April Fools!

Happy April 01, 2015, from Bavarian Autosport! If you have landed here by mistake, see our original April fools post HERE. ...

Happy April 01, 2015, from Bavarian Autosport! If you have landed here by mistake, see our original April fools post HERE.

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April Fools!

Happy April 01, 2015, from Bavarian Autosport! If you have landed here by mistake, see our original April fools post HERE. ...

Happy April 01, 2015, from Bavarian Autosport! If you have landed here by mistake, see our original April fools post HERE.

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BMW Introduces New Option For 2016 Models

Following, is the BMW NA press release issued today: Woodcliff Lake, NJ — As part of its ongoing effort to make driving a “joy,” as their advertising proclaims, BMW has introduced a new option for 2016 models that virtually eliminates the n...

Following, is the BMW NA press release issued today: Woodcliff Lake, NJ — As part of its ongoing effort to make driving a “joy,” as their advertising proclaims, BMW has introduced a new option for 2016 models that virtually eliminates the need to roll down the windows when offensive odors are detected. The option is called Operable Mitigation of [...]

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BMW Introduces New Option For 2016 Models

Following, is the BMW NA press release issued today: Woodcliff Lake, NJ — As part of its ongoing effort to make driving a “joy,” as their advertising proclaims, BMW has introduced a new option for 2016 models that virtually eliminates the n...

Following, is the BMW NA press release issued today: Woodcliff Lake, NJ — As part of its ongoing effort to make driving a “joy,” as their advertising proclaims, BMW has introduced a new option for 2016 models that virtually eliminates the need to roll down the windows when offensive odors are detected. The option is called Operable Mitigation of [...]

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World-first Reverse April Fool’s Day joke sees old car swapped for brand new $50,000 BMW

Have you ever wondered what would happen if something that sounded too good to be true actually turned out to be real – especially on April 1? For one New Zealander, daring to dream big on April Fool’s Day paid off handsomely this morning, wh...

Have you ever wondered what would happen if something that sounded too good to be true actually turned out to be real – especially on April 1? For one New Zealander, daring to dream big on April Fool’s Day paid off handsomely this morning, when Tianna Marsh swapped her 15-year old Nissan Avenir for a brand new BMW 1 Series worth almost $50,000. “BMW is world-renowned as being the maker of the Ultimate Driving Machine, but also as the creator of many memorable April Fool’s Day pranks,” said the Managing Director of BMW Group New Zealand, Nina Englert.

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“Here in New Zealand we created a real stir last year when we released details of the BMW ZZZ Series Cot, a fictitious baby sleeping capsule which simulated the noises and g-forces of a road journey, to help lull a baby to sleep. This year’s effort, our most audacious and elaborate yet, is one we’re particularly proud of as we believe this reverse April 1 joke to be a world first, especially giving away a brand new car.”

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More than 145,000 copies of the NZ Herald rolled off the press early this morning with what appeared to be a bogus ad printed on the front page, inviting people to bring their car to the Newmarket dealership and swap it for a brand new BMW 1 Series. The first person to do so, having fulfilled terms and conditions, would be rewarded with the new car.

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The article World-first Reverse April Fool’s Day joke sees old car swapped for brand new $50,000 BMW appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Military style Hamann M3 E93 Cabriolet

Isn’t this the craziest “paint job” you’ve ever seen? This E93 M3 is tuned by German powerhouse Hamann and comes with a military-style wrap that will make the car blend in on any battle field. The wrap is a mix of green, brown...

Isn’t this the craziest “paint job” you’ve ever seen? This E93 M3 is tuned by German powerhouse Hamann and comes with a military-style wrap that will make the car blend in on any battle field. The wrap is a mix of green, brown, black and red, like any respected army vehicle. Hamann gave their M3 a new aerodynamic kit, power boost, new wheels and a stylish interior. The new, sportier-looking HAMANN front spoiler is designed to be fitted onto the standard bumper. The vehicle’s back can either be customized with a HAMANN rear spoiler or a spoiler lip. A truly effective means of reducing the lift.

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By fitting a suspension lowering kit, comprising four progressive suspension struts, HAMANN succeeds in lowering the vehicle’s center of gravity by 35 mm at the front and by 20 mm at the rear.

