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One of the biggest premieres at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show is the new Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept. With a strong finish in British Racing Green and an elegant and dynamic design language, the Bentley sports coupe shows how the design of the brand ...
One of the biggest premieres at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show is the new Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept. With a strong finish in British Racing Green and an elegant and dynamic design language, the Bentley sports coupe shows how the design of the brand can be transferred to a less expensive concept. The two-seater carries over the Bentley styling trademarks, like the aggressive fenders in the rear, the egg-crate grille and swooping roofline. The powerful scooped hood, the air breathers behind the front wheels and the slim taillights make the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept one of the best looking car on the show’s floors.
Inside, the car stands out with a beautiful leather-wrapped steering wheel, large pedals dressed up in chrome and a digital gauge cluster. The car’s functions can now be controlled by a touch user interface in the center console.
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The Geneva Auto Show brought a number of interesting Grand Touring concepts to light, and while we wait the eventual reveal of a rumored BMW Z5, it may be worth a little time to look at what BMW’s competitors are bringing to the forefront. Be...
The Geneva Auto Show brought a number of interesting Grand Touring concepts to light, and while we wait the eventual reveal of a rumored BMW Z5, it may be worth a little time to look at what BMW’s competitors are bringing to the forefront. Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Borrowing a name from its racing history, Bentley unveiled the EXP 10 Speed 6, a lovely two-place GT coupe. Swoopy styling featuring minimal overhangs, and possibly some hints of other cars (BMW 6 series?). It is a stunner. And the interior is even more so. The cabin appointments take luxury to a new level in a GT car.
Bentley has not hinted at what drivetrain will power the car. There is speculation that it will be an eight cylinder but the Speed 6 name may hint at a six. Bentleys were known for there wonderful straight sixes eons ago, but the closest thing in the VW corporate drivetrain grab bag is the VR6. The new Jaguar two place coupe and existing Aston Martins seem to be the competitors for the Speed 6. Hazarding a guess, pricing should be between the Jag and Aston Martins. The Speed 6 looks ready for production – the question is how much and when. Aston Martin DBX
Speaking of Aston Martin, they showed off their DBX concept at Geneva. It is a bit of a puzzle. The styling (high ground clearance, long hood) says internal combustion engine SUV, the coupe body style suggests Grand Touring and then you discover that its all-electric with the electric motors concentric with the wheel hubs. At this point the inclination would be to design a very efficient one-box vehicle, but that would be hard to do and maintain any Aston Martin attributes. So what you get is a Grand Touring all-terrain with seating for four and two rather spacious cargo holds fore and aft of the passenger cabin. This doesn’t appear to be ready for production, but it is an interesting concept. Morgan Aero 8
Ah Morgan! The car company that uses old school manufacturing techniques (read, archaic) to produce mere handfuls of brilliant little sports cars. Quirky? You bet! Who do you turn to when you just have to have a car with sliding pillar front suspension? Morgan, of course. When the rest of the world uses pressed metal monocoque bodies, Morgan still drapes a wooden frame with formed metal panels. This is the way it used to be – no one in their right mind builds cars this way since the advent of the Budd Company and their pressed metal bodies. Morgan included a video teaser in its press release for the new Aero 8. It shows the craftsmanship of its coach work. This is the way it was done – with wood frames and non-structural metal skin (as much to preserve the frame and hold paint as anything else). In the old days Henry Ford’s factories created so much wood scrap that they were pressed into briquettes and turned into charcoal – the origins of Kingsford. But this neat Morgan utilizes a naturally aspirated BMW V8 – now built solely for Morgan. The US doesn’t get the four wheeled Morgans, but hopefully, before long, this range of delightfully quirky automobiles will be available to us. Grab a cup of coffee (or should that be tea) and watch the following video from Car & Driver to get a closer look at Morgan. The article The Best Grand Tourings at 2015 Geneva Motor Show appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/03/06/see-how-the-bmw-i8-is-being-built/ in News on March 6, 2015
The latest episode of “How it’s made dream cars” features the BMW i8. Over the next 22 minutes, you will learn about what it takes to build BMW’s most advanced car to date, and the most futuristic one. The innovative vehicle a...
The latest episode of “How it’s made dream cars” features the BMW i8. Over the next 22 minutes, you will learn about what it takes to build BMW’s most advanced car to date, and the most futuristic one. The innovative vehicle architecture of the BMW i8 comprises two elements: the Life module, the passenger cell made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), and the aluminum Drive module, which incorporates the entire drivetrain and chassis technology. The LifeDrive concept and use of CFRP allows production times to be cut by half compared to those required for an equivalent car built along conventional lines. The process is less investment intensive as the high costs required for a conventional press shop and paint shop are no longer an issue and the Life and Drive modules can be manufactured alongside one another.
