JAILED: Kamar Farooq crashed the £85,000 BMW into a traffic island during the police chase, then climbed into the back of the vehicle and denied being the driver
A banned driver who tore along streets in Birmingham and Solihull at speeds reaching 115mph has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.
Kamar Farooq travelled at almost four times the legal limit - at times on the wrong side of the road - before crashing the £85,000 BMW M3 into a traffic island and careering into a car at a petrol station. All the action was caught by a police-car dash-cam.
West Midlands Police patrol officers became suspicious when they spotted Farooq behind the wheel of the car in Washwood Heath Road on 23rd September last year - but when they tried pulling it over the 30-year-old sped away.
During the dramatic chase, he was also followed by a police helicopter, which recorded his every move as he sped down the wrong side of a quiet street.
After the collision in Chester Road, Castle Bromwich, Farooq jumped into the backseat alongside two other men and claimed to have been a passenger.
All three were arrested but officers managed to secure CCTV footage earlier that night showing the driver wearing clothes matching that of Farooq’s when he was arrested.
Farooq, of Aston Lane, Aston, still denied being the driver but at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday (25 August) was convicted and jailed for dangerous driving and getting behind the wheel while disqualified; he was also given a 10-year driving ban.
PC Robert Lattimer, from the roads policing unit at Chelmsley Wood, said: "This was reckless driving by someone who should not have been behind the wheel.
"Officers had suspicions around the vehicle and tried to pull it over; but Farooq failed to stop and hit speeds of 115mph in 30mph zones.
"He tried to deny being the driver despite our investigations which secured such strong evidence against him."This was a high performance vehicle and the outcome could have been much worse. He now faces a long time behind bars rather than behind the wheel of a car."
Alpina’s new supersaloon – the B7 Bi-Turbo is now available in the UK with a final specification that pushes top speed to an astonishing 205 mph, up from the 193 mph predicted at the Geneva launch.
With an Alpina-optimised 4.4 litre V8 delivering 608 hp (up from 600 for the show car) and 800 Nm, the new B7 Bi-Turbo joins the exclusive group of cars with effortless 200 mph performance.
To help achieve this impressive combination of performance, comfort and driving dynamics, Alpina’s 70-strong engineering team has received exceptional access to BMW design data and technical facilities as part of a relationship that reaches back to 1964. This was the year when BMW endorsed the quality of Alpina products by awarding the full factory guarantee to BMW vehicles fitted with the new Alpina dual carburettor system.
At the heart of the new B7 Bi-Turbo is a heavily-revised, direct injection V8 breathing through two specially-developed, twin-scroll turbochargers located between the cylinder banks, operating in parallel to deliver up to 1.2 bar with minimum inertia.
Particular attention has been paid to airflow optimisation, with a new wide-bore intake system providing shorter intake paths and optimised radii to allow near-instant throttle response. Pistons and spark plugs are uprated to ALPINA specifications.
A new indirect intercooler system (air/water/air) further improves both power and responsiveness, with a main intercooler feeding the two large-volume, close-coupled intercoolers. Together with additional radiators, the system ensures the thermodynamic stability of the V8 Bi-Turbo engine at all times, even under the highest sustained loads and most aggressive ambient air temperatures.
The eight-speed automatic transmission also receives additional cooling, alongside a host of modifications that include strengthened gear clusters and a larger torque converter. Alpina’s work with transmission supplier ZF is another reason for the exceptional acceleration of the new B7 Bi-Turbo. The result of extensive analysis to ensure durability at high mileages, its immense strength means that the torque reduction commonly applied during upshifts is not required.
The transmission can be controlled manually using the Alpina Switch-tronic buttons on the back of the sports steering wheel.
The Alpina B7 Bi-Turbo is an evolution of the latest BMW 7-Series, which provides a state-of-the-art, high-technology development platform. To reduce weight, for example, the 7-Series BMW’s A-, B- and C-pillars, the transmission tunnel and the windscreen header are all made from carbon fibre composite.
Alpina’s chassis electronics specialists have also developed their own calibrations for the Dynamic Traction Control system to ensure that the characteristics of the engine and transmission can be fully exploited for maximum driver enjoyment. At the touch of a button, this remarkable vehicle sharpens to provide the agility and lateral dynamics normally associated with a more focussed sportscar, while in Comfort Mode it retains the ride quality of a luxury saloon.
In this specification, the new ALPINA B7 Bi-Turbo will accelerate to 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds. Wheels are 20” Alpina Classic 20 spoke in a new design made from high-strength, forged aluminium with visible wheel bolts and no centre hub covers. 21” wheels are optional.
Aerodynamics have been optimised in BMW’s wind tunnel and are enhanced by unique ALPINA front and rear spoilers that also increase airflow through the uprated cooling system. The bespoke look is further enhanced by a four-outlet, light weight stainless steel Alpina sports exhaust system that has been tuned to reduce back pressure as well as providing a choice of two driver-selectable, bass-focussed sounds.
Okay, so it’s not the plushest executive car, nor the sportiest and BMW has ditched 50/50 weight distribution for its 530e iPerformance, which raises an eyebrow or two.
The new 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid comes with a 182bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine up front and an 111bhp electric motor sitting where you’d normally find a torque converter for the eight-speed automatic gearbox. It’s got a 9.2kWh battery pack under the rear seats that can be charged in less than three hours, and a 46-litre fuel tank over the rear axle. The weight distribution has ended up at 47% front, 53% rear instead.
Still, with the standard G30 5 Series being such a beautifully balanced machine, what difference will a slightly weightier bottom make? Performance, both the green and the grunt kind, appear solid.
Claimed CO2 emissions are as little as 46g/km, while combined fuel economy is 141.2mpg. Yet, as anyone with a cursory knowledge of hybrids will tell you, you’ll be catching fairies before you achieve those figures in the real world.
Perhaps more representative, then, are the claimed 0-62mph sprint time of 6.2sec and 146mph top speed – or 87mph on electric power alone. Incidentally, due to system losses, that’s from a combined power output of 249bhp.
Is the 530e the ultimate combination of performance and parsimony, then?
Start off in all-electric Max eDrive mode and it’s a magnificently quiet car, but its modest performance is best suited for crossing town rather than country. The claimed 31-mile range disappears alarmingly quickly at motorway speeds, too.
