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First look at the BMW M2 compared to its predecessor the 1M Coupe.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/29/why-buy-a-new-5-series-when-you-can-have-this-v12-bmw-7-series/ in News on November 29, 2015
You’ve read stuff like this before, as the “old vs new” is a tale as old as time (sorry, my wife likes Disney songs, it’s stuck in my head). But it’s always fascinating to see what cars are out there on the second hand ...
You’ve read stuff like this before, as the “old vs new” is a tale as old as time (sorry, my wife likes Disney songs, it’s stuck in my head). But it’s always fascinating to see what cars are out there on the second hand market that can be had for far less than inferior brand new cars. This example is one of the most significant I’ve seen in a long time.
Usually, articles like this tend to have headlines that read like “you can have this V12 Ferrari for the price of a Nissan Versa!” Basically, it’s two cars that would never be cross shopped because the buyer of the new cheap car wouldn’t buy a luxury car anyway, regardless of the price, because of the maintenance and gas and insurance and what have you. But this comparison we’re about to talk about is actually quite interesting. Let’s say you’re a relatively young but successful executive who is moving up in the ranks. You’ve gotten a nice pay raise, you’re into a nice house in the good area of town, you bought yourself a new Tag Heuer and you want a car to match. You like BMWs, so you head down to your nearest dealer and check out the incentives on the brand new BMW 528i. The 528i is a great car, it looks good, it’s spacious and luxurious, it handles well and has a good power. It seems like the perfect car for you. It’s even decently priced, starting at $50,200. But what if you can have a BMW that gives you all of those same qualities, just turned up to 11, for less money.
I present to you a 2012 BMW 760Li M Sport. The BMW 760Li was the Mac Daddy of all BMWs when it was in production. The reason for that was its mighty twin-turbocharged V12 sitting under its hood that develops 535 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque. That’s enough to make the 760Li good for 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds and on to a 1/4 mile in 12.5 seconds. In a massive luxury car… That’s fantastically incredible and makes it one of the most desirable luxury cars in the world despite the fact that there’s no real world circumstance which would require such madness. I guess I can now understand why some women like men for their money, even if they aren’t attractive. The F01 BMW 7 Series was never a real looker, but because I know what kind of power it has, I want it desperately.
This mighty 760Li with the M Sport package looks fantastic. The M Sport wheels give it a refreshing boost of sport to its look and make it far more attractive. The interior is gorgeous and, being a 2012 model, it still has all of the modern BMW goodies inside. So it doesn’t look dated at all. And at $45,000, this 760Li is a complete steal, considering that the brand new 528i is smaller, less luxurious, has six less cylinders, 295 less horsepower and costs around $5,000 more. That makes this 7er look like on of the best deals in the world. And since the customer of said 528i would be looking for a luxurious BMW, this 7 Series wouldn’t be strange for that customer, just amazing. The 7 Series ultimately has everything someone could want in a 5 Series, but just more of it. Most of these “old vs new” comparisons are silly, even if they’re fun, because no one would cross-shop an economy car for a supercar. But people would cross a new 5 Series vs an old 7 Series and this 760Li crushes all 5 Series without an M badge. The article Why buy a new 5 Series when you can have this V12 BMW 7 Series? appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/29/which-european-market-bmw-should-come-to-north-america/ in News on November 29, 2015
It’s no secret that North America gets the short end of the stick, when it comes to which BMWs are sold here. Our fellow enthusiasts across the Atlantic are spoiled for choice when it comes to BMW models. They get all of the diesels, all of the...
It’s no secret that North America gets the short end of the stick, when it comes to which BMWs are sold here. Our fellow enthusiasts across the Atlantic are spoiled for choice when it comes to BMW models. They get all of the diesels, all of the hatches and all of the wagons that us American gearheads can only dream of. BMW’s reasoning behind it makes sense, but that doesn’t mean us ‘Mericans have to be happy about it. But we’re not going to get into the reasons why certain models won’t make it here. BMW will sell what it ultimately feels is best here and there’s nothing our bitching is going to do about it. But instead of whining and complaining, let’s take a trip into fantasy land and talk about some of the cars that are sold in Europe that we wish we could have.
