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Back in 2012, BMW and Toyota announced a partnership to work on a next generation sports car to replace the aging Z4 for BMW and to become the next Supra for Toyota. Further details have been trickling in at a glacial pace since then, but things have...
Back in 2012, BMW and Toyota announced a partnership to work on a next generation sports car to replace the aging Z4 for BMW and to become the next Supra for Toyota. Further details have been trickling in at a glacial pace since then, but things have been heating up a bit as of late. News has broke, from sources at both companies, that there will be a joint platform used to create both cars. The platform will be scalable and will be able to create two different sports cars in two different segments. “The one thing we’re clear on now is that a platform for both companies can work,” says BMW Board Member, Ian Robertson. He also goes on to say “The cars in themselves don’t actually need to be positioned the same. The platform can spawn two positionings.” It’s also said that BMW will provide its expertise in carbon fiber architecture to this development, similar to what has been done on the i3 and i8 as well as the upcoming 7 Series.
The car in question for BMW would be a Z4 replacement, and will most likely use a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. However, no details have been given about actual development or specs. However, the engine in the Supra successor is said to be a turbocharged inline-six developed by BMW. If the idea of a BMW powered Supra is getting you excited, don’t worry, you’re not alone. According to Robertson, there has been no determination as to where the development of these two vehicles will occur or who will develop them. However, he did suggest that one plant will develop both vehicles. It’s just unknown whether BMW or Toyota will head development and if the plant will be in either Europe, the United States or Japan. Both companies will look at the biggest markets to determine the best location for development. Another interesting aspect of this joint venture is Lexus. Being a part of the Toyota group, Lexus has access to Toyota platforms and parts. As is stands now, Lexus does not have access to this joint venture program, but Lexus’s European boss, Alain Uyttenhoven seems to think it may be a possibility in the future. “We are one company and our head is Akio Toyoda, and we could do it. Right now, we are not going to have a common platform between BMW and Lexus. Purely speaking, though, we have access to everything which is Toyota,” he said.
This must be something BMW has already accounted for, as I’m sure the folks in Bavaria aren’t willing to hand over a carbon fiber intensive platform of theirs directly to a competitor. With the IS and RC F, Lexus is closer than ever to becoming a threat to BMW, so it’s not likely that BMW is unaware of the possibility of Lexus using one of its platforms. The idea of BMW and Toyota joining together in creating a sports car platform is an interesting one. Both companies have excelled over the years in making rear-wheel drive platforms, and more recently, Toyota developed one in joint with Subaru. BMW also has experience supplying engines for other high-performance cars, like the McLaren F1. The idea of a BMW powered Supra is an incredible one, and if Toyota can help BMW bring the cost down on its hybrid technologies, then cars like the i3 and i8 will be even more affordable. This seems like a win-win, for BMW, Toyota and car enthusiasts everywhere. [Source: Autocar] The article BMW-Toyota partnership to spawn new Supra appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/03/27/2016-bmw-x1-latest-rendering/ in News on March 27, 2015
In June, BMW will unveil the second generation F48 X1 and today, we have an updated rendering based on the recent spy photos. Compared to the current E84 X1, the next X1 abandons its long flat hood for a more rounded nose, similar to the 2 Series Act...
In June, BMW will unveil the second generation F48 X1 and today, we have an updated rendering based on the recent spy photos. Compared to the current E84 X1, the next X1 abandons its long flat hood for a more rounded nose, similar to the 2 Series Active Tourer. The hood is also more sculpted while the front fascia gets more aggressive in looks. On the side of the car, we will see the Air Breathers that are now part of the BMW’s DNA. The character line is also more prominent running across the entire car separating the shapes and creating a 3D look. The large kidney grille is surrounded by new, elongated and more attractive headlights with the usual eyebrow. The large air intakes dominate the front bumper which also includes chrome inserts for an increased sporty look. In the back, the 2016 BMW X1 sports the typical BMW L-shaped taillights, now with LED strips.