Switch to Auto eDrive mode and the petrol engine kicks in when required. At gentler speeds the transition is smooth, but bury your foot hard to the accelerator stop and it’s less sublime, with a consistent two-second delay as the gearbox sorts itself out, before the colourless but largely unobtrusive background buzz from the engine kicks in.
Pace is good, mind. There’s enough of it to breeze you past bumbling trucks on a B-road, or carry you easily into three-figure speeds on an autobahn.
On turn-in, there’s more body lean than you'd get in the lighter, conventionally powered models, but despite the uneven axle mass, there’s still a decent balance.
The steering is the biggest disappointment. There’s not enough weight build-up as you crank on lock, so you’re always making little corrections to keep the trajectory correct; it’s a far cry from the intuitive helms of the other G30 models we’ve driven.
So is the mild thudding over ruts in the road and the fidget at high speeds, even with adaptive dampers fitted. Again, this may have been down to the tyres, but equally, it could be the stiffer springs used to counter the heavy battery. Meanwhile, the regenerative braking delivers a less progressive middle pedal, making it trickier to come to a smooth stop.
There’s more to dent the 530e's credibility next to a 530d as well. The boot, which is a good-sized 530 litres in the diesel (or the petrols, for that matter), is smaller, because the repositioned fuel tank eats into the space. Now 410 litres overall in the 530e, it’s the restricted height that will make it less capable when it comes to fitting bulkier items, such as a large suitcase.
Should you go for a 530e over a 530d, then? If you’re a company car driver or the majority of your journeys are short and through town, maybe; you’ll be able to utilise the electric motor effectively, so fuelling it will cost next to nothing.
Price £43,985 (less £2500 government grant)
Engine 4-cylinders 1998cc, turbo, petrol, plus electric motor
FIESTY: The BMW M760Li can hit 60mph in just 3.6 seconds, but has a “Jekyll and Hyde” personality
Fastest bimmer loaded with monstrous V12 engine designed for “split personalities”
Those of you hoping this was BMW’s M7 need to look away now. Although this may be the fastest BMW the carmaker has ever made, if you’re after a fire-breathing, full-blooded M car, the M760Li is not quite what you may think.
Though it’s still got that fabled tri-colour badge on the bonnet, The M7 it isn’t cut from the same cloth as an M2, M3 or M4.
BMW says this is a car for buyers with a somewhat “split personality” - one moment they may be keen on a country road assault so they can enjoy the glorious V12, the next they might want to kick back and relax in the massaging seats and just cruise along.
The 7 Series has long been a luxury choice for the type of buyer who still enjoys driving, though – and the M760Li is the epitome of that.
Headlined by its exceptional refinement and supreme power delivery at all times, the 12-cylinder petrol engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology under the bonnet reinforces the new car’s range-topping status.
The boldly dynamic driving characteristics of the BMW M760Li xDrive combine with superior ride comfort to make a compelling statement and set a new benchmark in the luxury sedan segment.
Inside, though, it’s a wonderful place to spend time.
Buyers in the UK will predominantly drive themselves, but for those that do get chauffeured around, the back seats are arguably more comfortable than up front. There’s multimedia screens to enjoy, cushioned headrests and massaging, reclining backs.
BMW made a lot of noise about it being 30 years since it installed a V12 engine in its 7 Series at the launch. And since that first unit arrived in 1987 in the 7 Series, the 12-cylinder lump has doubled in power.
The 2017 6.6-litre unit now boasts a whopping 601bhp, a staggering 800Nm of torque and is capable of propelling it to 60mph in just 3.6 seconds.
That gives it the impressive title of the fastest-accelerating BMW ever made – not bad for a model that’s not even a ‘proper’ M car. All that grunt does mean you’ll pay at the pumps; the M760Li will return 22.1mpg and emits 294g/km.
The BMW is a true Jekyll and Hyde car with distinct personalities behind the wheel.
It’s all helped by four-wheel drive that has a rear-wheel-drive bias when it’s needed. The steering is a little light in the comfort setting, though, especially for track work, but flick it into sport and it’s far better.
At £132,310, you’d expect to get some goodies thrown in, and fortunately you do. Lightweight 20-inch alloys, a Bowers & Wilkins sound system and Car Play are included, as is an Advanced Parking system, adaptive LED headlights, a head-up display, and massaging seats.
There’s even rear-seat entertainment and a panoramic glass sunroof thrown in too. How very generous. Naturally, there’s an extensive options list. Executive lounge seating to make rear passengers even more comfortable, night vision and BMW laser headlights are just a few of those you can tick.
With a mighty price tag, and plenty of very capable engine options to choose from in the 7 Series already, BMW estimates that just 100 a year will find homes in the UK.
BMW special M4 edition sprints form zero to 62mph in just 3.2 seconds
To celebrate the success of Marco Wittmann securing yet another DTM driver’s title at the season finale at the Hockenheimring, BMW M is launching the BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition.
The new edition model consists of top-class motor racing technology for drive and suspension as well as a specific design that mimics the DTM racing cars built by BMW Motorsport and delivers a power output of 500hp and a maximum torque of 600Nm.
This road-eater completes the sprint from zero to 62mph in just 3.8 seconds and has a top speed is limited to 190mph.
The 0-62mph in 3.8 seconds is achievable thanks to the innovative water injection technology featured in the straight six-cylinder power unit, previously seen on the BMW M4 GTS.
This innovative technology enables cooling of the combustion chambers, significantly raising the engine’s thermally-related performance limits by 16 per cent in power output compared to the production model.
Exclusively available in Alpine White, the design and shaping of the additional foiling is reminiscent of the look of DTM racing cars produced by BMW Motorsport.
BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition
Various aerodynamics components finished in visible carbon also give the car that distinctive racing car look. These include the front splitter, the aero flicks positioned in front of the front wheel arches, exterior mirror caps, side-skirt attachments, and a rear diffuser as well as the large rear wing firmly mounted on the boot lid.
