BMW i3 Production Increases at Leipzig Factory

According to Automotive News BMW’s Leipzig factory has increased production of the i3. “The United States will be the biggest market for the i3. Because of this, we have started raising… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my w...

According to Automotive News BMW’s Leipzig factory has increased production of the i3. “The United States will be the biggest market for the i3. Because of this, we have started raising… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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BMW X5 eDrive Hybrid – TEST DRIVE AND REVIEW

It is early quiet when I take off under full electric power.  In a BMW X5, a full freakin-sized X5, silence. Welcome to the BMW X5 Plug-in Hybrid, named the BMW X5 Concept eDrive. Running in eDrive mode, the BMW X5 eDrive powers all four wheels up t...

It is early quiet when I take off under full electric power.  In a BMW X5, a full freakin-sized X5, silence. Welcome to the BMW X5 Plug-in Hybrid, named the BMW X5 Concept eDrive. Running in eDrive mode, the BMW X5 eDrive powers all four wheels up to 20 miles and at speeds up to 75 mph. Motivating the X5 eDrive is a 95 hp electric motor and a four cylinder motor.  The seamless transition between electric, combined electric-petrol and pure petrol is remarkably smooth.  The BMW i blue touches may just well be the biggest clue to what lurks underneath an otherwise normal appearing X5.

BMW X5 eDrive Hybrid   TEST DRIVE AND REVIEW

In the passenger seat next to me is a BMW engineer from Germany, making sure no one takes any photos of the center console that has buttons hidden under black tape. Scanning the dash for a hint, I ask how does one know if you are running pure electric other than hearing how quiet it is. With typical German efficiency he points to the tachometer I had overlooked and sure enough its reading is dead zero. Crazy. My mind is saying there is something wrong here with my foot on the gas pedal, the world speeding past and the tachometer at null. Pushing the accelerator farther down with more urgency, the N20 four-cylinder motor making 245 hp fires up and very quickly, yet, smoothly joins the acceleration party. Under full power, the X5 eDrive is down right scooting on its way up to 60 mph on a course around BMW North America’s Headquarters in Woodcliff Lake, NJ. We cannot take it on open roads because this is the European test vehicle and not legal for U.S. roads.

BMW X5 eDrive Hybrid   TEST DRIVE AND REVIEW

BMW says the X5 eDrive is designed to bridge the i vehicle line and the rest of the BMW family. The whole experience is to function as if you were driving a regular BMW model. The familiar powertrain settings of EcoPro, Comfort and the rest, are there just as they are in all modern BMWs.  Further, if you abruptly lift of the accelerator, it will coast just like a regular X5.  If you abruptly lift on an i3 accelerator, you get rapid battery regeneration dragging the i3 to a stop. The biggest question about the X5 plug-in hybrid is why choose one customer would choose it over an X5 diesel? The X5 diesel is such a sweet machine with loads of torque and great fuel economy. I posed this question to BMW and received a remarkably well reasoned answer. It lies in how the owner will use it. If one lives in a city and does primarily short trips, you can drive with out using much, if any gas. If you are one who commutes over 100 miles a day, a diesel will fit your lifestyle better. There is only a $1500 premium for the X5 xDrive35d compared to the base X5 xDrive35i.

BMW X5 eDrive Hybrid   TEST DRIVE AND REVIEW

No pricing or a production date of the X5 plug-in hybrid has been confirmed yet. BMW did state however, that this would be a production vehicle and that it is not far off, perhaps only 1-2 years.  The weight of the hybrid is more than a traditional base X5 because of the battery back and the electric motor.  Subtract, however, the starter motor because the electric motor can double duty as the starter. BMW was not ready yet to give us specific weight figures but they did say that the battery has an approximate 9kWh Capacity with 6 kWh usage.

