Racing Update: Success for the S1000RR in England and France

The privateer BMW Motorrad riders have been in action successfully at two venues last weekend: Great Britain’s Donington Park and Le Vigeant in France. At Donington, Ayrton Badovini (IT) scored another top-five finish on his BMW S1000RR in the Supe...

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The privateer BMW Motorrad riders have been in action successfully at two venues last weekend: Great Britain’s Donington Park and Le Vigeant in France. At Donington, Ayrton Badovini (IT) scored another top-five finish on his BMW S1000RR in the Superbike World Championship. Roberto Tamburini (IT) enjoyed podium honors in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, while […]

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BMW X6 M tuning by Hamann

German tuning powerhouse Hamann kicks off their BMW X6 M program with a few cosmetic upgrades. The F86 BMW X6 M already features a wide track and pronounced wheel arches which leave enough room for a set of serious wheels, and by serious, we mean hug...

German tuning powerhouse Hamann kicks off their BMW X6 M program with a few cosmetic upgrades. The F86 BMW X6 M already features a wide track and pronounced wheel arches which leave enough room for a set of serious wheels, and by serious, we mean huge 23 inch sizes in the front and rear. The 23 inch Hamman Anniversary Evo wheels were specifically developed by Hamann for large, sporty SUVs and they offer a wide selection of finishes for customers. Judging by the photos below, the new F86 X6 M sits closer to the ground, likely thanks to a lowering springs kit which improve the stance and should improve the ride quality as well. In standard form, the 4.4 liter V8 produces 567 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque, so we expect those figures to increase in the near future with some ECU remapping and hardware upgrades put together by Hamann.

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The German tuner also says they are working on a new, custom exhaust system which will improve the acoustics and deliver additional power as well.

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BMW 650i Coupe in Yas Marina Blue

Tuning shop Prior Design gives the BMW 650i Coupe a makeover. The super sporty coupe was prepared for the 2015 Bimmerfest and for a trip from Miami to Los Angeles in just 30 hours covering 2000 miles. The 650i Coupe initially started as a red BMW and...

Tuning shop Prior Design gives the BMW 650i Coupe a makeover. The super sporty coupe was prepared for the 2015 Bimmerfest and for a trip from Miami to Los Angeles in just 30 hours covering 2000 miles. The 650i Coupe initially started as a red BMW and was then transformed into a Yas Marina Blue coupe also featuring the Prior Design Widebody kit. Next, the car was fitted with the Vossen Forged: Precision Series VPS-306 wheels which left room to showcase the huge Brembo brakes with red calipers. The wheels were wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero Tires. A BASFRefinish/Glasurit was used for the exterior paint, KW Suspension for the K3 Variant Coilovers to lower the car and a GTHaus/Meisterschaft full exhaust to improve the acoustics.

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The widebody includes redesigned front and rear bumpers, side skirts, wider front widers, rear widenings, rear trunk spoiler and a bonnet hood. This widebody kit is made from quality Fiberglass-Duraflex mix. This material is characterized by an excellent surface finish that provides sufficient flexibility combined with high stability and allows for easy and inexpensive painting.

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No power upgrades were performed at this time, so the 650i Coupe uses a 4.4-liter V-8 engine (N63) with BMW’s VALVETRONIC variable valve timing producing 445 hp between 5,500 and 6,000 rpm and makes peak torque of 480 lb-ft between 2,000 and 4,500 rpm.

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Bogi – A Master BMW Mechanic of the Fairer Sex

The freedom to choose your own path is fought for; fought for against time and money and opinions and politics, and sometimes friends and family. The freedom to choose your own path may require a fight against the status quo. In 1999, Bogi Lateiner f...

The freedom to choose your own path is fought for; fought for against time and money and opinions and politics, and sometimes friends and family. The freedom to choose your own path may require a fight against the status quo. In 1999, Bogi Lateiner fought her way from college student to BMW Master Mechanic. It wasn’t the easiest path to take, but challenges in life are often commensurate in scope with the rewards they bring. Bogi brings a bold, refreshing take to automotive repair, and it’s manifest the moment you enter the gates. Why do repair shops have to smell like burnt motor oil and look like the bellies of fallout shelters?

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Is there some unspoken rule that dictates waiting rooms need to feature recycled chairs, yesterday’s news, and 6-month old magazines? At 180 Automotive, fine art hangs on the walls, fresh coffee and chilled sparkling water sit at the ready, Wi-Fi streams to your mobile device, and children play with brightly colored new toys. It’s a place of automotive rejuvenation as much as repair. 180 Automotive is as atypical as the existence of a woman in this career path – and it’s delightfully refreshing. There’s something very right about it.

