2014 BMW X4 – New Photo Gallery

Here is a new photo gallery of the 2014 BMW X4. Like its larger sibling, the BMW X6, the X4 offers a unique and unmistakable presence on the road. BMW designers describe the X4 as a blend of style, driving dynamics and all-road capability. Built on t...

Here is a new photo gallery of the 2014 BMW X4. Like its larger sibling, the BMW X6, the X4 offers a unique and unmistakable presence on the road. BMW designers describe the X4 as a blend of style, driving dynamics and all-road capability. Built on the same platform as the X3, BMW X4 measures 184.3 inches (4,680 mm) in length, it is 0.6 inches (14 mm) longer than the X3, but is also 1.5 inches (37 mm) lower (height: 63.9 in./1,624 mm).

2014 BMW X4   New Photo Gallery

2014 BMW X4   New Photo Gallery

2014 BMW X4   New Photo Gallery

2014 BMW X4   New Photo Gallery

2014 BMW X4   New Photo Gallery

2014 BMW X4   New Photo Gallery

2014 BMW X4   New Photo Gallery

2014 BMW X4   New Photo Gallery

2014 BMW X4   New Photo Gallery

The X4’s body is mounted 1.5 inches (37 mm) lower than that of the BMW X3. The driver and front passenger sit 0.8 in. (20 mm) lower and the rear passengers 1.1 in. (28 mm) lower, creating the feeling of a classic sports coupe. Prices for the BMW X4 2014 start at 45,600 euros for the X4 xDrive20d with the 190 hp B47 engine. Then at 46,100 euros base price we have the gasoline-powered X4 xDrive20i with 184 hp. 61 hp more under the hood of the X4 xDrive28i will set you back at least 51,700 euros. For the top-line six-cylinder petrol engine with 306 hp BMW asks 58,000 euros. The 258-hp BMW X4 xDrive30d costs a minimum of 55,100 euros while the xDrive35d has a price of 60,100.

2014 BMW X4   New Photo Gallery

In the US, the X4 will be offered with a choice of two TwinPower Turbo engines. The X4 xDrive28i, with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $45,625 (including destination and handling), will feature the 240 horsepower 2.0-liter four cylinder engine while the top-of-line X4 xDrive35i, with an MSRP of $48,925 (including destination and handling) will output 306 hp.

2014 BMW X4   New Photo Gallery

2014 BMW X4   New Photo Gallery

2014 BMW X4   New Photo Gallery

2014 BMW X4   New Photo Gallery

2014 BMW X4   New Photo Gallery

2014 BMW X4   New Photo Gallery

2014 BMW X4   New Photo Gallery

2014 BMW X4   New Photo Gallery

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The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

European Auto Source brings us a new exciting project based off the E90 BMW M3. The owner of this Frozen White wrapped E90 M3 wanted everything done in one fell swoop. So many components of this 2008 BMW M3 have been replaced or upgraded that it̵...

European Auto Source brings us a new exciting project based off the E90 BMW M3. The owner of this Frozen White wrapped E90 M3 wanted everything done in one fell swoop. So many components of this 2008 BMW M3 have been replaced or upgraded that it’s essentially a brand new car. The first order of business was strapping this sedan to the EAS Dynojet to see what kind of power it was making. In its stock form, this 2008 M3 recorded 332whp and 256wtq, which based on dynoing hundreds of M3s is on the lower end of the spectrum.

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

To “fix” the issue, EAS installed a ESS Tuning VT2-625 intercooled supercharger system. To help the supercharger make even more power, the restrictive OEM exhaust system was swapped for an Eisenmann Race muffler mated to a Macht Schnell Race catless x-pipe. After the installation and some 95 octane fuel, this M3 recorded 566whp and 364wtq, which is a very substantial gain of 234whp and 108wtq.

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

Pushing this kind of power, the car was now in need of better brakes and suspension. A set of Ohlins Road & Track DFV coilovers paired with Ground Control adjustable camber plates was the perfect suspension upgrade for this high-performance sedan. To further improve power delivery and stiffen up the ride, EAS installed a full set of Macht Schnell solid aluminum bushing in the subframe as well as the differential. Yellow StopTech brakes, consisting of 6-Piston calipers with 380mm rotors in front and 4-Piston calipers with 355mm rotors in the rear, will effortlessly stop this M3 from any speed while looking great behind the HRE P40 wheels.

