Every year, the most impressive representatives of the mobile past and future on both two and four wheels assemble at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este for a very special get-together on the shores of Lake Como, Italy. Amid this extraordinary ...
Every year, the most impressive representatives of the mobile past and future on both two and four wheels assemble at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este for a very special get-together on the shores of Lake Como, Italy. Amid this extraordinary blend of the traditional and the contemporary, BMW Motorrad once again presents a breathtaking concept […]
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/05/23/how-enthusiasts-affect-brands/ in News on May 22, 2015
You’re all car enthusiasts here, is one way or another, that’s why you’re reading this right now. Many enthusiasts are followers of all things with four wheels, never really settling on one brand. However, there are also many who diligently...
You’re all car enthusiasts here, is one way or another, that’s why you’re reading this right now. Many enthusiasts are followers of all things with four wheels, never really settling on one brand. However, there are also many who diligently follow one specific brand of car. It’s pretty obvious which car brand the folks around these parts are fans of. But it isn’t an uncommon brand. BMW has a very large and loyal following, one of the biggest in the auto industry, with maybe on Volkswagen or Honda having a larger one. These enthusiast followings are very important, much more so than you may think. Enthusiast followings, whether they be for cars or electronics or hipster mustache waxes, have a large effect on the marketing and eventual success of certain products and brands. The reason being is that enthusiasts of all kinds will go through great lengths to learn about certain products or fields and relay that information to the people that they know. And often times, those newly informed people will go to their enthusiast friends for advice whenever buying a related product. If one Apple enthusiast tells ten friends about all of the advantages of buying an Apple product, and they all go out and buy an iPhone, that one enthusiast just helped Apple sell eleven products, including his/her own. So marketing must be geared towards those enthusiasts, as they are the ones who are truly going to make a difference in the market.
This is even more true when it comes to large, expensive purchases, like a car. While there are millions of car enthusiasts around the world, we are a small percentage of the car buying population. Because of this, the majority of car buyers are largely uninformed about brands, models, segments and so on. So when many uninformed people go to buy a car, they often will look to a more knowledgeable friend for help. So if a enthusiast friend can help sway his/her close knit group of friends to buy into a specific brand, that helps drive sales. Those enthusiasts are who marketing people are targeting because of their influence on friends and family. This is a website aimed at BMW enthusiasts, because we’re passionate about the Bavarian brand. We like to talk about BMW’s latest models and how they stack up against competition. There’s no doubt that the things we say can influence passionate readers to spread the word about BMW and all the things the brand offers. And when we go home to our friends and family, if someone were to ask for advice about car buying, it’s a good possibility we’re going to point them in the direction of a Roundel.
These ideas ring even more true in younger people, Millennials. Millennials are more likely to scour the internet for information on their favorite brands or follow them on social media and report the information back to friends, via their own social media accounts. Social media is such a large factor in Millennials and other young people, because the sharing of information and interests has become so common that it isn’t odd for people to make posts about their favorite brand. This makes social media hugely important to marketers and advertisers, as giving enthusiasts pages or accounts to follow and read lets brands reach out to more potential customers. It isn’t about how many likes or followers a brand has, but the type of follower. Even a small enthusiast following is more important to a brand than almost any other form of marketing. So car enthusiasts are very important to the auto industry. You’re the folks who really spread the word. We here at BMWBLOG are fans of BMW, so we’ll read, learn and discuss with you enthusiastic readers. But it’s you, the readers, who really spread the word, because the non-enthusiast isn’t coming to this site, or any car website for that matter. But that doesn’t make our job any less important. In fact, it makes us very important, because we talk to you, and as an enthusiast you’re the most important of all. Here is the article by AdWeek that inspired this post. The article How Enthusiasts Affect Brands appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.automobilemag.com/features/news/1505-bmw-3-0-csl-hommage-concept-revealed-at-villa-deste/ in News on May 22, 2015
Evokes the E9 3.0 CSL of the 1970s.
Posted by http://bmwi.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1128485 in News on May 22, 2015
Words by IND: Being a car enthusiast in the 21st century brings with it an interesting duality: one typically develops a love for technology and science in a pursuit of better understanding of a modern car ...