The new F48 X1 will make use of BMW’s first front-wheel drive platform which can be configured to offer an all-wheel drive option as well. To gain space and also to feature more attractive and well proportioned design lines, the BMW X1 will take advantage of the FWD setup which offers more interior space. READ ALSO: BMW X1 – The best BMW for your money The 2016 BMW X1 will dip into the range of engines, all turbocharged, from the new MINI and the 2 Series Active Tourer. Logically, we should find the new three-cylinder 1.5 liter with 136 hp and four-cylinder 2.0-liter with 231 hp. A 2.0 liter four-cylinder 150 hp diesel will be offered as well and most likely another more powerful diesel model will join the X1 lineup too. A six-speed manual and a ZF 8-speed automatic will send power to the wheels. A plug-in hybrid based on the recently unveiled eDrive platform will be included in the offering also. We expect to see a three-cylinder 1.5 liter engine assisted by an electric motor with a total power output of around 190 hp. An X1 M35i is also schedule to be unveiled in 2016 producing around 320 hp from the B48 engine. Production will begin in July 2015 with sales beginning in October. [Photo: TopSpeed] The article 2016 BMW X1 – Latest Rendering appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/03/27/jet-black-bmw-m4-photoshoot-by-c-kraft-photography/ in News on March 27, 2015
Recently wrapped up, this Jet Black BMW F82 M4 by ATT-Tec features some lightweight wheels and a series of aero upgrades. The wheels installed are made by OZ Ultraleggera, a lightweight solution which also enhances the looks of the M4.The Darth Vader...
Recently wrapped up, this Jet Black BMW F82 M4 by ATT-Tec features some lightweight wheels and a series of aero upgrades. The wheels installed are made by OZ Ultraleggera, a lightweight solution which also enhances the looks of the M4.The Darth Vader blacked out look of this M4 is further improved by the lower stance, thanks to a set of Bilstein lowering springs. The M4 also gets a carbon fiber front lip and a trunk lid, along with carbon ceramic brakes. In its factory form, the BMW M4 is powered by a 3.0 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo engine developing 425 horsepower. The car can thus accelerate from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in approximately 3.8 seconds with Launch Control.
Here are more photos of this “dark” M4, courtesy of C-Kraft Photography.
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Posted by http://f80.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1069924 in News on March 27, 2015
F80 M3 in Violet Blue II Individual color.
From Abu Dhabi comes a new custom model put together by the local dealership: a BMW i8 in Sophisto Grey with yellow accents. The special i8 resembles the one displayed by Manhart Racing at the 2014 Essen Motor Show. The standard i8 model combines the...
From Abu Dhabi comes a new custom model put together by the local dealership: a BMW i8 in Sophisto Grey with yellow accents. The special i8 resembles the one displayed by Manhart Racing at the 2014 Essen Motor Show. The standard i8 model combines the exterior color of the hybrid sportscar with blue accents, a staple color for the new i sub-brand. The new color combination is quite unique and makes the i8 stand out even more on the road. BMW i8 can be specified in a choice of four colors, three of which have been created exclusively for BMW i. All the paint finishes provide a striking contrast to the black belt: Ionic Silver, Crystal White and Sophisto Grey.
BMW i8 uses 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.
The 1.5-liter combustion engine develops 170 kW/231 hp and drives the rear wheels of the BMW i8, while the 96 kW/131 hp electric drive sends its power to the front wheels and allows an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph). Thanks to the all-wheel drive, the acceleration to 62 mph (100 km/h) comes in 4.4 seconds. Top speed is limited to 155 mph (250 km/h).
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/03/27/bmw-m-has-always-made-special-colors/ in News on March 27, 2015
I once read that any car that looks good in white is a truly good looking car. Because white is the absence of color. It doesn’t aid the shapes and lines at all. While black tends to hide many of the body lines and not allow any shadows to form on ...
I once read that any car that looks good in white is a truly good looking car. Because white is the absence of color. It doesn’t aid the shapes and lines at all. While black tends to hide many of the body lines and not allow any shadows to form on the body, so most cars tend to look better in black. However, it’s fun and interesting colors, to me, that tend to show off a car’s design best. BMW’s M Division has always made some truly fantastic colors. Dakar Yellow, Laguna Seca Blue and Imola Red, are just a few classic color options. Another thing I love about M Division colors is that they’re almost all named after racetracks. That give the color an extra dimension of cool. It’s not just red, it’s Imola Red, named after the race track in Italy where Formula One legend, Ayrton Senna, sadly died.
When buying an M car, these colors are always an important choice. To real M enthusiasts, it isn’t just enough to have an M3. A Yas Marina Blue M3 is far more likeable than just a black one. Currently, BMW has some pretty fantastic colors, for its M Division cars. The M3 and M4 have Yas Marina Blue, Austin Yellow and Silverstone Metallic, all named after race tracks around the world. Sadly missing on those two is Sakhir Orange, but is still available on the M5 and M6. That’s my personal favorite for this generation.
