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Best Sports Cars at Detroit 2013

As happy as we are to see a smorgasbord of automotive selections at the Detroit Auto Show this year, our pulses raced especially fast for sports cars. But even the definition of a sports car has changed. They don't always have two doors anymore, and they may never even set tire on a track. But some things never change; what they still can do (at least the good ones) is perform and put a crick in your neck from looking too hard. Here are some of our favorites from NAIAS 2013.

Gran Daddy

2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe

When it comes to BMW M cars, it seems there can never be enough horsepower. Clearly, that was the philosophy behind powering the 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe. What is arguably BMW’s best looking vehicle gets bumped up to the Motorsport division from whence all good things Bavarian come next year, and the payoff is...

Get Even

BMW 4-Series Concept

Is BMW making their lineup more confusing or more distinctive? Hard to say. As rumored several years ago, BMW is finally doing away with their 3-Series coupe nomenclature and making their 2-doors consistent with even-numbered badging, a la 6-Series. The all new BMW 4-Series Concept reveals what the coupe version of BMW’s segment-leading, bread-and-butter 3-Series...

425 lb-ft. Diesel. 'Nuf said.

Behind The Wheel: BMW X5 xDrive35d

The BMW X5 xDrive35d is a mouthful, an earful and a pocketful all at once. Its visually eclectic nomenclature is BMW speak for all-wheel drive and a diesel powertrain. Yes, we said diesel. Get used to it, because the clean-burning fuel is here to stay — providing both efficiency (relative, of course, for something this...

No espresso needed

CRD BMW R100RT “Ruby Ring”

“Café racer” was originally a derogatory term, identifying a poseur-type of motorcyclist who typically rode from coffee shop to coffee shop without doing any real riding. Luckily, the category has outlived ridicule to become one of the best retro styles around today, as exemplified by the Cafe Racer Dreams BMW R100RT “Ruby Ring”. With the...

Wunderkind

40 Years of BMW Motorsport

BMW Motorsport is the hand that’s pushed BMW harder and faster for 40 years now. Responsible for BMW’s racing programs, including automobiles and motorcycles, BMW Motorsport GmbH (or BMW M-Technik or just BMW M) has delivered to the world legends like the E30 M3 and the legendary M1 supercar and continues to produce M-badged cars...

Zagato staccato

BMW Zagato Roadster

A few months ago, we showed you gorgeous photos of the BMW Zagato Coupe formed from the minds at the Italian design house. Well, they’ve pulled off the covers and the roof of the BMW Zagato Roadster for the Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach this weekend, and it is stunning — on screen and in...

C the future now

BMW C evolution e-Scooter

BMW is making waves in the scooter scene, using its extensive knowledge in motorcycle technology with their C 600 Sport and C 650 GT maxi scooters (which will hit showrooms in the fall) and the same lithium-ion battery technology used in the futuristic BMW i8. On the heels of the two remarkable maxi scooters comes...

Two-wheeled Blitzkrieg

BMW HP4

BMW motorcycles are some of the finest two-wheeled machines made and the new BMW HP4 is testament to that end. Based on the killer S 1000 RR, the HP4 is pure performance. Powered by a 4-cylinder 1000cc engine with a monstrous 193 horsepower output (more than my car, a BMW E46 325Ci). Yeeowch. The HP4...

Tastier touring

2013 BMW 3-Series Sport Wagon

To a certain automotive set — including us — wagons are hip (and frankly, as good as ever), so news of the 2013 BMW 3-Series Sport Wagon is definitely not to be missed. Besides the impending bonkers M3, this is easily our favorite version of the 3-Series. The enlarged greenhouse actually does more justice to...

Ossobucco and Sauerkraut, anyone?

BMW Zagato Coupe

Zagato, the Milanese automotive design house, doesn’t really have to uphold its longstanding and stellar reputation for producing some of the most beautiful vehicles this side of oxygenated planets. The BMW Zagato Coupe, recently created for the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, one of the most prestigious automobile and motorcycle events around. If you think it’s...