MW 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). Let’s have a look. The article See how the BMW i8 is being built appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://f80.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1098214 in News on March 6, 2015
Latest reports and rumors that the M4 GTS will get water injection system, laser lights, OLED lights and debut in August at Pebble Beach.
Head of Design BMW M Krzysztof Szews talking about the design of the BMW M6 GT3. The development of the BMW M6 GT3 is progressing according to plan, ahead of its 2016 launch. It is powered by a 4.4-litre V8 M TwinPower Turbo production engine, which ...
Head of Design BMW M Krzysztof Szews talking about the design of the BMW M6 GT3. The development of the BMW M6 GT3 is progressing according to plan, ahead of its 2016 launch. It is powered by a 4.4-litre V8 M TwinPower Turbo production engine, which has been the subject of modifications for its use on the racetrack. It has dry sump lubrication and generates over 500 hp, with a total car weight of less than 1,300 kilograms. Further features of the BMW M6 GT3 include the transaxle drive concept, a six-speed sequential racing transmission, and powerful motorsport electronics. The chassis’ aerodynamic properties were optimized in the BMW wind tunnel.
The BMW M6 Coupé provides an ideal basis, on which the BMW Motorsport engineers have worked meticulously to hone the BMW M6 GT3 for use in motor racing. Priority was given to ensuring the drivers are as safe as physically possible. To offer the drivers of the BMW M6 GT3 as much protection as possible against injury, BMW Motorsport itself developed and produced the FIA-approved safety cell, which complies with the very latest safety standards. The engineers also placed great emphasis on efficiency, ease of maintenance and reliability, which is particularly crucial at the 24-hour classics. The article From production car to race car: A look at the design of the BMW M6 GT3 appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://bmwi.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1098166 in News on March 6, 2015
Great documentary on how the BMW i8 is made.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/03/06/black-sapphire-bmw-f80-m3-gets-more-power-at-european-auto-source/ in News on March 6, 2015
The owner of this Black Sapphire BMW F80 M3 went to European Auto Source to not improve the car’s looks but also its performance. For an instant gain of 50-60 hp and 50-60 ft-lbs tq at the wheels, the tuning shop installed the ESS E-Tronic Tune...
The owner of this Black Sapphire BMW F80 M3 went to European Auto Source to not improve the car’s looks but also its performance. For an instant gain of 50-60 hp and 50-60 ft-lbs tq at the wheels, the tuning shop installed the ESS E-Tronic Tuner under the hood. The E-tronic is a sophisticated multi-channel controller that has RPM and MAF integration. This allows for full control of boost at all RPM ranges and proper AFR calibrations without the need to splice into any factory wiring. Compared to the stock power levels, the BMW M3 with this tuning setup applied should be developing around 475 horsepower and around 450lb-ft of torque. Not a bad upgrade!
After the performance tuning was added, it was time to add some aero parts to the M3. The tuning shop installed a set of BMW M Performance parts, starting with the M Performance front splitter and rear trunk spoiler. The BMW gloss black kidney grille surrounds are another nice touch, while the iND painted front reflectors and gloss black kidney grilles work perfectly in complementing the look of the M3 design. The addition of the RKP rear spoiler made of carbon fiber, matched with Macht Schnell wheel spacers, puts the final touches on this project.
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Posted by http://f20.1addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1098979 in News on March 6, 2015
28 March 2015 sees the curtain raised on the market launch of the new BMW 1 Series. Fans of compact driving pleasure can look forward to an even more striking design, a further refined premium ambience for the interior, engines that are extremely po...