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The E93 M3 is the last of the naturally aspirated M cars. BMWʼs 4.0 liter V-8 cranks out 414 hp and runs to an astonishingly high 8300 rpm while emitting a most exotic wicked growl. This S65B40 motor produces 295 ft/lbs of torque at 3900 rpm from the last naturally aspirated M motor.  The Hamann tuning chip gives the car another 35 horsepower and gets a top speed of 320 km/h. Here is a photo gallery of the car on the road:

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[Source: Autogespot]   The article Military style Hamann M3 E93 Cabriolet appeared first on BMW BLOG

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New MINI with Chrome Line Exterior Deluxe

It has driving fun in its genes – and it seems that the chromosomes are responsible for its stunning appearance, too. The new MINI is dazzling wherever it goes, but the special equipment feature Chrome Line Exterior Deluxe finally transforms it...

It has driving fun in its genes – and it seems that the chromosomes are responsible for its stunning appearance, too. The new MINI is dazzling wherever it goes, but the special equipment feature Chrome Line Exterior Deluxe finally transforms it in a truly irresistible eye-catcher. For decades, chrome surfaces have been applied to the headlamp, rear light and radiator grille surrounds as well as other typical design elements: for the first time, this feature is now extended to the entire body. The effect is instantly compelling: with the Chrome Line Exterior Deluxe, the MINI holistically reflects the aesthetic awareness of the brand and its fans.

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The exclusive special equipment feature developed exclusively for the MINI  three-door will be presented for the first time to a group of selected guests on April 1st 2015. By way of a precaution, MINI expressly points out to photojournalists who wish to attend the event that it will be compulsory to wear sunglasses and that it is not possible to permit the use of flash due to physically uncontrollable reflections.

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The special equipment feature Chrome Line Exterior Deluxe is the consistent continuation of a design principle that has been pursued ever since the classic Mini was launched in 1959. Chrome as an embodiment of unique visual details has been part of the MINI tradition for just as long as the go-kart feeling and the central instrument in the cockpit. Its sophisticated sparkle directs attention to those design features that have been typical of MINI for decades and make it the original in the premium small car segment. Since the launch of the latest generation of MINI, however, it is no longer enough to emphasise individual components. MINI has finally achieved the status of a fully integrated work of art. So it is only logical that the entire vehicle should be given a chrome surface as an optional extra.

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The new special equipment feature will also impact on production processes at the MINI plant in Oxford, UK. The hall lights will automatically be dimmed during assembly of the new MINI 3 door with Chrome Line Exterior Deluxe. What is more, the operating speed of the conveyor belt will be reduced so as to give employees the opportunity to check their clothing and hair in the reflection of the MINI body. The article New MINI with Chrome Line Exterior Deluxe appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Harman Kardon acquires Bang & Olufsen Automotive

Harman Kardon, the maker of in-car multimedia systems, acquires the Bang & Olufsen Automotive to give the U.S.-based company a dominant position in the car audio systems business. For €145 million ($156 million), Harman Kardon is purchasing Ban...

Harman Kardon, the maker of in-car multimedia systems, acquires the Bang & Olufsen Automotive to give the U.S.-based company a dominant position in the car audio systems business. For €145 million ($156 million), Harman Kardon is purchasing Bang & Olufsen’s automotive business including licenses for the use of the brands connected to the Danish company. The purchase doesn’t include Bang & Olufsen’s consumer-electronics business. B&O currently offers luxury audio systems for BMW, Audi, Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz. After the acquisition, the Harman Kardon business would include Bang & Olufsen, Bowers & Wilkins, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon, Mark Levinson and Revel brands, and can be found as standard and optional equipment in some 25 million cars.

