2015 BMW X5 M vs. 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLE63 AMG

Mercedes-Benz has taken the wrapping off of its newest model in its SUV line, the GLE63 AMG. The GLE Class, which replaces the ML Class, is meant to take on the BMW X5 in a battle for SUV domination. Taking aim at the BMW X5 M directly, the GLE63 AMG...

Mercedes-Benz has taken the wrapping off of its newest model in its SUV line, the GLE63 AMG. The GLE Class, which replaces the ML Class, is meant to take on the BMW X5 in a battle for SUV domination. Taking aim at the BMW X5 M directly, the GLE63 AMG is a brutish SUV, packing a 5.5 liter, twin-turbo V8 that makes 549 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. There will also be a GLE63S model, which will increase power to 577 hp and 560 lb-ft. That’s quite a bit of whollop, especially in comparison to the 567 hp and 550 lb-ft in the BMW X5 M. The Mercedes-AMG GLE63S (the only one which will cross the Atlantic to the U.S.) is said to hit 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and top out at a limited 155 mph. The X5 M has the same limited top speed, but beats the big Benz to 60 mph with by two tenths at a claimed 4.0 seconds flat. Overall, these two bruising behemoths are properly fast, way faster than anything of their size should be. It’ll be interesting to get these two together and test them out on a track.

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For the GLE63S, power will be sent through Mercedes’ typical 7-Speed automatic to a 60/40, rear-biased all-wheel drive system. It will also have active anti-roll bars, bigger brakes, larger air intakes and quad exhaust pipes. In comparison, the X5 M uses a 7-Speed DCT gearbox and sends power to all four wheels via BMW’s xDrive system, which can send almost 100 percent of power to the rear wheels. MB likes to fix the torque split on its all-wheel drive system, but the xDrive system torque vectors.

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Both SUV’s look incredibly aggressive, with the X5 M looking more menacing. With its wider body, more aggressive front fascia and taller hoodline, the X5 M looks much more imposing than the GLE63S. Not that it necessarily looks better, just a bit more angry. The GLE63S looks mean, but the X5 M looks like it wants to punch faces.

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The interior is a pretty standard affair, with both looking like sportier versions of their standard cars. They both have nav screens that seem to pop up from the dash, both have miles of leather and carbon fiber and both have paddles behind their three-spoke steering wheels. The big Benz has a column-mounted shifter, while the X6 M uses BMW’s typical teardrop, console-mounted shifter. Both look very good, but if it were my choice, I’d go with the X6 M for some ergonomic reasons. It seems to look a bit more sorted, and I like how the nav screen is the same height as the instrument cluster. Just looks a bit cleaner. Otherwise, both look fantastic.

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Both of these mammoths are extremely impressive SUVs. Both look like sporty versions of the standard car. And both will be very, very fast. We won’t know which is better until they can be put on the same road at the same time, but it will sure be interesting to find out. Especially considering the similarities in power and performance. The X5 M looks a bit more angry, and with its more rear-biased xDrive and DCT gearbox, I think it will be the more aggressive of the two. I, as well as everyone, can’t wait to find out.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. 2015 BMW X5

New competition for the 2015 BMW X5 will arrive next week at the New York Auto Show. Mercedes will celebrate the world premiere of its GLE SUV. As part of its model refinement, the ML is renamed GLE, which is based on the recently renewed nomenclatur...

New competition for the 2015 BMW X5 will arrive next week at the New York Auto Show. Mercedes will celebrate the world premiere of its GLE SUV. As part of its model refinement, the ML is renamed GLE, which is based on the recently renewed nomenclature around the letters A, C, E and S. The GLE is an SUV based on the E-Class. The front of the new 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLE is closely related to that of BMW X6 SAC opponent, GLE Coupe, while the rear resembles the current M-Class. At the front, the GLE sports big air intakes, and standard models wear an attractive two-bar grille. The prominent C-pillar and wraparound rear glass are still present, while the character lines running across the side of the car are sportier and more aggressive-looking.

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The interior for the GLE is practically identical to its Coupe counterpart, starting with a sporty, multi-function steering wheel and a large infotainment display, and ending with a center-console-mounted dial controller. GLE’s engine range includes two diesels only, the 204 hp four-cylinder diesel GLE 250d and a 258 hp V6 diesel. In the petrol range, Mercedes offer the GLE 400 with 333 hp and the 435 hp GLE 500.

