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BMW M2 gets hot on the Nurburgring

The upcoming BMW M2 was spotted once again at the Nurburgring. This is one of the best videos we’ve seen so far of the new M2 doing hot laps around the legendary track. The 2:36 minutes footage shows four M2 test mules M2 going at high speeds a...

The upcoming BMW M2 was spotted once again at the Nurburgring. This is one of the best videos we’ve seen so far of the new M2 doing hot laps around the legendary track. The 2:36 minutes footage shows four M2 test mules M2 going at high speeds and slicing through corners nearly effortlessly. The M2 uses 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. The engine will feature an overboost function just like the 1M, good for 25 lb-ft of torque.

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@BridgeToGantry Same sources say that the M2 will weigh less than the M235i Coupe. 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. The launch color palette will be limited. Our sources couldn’t say how many and what colors will be added in the future, but at the launch, the M2 customers will get to pick from four paint jobs: Long Beach Blue, Alpine White, Mineral Grey and Black Sapphire. BMW M2 enters production in November with first units being delivered in early 2016. The article BMW M2 gets hot on the Nurburgring appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage Photos From Concorso d’Eleganza

BMW took the world by surprise with the unveil of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage at the 2015 Concorso d’Eleganza. “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,...

BMW took the world by surprise with the unveil of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage at the 2015 Concorso d’Eleganza. “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. Yesterday we brought you exclusive photos of the 3.0 CSL Hommage and now we have a new set of high-resolution photos showing the car from multiple angles. The Hommage Concept stands out with its 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 of the kidney grille is what bothered everyone after seeing the car, but we believe this is a design exercise to emphasize a future design language where the front-end of the cars becomes more massive — just not as massive as this one.

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Here is how our own Nico DeMattia described the front and rear-end design:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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BMW History: BMW X5 Le Mans

One of the more fun things about the automotive world is when carmakers decide to make a one-off car that’s so illogical and mad that the whole world stops in wonderment and bewilderment. There have been several of the cars from many different carm...

One of the more fun things about the automotive world is when carmakers decide to make a one-off car that’s so illogical and mad that the whole world stops in wonderment and bewilderment. There have been several of the cars from many different carmakers in the past, and BMW has had its fair share. Recently, we spoke about the psychotic, V12-powered one-off M8 Supercar that BMW built as an experiment, but decided to scrap the project. It’s cars like these that allow automakers to flex their proverbial muscles and show the world what they can do. Sometimes, though, it’s just for fun, to celebrate. In 2000, hot on the heels of BMW’s 1999 victory at Le Mans, BMW decided to celebrate by creating a monster — The BMW X5 Le Mans.

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BMW took the V12 from its Le Mans winning racer and shoehorned it into the most unlikely of cars, an X5. This V12 powered X5 was then fitted with a 6-Speed manual transmission, Sabelt racing seats and harnesses, completely stripped out, giving a wickedly cool hood bulge, 20” wheels and lowered suspension.

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This turned the typical family SUV, something that’s usually more at home in a Pottery Barn parking lot than a race track, and turned it into a fire-breathing V12 monster.

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The X5 V12 Le Mans had 700 hp, was capable of 0-60mph in 4.7 seconds and had a electronically limited top speed of 193 mph. In an X5. That’s lunacy. But wait there’s more. Hans Stuck, BMW’s famed racing driver, took the X5 Le Mans to the Nurburgring (because they’re Germans, they must go to the ‘ring) and was able to lap it in 7 minutes 50 seconds. He was able to break the 8 minute mark on the Nurburgring Nordschleife in an X5. That time would be fast by today’s standards, but that was 15 years ago. Simply madness.

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The X5 Le Mans is just more proof that BMW lies when it says that people like Adrian Van Hooydonk are in charge of design, it’s really Dr. Frankenstein. It must be, as BMW is able to make the most insane one-off vehicles in the world, vehicles that no one would ever think to create. And BMW does this, simply for the sake of doing it, to see if it can. So now you know that at least one monster is real, the BMW X5 Le Mans. Here is a video of Hans Stuck driving said X5. Just listen to that racing V12 howl and your Memorial Day Weekend will be that much better. P.S. It’s in German, but still entertaining if you don’t sprechen sie deutsch. The article BMW History: BMW X5 Le Mans appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Legendary meeting: BMW 3.0 CSL meets BMW i8

Our sister magazine Bimmertoday went to Lake Como, Italy to drive back-to-back the new BMW i8 and the legendary BMW 3.0 CSL. The two cars are as different from each other as it can get; one it’s fully of tech and gadgets, while the other is a p...

