BMW M4 GTS at 2016 Chicago Auto Show

BMW M’s top model – the M4 GTS – makes an appearance at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. The street-legal racing car M4 GTS will go on sale in the U.S. in April and the limited run is already rumored to be allocated to customers. The BMW...

BMW M’s top model – the M4 GTS – makes an appearance at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. The street-legal racing car M4 GTS will go on sale in the U.S. in April and the limited run is already rumored to be allocated to customers. The BMW M4 GTS makes use of the multi-award-winning M TwinPower Turbo engine with 493 hp, a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds, water-injection and manually adjustable shocks – the M4 GTS is ready to munch almost anything that comes to the track. This Special Edition M4 GTS recorded a lap time of 7 minutes 28 seconds around the legendary Nürburgring-Nordschleife, the world’s most challenging race circuit.

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The standard M4 Coupe equipped with DCT and ceramic brakes lapped the famous Nurburgring in just 7:52 minutes, slightly behind the E46 M3 CSL (7:50) and the M3 GTS (7:48). The predecessor E92 M3 ran around the same track in 8:05 minutes. The previous special edition M3, the GTS, recorded a Nurburgring time of 7:48 minutes.

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RELATED: BMW M4 GTS: Is it worth the price? Sapphire Black metallic, Mineral Grey metallic, Alpine White and Frozen Dark Grey Metallic are the only colors offered for the M4 GTS. One style of wheels is offered as well – M Star (Style 666M) 19-inch front wheels (9.5 J x 19) and 20-inch (10.5 J x 20) rear wheels, painted in Acid Orange and wrapped in the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires (front: 265/35 R19; rear: 285/30 R20).

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Standard equipment includes the iDrive Navigation System, adaptive LED headlights, OLED taillights, PDC front and rear, BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line trim and M door sill finishers, an M footrest, an M gearshift lever, M-specific circular instruments with white graphics, an M sports steering wheel in Alcantara.

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BMW will only be developing 700 units of the M4 GTS, with only 300 making it to the North American market. Those are very low figures, even lower than the those of the Porsche 911 GT3. When something is rare, it becomes more valuable, obviously. The BMW M4 GTS will be very rare.

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Drop drops to third place in luxury car sales

At one time not so long ago, BMW was the number one selling luxury automobile company in the world. It makes sense, as the launches of the F30 3 Series and F10 5 Series created an influx of BMW buyers, pushing the Bavarian brand to the top of the ch...

At one time not so long ago, BMW was the number one selling luxury automobile company in the world. It makes sense, as the launches of the F30 3 Series and F10 5 Series created an influx of BMW buyers, pushing the Bavarian brand to the top of the charts where it stayed for a few years. Now, however, BMW has dropped to third place among luxury automakers in global sales. Admittedly, this is just for January, so its possible BMW can yet again be the best-selling luxury automaker by the year’s end, but as it stands now, BMW is getting the bronze.

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It’s actually quite interesting, as BMW’s January sales rose 7.5 percent, as the Roundel sold 133,883 cars last month. However, that’s not as much as Audi, who sold 143,150 units and not even close to as much as Mercedes-Benz, who sold 150,814 cars. It’s strange to see Mercedes taking the top spot in the luxury sale department, as the Stuttgart-based brand lagged behind the other two German luxury car brands for several years. However, with Mercedes introducing a series of new models, including the CLA Class, the new C Class, the new S Class and the updated SUVs, it created a massive amount of new buyers and the new Mercedes-Benz design language has brought customers over from other brands. However, despite BMW currently lagging behind its German competitors and many markets being down at the moment, including the massive Chinese market, the Bavarian brand is still positive. “Despite many markets showing continuing volatility, we remain optimistic,” said Ian Robertson, Head of BMW sales.