Words by IND: Being a car enthusiast in the 21st century brings with it an interesting duality: one typically develops a love for technology and science in a pursuit of better understanding of a modern car
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/05/23/the-new-bmw-motorrad-concept-101/ in News on May 22, 2015
Every year, the most impressive representatives of the mobile past and future on both two and four wheels assemble at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este for a very special get-together on the shores of Lake Como. Amid this extraordinary blend o...
Every year, the most impressive representatives of the mobile past and future on both two and four wheels assemble at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este for a very special get-together on the shores of Lake Como. Amid this extraordinary blend of the traditional and the contemporary, BMW Motorrad once again presents a breathtaking concept study: the BMW Motorrad “Concept 101″. “The Concept 101 opens up a new chapter in the history of our concept bikes. It is the BMW Motorrad interpretation of endless highways and the dream of freedom and independence – the perfect embodiment of “American touring”. Designing this big touring bike study was amazingly exciting for us because we haven’t been involved with a motorcycle concept like this before. To me, the Concept 101 is the epitome of elegance, power and luxury on two wheels,” says Edgar Heinrich, Head of BMW Motorrad Design, describing the character of the concept bike.
The epitome of power and exclusivity. The name “Concept 101″ indicates the capacity of the concept bike, which has its roots in the USA. The capacity of the six cylinders is 1,649 cc – approximately equivalent to 101 cubic inches, which is the American unit of measurement for cylinder capacity. So the “Concept 101″ moves into a sphere that goes beyond mere horsepower and acceleration figures – all that counts is the remarkable riding experience full of power and tranquillity. The enormous torque of the in-line 6-cylinder engine generates extraordinary pulling power in every situation on the road.
The number 101 also stands for the place where the vehicle came into being. It was not far from Highway 101, at the design studios of the BMW Group subsidiary Designworks in Newbury Park, California, that the BMW Motorrad designers got together with their Designworks colleagues to create a truly special motorcycle that would extend the limits of quality and exclusivity and reflect a whole new touring philosophy: “We had a clear vision when we were designing the bike: under the motto “The Spirit of the Open Road” we wanted to build a high-performance, emotional and highly exclusive 6-cylinder vehicle that would make every ride a special experience. A bike that would make the moment so special, you would forget your destination,” explains Ola Stenegard, Head of Vehicle Design BMW Motorrad.
This vision is expressed in the BMW interpretation of a “bagger” – an exclusive type of custom bike especially popular in the USA. The very elongated and streamlined silhouette is especially striking from a distance. Unlike the low front section and the high rear of supersports motorcycles, the BMW Motorrad “Concept 101″ has a drop-shaped silhouette that is typical of baggers, reaching the highest point at the front trim. Below this, the large front wheel appears to pull the flat, stretched silhouette behind it. At the same time, the characteristic styling of the bike visually suggests a forward urge. Two side cases integrated in streamlined form add the final touch of a quintessential bagger.
Precision and emotion. The consistent flow of the lines from the front to the rear symbolises the riding experience offered by the “Concept 101”. Within the flowing silhouette, clear lines and elaborately modelled surfaces shape an athletic body. This creates a dynamic contrast between flowing movements and clearly defined lines that further emphasises the bike’s character. The horizontal subdivision into two areas of colour lends greater emphasis to the overall impression of flatness. While the lower section – the powerful mechanical unit – is dark, the upper area has been deliberately designed in lighter colours so as to reflect elegance and finesse.
The dynamically designed front trim in brushed aluminium is flatly integrated into the flow of the styling. The integrated headlamp with striking double circular appearance gives the front section a distinct and highly expressive look. It also provides the point of departure for the characteristic split face which runs across the entire bike through to the rear in the form of a brushed aluminium trim section. Two striking side panels encase the front trim almost like a suit of armour, thereby creating a broad shoulder section which further highlights the power of the “Concept 101″. Tailpipes on both sides, each with three outlets, visualise the number of cylinders and therefore the supreme performance and high torque of the engine. They also ensure the appropriate sound, making the potential of the 6-cylinder engine audible. The rear view harmoniously rounds off the bike’s overall visual impression. A particular highlight is the unusual rear light cluster. It provides a frame for the dark-coloured rear section in the form of two LED bands. The design of the lights is formally reminiscent of former road cruisers. At the same time the expressive appearance grants a fascinating technical and aesthetic style.
