Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/10/21/alpine-white-widebody-bmw-z4-pur-wheels/ in News on October 21, 2014
Alpine White BMWs are back again! But this is one is quite unique. A widebody BMW Z4 coming up from Canada comes to impress us with its looks. The tuning project emphasizes one’s desire to be different, while providing only top-notch parts fo...
Alpine White BMWs are back again! But this is one is quite unique. A widebody BMW Z4 coming up from Canada comes to impress us with its looks. The tuning project emphasizes one’s desire to be different, while providing only top-notch parts for the aftermarket project, all done by a quality tuning company – SR Auto Group. The second you see this Z4, the stunning widebody kit is the one thing that stands out the most. A proportionate vehicle like this perfectly captures the eye with a wider body and some carbon fiber all around.
The widebody kit was created by Duke Dynamics and it features several body panels: front spoiler, side skirts, rear bumper and a rear diffuser were installed on this vehicle. Subtle carbon fiber finishing on certain part areas provide the contrast that works so well with an Alpine White color. It all fits seamlessly and the lines once again flow well, uninterrupted and finish perfectly with a great wide and sporty appearance.
With the flared wheel arches added, there was more than enough room for something hot there. The owner decided upon a set of custom made aftermarket wheels, providing the much needed size and desired fulfillment effect. With the widened exterior all set, it was time to fill up the larger fenders. A set of forged three piece PUR LG02′s were engineered specifically for the widebody Z4 and were finished with a electric blue face and polished lip. These PUR LG02 wheels are sized 19×9 on the front and 19×11 in the rear. Quite a combination!
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/10/21/e30s-true-successor-toyota/ in News on October 21, 2014
The iconic BMW E30 has now been debated, glorified, worshiped and written about ad nauseum. If you haven’t owned an E30, and you’ve never had the chance to drive one, all of this fuss over a 30 year old car must be driving you properly nu...
The iconic BMW E30 has now been debated, glorified, worshiped and written about ad nauseum. If you haven’t owned an E30, and you’ve never had the chance to drive one, all of this fuss over a 30 year old car must be driving you properly nuts. What could possibly be so special about a car released the same year as Michael Jackson’s Thriller album? Rather a lot, actually. The E30 ascended to cult-classic status because its parts coalesced into one harmonious whole. The E30 was a driving instrument that sought to convey every bit of sensory information possible from the road surface to your brain. Strapping into the E30 was like plugging an HDMI cable into your head – the other end gathering data from the contact patches. As you made progress down the road, this car remained raw and honest. If you only let it, it would please you until you ran out of fuel, tires, or brakes. To put it simply, the E30 delivered purity unmatched by modern cars.
Fast forward to the current millennium and you will find a car-scape mostly devoid of precision driving instruments. Burdened with comfort, technology and safety appendages, modern cars have grown in weight. Through the years they’ve also gown layers, incrementally distancing you, the driver, from the sensory experience. The latest layer to surface between driver and road has risen from the necessity of increased efficiency. Electronic power steering replaces the hydraulic pump that used to reduce the muscle needed in wheeling your steed. Somehow, in the application of this technology, the subtleties wiggling up through the steering shaft have been erased – or at least, reduced. Even the Porsche 911 – fabled for its telepathic steering feel – has fallen prey to this technology, though reviews thus far suggest the damage is limited. At the racetrack or on a snaking road, only a car free of sensory callus can carry you to driving nirvana. The magical pixie dust of the E30 is no magic at all – it’s a mechanical simplicity that connects you to the driving experience. In the quintessential linguistic contradiction: less is more.
Let’s distill the E30 down to its fundamental ingredients. The car was lightweight, the M3 tipping the scales at a scant 2,865 lbs – earlier non-M models dipping as low as 2,460 lbs. All E30s were rear-wheel drive, save for the iX one-off which pioneered the 3 series’ first AWD system. A manual gearbox was standard. Six-cylinder models and sports four-cylinder models came equipped with a limited-slip differential. While the engines on offer varied widely in power, all engines were responsive and free-revving – save for the Euro market diesels. The above, in a nutshell, defines the essential DNA of a pure sports car: lightweight, rear-wheel drive, manual gear selection, and responsive, free-revving power delivered through a limited-slip differential. You cannot overlook any of these ingredients without undoing a helmet-full of driving fun. Add much on top of these ingredients, and you begin to distract from the purity of the car. So then, what cars in the market place today were baked to simple perfection using the prescribed ingredients? All Lotus cars, the Mazda Miata, the Porsche Cayman, Boxster and 911 GT3 RS, all Caterham cars, the Weismann MF4-S, and a few other small-batch independent sports cars. By and large, the short list is very, very short. Recent favorites such as the Honda S2000 and Mazda RX-8 have gone the way of the cassette player, and their presence is sorely missed.
