Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/10/08/bmw-sold-68000-previous-generation-x1s-in-the-u-s/ in News on October 8, 2015
The new BMW X1 goes on sale in the U.S. on October 24th. The BMW X1 xDrive28i will be the exclusive model in the US at launch featuring a 2.0 liter TwinTurbo 4 cylinder engine from BMW’s new family of modular engines with maximum output of 228 hors...
The new BMW X1 goes on sale in the U.S. on October 24th. The BMW X1 xDrive28i will be the exclusive model in the US at launch featuring a 2.0 liter TwinTurbo 4 cylinder engine from BMW’s new family of modular engines with maximum output of 228 horsepower. The new X1 needs only 6.3 seconds to run from 0 to 60 mph. It will sell for $35,795, including destination and handling included; a $3,945 increase over the previous model. The story here is not really the new X1 but rather the previous generation. At the X1 launch event in Mexico, BMW X1 product manager, John Kelly, said the company sold over 68,000 X1 models in its three years lifecycle in the US. The sales peak was reached in 2013 when BMW USA sold 26,512 units. BMW won’t comment on the sales projections for the new X1, but they expect to beat the best year of previous X1.
BMW’s E84 X1 was launched in 2009 and was sold approximately to 500,000 customers worldwide. We expect that number to be significantly higher when BMW reports the final numbers after the new X1’s seven year run. In the U.S., the E84 X1 has been flying off the dealers’ lots and to many, it has been a surprise success. The article BMW sold 68,000 previous generation X1s in the U.S. appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/10/08/austin-yellow-bmw-f82-m4-project-by-european-auto-source/ in News on October 8, 2015
Specifically chosen by BMW for their BMW M4 launch campaign, the Austin Yellow exterior finish is a striking color which will ensure your M4 will stand out on the road. Combined with Yas Marina Blue, the two M-brothers have the most interesting combi...
Specifically chosen by BMW for their BMW M4 launch campaign, the Austin Yellow exterior finish is a striking color which will ensure your M4 will stand out on the road. Combined with Yas Marina Blue, the two M-brothers have the most interesting combination we’ve seen in a while from BMW. Today, we have a new BMW M4 Austin Yellow project, courtesy of European Auto Source. Unlike some previous builds, this BMW M4 saw an increase in the performance department. Thanks to a ESS T-500 performance flash tune combined with a set of Evolution Racewerks catless downpipes, an Akrapovic Evolution titanium exhaust system with carbon fiber tips and BMC performance air filters, the M4 now achieves a better throttle response, more power and better performance overall.
European Auto Source has yet to take this M4 to the dyno, so the actual increases in horsepower and/or torque are not clear. Usually, with an ESS tune like this, you get up to 60whp and 70ft-lbs of torque gains through different engine ranges, giving the M3 and M4 a nice increase in performance.
After the performance stage was completed, it was time to further refine the exterior. The parts chosen here are the Vorsteiner carbon fiber rear diffuser, Vorsteiner carbon fiber V2 front lip, Vorsteiner Carbon fiber high kick spoiler, a set of iND painted front reflectors, iND gloss black M4 Trunk badge and an iND painted engine. Furthermore, some parts from the BMW M Performance Parts catalog were used as well: BMW Performance side blade extensions finished in gloss black, a BMW Performance gloss black kidney grille surrounds and BMW Performance gloss black side markers. Finishing the exterior touches is the XPEL ultimate paint protection film for both the paint and the headlights.
Next in line were the wheels. A set of Vorsteiner FlowForged V-FF 102 wheels in a Mystic Black finish works like a charm with this vehicle. The wheels are sized 20×9.5 and 20×10.5 front and rear, respectively, wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero tires sized 275/30/20 in the front and 295/30/20 in the rear. The interior also received some visual upgrades: a Sabelt SPS racing seats with a yellow stitching applied, Macht Schnell F8X FloorMounts, a set of Awron DGA digital gauge display ensures the driver is properly informed about all engine modes and statuses, and the Pedal Haus aluminum pedal set. There is also a Macht Schnell EVC Control Module installed. More details of the Austin Yellow BMW F82 M4 can be found in the media gallery below.