High performance, high tech, high value. The entire design of the “Concept 101″ right through to the colours and materials used reflects power, contemporary flair and exclusive appeal. The side trim parts and cases feature an elaborate two-colour finish: a light silver surrounds the surface while the inner section is a somewhat darker silver with more of a metallic effect. The two areas are separated by a line marking applied by hand. The paint finish also includes a shadow effect which gives the manually applied line marking greater depth towards the inside. The dynamic front trim adds a touch of cool, technical style with its unpainted, brushed aluminium. The aluminium’s modern, technological statement is supplemented in the bike’s lower section by means of generous carbon surfaces with a silky gloss. Amid silver paint surfaces, brushed aluminium and carbon, there are dark wood elements that add a warm, exclusive counterpoint. The elaborately milled wood, only treated with oil, emphasises the horizontal gesture of the side sections with its discreet grain. The model designation is integrated in the wood surfaces as an elaborate aluminium insert and badge. On the seat, two leather qualities further reflect the bike’s exclusive character: the fine-grain black leather of the side sections adds a touch of elegance to complement the perforated black leather of the seat area itself. A brown leather strip separates these two distinct sections.
In cooperation with Roland Sands Design. The concept bike took concrete shape on the premises of Roland Sands – just under an hour away from Newbury Park amid the heartland of the Los Angeles custom bike scene. In close collaboration with the BMW Motorrad design team, Roland Sands assembled the exclusive parts of the “Concept 101″ at his own workshops. BMW Motorrad and the custom bike specialist have worked together successfully for several years, having completed inspiring projects such as the Concept Ninety, for example. Roland Sands’ familiarity with the scene and enormous expertise in custom building combined with the possibilities and history offered by BMW Motorrad make for an exciting partnership. Sands put together the many parts of the BMW Motorrad “Concept 101″ in his workshop, elaborately producing individual elements exclusively by hand. As a result, signature machine parts such as the clutch cover, timing chain cover and wheels all bear his logo, discreetly bearing witness to a collaboration that has proved successful for many years. The material finish and technical design are state-of-the-art, thereby reflecting in detail the fundamental BMW Motorrad statement: precision and emotion.
Posted by http://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1130098 in News on May 22, 2015
Amid the audacious design studies and automotive beauties from a bygone era gathered at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, the BMW Group presents its new BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage – and in the process makes a pretty formidable statement of its ow...
Amid the audacious design studies and automotive beauties from a bygone era gathered at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, the BMW Group presents its new BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage – and in the process makes a pretty formidable statement of its own. This model is the BMW Design Team’s tribute to the 3.0 CSL, a timeless classic and iconic BMW Coupé from the 1970s. “Our Hommage cars not only demonstrate how proud we are of our heritage, but also how important the past can be in determining our future,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “The BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage represents a nod to the engineering achievement exemplified by the BMW 3.0 CSL in its lightweight design and performance. With intelligent lightweight construction and modern materials, the 3.0 CSL Hommage brings the character of that earlier model into the 21st century, showing it in a new and exciting guise,” he says, summarising the approach the design team took with the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage. Lightweight design past and present. “CSL” stands for “Coupé Sport Leichtbau” (coupé, sport, lightweight). With its aluminium bonnet, boot and wings, Plexiglas windows and equipment rigorously pared down to the bare essentials, the old BMW 3.0 CSL tipped the scales around 200 kg lighter than its sibling model, the BMW 3.0 CS. Unsurprisingly, then, it was predestined for a career on the race track. Whereas the material of choice in the 1970s was aluminium, today carbon fibre – or carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) – offers the optimum weight-to-strength ratio. These high-strength fibres are even lighter and stronger than aluminium. And the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage makes generous use of the high-tech composite, reinterpreting the concept of lightweight design for the modern age. Wherever CFRP is used, it is