Test Drive: 2019 BMW X5

Off-roading through Georgia in the new mid-size SUV

Somewhere on a farm 30 miles southwest of Atlanta, the all-new 2019 BMW X5 falls into a rhythm—skirting around trees, up dirt hills and across bubbling streams. This is the fourth-generation of BMW’s beloved mid-size SUV, but it’s the first to come with an off-road package that enables it to tackle an hour-long off-road course with ease. The car’s quartet of drive modes (for rock, …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

A Ndebele art-adorned BMW, "high" lobsters, NASA tech and more

Senate and Public Domain Pros Reach Compromise on Copyright Issues Content companies (seeking stronger protections and arguably additional profit) and digital rights groups (vouching for access) haven’t been able to find common ground on copyright law for the past decade. Current law protects older songs—in some instances—for up to 140 years. Century-long protections for these songs, in the minds of many, is too long. And, …

South African Artist Esther Mahlangu Brings Ndebele Art to BMW Once More

The first woman commissioned to create a BMW art car (back in 1991), South African artist Esther Mahlangu, has seen her relationship with BMW reignite once more. The automaker recently tapped Mahlangu for interior paneling that would further employ her colorful motifs—drawn from the Ndebele tradition of message-laden house painting—something she learned from her grandmother. The result is astounding—a joyful punctuation to the vehicle. And as for what’s …

Monterey Car Week 2018: Concept and Production Cars

Outlandish or sensible, futuristic or utilitarian, some of the most impressive new vehicles on show

Follow the money. It’s an apt phrase these days, but here we mean something different. Carmakers long ago learned that one of the most highly regarded car shows in the world isn’t in some stale-aired convention center, but in the sun and fog of Monterey, California. From Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance to The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering, to rallies and auctions, Monterey Car Week is a seven-day …

Edgar Heinrich, Head Of Design at BMW Motorrad, on the Concept 9cento

Unveiled at this year's Concorso d’Eleganza, a high-end super-bike made for adventures

by Andrew Maness Perched on the western shore of Lake Como just a five-minute boat ride from the famous grounds of Villa d’ Este lies the equally stunning, but lesser-known Villa Erba. Built in the 19th Century by Luigi Erba, whose brother Carlo accrued great wealth by founding Italy’s first pharmaceutical company, Villa Erba was inherited by Luigi’s daughter Carla and later her son, the …