BMW X5 eDrive Hybrid   TEST DRIVE AND REVIEW

A couple of cool features that help extend the electric range are: the Navigation system which chooses the most fuel efficient route to destination taking in to account traffic and distance, and second, there is the option of “preconditioning” the X5 eDrive via an electric heater or electric air conditioner. The X5 eDrive can draw energy while still plugged in to precondition and thus not tap into the range. BMWBLOG was fortunate to be one of the first media outlets to drive this same protoype in Miramas, France where our own Hugo Becker remarked that driving the X5 hybrid revealed a “seamless experience of pure electric, and mixed format power.” Having driven it, I completely agree.  The execution of the transitions of power are so sooth that many who drive it will not notice the changes of propulsion.  Further, despite the X5 eDrive being a hybrid vehicle it did not in anyway feel underpowered.

BMW X5 eDrive Hybrid   TEST DRIVE AND REVIEW

BMW X5 eDrive Hybrid   TEST DRIVE AND REVIEW

BMW X5 eDrive Hybrid   TEST DRIVE AND REVIEW

BMW X5 eDrive Hybrid   TEST DRIVE AND REVIEW

BMW X5 eDrive Hybrid   TEST DRIVE AND REVIEW

BMW X5 eDrive Hybrid   TEST DRIVE AND REVIEW

BMW X5 eDrive Hybrid   TEST DRIVE AND REVIEW

BMW X5 eDrive Hybrid   TEST DRIVE AND REVIEW

BMW X5 eDrive Hybrid   TEST DRIVE AND REVIEW

BMW X5 eDrive Hybrid   TEST DRIVE AND REVIEW

BMW X5 eDrive Hybrid   TEST DRIVE AND REVIEW

BMW X5 eDrive Hybrid   TEST DRIVE AND REVIEW

BMW X5 eDrive Hybrid   TEST DRIVE AND REVIEW

BMW X5 eDrive Hybrid   TEST DRIVE AND REVIEW

BMW X5 eDrive Hybrid   TEST DRIVE AND REVIEW

BMW X5 eDrive Hybrid   TEST DRIVE AND REVIEW

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2015 BMW 228i Track Edition – FIRST VIDEO

Yesterday, BMW of North America announced the availability of the all-new Track Handling Package for the 2015 BMW 228i Coupe. The Track Edition package includes the M Adaptive Suspension, Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires on unique 18-inch light-alloy...

Yesterday, BMW of North America announced the availability of the all-new Track Handling Package for the 2015 BMW 228i Coupe. The Track Edition package includes the M Adaptive Suspension, Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires on unique 18-inch light-alloy wheels , Variable Sport Steering, and M Sport Brakes. The package will be available from July 2014 (production) for both 6-speed manual and 8-speed Sport Automatic transmission-equipped BMW 228i Coupe models. The Track Handling Package may be added to any 228i Coupe during the vehicle ordering process.

2015 BMW 228i Track Edition   FIRST VIDEO

BMWBLOG visited today the BMW of North America Headquarters in New Jersey and took some photos and videos of the 228i Track Edition.

2015 BMW 228i Track Edition   FIRST VIDEO

2015 BMW 228i Track Edition   FIRST VIDEO

2015 BMW 228i Track Edition   FIRST VIDEO

2015 BMW 228i Track Edition   FIRST VIDEO

2015 BMW 228i Track Edition   FIRST VIDEO

2015 BMW 228i Track Edition   FIRST VIDEO

2015 BMW 228i Track Edition   FIRST VIDEO

2015 BMW 228i Track Edition   FIRST VIDEO

2015 BMW 228i Track Edition   FIRST VIDEO

2015 BMW 228i Track Edition   FIRST VIDEO

2015 BMW 228i Track Edition   FIRST VIDEO

2015 BMW 228i Track Edition   FIRST VIDEO

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INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

New version of the first MINI with four doors, a large tailgate, five seats and optional all-wheel drive; new MINI Countryman (combined fuel consumption: 7.1- 4.2 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 165 – 111 g/km) hones its profile as an all-rou...