BMW M550d Touring Firstly, there’s all of the diesel models. In Europe, BMW sells an enormous amount of diesel-powered vehicles. Everything from baby 1 Series hatchbacks to big luxo-barge 7 Series’, BMW sells every single non-M model with a diesel. BMW even makes an M550d in Europe, which is a triple-turbocharged diesel torque monster that every single American enthusiast would kill for. It even comes as a wagon, which is a double-taboo here in the ‘States, but it’d be one that I would do anything for. Seriously, I’d hand BMW execs a blank check, tell them to write any number they want on it and give me the M550d. I’ll worry about the money later. Then there’s the 1 Series hatchbacks. The little 1er hatches are some of the most fun cars for the money and the Bimmer that most of us enthusiasts would actually buy if we were allowed to choose from BMW’s entire stable. The reason for this is the fact that it’s incredibly fun, comes with a variety of engines ranging from small diesels to bigger turbo-sixes, is extremely practical and affordable. It’s the BMW most enthusiasts would create if given the opportunity to design one.
However, it’d be tough to choose the 1 Series hatchback when you can get a variety of 3 Series Tourings. Admittedly, we get one in America, the 328i/d xDrive Sports Wagon, that’s available in either gas or diesel. However, only two engine options are available, it only comes in all-wheel drive and can only be had with an automatic gearbox. Most enthusiasts would likely spec a rear-wheel drive, diesel, manual 3 Series Touring, as it’s the best combo of fun, practicality and efficiency. But we aren’t allowed to have nice things. In America, it’s almost easy for us enthusiasts to choose a new BMW. There are only a handful that enthusiasts would really want. In Europe, though, it seems as if the decision becomes difficult as there are so many combinations of excellent cars. The choices seem endless to us Yanks and we are infinitely jealous, though not sympathetic. If I were to choose any one European car to make it to the ‘States, it’d probably have to be the 1 Series hatchback, in pretty much any spec. The M550D is tempting, but the 1 Series hatch is more realistic for everyday driving and would be the car I had even if I could afford more. It’s just such a fantastic package that it’s hard to pass up. Which European model would you import if you could only choose one? The article Which European market BMW should come to North America? appeared first on BMW BLOG
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For years we’ve wondered how BMW’s small car front wheel drive strategy would play out for the beloved 2 Series. Now we may know…. The post Rumor: The Next Generation 2 Series Coupe… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my...
For years we’ve wondered how BMW’s small car front wheel drive strategy would play out for the beloved 2 Series. Now we may know…. The post Rumor: The Next Generation 2 Series Coupe… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/28/rare-alpina-b6-2-8-is-up-for-sale/ in News on November 28, 2015
The Alpina B6 2.8 is the the first M30 Alpina model based on the E21 3 Series chassis. It uses an Alpina tuned 2.8 M30 engine making 218 horsepower and 270 Nm of torque. 0-60 in 7 seconds and a top speed of 229 km/h (142 mph) can easily be achieved w...
The Alpina B6 2.8 is the the first M30 Alpina model based on the E21 3 Series chassis. It uses an Alpina tuned 2.8 M30 engine making 218 horsepower and 270 Nm of torque. 0-60 in 7 seconds and a top speed of 229 km/h (142 mph) can easily be achieved with this lightweight B6. Only 533 were ever built, and it went down as one of the most iconic BMW/Alpina models. The owner of this fine Alpina example put the car up for sale on eBay where he offered some more details on the car.
“This Dutch (the Netherlands) delivered (and still Dutch) B6 2.8 is in a very good and very clean restored condition,” the ad says. “Classic Data Germany has made a valuation for this exact car. The condition is marked as a 1- (near perfect). The value of the car was estimated at 45.000 euros / 48.500 dollars.”