It’s a rich tradition, BMW M has, with its colors. It tends to give them a bit more character, having a great looking color that always happens to be named after a race track. That lends it a bit more of a motorsport pedigree to an already sporting car.
While Sakhir Orange is my favorite M color of this current generation, Laguna Seca Blue might be my all time favorite. So, what is your favorite M color of all time, and if you had to pick a current M model, which color would you pick? The article BMW M has always made special colors appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.7post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1107874 in News on March 27, 2015
Although the next generation G11/G12 7 Series (G11 = short wheelbase / G12 = long wheelbase) has already been seen in its entirety (photos below), we’ve yet to see a model wearing the M Sport package. Seen here is the 7 Series M Sport, or perh...
Although the next generation G11/G12 7 Series (G11 = short wheelbase / G12 = long wheelbase) has already been seen in its entirety (photos below), we’ve yet to see a model wearing the M Sport package. Seen here is the 7 Series M Sport, or perhaps even the rumored M770i. BMW has previously shot down rumors of a M7 model. The M Sport front bumper and side skirts sets this prototype apart from previously spotted 7 Series. If you look closely, you’ll also see quad pipes within the exhaust tips. Compare this to the standard 7 Series prototype, which is also pictured below. And if we’re indeed looking at the rumored M770i, it would be difficult to tell based solely on the prototype’s cosmetics as BMW’s M Performance Automobile models also wear M Sport body kits. Previous rumors have speculated about a possible M770i xDrive powered by a twin-turbo V8. The G11/G12 7 Series is built on BMW’s new CLAR (Cluster Architecture) platform which underpins the next 3, 5, 6 and 7 Series models, and the next the X3, X4, X5, X6 and X7. It combines carbon fiber with high strength steel and aluminum to achieve what is expected to be significant weight savings. Thus far, the following models and engines is known (from the upcoming BMW pipeline thread): G11: 50iX is the only potential short wheel base 7 series for the U.S. G12: 750Li, RWD and xDrive, N63B44O2, auto – confirmed http://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sho….php?t=1082153 740Li, RWD, B58B30M0, auto – confirmed http://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sho….php?t=1082153 740Le RWD, auto, engine XB1 1.99 O0 – late intro (MY2017?) 735d, B57D30O0 engine, to be sold as 730d in ROW – late intro (MY2017?) 760i, N74B66U1, an updated version of the engine currently found in RR Ghost and Wraith. – late intro (MY2017?) The 740Li and 750Lxi begin production this July-August, followed by the 750Li which begins in November later this year. The interesting G11/G12 options list discovered so far includes: - LED lights standard with laser optional - B&W audio - Advanced parking assist - Most optional wheel styles will be bi-color (I’m guessing similar to i cars?) - Next gen drive assist - Wifi hotspot - i8 style display keyfob - selective headlight beam (I’m sure everyone expected that) - active steering still there for the clueless - new climate related options: “heating comfort” and “ambient air” packages - automatic parking with remote control - touchscreen (confirming what was suggested by the recent spyshots) - new drive assist is called “active comfort drive” - gesture control (feel free to guess what this one might do) - rear passenger oriented options will provide heated/massaged/ventilated lounge chairs and online entertainment - wireless charging for phones
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GET CHARGED UP ON ELECTRIC MOBILITY. BMW is in the fast lane when it comes to driving electric. In addition to the successful debut of the BMW i3 and BMW i8, there is the BMW Concept X5 eDrive: the first SAV® to combine xDrive intelligent all-wheel...
GET CHARGED UP ON ELECTRIC MOBILITY. BMW is in the fast lane when it comes to driving electric. In addition to the successful debut of the BMW i3 and BMW i8, there is the BMW Concept X5 eDrive: the first SAV® to combine xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive with a plug-in hybrid system. This commanding vehicle can be charged quickly and easily at home or at any public charging station, and generates zero tail-pipe emissions when traveling in all-electric mode. BMW-style performance also gets the green light, with 0–60 mph acceleration in under 7 seconds and a top all-electric speed of 75 mph. A hybrid vehicle, the BMW Concept X5 eDrive pairs its electric motor with a TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder combustion engine that uses intelligent energy management to deliver lower fuel consumption and emissions. BMW also employs advanced features to optimize its aerodynamics, such as Air Curtains that channel oncoming air into the front wheel arches and around the front wheels, reducing turbulence and air resistance. Download the entire newsletter.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/03/27/jet-black-bmw-e90-335i-looks-clean-with-aftermarket-wheels/ in News on March 27, 2015
Released back in 2005, the sedan model was the first model available of the fifth generation BMW 3 series. The BMW E90 3 Series featured a fully new design and brand new engines; the 3.0 liter TwinTurbo being the pinnacle of the lineup. The E90 sedan...