New version of the first MINI with four doors, a large tailgate, five seats and optional all-wheel drive; new MINI Countryman (combined fuel consumption: 7.1- 4.2 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 165 – 111 g/km) hones its profile as an all-round talent for versatile mobility and an active lifestyle; fresh measures to ensure the continued  success of the premium compact model that has sold more than 350,000 units worldwide; selective design modifications; further enhanced driving performance figures; optimised fuel consumption and emissions; increased engine output in the new MINI Cooper S Countryman; market launch of all model variants including the top sports model MINI John Cooper Works Countryman in July 2014.

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

Striking accents underscore the distinctive interpretation of the hallmark MINI body design; clear emphasis of the specific dimensions and proportions convey variable functionality and versatile athletic flair over all terrains; characteristic hexagonal radiator grille in new design reinforces the presence of the upright front section; visual underride guard elements for the front and rear apron and side sills now standard in conjunction with the all-wheel drive system MINI ALL4 (exception: MINI John Cooper Works Countryman) and optional for all other model variants; new standard and optionally available light alloy wheels with reduced weight and optimised aerodynamics properties; tyres with reduced rolling resistance as an option; new exterior paint finishes in Jungle Green metallic, Midnight Grey metallic and Starlight Blue metallic; additional customisation options include contrasting colours for the roof and exterior mirror caps, bonnet stripes and Sport Stripes as well as Piano Black Exterior – available for MINI for the first time.

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

Refined details, optimised acoustic comfort and reinforced premium characteristics in the interior; dark dials for road speed and engine speed; MINI John Cooper Works Countryman additionally with John Cooper Works logo in the central instrument; ventilation controls with chrome applications; five seats and exceptional variability with rear seats that can be shifted 13 centimetres longitudinally, backrests that are tilt-adjustable and foldable in a 40: 20 : 40 split; luggage compartment volume can be extended from 350 to as much as 1 170 litres. Extensive engine portfolio comprising 4-cylinder petrol and 4-cylinder diesel engines; all engine types now with emission rating according to EU6 emission standard; increase in output by 5 kW to 140 kW/190 bhp in the MINI Cooper S Countryman; optimised driving performance and fuel consumption figures due to extended MINIMALISM technology including improved aerodynamic properties; 6-speed manual transmission as standard, 6-speed automatic transmission as an option (exception: MINI One D Countryman); MINI specific all-wheel drive system ALL4 optional for the models MINI Cooper Countryman, MINI Cooper S Countryman, MINI Cooper D Countryman and MINI Cooper SD Countryman, as standard in the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman.

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

Outstanding safety; MINI Countryman with top 5-star rating on the Euro NCAP crash test thanks to extensive standard equipment features in the areas of active and passive safety, now supplemented with type pressure control on each individual wheel and daytime driving light. High-quality standard trim and a wide selection of options for additional driving fun, increased comfort and maximum customisation; new LED fog lights including daytime driving and parking light in LED technology; other features available include xenon headlamps and adaptive turning light, comfort access, panorama glass roof, automatic air conditioning, removable tow hitch with trailer load of up to 1 200 kilograms, MINI navigation system, Sport Button, sports suspension, sports leather steering wheel with shift paddles for automatic transmission, multifunction steering wheel with cruise control, Harman Kardon hi-fi speaker system and model-specific John Cooper Works accessories.

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

Extensive MINI Connected in-car infotainment program; unique functional diversity and permanent expansion options with apps integrated in the automobile via smartphone; increased driving fun with typical MINI functions such as Mission Control, Dynamic Music, Driving Excitement and MINIMALISM Analyser; online connection also enables the use of social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and foursquare as well as Glympse, RSS news feed reception and entertainment programs such as AUPEO!, Stitcher, Deezer, Audible, Napster/Rhapsody and TuneIn.

