Lloyd’s BMW and MINI Carpeted Floor Mats at BavAuto®

BavAuto® is excited to announce the inclusion of the Lloyd’s carpeted (plush)  floor mats for BMWs and MINIs.  This includes the popular Luxe, Ultimat and TruBerber carpet mat sets.  All Lloyd mat sets are available in sets of four (2-front...

BavAuto® is excited to announce the inclusion of the Lloyd’s carpeted (plush)  floor mats for BMWs and MINIs.  This includes the popular Luxe, Ultimat and TruBerber carpet mat sets.  All Lloyd mat sets are available in sets of four (2-front and 2-rear) or sets of two (2-fronts) and include the Lloyd mat securing fasteners or [...]

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Lloyd’s BMW and MINI Carpeted Floor Mats at BavAuto®

BavAuto® is excited to announce the inclusion of the Lloyd’s carpeted (plush)  floor mats for BMWs and MINIs.  This includes the popular Luxe, Ultimat and TruBerber carpet mat sets.  All Lloyd mat sets are available in sets of four (2-front...

BavAuto® is excited to announce the inclusion of the Lloyd’s carpeted (plush)  floor mats for BMWs and MINIs.  This includes the popular Luxe, Ultimat and TruBerber carpet mat sets.  All Lloyd mat sets are available in sets of four (2-front and 2-rear) or sets of two (2-fronts) and include the Lloyd mat securing fasteners or [...]

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Hannigan Motorsports Invites Friends to 40th Anniversary Celebration

Hannigan Motorsports has announced plans to celebrate 40 years in business on Saturday, June 20, 2015. From a humble beginning in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada where the company first manufactured aerodynamic motorcycle fairings, the company has grown...

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Hannigan Motorsports has announced plans to celebrate 40 years in business on Saturday, June 20, 2015. From a humble beginning in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada where the company first manufactured aerodynamic motorcycle fairings, the company has grown and diversified to become a world leader in the manufacture of motorcycle quads, trikes, sidecars, and trailers. In 1992, […]

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Bilstein B16 PSS9 PSS10 coilovers released for F80 M3 / F82 M4

Part Number: 48-244091 Weight (lbs): 40 Series: B16 (PSS10) Position: Front and Rear Descriptor: Without Electronic Suspension Quantity Per Vehicle: 1 Internal Design: Monotube Finish: Dampers: Zinc/Springs: Blue Front Damper: F4-31244077-H0/F4-3124...

Part Number: 48-244091 Weight (lbs): 40 Series: B16 (PSS10) Position: Front and Rear Descriptor: Without Electronic Suspension Quantity Per Vehicle: 1 Internal Design: Monotube Finish: Dampers: Zinc/Springs: Blue Front Damper: F4-31244077-H0/F4-31244091-H0 Rear Damper: F4-26244091-H0 BILSTEIN B16 – PSS9/PSS10 The engineers at BILSTEIN have created the ultimate race inspired suspension—the BILSTEIN B16 PSS9/PSS10. This innovative suspension system delivers unsurpassed driving performance. The manually adjustable damping mono-tube gas shock absorbers feature 9 or 10-stage precise compression and rebound settings, from comfort to competition. The threaded body allows accurate adjustability of the front and rear progressive rate springs to achieve the vehicle ride height, center of gravity and level of performance handling desired. The Bilstein B16 system puts you in complete control, providing the kind of precise suspension tuning formerly available only on race cars. From a weekend of competition to daily driving, this system provides perfect handling performance for every situation. Features and Benefits: - Individual settings ranging from maximum Comfort to aggressive Sport can be selected by the twist of a dial (9 on PSS9, 10 on PSS10) - Threaded body adjustable range of 20 mm at both axles - Lowering of approx. 30-50 mm at front and rear - Road-tested and fine-tuned by BILSTEIN ride engineers, under extreme motorsports conditions - Spring plates and lock nuts made from a special aluminum alloy - Surface coating using Triple-C-Technology®for long-lasting corrosion resistance - Round threads for easy adjustment - Quality sport springs made from highly durable material - Quality sport springs made from highly durable material - Gas pressure technology - BILSTEIN monotube technology, made in Germany

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Celebrating 40 years of BMW Art Cars with Rolling Sculptures exhibit

Lichtenstein. Warhol. Koons. Stella. Calder. Rauschenberg. Holzer. Elíasson. Since a BMW 3.0 CSL painted by Alexander Calder lined up for the Le Mans 24-hour race exactly 40 years ago, the BMW Art Car Collection has fascinated both art and design e...

