A Classy Modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Photoshoot

This photoshoot comes courtesy of Keenan Warner and it showcases a classy modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3. The vehicle shown here looks clean, thanks to a bevvy of aftermarket aero parts and other products added. The combination of carbon fiber aero...

This photoshoot comes courtesy of Keenan Warner and it showcases a classy modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3. The vehicle shown here looks clean, thanks to a bevvy of aftermarket aero parts and other products added. The combination of carbon fiber aerodynamic parts and lightweight monoblock wheels, add to the aggressive appearance of the car. This M3 received no power upgrades so the 3.0 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo engine runs at stock performance levels, exerting 425 horsepower and churning out impressive 0-62mph (0-100km) acceleration runs of just 4.1 seconds.

A Classy Modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Photoshoot

As you will see in the photoshoot below, the biggest impact on the car’s looks are the HRE P101 wheels. These, together with the car being lowered, provide a much improved stance and a more aggressive outer appearance. The wheels come in sizes of 20×9.5 in the front and 20×11.5 in the rear, respectively. With a Satin Charcoal finish, they provide a nice contrasting effect with the white exterior of the vehicle. The wheels come wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tires which are sized 255/30/20 at the front and 305/25/20 in the rear.

A Classy Modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Photoshoot

With M Performance Parts like a front aero carbon fiber splitter and a carbon fiber rear diffuser, the aggressive looks of this vehicle are perfected. This M3 is owned by the professional open wheel racing driver Tony Kanaan, who uses this car for daily driving needs. Even though it was raining in Florida on the day of the shoot, you can check some great images of this M3 in the gallery below.

A Classy Modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Photoshoot

A Classy Modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Photoshoot

A Classy Modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Photoshoot

A Classy Modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Photoshoot

A Classy Modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Photoshoot

A Classy Modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Photoshoot

A Classy Modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Photoshoot

A Classy Modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Photoshoot

A Classy Modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Photoshoot

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BMW E9 3.0 CSL Batmobile Review: The 70s Icon That Blew My Mind (Car Throttle)

The BMW E9 3.0L CSL Batmobile is an astonishing car that oozes cool, has genuine motorsport roots and that makes the world stand still. Does it get any better than this for petrolheads? ...

The BMW E9 3.0L CSL Batmobile is an astonishing car that oozes cool, has genuine motorsport roots and that makes the world stand still. Does it get any better than this for petrolheads?

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BMW X1 introduces new models: sDrive16i, sDrive18i, xDrive18d

BMW announces three new models for the new X1 lineup. The new entry-level SUVs are all powered by three cylinder turbo engines, either in petrol or diesel. When BMW unveiled the X1 earlier this summer, the lineup consisted of four-cylinder engines on...

BMW announces three new models for the new X1 lineup. The new entry-level SUVs are all powered by three cylinder turbo engines, either in petrol or diesel. When BMW unveiled the X1 earlier this summer, the lineup consisted of four-cylinder engines only available with an automatic gearbox. 2016 BMW sDrive16d The first entry point in the X1 lineup is the 2016 BMW sDrive16d, a front-wheel drive mini SUV.

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Under the hood, it features the B37 1.5 liter three-cylinder turbodiesel making 116 horsepower and 270 Nm (200 lb-ft) of torque. The engine is matted to a six-speed automatic transmission. From standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph), the X1 sDrive16d needs about 11.1 seconds. Top speed is limited to 190 km/h (118 mph). With standard tires, the BMW X1 sDrive16d comes to an EU standard fuel consumption of 3.9 liters per 100 kilometers, corresponding to CO2 emissions of 104 grams per kilometer. With the largest tires (19 inch), consumption rises 4.1 liters and emissions to 109 grams of CO2. 2016 BMW xDrive18d New in the diesel program is the BMW X1 xDrive18d with a four-cylinder diesel and all-wheel drive. The all-wheel drive version of the 150 hp diesel moves depending on transmission – 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission – in 9.2 to 9.3 seconds to 100 km/h (62 mph), reaches a 204 km/h (127mph) top speed and consumes, depending on tires, 4.7 to 4.9 liters per 100 kilometers. 2016 BMW sDrive18i The entry-level gasoline-powered X1 is the new sDrive18i which uses a familiar engine from the MINI Cooper: the B38 three-cylinder petrol with 136 HP and 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) of torque. BMW offers both a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic. It needs 9.7 seconds to run from standstill to 100 km/h. The consumption varies depending on transmission and tires from 5.1 to 5.6 liters per 100 kilometers. The article BMW X1 introduces new models: sDrive16i, sDrive18i, xDrive18d appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW ConnectedDrive at the IFA 2015 consumer electronics show in Berlin

BMW is indisputably one of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers when it comes to linking up drivers, their vehicles and the outside world. The company groups together its range of intelligent services under the BMW ConnectedDrive banner. An...

