The E36 M3 – An Understated Sports Car

When it comes to owning a BMW M3, the newest one is always the best and safest option, but on the other hand, there’s always a group of enthusiasts that cherish the appeal of old school BMWs and want to have something with a bit more history be...

When it comes to owning a BMW M3, the newest one is always the best and safest option, but on the other hand, there’s always a group of enthusiasts that cherish the appeal of old school BMWs and want to have something with a bit more history behind it. The E30 M3 and E46 M3 sit at the top of the car collectors’ list, but there is one M3 that is often overlooked: E36 M3. The neglected child of the M3 family is likely of the most understated sports car BMW has ever built.

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The E36 comes from a time when BMWs were known for incredibly precise and communicative steering and purity of driving. With a free revving inline-six engine, 5-Speed manual, a limited-slip diff and rear-wheel drive, the E36 M3 was the car to drive. But weighing more than the BMW E30 M3 and being less powerful than the E46 M3, the E36 M3 was not as highly praised as the other M3s and therefore it never really developed a cult among the enthusiasts. On the other hand, the E36 has that rebel mentality built into it and many people tend to ignore the E36 before coming back to own one.

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So today, we’re asking you whether the BMW E36 M3 is to be considered a classic and a true enthusiasts’ car. The article The E36 M3 – An Understated Sports Car appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW, Audi and Daimler agree to buy Nokia HERE

AUDI AG, the BMW Group and Daimler AG have agreed with Nokia Corporation that they will acquire its mapping and location services business HERE. The acquisition is intended to secure the long term availability of HERE’s products and services as an ...

AUDI AG, the BMW Group and Daimler AG have agreed with Nokia Corporation that they will acquire its mapping and location services business HERE. The acquisition is intended to secure the long term availability of HERE’s products and services as an open, independent and value creating platform for cloud-based maps and other mobility services accessible to all customers from the automotive industry and other sectors. The three partners will each hold an equal stake in HERE; none of them seeks to acquire a majority interest. Subject to the approval of the relevant antitrust authorities, the transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016.  

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HERE is laying the foundations for the next generation of mobility and location based services. For the automotive industry this is the basis for new assistance systems and ultimately fully autonomous driving. Extremely precise digital maps will be used in combination with real-time vehicle data in order to increase road safety and to facilitate innovative new products and services. On the basis of the shared raw data, all automobile manufacturers can offer their customers differentiated and brand-specific services. “Our environment is constantly changing. That’s why the information in digital maps has to be continually updated so that maximum utility can be offered,” stated Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG. The high-precision cameras and sensors installed in modern cars are the digital eyes for updating mobility data and maps; in this way, information such as speed limits or critical driving situations are already recognized today. All data gained will be processed in compliance with strict data-protection rules. “HERE will play a key role in the digital revolution of mobility, combining high definition maps and data from vehicles to make travel safer and easier for everyone,” explained Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. This knowledge will be to the benefit of all carmakers and their customers. “High-precision digital maps are a crucial component of the mobility of the future. With the joint acquisition of HERE, we want to secure the independence of this central service for all vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and customers in other industries,” stated Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG. Swarm intelligence will create new information density for road maps ”HERE will be able to offer users a continuously improving product, bringing highly automated driving and location based services a step further. As the volume of anonymized data from the vehicles increases, services will become more convenient, more connected and further tailored to the users’ individual requirements,” said Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Technical Development, Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG for Development, and Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG for Group Research. It is the explicit intention that all HERE customers are to benefit from this continuous optimization. The social benefits of swarm intelligence are enormous: They facilitate warnings of hazards in real time, of icy roads for example, based on calculations of individual data such as ABS activations and outside temperature. Upcoming traffic jams will be identified more precisely in the future, significantly reducing the risk of accidents. In this way, the vision of accident-free driving is gradually becoming reality. In a further stage, the data could be used to learn about critical bends on the road, in order to warn drivers in good time or to activate assistance systems. Anticipation of green phases of stoplights could navigate vehicles through an urban area on a “green wave” with the appropriate engine performance and minimized fuel consumption. High-precision maps are important for autonomous driving and many other forms of assistance systems, as these technologies require an up-to-date plan of a vehicle’s surroundings exact to the nearest centimeter, in order to react in real time. While HERE already produces extremely precise static maps, they can be verified more exactly and continually updated with a constant flow of data from vehicles’ surroundings. HERE will continue to offer its services and products across industries HERE provides mapping and location intelligence for nearly 200 countries in more than 50 languages and is one of the main providers of mapping and location services. The company will continue to develop its position as a strong and independent provider of maps and location-based services, will expand its product offering and continue to make it available to all customers across industries. The management of HERE will continue to be independent – with the goal of moving the HERE business case forward as a platform, open to all customers. The consortium will not interfere into operational business. The article BMW, Audi and Daimler agree to buy Nokia HERE appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW hints at more electric cars coming in the future

BMW CEO Harald Krueger told Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung that in the current “i” lineup there is room for more electric models. “Between the i3 and the i8, there is space if you look at it from the number point of view,...

