Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/08/31/bmwblog-test-drive-2015-bmw-m4-convertible/ in News on August 30, 2014
Can BMW make the M4 Convertible to be as fun as its brother, the M4 Coupe? To find out, BMWBLOG headed over to Munich to sample, over a series of twistier and some high-speed cruising, the new 2015 M4 Convertible. The M division sees the M4 Convertib...
Can BMW make the M4 Convertible to be as fun as its brother, the M4 Coupe? To find out, BMWBLOG headed over to Munich to sample, over a series of twistier and some high-speed cruising, the new 2015 M4 Convertible. The M division sees the M4 Convertible as a car requested by a small, yet passionate and wealthy M3/M4 owners. Built atop the 4 Series Convertible and the M4 Coupe, the business case for a cabriolet version is simple: high profit for relatively small changes. How Is The Convertible Different From The BMW M4 Coupe?
Immediately the M4 Convertible stands out with the typical M design cues: an aggressive front apron, the 3D shaped kidney grille with the M logo, the flared wheel arches and the iconic four tailpipes. Add to these the beautiful Moonstone Metallic paint from the BMW Individual catalog and some black wheels, and you have a looker on your hands. Compared to the coupe, the M4 Convertible not only gets a retractable hardtop but also gets an additional 250 kilograms of weight for a total of 1750 kilos (3858 lbs). More on the weight and its impact on the driving experience in the following paragraphs. Back on the hard roof topic. The three-piece folding metal roof can be operated at speeds up to 18km/h, an impressive engineering feature with a roof this large. It also takes 20 seconds to fully retract the roof, another impressive figure.
Not being a fan of convertibles, I paid a closer look at the experience with the top down. I quickly installed the wind blocker in the back and even at high speeds, the wind blocker allowed for some comfortable chatting without yelling. When the roof is finally down, you probably should put up the wind blocker (if there’s nobody in the back seat) and BMW now offers a first for an M car – an optional neck warmer. Yes, this is what M is reduced to with the Convertible. Furthermore, the wind blocker folds into a small space and BMW has thoughtfully given it its own storage area behind the folding rear seats. One good thing about riding with the top down is the pure sound of the engine. Yes, it is not the V8 we all got to love in the previous generation M3, but the growling sound from the 3.0 liter turbo is satisfying for most BMW fans. Once the top is up, the Active Sound is a bit more obvious, even though BMW says that only about 20% has been improved.
Taking another lesson learned from the 4 Series Convertible by using a button on the inside of the boot lid which lets you lift the metal roof pieces up and down allowing for easier loading of things. With the metal roof up, the BMW M4 Convertible offers 370 liter of storage space and 220 liters when the top is down. BMW now offers a first for an M car: an optional neck warmer.
Can The BMW M4 Convertible Hide Its Additional Weight? While the BMW 4 Series Convertible has a hard time hiding the additional weight over the coupe, the M4 Convertible does a better job at it. Despite the 250 kg increase in weight, the M4 Convertible delivers the same handling on regular roads. We have not had a chance to sample the sporty convertible on the track, but most likely an experienced driver would notice the extra bloat.
The M4 Convertible inherits the S55 six-cylinder 3.0 liter turbo engine from the M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe. Along with it comes a dual-clutch 7 speed transmission (optional) or the six-manual. While a fan of manual transmissions, I came lately to not only admire but also appreciate the precision of the 7-speed DCT. For a car that aims to be a sporty cruiser, the 7-speed DCT seems like the natural choice. The wheel-mounted paddles can be adjusted for three different types of gear changes. In the calmest setting, the shifting is less violent while in the most aggressive setting, the car thumps at each new ration, reminding you this is, in the end, a sports car. BMW also fitted the adaptive suspension in the M4 convertible which comes with three settings: Comfort, Sport and Sport+. The driving character in all three modes is similar to what we have experienced before. In the Comfort mode, the M4 Convertible feels less tight and has more body roll than we would like. The Sport+ is where the chassis really shines, yet it might feel a bit too aggressive and rough for the typical convertible driver.
Sport setting is what we envision many to select while driving. It’s the best compromise for this type of vehicle, sporty, yet comfortable to drive over long distances. The steering wheel also delivers great feedback and connection with the road. If you’re into high customization of your ride, the M4 Convertible offers settings for the steering, damping and gearshift, all set individually of each other. We took the BMW M4 Convertible over some twisties from Munich to Garmisch and experienced the drive with both the top up and down. When the roof sits above our heads, the chassis gets a bit stiffer, as expected, and the M4 Convertible inherits the character of the coupe. With the roof down, it loses a bit of its stiffness and flexes over big bumps, again another trait in any cabriolet out there.
