Category: Cars

5 Most Expensive BMWs Ever Made

BMW vehicles are already among the most expensive on the market, but there are some that truly go above and beyond when it comes to the selling price. BMW has had several vehicles that are worth hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars over the years. These five, though, end up setting the standard for the most expensive BMWs ever made.

5. 1990 BMW M8 E31 Prototype

Auto manufacturers tend to keep most of their projects a secret, and BMW kept their development of the BMW M8 E31 prototype hidden for about 20 years. Featuring a maximum output of 640 horsepower and a 6.0-liter V12 engine, the E31 was meant to be able to overtake Ferraris and McLarens that were out on the road while reaching top speeds of over 186 miles per hour.

In 2010, BMW finally revealed the prototype that they had been working on, and what truly could have been for the 8 series. There was only one unit made, with an estimated value of over $1 million. Of course, if BMW were to ever sell the car, it would certainly fetch a lot more than that at auction due to its rarity. The powerful supercar would more than likely be worth tens of millions.

4. 2015 BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage Concept

The 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL is one of the auto maker’s most notorious vehicles, and BMW wanted to pay tribute with a concept vehicle that would be an upgraded and updated version. The end result was the 2015 BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage, which was dubbed “The Batmobile” by some due to its appearance. 

Featuring a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged hybrid i6 engine and 500 horsepower, the Hommage changed the exterior design quite a bit, leading to some criticism. BMW announced in 2022 that there would be a new 3.0 that made it to production lines, but the Hommage concept was incredibly rare and valued at $1.5 million.

3. 1958 BMW 507 Series II

In 2019, a 1958 BMW 507 Roadster Series II was put up for auction in Arizona, and the winning bid ended up being $2,175,000. Only 252 of these cars were made that featured a 3.2-liter V8 engine and were $11,000 upon their release. Needless to say, the value of the 507 Series II models skyrocketed over the years and had been in the hands of a few different collectors during that time.

Interestingly enough, the 507 was a major loss for BMW as the cars were expensive to make and didn’t sell as quickly as they had hoped. Even Elvis Presley owning one didn’t help the notoriety early on, but the 507 has become a thing of legend ever since, as many feel it looks like it’s taken straight from a classic James Bond film.

2. 1991 BMW Nazca M12

BMW teamed up with Italian designer Fabrizio Giugiaro to come up with a concept that would be thought of as a car that could compete in Formula 1 and featured a V-12 engine. With that, the hyper-futuristic Nazca M12 was born in 1991 and debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show. The car was tweaked slightly to create the Nazca C2, but the original is the most coveted due to its rarity.

The concept car never made it to production despite being one of the most powerful cars that BMW had ever created. The rarity then contributed to its value, and the Nazca M12 is estimated to be around $3 million. Those that have sene it wish that they could’ve gotten one of these on the streets of Italy.

1. 1957 BMW 507 Touring

The 1958 version of the 507 isn’t the only BMW to be worth millions, as the one that was made the year prior was also an expensive one that didn’t become as popular (at the time) as BMW had thought. The 1957 version of the 507 was the first, with the car selling for as high as $5 million. 

The particular 507 that earned that much at auction was the touring version that was used by John Surtees, who won the 1956 Motorcycle World Championship and took exceptional care of the car for the remainder of his life. While most surviving 507s aren’t exactly up to code, Surtees’ was in top shape.

5 Fastest BMWs Ever Made

BMW is one of the most well-known names in luxury cars, but it’s also one of the best in producing the fastest cars. Throughout the years, BMW has created several models that prove their worth on the toughest tracks and reach top speeds that some of us can only imagine driving. Which BMW models are the fastest, though? Here are the five fastest BMWs ever made.

5. BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition (F82)

At the 2016 DMSB Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Championship, German driver Marco Wittmann took home the title by racing in the BMW M4. To commemorate the win, BMW released the DTM Champion Edition of the M4 with improvements that included a 69 horsepower increase and a rise in the maximum torque 600 Nm.

