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BMW iNext EV: Arriving in 2021

BMW iNext EV: Arriving in 2021

BMW Sets High Goal for EV Models

In recent years, BMW has shown high interest in achieving success within the electric vehicle (EV) market. In 2016, BMW announced the plans for the iNext EV vehicle. The BMW iNext EV will be a “new innovation driver, with autonomous driving, digital connectivity, intelligent lightweight design, a totally new interior and ultimately bringing the next generation of electro-mobility to the road” (Quote by BMW CEO Harald Krüger). The BMW iNext EV will probably take after the BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept. Furthermore, the list of features within the iNext EV are sure not to disappoint. At the BMW Annual General Meeting, the CEO presented the initial design for this new tech flagship.

435 Mile Range & SAE Level 3 Autonomous Driving

BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The BMW iNext EV boasts a ton of amazing features. Firstly, the iNext EV will offer a mileage range up to 435 miles. And yes, this is on one charge, not two or three. Secondly, there will be SAE level 3 autonomous driving tech with level 4 arriving within a year or so. This means that eyes on the road and hands on the wheel do not apply. Scary? Maybe. Not really. These features in themselves are a great feat for the BMW engineering team.

Expect 25 Electric BMW Models by 2025

BMW Vision Next 100 – interior Exterior and Drive – CAR TV – YouTube

By 2025, BMW plans to offer 25 electric vehicles, with 12 being fully electric. This means that BMW will offer mostly hybrids but with almost half being fully electric. This is quite an impressive goal and there will no doubt be competition in this field for the years to come. Recently shown in Beijing, the BMW all-electric X3 may arrive as early as 2020. Later in 2018, BMW will show the iNext EV as a “Vision Vehicle” concept to the world. Production for the iNext EV should begin in Dingolfing, Germany in 2021. In conclusion, BMW is aiming to achieve a full offering of electric vehicles in less than 10 years.

Note: The BMW iNext EV and the BMW i Vision are not the same vehicle. The BMW i Vision is shown above for an understanding of the futuristic designs of BMW.

The All-New BMW 8 Series: Debut on June 15th

The All-New BMW 8 Series: Debut on June 15th

BMW 8 Series Debuts on June 15th

BMW 8 Series - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

BMW 8 Series – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

On June 15th, 2018, the day before the start of Le Mans, BMW will introduce the all-new 8 series. The BMW 8 Series is a dynamic-driving luxury sports car. Not surprisingly, the 8 Series will be available in multiple variants. BMW expects to release six different models of this car. These model variations include a Convertible, Coupe, Gran Coupe, and M8 Gran Coupe. Overall, the BMW 8 Series is basically the answer to demand for a 7 Series Coupe.

BMW 8 Series - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

BMW 8 Series – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

4.4-Liter TwinPower Turbo V8

BMW 8 Series - Front - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

BMW 8 Series – Front – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The BMW M850i xDrive Coupe will sport a 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo V8. This motor is capable of 530 horsepower and 553 lb.-ft. of torque. Furthermore, the engine will work in combo with a ZF 8-speed auto transmission. Obviously, other BMW 8 Series models may have differing engine options. The BMW M8 Gran Coupe may reach over 600 horsepower, but there’s no guarantee. Currently, engineers are testing the entirety of the 8 Series on the curvy, windy roads of Wales.

BMW 8 Series - Front Corner in Motion - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

BMW 8 Series – Front Corner in Motion – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The 8 Series is a Game Changer

Testing of the new BMW 8 Series Coupe. – BMW Group – YouTube

In conclusion, the BMW 8 Series is a game changer in the realm of coupes. In recent times, large coupes are in demand, as seen from the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe. These vehicles provide a taste of sportiness while still offering high-end luxury. It probably won’t be a surprise for Audi to consider creating a coupe based on a larger model such as the A6 or A8. Either way, it will be tough for anyone to compete with the beautiful 8 Series Coupe. Currently, there isn’t too much information available on this car. But, anyone may sign up on the BMW website to receive more info once it’s available.

