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Friday, 27 May 2022 07:30

Suzuki Vision Gran Turismo concept

Suzuki is showcasing the Vision Gran Turismo, a new two-seater open-top concept for the Gran Turismo 7 video game.

The Vision Gran Turismo is a sports car with a front-mounted engine and all-wheel drive, powered by an innovative hybrid drive that combines technology from both the motorcycle and car departments, and is available to gamers.

The Vision Gran Turismo is powered by the same 1.3-liter four-cylinder 190hp engine found in the Hayabusa motorcycle. The engine is paired with three electric motors that increase the total power to 432HP at 9,700 rpm, while the maximum torque is 610 Nm.

With only 970 kg, the concept was developed using "state-of-the-art weight loss technology". The exterior design of the Vision GT looks inspired by the Swift Sport, while the interior attracts attention with a new steering wheel surrounded by two screens that display an image with two digital mirrors.

Although this concept will not reach the production car, it shows topics that could enter the Suzuki models of the future.

Tuesday, 24 May 2022 05:14

BMW M4 Coupe review

 
 
Pros
  • Superb handling
  • Potent engine
  • Practical for the class
 

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Polarising design
  • Tight rear headroom

A new generation of BMW M3 and BMW M4 is a big occasion for keen drivers, because the cars have a rock-solid reputation for being astonishingly competent performance cars. When this new car was launched, there was much more talk about its styling than its mechanical components.

Fortunately, it’s not a case of all mouth and no trousers. The latest BMW M4 is still up there with the very best sports cars, thanks to its involving driving experience and mountainous power output. For UK buyers, only the upgraded M4 Competition is available, but you can choose BMW’s xDrive four-wheel-drive system for the first time.

The BMW M4 Competition is one of the most serious performance models in the manufacturer's range, sitting above the BMW M2 and beneath the bigger, but arguably less focused, BMW M5. If you'd prefer a saloon with two extra doors, the BMW M3 saloon also shares most of the M4 Competition's hardware, and an M3 Touring estate is on the way.

In 2022, a new BMW M4 CSL joined the range to celebrate the M division’s 50th anniversary. With carbon-fibre body panels, just the two seats and a 39bhp power increase, the M4 CSL is a serious performance car. You’ll be lucky to see one, with just 100 coming to the UK. Each one costs nearly £130,000. CSL stands for ‘Competition, Sport, Lightweight’ and has previously represented the pinnacle of BMW M3 models.

 The standard M4 faces off against some talented rivals, including the Mercedes-AMG C63 S and Audi RS5 from Germany, and the Italian Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, which prospective M4 buyers may rightfully be tempted by, despite it being a saloon. A Kia Stinger GT-S is a cut-price alternative, while the V8-engined Lexus LC 500 appeals for its looks and engine noise.

Much of the buzz around the latest M4 has been around its polarising looks because, in keeping with BMW's latest design direction, it features a significantly larger interpretation of the traditional kidney grilles. It's up to buyers to decide if they approve or not but it's also worth noting the M4 is available in Black Sapphire metallic at no extra cost, which makes the nose much more subdued than Sao Paulo Yellow. Naysayers are also far less likely to have an issue with how the M4 looks from the sides or rear, which are sleek and far less controversial. You may also think the pumped-up M4 suits its grilles better than the regular BMW 4 Series on which it’s based.

Even more importantly, the M4 is very impressive from behind the wheel. Its chassis feels balanced and communicative, which wasn't always the case for its predecessor, and in its gentler driving modes it even feels laid back. Of course, its 503bhp twin-turbo 3.0-litre petrol engine can still serve up devastating acceleration, getting the 1,700kg M4 from 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds. Mash the throttle in a corner and the rear can struggle to put down all that power but a four-wheel-drive version is also available. We’d recommend the xDrive version, because the power is even more accessible and the extra traction adds a feeling of security in poor weather. The xDrive model is also quicker, taking just 3.5 seconds to complete the 0-62mph sprint. 

 

Stick with one of the more conservative colour schemes and the interior feels fairly grown up, aside from the bright red driving mode buttons and engine push start. A 10.25-inch infotainment display and 12.3-inch gauges dominate proceedings, and the software is clear and easy to use. Beware of the option packs, though, which are tempting but seriously push up the price. Unless you attend lots of track days, £8,000 for a set of ceramic brakes and a 180mph top speed (raised from 155mph) might not be necessary.

