Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2016/02/05/mineral-gray-metallic-bmw-m4-by-vorsteiner/ in News on February 6, 2016
Mineral Gray is certainly one of the more striking exterior finishes offered by BMW for the new M4 Coupe. The dark grey color highlights quite well the beefed up lines of the aggressive sports coupe while also enhancing its premium looks. This partic...
Mineral Gray is certainly one of the more striking exterior finishes offered by BMW for the new M4 Coupe. The dark grey color highlights quite well the beefed up lines of the aggressive sports coupe while also enhancing its premium looks. This particular BMW M4 has been modified with a bevvy of Vorsteiner Aero parts and their newly-introduced V-FF 103 Flow Forged wheels. Seen below is a BMW F82 M4 featuring the Vorsteiner Carbon Graphite V-FF 103 wheels in a staggered 20×9.5 front and 20×10.5 rear fitment. The wheels utilize a concave profile for front and rear allowing the fitment to be on point and add additional depth for the wheels. The wheels come with a contemporary design, giving the M4 an even more aggressive appearance overall.
Vorstener’s lightweight EVO Front Spoiler and EVO Deck Lid Spoiler were also fitted to the M4 Coupe. Both aero additions are made out of pre-prag carbon fiber reducing the weigh, providing better rigidity and creating the perfect balance between performance and visual appeal. Please take a look at the media gallery below for more information and details on this project vehicle.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2016/02/05/audi-s3-vs-bmw-340i-which-is-the-better-performance-value/ in News on February 6, 2016
We recently sampled the BMW 340i on some fantastic driving roads, the kind of roads that would punish lesser cars, and it dispatched them with ease. The, new for 2016, BMW 340i is a sedan that’s hard to fault, as it’s capable of some very...
We recently sampled the BMW 340i on some fantastic driving roads, the kind of roads that would punish lesser cars, and it dispatched them with ease. The, new for 2016, BMW 340i is a sedan that’s hard to fault, as it’s capable of some very serious performance driving, cruising around town running errands and also seating a family of four in comfort. It’s a practical performance sedan that doesn’t break the bank or cause any inconvenience. Hell, it’s even pretty good on gas. So as it stands, the 340i is an incredible package and excellent value for a performance luxury sedan.
But so is the Audi S3. Audi’s smallest S-badged car now occupies a very similar price point as the BMW 340i. While both cars aren’t typically competitors, as the S3 is much smaller and based on the A3 which occupies a lesser segment than the BMW 3 Series, it’s worth seeing what it brings to the table as both cars are so similar in price. The Audi S3 also offers a practical four-door performance package, with similar performance figures as the 340i, seating for four and around-town civility. Plus it comes with Quattro all-wheel drive as-standard, whereas xDrive is an option for the 340i, so there’s added value there. So which of the two is the better buy? It’s actually a tougher decision than one might think. The Audi S3 is smaller, giving it less interior room, but that also makes it easier to park and could be more attractive to someone living in the city and its standard all-wheel drive can help sweeten the deal. However, 340i can actually seat five people if it needs to, something that the S3 can only do if that fifth person is a child or just really, really small and it won’t be comfortable. So both cars have their strengths.
In terms of performance, the BMW 340i’s 320 hp is almost 30 more than the Audi S3’s 292 but it weighs a good 200 lbs more, so it evens out a bit. The Audi S3 is quoted at getting from 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds and the BMW 340i can do it in around 4.8 (with a manual, we haven’t tested it with its eight-speed auto). So performance figures are very similar. In terms of braking, handling and steering, we only drove the BMW 340i xDrive and haven’t yet driven the Audi S3, so we can’t say which drives better but the 340i will be tough to beat. However, we’ve heard very good things about the S3. Both cars offer similar performance, are both sedans, can both the all-wheel drive and both cost around $50,000 with options. Give or take a couple thousand dollars, depending on options, and you can get a high-performance all-wheel drive sedan that can sit four comfortably and be driven everyday. One could say that the 340i is more car for the money because of its bigger size and two more cylinders, but the S3 makes up for that with its more aggressive sporty looks and Quattro all-wheel drive as standard.