BMW 8 Series - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

BMW 8 Series – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

BMW 8 Series - Rear Tail Light - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

BMW 8 Series – Rear Tail Light – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

 

BMW Vehicle Subscription Service: Testing in Nashville

BMW Vehicle Subscription Service: Testing in Nashville

BMW Begins Offering Subscription Service in Nashville

2018 BMW M2 - Front - PAS 2018 - EuroDrift

2018 BMW M2 – Front – PAS 2018 – EuroDrift

Just this week, BMW began testing their new BMW vehicle subscription service in Nashville, Tennessee. Similar to the Cadillac and Volvo subscription services, drivers can request vehicles through a mobile app and if desired, can even drive a different car every day of the month.

Once you request your car from the BMW subscription service, a concierge from the local dealer delivers the car to you. It comes fully fueled and detailed and you can even have them preset the car to match your preferences.

Lease, Buy, or Use the BMW Vehicle Subscription Service?

2018 BMW M4 - Front - PAS 2018 - EuroDrift

2018 BMW M4 – Front – PAS 2018 – EuroDrift

Most people are familiar with the buying and leasing process. What they may not realize is how the BMW subscription service might better fit their needs.

A lease can allow you to drive a car for a lower monthly sum than it takes to finance a purchase. For many, it’s a way to drive a nicer car without having a hefty down payment. However, when leasing, you are tied to that one vehicle for the term of your lease and you still have to find auto insurance and maintain the car.

Subscription plans allow you to “own” or “rent” a car month-to-month. This is perfect for those who don’t want the hassle of owning or maintaining a car year around. The BMW subscription service also includes insurance, maintenance, and roadside assistance as part of the subscription fee.

How Much Does It Cost?

BMW’s New Subscription Service I Fortune – Fortune Magazine – YouTube

The cost of the BMW vehicle subscription service is similar to that of other car companies. For between $2,000 and $3,700, BMW lovers can pick between various models such as the BMW M2, the 5 Series, and the X5.

For hybrid enthusiasts, the 530e iPerformance and X5 xDrive40e iPerformance are also available.

And if speed is your thing, then you might want to tool around town in the M4 convertible, M5, M6 convertible, X5M, or X6M.

As of now, the BMW vehicle subscription service is still in the testing phase. Nashville should allow them to learn and grow the program to better meet the needs of their customers before launching it across the country.

2018 BMW X2 - Front - PAS 2018 - EuroDrift

2018 BMW X2 – Front – PAS 2018 – EuroDrift

2018 BMW M5: Beastly Twin-Turbo V8 Sports Sedan

2018 BMW M5: Beastly Twin-Turbo V8 Sports Sedan

The Beastly 2018 BMW M5 Sedan

2018 BMW M5 - Front Corner - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 BMW M5 – Front Corner – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

The 2018 BMW M5 is the sixth-generation M5 to hit the sales floor. After mixed reviews on the previous models, the new M5 contains new features to impress anyone. Although there are still some skeptics, BMW made the new M5 a mean machine. From its V8 engine to its advanced handling, the M5 has made a comeback. With a MSRP of $103,595, this vehicle will also leave a dent in your wallet. Lastly, on top of this, don’t forget about the $1,700 gas guzzler tax.

4.4-Liter Twin-Turbo V8 Engine with 600 Horsepower

2018 BMW M5 - Engine - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 BMW M5 – Engine – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

The 2018 BMW M5 sports a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine under the hood. This motor produces 600 horsepower and 553 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows the M5 to hit 60 mph in around 3.1 seconds… wow! Not surprisingly, the M5 now combines a 8-speed transmission with it’s engine. Although some may criticize this transmission, it was built with economy as well as sportsmanship in mind.