BMW is indisputably one of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers when it comes to linking up drivers, their vehicles and the outside world. The company groups together its range of intelligent services under the BMW ConnectedDrive banner. And at the IFA 2015 show in Berlin (4–9 September 2015), one of the world’s leading consumer electronics and home appliance fairs, BMW is showcasing new solutions for the “connected car”. One of the company’s focal points at the IFA are a pair of apps designed for operating functions inside connected houses. The Smart Home app from Deutsche Telekom is an Apple iOS-based application which can be integrated into a BMW i3 or any other BMW vehicle with BMW ConnectedDrive Services – as can the Samsung SmartThings app developed for Android devices, on display at the IFA 2015 as a research application.

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BMW is giving both apps their in-car world premiere, underlining its flexibility in linking applications for the two leading mobile operating systems seamlessly with its cars. Both Smart Home apps allow users to control in-building functions, such as heating, from a car. Users can check whether windows and doors are locked or the burglar alarm is activated while on the move. Users get notified on their car’s dashboard about water leaks or intruder alerts via the integration. Like the extended news app from n-tv – another new arrival – these apps for connected houses can be operated using the iDrive Controller and viewed on the Control Display. New accessories and high-speed innovation.

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The GoPro app for operating the brand’s small and robust cameras can also be operated from inside a BMW and is on show at the GoPro Stand (Hall 3.2/201). Holders and attachment systems designed specially for BMW vehicles are available for GoPro cameras from the Original BMW Accessories range, and enable perfect shots and videos even in extreme driving situations, e.g. on race tracks. The impressive speed with which BMW creates intelligent solutions in response to innovations in the entertainment industry is also accentuated by the use of the new Samsung Galaxy Gear S2 smartwatch to operate BMW i3 functions. Users can monitor their car’s battery charge or view its operating range from their wrist. The innovative BMW i3 and BMW i8 can be driven virtually at the Samsung Stand (CityCube, Hall B/101). The Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition for S6 data glasses provides astonishingly realistic driving impressions with the premium electric model and innovative plug-in hybrid sports car. BMW interface opens up access to a huge range of apps.

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BMW has been ahead of the game in enabling new and innovative third-party apps to be integrated into cars via an intelligent interface. To this end, BMW ConnectedDrive offers its own A4A (Apps for Automotive) interface, an in-house development which allows both current and future models to be upgraded with the latest applications at any time. This gives all BMW models a high degree of flexibility and ensures they keep pace with future developments. Underpinning this capability is ConnectedDrive Services, which provides extensive vehicle connectivity and enables access to services such as Online Entertainment, the internet and Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI). Smart Home apps, operated from a BMW i3.