It’s a tough choice because both are very good cars with their own unique take on a similar recipe for around the same money. We’ve liked the 340i very much and must say that it will be tough to beat but the S3 is a very good car as well with a ton of performance and capability for the money. So which one do you think is the better performance value? The article Audi S3 vs BMW 340i: Which is the better performance value? appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2016/02/05/how-bmws-m-division-started-with-ford/ in News on February 5, 2016
We all know of BMW’s M Division quite well, as it’s the division that pumps out our favorite vehicles each and every year. The BMW M3 and M5 have been the defining cars in each of their segments for decades not. In fact, they are the cars...
We all know of BMW’s M Division quite well, as it’s the division that pumps out our favorite vehicles each and every year. The BMW M3 and M5 have been the defining cars in each of their segments for decades not. In fact, they are the cars that invented their segments, so all other competitors are just playing in BMW M’s field. However, BMW’s M Division didn’t always exist and it took some people from Ford to make it happen. Back in the late 1960’s, Ford was dominating the entire field of motorsport. Whether it be at Le Mans, in Formula One or even in Rally racing, Ford was a dominant force in the late sixties. Each division of Ford, from the US, UK and German divisions, was doing its part to provide superb racecars. But it was Ford’s German division that would eventually change the shape of BMW, and in turn the auto industry, forever. A man by the name of Jochen Neerpasch was the Head of Ford’s Motorsport division and had created racing versions of the beautiful Ford Capri, the Capri RS 2600. The RS 2600 debuted in 1970 and absolutely dominated everything in its path. Neerpasch had stripped the car of anything superfluous, gave it lightweight fiberglass doors and hood and pumped up the horsepower of its 2.9 liter V6 to 280 hp. With the car only weighing 950 kg (2094 lbs), the Capri RS 2600 was virtually unstoppable. BMW, on the other hand, was not fairing so well with its 2800CS and needed a change. In 1972, BMW stole Neerpasch away from Ford and with him came the rest of his team.
When Neerpasch got there, he turned the 2800CS into the magnificent BMW 3.0 CSL that we all know and love today. This started BMW’s M Division and with the M Division came the dominant era of BMW. The 3.0 CSL crushed everything else in its path and became famous for being the best Touring car of the time, with pro racers from all over the world of Motorsport, including Jackie Stewart, Jacky Ickx, James Hunt and Niki Lauda, having been behind the wheel at some point. It was an incredible car and the beginning of a legend. From there, the rest is history. Eventually, Neerpasch would be fired over the failure of his brainchild, the BMW M1, but the M Division would live on to create the incredible cars we all love. The E28 M5 was the first genuine production M Division product and it was revolutionary, giving the world a saloon car (sedan in America) that could keep up with Porsche 911 Carreras. The original M5 created the fast luxury sedan segment. After that, BMW would go racing again in the World Touring Car Championship with the E30 BMW M3 which would later become the basis for one of the most famous sports car model lines of all time.
The BMW M Division is one of the most widely known performance divisions in all of automotive history and it all started with a man from Ford and his team of brilliant engineers. The entire success of the M Division can almost be credited to one man, Jochen Neerpasch, as without his expertise we would have never had the brilliant M cars we have today. [Source and more details: Jalopnik] The article How BMW’s M Division started with Ford appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2016/02/05/fan-rendering-of-a-futuristic-bmw-35-csl/ in News on February 5, 2016
Mihnea Popovici is a rendering artist known for its retro, yet futuristic images of BMW cars. He’s previously given us some computer generated images of a BMW 6 Series GT and now he’s back with another exciting project – BMW 35 CSL....
Mihnea Popovici is a rendering artist known for its retro, yet futuristic images of BMW cars. He’s previously given us some computer generated images of a BMW 6 Series GT and now he’s back with another exciting project – BMW 35 CSL. The new project is based on the original and iconic 3.0 CSL “Batmobile” with a lot of design cues closer to the 1973 car rather than the recently unveiled 3.0 CSL Hommage. The BMW 35 CSL is similar to a racecar with a stripped interior and bucket seats, somewhat a classical alternative to an M4 GTS. Under the hood, the 35 CSL could feature the same drivetrain – a 3.0 liter six-cylinder turbo producting 500 horsepower which would be more than enough to let the 35 CSL go against many other race cars on the track.
