What’s the most exciting BMW coming in 2018?

8-Series, BMW M2, BMW M5, BMW X3 M, BMW Z4, News | October 18th, 2017 by 16
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Next year is going to be a big year for BMW. In 2018, the Bavarians will be launching several new models that will help boost …

Next year is going to be a big year for BMW. In 2018, the Bavarians will be launching several new models that will help boost not only the brand’s sales but also its reputation. So if you’re a BMW enthusiast, get ready for a very exciting year. However, there’s almost too much coming out, so much that it can be hard to keep track of. So let’s take a look at BMW’s new 2018 lineup and see which is most exciting.

There’s the BMW X2, which will be debuting next year, that will add some spice to the small, premium crossover segment. While a front-wheel drive-based crossover isn’t the last word in excitement, we’re actually interested to see what becomes of the X2. It’s based on BMW’s UKL architecture, the very same one that underpins the BMW X1, which has proven itself to be a very competent front-drive platform. In fact, the new X1 drives far better than expected. So throw in some extra sportiness and better looks and you have a recipe for a good little crossover.

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Then, there’s the BMW M2 CS, which should light many enthusiasts’ hair on fire. The standard BMW M2 is probably the brand’s best driving car, as it brings some of BMW’s old-school driving feel to modern BMW tech. So shedding weight, adding power and increasing handling capabilities should make for one of the most exciting cars on the road. In fact, we can’t wait to see what the BMW M2 CS brings. We’re hearing that it could use the S55 engine from the BMW M3/M4. While that engine isn’t the most enthusiastic or emotional engine, it’s incredibly powerful and capable of serious thrust. So it should turn the nimble little M2 into a rocket.

Next up is the F90-generation BMW M5. I think I can speak for all BMW enthusiasts when I say that the new M5 is one of the most exciting/interesting/intriguing cars to come from BMW in a very long time. Mainly because of its drivetrain. The F90-gen BMW M5 will be the first ever BMW M car (non-SUV) to come with all-wheel drive. Thanks to its all-wheel drive traction, 600 hp and eight-speed automatic, the F90 M5 will be the fastest accelerating BMW ever made. That’s incredible. It will also be the debut of BMW M Division’s new xDrive all-wheel drive system, which has the ability to turn off its front axle and be completely rear-wheel drive, at the wish of the driver. Very exciting stuff. 2018 BMW M5 exterior 11 830x553

2018 will also bring the first ever BMW X3 M. Ever since BMW showed us what it could do with an SUV, with the first-gen BMW X5 M, fans have been clamoring for an X3 M. The smaller X3’s size and sportier demeanor makes it seem better suited to M-treatment than the X5. So if BMW can turn the big, heavy and luxurious X5 into a track monster, what can it do with the little X3? Especially considering how good the new X3 is. We were incredibly impressed with the first-ever BMW X3 M40i, an SUV that can seriously take on some sports cars and looks the business as well. So if BMW can impress us with the X3 M40i, what will become of a genuine BMW X3 M?

There are two cars, though, that I think we can all agree are going to be the most exciting. The first of which is the BMW Z4. After seeing the BMW Z4 Concept at Pebble Beach, we’ve been hooked. That may have been the best looking concept to come from the Bavarians we’ve seen in recent years. It’s stunning. More importantly, though, it promises a lot for the upcoming BMW Z4. The next-gen Z4 will be lighter, stiffer, sportier and far more high-tech than the car it replaces. It will also get a Z4 M40i variant, which could give us a similar experience to the Z4 M we’ve been missing for so many years. Based on how stunning the Z4 Concept is and it’s incredible potential, the next-gen BMW Z4 is easily one of the most exciting cars to come from Bavaria in a very long time.

However, it’s pretty safe to say that the car we’re all most excited for is the upcoming BMW 8 Series. While the Z4 Concept was prettier, the 8 Series Concept was no ugly duckling. It was baffling beautiful and almost felt like a BMW by Aston Martin. Just typing that gave me shivers. But it’s not just the concept that has us excited. It’s the return of the 8 Series that has us champing at the bit to see what becomes of it, the return of one of the most iconic cars in BMW’s modern history. While the 8 Series was never the success BMW thought it would be, it’s a car that still looks incredible and has immense enthusiast respect.

But the absolute most exciting aspect of the upcoming 8 Series is the long-awaited release of the BMW M8. Fans have been begging and pleading BMW to make an M8 for ages now, with no results. However, it’s finally coming. A BMW M8 will finally be made and it’s going to be incredible.

16 responses to “What’s the most exciting BMW coming in 2018?”