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

Inside, EAS removed the old iDrive system and upgraded to the newer CIC version. An AWRON Kompressor 1 digital gauge display was installed in the dash to monitor the supercharger’s boost level as well as engine temps, oil pressure, g-forces and more. Because this M3 is equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission, a Rogue Engineering OCTANE short shift kit was instaled in combination with a billet aluminum Ultimate Clutch Pedal, which both allow for quicker and more controlled shifts. Here is a full list of mods applied: Awron Billet Velocity Stack Awron DGA Gauge (Kompressor 1) BMW CIC iDrive Retrofit BMW Performance Carbon Fiber Trunk Spoiler Eisenmann Race Exhaust System ESS VT2-625 Supercharger System Ground Control Adjustable Street Camber Plates HRE P40 Wheel Set Macht Schnell Solid Aluminum Differential Bushings Macht Schnell Solid Aluminum Subframe Bushings Macht Schnell Stainless Steel Race Catless X-Pipe Ohlins Road & Track DFV Coilover System Rogue Engineering OCTANE Short Shift Kit StopTech Big Brake Kit (ST60 380mm Front, ST40 355mm Rear) UCP Ultimate Clutch Pedal

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

The Works for a Frozen White M3 Sedan

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Full List Of BMW i8 Suppliers

Automotive News brings us an infographic that shows the full list of suppliers for the new BMW i8. BMW’s first hybrid sportscar is one of the most technologically advanced cars on the market and it comes with no surprise that an extensive list ...

Automotive News brings us an infographic that shows the full list of suppliers for the new BMW i8. BMW’s first hybrid sportscar is one of the most technologically advanced cars on the market and it comes with no surprise that an extensive list of parts suppliers were contracted by BMW to help build this state-of-art automobile. Osram provides the headlamps for the optional laser high beams on the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid supercar. The brakes are manufactured by Brembo, U.S.-based Johnson Controls makes the Cooling Fan Module while Delphi makes the portable electric vehicle charger.

Full List Of BMW i8 Suppliers

The i8 is built at BMW’s plant in Leipzig, Germany which recently undergone a 400 million euro upgrade to fulfill the i8 and i3 orders. Output of the i8 is forecast to peak at more than 7,000 units in 2015, according to IHS Automotive. BMW delivered eight i8 models fitted with laser lights to specially selected customers on June 5. The laser high-beams on both models offer a bright white light that extends about twice as far as LED high-beams. Because of their intensity, they only work above 60kph — and when sensors detect no other light ahead. The lasers can’t be used to flash, and, indeed, won’t be offered in the United States because they far exceed brightness standards. The article Full List Of BMW i8 Suppliers appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW 535d vs. Audi A6 TDI and Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec

LA Times sets out to find the best midsize premium sedan powered by a diesel engine. The contenders are the BMW 535d, the Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E250BlueTec. The number of high-end diesel vehicles has doubled in the last five years, and midsize se...

LA Times sets out to find the best midsize premium sedan powered by a diesel engine. The contenders are the BMW 535d, the Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E250BlueTec. The number of high-end diesel vehicles has doubled in the last five years, and midsize sedans are at the heart of that growth, according to data from Edmunds.com. BMWBLOG has been a fan of diesels for quite some time now and over time we have tested all the BMW diesels offered in the U.S. and some European versions as well. (See BMW X5 diesel, 335d, 328d, 750d)

BMW 535d vs. Audi A6 TDI and Mercedes Benz E250 BlueTec

The 2014 BMW 535d went on sale this past fall and uses the same twin-turbocharged inline-six engine as the diesel X5. The diesel banger produces 255 horsepower and a remarkable 413 lb-ft of torque. It comes paired only with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the base price starts at $57,525 (destination & handling included). 0 to 60 mph comes in just 5.3 seconds. The E250 is powered by a four-cylinder 2.1-liter engine. With 195 horsepower on tap, acceleration tends to be leisurely, with 0 to 60 taking 7.8 seconds and the quarter-mile arriving in 16.1 at 86 mph. Audi A6 TDI comes with a single-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 making 240 horsepower and 428 lb-ft of torque. So which one is the best diesel? First Place: BMW 535d The best part of this BMW is the engine, one it shares with the X5 SUV and a 7-Series sedan. A turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine pumps out 255 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. It’s bolted to an eight-speed automatic transmission that routs the power to the car’s rear wheels. lRelated Passion and love drive Jay Leno to fill a 130-car garage Everything about this drivetrain is silky smooth. There’s no rough idle or vibration during acceleration, and the car has more than enough power to validate BMW’s performance credentials. Although its 5.8-second run from zero to 60 mph is 0.3 second slower than that of the Audi, it’s a more engaging experience and feels faster than those numbers suggest. The Environmental Protection Agency rates the BMW 535d’s efficiency at 26 miles per gallon in city driving and 38 mpg on the highway, making the car 25% less thirsty than its gas-powered twin. After 350 miles of testing, in more city driving than highway, we averaged 28 mpg.  Full review   The article BMW 535d vs. Audi A6 TDI and Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Designer Conceptualizes a BMW Motorcycle Based on the MINI Superlaggera

Designer Tamás Jakus has combined two future BMW Group icons into one interesting conceptual design study. Dubbed the MINI Superlaggera Motorcycle, this design study in two motor forms combines the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my ...