Bold Three

Behind The Wheel | 2012 BMW 335i

Love it or hate it, the new 2012 BMW 335i (internally, F30) makes a bold statement. A continuation of BMWs design language found in the current 5 and 7 series, especially in the completely reworked front fascia with its exposed kidney grilles and elongated headlamps, the 335i makes no bones about what it’s here to...

Urban Mario Kart

BMW eSetta Concept

The 1950s BMW Isetta certainly wouldn’t break any land speed records, especially since it looks like a windowed deep freezer on wheels. But no one can question its success as a practical and inexpensive mode of transporation. Designer Tony Weischelbraun has taken this icon and modernized it with his brilliant eSetta concept. Replacing the original...

Who needs traction control?

2012 BMW Mountain Bike Enduro

Perhaps you already drive a Bimmer and want to add the same brand name to your two-wheeled man-powered vehicle. Your choice would clearly be the 2012 BMW Mountain Bike Enduro. With a fully updated design and material upgrades, the Enduro uses an all-aluminum frame for lightness and rigidity, full Fox suspension and Shimano XT and...

We've seen the future, and it's topless

BMW i8 Concept Spyder

If Jeff Bridges’ Kevin Flynn was ever searching for the perfect summer ride, it would most certainly be the BMW i8 Concept Spyder, about to debut in New York. Based on the ultra-futuristic BMW i8, the Concept Spyder is driven by the same 131 horsepower electric motor, providing a whole 19 miles of electrical driving...

Restoration done right

Urban Motor R100RS “Werkstattrenner”

Plenty of amazing vintage vehicles are bludgeoned through restoration. Making them “new again” does not always equate to making them better. The original BMW R100RS, built in the late 1970s, remains a classic bike whose looks will stand the test of time, but we’ve seen our fair share of restoration nightmares on this model to...

May I have a little more, please?

2013 BMW M6

Not that the previous generation BMW M6 was a slouch, but lately the German automaker has eschewed their naturally-aspirated-only mindset and gone all forced induction on us. The 2013 BMW M6 has been the latest beneficiary of this Bimmer revolution. Boasting a 4.4 liter V8 with 560 hp and 500 lb feet of torque, the...

5-Alive

2012 Vorsteiner BMW 5-Series V-MS

We think we can all agree that the current BMW 5-Series is both a performance and design upgrade from the last generation. Well, BMW tuner Vorsteiner has taken the German sedan and made it even more spectacular with their 2012 Vorsteiner BMW 5-Series V-MS. All new carbon fiber body panels adorn a standard 5-Series sedan...

Triumphant Teutonic Triumverate

2013 BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe

It’s an answer to a question that nobody asked. The four door luxury sports ‘coupe’, an oxymoron, frankly. But the odd thing is, it works. The Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupe spawned it all and showed the world that a car can be rakishly good looking, have a low roofline, four doors and still be utterly desirable....

Mechanical Synfonica

“What happens if we mix the sound of a classical orchestra with the modern tones of a powerful motorsound? What’s the outcome if we try to use the momentum of a melody and blend it to the deep sound of a V8 or the high tone of a biturbo engine?” These are the questions the...

3-Series, 6-Deep

In-Depth: 2012 BMW 3-Series

The BMW 3-Series stands as one of the all-time greats. At the top of every automobile magazine’s list of best cars for the past three decades and the performance benchmark by which all other sport sedans are measured, the 3-Series is a modern icon of automobilia. Outdoing the last one is tantamount to making the...

Mo'-ped

BMW Concept C Motor Scooter

Typically, riding a scooter as a full-fledged male has the ability to take you down a few notches on the coolness scale. Well, BMW hopes to change some of that, as they try to edge in on the ubiquitous scooter market with the introduction of the BMW Concept C motor scooter. Using a high displacement...

