Category Archive: BMW

Mar 14

Road Test – 2017 BMW 340i Gran Turismo

2017 BMW 340i Gran Turismo, Iain Shankland, Road-Test.org
Back in 2010 we drove the 550i Gran Turismo and came away thoroughly impressed by every aspect of the car – especially its size compared the regular 5-series sedan – it felt more like a 7-series than a 5. This week we’re driving the new 2017 340i Gran Turismo and just like the 550i – it’s way bigger than the series size that it represents, so think of it more as a sportier 5-series than a 3-series. It’s interesting to note that the majority of BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo customers are new to the brand – so BMW are obviously doing something right and striking a chord with the buying public. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 29

Road Test – 2016 BMW X6 35i

BMW X6 35i, Road-Test.org, Iain Shankland

When the BMW X6 first came out it was crucified by the majority of auto journalists’ as an abomination, whereas I absolutely loved it. Fast forward several years and now there’s several CUV/SUV’s that look an awful lot like the X6 (a very similar thing happened with the BMW GT as well)… take a bow BMW – setting the trend that gets copied several years later by other manufactures. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 02

Road Test: 2015 BMW 428i Gran Coupé

2015 BMW 428i Gran Coupé, Road-Test.orgFirst came the the BMW 4 Series Coupé and Convertible, and then the Gran Coupé – for those that wanted more than two doors and didn’t want a 3-series sedan (!?)… or GT.

Hmm that doesn’t make sense, but here we are.

According to BMW the “4 Series Gran Coupé combines the sleek look of a two-door coupé with the functionality provided by four-doors and expansive spaciousness, including a wide-access luggage compartment.” To you and I that means – it’s a 4-door hatchback. I know I’m getting old, but it don’t look like a 2-door coupe to me – it looks like a 4-door sedan with a bonus huge rear hatch that looks like a trunk not a hatch.

This raises some serious questions – most notably – WHY does this vehicle exist? Time for me to investigate. So off to Germany we went – to the home of high-speed autobahns… Time to see just what this thing is all about… Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 22

Road Test: 2013 BMW 528i Touring

2012 09 25 198 wText / Images: Iain Shankland

My favourite BMW has always been the 5 Series – for some reason the designers get it PERFECT every time it’s re-designed. I also think it’s the perfect size of car with the 3-series being a little snug and the 7-series being just a little bit too big – especially when driving around the smaller towns and cities in Europe.

On our last trip to Germany there were three adults, so the 3 Series would never cut it size-wise and with two of us being women… you know the car had to be more than a little accommodating for luggage. I hadn’t driven the newly re-designed in 2011 BMW 5 Series, so this was the perfect opportunity to grab one for our two-week working vacation. Obviously the sedan wasn’t big enough, so I booked a wagon – or Touring.

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Mar 14

2014 BMW 3-Series To Get Diesel In The U.S. – No Word If Canada Will Also Get It

2013 BMW 3 Series

Automobile magazine is reporting that BMW will be introducing a new 328d wagon this year, and claims it will even come with xDrive all-wheel drive in addition to the 328d sedan.

The new 3 Series diesel models are expected to enter production in July, which means we’ll get them as a 2014 model year.

So what kind of numbers is this new 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine got to offer us?  It’s expected to deliver 180 hp and 280 lb/ft of torque.

Reportedly diesel fans in the U.S. can get even more grunt with the optional brand-new 3.0 litre turbo-diesel six-cylinder  engine in either the  5 Series or the redesigned X5 SUV that will deliver around 255 hp and 413 lb/ft  of torque.