Our sister magazine Bimmertoday went to Lake Como, Italy to drive back-to-back the new BMW i8 and the legendary BMW 3.0 CSL. The two cars are as different from each other as it can get; one it’s fully of tech and gadgets, while the other is a pure and raw machine that become a legend in the 70s. The BMW E9 3.0 CSL was produced from 1968 to 1975. The 3.0 CSL is considered the first project by the BMW M division. The car was a lightweight, 3003cc sports model of the 3.0 coupe. Special racing models with 3.2-liter (340 hp/253 kW) and 3.5-liter (430 PS) engines and aerodynamic trimmings helped establish BMW as a premier racing team.

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In 2015, the 3.0 CSL is a legend and part of BMW’s history forever, but the new kid on the block, the flagship car is now the highly tech-advanced BMW i8.

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The carbon fiber-made sports car sells for over $135,000 and features an unique powertrain. The i8 uses its twin-turbo, 1.5 liter, three-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor and all-wheel drive to fire you in and out of corners with ferocity that simple, petrol-powered cars cannot match. Plus it looks like nothing else on the road.

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The 1.5-liter combustion engine develops 170 kW/231 hp and drives the rear wheels of the BMW i8, while the 96 kW/131 hp electric drive sends its power to the front wheels and allows an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph).

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Unfortunately we couldn’t drive the two cars back-to-back, but we can at least bring you an exclusive visual experience. Click below for more high-res photos.

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Things I’d change about the CSL Hommage

The automotive world is still buzzing a bit from BMW’s reveal of the 3.0 CSL Hommage. This Hommage could possibly be BMW’s most polarizing yet, generating gobs of attention, both good and bad. I’ve seen many readers comment on how beautiful and...

The automotive world is still buzzing a bit from BMW’s reveal of the 3.0 CSL Hommage. This Hommage could possibly be BMW’s most polarizing yet, generating gobs of attention, both good and bad. I’ve seen many readers comment on how beautiful and striking it is, and also on how hideous they think it is. It’s understandable, the mixed feelings. Concept cars often generate such feelings, as they try to push the boundaries of design and that’s never universally understood. I’m of the side of beautiful and striking, when it comes to the 3.0 CSL Hommage. I really do love it. Admittedly, the front end is a bit busy looking to me, but the rest of the car is just so…right. It takes looking at it from all angles to truly appreciate it. In profile, it looks superb and is instantly recognizable as a Hommage to the original 3.0 CSL. But also from above, it looks gorgeous and perfectly balanced.

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But I can tell that not everyone agrees with me, and that’s perfectly fine. Concept cars are so often met with criticisms. But it isn’t fair for anyone to criticize without having an alternative solution. The designers work tirelessly to come up with something groundbreaking, and these are some of the best designers in the business, so it isn’t fair to blindly criticize their work. And even people who genuinely like it, overall, can find some things we’d change about it. And since I think that there are a lot more people who would change things than leave them be, I’m going to list some of the things that I would do differently and then you, the reader, can join in.

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3. The Rear End - Now I like the rear end a lot (on the car, get your mind out of the gutter), the way the rear fenders form upward to make the wing is pure genius. But aside from that, the rear, as a whole, is a bit plain. When compared to the blindingly aggressive front end, the rear seems a bit too tame. Some added flair might have gone a long way in keeping the excitement going throughout the car.

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2. The Color - While the Golf Yellow color is gorgeous, I think painting it white and giving it the racing livery of the original race car would have been better. The entire point of this car is to make it a Hommage to the racer, that’s why it has ‘X’s in the headlights, has side-mounted exhaust pipes and is completely stripped out on the inside. So it just seems to me like painting it in the same livery as the breathtaking original that I saw at the NYIAS would have been a better move. Or at least in this white paint job.

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1. The Grilles - The front end in unanimously everyone’s most hated part of this Hommage. I don’t really have a problem with any of it, except for the grilles. I love how BMW brought back the sharknose style of them, and think that looks excellent. However, the grilles seem far to large. They should be as tall as they are, but they should be skinnier, to resemble the original a bit more. That was such an iconic point of design on the original 3.0 CS and CSL cars that it seems odd to me that BMW would omit it. I think if BMW made the grilles about 30 percent skinnier, which would still give the front end a powerful image, it would pay more tribute to one of BMW’s most iconic racers. And I think more people would like it. So those are my grievances. Admittedly, I’m just some guy who writes about BMWs on the Internet, so what the hell do I know about car design? However, these are just some things I’d like to change. What would you change?

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World Premiere: BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage

It’s that time of the year again. Today, BMW introduces the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage at the exciting Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Any proper… The post World Premiere: BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit...

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BMW Motorrad Introduces “Concept 101″ — A Six-Cylinder Bagger

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 ...

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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 […]

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How Enthusiasts Affect Brands

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.

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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.

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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

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BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage Concept Revealed at Villa d’Este

Evokes the E9 3.0 CSL of the 1970s. ...

Evokes the E9 3.0 CSL of the 1970s.

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