Our coverage of the new 2021 BMW M3 Sedan continues with a new color: Frozen Brilliant White. The matte white is one of the two BMW Individual Frozen colors, along with Portimao Blue. The color palette for the new 2021 BMW M3 and M4 is more diversified and unique than ever. Long gone are the boring colors, instead, the design team in Munich decided to give us a wide range of paint options. From non-metallic to metallic and matte options, there is likely a color for every M owner out there.
The non-metallic colors are Alpine White and Sao Paulo Yellow, while the metallic palette includes Isle of Man Green, Toronto Red, Sapphire Black, Skyscraper Grey, Portimao Blue and Brooklyn Grey. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The BMW Individual program is equally exciting with paintworks like the Frozen White, Frozen Brilliant White, Frozen Black, Frozen Dark Grey, Frozen Orange, Frozen Portimao, Dravit Grey, Oxide Grey, Tanzanite Blue II, and much more.
The new BMW M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe also come with a standard BMW Individual Anthracite headliner and dashboard trims in high-gloss black material. Further optional appointments include the Aluminum Tetragon ornaments and the Carbon Fibre high-gloss package which carbon fibre trims and carbon inlays for the steering wheel and shift paddles.
Other means of exterior personalization also include the galvanized applications for buttons/controls, the striking BMW Individual Shadowline headlights (offered in conjunction with the Adaptive LED or BMW Laserlight technology), the BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line package of adornments with standard or extended content, and the M Carbon exterior package, which adds CFRP coating for front bumper elements, the mirror caps, the rear spoiler and the rear diffuser inserts.
Going inside, the individualization possibilities include exclusively developed Merino fine-leather upholsteries exposing a dual tone and contrasting colors. Up to 8 options are available, in extended or full content:
Merino Black/Black (extended/full)
Merino Yas Marina Blue/Black with yellow contrasts (extended/full)
Merino Kyalami Orange/Black (extended/full)
Merino Silverstone/Black (extended/full)
If you opt for the BMW Individual leather trims, you can choose from the following options:
The Competition models also come with carbon fiber seats which are not only functional, but also extremely cool looking. Customers who opt for the Competition models can choose for the newly designed M exterior mirrors and a rear spoiler to be in body color, plus chrome tailpipes.
One of the most underrated cars in BMW’s lineup is the X3 M40i. There’s really nothing it does poorly. Obviously, it’s not a paragon of handling dynamics but it’s far more fun than most purists give it credit for and it’s surprisingly fast for a crossover of its size. Throw in its great interior and useful practicality and the BMW X3 M40i is a dynamite choice for enthusiasts with families. Thankfully for those enthusiasts, an LCI update is on the way to freshen up the looks and add some cabin technology. (We don’t own these spy photos but you can see them here)
Just yesterday, we saw photos of the BMW X4 M40i LCI update, so it’s ironic that the BMW X3 M40i would get caught just a day later. We’ll take it, though, as the X3 is the better looking car, while the X4 is a bit frumpy.
Up front, the new LCI’d BMW X4 M40i will get a new, larger grille but don’t worry, it’s nowhere near the size of the 4 Series’ gaping nostrils. It’s headlights also seem a touch different, with different lighting elements inside that are more closely resemble those of more modern BMW’s. Overall, though, it’s mostly the same car.
We’re also expecting some changes inside, as well. The iDrive system will get an update, to the latest screen and system, as will the gauge cluster, which will be updated to BMW’s latest Live Cockpit Professional. Maybe it gets BMW’s new shift lever but that’s doubtful.
Hopefully, not much changes under the skin. The BMW X4 M40i is already a delight to drive; with great steering, a nice ride balance and incredible power; so we’d hate to see BMW try and fix what ain’t broke. The 3.0 liter turbo-I6 under hood makes 355 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, which is more than enough to make the X3 M40i fast. In fact, it’s so fast that it almost makes the BMW X3 M irrelevant.
This BMW X3 M40i LCI facelift comes at the right time, as a few of its competitors are starting to get updated so it’s time for BMW to do the same.
