2016 BMW 7 Series will get the cool keyfob previewed by the i8

Almost a year ago, we published photos of the BMW i8 keyfob which was one of the most high-tech car keys on the market. At the BMW and consequently after, BMW has refrained from giving more information on the keyfob but we have learned at the time th...

Almost a year ago, we published photos of the BMW i8 keyfob which was one of the most high-tech car keys on the market. At the BMW and consequently after, BMW has refrained from giving more information on the keyfob but we have learned at the time that besides the usual buttons for locking and unlocking, a high-res LCD display offers diverse vehicle information such as the remaining range and the levels of lithium-ion battery and tank display. Even though the key was specific to the i8, the expectations were the future high-end BMWs will come with a similar key concept.

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And this brings us to the new 2016 BMW 7 Series. According to our sources, the cool gadget will be part of the offering for the new 7er and will join some other advanced technology developed by BMW for the flagship sedan. Not all details around the functionality of the key are known at the moment, but one leaked out. According to sources, the 7 Series keyfob will have a function to control the Parking Assistant package. Basically, you would be able to hold down a button and self park your car. The new BMW 7 Series will debut next fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The article 2016 BMW 7 Series will get the cool keyfob previewed by the i8 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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The most expensive BMW paint – BMW Individual Pure Metal Silver

BMW Individual Pure Metal Silver is the most expensive paint from BMW. The color was first shown on the BMW M5 Facelift. It looks amazing, has a chrome-like finish and extraordinary brilliance. In this clip you can see the intensive craftsmanship it ...

BMW Individual Pure Metal Silver is the most expensive paint from BMW. The color was first shown on the BMW M5 Facelift. It looks amazing, has a chrome-like finish and extraordinary brilliance. In this clip you can see the intensive craftsmanship it takes to produce a “Pure Metal Silver car”. In the U.S., customers can pick a color from the BMW Individual Catalog at $1950 from those offered for a particular model. Additionally, customers can pick any other Individual color for $5000, but that’s subject to approval by BMW.

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Rumor: The engines of 2016 BMW 7 Series

The folks over at Motor.es have an interesting report on the engines of the new 2016 BMW 7 Series. According to the report, citing sources within the company, the flagship sedan will be offered with four gasoline engines, one diesel and two hybrids. ...

The folks over at Motor.es have an interesting report on the engines of the new 2016 BMW 7 Series. According to the report, citing sources within the company, the flagship sedan will be offered with four gasoline engines, one diesel and two hybrids. While the report seems to be fairly accurate, especially since some of those powerplants are common sense by simply looking at the new generation of “B” engines, there is also a missing piece: one more entry level diesel that is rumored to be sold under the 725d moniker. This could turn out to be the same engine as the 730d, just marketed differently in some countries.

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Petrol Engines The new G11 and G12 models will use petrol engines with three different cylinder configurations: a four, six and the V8. The entry-level petrol, sold under the 730i badge, will produce 260 horsepower from the new 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine (code B48B20O0). The next petrol model is the 740i powered by a new 3.0 liter six-cylinder engine (B58B30M0) with an output of 330 hp. The powerful V8 TwinTurbo is the same unit (N63B44O2) as the one used in the current generation 750i and 750Li. So the power is expected to be around 460 horsepower. The top petrol dog remains the 760Li and its V12 6.6 liter engine (N74B66U1) that powers the Rolls Royce Ghost and Wraith. It will continue to produce 600 horsepower but apparently it has slightly better fuel consumption. Diesels The three or four diesels offered, depends how you look at them (725d, 730d, 740d and 750d) will have a power range from 258 to 381 horsepower. The entry level diesels are said to be the most efficient engines ever seen with unprecedented low CO2 levels. Plug-in Hybrids The same report suggests two plug-in hybrids, a 730e and a 740e model. The first would pair the electric drivetrain to a four cylinder engine (730e) while the second one to a more powerful six-cylinder (740e). You can learn more about the upcoming BMW plug-in hybrids by clicking here. The 730e is rumored to produce 275 horsepower with an average consumption of 2 liters per 100 km. Both hybrid versions can run on pure electric mode at speeds up to 120 km/h, with a maximum range of 60 kilometers, which could increase to 100 kilometers in the most powerful hybrid version. The report also mentions a new 9-speed gearbox. BMW will debut the G11/G12 7 Series next fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show and sales will begin in July 2016. The article Rumor: The engines of 2016 BMW 7 Series appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Mode Carbon Reveals BMW F8X Front Splitter

