First looks at F80 M3 in Grigio Telesto Individual

First looks at the F80 M3 in Individual Grigio Telesto, a factory Lamborghini color. ...

First looks at the F80 M3 in Individual Grigio Telesto, a factory Lamborghini color.

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BMWs that don’t have manuals, but should

As we all know, the manual transmission is on its way out. Even the most sporting of car makers are ridding themselves of the manual trans in most models. Even BMW and its famed M Division have said that the manual could be phased out soon. And this ...

As we all know, the manual transmission is on its way out. Even the most sporting of car makers are ridding themselves of the manual trans in most models. Even BMW and its famed M Division have said that the manual could be phased out soon. And this is unfortunate, obviously. Us enthusiasts are fans of three pedal gearboxes. So I got to thinking of all the BMW models that do and do not have manual transmission options. Which led me to start thinking of which models do not come with three pedals that would be fun if they had. Let’s discuss.

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BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe – M model or not, I think the Gran Coupe would be dynamite with a manual ‘box. Such a sexy, seductive, coupe-like luxury sedan with a 6-Speed manual would be the definition of cool. I’d feel like Jason Statham, only cooler, with a Gran Coupe rowing my own gears. It would also be rare, so if you owned one, you’d be the only one at the country club with one.

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BMW X1 – The X1 is very activity oriented. It looks and feels as if it’s purpose built for the an active lifestyle. And active people like to stay active, obviously. So it would only make sense to offer a more active style gearbox in such a car. It’s also a small, fun, sporty little car with punchy engines, which is the perfect recipe for a manual transmission.

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BMW 7 Series – If you’ve you’ve read any of my articles, then you know my love for the original Transporter movie. Sure it’s campy and actually pretty terrible as a movie, but it has possibly the best automotive example of icy-coolness. Frank Martin’s Black on Black, 735i with a manual just screams cool. So a modern version would be excellent. It would bring back feelings of a time when big, luxury barges could still come with manuals. You’d be the only one to have one and you’d feel like the baddest man on earth driving it. Those are the three Bimmers that I wish came with manuals. Let me know which BMWs you’d like to have with a manual that doesn’t already.   The article BMWs that don’t have manuals, but should appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Mineral White BMW F82 M4 With Custom ADV.1 Wheels

There’s a growing trend for BMW F82 M4 owners to modify their cars in order to stand out in the crown. Some choose aftermarket wheels to change the looks of their car, while others rely on aftermarket or BMW M Performance Parts to enhance the l...

There’s a growing trend for BMW F82 M4 owners to modify their cars in order to stand out in the crown. Some choose aftermarket wheels to change the looks of their car, while others rely on aftermarket or BMW M Performance Parts to enhance the looks of their M4. The owner of this BMW M4 decided to visit Antelope Ban tuning shop for some custom ADV.1 Wheels. These custom wheels are built to exact specifications, configuration and fitment. The ADV05 MV.2 CS wheels come with an exposed hardware configuration and are machined in 20×10 and 20×12.5 sizes front and rear, respectively. The wheels come with a two-tone Matte Bronze and Gloss Bronze finish, complementing the overall white exterior of the BMW F82 M4 quite nicely.

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The current generation of the M4 is powered by a 3.0 liter TwinPower turbo inline-six engine developing 425 horsepower. This gives the high-performance coupe enough performance to accelerate from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 3.9 seconds for the automatic transmission version of the car.

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For more details of this build, please take a look at the media gallery right below.

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Mineral White BMW F82 M4 With Custom ADV.1 Wheels

Mineral White BMW F82 M4 With Custom ADV.1 Wheels

Mineral White BMW F82 M4 With Custom ADV.1 Wheels

Mineral White BMW F82 M4 With Custom ADV.1 Wheels

Mineral White BMW F82 M4 With Custom ADV.1 Wheels

Mineral White BMW F82 M4 With Custom ADV.1 Wheels

Mineral White BMW F82 M4 With Custom ADV.1 Wheels

Mineral White BMW F82 M4 With Custom ADV.1 Wheels

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The Hofmeister Kink

One of my favorite automotive design cues of all time is quite possible the smallest of any car and it happens to be on BMWs. It’s something that most average BMW drivers would never notice and it’s something that only the BMW faithful really kno...

One of my favorite automotive design cues of all time is quite possible the smallest of any car and it happens to be on BMWs. It’s something that most average BMW drivers would never notice and it’s something that only the BMW faithful really know about. If you’re reading this, I’m assuming you’re one of the latter and you already know what I’m talking about. The Hofmeister Kink. The Hofmeister Kink, or H-Kink as I’m going to call it, is a small inward kink at the base of the C-Pillar. As the C-Pillar slopes back towards the trunk of the car, right before it would normally end, it kinks back inward. Named after BMW design director, Wilhelm Hofmeister, the famous Kink first debuted on the 1961 BMW 1500, which was part of the “Neue Klasse” of BMW vehicles.

