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BMW 128ti swoops down to take on the Golf GTI

Oh, what I give to be a fly on the wall of BMW’s product planning division? Not for reasons of corporate espionage. But simply to catch a glimpse of what goes through the minds of the brains within Munich. Particularly to hear the conversations that led up to the creation of this 11th-hour model, the […]

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Is the BMW M1000RR a true M model or a branded bike?

No doubt that BMW was already bracing for the internet storm that would engulf the MY2020 M3 and M4’s debut. As a token of goodwill, the company also rolled out a third M product as a surprise. Called the BMW M1000RR, BMW touts it as “the first M model from BMW Motorrad”. So, while the […]

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The big BMW kidney grille was a long time coming

After months of going through the five stages of grief, the worst fears of BMW commentators have come to fruition. The sixth-generation M3 and second-generation M4 have been blessed/cursed with a supersized interpretation of the BMW kidney grille. Many are acting as though the massive grilles is the biggest betrayal to what BMW design stood […]

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BMW ActiveHybrid models return with the 45e designation

Whether it was started to stand apart from its peers or just out of sheer rebellion against the zeitgeist, the BMW ActiveHybrid series was one of the more interesting, if less celebrated, experiments BMW ever conducted. Yet, it is one that many might not even remember it even existed. Can’t blame them for that though, […]

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Musings on the Past

When Hartge created a BMW-engined Mercedes

Did you know that famed BMW tuner Hartge is no more? Don’t worry if you didn’t, not many are aware. In fact, the only mention of its demise is a short uncited entry in its Wikipedia page, a Facebook announcement from a Chinese importer, and this, a one-off Mercedes-Benz W124 fitted with a bored-out engine […]

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Goodbye BMW i8 – the forgotten trailblazer

It doesn’t bode well for a top drawer performance car like the BMW i8 to have a lengthy press release written about its imminent demise. In a world swamped by online tribute articles to any little morsel of historical significance, it must be galling for BMW’s communications department to remind the public of the i8’s […]

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No, the BMW Vision M Next will probably not be the next i8

Just a few days after publishing a short conjecture on whether supercars are still relevant, in reference to BMW M Division’s insistence on not building a supercar, BMW teased an upcoming supercar concept known as the Vision M Next. Fast forward a few weeks to the present and the covers are lifted off the unexpected […]

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#10yearchallenge shows how Chris Bangle changed BMW

Another year, another internet ‘challenge’ fad, and instead of convincing the short end of the Darwinian ladder to eat new varieties of detergent concentrate we are now bombarded by people eager to show off to Facebook’s algori….errr…peers, on how ten trips around the sun had changed them with the #10yearchallenge. This being the internet, there […]

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Unlucky No.8

In a rapidly fragmenting car market that is occupied by a handful of big players who have each pledged to launch a new model at an exhausting rate of one almost every month, it won’t be surprising if there will be a few that will fall through the cracks of our collective consciousness. That said, […]