Of course, all of these cars fail to embody the essence of the iconic E30. For one reason or another, they all miss the mark in some way. The car that comes closest is arguably the Mazda Miata. It combines all essential ingredients into a handsome package, at a reasonable price point. Yet the Miata is still slightly soft relative to the E30 of its day – particularly the E30 M3, which had a telescopic focus on performance. The others on the short list are overpriced, bordering on exotic – which the E30 was not. What we’re looking for is the simple everyday performance car – attainable, and thrilling, for all. And if our candidate is to truly match the E30, it must also have a side of practicality and everyday utility – just as the E30 mustered.
Enter the long awaited Toyota FT-86. That the name Toyota has even appeared in the acclaimed company of the aforementioned sports cars is nearly cause for alarm or moderate stomach upset. Defibrillator cast aside, desperate chest-thumping abandoned – we had all gone home, the collective body of driving enthusiasts considering the Japanese brand clinically dead. A blip occurred on the EKG over 5 years ago when rumor began to spread of a pure sports car surfacing from the brand. As much as it pained sports drivers to glance their eyes on Toyota dealer lots – lest their eyes set hold of the world’s most homely and boring automotive lineup – memories of happier times could still be called to mind. Iconic cars such as the Sports 800, 2000GT, Corolla GT-S and Supra spring to mind – dating back to the late 1960’s. The Corolla GT-S, internally code-named the AE86, finds a special resting place in many enthusiasts’ hearts, as this car captured much the same appeal as the E30. It was a simple, honest performance car that combined all essential ingredients into an affordable package, while retaining everyday usability and practicality. It was, to some extent, a Japanese E30.
Now, in January of 2012, we can add the Toyota FT-86 to the list of pure, uncompromising sports cars. The mandate of this car is in parallel with that of the original E30, and this Toyota’s mechanical similarities may surprise you. Since we’re all driving enthusiasts at heart, let’s use the E30 M3 as a reference point. The M3 weighed in at 2,865 lbs, the FT-86 weighs an impressive 2,700 lbs (final figures are not out yet, but some expect it to weigh as little as 2,600 lbs!). The M3 was powered by a naturally aspirated 2.3 liter inline-4 cylinder that produced 192 hp at 6,750 rpm and 176 lb-ft of torque at 4,750 rpm, en route to a 7,300 rpm rev limit. The FT-86 is powered by a naturally aspirated 2.0 liter boxer-4 cylinder that produces 200 hp at 7,000 rpm, 151 lb-ft of torque at 6,600 rpm, eventually bouncing off the limiter at 7,400 rpm. The M3 was rear-wheel drive with a limited-slip differential standard, the FT-86 follows in kind. The M3 transfered power through a 5-speed manual transmission, the FT-86 offers a 6-speed manual. The M3, along with all other E30s, offered surprising practicality with a sizable trunk and 2+2 seating configuration. The FT-86 features a 2+2 layout with a sizable trunk and fold-down rear seats expanding total storage volume.
What of the alleged successors within the BMW brand? Some – not least the marketing department – will point to the 1 series as heir to the E30 thrown and go on to insist that the 1 series M Coupe is the true successor to the E30 M3. I’ve spent a healthy amount of time behind the wheel of the understeering 1 series, and it lacks two of the core ingredients necessary to make it a worthy successor. The base 128i weighs 3,208 lbs, putting it a stout 200 lbs over the pivotal 3,000 lb tipping point that tends to exemplify a light weight sports car, and all other cars mentioned fall below this weight. The 1 series fails to include another ingredient: a limited-slip differential. What of the 1 series M Coupe? The car goes further astray as mechanical muscle adds considerable weight, the 1M registering 3,296 lbs on the scales. 431 lbs is a monumental amount of weight to be added to a sports car, and it permanently and irreversibly alters both the driving experience and the spirit of the car. I’ve driven the 1M in haste and while it delivers in all other departments, there is a spiritual element missing. In sports car rhetoric, that spiritual element is called, “lightness.” Further, it’s not a sports car for everyone, as hardly anyone can purchase it. If you long for the visceral appeal of a BMW E30, the best solution may be to go out and buy a classic E30. If you’re bent on the sublime M version, then you’ll have to gather up a few more dollars, because current appreciation of the car has a low-milage specimen sitting at approximately $25,000 to $30,000 USD. Coincidentally, the Toyota FT-86 is expected to launch with a base price just over $25,000 USD. While I’m smitten by the E30 and stand in awe of its driving appeal, I’ve already been down the vintage car path. I’ve owned an E30 and loved every minute of it, but for an assortment of reasons, I’m ready to drive cars built in step with modern hair styles. Even the most hard-core among us might rationally insist on owning a car built within the last decade.