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Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/10/08/bmw-engine-plant-ramps-up-production-of-next-generation-engines/ in News on October 8, 2015
A large investment program to develop the BMW Hams Hall engine plant near Birmingham is complete. The production of new three and four-cylinder engines is already being ramped up on brand-new production lines, and over one million components will be ...
A large investment program to develop the BMW Hams Hall engine plant near Birmingham is complete. The production of new three and four-cylinder engines is already being ramped up on brand-new production lines, and over one million components will be machined at the plant for the first time this year as supply extends to other plants in the Group. The investment project, part of £750 million that has been spent across BMW Group’s UK manufacturing sites, has ensured the Hams Hall site remains a state-of-the-art facility, capable of producing the next generation of engines and securing a long-term future for the plant. Engines, as well as machined components manufactured at BMW Plant Hams Hall contribute to a range of cars across BMW Group’s product portfolio. This includes MINI – the new Clubman model goes on sale in just a few weeks’ time, as well as the new BMW 7 Series, also launched this month.
Plant Director, Markus Fallboehmer says: “The transformation in our plant has been huge. Over the last few years we have completely re-developed our two main production areas and installed over 600 brand-new pieces of equipment and machinery. While a high level of technology and automation ensures our plant remains a state-of-the-art facility, the ergonomics of the workstations where we have more manual input have been carefully thought through and adjusted to suit each individual member of the team. “A large investment has also been made in our workforce via a number of training programs and opportunities for people to upskill and take on new job roles. We have changed the make-up of our workforce as well with over 100 people securing BMW contracts, some of whom were previously working for us on a temporary basis. Looking further ahead to the future, we have trebled the number of apprentices training with us to ensure we have a strong, skilled workforce for many years to come.” Development of the site is another piece of the jigsaw in BMW Group’s global strategy for engine production. The Hams Hall facility is now operating alongside other plants in Germany and Austria, all producing the same new family of next generation engines. “Our new engine family of highly efficient three, four and six-cylinder engines have a standard design, a high number of similar parts and a uniform process for manufacture,” explains Ilka Horstmeier, who heads up BMW Group’s global production network for engines and electrified powertrain. “This gives us a large amount of flexibility and means we can optimise production between each of our manufacturing locations and respond quickly to changes in customer demand or market developments. The investment in Hams Hall has enabled the plant to grow and play an ever-increasingly important role in the production of these latest engines.” Production of a small number of new engines was first introduced at Hams Hall last year. Three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo technology 1.5-litre petrol engines are hand-built exclusively at Hams Hall on a special production line for the BMW i8, the first purpose-built, plug-in hybrid sports car. This engine has already contributed to a series of award-wins for the revolutionary vehicle as well as two class and an overall win at the International Engine of the Year awards. Overall, the new Efficient Dynamics high-tech engine family includes petrol and diesel engines, all employing TwinPower Turbo technology and ranging from 1.5 to 3.0 litres. With different power ratings, the engines can be adapted to a variety of vehicle concepts. Commonality across the engines makes it possible to be extremely flexible in achieving significant efficiency at high production volumes, as well as being able to produce additional special versions of the engines at relatively small volumes across the network of engine plants. To get a glimpse inside the Hams Hall engine plant, tune in to the new BBC2 series ‘Building Cars Live’, presented by James May, Kate Humble and Ant Anstead. The Hams Hall plant is one of the key suppliers to MINI production at the Oxford-based vehicle manufacturing plant that will feature in the program this autumn. The article BMW engine plant ramps up production of next generation engines appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.2addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1181693 in News on October 8, 2015
Crafty and resourceful BIMMERPOST members have discovered that 30 or more pre-production BMW M2 coupes are already in the US!
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/10/08/mineral-white-bmw-m4-build-by-ind-distribution/ in News on October 8, 2015
The difference between Alpine White and Mineral White may not be evident at first, but these two colors certainly look different when viewed from up close. While the Alpine White has a more subdued look, the Mineral White adds a bit more pop to the b...