Designer Tamás Jakus has combined two future BMW Group icons into one interesting conceptual design study. Dubbed the MINI Superlaggera Motorcycle, this design study in two motor forms combines the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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A Look at The Suppliers for the BMW i8

As we wrap up our review of the i8 we thought we’d bring you a few details from the press briefing that may not have been made public. One of the more interesting slides we saw was a few into… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my w...

As we wrap up our review of the i8 we thought we’d bring you a few details from the press briefing that may not have been made public. One of the more interesting slides we saw was a few into… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Sizing up the X3 and X4 – The Key Differences

Two vehicles with four doors and similar price tags. How are they really difference? That’s the question many of you have asked over the years of the X5 and X6 and now the X3 and X4. We asked… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my w...

Two vehicles with four doors and similar price tags. How are they really difference? That’s the question many of you have asked over the years of the X5 and X6 and now the X3 and X4. We asked… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Life-Size Darth Vader Car Coming to Comic Con With 526 HP

LS3 V-8 strikes fear in the hearts of the Rebel Alliance. ...

LS3 V-8 strikes fear in the hearts of the Rebel Alliance.

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Storied WWI 1918 Cadillac Type 57 Joins Historic Vehicle Register

Number four on the Historic Vehicle Register, with a bullet. ...

Number four on the Historic Vehicle Register, with a bullet.

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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer launches on the European market on Sept 27

The BMW Group is breaking new ground by entering the attractive premium compact class with its latest offering, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. “The response to the 2 Series Active Tourer has been extremely positive, which makes us confident that ...

The BMW Group is breaking new ground by entering the attractive premium compact class with its latest offering, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. “The response to the 2 Series Active Tourer has been extremely positive, which makes us confident that this new vehicle will be a resounding success,” said Harald Krüger, board member of BMW AG responsible for production, as the new vehicle was presented in Sölden (Austria) on Wednesday. The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is due to be launched on the European market on 27 September 2014. The main markets for the 2 Series Active Tourer will be Europe and China. Europe is likely to account for some 40 per cent of sales and China around 15 per cent. “Apart from its amazing agility, unique for a vehicle in this segment, customers will appreciate the higher sitting position and spacious interior as well as its compactness, functionality and convenience,” stated Krüger.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer launches on the European market on Sept 27

The 2 Series Active Tourer will appeal to new customer groups “Demand for premium cars in the compact class is developing very promisingly,” Krüger continued. With its MINI brand and the BMW 1 and 2 Series, the BMW Group is already well represented in the small and compact car segment. By expanding its product range, the Group is looking to attract new customer groups to the virtues of the BMW brand, just as it has already done with its successful BMW 1 Series. Around 70 per cent of the first-generation BMW 1 Series cars sold went to customers new to the brand. READ ALSO: First Drive BMW 2 Series Active Tourer “With the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer we mainly want to appeal to customers who may for family reasons have a wide range of needs in terms of functionality and convenience, but at the same time want to enjoy BMW’s typical strengths such as sportiness and innovative design. We are talking about a combination that has not been available on the market in the past and which sets us apart from the competition,” emphasised Krüger. The Active Tourer is the first ever BMW with front-wheel drive and the first core-brand BMW to become available with a three-cylinder engine. The new front-wheel drive architecture – with a transversely installed engine – allows maximum usage of the interior volume in a relatively small vehicle. Economies of scale due to cross-brand vehicle architecture The BMW Group has developed two architectures: one for future four-wheel and rear-wheel drive models and one cross-brand front- and four-wheel drive architecture, on which the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is based. This front-wheel architecture is also the basis for ensuring profitable growth in the premium small and compact car segment: “The standardisation of development and production processes based on the concept of cross-model/brand architectures and engine modules enables us to achieve considerable economies of scale within the Group,” said Krüger.  Moreover, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is the first BMW to benefit from the modular engine concept. The standardised modular engine enables the BMW Group to manufacture 3-, 4- and 6-cylinder petrol- and diesel-powered engines of varying capacities on one single assembly line. The high percentage of identical parts means the Group can greatly reduce costs, both in development and in production. Growing premium segment In the foreseeable future, the premium segment is likely to grow more quickly than the basis segment. The BMW Group expects to see increasing demand and an average annual growth of more than 4.5% (2013 – 2020) worldwide. The premium small and compact car segment is also likely to benefit from this growth. The article BMW 2 Series Active Tourer launches on the European market on Sept 27 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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