On the Autobahn, the car is a monster. We took it all the way up to 270 km/h and the M4 planted itself on the road and gave us the confidence needed to ride at such high speeds. The carbon ceramic brakes do a phenomenal job stopping the car in time while the amazing Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires offer a road grip that we have not experienced lately in any other tires. The 18-inch allows and the Super Sports also delivered in tight cornering. The S55 engine has the same character we’ve experienced in the sedan and coupe: plant your foot down and the engine will shine from 1800 rpm and up. Downshifting and upshifting is fun and gratifying and we’ve had quite some fun moving the needle across the entire rpm range. Should I Buy One?
In all fairness, comparing the M4 Convertible to its coupe brother is not something we would like to do nor any other owner out there should consider that comparison. The car is certainly less sharp than the M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe, but still a great handling cabrio. Before you even begin the purchasing process, you need to make sure you’re clear on what type of vehicle would like. Once you choose the cabriolet variant, then your choices should narrow down to what the competitors are offering. And in this segment, the choices are quite extensive: Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi RS5 Cabriolet and even the Jaguar F-type or Porsche Boxster GTS. If you love BMWs and adore the M brand, and live in a sunny state, the M4 Convertible is, in our opinion, a more fun to drive than the M6 Convertible, for example. Cheaper too and quite a looker.
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Some beautiful new wallpapers of the F83 M4 convertible for your enjoyment.
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Some sights from one of the BMW Ultimate Driving Experience events being held around the country. This one was put on in Alameda, California. The event brings some of BMW’s latest models to the public for test drives and even autocrossing. ...
Some sights from one of the BMW Ultimate Driving Experience events being held around the country. This one was put on in Alameda, California. The event brings some of BMW’s latest models to the public for test drives and even autocrossing.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/08/30/bmw-electric-cars-aim-overtake-tesla-silicon-valleys-prefered-luxury-vehicles/ in News on August 30, 2014
Tesla Model S has been Silicon Valley’s preferred choice when it came to luxury vehicles and “green car tech”. But BMW’s i8 hybrid sporstcar might steal the spotlight from the innovative Tesla electric car. Earlier this month,...
Tesla Model S has been Silicon Valley’s preferred choice when it came to luxury vehicles and “green car tech”. But BMW’s i8 hybrid sporstcar might steal the spotlight from the innovative Tesla electric car. Earlier this month, Tony Fadell, the CEO of Nest, former Apple exec and the father of iPod, has given BMW a PR boost when he picked up one of the first i8 models delivered in the United States. Fadell is currently heading the revolution on Internet of Things by creating and connecting smart devices to each other. The Nest thermostat is highly acclaimed for its design and utility.
In the Valley, over the last few years, several high profile tech figures, like Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak or Google co-founder Sergey Brin, were known to not only drive the Tesla Model S, but often praise or advertise their cars to the world. The Model S was the best-selling vehicle in 2013 in the wealthy Bay Area towns of Atherton and Los Altos Hills, according to Edmunds.com, which tracks auto sales. The i8 not only impresses everyone with its exotic looks and a supercar appeal, but it also speaks to geeky culture in the Valley, thanks to the innovative hybrid technology, carbon fiber construction and high-tech, like the laser lights. READ ALSO: How This BMW i8 Sold For $825,000 But the i8 is not the only premium electric vehicle promoted by BMW in the Bay area. Their megacity car, BMW i3, has recently went on sale and it will soon join the DriveNow car sharing program.
“We’ve put thousands and thousands of people behind the wheel of an electric BMW,” Richard Steinberg, chief executive of the program, called DriveNow USA, said in an interview for Bloomberg. “It gets people behind the wheel of a BMW-developed and – manufactured vehicle that they probably wouldn’t ordinarily have a chance to sample.” Both companies are on track to deliver more premium electric vehicles in the future, starting with an SUV and compact cars from Tesla, and a midsize electric sedan from BMW. Despite heading towards inevitable competition, the two companies believe they currently help each other in the quest to turn electric vehicles into mainstream automobiles. They even hold talks around sharing technologies. Which one will come on top? Both have their strengths. BMW, on one hand controls the carbon fiber market, important in the build of lightweight electric vehicles, while Tesla aims to deliver the best batteries on the market, another important elements in the drive range of an electric vehicle. The article BMW electric cars aim to overtake Tesla as the Silicon Valley’s prefered luxury vehicles appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/08/30/bmw-4-series-gran-coupe-vs-audi-a5-sportback-drive-comparison/ in News on August 30, 2014
AutoExpress UK drives and compares the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and the Audi A5 Sportback. Audi’s four-door coupe has been available since 2009 and it is now getting a worthy opponent. Dimensions of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and the Audi A5 Sportb...
