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Cars Coming Soon: More M Performance from BMW

July 12th, 2012

BMW 1 Series M Coupe

Don’t be fooled. That headline doesn’t mean more BMW M models are headed our way, just that more M performance cars will arrive on our shores in the next couple of years.

Confused?

You’re not alone. Cars like the BMW M3 and M5 have defined a generation of performance and have notched their share of racing successes. But more of that isn’t what’s in store. So what is? Cars with names like the M235i.

Keep reading to find out what that means.

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Gas Crises? If You Have One of These Cars, Sell Now!

February 28th, 2012

Though our friends in England, Germany and Australia won’t take pity, word has it that gas prices in Los Angeles are quickly approaching $5 per gallon. That may not have put a dent in many celebs’ plans to drive their supercars to the Academy Awards last weekend, but that price is a huge budget-killer for most of us. (And a reason for some companies to ramp up their free gas campaigns!)

With no immediate signs of a retreat in prices through summer, it’s probably time to re-think your decision to buy that Suburban you thought was a good idea in 2009. Yes, that’s the last time gas dropped below $2 per gallon. If you took the bait and bought a new car back then thinking we were safe from high fuel prices, guess again. You should consider placing your fuel-chugging ride in the CarGurus used listings and sell before prices really explode. Especially if you drive one of these:

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Battle of the Sports Sedans Heating Up

January 13th, 2012

2013 Audi S4

The battle for the best sports sedan has never been much of a battle. More of a mild scuff, really, with winner always being the BMW M3. There’s just been nothing better over the years. Lexus hasn’t beat it. Jaguar tried once and failed. It will try again, but first needs to dust itself off from the beating the X-Type received. Audi has come close with the S4, but never threw the knockout punch.

Not many other automakers have even tried to dethrone the great M3. The few that have — Acura, Infiniti, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz — not a single one has produced an M3-killer. Or even a 3 Series-killer.

But the landscape could be changing, as at least three competitors have learned what it takes to compete with the Ultimate Driving Machine.

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2014 Ford Mustang Will Reach for the Future

September 26th, 2011

Ford Evos Concept

Ford might finally be done looking to the past for design inspiration and be ready to forge a new path into pony-car future.

Since its introduction as a 1964 1/2 model, the Mustang has defined the pony car and led the industry in innovation. Well, aside from a few questionable years when some might say the Mustang lost its soul. Okay, maybe 30 questionable years depending on who you ask. The 1974 through 2004 Mustangs might be best described as “polarizing,” but they still had a loyal following and sold ridiculously well.

But it wasn’t until the retro-styled 2005 Mustang debuted that the pony car was re-invented. Since then the Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro have spawned modern takes of their old selves. But how long can looking into the past provide for a rewarding future? Ford thinks the answer to that question is 2014.

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Cars Coming Soon: Volvo Hopes to Turn Corner with Performance Division

July 7th, 2011
Volvo C30 PCP

Will the Volvo C30 PCP take on the BMW M3?

A couple of weeks ago I included Volvo on a list of car brands that might be better off dead.

I wouldn’t have done that had I known the Swedish/Chinese company was planning to take on the vaunted BMW M Series and Mercedes-Benz AMG division.

What’s that, you say? A performance Volvo?

Yes. Stop laughing, gather yourself, open your mind to the fact that anything is possible, and then follow the jump.

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Cars Coming Soon: A BMW M2?!

June 16th, 2011

2012 BMW 1 Series M Coupe

You may read that headline and gasp while uttering an audible, “What? A BMW M2? How is that possible when there is no BMW 2 Series?”

While your cubicle-mates may think you’re nuts, your fellow car-loving friends at CarGurus completely see where you’re coming from. An M2 doesn’t seem to have a place to exist. Yet.

The answer lies in a complex series of rumors, facts, clues and even future plans for the BMW 1 Series M Coupe.

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