also visible – rendering the lightweight design principle tangible both inside and out. The BMW Group is a world leader in the production and application of CFRP in automotive design and can already boast many years of experience in series production of CFRP structural parts for the BMW M and, in particular, the BMW i. The exterior: power and elegance. Karim Habib, Head of BMW Design, explains the thinking behind the design of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage: “For BMW designers like us, the BMW 3.0 CSL is a style icon. Its combination of racing genes and elegance generates an engaging aesthetic that continues to win hearts even today. The BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage celebrates many of those characteristic features, but without copying them. Indeed, some of the parallels are not immediately obvious. We wanted people to sense the family resemblance rather than see it straight off.” The BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage is a vision of pure athleticism: the elongated body is set off by distinctive air deflectors, powerful wheel arches and prominent spoilers to the roof and tail. Despite its size, the aerodynamic elements are key in enabling air to flow optimally along the sides of the vehicle. The front air deflector serves to vent the engine compartment, while wings over the rear wheels ensure optimum airflow around the vehicle. Small rear-view cameras serve to further reduce aerodynamic drag. The large rear spoiler increases downforce on the driven rear axle and in so doing improves power transmission. The Air Curtain and Air Breather systems guarantee optimum ventilation of the wheel housings. And the sheer self-confidence and sporting prowess of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage are perfectly summed up in the original colour of its spiritual predecessor – Golf Yellow. The front end – muscular athleticism. Boasting one of the broadest and lowest front ends of any vehicle in the BMW Group, the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage’s front exudes pure power and athleticism. At the centre, the characteristic BMW kidney grille stands tall in citation of the more upright styling of the kidney grille of yesteryear. The size and spatial depth of the kidney grille symbolise the output of the powerful six-cylinder in-line engine with eBoost. At the same time, the finely wrought geometry of frame and kidney struts lends the front end an air of quality and exclusivity. The characteristic four-eyed face gives a contemporary, hexagonal interpretation of front-end sportiness. Laser light and LED technology facilitate slender, state-of-the-art lighting graphics, and the flat contours of the headlamps generate that characteristically focused BMW look. A stylised “X” inside the lights divides the lighting functions and conjures up memories of the X-shaped headlamp stickers once used in long-distance racing. Horizontal LED strips create a visual bond between headlamps and kidney grille while at the same time emphasising the broad, flat impact of the front end. A large carbon-fibre front splitter reduces the gap between road and front end and, in combination with the kidney grille, offers a modern interpretation of the earlier car’s highly distinctive shark nose. Two circular openings and a series of elongated slots pay tribute to other elements featured in the earlier car, but offer a new interpretation for the 21st century. The sides – contrapuntal elegance. The vehicle sides are in elegant counterpoint to the marked athleticism of front and rear. The long wheelbase and elongated bonnet appear to stretch the Hommage’s silhouette. A continuous, horizontal line encircles the vehicle by way of paying tribute to a distinctive stylistic feature of the earlier BMW 3.0 CSL: its all-round chrome trim. In combination with the black highlight beneath, the continuous line intensifies the flat, elongated appearance of the sides. A particular detail of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage is the roofline. Consciously subdivided into three, the line recalls the distinctive upper section of the BMW 3.0 CS – one of the first coupés to feature a roof that did not flow into the tail. Compared with the ubiquitous fastback coupés of the day, this was both an innovation and a design statement, a feature that exuded athleticism and elegance in equal measure. In keeping with the BMW 3.0 CSL, the Hommage features a BMW logo on each of the C-pillars. The all-round shoulderline is also the starting point for the subtle, finely sculpted surfaces of the sides. It follows the development of the shadowy areas behind the front wheel all the way to the lit surfaces above the rear wheels. This interplay between light and shade lends movement and dynamic intensity to the generous surfaces of the vehicle’s sides. Dark CFRP areas narrow the gap between the sides and the road, again paying tribute to the consistent lightweight design of the BMW 3.0 CSL. In combination with the black