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BMW Car October 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

When the M2 first arrived on the BMW scene it did so with a mighty bang, a handful of years later its appeal doesn’t seem to be waning. If it is any measure of a car, a high percentage of British Racing Driver’s Club (BRDC) members – the club for racing driver royalty that counts world champions amongst its number – opt to drive the M2 as their road car of choice. If it’s good enough for a racing driver, then it’s good enough for most of us mere mortals, right? In this issue we take a look at everything you need to know about buying and owning one of these popular BMW pocket rockets, and we’ve spoken to a couple of leading BMW specialists to get their take on…

3 min
bmw tests hydrogen fuel cell

Hydrogen fuel cell has long been mooted as an alternative to plug-in hybrid systems and battery-electric vehicles – BMW is among many manufacturers testing the technology. BMW has now begun testing near-standard vehicles equipped with its hydrogen fuel cell drive trains in everyday conditions on European roads. Prototypes of the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT will examine how effectively the CO2-free drive train, model-specific chassis technology and vehicle electronics systems work together under real-life conditions. The BMW i Hydrogen NEXT is a pure electric vehicle that uses hydrogen as fuel by converting it into electricity and storing it in a fuel cell. The recently launched testing programme will pave the way for BMW to present a small-series model with the technology, developed on the basis of the X5, in late 2022. Extensive…

1 min
bmw launches ringgo app

Paying for a car park used to involve rummaging around for coins in your ash tray, glove box or down the back of the seats. That's largely no longer the case as most sites now allow payment via telephone or online via mobile phone, often through a dedicated app. BMW drivers can have that convenience taken one stage further thanks to a link-up between BMW and RingGo – one of the UK's leading car parking apps. The new in-car parking payment solution is now available in over 150,000 BMW models across the UK, the RingGo app is accessed via the car’s iDrive system, simplifying the process of making payment for parking. It means that drivers can now enjoy a seamless transition from navigation, to parking and paying – all through…

2 min
bmw returns to prototype racing

BMW M Motorsport is returning to international prototype racing. The marque will enter the new LMDh category with a car that is being developed for use in the North American IMSA series. From the 2023 season, the car will allow BMW to compete for overall race wins at prestigious classics such as Daytona, Sebring and Road Atlanta. The logical assumption is that a 24-Hours of Le Mans campaign will follow. “BMW is back on the big motorsport stage,” said Markus Flasch, CEO of BMW M. “In entering the LMDh class, BMW is fulfilling the prerequisites to challenge for overall victory at the most iconic endurance races in the world from 2023. We will be fully focussed on tackling this challenge. There is a spirit of optimism here. BMW has a successful…

13 min
the last emperor?

So what’s the best M car you can buy and own right now? The one that will have enthusiasts of the future going all dewy-eyed and wishing for the good old days? You could probably make a case for the majority of the current M car line up, but there’s a nagging doubt over some of the models on sale now. The SUVs, sorry SAVs, are just a little bit too big and compromised to go down in folklore as all-time greats. Very good cars, but ultimately their lofty ride heights cannot defy the laws of physics. How about the M5 then? Yes, it still ticks the ultimate super saloon box but perhaps it’s just that little bit too big, and just a little bit too luxurious. M3 and M4? Dubious…

10 min
the mile high club

“I gave it a right pasting on the way home.” When this message from Stephen Horscroft pops up on our WhatsApp the evening after the photoshoot, we can’t help but smile. He’s a chap who really, really adores the pure hedonistic thrill of a high-octane drive, just man and machine, and it’s obvious that the vagaries of lockdown have created a certain pent-up frustration. Our shoot, taking place in mid-February, is the first time the car has been out of the garage in 2021, and two things were immediately obvious when Stephen arrived at our meeting point: firstly, that leaving the car unused for this amount of time was an extremely unusual state of affairs, and secondly that having a legitimate excuse to leave the house and give the Alpina…