BMWBLOG 2010 Car of the Year Award – We Crown a Winner Among BMWs

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It’s tough to pick a winner among winners – but that’s exactly what we’ve done for our newly annual, BMWBLOG Car of the Year Award. …

It’s tough to pick a winner among winners – but that’s exactly what we’ve done for our newly annual, BMWBLOG Car of the Year Award. All BMW’s and sister brand Rolls-Royce, MINI, and Alpina cars available for sale in the 2010 calender year were eligible to enter, and with so many brilliant cars of late – this battle was closely fought.

We’ve given one vote to each of our staff Editors, and the car with the most votes takes the crown. You can read all of our Editor’s picks and rationale below before voting for your own pick among our finalists at the end of the article.

It’s possible your personal pick did not make our list, so why not add yours in the comment section and tell us why your pick deserves the crown?

Award Winner: BMW 740i – The Original Flagship

BMWBLOG 2010 Car of the Year Award   We Crown a Winner Among BMWs

Shawn Molnar, Road Test Editor:

When BMW first introduced their 7 series flagship sedan back in 1977, it arrived with a silky smooth BMW inline-six under the hood. It was the only engine on offer, standard fare for those who wanted the pinnacle of Munich’s engineering know-how. Over three decades on, and the iconic inline-six still offers turbine smooth acceleration, throaty music, and punchy character. After a hiatus from the North American market, six-cylinder power has returned to the 7 series on our shores.

You’re likely to miss anything you’ve misplaced for a decade, and the 740i’s absence only heightens the intensity and significance of its return. After driving the all-mighty twin-turbo V12 760iL and weaponized Alpina B7 to their respective limits, it’s tough for the racer in me to select the 740i for our “Car of the Year” award. But the plot thickens. You see, the 740i weighs over 680 lbs less than its V12 big brother, so when it comes to driving dynamics – the 740i offers up nimble, even “tossible” handling and brilliant clarity through the steering wheel that its heavyweight siblings simply lack. Besides offering a more spirited drive, the 740i also finds impressive economy in its class, even matching the 7 series hybrid model for fuel efficiency figures at 17 mpg city, 25 mpg highway. A 5.8 second 0-60 time still finds itself in sports car territory, and you can enjoy this performance in the same luxury as found in the larger engined models, all at a substantially lower sticker price. Frugality, fun, and value: suddenly this car’s merits come to light.

There were other BMWs that crossed my mind for 2010′s “Car of the Year” award, but for one reason or another, they each stumbled from grace. The new 5 is brilliant, if not for its numbed steering. The X5M and X6M are incredible performance machines – yet they achieve their performance despite themselves and their gluttonous weight. The 335iS was a hoot on the track, but it’s about to be eclipsed by the new 1M with its significantly lighter, tuned chassis. The M3 is brilliant as ever, but it’s now feeling a touch heavy to my taste considering its mission as an M car – 3,700 lbs is a bit much. Finally, the M3 GTS nails the weight loss, but is unavailable with a purists’ pick, manual gearbox.

That’s not to say that the 740i’s win was inherited by the other’s flaws. With legendary inline-six power onboard, the 740i offers the type of brand purity that personifies its roundel. Whereas the 12 and 8 cylinder models were mighty and powerful to drive, the 740 was “fun.” There is a special honesty, simplicity and character to this car that embodies the magic of the brand – and for that, the 740i becomes our 2010 Car of the Year.

Andrew Murphy, Senior Editor:

The 740 should take it given a frugal but powerful engine, a competitive price and its driving dynamics. I’ve not driven the F10, but the F01 has that special ability to shrink around you like the wonderful E38 could do. Its road manners for its relative size and comfort level make it one of my favorite BMWs for sale right now.

Couple this with best-in-class styling and a cockpit nicer than my condo and its hard to turn your nose up at the first 7 Series with a six cylinder in the US in a long time. I love the idea of this car just because it offers better bang for the buck at this level and there isn’t much to distinguish a 740 from a range topping 760.

Read our BMW 740Li review

Nominees


BMW M3 Competition Package

BMWBLOG 2010 Car of the Year Award   We Crown a Winner Among BMWs

Andrew Murphy, Senior Editor:

My other main pick is the M3 sedan with competition package. Its fast, more discreet and with BMW reportedly discontinuing a sedan from the next gen M3 – this is sure to be a future classic. Tracktard with a family? No problem, room in the back seat for a baby seat and room in the trunk for strollers. On the weekend it can double for tire storage on Saturday runs at the local track.