“Up to now, none of our editions has been more directly inspired by sports racing,” BMW M Ltd CEO Frank van Meel said. Getting your hands on one wasn’t easy as production was extremely limited, with the release price sitting at over $163,000. All in all, just 200 of these were made and they could reach speeds of 190 miles per hour.

4. BMW M3 GTS (E92)

The M3 series is perhaps the most well-known out of all of the BMW productions, beginning back in 1986 and continuing ever since with the exception of 2019 and 2020. In 2009, BMW announced the GTS version of the series that was made in a coupe style and had 444 horsepower.

The GTS is a lighter version of the standard M3 and can reach speeds of 190 miles per hour. Surprisingly, this car is the most expensive one on the list with a tag of $200,000 at the lowest and upward of $280,000.

3. BMW M5 CS (F90)

Though the M5 was first put into production in 1984, it wasn’t until March of 2021 that the model got a CS edition with a massive upgrade. The engine power was increased and the overall weight was reduced to make the M5 CS faster. There were some other tweaks on this version, including four bucket seats and a pair of heat extractor vents on the hood.

Onlookers were floored when the M5 CS hit the Autobahn for the first time. This model is able to reach speeds of 189 miles per hour. The asking price for the M5 CS was $142,000 when first introduced, and held the title for most powerful BMW until the number one car on the list came around.  

2. BMW M4 GTS (F82)

This is neither the first nor last M4 to make the list. The BMW M4 GTS was first revealed at the Pebble Beach Golf Links in 2015, and the following year was put into limited production with 700 units being made. The engine is the same as the standard M4, but some adjustments were made to increase the horsepower and reduce the weight to make it faster.

Overall, the GTS version beat out the standard by 24 seconds on the Nurburgring Nordschleife track and reached a top speed of 190 miles per hour. A new version of the M4 GTS was introduced at $134,000, which was around twice the cost of the standard version.

1. BMW M4 CSL (G82)

Featuring a 473-horsepower engine, the BMW M4 will leave other cars in its dust as the fastest series production in the history of BMW, reaching top speeds of 191 miles per hour. The first M4 was released in 2014, with the CSL being announced at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show. It wasn’t until 202 that the M4 CSL was introduced and immediately started dropping jaws.

The M4 CSL is a rear-wheel drive car with a curb weight of 3,583 pounds and 479 lb/ft of torque. Only 1,000 units were made, making this car a rare find for speed enthusiasts. Those able to get their hands on one were expected to shell out at least $140,000, with those searching on the secondary market paying much more. According to BMW, this version is “more stripped down” than the M2 CS and M5 CS, which is how it reaches higher top speeds.

The Three-Step Process to Fix Any Car Problem

Car trouble is the worst. Cars are complicated, and dealing with problems often feels insurmountable.


But, it turns out that a lot of troubleshooting is simpler than it seems and can be reduced to just three steps. These three steps can’t fix absolutely anything, but if your car won’t start or if the engine isn’t running right, you can figure out most problems with the steps below.


Check the Spark


The first thing a combustion engine needs to run is spark. If you have a spark problem, it usually shows up in one of two ways. Either you’re going to a consistent shimmy while the engine is running (because one or more spark plugs aren’t firing correctly), or the engine won’t start at all.


In both cases, the problem is tied to electricity. So, there are a few tests you can run to really pin down the flow of electricity through your engine.


To do these tests, you’ll need a multimeter. You can get one from any hardware store or even Walmart, and they are not expensive.


The first thing you want to check is the battery. Simply check the voltage across the battery. It needs to read at least 12V, with 13 to 14 being a better sign of a healthy battery. If it’s less than 12V, the car won’t start (for most models).


If the battery is ok, the car should start. If it doesn’t, you very likely don’t have a spark problem and should skip to the next section. So, fire up the engine, and check the battery again while it’s running. Again, it should read at least 12V, and typically 14V is a sign that everything is healthy. This is showing you that there are no major electrical problems across the whole engine.


