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BMW Car December 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!

United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min

If you’ve been keeping a close eye on classic car values over recent months then you’ll have noticed that they have been steadily climbing. That’s especially true if you compare asking prices of certain sought-after marques and models between their pre-lockdown levels and now. In some cases prices have risen by thousands of pounds. In this issue we recommend 15 of the best classic BMWs from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s – fantastic cars that you should consider buying now before their prices accelerate further still. Naturally there are plenty more that could’ve made the cut in our special 10-page feature, but our cross section of options includes – we hope – something for every palette, p42. Sticking with the theme of classic cars, this technically being the last issue of…

4 min
new m3 and m4 competition

The new BMW M3 Competition Saloon and M4 Competition Coupé has been officially revealed, both marginally longer and wider than the preceding models. Under the bonnet lies a high-revving 510hp straight-six engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology, this teams-up with an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with power sent to the rear wheels. Both models will also be available with M xDrive, offering greater stability. However, the elephant in the room is the styling – in particular 'that' grille, which has so far proved divisive among enthusiasts… The engine raises the bar in terms of performance for six-cylinder petrol units from BMW, offering an increase of 60hp more than the predecessor models, and increases of peak torque of 74lb ft. In total there is 510hp on offer and 479lb ft of torque…

1 min
new 4 series convertible

The new 4 Series Convertible has been revealed featuring sharper styling than its predecessor, echoing the look of the 4 Series Coupé. There's an all-new retractable roof, featuring an innovative soft top construction, a diverse line-up of engines, and impressive levels of standard equipment. The M Sport specification will be standard for UK customers, with an exclusive M-Sport Pro Edition also available. In addition, both specifications can be upgraded with the Technology Pack – one of several option Packs enabling personalisation. In total there will be ten model variants in the range. The new M440i xDrive Convertible in particular offers standout performance: 374hp from its six-cylinder in-line petrol engine, this is mated to a Steptronic eight-speed gearbox and the intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive system. If that doesn't float your boat then there…

1 min
ix3 pricing announced

The first fully electric-powered BMW X model – iX3 – was announced earlier this summer, now launch specifications and pricing for the UK market have been revealed. UK customers will be able to choose between two exclusive editions – the iX3 Premier Edition and BMW iX3 Premier Edition Pro, both offering a significant level of standard equipment over and above the current X3. There's a choice of four exterior metallic body paint colours: Carbon Black, Mineral White, Phytonic Blue and Sophisto Grey. Two exterior trim colours will be offered too, Brushed Aluminium or Black High Gloss. 20” Black aerodynamic wheels, automatic tailgate, adaptive suspension and panoramic sunroof complete the exterior look of the BMW iX3 Premier Edition. Vernasca leather in a choice of four colours, Sensatec dashboard, sun protect glazing, ambient…

10 min
sibling rivalry

Some may cast a cynical eye at the price and instantly dismiss the near-£23,000 premium the M2 CS commands over the M2 Competition as little more than a Germanic shakedown. You could almost have a new 1 Series for the price difference. But to do so would be to deprive yourself of what could be one of the greatest driver’s cars that BMW has ever made. When the F87 M2 debuted back in 2015, it was quite a punchy number. The widened track, enlarged arches, quad tailpipes and other bodywork changes set it well above the M235i of the time. Shoehorning the M3’s rear axle into the car added to the almost hot-rod-like stance, which proportionally looked quite different to the almost elegant M4 of the day. But that image suited the…

4 min
meet the family…

When BMW announced a final model in the M2 range it had to be a CS version, with the current model due to cease production in September this year, a new second-generation model will hopefully arrive in 2021. Today is an interesting one for me as I am driving the M2 Competition for the day to photograph an M2 CS which will never be driven, tracking an owner down has been difficult as these cars are exclusive and prospective owners had to write a letter of intent to BMW to be offered one. With only 2200 produced worldwide and just over 100 coming to the UK it is a car in high demand, bearing in mind the original M2 was lauded by many as a return to form for the M…