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I think the thing I love about the Hofmeister Kink is the longevity. It seems like such an insignificant design, yet BMW has put it on every single car since the Neue Klasse cars in the 1960’s. It’s so simple yet if BMW were to take it off of a new car, enthusiasts, BMW or otherwise, would throw a fit. I get it, though. The H-Kink is a fabulous little design quirk that truly gives the C-Pillar a sporting look and accentuates the rear wheels and the cars rear-wheel drive nature.

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The All-Electric BMW i3.

BMW is one of the few automakers that keeps design traditions for so long. Even the ultra high-tech i3 (a forward-angled rear roof pillar) and i8 have a versions of it, fifty three years later. The same goes for the kidney grills. That originated on the BMW 303 back in 1933 and has obviously been used on every BMW to this. But to me, the Hofmeister Kink is the better of the two. The reason I say that is, despite liking the kidney grille very much, the Hofmeister Kink is much more subtle and takes a true BMW enthusiast to notice. It’s also a subtle hint to the car’s rear-wheel drive so it’s an intelligent design. I like that BMW has a long, interesting heritage and likes to keep it going. It gives even the newest of BMWs history. Not many car companies can say that they have design cues from over fifty years ago. So if you have a BMW, next time you walk to to get in, take a look at the C-Pillar and remember that the little kink in it has been around for over fifty years. And some other automakers use their own version of Hofmeister Kink.

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Which would you rather have? BMW i8 or Audi R8 (MKII)

Its a difficult decision, but I go i8 in the end.. ...

Its a difficult decision, but I go i8 in the end..

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First appearance of the 2015 BMW M4 DTM.

At the annual BMW Motorsport photo and film shoot, on location in Monteblanco this time around, the BMW M4 DTMs showed off their new look for the upcoming 18 races of the year for the first time at the track. In line with the strict technical regu...

At the annual BMW Motorsport photo and film shoot, on location in Monteblanco this time around, the BMW M4 DTMs showed off their new look for the upcoming 18 races of the year for the first time at the track.

In line with the strict technical regulations of the popular touring car series, the BMW Motorsport engineers have spent the past few months further developing the successful BMW M4 DTM with which Marco Wittmann won the DTM drivers’ title last year and BMW Team RMG secured first place in the team standings. The focus was on the requirements resulting from the change in race format, and on further refining the components unaffected by the homologation. While the technical changes are mainly to the inside of the BMW M4 DTM, and therefore not visible, as in previous years the vehicles of the BMW teams captivate with their varied designs. Reigning champion Wittmann will once again be at the wheel of the Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM and will, therefore, continue to represent the eye-catching colours of the Belgian watch manufacturer and BMW Motorsport Premium Partner. The H&R logo will also feature prominently on Wittmann’s car in 2015. As Official Partner, the manufacturer of chassis components will now be clearly visible on the doors of the Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM. “I feel that my car has always attracted a lot of attention over the past two years – and was also really fast,” said Wittmann referring to his race car fielded by BMW Team RMG. “It’s fantastic that I get to represent the colours of Ice-Watch once again in 2015. Our Premium Partner provided great support last season, and it was wonderful that I was able to thank them for that with victories. We’re aiming for the same again this year. The collaboration with H&R also contributes to success. That’s why this logo suits my car perfectly.” Wittmann’s team-mate Maxime Martin will drive the SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM in 2015. The Belgian celebrated his first DTM victory last season in Moscow and was the “Rookie of the Year” after ten races. “Samsung SDI is a strong partner – and together we are highly motivated for the 2015 season. It’s also great that ZF will again be visible on the doors of my car this season. Naturally I will try to build on my experiences from my first year in the DTM and add further successes. I’m definitely excited for the first race weekend. Martin Tomczyk will ensure continuity at BMW Team Schnitzer: The 2011 DTM champion will start his fourth season in traditional BMW M colours at the wheel of the BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM. His new team-mate António Félix da Costa will compete in the Red Bull BMW M4 DTM for the second year running. BMW Team RBM driver Augusto Farfus wants to celebrate success in the new season at the wheel of the Shell BMW M4 DTM. The 31-year-old will now be driving in the red and yellow design of BMW Motorsport’s new Premium Technology Partner. “I’m really looking forward to driving the Shell BMW M4 DTM. Shell is a fantastic partner for BMW Motorsport – and I really like the design of my DTM car. I can hardly wait for the first race in May. Until then we will use our test programme to make sure we are as well prepared as possible for the season.” In the 2015 season all eight BMW M4 DTMs will use engine oils with Shell PurePlus Technology. DTM fans will recognise the two cars of Bruno Spengler and Timo Glock, the drivers from BMW Team MTEK. The collaboration between Spengler and Premium Partner BMW Bank is heading into its fourth season. The Canadian won the drivers’ title in the BMW Bank M3 DTM in 2012. Now he’s aiming for further success in the black BMW Bank M4 DTM. Glock is also heading into his third DTM season at the wheel of the DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM. The details of the BMW M4 DTM of Tom Blomqvist (GB) 2015 will be announced at a later date

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Another Z5/Z6 sketch surfaces

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2016 BMW 7 Series – New Render

Based on the recent 7 Series leak, the folks over at the Worldcarfans are rendering the next generation 7 Series. BMW fans were taken by surprise on January 1st when a restless spy photographer got a hold of a 7 Series prototype which was allegedly b...