graphic accents, the dark lightweight elements reduce the perceived height of the vehicle and further emphasise its flat silhouette. The black 21″ alloy wheels in matt and high-gloss bi-colour versions offer an additional unique highlight. Air control blades in the interstices of the wheel rims, meanwhile, serve to further optimise aerodynamics. The rear end – a muscular presence. As with the front end, the vehicle’s tail is broad and muscular in design. Generous surfaces generate presence, horizontal elements emphasise width. A particular highlight is the styling of the rear lights: an LED strip above the spoiler links the two lights, thus giving the rear end a formal framework. The powerfully sculpted rear apron with CFRP diffusor creates a visual impression of the BMW 3.0 CSL’s raw power. Even viewed from above, the BMW 3.0 CSL is extremely dynamic. From kidney grille to headlamps, the bonnet traces a broad “V” – a nostalgic throwback to a distinctive and dynamic element of earlier BMW coupés. The interior – purist elegance. Pared down to a minimum, the interior of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage puts its lightweight design on show and renders its racing character elegantly tangible. All interior elements are there out of absolute necessity, every part has a high-quality design, structural or drive-related function. In the all-CFRP interior, the only wood-like presence is the “instrument panel” – a cross-member and purely structural element. This is a clear reference to the interior of the earlier BMW 3.0 CSL, which featured an all-round wood trim throughout the interior. In the new version, only the small central eBoost charging display interrupts the wooden instrument panel. Infotainment is equally minimalist in concept: a central display on the steering column informs the driver of the current gear, speed, revs and shift point. Racing genes and lightweight design with finesse. Other racing features include bucket seats with high-quality stitching, a six-point belt and red anodised safety features such as the outlet nozzles for the extinguishing foam, the fire extinguisher itself, and the two switches on the centre console for the emergency shut-off and fire extinguishing mechanism. The only elements in the rear of the vehicle are two helmets integrated into the transmission tunnel. These are held in place by a belt when not in use. In the place of a rear seat bench, there are only covers for the eBoost energy accumulators. Special reflector technology in combination with LED strips create an impressive 3D effect on the covers. In its use of cutting-edge materials and detailed solutions, the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage displays technical sophistication and subtlety of form. Meticulously crafted aluminium sleeves add high-quality accents at the junctions between individual structural elements. The door design is as minimalist as it is expressive: precise, clean surfaces trace an arc rearwards, lending the door element a flowing, dynamic quality. The door openers combine a DTM-style pull strap with the elegant handle-integrated opener of the earlier BMW 3.0 CSL, resulting in the hybrid solution of a nylon pull strap located directly behind the grab handle in the door. As with the interior as a whole, this detail lends expression to the unique character of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage: a winning combination of lightweight design, athleticism and elegance.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/05/23/bmw-3-0-csl-hommage-world-debut/ in News on May 22, 2015
BMW just took the wrapping off of its latest concept car at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, a gorgeous and modern interpretation of the classic BMW 3.0 CSL of the 1970s, the 3.0 CSL Hommage. “Our Hommage cars not only demonstrate how prou...
BMW just took the wrapping off of its latest concept car at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, a gorgeous and modern interpretation of the classic BMW 3.0 CSL of the 1970s, the 3.0 CSL Hommage. “Our Hommage cars not only demonstrate how proud we are of our heritage, but also how important the past can be in determining our future,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. Looking at it in full for the first time is a bit shocking, a bit like waking to the sun in your eyes, due to its striking looks. But once your eyes start to calm down from the overwhelming angles and curves, you start to notice the subtle beauty behind the shocking fury of the Golf Yellow CSL Hommage.
The muscular front end and upright grille are reminiscent to the original CSL and its muscular racing design. There are ‘X’s designed into the twin-circle headlights, to evoke memories of the stickered ‘X’s on the headlights of long distance racing cars of yore. The size and protrusion of the massive kidney grilles nod to the power underneath the muscular hood. The way the fenders roll over and continue into the hood remind us of the fender flares on the original CSL.
