2016 BMW 7 Series configurator comes online

If you’ve been waiting to build a virtual G11/G12 7 Series, the BMWUSA build your own configurator is now online. ...

If you’ve been waiting to build a virtual G11/G12 7 Series, the BMWUSA build your own configurator is now online.

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2016 BMW 7 Series Media Launch in NYC

Yesterday, we had the privilege to drive the new 2016 BMW 7 Series at the Monticello race track in New York. The media launch program consisted of three separate activities, all tailored to highlight the strengths of the new 7 Series flagship sedan: ...

Yesterday, we had the privilege to drive the new 2016 BMW 7 Series at the Monticello race track in New York. The media launch program consisted of three separate activities, all tailored to highlight the strengths of the new 7 Series flagship sedan: race track handling, back roads cruising and a slalom to test the vehicle’s responsiveness, braking and chassis control. The half-day event showcased the innovations and work that has gone into building the flagship BMW and most of the journalist have been genuinely impressed by what BMW engineers and designers managed to accomplish.

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A full review of our fun day with the 7 Series will follow shortly, but in mean time, we wanted to bring you an extensive photo gallery of the car.

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Green-painted BMW M4 track car

This is yet another green-painted BMW M4 build we’ve seen lately. Modified by AUTOCOUTURE Motoring, this M4 displays a clear cut example of a vehicle tailored for track days. With aerodynamic and performance upgrades, this Jolly Green Giant loo...

This is yet another green-painted BMW M4 build we’ve seen lately. Modified by AUTOCOUTURE Motoring, this M4 displays a clear cut example of a vehicle tailored for track days. With aerodynamic and performance upgrades, this Jolly Green Giant looks ready to tackle any racing event its owner can throw at it. The M4 received a front carbon fiber spoiler, carbon fiber side skirts, rear carbon fiber diffuser and carbon fiber wing, all improving the aerodynamics of the car and performance. The aftermarket wheels remove excess weight, while also improving brake cooling.

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The vehicle was also further lowered, adding more cornering speed, and allowing the owner to perfectly utilize the performance of the BMW M4 in race track conditions. No power upgrades were given to this BMW F82 M4, therefore the 3.0 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo engine delivers 425 horsepower to the rear wheels. It allows for a sprint from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 4.1 seconds.

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Check out the media gallery below for some more info and details.

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Dual BMW i8 On Vossen Wheels Photoshoot

The 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 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).

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The powertrain allows the BMW i8 to sprint from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in in 4.8 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 260 km/h (160 mph). The vehicle has a  fuel efficiency of 2.1 L/100 km (134.5 mpg-imp; 112.0 mpg-US) under the NEDC test with carbon emissions of 49 g/km.  This relates to some rather good performance, albeit without a big impact on your wallet.

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The two BMW i8s seen here are equipped with Vossen Wheels, adding a nice aftermarket touch. Both cars have also been lowered giving the car a sportier appeal and stance. And yes, they come with some flashy red wheels. Check out the media gallery below for more images.

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Video: Manhart Performance BMW M6 Gran Coupé with 734 hp

This Manhart Performance BMW M6 Gran Coupe displaces well over 700 horsepower. Also, thanks to an Akrapovic exhaust system, the engine now produces some exciting sound notes as well. The vehicle is comes with an ECU tune, along with the custom exhaus...

This Manhart Performance BMW M6 Gran Coupe displaces well over 700 horsepower. Also, thanks to an Akrapovic exhaust system, the engine now produces some exciting sound notes as well. The vehicle is comes with an ECU tune, along with the custom exhaust system, and some Manhart-designed tuning parts, allowing the vehicle to deliver impressive power at low rpms. The German tuning shop claims that the BMW M6 Gran Coupé with their tuning kit develops 734 horsepower and 939Nm of torque, quite an increase over the stock numbers, which are 560 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque.

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The Launch Control feature lets your engine achieve maximum acceleration from a standing start, so you can brandish every lb-ft right off the line. The car accelerates from a standstill to 62 mph in 4.3 seconds. Not too shabby for a fairly heavy gran tourer. With the tuning goodies, this M6 Gran Coupe should do even better on straight lines and on the track. The article Video: Manhart Performance BMW M6 Gran Coupé with 734 hp appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Which one would you buy: BMW M4 or E46 M3 CSL?