Lichtenstein. Warhol. Koons. Stella. Calder. Rauschenberg. Holzer. Elíasson. Since a BMW 3.0 CSL painted by Alexander Calder lined up for the Le Mans 24-hour race exactly 40 years ago, the BMW Art Car Collection has fascinated both art and design enthusiasts as well as car and technology fans all around the world. Ever since the invention of the motor car, artists have drawn inspiration from the thrill of speed, from the phenomenon of mobility and from racing cars as examples of modern sculpture. Since 1975, BMW Art Cars have been a central feature of this story. The idea behind the BMW Art Cars was the brainchild of French racing driver and art enthusiast Hervé Poulain: 40 years ago, Poulain asked artist friend Alexander Calder to apply his creative talents to his race car. Together with Jochen Neerpasch, then BMW Motorsport Director, the first BMW Art Car was born – and it became an instant crowd’s favourite on the race track. Since then, new additions to the BMW Art Car Collection have been made over the years at irregular intervals, with unique works of art from artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney and Jeff Koons. “The BMW Art Cars provide an exciting landmark at the interface where cars, technology, design, art and motor sport meet,” reflects Maximilian Schöberl, Senior Vice President, Corporate and Governmental Affairs, BMW Group. “The 40-year history of our ‘rolling sculptures’ is as unique as the artists who created them. The BMW Art Cars are an essential element and core characteristic of our global cultural engagement.” The anniversary celebrations got under way with exhibitions in Hong Kong, at the Centre Pompidou, the BMW Museum and the Concorso d’Eleganza at Lake Como, where the first four BMW Art Cars by Alexander Calder, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, plus the M3 GT2 created by Jeff Koons, were all on display. Further presentations are set to follow later in 2015 in New York, Miami and Shanghai. The group of seventeen artists who have designed BMW models so far since 1975 is very international, and interest in the “rolling sculptures” has spread all around the world. Several cars are usually on display at the BMW Museum in Munich, the home of the BMW Art Cars, as part of its permanent collection. The remaining BMW Art Cars are travelling the globe – to art fairs in Los Angeles, London and Hong Kong, as well as exhibitions at the Louvre, the Guggenheim and the Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai. To date, many of the BMW Art Cars have not only turned heads in museums, but have also – in their earlier life – done so on the race track: Alexander Calder (BMW 3.0 CSL, 1975), Frank Stella (BMW 3.0 CSL, 1976), Roy Lichtenstein (BMW 320 Group 5, 1977), Andy Warhol (BMW M1 Group 4, 1979), Ernst Fuchs (BMW 635CSi, 1982), Robert Rauschenberg (BMW 635CSi, 1986), Michael Jagamara Nelson (BMW M3 Group A, 1989), Ken Done (BMW M3 Group A, 1989), Matazo Kayama (BMW 535i, 1990), César Manrique (BMW 730i, 1990), A. R. Penck (BMW Z1, 1991), Esther Mahlangu (BMW 525i, 1991), Sandro Chia (BMW M3 GTR, 1992), David Hockney (BMW 850CSi, 1995), Jenny Holzer (BMW V12 LMR, 1999), Ólafur Elíasson (BMW H2R, 2007) and Jeff Koons (BMW M3 GT2, 2010).

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Mineral Grey BMW 228i M Sport with VMR Wheels

BMW 2 Series Coupe pretty much sums it up what a BMW should be: lightweight, good looking and performance oriented. It is not surprising that the 2 Series Coupes have been the subject of many aftermarket builds. This particular one comes painted in t...

BMW 2 Series Coupe pretty much sums it up what a BMW should be: lightweight, good looking and performance oriented. It is not surprising that the 2 Series Coupes have been the subject of many aftermarket builds. This particular one comes painted in the beautiful Mineral Grey color and features a set of custom wheels made by VMR. Aside from the wheels upgrade, this F22 228i is equipped with the M Sport Package and a blacked out kidney grille to enhance its sporty looks.

