2016 BMW M2 – Tech Review

Before driving the 2016 BMW M2 on Laguna Seca, MotoMan TV runs through the engineering changes in the transition from BMW M235i to BMW M2. One of the biggest change is the revised N55 3.0 liter six-cylinder engine. The newly developed, three-liter si...

Before driving the 2016 BMW M2 on Laguna Seca, MotoMan TV runs through the engineering changes in the transition from BMW M235i to BMW M2. One of the biggest change is the revised N55 3.0 liter six-cylinder engine. The newly developed, three-liter six-cylinder in-line engine in the new BMW M2 deploys the M TwinPower Turbo technology to develop 272 kW/370 hp at 6,500 rpm (fuel consumption combined: 8.5 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 199 g/km).

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The same applies to power delivery. Peak torque of 465 Nm (343 lb-ft) can be increased to as much as 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) in short bursts under overboost. All of which enables the new BMW M2 with optional seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT)** and Launch Control to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.3 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). And yet, with its M DCT transmission, fuel consumption of just 7.9 liters per 100 km and CO2 emissions as low as 185 g/km, the car is also keen to emphasize its outstanding efficiency. Here is a review of the engine and some other tech: The article 2016 BMW M2 – Tech Review appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Extraordinary short film by Oscar-winner Joachim Back marks the launch of the new MINI Convertible

MINI has launched the third phase of the new MINI Convertible campaign with the release of the short film “This Day Forward” on the campaign website mini.com/stay-open and on YouTube. The film was directed by award-winning director Joachim Back, ...

MINI has launched the third phase of the new MINI Convertible campaign with the release of the short film “This Day Forward” on the campaign website mini.com/stay-open and on YouTube. The film was directed by award-winning director Joachim Back, who won the Oscar for Best Short Film for “The New Tenants” in 2010. Reason or passion? Sometimes it takes several attempts to figure out what we really want. Protagonist Jake finds himself in such a situation, in which he has to decide whether to sell his record label in a deal worth millions or reject the offer and continue to pursue his dream in the music business.

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A total of three episodes, in which Jake relives the day of his decision, show how Jake gradually resolves to follow his heart. The film’s unique narrative mechanism, which reveals different facets and details of the story step by step, creates suspense and visualizes the implications of Jake’s dilemma. With this story, the short film personifies in Jake both the MINI target group’s positive and cosmopolitan attitude to life and the character of the new MINI Convertible – freethinking and open-minded, with a zest for life. The short film entitled “This Day Forward” was shot on location in and around Miami and the Florida Keys. The Gulf Coast, with its white beaches and palm trees, and the multicultural, open-minded city of Miami correspond to the positioning of the MINI Convertible. The screenplay was written in close cooperation between MINI and the agency WCRS in London; Oscar-winner Joachim Back was directing. The Danish director’s experience with short films makes him the ideal creative partner. With his ambitious cinematic aspirations and love of detail, his work for the MINI Convertible goes far beyond the classic promotional film. His interpretation of the MINI Convertible’s character creates something quite unique.

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The fact that the campaign centers on a short film, rather than classic advertising media, underlines the new MINI brand strategy, with a stronger focus on authenticity and content. With a short film, MINI is deliberately distancing itself from regular advertising media and setting a new benchmark. In this way, MINI is responding to the changing needs of its target group, for whom classic advertising is less and less relevant. Instead, the campaign relies on Jake’s relevant and authentic story to convey MINI’s core brand values of passion and a positive attitude to life in an emotional and contemporary way. “By presenting the MINI Convertible attitude in a unique film, we are able to create a sustainable and authentic experience with an intensity that cannot be achieved in a regular ad”, explains Marc Lengning, head of MINI Brand Management. The short film is the heart of the global MINI Convertible campaign. The campaign claim “Stay Open” symbolises the diversity of its target group and ties in with the “Always Open” campaign for the previous model. On a rational level, it highlights the possibility of driving the new MINI Convertible with the top down for even longer, thanks to new product features. On an emotional level, it reflects the free-spirited attitude of its target group, which is always cosmopolitan and open-minded. The film was already previewed in previous phases of the campaign in various online activities and a teaser. The suspense grew from phase to phase and has now culminated in the film’s release on the campaign website. With a clear focus on online communications, the campaign will also be accompanied by classic TV, print and out-of-home communications. In this way, the campaign accompanies prospective buyers throughout the entire sales channel. The agencies involved were WCRS from London and Soup. Filmproduktion from Berlin. The article Extraordinary short film by Oscar-winner Joachim Back marks the launch of the new MINI Convertible appeared first on BMW BLOG

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By The Numbers: U.S. premium car sales in January 2016

Winter is usually a time when auto sales decline and January 2016 made no exception. There were several automakers who reported sale gains as well. Mercedes-Benz’s 0.2 percent increase to 24,664 units occurred as C-Class sales fell 19 percent a...

