Best car gift ideas under $500: Xbox Series X, Milwaukee, BMW, Chemical Guys

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

The holidays are right around the corner, and maybe you’re still struggling with what to get your car-obsessed loved one. Maybe you saw our other list for gifts under $100 and thought that you’d like to go a bit bigger for the auto tragic in your life. Well, we Roadshow editors have got your back. This is a list of our favorite gift ideas under $500 and it includes everything from see-through engine models to video game consoles to be able to play the latest crop of racing games.

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BMW

BMW’s classic airhead engine design is one of motorcycling’s most beautiful and iconic, and I’ll be damned if I don’t want to celebrate those incontrovertible facts by having a half-scale see-through one spinning away on my desk. This looks like it would be epic fun to build and a real conversation starter.

— Kyle Hyatt

Arcade 1Up

Nostalgia is a powerful force. A little retro gaming might be just what the doctor ordered for this pandemic-era holiday, and Arcade1Up’s new Outrun cabinet looks like a great way to brighten up the season. Squeaking in under our price cap at $499.99, this cabinet features Outrun, Turbo Outrun, Outrunners and Power Drift, plus there’s a detachable seat if you’ve got the room for that full arcade experience.

Nearly a year ago, I bought an Arcade1Up Galaga cabinet. I’ve been impressed by how much the slightly-downscaled setup replicates that ’80s arcade feel at minimal cost. Unfortunately, I’m probably not the only one, as the first batch of Outrun cabinets has already been spoken for. That said, if your holiday is like mine, out-of-stock rainchecks are a family tradition.

— Chris Paukert

Microsoft

It’s become increasingly clear that, unless you’re exclusively into the Gran Turismo series — a difficult place to be these days — the Xbox is the best place to be for those who love driving games. Whether it be the latest from the Forza franchise or the stellar SnowRunner, this is the console to have. Sure, there’s not much out there that takes advantage of the power the Series X has to offer yet, but that’ll change soon enough, and your special recipient will be mighty glad you splurged on their behalf when those games come.

— Tim Stevens

Vantrue

I’m declaring war on nasty-looking dashcams that hang down like a tacked-on appendage. I’ve also warmed to the idea that a dashcam needs to cover your six, not just the road ahead. The Vantrue S1 gets me there with an integrated look, rear camera, low-light Sony sensor, and supercapacitor instead of a typical internal battery for more reliable power when the car is off. It also has an internal GPS sensor to record car location during a captured incident or for route playback as

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BMW partners with NYC fashion legends Kith for limited M4 Competition

The automotive industry has seen a handful of fashion collaborations over the years, and let’s just say that some  — the Peugeot 205 Lacoste and the Paul Smith Land Rover Defender come to mind — have been more successful than others (the BAPE 300SL Gullwing, for example). BMW is throwing its hat in this particularly fraught ring by partnering with the New York-based brand Kith for the BMW M4 Competition x Kith.



BMW is partnering with NYC-based fashion icons Kith on a limited-edition M4 Competition and the results are wild. BMW


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BMW is partnering with NYC-based fashion icons Kith on a limited-edition M4 Competition and the results are wild. BMW

Who or what is Kith, and why is a company like BMW hitching one of its most important models to it? Kith is the brainchild of renowned sneaker collector, designer and BMW aficionado Ronnie Feig. It started back in 2011 with a Brooklyn store that specialized in streetwear custom-designed collaborations with various sneaker brands. Since then, Kith’s shadow has grown and BMW has taken notice.

The M4 Competition x Kith differs from your standard 2021 M4 in a whole bunch of ways. To start, the car no longer wears M4 badges, instead getting Kith branding in the legendary M badge style. The BMW roundel also gets tweaked to resemble the brand’s classic motorsports roundel, as seen on racecars such as the CSL “Batmobile.” Buyers also have the option of getting the M-themed Kith logo in giant letters on the M4’s carbon fiber roof. The Kith edition M4 will only be available in Frozen Black, Frozen Dark Silver and Frozen Brilliant White — all matte finishes.



a close up of a car: BMW is partnering with NYC-based fashion icons Kith on a limited-edition M4 Competition and the results are wild.


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BMW is partnering with NYC-based fashion icons Kith on a limited-edition M4 Competition and the results are wild.


Inside, Kith has had its hands in just about everything. The seats are done in an M motorsport colorway. A debossed repeating Kith logo is seen on most of the leather surfaces inside. The most surprising thing is just how far the Kith branding goes in the cabin. There will be no mistaking one of these limited edition vehicles for a regular M4.

This kind of collaboration is more than a little niche, but for those who it does appeal to, the very limited number of examples being built — just 150 for the entire world — means that they better act quickly. The BMW M4 Competition x Kith will retail for $110,245, including destination, and will only be available for preorder through the BMWUSA.com website starting on Friday.

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