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Alpina E36 B3 3.2 and thunderous E65 B7

Every Alpina is rather special, and here we meet an owner with a passion for the brand and his lovely E36 B3 3.2 and thunderous E65 B7.

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2025 BMW X6 M Competition F96 LCI

The X5 and X6 updates have brought the big SUVs bang up to date, but have they made the high-performance X6 M Competition F96 more or less compelling?

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780hp Chevrolet 6.0-litre V8 engined BMW M3 E46 racing machine

Take the front of one E46 M3 and the rear of another, weld them together, add some state-of-the-art mechanical components and a mighty V8 power plant – and you have a car that is hard to beat in any company.

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Protuning Design 281bhp 2006 BMW Z4 3.0si E85

Putting any project together can feel like a mammoth challenge, and executing an original theme can seem like climbing a mountain. Latvian petrolhead Arno combined his love of Alpinism and BMWs and called upon Protuning Design to execute his vision of a Z4 Everest Edition...

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1985 BMW M535i E28

An E28 M535i is a wonderful machine, but when one has been subjected to the full Kav Bhamra works, it becomes truly sensational.

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2024 BMW X5 xDrive50e M Sport G05 LCI

BMW’s latest updates have made the X5 more modern than before, but will the tweaks to the hybrid system make it into a class leader?

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2002 Alpina B10 3.3 - BMW E39

The E39 5 Series was often touted as the best car in the world, and Alpina’s sublime B10 3.3 might just be the ultimate version.

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1996 BMW M3 Evolution Coupé E36/2S

The E36 M3 might not have had the most rapturous of welcomes from the motoring press, but it really was one of the modern greats and is now on the way to deserved classic status.

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2009 BMW 535d Automatic E60

There had been quick diesels before the E60 535d made its debut, but none of them had the breadth and depth of ability of BMW’s twin-turbo executive bruiser.

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1990 Bentley Eight

Ron Webster overcame adversity to win an apprenticeship with Rolls-Royce that became a 35-year career, then after retirement he achieved an equally unlikely dream – his own Bentley, despite being unable to hold a driving licence.

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1994 BMW M5 Touring E34

Despite being a brilliant machine, the first M5 Touring couldn’t generate enough enthusiasm within BMW to launch a dynasty of rapid Bavarian wagons.

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2002 BMW M5 E39

Was the third generation of M5 the best? We chart its history and meet an owner who bought three to find his perfect specification.

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Supercharged 500bhp 2005 Alpina B5 E60

Alpina’s B5 was the only factory-produced supercharged 5 Series E60 and made a glorious alternative to the ubiquitous M5 E60.

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2002 BMW Z8 E52

Terry Unwin has owned scores of classics over the years, but the BMW Z8 E52 is one itch that he’s never been able to scratch – until now.

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1958 Cadillac Sedan DeVille

Winning the 2022 Car of the Year competition may have seemed like a foregone conclusion to many (have you seen this car?!). However, creating such a masterpiece of restoration was many years in the making for owner Steve Sullivan and a voyage of discovery too, as editor Ben Klemenzson found out…

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