Looking for a BMW? You should’ve been at the 2014 New York Auto Show, where the automaker displayed a number of new models and concepts in addition to its existing lineup. We’ll provide a few details on the pages that follow, but we admit to missing the new 2015 2 Series coupe equipped with a Track Handling Package that tweaks the steering, suspension, and brakes while installing performance rubber on special 18-inch lightweight wheels. Sorry ‘bout that.
Take one BMW 4 Series coupe, add rear doors and frameless glass all around, install a hatchback (or sportback, or fastback, if those better appeal to your linguistic sensitivities), and you’ve the new 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. The result is much better than it sounds, trust us.
More stylish than a 3 Series sedan, nearly as practical as a 3 Series wagon, and more accommodating than a 4 Series Coupe, the 4 Series Gran Coupe is our pick of this particular litter. We’ll take one in 435i guise, please, with the M Sport Line trim package.
What is an Alpina-massaged BMW, anyway? In this case, take one M6 Gran Coupe, massage the mechanicals, modify the design details, ritz-up the cabin, install these classic Alpina-style 20-inch wheels, and add special paint. Done.
According to BMW, the new Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe accelerates to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and achieves a top speed of 198 mph. Oh, and by the way, that top speed number is a restricted value. Yowza.
If you don’t think this is one hot piece of mechanical you-know-what, it’s time to get your eyes and head examined. In addition to a terrific look, the new 2015 M4 Convertible has a twin-turbo 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine generating 425 horsepower and 406 lb.-ft. of torque. Something tells us nobody will miss the previous V-8.
Making peak torque between 1,850 rpm and 5,500 rpm, and peak horsepower from 5,500 rpm to 7,300 rpm, the M4 Convertible ought to utterly scream all the way to its 7,600 rpm redline. BMW says it’ll hit 60 mph in 4.2 seconds when equipped with the 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission. The M4 Convertible with the manual gearbox isn’t quite as quick.
The refreshed 2015 BMW X3 is now offered with a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel 4-cylinder engine that produces 180 horsepower. Before you discount it on that basis, keep in mind that it also makes 280 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,750 rpm and 2,750 rpm, giving it plenty of off-the-line oomph.
All that torque down low ensures that the X3 xDrive 28d can get to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds. That’s not fast, of course, but you shouldn’t have trouble setting the pace in traffic. Neither BMW nor the EPA is offering fuel economy estimates, but this same engine delivers 35 mpg in combined driving when installed in the 3 Series wagon.
Smaller and less expensive than a BMW X6, the new BMW X4 might serve as the right solution to crossover suv buyers seeking something different. Of course, with the 3 Series wagon, the 4 Series Gran Turismo, the X1, and the X3 also available, so deciding whether or not to get the X4 is that much harder.
The new BMW X4 comes with a choice between a turbocharged 4-cylinder or turbocharged 6-cylinder engine, and every model has xDrive all-wheel drive. Rear seat room and cargo space are compromised, however, in comparison to the X3, which donates its platform and powertrains for the new X4.