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At last year’s IFA show, BMW used a research application to demonstrate how functions inside a building can be operated form a vehicle. And this year at the Deutsche Telekom stand (Hall 21a/101), BMW is presenting the integration of the customer-ready Smart Home app now available from the Apple app Store for devices running the Apple iOS operating system. Once an Apple iPhone with the app installed is connected to the car via a USB interface or snap-in adapter, the iDrive Controller can be used to activate electrical devices in connected houses or to switch on lights. These functions can also be automated. For example, certain settings inside the house – such as room temperature – can be activated automatically when the address is entered into the navigation system. This is not only convenient, it also helps to restrict energy use to those times when it is actually required. Users can check on the Control Display if the house doors are locked or the burglar alarm is activated. At the Samsung stand, another Smart Home application – the SmartThings app research application – is integrated into the BMW i3. It also allows functions in connected houses, such as automatically ensuring your doors are locked and temperature is adjusted as you drive away from the house. The depth of BMW ConnectDrive app and the ease of integrating it into the SmartThings platform deliver the connected car experience to both Android and iOS users. The ability to integrate smartphones running the two major operating systems for mobile devices into cars quickly and seamlessly underlines the depth of capability behind BMW ConnectedDrive.   BMW i Remote app for the Samsung Galaxy Gear S2 celebrates its premiere. The BMW i3 and BMW i8 use an integrated SIM card to provide extensive connectivity between drivers, their vehicles and the outside world. This SIM card allows users to request and operate remote functions first revealed with the presentation of the BMW i3 using the BMW i Remote smartphone app. At the IFA 2014, BMW presented the BMW i Remote app for the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch as a world first. This allows the charge level of the batteries to be checked and the car’s operating range to be displayed for the first time in this way. The car’s navigation function could also be operated using the Samsung Galaxy Gear for the first time. Intermodal route guidance for BMW i cars – which incorporates public transport such as buses or trains into efficient route guidance, e.g. during stop-start traffic – is also supported. A research application presented at Samsung’s IFA 2015 stand sees a BMW i3 linked up to the latest generation of Samsung smartwatches via the BMW i Remote app. The Samsung Galaxy Gear S2 runs the latest version of the Android operating system. Users wearing the smartwatch on their wrist can access important vehicle functions such as battery charge or the car’s operating range without having to take out a synced mobile phone. In so doing, the new Samsung smartwatch establishes itself as an additional medium for real-time information sharing between the driver and vehicle. And users don’t have to take their smartphone out of their pocket, unlock a screen or enter a code to make it happen.   The new n-tv app: quick, well-informed and comprehensive news. n-tv is Germany’s first news channel and specialises in delivering round-the-clock reports from the worlds of politics, business, sport and society. Up-to-the-minute stock market updates are a recognised focal point of n-tv- reporting. The n-tv editors already offered a special compact news service via the channel’s smartphone app (available free of charge from the Apple App Store) in the form of audio files. The news items are read by a professional newsreader and provide a summary of the most important developments at any given time. But now the new n-tv app gives users access to the news in full. The app is integrated into a BMW i3 at the n-tv stand in Hall 6.2 B, and the news is played back through the car’s audio system. Like all other smartphone apps available in BMW cars, the n-tv app is a BMW-certified application developed for the integration of smartphone apps as part of the BMW partnership programme. It can be accessed as soon as the user’s smartphone is connected to their car via snap-in adapter or USB cable. The app can be selected from the BMW ConnectedDrive menu, viewed on the Control Display and operated using the iDrive Controller.   Attachment systems for GoPro cameras. GoPro cameras are compact, robust make it very easy to capture immersive photo and video content. The rugged cameras have become a widely adopted solution for people to capture themselves engaged in their interests, whatever they may be. With the free GoPro app for the iPhone, Android and Windows smartphones , users can control their GoPro cameras intuitively from a smartphone. For example, options such as video, recording mode or photo burst can be selected. BMW ConnectedDrive and the GoPro app also allow the cameras to be operated using the iDrive Controller in a BMW and images to be viewed on the Control Display. At the GoPro stand at the IFA 2015, a BMW M6 MotoGP Safety Car is used to present solutions for mounting cameras to a BMW to best possible effect with the help of Original BMW Accessories. The M Performance Track Fix holds the camera to the outside of the body, while interior mountings from the Travel & Comfort System ensure flawless shots even when the car is being driven at its dynamic limits – e.g. on the race track.

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Drag race with launch control: Mercedes C63 AMG S vs BMW M4 vs Porsche 911 C4 GTS vs VW Polo

AutoExpress put hi-tech launch control systems to the test in a range of performance cars to see how effective they are in a standing start. The video shows the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS, BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG C63, but in the interest of fairness, ...

AutoExpress put hi-tech launch control systems to the test in a range of performance cars to see how effective they are in a standing start. The video shows the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS, BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG C63, but in the interest of fairness, they’ve included a VW Polo BlueMotion, too! As quick as they are to take the car of the start line, they can be just as slow to activate the launch control. The procedure usually involves several preparatory steps and can be different for each automaker. Let’s see which one takes the win. The article Drag race with launch control: Mercedes C63 AMG S vs BMW M4 vs Porsche 911 C4 GTS vs VW Polo appeared first on BMW BLOG

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M4 vs. C63S vs. 911 GTS launch control drag race

Auto Express puts high-tech launch control systems to the test in a range of performance cars to see how effective they are in a standing start. They’ve got the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS, BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG C 63, but in the interest of fa...