From the front end, a continuous horizontal line runs the sides of the car. In profile, this line is seen across the entire length of the long wheelbase, giving the car a long, low and sleek look. Dark CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic) sideskirts lend a visual gap between the bright yellow color of the bodywork and the pavement below. While the low hood and roofline, combined with the massive 21” wheels give the CSL Hommage a very low looking stance. You’ll also notice the side-mounted exhaust pipes mounted just in front of the rear wheels. The CSL Hommage even has BMW Roundels mounted at the base of the C Pillars, a throwback to the same design on the original CSL.
The rear end is where the CSL Hommage really comes alive, as the aerodynamic rear fenders form upward to create a rear wing between the both of them. An LED light bar runs the length of the wing down into the rear of the car and is a stunning piece of design. At the bottom, a CFRP rear diffuser lends a racing look to the rear of the Hommage. From above, the CSL Hommage shows off its curves, and you can clearly see how the car forms a ‘V’ at both front and rear ends.
The interior has been done in a minimalistic and race-inspired fashion. With lightweight, single piece racing seats with hand stitched leather, six-point racing harnesses and an aeronautic yoke style steering wheel, the CSL Hommage’s interior is as simple and elegant as they come but with a racing feel.The entire interior is made of CFRP, however a single piece that runs the length of the dash, behind the instrument cluster, is designed to look like wood. This is in reference to the wood-trimmed instrument panel of the original CSL. The Hommage’s instrument panel consists of only an electronic eBoost gauge and rev and gear counter. There is very little instrumentation or infotainment.
All in all, BMW’s 3.0 CSL Hommage is a stunning achievement in design. The design team, led by Van Hooydonk, has masterfully blended the rich history of the original 3.0 CSL racer with the style and technology of the future. It’s able to show us where BMW is going and also tell us where it’s been. Will the 3.0 CSL Hommage become something more than a stylistic triumph? We can’t know for sure. But we do know that this Hommage is a gorgeous example of BMW using the lessons it’s learned in the past to create cars for the future.
Posted by http://www.bmw-motorsport.com/en/news/current-news/2015/05/dtm_lausitzring.html in Motorsport on May 22, 2015
This weekend sees BMW Motorsport compete with its rivals on the Lausitzring for the second time this year. BMW has a special connection with the track 130 kilometres south of Berlin (DE): Marco Wittmann made history last season when, before the en...
This weekend sees BMW Motorsport compete with its rivals on the Lausitzring for the second time this year.
BMW has a special connection with the track 130 kilometres south of Berlin (DE): Marco Wittmann made history last season when, before the end of the season, he finished sixth in the Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM to become the youngest ever German champion. It was also here that Bruno Spengler celebrated the 50th BMW win in the DTM and the first win since its DTM comeback in 2012. The DTM visits the Lausitzring for the 16th time. The spectators literally sit in the front row at this track: From the imposing stand near the start-finish straight, you can almost see the entire track. The DTM competes on the 3.478-kilometre loop that is made up of sections of the tri-oval and the circuit. Like last season, the International German Motorcycle Championship SUPERBIKE*IDM will be part of the supporting programme for the DTM. Numerous BMW riders will line up on the starting grid on the BMW S 1000 RR, including the 2013 champion and current overall leader, Markus Reiterberger. Four BMW DTM drivers were back in action last weekend: Maxime Martin competed alongside Lucas Luhur, Markus Palttala and Richard Westbrook at the Nürburgring 24 Hours (DE), where he finished runner-up. Augusto Farfus was also driving for BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS, and secured pole position in the team’s second BMW Z4 GT3. He and fellow drivers Jörg Müller, Nick Catsburg and Dirk Adorf went on to finish fourth in the race. In contrast, the endurance classic came to a premature end for Wittmann and Martin Tomczyk, whose cars were forced to retire after crashes involving their team-mates.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/05/22/bmw-m2-in-slow-motion-at-nurburgring/ in News on May 22, 2015
Aside from the new BMW 7 Series, the upcoming F87 M2 is one of the most exciting cars of 2015. The successor of the “baby-M” is already the talk of the town and U.S. dealerships are actively taking in pre-orders, without any official spec...
