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BMW Car February 2021

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

In these strange times in which we find ourselves living, getting out for a drive in your BMW might well have become more important to you than ever before. For many, taking a drive to nowhere in particular has long been good for the mind – a trick to blow away the cobwebs and reset the brain by enjoying one of life’s little pleasures. It is those simple things that have grown in importance during the global health crisis. On that note in this issue we grab the keys to a stunning 2002tii – once a UK car now resident in South Africa – for a blast along some glorious routes honouring a iconic classic model which just so happens to celebrate its 50th birthday in 2021 – page 10. Closer…

3 min
vision inext becomes ix

The BMW Vision iNEXT has been given its official new name – BMW iX. A year before its market launch at the end of 2021, BMW has provided a first look at the model, which is currently still in series production development. The all-electric BMW iX is the first model based on a new, modular, scalable platform developed by BMW. Conceived from the outset as a purely electric model, the iX sees BMW redefining its successful Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) concept for the future – the iX is the first vehicle in a range of revolutionary next generation BMWs. Employing the latest innovations in the fields of electrification, automated driving and connectivity, the iX has been developed from the inside out, with an emphasis on drivers and passengers. The exterior design is…

1 min
remote software upgrade

BMW Group's biggest ever Remote Software Upgrade has seen 750,000 vehicles worldwide receive updates to BMW Operating System 7. The upgrade includes new, expanded and enhanced functions with BMW Maps, Google Android Auto and eDrive Zones. The new software version is available to customers in the UK now and can be downloaded to vehicles directly over the air and installed free of charge. Customers should receive a push notification in their vehicle or via the BMW Connected App on their smartphone to prompt the upgrade. BMW Maps offers a new navigation experience. The route calculation of the first cloud-based system is said to be faster and more dynamic, combining real-time information with forecasts. It also provides additional information on points of interest, such as ratings, business opening hours and photos. Destination…

2 min
bmw uk launches accident support service

BMW Group UK has announced the launch of a new Accident Support service for BMW and MINI vehicles. Available for all BMW and MINI vehicles of any age, the free service is an industry first and provides drivers with important assistance and guidance in the aftermath of an accident via vehicle recovery, repair and facilitating onwards travel. It is already the case that the intelligent, on-board software on selected BMW vehicles recognises when an accident has occurred and the airbags have been deployed. In this circumstance, drivers receive a notification via their central information display screen on the dashboard to start a conversation with the Accident Support service. For drivers with older models, BMW and MINI Accident Support can be accessed directly via a 24/7 telephone hotline. Helping drivers in the…

9 min
corner chaser

Touring Car Racing and Sports Cars by Stefan Knittel. The name of the book the owner of this 1973 BMW 2002tii lent me a few months before this planned shoot and drive of his BMW. The timing was perfect, COVID-19 Lockdown affording me ample time to dig deep into my motoring books at the start of 2020. I’m familiar with the basics of BMW’s illustrious racing history, but this book goes back to the very beginning and shares all the important highlights of each model and series through the decades. One thing is clear; BMW proudly stands shoulder to shoulder with any of the other sporting manufacturers’ achievements. Pictures of Hans-Joachim Stuck with one wheel in the air are etched in our minds and so is another picture, published in this…

9 min
agility trial

In the mid-1980s BMW employee Max Reisböck wanted to take his family on holiday. A dilemma familiar to anyone the world over with a large ménage of their own, Reisböck realised that he’d struggle to fit his family and all of their various bits and bobs in the boot of his E30 3 Series saloon – more space was required for his annual leave this time, and in future. The trained bodywork engineer set to work on the common problem with a somewhat drastic solution – one we don’t recommend you try at home. He cut the C-pillar clean off his car and shifted it rearwards, in doing so Reisböck created the first-ever BMW estate car and the rest, as they say, is history. Forty years on from that moment, and…