The Sixth-Generation M5 has AWD with Options Galore

2018 BMW M5 - Lower Front Corner - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 BMW M5 – Lower Front Corner – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

To handle the power, the 2018 BMW M5 arrives with an AWD system. Although, BMW states that the new M5 software prefers RWD for an authentic feel. By using the iDrive Menu and disabling stability control, the driver can access RWD. Correspondingly, the RWD option for the car is called “2WD” and is available in the iDrive’s menu. The AWD system does contribute to the M5’s gluttonous size and weight. Unfortunately, for some, there is no manual transmission option available on the new M5. In reality, the automotive world is moving towards rapid auto shifting which is drastically faster than any human.

Brakes, Handling, Suspension, & More

2018 BMW M5 - Brake - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 BMW M5 – Brake – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

The 2018 BMW M5 contains a handful of advanced features in the brakes, handling, and suspension realms. First, the M5 has a variable-ratio steering rack. Second, the M5 sports an Active M electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential. Third, there are electronically adjustable dampers. Fourth, BMW offers an optional carbon-ceramic brake package. Fifth, and not surprisingly, the M5 has a carbon fiber roof for a lower weight value. Lastly, the M5 wears 20” Pirelli P Zero tires to complement its sportiness.

BMW Redeems the M5 with the Sixth-Generation Model


Overall, BMW redeems themselves with the all-new sixth-generation M5. From it’s power V8 to it’s racing design, the 2018 BMW M5 is a beastly machine. There is no shame in leaving behind the manual transmission, but it will be missed moving forward by many. The only cons of this vehicle are the size and weight but that shouldn’t deter one from enjoying this vehicle. In conclusion, the BMW M5 has always had a place in most European car fans hearts and will remain there for years to come.

2018 BMW M5 - Rear - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 BMW M5 – Rear – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

2018 BMW M5 - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 BMW M5 – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

2018 BMW M5 - Carbon Fiber Roof - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 BMW M5 – Carbon Fiber Roof – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

2018 BMW M5 - Interior - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 BMW M5 – Interior – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

Note: Every picture except the first one are manufacturer images. The BMW manufacturer is the rightful owner of each of these images.

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept: A New Realm for the Z Model

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept: A New Realm for the Z Model

BMW Z4 Roadster Concept at Pebble Beach’s Concours d’Elegance

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Side - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Side – BMW – EuroDrift

In August 2017, BMW revealed the 2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept at Pebble Beach’s Concours d’Elegance. From front to rear, the new BMW Z4 displays an aggressive styling. This combines with a low suspension to make this an extremely sporty-looking car. The front and rear of the 2018 Z4 seem to be similar to the 8 Series Concept. The new Z4 has the usual twin-kidney grilles plus massive air intakes.

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Rear Angle - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Rear Angle – BMW – EuroDrift

Z4 sDrive20i, Z4 sDrive30i, & Z4 M40i

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Rear - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Rear – BMW – EuroDrift

As with BMW’s other models, the Z4 is expected to be offered in quite a few options. The model lineup will probably contain the following options: Z4 sDrive20i, Z4 sDrive30i, and Z4 M40i. The 2018 BMW Z4 sDrive20i will sport a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder motor producing 180 horsepower and 200 lb.-ft. of torque. In the Z4 sDrive30i, the same 2.0-liter engine should produce around 248 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. Lastly, the Z4 M40i should have the same in-line six motor as the 340i producing 320 horsepower and 340 lb.-ft. of torque. Unfortunately, there will be no true BMW Z4 M model.

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Overhead Rear - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Overhead Rear – BMW – EuroDrift

“Trio of Large Air Intakes”

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Front Air Intakes - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Front Air Intakes – BMW – EuroDrift

BMW states the “trio of large air intakes are a nod to the powerful engine further back”. On the front end, large air intakes create an aggressive, angry appeal. These large air intakes are beneficial to the engine as more air flow will reach the actual intake system of the vehicle. As usual, BMW proudly displays its kidney style grills of which it has become known for. On the rear, the styling attempts to give it a wider feel creating the overall sensation of a low, long, and wide vehicle.

