Run of podium finishes continues.

BMW drivers followed in the footsteps of Augusto Farfus in 2013 and Maxime Martin last year to finish on the podium at this year’s DTM races in Moscow. Marco Wittmann finished runner-up on Saturday, followed in third place by Bruno Spengler. Spen...

BMW drivers followed in the footsteps of Augusto Farfus in 2013 and Maxime Martin last year to finish on the podium at this year’s DTM races in Moscow.

Marco Wittmann finished runner-up on Saturday, followed in third place by Bruno Spengler. Spengler went one better in race two, ending Sunday’s race in second place. In total, the BMW drivers scored 73 points in Russia. Three questions for… Bruno Spengler. Bruno, how would you sum up the races in Moscow? Bruno Spengler: “I leave Russia with a positive feeling. Unfortunately I did not quite manage to get a pole position or race win. However, I can obviously be very happy with third place on Saturday and second in Sunday’s race. I scored a lot of points for BMW Team MTEK. I finished runner-up here last year too. Moscow seems to suit me.” Both DTM races at the “Moscow Raceway” were quite eventful for you… Spengler: “Yes, there was quite a lot going on. On Saturday I managed to overtake Jamie Green in the final corner to make it onto the podium. In Sunday’s race, the early stages were very fiercely contested. I had a great battle with Mike Rockenfeller. Everything was fair. That is what motorsport should be all about. Even the pit stops were exciting. My team had a great strategy. Unfortunately I was not quite able to match Mike’s pace and he pulled clear. However, I came home second in the end.” What are your goals for the rest of the season? Spengler: “I want to score as many points as possible in the remaining races. We will have to see whether we will always be good enough for a place on the podium. Whatever happens, we will never stop fighting.”

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One-two for BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert.

BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert claimed its third one-two in the ADAC GT Masters at the Sachsenring. Dominik Baumann and Jens Klingmann in the number 80 BMW Z4 GT3, came home ahead of team-mates Claudia Hürtgen and Uwe Alzen, in the number 19 car,...

BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert claimed its third one-two in the ADAC GT Masters at the Sachsenring.

Dominik Baumann and Jens Klingmann in the number 80 BMW Z4 GT3, came home ahead of team-mates Claudia Hürtgen and Uwe Alzen, in the number 19 car, to claim victory at the sixth of eight race weekends. Hürtgen achieved a first in the ADAC GT Masters in the morning, when she became the first woman in the history of the series to secure pole position. Having climbed temporarily into second place in the overall standings courtesy of victory on Saturday, Baumann/Klingmann had to settle for 13th in qualifying for race two, which was held on the Sunday for the first time. The second Schubert car started one place back in 14th. In the race, Baumann/Klingmann were able to climb into eighth thanks to a good pit strategy, for which they were rewarded with six points.

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Watch the Self Parking 2016 BMW 7 Series

We’ve read about the feature and seen photos of it in action. Now we get to see the 2016 7 Series do the seemingly… The post Watch the Self Parking 2016 BMW 7 Series appeared first on… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my web...

We’ve read about the feature and seen photos of it in action. Now we get to see the 2016 7 Series do the seemingly… The post Watch the Self Parking 2016 BMW 7 Series appeared first on… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Learning How to Drift With an M3

Well known racing driver and instructor Randy Probst teaches the right and wrong way to drift with the ultimate drifter – the BMW M3. The post Learning How to Drift With an M3 appeared first… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my we...

Well known racing driver and instructor Randy Probst teaches the right and wrong way to drift with the ultimate drifter – the BMW M3. The post Learning How to Drift With an M3 appeared first… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Is this the upcoming Competition Package for F80 BMW M3?

Two interesting F80 BMW M3s were spotted in Germany on a transport carrier. The black M3 sedans are equipped with the exclusive light-allow 666M wheels, the very same wheels introduced by the BMW Concept M4 GTS – sans the Acid Orange accents. S...

Two interesting F80 BMW M3s were spotted in Germany on a transport carrier. The black M3 sedans are equipped with the exclusive light-allow 666M wheels, the very same wheels introduced by the BMW Concept M4 GTS – sans the Acid Orange accents. So the following question arises: What’s a regular BMW M3 sedan doing with the exclusive wheels and black exhaust tips? Are we looking at the F80 M3 with the rumored Competition Package or is BMW preparing an F80 M3 CRT similar in concept with the previous E90 M3 CRT?

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BMW has yet to acknowledge a new edition of the M3 CRT – the acronym stands for Carbon Racing Technology – but we’ve recently learned that future exclusive M3/M4 models are certainly being planned. These could also be the first test vehicles of the Competition Packages which is rumored to arrive in 2016 and has also yet to be confirmed by BMW.

