2020 BMW X5 M And X6 M Competition Review: Defying Physics with Pure Speed

“SUV racing will be the next big thing in motorsports,” said no one ever. Unless you count the Dakar Rally or SCORE off-road racing. (And I do remember seeing a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee with a Tiki Bar theme getting lapped numerous times at a LeMons race.) Seriously, though, it’s not a thing. And yet here I stand next to a new 2020 BMW X5 M Competition, a high-output variant of the freshly redesigned and already track-capable 2020 BMW X5 M Sports Activity Vehicle.  I can’t decide if I should shoot it a furrowed eyebrow or an eye-roll, so I come dangerously close to executing both at once. I eventually elect to ignore the marketing and let the X5 M Competition speak for itself. The high-level specifications are a mixed bag. The X5 M, like the fourth-generation X5 on which it’s based, has grown bigger in all directions. This does wonders for cabin space, but its curb weight of 5,425 pounds is 165 pounds higher than before. The power-to-weight math, on the other hand, suggests that this year’s upgraded 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 can deliver more than enough to offset the added mass. There are some promising chassis changes hidden underneath, but the only way to see if it...

This Perfect 1971 Datsun Z-Car Just Sold For Ferrari Money

The Datsun 240Z literally came out of nowhere. The Japanese automaker, at least in America, was typically known for building relatively small and fuel-efficient cars. It wasn’t a bad reputation to have, but a certain someone at Datsun, which later became Nissan, had a better idea for America. His name was Yutaka Katayama, also known as “Mr. K”. He not only convinced Datsun executives to set up shop in the US, but also to import the original Fairlady sports coupe, renamed the 240Z for the American market. This front-engined coupe became an instant hit. Mr. K clearly understood what Americans wanted, meaning a less expensive alternative to the likes of the Chevrolet Corvette. The Z car is still alive and well today, sold as the Nissan 370Z. Word has it the next-generation Z car is not only happening but will feature retro-like styling and, perhaps, the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 from the Infiniti Q50 and Q60. We remain hopeful. But that’s not the only bit of interesting Z car news. This perfectly kept 1971 Datsun 240Z has just sold on Bring A Trailer for an astounding $310,000. It has only 21,750 miles on the original 2.4-liter straight-six engine, which is g...