Inside the two-seater, both driver and co-driver sit in M Carbon bucket seats covered in exclusive Alcantara/Leather Merino. The entire interior is lined with exceptionally high-quality covering material Alcantara, also used on the M Sports steering wheel featuring a grey “12 o’clock” marker. Behind the front bucket seats of the BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition, a white rollover bar replaces the rear seat system.
In terms of comfort and safety, the new edition is by no means sparsely equipped. Features include the BMW Professional Navigation system, air conditioning, adaptive LED headlights with BMW Selective Beam (glare-free high beam assistant), OLED taillights, Park Distance Control (PDC) at the front and rear as well as automatically dimming interior and exterior mirrors.
In comparison to the production version of the BMW M4, the DTM Champion Edition impresses not only with enhanced performance, but also with further optimised dynamic handling qualities. This is also the result of even more consistent implementation of the lightweight construction concept.
BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition
In addition to other components, the bonnet, roof, instrument panel support and rear diffuser are made from carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP). The end silencer of the double-flow sports exhaust system featuring two pairs of tailpipes is made of exceptionally lightweight titanium.
Optimal contact with the road is ensured by Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 high-performance tyres size 265/35 R19 at the front and 285/30 R20 at the rear designed specifically for use on the racetrack and mounted on light alloys boasting a star spoke design 666 M in Orbit Grey matt.
M carbon-ceramic brakes guarantee fade-free braking even in tough racing conditions. The individually adjustable 3-way coil-over suspension is mechanically adjustable both for rebound and damping, thus allowing the car’s handling characteristics to be adapted according to personal taste.
BMW eDrive drive system technology developed for BMW i cars has arrived for 7-Series model range
The BMW eDrive drive system technology developed for BMW i cars has arrived in the new BMW 7-Series model range in the shape of three plug-in hybrid luxury sedans.
The trio source their power from the myriad talents of a latest-generation four-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and an electric motor.
Together, they deliver a system output of 240 kW/326 hp. The new BMW 740e iPerformance with standard wheelbase and the new BMW 740Le iPerformance with long wheelbase capture the imagination with supreme dynamics, yet also record average petrol consumption of 2.2 - 2.0 litres per 100 kilometres / 128.4 - 141.2 mpg imp and CO2 emissions of 50 - 45 grams per kilometre (BMW 740Le iPerformance: 51 - 45 g/km).
In the new BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance (petrol consumption combined: 2.5 - 2.1 l/100 km [113 - 134.5 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 56 -49 g/km), intelligent all-wheel drive distributes the combined power of the combustion engine and electric motor permanently and as required between the front and rear wheels.
The plug-in hybrid variants of the new BMW 7-Series allow top-level driving pleasure, long-distance comfort and luxury to be experienced in combination with all-electric, locally emission-free mobility as well.
The BMW iPerformance Automobiles represent the most rigorous implementation yet of Efficient Dynamics in vehicles from the BMW brand. Both BMW eDrive and the body structure with Carbon Core are rooted in know-how from BMW i.
When it comes to charging the high-voltage battery, customers benefit from innovative products and services originally developed for BMW i. The BMW 740e iPerformance, BMW 740Le iPerformance and BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance can also be specified as an option with anti-dazzle BMW Laserlight, which celebrated its world premiere in the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car.
Intelligent energy management optimises the interplay of the combustion engine and electric motor. The electric boost function provides a noticeable increase in dynamic vigour - expressed most prominently by the powertrain's instantaneous responses. It combines with enhanced efficiency courtesy of the electric assist function and the opportunity to drive through town and cross-country on electric power only to create a unique symbiosis of driving pleasure and sustainability.
The maximum electric range, as per the EU test cycle for plug-in hybrid vehicles, is 44 - 48 kilometres / 27 - 30 miles for the BMW 740e iPerformance and BMW 740Le iPerformance, or 41 - 45 kilometres / 25 - 28 miles for the BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance (figures may vary depending on the tyre format specified).
The best of two worlds
The combustion engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology employed by the plug-in hybrid variants of the new BMW 7-Series is a member of the new Efficient Dynamics engine family.
Developing maximum output of 190 kW/258 hp, it is the most powerful four-cylinder engine ever fitted in a series-produced BMW.
Instantaneous power delivery and peak torque of 400 Newton metres (295 lb-ft) - on tap across a wide rev range (1,550 - 4,400 rpm) - imbue the 2.0-litre unit with vivaciously sporty yet also poised and authoritative performance. In addition, the new engine displays outstanding refinement.
The electric drive system, based on the principle of a permanently excited synchronous motor, boasts exceptionally high power density with a maximum output of 83 kW/113 hp. As is characteristic for electric drive systems, it serves up its peak torque of 250 Newton metres (184 lb-ft) from the word go.
The boost effect for the combustion engine provides the driver with thrillingly instantaneous responses. Furthermore, the electric motor takes on the role of a generator which - depending on the hybrid function selected - is powered either by recuperating braking energy or by efficiently raising the engine's load points. It then feeds the energy it generates into the high-voltage battery.
The electric motor is fully integrated into the eight-speed Steptronic transmission. This ensures that pure-electric driving, the dynamics-enhancing electric boost function and the recuperation of braking energy are all extremely efficient.
The eight-speed Steptronic transmission has outstanding internal efficiency, top-class shift dynamics and shift comfort, and a compact construction. Gearshift paddles on the steering wheel are available as an option, enabling the driver to make manual gear selections with exceptional swiftness and the greatest of ease.
Working together intelligently, the combustion engine and electric drive system bring a system output of 240 kW/326 hp and a combined peak torque of 500 Newton metres (369 lb-ft) to the table.
Immediate response to every movement of the accelerator and sustained delivery of dynamic power allow the BMW 740e iPerformance to dash from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.4 seconds and the BMW 740Le iPerformance to complete the same sprint in 5.5 seconds.
The cars' sporty driving characteristics are accompanied by extraordinarily low petrol consumption and emissions. The BMW 740e iPerformance and BMW 740Le iPerformance both record combined petrol consumption of 2.2 - 2.0 litres per 100 kilometres (128.4 - 141.2 mpg imp).
The CO2 emissions associated with petrol consumption are 50 - 45 grams per kilometre (figures as calculated in the EU test cycle for plug-in hybrid vehicles, may vary depending on the tyre format specified).
