Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/26/2017-bmw-m3-crt-rendering/ in News on November 26, 2015
Ever since the launch of the BMW M4 GTS, many BMW fans were waiting for news on a comparable BMW M3 CRT, but our sources say that a super sporty version of the popular F80 M3 won’t arrive until 2017. BMW is still in the process of developing th...
Ever since the launch of the BMW M4 GTS, many BMW fans were waiting for news on a comparable BMW M3 CRT, but our sources say that a super sporty version of the popular F80 M3 won’t arrive until 2017. BMW is still in the process of developing the car and the full details have yet to be finalized. To shorten the waiting time a little, Duron Automotive Artwork created a virtual BMW F80 M3 CRT using design cues from the M4 GTS. In reality, the BMW M3 CRT is expected to follow a similar path as its predecessor – the E90 M3 CRT.
The CRT – the acronym stands for Carbon Racing Technology – is meant to be a lightweight performance version of the current M3 to successfully compete on the track. The M4 GTS will loan its track-ready, adjustable suspension, while the S55 with water injection will power the M3 CRT. The super sporty sedan will take on the Mercedes-AMG C63 Black Series which develops 510 horsepower. Other design cues will include the racing wing found on the M4 GTS, specially developed wheels and a performance exhaust system.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/26/its-thanksgiving-what-bmw-are-you-most-thankful-for/ in News on November 26, 2015
Well, today’s Turkey Day in the ‘States. It’s a day that’s supposed to be filled with great food, family, friends and celebrations for what we’re thankful for in our lives. It’s basically to commemorate the early f...
Well, today’s Turkey Day in the ‘States. It’s a day that’s supposed to be filled with great food, family, friends and celebrations for what we’re thankful for in our lives. It’s basically to commemorate the early feasts between Pilgrims and Native Americans. However, it’s usually actually spent watching Football while many family members have too much to drink, and argue over nonsense and then people going out shopping at midnight to trample one another for five percent off of Kuerig coffee maker. Ahh, isn’t America grand? But it’s really a day to look back at all of the thinks we’re thankful for and that’s what we’re going to do here today. Except we’re going to do it with cars, because why not? Us journalists might do a lot of bitching and moaning about our favorite car brands, like BMW, over producing cars that we deem unfit for the brand. But in actuality, our complaints are based off of nonsense and we’re living in the golden age of the automobile so we should appreciate it. Don’t believe we are? Just take a look at the fact that we have nearly 600 horsepower luxury SUVs, hybrid supercars that are faster than we ever imagined while also returning excellent fuel economy, sports cars that are faster than the supercars of yesterday but also aren’t rock hard and even small affordable cars that are able to put massive grins on your face. The automobile truly has never seen a more exciting time.
BMW, despite everyone complaining about it not being the pure, connected brand it used to be, is making some truly phenomenal cars. Let’s put it this way, the current BMW M4 with the DCT transmission is faster to 60 mph than the Lamborghini Gallardo was when it first debuted around 10 years go. That’s amazing. So there’s plenty we should be thankful for from our favorite Bavarian brand. BMW is offering performance we may never have though possible at prices that are actually reachable. But the question remains, which BMW are you most grateful for? I can tell you which one I’m most grateful for, the BMW M2.
That might seem like an obvious answer, as it’s the hottest Bavarian steed in the stable at the moment, but hear me out. The BMW M2 is a car that, by all logical accounts, shouldn’t be made. It’s not that much faster than the already very enjoyable M235i, it will cost almost as much as the BMW M3, which will be quite a bit faster and bigger and more practical and have more equipment, and BMW will likely make little to no money on it. It’s the kind of car that’s hated by bean counters. But BMW is going to give us one anyway simply because it would be awesome. The BMW M2 will be the kind of car for people who just want one over all else. Logic states that it’s a bad deal, because of how much more car for the money the M3 is over it and that if you want something smaller, get an M235i. But the M2 is for people who want an M2 and dammit they’re going to have one. It’s also going to be a freaking sensational car, with its 370 hp, Active M limited-slip differential and available manual gearbox. The M2 is going to bring back all of the memories we have of BMW’s greats and BMW’s making it despite the fact that it makes very little business sense. So thank you, BMW, I appreciate you for that. The article It’s Thanksgiving: What BMW are you most thankful for? appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/26/limited-bmw-e92-m3-carbon-edition-debuts-is-a-beauty/ in News on November 26, 2015
From 2007 to 2013, BMW built one of the best M3 models every to come out of the Garching gates – E92 M3. During the period, BMW sold up to 40.000 copies of the popular sports coupe before it was replaced by the first ever M4 Coupe. Throughout t...
