BMW i8 Safety Car could lead to BMW i8 S

BMW has recently become the official vehicle partner for the 2015/2016 FIA Formula E championship. For this partnership, BMW has developed a couple of Safety Cars, one of which being a BMW i8. But it’s no standard BMW i8, as this one has been fettl...

BMW has recently become the official vehicle partner for the 2015/2016 FIA Formula E championship. For this partnership, BMW has developed a couple of Safety Cars, one of which being a BMW i8. But it’s no standard BMW i8, as this one has been fettled a bit for Safety Car duty and is more powerful, lighter and stiffer than the standard car. This has some people wondering if this Safety Car version of the i8 could lead to a possible BMW i8 S.

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Ever since the BMW i8’s debut, fans have been asking for a lighter and more powerful version. This Safety Car version could be exactly what they’ve been asking for, if BMW ever puts it into production. For Safety Car duty, the i8 has gotten some chassis revisions, namely new upper wishbones, new Bilstein suspension and a 15 mm lower ride height. There’s also been some tweaked aerodynamics, new AP Racing brakes (six piston calipers up front with four pistons at the rear), 20” ATS Racing wheels and increased ventilation. So this Safety Car version of the BMW i8 will be lighter, more aerodynamic and even stickier to the road than the standard car. But BMW didn’t just stop there. New battery technology has giving the BMW i8 a further range and even more power. The FIA Safety Car BMW i8 makes a combined 380 hp and has an overall range of 373 miles. But wait, that’s not all (in my best Billy Mays voice), BMW has given this i8 inductive charging, via Qualcomm’s Halo Prototype technology, which is a world first. Using this technology, the high-voltage battery in the BMW i8 can fully charge in about an hour. That’s impressive.

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All of these tweaks give this Safety Car version of the BMW i8 increased performance, better handling and even increased range. This is the best version of one of the best hybrid performance cars in the world. With this level of added performance, the BMW i8 could be propelled into performance territory currently occupied by cars like the Audi R8 and Mercedes-AMG GT. Throw in the fact that it’s far more efficient than both and this would be a slam dunk. If BMW were to put such a car into production, that is. It wouldn’t be all that difficult for BMW to use some of the technology learned from this Safety Car to create an i8 S of sorts, but it would be difficult to sell. The BMW i8 is already a very low-volume car that costs BMW quite a bit of money to make and isn’t very cheap for the customers, either. So making another variant, which will probably sell in minute volumes, that’s even more expensive to make and would wear an even higher price tag, would be a difficult thing to do. However, on the off chance that BMW would make an i8 S, I think it would look a lot like this Safety Car. So if we do get one in the future, we already have a good idea of what to expect. The article BMW i8 Safety Car could lead to BMW i8 S appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW M140i and M240i coming with extra 15 horsepower

According to a source close to BMW, the Bavarians will launch an update to their M135i hatch and M235i Coupe. The new models will be sold under the M140i and M240i badges, and will deliver an additional 15 horsepower. The two models are likely to lau...

According to a source close to BMW, the Bavarians will launch an update to their M135i hatch and M235i Coupe. The new models will be sold under the M140i and M240i badges, and will deliver an additional 15 horsepower. The two models are likely to launch in 2016 and follow the steps of the recently unveiled 340i and the upcoming 440i and X4 M40i. The current M235i is powered by the N55 six-cylinder inline powerplant with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology which generates maximum output of 240 kW/326 hp and accelerates the BMW M235i Coupe from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.0 seconds.

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The hatch M135i received a refresh earlier this year with a 6 horsepower increase for a total of 326 hp and 450 Nm of torque between 1300-4500 rpm.

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While the M240i is more than likely coming to the U.S., the M135i remains an European-only affair. The article BMW M140i and M240i coming with extra 15 horsepower appeared first on BMW BLOG

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2016 BMW 340i Sapphire Black – Photo Gallery

BMW UK brings us a new photo gallery of the 2016 BMW 340i. BMW’s 340i will be the first BMW to use the six-cylinder engine from the EfficientDynamics engine family. Replacing the outgoing 3.0 liter turbocharged six in the 335i, the 340i’s six wil...

