In pursuit of points in Zandvoort.

Marco Wittmann was crowned Drivers’ Champion at the Lausitzring, but there are still two titles up for grabs when the DTM season enters the finishing straight in Zandvoort next weekend. The title race is in full swing in both the Manufacturersâ€...

Marco Wittmann was crowned Drivers’ Champion at the Lausitzring, but there are still two titles up for grabs when the DTM season enters the finishing straight in Zandvoort next weekend.

The title race is in full swing in both the Manufacturers’ and the Team competitions. With this in mind, the BMW Motorsport teams and drivers have their sights set on scoring as many points as possible at the “Circuit Park Zandvoort”, in order to defend the leads currently held by BMW Team RMG and BMW. Stefan Reinhold’s team, which includes the new DTM champion in Wittmann, currently tops the Team standings with 167 points. In the Manufacturers’ Championship, BMW leads with 320 points. Last season, the race in Zandvoort proved to be successful for BMW Motorsport. Wittmann, at the wheel of the Ice-Watch BMW M3 DTM, claimed the first pole position of his DTM career in qualifying. He then went on to clock the fastest lap during the race, setting a time of 1:32.296 minutes on his sixth lap of the 4.307-kilometre circuit in the Dutch sand dunes. The winner at the “Circuit Park” was fellow BMW driver Augusto Farfus. He produced an outstanding display in front of 41,000 spectators to clinch the 50th win in the history of the DTM for the BMW M3. Zandvoort is one of the BMW drivers’ favourite circuits. The reason for this is the characteristic of the circuit: the tricky hills, crests and bumps make a lap of the “Circuit Park” akin to a rollercoaster ride. The location, nestled in the dunes on the North Sea coast, is also unique. Zandvoort has stepped in to replace the race initially scheduled to take place in China, when the event originally planned for this weekend, in Guangzhou, had to be cancelled.

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Cleanly Modded BMW M6 Gran Coupe On Avantgarde Wheels

Some weeks ago, we wrote about a Sapphire Black BMW M6 with a full Vorsteiner kit and wheels, and today, we have the chance to show you another build, a cleanly modded BMW M6 Gran Coupe with a custom aero kit, wheels and an exhaust system. Considered...

Some weeks ago, we wrote about a Sapphire Black BMW M6 with a full Vorsteiner kit and wheels, and today, we have the chance to show you another build, a cleanly modded BMW M6 Gran Coupe with a custom aero kit, wheels and an exhaust system. Considered by many a fashion statement, ordering a 6 Series Gran Coupe is the way to go if you need the added usability of a four-door vehicle, while keeping in touch with design lines and performance of a Coupe vehicle.

Cleanly Modded BMW M6 Gran Coupe On Avantgarde Wheels

The BMW M6 Gran Coupe seen here is painted in the Space Gray Metallic finish and features the 4.4-liter BMW M TwinPower Turbo V-8, 32-valve 560-hp engine. The power unit combines an M TwinScroll turbocharger with variable valve control (Double-VANOS and Valvetronic) and high-precision direct injection. All of these adds up to a performance car that sprints from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 4.1 seconds, thanks to a 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) with Drivelogic technology.

Cleanly Modded BMW M6 Gran Coupe On Avantgarde Wheels

To make the car stand out even more, a set of Avantgarde Wheels were fitted to the M6 Gran Coupe. These M510 wheels comes in 21×9 / 21×12.5 sizes, front and rear, respectively, and are painted with a gloss black finish. The car is nicely lowered to accompany the added size for the wheels and to provide a better stance and overall look.

Cleanly Modded BMW M6 Gran Coupe On Avantgarde Wheels

A complete aerodynamics body kit from ENLAES was installed as well. It features a front bumper, side skirts and a rear diffuser all made out of carbon fiber. This BMW M6 Gran Coupe also comes with a custom exhaust system. Please take a look at the media gallery right below.

Cleanly Modded BMW M6 Gran Coupe On Avantgarde Wheels

Cleanly Modded BMW M6 Gran Coupe On Avantgarde Wheels

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BMW 850i Test Drive by Car and Driver

Car and Driver takes us back into the history of their magazine and the BMW brand. From their 1991 July issue resurfaces a review of the BMW 850i. Considered the flagship of the BMW brand at the time, the 8 Series was and remains of the most polarizi...

Car and Driver takes us back into the history of their magazine and the BMW brand. From their 1991 July issue resurfaces a review of the BMW 850i. Considered the flagship of the BMW brand at the time, the 8 Series was and remains of the most polarizing bummers one can see on the road. Prices on the used market continue to be quite high and the classic car turned collector item after initial struggles with the sales. Under the hood, the 850i was fitted with the 5 liter M70B50 V12 engine producing 300 PS (221 kW; 296 hp) and was available with either a 4-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual gearbox. Top speed was limited to 186 mph.

