2015 BMW X6 M to compete in 2015 One Lap Of America

The BMW Performance Center, with partners BMW Manufacturing, BMW Performance Parts and IHG Rewards Club today announced that it will compete in the 2015 One Lap of America with the all-new 567 horsepower 2015 X6 M starting May 2, 2015.  This year’...

The BMW Performance Center, with partners BMW Manufacturing, BMW Performance Parts and IHG Rewards Club today announced that it will compete in the 2015 One Lap of America with the all-new 567 horsepower 2015 X6 M starting May 2, 2015.  This year’s team will be co-piloted by BMW Performance Center Driving Instructor, Michael Renner, BMW Powertrain Engineer Michael Broad and One Lap veteran Tom Lappin. The trio will compete in two classes, Truck/SUV and Stock Touring. The 2015 One Lap of America competitors will depart South Bend, Indiana on a 3,245 mile, 7 day route spanning eleven states and consisting of Time Trials, Drag Racing, Skid Pad Car Control and of course, long overnight transit stages.

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The BMW Performance Center is the home to BMW’s Performance Driving School. The main campus is located in Greer, South Carolina and incorporates the BMW Performance Center Delivery Program and the Zentrum museum featuring 95 years of BMW history.  A second location with dedicated road course and training facility opened late last year partnered with The Thermal Club, a premier private motorsports club few minutes outside of La Quinta, California. The BMW Performance Driving School offers a variety of driving classes that highlight the performance, responsiveness, and safety features in each BMW product.  Driving schools are offered in 1 and 2 day formats. They include a Teen Driving School, Car Control School, M School, and Advanced M School.  Exclusive corporate driving events are also offered in many variants ranging from half day programs to 3 day events with on track driving and offsite tours and excursions.

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The new 2015 X6 M is the most powerful xDrive vehicle ever offered by BMW. The M TwinPower Turbo 4.4-liter V8 produces 567 hp and peak torque of 553 lb-ft 2,200 to 5,000 rpm. The power is fed to the advanced xDrive system through an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission and allows the X6 M to sprint 0-60mph in 4.0 seconds on its way to an electronically limited 155mph. A sophisticated oil sump system works alongside multiple low and high pressure radiators, M Compound brakes and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires to insure that the X6M is as capable on track above 1.0g of sustained lateral forces as it is in wrapping the passengers in comfort during the long transit stages. The new X6 M is produced by BMW Manufacturing in Greer, SC.

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BMW Performance Center to contest 2015 One Lap Of America with new BMW X6 M

The BMW Performance Center, with partners BMW Manufacturing, BMW Performance Parts and IHG Rewards Club today announced that it will compete in the 2015 One Lap of America with the all-new 567 horsepower 2015 X6 M starting May 2, 2015. This year’s...

The BMW Performance Center, with partners BMW Manufacturing, BMW Performance Parts and IHG Rewards Club today announced that it will compete in the 2015 One Lap of America with the all-new 567 horsepower 2015 X6 M starting May 2, 2015. This year’s team will be co-piloted by BMW Performance Center Driving Instructor, Michael Renner, BMW Powertrain Engineer Michael Broad and One Lap veteran Tom Lappin. The trio will compete in two classes, Truck/SUV and Stock Touring. The 2015 One Lap of America competitors will depart South Bend, Indiana on a 3,245 mile, 7 day route spanning eleven states and consisting of Time Trials, Drag Racing, Skid Pad Car Control and of course, long overnight transit stages. The BMW Performance Center is the home to BMW’s Performance Driving School. The main campus is located in Greer, South Carolina and incorporates the BMW Performance Center Delivery Program and the Zentrum museum featuring 95 years of BMW history. A second location with dedicated road course and training facility opened late last year partnered with The Thermal Club, a premier private motorsports club few minutes outside of La Quinta, California. The BMW Performance Driving School offers a variety of driving classes that highlight the performance, responsiveness, and safety features in each BMW product. Driving schools are offered in 1 and 2 day formats. They include a Teen Driving School, Car Control School, M School, and Advanced M School. Exclusive corporate driving events are also offered in many variants ranging from half day programs to 3 day events with on track driving and offsite tours and excursions. The new 2015 X6 M is the most powerful xDrive vehicle ever offered by BMW. The M TwinPower Turbo 4.4-liter V8 produces 567 hp and peak torque of 553 lb-ft 2,200 to 5,000 rpm. The power is fed to the advanced xDrive system through an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission and allows the X6 M to sprint 0-60mph in 4.0 seconds on its way to an electronically limited 155mph. A sophisticated oil sump system works alongside multiple low and high pressure radiators, M Compound brakes and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires to insure that the X6M is as capable on track above 1.0g of sustained lateral forces as it is in wrapping the passengers in comfort during the long transit stages. The new X6 M is produced by BMW Manufacturing in Greer, SC. BMW Manufacturing in Greer, SC is the global producer of the BMW X3 and X5 Sports Activity Vehicles and X4 and X6 Sports Activity Coupes. Approximately 1,200 vehicles are produced each day for more than 140 global markets. In 2014, nearly 250,000 vehicles, totaling $9.2 billion were exported making BMW the largest exporter of vehicles by value from North America. BMW Manufacturing employs 8,000 people and supports 30,000 jobs, including suppliers in SC.