The exceptional efficiency of the BMW eDrive technology developed using know-how from BMW i is revealed once again in all-electric, locally emission-free driving.
The electric power consumption of the plug-in hybrid luxury sedans, as calculated in the EU test cycle, stands at 13.3 - 12.5 kWh per 100 kilometres for the BMW 740e iPerformance and 13.3 - 12.6 kWh per 100 kilometres for the BMW 740Le iPerformance (figures may vary depending on the tyre format specified).
The plug-in hybrid variants of the new BMW 7-Series are also equipped as standard with the newly designed Driving Experience Control switch on the centre console.
At the touch of a button, the driver can activate a vehicle setting that optimises dynamics, comfort or efficiency. The range of characters encompassed by Sport, Comfort and Eco Pro modes are even more clearly defined than with conventionally powered vehicles.
Beyond this, the Driving Experience Control switch offers the option of selecting Adaptive mode. In this setting, the car's responses adapt noticeably to the driver's style and route profile.
The high-voltage lithium-ion battery has a gross capacity of 9.2 kWh and net capacity of 7.4 kWh, accommodated underneath the rear seat bench in a space-saving position that also provides optimum crash safety.
The BMW iPerformance variants of the new BMW 7-Series therefore also benefit from a level surface in the luggage compartment, which offers a capacity of 420 litres.
The stowage volume and practicality of the load area set the benchmark in the luxury plug-in hybrid sedan segment. The high-voltage battery can be topped up with energy from any domestic power socket, a Wallbox designed for higher currents or public charging stations.
The battery can be fully charged in under four hours from a domestic power socket and in under three hours from a BMW i Wallbox. Added to which, BMW 360° Electric includes the ChargeNow service, which grants straightforward access to partner charging stations and can also be used for the convenient billing of monthly energy costs.
Enticing and exciting exterior finishes for BMW i8 to reflect the owner’s personality
Possibly the carmaker’s most striking creation ever, the BMW i8 is probably one of the most crucial cars of the decade with it’s design, performance and efficiency.
It’s 1.5 litre three cylinder turbo engine outputs a brutal performance, with a 4.4-second 0-62mph sprint and top speed of 155mph, not quite Ferrari territory, but will certainly give most Porsche 911’s a bit of a fright and the runs to the Audi R8!
And now, customers who had a £104,540 burning their pockets to buy the i8, can choose from a multitude of extraordinary paint finishes which not only complements the BMW i8s styling but also reflects their personal style. This comes for those lucky few at an additional £5,495 – “small-change” you might call it.
The new colours include: Java Green, Speed Yellow, Solar Orange, Twilight Purple Pearl, Frozen Grey, Frozen Black, San Marino Blue and Grigio Telesto Pearl to name just a few.
A variety of finishes are available including non-metallic, metallic or Xirallic, which uses a mixture of synthetic mica or aluminium flakes to produce scintillating effects.
Even more striking is the matt finish of the frozen paintwork, which has a unique shimmer, making the contours of the BMW i8 even more striking and underlining the sculptural character of the vehicle.
The addition of the new BMW Individual paint programme for the BMW i8 follows the success of the early orders for the Protonic Red limited edition and is bespoke to the UK.
With over 1,400 BMW i8s sold in the UK since the launch in 2014, the BMW i8 has gone from strength to strength, picking up many accolades along the way including Top Gear Car of the year in 2014, 2015 UK Car of the Year and World Green Car Award to name a few.
With its clever hybrid drivetrain, the i8 boasts an output of 362bhp and 570Nm of torque. It can also cover up to 23 miles in electric only mode, and takes BMW’s EfficientDynamics philosophy to a new high, posting emissions of just 49g/km and a combined consumption figure of 134.5mpg in the process.
The new BMW M2 Coupé sets the benchmark in the segment of compact high-performance sports cars when it comes to driving dynamics and performance.
Now its extrovert design, dynamic character and outstanding suitability for the race track has bagged Top Gear’s Coupé of the year crown.
Due to go on sale next month, the new BMW M2 is the latest compact sports coupé in a long line of legendary road and racing BMWs, such as the 2002 Turbo, E30 M3 and 1M Coupé.
Under the hood of the M2 lies a 3.0-litre turbo in-line six engine, which punches out 365 horsepower and 369lb-ft. With a six-speed manual and rear wheel drive as standard, the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is optional.
Paul Horrell, Consultant Editor, Top Gear Magazine said: “It’s refined, well-equipped and nicely built. A quality item all round. Not too garishly styled either, but those widened wings tell the story to people who know….. It’s very hard indeed to think of a better new car for your £44,070.”
Each of the Top Gear Magazine Awards winners is picked by the publication’s expert motoring journalists – and The Stig – who rates and reviews more than 300 cars each year, before announcing the best in each category.
Thrilling BMW M2 brings M car thrills by undercutting the M3 by over £12,000
Controlled aggression is the name of the game when it comes to BMW M cars and the M2, which has had a fair bit of hype, certainly doesn’t fall short in delivering ultimate performance with looks to kill.
Its extrovert design further underscores the car’s highly dynamic character and outstanding suitability for the race-track.This car has received the customary level of M Division magic.
Outside there’s a tough-looking bodykit with pumped arches, air intakes that look like they could suck up small children and massive 19-inch wheels. Under the bonnet there’s a more powerful version of the 3.0-litre single-turbo straight six linked to a six-speed manual or seven-speed DCT automatic, with uprated brakes, the electronic M differential and aluminium suspension components similar to those on the bigger M3.
Controlled aggression is the name of the game when it comes to BMW M cars and the compact shape of the 2 Series translates exceptionally well into full performance guise. Dark gloss elements to the grille and wheels means contrasting colours work well, while greys and blacks give a more subtle look.
The M2 offers the same cabin space as the standard 2 Series, which is perfectly reasonable for a car of this class. Up front the sports seats offer excellent support, although even in their lowest setting the driving position feels a fraction high. In the rear legroom is good even for taller adults although headroom is relatively limited. The flip side is a huge boot, with 390 litres of space.
There’s a definite sense of purpose when you’re behind the wheel of the M2, even with it in the Comfort setting. The ride is firm but not harsh and keeps the body well under control, while the easy torque of the turbo six making short work of normal driving. Go for the DCT auto gearbox and urban traffic is a breeze.