From 2007 to 2013, BMW built one of the best M3 models every to come out of the Garching gates – E92 M3. During the period, BMW sold up to 40.000 copies of the popular sports coupe before it was replaced by the first ever M4 Coupe. Throughout the years, the M Division came out with several limited M3 Coupes, one of them being the BMW E92 M3 Carbon Edition. In 2011, 111 copies of the M3 Coupe Carbon Edition were built. All these copies were sold in China in no-time during the BMW M Legendary Experience.
The Carbon Edition was unveiled together with the M3 Matte Edition and M3 Tiger Edition. All 111 units feature carbon fiber roofs, carbon fiber front lip splitters and trunk spoiler, carbon finer side mirror caps, hood inlets and a carbon fiber rear diffuser. Gloss black 19″ Style 220 M3 wheels finish off the exclusive look.
With all of them were destined for the Chinese market, customers from around the world had to resort to building their own replicas. This Fire Orange BMW E92 M3 Carbon Edition hails from Australia were it was spotted in daylight with the sun shinning down the beautiful Fire Orange paint job.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/26/bmw-i8-with-adv15-m-v2-sl-series-wheels/ in News on November 26, 2015
This BMW i8 comes courtesy of ATT-TEC and features a set of custom ADV.1 Wheels. The German tuning company is well-known for their high-performance and luxury builds. The addition of a set of aftermarket custom forged wheels to a vehicle like BMW i8 ...
This BMW i8 comes courtesy of ATT-TEC and features a set of custom ADV.1 Wheels. The German tuning company is well-known for their high-performance and luxury builds. The addition of a set of aftermarket custom forged wheels to a vehicle like BMW i8 is a great way to improve the visual appeal of BMW’s most progressive car. Even though the BMW i8 comes with an extravagant and futuristic design, there are still ways to improve upon it and custom wheels are the most effective way to do so.
The i8 comes with a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine and BMW eDrive technology in the form of an electric drive system.
BMW’s most advanced car built-to-date produces 362 horsepower and 570 Nm (420 lb-ft) for a 0 to 100 km/h of 4.4 seconds. Good enough for most owners who love to push their cars closer to the limit. With these ADV15 MV.2 Super Light wheels, the BMW i8 will stand out in the limited crowd of hybrid sportscars. The wheels are sized 22×9 in the front and 22×10.5 in the rear, respectively. The wheels come with a Titanium finish for the wheels spokes, while a Matte Gunmetal finish is applied to the lips, adding a nice contrasting effect to this setup. More detail is available in the media gallery below.
In January, at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, BMW will unveil the new X4 M40i Sports Activity Coupe. Ahead of its world debut, the X4 M40i continues to be seen around the BMW Spartanburg plant in South Carolina. This Long Beach Blue X4 M40i is a product...
In January, at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, BMW will unveil the new X4 M40i Sports Activity Coupe. Ahead of its world debut, the X4 M40i continues to be seen around the BMW Spartanburg plant in South Carolina. This Long Beach Blue X4 M40i is a production ready model with the Ferric Grey accents in two front air intakes, side mirrors finished in metallic Ferric Grey as well as the exclusive 20-inch M light-alloy double-spoke wheels with the Ultra High Performance tire mix.