Winter is usually a time when auto sales decline and January 2016 made no exception. There were several automakers who reported sale gains as well. Mercedes-Benz’s 0.2 percent increase to 24,664 units occurred as C-Class sales fell 19 percent and E-Class volume plunged 42 percent. Audi division broke its January record despite a 10 percent loss from the A3, a 15 percent drop in A4 sales, and sharp declines from the A5, and A6. The brand was up 3 percent.

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BMW fell 4.7 percent while at Volvo sales rose 12 percent. 56 percent of those sales came from the new XC90. Porsche also reported a sales increase of 11 percent while Jaguar’s car sales saw a 7 percent gain. Here is the full list of – Acura down 15%, 10,250 – Alfa down 31%, 67 – Audi up 3%, 11,850 – Bentley down 16%, 81 – BMW down 5%, 18,082 – Buick up 46%, 18,269 – Cadillac down 8%, 10,740 – Chevrolet down 4%, 137,803 – Chrysler down 22%, 18,214 – Dodge up 19%, 42,109 – Fiat down 20%, 2,594 – Ford down 3%, 165,301 – GMC up 4%, 36,933 – Honda flat, 90,247 – Hyundai up 1%, 45,011 – Infiniti down 12%, 8,514 – Jaguar up 7%, 1,352 – Jeep up 15%, 59,032 – Kia flat, 38,305 – Lamborghini up 3%, 65 – Land Rover up 7%, 5,655 – Lexus down 10%, 20,933 – Lincoln up 8%, 7,177 – Maserati up 16%, 525 – Mazda down 3%, 19,703 – Mercedes-Benz up 2%, 26,563 – including Sprinter – MINI flat, 3,238 – Mitsubishi down 4%, 6,264 – Nissan up 3%, 97,220 – Porsche up 11% to 4,354 – Ram up 5%, 33,021 – Scion up 38%, 5,009 – smart down 19%, 399 – Subaru up 1%, 41,101 – Tesla up 9%, 2,075 – Toyota down 5%, 135,251 – Volkswagen down 15%, 20,079 – Volvo up 12%, 4,244 The article By The Numbers: U.S. premium car sales in January 2016 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW M4 GTS at 2016 Chicago Auto Show

BMW M’s top model – the M4 GTS – makes an appearance at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. The street-legal racing car M4 GTS will go on sale in the U.S. in April and the limited run is already rumored to be allocated to customers. The BMW...

BMW M’s top model – the M4 GTS – makes an appearance at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. The street-legal racing car M4 GTS will go on sale in the U.S. in April and the limited run is already rumored to be allocated to customers. The BMW M4 GTS makes use of the multi-award-winning M TwinPower Turbo engine with 493 hp, a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds, water-injection and manually adjustable shocks – the M4 GTS is ready to munch almost anything that comes to the track. This Special Edition M4 GTS recorded a lap time of 7 minutes 28 seconds around the legendary Nürburgring-Nordschleife, the world’s most challenging race circuit.

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The standard M4 Coupe equipped with DCT and ceramic brakes lapped the famous Nurburgring in just 7:52 minutes, slightly behind the E46 M3 CSL (7:50) and the M3 GTS (7:48). The predecessor E92 M3 ran around the same track in 8:05 minutes. The previous special edition M3, the GTS, recorded a Nurburgring time of 7:48 minutes.

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RELATED: BMW M4 GTS: Is it worth the price? Sapphire Black metallic, Mineral Grey metallic, Alpine White and Frozen Dark Grey Metallic are the only colors offered for the M4 GTS. One style of wheels is offered as well – 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).

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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.

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BMW will only be developing 700 units of the M4 GTS, with only 300 making it to the North American market. Those are very low figures, even lower than the those of the Porsche 911 GT3. When something is rare, it becomes more valuable, obviously. The BMW M4 GTS will be very rare.

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Drop drops to third place in luxury car sales

At one time not so long ago, BMW was the number one selling luxury automobile company in the world. It makes sense, as the launches of the F30 3 Series and F10 5 Series created an influx of BMW buyers, pushing the Bavarian brand to the top of the ch...

