This is the first ever BMW E34 M5 Wagon
This is the first ever BMW E34 M5 Wagon
Hagerty has announced its annual list of future classics, the 2014 Hot List. Naturally, these are some of the prettiest, fastest and most entertaining vehicles on sale. There are limits, though. You’re not going to see a Ferrari LaFerrari or Rolls-Royce Wraith on this list, because Hagerty only considers vehicles with MSRPs below $100,000. Other requirements are that the vehicles are produced within the 2014 model year, although certain vehicles were considered if they missed out on previous Hot Lists.
“Most new car news focuses on the latest interactive technology, alternative power sources, and the race to increased efficiency,” said McKeel Hagerty, the insurance company’s president and CEO. “But for a car to be collectible in the future, it has to be cool right off the assembly line. A collectible car has to grab you and not let you go.”
Occupying the Number One slot – and just barely, considering the $100K price cap – is the new Jaguar F-Type R, the svelte coupe that debuted at the 2013 LA Auto Show. Also squeaking in is the $92,900 BMW M5 and Chevy’s $90,000, drag-ready COPO Camaro.
The rest of the list is slightly more attainable, with the $75,000 Maserati Ghibli S coming in at number four. Alfa Romeo’s $54,000 4C, the new $51,000 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and the $43,000 Nissan 370Z Nismo cover the semi-affordable sports cars. Finally, the Dodge Challenger R/T with its new shaker hood, the off-road-ready Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X and the Ford Fiesta ST hot hatch round out the list.
Scroll down for Hagerty’s explanation behind each car making the list, and then take a look at our gallery of images of each car.
How do you tell your friends and family that you’re expecting a baby? A phone call to mom and dad? A text message to your pals? A gleeful Facebook post? Jalopnik reader Mehrdad Zarifkar has them all beat with his BMW M5 and a tribute to the BMW Films
Those looking to make their stock BMW look like an M model might be interested in an M Sport package. But those who already drive an M model and want that extra bit of attitude to take it over the top look towards the M Performance Accessories catalog, to which BMW has just added a new range of add-ons for the M5 and M6.
The new range of accessories include a titanium exhaust from Akrapovic that’s 22 pounds lighter and an extra bit throatier than the stock unit. BMW’s also offering a carbon-ceramic brake kit and 20-inch alloys to accommodate them, as well as a carbon aero kit, carbon interior trim and those trademark stripes for the truly extroverted BMW performance enthusiast.
You can check them out in the gallery above and the press release below to see what Martin Tomzczk, the DTM driver sponsored by BMW M Performance Accessories, chose for his matte black M6 Gran Coupe daily driver.
BMW M hasn’t been able to decide whether it wants to jump on the all-wheel-drive bandwagon or not (with the exceptions of the X5 M and the X6 M, which are based on AWD architecture). That might be changing though, since M’s president Friedrich Nitschke recently realized that 70 to 80 percent of Mercedes-Benz E63 AMGs are ordered with all-wheel drive. Earlier this year, Nitschke said that there were no new AWD M models planned, so this comes as somewhat of a surprise.
“On our cars we are thinking of all-wheel drive, but it won’t come before we get the successor of the M5 and M6,” Nitschke said in a Motoring report. “That’s the timing and it’s not practical to react in the current life cycles.”
“On our cars we are thinking of all-wheel drive.” – Friedrich Nitschke, BMW
Nitschke says that obtaining a faster 0-60 miles-per-hour time isn’t why BMW M is considering AWD option for the M5 and M6. But one has to wonder if that’s part of the division’s reasoning when the Audi RS6 Avant and RS7, the Porsche Panamera Turbo and the top Mercedes E63 AMG all perform the sprint in under 4.0 seconds with AWD, when the fastest M5 can only do it in 4.2 seconds.
The M division traditionally has been shaped by rear-wheel drive sports cars and sedans with powerful, naturally aspirated engines of bespoke designs that didn’t make their way into regular production BMWs. In recent years, however, M has been straying from its roots, replacing the M5′s Formula One-derived V10 with a more pedestrian (but more powerful) twin-turbo V8, coming out with the aforementioned AWD M sports utility vehicle and crossover and equipping the upcoming M3 sedan and M4 coupe with a twin-turbocharged straight six to replace the current naturally aspirated V8.
Before the current generation M5 was released in late 2011, BMW had reportedly been toying with plans to make an AWD version, but this latest report confirms that BMW will wait until the next generation comes out.
For the M purists out there, Nitschke reportedly assures you that the M3 and M4 will “never” come with AWD, because, he says, “To accelerate out of corners with this rear-end architecture concept is so fantastic that it [all-wheel drive] is not needed.” Instead of taking his word on that, we’ll just wait another four to six months and see if the story has changed.
Buyers interested in a new BMW will start paying a bit more for their Ultimate Driving Machines, beginning yesterday. The Munich, Germany-based manufacturer has announced price hikes across nearly its entire range, covering model years 2013 and 2014, that will sting higher-end customers in particular.
Price increases are enough to get any consumer riled up, but the incremental nature of BMW’s increase makes it a bit easier to swallow. All 1 Series and remaining 3 Series Convertibles (including the M3 Convertible) will see a $300 increase in price. All current-generation F30 3 Series, 5 Series GT and X3 crossovers will get their price bumped by $200. $500 increases are coming for the 6 Series range (not including the M6), while the diminutive X1 gets just a $100 increase.
Cars on the losing end of the price hikes include the newest M cars, the M5 and M6 Coupe, Convertible and Gran Coupe, which are being bumped $2,000. BMW is adding $1,000 to the sticker of all Z4s and the entire X6 range, including the X6M.
Prices, meanwhile, for the 328d, 3 Series Sports Wagon, 3 Series GT, 4 Series Coupe, 5 Series Sedan, 7 Series and the new X5 will remain at the previously announced levels. Take a look below for the full press release from BMW, including tables that show both the old and new prices for each model, along with the amount of the October 1 price increase.