If you fall into the category of reformed vintage sports car driver, or earnest enthusiast looking for a modern E30, your options are limited – but no longer absent. As far as I see it, there is only one car that closely matches the performance of the E30 M3 while capturing the spirit of the car. BMW have reportedly played with the idea of a Z2 sports car, but as of yet, this car is set on the far off horizon – and there is tragic rumor that it may launch with front-wheel drive. It’s clear that in the year 2012, there is only one true successor to the BMW E30: the Toyota FT-86. I’ve yet to drive the Toyota, but I’m eagerly awaiting track-time at the helm. The only complaint I’ve read thus far from recent reviews would be that the tire size is a touch to small, leaving the car needlessly searching for traction. Stock tire sizing is 215/45/17 square, so I imagine going to a 225 sticky compound all-round would solve this issue, and allow for serious track pace. If this car delivers half the fun of an E30 on track, I’ll be smitten – along with thousands of other track-addicts.
If you’ve never heard of the Toyota FT-86, it could be because it carries so many different name plates. In actuallity the car was conceptualized by Toyota, but executed by Subaru – hence the ripping boxer-4. Subaru’s version is called the BR-Z while the Asian market retains the FT-86 moniker, and North America gets the flabby Scion FR-S badging. I cringe at the thought of owning a Scion – imagine: a brand below Toyota. But you mustn’t judge a car by its badge – not when the ingredients are so pure underneath. Hail the new E30.
What car do you believe is the true successor to the E30? Tell us in the comment section below! (As a reference, remember that weight must be well below 3,000 lbs!) The article Why the E30’s True Successor is a Toyota appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/10/21/almighty-bmw-m3-gts-new-images/ in News on October 21, 2014
The pinnacle of the E92 BMW M3 family is the M3 GTS, the racetrack-oriented model which was available in limited edition in Europe. With only 150 units ever built and sold, the M3 GTS is a rarity on the roads and when spotted, it always turns heads. ...
The pinnacle of the E92 BMW M3 family is the M3 GTS, the racetrack-oriented model which was available in limited edition in Europe. With only 150 units ever built and sold, the M3 GTS is a rarity on the roads and when spotted, it always turns heads. The model shown here was seen near Nurburg, Germany at a car event along with some supercars. The 150 units of the race-oriented M3 GTS went to private owners, racing companies and tuners, and successfully ran in some European racing series.
The core of the development was the landing gear, based on the BMW M3 GT4 and transposed into a street-legal vehicle. The rear wing was first seen in World Touring Car Championship WTCC cars and now makes its way into GTS as well. READ ALSO: BMW M3 GTS Gallery In terms of performance and safety, the most powerful version of the high-performance BMW M3 Coupe features a 331 kW/450 hp engine. In addition to a larger and more powerful V8 engine, exclusive tuning of the 7-speed M Dual Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic and modified suspension technology, the car, which is designed for club sport use, has also been specifically optimized with regard to aerodynamics and lightweight construction. Top speed is 305 km/h. Click below for more photos:
BMW M was established in 1972 and represents BMW’s foray into the sports cars market. The first M product didn’t wear an M badge, but nonetheless it is considered a sports car by any means. The 3.0 CSL was built for the racing venues and ...
BMW M was established in 1972 and represents BMW’s foray into the sports cars market. The first M product didn’t wear an M badge, but nonetheless it is considered a sports car by any means. The 3.0 CSL was built for the racing venues and was followed by the first M-badged vehicle: the M1. Built starting in 1978, the M1 is one of BMW’s finest vehicles to date. It was the first and only mid-engined BMW to be mass produced. It was powered by a twin-cam M88/1 3.5 liter 6-cylinder gasoline engine with Kugelfischer injection. Another iconic M car was the M8, but the iconic M model never made it into production. The M8 was equipped with a V12 prototype engine based on the S70 engine, producing around 550 horsepower. For the compact segment, BMW launched a series of classic M cars that have gone to the heart of BMW purists, such as the E30 M3, E28 M5 or the M Coupe. In more recent times, models like the E46 M3, E61 M5 Touring and the 1M are bound to become classics in their own way. BMW M continues to evolve and adapt to modern era requirements and regulations, and over the next decade an interesting M lineup will come to life, maybe even the first M5/M6 all-wheel drive. Here are the Top 10 Best M Cars in our opinion: 1. E9 3.0 CSL Years: 1971 – 1975
Posted by http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/driven/1410-2015-bentley-continental-gt3-r-review/ in News on October 21, 2014
What price exclusivity?