BMW UK brings us a new photo gallery of the 2016 BMW 340i. BMW’s 340i will be the first BMW to use the six-cylinder engine from the EfficientDynamics engine family. Replacing the outgoing 3.0 liter turbocharged six in the 335i, the 340i’s six will produce 326 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque and achieve 7.7-6.5 liters per 100km (30 mpg US). The new, all-aluminum six-cylinder engine will be both powerful and efficient, more so than the outgoing six. This new I6 engine has some mighty shoes to fill, as the outgoing six is beloved by enthusiasts everywhere for its silky-smooth power delivery, excellent powerband and lovely noise.

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The 340i be available with six-speed manual transmissions and eight-speed, ZF automatics. BMW offers the 3 Series models with three equipment lines: Sport Line, Luxury Line and M Sport Package. Customers can choose from a total of 16 exterior colors for their new BMW 3 Series. New additions to the range include Mediterranean Blue metallic, Platinum Silver metallic and Jatoba metallic, in addition to the Individual colour Champagne Quartz metallic. A Track Handling package is now on the option sheet while the previous Sport Line package is now standard. The beautiful and aggressive M Sport Package is also offered at market launch.

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Here is a photo gallery:

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2016 BMW 330d Touring with M Sport Package – Photo Gallery

We’ve said it many times in the past: the BMW 330d Touring is one of the best offerings in the 3 Series family. If you add the M Sport Package to it and the Estoril Blue color, the 330d Touring becomes a solid buy. The 3 Series family went thro...

We’ve said it many times in the past: the BMW 330d Touring is one of the best offerings in the 3 Series family. If you add the M Sport Package to it and the Estoril Blue color, the 330d Touring becomes a solid buy. The 3 Series family went through a refresh this summer, taking a well balanced design and perfected its lines and sportiness. The LCI doesn’t get rid of the blending of the headlights, though it does change the actual lights themselves to give the car a much more sophisticated look. The headlights now feature LED indicator “eyebrows” above them to give the car a more concentrated look. The full LED headlights are leveled off at both the top and bottom and also feature and LED bar connecting them to the kidney grille. This gives the front a very aggressive and sporting design.

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The front fascia is also as bit different, featuring broader side air intakes giving the car a wider, more aggressive appearance. The central air intake has also been changed to allow the ACC (Active Cruise Control) radar sensor to be better hidden.

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The taillights are new as well and feature a full LED treatment as standard. The changes are subtle but effective, as the light bars inside of them have been changed to give the classic BMW “L” shaped design a curvier look. The indicators are also LED, and they now stretch the length of the taillight. This allows the indicators to be better seen and therefore safer and better looking.

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The interior has been updated as well, though more for function than from. BMW has worked on the, already excellent, ergonomics of the center stack and seat adjusters. Chrome accents have now been fitted to most of the controls, including center stack buttons, seat adjusters and window controls. The M Sport line, the sportiest line, features an M Steering wheel, M Sport seats, an M Aerodynamic package, an anthracite colored headliner and an additional Sport + mode.

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Under the hood, it features the six-cylinder 3.0 liter turbo diesel with an automatic transmission only. It packs 255bhp and 413lb ft and manages 0-62mph in 5.6sec, while its CO2 emissions fall slightly, to 129g/km. BMW continues to offer the 3 Series with its xDrive four-wheel drive system and it’s available for the 330d Touring as well. Here is a photo gallery of this beautiful sports wagon:

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Racing Update: Matthieu Lussiana Dominated in Brazil

BMW racer Matthieu Lussiana (FR) has taken another step towards his second title in the Brazilian Moto 1000 GP series (MT1GP TSK GP). In last weekend’s fifth round of the 2015 season, held in Curitiba, Brazil, Lussiana claimed pole position, se...