The BMW M4 has taken some criticism since its debut, fairly or unfairly, for the fact that it isn’t as pure or connected as its predecessors. It is true, due to turbocharging and the switch to electric power-steering, that the new M4 isn’t the pu...

The BMW M4 has taken some criticism since its debut, fairly or unfairly, for the fact that it isn’t as pure or connected as its predecessors. It is true, due to turbocharging and the switch to electric power-steering, that the new M4 isn’t the purest M car of all time. But that doesn’t make it bad or even worse than its predecessors. It just makes the M4 different.

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In this video, by Wheels Australia, the two hosts decide to find out if the brand new BMW M4 has what it takes to stack up against the ultimate expression of what the M3 Coupe used to be — the E46 BMW M3 CSL.

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The video starts out with the first host driving the CSL. It brings back all of the reasons why we love the CSL instantly. The look, the speed and, most of all, the noise. The wailing sound of the 3.2 liter naturally aspirated straight-six engine is the stuff of legends. It just sounds so fantastic and reminds us what we’ve been missing since the turbocharged I6s arrived. The CSL isn’t as fast as the M4, nor does it have the grip and sophistication of it, but it most definitely has more character. Or does it?

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When the second host starts driving the M4, it’s instantly recognizable just how much more modern it is. The look, the size and the lack of noise. But that doesn’t mean the M4 is boring. Quite the contrary actually. It’s a fire-spitting monster. The 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged I6 makes 425 hp, which is 70 more than the CSL. But it’s the 406 lb-ft of torque, or 133 more than the CSL, that make it such a missile. The M4 is considerably faster than the E46 CSL and is the definitive burnout king of the two. But it’s also more sophisticated and comfortable and is easier to drive. It’s the classier killer of the two. If the CSL is Jason Bourne, the M4 is James Bond. The two drivers decide to switch cars and drive the others to see what the other driver is on about. They both pour admiration for each others cars, as driving both offers a new perspective on them. The CSL driver can appreciate the power and torque bump along with the better interior and far superior gearbox of the M4. While the M4 driver can appreciate the wonderful sound and connected feel of the CSL. Each car is excellent in its own way, so it basically comes down to preference. In the end of the video, both drivers choose which one to they like best. To find out which they choose, check the video out. Even if it’s only to hear the CSL, which I wouldn’t blame you for. The article Which one would you buy: BMW M4 or E46 M3 CSL? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Update: BMW did not drop the manuals in base models

Update: Jalopnik initially reported that the manual options disappear from the BMW online configurator which created a confusion around the lack of manuals for certain models. We apologize for the confusion and hopefully all the bugs in the online gu...

Update: Jalopnik initially reported that the manual options disappear from the BMW online configurator which created a confusion around the lack of manuals for certain models. We apologize for the confusion and hopefully all the bugs in the online guide will be squashed. Feel free to read below a point of view on WHAT IF manuals would go away. If you haven’t already heard, BMW has just recently announced that it will be killing the manual transmission in the 228i, 328i and 428i. You may now start to mourn. It is a sad day, now that you can no longer get a row-your-own gearbox in some of BMW’s best models. The eight-speed ZF automatic is the only transmission option available on the aforementioned models. While the ZF auto is very good, with near instantaneous and silent shifts, it still doesn’t provide the engagement of a manual transmission. And that engagement is something that gave the 3 Series a distinct advantage in the enthusiast landscape, as almost all of its competitors have already switched to automatics as their only options.

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BMW does have good reason for this, though, as the manually equipped versions of these models were simply not selling enough. The take rate was so low that BMW couldn’t justify keeping the six-speed around any longer. This is generally because the base model versions of the 2, 3 and 4 Series are mostly leased by people who just want the badge on the hood and care about little else. The good news is that the bigger engines cars will maintain the manual gearbox. Though, I feel that they are the least deserving of it. Related: On The Obsolescence Of Manual Transmission