Auto Express puts high-tech launch control systems to the test in a range of performance cars to see how effective they are in a standing start. They’ve got the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS, BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG C 63, but in the interest of fairness, have also included a VW Polo BlueMotion, too!

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New videos of 7 Series: M Sport, Carbon Core Construction, Design Process

Enjoy the newest set of videos featuring the all new 7 Series – showing the M Sport model in action, construction of the mixed carbon fiber body structure, and the car’s design process. ...

Enjoy the newest set of videos featuring the all new 7 Series – showing the M Sport model in action, construction of the mixed carbon fiber body structure, and the car’s design process.

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Stunt driving with a BMW at Mission: Impossible 5 – Rogue Nation

The Mission Impossible franchise takes us behind the scenes of their latest installment: Rogue Nation. The new flick hit the theaters last month and has quickly rose at the top of the box office. Rogue Nation is packed with action scenes, cars chasin...

The Mission Impossible franchise takes us behind the scenes of their latest installment: Rogue Nation. The new flick hit the theaters last month and has quickly rose at the top of the box office. Rogue Nation is packed with action scenes, cars chasing, lots of shootings and the usual wit associated with Mission Impossible character. In the film, Ethan Hunt – the character made famous by Tom Cruise – drives the BMW M3 to destruction in a Moroccan car chase, with co-star Simon Pegg riding shotgun. Cruise likes to do his own stunts and much of the action driving you’ll see in the film is done by him and not a stunt driver. The article Stunt driving with a BMW at Mission: Impossible 5 – Rogue Nation appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW preview for the 2015 Frankfurt IAA auto show

The BMW stand at the 2015 International Motor Show in Frankfurt am Main revolves around the arrival of a new generation at the top end of the model line-up and the advent of a wide range of plug-in hybrid models. Hall 11, which is located right next...