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There is also a remote possibility that these prototypes are future F80 BMW M3 Limited Edition models which would carry unique wheels, some carbon fiber bits and an upgraded exhaust system. At this point, everything is pure speculation, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see a special M3 arriving next year to coincide with BMW’s 100th anniversary.

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Sapphire Black BMW F82 M4 With MORR Wheels

Black colors are simple and they just work! While most of the new BMW M3s and M4 come in Austin Yellow, Alpine White or Sakhir Orange, a Sapphire Black allows the BMW F82 M4 to look “dark” and sinister giving the sporty coupe an aura of i...

Black colors are simple and they just work! While most of the new BMW M3s and M4 come in Austin Yellow, Alpine White or Sakhir Orange, a Sapphire Black allows the BMW F82 M4 to look “dark” and sinister giving the sporty coupe an aura of invincibility. This build from AUTOCOUTURE Motoring really shows the beauty of Sapphire Black M4, especially when the rich black color is coupled with a carbon fiber front splitter and rear diffuser, and a blacked out kidney grille. A custom exhaust systems with adjustable exhaust valves was also installed to improve the M4’s acoustics.

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Last but not least, the aftermarket wheels further enhance the looks of this M4. The wheels are manufactured by MORR and they come from the MS11 Contoured line. The BMW M4 saw no power upgrades, therefore the 3.0 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo engine delivers 425 horsepower to the rear wheels. It allows for a sprint from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 4.1 seconds.

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The look of the BMW M4 is classy and clean, and it will certainly stand out on a road filled with flashy colors.

Mineral Black BMW F82 M4 With MORR Wheels

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First BMW F80 M3 CRT prototypes or ZCP Competition Package spotted?

Now that the M4 GTS concept has been revealed, BMW may be turning its attention to developing the F80 M3 CRT, the first prototypes of which may have been spotted in these photos, courtesy of Heel & Toe blog. These two M3 test cars wear the same ...

Now that the M4 GTS concept has been revealed, BMW may be turning its attention to developing the F80 M3 CRT, the first prototypes of which may have been spotted in these photos, courtesy of Heel & Toe blog. These two M3 test cars wear the same 666 M style wheels from the GTS concept, just without the acid orange accenting (which is how the production M4 GTS wheels may look). The prototypes are also equipped with black exhaust tips. The other theory could be that what’s seen here are F80 M3 test cars featuring the upcoming Competition Package (ZCP), which is not expected to feature carbon ceramic brakes nor a high rear wing (as on the M4 GTS). The E90 M3 CRT was announced in June 2011 and was limited to only 67 units. Due to the very limited worldwide volume, the BMW M3 CRT was never homologated for sale in the USA. If history repeats itself, the F80 M3 CRT would possibly feature similar highlights as the E90 M3 CRT [see full thread]:M3 “CRT” = Carbon Racing TechnologiesLimited production – 67 unitsPriced in Germany at EUR 130,000 – incl. VATDebuts new production process for CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) componentsHood and bucket seats made from cellular carbon honeycombHood has strength of conventional steel hood, but at 1/4 of its weight. 50% weight saving over M3 aluminum hood.Frozen Polar Silver metallic exterior paintMelbourne Red metallic applications and special treatment for the BMW kidney grilleExclusive door sill strips, door panels and trim strips in aluminium grain structureSpecial Sakhir Orange and Black dual colored covers for the front and individual rear seatsAlcantara-covered M steering wheel Powertrain / Performance450hp @ 8,300 RPM324lb-ft torque @ 3,750 RPM180mph / 290kmh top speed4,360 cc displacement0-100km/h (0-62mph) – 4.4 secondsSports exhaust system with extremely lightweight titanium mufflerBedplate crankcase construction in special aluminum-silicon alloyIndividual throttle butterfliesKnock control system with ion current technologyDynamically-optimized wet sump oil supply Body3,483 pounds / 1,580 kilograms = [100lb (45kg)] lighter than standard sedan / [154lb (70kg)] lighter when equipment on board taken into accountProportion of car’s weight over rear axle raised to 48.4%7.74 lb-per-hp weight-to-power ratio3.5 kg-per-hp weight-to-power ratio

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Next-gen G30 5 Series will get features and options from new 7 Series

The 7 Series is BMW’s flagship model and the one car that historically has brought BMW’s latest innovations to the market. The G11/G12 7 Series launches this month and gives the consumers twenty six new features which will eventually tric...

The 7 Series is BMW’s flagship model and the one car that historically has brought BMW’s latest innovations to the market. The G11/G12 7 Series launches this month and gives the consumers twenty six new features which will eventually trickle down to other models. The first one to take advantage of some of this new tech is the 2017 BMW 5 Series. Our sources say the G30/G31 family will get most of the interior goodies that G11/G12 7 Series introduces: remote parking with the smart touchscreen keyfob, gesture control, Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system, ambient light and fragrance air system.