The difference between Alpine White and Mineral White may not be evident at first, but these two colors certainly look different when viewed from up close. While the Alpine White has a more subdued look, the Mineral White adds a bit more pop to the beautiful white. Overall, they both make the BMW M4 a striking looking vehicle. The aggressive exterior contours are seemingly perfectly accentuated with both finishes.
The owner of this M4 went to IND Distribution for their expertise in the aftermarket field.
The list of parts installed includes the IND front grille set, IND painted side markers, IND painted front reflectors and IND painted trunk emblem. Additionally they have installed Ground Control 5 bolt camber plates, Swift lowering springs and they’ve perfectly matched it with 15 & 12mm spacers, front and rear, respectively. The performance area is improved with the JB4 engine tune, giving the engine a bit more power and torque, adding better acceleration and overall performance for this build.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/10/08/previous-gen-bmw-7-series-gets-updated-with-vossen-wheels/ in News on October 8, 2015
With the advent of the all-new BMW 7 Series, it was just a matter of time before the last-generation owners decided to spruce up their cars. This F01 BMW 7 Series features a set of Vossen Wheels which give the luxury sedan an aftermarket aggressive t...
With the advent of the all-new BMW 7 Series, it was just a matter of time before the last-generation owners decided to spruce up their cars. This F01 BMW 7 Series features a set of Vossen Wheels which give the luxury sedan an aftermarket aggressive touch. Contrary to some other builds, the Vossen wheels featured here are forged and custom built for this 7 Series. This ensures that a heavy loading car like the BMW 7 Series looks and performs good while running on these wheels. Albeit without the fear of bending or twisting. It also allowed the wheel company to get a bit more creative with the wheel design.
The wheels installed here are Vossen VPS-306 wheels, sized 22 inches front and rear. Some BMW aficionados will be against 22 inches on this luxury sedan, but if you are looking for style, these will do just fine. The car also comes with blacked out kidney grille, an all around tint and black wrapped hood. Take a look at the photoshot below.
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Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/10/07/should-the-bmw-x1-get-an-m-performance-variant/ in News on October 7, 2015
I once heard a story about BMW M engineers, during a press launch for the 850i, said they would never make a BMW M8 because it was too heavy and M cars must be lightweight. Whether or not this story is true is irrelevant, because that idea is one s...
I once heard a story about BMW M engineers, during a press launch for the 850i, said they would never make a BMW M8 because it was too heavy and M cars must be lightweight. Whether or not this story is true is irrelevant, because that idea is one shared by nearly all BMW enthusiasts. Now, BMW makes M variants of the X5 and X6, two SUVs heavy enough to give elephants higher self-esteem. When BMW first developed the X5 and X6 M, BMW enthusiasts were outraged, which was easily foreseeable. When BMW recently announced the X4 M40i, enthusiasts were equally outraged and that’s not even a true M variant? So what about an M-tuned X1? While the X4 M40i somewhat goes against everything BMW’s M Division stands for, being an SUV and all, what about a front-wheel drive-based SAV that’s based on a scalable platform shared with MINI? The BMW X1 is an odd candidate for M Performance treatment, this is true. It’s BMW’s least expensive SUV (excuse me, SAV) and is based off of a front-wheel drive platform. This is the sacrilegious vehicle to wear M badges. Or is it?
BMW X1 xDrive20d M Sport What are M cars all about? M cars are about power, performance and, most importantly, fun. M cars, even the somewhat half-baked M cars, such as the M235i and X4 M40i, are about how the car feels and if its able to put a grin on your face. The X1 does that already. Seriously, don’t under estimate the new F48 BMW X1, it’s a genuinely fun car to drive. It’s quick, it’s nimble and it’s easy to toss around. It also looks damn good in M Sport guise. And it’s much lighter than its other BMW SUV counterparts. The new F48 X1’s chassis, despite its much maligned front-drive base, can actually handle quite a bit more power. Now, of course, BMW can’t make a true M variant of the X1, because it would have to have xDrive all-wheel drive and M cars can’t have such a thing. We know an xDrive M car is coming in the future, but the first one shouldn’t be an X1. But with cars like the X4 M40i, there seems to be no reason why BMW couldn’t make something similar out of the X1.
