BMW's next-generation X5 and X5 M models are being tested on public roads, as the brand puts the finishing touches to its Porsche Cayenne-rivalling model range before it arrives on roads this October.Our spy photographers have just laid eyes on a new X5 M prototype that's been caught wearing production bodywork. Beneath its nose is a heavily tweaked version of the current M SUV's twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8, likely producing 592bhp like the same unit does in the latest M5 super saloon.That'd give it 25bhp more than the current X5 M and 30bhp more than the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, ensuring the next X5 M becomes one of the market's most focused performance SUVs. But the battle will heat up when the next-generation Mercedes-AMG, another of the X5 M's archrivals, treads onto our roads at the start of next year with 603bhp from its new 'hot-vee' V8 motor.BMW's performance push won't end with the new car's uprated powertrains, however, … [Read more...] about 2018 BMW X5: new pics of 592bhp X5 M variant
Here’s another sighting of the next-generation BMW X5, this time in full-blown M guise, and in the frigid surroundings of Sweden for cold-weather testing. The upcoming X5 will be underpinned by the BMW Group’s CLAR (Cluster Architecture) platform, which also serves as the basis for upcoming models such as the BMW X7 and the Rolls-Royce Cullinan. This particular model will be the sportiest of the Group’s SUV lot, with its clear performance slant given its M division roots. Starting from the front, tell-tale bodywork comprises air inlets in the front bumper which are larger than on the test mule for the regular model, flanked by pumped-up wheel arches compared to the regular X5. These house larger wheel-and-tyre sets, which in turn are home to M-specific brake kits. Though details are yet to surface, complementing the rolling stock will be a set of X5 M-specific suspension settings in order to make the best use of its contact patches – handy when chasing the … [Read more...] about SPYSHOTS: Next BMW X5 M spotted winter testing
BMW will ramp up the inherently sporting qualities of the next 3 Series in a bid to extend the depth and overall reach of its best-selling range of cars.The first variant will be the rear-wheel-drive M340i M Performance which will feature a 360bhp version of BMW’s twin-scroll turbocharged 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder petrol engine. It will be followed by a four-wheel-drive M340d xDrive M Performance, which is set to receive a 320bhp version of the company’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder diesel engine. Key to the expansion plan for the seventh-generation 3 Series – set to arrive next year – is the addition of two new M Performance models powered by six-cylinder engines. In a strategy mirroring that undertaken with the latest 5 Series , the new M Performance variants will go on sale shortly after more mainstream versions of the new 3 Series are launched in both saloon and estate body styles. The new derivatives will be offered as either … [Read more...] about 2019 G20 BMW 3 Series to be led by hot M340i M Performance model
It’s only three months since the BMW X2 made its global debut, but BMW Malaysia has already announced that Munich’s smallest SUV is available for booking now, ahead of its launch in the first quarter of the year. Preliminary specifications and equipment have also been released, with the sole variant being the sDrive20i M Sport in fully-imported (CBU) form. Pricing will be adventurous to say the least, with the car estimated to retail at RM320,000. By comparison, its main rival, the Mercedes-Benz GLA, is priced at RM239,888 for the GLA 200 and RM269,888 for the GLA 250 4Matic, both on-the-road without insurance. The M Sport pack means that the X2 will come with more aggressive front and rear bumpers and side skirts, highlighted in Dark Shadow grey. There’s also a tailgate spoiler as well as M Sport suspension lowered by 10 mm, plus sports seats and Aluminium Hexagon Anthracite interior trim. Standard kit includes full LED headlights, LED fog lights, 19-inch M … [Read more...] about BMW X2 orders open: sDrive20i M Sport, RM320k est
Segmen motosikal 150 cc di Malaysia adalah sangat popular, seperti yang boleh dilihat dengan pencapaian jualan Yamaha Y15ZR dan Honda RS150R, manakala sebelum model ini tiba pula terdapat model seperti Yamaha FZ150i dan Belang R150.Berita baik untuk yang menunggu, informasi telah sampai kepada kami bahawa pengganti FZ150i yang sudah agak lama di pasaran, iaitu M-Slaz 150 akan tiba di Malaysia sebelum hujung tahun ini. Perkara ini diberitahu sendiri oleh sumber kami di dalam Hong Leong Yamaha Motor.M-Slaz 150 telah pun dilancarkan di beberapa pasaran termasuk Thailand dan Indonesia pada tahun 2016, dan ia menggunakan enjin satu silinder 149 cc, berpenyejukan udara yang mampu menghasilkan 16 hp pada 8,500 rpm dan 14.3 Nm tork pada 7,500 rpm. Kuasa disampaikan ke tayar melalui kotak gear enam kelajuan dan berat keseluruhannya adalah 135 kg. Tangki minyak yang disediakan pada model ini berkapasiti 10.2 liter, dan ia turut mempunyai kelengkapan lain seperti panel instrumen LCD, meter … [Read more...] about Yamaha M-Slaz 150 tiba di Malaysia tengah tahun ini?