AutoExpress UK drives and compares the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and the Audi A5 Sportback. Audi’s four-door coupe has been available since 2009 and it is now getting a worthy opponent. Dimensions of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and the Audi A5 Sportback are just a few centimeters apart, despite a nearly identical wheelbase. The Audi A5 Sportback is almost three millimeters wider and two millimeters higher than the 4 Series Gran Coupe. The two models tested are the BMW 420d Gran Coupé xDrive and Audi A5 Sportback 2.0 TDI. The BMW produces 181 hp while the A5 Sportback by Audi outputs 175 hp.
Let’s see an excerpt from their review: Unlike some niche models, the 4 Series Gran Coupe blends a really appealing mix of ingredients. It has the low running costs, engaging chassis, comfort, refinement and build quality of the class-leading 3 Series, plus it gives you the style of the 4 Series Coupe without compromising practicality. However, we’d go for the standard rear-wheel-drive version over the xDrive to curb running costs even further. The Audi A5 has been the king of the executive coupe sector for a long time, but it’s beginning to show its age. It’s not as good to drive as the Gran Coupe, nor as smart inside, and it’s arguably not as stylish. However, the margins between these two are small, and the A5 Sportback remains an attractive proposition for those wanting a classy and more versatile alternative to a compact saloon. The article BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe vs Audi A5 Sportback – Drive Comparison appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/08/30/ac-schnitzer-tuning-bmw-2-series-coupe/ in News on August 30, 2014
German tuning shop AC Schnitzer have released their aftermarket program for the new BMW 2 Series Coupe. The tuning includes both upgrades for the exterior and interior design, as well as offering performance improvements. AC Schnitzer offers five per...
German tuning shop AC Schnitzer have released their aftermarket program for the new BMW 2 Series Coupe. The tuning includes both upgrades for the exterior and interior design, as well as offering performance improvements. AC Schnitzer offers five performance upgrades for the BMW 2 Series Coupe. The 220i gets a power uprade to 242 hp from the stock 181 hp. The 218d now outputs 169 hp while the 220d delivers 215 hp. The highest diesel offering, the 225d, is rated at 255 hp. The M Performance Automobile M235i also gets a significant power upgrade: 375 hp from 320 hp.
On the outside, the 2 Series Coupe tuned by AC Schnitzer comes with a carbon fiber front spoiler, carbon fiber rear diffuser, carbon fiber mirror covers, carbon fiber roof and boot lid spoilers. Inside the typical AC Schnitzer elements: aluminum handbrake handle and pedals, gear knob with digital display and branded floor mats. Other upgrades for specific models include a sports exhaust, sports springs and a wide range of custom wheels from 18 to 20 inches.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/08/30/bmw-alpina-b6-biturbo-gran-coupe-video/ in News on August 30, 2014
German carmaker ALPINA unveils a new video of their BMW ALPINA B6 BiTurbo Gran Coupe. Based on the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, the ALPINA B6 Biturbo Gran Coupe was launched in the U.S. this summer. The drivetrain of the B6 Biturbo Gran Coupe is inherite...
German carmaker ALPINA unveils a new video of their BMW ALPINA B6 BiTurbo Gran Coupe. Based on the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, the ALPINA B6 Biturbo Gran Coupe was launched in the U.S. this summer. The drivetrain of the B6 Biturbo Gran Coupe is inherited from the other B6 models: a 540 horsepower twin-turbo V8 paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. ALPINA offers the B6 Biturbo Gran Coupe with both a rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive setup. The Buchloe alternative to the BMW M6 Gran Coupe comes with the usual aggressive styling and luxurious look and feel all around. The customized interior once again shows the level of craftsmanship achieved by the small automaker with a focus on comfort.
The B6 Gran Coupe has a top speed of 198 mph. As is the case with every other BMW ALPINA vehicle, the B6 Gran Coupe body is manufactured in the BMW 6 Series factory (Plant Dingolfing) and hand finished with select ALPINA powertrain components and interior equipment at the ALPINA factory in Buchloe, Germany. This production sequence extends the production schedule by approximately two weeks. In the U.S., the ALPINA B6 sells for $118,225 including $925 destination and handling. The article BMW ALPINA B6 BITURBO Gran Coupé – Video appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/08/30/bmw-x5-f15-space-grey-design-pure-experience-package/ in News on August 30, 2014
Last month, while driving the new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer in Soelden – Austria, BMW told us that an F15 X5 was used to carry some supplies all the way up to 3,000 meters. The BMW X5 F15 used was the xDrive30d model in Space Grey Metallic and...