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BMW will be introducing quite a few new models this year, which should help BMW increase its sales, much in the same way Mercedes did, last year. The new G11 BMW 7 Series has gotten off to a slow start, selling only 3,392 units last month, whereas Mercedes-Benz sold 8,473 S Classes. This is likely because the 7 Series is very new and still quite unknown, it will get better as customers see its new technology and luxury. But the Bavarians will also be releasing the new BMW M2, X4 M40i, 33e plug-in hybrid and possibly even the new 5 Series this year, so sales should improve. But it won’t be easy, because it isn’t just Mercedes-Benz that’s coming out with new competing models. Audi will be launching its new A4 in North America and just released its new Q7 in North America as well, the two best-selling Audis on the market. So BMW’s Bavarian neighbors are making this sales race even more difficult. So it isn’t going to be easy for BMW, but with its suite of new models on the way, as well as new technologies and newly branded models (iPerformance, M Performance), BMW definitely has a chance to regain the lead. [Source: Autonews] The article Drop drops to third place in luxury car sales appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Listen to the sound of the BMW M2 M Performance Exhaust System

German Autobild has recently spent some time with the BMW M2 Coupe in a closed-up room where they had the chance to observe from up-close the M Performance Parts and also to listen to the sound of the M2 M Performance Exhaust System. Just a few days ...

German Autobild has recently spent some time with the BMW M2 Coupe in a closed-up room where they had the chance to observe from up-close the M Performance Parts and also to listen to the sound of the M2 M Performance Exhaust System. Just a few days ago we also spent some time around the M2 MotoGP Safety Car which also features the very same M Performance Parts – a review on this will follow shortly. The exhaust system is made of stainless steel – for cost reasons – and the customer will be able to choose between carbon fiber tips and titanium tips.

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The tips will also be interchangeable between M3 and M4 exhaust systems. There are no power gains with an axle-back exhaust because the turbocharged engine will compensate to create the same amount of torque. And judging by the sound of the stock M2 we drove on the track and the M Performance Exhaust System shown here, the upgrade will certainly be worth it. The article Listen to the sound of the BMW M2 M Performance Exhaust System appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Live Photos: BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car

We spent the last few days in California driving a series of new BMW and MINI cars – including the all-mighty BMW M2. Our driving impressions will be out on Tuesday at 6PM EST. While in Monterey, we also had the unique opportunity to see from u...

We spent the last few days in California driving a series of new BMW and MINI cars – including the all-mighty BMW M2. Our driving impressions will be out on Tuesday at 6PM EST. While in Monterey, we also had the unique opportunity to see from up-close the recently unveiled BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car. In person, the new Safety Car looks even better; its aggressive lines, the M livery and the additional M Performance Parts make this M2 quite a looker.

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Speaking of the M Perforamance Parts, BMW chose the Safety Car as the runaway model to feature its entire range of carefully designed and engineered parts. The racing wing, M carbon ceramic brakes and the Michelin Cup 2 add even more character and performance to this M2.

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Inside, the rear seats have been stripped out while the front seats are now made by Recaro. An adjustable coilover suspension the carbon fiber blades applied to the body and side skirts, the diffuser insert at the rear are just a few of the aerodynamic improvements.

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Rare widebody BMW E46 M3 HPF

The E46 M3 is one of the most fun to drive M cars ever built by the Garching wizards. Its looks, handling and driving dynamics have been highly praised over the years by customers and journalists from around the world. To show the love for their cars...

The E46 M3 is one of the most fun to drive M cars ever built by the Garching wizards. Its looks, handling and driving dynamics have been highly praised over the years by customers and journalists from around the world. To show the love for their cars and to stand out on the road, some owners decided to give their E46 M3s a different look. This E46 M3 hails from Beirut, Lebanon and before it was shown to the world it went through an extensive modification process. The E46 M3 received a Frozen Blue color paired with a new OEM E46 M3 CSL interior with blue stitching.