Now that’s a quite impressive number considering the car was produced in 1982. According to the eBay listing, the engine has been overhauled and rebuilt, but it looks and runs like new. The car features a Getrag 5-speed gearbox and drives beautifully. The paint has been redone in its factory color. The car sits on the correct Alpina wheels with brand new as good as new Uniroyal tires in the correct, Alpina specified, sizes. The odometer shows 84,000 miles. [Source: BoldRide] The article Rare Alpina B6 2.8 is up for sale appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/28/this-1938-bmw-328-roadster-is-listed-at-900000-euros/ in News on November 28, 2015
Built between 1936 and 1940, the BMW 328 laid down a milestone in automotive history and was the most successful sports car of the 1930s on the racing scene. At a time when powerful supercharged “Kompressor” machines ruled the racing roost, the B...
Built between 1936 and 1940, the BMW 328 laid down a milestone in automotive history and was the most successful sports car of the 1930s on the racing scene. At a time when powerful supercharged “Kompressor” machines ruled the racing roost, the BMW 328 Roadster – weighing just 780 kilograms and developing a modest 80 horsepower in series production form – was considered one of the best racing cars one could buy.
The Roadster version, whose arrival was to revolutionize the sports car world over the subsequent two years, was unveiled almost as an after-thought, without drum roll or glitzy presentation. Several decades on, this Roadster, with its powerful 2-litre six-cylinder motor, is still lauded as the most beautiful and successful sports car of its time, and all of them come with a hefty price tag.
This 1938 BMW 328 Roadster is listed at 900,000 euros and according to the ad, it can be delivered worldwide. Of the 464 examples of the BMW 328 ever built, only around 200 have survived, some 120 of which are in Germany. No further details are offered in the car listing, but judging by the photos, the car is in pristine condition. The article This 1938 BMW 328 Roadster is listed at 900,000 euros appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/28/bmw-m4-vs-chevy-camaro-ss/ in News on November 28, 2015
We’ve yet to drive the brand new 2016 Chevy Camaro SS just yet, but it’s been making big waves ever since it won Motor Trend’s Car of the Year award. Another thing it’s done since then is draw many comparisons to performance c...
We’ve yet to drive the brand new 2016 Chevy Camaro SS just yet, but it’s been making big waves ever since it won Motor Trend’s Car of the Year award. Another thing it’s done since then is draw many comparisons to performance cars from BMW. A Motor Trend article recently spoke of how it was better to drive than a BMW 335i and that you need to step up to an M3 or M4 to get similar levels of performance. Without having driven it, we can’t say for sure whether any of those claims hold water. But we can take a look at the numbers and try to come to a conclusion that way. So let’s take a look.
Horsepower/Performance This is what everyone wants to know first, just how powerful and fast each car is. So let’s take a look. The Camaro SS uses a 6.2 liter naturally-aspirated V8 to make 455 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque (how nice and neat) which can get it from 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds with a six-speed manual (per Car and Driver). For comparison’s sake, we’ll talk about the BMW M4 with a manual transmission as well. A manually-equipped BMW M4 uses a twin-turbocharged 3.0 liter I6 engine, making 425 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque, to get from 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds (also, per Car and Driver). So the BMW has a distinct performance advantage, despite being down 30 hp and 49 lb-ft of torque and having two less cylinders. Credit this to the M4’s 200 lb weight advantage and lower torque curve, thanks to its turbochargers. The BMW M4 is also more efficient. Advantage – BMW