The X1’s platform calls for a transverse engine, so it would most likely have to be a tuned version of the B48 2.0 liter turbocharged engine. Currently, it makes 228 horsepower but it’s certainly possible for it to be tuned to develop much more. Push that engine closer to 300 hp and the X1 would be plenty fast enough, give that the standard xDrive 28i can do 0-60 mph in just under 6 seconds. With near 300 ponies, lighter weight and grippier tires, combined with a more aggressive xDrive system, could put down 0-60 times in the low 5’s. Plus, the stiffer suspension, better brakes and better aerodynamics would make it even more fun to drive. With BMW seemingly making an M Performance variant of nearly everything nowadays, it seems likely that such a thing could happen to the X1. It also doesn’t seem like it would be a big issue, as it wouldn’t be a true M variant and it would actually be very fun to drive. So what do you think, is the BMW X1 deserving of a go-fast M Performance version? The article Should the BMW X1 get an M Performance variant? appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/10/07/what-tools-we-use-to-produce-cars-videos-and-photos/ in News on October 7, 2015
Throughout the year, we spend many days on the road covering exclusive BMW news and in many cases, shooting videos, photos and interviewing BMW executives and designers. To accomplish these tasks, we often invest in the greatest and latest tech that ...
Throughout the year, we spend many days on the road covering exclusive BMW news and in many cases, shooting videos, photos and interviewing BMW executives and designers. To accomplish these tasks, we often invest in the greatest and latest tech that not only make our life easier, but also deliver the best results. A question we often get while on the road is what type of equipment we use. In the past we would have been seen carrying around a large backpack filled with equipment, but today, we’re more agile than ever and with more compact tools we can deliver the same or higher quality. For example, moving away from the large DSLR and their bulky lenses to a mirrorless camera has helped us shed at least 10 lbs from our gear. Here is a list of the tools we’ve used this year: Photography Equipment
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is our go-to camera for most photos and static videos. The primary lens we use is the M.ZUIKO 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO with its edge-to-edge sharpness that rivals some of my expensive prime lenses shot at medium apertures. The OM-D E-M1 16MP Micro Four Thirds camera is one of the most important cameras in the new Olympus lineup, with a plethora of high-end features, like a touchscreen LCD and high-resolution electronic viewfinder, and intuitive controls. We’ve also used the camera quite a bit to shoot B-Roll and has proven to be a great workhorse. Best part, it only weighs 1.1 lbs without the lens. Video Cameras
Our action footage is primarily filmed with GoPros. Over the years we have pretty much tested every single new GoPro, but the latest HERO 4 is without a doubt our favorite. With its smaller footprint and amazing 4K quality, the GoPro cameras go with us everywhere, from a car launch to a test drive and to the track. It has never failed us and has produced consistent results. Audio Equipment We do a lot of interviews every year. And we mean, A LOT. The sound quality is often more important than the video footage and considering the noisy environment we often found ourselves in, it’s important to have high-quality tools. Here at BMWBLOG we use the Shure FP Wireless System and both the SM58® handheld and WL183 lavalier microphones that are also extremely useful during our usual interviews with BMW executives and designers. Easy to use, compact and delivering high-quality, the Shure FP Wireless System has certainly made our life easier. To properly record the sound, we invested this year in two new products: Tascam DR-05 and DR-44WL.
The smaller DR-05 is perfect for those situations where we need to record an ad-hoc interview, while the larger DR-44WL serves us well with its four recording channels. Imagine a situation where you can record the sound from four different inputs (like on a race track) and be able to bring that engine noise to life. We’ve only had them for a few weeks, so there are more features to try, but so far we’ve been impressed. Mounts
Lately we’ve been using two car mounts for our GoPros. One of them is the Tow Hook Camera Mount by Burger Motorsports which is perfect for those track days when camera stability is imperative.