BMW CEO Harald Krueger told Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung that in the current “i” lineup there is room for more electric models. “Between the i3 and the i8, there is space if you look at it from the number point of view,” said Krueger. He added that he could not give any more details at present. A BMW i5 model has been rumored for quite some time now with the body style taking the shape of a sedan or crossover-like electric car. Dubbed as a Tesla Model S fighter, the i5 is allegedly being built with two drivetrains: electric-only and plug-in hybrid.

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BMW i5 Rendering Late last week various news outlets reported that BMW and Apple were previously discussing partnering on electric vehicles. Krueger also touched on the subject saying that the two companies are often in contact regarding connected cars technology. BMW is due to report first-half results on Tuesday when we will learn more about the electric vehicles sales. The article BMW hints at more electric cars coming in the future appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Alpina turns 50: Where does it go from here?

Alpina, the company responsible for tuning some of the coolest BMWs of all time, is 50 years old. You might have already heard this, but it’s still important news. The relationship between BMW and Alpina is something that isn’t common in the auto...

Alpina, the company responsible for tuning some of the coolest BMWs of all time, is 50 years old. You might have already heard this, but it’s still important news. The relationship between BMW and Alpina is something that isn’t common in the auto industry these days. Alpina started 50 years ago when Burkard Bovensiepen, the founder of Alpina, created a twin-carburettor kit for his BMW 1500, now 50 years later and the relationship between BMW and Alpina couldn’t be stronger. To celebrate this milestone, Alpina shut the factory down for a week to give its employees a break and throw a bunch of dinners and parties. That Sunday, Alpina opened its gates to the public to take a tour of the plant and check out the classic cars on display. Burkard seems like a pretty good boss. But he isn’t the one calling the shots anymore.

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Now left to his sons, Andreas and Florian, Alpina has a bright future ahead with sales stronger than ever. Andreas (Andy) and Florian are taking Alpina into uncharted territory, finding new BMWs to tinker with, such as by developing the first Alpina-tuned BMW SUV in the XD3. While their father, Burkard, wasn’t fond of the idea of an Alpina that could off-road, he warmed to the idea enough to let his sons go through with it and now is a success. “To start with, my father wanted nothing to do with the project,” says Andy “He doesn’t like dirty cars, let alone the idea of an SUV. Then he said he would try it after all. Now all he’ll say is that it’s better than he’d expected.”

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While it’s risky for Alpina to create new models, as it costs them around $10,000,000 to develop a new model so each model must produce and produce well, Alpina is still looking for new models like the XD3 to push the small company’s sales. The goal is to get more of a market in China and to get sales up from around 1,700 cars annually to around 2,000 – 2,500. Alpina might run the risk of no longer seeming as exclusive as before, if it continues to grow, but Andy thinks it can do both. “Rolls-Royce made more than 4000 cars last year, so we joke that we’re more than twice as exclusive as them. But I think that we could make 2000 or even 2500 cars per year and still our customers would consider us exclusive, as long as we keep giving them a different sort of car and experience,” Andy said. Whether Alpina grows and begins to sell more than it ever has or it stays at this pace, I still think it will feel like the exclusive company that it has been for the past 50 years. Bovensiepen created a great company decades ago and it’s still creating the same level of premium BMWs that it always has. Here’s to hoping for another 50 years of seriously kick ass BMWs And I’m sure the 220 employees are also hoping for another milestone so they can have another week of dinners and parties. Cheers, Alpina. Keep doing what you do. [Source: Autocar] The article Alpina turns 50: Where does it go from here? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW DTM drivers miss out on points in wet Spielberg

Heavy rain dominated the tenth race of the DTM season at the Red Bull Ring (AT). The BMW drivers struggled in extremely slippery conditions and were unable to match the pace being set at the front of the field. Audi driver Mattias Ekström (SE) won t...

