BMW 507 Roadster: A Design Icon But Priced Too High

The legendary BMW 507 Roadster definitely needs no introduction. By many accounts, it is one of the most beautiful cars BMW has ever produced and it will always remain as one of the most important design icons of the 1950s. BMW’s new roadster was h...

The legendary BMW 507 Roadster definitely needs no introduction. By many accounts, it is one of the most beautiful cars BMW has ever produced and it will always remain as one of the most important design icons of the 1950s. BMW’s new roadster was hastily unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in autumn 1955, where it was presented to an enthusiastic crowd. Rumors have it that the Frankfurt show car carried cement bags instead of a proper engine in the engine bay and that the first real car was shown at the later Paris Show. The BMW 507 Roadster was designed by Count Albrecht Goertz, a young German designer then living in New York and later responsible for another beautiful car, the Datsun 240 Z-series.

BMW 507 Roadster: A Design Icon But Priced Too High

A production-ready 507 was also unveiled at New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel in 1955 and its design has impressed everyone in the attendance. The car featured the now familiar roadster proportions with short overhangs and a long hood, the iconic twin-kidney grille and the dynamic stance. Under the hood it featured a new 3.2 liter V8 engine with Zenith dual-barrel carburetors, producing 148 horsepower. A four speed transmission would send power to the rear wheels. The 0 to 60 mph sprint was recorded at around 10 seconds while the top speed was limited to 136 mph. An impressive automobile for the ’50s.

BMW 507 Roadster: A Design Icon But Priced Too High

But what began very promising later turned into a financial disaster for BMW. When launched new it had not only a hefty price tag  – $11,000 –  due to BMW’s principles in build quality and strength but it was so expensive that even millionaires, a then rare species in Germany after WW II, considered not to waste so much money buying the luxurious car. However, the 507 Roadster did manage to draw the attention of a particular American Rock star then stationed in Germany, his name was Elvis Presley and we BMW recently took possession of King’s car to restore it. The BMW 507 Roadster did not reach the promised and expected performance. It was overweight and the 200 predicted horses were closer to 145, and because of the mixture of iron and aluminum alloys, the engines were prone to troublesome corrosion issues.

BMW 507 Roadster: A Design Icon But Priced Too High

Had BMW been able to reduce production costs, there would undoubtedly have been more 507 sales. It has been said that BMW lost money on every 507 made! The cost of expensive production tooling, the unsold cars and the unfavorable publicity almost bankrupted BMW. At the end of 1959, the factory threw in the towel. A decade later, used 507s were worthless, and quite a few became scrap iron. Today the BMW 507 Roadster commands the adoration of BMW fans everywhere, not to mention well heeled collectors.  The last 507 sold for $2.4 million, not  a bad investment even considering the inflation. The article BMW 507 Roadster: A Design Icon But Priced Too High appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW i8 vs. Tesla Model S – Video Review

ConsumerReports test drives, reviews and compares the BMW i8 and the Tesla Model S. Without a doubt the two green cars cater to different customers, but their looks and technology make them stand out from the pack. Tesla offers the Model S with two c...

ConsumerReports test drives, reviews and compares the BMW i8 and the Tesla Model S. Without a doubt the two green cars cater to different customers, but their looks and technology make them stand out from the pack. Tesla offers the Model S with two configurations: a 60kWh battery and EPA rated at 208 miles of range and the 85kWh battery rated at 265 miles. The 60kWh version starts at $71,070 and the 85kWh costs $81,070. There is also a performance version, P85+. The top-of-the-line P85 comes with with 416 hp, 443 lb-ft of torque at 0 rpm, some handling tweaks, a jumbo 85 kilowatt-hour battery pack rated at 265 miles of range per charge, and a starting price $95,740.

BMW i8 vs. Tesla Model S   Video Review

BMW i8 uses a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine and BMW eDrive technology in the form of an electric drive system. The 1.5-liter combustion engine develops 170 kW/231 hp and drives the rear wheels of the BMW i8, while the 96 kW/131 hp electric drive sends its power to the front wheels and allows an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph). Which one is a better buy? Let’s find out. The article BMW i8 vs. Tesla Model S – Video Review appeared first on BMW BLOG

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The Snake, the Dragon, and Phil: A BMW Driving Tour of Tennessee and North Carolina

Another great driving tour by Rick F., this time taking us through Tennessee and North Carolina. Hopefully these great journals by him have been serving as inspiration for all our members to go out there and DRIVE your BMWs – fast, slow, short...

Another great driving tour by Rick F., this time taking us through Tennessee and North Carolina. Hopefully these great journals by him have been serving as inspiration for all our members to go out there and DRIVE your BMWs – fast, slow, short, long, just drive!

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Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

This Mineral White BMW M4 with a complete M Performance Aero Package showcases the wide range of tuning options a customer has for their new BMW M4. European Auto Source just finished installing the complete set of aftermarket carbon fiber aero parts...