Joining a long line of aftermarket companies, Mode Carbon is releasing their own lineup of high-quality aftermarket parts for the BMW M3 and M4. Designed with daily use in mind, their carbon fiber splitter flows well with the OEM bumper and looks qui...

Joining a long line of aftermarket companies, Mode Carbon is releasing their own lineup of high-quality aftermarket parts for the BMW M3 and M4. Designed with daily use in mind, their carbon fiber splitter flows well with the OEM bumper and looks quite attractive on this Yas Marina Metallic exterior finish. “The splitter channels airflow to crucial areas on the car, but has yet to be tested in the wind tunnel, so Mode Carbon is not yet sure if it is capable of producing functional downforce,” says the company. The splitter is called Trophy S1 and by design, it nis icely tucked in providing a visual improvement without impairing the ground clearance too much.

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Judging by the latest tuning projects, the market for the new M3 and M4 aero parts is starting to take off, and more and more companies are building their own aero dynamic solutions. Here is a photo gallery:

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2014 Essen Motor Show: Manhart MH2 400 WB

Along with the BMW i8, Manhart Racing also brings a modified BMW M235i to the 2014 Essen Motor Show. Dubbed MH2 400 WB, the wide body high-performance 2 Series Coupe makes the M235i look closer to what the BMW M2 would look like. The car is now 12 cm...

Along with the BMW i8, Manhart Racing also brings a modified BMW M235i to the 2014 Essen Motor Show. Dubbed MH2 400 WB, the wide body high-performance 2 Series Coupe makes the M235i look closer to what the BMW M2 would look like. The car is now 12 cm wider than the stock model and clearly stockier. The MH2 400 WB employs a similar paint job as the i8, a dark base color with yellow accents, giving the car an even more aggressive and flashy look.

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The wheel arches are filled with 20 inch wheels covered with 255 and 295 mm wide tires.  A 3-way adjustable KW Clubsport coilover was installed, lowering the car by 45 mm in the front and 40 mm in the rear. Manhart engineers have also worked their magic under the hood, therefore, the 3.0 liter six-cylinder TwinPower engine now delivers 430 hp and 592 Nm of torque. It reaches a top speed of 320 km/h. A “Stage 1″ with “only” 390 hp kit is offered as well.

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To stop all that power, a larger braking system was installed. Inside Manhart has also “cleaned up” the rear seats so the car is not lighter. The front seats have been replaced by the Recaro bucket sport seats that come with brackets and a 4-point harness system. Other goodies that can report additional display information can be ordered inside.

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Here is a photo gallery from the show:

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ALPINA D4 Biturbo – Is this the world’s best performance diesel?

Autocar test drives the ALPINA D4 Biturbo and poses the question: is this the world’s best performance diesel? The D4 Coupe and Convertible made their debut last month and are powered by a 3.0 liter turbocharged diesel producing a whooping 350 ...

Autocar test drives the ALPINA D4 Biturbo and poses the question: is this the world’s best performance diesel? The D4 Coupe and Convertible made their debut last month and are powered by a 3.0 liter turbocharged diesel producing a whooping 350 horsepower, making it currently the most powerful diesel in the middle class. 700 Newton meters of torque come at 1500-3000 rev / min to ensure an extremely superior form of transportation. ALPINA specifies a DIN curb weight of 1585 kg for D4 Biturbo Coupe which accelerates in 4.6 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h. Top speed is clocked at 278 km/h.

