BMW has gone beyond its expected perennial innovations, instituting a major design change from the ground up in the recent years. The introduction of several new models has also reinvigorated the company’s identity and strengthened it in all categories.
BMW 3 Series: 2005 has brought the entry-level 3 Series up to speed with the 5 and 7 Series sedans with a major reconfiguration. The 3 Series is available with a multitude of variations to suit a variety of tastes and needs. Two doors, four doors; coupe, sedan or wagon, not to mention drivetrain, engine and interior options, ensure that your 3 Series is just right.
BMW 5 Series: In 2003 BMW reinvented its tried and true 5 Series sedan, creating a whole new vehicle befitting the manufacturer’s reputation as riding on the cusp of innovation. With a minimalist’s approach to luxury, the interior is nothing but clean, contemporary lines of wood and leather, harkening to the angular fluidity of the exterior. It drives like it looks—beautifully on the edge.
BMW 6 Series: Since its inception in 2004, the 6 series has been wildly successful, taking a bite out of the monopoly that the Mercedes CL-class held for several years in the luxury coupe segment of the market. Feng Shui meets German ingenuity in a car that encapsulates all of what BMW stands for. A robust exhaust note from its V8 as it whizzes by is probably all of the 6 Series you’ll see. Should one actually be found parked by its jubilant owner, its radical design, impeccable performance—in a hardtop or convertible—will have automotive aficionados and tire kickers alike drooling.
BMW 7 Series: The choice between the 7 Series and those “other” German full-size sedans is less a debate of options and performance, and more a bias of opinion. The 7 Series is BMW’s pinnacle model—a culmination of the most luxury and technology this side of a private jet.
BMW M3: What is the BMW M3? Definition 1: the M3 is a road-going coupe or convertible that thinks it’s a racecar. Definition 2: what you should buy if (a) you like cars, (b) you have about 50 grand to spend on cars you like. The M3 is the quintessential performance coupe: a chassis and suspension that’s as stiff as a board, aggressive styling with 19 inch alloy wheels; and a howling 333hp straight six, with either a six-speed manual transmission or a
lutchless f-1 style paddle shifter mounted on the steering wheel. Regardless of options, this beast is a pleasure to tame.
BMW X3: A functional, pint-size SUV that thinks in gallons. This is the one for those looking for the versatility of an SUV in a relatively small package. Boasting roughly the same rear cargo area as the substantially larger X5, the X3 is an ergonomic, nimble and functional ride.
BMW X5: The official issue vehicle for the upper-crust soccer-mom set, the X5 has been a proven vehicle for navigating the labyrinths of suburbia. The X5 has a broad range of options: whether an all black 4.8L X5 with aluminum trim is your style, or a 3.0L powered X5 with supple tan leather interior and bird’s eye maple trim is more your pace, you’re sure to find one that’s right for you.
BMW Z4: An enjoyable and spunky ride is what most accurately describes the Z4, predecessor to the flourishing Z3 roadster. Precise handling, abundant power, and more aggressive styling than the last roadster, earn the Z4 its self-proclaimed “landshark” title.