Handling The 2016 Chevy Camaro SS didn’t gain as much praise as it did without being able to go around corners. The new Camaro can properly handle, from what I’m told. People are already claiming it to be at BMW M4 level. That’s not impossible, as it has a genuinely good chassis underpinning it, the same Alpha Platform chassis as the Cadillac ATS, and is relatively light weight. But the BMW M4 is a proper handler as well and has already been proven as a serious performance car. We all know what the M4 is capable of. And, I don’t know about the Camaro but, the BMW M4 is a serious drift weapon and can be placed in a near perfect slide with ease. People can talk about steering feel and all that as much as they want, but until we drive the new Camaro, we won’t be able to actually compare them. Advantage – Tie (until we drive the two back to back, we can’t declare either a winner)
Exterior/Interior Looks are generally a pretty subjective thing. It’s hard to actually argue looks because people have different tastes. But we can give our opinion and then it can be argued in the comments section for days. The new 2016 Camaro does look good, it’s just not as good as it could have looked. It’s still too squished looking, with those squinting headlights and mail-slot windows all the way around. However, there are some very good angles, particular the front three-quarters, and in profile it does look like a proper angry sports car. The interior is also much improved over the previous generation. The previous car had simply one of the worst interiors we’ve ever seen. This new one is much better, but it’s still a bit bleak. It looks much better and the materials are miles better than before, but it’s a bit cramped and dark and nearly impossible to see out of, thanks to those minuscule windows. Good luck reversing in the Camaro. The BMW M4 is still a great looking car. It’s not the best looking Bavarian, but it’s aggressive and sexy looking all at the same time. While the Camaro looks good, there’s a level of sophistication in the M4’s design that isn’t present in the Camaro’s. The M4 is much more expensive, but it looks and feels much more expensive. This is especially true for the interior, which is a greenhouse in comparison to the Camaro. BMW has never been known for its interiors, but the M4’s driver-focused interior is a class ahead of the Camaro’s. The materials are better, the sight lines are better and BMW’s M steering wheel might be the best in the business. Advantage – BMW
Price/Equipment This is the biggest part of the Camaro’s argument. The fact that you can get what’s pretty much a fully loaded Camaro SS for the base price of the BMW M4 is what is driving the majority of its fans. And it’s true, the Camaro SS is an excellent performance value. It looks very good, goes like hell, has a nice interior and handles great all for less than the price of a BMW 435i even. It’s fantastic value. Both cars come similarly equipped at their base prices. Both are on fixed sport suspension, both have manual gearboxes, both have limited-slip differentials as standard and both have no sunroof. However, the BMW M4 has a carbon fiber roof, whereas the Camaro has a steel roof and the BMW has a bit more leather and luxury inside of it than the Camaro. However, the M4 should have more luxury and exotic materials, considering its extra cost. But there’s no denying the Camaro’s price advantage here. Advantage – Camaro Conclusion Everyone is already quick to jump down BMW’s throat over the fact that the Camaro is a better performance bargain than the M4. And it is, they’re right. But the BMW M4 seems to be the better car. The M4 is faster, despite having less power, thanks to its more sophisticated engine and lighter weight, looks better, has a nicer interior and is even much more efficient, thanks to its fancy engine. The BMW M4 costs more because it should cost more, it’s the better car of the two. That’s not a knock against the Camaro, because at it’s price point, you’d be hard pressed to find anything as fun or as fast, if there is anything even out there as good. But comparing it to the BMW M4 and saying it’s better because it’s cheaper is misguided. The M4 is the better car, that’s why it costs more.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/28/bmw-creates-joint-association-roev-to-make-ev-charging-easier/ in News on November 28, 2015
Currently, there are several different EV charging network companies that have charging stations all around the US and Europe. These charging companies all require EV drivers to have accounts with them and carry the company cards around in their wall...