The other one is the Panavise ActionGrip 3-N-1 Suction Cup Camera Mount Kit which is extremely useful when you quickly need to adjust the camera’s angles. I can’t count on my fingers how many times I’ve had more less than 10 seconds to adjust an angle before going back on the track. The ballhead for GoPro cameras is extremely useful. Bags
Our workhorse has been the Briggs&Riley TORQ Large Spinner, a hard shell suitcase that has a capacity of 6347.7 cu. in. / 104.0 liters while weighing only 12.2 lbs / 5.5 kg. The four wheel assemblies with rubber-treaded, ball-bearing-mounted wheels provide a low center of gravity and rotate 360 degrees for ease of transport through busy airports. We can fit plenty of clothes and inside and pretty much all of our equipment, including tripods. It’s durable, lightweight and easy to move around. As we move into 2016 we are going to update some of the current equipment, so stay tuned for more updates next year. Disclaimer: Some of the products listed here have been given to BMWBLOG as demo products, while others have been purchased by us. The article What tools we use to produce cars videos and photos appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/10/07/2018-bmw-g20-3-series-renderings/ in News on October 7, 2015
In 2018, BMW will unveil the G20 3 Series generation. To remain competitive in the premium segment, BMW aims to offer an edgy and premium design to successfully compete with Mercedes-Benz and Audi. The rumormill churns out that the G20 3 Series’ de...
In 2018, BMW will unveil the G20 3 Series generation. To remain competitive in the premium segment, BMW aims to offer an edgy and premium design to successfully compete with Mercedes-Benz and Audi. The rumormill churns out that the G20 3 Series’ design has sharper creases, harder edges, more adventurous radii and even tighter cutlines. The sources also say the G20 is more about “substance, character, craftsmanship, visual and haptic quality. The design phase is likely now moving into the clay models phase and the winning design is going to be chosen this year. A reader of ours, Tobias Buettne, created some rendering images of what the G20 3 Series could look like.
Using the current generation F30 3 Series and some new design cues seen in the BMW design language, Buettne gives the 3 Series a fresh look while retaining its historical proportions and stance. The front-end stands out with more sculpted 3D kidney grilles and elongated laser headlights. The back features the iconic L-shaped taillights now with OLED and thinner and more subtle exhaust tips. While BMW designers are the only ones that have the key to the G20 design language, it’s interesting to see what the possibilities are.
Built on the highly flexible new architecture known as CLAR – short for cluster architecture – the new 3 Series will also deliver improved driving dynamics and sportiness. To close the gap to the competition, BMW is said to invest in better materials, enhanced specification and higher-quality details such as carpets, rubber seals and sill covers. Inside the cabin, BMW is likely to put TV quality instrument graphics, a more comprehensive head-up display, and a large color monitor in the center stack which blends touchscreen access, gesture control and voice activation with the good old iDrive knob. Furthermore, the 2018 3 Series aims to offer more variety and better value for the money, which translates into optional sport brakes, power kits for the M Pack, bespoke assistance systems and a top of the line infotainment system in some lines. Efficiency is at the core of the G20 models and the new 3 Series is all set to undercut the 100g/km CO2 emission mark by introducing the miserly three-cylinder engine to the near-premium segment. The entry-level 316i will feature a 1.5 liter three-cylinder unit producing 136 hp, while its diesel counterpart, the 316d, produces 122 horsepower. The bread and butter of the new 3 Series will be the 2.0 liter four-cylinder engines which will account for most sales. The six-cylinder units are bound to get significant power upgrades as well, the 340i is rumored to make 365 hp. The 328i’s power also jumps to 260 horsepower. Hybrid drivetrains are also part of BMW’s future strategy so expect to see two hybrids: a 1.5-liter version with a 60kW e-motor good for a 30-mile range, and a 2.0-liter model with a 90kW e-motor permitting a 50-mile range. Deliveries of the new G20 3 Series will start in 2019. The article 2018 BMW G20 3 Series – Renderings appeared first on BMW BLOG
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At almost 180 lbs lighter, the 493 hp M4 GTS is a monster on the track. But what does this look like in numbers?… The post BMW M4 GTS – Full Specifications appeared first on BimmerFile. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ...
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