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

Model variants: MINI John Cooper Works Countryman: 4-cylinder petrol engine with twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection and fully variable valve control based on BMW Group VALVETRONIC technology, capacity: 1 598 cc, output: 160 kW/218 bhp at 6 000 rpm, max. torque: 280 Nm at 1 900 – 5 000 rpm (300 Nm at 2 100 – 4 500 rpm with overboost), acceleration (0-100 km/h): 6.9 seconds (automatic: 6.9 seconds), top speed: 228 km/h (225 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 7.1 litres/100 kilometres (7.5 litres), CO2 emissions: 165 g/km (175 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN

MINI Cooper S Countryman: 4-cylinder petrol engine with twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection and fully variable valve control based on BMW Group VALVETRONIC technology, capacity: 1 598 cc, output: 140 kW/190 bhp at 5 500 – 6 500 rpm, max. torque: 240 Nm at 1 600 – 5 000 rpm (260 Nm at 1 700 – 4 500  with overboost), acceleration (0-100 km/h): 7.5 seconds (automatic: 7.8 seconds), top speed: 218 km/h (214 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 6.0 litres/100 kilometres (6.8 litres), CO2 emissions: 139 g/km (157 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6. MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4: 4-cylinder petrol engine with twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection and fully variable valve control based on BMW Group VALVETRONIC technology, capacity: 1 598 cc, output: 140 kW/190 bhp at 5 500 – 6 500 rpm, max. torque: 240 Nm at 1 600 – 5 000 rpm (260 Nm at 1 700 – 4 500  with overboost), acceleration (0-100 km/h): 7.7 seconds (automatic: 8.1 seconds), top speed: 215 km/h (213 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 6.4 litres/100 kilometres (7.1 litres), CO2 emissions: 148 g/km (165 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6. MINI Cooper Countryman: 4-cylinder petrol engine with fully variable valve control based on BMW Group VALVETRONIC technology, capacity: 1 598 cc, output: 90 kW/122 bhp at 6 000 rpm, max. torque: 160 Nm at 4 250 rpm, acceleration (0-100 km/h): 10.4 seconds (automatic: 11,6 seconds), top speed: 191 km/h (184 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 5.9 litres/100 kilometres (6.9 litres), CO2 emissions: 137 g/km (159 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6. MINI Cooper Countryman ALL4: 4-cylinder petrol engine with fully variable valve control based on BMW Group VALVETRONIC technology (in the MINI Cooper Countryman ALL4 with automatic transmission also: twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection), capacity: 1 598 cc, output: 90 kW /122 bhp at 6 000 rpm, max. torque: 160 Nm (MINI Cooper Countryman ALL4 with automatic transmission: 190 Nm) at 4 250 rpm, acceleration (0-100 km/h): 11.5 seconds (automatic: 11,7 seconds), top speed: 186 km/h (184 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 6.7 litres/100 kilometres (7.0 litres), C02 emissions: 156 g/km (164 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6 MINI One Countryman: 4-cylinder petrol engine with fully variable valve control based on BMW Group VALVETRONIC technology, capacity: 1 598 cc, output: 72 kW/98 bhp at 6 000 rpm, max. torque: 153 Nm at 3 000 rpm, acceleration (0-100 km/h): 11.9 seconds (automatic: 13,9 seconds), top speed: 175 km/h (170 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 5.7 litres/100 kilometres (6.9 litres), C02 emissions: 134 g/km (159 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6. MINI Cooper SD Countryman: 4-cylinder turbodiesel with aluminium crankcase, common rail injection and variable turbine geometry, capacity: 1 995 cc, output: 105 kW/143 bhp at 4 000 rpm, max. torque: 305 Nm at 1 750 – 2 700 rpm, acceleration (0-100 km/h): 9.2 seconds (automatic: 9.4 seconds), top speed: 200 km/h (197 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 4.5 litres/100 kilometres (5.7 litres), C02 emissions: 119 g/km (149 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6. MINI Cooper SD Countryman ALL4: 4-cylinder turbodiesel with aluminium crankcase, common rail injection and variable turbine geometry, capacity: 1 995 cc, output: 105 kW/143 bhp at 4 000 rpm, max. torque: 305 Nm at 1 750 – 2 700 rpm, acceleration (0-100 km/h): 9.3 seconds (automatic: 9.4 seconds), top speed: 197 km/h (195 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 4.8 litres/100 kilometres (5.9 litres), C02 emissions: 126 g/km (156 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6. MINI Cooper D Countryman: 4-cylinder turbodiesel with aluminium crankcase, common rail injection and variable turbine geometry, capacity: 1 598 cc (MINI Cooper D Countryman with automatic transmission: 1 995 cc), output: 82 kW/112 bhp at 4000 rpm, max. torque: 270 Nm at 1 750 – 2 250 rpm, acceleration: (0-100 km/h): 10.9 seconds (automatic: 11.3 seconds), top speed: 186 km/h (181 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 4.2 litres/100 kilometres (5.6 litres), C02 emissions: 111 g/km (148 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6. MINI Cooper D Countryman ALL4: 4-cylinder turbodiesel with aluminium crankcase, common rail injection and variable turbine geometry, capacity: 1 598 cc (MINI Cooper D Countryman ALL4 with automatic transmission: 1 995 cc), output: 82 kW/112 bhp at 4000 rpm, max. torque: 270 Nm at 1 750 – 2 250 rpm, acceleration (0-100 km/h): 11.6 seconds (automatic: 11,9 seconds), top speed: 181 km/h (176 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 4.7 litres/100 kilometres (5.9 litres), C02 emissions: 123 g/km (155 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6. MINI One D Countryman: 4-cylinder turbodiesel with aluminium crankcase, common rail injection and variable turbine geometry, capacity: 1 598 cc, output: 66 kW/90 bhp at 4 000 rpm, max. torque: 215 Nm at 1 750 – 2 500 rpm, acceleration (0-100 km/h): 12.9 seconds, top speed: 171 km/h, average fuel consumption according to EU: 4.2 litres/100 kilometres, CO2 emissions: 111 g/km, exhaust emission standard: EU6. Exterior dimensions: Length: 4 097 millimetres (MINI Cooper Countryman ALL4 and MINI Cooper D Countryman ALL4: 110 millimetres, MINI Cooper S Countryman and MINI Cooper SD Countryman: 4 109 millimetres, MINI John Cooper Works Countryman: 4 133 millimetres) Width: 1 789 millimetres Height: MINI John Cooper Works Countryman 1 549 millimetres) Wheelbase: 2 595 millimetres The article INTRODUCING THE NEW 2014 MINI COUNTRYMAN appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW M235i vs BMW M3 CSL – ON THE TRACK