A newly developed M performance TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder petrol engine celebrates its world premiere in the new BMW X4 M40i and also in the new M2. This petrol engine delivers 355 hp at between 5,800 and 6,000 rpm from its 3.0 liter capacity, providing a maximum torque of 343 lb-ft of torque (465 Nm). READ THIS: Who else is excited about the BMW X4 M40i?
With a time of 4.9 seconds from 0 to 62 mph, the BMW X4 M40i accelerates faster than the X4 xDrive35i according to factory specification by full 6 tenths of a second. The electronically limited top speed drops in at 155 mph.
The 2016 BMW X4 M40i goes on sale in February 2016 starting at $57,800 – plus $995 destination and handling. The X4 M40i will cost 65,000 euros in Germany. [Photos: Palbay] The article 2016 BMW X4 M40i Long Beach Blue – Real Life Photos appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/25/which-bmw-best-suites-your-style/ in News on November 25, 2015
Back in the day, BMW used to make pretty much one kind of car — smallish sporty luxury cars. They came in various shapes and sizes, like small sedans, big sedans and coupes. But all BMWs, regardless of size or shape, was a relatively small and ...
Back in the day, BMW used to make pretty much one kind of car — smallish sporty luxury cars. They came in various shapes and sizes, like small sedans, big sedans and coupes. But all BMWs, regardless of size or shape, was a relatively small and sporty luxury car. They all had the same BMW characteristics. Nowadays, however, BMW has several different styles of cars that all have their own unique characteristics. The BMW DNA is still alive in most, but they aren’t all smallish sporty cars anymore. In fact, there are uber luxury cars meant to coddle, like the BMW 7 Series and big hulking SUVs like the X5 and X6. The typical sporty BMW is still alive, but it also has some different siblings to go along with it. So now that BMW has such a varied bunch of cars, it also has a varied bunch of customers. BMWs are no longer only for the type of person who wants superb chassis balance and precise steering. So which kind of BMW customer are you and which kind of BMW suits you best?
The BMW 7 Series has just been released and is an absolutely excellent vehicle. It’s comfortable, cosseting, beautiful, technological and incredibly impressive. However, despite all of that, I most likely wouldn’t buy one. It’s just not my thing. I’m not a fan of big luxo-barges, despite how much I can appreciate their technology and luxury. So personally, I wouldn’t ever buy one. Though there are plenty of people that do and will buy the new 7 Series and I applaud them for buying it. There are also people who buy BMW’s SUVs, like the X5 and X6, which are big, luxurious and heavy. They’re great vehicles, truly, but I wouldn’t buy one of those either. I recently just spent a week with the X5 xDrive40e and thought that it was immensely impressive. Despite that, however, I’d never put my money down on it because it’s just too big and too heavy for my tastes. If that’s your jam, go for it because it’s a great car, but if you like something more nimble and sporty, than it’s not the car for you as it isn’t the car for me. If I were to pick a BMW that perfectly suited me, it’d be the BMW M235i. I’d personally take a rear-wheel drive model with a manual, as typical as that may sound. It’s just the BMW that suits me the most, even more so than the mighty M3 and M4. Reason being is that I like cars that are very compact, nimble and have incredibly sharp handling. But I also like only moderate amounts of power. An M4 is almost a bit too powerful for my tastes. I like a car with enough power to make me smile but also just enough that I can use most of it a lot of the time and not worry about rear-ending the car in front of me every time I breath on the go-pedal. So the M235i is my kind of BMW and the one I’d choose over all others if I could.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/25/with-only-4-units-for-netherlands-bmw-m4-gts-sold-out-quickly/ in News on November 25, 2015
With only 700 units produced globally, the BMW M4 GTS is as rare as it can get. While some markets, like the US, will get 300 units, others will have a very limited amount of M4 GTS cars. The UK is lucky to sell 30 units priced at £121,770, while Ne...
