BMW 3 Series Plug in Hybrid Prototype Detailed

The Worlds most successful premium sedan. now with plug in hybrid drive. The BMW 3 Series Plug in hybrid prototype. Outstanding flexibility, which means it can be integrated in a wide range of different vehicle concepts, makes rapid deployment of th...

The Worlds most successful premium sedan. now with plug in hybrid drive. The BMW 3 Series Plug in hybrid prototype. Outstanding flexibility, which means it can be integrated in a wide range of different vehicle concepts, makes rapid deployment of this plug-in hybrid drive technology in the BMW model range a feasible and realistic proposition. The BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype provides a first taste of the extra- efficient driving pleasure which the world’s most successful premium sedan will offer. Combining a four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo petrol engine from the new Efficient Dynamics engine family with an electric motor, the BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype offers standards of sporty performance on a par with a conventionally powered BMW 3 Series six-cylinder model, combined with a significant reduction in fuel consumption. Its plug-in hybrid drive system has a combined output of approximately 245 hp and maximum combined torque of approximately 400 Newton metres (295 lb-ft). These figures, together with the substantial extra acceleration provided by the electric motor’s boost function, bring a sharp and intensely dynamic dimension to everyday motoring. Average fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are approximately 2 litres/100 km (140 mpg imp) and 50 g/km respectively. In all-electric mode, the prototype is capable of a top speed of 120 km/h (74.5 mph), and has a driving range of approximately 35 kilometres (22 miles). Plug-in hybrid system in the BMW 3 Series Sedan: ideal platform, superior drive components, maximum efficiency. The BMW 3 Series Sedan provides the ideal starting point for developing an exceptionally dynamic and fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid model. The conventional combustion-powered models already set standards in the mid- sized premium segment with their blend of sportiness and frugal fuel consumption. This is down to factors such as intelligent lightweight design, best-in-class aerodynamics and an extensive range of standard-specification BMW EfficientDynamics technologies. The internal combustion engine used in the BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype is based on a TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder petrol engine that has already twice been voted “International Engine of the Year”. Its hallmarks are sporty performance, smooth and refined running and exceptional efficiency. The plug-in hybrid prototype also features an electric motor and power electronics which are directly based on the BMW eDrive technology of the BMW i3 and BMW i8 models. The motor is powered by a lithium-ion battery which, together with the battery management system and high-efficiency direct cooling system, are likewise rooted in the experience and know-how amassed during development of the BMW i models. The battery can be recharged at any household power socket and is mounted in a particularly crash-safe position underneath the load compartment. The power electronics form a single integrated system that drives the electric motor, via a liquid-cooled inverter, manages the energy flow from the high- voltage battery to the onboard electrical systems and provides centralised control of hybrid-specific functions. The drive torque from engine and electric motor is supplied to the rear wheels of the BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype via an 8-speed Steptronic transmission which – as on conventionally powered BMW models – makes its own additional contribution to the efficiency of the overall drive system. Nowadays, the potential integration of a plug-in hybrid system is taken into account at all stages in the development of new models of the BMW and MINI brands. Amongst other things, this ensures that future hybrid versions offer the same level of practicality as the base models. For example, there is only a minimal reduction in boot space in the BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype compared with a conventionally powered BMW 3 Series Sedan, while the interior configuration possibilities – e.g. with the folding rear seatback – are unchanged. The simplicity with which the 8-speed Steptronic transmission can be integrated into the plug-in hybrid system is a further benefit of this flexible, forward-looking development strategy. Intelligent energy management with adaptive powertrain control. Like the current production models, the BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype is fitted with a Driving Experience Control switch, which is mounted on the centre console. This can be used to select different vehicle settings to suit varying requirements and situations. Three different modes are available: COMFORT, SPORT and ECO PRO mode. Each features different suspension settings, different shift characteristics for the 8-speed Steptronic transmission, and a different hybrid operating strategy. In COMFORT mode, which perfectly balances comfort and efficiency on the one hand with typical BMW dynamic performance on the other, the electric motor’s control strategy is geared to relaxed, fuel-efficient driving. In tandem, the electric motor and internal combustion engine can also deliver high levels of power and performance when required. SPORT mode, meanwhile, is aimed at maximised performance, harnessing the full combined output of the engine and the electric motor. In this mode, engine and motor are both on stream at all times, ensuring instantaneous response to all accelerator commands. Finally, in ECO PRO mode, the accent is on harnessing the full efficiency potential of electrification. Intelligent hybrid functionality allows the electric motor and internal combustion engine to work in tandem to maximise overall system efficiency. Efficient energy management is enhanced by variable control of the electric comfort functions such as air conditioning, seat heating and exterior mirror heating, which always operate at the most appropriate power level. This likewise helps to maximise the vehicle’s range. At the press of a button, the driver can choose between different plug-in hybrid modes. The MAX eDrive mode provides all-electric, zero-local- emission propulsion. Selecting the SAVE Battery mode keeps the battery at a constant state of charge. If the battery is less than 50 percent charged, the charge level is increased. In this way drivers can ensure they have enough power in reserve to operate in all-electric mode on a later, urban section of the journey. The BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype also features a special hybrid- adapted Proactive Driving Assistant. Integrated in the navigation system, this system manages the powertrain not only with reference to current battery capacity but also to upcoming route profile, speed restrictions and traffic conditions. This function marks the most extensive and advanced integration to date of BMW EfficientDynamics and BMW ConnectedDrive. Whenever the navigation system is in operation, the hybrid Proactive Driving Assistant collates all the available information about the upcoming route and relays this to the powertrain controller. This information comprises both static data from the interactive map, for example about speed restrictions and gradients, and also real-time information on current traffic conditions (Real Time Traffic Information – RTTI). The proactive energy management system then breaks the route down into its component parts, including low-speed sections, last- lap sections and gradients, before computing a proactive, route-specific strategy for managing the electric drive power right through to the specified destination.