Here is the new BMW M235i pitted against the BMW M3 CSL. Every BMW fan’s dream car, the BMW M3 CSL is regarded by many as one of the best cars to come out of the M3 division. CSL stands for “Coupe Sport Lightweight”, a moniker first given to th...

Here is the new BMW M235i pitted against the BMW M3 CSL. Every BMW fan’s dream car, the BMW M3 CSL is regarded by many as one of the best cars to come out of the M3 division. CSL stands for “Coupe Sport Lightweight”, a moniker first given to the legendary race winning BMW 3.0 CSL. The E46 M3 CSL is most notably distinguished from the standard E46 M3 by its various lightweight components. BMW claimed that the M3 CSL weighed 3,054 pounds, or roughly 10 percent less than the normal model.

BMW M235i vs BMW M3 CSL   ON THE TRACK

How the BMW M3 CSL came to life The forward-thinking intelligent lightweight technology set the benchmark for the car construction of future models. The BMW M235i Coupe is the latest member of the BMW M Performance Automobile family and it is powered by the N55 3.0 liter TwinPower turbocharged inline-six engine also found in the M135i. It produces 322 hp and 332 lf-ft of torque taking the M235i from 0-60 in 4.8 seconds when optioned with the 8-speed sport automatic. Top speed is 155mph and MPG is 22 city/32 hwy for the auto and 19/29 for the 6-speed manual. 2014 BMW M235i – Download Photos BMW M235i will sell for $43,100 in the United States. In Germany, the BMW M235i costs 36,764 Euro. So which one is a better car? Let’s find out.

