During the time the New York Auto Show has been in existence, planet Earth has revolved 114 times around the Sun; in other words, the New York Auto Show has been around a long time. If the exhibition were a person, it would have liver spots the size of a Bangle-designed butt. Ironically, the older the show gets, the newer the cars become, which is why I’m grateful the NYIAS isn’t a human being … large liver spots give me the willies.
If you own a 2010 – 2012 Bimmer with an inline six, get ready to take it to your closest roundel dealer’s service department. BMW is recalling 156,137 vehicles of the above ages and engine type in the United States. Specifically, “A wide variety of models, including the 3 Series and 5 Series sedans, 5 Series Gran Turismo, X3, X5, and X6 crossovers, Z4 sports car, and the 1 Series coupe and convertible.” The bolts that keep the VANOS variable-camshaft timing unit housings in position can potentially loosen or break.
I may not eat today because my stomach is full of butterflies. Why is my stomach full of lepidopterans? BMW just announced the availability of the Track Handling Package for the 2015 228i Coupe. If you’re in the market for a 2-Coupe with a four banger, I’ve got one reason why you should check the box for the Track Handling Package … it’s a track handling package.
In the last several years, BMW has branched out into using digits previously not found on the tail ends of roundel-badged cars, such as 1, 2 and 4; however, the 8 Series has not been revived. But the Bavarian automaker might shoot straight past that to the number nine.
Dinan Engineering adds power and improved handling to the 2011 BMW 1M Coupe, and let’s not forget irony. Irony? Yes, because the S3-R, an extensively tuned version of the Bavarian pocket rocket, doesn’t come across as a modified car — it’s not an unreliable, one-dimensional creation.