With only 700 units produced globally, the BMW M4 GTS is as rare as it can get. While some markets, like the US, will get 300 units, others will have a very limited amount of M4 GTS cars. The UK is lucky to sell 30 units priced at £121,770, while Netherlands only 4. So it comes as no surprise that the Dutch market sold out quickly. According to Telegraaf, all four track-ready M4s are accounted for. Just like the other markets, the M4 GTS is available in Sapphire Black metallic, Mineral Grey metallic, Alpine White and Frozen Dark Grey Metallic. The M4 GTS will sit on the same M Star (Style 666M) 19-inch front wheels (9.5 J x 19) and 20-inch (10.5 J x 20) rear wheels, painted in Acid Orange and wrapped in the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires (front: 265/35 R19; rear: 285/30 R20).
Standard equipment includes the iDrive Navigation System, adaptive LED headlights, OLED taillights, PDC front and rear, BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line trim and M door sill finishers, an M footrest, an M gearshift lever, M-specific circular instruments with white graphics, an M sports steering wheel in Alcantara.
The engine delivers 500 horsepower for the European model and 493 hp for the U.S. one. From 0 to 60 mph, the M4 GTS needs only 3.7 seconds. BMW also quotes a Nurburgring time of 7:28 minutes which is faster than many supercars. The 2016 BMW M4 GTS will arrive in US showrooms in spring 2016 for $134,200 including $995 Destination & Handling.
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Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/25/rumor-bmw-i3-with-new-battery-to-arrive-july-2017/ in News on November 25, 2015
In July 2016, BMW will refresh its i3 electric car with a higher energy density battery. The current model consists of 8 x 2.7 kWh packs cells – each containing 12 x 3.75 volt, 60 Ah actual cells – wired in series for a nominal capacity o...
In July 2016, BMW will refresh its i3 electric car with a higher energy density battery. The current model consists of 8 x 2.7 kWh packs cells – each containing 12 x 3.75 volt, 60 Ah actual cells – wired in series for a nominal capacity of 21.8 kWh, 360 volts, of which 18.8 kWh are usable. The new battery is expected to have a 94Ah battery and the higher energy density will give the i3 an expected range of 120 miles. The actual rating will be issued by EPA after testing. EPA currently rates the i3 BEV at 81 miles. BMW hinted at the possibility of current owners to retrofit the battery, but the cost and process won’t be revealed until we get close to the market launch. The battery will be used in both the BEV – full electric i3 – and the REx – range extender.
Two years after it went on sale, the BMW i3 has established itself at the pinnacle of its segment worldwide. In Germany, one in every four electrically-powered vehicles sold since then has been a BMW i3, globally it is one in 10. In the listings of the most popular EV models, the BMW i3 occupies third place on a world-wide basis since its market launch in November 2013. The most important single market for the all-electric five-door is the USA, where it ranks third as well. In Norway the BMW i3 has been the best-selling model across the entire BMW range in the current year. With an increased range, the i3 will get closer to the range of the Nissan Leaf (107 miles) and will move towards the goal of having a 200 miles electric vehicle in the next few years. The article Rumor: BMW i3 with new battery to arrive July 2016 appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/25/f10-bmw-m5-gets-a-camouflage-wrap/ in News on November 25, 2015
Over the years we’ve seen some of the craziest paint jobs, from purple colored BMWs to pink and shinny gold, but what we haven’t seen often is a BMW wrapped with a camouflage tape. This F10 BMW M5 hails from Zurich, Switzerland, and featu...