At one time not so long ago, BMW was the number one selling luxury automobile company in the world. It makes sense, as the launches of the F30 3 Series and F10 5 Series created an influx of BMW buyers, pushing the Bavarian brand to the top of the charts where it stayed for a few years. Now, however, BMW has dropped to third place among luxury automakers in global sales. Admittedly, this is just for January, so its possible BMW can yet again be the best-selling luxury automaker by the year’s end, but as it stands now, BMW is getting the bronze.

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It’s actually quite interesting, as BMW’s January sales rose 7.5 percent, as the Roundel sold 133,883 cars last month. However, that’s not as much as Audi, who sold 143,150 units and not even close to as much as Mercedes-Benz, who sold 150,814 cars. It’s strange to see Mercedes taking the top spot in the luxury sale department, as the Stuttgart-based brand lagged behind the other two German luxury car brands for several years. However, with Mercedes introducing a series of new models, including the CLA Class, the new C Class, the new S Class and the updated SUVs, it created a massive amount of new buyers and the new Mercedes-Benz design language has brought customers over from other brands. However, despite BMW currently lagging behind its German competitors and many markets being down at the moment, including the massive Chinese market, the Bavarian brand is still positive. “Despite many markets showing continuing volatility, we remain optimistic,” said Ian Robertson, Head of BMW sales.

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BMW will be introducing quite a few new models this year, which should help BMW increase its sales, much in the same way Mercedes did, last year. The new G11 BMW 7 Series has gotten off to a slow start, selling only 3,392 units last month, whereas Mercedes-Benz sold 8,473 S Classes. This is likely because the 7 Series is very new and still quite unknown, it will get better as customers see its new technology and luxury. But the Bavarians will also be releasing the new BMW M2, X4 M40i, 33e plug-in hybrid and possibly even the new 5 Series this year, so sales should improve. But it won’t be easy, because it isn’t just Mercedes-Benz that’s coming out with new competing models. Audi will be launching its new A4 in North America and just released its new Q7 in North America as well, the two best-selling Audis on the market. So BMW’s Bavarian neighbors are making this sales race even more difficult. So it isn’t going to be easy for BMW, but with its suite of new models on the way, as well as new technologies and newly branded models (iPerformance, M Performance), BMW definitely has a chance to regain the lead. [Source: Autonews] The article Drop drops to third place in luxury car sales appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Listen to the sound of the BMW M2 M Performance Exhaust System

German Autobild has recently spent some time with the BMW M2 Coupe in a closed-up room where they had the chance to observe from up-close the M Performance Parts and also to listen to the sound of the M2 M Performance Exhaust System. Just a few days ...

German Autobild has recently spent some time with the BMW M2 Coupe in a closed-up room where they had the chance to observe from up-close the M Performance Parts and also to listen to the sound of the M2 M Performance Exhaust System. Just a few days ago we also spent some time around the M2 MotoGP Safety Car which also features the very same M Performance Parts – a review on this will follow shortly. The exhaust system is made of stainless steel – for cost reasons – and the customer will be able to choose between carbon fiber tips and titanium tips.

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The tips will also be interchangeable between M3 and M4 exhaust systems. There are no power gains with an axle-back exhaust because the turbocharged engine will compensate to create the same amount of torque. And judging by the sound of the stock M2 we drove on the track and the M Performance Exhaust System shown here, the upgrade will certainly be worth it. The article Listen to the sound of the BMW M2 M Performance Exhaust System appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Live Photos: BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car

We spent the last few days in California driving a series of new BMW and MINI cars – including the all-mighty BMW M2. Our driving impressions will be out on Tuesday at 6PM EST. While in Monterey, we also had the unique opportunity to see from u...

We spent the last few days in California driving a series of new BMW and MINI cars – including the all-mighty BMW M2. Our driving impressions will be out on Tuesday at 6PM EST. While in Monterey, we also had the unique opportunity to see from up-close the recently unveiled BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car. In person, the new Safety Car looks even better; its aggressive lines, the M livery and the additional M Performance Parts make this M2 quite a looker.

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Speaking of the M Perforamance Parts, BMW chose the Safety Car as the runaway model to feature its entire range of carefully designed and engineered parts. The racing wing, M carbon ceramic brakes and the Michelin Cup 2 add even more character and performance to this M2.

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Inside, the rear seats have been stripped out while the front seats are now made by Recaro. An adjustable coilover suspension the carbon fiber blades applied to the body and side skirts, the diffuser insert at the rear are just a few of the aerodynamic improvements.

