BMW Car October 2020

BMW Car Magazine is the world’s number 1 magazine for all things BMW, independently written for real enthusiasts. News of all the latest developments and future projects, as well as regular features on classic’s, make this magazine essential reading for fans of this prodigious marque. The pages of BMW Car Magazine will keep you fully up to date with all the latest releases from the BMW production line and give a unique insight into the cutting-edge technologies powering the cars. Expect in-depth commentary on all the latest features and specs of your favourite models as well as plenty of magical stories about the all-time classic beamers. It doesn't stop there though as BMW Car Magazine also takes you under the hood of the top tuning firms to give you unrivalled insight into their unique upgrade packages!

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13 Números

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2 min.

With restrictions to movement lifting and some decent weather around, now could be the time to invest in a new – or new to you – BMW. If you’re anything like me, this time of the year is an excuse to start looking at convertibles and classic BMWs that might not make a huge amount of practical sense during the rest of the year. That’s if you live somewhere with a climate like that of the UK, of course… In this issue we pitch the E36 M3 Cabriolet against its successor – the E46 M3 Cabriolet – to see which is best, p10. We also meet a stunning E12 M535i which has been on the classic BMW circuit for a number of years – it is now looking better than…

3 min.
new m cars in testing

BMW is preparing the generation change for its iconic M sports cars. The forthcoming new M3 Saloon and new M4 Coupé have been undergoing driving dynamics tests on racetracks during what is now a crucial stage of their development. BMW says that the duo represent a "significant increase in performance" over their forebears – in particular in their M-specific suspension setups and newly-developed straight six-cylinder engines which will set benchmarks in the high-performance saloon and coupé segments. Of course one of the major benefits of M cars is that they are as capable on track as they are useable on the road, as such BMW has made "comprehensive innovations" when it comes to drive, suspension, and braking technology, all of which has been thoroughly tested on public roads at BMW…

1 min.
x7 dark shadow edition

This is the new BMW X7 Dark Shadow Edition, a trim line available on the range-topping M50i variant of BMW's largest SUV and limited to just 500 units globally – only 10 are destined for the UK market. The BMW X7 Dark Shadow Edition will be built at BMW's Spartanburg plant in the USA and features Individual Frozen Arctic Grey metallic paint, available on a BMW X model for the first time. The paintwork is complemented by a Individual High Gloss Shadow Line exterior finish, giving the BMW kidney grille, vents and tailpipes a high-gloss black finish. The M sports package comes as standard here, so too 22-inch M alloy wheels finished in a Jet Black matt effect. Inside comes Full Merino leather in Night Blue/Black with contrasting seams, a Night…

2 min.
ix3 revealed

BMW has revealed its first ever iX3 which it says combines emissions-free travel with dynamic handling and performance. Part of BMW's electrified 'NEXT' model offensive, the premiere of the new iX3 marks the introduction of BMW Group’s fifth generation eDrive technology – the X3 will be the brand’s first model to be available with a pure-electric drive system, a plug-in hybrid system or petrol and diesel engines. This, so we're told, embodies the BMW “Power of Choice” approach. The new iX3 employs learnings made via the i3 of 2013, and represents the culmination of BMW's fifth-generation eDrive technology which features an electric motor, high-voltage battery and large capacity batteries. The system will also be fitted in the BMW iNEXT and BMW i4 models from 2021. The power density of the electric…

11 min.
convertible assets

I’m not sure why, but I’ve always been keen on an underdog. I’d always root for the less fancied team in a Cup final, choose a no hoper in the Grand National and discovered I had a fondness for car manufacturers who made their cars from substandard Russian steel and their electrics from spaghetti. Obviously the car side of things improved significantly when BMW replaced Alfa Romeo as my automotive weapon of choice, but that’s not to say I’ve lost my penchant for the underdog. And one of today’s protagonists fell, for many years, into that category so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that I have a huge soft spot for the E36 M3. When it was launched it was invariably compared to the iconic E30 with generally…

9 min.
the forefather

BMW’s E12 was the first model to be given the 5 Series designation, between 1972 and 1981 BMW built almost 700,000 in factories across the globe – including locations as far flung as South Africa, Indonesia, and Thailand as well, of course, as the firm’s native Germany. The replacement for the much-loved New Classe was offered with a wide range of engines from the 89hp 1.8-litre of the 518 through to the 3.2-litre, 197hp, 533i. Inline four- and six-cylinder options were mated with a wide variety of manual and automatic gearboxes. Suspension came courtesy of McPherson struts at the front and a diagonal link axle at the rear. Most had steel wheels, all had recirculating ball steering – the basic models even still had drum brakes on the rear. It’s…