The oversized front-end stands out with an equally oversized and imposing kidney grille complemented by an aggressive front bumper with two air intakes. The lights are modern interpretation of the old school BMW lights, while the rear end is classic race car – a large wing with a massive diffuser.
The hood with functional air vents not only allow for great cooling but also add to the sporty look of the car. The yellow classic mesh wheels are just the final touch on an exciting project. Click below for more photos:
Posted by http://f80.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1221133 in News on February 5, 2016
Build 2016 F80 M3 Ind. Grigio Telesto Pearl Full Sakhir Orange leather Executive Package Lighting Package DCT CCB Gloss Back Grills and Gills Mods HRE 20″ 9.5/11.5 p101, Brushed dark clear finish. Pirelli PZero Nero. 255/30/20, 305/25/20 Dinan...
Build 2016 F80 M3 Ind. Grigio Telesto Pearl Full Sakhir Orange leather Executive Package Lighting Package DCT CCB Gloss Back Grills and Gills Mods HRE 20″ 9.5/11.5 p101, Brushed dark clear finish. Pirelli PZero Nero. 255/30/20, 305/25/20 Dinan “Coilovers” Dinan Lightweight Tubular Adjustable Anti-Roll Bar Kit Dinan Tension Strut Ball Joint Kit 3D Design front lip 3D Design rear deck lid spoiler IND Color matched painted side vents Lumar Clear Blue 80% windshield, 30% fronts and rears Escort Max 360 Radar with hard mount. One step pain correction and 2 layers of Cquartz Pro, all painted surfaces and wheels.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2016/02/05/rainn-wilson-of-the-office-loves-his-bmw-i3/ in News on February 5, 2016
Rain Wilson aka Dwight Schrute from “The Office” is not one of the quirkiest and funniest characters on the popular TV series, but also seems to enjoy the quirkiness of the BMW i3 electric car. A caption on a selfie posted on his Instagra...
Rain Wilson aka Dwight Schrute from “The Office” is not one of the quirkiest and funniest characters on the popular TV series, but also seems to enjoy the quirkiness of the BMW i3 electric car. A caption on a selfie posted on his Instagram account reads the following: “Selfie with i3. Thank you @BMW for creating such a lovely and practical electric car.” In the show, Dwight has often reference a 1987 Pontiac Trans Am which fits his on-TV personality, but in real life, Wilson is more of a cool guy who enjoys the practicality and high-tech of the i3. His i3 features the Arravani Grey paint job paired with the typical blue accents of BMW i cars.
In its first full year of sales in the U.S., the BMW i3 electric vehicle sold to 11,024 customers helping BMW break last year’s all time sales record. In 2016, the figure is likely to go up even more so the odds of seeing celebrities behind the wheel of an i3 are increasing every day. In the end, California is known for the Hollywood celebrities and their love for green and quirky-looking hybrids or EVs. The article Rainn Wilson of “The Office” loves his BMW i3 appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2016/02/05/bmw-m3-f80-lci-ac-schnitzer/ in News on February 5, 2016
In the last few years, BMW Abu Dhabi Motors has built a name for itself by creating some unique BMW projects based on the series cars. The latest project brings to light the BMW M3 F80 facelifted version painted in Mineral Grey and featuring a series...
In the last few years, BMW Abu Dhabi Motors has built a name for itself by creating some unique BMW projects based on the series cars. The latest project brings to light the BMW M3 F80 facelifted version painted in Mineral Grey and featuring a series of aero and power upgrades. The main components come from the shelf of BMW M Performance – carbon fiber front splitter, carbon fiber diffuser, side skirts, carbon fiber mirror caps and carbon fiber air curtains. The striking rear spoiler on the decklid is from AC Schnitzer and it’s the most aggressive aero part on the car. The paint is adorned with red accents which match perfectly against the dark grey.
