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Is The BMW 5 Series The World’s Best Saloon?



2018 BMW M550i xDrive

BMW has been a household name in the executive car market for decades, and the BMW 5-Series is a major reason why. Now in its seventh-generation, BMW’s mid-sizer is better than ever.

Available in both saloon and touring guise, the latest 5 series adopts a clean design that many consider on evolution of the previous model’s, making an understated yet stately statement wherever it goes. It’s a handsome vehicle, but one that probably won’t turn heads.

The interior, like the exterior, has a clean and simple design that gets the job, offering superlative build quality, refinement and sophistication for the segment and everything else you could possibly want it in a car. High points include BMW’s new gesture control system that premiered in the 7 Series, a 10.25-inch high-resolution infotainment screen with an touchpad controller for the class-leading iDrive system, a self-parking system, passive entry, Apple Carplay, glorious-sounding premium audio systems and a massage function for both front and rear passengers.

While the overall design of the 5 Series will leave some prospective buyers wanting more, it’s driving dynamics definitely won’t. It feels sportier than the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Audi A6 with which it competes. It doesn’t roll in the corners as much as the other two and delivers sharper, more responsive steering.

With the optional adaptive dampers equipped, it handles very well, but not at the sacrifice of handling. In fact, I dare say it handles better and is more comfortable than the Merc, which is an impressive feat of engineering.

The M550i xDrive ups the ante, bridging the gap between the regular 5 Series and the performance-tuned M5 by delivering better performance — power and acceleration, notably — than the previous generation M5.

And then there is the new M5, a car that’s faster than many modern supercars and arguably the current king of the performance saloons,. Enough said…

Blake Wilkinson from for one is senamoured with the latest 5, stating:

“The 5 Series really is the best the saloon market has to offer, it combines powerful and efficient engines with luxury and technology usually found in cars far more expensive than this. It’s the kind of car that’s suited to every lifestyle.”

And we can’t help but to agree. As a premium executive saloon, the seventh-generation BMW 5 Series does seem to offer everything — a stately design, sophisticaed interior and amentities and unmatched overall performance. Do the E-Class and A6 really have anything substantial on it?

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Next BMW M3 Has RWD And 4WD Versions, Which Will You Choose?



New, 2019 BMW 3 Series M Performance Parts

The M3 will take a page from the latest M5, but without losing grip of its roots.

When the sixth-generation BMW M3 and M4 hit the market, they will reportedly be offered with both rear-wheel and all-wheel driver versions.

The rear-wheel drive M3 / M4 — ‘M3 and M4 Pure’, as they are known internally — are intended for purists, while those looking for outright performance will certainly go for the all-wheel drive variants.

According to , the all-wheel drive M3 / M4 can only be had with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and will have a bit more power to work with since the manual transmission in the purist M3 / M4 can’t handle the same amount of torque. It will also be a bit different aesthetically, featuring a different front fascia and set of wheels.

BMW hasn’t announced when the next M3 and M4 will debut, but it will add three additional go-faster models to the lineup overtime, including a competition package.

So, which one will it be for you — the rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive M3 / M4? Let us know in the comments below, including your reason(s) why.

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BMW Creates Meteoric M850i Night Sky For Outer Space Geeks



BMW M850i Night Sky Meteorite

The unique 8 Series features meteorite inlay and 3D-printed brake calipers.

BMW has revealed the M850i xDrive Coupe Night Sky, a one-off take on the new M850i created by the company’s Individual Manufaktur team for astronomy fans.

The car features an outer space theme. Inside, hunks of meteoric rock adorn the center console, start/stop button, shift lever, iDrive controller and other surfaces, while Widmanstätten surface pattern of meteorites can be found on the center console’s trim finishers, brake discs, exterior mirror caps and the front splitters.

For the non-space geeks among us, Widmanstätten patterns are the result of iron-nickel crystals forming on meteors over the course of around 10 million years and cannot be reproduced on Earth.


Special LED project constellations of stars on the center console and other interior surfaces.

Not content with the space theme, BMW created new lightweight brake calipers using generative design processes (3D printing). The pieces manage to be 30 percent lighter than the 8 Series’ usual calipers without negatively affecting necessary strength characteristics.

The one-off Night Sky edition is finished in San Marino Blue metallic paint over a black base coat. Its debut coincided with a meteor shower that took place overnight from January 3 – 4, resulting from the Earth briefly passing through the orbit of the asteroid 2003 EH, with fragments from the asteroid entering our planet’s atmosphere and burning up.

Some of these meteoric fragments were incorporated into the BMW Individual M850i Night Sky’s interior.

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BMW, Porsche’s Ultrafast EV Charger Adds 62 Miles In 3 Minutes



BMW, Porsche Ultrafast EV Charger

It only takes 15 minutes for an electric vehicle’s batteries to be charged from 10 percent to 80 percent capacity.

BMW and Porsche, along with several other partner companies, have made great progress developing an ultrafast EV charging system.

Their so-called FastCharge research program has resulted in a 450 kW prototype charging station that can add 62 miles (100 km) of range in just three minutes or nearly fully charge a mostly depleted battery from 10 to 80 percent in just 15 minutes.

While the ability to charge an electric car in just a few minutes will be a boon for EV owners, today’s electric vehicles aren’t able to charge at 450 kilowatts. Tesla’s vehicles, for instance, utilize a 400-volt battery configuration, but Porsche and Audi’s FastCharge tech can handle higher voltage levels of up to 920 volts, which experts believe will become the norm.

Their charging station is able to handle so much current and voltage thanks to actively cooled cables that use a circulating water-glycol solution to manage temperature. The electric vehicle must also be compatible and use intelligent charging strategy that not only precools the battery before charging begins, but also monitors cell temperature during the charging process.

Suffice it to say, the long, tedious hours that it used to take to charge an electric car are almost a thing of the past.

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