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Yet the upgrade process hasn’t stopped there. Next on the list was a full ASUKA widebody paired with a Vorsteinr GTR hood which both add sportiness and aggressive design lines. The full list along with more photos is available below:

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Full ASUKA widebody Vorsteiner gtr Hood. VIP modular Wheel 3 pieces custom VR13 18×13 rear 19×10 front. Interior Full OEM csl interior with custom blue stitching. Custom IND blue seatbelt. Custom carbon fiber steering wheel. Awron dash board Gauge. Aem wideband steering gauges. Engine and performance Full build low compressor engine. Horsepower freaks turbo charger stage 2.75. DOC race exhaust manifold. Supersprint x pipe. Grupp M rear muffler Brakes / suspension system XYZ big brake system 8 port 380 mm front 6 port 355 mm rear. KW V3 adjustable coil over system

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In-Studio Look at BMW M2 with M Performance Parts + Exhaust Sounds

In studio look by Autobild at the BMW M2 Coupe fitted with M Performance Parts. Features close looks at the exterior, interior, and the listen at the M Performance Exhaust. ...

In studio look by Autobild at the BMW M2 Coupe fitted with M Performance Parts. Features close looks at the exterior, interior, and the listen at the M Performance Exhaust.

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What’s the best Valentine’s Day Date BMW for 2016?

Come February 14, at least one half of every couple goes searching for flowers and chocolates and other typical romantic gifts for Valentine’s Day. Flower and chocolate shops are swamped on the days leading up to Valentine’s Day, with mo...

Come February 14, at least one half of every couple goes searching for flowers and chocolates and other typical romantic gifts for Valentine’s Day. Flower and chocolate shops are swamped on the days leading up to Valentine’s Day, with mobs of people trying to get their significant other the perfect romantic gift in hopes of having a romantic evening. But even bigger than the chocolates and flowers and funny cards is the Valentine’s Day dinner date. If you’ve celebrated Valentine’s Day with a partner before, you’ve probably done the dinner date. It’s almost necessary and usually expected. And because this is usually expected, it’s important to bring your partner to dinner in style. So what better way to do so than driving them there in a BMW? But which BMW? That’s the bigger question. There are so many excellent ones, which would be the best date car BMW for Valentine’s Day? One of the best Valentine’s Day date cars ever, not just of 2016 BMWs, is the brand-new BMW M6 convertible. Nothing says dinner date like a drive in a drop-top grand tourer with a grumbly, sexy exhaust. The BMW M6 is just such a seductive looking car, it starts seducing your date the moment they see. Then the throaty exhaust rumbles on start up, the top goes down and the stars come out. Come on, that seduced me just typing it. Plus, there’s something very romantic about grand touring cars, as grand-touring has a romance to it on its own. Add in the looks, sound, power and speed of the M6 and you have a car that will have your date immediately thinking about after the date, if you know what I’m saying.

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However, the BMW M6 is a little expensive, actually a lotta expensive (I know, that’s not a word). So for the many folks that can’t afford an M6, we can recommend another great date car for V-Day — the BMW M235i. Genuinely, you want a coupe for a date night, as it’s cooler and more exciting. The great thing about the M235i is that it’s small on the inside, making you and your date quite close, so it’s an intimate cabin. It’s also a very fun car, as there’s something about it that gives off an air of happiness. It’s the kind of car that can make a date fun and that’s one of the most important parts of a date. The BMW M235i doesn’t have the sex appeal that the M6 does and it doesn’t exude power an elegance like the M6, but it has an intimate cabin, looks great and makes for a fun date.

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These are our two favorite BMW date cars, which new BMW would you choose, if you could choose any, to take your significant other on a date with? The article What’s the best Valentine’s Day Date BMW for 2016? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Rolls-Royce Spa-Francorchamps Wraith Edition delivers 632 horsepower

Inspired by the iconic track in Europe, Rolls-Royce created a bespoke Wraith which not only brings exclusive looks but also enhanced power. The Rolls-Royce Spa-Francorchamps Wraith Edition is one of the sportiest Rolls cars ever built delivering 632 ...

Inspired by the iconic track in Europe, Rolls-Royce created a bespoke Wraith which not only brings exclusive looks but also enhanced power. The Rolls-Royce Spa-Francorchamps Wraith Edition is one of the sportiest Rolls cars ever built delivering 632 horsepower from its V12 engine. The Wraith features a “Flagstone” exterior – described as a new take on the traditional “racing green” hue – paired with a Consort Red coachline, while the silhouette of the Spa-Francorchamps race track forms a distinctive motif on the Tan leather headrests.

