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Special Cars, Special Places
Previewing the upcoming 8-Fest with a drive through the deserted backroads of the Redwood Country, we ponder the incredible loyalty drivers feel toward BMW’s top-shelf coupes and convertibles. Our vehicles of choice? An M6 Convertible and Steve Cohen’s
M3 CRT: Forward to the F30!
For a glimpse at the future of M, we drive the M3 CRT, the special edition that closed out the run of E90 M3 sedans with an innovative use of carbon fiber, more power and a rebalanced chassis that foretells what the F30 M3 might feel like.
The “is” mystique
During the E30 generation, BMW offered a pair of “is” models with sport-tuned suspension, seats, aerodynamics and wheels, all mated to your choice of a four- or six-cylinder engine. Which “is” is more fun to drive: the lightweight 318is or the more powerf
Style & Substance
More than just a longer 6 Series with four doors, the 6 Series Gran Coupe is a gorgeously crafted car that could easily displace both the 5 and 7 Series for most buyers. It’s a niche-filler that actually makes sense.
The pro perspective
How good is the 1 M Coupe, really? To find out, we take one to Monticello Motor Club and put pro driver Nick Longhi behind the wheel.
All new, yet totally familiar
Despite a fresh emphasis on frugality, the new F30 is as fun to drive as any 3 Series, a classic BMW through and through.
The Fun One
Driving the new 1 Series M Coupe on the track at Buttonwillow—and pitting it against the venerable E92 M3 at Willow Springs—reveals a challenging but rewarding BMW created expressly for enthusiasts.
A driver’s car par excellence, the new 1 Series M Coupe evokes the spirit of the E30 M3 with its tactile speed and simplicity.
The Same, Only Better
The 2011 135i may look identical to last year’s version, but a revamped engine and minor suspension changes have subtly improved its character.
An enthusiast’s BMW par excellence, the 335is Coupe just might be the best 3 Series of its generation.
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