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Alpine White Beauty By Mode Carbon – Photoshoot

With the release of the BMW M4, there have been several tuning companies that have created aftermarket parts for the new sporty coupe. Mode Carbon has had great success with their carbon fiber parts this platform and decided to showcase some of them ...

With the release of the BMW M4, there have been several tuning companies that have created aftermarket parts for the new sporty coupe. Mode Carbon has had great success with their carbon fiber parts this platform and decided to showcase some of them on this project. This Alpine White M4 comes with a subtle carbon fiber front lip which doesn’t take away from the beauty of the front-end, while enhancing its sportiness. The company also makes a successful carbon fiber rear diffuser which is not pictured here.  

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Just like most of the M4 tuning projects, this one also features a set of aftermarket wheels with a gold finish. The current BMW F82 M4 model is powered by a 3.0 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo engine developing 425 horsepower and allowing the high-performance model to sprint from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 3.8 seconds.

Alpine White Beauty By Mode Carbon Photoshoot

Please take a look at the media gallery below.

Alpine White Beauty By Mode Carbon Photoshoot

Alpine White Beauty By Mode Carbon Photoshoot

Alpine White Beauty By Mode Carbon Photoshoot

Alpine White Beauty By Mode Carbon Photoshoot

Alpine White Beauty By Mode Carbon Photoshoot

Alpine White Beauty By Mode Carbon Photoshoot

Alpine White Beauty By Mode Carbon Photoshoot

Alpine White Beauty By Mode Carbon Photoshoot

Alpine White Beauty By Mode Carbon Photoshoot

Alpine White Beauty By Mode Carbon Photoshoot

Alpine White Beauty By Mode Carbon Photoshoot

Alpine White Beauty By Mode Carbon Photoshoot

Alpine White Beauty By Mode Carbon Photoshoot

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Alpine White BMW 4 Series Coupe With Vossen Wheels

The Alpine White BMW F32 4 Series Coupe is one of the most sought combinations in the current BMW lineup. The beautiful and immaculate white pairs perfectly with the elegant and dynamic lines of the 4er Coupe. But sometimes that’s not enough fo...

The Alpine White BMW F32 4 Series Coupe is one of the most sought combinations in the current BMW lineup. The beautiful and immaculate white pairs perfectly with the elegant and dynamic lines of the 4er Coupe. But sometimes that’s not enough for BMW owners who are looking to further customize their cars. This 4 Series Coupe gets a “blacked-out treatment” starting with black kidney grilles, side mirror, smoked-out taillights and black accents in the front bumper. The folks over at Exclusive Motoring are behind this build and completed the project by adding a set of Vossen wheels, enhancing its exterior appeal even further.

Alpine White BMW 4 Series Coupe With Vossen Wheels

The complete build was detailed in the photoshoot we’ve added below. Enjoy!

