New BMW 1 Series M Coupe

Valencia orange M car completes BMW’s über-sports lineup 1 Series: you’ve been tangoed! BMW’s baby coupe storms into the picture ripe and ready to be peeled and juiced. While squeezing a laudable 227 bhp per tonne out of it’s fruity 3.0 litre engine. More tangerine than navel orange, it sits at the bottom of the [...]

BMW 1 Series Coupe M

Valencia orange M car completes BMW’s über-sports lineup

1 Series: you’ve been tangoed! BMW’s baby coupe storms into the picture ripe and ready to be peeled and juiced. While squeezing a laudable 227 bhp per tonne out of it’s fruity 3.0 litre engine. More tangerine than navel orange, it sits at the bottom of the M range, but has to call itself 1 Series M Coupe to distinguish it from the original M car, the M1. That M1 was a mid-engined supercar, but such is progress, that it is out-performed by this shopping car on steroids. And it’s those steroids that make this car desirable: without the wide arches, extra spoilers and hot engine the 1 Series looks a bit plain Jane.


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BMW and MINI electric kids car race

Last week we took you to the dog-eat-dog world of radio controlled car racing, with on-board footage and video race report, as organised by The Racing Bug. All fine and fun, but wouldn’t you rather actually be in the car, racing your opponents wheel to wheel for real? Yes, we thought so too, so we [...]

YW electric Grand Prix gets underway

Last week we took you to the dog-eat-dog world of radio controlled car racing, with on-board footage and video race report, as organised by The Racing Bug. All fine and fun, but wouldn’t you rather actually be in the car, racing your opponents wheel to wheel for real? Yes, we thought so too, so we took the electric BMW and MINI cars we had on loan out for a thrashing, to see which came out on top. We had to enlist our youngest ever road testers due to the diminutive interiors. So which car was fastest, which one handled better, which one triumphed in the desirability stakes? There was only one way to find out: standby for the first ever YW Electric Grand Prix !



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BMW and MINI launch electric kids car range

Great gift idea: buy the kids their own electric cars With Christmas knocking on our doors next month we thought it was time to consider what the kiddies out there might want to find around the tree. iPad, no – too young, Playstation – nah, too annoying. Electric car – yeah, just the ticket for [...]

MINI and BMW electric kids cars - with adult helmet to show scale

Great gift idea: buy the kids their own electric cars

With Christmas knocking on our doors next month we thought it was time to consider what the kiddies out there might want to find around the tree. iPad, no – too young, Playstation – nah, too annoying. Electric car – yeah, just the ticket for a few laps of the tree and drive!

Bring on the nice people at BMW and MINI who lent us some samples to play with. First up is a gorgeous electric MINI Cooper S convertible miniature; yours for a mere 249 Euros from www.mini.com/shop or 129 Euros in pedal car form. This deep metallic blue micro car is aimed at the 3-5 year old in your litter, comes with electric rechargeable pack and not much else. Unfortunately our particular sample got damaged en route, note to Santa: pack your sleigh a bit better pleeeeze. So ignore the crack on the rear left of the car, it certainly didn’t stop us bringing you this extreme car test.


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BMW M3 GTS breaks cover

BMW announce a special track day version of their M3, the GTS Yesterday Porsche announced the GT2 RS road going racer. The boys down in Munich, answering to the age-old rivalry, are not going to be left out of the equation – so here it is: the BMW M3 GTS, a car equipped for the [...]


BMW announce a special track day version of their M3, the GTS

Yesterday Porsche announced the GT2 RS road going racer. The boys down in Munich, answering to the age-old rivalry, are not going to be left out of the equation – so here it is: the BMW M3 GTS, a car equipped for the track day, but with road-legal credentials. Like the Porsche it sheds 70kgs by ditching all sorts of kit, such as the rear side and back windows. You get polycarbonate ones instead. Carbon-reinforced plastic roof and trim help shave the weight too. Like the Porsche you get welcome power-to-weight improvements. The BMW 3.4 kg/bhp, The Porsche 2.2 kg/bhp – that could be quite a clear difference on the track! Off the track the difference will no doubt swing the other way as the GT2 RS will cost 235,000 Euros in Germany. BMW haven’t revealed the price yet, but it’s likely to be significantly less – possibly in proportion to the difference in P2WRatio? Ummh, maybe not. The BMW’s price will include six-point racing harnesses and fire extinguisher though. Both have roll cages as standard. All in all a nice piece of kit to drive to the track, scare your passenger and look the part in the process. Only thing is; they are all going to be orange – hey, what’s wrong with yellow, it’s only a couple shades away on the colour pallets?! Read on for specs.


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Yummy new BMW 5 series

BMW launch new 5 Series saloon. 4 door saloons have to earn their place on the YW pages. The mundane are not welcome here. This latest, sixth generation version of the 5 Series though qualifies on looks alone. Near 50:50 weight distribution, rear wheel drive, cracking engines and a focus on driving pleasure means the [...]

New 6th generation BMW 5 Series

New 6th generation BMW 5 Series


BMW launch new 5 Series saloon. 4 door saloons have to earn their place on the YW pages. The mundane are not welcome here. This latest, sixth generation version of the 5 Series though qualifies on looks alone. Near 50:50 weight distribution, rear wheel drive, cracking engines and a focus on driving pleasure means the brand starts with a fighting chance ;-) . The current generation has lasted well, still looking fresh, but was often unloved because of its controversial looks (but we liked it). This new version works straight out of the styling studio, taking an evolutionary step beyond the smaller 3 series. Fortunately, it doesn’t follow the awkward looks of the 5 Series Gran Turismo. Forgotten how older 5 series evolved into the new one? Checkout this new BMW website www.thenewbmw5series.co.uk

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2009 IAA Frankfurt Auto / Motor Show – BMW Vision

BMW’s impressive, indoor-track dominated hall featured the Vision hybrid concept car. Adrian van Hooydonk’s design rotated on display as Efficient Dynamics liveried cars from BMW’s lineup sailed past. How cool to have your own track to display and drive right in the exhibition hall ! As we moved over to the Mini stand we could [...]

BMW Vision hybrid concept leads the pack on the track

BMW Vision hybrid concept leads the pack on the track

BMW’s impressive, indoor-track dominated hall featured the Vision hybrid concept car. Adrian van Hooydonk’s design rotated on display as Efficient Dynamics liveried cars from BMW’s lineup sailed past. How cool to have your own track to display and drive right in the exhibition hall ! As we moved over to the Mini stand we could hear some tasteful V8 sounds emanating from above us, proving that there was more to BMW’s display than showing their efforts to control emission outputs and improve efficiency.

BMW Vision hybrid concept

BMW Vision hybrid concept


At the heart of their future eco-plans lies the hybrid chassis that the Vision’s aggressive yet svelte bodywork was draped over. Does this mark a swing away from BMW’s plans for hydrogen fuelled cars? Remember the 7 series hydrogen that was being produced on a limited trial basis. Certainly, the whole eco-car movement has pushed towards hybrids and pure electrics, rather than hydrogen, unless in fuel celled cars. Fuel density and transport problems are mostly responsible, and the convenience of converting existing engine technology which was already looking cynical.

We like the principles enshrined in BMW’s philosophy: eco-cars that retain performance and driving pleasure by cutting down weight, and kinetic and aerodynamic losses. But we do question the weight penalty of carrying around a turbodiesel as well as electric motors. This is still intermediate technology to make the all-important range acceptable to ordinary car users. Lose the combustion engine and it’s electric generator and think how much weight you could save. The world still needs a more efficient battery, despite recent advances.

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