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Exhaust & Taillight - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Exhaust & Taillight – BMW – EuroDrift

iDrive, Infotainment, & Two-Tone Leather

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Interior Perspective - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Interior Perspective – BMW – EuroDrift

On the interior, the 2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept has the standard infotainment system as well as the iDrive controller. To complement this, a two-tone interior welcomes the driver and guests. In the base model, BMW is installing 6-speed manual transmissions. For an upgrade cost, the Z4 can arrive with the 8-speed ZF Auto Box transmission. On the exterior, the new BMW Z4 will arrive with 17” standard wheels and have optional 18” and 19” wheels.

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Dashboard - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Dashboard – BMW – EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Two-Tone Seating - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Two-Tone Seating – BMW – EuroDrift

MSRP Expected to be $50,000 – $60,000

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Overhead - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Overhead – BMW – EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Front - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Front – BMW – EuroDrift

Overall, the 2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept was built to impress the crowd at Pebble Beach. With its new styling, the Z4 increases its appeal on the worldwide market. The MSRP should be similar to the previous Z4 model ranging between $50,000 and $60,000. This sports car has a reasonable price tag which will allow people with the dream of having a sports car to do so. In the end, the new BMW Z4 should be on the market as a 2018 or 2019 model.

 

2018 BMW M3 CS: Carbon Fiber & Extra Horsepower

2018 BMW M3 CS: Carbon Fiber & Extra Horsepower

Introducing the 2018 BMW M3 CS

2018 BMW M3 CS - Rear - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW M3 CS – Rear – BMW – EuroDrift

 

In May 2018, BMW will offer the M3 CS on the U.S. market. The new 2018 BMW M3 CS displays carbon fiber prominently and has a slightly stripped interior. Basically, the M3 CS will be a lighter, track-focused version of the M3 coupe. Not surprisingly, the M3 CS will be the fastest and lightest M3 in the current generation. The carbon fiber combines with other elements to take this car to the track level.

3.0-Liter Twin-Turbo I6 Engine with 453 Horsepower

2018 BMW M3 CS - Engine - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW M3 CS – Engine – BMW – EuroDrift

The 2018 BMW M3 CS sports a 3.0-liter twin-turbo I6 engine. This motor produces a whopping 453 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine works with a 7-speed dual-clutch “DCT” gearbox which is lighter than a typical manual transmission. This combination allows the M3 CS to hit 60 mph in only 3.8 seconds. Additionally, the M3 CS can hit a top speed of 174 mph.

Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) Roof

Furthermore, the 2018 BMW M3 CS weighs only 3520 lbs, 40 lbs lighter than the M3. This is due to a combination of components. These include a carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof, front splitter, gurney flap, and rear diffuser. The M3 CS’s chassis is stiffer than the stock version for track purposes. This chassis is staggered on 19” wheels on the front and 20” wheels on the rear. Optionally, customers can order Michelin Super Sport tires.

Alcantara, Harmon-Kardon, & Navigation

2018 BMW M3 CS - Dashboard - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW M3 CS – Dashboard – BMW – EuroDrift

On the interior, the 2018 BMW M3 CS has a ton of Alcantara trim with “CS” logos. This is complemented by a Harmon-Kardon sound system and navigation. So technically, this BMW M3 CS isn’t as stripped down as the M4 CS. Not surprisingly, it is still a beast of a machine. This technology is just an additional perk in a track-level sports car.

2018 BMW M3 CS - Interior - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW M3 CS – Interior – BMW – EuroDrift

1200 M3 CS Models to Hit Production in 2018


Overall, the new 2018 BMW M3 CS is a true track vehicle. The MSRP is TBD at the current point and sales will begin in May 2018 within the U.S.. There will be 1200 M3 CS models worldwide with 550 to head to American soil. It will be no surprise if this car will be hard to come by in the spring. In conclusion, the M3 CS is the newest addition to the BMW line-up with a target of becoming a track star.

