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The M3 CS is ready to play, and loves to be hurled into any corner

It has exquisite balance, responds accurately and quickly to steering inputs, and its performance envelope takes both gentle and heavy-handed drivers and gives them similar point-to-point speed, no frights, and lets them gorge on giggles.

First Drive

Even unfinished, this big three-row crossover does the job well

The long-awaited, much-discussed BMW X7 finally enters the home stretch. Barely four months away from the start of production, BMW brought six early X7 prototypes to the Spartanburg, South Carolina, plant that will build the new crossover, and invited a small group to sample the driving dynamics. Munich's other full-sized SUV hopes to prove itself the lively, luxurious, and laudable answer to the question, "What took so long?"

Quick Spin

We like it, but would probably take four extra cylinders and the M760i

Alpina was founded in Germany in 1965. The company has close ties with BMW, as close as any tuner or aftermarket company really could have. In fact, the German government recognizes Alpina as a manufacturer, not just an aftermarket tuner. In the US, Alpina cars are sold with full warranties through BMW dealers. Techs are fully trained to work on these cars.

Quick Spin

It loses some character, but the increased comfort is worth it for most buyers.

A Jack of all trades – in a good way.

Quick Spin

Perhaps a sport-tuned SUV will always seem conflicted, but at least this one makes fun noises.

It must've startled the neighbors. Heck, it startled me. The 2018 BMW X3 M40i is a far louder car than you'd expect, with a warbling buzz of an exhaust note that sliced through the otherwise placid Portlandian morning. I sheepishly looked around for someone in an Outback sneering at the Phytonic Blue BMW brashly announcing its presence.

First Drive

Come for the power increase, stay for the retuned suspension and stability control.

More than just a small power increase.

First Drive

Say hello to the fastest M5 ever made.

Say hello to the fastest M5 ever made.

Quick Spin
Quick Spin

The 2 Series is just the right size if you don't need a backseat.

Quick Spin

Why you should save some money and skip the more expensive 540i.

BMW's current 2.0-liter turbo is more powerful than the last naturally aspirated straight-six you could buy in a 5 Series in America.

Green

A sensible Eco Pro mode makes this lively 2 Series fun to drive slow.

Feel guilty about the gas you burned on your spirited Sunday drive? Atone with Eco Pro mode.

First Drive

Now, with wireless charging.

A smaller engine is a bigger play this time around.

Featured

Or: A reminder why every old BMW was great.

There's something very special about the little M car, and it has to do with how it feels on a track.

First Drive
First Drive

Behind the wheel of the new 530i and 540i.

Does all that technology spoil the driving experience for enthusiasts? Let's find out.

Quick Spin

Tall wagon, tall order.

BMW is hoping a little M Division magic can rub off on the expensive, heavy, fairly impractical X4. The result? Better than "meh," but not by much.

First Drive

It's the M we want at a size we can live with.

BMW gets a right-sized sport coupe right. This is a 365 hp return to form, a bundle of driving pleasure with few bad habits and a lot of great curves.

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