With the competition package you get the aesthetic and electronics of a fully-optioned M3 that can punch far, far above its weight class. Despite a $65k+ price tag it can hang with 911s and Lotus Evoras with ease making it a deal for this level of performance. It can also maintain a set of tires longer than its Mercedes competition.

2011 BMW F10 528i

BMWBLOG 2010 Car of the Year Award   We Crown a Winner Among BMWs


Hugo Becker, Technology and Engineering Editor:

One word explains this pick, VALUE. You get a well developed smooth running inline six cylinder engine (the N52B30) that delivers sub 7 second 0-60 times and an EPA rated 32 MPG on the highway. You get the fabulous eight speed automatic and access to the 7er’s electronic suite (since the F01 and F10 share a platform matrix – see the piece we did on that).

For around $50k, you end up with a great road car, great passenger accommodations, and decent driving dynamics. You could look at an equivalent Cadillac, Lexus, or possibly Infinti, but they’ll come up just a bit short somewhere in the comparison. The BMW 528i also slips in under the Mercedes-Benz E350. Mercedes-Benz really doesn’t have an equivalent E series model to the 528i. And the Audi A6? Well do you really want a FWD, CVT transmission car for the same price as the 528i?

Didn’t think so . . .

Read our BMW 5 Series review

BMW 335is

BMWBLOG 2010 Car of the Year Award   We Crown a Winner Among BMWs

Horatiu Boeriu, Editor-In-Chief:

The 335is is one of those hidden gems within BMW family; a vehicle that takes what’s best in the 335i Coupe and brings to a new level of performance and fun driving.

When unexpectedly the 335is was announced, many wondered where and how will the performance coupe fit within the line-up. BMW introduces the 335is to fill the gap between the 300 horsepower 335i and the almighty M3, and its 414 horsepower. With 320 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, and an overboost function allowing for seven-second blasts of 370 lb-ft of torque, the 2010 335is comes to complement BMW’s 3 Series line-up.

In a recent review, I called the 335is “a track performer, yet still a perfect commuter”, a statement that I continue to support. The extra sporty 335 can hang with the boys on track, but it also doesn’t shy away from the regular daily commute, a fun car to drive, even when traffic jams.

For a roughly $7,000 premium, or significantly less if we consider the sport package option on a regular 335i, the new performance coupe models offer a more appealing sporty look, higher performance and joy of driving over the 335i that sits in our garage as well. It was a close race with the 740i as the top BMW of the year, but the appealing price on the entry-level 7er, made the difference.

Read our BMW 335is review

BMW X5M

BMWBLOG 2010 Car of the Year Award   We Crown a Winner Among BMWs

Horatiu Boeriu, Editor-In-Chief:

Yes, I know, it is not a “true M”, nor it will ever be considered one, but nonetheless, it has been one of the most fascinating BMWs we have driven this year. At 5,368 pounds, the BMW X5 M presented a challenge to both the engineers and the marketing department. First task goes to the engineering team responsible for turning a heavy monster AWD into a race track performer; a car that not even its driver can tell it broke any socially acceptable weight levels. But thankfully, the BMW M Division came through. 555 horsepower at 6,000 RPM and 501 lb-ft of torque at 1,500 RPM are enough to make us forget about the weight underneath and allowing us to treat the car as any other M we’ve seen before. Add to this intriguing combination the 4.1 seconds 0-60 mph performance, and no one can ignore the athletic qualities of this M SUV.

In my extensive time behind the wheel, again both on and off track, the X5M was a “Joy” to drive, in line with BMW’s latest marketing campaign that showcase their vehicles as fun and joyful. And yes, it slightly shies away from the Ultimate Driving Machine status, but the X5M serves a well defined purpose: a family car with the capability to turn itself into a track performer on request. Think about the dad who enjoys a safety vehicle to haul around his family, but turns into a true enthusiasts on the weekend when the car sees the open road.

So looking back, we are proud of the things the talented German engineers have achieved. Make no mistake, building a car like this is far from being an easy task. The M DNA needs to remain and there is no room for error, and without a doubt, the M Division has built a great car, despite our negative feelings towards an M SUV.

Read our BMW X5M review

Rolls Royce Ghost

BMWBLOG 2010 Car of the Year Award   We Crown a Winner Among BMWs

Horatiu Boeriu, Editor-In-Chief:

At only $245,000, the Ghost has proven to be a greatly successful for Rolls Royce. The challenge the Oxford-based company faced was no less tricky, and the importance of getting it right was never more essential. For years, the company has been looking at ways to expend the typical customer base and despite successful models like the Phantom, the customer demographic remained the same. Ghost came as a fresh breath of air and the car has already exceeded all the sales expectations while attracting new customers to the brand and a quite different demographic.

