The BMW X5 M Drives like a Featherweight, Hits like a Heavyweight
Can drifting be done in an over-5,000-pound family hauler? When it bears the badge of "M", the answer is a "conditioned" yes.
Quick Spin: 2015 BMW X6 xDRIVE50i
Though it loses out on some of the functionality of its brother, the X5, the new X6 is an impressive machine to both drive and ogle.
Quick Spin: BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe
On the surface, the BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe may seem like a redundancy, but it provides customers a gorgeous yet practical alternative to the boring three-box sedan.
Today in Gear: October 31, 2014
Today in Gear: BMW reveals the new X5 M and X6 M, Talja woodcarving kits, turkey-skin footballs, affordable duffles and more.
This Week in Motoring: September 29, 2014
This Week in Motoring: Cadillac tries to stem the tide, the making of the Hellcat, a China-only McLaren, Audi gets the driverless nod and much more.
Vintage Explorers: 7 Adventure Vehicles for the Perfect Off-Road Trip
Steep slopes, muddy trails, river crossings and scree slopes turn a garden variety trip into a journey. Adrenaline junkies, take note: off-road excursions are just as exciting as transcontinental road trips, if not more so. Set yourselves up with any of these great vintage off-road adventure cars and you'll see why.
Economy Plus: Driving 5 Great Diesels
The only problem with hybrids is how boring they can be to drive. Diesel cars, on the other hand, offer outstanding torque with hybrid-like fuel economy. We take five great ones out for a spin.
Want This, Get This: Audi A8 L TDI or BMW 328d xDrive
The Germans are all over the diesel car market. Which makes complete sense: those Europeans are passionate about the practicality that diesel-powered cars provide, not to mention the kind of torque that can pull Tyrannosaur teeth from their sockets. If you want a capable German diesel that nets both solid mileage numbers, good driving dynamics and the aesthetics and comfort a stylish German sedan affords, then look to Audi and BMW at the two ends of the price spectrum.
The Bizarre Success of the BMW X6
The BMW X6 been around since 2007 and has found shockingly good sales success for BMW, even earning a refresh this year: all this, despite its inferior specs, a small interior, and the fact that it looks like it's been whacked with the same ugly stick as the Pontiac Aztek. So how does the X6 manage to draw buyers?
Today in Gear: July 28, 2014
Today in Gear: Denon adds Dolby Atmos to its receivers, the Nvidia Shield is perfect for gamers on the go, Laphroaig's newest release and more.
The BMW M3 Through the Generations
Over the decades, BMW's iconic M3 has only grown in power, performance (and in most cases, weight), going from niche sports sedans to one of the most popular performance-focused automobiles in the industry. The best part? There are five generations of them, all with scintillating, unique details and the underlying similarities of greatness.
Masters of the House: Driving the BMW M3 and M4
The slightly slick track at Wisconsin's Road America has me wondering just how little effort it would take to spin the 425 hp German monster I'm driving. The truth is that the M4 I'm helming isn't working nearly as hard as it can with its 425 hp (and more importantly) its 406 lb-ft of torque and shaved corpulence. 174 pounds. That's the equivalent weight of two average male German Shepherds drooling on your fine leather sport seats and the same amount of poundage the new 2-door M4 has dropped over the M3 Coupe it replaces. But the all-new BMW M3 and M4 are so much more than more power and less fat.
Three New-Wave Hybrids That Emphasize Design (and Efficiency)
If you think the only thing about hybrids that's advanced in the past decade or so is technology, think again. No longer the ugly stepchild of the automotive world, many hybrids have also arrived in the department of style and even take the kind of risks manufacturers wouldn't dare impute to their gas-powered children. We've helmed three stylish hybrids that run the range of prices and designs. They're all pleasing to the eye as well as to the environment and give us hope for the future: one without hybrids that look like lozenges on wheels.
Today in Gear: July 2, 2014
Today in Gear we're looking at better sounds from your BMW, the internet of things, an omnipotent wax, ginger bourbon and more.