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In the 2015 BMW 760Li, the Bang & Olufsen Sound System retails for $3,700. Many B&O systems, which often are upgradable options, run $6,000 or more. For the next generation 7 Series, BMW will use the Bowers & Wilkins brand. READ ALSO: Harman Kardon Factory Tour “From the marketing, scale and technologies Harman will bring to the business, we will strengthen and grow the Bang & Olufsen and B&O PLAY automotive audio brands and, importantly, further improve profitability, which is now in line with our existing car audio business,” said Chief Executive Dinesh Paliwal in a statement. This purchase follows up a $950 million investment into two different software firms earlier this year by Harman, which is building up its position to provide programming and hardware for the screens inside of automobiles. The article Harman Kardon acquires Bang & Olufsen Automotive appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Used E60 M5 over New Camry

One of my favorite things to do, as well as one of yours I’m sure, as a car enthusiast is to browse the interwebs for really interesting used cars for sale which are cheaper than brand new normal cars. I like to use the Camry rule for pricing. The ...

One of my favorite things to do, as well as one of yours I’m sure, as a car enthusiast is to browse the interwebs for really interesting used cars for sale which are cheaper than brand new normal cars. I like to use the Camry rule for pricing. The Toyota Camry is really all the car anyone will ever actually need, but it’s far more interesting to find out what you can also afford in the secondhand market for the same money as a Camry. The current starting price of a Camry is around $22,000 and with options and trim levels, can get well into the $30,000s. While the Camry is a fine transportation device, it’s about as exciting as watching C-SPAN, so if you can get something far more interesting for the same money, why not?

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Well, to be honest, there are a couple reasons why not. Firstly, reliability. Buying a used sports car or something similar, will most likely have more mechanical problems than the care-free Camry. But that’s the trade off you must be willing to make. Even the most beautiful and exotic things aren’t perfect, but that doesn’t make them not worth it. You wouldn’t not date Candice Swanepoel because she farts in bed, right? Secondly, cost of ownership. Sports cars are generally far more expensive to run, fuel, insure and fix. So in the long run, the cool used sports car, which was the same price as the Camry to start, will end up costing far more than the Camry. But these are minor quibbles in life. I loathe the term YOLO, but in this instance it seems fitting. Life’s too short to drive a Camry. So while scouring the underbelly of the interwebs today, I stumbled upon a rather good find for the same price as a decently equipped, brand-spankin new Toyota Camry SE 2.5l.  A 2008 E60 BMW M5 6MT – $28,995

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The E60 M5 is a fan favorite amongst BMW enthusiasts and it isn’t hard to see why. Well maybe from the outside it is, but one look underneath the skin and the E60 M5 will charm you like few other cars. With a 5.0 liter screaming V10 under the hood, the M5 produces a rather healthy 507 hp and can rev to a stratospheric 8,250 RPM. The E60 was available with either a 6-Speed manual or a 7-Speed SMG gearbox, but this particular model is fitted with the proper gearbox, the manual. This M5 is outfitted in Space Gray Metallic over Silverstone II Extended Merino Leather interior, and is one of the better examples of the E60 M5 I’ve seen. It seems to be in superb shape, with only a bit of noticeable wheel rash on one wheel which seems to be the only issue. It has 82,241 miles on it which, considering the fact that it’s seven years old, works out to around 11,700 miles a year, or under the industry standard. So it hasn’t been used too much. Now of course, as an older German car, things will go wrong with it and when they do will cost around as much as the average American house to repair. But it will be worth it, because instead of the milquetoast Camry, you’d have a V10 German sedan with 507 hp and a 6-Speed manual. Plus it has the same seating as a Camry and around the same trunk space, so it isn’t any less practical. But it’s infinitely more luxurious, better looking, way, way faster and far more fun to drive. Plus that V10 sound, oh that sound. Obviously the Camry is the smarter choice. However, no one lies on their deathbed glad they bought a Camry instead of an M5. So the M5 would be my choice and I’d die broke and happy. #YOLO. The article Used E60 M5 over New Camry appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW DIY Video – How to Install an aFe Cold-Air Performance Intake Filter Kit

To keep engine noise at a marketable level, car makers put their air filters inside housings. While this makes the engine quieter, 
it restricts the amount of air that can enter. Performance intake systems eliminate the factory housing and use larg...

To keep engine noise at a marketable level, car makers put their air filters inside housings. While this makes the engine quieter, 
it restricts the amount of air that can enter. Performance intake systems eliminate the factory housing and use larger filters, allowing more 
air to enter the engine, producing more power. 
(“Cold-air” intakes offer [...]

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