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/10/21/austin-yellow-bmw-f80-m3-by-psi/ in News on October 21, 2014
Florida-based shop Precision Sport Industries are unveiling their work on the BMW F80 M3. Initially, the F80 M3 was in the shop for the installation of some aftermarket parts starting with H&R springs, 15mm Macht Schnell spacers all around, black...
Florida-based shop Precision Sport Industries are unveiling their work on the BMW F80 M3. Initially, the F80 M3 was in the shop for the installation of some aftermarket parts starting with H&R springs, 15mm Macht Schnell spacers all around, blacked out ///M3 badge and side gills, as well as black chrome exhaust tips. At the time, the tuning shop announced that further enhancements will follow and today they are presenting the same F80 M3 with a JB4 Beta, which requires no additional modifications for power gains of 50-80 HP at the wheels. The JB4 also does not require any user setup or customization.
The Beta works even better with additional airflow upgrades, including dual cone intakes, larger intercooler, downpipes and other exhaust modifications. A new set of gallery showcasing the installation was process can be seen below:
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/10/21/bmw-individual-bmw-m4-convertible-frozen-white-m6-frozen-red/ in News on October 21, 2014
While at Hockenheimring to celebrate the victory of Marco Wittmann in the 2014 DTM championship, BMW also took the opportunity to display some exciting models at their BMW Motorsport Hospitality building. One of them was a new BMW M4 Convertible in F...
While at Hockenheimring to celebrate the victory of Marco Wittmann in the 2014 DTM championship, BMW also took the opportunity to display some exciting models at their BMW Motorsport Hospitality building. One of them was a new BMW M4 Convertible in Frozen White, one of the first M4s to be showcasing the matte paint jobs. Next to it there was a BMW M6 Gran Coupe in Frozen Red. Both those colors are available in the BMW Individual catalog.
Just like the F80 BMW M3 and F82 BMW M4, the M4 Convertible can be also ordered with Alpine White, Mineral Grey Metallic, Sakhir Orange, Black Sapphire Metallic, Silverstone Metallic and Mineral White Metallic. Frozen colors will be offered in 2015. READ ALSO: Amazing Looking Frozen Red BMW M4 Convertible The M division sees the M4 Convertible as a car requested by a small, yet passionate and wealthy M3/M4 owners.
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Posted by http://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1048091 in News on October 20, 2014
Boss of BMW M division says a supercar to rival the Audi R8 and Mercedes-AMG GT is highly desirable, but hugely expensive. With a new RS-designed Audi R8 arriving next year and the Mercedes-AMG GT also on sale early in 2015, you could forgive BMW M ...
Boss of BMW M division says a supercar to rival the Audi R8 and Mercedes-AMG GT is highly desirable, but hugely expensive. With a new RS-designed Audi R8 arriving next year and the Mercedes-AMG GT also on sale early in 2015, you could forgive BMW M for feeling left out. But Carsten Priest, head of product development at the performance division, has revealed that there’s a strong desire within his sub-brand to build its own standalone supercar. He said: “If you called any of the 550 employees at BMW M and said you’d pick up the cost for this project, we would always say: ‘Yes, let’s go for it right away’. But larger companies have to see the overall context. We always have more ideas than budget is made available – we have to see which priorities will be decided upon.” Although there’s clearly room above the BMW i8 for a faster, more extreme, petrol-powered supercar – the huge investment in the i8 is clearly a hindrance to its production prospects. A spokesman revealed that as a rule of thumb a brand new model costs €1bn to develop, whereas the i3 and i8 were more like €2bn each. “We have to be forward thinking, the decision has been made to establish BMW i, including an i8 supercar type of model in its line-up and that’s obviously a huge investment that’s been made,” Priest added. He also kept the speculation alive, hinting that with a significant anniversary coming up, anything is possible: “I still remember the days of the M1. It was 46 years ago that the car was introduced. The question is at what time do you need something to reactivate what you’ve established?” BMW introduced the M1 Hommage concept (see gallery) back in 2008, but no technical details were revealed and the model hasn’t progressed since. “The name clearly indicates what the primary purpose was, it was not meant to twist anybody’s arm,” Priest told us. “I was excited for us to see what the reaction was like and it was overwhelmingly positive, but no one at M is surprised. Everyone would be ready, they would probably even do this in their spare time if the project order was given.”