The Rolls made the Ghost to feel like a daily driver rather than a chauffeured luxury limousine and the BMW engine underneath the hood made sure the performance and driving thrill is more present than ever.

Given its curb weight of nearly 5,500 pounds, one would expect a sluggish ride, more on the comfy side rather than sporty, but with the silky-smooth twin-turbo V12, the baby-Rolls sprints to 60 mph in less than five seconds, enough to get the blood pumping.

Earlier this year, Rolls Royce reported an 146-percent increase in sales over the previous year, thanks to the wonderful Ghost, a well-deserved runner up in our 2010 Awards.


Since your opinion is valuable to us, we will open the polls now and allow you to vote on the BMWBLOG 2010 Car of the Year Award. If you feel we have left something off, please feel free to let us know in the comments section below.

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  • Nathaniel

    I love the idea of an I6 powered BMW, and especially love 7 or M models with a proper BMW powerplant. However, I’m not so much a fan of turbos, though that seems to be the way of the NMW future.

    The 528 gets my vote, because I feel its what most exemplifies BMW history. The 7er is wonderful too, but I’m a history buff and feel that the 5er is more in-touch with BMW’s roots (though the sedan’s weight does provide a good argument against it).

  • M.H.

    Lol at the self importence of this blog. Its like someone working from there garage trying to award Oscar awards. And a bmw fan blog picking winners among BMW lineup. What a joke. Winner of the “Collects info from other sites without credit award”: BMWBLOG!

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      Funny how someone always posts something negative first, with a fake email address and name. We get it, competition is tough, but we do our own thing. Your comment will be deleted shortly, it’s pointless and useless.

    • Robert1

      LOL!! I Love it!! Bimmerfile feeling a little insecure again?? Need to take a fake name and bash the original and best? At least this site’s editors actually know how to test cars, unlike BF. I used to read BF too, but got too annoyed with their lame ass content and even complete technical errors in their articles. Those rich lil mommas boys should stick to tanning salons. lol Just cause daddy bought you a bimmer doesn’t mean you should write about it!!!

  • Mrs. Boeriu

    boeriu while you been distracted theres breakin bmw news on other sites better go steal it quickly!!

    too bad you have to waste you’re time censoring you’re comments =(

  • Rob Pecha

    What’s with all this nonsense? That guy is a troll but a lot of info here does come from bimmerfile, germancarforum, bimmerpost, m5board, etc.

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      Nice. Using another username to post this. Not even worth replying…none of the info comes from there, and if it did, source was mentioned. Take a look at articles and you will see. Also, we did not steal a design from someone else and made it ours, go check some of the sites you mentioned.

      Now I’m done with this, we create lots of unique content and just cause someone mentions something on their site that they found somewhere else, like on Autoblog, Bloomberg and others, doesn’t mean they are the source.

      Kinda tired of explaining this all the time and you are so far from the truth.

      Success comes with a price and it’s expected to have competitors come here and bash us for what we do and we do it’s pretty good if you ask us or anyone in the BMW world. The first BMW news site that helped other sites along the way and made BMW even pay attention to new media.

      • wazon8

        The world is full of kveteches. Do something for people and there will be always someone who won’t be satisfied and will complain on this or that.

  • BMW Driver

    Good job guys! Love this. Don’t really care what that dude is saying, but we need these type of awards from the bmw world. We like to see what are considered the best bimmers, especially since you folks drove some of them.

    keep up the good work, your content is solid and love coming back here to read.

  • BMW 740i

    I am proud owner of a 740i, what an amazing car! I love the 760, but the 740 does the job well.

    • akshat

      jocking yeah

  • Still Watching

    Im still watching Boeriu. When you post look behind you I be here. Do sneaky and I expose you.

    • Woo Hoo

      Journalism at its best….nice grammar.

      • akshat

        what u have to do with this

  • http://deleted Tom

    I love how some poeple have nothing better to do than cause trouble on.. The Internet? Haha how pathetic! Get a lifeeee, seriously.

    The 7er definitely deserves the award. It’s simply stunning in pictures and indescribable in person, has such a huge presence. Sucks that I’ll never be able to own one haha but I’m quite happy with my e46

  • Laszlo

    the real winner is who gets to drive any of these cars. US !!!