If the car starts but you’re getting shimmies, then you want to test the spark plugs. That’s a little more involved, so here’s a nice video tutorial to show you how to do it (it’s only a six-minute video).


Check the Air


The second thing your engine needs to run is air. That’s where the oxygen comes from for the combustion in your engine.


The thing about air is that it’s pretty easy to find, and there’s air in your engine right now. What that means is that airflow problems pretty much won’t prevent the engine from starting. Instead, airflow problems usually cause jerking, hesitant acceleration, and stalling.


Now, to test the airflow, you need something that can read flow rates and pressures. Fortunately, that tool is built into your vehicle already. It’s called the Mass Airflow (MAF) Sensor, and you’re actually going to test it with your multimeter too. If it’s working, then it will report any airflow problems to the vehicle’s computer, and you can read those with an OBDII scanner (or take it to any auto parts store to have it read for free).


How do you test the MAS Sensor? Here’s another short video.


Check the Fuel


Lastly, your vehicle needs fuel. If it won’t start, and the battery is fine, then the engine isn’t getting fuel (in the majority of cases). It could be that the tank is empty. It could be that the fuel filter is clogged. It’s possible that your fuel pump is dead. If you can find the culprit from those three, you know what to fix.


If the vehicle starts but stalls or has power or responsiveness problems (and the airflow is fine), then you could have a fuel flow issue. That’s also testable, but you’ll need a pressure gauge to do it. The good news is that you can borrow one from Autozone (they will require a deposit) and other auto parts stores.


When you have your gauge, you can follow this tutorial to test the fuel.


And, that’s it! Those are the three primary steps to diagnose an engine that won’t start or doesn’t run well.


5 Tips You’ll Need To Know When You Buy Your Next Car

You’ve decided to buy a new car and are probably wondering where to start. There are so many factors to consider – price, type of car, features, color – it can feel overwhelming. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! Follow these 5 tips, and you’ll be in the driver’s seat in no time.

Know what you can afford

Before you start shopping for your next car, it’s essential you know how much you can afford. Having a budget will help you narrow down your options and avoid falling in love with a vehicle that’s outside your price range.

There are many factors to consider when determining your budget, including the cost of gas, insurance, and upkeep. Once you’ve looked at the numbers, you may need to adjust your expectations accordingly.

But by knowing what you can afford ahead of time, you’ll be in a much better position to find the perfect car for your needs and budget.

Figure out the right car for your needs

Buying a car is a big decision. Not only is it a significant financial investment, but choosing a vehicle that meets your specific needs is also important.

For example, if you have a family, you’ll need a car with enough seating and storage space to comfortably accommodate your children and their gear. A car with good snow traction and heated seats is handy if you live in a cold climate. And if you travel long distances, fuel efficiency is a top priority.

By taking the time to figure out what you need in a car, you can narrow your search and find the perfect vehicle for your lifestyle.

Decide if you want to lease or buy

Think about how long you plan on keeping the car. Leasing may be the better option if you only need it for a short time. However, if you plan on keeping the vehicle for several years, then buying would likely be the better investment.

And think about how much money you are willing to spend upfront. Buying may be better if you have a large amount of cash available, and leasing is best if you are low on funds.

Shop around for the best deal

Getting the best deal possible on a new car can save you thousands of dollars. Spending time researching the prices of similar vehicles online will give you a good idea of how much you should expect to pay.

You can then visit several different dealerships and compare their prices. And don’t forget to negotiate! Many dealers are willing to haggle on the price of a car, so it’s always worth trying to get a lower price.

Test drive and inspect before you buy

When you’re in the market for a new car, it’s important to take the time to inspect the vehicle. An inspection can tell you if any major mechanical issues need to be addressed. It can also give you an idea of the condition of the car.

A test drive will give you a feel for how the car handles on the road. So when you’re ready to buy your next vehicle, take the time to inspect it and take it for a spin.