Get on the right kind of road however and the M2’s real personality starts to come through. That effortless torque translates into strong acceleration right around the rev range, and with Sport mode engaged the throttle response is sharper and more of the engaging straight-six-engine note comes through too. 62mph can be despatched in 4.5 seconds but the there’s no massive turbo kick; instead you know there’s always acceleration available but never so much that it feels edgy.
But what really marks out the M2 as a fine driver’s car is the handling balance. Unlike the more hooligan M4, the ratio of grip to power is just about perfect. The M2 has shown to be confidence-inspiring with excellent traction out of slow corners and good grip balance between front and rear. It will play the hooligan too and serve up lurid powerslides when required, but only then; the rest of the time the M2 is real-world fast, capable, controlled and ultimately on your side.
M2 prices start at £44,070 and for that you get the higher-specification navigation system, xenon headlights, 19-inch alloy wheels and the higher grade of audio system including Bluetooth, DAB and BMW online services. The biggest option decision you’ll need to make is whether to choose the impressive M-DCT dual clutch transmission, but either way the M2 is a genuine M car for less than £50k.
Engine: 3.0-litre petrol unit producing 365bhp and 343lb.ft of torque (with 369lb.ft overboost)
Transmission: Six-speed manual gearbox driving the rear wheels
Performance: Top speed 155mph, 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds
Celebrate 100 years of BMW with a special offer from Leeds’ BMW specialists
On 7th March 1916, BMW launched its first car onto the roads of Munich, Germany.
Fast forward 100 years and the business is now a global leader in the automotive industry, bringing control and class to every one of its drivers across all continents.
In Leeds, one specialist BMW centre is preparing to mark the centenary celebrations by offering customers new and old, two exclusive deals not to be missed.
With 10 per cent off all services, and four-wheel alignment from just £40 (was £50), BM Works are the must-visit centre for all proud BMW owners out there.
Launched by Senior Technician, Kulvir Singh Ojla, and Master Technician, Sucha Singh Bhamber, in 2014, the pair have over 40 year’s worth of experience in BMW dealerships working at the local Stratstone and Scott Hall dealership sites.
The business has grown in reputation via word of mouth over the past two years, with customers keen to take advantage of the premium services for their premium motors.
Explaining more about their ‘centenary offers’, the pair said: “BM Works was established to give BMW and Mini owners a specialist centre that puts the customer first.
“We already know so many of our clients from our experience in the industry, and the feedback has been great so far.
“Our ‘centenary offers’ are little gifts from us to our customers to celebrate the milestone in BMW history.”
Recently purchased tracking equipment at BM Works allows the centre to offer the most accurate four-wheel alignment possible.
An accurate alignment not only allows your car to drive in a true straight line but also provides safe and predictable vehicle control for a smoother and more comfortable ride.
Meanwhile, a regular service maintains your car’s performance for the long road ahead.
To take advantage of these offers, and so much more, drive down to BM Works and give a boost to your BMW.
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
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
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
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.
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.
2015 was the most successful year ever for the BMW Group with annual sales setting a new record for the fifth year in a row.
A total of 2,247,485 BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce vehicles were delivered to customers around the world last year, an increase of 6.1% on the previous year. December 2015 saw 213,537 BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce vehicles sold (-0.8%).
BMW also achieved a fifth consecutive annual sales record, with the brand delivering 1,905,234 vehicles to customers in 2015, an increase of 5.2% on the previous year. The brand’s sales for December were close to the outstanding result of the previous year with a total of 176,681 BMW’s delivered to customers (-0.7%).
Products throughout the BMW range achieved significantly higher sales in 2015, compared with the year before. The BMW 2 Series is proving very popular with customers with a total of 157,144 sold in the year. With a total of over 107,000 units sold, the BMW 2 Series Active and Gran Tourer sold extremely well in their first full year, accounting for over two-thirds of those sales.
Similarly successful was the BMW 4 Series, where sales increased by 27.4% to total 152,390. Deliveries of the BMW X4 more than doubled to a total of 55,050 (+153.8%). Overall, the BMW X family continues to be a significant growth driver for the brand with sales of the BMW X5 up 14.1% to total 168,143 worldwide and deliveries of the BMW X6 increasing by over 50% to 46,305.
BMW i sales increased by 65.9% in 2015 with a total of 29,513 units delivered to customers. The keys to a total of 24,057 BMW i3s were handed over to customers around the world (+49.9%) while sales of the BMW i8 reached a total of 5,456.
Mini achieved a new all-time annual sales record in 2015 with a total of 338,466 vehicles delivered to customers worldwide, an increase of 12.0% compared with the previous year. A total of 127,194 Mini 3 doors were sold around the world in 2015 (+0.2%) while 94,788 customers took delivery of a Mini 5 door. The new Mini Clubman, which went on sale in October, was delivered to 8,003 customers.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars announced the second highest sales record in the brand’s 112-year history. The Goodwood-based brand delivered 3,785 units (-6.8%) to customers globally during 2015. Sales were driven by the success of Wraith and Ghost family motor cars in all regions, whilst Phantom remains the company’s pinnacle product, reaffirming its status as the world’s most desirable super-luxury good.
The new Rolls-Royce Dawn drophead was unveiled in September, breaking all previous records for pre-orders. First customer deliveries will take place in Q2 2016.
Almost one million BMWs and Minis were sold in Europe in 2015. The region was a significant growth driver with annual sales totalling 999,669 (+9.4%). Many markets in the region achieved double-digit sales growth in 2015 with deliveries in Great Britain, BMW Group’s fourth largest market, up 12.7% (230,652) whilst sales in France increased 15.0% (77,577). Southern European markets also continued recovering well with sales up 19.2% (45,550) in Spain and up 12.3% (71,173) in Italy.
The Americas achieved a 2.8% increase in sales of BMW and Mini vehicles in 2015, with a total of 494,629 units delivered to customers in the region. In 2015, a total of 404,537 BMWs and Minis were sold to customers in the USA (+2.2%) while sales in Canada climbed 10.1% to total 42,052 and Mexico achieved a sales increase of 17.3% (17,475).