The BMW stand at the 2015 International Motor Show in Frankfurt am Main revolves around the arrival of a new generation at the top end of the model line-up and the advent of a wide range of plug-in hybrid models. Hall 11, which is located right next to the main entrance of the Frankfurt exhibition site and has been made available for the joint presentation by the BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands, is where all the latest features and additions are being showcased. The entire exhibition area is surrounded by a circuit several hundred metres in length, where the public can experience the new models in action from 19–27 September 2015. Automotive luxury of the highest order: the new BMW 7 Series. The new BMW 7 Series underlines its claim to redefine what an exclusive, luxurious driving experience looks like in contemporary, pioneering form with an exceptional array of innovations. Key factors in enhancing dynamics, efficiency, comfort and safety while on the move are the use of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) in the body structure, engines from the BMW Group’s new generation of power units, the plug-in hybrid system in the new BMW 740e, the Executive Drive Pro active chassis system, the Driving Experience Control switch with ADAPTIVE mode, and BMW Laserlight. Maximising well-being in the interior, meanwhile, are the Executive Lounge feature with massage function, the illuminated Sky Lounge Panorama glass roof, just the right amount of accent lighting and a smartphone holder with inductive charging station. The new generation of the BMW 7 Series also boasts standout innovations when it comes to operating system and driver assistance technology. The various new features that are unprecedented in the luxury sedan segment include, for example, the extension of the iDrive system to include a touch display and BMW gesture control, Touch Command for controlling comfort and infotainment functions in the rear compartment, as well as a Remote Control Parking system. In addition to all this, BMW is also presenting the latest generation of the BMW Head-Up Display, Crossing traffic warning, the Steering and lane control assistant, active side collision protection and the Surround View system with 3D View and Panorama View in its new flagship model. Urban all-rounder that has grown in character: the new BMW X1. The second generation of the BMW X1 successfully transfers the trademark qualities of a Sports Activity Vehicle to the compact segment with greater intensity than ever. The new edition of this highly popular model makes its mark with powerful proportions and clean lines in the style of its larger BMW X siblings. Inside, the new BMW X1 offers far more space for both passengers and luggage, a state-of-the-art premium ambience and sophisticated functionality. Petrol and diesel engines from the BMW Group’s latest generation of power units, an efficiency-optimised version of the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system and newly developed chassis technology combine to produce a notable increase in sportiness and ride comfort along with far greater efficiency. Equipment features available for the BMW X1 for the first time include full-LED headlights, Dynamic Damper Control, the BMW Head-Up Display that projects driving-related information onto the windscreen as in the larger BMW X models, as well as the Driving Assistant Plus system. Top seller in top shape: the new BMW 3 Series. Featuring a meticulously honed design on the outside, a painstakingly refined premium feel on the inside, a revised engine line-up, a more advanced chassis and additional equipment options, the new BMW 3 Series is perfectly poised to continue an unbroken run of success in the premium mid-size segment that first started four decades ago. The BMW brand’s most popular model range with over 14 million already sold to date once again sets new standards for dynamism, efficiency and design in both BMW 3 Series Sedan and BMW 3 Series Touring guise. The choice of engines for the new BMW 3 Series comprises four petrol and seven diesel units at market launch. Depending on the particular engine variant, power is transferred via traditional rear-wheel drive or, alternatively, via the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system. The BMW 330e Sedan will furthermore be added to the line-up for the 2016 model year. This plug-in hybrid marries BMW eDrive technology with a four-cylinder petrol unit from the BMW Group’s newest engine generation. While extracting a total system output of 185 kW/252 hp from its duo of power units, the BMW 330e returns average fuel consumption (combined) of 2.1–1.9 litres/100 km (134.5–148.7 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions (combined) of 49–44 g/km (in the EU test cycle). Versatile interior layout, groundbreaking drive system: the new BMW 225xe. The model range for the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is also set to be expanded by the arrival of a plug-in hybrid variant in spring 2016. The BMW 225xe serves up a brand new cocktail of BMW EfficientDynamics, comfort, fun at the wheel and all-wheel-drive performance. What’s more, this matchless driving experience is combined with impressive versatility and generous levels of space in a compact-sized vehicle. The space-saving location of the lithium-ion battery underneath the rear bench means that full use can continue to be made of the boot space above. The interaction between BMW eDrive technology and a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology makes it possible to enjoy both all-electric driving and unrestricted motoring mobility in the BMW 225xe. With a maximum electric range of 41 kilometres (25 miles), zero-local-emission driving can be experienced not just in the city, but beyond it too. Driving the rear wheels with the electric motor and the front wheels with the combustion engine’s power furthermore produces an electrified all-wheel-drive system that is quite unique in the BMW 225xe’s segment and promises outstanding traction in all weathers, especially in adverse conditions. The plug-in hybrid drive has an overall system output of 165 kW/224 hp. Average fuel consumption (combined) in the BMW 225xe is a frugal 2.1–2.0 litres/100 km (134.5–141.2 mpg imp), which equates to CO2 emissions (combined) of 49–46 g/km (in the EU test cycle). BMW EfficientDynamics: BMW eDrive technology paves the way for electric driving pleasure in four plug-in hybrid models from BMW. The introduction of BMW eDrive technology in BMW brand models opens up all-electric motoring with zero local emissions to new target groups. Coinciding with the world premiere of the new BMW 7 Series, the plug-in hybrid variant of the luxury sedan, the BMW 740e, is also being unveiled. The BMW 330e with plug-in hybrid drive is being added to the model line-up for the new BMW 3 Series. And it will also be possible to sample the pleasure of all-electric driving with zero local emissions in the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer in future – with the BMW 225xe. This means that, together with the soon-to-be-launched BMW X5 xDrive40e also on display at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the BMW eDrive technology initially developed for BMW i cars will already be available for BMW models spanning four different vehicle segments in 2016. New performance athlete for endurance racing: the BMW M6 GT3. BMW Motorsport has chosen the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show as the setting for the world premiere of the new flagship model in the BMW customer racing range: the BMW M6 GT3 has been built for endurance racing and will make its debut on the starting grid in the 2016 season. The racing car designed on the basis of the BMW M6 Coupe is powered by a V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology that has only undergone minor modifications for competition and comes with an aerodynamically optimised chassis. Crash structures and an outer skin made from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) help to keep the overall vehicle weight below 1,300 kilograms. Besides the BMW M6 GT3, BMW M GmbH is also showcasing its latest range-topping model offering the ultimate in dynamic, road-going performance at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The new BMW M6 Competition Edition underlines its status as a yet more individual version of the high-performance coupe with a choice of special exterior paint finishes, components manufactured from high-tech CFRP, exclusive leather upholstery with coordinated contrast stitching, and more distinctive touches besides. The new special edition model is available exclusively in the guise of the BMW M6 Coupe in conjunction with the Competition Package that has been geared for supreme performance. This gives the 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology an output of 441 kW/600 hp and a peak torque of 700 Nm (516 lb-ft), and when combined with the optional Driver’s Package allows the BMW M6 Coupe to reach a top speed of 305 km/h (190 mph). Cutting-edge lighting technology: BMW Laserlight, expressive interior and peripheral lighting. BMW makes systematic and successful use of cutting-edge lighting technology in order to increase safety when driving in the dark and to mould a signature brand look. The latest innovations in this field are being presented at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Following on from their world premiere in the BMW i8, the exceptionally powerful BMW Laserlight headlights with anti-dazzle High Beam Assistant are now being made available for the new BMW 7 Series too. The development of lighting technology for the interior of BMW models and the immediate surrounding area never stops advancing either. In the new BMW 7 Series range, a precisely configured lighting design adds to the cabin’s exclusive feel. BMW ConnectedDrive with new applications and systems. BMW has translated the latest advances in the field of intelligent connectivity into a further increase in the wealth of driver assistance systems and applications that enhance comfort and safety. The latest additions to the BMW ConnectedDrive portfolio include the new BMW ConnectedDrive App, the BMW Remote Cockpit, the super-fast WiFi hotspot, automatic navigation map updates, smart home integration, as well as Remote Control Parking and other highly sophisticated driver assistance systems making their debut in the new BMW 7 Series. BMW i: trailblazer for electric driving pleasure and everyday usability. Following the successful global launch of the purely electrically powered BMW i3 (energy consumption combined: 12.9 kWh; CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km) and the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car (fuel consumption combined: 2.1 l/100 km / 134.5 mpg imp; CO2 emissions combined: 49 g/km) the BMW i brand is now further cementing its status as a trailblazer for sustainable mobility with a growing variety of vehicle and mobility services. BMW i is already the brand to have won most awards during its introductory phase in the history of motoring. The inclusion of the BMW i3 in the model fleets of the premium car-sharing service, DriveNow, in the United Kingdom, Germany and Denmark now offers the wider public an easy, low-cost way of trying out electric mobility for the first time. At the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, BMW i is additionally presenting the complete range of technological concepts that are ideal for everyday charging at home and in the public domain. The most recent innovation is BMW i Light and Charge – a street light from which the high-voltage battery in an electric car can also be recharged. BMW i is providing further impetus by transferring technology to current BMW brand models. All the plug-in hybrid models being exhibited by BMW at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, for instance, employ the BMW eDrive technology initially developed for BMW i cars in the form of electric motors, power electronics, high-voltage batteries and intelligent energy management. Equally, the experience with using industrially manufactured CFRP garnered during development of the BMW i cars has now helped to reduce the weight of the new BMW 7 Series luxury sedans.