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The entry level GLE300d 4MATIC with a 2.1-liter, four-cylinder diesel makes 201 hp and 369 pound-feet of torque. The entry-level engine is available with rear-wheel and all-wheel drive 4Matic; a stronger diesel engine as a rival to the BMW X5 xDrive40d or M50d is not planned. The gasoline-fueled GLE350 with a 3.5-liter V6 delivers 302 hp and 273 lb-ft, and it’s also available with 4Matic. The GLE400 4Matic uses a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 to make 329 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. The top model, GLE500 delivers 435 horsepower. Mercedes offer a hybrid model also, the GLE550e, which outputs 436 hp and 479 lb-ft. The standard models all use versions of the 7G-tronic gearbox. Just like the X5 xDrive40e, the GLE plug-in hybrid SUV has a range of around 30 kilometers on electric power. Deliveries will begin in August.

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BMW builds 3 millionth car at Spartanburg plant – BMW X5 M

In a special ceremony at its Spartanburg plant this morning, BMW celebrated its three millionth vehicle to roll off the line. The vehicle, a Donington Grey Metallic X5 M with Mugello Red Full Merino leather seats and Carbon Fiber interior trim, was ...

In a special ceremony at its Spartanburg plant this morning, BMW celebrated its three millionth vehicle to roll off the line. The vehicle, a Donington Grey Metallic X5 M with Mugello Red Full Merino leather seats and Carbon Fiber interior trim, was driven by Dawn Burgess, Associate #433, hired in 1994. Burgess presented the keys to the milestone vehicle to Manfred Erlacher, President and CEO of BMW Manufacturing. “The growth of this plant has been quite extraordinary,” said Erlacher. ”Today, as we witness another historic moment, I am delighted to announce that BMW’s profound impact in South Carolina continues. I am grateful for our dedicated associates and their commitment to building premium vehicles for the world.” The three millionth BMW will be prepared for shipment to a customer in Kristianstad, Sweden. Guest speakers at the event included South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt and Jim Newsome, President and CEO of South Carolina Ports Authority. “What a great day to celebrate as BMW marks another milestone in South Carolina,” said Governor Nikki Haley. “Now with three million cars produced with care and pride by South Carolina hands, BMW continues to be one of the shining success stories in our state’s history. We congratulate them on this achievement.” “For over 20 years, BMW has been a catalyst for the exponential growth of our state’s auto sector, which today includes companies in 40 of our 46 counties,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “But beyond our borders, it’s a point of pride for our workforce that now three million world-class, quality-made vehicles have been delivered for the global market – from right here in South Carolina.” “BMW operations are a tremendous asset to our port and state, and we are proud to celebrate the milestone achievement of three million vehicles produced with their leadership and talented workforce,” said Jim Newsome, SC Ports Authority president and CEO. “Automotive manufacturing is significant to the port for both import and export volume growth. BMW is the largest user of our roll-on/roll-off facility at the Columbus Street Terminal as well as the SC Inland Port, and their expansions have been exciting opportunities for us. We value our role in BMW’s international supply chain and look forward to a strong continued partnership.” On display, in addition to the three millionth vehicle, were: First vehicle produced, an Alpine White 318i (September 1994) One millionth vehicle, an Interlagos Blue Z4 M (February 2006) Two millionth vehicle, a Vermillion Red X3 (January 2012) Largest U.S. Automotive Exporter In February 2015, the U.S. Department of Commerce confirmed that BMW is the largest U.S. automotive exporter of passenger vehicles by value. With an annual value totaling $9.2 Billion, BMW’s single plant in South Carolina exceeded exports from Michigan, Alabama and California. In 2014, nearly 250,000 vehicles were exported from its South Carolina plant, over 70% of the plant’s total volume. Nearly $7 Billion Investment Since 1992, Annual Impact of $16.6 Billion USD In March 2014, BMW Group announced an additional $1 Billion USD investment for the South Carolina plant from 2014 through 2016. In total, since 1992, the company has invested nearly $7 Billion through December 2014. A 2014 report published by the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina revealed that BMW Group activities in South Carolina had a total impact of $16.6 Billion on the state economy. In total, BMW’s presence in South Carolina supports a total of 30,000 jobs throughout the state, including 8,000 at the plant in Spartanburg. Capacity Increase and Hiring BMW Manufacturing currently produces more than 1,200 vehicles each day. The factory is the exclusive producer of all BMW X3, X4, X5 and X6 vehicles (and their variants) to more than 140 global markets. In 2014, the plant celebrated two decades of production and announced a production capacity increase to 450,000 vehicles that will make the Spartanburg plant the largest BMW plant in the world. In addition, by the end of 2016, the plant has committed to adding 800 more jobs, bringing the total employment at the plant to nearly 9,000.