Apart from the exhaust system, the technology of the M3 remains largely unchanged, the twin-turbo inline six-cylinder sends the usual 425 hp to the rear wheels. Later this year customers will have the option to buy the Competition Package for the BMW M3 and M4 which will deliver around 450 horsepower.
Posted by http://f87.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1222496 in News on February 5, 2016
BMW admits that hybrid versions of M cars like the M3, M4 and M5 are inevitable and electric assistance will make them even faster The future of BMW’s high-performance M cars is hybrid, according to the brand’s vice-president for engineering, Di...
BMW admits that hybrid versions of M cars like the M3, M4 and M5 are inevitable and electric assistance will make them even faster The future of BMW’s high-performance M cars is hybrid, according to the brand’s vice-president for engineering, Dirk Hacker. Rather than use plug-in and hybrid tech to simply lower CO2 emissions and improve fuel economy, BMW will adapt these systems to make its cars faster, more responsive and even more involving. Speaking at last month’s Detroit Motor Show, Hacker told Auto Express: “We will look at electrification – I think it could be inevitable – but it depends on the possibility of increasing performance.” We asked him about customer desires, and whether M car buyers cared for zero-emission capability or a 25-mile EV range. “We’ve found that our customers are not interested in driving without the combustion engine,” he said. “They want to know if these changes will help with performance.” So this rules out a pure electric M car, plus Hacker hinted that the brand was in no rush to employ battery technology, insisting it was happy to wait until the systems could be properly integrated with no adverse effect on the car’s driving characteristics. “We’ll need to look at the weight implications of electrification,” he added. “What is the compromise? Are we ready now or do we need to take a look at some special structural solutions for the future?” Hacker believes that, ultimately, balance is the most important factor in producing an accomplished sports car, and isn’t prepared to sacrifice driver enjoyment for a performance and economy boost. “The weight of the cars is very important,” he explained. “I don’t think it’s the best idea to get more and more power into these models. Our philosophy is to get the right balance between power and performance.”
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2016/02/05/bmw-m-hybrid-cars-are-coming-in-the-future/ in News on February 5, 2016
Hybrid technology is available from nearly every automaker, nowadays and BMW is just one of the automakers heavily invested in the technology. In the next few years, nearly every BMW family of cars will have a hybrid amongst them and it only makes se...
Hybrid technology is available from nearly every automaker, nowadays and BMW is just one of the automakers heavily invested in the technology. In the next few years, nearly every BMW family of cars will have a hybrid amongst them and it only makes sense that the M division would also take a hard look at the advantages of an eDrive platform in a high-performance car. According vice-president for engineering, Dirk Hacker, the future of BMW’s high-performance M cars is hybrid. The advanced tech would not only lower CO2 emissions and improve fuel economy, but also make cars go faster.
“We will look at electrification – I think it could be inevitable – but it depends on the possibility of increasing performance,” Hacker said for AutoExpress. Related: BMW X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid review But would M customers care for a limited all electric range? “We’ve found that our customers are not interested in driving without the combustion engine,” he said. “They want to know if these changes will help with performance.” The odds of a full electric M car are fairly low at the moment and Hacker also hinted that M is also in no rush to deploy an electric battery in an M car. “We’ll need to look at the weight implications of electrification,” he added. “What is the compromise? Are we ready now or do we need to take a look at some special structural solutions for the future?” Hacker also believes that weight should be kept in check through different methods and not solved by adding more horsepower. The M philosophy of the right balance between power and performance stays at the core of future M models, being an M3, M5 or M6. The article BMW M hybrid cars are coming in the future appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2016/02/04/car-and-driver-bmw-7-series-autonomous-features-vs-others/ in News on February 4, 2016
Autonomous driving has become a hotbed of discussion within the past year. Each luxury automaker seems to have their own version of autonomous driving aids and functions. Us car enthusiasts know that it’s coming, a world where the majority of p...
