Upgraded BMW M2 is more powerful than BMW M8

In June, BMW revealed the new generation of the M2 model as the most powerful version of this model. Before it goes into production in August, tuner company Dahler has unveiled a Stage 2 upgrade package for the current generation that takes this powerful car to the next level, making it more powerful than the BMW M8.

The tuner made sure that the Stage 2 package matches the 8-speed automatic and 6-speed manual versions, and after modifications the 3.0-L twin-turbo inline-six engine now delivers 630 hp (470 kW) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm). torque. A new Eventuri carbon air intake, stainless steel exhaust system, new shock absorbers with rebound and compression adjustment options are installed, and there is also the possibility of height adjustment, and the suspension has been upgraded. Optionally, springs that further lower the car and brakes with the Stahlflex system are available.

Stage 2 also includes carbon fiber body parts such as a three-part carbon splitter, air intakes, new side mirror housings and a large fixed rear wing, as well as a new rear diffuser. The front grille is slightly different in design with a single horizontal slat, and a smaller lip spoiler is available as an option. The interior is equipped with a heated sports steering wheel covered with Alcantara, new floor mats, short shifter for manual gearboxes.

The cost of the Stage 2 package is not known.

Source: Dahler

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BMW sales results in six months of 2024

2023 was a successful year for many companies when it comes to sales, and some continued on the same path in the first six months of 2024. One of them is BMW, which recorded sales growth in the first half of 2024, with over a million vehicles delivered worldwide.

BMW is still the leader in the segment of premium cars. According to the Bavarian manufacturer, in the first six months BMW sold 1,096,486 cars worldwide, which is a growth of 2.3 percent compared to the same period in 2023. Although the biggest growth was recorded in the sale of electric cars, and 180,000 of them got new owners (+34%), customers still mostly opt for cars powered by internal combustion engines and hybrids.

When it comes to competition, in second place in the ranking of premium brands was Mercedes-Benz, which, although it delivered around 960,000 cars worldwide, recorded a 6 percent drop in sales. Also, in the segment of battery cars, they sold only 93,400 units (-17%). Audi is in third place with 833,000 cars delivered, which is also a drop of 8 percent compared to the same period in 2023. In the segment of battery cars, the company based in England recorded a growth of 1.3%.

Speaking of models, the highest demand was for the 7 Series, which recorded a 22 percent increase in sales, and other models such as the 3 Series and X1 also achieved excellent results.

The highest demand was in their biggest market (Europe), where 460,144 vehicles were delivered (+2.6%), and a positive result was also achieved in the American market (+2.1%). In Asia, BMW delivered 493,364 cars (-3.6%), of which 375,947 cars in China, a drop of 4.2%.

Source: BMW

2025 MG HS

Chinese-owned company, MG Motor, has expanded its fleet with a new generation of the HS model, intended for European customers. It is larger than its predecessor and should be one of the rivals to the Japanese SUV cars Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V.

The new MG HS is 26 mm longer, 14 mm wider, and has a 45 mm longer wheelbase than the previous generation. It is equipped with a massive front grille, new slimmer LED headlights, LED taillights connected by a strip and trapezoidal tailpipes. The company did not release images of the car’s interior, but they point out that customers can count on two 12.3-inch screens, a tray for wireless phone charging and an audio system with eight speakers. It’s spacious enough to accommodate four passengers and offers 507 liters of luggage space, without folding the rear seats.

When it comes to the powertrain, the new MG HS is powered by a turbocharged 1.5-L four-cylinder engine with 169 hp (126 kW) and 203 lb-ft (275 Nm) of torque, mated to a 6-speed manual transmission that sends power to the front wheels . A 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is optional.

Buyers will also be able to choose a PHEV option with a turbocharged 1.5-L engine (142 hp) combined with an electric motor (209 hp), which is enough power to push the car to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.8 seconds. It is equipped with a 24.7 kWh battery that enables a range of 121 kilometers WLTP.

Sales will start in the British market at a price of 24,995 – 31,495 pounds (29,745 – 37,480 euros), depending on the powertrain.

Source: MG

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