Heavy rain dominated the tenth race of the DTM season at the Red Bull Ring (AT). The BMW drivers struggled in extremely slippery conditions and were unable to match the pace being set at the front of the field. Audi driver Mattias Ekström (SE) won the race, which not a single BMW M4 DTM finished in the points. António Félix da Costa (PT, Red Bull BMW M4 DTM) was the best-placed BMW driver, ending the rain-dominated race in 11th. He was followed over the finish line by Marco Wittmann (DE, Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM) and Martin Tomczyk (DE, BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM) in 12th and 13th. Timo Glock finished 15th in the DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM, just ahead of fellow BMW Team MTEK driver Bruno Spengler (CA, BMW Bank M4 DTM). Augusto Farfus (BR, Shell BMW M4 DTM) came home 19th, closely followed by Maxime Martin (BE, SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM). Tom Blomqvist retired with mechanical problems with five minutes of the race remaining.

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Reactions to the tenth race of the 2015 DTM season. Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “On the whole, this has been a very difficult weekend for us. Even in dry conditions on Saturday we did not manage to get the best out of our package, with only Augusto Farfus and Marco Wittmann finishing in the points. A tough qualifying session meant that we were always going to have to rely on strategy to get a good result today. For this to be the case, we would have needed a safety car. That never happened. Therefore, 11th is our best finish. We are obviously not satisfied with that.” António Félix da Costa (BMW Team Schnitzer, 11th): “We did what we could with the speed we had. I only made one little mistake, and that cost me a few seconds. All in all, I was able to climb a few places. That is a good sign. The weather meant the conditions out there were pretty tough.”

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Facts and Figures. Circuit/length/duration: Red Bull Ring, 4.326 kilometres, 60 minutes plus 1 lap Conditions: Rainy, 15 degrees Celsius BMW Motorsport results: #13 António Félix da Costa (PT), BMW Team Schnitzer, Red Bull BMW M4 DTM – 11th #1 Marco Wittmann (DE), BMW Team RMG, Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM – 12th #77 Martin Tomczyk (DE), BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM – 13th #16 Timo Glock (DE), BMW Team MTEK, DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM – 15th #7 Bruno Spengler (CA), BMW Team MTEK, BMW Bank M4 DTM – 16th #18 Augusto Farfus (BR), BMW Team RBM, Shell BMW M4 DTM – 19th #36 Maxime Martin (BE), BMW Team RMG, SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM – 20th #31 Tom Blomqvist (GB), BMW Team RBM, BMW M4 DTM – DNF Useful information: The start of the race was delayed due to heavy rain. The first 11 minutes of the race were completed behind the safety car. The track was too wet for a standing start. Marco Wittmann, Augusto Farfus and Timo Glock pitted early on lap seven. António Félix da Costa was the last BMW driver to pit on lap 22. He did so from third place. The final lap saw a collision between Timo Scheider, Robert Wickens and Pascal Wehrlein, which resulted in the BMW drivers climbing two positions. The article BMW DTM drivers miss out on points in wet Spielberg appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW G11 7 Series Walkthrough Video

We all know quite a bit about the new G11/G12 BMW 7 Series. It’s been lightened, stiffened, luxurized (if that isn’t a word, I’m coining it) and given enough tech to make the international space stations seem outdated. But we haven’t seen muc...

We all know quite a bit about the new G11/G12 BMW 7 Series. It’s been lightened, stiffened, luxurized (if that isn’t a word, I’m coining it) and given enough tech to make the international space stations seem outdated. But we haven’t seen much of that wasn’t just press release pictures. It’s good to see some real pictures and maybe even some video of a new car to get a better look at what it’s really like. Well Auto Express has a video demonstrating some of the new things the 7 Series has to offer and it’s nice to see them in real time and not just words on a screen.

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In the video, they go through seven things that stand out about the new 7 Series, ranging from the new exterior design to the new technologies. They sample the luxurious cabin and gesture control so we can see just how some of these things actually work. The G11 7 Series looks okay in pictures, but it looks far better in motion with someone standing next to it. The interior is the same, looking like just another luxurious BMW in pictures but looks, but in the video you can really get a feel for how spacious and comfortable the cabin is.

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So check this video out and get a good feel for what the new 7er is actually like. Unfortunately, they don’t get to drive it but no one has yet so we’ll have to settle for this for the moment. Auto Express has been putting out some good videos lately and this is another. So watch it and check the G11 7 Series out in as close to the flesh as to can currently get. The article BMW G11 7 Series Walkthrough Video appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Zanardi wins another gold medal.

Three competitions, three gold medals and three world titles: at the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championship in Nottwil, BMW works driver Alessandro Zanardi celebrated a golden hat-trick.  Zanardi also won Sunday’s road race in the MH5...

Three competitions, three gold medals and three world titles: at the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championship in Nottwil, BMW works driver Alessandro Zanardi celebrated a golden hat-trick. 