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BMW i8 vs BMW M1 Track Battle Video

To find out how thirty years of evolution has changed the BMW supercar, Auto Express we took along a classic M1 to meet the new i8 at the Auto Express test track. The BMW i8 features a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol from the MINI Coope...

To find out how thirty years of evolution has changed the BMW supercar, Auto Express we took along a classic M1 to meet the new i8 at the Auto Express test track. The BMW i8 features a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol from the MINI Cooper driving the rear wheels, while an electric motor drives the front. Under the engine cover of the M1 is something altogether much more traditional: a 3.5-litre six-cylinder unit putting out 277bhp and 330Nm of torque. This compares to 357bhp and 570Nm in the i8 See how they fare inside.

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Collectible Classic: 1975-1980 MGB

A revisionist history of the rubber bumper. ...

A revisionist history of the rubber bumper.

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Manhart BMW i8 live from 2014 Essen Motor Show

One of the undisputed stars of the 2014 Essen Motor Show 2014 is without doubt the BMW i8 by tuning shop Manhart. The plug-in hybrid sports car comes to the popular tuning show with a new paint job. The matte yellow accents are paired with the Sophis...

One of the undisputed stars of the 2014 Essen Motor Show 2014 is without doubt the BMW i8 by tuning shop Manhart. The plug-in hybrid sports car comes to the popular tuning show with a new paint job. The matte yellow accents are paired with the Sophisto Grey factory color. Another eye-catcher are the Manhart wheels for the BMW i8, which are a sporty alternative to the three available factory alloy wheels. Thanks to a sport suspension tuning, the Manhart BMW i8 was lowered by 30 millimeters at the front and rear axle.

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The German tuning shop says that a performance increase is in works as well. The 362-hp plug-in hybrid sports car accelerates in 4.4 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h, but shines in the EU cycle with an average fuel consumption of 2.1 liters per 100 kilometers. The worldwide demand for the BMW i8 is huge and BMW is considering an expansion of production capacity. Currently, some customers have to wait up to 18 months for their car to be delivered.

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BMW X4 Police Car by AC Schnitzer – VIDEO

At the 2014 Essen Motor Show, AC Schnitzer debuts their BMW X4 Police Car. To celebrate 10 years of the TUNE IT! SAFE! Initiative, the German tuner used a BMW X4 xDrive20i as the base model for the X4 Police Car. As any respectable police car, the X4...