2018 BMW M3 30 Years American Edition at SEMA 2017

2018 BMW M3 30 Years American Edition at SEMA 2017

2018 BMW M3 30 Years American Edition

In 1987, the BMW M3 was brought to the U.S. market for the first time. Now, in 2017, BMW decided to create a one-of-a-kind 30th anniversary model called the American Edition. At the SEMA 2017 auto show in Las Vegas, BMW is displaying the 2018 M3 30 Years American Edition in a booth. With a load of features, this BMW M3 represents the M3’s success in the U.S.A.. The M3 30 Years American Edition will be for sale as a 2018 model.

BMW Individual & Specifications

The 2018 BMW M3 30 Years American Edition has a 6-speed manual transmission and competition package. These features represent the foundation of this vehicle. On top of that, this BMW M3 contains BMW Individual components. On the exterior of this M3, the car impresses with its Frozen Red II Metallic paint job. To complement this, BMW added one-off M Performance golden alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. As if this wasn’t enough, this M3 has exclusive carbon fiber side sills, a wing, and M color stripes on the roof panel.

Red, White, & Blue Interior Design

The interior of the 30 Years American Edition M3 has a red, white, and blue theme. This color combination shows on the leather surfaces of the interior with contrast stitching. It also includes special anniversary graphics on the carbon fiber dash trim, front seat headrests, and rear sunshade. This interior is meant to connect BMW with America’s red, white, and blue flag. BMW proudly displays their pride with their success in the U.S.A. with this vehicle.

Price of $129,130 including Destination Charge

To step it even further, the BMW M3 30 Years American Edition has a M Performance Sports suspension with contrasting red coil springs. The exhaust system comes with titanium silencers to complement the exterior. All of these above features come together to make this car a unique vehicle. At a price of $129,130 including the destination charge, this BMW is quite loaded with features. This M3 is quite a unique vehicle and will be a collector vehicle for diehard BMW fans.

BMW M3 is a Great Feat of German Engineering


Overall, the BMW M3 30 Years American Edition is a beautiful vehicle. BMW built this M3 with the goal of showing their appreciation to America for their success in this country. In all honesty, they didn’t disappoint. The price may be steep at over $120k, but this vehicle comes well spec’d. In the end, the BMW M3 is a great feat of German engineering that is welcome for another 30 years.

BMW Will Never Build a FWD M Car… Good!

BMW Will Never Build a FWD M Car… Good!

BMW Front-Wheel Drive

In 2014, BMW introduced a front-wheel drive car to market – the 2 Series Active Tourer. Shocking to many, thoughts of brand degradation flooded the internet. Truthfully, FWD will not ruin the BMW brand. In 2017, BMW is considering bringing the FWD 1 Series to the states. Regardless, this does not signal the death of BMW’s reputation. Most auto enthusiasts will be happy to hear that BMW has no plans to engineer a FWD M model.

Expansion of the M Badge Designation

In recent years, BMW expanded the number of vehicles sporting the M badge. This includes M-tuned trim levels that increase the look and performance of non-M models. Fortunately, this does not mean that BMW will provide a M badge to a FWD vehicle. With the 1 and 2 series sporting FWD, these cars will remain base line models. BMW’s Vice President of the M division spoke to Autocar recently with a clear statement.

Statement by Vice President of M Division

“You have to be able to feel the car… through the steering and the throttle,” stated Dirk Hacker, VP of the M division. “Today, there is no solution for front-wheel drive.” This statement supports the backing that BMW will not label a FWD car with the M badge. Regardless of this statement, BMW has accepted all-wheel drive for the new M5. Not surprisingly, some fans aren’t happy with the change… but that’s too bad.

Don’t Worry… There’ll Be No FWD M Car… At Least, For Now


Overall, BMW does not intend to label a FWD with the M badge. Although the BMW M5 sports AWD, the M lineup has preferred RWD throughout the years. AWD may not be the worst thing for a M car. The acceleration and traction will absolutely increase performance. But, the best option is for BMW to stick to its M model RWD tradition. In the end, BMW will ensure the M label maintains it’s level of prestige for the years to come.

