April 12, 2015 |
For those preparing to take a test called the SAT (Strange Automotive Trivia), a knowledge of recent BMW nomenclature is essential. Bayerische Motoren Werke has traditionally employed even numbers when identifying coupe models - except when it doesn't. Until recently, the coupe version of the 3 Series sedan had a 3 in its name. But when BMW redesigned the 3 Series for the 2014 model year, it created a 4 Series designation for the coupe and its convertible stablemate. Then, for 2015, it re-muddied the waters by introducing the 4 Series Gran Coupe model that I just tested.
March 30, 2015 |
2015 BMW 228i xDrive Coupe: All-around fun. Price: $38,600 as tested ($33,900 base price) Marketer's pitch: "Meet the road rebel. " Conventional wisdom: Didn't you used to be the Ultimate Driving Machine? Reality: Think of the 2 Series as a high-maintenance partner. She or he may be difficult to get to know and have expensive tastes, but sometimes it's all worth it in the end. First impressions: I make a point of not learning too much about specific models before I drive them.
March 6, 2015 |
The 2018 BMW Championship, a playoff event on the PGA Tour, is on its way to Aronimink Golf Club after the club's membership voted unanimously Wednesday to approve hosting the tournament. While there are no dates set as yet for the tournament, it traditionally has been the penultimate event of the tour's FedEx Cup playoffs in mid-September. The top 70 players in the FedEx Cup standings compete in the tournament. The contestants who are in the top 30 of the standings at the conclusion of the event move on to the season-ending Tour Championship, which will pay the Cup champion $10 million this year.
February 27, 2015 |
ON AUG. 13, 2013, Eric Torres made a number of bad decisions - from fleeing a cop during a traffic stop to crashing his BMW into a wall to bringing a gun into a Feltonville store - that led to him shooting a police officer during a violent confrontation, a prosecutor told a jury yesterday. In the Almonte Mini Market, at 4th and Annsbury streets, kitty-corner from his Raymond Street home, Torres paced the aisles watching to see if cops would go to his house, Assistant District Attorney Lou Tumolo said in his opening statement.
February 16, 2015 |
'Excuse me, Miss. Excuse me!" The New York City police officer down on Ludlow Street was tapping my window with the insistence of the law. "Oh boy," I thought. "Here we go again. " I had been idling for way too long, talking on the phone in what definitely could not be considered a parking spot - could not even really be considered a loading spot, if I were honest. I rolled down the window. "Yes, officer?" I asked. "This is the best looking car I have ever seen," he told me, smiling.
October 20, 2014 |
2014 Audi Q5 TDI Quattro TipTronic vs. 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d: Luxury and diesel together? This week: The BMW X5. Price: $72,475 as tested. (A base diesel model starts at $56,500, and a bare-bones rear-wheel-drive X5 can be had for $53,725.) Marketer's pitch: "The ultimate driving machine. " Conventional wisdom: A Volvo-loving friend of mine said the Eurozone competitors are a "we-car" (Volvo) versus a "me-car" (BMW). Reality: Pretty darn ultimate, I'd say. Catching up: In our last episode of Driver's Seat, we tested the Audi Q5 TDI, a turbodiesel version of the company's small crossover.
August 4, 2014 |
Brands such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi have always sold diesel cars on their home turf back in Germany. Mercedes, in particular, had success selling oil-burning diesels to Americans in the 1970s and '80s, before emissions regulations were tightened. Thirty years later, diesels are clawing their way back into the U.S., largely because of their fuel economy; better emissions controls, and cleaner diesel fuel. Diesels are now considered competitors with hybrids in the green car space.
February 8, 2014 |
The possibility that U.S. bobsledders could sweep all three events at the 2014 Winter Olympics is far less surprising than the alchemy that led to their unprecedented success. Female track stars were transformed into topflight brakemen. A legally blind Army veteran who suffers from depression was converted into the world's best driver. And, thanks to BMW and NASCAR, a fleet of clunky sleds morphed into sleeker, faster versions. Pushed by ex-sprinters Lauryn Williams, Lolo Jones, and Aja Evans at Sochi, America's three two-woman sleds all should contend in the lone female event.
November 10, 2013 |
The Rolls-Royce Wraith, which will debut in the United States in about a month, is quite a departure for the sedate, century-old British automaker. Can you imagine a Rolls fastback coupe with 624 horsepower and a 0-to-60 time of 4.4 seconds? Well, that's what we have here: a sporty Rolls-Royce, the fastest, most powerful car in the company's history. The Wraith's performance and techniness remind one that the company is now owned by BMW. One of its features is a satellite-assisted automatic transmission that was developed by two BMW engineers in their spare time.