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Car Makers Silicon Valley Competition

We, here at BMWBLOG, as well as every other motoring publication, talk constantly about competition between different automakers. Whether that be BMW and Cadillac or Mercedes or Audi, there is always competition between companies. At the moment, Cadd...

We, here at BMWBLOG, as well as every other motoring publication, talk constantly about competition between different automakers. Whether that be BMW and Cadillac or Mercedes or Audi, there is always competition between companies. At the moment, Caddy and BMW seems to be the hot one, with Cadillac calling out BMW specifically as its target with each new model. However, could all of these car companies be overlooking different competition from Silicon Valley? Known for pretty much every technology start-up in the past few decades, Silicon Valley houses every techno-giant in America. It’s the home of two of the biggest corporations in the world, Google and Apple. While companies like Google and Apple have never been into making cars, instead they focused on small-scale items like mobile phones, they seem to be getting into automaking now. And that could be a big problem for existing automakers.

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Whether you like it or not, the automotive landscape is changing dramatically and the need for increased connectivity, electric cars and autonomous cars is growing at an incredible rate. With watches that can control cars, smartphone apps that can find your car no matter where it is and even car infotainment systems being integrated with Apple’s CarPlay, it only makes sense for these tech giants to get into the business of making cars. Cars are the last real mechanical device we depend on. The typewriter was replaced by the computer, the telephone by the mobile phone and eventually the automobile as we know it will be replaced too. The automobile will always exist, but it’s just another technology that will change and be updated to these modern times.

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It’s already happening. Google has been working on autonomous cars for years now, Tesla is working on it, Uber is as well, and apparently Apple is too. Even Samsung, who actually has a past of making cars with a partnership with Renault, has more automotive patents than any other tech company, though most of them are for battery technology, as Samsung supplies the batteries for many electric cars. Autonomous, electric and connected cars are the way of the future whether we like it or not. While making a car was never a feasible option for tech companies before, it seems as though now is the perfect time. And the companies that have the means to do so are striking while the iron is hot. So despite the rivalries between different automotive giants, I think they should be keeping their eyes on Silicon Valley more. The article Car Makers Silicon Valley Competition appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW Celebrates 3 Million Vehicles Produced in South Carolina

In a special ceremony at its Spartanburg plant this morning, BMW celebrated its three millionth vehicle to roll off the line. The vehicle, a Donington Grey Metallic X5 M with Mugello Red Full Merino leather seats and Carbon Fiber interior trim, was d...

In a special ceremony at its Spartanburg plant this morning, BMW celebrated its three millionth vehicle to roll off the line. The vehicle, a Donington Grey Metallic X5 M with Mugello Red Full Merino leather seats and Carbon Fiber interior trim, was driven by Dawn Burgess, Associate #433, hired in 1994. Burgess presented the keys to the milestone vehicle to Manfred Erlacher, President and CEO of BMW Manufacturing. “The growth of this plant has been quite extraordinary,” said Erlacher. ”Today, as we witness another historic moment, I am delighted to announce that BMW’s profound impact in South Carolina continues. I am grateful for our dedicated associates and their commitment to building premium vehicles for the world.”

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The three millionth BMW will be prepared for shipment to a customer in Kristianstad, Sweden. Guest speakers at the event included South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt and Jim Newsome, President and CEO of South Carolina Ports Authority. “What a great day to celebrate as BMW marks another milestone in South Carolina,” said Governor Nikki Haley. “Now with three million cars produced with care and pride by South Carolina hands, BMW continues to be one of the shining success stories in our state’s history. We congratulate them on this achievement.” “For over 20 years, BMW has been a catalyst for the exponential growth of our state’s auto sector, which today includes companies in 40 of our 46 counties,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “But beyond our borders, it’s a point of pride for our workforce that now three million world-class, quality-made vehicles have been delivered for the global market – from right here in South Carolina.” “BMW operations are a tremendous asset to our port and state, and we are proud to celebrate the milestone achievement of three million vehicles produced with their leadership and talented workforce,” said Jim Newsome, SC Ports Authority president and CEO. “Automotive manufacturing is significant to the port for both import and export volume growth. BMW is the largest user of our roll-on/roll-off facility at the Columbus Street Terminal as well as the SC Inland Port, and their expansions have been exciting opportunities for us. We value our role in BMW’s international supply chain and look forward to a strong continued partnership.” On display, in addition to the three millionth vehicle, were: First vehicle produced, an Alpine White 318i (September 1994) One millionth vehicle, an Interlagos Blue Z4 M (February 2006) Two millionth vehicle, a Vermillion Red X3 (January 2012) The article BMW Celebrates 3 Million Vehicles Produced in South Carolina appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Racing footage by lukester – E92 M3 vs CaymanS vs 911 Cup and more from RCN endurance race

Awesome track footage and driving as usual from BIMMERPOST member lukester. It’s from September last years – RCN endurance race on the Nurburgring Nordschleife with his Raeder Motorsport e92 M3. ...