Based on the recent 7 Series leak, the folks over at the Worldcarfans are rendering the next generation 7 Series. BMW fans were taken by surprise on January 1st when a restless spy photographer got a hold of a 7 Series prototype which was allegedly being shipped to the Mission Impossible 5 set. The three-quarter view showcases the design cues seen on the prototype, elongated body lines, sleeker headlights connecting with the outer edge of the kidney grille, which are also sitting more upright than the outgoing F01/F02 model. Running along the side profile is an L-shaped chrome bar which ends behind the wheel in a side breather form.

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While the 7 Series is not expected to bring a revolutionary design, the technology in and outside the cabin is said to be exponentially more impressive than anything we have seen in a BMW so far. From the innovative keyfob to the redesigned iDrive and plethora of driving assistance features, the new 7 Series flagship will cater to an ever changing demographic that not only value the luxury and craftsmanship in the 7 Series but also the technology of the 21st century. Some of the cool stuff that gets us excited are the wireless charging of smartphones inside the car, the gestures-based navigation, the synergy between the information displayed to the passenger and the driver, the self-parking via keyfob, laser lights and B&W Audio System. BMW is not only giving the 7er the coolest gadgets and electronics, but also a revamped engine lineup. According to sources, the flagship sedan will be offered with four gasoline engines, one diesel and two hybrids. Most of those powerplants belong to the “B” series, the improved engine lineup that delivers more power and lower fuel consumption. A new 9-speed gearbox is also planned for the G11/G12 models. Despite the early leak, BMW stays true to its release schedule, so we don’t expect to see the new 7 Series in all its glory until later this summer. The official world premiere is scheduled for the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show in September. The article 2016 BMW 7 Series – New Render appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Rolls Royce SUV Renderings

Last week, British automaker Rolls Royce confirmed their plans to build a Sports Utility Vehicle within the next few years. In a short press release, Rolls Royce CEO described the new SUV as an all-terrain car which has been designed to meet customer...

Last week, British automaker Rolls Royce confirmed their plans to build a Sports Utility Vehicle within the next few years. In a short press release, Rolls Royce CEO described the new SUV as an all-terrain car which has been designed to meet customers’ “highly mobile, contemporary lifestyles” expectations per the announcement. It will be a high bodied car featuring an ‘all-aluminum’ architecture and the new car will be marketed with the catchphrase, “Effortless . . . Everywhere”. No time frames are given for when the new car will come to market – they will take their time and do it right.

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The company has not given us any design clues, so many wonder whether the RR SUV will be a two box shape like the X5 or more coupe, like the X6, or perhaps a proportionally correct 7er GT? Rendering artist Theophilus Chin takes a stab at illustration the future Rolls Royce SUV. Rolls-Royce delivered more vehicles in 2014 than ever before in its 111-year history. Global sales, which have more than quadrupled since 2009, gained 12 percent last year to 4,063 cars. The RR SUV would certainly help expand the brand and its customer base.

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BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe: Pearl Edition in Pure Metal Silver

BMW Abu Dhabi dealership is bringing us this week a BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Pearl Edition. The rare, extremely elegant and luxurious four-door coupe comes with the Pure Metal Silver, the highly-exclusive paint which costs $10,300 in the U.S. and 8,00...

BMW Abu Dhabi dealership is bringing us this week a BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Pearl Edition. The rare, extremely elegant and luxurious four-door coupe comes with the Pure Metal Silver, the highly-exclusive paint which costs $10,300 in the U.S. and 8,000 euros in Germany. BMW says the paint materials used to prepare this color is 40 times more expensive than regular coats and in a recent video, the Pure Metal Silver color is described as having a chrome-like finish with high reflections from the aluminum. The 650i Gran Coupe Pearl Edition also features the front bumper from the ALPINA B6 Gran Coupe, while inside, the exclusive car comes with BMW Individual Merino leather upholstery in Amaro Brown and Ash Grain White trim wood.

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Under the hood, the 650i Gran Coupe sports a 4.4 liter V8 TwinTurbo delivering 450 horsepower, in this case to all four wheels. From 0 to 62 mph, the high-end Gran Coupe needs only 4.4 seconds. Here is a photo gallery of the car:

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