One of the more interesting cars in the current BMW pipeline, a car that we’re extremely curious about, is the upcoming BMW X8. The X8 will be the first ever vehicle to be developed from the ground up by the M Division. There’s no pre-existing BMW that the X8 will be based one and it will be entirely unique. Some new spy photos have just surfaced, showing off that very fact. (We don’t own the spy photos but they can be seen here)
These new spy photos bring us closer to the BMW X8 than ever before, really allowing us all to get a good look at its unique styling.
It’s certainly a different looking car than any of the other SUVs in BMW’s lineup, which is actually kind of surprising. Even the BMW X7 looked like a big X5 in its spy photos. But this new X8 is a different thing altogether. It’s much lower and sleeker, with a more aggressively raked roof line and a higher belt line, which gives it a narrower window frame. It actually almost has a Range Rover Sport look to it in its silhouette, which is a bit refreshing. It’s certainly sportier looking, just in profile, than any of BMW’s other SUVs.
The BMW X8 seems to have large kidney grilles but not as large as the X7s and certainly not as large as the 4 Series’. They seem to be wider, rather than taller, on the X8, which is again refreshing.
Its Hofmeister Kink is obscured by camo in these photos but you can sort of make out where it will lie and it does leave a rather large D-pillar, so blind-spot visibility may be an issue.
At the back of the BMW X8 test mule, there’s so much camo that there’s really not much to see. However, the one point of interest actually has nothing to do with the car’s design. Instead, it has to do with the “Hybrid Test Vehicle” sticker on the rear bumper. As we’ve said before, the BMW X8 will come in a few different flavors; one of which will be an X8 M45e, which will borrow the same powertrain as the BMW 745e. There will also be a V8-powered plug-in hybrid X8 but this one seems to be the former, due to its seemingly tamer styling.
The X8 is one of the most interesting new BMWs to be in the works. Not only is it an all-new SUV that’s never existed before but it’s also the first ever car to be built and designed entirely by the M Division. It’s an important car for both BMW and BMW M, as its success or failure with either make or break any future bespoke M car endeavors. We can’t wait to see what it’s all about.
Designer and Kith owner Ronnie Fieg is allegedly preparing a collaboration between his brand and BMW. Fied posted an Instagram image showing a BMW car – which seems to be painted in the iconic Zinno Red – and a BMW badge but with the Kith engraving on it. Furthermore, Fieg also posted a separate photo featuring a picture of his aunt standing next to his grandfather’s 1979 BMW E21. “This started it all for me,” Fieg said. “Wish he was here to see what’s coming.”
No other details are available at this time, but Fieg is known to tease in advance some of its collaborations. We’ve also known for a while that Fieg is a huge BMW fan and currently owns a few iconic models. Clearly, the collaboration revolves around a car(s), but it’s also likely that we will see some Kith-designed BMW apparel as well.
This is not the first time an automaker collaborates with a clothing maker. Especially when streetwear has often crossed into the automotive world. Just a few months ago, Virgil Abloh, founder of Off-White, and creative designer at Louis Vuitton, worked on his version of a Mercedes‑Benz G‑Class.
We’ve also seen other partnerships between Supreme and Lamborghini, or Puma and Porsche. BMW is also no stranger of collaborations. Earlier this year, BMW partnered up with Futura to work on a limited series of M2 Competition models.
That’s all the news for now, but expect more teasers in the next few days and likely the reveal of the full partnership in the near future. Fieg and Kith are known to start teasing products a few weeks before their launch.
In an odd turn of events for the brand, the cheapest Rolls-Royce is quite possibly the best. Rolls likes to say that the Phantom is the best car in the world and there’s certainly an argument to be made in favor of that bold claim. However, with all of the development time and technology put into the new Rolls-Royce Ghost, the brand’s cheapest car, it might actually be better. In this new video from Doug DeMuro, you can find out why.
Doug DeMuro must absolutely love testing Rolls-Royces because they’re about the quirkiest, feature-packed cars on the road. From umbrellas that pop out of the doors to the starlight headliner, any modern Rolls is about as quirky as a car can get, in the best possible way.
