If you’re a pensioner or maybe someone fortunate enough to have £70k + to splash and thinking of getting the new BMW M5, this latest video released by Auto Express is worth checking out. Mat Watson drove the new BMW M5 from Spain back to the UK over three days and tested it out during this time as a technology packed performance car, city car and motorway cruiser.

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BMW fans will be pleased to hear that the German carmaker has released information on a pair of new special edition 3 Series models soon to arrive dealers in Europe.

 

The 2012 3 Series Exclusive Edition will offer buyers new 18-inch, lightweight V-Spoke wheels as well as a unique Mineral Grey exterior paint. Inside, the cabin is wrapped in Dakota leather in either Pearl Grey with contrast stitching or black. Bamboo grain anthracite wood trim adds a bit of specialness as well.

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Depending on where you are, you might like to call it a cabriolet, but the newly unveiled 2012 BMW 650i has some exciting guts. The new 650i boasts the automaker’s twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 sending 400 horsepower (peaking at 6,400 rpm) and 450 pound-feet of torque (from 1,750 to 4,500 rpm) through an eight speed automatic or six-speed manual.

Power is of course sent to the rear, giving you a a 0-60 mph time of 4.9 seconds and a limited top speed of 155 mph.

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Gallery: New 2011 BMW 5 Series

On November 27, 2009, in Auto Tech, by KLS

Officially announced this week was BMW’s new 5 Series Sedan. BMW fans will be happy to know what the carmaker has done to build on the previous already fantastic car. The new 2011 5 Series has been increased in length by 1.7 inches to 192.9 inches and width by 2.5 inches to 73.2 inch. Tech-wise, the car will feature a 4th generation iDrive control screen available. The 2011 5 Series is scheduled to go on sale in Europe in March 2010, and shortly after in North America and other international markets.

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Remember the owner of the BMW 335i who wanted to preserve his car really nicely and just ended up 3M taping the whole of the exterior? Well here we have a very similar thing going on, except this is a Porsche. The material used here is slight different but produces the same overall effect. It’s a type of foil wrapping technology from Germany called bu foliacar, a fully removable color foil letting you change back to the original color of your car at anytime. This German high-end product ensures the same optical appearance and surface structure just like the regular paint finish.

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The BMW Product Navigator is basically an automobile themed Microsoft Surface. By implementing Microsoft’s new technology, BMW hopes to enable prospective customers to build and customise their next bimmer (to a limited extent) rather than having to scroll around a garage looking for the vehicle with the colour that they’re hoping to see. To be honest, bimmers don’t have that much customisation and their colour range……? So I don’t know how useful this is, but it is a good excuse to get hands on with the Surface for some fun…

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We all know and have seen the many creations of the BMW’s M division, they’re known for some of the world’s finest high performance cars. However, this time they have been called for a challenge they’re not used to, to build a “four door GT coupe” and to take it on the spot as BMW’s next flagship vehicle for the year 2010… And the end result, here is what they have come up with, the new 8 Series…

As you will be aware, it looks exactly like the 2007 BMW Concept CS (pictures below), which was first showed off at the 2007 Shanghai Motor Show.

According to M division head honcho Ludwig Willisch, the car will not be an “M” car per se, but the design is such a departure from typical BMW designs that, for the first time in the division’s history, they’ve been tasked to build their first non-M-badged vehicle. Though specs not yet available, the new 8 Series’ main rivalries will be the Mercedes Benz CLS3 AMG, the yet-to-be-released Porsche Panamera and Aston Martin Rapide.

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