28 March 2015 sees the curtain raised on the market launch of the new BMW 1 Series. Fans of compact driving pleasure can look forward to an even more striking design, a further refined premium ambience for the interior, engines that are extremely powerful and even more efficient, and innovative equipment features. Ahead of the launch, news filtered through from BMW Plant Regensburg of another reason to smile as the two-millionth BMW 1 Series rolled off the production line. The landmark car was built just a few days after the start of production for the new version of the compact model and is one of the first examples of the new BMW 1 Series range earmarked for export to Asia. The BMW 120i 5-door, painted in Estoril Blue metallic and equipped with an M Sport package, will be delivered to a customer in Japan. This production landmark at BMW Plant Regensburg represents another milestone in the international success story of the BMW 1 Series. In late summer 2014 the company celebrated the model series’ tenth birthday. And now the leap beyond the two-million-unit mark provides further evidence of how the attraction of BMW’s hallmark driving pleasure has spread to the compact segment as well. At its premiere in 2004 the BMW 1 Series became the brand’s first model to reconcile sporty and elegant design, dynamic driving properties and premium quality with the functional attributes of a compact 5-door model. Boasting superior powertrain and chassis technology and the rear-wheel-drive configuration that remains a unique selling point in the compact segment, the BMW 1 Series has since set the benchmark for sporting ability in its class. At the same time, it regularly serves as a trailblazer for the latest BMW EfficientDynamics technology, which ensures the new BMW 1 Series, too, offers an impressive balance between driving pleasure and fuel consumption. The new edition of the BMW 1 Series will be offered in both 5-door and 3-door body variants. The BMW 1 Series 3-door is built exclusively at BMW Plant Regensburg, the BMW 1 Series 5-door additionally at BMW Plant Leipzig. Both models can be ordered with a selection of powerful and highly efficient petrol and diesel engines featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, including units with three and four cylinders from the BMW Group’s latest generation of engines and a six-cylinder in-line engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology. The new BMW 1 Series (fuel consumption combined: 8.0 – 3.4 l/100 km [35.3 – 83.1 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 188 – 89 g/km) therefore covers an output spectrum ranging from 80 kW/109 hp to 240 kW/326 hp. The BMW M135i M Performance Automobile is a ticket to outstanding dynamics, while the 85 kW/116 hp BMW 116d EfficientDynamics Edition leads the way in the efficiency stakes with average fuel consumption of 3.8 – 3.4 l/100 km (74.3 – 83.1 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions of 101 – 89 g/km in the EU test cycle. The BMW M135i, BMW 118d and BMW 120d can all be specified as an option with BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive. Other highlights of the equipment listings for the new BMW 1 Series include the standard-fitted iDrive operating system, full-LED headlights (available as an option for the BMW 1 Series for the first time) and the latest additions to the BMW ConnectedDrive line-up. As well as the radar-based Active Cruise Control system with Stop & Go function and the new-generation Parking Assistant, features such as the camera-based Driving Assistant are also available. The progressive character of the new BMW 1 Series range is likewise underlined by the standard provision of the Intelligent Emergency Call function and BMW TeleServices. The optional Navigation system Professional also offers automatic map updating (using the embedded SIM card and mobile phone network), which is free of charge to customers for the first three years following registration of the car. Also benefiting from further expansion is the array of internet-based information, communication and entertainment services, which the driver can integrate into the car with the help of apps either via the integrated SIM card or using a smartphone.
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Last year’s Junior winner Jesse Krohn joins BMW Motorsport’s GT programme. The BMW Motorsport Junior programme enters the next round for Jesse Krohn in 2015. The winner of the first class to come through BMW’s new programme for promoting youn...
Last year’s Junior winner Jesse Krohn joins BMW Motorsport’s GT programme.
The BMW Motorsport Junior programme enters the next round for Jesse Krohn in 2015. The winner of the first class to come through BMW’s new programme for promoting young GT and touring car drivers, which was launched in 2014, will undertake a full programme of racing in the BMW Z4 GTE and BMW Z4 GT3 in his second year. Earlier this month provided Krohn with the first opportunity of his still fledgling career to demonstrate his talent at the wheel of the BMW Z4 GTE. The 24-year-old completed a comprehensive test on the BMW premises in Miramas. After gaining valuable experience in the BMW M235i Racing, with which he lined up at selected races in 2014, Krohn is now taking the next step in his career as a GT driver. This season, the 24-year-old BMW Motorsport Junior will race for the Marc VDS Racing Team in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS), where he will share the cockpit of the BMW Z4 GTE with BMW works driver Andy Priaulx and Henry Hassid. Krohn will also have the opportunity to add to his experience at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, where he will contest the entire season of the VLN Endurance Championship in a BMW Z4 GT3. “We are pleased that the first year of our new junior programme has unearthed such a talented driver as Jesse Krohn,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “A place on our GT programme awaits him in his second