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BMW 540e plug-in hybrid rumored to launch in 2017

For the next-generation 5 Series, codename G30, rumormill churns out that BMW will introduce two plug-in hybrids: the 530e and 540e. According to sources, the BMW 540e will be equipped with a gasoline engine four-cylinder TwinPower turbo producing 25...

For the next-generation 5 Series, codename G30, rumormill churns out that BMW will introduce two plug-in hybrids: the 530e and 540e. According to sources, the BMW 540e will be equipped with a gasoline engine four-cylinder TwinPower turbo producing 258 hp and 400 Nm of torque featuring a VALVETRONIC valve control, control double overhead camshaft VANOS and “High Precision Injection” direct injection, together with an electric motor of 95 hp for a total power of 326 hp.

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@Motor.es The electric motor generates a torque of 250 Nm and is water cooled. The battery is located under the rear seats and while driving, the electric motor can be recharged by the alternator function, transforming the kinetic energy into electrical energ during moments of inertia or during braking. By setting a route, depending on the navigation data to access the vehicle, the hybrid system can foresee strategically and analyze the roads ahead in real time and traffic conditions. The system will also choose the best time to use the electric motor, or perform the battery charging or move in hybrid mode. Related: BMW launches the 740e hybrid The system is coupled to the 8-speed automatic transmission which can reduce fuel consumption below 2.1 liter per 100 km. The BMW 540e can travel up 30 km in purely electric mode with a maximum speed of 120 km/h. Unlike the 530E, the 540e may be equipped with xDrive all-wheel drive and also offer induction charging. BMW will unveil the G30 5 Series next year, followed by the 540e in 2017. [Source: Motor.es] The article BMW 540e plug-in hybrid rumored to launch in 2017 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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