In Asia, sales of BMW and Mini increased by 4.2% in 2015, with a total of 684,121 vehicles sold in the region. In 2015, a total of 463,736 BMW and Minis were sold in Mainland China (+1.7%). In South Korea, 54,575 customers took delivery of a new BMW or MINI, an increase of 17.6%, while sales in Japan rose 8.1% to total 69,199. Once again, BMW Motorrad also sold considerably more Motorcycles and Maxi-Scooters in 2015 than in the previous year. It was the fifth consecutive year that the BMW Group’s Motorrad segment achieved a new all-time high. With 136,963 (prev. yr. 123,495) vehicles delivered in 2015, BMW Motorrad achieved a growth of 10.9% on the previous year. In December, deliveries also increased to reach a new all-time high of 7,497 units (prev. yr. 7,032) and a growth of 6.6%.
Amid the audacious design studies and automotive beauties from a bygone era gathered at the 2015 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, the BMW Group presented its new BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage - and in the process makes a pretty formidable statement of its own.
This model is the BMW Design Team's tribute to the 3.0 CSL, a timeless classic and iconic BMW Coupé from the 1970s.
"CSL" stands for "Coupé Sport Leichtbau" (coupé, sport, lightweight). With its aluminium bonnet, boot and wings, Plexiglas windows and equipment rigorously pared down to the bare essentials, the old BMW 3.0 CSL tipped the scales around 200 kg lighter than its sibling model, the BMW 3.0 CS. Unsurprisingly, then, it was predestined for a career on the race track.
Whereas the material of choice in the 1970s was aluminium, today carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) - offers the optimum weight-to-strength ratio. These high-strength fibres are even lighter and stronger than aluminium.
And the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage makes generous use of the high-tech composite, reinterpreting the concept of lightweight design for the modern age. Wherever CFRP is used, it is also visible - rendering the lightweight design principle tangible both inside and out.
Karim Habib, Head of BMW Design, explains the thinking behind the design of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage: "For BMW designers like us, the BMW 3.0 CSL is a style icon.
“Its combination of racing genes and elegance generates an engaging aesthetic that continues to win hearts even today.The BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage celebrates many of those characteristic features, but without copying them. Indeed, some of the parallels are not immediately obvious. We wanted people to sense the family resemblance rather than see it straight off."
The BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage is a vision of pure athleticism: the elongated body is set off by distinctive air deflectors, powerful wheel arches and prominent spoilers to the roof and tail.
Despite its size, the aerodynamic elements are key in enabling air to flow optimally along the sides of the vehicle. The front air deflector serves to vent the engine compartment, while wings over the rear wheels ensure optimum airflow around the vehicle.
Small rear-view cameras serve to further reduce aerodynamic drag. The large rear spoiler increases downforce on the driven rear axle and in so doing improves power transmission. The Air Curtain and Air Breather systems guarantee optimum ventilation of the wheel housings. And the sheer self-confidence and sporting prowess of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage are perfectly summed up in the original colour of its spiritual predecessor - Golf Yellow.
Boasting one of the broadest and lowest front ends of any vehicle in the BMW Group, the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage's front exudes pure power and athleticism. At the centre, the characteristic BMW kidney grille stands tall in citation of the more upright styling of the kidney grille of yesteryear.
The size and spatial depth of the kidney grille symbolise the output of the powerful six-cylinder in-line engine with eBoost. At the same time, the finely wrought geometry of frame and kidney struts lends the front end an air of quality and exclusivity. The characteristic four-eyed face gives a contemporary, hexagonal interpretation of front-end sportiness.
Laser light and LED technology facilitate slender, state-of-the-art lighting graphics, and the flat contours of the headlamps generate that characteristically focused BMW look. A stylised "X" inside the lights divides the lighting functions and conjures up memories of the X-shaped headlamp stickers once used in long-distance racing. Horizontal LED strips create a visual bond between headlamps and kidney grille while at the same time emphasising the broad, flat impact of the front end.
A large carbon-fibre front splitter reduces the gap between road and front end and, in combination with the kidney grille, offers a modern interpretation of the earlier car's highly distinctive shark nose. Two circular openings and a series of elongated slots pay tribute to other elements featured in the earlier car, but offer a new interpretation for the 21st century.
The vehicle sides are in elegant counterpoint to the marked athleticism of front and rear. The long wheelbase and elongated bonnet appear to stretch the Hommage's silhouette. A continuous, horizontal line encircles the vehicle by way of paying tribute to a distinctive stylistic feature of the earlier BMW 3.0 CSL: its all-round chrome trim. In combination with the black highlight beneath, the continuous line intensifies the flat, elongated appearance of the sides.
A particular detail of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage is the roofline. Consciously subdivided into three, the line recalls the distinctive upper section of the BMW 3.0 CS - one of the first coupés to feature a roof that did not flow into the tail.
Compared with the ubiquitous fastback coupés of the day, this was both an innovation and a design statement, a feature that exuded athleticism and elegance in equal measure. In keeping with the BMW 3.0 CSL, the Hommage features a BMW logo on each of the C-pillars.
The all-round shoulderline is also the starting point for the subtle, finely sculpted surfaces of the sides. It follows the development of the shadowy areas behind the front wheel all the way to the lit surfaces above the rear wheels. This interplay between light and shade lends movement and dynamic intensity to the generous surfaces of the vehicle's sides. Dark CFRP areas narrow the gap between the sides and the road, again paying tribute to the consistent lightweight design of the BMW 3.0 CSL.
In combination with the black graphic accents, the dark lightweight elements reduce the perceived height of the vehicle and further emphasise its flat silhouette. The black 21" alloy wheels in matt and high-gloss bi-colour versions offer an additional unique highlight. Air control blades in the interstices of the wheel rims, meanwhile, serve to further optimise aerodynamics.
As with the front end, the vehicle's tail is broad and muscular in design. Generous surfaces generate presence, horizontal elements emphasise width.
A particular highlight is the styling of the rear lights: an LED strip above the spoiler links the two lights, thus giving the rear end a formal framework. The powerfully sculpted rear apron with CFRP diffusor creates a visual impression of the BMW 3.0 CSL's raw power. Even viewed from above, the BMW 3.0 CSL is extremely dynamic. From kidney grille to headlamps, the bonnet traces a broad "V" - a nostalgic throwback to a distinctive and dynamic element of earlier BMW coupés.