season. It will be a busy and challenging year for Jesse. However, his outstanding performances in his first season leave use confident that he is ready to take the next step. We will offer him as much support as possible as he takes that step.” “I am living my motorsport dream at the moment,” said Krohn. “To be able to drive the BMW Z4 in two such awesome series as the ELMS and VLN in my second year as a BMW Motorsport Junior is fantastic. I am sure I will benefit from the wealth of experience possessed by the Marc VDS Racing Team and drivers like Andy Priaulx. I am looking forward to another year of learning, and will do everything in my power to meet my own expectations.” Krohn will be able to use tests prior to the season to familiarise himself with the cars and his team-mates. His first competitive outing will come at the opening race of the VLN season on 28th March. Which team he lines up for in the “Green Hell” will be announced at a later date. The ELMS season gets underway on 11th April with the race in Silverstone. As well as his race outings, Krohn will also be on hand to offer help and advice to the second generation of BMW Motorsport Juniors in their first year on the BMW junior programme in 2015. Last year, Krohn was one of four talented youngsters accepted onto the newly formed BMW Motorsport Junior programme. Over the course of the year, the young drivers gained valuable practical experience in the BMW M235i Racing and Formula BMW FB02, under the guidance of BMW works driver Dirk Adorf. They also completed theoretical training, as well as mental coaching and sessions in the simulator. Krohn took part in numerous VLN races in the BMW M235i Racing, meaning he already knows the Nürburgring-Nordschleife very well. The “BMW Motorsport Junior of the Year” award at the traditional BMW Motorsport season review in December was the icing on the cake at the end of a profitable year for the Finn. Having made its debut last year, the BMW Motorsport Junior programme now enters its second season. The talented youngsters who will participate in BMW Motorsport’s multi-level junior programme in 2015 are yet to be confirmed. The selection process ends with a shoot-out at Monteblanco on 17th/18th March. Afterwards the new BMW Motorsport Juniors will be decided.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/03/06/bmw-6-series-gran-coupe-one-of-the-best-looking-cars-on-the-market/ in News on March 5, 2015
BMW currently makes, what I think is, one of the best looking cars on the market — the 6 Series Gran Coupe. I love BMW; the cars, the brand, the M Division, the i Division. It’s genuinely a fantastic company. However, despite my admiration fo...
BMW currently makes, what I think is, one of the best looking cars on the market — the 6 Series Gran Coupe. I love BMW; the cars, the brand, the M Division, the i Division. It’s genuinely a fantastic company. However, despite my admiration for the blue and white roundel, I don’t find many of its cards particularly beautiful. Purposeful, yes. Functional, definitely. High performance? Yes. But beautiful? Not many are. But the 6 Series Gran Coupe most definitely is. Those sultry lines, low-slung roofline and massive wheels and wheel arches give the 6 Series Gran Coupe an almost super model look. Then comes the noise. The exhaust, from either engine, makes an aggressive yet sophisticated sound, one befitting such a good looking, sporting GT car. Because that’s what the Gran Coupe is — a GT car.
I think that’s another reason the Gran Coupe is so seductive, that it’s a Grand Tourer. There’s a certain romanticism to GT cars. They’re made to take long journeys in, in comfort, speed and style. If you can’t picture taking a journey through the more scenic parts of Europe in a 6er GC with someone beautiful in the passenger seat, then I question the merits of your imagination. The Gran Coupe is a master of seduction, something that’s sadly missing from other BMWs today.
That isn’t an indictment towards the rest of BMW’s lineup; those other cars have other purposes than to seduce. The X1 wasn’t invented to woo, for instance. But there’s no denying the polarizing attraction the Gran Coupe has that other BMWs do not. Sadly, I think the BMW that suffers from being in the Gran Coupe’s shadow most is the 7 Series. Dubbed BMW’s flagship car, the 7 Series should be the pinnacle of desire for the brand. And while the 7 Series is probably the more luxurious of the two and the more liveable car everyday, I’d still choose the Gran Coupe over it 10 times out of 10. It, to borrow a line from James May, just gives me the fizz.
TEST DRIVE: BMW 640d Gran Coupe Don’t mistake me, the 7 Series is a great car, it just isn’t a lust-worthy one. At least in comparison to the 6 GC it isn’t. The 7 is definitely better value, at $74,000 to start versus the the 6 GC’s $78,300. Plus the 7 has room for three in the back if need be, with considerably more head room, and has a bigger trunk. But if I’m spending three quarters of a hundred grand, I want something that’s going to give me some fizz. At the price, I want something that I look at everyday with excitement because I get to drive it.
That’s another advantage the 6er GC has over the 7, how it drives. The 7 drives fine, in fact it drives very well, especially for a car of its size and weight. But the 6 Series Gran Coupe drives exceptionally well. It’s more of a sports car, it’s exciting to drive. The 7 is the more luxurious, relaxed car of the two. Which, again, isn’t an indictment. Being relaxed and luxurious is the sole intention of the 7 Series. I like the 7 Series quite a bit, and I’m sure there are many people who’d choose it over the GC. It is fantastic, but the 7 Series is like a fine wine. It needs to linger in your mouth a bit before it’s true flavors come out. The 6 Series Gran Coupe is like a Krug Grande Cuvee champagne, from the moment the bottle pops all the way down to the last drop, it gives you the fizz.
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