Want to know what happens when you pit one of the lightest, most aggressive little sports cars, against a German super bike and a 600 hp French rally cross car in the rain?
Awesome, that’s what happens. Nothing but awesome!
I’ll be honest, one of the last places on this Earth that I’d want to go is the Arctic Circle. You see I hate the cold, like REALLY hate the cold. I know I’d be missing out on the picturesque beauty and tranquility, but at days end I’d find a way to deal with it. Murph (the guy in this video) is different. So different in fact that he went to the Arctic Circle on his trusty BMW R 1150 GS motorcycle. Even though he may (or may not) have a screw lose, I’ve got to give the guy credit, as this is one thing I’d never attempt.
Like I said, I hate the cold.
PRO’s: Outstanding performance, extreme all-weather versatility, spacious enough for a family of 5.
CON’s: Peculiar styling, high price tag.
FINAL THOUGHT: An amazing SUV/crossover that may well be one of the fastest and most versatile vehicles that BMW has ever produced.
If you’re not sure whether the 2013 BMW X6 M is a car, truck or crossover, don’t feel bad because you’re not alone. You see this things got an identity crises, a bad one, and because of that consumers have been perplex by the X6 since its debut in 2008. I just spent a week with BMW’s X6 M and I can tell you this, I still have no idea what the hell it is, but I fell in love with it, and hot damn if it isn’t a riot of a performance vehicle.
Make it small, make it lite, make it fast. Those are the key ingredients for any well thought out sports car and something that BMW knew from the beginning. Therefore it should come as no surprise that their iconic 2002 is one of those machines. By today’s standards they are underpowered, but that doesn’t mean that they still don’t make one of the best platforms around for customization. Marc Norris’s Bavarian Workshop of West Hills, CA decided to take this concept and make it a reality with their own vision of what a factory BMW M2 might have been like.
Since the late 1980′s the BMW M3 has been one of the best cars out there offering up a great combination of performance, usability and style. Out of the box they’re outstanding machines, however over the years the M3 has seemingly become a watered-down version of its former self. So much so in fact that cars like the Boss 302 Mustang, and even BMW’s own 1M, can be offered up as competition. Everyday Driver decided to pit that aforementioned Ford and 1M against the M3 to see if the old boy should still retain its crown, or if it still brings out the same emotion the original car did all those years ago.
PRO’s: Quick, nimble, smiles-for-miles little hot-rod.
CON’s: Big price tag, lack of limited-slip-differential.
FINAL THOUGHT: The 2013 BMW 135is is a little pocket-rocket of a car that will make you rediscover driving at its core. It’s fun, fast and has the ability to make even grown men giggle.
Buying a car is not a rational decision, it’s an emotional one. We look at style, performance and how that particular vehicle makes us feel. Does it make us smile when we open the garage door. Does it make the right sound when we turn the key. Above all, does it get our adrenaline flowing when we simply go out for a drive. In a day and age where cars are weighed down by government safety regulations, technology and each company trying to outdo the next guy, it’s nice to see that BMW makes at least one car that throws up its middle finger and shows us that a car can still be a good time.
Between 2001 and 2002 BMW produced a series of short films to be aired only on the internet. They featured some of the film industries greatest directors and some of its best talent. “STAR” showcases the then new, BMW E39 M5 in what is perhaps its best starring role to date. This is a car that some consider to be the last true M5. Equipped with a naturally aspirated V8 that pumped out 400 hp through a 6-speed manual transmission, the E39 M5 was not only one of the best muscle-sedans ever produced, but a true drivers car. Clive Owen and Madonna star in the video as well, but can’t hold a candle to what may be one of the best cars BMW ever produced.
PRO’s: Outstanding luxury, wonderful performance and loads of useful technology.
CON’s: Big price, hesitant acceleration in comfort mode.
FINAL THOUGHT: One of the best high-end luxury sedans on the market today, regardless of price or pedigree.
For most of us, traveling first class is something that dreams are made of. We wait in line, baggage in hand until our group is called, and then, like lemmings jumping to our deaths, get corralled onto our planes or trains, only to find that we’re seated next to the crying baby or the large man with the glandular disorder. It’s an awful experience for all who are involved and it makes us yearn for the better things in life. Every now and then though, fate smiles upon us and presents us with a gift that not only boosts our morale, but brightens our day. This happened to me last week when a new 2013 BMW 750Li press car appeared in my driveway.
With 315 hp and 332 lb.ft. of torque, BMW’s new M135i hatch is a car that would no doubt peak the interest of any automotive enthusiast. From a spec sheet point of view it reads perfectly; 3150 lbs, a top end of 155 mph, rear wheel drive and it can be had with a 6-speed manual. Unfortunately for those of us living in the United States, this is a car that we’ll never be able to get our hands on.
Thanks BMW… Thanks a lot.
The perplexing thing about BMW’s M cars and anything with an AMG stamp on it is this – are they sports cars, full-on grand tourers or both? Both the BMW M6 and Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG are brutes when it comes to flat out power, speed and torque, but what about handling and overall road manners? Chris Harris of the DRIVE Network on Youtube recently took both of these cars out for a proper flogging to see if they do in fact fall into a specific category, or if they’re simply a Jack of all trades and master of none. Check it out after the jump.