Aside from the new BMW 7 Series, the upcoming F87 M2 is one of the most exciting cars of 2015. The successor of the “baby-M” is already the talk of the town and U.S. dealerships are actively taking in pre-orders, without any official specs being released. The videos below show the M2 in action at Nurburgring where it continues its testing trials. The first clip shows the car in slow motion while the second one (0.52 seconds in) highlights why everyone is excited about the car. Last year, a source close to BMWBLOG said the M2 will use in fact an updated N55 engine with 365 hp and 343 lb-ft of torque with 25 lb-ft of torque available as overboost. While the updated N55 is based on the same engine found in the M235i, our source says it will have some components from the new S55 unit. Yet the engine code will still be labeled as N55.
Our sources close to BMW have also revealed the M2 will weigh less than the M235i Coupe. It’s still unknown where the weight savings are coming, but one thing we know for sure is the M2 not sporting a carbon fiber roof. Being built upon the 2 Series Coupe, we can only speculate that most of the weight savings come from the use of aluminum and carbon fiber on some parts of the body/chassis. Inside, BMW will run a full setup, so the only savings there will be from the use of M3/M4-like seats, sportier, thinner and lighter. We certainly don’t expect a huge weight drop compared to the M235i, but any kilos shaved off the car coupled with about extra 40 horsepower, a tighter chassis, mechanical locking differential, M4 suspensions and brakes, would make the M2 a strong contender on the Nurburgring and certainly faster than the M235i. BMW is likely to unveil the M2 later this summer. Click here for the video BMW M2 being tested at the Nurburgring yesterday! Posted by Samuel Thomas-Robert Du Verne on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 [Photos: BridgeToGantry] The article BMW M2 in slow-motion at Nurburgring appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/05/22/how-many-gears-is-enough/ in News on May 22, 2015
The days of manual gearboxes being the performance oriented choice are gone. Manuals are still great fun to drive, and should be available for as long as possible, but the automatic gearbox is the far faster and more efficient option. Currently, the ...
The days of manual gearboxes being the performance oriented choice are gone. Manuals are still great fun to drive, and should be available for as long as possible, but the automatic gearbox is the far faster and more efficient option. Currently, the automatic in all BMWs that don’t wear a true ‘M’ badge is a ZF-sourced eight-speed. It’s an absolute peach of a gearbox, with smooth shifts that are fast enough to convince you that it’s a DCT. Now eight cogs may seem like a lot to some, but it’s actually quite nice to have. Eight different gears allows for a perfect gear ratio for nearly any speed or situation. It also allows for shorter gearing, giving the car better performance, and still have high gears for economy. The ZF eight-speed has so much flexibility, in terms of performance and economy, that it’s paired to a variety of engines, including diesels and high-performance petrol engines.
Related: BMW, please keep the manuals! But how many gears is too many? Currently, ZF has a nine-speed auto on the market, in some Chryslers and eventually Mercedes-Benzs. When the eight-speed debuted, people were shocked as they were still getting used to the seven-speeds in some cars. So what about nine? That seems like one too many, and I know that may seem short-sighted. Even though eight seemed like too many when it debuted, it turned out to be magnificent. So why does nine seem so strange to me? I’m not sure, maybe it’s the odd number. Eight gears just seems like the perfect amount. Four low and four high. Now, obviously not all cars with it are geared that way, but you get the point. Nine just seems odd and unnecessary. Maybe I’m right, because last I heard, Chrysler was having some issues with this latest ZF nine-speed, as it’s been labeled as a bit ponderous in its shifts. It could just be Chrysler’s specific software to blame, or maybe nine is just too many.
But if nine isn’t too many cogs for one gearbox, and nine becomes the new eight, when does it end? Will we see ten-speed autos, or even eleven-speeds? It just seems a bit unnecessary. My guess, though, is that even if automakers would continue upping the gear count, EVs would dominate the roads before they got the chance. Which is most likely what will happen before a ten or eleven-speed auto comes out. But regardless of EVs taking over, I still think eight is the perfect number of gears for and automatic gearbox. The ZF unit in BMWs, as well as all the others, is just so perfect, with its creamy and fast shifts. It’s so seamless and the calibration is so fantastic that it’s always in the perfect gear in automatic mode. So I think we should just leave eight alone, because if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The article How many gears is enough appeared first on BMW BLOG