At the 2014 Essen Motor Show, AC Schnitzer debuts their BMW X4 Police Car. To celebrate 10 years of the TUNE IT! SAFE! Initiative, the German tuner used a BMW X4 xDrive20i as the base model for the X4 Police Car. As any respectable police car, the X4 comes with plenty of power. From the standard 184 horsepower delivered by a 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine, the X4 Sports Activity Coupe now outputs 245 hp. From 0 to 100 km/h it takes now 6.7 seconds while the 80 to 180 km/h is achieved in 17.5 seconds. The top speed limit is 212 km/h.

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Visually, the X4 Police Car gets enhanced as well. It comes equipped with AC Schnitzer front spoiler, rear diffuser and carbon fiber mirror caps. With its suspension spring kit the vehicle is lowered by around 30 mm (front) and 25 mm (rear).

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The tuner has done some work as well in the engine sound department by adding AC Schnitzer silencer with two chromed “Sport“ tailpipe trims each side in right/left combination which are integrated into the rear diffuser. AC Schnitzer also uses the special police “RTK 7″ signaling system and flashing lights from Hella. Inside we have the typical AC Schnitzer styling, meaning the aluminum pedal set and foot rest, AC Schnitzer branded floor mats and inscriptions on the dashboard.

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A new set of boots were also fitted to the car, the AC Schnitzer Type V forged alloy wheels in Anthracite, along with Ventus S1evo tires in 265/30 R 22 from Hankook.

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Should MINI Get Back To … Being Mini?

MINI sales have been down 5.3 percent this year. It’s no wonder that the British car maker is scrambling to find the best solution to revive the brand and continue its success story. Even though MINI had strong sales in October, the upper managemen...

MINI sales have been down 5.3 percent this year. It’s no wonder that the British car maker is scrambling to find the best solution to revive the brand and continue its success story. Even though MINI had strong sales in October, the upper management is hard at work to plan the future of the brand, which includes electric vehicles as well. Currently, the carmaker has eight different models on sale and many believe it has diluted the brand and lost some of its most loyal fans. A MINI fan has always fallen in love with the timeless and classic design, along with the unique go-kart driving experience, but we believe the bloated lineup has created half of MINI’s problems today.

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I’ve been to BMW Welt a few weeks ago, and beside the usual drooling over the BMW i8, everyone was focused on the various BMW models. First impression was that everyone was in awe with BMW’s latest models and you could feel the connection between consumers and the brand. On the other hand, the MINI showroom was loud, filled with teenagers and random souvenirs like bags, cups and wallets,  branded with the British flag or MINI bold lettering. Instead of just focusing on promoting the cars, MINI stays true to promoting the brand as lifestyle, therefore attracting a different type of customer. Some conversations we’ve overhead revolved around the confusing direction the brand is heading towards and how the several niches have not paid off for MINI.

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Overall, it seems MINI does a great job at branding itself as a youth-oriented brand, fun and hip, but is that enough to help the company grow? Are the eight models making things even more confusing? This is where it gets interesting. To many, MINI is a Mini – notice the old branding which didn’t have all capital letters and they go back as far as the Mark I and III era. The Mini is a small 3-door vehicle with 100+ horsepower engine that can tackle the bends with ease and can be parked pretty much anywhere. Small, nimble and fast would be the best way to describe the perfect Mini. It’s not a coupe nor a convertible or a family crossover, and it certainly isn’t an off roader. All of those models were a huge bet for BMW and only one really paid off: MINI Countryman Crossover.

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With that in mind, here are the four things MINI could do to to increase market share, attract new customers while still cater to its extremely loyal following: Reduce the lineup to three-four models: 3-door hatch, Convertible, Clubman and Countryman (there are already planning on doing this) Add a MINI-E option: following trends is important and we can see an all-electric MINI being a great contender in the electric vehicles market. While maintaining the classic MINI design cues, the design team needs to look into the future and take a chance. MINI Superleggera Concept is a great start. Create a MINI racing series. Sold at $50 000 pricing point, the race-oriented MINIs would allow many young individuals to take part in some exciting motoring events. A roll-cage, fire extinguisher combined with improved suspension, wheels and tires, stripped out interior, but still road legal versions would be one interesting way to spend your time. The next few years are critical for the brand, but the current MINI design team is one of the most talented in the industry, so the hopes are high. At the helm, we have Anders Warming, former head of exterior design at BMW. His lieutenant is Christopher Weil, one of the most talented designers at BMW Group. His portfolio includes the BMW 328 Hommage, F30 3 Series, 5 Series GT, current 7 Series and 4 Series. The latest addition to the team is Florian Nissl, the young designer responsible for drawing the new M3 and M4. With a talented designing team in place and great product managers, the MINI brand can reinvent itself and once again be the golden goose for BMW. The article Should MINI Get Back To … Being Mini? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Blacked out F30 BMW 335i – Photoshoot