  • Tavi

    Nomination for the X5M ??, really ??, you guys got to be kidding… I like all the other nominees but the X5M ??. The fact that BMW built it doesn’t mean that it should have, specially with the ///M brand behind it, which nowadays becomes more and more M for Marketing…. Check Top Gear’s review of the X5M and Audi Q something… Jeremy Clarkson is so right about this SUV on steroids… And yes, it’s an SUV no matter how BMWs calls it.

    Instead of building a true homologation special like the E30 M3 once was they built this… nice…. And even though the E9x M3 is a nice car (I have one) it doesn’t share the same DNA as the E30 M3 (I have two).

    We all know BMW is here to make money, and I hope they make a ton of it IF they also support some of the true loyal fan base which also buy some of the other products. And I also know BMW is a different company than it was 20 years ago when they produced 100K cars intead of the 1MM of today, but that doesn’t mean you have to change direction on ALL your cars.

    BMW should take a look at Porsche and what they do to their hard core fan base. They do a far better job supporting true motorsport cars and efforts. Is it possible nowadays ??, yes, is there willingness within BMW AG corporate suits ??, sadly no….

    • Woo Hoo

      It’s no more of an M-car than the new 1M that all the enthusiasts are gaga over.

    • Jag

      look at Porsche: it is no longer an independent company

    • wazon8

      Look at Prosche and build car on VW platform. Nice recommendation. Sorry, but what we are observing right now is ruining Porsche image by VW. It won’t take long, when first cheaper car (perhaps Audi) will appear with Porsche’s engine, platform, suspension and so on.

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      Tavi, you’re on the right track, but we looked at the X5M more of a useful vehicle that can still put out great performance. And I agree with most of your points…

  • bob

    ’71 Pantera isn’t among the nominees??? :-O

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      Bob, let that Pantera thing go…got the point a long time ago. And you might see us comparing BMWs to other unusual vehicles in the future as well…it’s part of being different.

      • bob

        Aw…Woo Hoo got it right with Efoza’s obligatory F07 comments — I’m sure they’re also meant as a ‘running gag’.

  • Woo Hoo

    @ Efoza, sorry no 5GT, but the design lines and base can be seen in all the nominations. LOL.

    • bob

      What part(s) of the Concept CS design theme does the R-R Ghost share with the other nominees?

  • bmw lover

    BMW is my favorite car brand .and its rival merc its the most bullshit car brand i hate that one

  • akshat

    BMW is my favorite car brand .and its rival merc its the most bullshit car brand i hate that one xxx

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1497041056 Daniel Hoang

      And how do you plan to justify that statement. Research the cars before you start bashing brands. Mercedes is not “bullshit”. They have a rich and diverse history and makes great cars.

      • AKSHAT

        mercedes perhaps is not a bullshit . ok . but the way he challenges bmw that i never like .and i dont know why but when i look any merc i feel very jealous , not that jealous know that merce is better . its not . this one is that jealous you know that by seeing it destroy it ….

  • akshat

    i am sorry for double comment . and perhaps i have to sorry for my third comment my name is akshat o.k. now i am 12 yrs old and i want to begin a f1 career i am living in india and if anyone also starting f1 career then please inform me cause i want a partner for that.. thanking you .

    • akshat

      hey hey no need to like or dislike it ok just tell me that if u r starting it or not :)

  • akshat

    hey did u heard of a BMW 9 gears car coming i don’t know which model is that one can u tell me ?????????????

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    • akshat

      can you speak in English??????

  • Efoza

    In my opinion you may be surprised to note the best BMW in 2010 is the 5 Gt again.

  • Steve J

    My choice would be the BMW 750i. THE 740i only looks good on paper. Look, by the time you fit five adults in the car with luggage in the boot and have to climb some steep hills, one will realise that to maintain high performance you need plenty of momentum (torque). The 740i will struggle under these conditions, whereas the 750i easily handles the load because of its 600Nm (450lb-ft) of momentum (torque).

    It is interesting that the superb xDrive is not available in the 740i. Could it be that the extra weight of xDrive coupled to other varying load conditions would significantly lower performance levels? XDrive adds 85kg to the weight of a 750i. If 85kg is added to a 740i it would lose its weight advantage and movement will be more laboured because of its comprative lack of torque.

    I would not want to compromise on performance for the sake of roughly $12000 saving. BMW thrills are there to be savoured. It is one of those vivid, visceral enjoyments in life and I refuse to compromise.

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