Other racing features include bucket seats with high-quality stitching, a six-point belt and red anodised safety features such as the outlet nozzles for the extinguishing foam, the fire extinguisher itself, and the two switches on the centre console for the emergency shut-off and fire extinguishing mechanism.
The only elements in the rear of the vehicle are two helmets integrated into the transmission tunnel. These are held in place by a belt when not in use. In the place of a rear seat bench, there are only covers for the eBoost energy accumulators. Special reflector technology in combination with LED strips create an impressive 3D effect on the covers.
In its use of cutting-edge materials and detailed solutions, the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage displays technical sophistication and subtlety of form. Meticulously crafted aluminium sleeves add high-quality accents at the junctions between individual structural elements.
The door design is as minimalist as it is expressive: precise, clean surfaces trace an arc rearwards, lending the door element a flowing, dynamic quality. The door openers combine a DTM-style pull strap with the elegant handle-integrated opener of the earlier BMW 3.0 CSL, resulting in the hybrid solution of a nylon pull strap located directly behind the grab handle in the door.
As with the interior as a whole, this detail lends expression to the unique character of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage: a winning combination of lightweight design, athleticism and elegance.
It’s just been announced that new entry-level engines, a further four-wheel-drive model and additional equipment options will increase the diversity of features available for the BMW 2 Series Coupé.
With the market launch of the new BMW 218i Coupé, a three-cylinder petrol engine from the BMW Group’s latest engine family will be featured for the first time in the brand’s sporty and elegant compact model.
State-of-the-art BMW TwinPower Turbo technology is featured on the new power unit provides a maximum power output of 130hp and a maximum torque of 220Nm. The new BMW 218i Coupé accelerates from zero to 62mph in 8.8 seconds. Prices start from £22,355.
Furthermore, xDrive, BMW’s intelligent four-wheel drive system, will also be available for the BMW 220d Coupé.
In the new BMW 220d xDrive Coupé the advanced system ensures not only optimised traction and vehicle stability in all road and weather conditions, but also increased dynamics when taking bends at higher speeds and optimal acceleration.
The 2 Series Coupé is also now available in luxury guise for an even more premium feel.
Luxury specification is recognisable by the Chrome Line exterior trim and the outer air intake surrounds in the same detail. Also included are 18-inch light alloy wheels. Inside, fine-line stream high-grade wood interior trims including an Oxide Silver accent strip, leather-wrapped sports steering wheel and Dakota leather trim in a range of colours all feature.
Despite not getting the best response when it was released in 2008, the BMW X6 has gone on to sell around quarter of a million units globally. Now the German firm is bringing the updated model, based on the all-new X5.
As a result it’s got the same 2933mm wheelbase as BMW’s large SUV but it’s lower and wider. Those newly created dimensions obviously help create the coupé-crossover look that distinguishes the X6, and now the smaller X4.
BMW has updated the styling with a few of the cues used on its latest models.
That means headlights that flow directly in to the double kidney grille and the Air Curtains in either side of the front bumper, which work in conjunction with new Air Breathers in the side panels to reduce drag.
The interior itself is a little more practical than the old X6, featuring rear seats that can now be folded 40:20:40 (rather than 60:40). With them all in place there’s 580 litres of space and with them all down there’s 1525 litres, which is 75 litres more than in the old X6.
From the launch in December this year, the X6 comes with two diesel engines – the 30d and M50d – with the 50i rounding off the range. A 35i and 40d arrive in spring 2015. The 30d will be the big seller, boasting 47.1mpg and 0-62mph in 6.7 seconds. Those are improvements of 19 per cent and 0.8 seconds respectively compared with the old car.
There are similar gains throughout the range, with the quickest model being the 50i. It can sprint from 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds, which is just a tenth of a second down on the old X6 M. We’re expecting a new M version to arrive using a boosted version of the 50i’s 4.4-litre V8, with power up to around 550bhp.
Until that car arrives buyers can go for the M50d, which hits 62mph in 5.2 seconds and comes with a few M-style chassis upgrades like Adaptive M suspension and bespoke settings for the steering and dampers.
Much of the technology found on the latest X5 will also be available on the new X6, including a system to brake and accelerate for you in traffic, a head up display and active lane keep assist.
BMW has just announced that it’s 2 Series Active Tourer, its first ever front-wheel drive model, will arrive in showrooms this September, priced from £22,150.
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer 1
The standard specification for this latest addition to the BMW range has now been confirmed and includes: Automatic tailgate, two-zone automatic air conditioning, rear Park Distance Control, BMW Emergency Call, 40:20:40 split folding rear seat with electronic folding functionality and 60:40 sliding rear bench.
Additionally it comes with Bluetooth with USB interface and audio streaming functionality, BMW Professional radio with single CD player and 6.5-inch monitor, DAB digital radio, Performance Control, Comfort Go keyless engine start, Drive Performance Control with ECO PRO, Comfort and Sport modes, rain sensor with automatic headlight activation, Sport multi-function leather steering wheel and additional 12V power socket.
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer 1
From launch only two engine variants will be offered, with prices rising to £24,205 for the 218d SE model.
Using the same running gear as the new MINI, the engines come with the entry-level 218i (£22,150) with a 134bhp 1.5-litre three-cylinder motor.
The more powerful 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel is fitted to the 218d (£24,205), with economy claimed at 68.9mpg.
Soon after the launch in September, BMW is set to expand the 2 Series Active Tourer line-up with the introduction of 220i, 220d and 216d models along with all-wheel drive variants.
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer 1
From November, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer will be available in M Sport specification, priced at £3,000 premium over the SE.
Loyal fans of “The Ultimate Driving Machine” who have found that they’re actually not all that thrilled with the direction BMW has taken in recent years, have a chance to change their minds at last.
Those who have felt slighted, though, can now take heart with the new BMW 2 Series which in effect is the name for the 1 Series Coupe.
It's a rear-wheel-drive, two-door coupe that's supposed to focus on the sporty side of driving more than the 1 Series hatchback it's based on.