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To bring a sporty feel to its cabin, carbon fiber inserts are part of the interior design matching the burgundy stitching and “Dark Spice” leather. The special edition Rolls Royce premiered at the European Motor Show in Bruxelles.

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BMW i3 vs Opel Ampera-e

In Europe, the BMW i3 is doing very well. Maybe not so much in Germany, as the i3’s home country actually doesn’t buy many EVs, but everywhere else in Europe seems to like the BMW i3 quite a bit. The plucky little electric BMW is one of t...

In Europe, the BMW i3 is doing very well. Maybe not so much in Germany, as the i3’s home country actually doesn’t buy many EVs, but everywhere else in Europe seems to like the BMW i3 quite a bit. The plucky little electric BMW is one of the best-selling EVs in Europe, but it isn’t without competition and there seems to be more one the way. We already know quite a bit about the Chevy Bolt, here in America. However, our friends across the pond are getting their own version of the Bolt, in the form of the Opel Ampera-e. The Opel Ampera-a will compete directly with the BMW i3 in Europe and has a real chance to give the i3 a sweat. The Ampera-e will be debuting at the Paris Auto Show this upcoming Autumn, but won’t hit dealers until next spring. Mechanically, the Opel Ampera-e will be identical to the American Chevy Bolt. This means 200 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque from its electric motor, a 0-62 mph sprint in under seven seconds and a total range of around 300 kilometers. In comparison to the BMW i3, which packs 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, can do 0-62 in the low seven second range and can only do around 128 km, the Ampera-e looks quite impressive.

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While the BMW i3 will likely be the sportier driving car of the two, and will be the lightest thanks to its carbon fiber passenger cell, the Ampera-e will be considerably cheaper. The idea that customers can get a city car that can travel even further than the i3 for much less money is one that could be very appealing. It’s also even a bit roomier on the inside of the Ampera-e than on the BMW i3. We’ve already talked quite a bit about the Chevy Bolt and how it can be a legitimate contender to the BMW i3, well the Opel Ampera-e can be that contender across the Atlantic. BMW’s i3 will be receiving an update this year, which could increase battery capacity a bit and also increase performance and efficiency. However, it’s going to be tough to beat the Ampera-e’s combination of range, cost and interior space. Both cars offer quite a bit and make their own arguments for themselves. The BMW i3 has the high-tech carbon fiber passenger cell, is extremely lightweight, is real-wheel drive and has fun, dynamic handling. The Opel Ampera-e is more spacious, far less expensive and packs a much further range.

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Chevy Bolt Interior – The Opel Ampera-e should be very similar. According to Opel CEO, Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, “Electric vehicles have the potential to make a significant contribution to climate protection and to reduce emissions. And the previous disadvantages such as high prices and low ranges are finally passé – the Opel Ampera e opens electromobility new perspectives “. The article BMW i3 vs Opel Ampera-e appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Blacked Out BMW i8 On HRE Wheels

The owner of this BMW i8 decided to give his plug-in hybrid sports car a blacked out overall exterior appeal. After the wrap and some minor visual details, it was time for upgrading the ride’s shoes, namely adding some aftermarket wheels. The w...

The owner of this BMW i8 decided to give his plug-in hybrid sports car a blacked out overall exterior appeal. After the wrap and some minor visual details, it was time for upgrading the ride’s shoes, namely adding some aftermarket wheels. The wheels are installed by Wheels Boutique and feature a matte black finish. These HRE P101 are sized 22×9 and 22×10.5 in the front and rear, respectively. These are wrapped in a set of 245/30/22 and 285/25/22 sized (front and rear) Pirelli P Zero tires.

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The BMW i8 uses a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine and BMW eDrive technology in the form of an electric drive system. The 1.5-liter combustion engine develops 170 kW/231 hp and drives the rear wheels of the BMW i8, while the 96 kW/131 hp electric drive sends its power to the front wheels and allows an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph). The powertrain allows the BMW i8 to sprint from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in in 4.8 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 260 km/h (160 mph). More details of this aftermarket wheel setup are available in the photoshoot below.  

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