In the BMW M235i, New Hope for BMW Drivers
As good as BMWs typically are, they've lost some of their deft and agile performance in recent years. The 135i and the 1 M, released in 2008 and 2011, respectively, certainly did their share to make amends for past wrongs. But the new M235i does more than just try to make peace with the former BMW faithful. It's a whole new step in the right direction.
The 32 Most Gorgeous Automotive Details
A car is certainly more than the sum of its parts, but sometimes it's the little details that make an otherwise good car iconic. These details can be subtle as the Mona Lisa's smile or bold as the LED spire on the new Freedom Tower, or, more often, somewhere in between. We've assembled a list of some of the best automotive features -- both innovative and artistic, groundbreaking and evolutionary -- to ever see the light of day.
Today in Gear: May 8, 2014
Today in Gear we covet BMW's most powerful car ever, the perfect pencil, fast lenses and more.
Coy Looks, Blistering Speeds: 10 Awesome Sleeper Cars
It would be a dream come true to own a flaming red Ferrari, but sometimes it's best not draw attention (jealousy, ire, the eyes of law enforcement) to your vehicle. Those who want the power and speed without the notoriety can look to "sleepers", cars almost intentionally built to escape notice while still secretly packing heaping loads of power and punch -- and chips on their shoulders.
Four Great Concept Cars from the New York Auto Show
Though the New York International Auto Show isn't a haven for many concept cars, there are always a handful of them to get your attention and whet your appetite for what might come. This year, there were four that we could count, and they're all worthy of your dollars should they make it to production in some form.
New York 2014: 10 Cars That Matter
Sandwiched between the Geneva Motor Show and the Beijing Auto Show, the New York International Auto Show usually misses out on the biggest reveals of the year, but it still has plenty to offer. This year's show had its fair share of new designs and vehicles along with loads of improved sheetmetal. We've chosen ten standouts from our time on the ground that we'll be looking to drive in 2015.
Deutsche Dethroned: When Lexus Beat BMW
BMW has spent the past several years making its cars more luxurious and better appointed for its upmarket customers. While BMW was upping the luxury, Lexus was moving in the opposite direction, not by making their cars any less luxurious, but instead placing a stronger emphasis -- maybe even a bull's-eye target -- on sportiness. The result? For now, the BMW 3 has to get off the gilded chair and let the new kid have the scepter of power.
5 Great Vintage-Style Motorcycles
Some modern motorcycle manufacturers -- some of the best, in fact -- have designed and built bikes that harken back to timeless style. Though we don't recommend that you get out there with a flimsy leather helmet and goggles, we do strongly urge you to invest in the right gear and then hit the road on any of these five fantastic vintage-style motorcycles, looking damn good while you do it.
Detroit 2014: In a Sea of Unveilings, 10 Cars That Matter
The North American International Auto Show is one of our favorite events of the year. It's a time when just about every carmaker descends on Detroit, and the moment is a golden one. Picture it with us: gleaming steeds -- SUVs, sports cars, sedans, pickups and more -- as far as the eye can see, a field that's tough to whittle down to our favorites. But we've done just that with these ten beauties, the best of NAIAS.
20 Cars We Want To Drive in 2014
Just about every morning, before our cup of joe, we slap ourselves as a reminder of how lucky we are to drive some of the best cars in the world and get paid for it. 2013 was another year of stupendous privileges, with wheel time in Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Land Rovers, Bentleys, Rolls-Royces, Porsches, Jaguars, Mercedes-Benzes, Audis, BMWs, Aston Martins and more. We've been the beneficiaries of a huge upswing in the automotive marketplace in terms of style, quality and driving excitement through virtually all segments. And you know what that means: 2014 should prove to be even better.
Here are the cars we most covet for the new year, each one a standout in its segment by virtue of its quality, technology, design, driving experience or all of the above. In a stellar field, these are the ones that stir the petrol in our veins the most. As we embark on a new year, here's a toast to what should be an incredible 2014 on the digital pages of Octane.
Today in Gear: December 12, 2013
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Used to be you tied some flat sticks to your feet and slid down a mountain, desperately avoiding trees. These days, kids -- with their gadgets and gizmos and rap music -- get all the
Today in Gear: September 30, 2013