BMW is launching the 2 Series with three engines: the diesel 220d (£25,865) and a two petrol version - the 220i priced at around £25,000 and the range-topping M235i which will set you back just over £34,000.
Two more models, the 218d and the 225d, will join the line-up later this year; the 218d will become the new entry model in the range, starting at £24,265.
The higher spec version of the 2 Series, the M235i is just the right size for a little sports car, and it feels responsive, taut and eager, the way a BMW should.
The M235i is a killer powertrain consisting of a 320-hp turbocharged straight-six-cylinder engine mated to either an eight-speed automatic, or a six-speed manual.
Although this is not an all-out M-car from BMW’s in-house performance tuning stations, the M235i brings a sport-oriented suspension, brakes, and super sport tyres.
Though it feels civilised at low speeds, push the motor hard and it sounds terrific, with a distinctive six-cylinder howl that just gets louder as you rev the engine beyond 4000rpm. The M235i is seriously quick, too, with 0-62mph taking just 5.0 seconds (4.8 if you opt for the excellent automatic 'box).
The beautifully finished cabin features the “M” badge here and there, while the sculpted seats provide immense support. Though the space up front is fine, the rear seats are very tight.
Smaller in size than the 3 Series, the M235i brings all the latest BMW infotainment system features, and quirks, managed by the iDrive controller and viewed on a clear but small 6.5-inch colour screen.
Standard equipment includes 18-inch alloys, climate control, xenon headlights, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth and a USB socket. You also get a DAB radio, although have to pay extra if you want a sat-nav.
A Birmingham tax fraudster has been sentenced to four years in prison after plans to build his own personal ‘Buckingham Palace’ in Pakistan was thwarted by police.
42-year-old Mohammed Suleman Khan was living a life of luxury in his Moseley home, having cheated the tax man by almost £500,000 over a nine year period.
Despite appearing to have no job on paper in the UK, and only transferring minimal amounts through bank accounts in the country, it was his lavish spending in Pakistan which alerted the authorities.
GUILTY: Mohammed Suleman Khan had cheated the tax man out of more than £400,000 and, having already been sentenced to four years in prison, is likely to lose more than £1million when the West Midlands force conclude their investigation
Detectives investigating Khan’s lifestyle found that he had actually commissioned work for a £2.4million palace to be constructed in Pakistan which a judge described as his own ‘Buckingham Palace’.
The building, upon completion, would have included its own library, private cinema and even servant quarters.
It was a search of Khan’s home which unveiled the true plans for the mammoth operation in Pakistan’s Attock region.
The tax evader’s defence argued that their client was a legitimate businessman who had earned just £300,000 over a nine year period.
Yet officers from West Midlands Police Force CID, investigating the accused, had found that Khan had already spent £893,000 on the outer-shell and roof of his Pakistan project, on top of at least £300,000 income for him and his family in the UK.
CONSTRUCTION: The palace in Pakistan would have been valued at more than £2million upon completion
From that information, officers concluded that Khan had failed to pay tax and national insurance over that period which equalled a total amount of £445,264.
Acting Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Bannister, who led the investigation, said: “We disputed the amounts earned. Our research was not able to find any business he controlled or owned that was consistent with him being a debt collector within the community.
“We were effectively prosecuting someone based on the evidence about lifestyle and property without having easily obtained evidence.’’
Over the course of the investigation it was also discovered that Khan had, at one point, had more than £120,000 in cash possession and had also paid for luxury cars in cash, including a £22,000 BMW.
Chief Superintendent Alex Murray, responsible for policing in east Birmingham, said: “The joint action taken by police and HM Revenue and Customs proves that where communities trust local officers and confide in them, we are able to piece that information together and where appropriate launch an investigation.
“This may take time but we will always seek to bring to justice those who don’t operate within the law.
“The message from West Midlands Police is that we will stop you, whether that is through criminal law, through Revenue and Customs, the Department for Work and Pensions or others.
“Communities are fed up of people thinking they are above the law and are increasingly standing up to be counted.”
A source has confirmed that a road-going version of the M235i Racing (a track-only customer race car) had been considered for production. However, the plans were scrapped when it was decided that it would “step on the toes of something else higher up the range.”
A new BMW M2, shown in our exclusive illustration, is expected to use a twin-turbocharged version of the M235i’s 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine. Maximum power output should be in the region of 380bhp, compared to the M235i's 322bhp figure, while leaving enough space to the 425bhp BMW M3 Saloon and M4 Coupe.
However, it's also expected that the M2 will adopt much of the new chassis technology found in the M3 and M4, including an electronically controlled limited slip rear differential dubbed Active M Differential.
To keep the purchase price down, the new M2 may not come as standard with Adaptive M Suspension as standard, but it's expected that there will be a wide variety of settings available to the driver to alter the character of the car.
The M2's predecessor was called the 1 Series M Coupé, as the 'M1' name was used on the company's iconic supercar from the late seventies. There is no official word on what the new junior M car will be officially named, but M2 is the front-runner.
The BMW M2 is expected to go on sale in 2016 at around £50,000 -
ensuring it is distanced from the M3 and M4, which start at £56,175 and £56,643 respectively.
Pictures of the BMW M3 and M4 have leaked online prior to the cars' official unveiling. The images reveal the final production version of both models, which will make their world debuts at the Detroit Motor Show in January.
An official teaser video was released this week but revealed nothing more than the profile of both the M3 and M4 highlighted by neon lights, now we can see the models in final production trim.
BMW M3: The cars will be launched summer 2014
We already know the M4 Coupe will replace the two-door version of the of M3, but both will be powered by the same 424bhp 3.0-litre twin-turbo engine.
Coupled with the 80kg weight reduction, the M3 and M4 should hit 62mph in around 4.5 seconds - but no official performance figures have been released as yet.
BMW M4: The new engine is smaller than the 4.0-litre V8 that powered the outgoing BMW M3, but the new twin-turbo motor is more powerful and fuel efficient
The new M models will be launched in the summer and pricing is expected to be announced closer to that date. But you can expect to pay around £57,000 for the M4 and slightly less for the M3.
BMW M4: The new engine is smaller than the 4.0-litre V8 that powered the outgoing BMW M3, but the new twin-turbo motor is more powerful and fuel efficient