Whether it is a used BMW for sale or a brand new one rolling out of the factory, the BMW
SCREAMS elegantly speaks in a loud tone luxury and class.
With sleek design and innovative features, BMW is among the top luxury auto manufacturers year in and year out, building vehicles that thrill drivers. The German automaker is known for its cutting-edge concepts and for producing cars that look great and handle even better thanks to testing each model on the grueling 17.5-mile Nurburgring racetrack.
If you are in the market for a luxury car, the hard part may not be choosing BMW, but deciding which BMW model to pick. Here are our six favorite models:
BMW M3 Coupe
The BMW M3 Coupe can cover the full driving spectrum. Put it on the racetrack and it will hug the hairpins and explode down the straightaways. But unlike some other performance machines, take the M3 Coupe off the track and it becomes a quiet, sensible city cruiser that will be a smooth ride for a night out while still being the envy of your friends.
This year, BMW produced a black (wheels) on black (trim) on black (metallic paint) Frozen Black Edition M3 Coupe that sold out in 22 minutes.
BMW 550i xDrive
The 5 Series combines the best of both worlds for BMW enthusiasts. You get the spacious comfortability of the regal four-door 7 series without losing the power and performance of the 3 Series. And the 550i xDrive is the best of the 5 Series models. It is a perfect car for the businessman featuring xDrive, the intelligent, all-wheel drive system, that makes the 550i great in any weather.
BMW Z4 Roadster
In 20 seconds, the Z4 Roadster goes from ready to race to ready to go beach cruising. That’s because 20 seconds is the time it takes the Z4′s retractable hard top roof, a first in BMW roadster history, to disappear. The new performance-tuned sDrive35is version boasts an added 35 horsepower and enhanced steering making it the Roadster to go with (if money isn’t a concern).
When introduced in 2010, the gas-electric ActiveHybrid X6 was the most powerful hybrid ever produced, laying out up to 480 horsepower. But because of the additional weight caused by the SUV’s electric batteries, the hybrid X6 only managed one extra mile per gallon than the X6 xDrive35i.
According to edmunds.com, it would take 350 years to recoup the extra $32,000 the hybrid costs with that little of a fuel savings. That’s why we recommend the X6 35i or X6 50i if you are wanting an SUV to drive around the family.
BMW 1 Series M Coupe
The 1 Series M Coupe was the most highly anticipated 2011 model. It features a 3.0-liter, 335-horsepower, TwinPower Turbo in-line 6. It is agile into the corners, before exploding out of them. Several writers have said the 1M rivals the competition-version M3, meaning this small little beauty is also a beast.
BMW 335is Convertible
The 3 Series has been the backbone of BMW’s production and reputation for several decades and the 335is Convertible is the newest version of class, grace and power. Like its 318, 320, 325 and 330 predecessors, the 335 combines performance into the luxury sedan. However, we want to be able to put the top down and have the wind blow through our hair, so our pick is the 335is Convertible, but we wouldn’t be disappointed with the sedan either.
Bonus: BMW Vision
BMW will continue being known as one of the most innovative and sustainable car companies in the world thanks to the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics. After making its auto show debut in 2009, the Vision has been turning heads since.
In 2013, it will go into production as the “i8” under BMW’s new “i” sub-brand that will feature futuristic lightweight materials, including carbon-fiber reinforced plastic, to offset weighty electric batteries. The diesel-electric hybrid engine also packs plenty of punch, promising to go from 0-60 mph in less than five seconds with a top speed of 155 mph. Not too bad for a car that produces the fuel efficiency of 62.5 miles per gallon after a 2.5 hour charge in a regular power outlet.
That must be why it is going to be featured this winter in the fourth Mission: Impossible installment, The Ghost Protocol.