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  • 5 ways the new BMW 7 Series takes the fight to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class

    It’s been going on for generations. Yes, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the BMW 7 Series have been engaged in a battle at the top of Technology Mountain for a relative age. Each time one of the full-size luxury sedans lands an innovation-laden punch, the other responds with a stinging “first” of its own. Think back and you’ll see what we mean. The pre-emptive safety systems that are common in premium cars today have the W220 S-Class to thank for their existence. The original 7 Series, meanwhile, was the first car to come fitted with an electronic speedometer. Yes, both German automakers...

  • BMW M3, M4 Competition package brings more power, race day bling

    If you feel that the BMW M3 (or M4) is a bit sluggish off the line, the Munich-based manufacturer has an answer. The company today announced that it will offer customers a new Competition package for the power and style hungry owners of its performance coupe and four-door saloon. The package is available for the M3, M4 and M4 cabrio variant, and boosts power output to around 331kW for all models. Beyond the power increase, the cars' chassis also see upgrades, including a new Active Suspension package "which has been extensively tuned to the enhanced performance and handling, and which features new...

  • BMW i Remote app review: is it essential to the i3 experience?

    Making the switch from a petrol- or diesel-powered car to an electric one requires a significant shift in mind-set. You see, with an electric vehicle, refuelling is not nearly as simple as popping down to the closest petrol station when the needle nudges “empty”. In fact, it takes quite a bit more forethought than that. Even with a wall-mounted charging station nestling reassuringly in your garage, you still need to keep a beady eye on the battery’s status – particularly since public charging stations are few and far between in South Africa. And that’s where the BMW i Remote app...

  • What the water-injected M4 GTS means for BMWs of the future

    The folks over at Bayerische Motoren Werke certainly know how to celebrate a milestone. No, we’re not talking about the little office party they threw when Lukas in accounts found out his wife was pregnant. We are, instead, alluding to the Munich-based automaker’s penchant for dreaming up tasty high-performance special edition models to mark its various achievements. The latest in a drool-worthy line that includes the M3 CSL, M3 GTS, and M3 CRT? None other than the 2016 BMW M4 GTS, which will serve to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the M3 (yes, this famed moniker has been around since...

  • BMW introduces the world to new M2 Coupe

    BMW has unveiled the new M2 Coupe, and if the stats are anything to go by, it may well be the most exciting car in BMW's current line up. The M2 comes with a six-cylinder in-line engine, rear-wheel-drive, and a lightweight aluminium M Sport suspension. Styling-wise, the M2 is very clearly a BMW, but it's still one of the boldest designs to come out of the German marque for some time now. According to BMW, "the new M2 Coupe makes no secret of its extraordinary performance potential". That three litre six-cylinder engine reportedly works in sync with the M...

  • Monster coupe top trumps! Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe versus BMW M4

    BMW’s hottest 4 Series has been tearing up stretches of tarmac around the world since early in 2014, providing plenty of high-performance thrills to lovers of German two-doors. But now this M-badged monster – which shook up the Munich-based brand’s naming convention by effectively terminating the celebrated M3 Coupe moniker – has a new foe (in addition to the Audi RS 5 and the Lexus RC-F). And we thus appear to have a scintillating battle on our hands. Yes, the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe is scheduled to make its official bow at the Frankfurt Motor Show in mid-September 2015, but...

  • Could a future Apple car be based on the BMW i3?

    No matter how persistent Apple is in its claims that it has no plans to build a car, the rumours just won't go away. This one though is a little more specific than most and states that the rumoured car will share a platform with the BMW i3. According to German publication Manager Magazin, the two have negotiated a far-reaching cooperation which includes the use of the i3 platform. BMW has long been associated with the Apple Car, although the Bavarian automaker has always quashed any speculation that it was working on an Apple-branded car. Instead, it's generally stuck...

  • BMW dashboards: speed, petrol and now available parking

    There are a handful of things that can make a human heart sing, love is one and money could sadly be another, yet there is still that one thing that changes they way you look at your day. Good old fashioned, well located and easily accessible parking is on par with a foodgasm but doesn't need to be cooked. A company called INRIX has developed a technology called On-Street Parking which BMW will integrate it into their cars. Not as accurate as Google Earth but using a series of probability calculations, the tech colour coordinates different roads according to the general availability of parking....

  • New BMW X1 doesn’t look too different, is crammed with tech

    BMW has announced the a new version of its X1 crossover and while its looks might not set the world on fire, it is absolutely packed with tech. According to the German marque, the new BMW X1 offers more space for passengers and luggage, new four-cylinder engines, an efficiency-optimised version of the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system and newly developed chassis technology aimed at enhancing sporting ability and ride comfort compared to the outgoing model. Fuel consumption and emissions meanwhile have been reduced by up to 17%, BMW claims. And of course, it wouldn't be a BMW if you didn't...

  • 3 stunning Hommage concepts that pay tribute to BMW icons

    Unless you live in a world without internet – which would be strange, since then you’d likely have a hard time reading this – you would have recently locked eyes on images of the striking new concept car unveiled by BMW at the Villa d’Este Concours in Italy. Yes, we’re talking about the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage concept, which is particularly hard to miss thanks to its eye-searing “Golf Yellow” paintjob and myriad swoopy lines. But this angry-looking tribute – which, a little ironically, may just hint at the future styling direction of the Munich-based manufacturer – isn’t the first “Hommage”...

  • This is what 40 years of the BMW 3 Series looks like

    These days car badges come and go at a speed that verges on terrifying. It's therefore a pretty remarkable achievement when one manages to make it through 40 years. The latest of the few cars to hit the magical mark is the BMW 3 Series, was launched in 1975 to replace the BMW 02. Making its debut at that year's Frankfurt Motor Show, the 3 Series has pretty much come to define what a compact executive car should be. Small wonder then that its survived through five different body shapes and is about to enter its sixth generation. ...

  • BMW brings Old School Goggles back: But this time with a twist

    BMW's Mini unit will be soon showing off a new system that presents a throwback in looks and a step forward in technology. The company is set to show off its Mini Augmented Vision goggles at the Shanghai auto show this week. The new tech-design feeds motorists with information while their eyes remain on the road. This is aimed at giving drivers a better all-round view of what happens outside their cars when they're not there. The augmented reality goggles project warnings, speeds and directions onto the lens in front of the drivers eyes. They also provide the driver with...

  • BMW’s new 7-series boasts remote parking assist, gesture control

    Not everyone will care about BMW's new 7-series, but this car is introducing some landmark technology to the motoring world. Teased as only BMW can in a promotional video, the company lauded its two new technologies being introduced to the car. These are a remote parking assist using the 7-series' LCD-equipped key, and the in-car gesture control. Both of these are pretty damn awesome, with the parking assist technology active without the driver actually needing to be in the car itself. It's perhaps daunting for someone with a massively expensive car, but hell, it's cool. Gesture control also allows the driver to...

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