Only a small step behind the M3, the BMW F30 335i may be the best bang for a buck car in the current BMW lineup. It is available with a 3.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder, 24-valve engine that displaces 300 horsepower. An 8-speed STEPTRO...

Only a small step behind the M3, the BMW F30 335i may be the best bang for a buck car in the current BMW lineup. It is available with a 3.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder, 24-valve engine that displaces 300 horsepower. An 8-speed STEPTRONIC automatic transmission with Adaptive Transmission Control (ATC) comes as standard where the additional performance and safety features create the perfect machine for driving enjoyment and sporty looks. The standard BMW F30 335i sprints from 0-60mph in 5.1 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph. This particular model is priced from $43,750 MSRP and comes with a variety of standard and optional finishes.

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This 335i also comes with blacked out kidney grilles, rear spoiler and beautiful black wheels. The M Sport package is always a welcome addition as well. To improve its stance, the car was lowered by a few millimeters. With a price tag below $50,000, the BMW 335i is a compelling product and once you add some aftermarket parts to it, you get a great looking vehicle until you save up some more for that M3 sedan.  

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A Sunny Day With A BMW F82 M4 – Photoshoot

Winter is hitting most of the U.S. states but those living in Southern California continue to enjoy sunny days and high temperature. With the largest population of M owners, California was bound to also have the most new BMW F82 M4 models and therefo...

Winter is hitting most of the U.S. states but those living in Southern California continue to enjoy sunny days and high temperature. With the largest population of M owners, California was bound to also have the most new BMW F82 M4 models and therefore, more interesting tuning projects. Featuring a Black Sapphire Metallic paint finish and aftermarket wheels, this F82 M4 shows off its aggressive body lines out in the sun. Powered by a 3.0-liter BMW M TwinPower Turbo engine that develops 425-hp horsepower, it delivers its owners with stunning performance. The new engine combines two mono-scroll turbochargers with variable valve control (Double-VANOS and Valvetronic) and high-precision direct injection for a smoother power delivery and extended range.

BMW M4 with HRE RS103 in Brushed Titanium by TAG Motorsports

On this particular project by TAG Motorsports, some will recognize the HRE RS103 wheels. These are part of their RS1 Series, a completely new three-piece design and layout that allows their wheels to be lighter and further custom crafted for each high-performance M3 or M4.

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HRE’s Street Collection combines the technical expertise from their championship-winning racing wheels with extensive attention to detail. This race-bred philosophy ensures enhanced braking, acceleration and handling, while also delivering a great wheel design. Compatible with Brembo big brake kits and coming in sizes of 19, 20, 21 and 22 inches, these wheels will work on a variety of high-performance cars, improving their looks and performance.

BMW M4 with HRE RS103 in Brushed Titanium by TAG Motorsports

Thanks to this photoshoot by Grubbs Photography, we have a chance to take a closer look at all the details of this build.

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BMW M4 with HRE RS103 in Brushed Titanium by TAG Motorsports

BMW M4 with HRE RS103 in Brushed Titanium by TAG Motorsports

BMW M4 with HRE RS103 in Brushed Titanium by TAG Motorsports

BMW M4 with HRE RS103 in Brushed Titanium by TAG Motorsports

BMW M4 with HRE RS103 in Brushed Titanium by TAG Motorsports

BMW M4 with HRE RS103 in Brushed Titanium by TAG Motorsports

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Tire Test Video: Winter vs All-Season

All-seasons are meant to allow drivers the convenience of not ever having to change tires from winter to summer. However the rub against them… The post Tire Test Video: Winter vs All-Season… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my web...

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World Premier: The 2 Series Active Tourer xDrive

BMW has quietly taken the wraps off of the first important update to the 2 Series Active Tourer. The the xDrive option is an… The post World Premier: The 2 Series Active Tourer xDrive appeared… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my ...

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