Muscle Cars Top Most Stolen Sporty-Car List


A trio of nameplates synonymous with American muscle — the Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger — are also the strongest candidates to be swiped by auto thieves. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau's new list of most stolen "sporty" vehicles, the iconic Detroit coupes raced to the front of the pack. The report is based on theft records from the National Crime Information Center and covers model-year 2010, 2011 and 2012 vehicles stolen between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2012.

The report breaks the cars into three classes: midsize, premium and compact. Sporty-vehicle thefts during the counting period numbered 3,780, with the midsize class dominating that total with 3,271, or 87 percent. Within the midsize class, the Camaro led with 1,509 thefts, followed by the Mustang (980) and the Challenger (782). Rounding out the top five was a mix of premium and compact models, including the Porsche Panamera, a premium car with 103 thefts; Audi A5/S5 (compact, 101); Chevrolet Corvette (premium, 69); Nissan 370Z (compact, 47); BMW 6 Series (premium, 45); Porsche 911 (premium, 24); and Volkswagen Eos (compact, 23).

By Matt Schmitz | October 30, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 BMW 6 Series: What's Changed

  • Most significant changes: The introduction of an M6 Gran Coupe; optional six-speed manual, carbon ceramic brakes and all-wheel drive on all non-M6 models
  • Price change: TBA
  • On sale: Early June
  • Which should you buy, 2013 or 2014? An expanded lineup, revised multimedia system and available all-wheel drive make the 2014 model pretty appealing.

With the 2014 model year comes the introduction of the M6 Gran Coupe along with a roster of new and expanded options for the returning members of BMW's 6 Series lineup. Set to launch June 5, the new high-performance, rear-wheel-drive M6 Gran Coupe, which debuted at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, will join 2014 versions of the 640i and 650i Gran Coupe, as well as 640i, 650i and M6 coupe and convertible models.

By Matt Schmitz | April 4, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 BMW M6 at Roebling Road Raceway: Photo Gallery

The high-performance version of BMW's 6 Series sports coupe looks aggressive and has the powertrain chops to back it up. The 2013 M6's twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 is good for 560 horsepower and, BMW claims, a zero-to-62-mph sprint of 4.2 seconds. put those numbers to the test around the track at Roebling Road Raceway in Georgia.

Check out the photographer Evan Sears' pictures below.  

By Jennifer Geiger | March 4, 2013 | Comments (2) Reviews the 2013 BMW 650 Gran Coupe

Love at first sight is a tricky proposition: Others might treat you better, but this one's just so darn pretty. Such is the risk of handing your heart too hastily to the comely 2013 BMW 650 Gran Coupe. It looks like a great catch, but it handles more like the boat you were fishing on, reviewer David Thomas says. Despite stunning looks, generous space, comfortable interior and abundant tech, the Gran Coupe's somewhat-oafish handling and delayed acceleration from a full stop make it hard to justify this pricey sport sedan over roomier, better-performing fish in the luxury sea.

2013 BMW 650 Gran Coupe Review
By Matt Schmitz | November 19, 2012 | Comments (1)

2013 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe: Car Seat Check

The 2013 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is a head-turner with its matte finish exterior and striking white leather interior. The fun continues under the hood: the swoopy four-door coupe's 445-horsepower, twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 engine offers pin-you-in-your-seat excitement. Putting two child safety seats in the back of the Gran Coupe was less than fun, however.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 rear-facing infant-safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat and Graco high-back TurboBooster seat.

By Jennifer Geiger | October 30, 2012 | Comments (8)

Recall Alert: 2013 BMW M5 and M6

BMW is recalling 696 model-year 2013 versions of the M5 and M6 coupes and convertibles due to problems with engine's oil pump, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles were manufactured from July 19 through Sept. 11 (check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb); a manufacturing defect could cause the oil pump's driveshaft to separate from the rotor. This could lead to a sudden loss of oil pressure and the engine could stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

BMW will notify owners later this month, and dealers will replace the affected parts free of charge. Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

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By Jennifer Geiger | October 5, 2012 | Comments (2)

What Does This Button Do?


High-performance luxury cars like the 2012 BMW M6 never disappoint when it comes to providing a multitude of modes that manifest in perplexing buttons. But there are two curious buttons on the BMW M6’s steering wheel named M1 and M2 that appear to have some essential function because automakers don’t typically put useless buttons on the steering wheel — typically.

Someone at BMW might have been a Dr. Seuss fan when coming up with the buttons' names; they remind me of Thing 1 and Thing 2 from "The Cat in the Hat." Like the book characters, these buttons are useful. In this case, they help drivers when it comes to piloting this 560-horsepower luxury car.

Without them, the insane amount of adjustability of the M6’s dynamic systems is overwhelming.

By Joe Bruzek | August 21, 2012 | Comments (5) Reviews 2012 BMW M6 Convertible

2012 BMW M6 Convertible

BMW's M brand has a special meaning for most automotive enthusiasts; the modified BMW models usually are the pinnacle of handling, power and braking that the automaker has to offer. The new 2012 BMW M6 certainly has the power, but its SUV-like weight makes it feel more like a touring vehicle and less a sports car, according to Editor Mike Hanley.

2012 BMW M6 Review

By Colin Bird | August 20, 2012 | Comments (1)

2012 BMW M6 Convertible: Car Seat Check


The 2012 BMW M6 convertible is a high-performance version of the 6 Series. From its turbocharged V-8 engine to its highly bolstered seats, nearly everything about this soft-top convertible screams aggressive. What it doesn't say is family car, but since this four-seater has a backseat, we attempted to install child-safety seats in it.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 rear-facing infant-safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat and Graco high-back TurboBooster seat.

By Jennifer Newman | August 2, 2012 | Comments (7)

2013 BMW 6 Series Coupe and Convertible: What's Changed

2013 BMW 6 Series Coupe and Convertible

  • Most significant changes: The 6 Series gets even faster with a more powerful V-8 
  • Price change: $895 increase for 640i; $2,500 increase for 650i 
  • On sale: Late summer 
  • Which should you buy, 2012 or 2013? If 400 hp isn't enough for you, wait for a 2013

For the 2013 model year, the powerful and expensive 6 Series gets a little more juice under the hood and only a slight price increase.

The 2013 6 Series is available as a coupe and a convertible in 640i, 650i and 650i xDrive trims. The four-door 640 Gran Coupe and 650 Gran Coupe are new for 2013 and go on sale later this summer.

Like the 2013 7 Series (750i and 750 Li), the 650i coupe and convertible get a new 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8, which features an updated Valvetronic system. Power has increased by 45 horsepower, up to 445 hp and 480 pounds-feet of torque (an increase of about 30 pounds-feet). All powertrains now have an automatic start/stop system, a feature we've found intrusive on other BMW models. Like the 2013 750i, you should expect fuel economy to increase 20% to 25% on the 650i; the current one gets 15/23/18 mpg city/highway/combined with an automatic transmission.

By Colin Bird | July 2, 2012 | Comments (5)

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