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The ZF eight-speed makes these cars quicker. That’s no secret. So in the bigger 3.0 I6 engine models, where speed and power count most, the automatic is actually quite an advantage. In the M235i I tested recently, I so badly wanted a manual. But that desire went away upon realizing just how fast it was with the automatic. The eight-speed shifted so quickly that it allowed the engine to really open up and deliver endless thrust. But on smaller four-cylinder cars with less power, engagement is more important than speed because even with the fast shifting auto, the car isn’t going to be all that fast anyway. So the cars that needed a manual transmission the most just lost it. The BMW 228i was one of the last bastions of hope for the enthusiast market, as you could buy a rear-wheel drive BMW coupe with a manual for less that $35,000. No longer, I’m afraid. I think we all understand the business side of this and why BMW has dumped the manual. After a quick search on Cars.com for new BMW 2 Series models with manual transmissions in the entire United States, I found 26. So despite what enthusiasts might say, these cars simply aren’t selling. It’s no surprise though, this has been a slow burn, as automatics have been taking over the sports car landscape for a while now. We all knew this day was coming, but now that it’s here, it’s kind of sad. The article Update: BMW did not drop the manuals in base models appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW M3 / M4 exhaust comparison – Akrapovic, FI, Capristo, AC Schnitzer, Stanic

BMW M4 Sound AKRAPOVIC vs FI EXHAUST vs CAPRISTO vs AC SCHNITZER vs STANIC F82 Exhaust Comparison. ...

BMW M4 Sound AKRAPOVIC vs FI EXHAUST vs CAPRISTO vs AC SCHNITZER vs STANIC F82 Exhaust Comparison.

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Turner Motorsport orders two BMW M6 GT3 FOR 2016

Seven-Time Championship Winning BMW Race Team, Turner Motorsport is excited to announce the next chapter in their 20-year racing lineage. With 325 professional race starts with BMW, Turner Motorsport looks to continue the highly successful and long s...

Seven-Time Championship Winning BMW Race Team, Turner Motorsport is excited to announce the next chapter in their 20-year racing lineage. With 325 professional race starts with BMW, Turner Motorsport looks to continue the highly successful and long standing run behind the blue and white roundel. Turner is set to order two BMW M6 GT3 cars which BMW Motorsport is on track to deliver by the end of this year in anticipation for the 2016 24 Hours at Daytona.

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The team will campaign two all-new BMW M6 GT3 cars in the 2016 24 Hours at Daytona in the new homologated GT3 spec class of what will be the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. “We are super excited for the new M6 GT3,” commented Will Turner. “BMW Motorsport has been extremely busy with testing and development on the new car so I am confident when we get the cars they will be very well sorted out Will Turner added, “The initial testing with the M6 has demonstrated the new car to be very strong so we can’t wait to get our hands on these cars.” With test dates on the calendar, Turner has yet to determine the final driver line ups for the 24 Hour at Daytona. “Once we go testing, we hope to nail down our 24 Hour at Daytona drivers as well as probable 2016 full season drivers for both IMSA and Pirelli World Challenge.” With the 2016 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule finalized the preliminary budget has been determined for the 11-race season allowing Turner to begin planning for the probable return and full season effort with the blue and yellow BMWs. In addition to likely return to endurance racing, the team is also in the initial planning stages to make a return to the Pirelli World Challenge sprint racing format with the new M6 GT3. “Both IMSA and PWC season long programs for 2016 are shaping up and I hope that we will be able to make an official announcement in the near future,” said Will Turner. With 2016 racing plans already in motion, Turner looks forward to continued partnership with the current 2015 race partners and sponsors like IHG Rewards Club, Alvarez & Marsal, Escort, Motul, H&R Springs as well as other long time partners. “Since the M6 has not officially been released by BMW we took our best shot at coming up with an accurate rendering of the new M6 GT3 to show our fans as well as sponsors what it may look like in the iconic Turner blue and yellow,” said Director of Marketing, Jay Baier. “Andy Blackmore did a fantastic job with the artwork based off the images of the camouflage car to come up with this rendering.” The BMW M6 GT3 features a longer wheelbase than the Z4 GT3 with a 4.4-liter twin turbocharged V8 (similar to street M5 & M6) engine rumored to exceed 500 horsepower. The new platform will address the admitted shortcomings for the Z4 GT3 which struggled for top-speed. Stay tuned as 2016 programs are finalized and driver lineups are determined in the new BMW M6 GT3. The article Turner Motorsport orders two BMW M6 GT3 FOR 2016 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Insider report: BMW M2 CSL reportedly in the works

BMW insider Scott26 claims that a BMW M2 CSL is coming, and here are some first details! ...

BMW insider Scott26 claims that a BMW M2 CSL is coming, and here are some first details!

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