Awesome track footage and driving as usual from BIMMERPOST member lukester. It’s from September last years – RCN endurance race on the Nurburgring Nordschleife with his Raeder Motorsport e92 M3.

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F80 M3 / F82 M4 piggyback tune options summary

Good summary of the piggyback tunes for the F80 M3 and F82 M4, which is regularly updated. ...

Good summary of the piggyback tunes for the F80 M3 and F82 M4, which is regularly updated.

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BMW X5 xDrive40e will debut next month in Shanghai

In just a few weeks, the new BMW X5 xDrive40e will make its world premiere at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show. BMW is in the final stages of preparation of the new X5 hybrid and behind the scenes the car is getting a new wrap. The blue foil wrap’s...

In just a few weeks, the new BMW X5 xDrive40e will make its world premiere at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show. BMW is in the final stages of preparation of the new X5 hybrid and behind the scenes the car is getting a new wrap. The blue foil wrap’s theme revolves around the coined term “eDrive” and features a series of “e” letters across the entire car. The trademark ‘eDrive’ will be used for all BMW using an electrical component for driving – as all electrical drive, or Plug-in Hybrid. The new BMW X5 xDrive40e comes to market to compete in a fast growing segment and opens the doors for future BMW SUV hybrids.

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313 horsepower and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque Permanent all-wheel drive and the BMW EfficientDynamics eDrive technology endow the BMW X5 xDrive40e with sensational sportiness and supreme poise on the one hand and outstanding efficiency on the other. The vehicle comes with a total system output of 230 kW/313 hp generated by a four-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a synchronous electric motor. The Lithium-ion high-voltage battery has 96 cells and a capacity of 9.0 kWh. The electric motor produces 113 horsepower.

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This allows the luxury X5 hybrid model to deliver a remarkable performance. The car accelerates from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 6.8 seconds. This is accomplished thanks to a max torque of 184lb-ft available from 0 rpm from the electric motor. Top speed is electronically limited to 130mph (210mph) or 75mph (130km/h) when running on electric power. Alongside the performance, there’s outstanding efficiency as well. The BMW X5 xDrive40e achieves a combined fuel consumption of 3.4 – 3.3 liters per 100 kilometers (83.1 – 85.6 mpg imp) and a combined electricity consumption of 15.4 – 15.3 kWh over the same distance. CO2 emissions come in at 78 – 77 grams per kilometer.

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Early preliminary estimates put US EPA mileage estimates at 55 MPGe. The 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e will arrive in US showrooms in the fall of 2015. [Source: BMWMotorShowBlog] The article BMW X5 xDrive40e will debut next month in Shanghai appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Photo Journal: Cali to TX2K15 roadtrip in a 2 Series

Photo journal of a roadtrip taking a 2 Series from California to TX2K15. ...

Photo journal of a roadtrip taking a 2 Series from California to TX2K15.

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2015 BMW M5 “30 JAHRE M5″ for sale for “just” $325,000

One of the 300 30th Anniversary Edition BMW M5s crafted, and one of only 30 imported to the United States, is now available for sale at DuPont Registry. The special edition M5 has 200 miles on the odometer and comes with a hefty price: $325,000. Whic...

One of the 300 30th Anniversary Edition BMW M5s crafted, and one of only 30 imported to the United States, is now available for sale at DuPont Registry. The special edition M5 has 200 miles on the odometer and comes with a hefty price: $325,000. Which in all fairness, it beats the $700,000 price paid for the same M5 at a recent auction. Starting at $138,275, including destination and handling, the first 29 copies of the 30th Anniversary Edition BMW M5 were sold out in minutes in the US. The 30th copy of the Edition was retained by BMW of North America, and may be sold at a later date.

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The power output of the limited edition M5 with Competition Package was raised to 600 horsepower and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft). The super powerful sedan now sprints to 62 mph in just 3.9 seconds. The driver and front passenger will be greeted by “30 Jahre M5” lettering on the front door sill finishers, while a plaque bearing “30 Jahre M5” and “1/300” inscriptions. The “30 Jahre M5” logo is also embroidered into the backrests of all four of the high-performance sedan’s seats. BMW M5 special edition is painted in the Individual color shade Frozen Dark Silver metallic. For more info on this car, see the DuPoint Registry listing. The article 2015 BMW M5 “30 JAHRE M5″ for sale for “just” $325,000 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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