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2017 Alpina B7 Review: A BMW M7 by any other name

2017 Alpina B7 Review: A BMW M7 by any other name

You wait a couple of decades for one BMW M7 to come along, and life brings you two. Well, not quite: neither BMW's own M760i or this, the 2017 Alpina B7, is officially an M car, but then neither would you really want them to be. Go too far down that track and you end up sacrificing luxury in the name of raw performance, and that's entirely at odds with the 7 Series raison d'être. Does that make the Alpina B7 a plutocrat's sports pretender? No, no it does not.

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ASUS ZenFone AR hands-on: Google Tango sells us a BMW

ASUS ZenFone AR hands-on: Google Tango sells us a BMW

ASUS launched the ZenFone AR back at CES in January, but the Project Tango phone wasn't quite ready for its augmented reality close-up. Turns out, there are some ZenFone AR handsets floating around at MWC 2017 this week, not least being used by the team at BMW and Accenture for their iVisualizer demo. Imagine our surprise when the ASUS handset was whipped out - alongside the existing Lenovo Phab 2 Pro - for us to check out on video.

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BMW, LEGO made a mini 1200 GS that turns into a hover bike

BMW, LEGO made a mini 1200 GS that turns into a hover bike

LEGO blocks are the epitome of reusability. They can be used to form almost any object imaginable and then torn apart to be used to build a different object. But some LEGO blocks are made for specific designs and purposes to recreate a very specific thing, like a car or motorbike model. Can these blocks still be reused to create something else? The creative minds at BMW Motorrad and LEGO Technic think so. And to prove it, they took the LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure and turned it into the LEGO Technic Hover Bike.

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BMW, Google and more pump cash into 3D metal printing startup

BMW, Google and more pump cash into 3D metal printing startup

BMW, Google Ventures, and Lowe's have pumped $45m into a metal 3D printing startup, which plans to launch printers that can create complex one-off parts. Desktop Metal emerged back in late 2015, promising to do for custom metal fabrication what 3D printing has already done for plastic prototyping. Now, as the company's printer debut gets closer, it's cranking up its fundraising.

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2017 BMW M760i xDrive First Drive: One car, two souls

2017 BMW M760i xDrive First Drive: One car, two souls

It was as the 2017 BMW M760i xDrive surged at triple-digit speed into a hairpin and pirouetted neatly, rather than rolling into a spectacular fireball, that I had cause to question the laws of physics. "Sports sedan" is an overused phrase these days, applied liberally and shamelessly to any four-door with 200+ horsepower and a set of fancy wheels, but BMW has brought its feistiest 7 Series to school us on just what it really means. And, while the $154,795 starting price might seem astonishing - for the same amount you could put a new 750i xDrive and a BMW M2 in your garage - it turns out the M760i is more than just the sum of its parts.

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Tesla and BMW EVs miss top scores in shock safety tests

Tesla and BMW EVs miss top scores in shock safety tests

Tesla's 2017 Model S has failed to score top marks in auto safety crash testing, with the electric sedan falling short of IIHS' 2017 Top Safety Pick+ rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's trials sit alongside - and in some cases are more stringent than - the US government's own NHTSA crash testing. It's one of the organizations most notorious challenges that the Model S struggled in, though the automaker says a fix is in the works.

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McLaren teams with BMW for stronger, greener supercar engines

McLaren teams with BMW for stronger, greener supercar engines

McLaren is cooking up a new engine tech that promises more powerful supercars but with greener emissions, turning to new partners including BMW for development aid. The British company announced the strategic project today, with the top feature of the new technology being higher output per engine capacity than is currently possible. McLaren's current engine of choice, the M838T, currently delivers as much as 727 horsepower.

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BMW, MINI bring back enhanced driving training to the US

BMW, MINI bring back enhanced driving training to the US

The recent push towards autonomous cars, whether full or partial, doesn’t really excuse humans who don’t know the basics of safe driving. In order to help better train the drivers of tomorrow, and, at the same time, give them a taste of the exhilarating experience of driving a BMW car, BMW and sibling company MINI have launched a joint Driving Experience program, offering training courses for drivers of different ages and bents. That BMW and MINI Driving Experience is coming to US once again now that BMW’s Performance Center West and East now both carry that seal of approval.

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BMW and Nissan team to boost DC Fast charging stations across U.S.

BMW and Nissan team to boost DC Fast charging stations across U.S.

BMW and Nissan have teamed to expand access to EVgo DC Fast charging stations throughout the United States. Thanks to their effort, electric vehicle owners now have access to 174 new charging station locations across 33 different states, and there are more than fifty additional ones planned for launch throughout this year. Thanks to this expansion, EVgo’s charging network has a new total of 668 dual-port Fast charger stations.

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5 things you need to know about the 2017 BMW 6 Series xDrive Cabriolet

5 things you need to know about the 2017 BMW 6 Series xDrive Cabriolet

Large premium cars like the 2017 BMW 6 Series have fallen victim to SUVs eating into their sales numbers, as luxury-seeking buyers increasingly transfer their affections to tall-riding, cargo-friendly options. Still, there's one area where, with only a single exception, sport-utility vehicles haven't been able to match their automobile equivalents in terms of appeal: convertibles.

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BMW i Inside Future concept makes the dashboard a tactile hologram

BMW i Inside Future concept makes the dashboard a tactile hologram

So far, there's been no lack of autonomous cars at CES, but BMW is taking things in a different direction with its i Inside Future concept. While the concept is steeped in a future where autonomous cars are the norm, it has little to do with the technology that will make these cars go. Instead, this "sculpture," as BMW is calling it, deals entirely with what our car interiors could look like once we make the jump to fully autonomous car.

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My Top 5 Track and Performance Driving Events of 2016

My Top 5 Track and Performance Driving Events of 2016

What an epic year. Right around this time last year, I made one New Year’s resolution for 2016: drive as many tracks around the world as humanly possible. To my amazement, I did just that. While I did make that my singular resolution for the new year, I didn’t really care which cars I drove as long as I was on a track somewhere. That opened up some fairly unusual opportunities both for me and for SlashGear: read on for five of the most memorable.

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