A cynic might suggest a coupe is little more than lightly disguised saloon dressed up in a sexy frock to sell at a higher price to gullible customers. While there perhaps was a time when this had some truth to it, a coupe these days needs to be so much more than that. To entice customers away from the mainstream a coupe needs to pull at your heart strings with a combination of style, panache and the promise of driver involvement.[Read more…] about Five Affordable Coupes: Style statements from just £3,000
Trying to decide which of BMW’s M cars tops your list of all-time greats is a little bit like trying to rank your children in order of preference. It’s a seemingly impossible task. Let’s assume though that what you want is one standout model that you could be happy to drive for the rest of your life while forsaking all others, a car you can use on road or track, come rain or shine. Well in that case I reckon it’s the E46 BMW M3 CS that sits at the top of the M-power tree.[Read more…] about Why the E46 M3 CS Could be the Best BMW M-Car
On the face of it you might think it unlikely that the first generation of BMW MINI could really be destined for future classic status. After all, more often than not it’s limited production, high-end supercars that seem to grab the attention of collectors, and it’s not like the MINI is one of those.[Read more…] about Will the Original BMW MINI be a Future Classic?
“Daunting and overly complex”, “Ill thought out and poorly executed”, “Maddeningly frustrating”. These were not the plaudits BMW was looking for when its brand new iDrive user interface was launched in its flagship 7 Series back in 2001. Undaunted, BMW tweaked and refined iDrive into what is now acknowledged as one of the most intuitive and easy to operate systems on the market.[Read more…] about Automotive Anniversary: 20 years of BMW iDrive
It might have made its debut nigh-on five years ago but BMW’s i8 is still as dramatic and arresting today as it was at launch – and is now an excellent used buy. Its swooping, futuristic styling still elicits thoughts that it’s just teleported in from a science fiction movie and if you decide to take the plunge you better get used to lots of attention from passersby.[Read more…] about BMW i8: Is this the Best Used Sports Car of 2019?