M3/M4 owners report M Carbon Ceramic Brakes clearance issue. Have you experienced any?

Many owners of M3 and M4 equipped with M Carbon Ceramic Brakes are reporting rock scratches on their wheels and calipers from a clearance issue. Have you experienced such issues? Chime in and let us know if you have. ...

Many owners of M3 and M4 equipped with M Carbon Ceramic Brakes are reporting rock scratches on their wheels and calipers from a clearance issue. Have you experienced such issues? Chime in and let us know if you have.

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Closeup BMW M2 photos shows M grilles and a peek at Long Beach Blue color

These closeup photos of the latest BMW M2 prototype reveals a sliver of the Long Beach Blue paint underneath, as well as a first look at the M double slat kidney grilles with M2 badging. ...

These closeup photos of the latest BMW M2 prototype reveals a sliver of the Long Beach Blue paint underneath, as well as a first look at the M double slat kidney grilles with M2 badging.

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BMW X5 M50d tuned by Hamann

German tuning powerhouse Hamann and Automobile DS & Auto Werke give the BMW X5 M50d a makeover. Apart from the 23-inch Hamann Anniversary Evo Black Line wheels and the necessary wide tires, the X5 M50d gets wheel arch extensions and a Hamann kit ...

German tuning powerhouse Hamann and Automobile DS & Auto Werke give the BMW X5 M50d a makeover. Apart from the 23-inch Hamann Anniversary Evo Black Line wheels and the necessary wide tires, the X5 M50d gets wheel arch extensions and a Hamann kit lowering springs to further distinguish the luxury tuned SUV from the BMW Spartanburg plant-built X5 series. The BMW M Performance variant of the BMW X5 F15 carries standard the M Sport package and the only difference is that the M50d features some accents in Ferric Grey. Under the hood, the BMW X5 M50d sports a 3.0 liter tri-turbo six-cylinder diesel developing 381 horsepower and 740 Newton meters allowing the powerful X5 to accelerate to 100 km/h in just 5.3 seconds. The fuel consumption is rated at 6.6 liters per 100 km.

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For those who are looking for more performance, DS Automobiles & Auto Werke offer a power upgrade which increases the output from 381 to 462 horsepower. The maximum torque climbs from 740 to 900 Nm.

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[Source: Bimmertoday] The article BMW X5 M50d tuned by Hamann appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW DIY Video – Dinan Performance Chip Install, How To

One of the best “horsepower/dollar” performance upgrades that you can do to an older BMW with Motronic engine management is to install a Performance Chip.  The Performance Chip replaces the main programming chip in the Motronic ECU (Engine Contr...

One of the best “horsepower/dollar” performance upgrades that you can do to an older BMW with Motronic engine management is to install a Performance Chip.  The Performance Chip replaces the main programming chip in the Motronic ECU (Engine Control unit).  The Performance Chip is reprogrammed to provide increased engine performance via changes in the engine [...]

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BMW DIY Video – Dinan Performance Chip Install, How To

One of the best “horsepower/dollar” performance upgrades that you can do to an older BMW with Motronic engine management is to install a Performance Chip.  The Performance Chip replaces the main programming chip in the Motronic ECU (Engine Contr...

One of the best “horsepower/dollar” performance upgrades that you can do to an older BMW with Motronic engine management is to install a Performance Chip.  The Performance Chip replaces the main programming chip in the Motronic ECU (Engine Control unit).  The Performance Chip is reprogrammed to provide increased engine performance via changes in the engine [...]

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BMW Team RLL Survives to Finish Third in Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen

Rain Reigns at Watkins Glen, But BMW Leads GTLM Class Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – June 28, 2015… Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner drove the No. 25 BMW Z4 GTLM to a third place finish in today’s very wet Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen. The duo...

Rain Reigns at Watkins Glen, But BMW Leads GTLM Class Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – June 28, 2015… Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner drove the No. 25 BMW Z4 GTLM to a third place finish in today’s very wet Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen. The duo completed 157 laps of the 3.4-mile, 11-turn Watkins Glen International circuit with the race slowed by eight caution periods and red flagged during the worst downpour for 14 minutes. The race ended behind the BMW M4 safety car during the last yellow flag with the victory going to the No. 17 Porsche. The duo’s third podium finish of the season, including a win at Long Beach, moves Auberlen and Werner to the top of the GTLM driver points standings and keeps BMW at the top of GTLM manufacturer points standings. The day ended in disappointment for the No. 24 BMW Z4 of John Edwards and Lucas Luhr as Edwards was caught out by the slick conditions on lap 77, spinning into the tire wall entering the heading into the “boot” section and was retired from the race. Download the entire newsletter.

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BMW Team RLL to Start Second and Third at Watkins Glen International

Sahlen’s Six Hour Race Qualifying Abandoned Due To Rain Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – June 27, 2015… BMW Team RLL will start second and third in the GTLM class in tomorrow’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Sahlen’s Six Hours of th...

Sahlen’s Six Hour Race Qualifying Abandoned Due To Rain Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – June 27, 2015… BMW Team RLL will start second and third in the GTLM class in tomorrow’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen as the heavy rain conditions at Watkins Glen International caused IMSA to abandon today’s qualifying session and start the field per driver points standings. Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner will start second in the No. 25 BMW Z4 GTLM and teammates John Edwards and Lucas Luhr will start the No. 24 Z4 from third. With two wins (Long Beach-No. 25; Laguna Seca-No. 24) and an additional two runner-up finishes (Daytona-No. 25, Laguna Seca-No.25) in the first four races of the ten-event season, BMW Team RLL sits at the top of the GTLM class Manufacturer points standings by two markers over Chevrolet. The team stands second (No. 25) and third (No. 24) in Team points with co-drivers Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner (No. 25) and John Edwards and Lucas Luhr (No. 24) second and third in Driver points respectively. Download the entire newsletter.