Autonomous driving has become a hotbed of discussion within the past year. Each luxury automaker seems to have their own version of autonomous driving aids and functions. Us car enthusiasts know that it’s coming, a world where the majority of people are basically just meat puppets inside of an autonomous tube, we just don’t know when it will happen and we most certainly don’t want it to. However, being that we know such a future is inevitable, Car and Driver decided to test four of the best autonomous driving aids against each other to see which one’s best. In this test, they gather the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes-AMG S65, Infiniti Q50S and the Tesla Model S. Tesla’s Autopilot feature might be the only one that could be described as fully autonomous driving, but the others come pretty damn close. BMW’s new Active Driving Assistant Plus option on the new 7 Series will do quite a lot on its own, as will Mercedes’ tech in the S Class. The Infiniti is pretty capable as well, but had its struggles.
The Infiniti Q50S is the car that C&D deemed worst in the test, claiming that the car failed to maintain its lane in even the best of conditions sometimes. Its camera seemed the most in over its head. It would often drift out of clearly marked lanes whenever they would turn even slightly. It’s just not a very well integrated system. Infiniti does claim an interesting parlor trick, saying that it can monitor two cars ahead to see if the second car up is braking hard so as to prepare itself for braking. Though, Car and Driver wasn’t able to test and confirm that. Another strange quirk about the Infiniti, because its steering is steer-by-wire, meaning its steering wheel isn’t actually always connected to the front wheels, the steering wheel doesn’t turn during autonomous driving, which is really spooky.
In third place came the Mercedes-AMG S65. Its Distronic Plus system is actually a pretty good system and was basically the first car in this segment to have any such features. It’s capable of full hands-off driving for up to 12 seconds before it prompts you to put your hands back on the wheel. Whereas the Infiniti uses a front-facing camera to detect lane markings, the AMG uses a stereo camera and five radar sensors, making it far more accurate. In fact, the only time it ever lost its way was during patches of broken lane markings, intersections and exit ramps. The AMG was also able to navigate stop and go traffic completely on its own without pestering the driver to put their hands on the wheel, but this only works at low speeds. BMW came in second place with its new 7 Series. We’ve sampled the 7 Series’ autonomous driving aids and they seem to work pretty well. BMW’s system is also the easiest in the test to activate and use, having dedicated buttons for it on the steering wheel, unlike the annoying stalks behind the wheel of the AMG and Tesla. However, BMW’s system doesn’t last as long as AMG’s system, giving you a warning to put your hands on the wheel at just three seconds, but will continue working for an additional seven seconds before the system turns off. Unless you touch the wheel of course, which then makes it reset its timer. BMW’s system worked the best of these three at night and in the rain and it also had the least amount of screw ups. However, it did inexplicably stop working a few times. Maybe there are just some bugs, as it is quite new.
Tesla’s Autopilot system Car and Driver deemed Tesla’s Autopilot to be the best by far. It is in a class of its own in the sense that it’s the only car that will drive completely by itself for as long as it can and not warn the driver every ten seconds to touch the steering wheel. Though, if it recognizes a situation that it cannot handle on its own, it will prompt the driver to return their hands to the wheel. If this isn’t done in time, the Model S will come to a stop on its own and turn the hazard lights on. It’s also the only system that can change lanes on its own. It’s rather impressive actually, but sometimes scary. It does have a very useful display in the gauge cluster screen, which shows the driver exactly what it sees and what’s going on. This is helpful as you’re not just guess what it’s doing. Tesla’s Autopilot system also featured the fewest disruptions and seemed to work the best of all four cars. However, it’s notable that Car and Driver still felt that the best feature about these autonomous functions was the “off” switch. Human control is still the best control and these systems are gimmicky for the most part at the moment. They’re just not good enough to be relied upon just yet. They can be helpful, like when you’re stuck in traffic, and they have their uses, but for the most part they just aren’t a worthwhile replacement for human interaction. [Source: Car and Driver] The article Autonomous features: Tesla Model S vs. BMW 750i, Infiniti Q50S, and Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG appeared first on BMW BLOG