New Mini Cooper Electric muscle-car in it for the long-haul long haul

Special trial and demo for electric Mini Cooper SE Mini ‘muscle car’ doubles as Frankfurt airport tug Take a look at the slow, but steady, demonstration MUNICH, Germany – Silent, emission-free, but very powerful: the Mini folk are talking about their Mini Cooper SE Electric which will soon be on the world’s roads. A recent “test…

Toyota i-ROAD: Done before – but maybe this one will catch on?

Weatherproof single-seater scoot from Toyota Lack of range and no pillion are going to cost sales Heating and sound system listed as optional extras GIVEN the new road taxes about to be introduced by the South African government and local authorities in South Africa, here’s a very sensible vehicle for the solo commuter – a…

Exclusive for SA: Only eight of 400 BMW M850i xDrive coupe

Collector’s dream: A super unique BMW 8 Series Individual specifications for luxury cabin Twin-turbo, 390kW, eight-cylinder, petrol engine MUNICH, Germany – A special run of only 400 BMW 8 Series coupes badged as M850i xDrive Coupe First Edition will be released in April-June 2019 with a promise of ”maximum exclusivity due to its individual configuration”….

Beemer and Zon build one beaut of a custom creation

Japan and Germany build joint beaut bike First home for prototype BMW boxer Tradition and custom get creative YOKOHAMA, Japan – Japanese motorcycle customiser Custom Works Zen has created a ”spectacular” – and it sure is! – custom bike built around the prototype of a new BMW Motorrad boxer engine. The bike has just been…

BMW M340i xDrive: ‘Extremely dynamic’ 3 ready for LA show

‘Extremely dynamic’ new sedan Three on way More torque from well-known straight six ‘Exceptionally sporty character’ for 2019 launch MUNICH, Germany – The new BMW 3 Series Sedan, the automaker says, is picking up speed on its way to its market launch in early 2019. That’s it above… cool, hey? It’s said to be ”an…

Ramping up: Production starts for AWD BMW 8 convertible

DINGOLFING, Germany – Four months after production of the new BMW 8 Series Coupé ramped up here comes the BMW 8 Series convertible. It will be assembled alongside BMW 5 and 7 Series on a single assembly line after a multi-million line upgrade at the plant in in Lower Bavaria. Driver and passengers will be…

New BMW F850 GS Adventure: High-tech comes to real touring

High-tech, auto emergency call system 550km range from new central 55-litre tank Whole catalogue of useful accessories MUNICH, Germany – For more than a decade the GS models in BMW Motorrad’s midsize F series motorcycles are said to have embodied the premium range of the middleweight travel and adventure enduro. The lay claim to high-level…

US data shows electric vehicles can do more than save fuel

SAN FRANCISCO, California / MUNICH, Germany: The BMW Group and PG&E present the results of their ChargeForward project in favour of maximizing the use of electricity from renewable resources to charge electric cars. The main findings were: Electric vehicles can help to stabilise the public grid Drivers will change charging habits, given the right message…

Through dusty Death Valley in a BMW soft-top prototype

Extreme heat and dust test the soft top Electronic circuits subjected to 50C air Long-distance drives from mountains to sea MUNICH, Germany –  BMW has put its 8 Series convertible through intensive trials and test drives involving Las Vegas and Death Valley in the USA. The results, the automaker says, provided important information about the functional…

BMW seeking driving heaven on the Nordschleife hell run

BMW sends Threes to hell for testing Optimising ride comfort, dynamic performance ‘More potential for maximum transverse dynamics’ WOODCLIFF LAKE, New Jersey – The next generation of BMW’s 3 Series sedan has just completed ”crucial” final stages of suspension and chassis development testing ahead of production. The automaker said there was only one possible location…

Next BMW Z4: Green light for ‘pure driving pleasure’

‘Particularly important’ test stage at Miramas Next comes camouflage drives on autobahns Major focus is the new suspension system MUNICH, Germany – Long bonnet, short overhangs, low centre of gravity, soft top: despite the camouflage, the two-seater doing laps at the BMW test centre in Miramas in the south of France was instantly recognisable as…

BMW M3 CS comes 30 years on from E30 BMW M3 Evolution

Special edition, limited run, for M3 special Tuned sport exhaust blows through four tailpipes Road-legal, semi-slick, tyres can be specified MUNICH, Germany – BMW is presenting another exclusive, limited-run, special-edition model – a BMW M3 CS with accentuated sporting presence but continuing the now decades-long tradition of M special editions which began in 1988 with the E30 BMW M3 Evolution….