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Rare widebody BMW E46 M3 HPF

The E46 M3 is one of the most fun to drive M cars ever built by the Garching wizards. Its looks, handling and driving dynamics have been highly praised over the years by customers and journalists from around the world. To show the love for their cars...

The E46 M3 is one of the most fun to drive M cars ever built by the Garching wizards. Its looks, handling and driving dynamics have been highly praised over the years by customers and journalists from around the world. To show the love for their cars and to stand out on the road, some owners decided to give their E46 M3s a different look. This E46 M3 hails from Beirut, Lebanon and before it was shown to the world it went through an extensive modification process. The E46 M3 received a Frozen Blue color paired with a new OEM E46 M3 CSL interior with blue stitching.

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Yet the upgrade process hasn’t stopped there. Next on the list was a full ASUKA widebody paired with a Vorsteinr GTR hood which both add sportiness and aggressive design lines. The full list along with more photos is available below:

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Full ASUKA widebody Vorsteiner gtr Hood. VIP modular Wheel 3 pieces custom VR13 18×13 rear 19×10 front. Interior Full OEM csl interior with custom blue stitching. Custom IND blue seatbelt. Custom carbon fiber steering wheel. Awron dash board Gauge. Aem wideband steering gauges. Engine and performance Full build low compressor engine. Horsepower freaks turbo charger stage 2.75. DOC race exhaust manifold. Supersprint x pipe. Grupp M rear muffler Brakes / suspension system XYZ big brake system 8 port 380 mm front 6 port 355 mm rear. KW V3 adjustable coil over system

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In-Studio Look at BMW M2 with M Performance Parts + Exhaust Sounds

In studio look by Autobild at the BMW M2 Coupe fitted with M Performance Parts. Features close looks at the exterior, interior, and the listen at the M Performance Exhaust. ...

In studio look by Autobild at the BMW M2 Coupe fitted with M Performance Parts. Features close looks at the exterior, interior, and the listen at the M Performance Exhaust.

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What’s the best Valentine’s Day Date BMW for 2016?

Come February 14, at least one half of every couple goes searching for flowers and chocolates and other typical romantic gifts for Valentine’s Day. Flower and chocolate shops are swamped on the days leading up to Valentine’s Day, with mo...

Come February 14, at least one half of every couple goes searching for flowers and chocolates and other typical romantic gifts for Valentine’s Day. Flower and chocolate shops are swamped on the days leading up to Valentine’s Day, with mobs of people trying to get their significant other the perfect romantic gift in hopes of having a romantic evening. But even bigger than the chocolates and flowers and funny cards is the Valentine’s Day dinner date. If you’ve celebrated Valentine’s Day with a partner before, you’ve probably done the dinner date. It’s almost necessary and usually expected. And because this is usually expected, it’s important to bring your partner to dinner in style. So what better way to do so than driving them there in a BMW? But which BMW? That’s the bigger question. There are so many excellent ones, which would be the best date car BMW for Valentine’s Day? One of the best Valentine’s Day date cars ever, not just of 2016 BMWs, is the brand-new BMW M6 convertible. Nothing says dinner date like a drive in a drop-top grand tourer with a grumbly, sexy exhaust. The BMW M6 is just such a seductive looking car, it starts seducing your date the moment they see. Then the throaty exhaust rumbles on start up, the top goes down and the stars come out. Come on, that seduced me just typing it. Plus, there’s something very romantic about grand touring cars, as grand-touring has a romance to it on its own. Add in the looks, sound, power and speed of the M6 and you have a car that will have your date immediately thinking about after the date, if you know what I’m saying.

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However, the BMW M6 is a little expensive, actually a lotta expensive (I know, that’s not a word). So for the many folks that can’t afford an M6, we can recommend another great date car for V-Day — the BMW M235i. Genuinely, you want a coupe for a date night, as it’s cooler and more exciting. The great thing about the M235i is that it’s small on the inside, making you and your date quite close, so it’s an intimate cabin. It’s also a very fun car, as there’s something about it that gives off an air of happiness. It’s the kind of car that can make a date fun and that’s one of the most important parts of a date. The BMW M235i doesn’t have the sex appeal that the M6 does and it doesn’t exude power an elegance like the M6, but it has an intimate cabin, looks great and makes for a fun date.

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These are our two favorite BMW date cars, which new BMW would you choose, if you could choose any, to take your significant other on a date with? The article What’s the best Valentine’s Day Date BMW for 2016? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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