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In truth, BMW wasn’t Bogi’s first choice. She approached another automaker for training but was quickly shown the door. It was made clear to her, in no uncertain terms, that women are not cut out to be master mechanics of the marque. So Bogi moved on. BMW welcomed Bogi’s ambition, and saw potential in her. They invested in her. Given the rarity of women pursing this profession with their brand, they went out on the proverbial limb. And their faith was rewarded with a brilliant master mechanic who passionately pursues the same mechanical perfection that is engineered into the cars she’s fixing.

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The shop floor is clean, tools line the walls in organized patterns and cars are neatly parked in formation outside. Bogi has German blood and she operates with Teutonic accuracy and timeliness – along with an all-American smile.

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It’s inspiring to watch someone fight to achieve their goals and it paves the way for others to follow. Bogi currently mentors a young female apprentice mechanic at her shop, and through the reach of All Girls’ Garage – a popular TV show in which Bogi is a co-host – countless young women are shown irrefutable proof that the fairer sex can turn wrenches with the best of them – if they have a persuasion for this kind of thing.

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In this 10-round fight against the stiff and stubborn status quo, Bogi has won by knockout. Exemplifying what it means to be a powerful woman, she speaks softly and carries a big stick wrench. She’s faced resistance and stood in her success. She is an inspiration to us all. And as her myriad satisfied customers will testify: she’s one hell of a mechanic.

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I had the distinct pleasure of touring Bogi’s shop one sizzling-hot morning. If you own a BMW (or any other marque) and live in the Phoenix, Arizona area, I highly recommend 180 Automotive to return your car to its optimum performance. If you’re just driving through the lower half of the Arizona desert, it’s most certainly worth dropping in to take a look around and meet the friendly, sharp proprietor of this new-age automotive shop. She’ll have a fresh pot of coffee brewing.

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You’ll find 180 Automotive at 545 W. Mariposa St. Phx, AZ 85013 On the web at 180auto.com By Phone at 1-602-476-2475 On Twitter And on Facebook

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Ohlins TTX Coilovers for F80 M3 / F82 M4 nears release

Development of the Ohlins TTX Coilovers for the F80 M3 / F82 M4 is nearly complete, with this M3 being the test bed car. ...

Development of the Ohlins TTX Coilovers for the F80 M3 / F82 M4 is nearly complete, with this M3 being the test bed car.

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Photoshoot: BMW F82 M4 With ADV.1 Wheels

This BMW F82 M4 comes from the beautiful and sunny Florida where it went for a tuning job. To improve its looks, the Austin Yellow M4 Coupe was fitted with a carbon fiber front splitter and a carbon fiber trunk lid. The original kidney grilles were a...

This BMW F82 M4 comes from the beautiful and sunny Florida where it went for a tuning job. To improve its looks, the Austin Yellow M4 Coupe was fitted with a carbon fiber front splitter and a carbon fiber trunk lid. The original kidney grilles were also swapped out for a blacked grille with the M colors painted on some of the slats. A typical upgrade for many M4s these days is the addition of custom wheels. These ADV.1 Wheels not necessarily improve the looks of the car, but certainly make it look different in a sea of new M3s and M4s. The ADV06 Track Function Competition Spec wheels are a blend of high-quality custom forged wheels and perfection achieved by properly picking and choosing both the design and engineering elements.

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The BMW F82 M4 comes with a 3.0 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo engine delivering 420 horsepower. This power allows the vehicle to sprint from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 3.8 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 155mph (250km/h). Overall, the BMW M4 has been a successful spin-off of the M3 model, delivering great sales and impressive feedback from customers.

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More details of this Austin Yellow BMW M4 can be found in the media gallery added below, containing some excellent photos done by William Stern Photography.

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BIMMERPOST member takes delivery of the 3 millionth car from Spartanburg – this 2016 X5 M

This lucky BIMMERPOST member is the owner of the 3 millionth car produced at the BMW Spartanburg plant, as previously announced by BMW in a press release. ...

This lucky BIMMERPOST member is the owner of the 3 millionth car produced at the BMW Spartanburg plant, as previously announced by BMW in a press release.