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/10/21/bmw-m-says-love-m-supercar/ in News on October 20, 2014
The topic BMW M supercar comes to front once again. Years and years of debate and speculations and no BMW M supercar seem to be in sight. The latest report from AutoExpress UK comes to confirm what our sources have said for years: the M division want...
The topic BMW M supercar comes to front once again. Years and years of debate and speculations and no BMW M supercar seem to be in sight. The latest report from AutoExpress UK comes to confirm what our sources have said for years: the M division wants a supercar, some clay models were already built, but no business case was able to receive the approval from the board members. For the UK outlet, Carsten Priest, head of product development at the M performance division, says a supercar to rival the Audi R8 and Mercedes-AMG GT is highly desirable, but hugely expensive.
“If you called any of the 550 employees at BMW M and said you’d pick up the cost for this project, we would always say: ‘Yes, let’s go for it right away,” says Priest. “But larger companies have to see the overall context. We always have more ideas than budget is made available – we have to see which priorities will be decided upon.” A BMW spokesman revealed also that as a rule of thumb a brand new model costs 1 billion euros to develop, whereas the i3 and i8 were more like 2 billion each. “We have to be forward thinking, the decision has been made to establish BMW i, including an i8 supercar type of model in its line-up and that’s obviously a huge investment that’s been made,” Priest added. But he also left the door open for 2016 when BMW celebrates its 100th anniversary, a date that we heard in the past it might concise with the launch of an exciting BMW car. READ ALSO: The BMW M8 Supercar Concept that never entered production “I still remember the days of the M1. It was 36 years ago that the car was introduced,” added Priest. “The question is at what time do you need something to reactivate what you’ve established?” When pressed to chat about the BMW M1 Hommage Concept, Priest added: “The name clearly indicates what the primary purpose was, it was not meant to twist anybody’s arm.” “I was excited for us to see what the reaction was like and it was overwhelmingly positive, but noone at M is surprised. Everyone would be ready, they would probably even do this in their spare time if the project order was given.” While none of these are really news, these words give us hope that BMW will once again be competitive at the supercar level and show the world why they believe “M Is The Most Powerful Letter In The World.” The article BMW M says: “We would love an M supercar” appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/10/21/frozen-black-bmw-m6-gran-coupe-eas/ in News on October 20, 2014
California-based tuning shop European Auto Source unveils their latest project based on the BMW M6 Gran Coupe. With a reference to Bruce Wayne’s Batman, the Frozen Black M6 Gran Coupe can pass off as the Batmobile of the this decade. While it d...
California-based tuning shop European Auto Source unveils their latest project based on the BMW M6 Gran Coupe. With a reference to Bruce Wayne’s Batman, the Frozen Black M6 Gran Coupe can pass off as the Batmobile of the this decade. While it doesn’t have the fluff and super powers of the actual Batmobile, this M6 Gran Coupe is no joke at all. Featuring the stunning Frozen Black paint job, this brand new M6 Gran Coupe has been fitted with some very cool modifications. Underneath the car, an Akrapovic Evolution titanium exhaust system sheds substantial weight and gives this menacing M6 the beastly sound that it deserves.
Having been aggressively lowered on a set of KW V3 coilovers, the stock wheels just weren’t going to cut it any more. Replacing them are these 20″ BBS FIs, which do an excellent job of showcasing the massive carbon ceramic brakes. The exterior was enhanced by installing Arkym’s full carbon fiber line-up, which includes the front lip, side skirts, diffuser and trunk spoiler; all of which are made with a 1×1 weave to perfectly match the OEM roof.
Modifications: Akrapovic Evolution Titanium Exhaust System Arkym AeroSport Carbon Fiber Front Lip Spoiler Arkym AeroSport Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser Arkym AeroSport Carbon Fiber Side Skirts Arkym AeroSport Carbon Fiber Trunk Spoiler BBS FI 20″ Wheel Set BMW Performance Gloss Black Kidney Grilles iND Painted Front Reflectors iND Painted Side Marker Gills iND Painted Trunk Badge KW Variant 3 (V3) Coilover System Macht Schnell Competition Stud Conversion Kit Macht Schnell Competition Wheel Spacers (20mm Rear) The article Frozen Black BMW M6 Gran Coupe by EAS appeared first on BMW BLOG