Released back in 2005, the sedan model was the first model available of the fifth generation BMW 3 series. The BMW E90 3 Series featured a fully new design and brand new engines; the 3.0 liter TwinTurbo being the pinnacle of the lineup. The E90 sedan and E92/E93 coupe/convertibles produced impressive sales for the company being the most successful 3 Series before the introduction of the F30. But as any 10+ year old car, the E90 3 Series is starting to show its age; nothing a few aftermarket tuning additions won’t solve. European Auto Source handled this Jet Black BMW E90 335i project by first installing a new set of aftermarket wheels.
Made by Apex, these wheels feature a well-known classical mesh design and a monoblock layout, adding a bit of a fresh touch to the exterior of this 335i. The PS-7 wheels, like all other APEX wheels, are constructed using a flow-forming process to create a very strong, yet very lightweight product. These 19s , finished in Anthracite, look absolutely perfect against the sedan’s Jet Black exterior.
For a better stance, a set of ST Speedtech coilovers, which are manufactured by KW, were installed on the car. These coilovers also sharpen up the handling characteristics of this BMW 3 Series. For more details on this Jet Black project, go and check the media gallery right below.
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Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/03/27/tire-review-continental-extremecontact-dws06/ in News on March 27, 2015
It was only until we were a few hundred feet off the ground before I could appreciate the scale what surrounded us. In all directions was nothing but the horizon, dark brown earth, a smattering of buildings and large, expansive swathes of asphalt. Th...
It was only until we were a few hundred feet off the ground before I could appreciate the scale what surrounded us. In all directions was nothing but the horizon, dark brown earth, a smattering of buildings and large, expansive swathes of asphalt. The monotony of the landscape was only broken up by the dull whomping of the helicopters rotors above us. A few moments later, the pitch of the rotor changed and the chopper declined rapidly towards the ground. We flew out over a large, wet square of asphalt where a smallish Melbourne Red blur streaked around the grey slab – kicking off massive rooster tails in its wake.
Before having a moment to even fix my attention on the tail-wagging M235i, we’re hovering no more than 10 feet above the carbon fiber rooftop of a Performance Driving Center F80 M3 festooned with the M tri-colors and sponsor names monstering around the dry traction circuit.
As the pilot cut us left to right pitching the tiny chopper to follow the Alpine White sedan the familiar smell of acrid tire smoke rose into the cockpit as the M3 roasted a set of Continental ExtremeContact DWS rear tires. Simultaneously, my stomach felt about as unloved as the M3’s rear tires. In that instant, we were whisked away to another portion of the circuit – beneath us Audi A4s and Ford Escapes ran a damp road course doing their best to fight the inevitable understeer in the wet. Not long after, we found ourselves settling back the ear near a row of brand new Mustangs buzzing along a stretch of tarmac to measure braking distance. This had been quite the day to be introduced to Continental’s refreshed ExtremeContact DWS06 Ultra-High Performance All-Season tire at Continental’s own, massive Uvalde Proving Grounds in Uvalde, Texas.
Interestingly, the DWS06 which we were brought in to sample would seem to be, by its nature, a paradox. All-Season tires, by their very nature, are not known to be “Ultra” or “High Performance” in terms of suiting the likes of, say, an M235i – a car all about handling…perhaps even known to hang its tail out a bit the situation allows.
Continental’s focus with the ExtremeContact DWS (Dry, Wet, Snow) is to provide an excellent all-rounder; a tire that is adaptable to nearly any situation and with the comparable levels of dry performance found in a typical sport tire. To accomplish this balance, Continental has brought with the all-new DWS06 its SportPlus technology which, coupled with the revised X-Sipe and groove technologies, strong snow traction is maintained from the last generation DWS tire while the DWS06 can now achieve much higher thresholds of dry and wet weather traction.