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Other features like WiFi Hotsport, wireless phone charging and AppleCar play are also on the list. Inside the cabin we will see the new iDrive system with touchscreen and gesture-based functions, the over-the-air updates for the car and other gimmicks that will bring ConnectedDrive philosophy to a new level. We even predict a self-opening tailgate as you approach the car with a cell phone or a keyfob in your packet. Autonomous functions will be the center of future BMWs, and by that we don’t necessarily mean self-driving car, but rather individual, interconnected features that automate some of the driver-performed functions today. The new 5 Series will not only park itself, but change lanes and overtake on the driver’s behalf. It’ll use radar-based cruise control to stay in its lane, detect a car ahead, and signal before pulling out and passing the car in front. BMW will unveil the new 5 Series in the second half of 2016. The article Next-gen G30 5 Series will get features and options from new 7 Series appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW 225xe Active Tourer plug-in hybrid will launch in 2016

BMW has decided that the new 2 Series Active Tourer is doing well enough that it wants to give it a new model. An eDrive plug-in hybrid model. The BMW 225xe Active Tourer will come to market in 2016 and it will likely be followed by Gran Tourer and X...

BMW has decided that the new 2 Series Active Tourer is doing well enough that it wants to give it a new model. An eDrive plug-in hybrid model. The BMW 225xe Active Tourer will come to market in 2016 and it will likely be followed by Gran Tourer and X1 hybrids. Our sources say that after lots of deliberation, the badge on the car will say 225xe. The 2 Series Active Tourer eDrive will feature BMW’s 1.5 liter three-cylinder TwinPower engine, transversely mounted powering the front wheels through a six-speed automatic, and an 88hp / 136 Nm/100 lb-ft of torque electric motor, powering the rear wheels through a two-speed transmission.

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This essentially makes the 2 Series Active Tourer eDrive a backwards i8, as the i8 uses a similar setup, but with the engine at the rear and motor at the front. Compared to a 225i xDrive model, this adds some 150 kg or 330 pounds. The gasoline engine produces 100 kW/136 hp and 220 Nm/162 pound-feet of torque/electric. Related: BMW 225e Active Tourer Plug-In Hybrid – First Drive

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The 2 Series AT eDrive will deliver its power instantaneously, thanks to the torque fill effect of the electric motors adding power while the turbocharger gathers boost. This will shuttle the 2 Series AT eDrive from 0-62 mph in 6.5 seconds. Not bad for a front-wheel drive hybrid.

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BMW’s 225xe Active Tourer will utilize both powertrains to give it an intelligent all-wheel drive system. It can send power to the front wheels, rear wheels or four wheels, depending as required. The system can also work with the Dynamic Stability Control to manage power for optimized traction, acceleration and efficiency. The EU cycle testing is likely to show an average of 2 liters per 100km (117 mpg US). BMW’s eDrive will be appearing in many other cars in the coming months, but this is one of the more intriguing. The 2 Series Active Tourer eDrive will arrive in Europe in 2016. The article BMW 225xe Active Tourer plug-in hybrid will launch in 2016 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW History: The First BMW Motorcycle

The year was 1919. A company which had previously been producing aircraft engines found itself facing the dilemma of having to change its business entirely. That company was, of course, BMW. Under the Treaty of Versailles, BMW was barred from continu...

The year was 1919. A company which had previously been producing aircraft engines found itself facing the dilemma of having to change its business entirely. That company was, of course, BMW. Under the Treaty of Versailles, BMW was barred from continuing with ‘business as usual’ and was forced to take an entirely new path. After years of design, re-design and innovation, BMW introduced the first of its very own motorcycles. This model was dubbed the R32.

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With just under 500cc and 8.5HP, coupled with its very low 269lb wet weight, the R32 effectively brought BMW into the new German economy. When it made its debut at the 1923 Paris Motorcycle Salon, it immediately garnered lots of attention. Though clearly a premium offering, the R32 was also very fuel efficient, delivering 78mpg. Even though it was designed during the post WWI era, the R32 has arguably been the most important vehicle in BMW Motorrad’s history. The drive train design which was first introduced on the R32 was later adapted to and used in every successive BMW motorcycle, up until 1994. The boxer engine for which BMW gained much notoriety too made its debut on the R32. These two things are often now thought of as being synonymous with the BMW Motorrad marque.

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Though the R32 was a crucial machine, it wasn’t exactly a perfect machine. For example, in its first iteration it lacked even a front brake. But it cannot be overlooked that the R32 is the proverbial ‘Genesis’ in the BMW Motorrad story. For this reason, you may have assumed that R32s are highly collectible? Indeed, they are and have sold in recent years for as much as $139,000USD. The article BMW History: The First BMW Motorcycle appeared first on BMW BLOG

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