BMW's 7 Series lineup caters for many buyer preferences already, with long wheelbase and all-wheel drive options, and a very comprehensive selection of tech. But what if you want to enjoy that high-tech, long wheelbase, all-wheel drive comfort at high speed, really high speed? Then you'd need the new Alpina B7, which takes BMW's luxury sedan and turns it into a 310 km/h (193 mph) autobahn bruiser.
On January 19, BMW Labs opened its public portal allowing ConnectedDrive services to connect IFTTT (IF This Then That) to BMW drivers and their smartphones. The service both adds functionality and allows BMW Labs to advance new services still being developed, connecting apps together while on the go.
The BMW 3 Series has long been the benchmark for the midsize luxury sedan market. Combining the best of German luxurious sports driving into one package, this has long been the sedan to beat. Although others are doing well, bringing some stiff competition, the 3 Series sees a few updates, especially to the top-end six-cylinder engine, that keep this Driving Machine out front.
Vincent motorcycles dominated January's Las Vegas Motorcycle auctions this year, with six of the top seven most expensive bikes of the two auctions, and a new world record for any Vincent motorcycle of US$434,000 going to a Chinese Red Vincent White Shadow 1000cc V-twin. While the marquee bikes expected to sell for the highest amounts were almost all passed in without meeting reserve, numerous world records were broken for mid-range collectibles.
BMW Motorrad has presented two prototype electronic systems at CES 2016 that offer a clear view of the not-too-distant future. The company's tricked-out head-up display (HUD) helmet and laser-powered lighting system are destined to make motorcycles both safer and more functional.
With its hybrid powertrain, carbon chassis and spaceship-styling, BMW's i8 isn't exactly a dinosaur. But that hasn't stopped Munich's engineers from pushing the envelope at CES. The iVision Concept takes the i8 Concept Spyder's dramatic body and packs it full of innovative driver-display tech designed to make it easy for drivers to stay connected with the outside world, without being overwhelmed with information.
When the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) opens on January 6 in Las Vegas, Nevada, BMW will be showcasing a Vision Car featuring a new gesture-controlled interface called AirTouch – no touchscreen or control knob required.
Having an electric car is no good if there's nowhere to charge it. BMW and Nissan are on the case, having partnered to roll out a network of new electric vehicle (EV) fast charging points across the US. There are 120 locations in total, across 19 states.
In the world of tuning, there's no such thing as too much power. BMW's 560-hp (418-kW) M5 is already an absolute powerhouse, but Alpina has decided that there's a market for a more powerful and luxurious 5 Series in the form of the B5 Biturbo.
Two-wheel-drive motorcycles have some real advantages, but in the past they've tended to be highly complex systems that require significant re-plumbing of your motorcycle. That's what makes this concept from German Beemer tuners Wunderlich so appealing –using an electric hub motor in the front wheel, it looks like a relatively simple way to add electric 2WD, as well as a handy reverse gear, to a standard BMW R1200GS.