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The BMW F22 228i model is equipped with a 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder engine, delivering 240 horsepower. This engine combines a twin-scroll turbocharger with variable valve control (Double-VANOS and Valvetronic) and high-precision direct injection for a smoother power delivery. It is mated to an 8-speed Sport Automatic transmission, which includes steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, allowing the vehicle some exciting performance numbers. The BMW F22 2 Series will thus sprint from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 5.4 seconds. For more details about the VMR Wheels setup for this Mineral Gray build go ahead and view the full photoshoot added in the media gallery right below.

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VMR Mineral Grey F22 228i M Sport - V803 Wheels

VMR Mineral Grey F22 228i M Sport - V803 Wheels

VMR Mineral Grey F22 228i M Sport - V803 Wheels

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Concorso d’Eleganza: 30 Years of BMW M3

As part of the 2015 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este even, BMW also celebrated the 30th anniversary of the iconic M3. Three decades ago, for the first time, BMW offered a midsize sports car which has seen multiple iterations since. The la...

As part of the 2015 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este even, BMW also celebrated the 30th anniversary of the iconic M3. Three decades ago, for the first time, BMW offered a midsize sports car which has seen multiple iterations since. The latest one being the F80/F82 M3/M4. The founder and ancestor, BMW M3 E30 with its four-cylinder engine was present on the green lawn surrounding the villa and was featured in a beautiful red paint job. Furthermore, this is the E30 M3 Sport Evolution, a racing car built to a set of specifications to comply with the FIA’s Group A Touring Class regulations, which required an initial run of 500 road cars.

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The E36 M3 was also present with its Dakar Yellow launch color, sitting next to the E46 M3 which shines in the Phoenix Yellow hue. BMW’s V8 E92 M3 and the new F80/F82 are missing the celebratory party, but that doesn’t take away from the beautiful photography and scenery.

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How to change the oil in your BMW M4

With the all-new BMW M4, comes an all new motor, the powerful S55 which cranks out a staggering 425 hp and 406 lb-ft from a 3.0 liter inline-six cylinder. The drop in displacement yet increase in output from the previous generation is accomplished, a...

With the all-new BMW M4, comes an all new motor, the powerful S55 which cranks out a staggering 425 hp and 406 lb-ft from a 3.0 liter inline-six cylinder. The drop in displacement yet increase in output from the previous generation is accomplished, amont many other engine updates, by turbocharging, direct fuel injection and variable valve timing  The new S55 power plant comes a different set of specifications and thus maintenance procedures compared to the previous generation V8-powered M3. The new M4 requires a different oil viscosity compared to the E92 M3. BMW calls for 5W-30 for the new M4 and no longer is 10W-60 required in any new M car. There is even a new oil supplier for BMW, Pennzoil which produces this SAE 5W-30. Pennzoil is now the manufacture recommended and supplier for all BMWs.

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One the most important preventative maintenance items is the oil change. BMWs come with a 4 year/50,000 mile maintenance included, though this now only applies to the original owner. Many M enthusiasts owners believe in more frequent oil changes than those dictated by the service indicator which is telling owners to change the oil around 15,000 miles. BMWBLOG changed the oil on a 2015 M4 and documented the procedure.

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Going into this, I was confident this would be just like all other changes on BMWs, save the V8/V10s. I first removed the oil filter cap. This is done with a special tool that costs $20-25 from a BMW specific company like Turner Motorsports or Bavarian Autosport, and is the same size used on BMWs for about the last 10 years. The torque spec for the oil filter is low, only 25 Nm, so it doesn’t require a lot of force to remove. I used a bunch of highly absorbent shop towels to keep oil from falling down into the alternator which is right next to and below the oil filter housing. Next I took off the oil fill cap so when draining the hot oil, it comes out faster.

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Next, lift your M4 up via your method of choice. We used a 2-post 9,000lbs lift and voila, found the drain plug.