MPG, running costs & CO2

 
A sports car in a sensible suit, with prices to match

Nobody is likely to buy a BMW M4 to cut down on their motoring bills but that doesn't mean BMW's engineers can adopt an 'anything goes' ethos. Indeed, the M4 has been affected by the downsizing trend; it’s now fitted with a 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine with two turbochargers – around a decade ago it would have had a 4.0-litre naturally aspirated V8. It also features fuel-saving measures like stop and start to cut power while waiting in traffic.

This adds up to a car capable of 28.8mpg, while CO2 emissions from 228g/km place it firmly in the top 37% Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) band for company-car drivers. You'll need to drive gently to get close to this fuel economy figure in the real world. This compares well to the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio (with 27.2mpg), while it's just behind the Mercedes-AMG C63 with an official figure of 32.8mpg. Drive more how you might when enjoying the M4's performance and we found around 18mpg is more realistic.

 Of course, running costs will be substantially higher than for a standard model, with performance tyres, brakes and other consumables all more expensive than standard parts. The M4 also sits in a high insurance group, so it's worth getting a quote before going ahead.

That’s on top of the initial price, which is significantly more expensive than the previous M4’s launch price. Tick enough option boxes and this is a car that can cost £100,000. Road tax costs more than £500 per year until the car is six years old.

Engines, drive & performance

 
Great balance and feel impress even more than the engine

We haven't sampled the latest BMW M4 on a track yet but on the road it's seriously impressive. For a start, when you don't want it to be a shouty performance monster, the M4 is surprisingly relaxed. In fact, it's no more tiring or difficult to drive than a 420d, making it feel more mature than its predecessor. Despite having a firm ride, the suspension is well judged enough to round off most of a road's sharpest edges.

Of course, the M4 also has a wild side but thanks to a myriad of options to adjust the engine, gearbox, steering weight and electronic safety net, you can tune the M4 to feel exactly how you want. Dial it up to Sport or Sport Plus and the M4 still doesn't feel completely intimidating because the balanced chassis and controls keep you informed with exactly what the car is doing. The steering even conveys how much grip the front tyres have, which hasn't always been the case with recent fast BMWs. Get too audacious with the throttle, though, and you'll be able to feel the rear of the car shimmy through the driver's seat.

 It goes without saying that with 503bhp and 650Nm of pulling power, the M4 Competition (we don't get the less powerful non-Competition version in the UK) is seriously rapid, getting from 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds. The rear-wheel-drive version is exciting enough but there is also a four-wheel-drive model that uses BMW's xDrive technology. Not only does this version add extra traction in wet conditions, but it enables an even quicker acceleration time too. The engine really comes alive at 3,000rpm, when the turbos are blowing at full strength and the M4 hurtles towards the horizon, with fast shifts from its eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Interior & comfort

 
Bold colours aside, the interior is luxurious and feature rich

The M4's interior is shared with the BMW M3 and, to a large extent, the standard 3 and 4 Series. If you get trigger happy with the options list, however, it's possible to spec some truly lurid interior colour combinations that aren't likely to suit everyone. Grey and black might be a better bet to ensure resale values are as high as possible.

Exclusive details include an M steering wheel with red buttons for driving mode selection, Merino leather sports seats and carbon fibre trim inlays. Carbon fibre bucket seats are also offered, saving 10kg of weight versus the standard items; they’re expensive at £6,750, but are extremely supportive and look very theatrical. BMW's latest software is loaded onto the iDrive infotainment system with a 10.25-inch touchscreen, while a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster sits nestled behind the steering wheel.

 
 

Standard equipment includes three-zone climate control, wireless smartphone charging and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. Options include a Comfort Pack with a powered bootlid, keyless access (that can also be used with a digital key on a compatible Apple smartphone) and a heated steering wheel. An M Pro pack adds carbon ceramic brakes, increases the car's top speed to 180mph and includes a BMW Driving Experience, but it costs a cool £8,000. 

Practicality & boot space

 
Decent rear legroom means you can carry three passengers in a pinch

Driving enthusiasts are likely to cross-shop the BMW M4 Competition with entry-level versions of the Porsche 911, and practicality could be one reason to pick the M4. While it takes a while for the front seats to slide out of the way, once they do, there's more legroom in the back of the M4 than not only the Porsche but also an Audi RS5. Headroom isn't quite as impressive, though, with anyone close to six-feet tall likely to find their head brushing the headlining. The M4 only has room for two in the back.