BMW M235i vs BMW M3 CSL   ON THE TRACK

BMW M235i vs BMW M3 CSL   ON THE TRACK

BMW M235i vs BMW M3 CSL   ON THE TRACK

BMW M235i vs BMW M3 CSL   ON THE TRACK

BMW M235i vs BMW M3 CSL   ON THE TRACK

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E46 M3 CSL vs M235i Coupe Track Test Review (Autoexpress)

Autoexpress pits the iconic E46 M3 CSL versus the M325i coupe on the track. See the video inside! ...

Autoexpress pits the iconic E46 M3 CSL versus the M325i coupe on the track. See the video inside!

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BMW increases i3 Production to Meet Rising Demand

BMW announces that has increased production of the i3 electric city car by 43 percent to meet demand that has exceeded the carmaker’s initial expectations. The daily production of i3 cars increased from 70 to 100 vehicles daily at the Leipzig plant...

BMW announces that has increased production of the i3 electric city car by 43 percent to meet demand that has exceeded the carmaker’s initial expectations. The daily production of i3 cars increased from 70 to 100 vehicles daily at the Leipzig plant. The premium manufacturer in recent weeks has raised daily output to 100 vehicles from 70 previously at the factory in Leipzig, Germany, where the model is assembled, , said in an emailed statement to Bloomberg. BMW has already built more than 5,000 i3s since the start of the year, said Harald Krueger, BMW production chief. The current production rate translates to about 20,000 vehicles for the full year, almost twice as much as BMW’s initial sales forecast.

BMW increases i3 Production to Meet Rising Demand

“Following the market introduction in Europe, we’re now rolling out the i3 in the U.S.,” Krueger said in the statement. “The U.S. will be the largest market for the i3.” Back in November, BMW said that it had 11,000 orders for the compact car, which will cost $41,350 in the U.S., and aimed to sell more than 10,000 in 2014. [Source: Bloomberg] The article BMW increases i3 Production to Meet Rising Demand appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Wolfgang Durheimer Named CEO Of Bentley, Bugatti

Replaces Wolfgang Schreiber. ...

Replaces Wolfgang Schreiber.

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F82 BMW M4 Coupe Start and Rev – VIDEO

At the 2014 Long Beach Grand Prix, BMW brought out their new F82 M4 Coupe. A reader, Brian Zuk, managed to capture the engine sound of the new M4. After ditching the amazing V8 naturally-aspirated engine, the new M3 and M4 use a 3.0 liter turbocharge...

At the 2014 Long Beach Grand Prix, BMW brought out their new F82 M4 Coupe. A reader, Brian Zuk, managed to capture the engine sound of the new M4. After ditching the amazing V8 naturally-aspirated engine, the new M3 and M4 use a 3.0 liter turbocharged engine that produces 425 HP and 560 Nm (413 lb-ft) of torque. The car weighs under 1,500 kg (3,300 lbs). From 0-100 km/h (0-62), the 2014 BMW M4 runs in 4.1 seconds with DCT while the M3 runs the same distance in 4.3 seconds, with the same transmission

F82 BMW M4 Coupe Start and Rev   VIDEO

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F82 BMW M4 Coupe Start and Rev   VIDEO

The BMW M3 and BMW M4 comes with an innovative flap arrangement in the twin-pipe exhaust system. The electrically controlled flaps just before the rear silencer minimize exhaust back-pressure and produce a BMW M sound which is striking and unmistakable over the entire engine speed range, as well as giving precise feedback on engine load. Here is the exhaust sound: The article F82 BMW M4 Coupe Start and Rev – VIDEO appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW M235i Comparison Review Against Lexus IS-F

The guys at TFLcar have posted their full comparison review of the BMW M235i coupe versus the Lexus IS-F. ...

The guys at TFLcar have posted their full comparison review of the BMW M235i coupe versus the Lexus IS-F.

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