Family Dragster

Edo Competition BMW M5 Dark Edition

The last generation M5 will have its final hurrah in five-door form and under cover of darkness. Edo Competition, the mad German tuner, has just pulled the cover off its BMW M5 Dark Edition. The V10 has been ramped up to 555 horsepower from the original and already ferocious 500 via increased air flow, allowing...

Frosty Goodness

BMW M3 CRT

There are very few times when it’s not good to be an American. This is one of them. BMW is producing the M3 CRT in limited numbers (67) for markets other than the U.S. Yes, you can cry now. The Frozen Polar Silver painted sedans are designated as Carbon Racing Technology vehicles due to the...

M-agnificent

2012 BMW M5

Fully into the post-Bangle era, BMW has created what might be the actual perfect BMW. Every proportion of the BMW M5 bleeds with utter German perfection. Gone is the shrill V10 in exchange for a firecracker 4.4 liter twin-scroll twin-turbo V8 overflowing with technology. Power figures? A head-spinning 560 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque,...

Black Ice. The Good Kind.

BMW M3 Frozen Black Edition

We all pretty much know how ferocious the current BMW M3 is. Screaming V8 and handling of the gods are part of the package. Now, dial it up down a few notches into the form of a teflon Ninja street scalpel with the very limited production BMW M3 Frozen Black Edition ($73,650). The first thing...

Ultimate Deference Machine

BMW 328 Hommage

In commemoration of the BMW 328 75th anniversary (no, not the leased 328 in your neighbor’s garage), Bavarian Motor Works has created what really can only be described as a breathtaking reintepretation, recently revealed at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Como, Italy. Aptly called the BMW 328 Hommage, its resemblance to the original 1930’s...

M Pedal Power

BMW M Series Carbon Racer Bike

Carbon fiber bikes have been around for a while now, though that doesn’t make them any less exclusive. BMW M Performance cars have also been around for some time, and they remain high on the list of uber-desirable cars. Well, what happens when you combine the BMW Motorsport name and the lightness and strength of...

Big Deux Coupe

2012 BMW 650i Coupe

The original BMW 635CSi from the 80’s was a tough act to follow. Crisp, clean lines and an aggressive stance, along with a beautifully forward angled grille made the 6-Series Coupe of yesteryear a true classic.The reincarnation in 2003 proved to be less than thrilling, looking more like a large lozenge than an iconic coupe....

Bow to Good Design

BMW Intermarine 55 Motoryacht

The Ultimate Steering Machine? Perhaps the new BMW Intermarine 55 will establish that new slogan for the Bavarian automaker. In a stunning collaborative work between BMW DesignworksUSA and Intermarine, the Brazilian luxury yacht manufacturer, the goal was to create a new design theme for nautical vessels, incorporating such automotive cues as trapezoidal windows (instead of...

Don't call it an M1

2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe

Since its inception, the BMW 1 Series has always been a bit of an ugly duckling — there, steadfast, ready to perform, but simply too repulsive to seriously consider. Then, one day, (coincidentally the same time we received a batch of photos) the BMW 1 Series underwent the Mermaid Theory and we suddenly found ourselves...

How sweet es ist

Behind the Wheel: 2011 BMW 5-Series

DiCaprio floundered in “Titanic,” U2 released the not-so-great “POP” album and Apple hyped the “what the crap is this?” Newton. We’re all allowed to hugely screw up at least once, but then we’ve got to do something truly great to make up for it. The Departed,” “All That You Can’t Leave Behind” and the ubiquitous...

2010 Paris Motor Show | 20 Cars that Matter

The 2010 Paris Motor Show had landed and it wouldn’t be unreasonable to for a man to assume an amplitude of impossibly sexy cars, leggy models, and enough bespoke suits to make the men of Positano blush. Well, if this year’s display of supercar prowess is anything more than a declaration that the recession is...