Last month, while driving the new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer in Soelden – Austria, BMW told us that an F15 X5 was used to carry some supplies all the way up to 3,000 meters. The BMW X5 F15 used was the xDrive30d model in Space Grey Metallic and with the Design Pure Experience Package. BMW X5 equipped with Design Pure Experience comes with steel at the front, rear and side, the air inlets with a differentiated look and the tailpipe and grille bars in silver mate. It is equally striking on the inside too – thanks to the exclusive Nappa leather upholstery with contrast stitching and extended features in Mocha and the fine-wood trim Fineline Pure.
Exterior Design Pure Experience and Interior Design Pure Experience can be ordered separately. The BMW X5 xDrive30d is equipped with the 3.0-liter straight six-cylinder turbo diesel N57, which distributes 258 hp and 560 Newton meters of torque to all four wheels. Depending on the tires, the fuel consumption is 5.9 to 6.0 liters per 100 kilometers.
The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h is completed in 6.8 seconds, top speed is 230 km / h. Who wants more diesel performance, may resort to double or even triple turbocharged six-cylinder models: X5 xDrive40d and X5 M50d with 313 and 381 hp, respectively. Here is a photo gallery:
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Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/08/30/bmw-f82-m3-akrapovic-exhaust-system/ in News on August 30, 2014
Akrapovic has taken their brand new exhaust system for a BMW F82 M4 to United States! This is the first Akrapovic powered car over here and will serve as a promotion tool for their exhaust system products on this side of the pond. We’ve already...
Akrapovic has taken their brand new exhaust system for a BMW F82 M4 to United States! This is the first Akrapovic powered car over here and will serve as a promotion tool for their exhaust system products on this side of the pond. We’ve already heard how this exhaust system sounds, but this is the first instance of the same system being installed on a project vehicle in US. This slip-on exhaust system is made out of titanium and adds bigger pipes compared to the exhaust system thus providing lower back pressure and more power. This is specially significant on lower RPM’s where the exhaust note is amplified and provides a deeper sounding engine compared to the stock system.
This system is a completely new design, and it will reduce overall vehicle weight and deliver extra power and a sporty sound, which has been tailored to highlight lower frequencies and increase the listening enjoyment. Increases in both power and torque add to the sensory experience, combined with improved agility. The look of the Slip-On system can also be further enhanced by adding titanium or carbon- tailpipes and the stunning carbon – rear diffuser. The exhaust system adds 5.4kW at 4400RPM compared to the stock system. Torque is increased by 17.4Nm at 2350RPM. It also weighs 3.3 kilograms less than what comes with the BMW M4 from the factory as well. You can definitely appreciate the performance increase, all while getting a better sounding BMW M4 in the same product. Take a look at the first BMW M4 with an Akrapovic exhaust system in US.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/08/30/bmw-m-performance-exhaust-system-bmw-m3-bmw-m4/ in News on August 30, 2014
From the racetrack to the road, the brand new BMW M Performance Exhaust System for BMW M3 (F80) and BMW M4 (F82/F83) has arrived. The lightweight aftermarket exhaust system with titanium rear silencer generates a highly emotive sound redolent of raci...
From the racetrack to the road, the brand new BMW M Performance Exhaust System for BMW M3 (F80) and BMW M4 (F82/F83) has arrived. The lightweight aftermarket exhaust system with titanium rear silencer generates a highly emotive sound redolent of racing sports. In layman’s terms, the BMW M Performance Exhaust System will provide a soothing sound with more growl coming from the performance car. Developed especially for the BMW M3 and M4, this sound system is featuring some technical advancements compared to the stock system. In visual terms, the four 80mm tailpipes made from titanium with the M logo create an unmistakable appearance – together with 93mm tailpipe made out of carbon fiber that you can order as well. BMW M logo is included on those as well. Even the exhaust silencer features an M Performance logo, further accentuating the entire appearance.
With this package you receive the Motordynamic button, allowing you to switch through multiple modes, which influence the exhaust system’s performance and sound as well. Modes are Sport and Sport+ mode (maximum emotional sound, very sporty, very loud, maximum performance) and Efficient mode (sporty sound, significantly sportier and more emotional than the standard system, but with residual comfort for uncompromising everyday use). In a way, you are getting both possible driving modes in one exhaust system making this product an unique opportunity to keep the noise levels down when needed and having a sweet performance oriented sound also. The silencer system comprises of a high-quality materials mix, in which the pre-pies are made from lightweight stainless steel and the rear silencer is made entirely from titanium. This reduces the weight significantly compared to the stock exhaust system, providing additional performance gains through lower overall car weight too. The silencer system is 32% (8kg) lighter than the standard component for this car. Installation is simple, no welding is required, a perfect choice for a great and easy performance and visual upgrade in one single product.
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