Zanardi also won Sunday’s road race in the MH5 category (men’s hand-cycle). On Wednesday the BMW works driver and BMW Brand Ambassador won the team-relay with the Italian national team, and on Friday he successfully defended his world title in the time-trial. Now, for the second time in his career, he has also been crowned world champion in the road race. His success is even more remarkable as Zanardi contested the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps in his BMW Z4 GT3 last weekend, while his competitors were in their final preparations for the para-cycling races at Nottwil. To conclude the world championships at Nottwil, the athletes tackled the 46.5-kilometre road race, completing three laps on the challenging course, which included exhausting uphill and fast downhill sections. The competition turned out to be a real thriller. When Zanardi entered the Nottwil stadium, where the final spurt towards the finish was contested, he was second, closely behind Dutch athlete Jetze Plat. In a nail-biting final sprint the duo fought for the world title with Zanardi crossing the line with a small advantage in front of his rival. In total, he completed the 46.5 kilometres in 1:29:21 hours. Plat finished second, his Dutch countryman Johan Reekers was third. “The time trial was a great race but today’s road race was even better, because until the line it was absolutely unpredictable,” said Zanardi. “I did not plan to come into the stadium second, I had planned on entering it in first position. As a matter of fact I planned to cross the last hill leading by myself, but my young competitors are just amazing and it was a fight until the last metre of the climb. Then downhill it was a crazy run towards the end. Afterwards it was clear that it would be decided between me and Jetze. Over the last two kilometres it was a race where you needed to keep a cool head. We both sprinted to take the last corner going into the stadium and he managed to get in front of me. At that point I thought I had lost the race, but then I said to myself: ‘Hey Alex, you are a racing driver. Just focus and take advantage of the last opportunity’. This opportunity came up shortly before the last corner. I just went for it, and when he went to move over to get the best line I was there. I had already taken the inside and the race was won. I am really, really happy with the last week. To compete at Spa-Francorchamps with Timo and Bruno, then to come here and win three gold medals – that is just an amazing experience. But now I am looking forward to getting a little bit of rest.” With his three wins at Nottwil, Zanardi now has a total of eight para-cycling world titles to his name. The results of this year’s UCI Para-cycling Road World Championship count towards qualifying for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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Photoshoot: Festivals Of Speed In Miami features several BMWs

Earlier this year, Miami hosted the annual Festivals of Speed, a gathering of high-end cars and a showcase of aftermarket tuning and customizations. By any standard, this is the most important car event in the Miami automotive scene, so naturally ow...

Earlier this year, Miami hosted the annual Festivals of Speed, a gathering of high-end cars and a showcase of aftermarket tuning and customizations. By any standard, this is the most important car event in the Miami automotive scene, so naturally owners of special automobiles gathered to celebrate the beauty of their cars. The Florida-based Precision Sport Industries also attended the event with their own BMWs, including a new M3 sedan in Austin Yellow and an M4 in Sakhir Orange. Oldies like, E36 M3s and E46 M3s were present as well to showcase the brand’s heritage. It was a sun filed even and those images below make you want to move to Florida to escape the snowy and salt-covered roads in some parts of the world.

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BMW M3 Sedan in Tanzanite Blue with carbon fiber rear wing

BMW Abu Dhabi is slowly building a reputation for taking a base BMW and turning into a special car. This latest project takes the new BMW M3 Sedan to a whole new level. Featuring the BMW Individual Tanzanite Blue color, the sporty sedan dips deep int...

BMW Abu Dhabi is slowly building a reputation for taking a base BMW and turning into a special car. This latest project takes the new BMW M3 Sedan to a whole new level. Featuring the BMW Individual Tanzanite Blue color, the sporty sedan dips deep into the M Performance Catalog to give its exterior design a makeover. At the front, the large air inlets are now made of carbon fiber while the front lip painted in the same Individual color improves the car’s aerodynamics and downforce. Moving to the side we immediately notice the M Performance Brakes Kit with blue calipers.

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The rear end is where most of the work has been performance, beginning with a carbon fiber diffuser and ending with the Akrapovic EVO Exhaust System and a carbon fiber racing wing designed by AC Schnitzer. While it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, the wing makes the car stand out a bit more on the road without being too flashy.

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Inside the cabin, the carbon fiber trim is paired with soft leather in the Sakhir Orange color. A set of aluminum pedals reminds us once again that this car was built for the track. And if that wasn’t proof enough, then the M Performance Steering wheel in Alcantara seals the deal.

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For more images of this special project, take a look at the photo gallery below.

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First F80 M3 in British Racing Green Individual

Check out the first F80 M3 in British Racing Green Individual color. ...

Check out the first F80 M3 in British Racing Green Individual color.

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