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It is an 8mm hex plug and is not on there with much force as it’s aluminum, and is in an aluminum/magnesium alloy drain pain. Please note these are single use only drain plugs as the crush washer is non-removeable. Be aware! Once I got the oil draining, I was amazed at how fast it comes out, so please watch out for splash and have a container that can hold at least 7 liters. Once slowed to a trickle, install new drain plug, about $10 and torque to 20 Nm. Crazy low, huh?

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Next, we lowered the M4 and reinstalled the oil filter. Make sure to replace the two gaskets that come with the oil filter. There is a small, pain in the ass, one on the tip of the filter and one larger one that goes at the top just past the threads in the black oil filter housing cap. I like to lubricate these with some fresh oil so you get a good seal. Now it’s time to fill the M4 back up. BMW calls for 6.5 Liters, which is about 6.9 quarts, which interestingly is the same oil capacity BMW six-cylinder cars have had for 20+ years, back into the E36 era. I like to use a funnel so as to not make a mess. Spilling oil right by the filler cap lets oil get down by hot exhaust manifolds, a big no no. BMW SAE 5W-30 now comes in liters instead of quarts, so make sure to look at your bottle’s units to make sure not to over fill.

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The final step is to put the fill cap back on and start the M4. The only way to check if you filled it right is to start it and let it come up to operating temperature. Once up to temp, go through the iDrive to check it. The hardest part of the oil change was locating the oil capacity of the M4’s motor. It is almost as BMW discourages owners to change their own oil in an M4. Digging through the entire owners manual of the M4, one cannot find the oil capacity anywhere. The viscosity is listed there is 5W-30, but not the capacity.

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We contacted BMW to confirm our suspicion of the 6.5L. So were are happy to confirm that this is indeed the case. The oil capacity of the M4 is 6.5 L. Materials and Parts Used 6.5 L BMW SAE 5W-30 (or Pennzoil Platinum SAE 5W-30) OEM Filter Kit PN#11 42 7 854 445 One 8mm hex head drain plug with single use non-removable washer Oil filter housing tool, 86 mm. Torque Wrench Torque Specs Oil Filter Housing 25 Nm Oil Drain Plug 20 Nm Here is a video showing the entire process of changing the oil in the M4:

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Shelby GT350 – A Low Cost M4 Alternative?

Some of the folks over at Mustang6G.com have stumbled upon a pricing sheet for the upcoming Ford Mustang Shelby GT350. It’s not absolutely official, as of yet, but according to sources at Ford, the pricing sheet found is accurate. If that’s the c...

Some of the folks over at Mustang6G.com have stumbled upon a pricing sheet for the upcoming Ford Mustang Shelby GT350. It’s not absolutely official, as of yet, but according to sources at Ford, the pricing sheet found is accurate. If that’s the case, the Shelby GT350 will have a starting price of around $49,999 after Gas Guzzler Tax. Throw in an extra $6,500 for the Track Pack and you get MagneRide Shocks, selective drive modes and oil coolers for the transmission and differential. That’s about $56,500 for a track ready Mustang with a 5.2 liter, flat-plane crank, 520hp firebreathing V8, magnetic dampers, Brembo brakes, a Torsen differential and a 6-Speed manual. Not too shabby.

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So what does that mean for BMW? Well it depends. To all of the fans reading forums and commenting on websites, it could mean that the M4 now has a big threat in the form of a stampeding Mustang. The GT350 not only out powers the M4 but is also considerably cheaper, as the M4 starts life at $64,200 before destination. Add in any bells or whistles and the M4 is easily cresting the $70,000 mark. So the GT350 will offer a serious argument to that of the M4. Many will wonder why they should pay a minimum $10,000 price increase to get the M4 when they can have a, most likely, faster GT350 for less.

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Will M4 shoppers be swayed by the calls of the Mustang? No, almost definitely not. BMW customers will seldom cross shop a Ford. The GT350 might be all of the performance that the M4 is, and maybe even more, but it won’t be the scalpel sharp driver’s car that the M4 is. It will almost certainly not be as refined, comfortable or usable in everyday life. The M4 is a unique car in that it offers such high levels of performance, just with the added luxury BMW drivers have come to expect.