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Standard on BMW ALPINA D4 variants are 19-inch alloy wheels, and the eight-speed Sport automatic Switch-Tronic, an adaptive sports suspension and xenon headlamps. The base price is 58,600 euros. Sounds like the perfect package, then, but are there any drawbacks? Let’s find out. The article ALPINA D4 Biturbo – Is this the world’s best performance diesel? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Alpina D4 Biturbo Driven

The D4 Biturbo is Alpina’s follow up to the stunning D3. It’s capable of reaching 60mph in 4.6 seconds and can return up to 53mpg. Sounds like the perfect package, then, but are there any drawbacks? Steve Sutcliffe of Autocar finds out. ...

The D4 Biturbo is Alpina’s follow up to the stunning D3. It’s capable of reaching 60mph in 4.6 seconds and can return up to 53mpg. Sounds like the perfect package, then, but are there any drawbacks? Steve Sutcliffe of Autocar finds out.

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BMW 3 Series Plug in Hybrid Prototype Detailed

The Worlds most successful premium sedan. now with plug in hybrid drive. The BMW 3 Series Plug in hybrid prototype. Outstanding flexibility, which means it can be integrated in a wide range of different vehicle concepts, makes rapid deployment of th...

The Worlds most successful premium sedan. now with plug in hybrid drive. The BMW 3 Series Plug in hybrid prototype. Outstanding flexibility, which means it can be integrated in a wide range of different vehicle concepts, makes rapid deployment of this plug-in hybrid drive technology in the BMW model range a feasible and realistic proposition. The BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype provides a first taste of the extra- efficient driving pleasure which the world’s most successful premium sedan will offer. Combining a four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo petrol engine from the new Efficient Dynamics engine family with an electric motor, the BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype offers standards of sporty performance on a par with a conventionally powered BMW 3 Series six-cylinder model, combined with a significant reduction in fuel consumption. Its plug-in hybrid drive system has a combined output of approximately 245 hp and maximum combined torque of approximately 400 Newton metres (295 lb-ft). These figures, together with the substantial extra acceleration provided by the electric motor’s boost function, bring a sharp and intensely dynamic dimension to everyday motoring. Average fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are approximately 2 litres/100 km (140 mpg imp) and 50 g/km respectively. In all-electric mode, the prototype is capable of a top speed of 120 km/h (74.5 mph), and has a driving range of approximately 35 kilometres (22 miles). Plug-in hybrid system in the BMW 3 Series Sedan: ideal platform, superior drive components, maximum efficiency. The BMW 3 Series Sedan provides the ideal starting point for developing an exceptionally dynamic and fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid model. The conventional combustion-powered models already set standards in the mid- sized premium segment with their blend of sportiness and frugal fuel consumption. This is down to factors such as intelligent lightweight design, best-in-class aerodynamics and an extensive range of standard-specification BMW EfficientDynamics technologies. The internal combustion engine used in the BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype is based on a TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder petrol engine that has already twice been voted “International Engine of the Year”. Its hallmarks are sporty performance, smooth and refined running and exceptional efficiency. The plug-in hybrid prototype also features an electric motor and power electronics which are directly based on the BMW eDrive technology of the BMW i3 and BMW i8 models. The motor is powered by a lithium-ion battery which, together with the battery management system and high-efficiency direct cooling system, are likewise rooted in the experience and know-how amassed during development of the BMW i models. The battery can be recharged at any household power socket and is mounted in a particularly crash-safe position underneath the load compartment. The power electronics form a single integrated system that drives the electric motor, via a liquid-cooled inverter, manages the energy flow from the high- voltage battery to the onboard electrical systems and provides centralised control of hybrid-specific functions. The drive torque from engine and electric motor is supplied to the rear wheels of the BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype via an 8-speed Steptronic transmission which – as on conventionally powered BMW models – makes its own additional contribution to the efficiency of the overall drive system. Nowadays, the potential integration of a plug-in hybrid system is taken into account at all stages in the development of new models of