Next year will be a full year of driving pleasure, as luxury automaker BMW has a deadly array of products for automotive enthusiasts from the new generation of its compact sedan, most luxurious grand tourer, to the most extreme M5 yet.
Here are the top five BMWs to watch next year:
BMW 8 Series
The most elegant and luxurious looking BMW yet, the sporty grand tourer features a 4.4 liter V8 engine that can generates 530 horsepower and torque of 750 Nm from 1,800 rpm that mated to an upgraded eight-speed Steptronic transmission in the BMW M850i xDrive Coupe M Performance model. Developed like a sports car it has a low centre of gravity, well-balanced weight distribution, lightweight construction using aluminium, magnesium and carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP). Aerodynamically optimized and virtually lift-free body, it also has rear axle differential lock, extremely stiff body and suspension structure. Adaptive M suspension, Integral Active Steering and mixed-size tyres come as standard.
The largest and the most luxurious BMW X model is 5,151 millimetres in length, 2,000 millimetres wide and 1,805 millimetres tall, and has a wheelbase of 3,105 millimetres. Generous interior space across three rows of seats as it has seven seats as standard. Middle row can be specified with two individual comfort seats as an option. Uncompromised space in the third row, complete with armrests, cupholders and USB ports. All seats are electrically adjustable. Vernasca leather trim as standard. Boot capacity can be expanded from 326 litres to a maximum 2,120 litres. Air springs at both axles and Adaptive suspension with electronically controlled dampers are standard.
BMW M5 Competition
For fans of high-performance cars, the car is the most powerful and sportiest variant of the high-performance sedan. Engine output raised by 25 horsepower (over the standard version of the new BMW M5) to 625 hp, even more direct response and bespoke chassis tuning serve up a driving experience inspired overtly by motor sport competition. The new BMW M5 Competition also channels its power via an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission and M xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive. The specific power delivery of the V8 engine, which gains from upgrades to various details, is reflected in a 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) time now reduced to 3.3 seconds. The new BMW M5 Competition hits 200 km/h from rest in 10.8 seconds. Special design features in high-gloss black and “Competition” lettering added to the “M5” badge on the boot lid point to the exceptional dynamic potential of the new flagship model.
The new version of the open-top two-seater got revamped design and improved proportions. Using the brand’s new design language, the car features a classical soft-top roof with electric operation and its driver-focused interior. Under the skin it has upgraded engines, a new chassis design and a more rigid body structure. At the pinnacle of the three-pronged Z4 range is a BMW M Performance model. The new BMW Z4 M40i is fitted with a six-cylinder in-line engine developing 340 horsepower, comes as standard with features including Adaptive M Sport suspension, variable sport steering, M Sport brakes, an electronically controlled M Sport rear differential, 18-inch M light-alloy wheels and high-performance tires, and dispatches the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds.
BMW 3 Series
The new generation of the compact sedan now uses the brand’s new design language, it features new powertrain technology and a body and chassis design geared squarely to maximizing agility and dynamics. It comes as standard with a newly developed lift-related damper control system, which aimed to give a significant role in giving the car a blend of sporting prowess and ride comfort. Options include an M Sport differential with electronically controlled locking function in the rear differential.