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Alpine White BMW 4 Series Coupe With Vossen Wheels

Alpine White BMW 4 Series Coupe With Vossen Wheels

Alpine White BMW 4 Series Coupe With Vossen Wheels

Alpine White BMW 4 Series Coupe With Vossen Wheels

Alpine White BMW 4 Series Coupe With Vossen Wheels

Alpine White BMW 4 Series Coupe With Vossen Wheels

Alpine White BMW 4 Series Coupe With Vossen Wheels

Alpine White BMW 4 Series Coupe With Vossen Wheels

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Examining the F85 X5M and F86 X6M: air intake system

IND gives us a look at the new X5M / X6M’s air intake system. ...

IND gives us a look at the new X5M / X6M’s air intake system.

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The 2016 G11 7 Series iDrive With Gesture Control Demoed

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BMW Celebrates it’s Motorsports Programs ahead of the 2015 DTM Season

Official Release: Smoking tyres, roaring engines, enthusiastic fans: At the BMW Dealership in Nürnberg (DE), BMW Motorsport presented the motorsport programme for the 2015… The post BMW Celebrates… [[ This is a content summary only. Visi...

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Impressive Fightback from BMW at the Rain-soacked Nordschleife

Official Release: BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS finished fifth and sixth in the final race ahead of the Nürburgring 24 Hours (DE). The… The post Impressive Fightback from BMW at the Rain-soacked… [[ This is a content summary only. Visi...

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Info on next generation G20 3 Series and M3/M4

The next-generation BMW 3 Series is due out in 2018. According to AutomobileMag, citing sources in Munich, “The next BMW 3 Series will be even better than the last 3 Series.” Chassis The sources say the G20 will have a softer ride than the F30 3e...

The next-generation BMW 3 Series is due out in 2018. According to AutomobileMag, citing sources in Munich, “The next BMW 3 Series will be even better than the last 3 Series.” Chassis The sources say the G20 will have a softer ride than the F30 3er, yet it will be sportier. So how can that be achieved? BMW engineers believe the use of adjustable suspension dampers, switchable anti-roll bars, active steering, and a torque-vectoring system that integrates with the car’s ABS and stability control, will give the G20 a more dynamic drive than its predecessor.

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A longer wheelbase, wider track, lower center of gravity, and lighter curb weight should help, too. Other goodies included in the G20 are stronger brakes, reduced-friction wheel bearings, adaptive suspension that can modulate camber on the fly, all-wheel drive with quicker torque distribution, and aluminum and carbon-fiber compound wheels. As we reported before, the 2018 3 Series is built upon the CLAR architecture, formally known internally at BMW as “35up”. Design While BMW has yet to choose the final design, the contenders are said to be quite strong. Automobile Mag says the new exterior design will bring to the market a muscular body, a sleeker greenhouse, and a sportier stance, achieved through sharper creases, harder edges, more adventurous radii, and even tighter cutlines. Our own sources say the new 3 Series’ design will be more spectacular than the current Mercedes C-Class. Inside the cabin, the 3 Series will boast a variety of high-definition instrument graphics and a more comprehensive head-up display. A large color monitor in the center stack allows the driver to control the car functions through touches, gesture control and voice commands. To close the gap with the competition, BMW plans to invest in better materials and higher-quality details such as carpets, rubber seals, and sill covers. Engines BMW will continue to upgrade their family of engines. The 2.0-liter turbo-four in the 328i should put out a healthier 260 hp, and the upgraded 3.0-liter six-cylinder in the 340i should be good for 365 hp. The M3 and M4 will adopt electronic turbochargers and water injection to push engine output to around 500 hp. We should also see at least two plug-in hybrid variants: a 1.5-liter three-cylinder with a 60-kWh motor that can go for 30 miles of EV-only driving and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a 90-kWh motor good for 50 electric-only miles. Technology & Driving Assistance All the recent tech previewed by BMW could make its way into the G20 3 Series, including active lane-keeping assist, automatic braking, self-parking via remote control, automatic overtaking under certain conditions, and semi-autonomous driving both on the highway and in stop-and-go traffic at speeds up to 40 mph. Variants The four-door sedan (G20) will arrive before a Euro-only Touring model (G21, 2019) and a long-wheelbase version (G28, 2019) for the U.S. and China. The G24 3 Series GT will arrive in 2020. The 4 Series family will follow in 2020 with the G23 Coupe and G22 Convertible in 2020 (will use a softop instead of the current hardtop). The G26 4 Series Gran Coupe will debut in 2021. The article Info on next generation G20 3 Series and M3/M4 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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5 Best BMW Steering Wheels

One of the most important parts of an automobile, and the part most interacted with, is also one of the most unmentioned — The steering wheel. Aside from pedals, there’s literally nothing you interact with inside of a car. The steering wheel ...