Boot space is also unchanged for the M4 version, so buyers will get the same 440 litres of luggage room as a regular petrol or diesel 4 Series. This is quite a bit more than the 355-litre boot in the Mercedes-AMG C63 but the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is even better, managing 480 litres. 

Reliability & safety

 
BMW is languishing in our Driver Power survey but the M4 should be very safe

The BMW 4 Series, on which the M4 is based, hasn't been around for long enough yet to appear in our Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. However, BMW itself only managed to come 21st out of 29 manufacturers in our 2021 results, which was a poor showing, albeit a six-place improvement on 2020. However, its closest rival did even worse, with Mercedes coming 28th. The M4 should arguably be even more thoroughly engineered than the standard model because its designers will have ensured it’s strong enough to cope with the extra power and cornering forces.

It's unlikely the M4 will be crash-tested by Euro NCAP owing to its relatively small sales volumes but the closely related BMW 3 Series has already been awarded the full five stars for safety. This included an impressive 97% for adult occupant protection. Standard safety equipment includes autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and speed limit information. Choose the Technology Plus pack and there's also a Drive Recorder, which can record video using the car's cameras in the event of a collision.

https://www.carbuyer.co.uk/bmw/4-series/m4-coupe

Tuesday, 24 May 2022 05:13

BMW M4 Coupe 50 Years BMW M

As part of spectacular events that represent sensational innovations of new models and together with its world community, BMW M GmbH is celebrating the first five decades of its existence these weeks and months.

On May 24, 1972, a partnership agreement was signed for BMW Motorsport GmbH. Exactly 50 years later, the company now known as BMW M GmbH presents an exclusive collection of models as the culmination of the current anniversary.

With the BMW M 50 Jahre edition of the BMW M3 Sedan and the BMW M4 Coupe, M enthusiasts around the world can express both their passion for racing and their awareness of tradition. Limited editions, exclusive design features and individually selected equipment options ensure that each vehicle edition can become a unique car that reflects the personal style of its owner.

The BMW M 50 Jahre edition is based on the current generation of the most successful model series in the history of BMW M GmbH. Worldwide, the BMW M3 and BMW M4 designations are synonymous with high performance in the premium mid-range segment. The models are powered by an in-line six-cylinder engine with up to 375 kW / 510 hp, M TwinPower Turbo technology and high-speed characteristics.

Depending on the model variant, its power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission or an 8-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic, or is completely variablely distributed to all four wheels using M xDrive technology.

The exclusive character of the special editions is the result of a market-specific configuration with unique design features and a strictly limited number of units in each case. In this way, fascinating rarities are created for the most important automotive markets around the world. For the exterior color of the vehicle, colors that define the style from the history of BMW M GmbH are reissued. They are complemented by M-wheels in a similar exclusive color scheme and striking accents in the interior.

In Europe and other selected sales regions, BMW M GmbH offers an exclusive edition of the BMW M4 Coupe to mark its anniversary. The BMW M 50 Jahre two-door edition comes in Carbon Black, Macao Blue, Brands Hatch Gray, Imola Red and San Marino Blue. Their expressive looks are enhanced by 19-inch front wheels and 20-inch rear wheels with a double-spoke design, offered for the first time in Orbit Gray Matt and Gold Bronze Matt.

In addition, a limited number of BMW M4 Coupe vehicles are also produced for the Chinese car market and are available in Fire Orange and Stratus Gray exterior colors. This choice of colors refers to the fact that the anniversary of BMW M GmbH is celebrated in China in the Year of the Tiger. The M wheels on these vehicles are matte Orbit Gray combined with Fire Orange body paint and matte Gold Bronze combined with Stratus Gray exterior paint.

Inside all editions of vehicles based on the BMW M4 Coupe, door sills with the inscription "Edition 50 Jahre BMW M", metal plate on the center console with the inscription "M4 Edition 50 Jahre BMW M" and the corresponding print on the headrests of standard M sports seats and optional M carbon seats for driver and front passenger, signal the anniversary.

In the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the M division, BMW only offered customers from the USA and Canada a special M3 Edition 50 Jahre BMW M.