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Luxury and refinement are the areas where the GT350 falls to the M4, but that’s okay, because the GT350 isn’t meant to be a refined, luxurious vehicle. The GT350 is meant to rip your face off at the track, and it should do that very well. But that’s also something that the M4 was designed to do. The M4 is no slouch on the race track, in fact, it’s one of the better road cars on the market for track use. But will the GT350’s track-bred focus be able to best the M4’s duality when the roads get twisty? It’s possible and, if so, could make the M4 look very vulnerable to some. In my honest opinion, the M4 will be the better car, and I say that without the GT350 even being released yet. But I say it because the GT350 will be what it has always been, a very capable, high-performance track car for the road. While the M4 is a very fast, capable, high-performance road car that can be used on the track. However, try explaining that to the folks who only hear horsepower numbers and 0-60 times. The GT350 will probably best all of the M4’s numbers, and at a significantly lower cost, but it probably won’t have the same level of finesse. But the M4 has been compared to such cars as the Camaro Z/28 before, so it’s possible that people will make this comparison as well. Seeing as the cars will have similar performance numbers, the idea isn’t farfetched. What do you think, will the upcoming Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 be a low-cost alternative to the BMW M4? It might be faster and better on a track, but will it be the better car? The article Shelby GT350 – A Low Cost M4 Alternative? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Will The Automatic Transmission Stigma Fade?

At the moment, there are more performance cars on the road shifting through automatic transmissions than ever before. There was a time when the automatic transmission looked at in the same way Crocs are today, with ridicule and malaise. Up until abou...

At the moment, there are more performance cars on the road shifting through automatic transmissions than ever before. There was a time when the automatic transmission looked at in the same way Crocs are today, with ridicule and malaise. Up until about five or six years ago, the automatic transmission was despised by enthusiasts. It was the sissy transmission, and if you didn’t have three pedals in your car, you were indeed a sissy. According to many enthusiasts that is. And most performance cars weren’t even available with a slushbox trans, as it would hinder performance, take a toll on economy and generally knock the reputation of the car. However, in today’s world, most performance cars come standard with automatic transmissions or lack a manual altogether.

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There isn’t a single Ferrari, Lamborghini or Maserati currently on sale with a row-your-own gearbox. Audi has ditched it in the new R8, Porsche canned it in its, normally manual-only, 911 GT3 and GT3 RS and even Alfa Romeo’s stripped out purist’s car, the 4C, only has two pedals. So what is happening to the enthusiast’s transmission of choice? Technology and sales, obviously. Auto ‘boxes are far faster and more efficient than their manual brethren nowadays and, more importantly, the mass majority of people don’t want them anymore. Hell, 90 percent of drivers on the road don’t know how to drive a manual transmission. So, essentially, it’s a dead technology, with only a few purists desiring its row-your-own charms. So has the automatic transmission been rid of its dandy-like stigma? I think it has, and the sales of performance cars with them seems to have proved it.

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Sure, there are a few car enthusiasts who won’t so much as sit behind the driver’s seat unless there are three pedals underfoot. But by and large, most enthusiasts have grown to respect, and in some cases even like, the automatic gearbox. It’s no doubt that manual overrides and paddle shifters have helped alleviate some of the hatred. But even the enthusiasts who like auto ‘boxes, myself included, will admit that there is something special about rowing gears yourself. The connectivity between man and machine strengthens when you can feel each gear click click by in the palm of your hand. So while the stigma of the automatic trans has mostly been eradicated, I think the desire for manual transmission has actually grown. It’s become novelty. Even people who’d prefer an automatic will find themselves yearning for a clutch pedal and gear lever because of the antiquity of if. It’s become the new vinyl record– a new, technically better, alternative has arrived, but many still prefer the old way. Related: BMW, please keep the manuals! So are automatic transmissions still loathed by enthusiasts? No, most of us can appreciate the technology and added benefits and understand that cars are a whole package, not just a gearbox with wheels. However, the love for the manual transmission has grown even stronger and, as they die out, will become more highly sought after than ever. The automatic transmission is getting better and is becoming a suitable replacement, but like most hipsters in Brooklyn would say, it always sounds better on vinyl. The article Will The Automatic Transmission Stigma Fade? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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