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2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe spied

The upcoming BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe has been spied on the back of a transporter truck this week, ahead of an anticipated reveal later this year. Wearing almost no disguise compared to earlier protoypes that have been snapped by photographers, the 8 Series Gran Coupe is very much a four-door version of the coupe and convertible variants we've already seen – meaning there aren't too many surprises in terms of the looks...

2019 BMW M550i xDrive gets new V8, could come to Oz

BMW has announced running changes for the 5 Series range this week, headlined by a new V8 engine for the M550i xDrive M Performance model. From July 2019, the M550i xDrive will get a new-generation engine seen in the M850i xDrive, a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 making a healthy 390kW of power and 750Nm of torque – not that far off the M5 Competition's 460kW and 750Nm outputs...

BMW X5 xDrive25d announced, Australian launch confirmed

BMW has revealed a new, entry-level version of its X5 SUV for the European summer, set to arrive in Australia late in the third quarter, or early in the fourth this year. The X5 xDrive 25d maintains the all-wheel drivetrain of its pricier siblings, but subs the inline-six engine for a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel making 170kW and 450Nm...

BMW Z4 manual confirmed for Australia – will the Supra follow suit?

The odds of a three-pedal Toyota Supra just got better, with BMW adding a manual option to the base Z4 sDrive20i in Europe. Although Toyota has hinted at the existence of a three-pedal Supra, the cars revealed have been auto-only. We knew a manual development car existed – Toyota confirmed as much last year – but seeing the A90's BMW twin enter the market with the transmission raises hopes for the Supra, too...

BMW M5 Edition 35 Years revealed - UPDATE

BMW M has revealed a commemorative version of its M5 super sedan, dubbed the Edition 35 Years. UPDATE, 20/5/19: BMW Australia has confirmed Australia will get a limited allocation of the M5 Edition 35 Years. See bottom of article for details...

CarAdvice podcast 153: 2019 RAV4, 911 Speedster reviews

This week Scott Collie and Mike Costello are on the panel. In car news, it appears a BMW Z4 M is off the cards, Volvo Australia is working on capped-priced servicing, Mazda is preparing inline-six petrol and diesel engines, and a Hyundai N EV sports car is coming with thanks to a Rimac partnership...

2020 BMW 1 Series teased

The third-generation BMW 1 Series hatch has been teased in a series of posts on social media. The image above gives us our first official, undisguised look at the new hatch’s headlight design, as well as the shape of half its kidney grille and bonnet. Another photo, below, shows off the car’s customisable digital instrumentation cluster...

Maserati to use self-driving technology developed with BMW

John Elkann, chairman of Fiat Chrysler (FCA), has announced Maserati will be the first brand in the company's portfolio to make use of autonomous vehicle technology jointly developed with BMW. According to Automotive News, Elkann made the announcement during a speech in Turin, but didn't state when the technology would be first offered in a production vehicle...

BMW M could bring the CSL badge back

BMW M will keep offering its cars in flavours ranging from Pure through to Competition, topped by special edition models badged CS... or CSL. That's right, the legendary CSL badge could be making a comeback. Last used on the E46 M3, the badge will usurp the GTS label applied to the most recent M4...

BMW Z4 M: Small car, big engine struggles make hotter roadster unlikely

The cost of slotting a full-fat M engine into the new BMW Z4 has killed dreams of a followup to the Bangle-designed Z4 M. Offered as a coupe or hardtop, the original (and only) Z4 M drew on the 3.2-litre inline-six from the E46 M3. Markus Flasch, head of BMW M, says the new model would need to share its engine with the upcoming G20 M3, which would be too expensive...

G20 BMW M3: Drivetrain details firm ahead of 2020 launch

The hotly-anticipated 2020 BMW M3 looks likely to be offered with rear- and all-wheel drive, but it won't appear until 2020 as M instead focuses on its growing range of hotted-up SUVs. A new M3 is always big news, though the G20 could be bigger-than-usual, however, based on some of the rumours swirling about its drivetrain...