The all-new Rolls-Royce Ghost is built on the brand’s new “Architecture of Luxury”, which is the brand’s all-aluminum bespoke chassis. So the Ghost is no longer built on the BMW 7 Series but on its own chassis. That makes it far superior to the car it replaces. It also features a bespoke Rolls-Royce engine, rather than a BMW-sourced engine.
Speaking of engine, the Ghost is powered by a 6.75 liter twin-turbocharged V12 and it makes an adequate amount of power. Honestly, it doesn’t matter how much power it makes, so long as it can pass any of the poors driving too slowly in front of it.
Unfortunately, DeMuro doesn’t get to drive the new Ghost in this video, as that’s where the car really shines. Its new Planar suspension system is designed to make the Ghost the best-riding Rolls-Royce ever made and it’s also supposed to be the quietest. In fact, it’s said that Rolls-Royce actually made the Ghost so quiet that it was too quiet. Its silence actually became unnerving for passengers, so Rolls had to engineer a soft noise back into the car, a noise Rolls-Royce calls “The Whisper”, because of course it does.
Overall, the new Rolls-Royce Ghost is probably the most interesting model in the brand’s range and this video takes you in depth with many of its interesting features.
Things are getting heated in the premium segment of electric cars. Mercedes-Benz has just announced no less than six new electric models which aim to compete across a wide range of segments. In the future,…
The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is nothing more than an attempt from Munich to stay relevant in certain segments. That segment includes the likes of the Audi A3 Sedan or CLA-Class from Mercedes-Benz. That’s about it, to be fair and the reason why that’s happening is because there’s a decent hunk of change going around in that segment and it would be a shame not to try and nab some.
The top of the range model is called the BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe. Why? Because it’s considerably more powerful than the next best thing and noticeably better to drive. Is it better than the M235i Coupe that was originally launched some 6 years ago?
Of course not, but you really shouldn’t compare the two. One is built on the UKL FWD platform while the other is a RWD car. Nevertheless, the M235i Gran Coupe is a fun car.
For most people, it will be more than they can handle. Literally. And the fact that it was capable of doing some hot laps on a proper track like Hockenheim speaks loudly about how potent this little four-door coupe is. It may not be the fastest out there but, as I said, other cars wouldn’t even make it to the finish line.
As for this particular hot lap, it was completed by the people at Sport Auto. The driver was Uwe Sener who has plenty of experience in such situations. His best lap time with the 300 HP M235i Gran Coupe was 2:06.1 which is decent but slower than the main rival of this car, the Mercedes-AMG A35 4Matic which did it in 2:04.9.
The BMW did manage to beat the Audi S4 Avant though, by 0.2 seconds and the Seat Leon Cupra R ST by 0.6 seconds. In all fairness though, the Audi is a diesel now and the Seat was probably not running on Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires.
The compact four-door model based on the BMW UKL architecture for vehicles with front-wheel drive celebrated its market launch in mid-March 2020. Therefore, it hit perhaps the worst time ever in recent decades. So with the COVID-19 pandemic in full display, car sales took a backseat.
So it’s expected that the yearly sales numbers on the 2 Series Gran Coupe to be on the lower side. Regardless of the current situation, we have now received some new photos from Slovenia showing the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe with M Performance Parts.
The factory tuning is usually based on the M Sport package and is presented on a white-painted vehicle. After all, the blacked out parts should be particularly eye-catching. This BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe shown comes with black kidneys, black rear spoiler lip, exterior mirror caps made of carbon fiber and a sports exhaust system including tailpipe trims with carbon sheathing.
Even before the market launch of the 2 Series Gran Coupe F44, BMW sold more than 400,000 Gran Coupes across all classes, worldwide. The four-door coupes have established themselves as a successful model within a very short period of time because they combine typical coupe elements, such as frameless doors, with the everyday practicality of a sedan.