2018 Audi RS5 vs. 2018 BMW M4 vs. 2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe

2018 Audi RS5 vs. 2018 BMW M4 vs. 2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe

Audi vs. BMW vs. Mercedes-Benz

In 2018, competition between European automobile manufacturers is still the norm. From Audi to BMW to Mercedes-Benz, these competitors are always attempting to overwhelm their counterparts. In this article, we will compare the 2018 Audi RS5, BMW M4, and Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe. Each car, with its own unique design, has pros and cons. Below, the comparison will determine the true winner of this battle.

2018 Audi RS5

The 2018 Audi RS5 was released to market in June 2017 in Europe. At a MSRP equivalent of $85,495, the RS5 has aimed at a higher market target. The 2018 RS5 is powered by a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 compared to the previous 4.2-liter V8. This new motor produces 450 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque. Audi estimates the RS5 can hit 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 174 mph. With that number, the RS5 leaps forward into the realm of true sports car accelerations.

2018 BMW M4

Next, the 2018 BMW M4 is available in a coupe and convertible build with MSRPs of $67,195 and $75,695, respectively. For this analysis, the coupe will be considered the competitor. The M4’s 3.0-liter inline-six engine produces 425 horsepower and 406 lb.-ft. of torque. With the Competition package, the M4 boasts 444 horsepower, slightly closer to the RS5. This power allows the M4 to hit 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds, 0.1 seconds faster than the RS5. Lastly, the M4 has a top speed of 163 mph.

2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe

Lastly, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe still offers the lustful V8 engine at a MSRP of $75,500. With a 4.0-liter AMG V8 twin-turbo, the C63 S Coupe delivers 503 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. Already, Mercedes has around 50 horsepower more than the competition. This power allows the C63 S Coupe to hit 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. Unfortunately for Mercedes, the 50 extra horsepower didn’t do its homework. With a governor, the C63 S Coupe has a top speed of 180 mph. Usually, the governor is a sign that it can go, indeed, faster.

The Comparison

In comparison, the Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe has the highest amount of winning parameters. First, the C63 S Coupe sports a V8 with 50 more horsepower than the competition. Although this doesn’t win the 0-60 mph run, it will win at top speed, considering it hits 180 mph with a limiter. The Audi RS5 takes last place on the 0-60 mph run only by 0.1 seconds. For MSRP, the BMW M4 is the cheapest automobile followed by the AMG C63 S Coupe and the RS5. Note, the RS5 value is an estimation based on it’s value in Euros, so U.S. price may be slightly lower.

Winner: 2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe

Overall, the Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe comes in first place in the is competition. It may not be the most environmental friendly, but in a competition of speed, this car wins. Second place can be considered given to the BMW M4 which can hit 60 mph just as fast as the AMG V8. It is also almost $10,000 less at MSRP. In last place, the Audi RS5 came in close, but not close enough. Behind by only 0.1 seconds on the 0-60, the RS5 ends up being the slowest accelerator here. The RS5 does come in second place for top speed though. In the end, the AMG C63 S Coupe takes the victory home for the 2018 model year.

BMW on Display at NAIAS 2017

According to BMW, the focus of the North American International Auto Show 2017 was innovation. BMW hoped to showcase a new vision for sustainable and progressive cars. BMW unveiled the BMW 5 Series Sedan and the Concept X2. Also on display were the BMW i3 and i8 electrical vehicles with their new battery technology. Finally, racing fans had a chance to get up close and personal with the BMW M6 GT3 for the very first time.

BMW at NAIAS 2017
2018 BMW 440i Convertible - Front - NAIAS 2017 - EuroDrift
2018 BMW 440i Convertible - Front - NAIAS 2017 - EuroDrift
2018 BMW 440i Convertible - Front - NAIAS 2017 - EuroDrift
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The New BMW 5 Series Sedan

The main difference between the New BMW 5 Sedan and previous versions is in the wide range of assistance systems BMW has included to help ease the driving experience.