This Mineral White BMW M4 with a complete M Performance Aero Package showcases the wide range of tuning options a customer has for their new BMW M4. European Auto Source just finished installing the complete set of aftermarket carbon fiber aero parts on this vehicle and we are bringing you the details of this build. Consisting of carbon fiber splitters, ABS lip, carbon fiber mirrors, ABS side blades, carbon fiber trunk spoiler and carbon fiber diffuser, the M performance package instantly gives the F82 a tasteful yet aggressive style.

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Like the other European Auto Source BMW M4, this one also has the BMW gloss black kidney grilles along with iND’s painted reflectors and side markers. From what we know, next set of aftermarket parts headed for this BMW M4 are a set of spacers and a custom exhaust.

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

As you may know, the BMW M4 is powered by M-tuned S55B30 engine, a derived form of the N55 engine, displacing 3.0 L (180 cu in) and redlining at 7,500 rpm. The engine uses two mono-scroll turbochargers with boost peaking at 18.1 PSI. The power is rated at 430 hp (320 kW; 440 PS) while torque goes well over 500 N·m (370 lb·ft). Both 6-speed manual and 7-speed M-DCT transmissions are available to order. The 7-speed M-DCT transmission allows the BMW M4 to accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.9 seconds, while the 6-speed manual transmission will do 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 4.1 seconds. Browse the gallery to see the completed project.

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

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This BMW X5 shows how not to slow down in front of a truck

One of the most basic things one should learn about driving is this: DO NOT brake too close in front of a large truck. The footage below shows a Russian driver aboard a BMW X5 who makes not one mistake, but three in the course of a few seconds. The B...

One of the most basic things one should learn about driving is this: DO NOT brake too close in front of a large truck. The footage below shows a Russian driver aboard a BMW X5 who makes not one mistake, but three in the course of a few seconds. The BMW X5 driver was constantly brake-checking the truck and the inevitable happened: the sporty SUV got smashed three time from the back. No one was hurt in the incident and interesting enough the truck had a dash came installed which captured the entire, somewhat funny, scene.

This BMW X5 shows how not to slow down in front of a truck

Always remember, large vehicles don’t have the same braking distances as passenger cars. [Source: Carscoops] The article This BMW X5 shows how not to slow down in front of a truck appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Racing The Tail Of The Dragon In A BMW M3

Crossing Deals Gap at the Tennessee/North Carolina state line is the Tail of the Dragon. The road is considered by many as one of the world’s foremost motorcycling and sports car roads. Anyone looking for an exciting highway will enjoy this 11-...

Crossing Deals Gap at the Tennessee/North Carolina state line is the Tail of the Dragon. The road is considered by many as one of the world’s foremost motorcycling and sports car roads. Anyone looking for an exciting highway will enjoy this 11-mile stretch of US129. At the same time, it is also one of the most dangerous roads you can drive on in the U.S. so approaching the twisties should always be done with caution. There are no intersecting roads, no houses with driveways and pretty much nothing around it. Each and every curve is different. There is very little elevation change. And many of the curves are banked like a race track. Unfortunately, almost every year there is a fatality on it.

Racing The Tail Of The Dragon In A BMW M3

Therefore, seeing Matt “Live Life Flat Out” Brandenburg in his Brakim Racing neon-green E36 M3 making a very sideways run on North Carolina’s famous road makes us appreciate his driving skills. [Source: Jalopnik] The article Racing The Tail Of The Dragon In A BMW M3 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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An M3 on Slicks in the Rain on the Tail of the Dragon

Because it’s Friday and you deserve three minutes of full-go on the Dragon. The post An M3 on Slicks in the Rain on the Tail of the Dragon appeared first on BimmerFile. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other c...

Because it’s Friday and you deserve three minutes of full-go on the Dragon. The post An M3 on Slicks in the Rain on the Tail of the Dragon appeared first on BimmerFile. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Will the Next Generation M5 & M6 Return to the V10?

That’s the rumor currently in our inbox and sites around the web thanks to BMW über tipster Scott. While it’s early days for the… The post Will the Next Generation M5 & M6 Return… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit...

That’s the rumor currently in our inbox and sites around the web thanks to BMW über tipster Scott. While it’s early days for the… The post Will the Next Generation M5 & M6 Return… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Is the i8 the Future of the Performance Car?

EVO’s Henry Catchpole asks that question while taking a look at the recent history of hybrid and electric cars. The BMW i8 represents a… The post Is the i8 the Future of the Performance Car?… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit...

EVO’s Henry Catchpole asks that question while taking a look at the recent history of hybrid and electric cars. The BMW i8 represents a… The post Is the i8 the Future of the Performance Car?… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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BMW Opens its Newest Vehicle Distribution Center at the Port of Baltimore

Official Release: Today, BMW Group celebrated the official opening of its newest Vehicle Distribution Center at the Port of Baltimore. The facility will serve… The post BMW Opens its Newest… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my web...

Official Release: Today, BMW Group celebrated the official opening of its newest Vehicle Distribution Center at the Port of Baltimore. The facility will serve… The post BMW Opens its Newest… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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