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POWER: The BMW M2 and M4 promise to pack a powerful punch on the road

POWER: The BMW M2 and M4 promise to pack a powerful punch on the road

BMW expand and revise their range of cars

BMW is as busy as ever expanding and revising its range.

Their new M2 comes with a 370bhp six-cylinder engine and the choice of manual or automatic gearboxes. This pocket rocket offers 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds and may tempt buyers away from the more expensive M4 when it arrives in April.

Those seeking more speed will be keen on the limited edition M4 GTS that is on sale in March. It has a 493bhp version of the M4’s turbocharged engine and uses carbon fibre to reduce weight. Only 30 are slated to come to the UK.

POWER: The BMW M2 and M4 promise to pack a powerful punch on the road

POWER: The BMW M2 and M4 promise to pack a powerful punch on the road

The X4 M40i is set to take on the Porsche Macan with a 355bhp engine for 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds. Although not a full-blown M car, this crossover promises a great drive when it lands in late 2016.

A different take on performance from BMW is the 330e that is due around the same time as the M2. This plug-in hybrid 3 Series has an electric motor and 2.0-litre petrol engine to deliver 0-62mph in 6.1 seconds coupled to combined economy of 148.7mpg and 44g/km Co2 emissions.

Other big news for BMW is an all-new 5 Series range that will arrive in the summer. Expect to see a lighter, more frugal 5 Series with more interior space and hybrid models with small petrol engines and plug-in charging.

BMW’s 2 Series Active Tourer and Grand Tourer are rivals the Mercedes B Class with a range of petrol and diesel engines that offer up to 68.9mpg and 109g/km CO2 emissions. Other 2 Series models encompass the rear-drive Coupe and Convertible.

BMW has revised the 3 Series for the second half of 2015, providing lower emissions and better fuel economy to help it retain its huge following among company car drivers.

COMPETITION: Designed to take on the Porsche Macan, the BMW X4 M40i does 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds

COMPETITION: Designed to take on the Porsche Macan, the BMW X4 M40i does 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds

The latest generation of 7 Series keeps with modern trends, so it’s lighter, cleaner and leaner while offering new safety and comfort technologies.

There is also the X1 compact SUV to tackle Audi’s Q3. It comes with the option of all-wheel drive to cope with winter conditions and is a pleasure to drive.

The 1 Series hatch received new lights and an updated touchscreen display in 2015. There are also improved engines for greater fuel economy across the board for this model.

The finessed 6 Series line-up that has revised styling and all models now come with a sports exhaust to provide a more sporting sound.

Performance fans have a couple of new options from BMW with the arrival of the X5M and X6M, which both share the same 575bhp 4.4-litre V8 engine. It delivers impressive pace and noise.

COMPETITION: Designed to take on the Porsche Macan, the BMW X4 M40i does 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds

COMPETITION: Designed to take on the Porsche Macan, the BMW X4 M40i does 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds

The M3 and M4 use a turbocharged six-cylinder engine in place of the previous M3’s V8 motor. Rapid and exciting, they are quick BMWs in the form we know and love.

The i8 is a petrol-electric hybrid that has a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine and four-wheel drive. Aside from its amazing looks, the i8 is noteworthy for its performance, knocking off 0-62mph in just 4.4 seconds to reside alongside the best supercars, yet it can return superb economy and low emissions. An additional i8 model with increased performance is set to launch in late 2016 and BMW has shown a convertible version that could end up as a production model in 2017.

The 4 Series Gran Coupe that offers sleeker looks but much the same practicality as the 3 Series saloon while the 4 Series Convertible adds a dash of allure with plenty of practicality. Fans of smaller coupes will delight in the arrival of the 2 Series, which replaces the previous 1 Series Coupe. It will spawn a small convertible model too.

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On the larger side, the X4 SUV cum coupe joins the X5 in showrooms. The X4 is unusual but has a lot of appeal as a driver’s car, while the X5 continues to offer luxury SUV buyers a tempting package.

The Z4 range has the addition of an sDrive18i model that has a 156bhp version of the existing 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine. It’s very good to drive, but not quite as swift as you might hope given the car’s looks.

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To celebrate 30 years of the BMW M5 the marquee has created an exclusive, special-edition of the current, fifth-generation model boasting performance that sets it apart from its stablemates.

The BMW M5 30 Jahre Edition (30 years of the M5) will be produced in a limited run of just 300 vehicles worldwide. Only 30 cars will come to the UK.

Developing 600hp and peak torque of 700Nm, this special-edition (combined fuel consumption 28.5mpg; CO2 emissions: 231g/km) is not only the most powerful BMW M5 ever to emerge from series production under the auspices of BMW M GmbH, but also the most powerful production car in the history of the brand.

BMW celebrate  30 years of the M5 with special edition

BMW celebrate
30 years of the M5 with special edition

The car sprints from zero to 62mph in a lightning fast 3.9 seconds.

Its BMW Individual-inspired looks and dynamic and comfort-enhancing equipment makes this special edition M5 set to be a highly desirable collector’s item.

Under the bonnet of the BMW M5 30 Jahre Edition is a 4.4-litre V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology with 40hp more than the standard model.

In keeping with the anniversary celebrations which have inspired its creation, the special-edition model has been given the BMW Individual treatment.

BMW celebrate  30 years of the M5 with special edition

BMW celebrate
30 years of the M5 with special edition

As a result, it cuts a more dynamic, head-turning figure than its standard siblings.

The M5 30 Jahre Edition represents a new high point in 30 years of success that began at BMW Motorsport GmbH in Munich in 1984, and continues to raise the pulses of car fans around the world today. It is on sale now and costs £91,890 OTR.

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