Limited to only 500 copies, this special edition is based on the BMW M3 Competition xDrive, and its features are the special colors in which it will be offered. Celebrating the history of the brand, the colors were taken from the M3 of all previous generations.

The model will be offered in Cinnabar Red, which is part of the E30 M3; in Techno Violet to evoke the E36 M3; in Deep Interlagos Blue, which is borrowed from the E46 M3; in Fire Orange III used on the limited edition Lime Rock Park Edition of the E92 M3; and, finally, in Limerock Gray, as a reference to the F80 M3 CS.

In addition to the choice of colors, the M3 Edition 50 Jahre BMW M comes with Style 826M wheels in a sleek matte Orbit Gray color not available on the standard M3. They fit with brakes available with red, blue or black calipers or M carbon-ceramic brakes that come with gold calipers.

In addition, the model gets a front splitter made of carbon fiber, recognizable M quadruple exhaust pipes lined with carbon fiber and titanium, while the boot lid spoiler is made of carbon fiber to match the carbon fiber roof.

As a token of attention to its predecessors, the special edition boasts the classic BMW M Motorsport logo on the hood, boot and center wheel covers instead of the usual BMW logos. The logo consists of arranged semicircles in blue, navy blue and worm

one color, reminiscent of the BMW M GmbH logo, first used on racing cars in 1973.

The owners will be greeted by the inscription "Edition 50 Jahre BMW M" on the door sills, which is repeated on the aluminum plate on the lid of the cup holder. This tile also has a serial number, which indicates that 1/500 was made.

Standard M Sport seats are available, although black Merino leather M Carbon seats are also available, which is a unique option for this model. No matter which seat you choose, the seams will also be exclusive to this model, with three colors of the M logo.

The model will also get BMW’s new curved screen, as well as the eighth generation BMW iDrive. This includes a combination of a 12.3-inch instrument panel and a 14.9-inch infotainment screen.

Production of the BMW M3 Edition 50 Jahre BMW M begins in July 2022, and prices start at $ 96,695.

Friday, 20 May 2022 06:00

BMW M4 CSL and officially

After the first pictures of the long-announced BMW M4 CSL (Coupe Sport Leichtbau) appeared ahead of time yesterday, the Bavarians have now officially announced all the details about this novelty.

The M4 CSL (G82) will have its premiere for the general public at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este event, which will take place from 20 to 22 May.

With its 1625 kg, the car is 100 kg lighter than the standard M4, has no rear seats, and the package also includes carbon fiber elements (such as the hood, boot lid and roof), lighter wheels of 19 and 20 inches, Michelin Pilot Sport tires Cup 2 R (front 275/35 ZR19 and rear 285/30 ZR20), standard M carbon-ceramic brakes, M Traction Control, headlights for yellow details, racetracks on the hood, red details, "duck" rear spoiler, modified suspension (the car is lower by 8 mm), titanium exhaust system, seats and center console made of carbon fiber ...

In terms of color, Alpine White and Black Sapphire Metallic are standard, while Frozen Brooklyn Gray and Frozen Black are available as options.

Under the hood is a 3.0-liter six-cylinder twin-turbo engine with 550hp, with automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive.

Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h takes 3.7 seconds, reaches 200 km / h in 10.7 seconds, and can reach a maximum of 307 km / h.

BMW states that the M4 CSL crosses the Nürburgring (20,832 km) in 7 minutes and 20,207 seconds.

Production will start in July, and a limited series of only 1,000 pieces is planned (in Germany, the price is 165,200 euros).

China is in talks with carmakers to extend its electric vehicle subsidy program, with the aim of boosting purchases in China's much-slowing economy, sources familiar with the subject told Reuters.

Negotiations on subsidies that should expire this year come at a time when the world's second largest economy has slowed sharply, and with it the sale of cars. The slowdown came after Shanghai-led cities imposed strict closure measures in March to prevent the spread of covid. Due to the blockade, shops were closed, supply chains were disrupted, and consumption was reduced.

The Chinese government is therefore considering continuing to subsidize the purchase of electric vehicles in 2023, sources said

China's expensive incentive program is credited with creating the world's largest electric vehicle market. Since the subsidy was introduced in 2009, customers have been given about $ 13.81 billion by the end of 2021, according to Shi Jia, an analyst at China Merchants Bank International.