In Malaysia, the 150 cc motorcycle segment is extremely popular, as can be seen by the demand for the Yamaha Y15ZR and Honda RS150R supercubs. But one model that 150 fans have been waiting for is the 2018 Yamaha M-Slaz, and we have it on good knowledge it will be in Malaysia around the middle of this year.Speaking to paultan.org, a source inside Hong Leong Yamaha Malaysia, official distributor for Yamaha Motorcycles in Malaysia, said the replacement for the long-serving FZ150i will be launched “sometime this year, probably before mid-year.” The M-Slaz was launched in Thailand and Indonesia in 2016 and targeted at the beginner rider as well as the commuter.Carrying a 149 cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder power plant that is claimed to produce 16 hp at 8,500 rpm and 14.3 Nm at 7,500 rpm, the M-Slaz gets power to the ground via a six-speed gearbox. Rolling on 17-inch wheels, fuel is carried in a 10.2-litre tank, and weight is listed as 135 kg.Inside the cockpit, the M-Slaz … [Read more...] about 2018 Yamaha M-Slaz 150 in Malaysia by mid-year?
BMW has inaugurated a BMW M exclusive showroom in Singapore.The demand for high-performance cars across the world is on a steady rise. To meet this growing demand, in the last four years, the number of BMW M certified dealers has doubled to 850 businesses globally.Now, BMW has decided that the best way to react to this demand for high-performance cars is by expanding its worldwide network with exclusive BMM M and BMW M Performance showrooms. The latest example of this is ‘Performance Munich Autos’ in Singapore. Performance Munich Autos will solely focus on showcasing and retailing BMM M and BMW M Performance cars and SUVs in addition to providing M specific workshop services.The dealership spans across a total of 48,437 square feet to exclusively showcase BMW M models and two BMW M Performance models. It also has an Individual Lounge, which has been integrated for customers to have the ability to relax and individualise their cars. The lounge is equipped with samples of … [Read more...] about BMW M exclusive dealerships to be introduced worldwide
Genesis, the luxury brand spun off from Hyundai in 2015, so far has just two sedans in showrooms with a third on the way—though an ambitious plan to fill out the lineup with SUVs and a coupe by 2020 is underway. But did you know that Genesis was planning something even bigger—something like a halo sports car? What was an excited rumor fueled partially by Hyundai’s N Vision Gran Turismo design study (pictured above) has just been confirmed as reality by Australian publication Wheels.Speaking with Genesis’s vice president of design, Luc Donckerwolke, about the sports car, Wheels garnered a “we are definitely doing it.” Furthermore, the automaker’s vice president of research and design, Woong-chul Yang, described the project as “something our brand needs at this time.” The R&D chief elaborated that such a vehicle would prioritize electrification and battery power over a big-ol’ internal-combustion engine. Yang … [Read more...] about Genesis Confirms It’s Working on Full-Blown Sports Car Using Former BMW M Honcho
BMW has quietly added the M Sport variant to the X3 – priced at Rs. 54 lakhs ex-showroom pan India. Even with the official India debut of the all-new X3 just a month away, BMW thought it right to add a variant to the current generation model. The German car maker only had the xDrive 20d Expedition trim on sale so far, now the company has also introduced the M Sport variant. The X3 xDrive 20d M Sport costs Rs. 54 lakhs (ex-showroom pan India) – Rs. 4.9 lakhs more than the Expedition trim. So, what do you get for the additional moolah?Being the top-spec trim, the M Sport comes with a longer list of features. The fully loaded SUV comes with a larger 8.7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit in place of a 6.4-inch unit on the Expedition. Additionally, this infotainment also has a 20GB hard drive for storage of music and maps. The integrated infotainment is paired with a 205W nine-speaker system. Interior upholstery options include Leather Nevada Beige and Mocha.The M Sport badge … [Read more...] about BMW X3 xDrive 20d M Sport launched
This week's snippets of automotive news include Volkswagen's hot models, Jeep Wrangler customer modifications, 'SUV' goes high-end, and an M Performance BMW Z4. Hot Volkswagens: Hot Volkswagens will continue to get the ‘Benny touch’ to ensure they are more fun to drive. Racer Benny Leuchter was pivotal in the Golf GTI Clubsport S and Polo GTI’s development. “I’ve helped to make the cars more agile, more adjustable at the rear,” he said. Jeep Wrangler customers: Some 98% of Jeep Wrangler customers modify their car with at least one optional part, according to Mopar boss Pietro Gorlier. The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ performance parts division has developed more than 200 components and accessories for the new Wrangler. According to Gorlier, the best-selling parts for it are side steps and a noise-reducing headliner. “People like the options that make the car more practical, or that offer more off-road … [Read more...] about Autocar confidential: Hot Volkswagens, ‘SUV’ goes high-end, M Performance BMW Z4