BMW 850i Test Drive by Car and Driver

The 850i included Automatic Stability Control (ASC), which limited power to the rear wheels when wheel slippage was detected during acceleration. The manual version came with a different feature: ASC + T; which also applied brakes to the rear wheels to restore traction. The 850i was the first model to use BMW’s new Seat-Integrated Belt system, which integrated the belt system into the seat instead of anchoring it to the floor and/or roof pillar. Between 1989 and 1992, there were 20,072 produced. Here is an excerpt from their review: With the 850i’s speed and silence comes annoyance, however. A sports-luxury machine as expensive as this should be as sweet as homemade marmalade to drive, even if you’re just on a run to the cleaners. But the 850i will have you talking to yourself every time you attempt to creep along in rush-hour traffic. No matter how gingerly you toe into the throttle, the engine lunges and snaps your head. Lunge-snap. Lunge-snap. It’s like having your mother shake you by the shoulders. Our experience with the 750iL, which also comes with an automatic, suggests that it is the 850i’s manual gearbox that elicits this spastic behavior. Apparently the automatic’s torque converter smooths the initial bump of acceleration. An 850i with an automatic is a happier car for other reasons as well. The six-speed overdrive gearbox in our test car never slotted into second gear without a shudder, and the clutch required a hefty push and a full extension of the left leg to get it all the way down. Running through the gears was more work than it was worth. You’d hope that a device for serious driving like the 850i would have sharp-as-a-knife road manners. Hell, BMW practically invented the sports sedan, so that shouldn’t be too pressing an order. But here, too, the 850i disappoints. It feels wide of beam and bulky. Its steering is loose and woozy. On anything but billiard-table-perfect pavement, it simply doesn’t know where straight-ahead is; it sniffs around like a bloodhound in search of a scent and requires constant minding just to keep it centered in the lane. Amazingly, the 850i even stumbles over the seams in the pavement when you change lanes. Full review here The article BMW 850i Test Drive by Car and Driver appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Will BMW Return To A V10 For Next BMW M5?

Latest rumor on the interwebs comes from the usual Scott26/27 BMW insider. His track record hasn’t been spotless so we always advise to take his statements with a grain of salt. His latest thoughts outlined in a forum say that the next generati...

Latest rumor on the interwebs comes from the usual Scott26/27 BMW insider. His track record hasn’t been spotless so we always advise to take his statements with a grain of salt. His latest thoughts outlined in a forum say that the next generation BMW M5 will return to a V10 engine. As you would expect, the BMW community not only embraced this idea but are already thinking what kind of power it will deliver and whether will it be a naturally aspirated engine or a V10 TwinTurbo. Before going all in, let’s take a closer look at this rumor. Cons of a V10 Engine

Will BMW Return To A V10 For Next BMW M5?

Given all the downsizing, eco-friendly and environment happy news we’ve been getting lately from BMW, the idea of a V10 engine going back in the M5 and consequently the M6, doesn’t make much sense. Granted, things change a lot over the course of seven years (the lifecycle of a BMW product), so one would argue that anything is possible. But the following question arises: why would BMW give up their high-performance V8 TwinTurbo in exchange for a less efficient V10? The 4.4 liter V8 TwinTurbo can certainly deliver more power than the 560 hp stock. We will already see this in the revised version of the upcoming BMW X5 M / X6 M. Without a doubt, the V10 naturally-aspirated engine sounds better than the V8 TwinTurbo, but is that enough for BMW to shift their engine strategy?

Will BMW Return To A V10 For Next BMW M5?

Also let’s not forget the 2020 target for CO2 emission across entire fleets, a good enough reason for any automaker to downsize their engines and make them more efficient. It also needs to be noted that the BMW E60 M5 with a naturally aspirated V10 engine weighs 1,855 kilograms or 4,090lbs while the BMW F10 M5 with a twin-turbo V8 engine weighs 1,945 kilograms or 4,288lbs for example. While the increase can be attributed to certain advancements in comfort, handling and overall appearance of the car it still remains a fact that the BMW M5 is getting heavier by each model coming out now. And a V10 would certainly not help. Pros of a V10 Engine Now let’s take a look at the pros of a V10 unit. There are not too many, but worth digging into them. While some may argue that a V10 is a waste of time, space, weight and energy, some people don’t agree with that. A smaller displacement V10 could prove useful, providing the same amount of horsepower (or more) by utilizing a 3.6 – 4.0 liter engine displacement and going with a twin-turbo technology for it. Combine that with an electric motor powering the front wheels, the added traction and handling improvements may prove valuable for a vehicle like this. While it’s main competitors are either sporting a 4.0l twin-turbo V10, as the Audi RS6 does, or a 5.5 liter twin-turbo V8 as the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG utilizes, it may prove worthwhile to drop the weight, add additional traction to the front wheels, downsize in displacement and increase the number of cylinders to combat any power loss seen there. BMW is also known to be testing a wide range of powerplants before settling on the most balanced option, so without a doubt, the BMW engineers are constantly looking ahead and aligning their knowledge with the company’s strategy and the market demands. Does that mean a V10 engine will be coming back? Only Garching knows that answer…for now. The article Will BMW Return To A V10 For Next BMW M5? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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