Currently, there are several different EV charging network companies that have charging stations all around the US and Europe. These charging companies all require EV drivers to have accounts with them and carry the company cards around in their wallets so they can pay for their EV juice. This becomes tedious, annoying and even quite difficult. It can be problematic for EV drivers who need a charge to pull up to a charging station that they don’t have an account with. Well, BMW, as well as others, are aiming to fix this. BMW has recently created a joint association called ROEV (Roaming EV) which plans “EV adoption by facilitating public charging network interoperability.” The whole idea of this is to create a charging network that is conveniently available to all owners of EVs, regardless of which kind. “Driving an EV will be easier thanks to ROEV,” said Simon Lonsdale, chairman of ROEV. “The EV driver’s ability to find, and charge at, any member public station, using an EV charging network account of their choice, is paramount to a simple driving and charging experience,”
Other members of ROEV include Nissan, Audi, Honda and General Electric, as well as others. The main goal is to make charging easier and more convenient for current EV drivers, which will then bring in more future EV drivers, as the idea of charging will be more attractive. The only real monkey wrench in this whole scheme is Tesla, of course. Tesla Model S owners can go about 200 miles between charges. This means that the majority of Tesla owners just charge at home, as there’s rarely a need to stop off at a charging station. And if they do have to stop, Tesla has a network of Supercharger stations all across the US and Europe. The problem with the Superchargers is that other EVs can’t use its 120 kW charging capabilities. Tesla has given other automakers the opportunity to share its charging network, so long as they cover their end of the costs. But no automaker has taken Tesla up on the offer as of yet. BMW’s new found ROEV’s goal is to create an interconnected network of charging stations that any and all EV owners can use to charge their vehicles quickly and conveniently. It’s absolutely possible for such things to happen, there just needs to be a bit more support from the rest of the world. Many companies are jumping in on this idea, so hopefully BMW’s vision will become a reality quite soon. [Source: The Motley Fool] The article BMW creates joint association ROEV to make EV charging easier appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/28/rendered-bmw-i5-takes-design-cues-from-the-i8/ in News on November 28, 2015
After months of speculations, BMW CEO Harald Krüger finally confirmed last month the development of a new BMW i electric car. While the BMW boss refrained from specifically naming the new i car, the expectations are that an i5 moniker will be used. ...
After months of speculations, BMW CEO Harald Krüger finally confirmed last month the development of a new BMW i electric car. While the BMW boss refrained from specifically naming the new i car, the expectations are that an i5 moniker will be used. The new electric or plug-in hybrid car is said to be a crossover sedan with some design elements from the i3 and i8. The folks over at auto motor und sport took this to heart and created an i5 rendering with a lot of i8 design influences. The front fascia takes most of the cues from the i8 – sleek headlights, shark nose and oversized air curtains. With the increased dimensions also comes a new side profile with a four-door layout, slopping roofline and hatchback shape.
@auto motor und sport Sources say a large battery pack in the underfloor ensures that the BMW i5 will sit somewhat higher than the i3, but not at the level of an SUV. BMW plans to increase the range of the i3 in 2016 with a new battery pack – the range is likely to be go over 100 miles on electric power – so we believe a future i5 could make a significant jump in electric range to around 200 miles. BMW is under pressure as rivals roll out new vehicles in attempt to beat the carmaker in annual sales. Tesla is also preparing two new exciting electric cars: an SUV, Model X, and a 3 Series competitor, Model 3 in 2017. The article Rendered: BMW i5 takes design cues from the i8 appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/27/bmw-225xe-active-tourer-kicks-off-production-in-leipzig/ in News on November 27, 2015
BMW launched last week the 225xe Active Tourer production at the Leipzig plant. The second plug-in hybrid model – after the BMW i8 – is produced on the same production lines as the 1 Series Hatchback and the 2 Series family. Only at a few...
BMW launched last week the 225xe Active Tourer production at the Leipzig plant. The second plug-in hybrid model – after the BMW i8 – is produced on the same production lines as the 1 Series Hatchback and the 2 Series family. Only at a few changes in the process were made, along with additional employees who are assisting with specific elements, such as the electric motor or high-voltage battery for the plug-in hybrid drive. The BMW eDrive technology is coupled with a 1.5-liter three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology.
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. The plug-in hybrid drive has an overall system output of 165 kW/224 hp. The maximum electric range is 41 kilometers (25 miles).
READ THIS: BMW 225xe Active Tourer Test Drive Like the BMW i8, the BMW X5 xDrive40e, BMW 330e and BMW 740e can all – at the touch of a button in MAX eDRIVE mode – run on purely electric power up to 120 km/h (75 mph), the BMW 225xe goes up to 125 km/h (78 mph).
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