of its brand’s 2 Series. The car comes packed with plenty of features for consumers.

Should you buy it?

Here is a look at the top 5 features of the 2017 BMW M240i that will help you decide if the auto is worth your money or not.

1. Engine

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The M240i is equipped with a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six power unit. The engine has an output of 335 bhp and 369 lb-ft of torque. The car can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds when equipped with its maker’s eight-speed automatic gearbox while its manual version can achieve that in 4.8 seconds.

2. Exterior

The exterior of the M240i takes many styling elements from its M235i predecessor. The outline and the design language of the two are almost too similar. Getting closer though would reveal that the new car has a sexier outline as well as smoother body lines. The headlamps are also updated to offer better illumination.

3. Interior

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No significant changes are noticeable inside the M240i compared to its predecessor. The two are pretty much identical in that aspect. However, it should be noted that buyers can make the car’s cabin stand out by getting BMW’s optional add-ons that will imbue it with sports pedals, wood and carbon fiber trims on the dashboard, Alcantara materials for the seat covers and many more.

4. Tech

There are improvements in the tech of the auto, particularly its infotainment system. Some of the key enhancements include the crisp graphics of the iDrive, Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility plus inductive mobile device charging.

5. Pricing

The 2017 BMW M240i Coupe has a starting price of $53,495 according to CarAndDriver.

Overall

In a nutshell, the M240i has a decent power, attractive design, and has better driving dynamics than the M235i. The only setback is that it retains almost all the design elements of its predecessor. The interior of the auto is a reminder that it is an entry-level model in its series.

7 Things About the AC Schnitzer BMW i8

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AC Schnitzer just introduced its customization kit for the BMW i8. The package offers new exterior and interior kit for the hybrid car. The additions make the auto more aggressive-looking.

Check out the key features of the new AC Schnitzer package for the BMW i8 here:

1. Exterior

AC Schnitzer only released information about its body kit for the BMW i8. The exterior of the car is enhanced by new bumpers plus set of 20-inch front wheels and 21-inch rear wheels wrapped in 245/35 R21 and 285/30 R21 tires, respectively.

In addition, the specialist offers new wings on the bumper, side skirts, door handles, mirror caps, fixed rear wing on the boot lid and rear diffuser. The parts mentioned all make use of light carbon fiber materials.

2. Interior

AC Schitzer is yet to reveal photos of the car’s interior. However, the specialist confirmed that it will have aluminum pedals and foot rest plus velour floor mats.

3. Power Unit

No changes were made in the hybrid power unit of the BMW i8. Therefore, the car’s combination of AC Electric Motor, 7.1 kWh high voltage lithium-ion battery and BMW TwinPower Turbo 3-cylinder engine retains its 357 hp 420 lb-ft of torque output. It’s acceleration from zero to 60 mph can be achieved in just 4.2 seconds.

4. Pricing

No pricing details were released yet by AC Schnitzer of its body and interior kit for the BMW i8. It should be noted though that the starting price of the car is at $140,700. So be prepared to dish out more than the said amount if you go for the cosmetic upgrades.

5. Debut

The custom BMW i8 of AC Schnitzer will be showcased at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show next week.

6. Photos

Check out the photos of the AC Schnitzer BMW i8 which were provided via Motor1.com in the gallery below:

7. Video

Here is a clip showing a quick preview of the vehicle’s exterior:

5 Things To Know About The 2017 BMW X7

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We know that BMW wants to be at the top of everything, but we didn’t know they would eventually dominate the hauler segment of vehicles. The X7 is one such example. Although the production hasn’t started yet, it will surely come out ready once BMW is done with it.

While it’s likely that the X7 will debut for the 2019 model year, that doesn’t stop us from speculating what’s underneath that camouflage we saw in the spy photos. The BMW X7 was caught testing again recently under the cold weather conditions of Sweden.

1. Exterior

The X7 will be particularly similar to the X5, though it’s a bit bulkier, has a more imposing appearance, and has a proper third-row seating. It also has a more muscular looks, thanks to its larger wheels and massive kidney grille. The headlight design we saw on the X7 is the same one on the brand new 7 series. As for the bumper, it will be similar to the company’s design language.

2. Interior

Combine the X7 and the new 7 series, and you’ll get an idea of how the X7’s interior will look like. Alcantara leather will cover most of the interior that’s not made from wood or metal. It uses state-of-the-art technology, including BMW’s iDrive 5.0 touch display and gesture control. It also has the Touch Command Tablet, which will allow passengers to control HVAC temperatures, infotainment, and the audio system.

The third-row seat will be optional because buyers can choose to have more legroom and a larger trunk.

3. Drivetrain

Under the hood, nothing is so special with the X7. It will use BMW’s 3.0-liter inline-six and 4.4-liter V-8. The turbo can produce 320 horsies and 330 pound-feet of torque while hitting 60 mph in less than six seconds. It has a top speed of 130 mph.

The V-8 will be able to churn out 445 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque to reach 60 mph in less than five seconds.

4. Prices

The X7 will probably be the most expensive of the X series. Although there is no official word yet, we’re assuming that this will retail with a starting price of $70,000. The range-topping model should exceed the $85,000 mark.

5. Competition

As for competition, the X7 is looking to battle it out with the Mercedes-Benz GLS and the Cadillac Escalade.

5 Things To Watch Out For In The New 2018 BMW 4-Series

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It’s that time of the year again when BMW gives its range of luxury vehicles a little refresh and update. This time, it’s for the 4-Series, which included the 4-Series, the 4-Series convertible, the 4-Series Gran Coupe, and the high-performance M4 and M4 convertible.

The changes will be introduced for the upcoming 4-Series to be released next year. Don’t expect the changes to be drastic, though, because they are nothing but cosmetic updates. These changes follow the same path trudged on by the 3-Series.

1. Exterior

From the outside, the changes are quote noticeable, especially if you are looking at those new LED headlights and foglights. There’s also the revised bumpers that give more credence to new available colors such as Snapper Rocks Blue and Sunset Orange.

2. Interior

Inside, the changes will depend on the trim you will purchase. The updates, we’re sure, are minimal, though the higher-end trim models may receive a bulk of the upgrades. On the instrument panel, you’ll find double stitching, which appears to be standard across the range. The infotainment system’s menu has also been revised.

3. Powertrain

There is no confirmation yet about the powertrains that will be made available in the United States. Don’t expect any major change, though, because BMW has just added new engines to the 4-Series for the 2017 model-year.

This means we can expect to see a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 in the base 430i. This can produce 248 horsepower. Next on the line is the turbocharged 3,0-liter inline-6 that can produce 320 horsepower. The option falls between a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. You may also choose between an all-wheel or a four-wheel drive.

4. Rivals

In terms of competition, the luxury M4 will go head-to-head with the Cadillac ATS-V Coupe and the Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe.

5. Pricing

There are no details about the pricing yet, but speculations suggest that the 4-Series could go up as high as $43,145.

4 Awesome Options You Have For The 2017 BMW 5-Series

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The 2017 BMW 5-Series. (Photo Source: BMW Blog)

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.

4 Things You Need To Know About The 2018 BMW M550i xDrive

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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.

1. Power

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.

3. Exterior

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.

4. Interior

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.

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