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Some people think it’s enough just to come out of their caves when winter ends. Others want to ride headfirst into the warmer season at the fastest possible speeds.

If you are one of these people – and have some extra room in your garage – why not pick up a new motorcycle (or two or three) for every occasion? Whether you want to go across the country or make the most noise going down the street, here are our picks for this season.

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With summer quickly fading away, it’s sadly now time to put away the sandals, raise the top back up on the convertible, and start putting away the grill. Fall is arguably one of the most beautiful seasons, but there is no question that is also slower paced, less temperate and generally less engaging.

Thankfully there are plenty of toys that will keep us occupied no matter how dreary things get after the leaves change. Here’s some of the best we’ve seen most recently.

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Just getting into the mood for summer? To sweeten the thought of your planned road trip or simply make the thought of that everyday cruise down to the beach a little more exciting, we are gathering some of the finest rides to consider for this summer.

Whether you are looking for the fiercest street legal monster available to mankind, or something a little tamer, we’ll try to cover a few fun summer cars in the weeks and months ahead.

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BMW have given us a tantalising taste of what’s to come after releasing a video of its soon-to-be unveiled M5.

The video shows a prototype of the BMW M5 in testing in Scandinavia, ahead of its expected debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

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BMW is all set to bring some glamour to next week’s 2010 Paris Motor Show with its new Concept 6-Series Coupe.

The next-generation BMW 6-Series Coupe has been designed to bring some beauty to the 6-Series without compromising on its beef factor.

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The new BMW-5 Series has been revealed. A consistent class-leader since it was introduced back in 1972, the sixth-generation of the BMW ‘5’ promises to be every bit as revolutionary as its predecessors.

In its latest offering, BMW has taken everything from the current 7-Series and tucked it all in a slightly more compact package – except it doesn’t get the V12 engine.

The big seller in the new BMW-5 Series is likely to be its 2.0-litre turbodiesel, with 184bhp, 56.5mpg and a CO2 figure of 132g/km. But even the 535i petrol is efficient enough for a combined average of 33.2mpg, and emissions are just 199g/km of CO2.

There are also a load of options on offer, including an eight-speed auto box, a fancy hard drive-based multimedia set-up with integrated iDrive, and an electronic chassis that includes anti-roll and four-wheel-adaptive steering.

All of these features add up to a heavy machine, and even with the lighter body, the overall weight of the new BMW-5 Series is significantly up over the old model. However, BMW’s chassis engineers say the Five will handle better than the 7-Series thanks to better programming.

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Exactly 50 years ago today, the original Mini was unveiled to the public for the first time. To celebrate, Mini has today unveiled its new coupe, the Coupe Concept, for the very first time.

This innovative coupe is a two-door, lower-roofed take on the John Cooper Works car which, says Mini, could reach the market in a couple of years’ time to take on the Peugeot RCZ and Audi TT.

Near-identical to the JCW below the beltline, the Coupe Concept stands five centimetres shorter and features a more steeply raked windscreen and a big roof spoiler.

Mini design director Gert Hildebrand says the design of the floating roof was inspired the sight of his teenage son wearing a baseball cap backwards.

The Coupe Concept shares the JCW Mini’s 208bhp, 1.6-litre turbo engine. Expected to weigh in around 100 kilogrammes lighter than the Mini hatch – thanks in part to the removal of the rear seats – it should guarantee lively performance.

It is expected the Coupe Concept will have a zero to 100 kilometres (62 miles) per hour time of around six seconds flat, and tidy handling thanks to the lower centre of gravity.

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BMW buyers in certain European countries now have the choice of snatching up a 320d EfficientDynamics Edition.

The car is said to be the most fuel efficient and lowest-emission BMW in the current model range. It will be available from German, Spanish, French and Italian dealerships alongside the normal 320d.

The eco-friendly BMW 320d EfficientDynamics’s power comes from its 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo diesel motor with an aluminium crankcase, a diesel particulate filter, common rail direct fuel injection with piezo-injectors and variable intake geometry.

Its maximum power is 120kW (163hp), its peak torque is 360Nm, and it is available from 1,750rpm to 3,000rpm. The gearbox features a longer final drive ratio. Performance is good with a zero to 100 kilometres per hour time of 8.2 seconds and a top speed of 225 kilometres per hour.

Other measures taken to improve fuel efficiency include the utilisation of Brake Energy Regeneration, the Auto Start Stop function, a shift indicator and electronic power steering that only operates when needed. The tyres were manufactured to provide minimum rolling resistance and the suspension has been lowered.

These and other improvements give the 320d EfficientDynamics Edition an average fuel consumption of 4.1 litres per 100km (68.9mpg) and a C02 rating of 109g/km, making it one of the most environmentally-friendly vehicles on the market.

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