Upon reaching Uvalde, we were given a brief overview of the facility and a stern warning to tread lightly if we strayed too far into the bush as there were numerous snakes, spiders and other critters looking to happily avoid human interference. Beyond that, the day was laid out in a manner allowing us to visit multiple stations to test the DWS06 back-to-back in a variety of settings with its direct competitors. DRY PERFORMANCE
First up was a dry handling circuit in M235i and MINI Cooper S models to see how the DWS06 stacked up against its rival the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position. Peeling off thru a slalom and down into the first, long left-hander with a nasty hook. Thanks to the N55 motor and strong front grip the little BMW dug in and carried good speed through the sharp left hander, rear gripping quickly and allowing for a bit of early throttle application to push through the bend and on up through the esses that followed.
Hitting the last corner, I was able to lay on the right pedal and build up corner speed through the long, progressive turn. Interestingly, the DWS06 proved to have high levels of grip and a confidence-inspiring sense of communication. Its limits were undoubtedly attainable but progressive enough that I could be comfortable touching and holding right at the limit of adhesion. Tackling the same corner with the same enthusiasm in another M235i sporting Bridgestones, the RE970AS tires quickly found their limit and a willingness to break away much quicker and less predictably than the DWS06. The same tires lent to a near off-circuit excursion in the first corner thanks to quickly diminishing levels of grip when pushed. In higher speed corners before hard braking to dive into the slalom, the Bridgestones also seemed to require a bit more time to recompose before I could settle the car down to dial in the steering angle. The DWS06 likely held the slight advantage as a result of a Sport Sidewall Insert Continental has installed to improve handling. WET PERFORMANCE Later in the day we found ourselves standing next to a massive slab of asphalt soaked in a quarter inch of water – specifically designed to mirror the effect on grip a driver might experience on the road during a heavy rain. Lined next to the track were a pair of M235i cars accompanied by two 2015 V6-equipped Mustangs( a little piece of me was heartbroken by the lack of the 5.0L Coyote motor).
Interestingly, the M235is were equipped first with a set of the brand new Conti DWS06 tires and then the previous generation of DWS for comparison. One of the Mustangs was equipped with the DWS06 while the other sported Yokohama ADVAN SportAS tires. Slipping onto the skidpad lined with cones to mark a tight circuit, I was tasked with testing all four vehicles and their respective rubber. DWS06 vs. DWS
First up, the M235i with the DWS06. Right away, high grip levels allowed me to get up to a moderate speed in third gear before braking for a hairpin. Thanks to high levels of lateral grip, the DWS06 proved to be predictable in that I could brake a bit later and turn into corner without the front end entirely washing away. Moving into a sweeping left-hander I was able to pick up speed and use prodigious applications of throttle to steer the rear of the car before jumping hard on the brakes to thread through the first of two slaloms. To my surprise, the DWS06s held the BMW to the tarmac in most all things I threw at it outside of incredibly erratic steering and throttle inputs. Motoring off and switching to last generation DWS tires was eye opening. The old generation tires immediately gave a heightened sense of “edginess” and not in the interesting, McConaughey “True Detective” kind of way. Grip levels felt less confident, turn-in at the same speeds I’d accomplished on the DWS06 resulted in heavy understeer and the need to relinquish control and time to the tires to allow them to grab hold of the circuit once more before I could be on my merry way.
Stepping from the Bimmers to the Mustangs yielded a similar result. Generally, the DWS06s maintained high levels of traction and communication in the wet but of the two alternatives provided to be in stark contrast and generally noticeably more sloppy.
Coming away from the day was a pleasant experience mostly because my stomach had stopped taking copious G forces and I wasn’t bitten by any critters on the Uvalde facility. More than that, though, I came away impressed with what Continental has been able to package in the ExtremeContact DWS06 tire. While I never had much of a chance to test it from a comfort/noise standpoint, it met and soundly beat many of the challenges thrown at it. Massive dry weather grip, easily controllable in the damp and very forgiving at its very limits it had shown itself to be an exceptionally capable tire. The overriding word to describe it is confident. In the wet braking tests and on all of the handling circuits, the DWS06 never let me put a tire loose unless I was simply overdriving the abilities of the car and the thresholds of the tires. For those looking for all all-year tire with loads of traction and performance, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t try out the DWS06.