Over the years we’ve seen some of the craziest paint jobs, from purple colored BMWs to pink and shinny gold, but what we haven’t seen often is a BMW wrapped with a camouflage tape. This F10 BMW M5 hails from Zurich, Switzerland, and features a military-style camouflage that would allow to hide behind the enemy lines. Despite the unusual “paint” choice, this F10 M5 is more tastefully done than other nutty tuning projects we’ve seen in the past. The camo tape fits perfectly the proportions of the car while the bronze wheels stay within the military-style approach.The F10 M5 is powered by a high-revving 4.4-liter (4395cc) turbocharged that uses the BMW M TwinPower Turbo technology. The engine outputs 560 horsepower from 5,750-7,000 rpm and 680Nm (502 lb-ft) of torque from only 1500rpm. It comes in both manual and 7-speed DCT transmission. A 575 horsepower Competition Package comes with a series of upgrades to the chassis and ride settings. The M engineers have revised the suspension and damping systems, the stabilizer bars have also been more tautly tuned. BMW will replace the current M5 in 2018 when the next-gen F90 M5 might be offered for the first time with an all-wheel drive option. [Photos: JSP Photography | Autogespot] The article F10 BMW M5 gets a camouflage wrap appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/25/bmw-is-partner-of-art-basel-in-miami-beach-2015/ in News on November 25, 2015
From December 3 to 6, Miami Beach will once again take center stage in the international art world. For the 14th time running, the famous art fair will take place in Florida, supported once again by its official partner BMW. 267 of the world’s l...
From December 3 to 6, Miami Beach will once again take center stage in the international art world. For the 14th time running, the famous art fair will take place in Florida, supported once again by its official partner BMW. 267 of the world’s leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa will present modern and contemporary art as well as works by emerging artists. As in previous years, BMW will provide the official VIP shuttle services, this time with the limousines of its new BMW 7 series. In addition, BMW will host an exclusive reception for VIPs as part of the art initiative “BMW Art Journey” on Wednesday, December 2, 2015. BMW and Art Basel will present the BMW Art Journey, one of their most recent projects, in the botanical garden adjacent to the fair grounds. Like a mobile artist’s studio, BMW Art Journey offers artists the opportunity to travel to a destination of their choice. The winner of the first edition, Hong Kong based artist Samson Young, traveled across five continents while exploring the subject of iconic bells in light of various themes including conflicts, religion, community and the political symbolism of sounds.
On the evening prior to the VIP opening of the fair, BMW i, together with Soho House, will invite selected guests to an Art Talk. Lawrence Weschler, author and long time staff writer at The New Yorker will speak with the winner of the BMW Art Journey, Samson Young, about his extraordinary journey. On the same evening, the first publication on the BMW Art Journey, published by Hatje Cantz, will be presented. Looking at 70 different iconic projects, “The Sense of Movement: When Artists Travel” conveys the fascination and importance as well as the artistic significance of artists’ journeys. For further information, please visit http://www.hatjecantz.de/bmw-art-journey.
On December 3, following the first BMW Art Journey, a panel of expert jurors of curators and museum directors will compile the shortlist for the coming edition, to be announced as part of a press event at the Botanical Garden. Chosen from “Positions”, the sector of young galleries at Art Basel Miami Beach, the three shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their planned itineraries. After a second decision by the jury, one of them will be offered the opportunity to realise his trip as part of the BMW Art Journey. The jury at Miami Beach will include Juan Gaitán (Director Tamayo Museum of Contemporary Art, Mexico City), Massimiliano Gioni (Artistic Director New Museum, New York City), Gabriele Horn (Director KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin), Victoria Noorthoorn (Director Museo de Arte Moderna, Buenos Aires) and Bisi Silva (Artistic Director Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos). In addition to experiencing the BMW Art Journey, visitors can venture into the fair’s Collectors Lounge to catch a glimpse of the BMW Art Car designed by César Manrique in 1990. This Spanish artist worked as architect, graphic designer, sculptor and landscape artist. Most importantly, however, he was passionate about protecting the environment. Inspired by his commitment to this cause, he designed an Art Car representing the harmony of technology and nature. This year, the BMW Art Car Collection is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and the two artists chosen to design the next two Art Cars were recently announced at the Guggen-heim Museum in New York City. Chinese artist Cao Fei (*1978) and American artist John Baldessari (*1931) will be the youngest and the oldest artist represented in the collection respectively. Both artists will create a BMW M6 GT3 in the coming year, which will be presented in museums and also on the racetrack in 2017.