the BMW and MINI brands. Amongst other things, this ensures that future hybrid versions offer the same level of practicality as the base models. For example, there is only a minimal reduction in boot space in the BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype compared with a conventionally powered BMW 3 Series Sedan, while the interior configuration possibilities – e.g. with the folding rear seatback – are unchanged. The simplicity with which the 8-speed Steptronic transmission can be integrated into the plug-in hybrid system is a further benefit of this flexible, forward-looking development strategy. Intelligent energy management with adaptive powertrain control. Like the current production models, the BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype is fitted with a Driving Experience Control switch, which is mounted on the centre console. This can be used to select different vehicle settings to suit varying requirements and situations. Three different modes are available: COMFORT, SPORT and ECO PRO mode. Each features different suspension settings, different shift characteristics for the 8-speed Steptronic transmission, and a different hybrid operating strategy. In COMFORT mode, which perfectly balances comfort and efficiency on the one hand with typical BMW dynamic performance on the other, the electric motor’s control strategy is geared to relaxed, fuel-efficient driving. In tandem, the electric motor and internal combustion engine can also deliver high levels of power and performance when required. SPORT mode, meanwhile, is aimed at maximised performance, harnessing the full combined output of the engine and the electric motor. In this mode, engine and motor are both on stream at all times, ensuring instantaneous response to all accelerator commands. Finally, in ECO PRO mode, the accent is on harnessing the full efficiency potential of electrification. Intelligent hybrid functionality allows the electric motor and internal combustion engine to work in tandem to maximise overall system efficiency. Efficient energy management is enhanced by variable control of the electric comfort functions such as air conditioning, seat heating and exterior mirror heating, which always operate at the most appropriate power level. This likewise helps to maximise the vehicle’s range. At the press of a button, the driver can choose between different plug-in hybrid modes. The MAX eDrive mode provides all-electric, zero-local- emission propulsion. Selecting the SAVE Battery mode keeps the battery at a constant state of charge. If the battery is less than 50 percent charged, the charge level is increased. In this way drivers can ensure they have enough power in reserve to operate in all-electric mode on a later, urban section of the journey. The BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype also features a special hybrid- adapted Proactive Driving Assistant. Integrated in the navigation system, this system manages the powertrain not only with reference to current battery capacity but also to upcoming route profile, speed restrictions and traffic conditions. This function marks the most extensive and advanced integration to date of BMW EfficientDynamics and BMW ConnectedDrive. Whenever the navigation system is in operation, the hybrid Proactive Driving Assistant collates all the available information about the upcoming route and relays this to the powertrain controller. This information comprises both static data from the interactive map, for example about speed restrictions and gradients, and also real-time information on current traffic conditions (Real Time Traffic Information – RTTI). The proactive energy management system then breaks the route down into its component parts, including low-speed sections, last- lap sections and gradients, before computing a proactive, route-specific strategy for managing the electric drive power right through to the specified destination.

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BMW i8 vs BMW M1 Track Battle Video

To find out how thirty years of evolution has changed the BMW supercar, Auto Express we took along a classic M1 to meet the new i8 at the Auto Express test track. The BMW i8 features a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol from the MINI Coope...

To find out how thirty years of evolution has changed the BMW supercar, Auto Express we took along a classic M1 to meet the new i8 at the Auto Express test track. The BMW i8 features a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol from the MINI Cooper driving the rear wheels, while an electric motor drives the front. Under the engine cover of the M1 is something altogether much more traditional: a 3.5-litre six-cylinder unit putting out 277bhp and 330Nm of torque. This compares to 357bhp and 570Nm in the i8 See how they fare inside.

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Collectible Classic: 1975-1980 MGB

A revisionist history of the rubber bumper. ...

A revisionist history of the rubber bumper.

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