Conditions for extending the subsidy program, including the amount of subsidies and the list of vehicles that would qualify for them, have not been finalized, sources said.

So far, subsidies have been available for cars from all manufacturers, including countries such as American Tesla, which has a factory in Shanghai.

It was originally planned to phase out the electric vehicle subsidy program by the end of 2020, but Beijing extended it for another two years to boost demand after the Covid-19 pandemic.

The government has also reduced the amount of subsidies per vehicle over the years as demand has risen and production costs have fallen.

The new luxury performance SUV Range Rover Sport has avoided a dangerous fall and defied the torrent of water to reach its global premiere with the world's first demonstration of dynamic capabilities

The new Range Rover Sport was unveiled at the global premiere with a historic first ascent in the world with a flooded dam overflow in Iceland.

During its historic rise, the new Range Rover Sport withstands a sudden torrent of water flowing down the ramp of the Karahnjukar Dam - the largest of its kind in the world - at a speed of 750 tons per minute. The risk of losing traction would mean sinking down a dangerous 90-meter drop at the foot of the dam overflow to the bottom of the valley below.

The third-generation Land Rover luxury high-performance SUV is the most desirable, technologically advanced and capable to date, combining an imposing presence on the road with an instinctive driving response using the most advanced combination of chassis technology ever built into Land Rover.

The successful ascent to the dam spillway was first demonstrated at an exclusive event at the Jaguar Land Rover Center for Advanced Product Creation in Gaydon, UK. The official James Bond stunt driver Jessica Hawkins was behind the wheel as the new Range Rover Sport demonstrated its strength, traction, performance and composure, completing the latest in a series of challenges for the luxury Land Rover high-performance SUV. Previous achievements include a record climb to the top of Pike Peak, the first recorded crossing of the Rub el Hali Desert ("Empty Space") on the Arabian Peninsula and the first ascent of 999 steps to the Heavenly Gate in China in 2018.

Nick Collins, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Land Rover's revolutionary MLA-Flex architecture and the latest chassis systems have been combined to deliver the highest levels of dynamism we've ever seen in the Range Rover Sport. Integrated chassis control manages a comprehensive package of innovations, and coordinates everything from the latest variable volume air suspension system to our Dynamic Response Pro electronic active differential control. The result is the most exciting and exciting Range Rover Sport ever. ”

The ascent of the dam overflow was the last obstacle on the way from the bottom of the valley to the top of the dam, and it included a flooded riverbed, concrete tunnels of the hydroelectric power plant and the rocky wall of the dam itself. The final section of the 294 m dam overflow rises at an angle of 40 degrees and rises 193 m.

 The base of the New Range Rover Sport is in the advanced, flexible Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA-Flex), which provides the perfect foundation for its superior dynamics and unique sophistication. Its range of powerful and efficient powertrains includes two six-cylinder Extended Range Electric Hybrid plug-ins, providing a range of fully electric driving up to 113 km (70 miles) and CO2 emissions of just 18 g / km1.

 The new 530 hp V8 Twin Turbo delivers sports car performance as it goes from 0-100 km / h in just 4.5 seconds (0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds) with Dynamic Launch enabled. Customers can also choose from some of the powerful and efficient mild hybrids with Ingenium petrol and diesel engines, while all-electric will be available in 2024 as Land Rover continues its electrification journey.

Wednesday, 11 May 2022 08:06

Honda ZR-V is also arriving in Europe

Honda has officially confirmed that it will expand its European range with a completely new SUV model called ZR-V.

According to current announcements, ZR-V will arrive on the European market in 2023, and in the range of the Japanese brand, it will take a place between the HR-V and CR-V models. Although Honda does not want to reveal too many details about this model for now, the news states that the ZR-V will use a hybrid powertrain, which will join the new generation of the HR-V model and the next generation of the CR-V.

In any case, the new ZR-V is part of Honda's strategy to redesign its European line with hybrid models. It remains to be seen whether the ZR-V will use a hybrid powertrain from the HR-V model or a more powerful hybrid from the electrified Civic.

Some media assume that the ZR-V version for Europe will probably look a lot like its Chinese brother, which was recently shown (in the pictures). In China, the ZR-V will only be sold with a 1.5-liter turbo gasoline engine paired with a CVT transmission.

The letter Z in the name comes from Honda's desire to satisfy "the mobility needs of Generation Z and breaking paradigms in search of new experiences."

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