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BMW racer Matthieu Lussiana (FR) has taken another step towards his second title in the Brazilian Moto 1000 GP series (MT1GP TSK GP). In last weekend’s fifth round of the 2015 season, held in Curitiba, Brazil, Lussiana claimed pole position, set the fastest race lap with a new track record and took his fourth win […]

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2016 BMW 7 Series Review

The self-driving driver’s car. ...

The self-driving driver’s car.

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BMW M235i ranks third in Consumer Reports test, behind only Tesla Model S

The M235i coupe comes in 3rd in Consumer Reports latest test, placing only behind the Tesla Model S. ...

The M235i coupe comes in 3rd in Consumer Reports latest test, placing only behind the Tesla Model S.

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BMW M240i, Apple CarPlay and Organic Light (OLED) are all upcoming

Courtesy of trusty BIMMERPOST source/member, ynguldyn, here are some details regarding the future BMW pipeline, in particular the M240i, Apple CarPlay, Wifi hotspots and BMW Organic Light (OLED). ...

Courtesy of trusty BIMMERPOST source/member, ynguldyn, here are some details regarding the future BMW pipeline, in particular the M240i, Apple CarPlay, Wifi hotspots and BMW Organic Light (OLED).

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BMW i3 is the most fuel efficient car in the U.S.

Back in February, Consumer Reports published a list of the most fuel-efficient cars sold in the United States. At the top of the pack was placed the BMW i3 REx with an overall MPG or, eMPG in this case, of 139 miles. The publication has updated the l...

Back in February, Consumer Reports published a list of the most fuel-efficient cars sold in the United States. At the top of the pack was placed the BMW i3 REx with an overall MPG or, eMPG in this case, of 139 miles. The publication has updated the list and the i3 is being placed first once again. The Mitsubishi i-MiEV SE with 111 MPG and the Ford Focus Electric with 107 MPG follow i3’s lead. BMW i3’s traditional competitors, the Nissan Leaf (106 MPG) and Chevrolet Volt (99 MPG) placed fourth and fifth, respectively. The Tesla Model S with the 85kWh battery came in seventh, with 84 eMPG.

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Consumer Reports’ overall mileage is calculated from equal portions of city and highway driving. The fuel economy numbers are derived from a precision flow meter and are rounded to the nearest mile per gallon. BMW i3 REx comes with a rear-mounted 650cc, 34 hp, two-cylinder, gasoline- powered Range Extender generator is available, which roughly doubles the vehicle’s range. When the battery gets to a certain level, the Range Extender starts and maintains the battery’s current state of charge. The article BMW i3 is the most fuel efficient car in the U.S. appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW i Ventures invests in ZIRX, on-demand parking and car services company

BMW Group today announced a strategic investment in ZIRX under the company’s venture capital entity, BMW i Ventures. An innovative on-demand parking and car services company built for drivers, ZIRX intends to eliminate the frustration that drivers ...

BMW Group today announced a strategic investment in ZIRX under the company’s venture capital entity, BMW i Ventures. An innovative on-demand parking and car services company built for drivers, ZIRX intends to eliminate the frustration that drivers face in parking in major urban markets like New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C. The investment increases the number of mobility services start-ups in BMW i Ventures’ portfolio to 13. The current portfolio includes companies like Chargepoint, Life360, Moovit, JustPark, Chargemaster and Zendrive.

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“BMW i Ventures provides equity financing to service providers it identifies as having high potential to make urban mobility smarter, more efficient and more flexible,” said  Ulrich Quay, Managing Director of BMW i Ventures. “ With its combination of service and technology that makes it easier for drivers to park and take care of their cars, ZIRX has the potential to be a central component of on-demand services.” “We are excited that BMW i Ventures has made a strategic investment in ZIRX and are looking forward to working together to help deliver our vision of making parking and car services easier and more convenient than ever,” said Sean Behr, Co-Founder and CEO, ZIRX. “Our unique on-demand valet and services offerings are taking off in every market we’re in today and over the coming weeks and months we’ll be bringing new products and services out that will continue change the world’s $41B parking market. The article BMW i Ventures invests in ZIRX, on-demand parking and car services company appeared first on BMW BLOG

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