Beefier and Leaner

2011 BMW X3

The 2010 BMW X3 is about to pass the baton to the long-awaited X3 redesign for the 2011 model year. The first-generation X3 spearheaded the way for the near-luxury mid-sized SUV category in 2004 and spawned a wave of similar vehicles, like the Acura RDX and the Audi Q5. The X3 is labeled an “SAV”...

The Fixation | 2011 BMW 750Li Alpina B7

With a production count of only 500 this week’s Fixation, the 2011 BMW 750Li Alpina B7 is a BMW guaranteed to do less blending and more asphalt igniting. A driver’s coach for the driving enthusiast. Alpina, an oft misunderstood variation of BMW (the 80’s come to mind…) has made massive strides in their 45 years...

$50k BMW 3-Series? Yes, With 320 Horsepower

2011 BMW 335is

Taking the venerable BMW 3 series to its most powerful, non-M, variant, BMW has just announced the 2011 BMW 335is. At 320 hp, 332 lb-ft torque (or 370 lb-ft when launch control is used on the new 7 speed transmission), the 335is will reach 60 mph in 5 seconds flat. For comparison, a Chevy Camaro...

Shooting Down Putts with RifleScope Technology

SeeMore Putters | Private Reserve

When we first teamed up with MyGolfSpy back in June to feature an in-depth behind the scenes look at the making of SeeMore Putters, we may have left some of you waiting for a full review. The wait is finally over as we’ve gotten our hot little hands on two Private Label SeeMore Putters. Hit...

Eco-Friendly Meets Bahnstormer

BMW 335d Diesel

265 horsepower. 425 lb-ft torque. 0-60mph in 5.9 sec. 36 mpg. Zoiks. Powered by BMW’s buttery smooth 3.0 turbocharged inline-6 advanced diesel engine, the BMW 335d hits the roads with a singular mission: prove you can have your cake and eat it too. BMW’s latest version of the 3-series features 2,500 all-new components from the...

2009 BMW X5 xDrive 35d Review

By Jay Shoemaker | The Truth About Cars They say the longer the job title, the smaller the job. In the automotive world, the longer the model name, the more hype, money and technology involved. For those of you new to this game, the BMW X5 xDrive 35d is BMW’s biggest SUV with all wheel-drive...

BMW 550i Security

Taking Car Security Systems To A Whole New Level The 2009 BMW 5-Series Security. Aging yuppies need not apply. The likelihood of buying a BMW 5 series? Possible. The likelihood of purchasing a BMW 5 series that withstands .44 caliber Magnum bullets, has VR4 ballistic protection, explosion-resistant armored underbelly, thorax airbags (huh?), reinforced heat-resistant rubber...

Why Your Next Car Will Be A Diesel

The Argument for Diesel Powered Vehicles 2009 BMW 335d By Bradley Hasemeyer & Eric Yang: With the arrival of the 2009 BMW 3-Series Diesel, quite possibly the most ubiquitous of the German cars, it goes without saying that diesel cars are coming to America. Moreover they’re coming for the long haul. Taking aside the fact...

2008 BMW M3 vs. 2008 Audi RS4 Review

By Mike SolowiowThe Truth About Cars The fact that we’re even having this discussion tells you how far Audi’s come in the uber-sports sedan sweepstakes. Normally, this comparo would write itself. BMW M3 = driver’s car with super smooth, vicious punch. Audi RS4 = sure-footed supersonic GT with numb tiller. BMW fun. Audi fast. BMW...

BMW X6

When a sports oriented vehicle company like BMW decides to make a crossover one wonders where it’s intentions will lie more heavily with. Then one wonders exactly how that vehicle is going to look, especially when the claim is to be a coupe-crossover, an even trickier mixture. BMW’s new X6 is touted as a Sport...

BMW R1200 GS

BMW Bikes are one of those rarities that are appreciated by the well versed man. It’s German engineering at it’s best. The R1200 GS is powered by a 100hp Boxer engine that produces 85 lb/ft of torque. The Telelever front suspension will keep your ride smooth no matter what the conditions and the signature drive...