In the case of the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, the original plan called for around a third of the vehicles to be sold in Asia and Europe, and a quarter of all sales coming from the US market. How these numbers actually develop will depend much more on the effects of the corona pandemic than on the strengths and weaknesses of the vehicle.
For a direct comparison with the aftermarket parts, there are also some photos showing the same BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe F44 with M Sport package.
With its 306 hp turbo four-cylinder, the BMW M235i Gran Coupé will remain the most powerful F44 Gran Coupe for the foreseeable future. For now, a stronger model to rival the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 is definitely not planned. In any case, the BMW M235i Gran Coupe does not lack power. The strongest four-cylinder engine built by BMW to date accelerates the 2 Series Gran Coupe from 0 to 100 in 4.9 seconds. Also, thanks to the M Performance Package, is even faster – 4.8 seconds.
(Photos: Žiga Intihar / BMW Slovenia | Source: BimmerToday]
There’s a lot of criticism surrounding the Bavarian brand at the moment. We see it everyday in our comments sections; fans upset by the direction BMW is taking many of its cars. Cars like the 4 Series, M3, 8 Series and even its electric cars are going in a direction that seems to contrary to the brand’s “Ultimate Driving Machine” ethos. However, there may be a shift in thinking over in Munich, or at least a subtle shove in the right direction and the new 2021 BMW 128ti might be a sign of it.
In a way, the BMW 128ti actually has a bit of Porsche thinking behind it. BMW essentially took the BMW M135i, ripped out its big engine and put in a less powerful one, threw out the rear driveshaft, axles and differential but kept the upgraded suspension, brakes and styling. So BMW simplified, lightened and sharpened the 1 Series by giving it modest power but the best handling bits it could find. It’s similar thinking to Porsche’s ‘GTS’ models and look how they’ve all turned out.
Who Needs Big Power?
Under the hood of the BMW 128ti is a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder that puts out 265 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, which is almost identical power to the BMW 330i, only in a smaller, lighter package. That engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic, with no manual option (the only real downside of the 128ti) and drives only the front wheels.
It might sound odd to think of a BMW that’s designed solely for handling to be front-wheel drive but that’s what BMW is working with on its small cars at the moment.
At the front axle, the M135i’s Torsen limited-slip differential remains. Admittedly, in the M135i and M235i, that front diff gets overwhelmed by all 332 lb-fts of torque on tap from their turbo-fours. But with much less power and torque on tap, the BMW 128ti’s diff should be able to manage far better and help quell both understeer and torque steer.
More importantly, the 128ti is no longer saddled with the mostly redundant xDrive all-wheel drive system of its more powerful sibling. The xDrive system in the M135i is technically all-wheel drive but its Haldex hardware rarely sends enough power to the rear axle to make it worthwhile and it’s limited to a maximum of just fifty percent of the engine’s torque anyway. BMW (as well as Audi and Volkswagen and any other brand that uses Haldex) will claim that the M135i can actually received almost 100-percent of the car’s power but that’s only if there’s zero available grip at the front axle. Imagine the front axle being on a patch of ice, while the rear axle isn’t. That’s the only circumstance in which you’ll get more than 50-percent power to the rear in any Haldex BMW.
So with that mostly redundant system out of the way, the BMW 128ti is 80 kg (176 lbs) lighter than its sibling, which is like tossing me out of the trunk. That lack of weight not only offsets its lack of power but also makes it a more agile, more chuckable car. Without the xDrive system, and with a decent rear anti-roll bar, don’t be surprised if you can get some good old fashioned hot-hatch lift-off oversteer from the 128ti.
The BMW 128ti might not have the same power as the M135i but it has the same M Sport suspension. Well, mostly. All of the hardware is there; so it receives a 10mm drop in ride height versus normal 1ers, firmer anti-roll bars and stiffer springs and shocks. Though, that suspension has been specifically tuned for the 128ti; its lighter weight and front-wheel drive nature. It’s also received model-specific steering tuning, which is encouraging.
Sweetening the deal even further are the M Sport brakes, which are carried over from the M135i. That means the BMW 128ti gets four-piston monoblock calipers up front, with floating single-piston calipers out back. The calipers will also be painted red, which will differentiate the 128ti from its blue-calipered M135i sibling.