  1. Giom says:

    Isn’t the new X5 also due next year? Rumor has it that it will be quite revolutionary, so, I’m excited to see it. But, obviously, the 8 has to be at the top of my list – closely followed by the Z4. I’m uncertain about the X2 – fearing it might look too familiar. But I am open to be surprised… It will be interesting to see the M5 battling against the old foes – looking forward to reading those comparos. However, bring on that 8 Series!

    • Horatiu B. says:

      yes, next year. Not revolutionary.

      • Thomas says:

        How u know? This step will be much bigger than the one before. Remember, there was no facelift. Its a new architecture etc. Exterior design might not change so much as it looks on the spy shots, but it didnt do on the 5er either… I truly believe it will step up the game again in this class and of course its bigger brother X7 anyway.

    • Arunabh says:

      It’s gonna be an evolutionary change and that’s a good thing in my books, personally.

      The current X5 still looks current and smashing. Plus, there are lesser chances of getting those absurdly tall and ugly grills and headlamps connected to grill (two big design fails along with hockey stick side profile elements, in my opinion)

  2. PK says:

    The new 3 Series and 8 Series.

  3. John says:

    Actually the biggest newcomer both in size and excitement will be the X7 whIch you have forgotten to mention. Release date to buyers in Europe in Nov 2018

  4. Pictor says:

    I’m Looking forward to the 8 series. Hopefully it’s not priced along side the S-Class. BMW has the opportunity to kill the car out of the gate making it a tough sell. After all, you can get a nice 911 for the price of the S-Class Coupe. Different cars but wasn’t the 8-Series going after 911 in a front engine variant?

    The Z4 shows promise at the other end of the spectrum but I feat the street version will fail to meet expectations. An M40i variant is not a Z4M but probably more of a Z4is. The rest of the world has been used to Mxxx cars that were sold in the US as IS cars. Now that BMW has added M to the US models too every is expecting M Performance.

    The M5 is a staple car and it will be interesting to see how the press responds to the weight gain up front. I want to love it and it may even be my next car but the US press has not been friendly to the M550i for reasons that will likely exist on the M5.

    The X cars… meh. They’ll sell. I’ll even buy another but they’re not that exciting. It’s a useful family car that doesn’t suck but that doesn’t mean they’re great.

    • Tinjay For Real says:

      Yeah, whats it with the M550I anyway? Not much sales and you do not see it in showrooms in the US months into the sales cycle.

  5. Arunabh says:

    The success of all these models would depend on how less they have came under marketing team radar and how much time they spent with BMW’S peerless engineering team.

    It isn’t gonna be a cakewalk for BMW given recent track record. Most models haven’t stayed true to their concepts. Others had been hollow promises of return to ultimate driving pleasure.

    Let’s see whether chaps at Munich go back to their glorious roots or continue to stray further by becoming more anonymous.

    • Kevin Dissett says:

      I’m so hoping they return to their bold designs of their past, and have less of the bland, generic, styleless look than a couple of its German competitors, namely Audi. When the original 8 series was launched, it was going after the Porsche 928GTS market, which was very small to begin with, with a car that in my opinion was too business-like, and not as enjoyable to drive as the 928GTS. The current values for a 1994 example of both cars point this out as well, with the price of the Porsche 928GTS models now higher than their original sticker prices, and we’ll into the $90K for clean examples, vs. $10K for a similar condition, same year 840i. The 928GTS was the flagship of the Porsche lineup, and it drove like it, much better in so many ways than the 911. Hopefully BMW has engineered the new 8 series with flagship-like driving qualities with no compromise. That’s what will separate it from the pack of competition from rivals, especially from models from the east, that are built, or rather copied, from the ground up, full of compromises.

  6. Arunabh says:

    I am most curious about next gen 3er than any of these models.

    Almost all of these models must have been half way into development at the time the current models came into sale. All the criticism they have faced in the meantime would not have been accounted entirely in this short period.

    But with 3er that won’t be the case. It still has more than enough time to take those criticisms into account (not sure whether styling can be changed now, if it’s like current 5 & 7 design language) and make necessary changes, if BMW sees them as important.

    What the next 3er would be will ultimately decide whether ultimate driving pleasure is here to stay or whether it’s just a tagline that they continue to use to falsely attract herds of people who are into judging the book by its cover.

  7. Max says:

    The year will be packed as hell! Cant wait for all of that to be shown!
    Personally I am most excited for the M2 C…, because I wanna buy it :D
    But of course 3er, X5 are some very very interesting because important cash cows for BMW. 8er, Z4, X2 will be very very nice too! Its so much too see :O

  8. Will ._.Var says:

    8 Series… excited for it for sure!

  9. SaratRich says:

    New X5. Just very love it!)

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