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Photoshoot: BMW i8 with HRE P101 Wheels

While the BMW i8 has yet to spawn a successor, the current models ticks all the checkboxes for many owners out there. The i8 is a highly exclusive model and a rarity on the roads, and despite its futuristic looks, some owners are constantly looking t...

While the BMW i8 has yet to spawn a successor, the current models ticks all the checkboxes for many owners out there. The i8 is a highly exclusive model and a rarity on the roads, and despite its futuristic looks, some owners are constantly looking to further differentiate their hybrid sportscars from others. The owner of this BMW i8 took his car to the shop where he added a set of HRE P101 wheels with a blue finish that fit the car perfectly. The BMW i8 utilizes 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.

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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).

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For more details on this build, please take a look at the media gallery below. Enjoy!

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BMW i8 with HRE P101 Wheels

BMW i8 with HRE P101 Wheels

BMW i8 with HRE P101 Wheels

BMW i8 with HRE P101 Wheels

BMW i8 with HRE P101 Wheels

BMW i8 with HRE P101 Wheels

BMW i8 with HRE P101 Wheels

BMW i8 with HRE P101 Wheels

BMW i8 with HRE P101 Wheels

BMW i8 with HRE P101 Wheels

BMW i8 with HRE P101 Wheels

BMW i8 with HRE P101 Wheels

The article Photoshoot: BMW i8 with HRE P101 Wheels appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW i8 flips over in Mexico City

This is one of the first serious BMW i8 crashes. According to a Facebook post, this BMW i8 flipped over in Mexico City during a test drive by a local journalist. No information was released on the cause of the crash or injuries. Judging by the photos...

This is one of the first serious BMW i8 crashes. According to a Facebook post, this BMW i8 flipped over in Mexico City during a test drive by a local journalist. No information was released on the cause of the crash or injuries. Judging by the photos, there is likely damage to the carbon fiber frame which will automatically total the car. Even without the frame damage, a potential owner would have likely fought with the insurance company for a total loss claim. Last April, a BMW i8 in Crystal White Pearl was involved in a serious crash on the German Autobahn where the driver of a BMW i8 could not brake in time and crashed into the rear of the Audi A3, which then spun in the opposite guardrail. The car was a total loss as well.

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Hopefully this is one of the last i8 crashes we will see, considering how rare and special the car is, it’s a shame to see them finding their way into a junk yard. [Source: WreckedExotics]   The article BMW i8 flips over in Mexico City appeared first on BMW BLOG

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ALPINA should tune a BMW i8

ALPINA has a knack for making the BMWs that BMW should have made but didn’t. The current B3 Touring and XD3 are examples of go-fast BMWs that didn’t exist until the wonderful madmen at ALPINA thought them up. I think it’s time for those same wo...

ALPINA has a knack for making the BMWs that BMW should have made but didn’t. The current B3 Touring and XD3 are examples of go-fast BMWs that didn’t exist until the wonderful madmen at ALPINA thought them up. I think it’s time for those same wonderful madmen get to work on a new project, a new BMW, one they’ve never worked on before. The BMW i8. The i8 is a perfect car for ALPINA to sink its teeth into (though, I’m not sure what it would called – iB8 or Bi8?). It’s got everything, it’s fast, great looking, luxurious and economical. ALPINA also has all of the tools to make one of the best sports cars on the road today even better. Knowing the kind of work ALPINA does, I’m assuming it’d keep a similar powertrain, but either up the power on the 1.5 liter three-cylinder or swap it for a BMW 2.0 liter, if the packaging allows. That uprated engine would then still be mated to its electric motors and six-speed auto, but ALPINA would most likely up the output of those motors as well. Because, well, ALPINA.

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BMW i8 project by GSC Pretty much any power boost at all would send the i8 into supercar performance, as it’s already so light and fast. So an ALPINA tuned i8 would be stupid fast. But in tradition ALPINA fashion, it wouldn’t just be power upgrades, oh no, it would get quite a bit more. The exterior would receive a substantial overhaul, with the typical ALPINA stripey bits and small aero tweaks. It would also get the gorgeous 20” ALPINA wheels, which would look incredible on the i8. There’d also probably be suspension upgrades, as ALPINA usually likes to upgrade the shocks, giving its cars a distinctly comfortable, yet sporty ride.

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The interior would get the usual treatment as well. The i8’s interior is already a fabulous place to be, but the addition of LAVALINA leather and ALPINA’s hand stitched trim, it would look even better. ALPINA interiors have always been a step up from BMW interiors, which is saying a lot as BMW interiors aren’t exactly Soviet prison cells. Also, I think ALPINA’s blue and green color scheme would work really well with the futuristic and eco-minded interior of the i8. I think it would be a genuinely beautiful interior, one to rival the best in the business. So in traditional ALPINA fashion, such an i8 would a big step up over the original car. It would be more comfortable, faster and maybe even better looking than the original. ALPINA is known for making certain BMWs that BMW should have made in the first place, so it’s not out of the question to think that an ALPINA tuned i8 could exist in the future. Here’s to hoping that such a car comes because the existence of an ALPINA tuned i8 would make the world a better place, no matter what we call it. The article ALPINA should tune a BMW i8 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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