On the outside, the BMW 128ti will retain most of the same aggressive looks as the BMW M135i. So it gets the same front apron, rear bumper and side skirts as the M Performance car. However, it also gets some red accents in its front air intakes, side skirts and rear faux vents. There are also red “ti” badges on the side skirts, near the rear wheels. Sure, the red accents are a bit juveniles but, honestly, BMW could use a bit of juvenile thinking these days.
The inside is much the same — it’s essentially identical to the M135i just with more red touches and some “ti” badges. That’s fine, though, as the cabin is nice enough looking and is made from rich materials. So no complaints there, even if it’s a bit unsurprising.
Historically, the “ti” badge has been a special one for BMW. It’s always stood for “Turismo Internazionale” and it’s a badge that’s adorned the rear end of many great cars. Most notably, the BMW 2002 ti wore the badge (which later gained an additionally “i”, signifying fuel injection), a car that most fans agree is one of the greatest to ever wear a Roundel. Though, no one is expecting the 128ti to be the spiritual successor of the 2002 ti, nor is anyone expecting it to be some great return of BMW’s purist-handling greatness.
With that said, I think it’s fair to look at the BMW 128ti with some optimism. Sure, it might be using its ‘ti” badge as a marketing ploy but that’s okay. All it needs to do is be the best driving 1 Series there is — which it’s shaping up to be on paper — and it’s a step in the right direction for BMW. Even if it isn’t, though, the thinking behind it is good. BMW has decided to take a small car, simplify it, make it lighter and shift its focus from bogus 0-60 mph times to handling and dynamics. Just that in itself is a good move from BMW. Let’s hope BMW continues where the 128ti leaves off.
The future generation of the 4 Series Gran Coupe has been quite a rare sight for spy photographers, as the testing program focused basically on the i4 electric model, which thus overshadowed the ICE versions of the mid-class four-door coupe. The forthcoming 4 Series Gran Coupe has recently been spotted in the company of the early prototypes of the 2022 G70 BMW 7 Series and the upcoming X4 LCI, expected to premiere sometime towards late 2021. As we don’t own the photos, you can see them here.
The G26 generation of the 4 Series will build upon the new front-end styling philosophy introduced on the G22 2-door model in June. The second iteration of the 4 Series Gran Coupe will sport the radical tall, upright kidney grille and the streamlined headlights giving the whole car a purposely remarkable and aggressive stance.
The signature rakish roofline will be obviously inspired by the i4. Expect a very sexy and very elegant silhouette, featuring a restyled Hofmeister kink, balanced proportions and clean surfacing, with clear and muscular shapes and details composing the side design of the G26 4 Series.
At the rear-end, the new generation 4 Series Gran Coupe will basically borrow the design features from the G22 4 Series, with hardly any visible differences. Inside the new G26 model series, occupants will receive improved cabin space, especially in the rear seating. The dashboard will get typical digital displays and the same ergonomic architecture of the 4 Series Coupe.
The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe will be officially revealed in early 2021, with the market launch scheduled for late Spring 2021. In Europe, at the start of sales, the lineup of available engines will comprise diesel, petrol and all-electric. A plug-in hybrid is still improbable at the moment, but again we cannot be sure what the future holds in this respect.
Most diesel and gasoline-fed powertrains will be equipped with mild hybrid electrification technology in the form of the useful 48-volt integrated starter generators rated at 8 kW / 11 PS (11 hp). Several rear-driven and xDrive models will be available right from the beginning: 420i, 420d, 430i, 430d and the M440i and M440d range-toppers.
The ultimate surprise of the G26 generation will be the completely electric i4 model, coming in three versions, as reportedly planned: i430, i440 and i440 xDrive. The i4 Gran Coupe will be underpinned by the Gen5 BMW eDrive electric architecture and will also boast a significant technology transfer from the iX halo model which debuts later this month. Expect the Curved Display to make its appearance on the electric 4 Series as well.