One of the most important parts of an automobile, and the part most interacted with, is also one of the most unmentioned — The steering wheel. Aside from pedals, there’s literally nothing you interact with inside of a car. The steering wheel will, or should at least, have your hands on it at all times, when driving. So it needs to be sized properly, have nice bolsters and feel nice in hand. Otherwise you’ll be spinning an uncomfortable disc around for years to come. I once drove a Chevy Cavalier and the steering felt like a Hasbro Frisbee. Not enjoyable, to say the least. It’s also important that a steering wheel looks good. Aside from being in your hands, it’s also staring you in the face. Who wants to look at an ugly wheel the entire time they drive (the Saturn Ion comes to mind)? BMW has usually had some very nice steering wheels. They’re usually nothing too crazy, but simple, functional and always feel nice in hand. I also love how they’re almost always black, regardless of interior color, as it should be. So we should look at the best of the Bavarian wheels. 5. E30 M3

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The steering wheel in the E30 M3 is about as plain as wheels get. Which is also why it looks so good. There’s no fuss. It’s the right shape, right size and made of nice materials. Perfect. It’s got three spokes to make it look sporty and has some M colored bits at the bottom. It represents the harmony and simplicity of the driving experience the E30 M3 provided. But it is a bit boring, so it sits at number 5. 4. BMW Z4

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The Z4 is one of the few BMWs that has a bespoke steering wheel. It isn’t really featured in any other Bimmer, at least here in the ‘States. It’s a shame, though, as it’s one of the better looking steering wheels to wear a blue and white roundel. The way the three spokes stem away from the center just looks aggressive and edgy. It also has big, grippy thumb bolsters for hard driving. The Z4 is a great car to drive with a manual, but its steering wheel looks cool with the aluminum shift paddles behind it. 3. BMW i3

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The steering wheel of the i3 has taken a bit of heat, actually. It’s unthreatening two-spoke design instills a bit of relaxation rather than aggression. It fits the interior of the i3 perfectly, however, and looks great in its calm interior. The blue trim that goes along the rim, as well as around the Roundel, looks great and reminds you that you’re in something special and different. When the look of a steering wheel can remind you that what you’re driving is special, then it’s done its job perfectly. So despite the fact that it doesn’t look sporty, like the wheel of an M3, its looks fit the car wonderfully. And I actually think it looks good. So it’s at 3. 2. BMW i8

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With a similar ‘specialness’ that the i3 has, the i8’s steering wheel has a modern-day supercar look to it. It’s still simple and elegant, like all BMW wheels, but there’s just a bit more to it. It could be the similar blue trim to the i3 or it could be the slightly funky design, but the i8’s wheel just looks right. It also feels excellent in hand and is the perfect size. When you buy something as special and different as the i8, you want every aspect of the car to match, especially the one you touch the most. The i8’s wheel provides that needed specialness. 1. All Current BMW Ms

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All current BMW M cars have the same steering wheel, more or less. They all have the three spoke design and it looks fantastic. The rim is meaty and chunky with excellent bolstering. I love the silver lining on the bottom spoke, the way the circular horn sticks up higher than the side spokes and how thin those side spokes are. It’s simple yet sporting and makes you want to grab hold of it and toss the car through corners. It’s sized perfectly and feels excellent in hand. Perfectly befitting of the sports car it controls. It also looks downright cool with the carbon fiber paddle shifters flanking it. In my eyes, this steering wheel is the best to come from Bavaria. The article 5 Best BMW Steering Wheels appeared first on BMW BLOG

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