“The BMW 5 Series displays motorway dynamics and elegance in a perfect combination. It is, therefore, the ideal business saloon.” – ADRIAN VAN HOOYDONK, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT BMW GROUP DESIGN

The 2017 BMW 5 is the first to have iDrive 6.0. The car responds to voice commands that regulate almost every function. With the Optional Gesture Control, you can choose to navigate the car with simple hand movements. You can also control communication and entertainment.

Another system installed on the BMW 5 Series is the Active Lane Keeping Assistant. With the use of camera sensors, the Assistant helps keep your vehicle in the center of the traffic lane. This keeps distracted drivers from drifting, thus reducing accidents.

The BMW 5 Series, while not the fastest car on the market, does an impressive 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. The car is lightweight and boasts BMW TwinPower Turbo engines. BMW promotes the combination of high-strength steel, magnesium, and aluminum they used to manufacture the car.

The BMW 5 Series Sedan seems to be similar to the previous versions except for new “gadget-like” controls. While cool, the use of gestures to drive your car, or having a computer keep you in the middle of your lane may not be enough to convince buyers that the BMW 5 is worth the sticker price.

The BMW Concept X2

Like the BMW 5 Series Sedan, the company has taken a previous version and changed up a few things in an effort to modernize it. The X2 is basically the sportier version of the X1, with most of the changes being in looks and not function.

BMW is marketing the Concept X2 to drivers who want a sporty, practical SUV type vehicle. They offer the car in a sporty red to make it eye-catching. BMW lengthened the wheelbase and extended the roof line to give the car a leaner, more powerful look.

“The X2 is a “vehicle for active people looking for a combination of enjoyment and practicality.”- Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vice president for BMW Group Design

Under the hood, the Concept X2 has an engine similar to the X1. The four-cylinder twin-turbo engine generates 228 horsepower, which is adequate, though not groundbreaking. Priced in the mid $30k range, the car offers a stylish alternative to a standard SUV.

Sustainable Driving with The BMW i3 and i8

The BMW i-series addresses the need for sustainable transportation. The 2017 BMW i3 boasts an improved battery pack which has 50% more capacity. This enables the i3 to go upwards of 150 miles on one charge. The Range Extender (REx) adds somewhere around 50 miles to that figure. The BMW i3 has 0% emissions and can be charged in less than 3 hours.

The BMW i8 hybrid has a 357 horsepower powertrain, and the car can move amazingly fast. In tests, it went from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds. The hybrid i8 gets about 38 mpg. BMW worked hard on the exterior of the i8. The dark silver paint and lines of the car make it seem more futuristic than other BMW models.

For drivers who want an all-electric vehicle, the BMW i3 is a good option. However, if you don’t mind a hybrid, the BMW i8 is sportier, fuel-efficient, and lightning fast. All-in-all it is a more exciting ride.

BMW M6 GT3

To thrill the race car enthusiasts attending the Detroit show, BMW brought their BMW M6 GT3 race car. As described by Top Gear, it is a “big-winged beast of a racecar.” The BMW M6 GT3 claimed the top spot at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, Japan’s Super GT Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the USA.

BMW’s premier racing car has a six-speed sequential racing transmission along with state-of-the-art motorsport electronics. Modification to the chassis helped improve the aerodynamics of the vehicle. The M6 GT3 is a modified BMW M6 Coupe, designed specifically for racing.

What BMW Offered Show Attendees

BMW brought out its newest and latest gadgets, such as the Lane Assistant found on the BMW 5 Sedan. The Concept X2 presented viewers with a sportier SUV and BMW also showcased their i-Series “green” cars. Of those presented, the i8 seems the most interesting. The hybrid looks good, drives fast, and offers the benefits of hybrid technology. However, most car enthusiasts will be dreaming of the M6 GT3 sports car instead of BMW’s other NAIAS offerings.

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