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Volvo’s XC90 T8: Competition For BMW And Tesla

There seems to be two camps when it comes to electric vehicles. In one camp lies the pure EVers, who want nothing to do with the combustion of gasoline. In the other camp lies the plug-in hybrid fans, who think that pairing an internal combustion eng...

There seems to be two camps when it comes to electric vehicles. In one camp lies the pure EVers, who want nothing to do with the combustion of gasoline. In the other camp lies the plug-in hybrid fans, who think that pairing an internal combustion engine with an electric motor is the more practical way. Good, solid arguments can be made for both sides, as both EV setups both their advantages and disadvantages. The Big Dog in the pure EV camp is Tesla, with its Model S and upcoming Model X SUV. At the moment, the big name in plug-in hybrid is BMW, with its i8 and upcoming X5 xDrive40e and 330e. The two automotive giants have been facing off a lot lately, trying to one-up each other in the world of electric motoring. However, there seems to be a newcomer to the game, one that might just have what it takes to scare both while using technology from both — Volvo.

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Volvo’s upcoming XC90 T8 will have a plug-in hybrid setup very similar to BMW’s in the i8. It will use a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine that is both supercharged and turbocharged, mated to an electric motor sending the power through an 8-Speed automatic and all-wheel drive. The T8 is said to have between 15-20 miles of EV range from 96 LG batteries (BMW’s are Samsung while Tesla’s are Panasonic). That’s impressive for such a big vehicle and is on par with BMW’s claims for the X5 xDrive40e. The T8 will also have a whopping 472 lb-ft of torque. So mechanically, the XC90 T8 will be similar to what BMW is doing with its current, and upcoming, models.

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On the inside, it gets a bit more like Tesla, though. Volvo has already replaced most of the physical buttons on the center stack with a massive touchscreen, a la Tesla Model S. This high-definition touchscreen can control anything from the radio, the sat-nav, the air conditioning or pretty much anything else.

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So from the inside, the T8 will be very similar to the Model S and upcoming Model X. The T8 will also feature over-the-air updates from Volvo, much like Tesla’s do, which will update the systems software overnight. This allows any efficiency or performance gains, through software tweaks, will be implemented on all models, instantly.

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So the XC90 T8 seems to be borrowing a page from each of the EV giant’s books. However, the competition might be more of a two horse race than three. When both the XC90 T8 and BMW X5 xDrive40e come out, they will be priced, sized and technologically similar. The starting price tag for the T8 will be $69,095 and expect the X5 xDrive 40e to be priced similarly. How about the Model X pricing? Well, it’s looking like it’s going to be close to the Model S P85D’s, with an estimated starting price of $95,000. That’s considerable more so than both the Volvo and BMW. So while it may seem like, at the moment, BMW’s main competitor in the EV world is Tesla, Volvo may be slowly creeping up on both of them. If you take into account all of the aforementioned similarities between the three, but then add in Volvo’s far superior safety technologies and the fact that it will be priced closer to the bottom of the three, the XC90 T8 seems like the winner here. Obviously, we won’t know until they’re all released and we can put rubber to the road, but the T8 seems like a might fine addition to the plug-in hybrid segment.

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Lloyd’s BMW and MINI Carpeted Floor Mats at BavAuto®

BavAuto® is excited to announce the inclusion of the Lloyd’s carpeted (plush)  floor mats for BMWs and MINIs.  This includes the popular Luxe, Ultimat and TruBerber carpet mat sets.  All Lloyd mat sets are available in sets of four (2-front...

BavAuto® is excited to announce the inclusion of the Lloyd’s carpeted (plush)  floor mats for BMWs and MINIs.  This includes the popular Luxe, Ultimat and TruBerber carpet mat sets.  All Lloyd mat sets are available in sets of four (2-front and 2-rear) or sets of two (2-fronts) and include the Lloyd mat securing fasteners or [...]

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Lloyd’s BMW and MINI Carpeted Floor Mats at BavAuto®

BavAuto® is excited to announce the inclusion of the Lloyd’s carpeted (plush)  floor mats for BMWs and MINIs.  This includes the popular Luxe, Ultimat and TruBerber carpet mat sets.  All Lloyd mat sets are available in sets of four (2-front...

BavAuto® is excited to announce the inclusion of the Lloyd’s carpeted (plush)  floor mats for BMWs and MINIs.  This includes the popular Luxe, Ultimat and TruBerber carpet mat sets.  All Lloyd mat sets are available in sets of four (2-front and 2-rear) or sets of two (2-fronts) and include the Lloyd mat securing fasteners or [...]

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