Configure your 2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M on BMWUSA.com

The online configurator for the new 2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M is now available on www.bmwusa.com The 2015 BMW X5 M will be offered at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $99,650 and the 2015 BMW X6 M will start at $103,050, including $950 Desti...

The online configurator for the new 2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M is now available on www.bmwusa.com The 2015 BMW X5 M will be offered at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $99,650 and the 2015 BMW X6 M will start at $103,050, including $950 Destination and Handling. The M utes also come in two new colors, Long Beach Blue Metallic and Donington Grey Metallic. The typical color finishes is available as well: Mineral White Metallic, Carbon Black Metallic, Silverstone Metallic, Melbourne Red Metallic and Alpine White.

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Two packages are offered for the M SUVS: Driver Assistance Plus and the Executive Package. Two choices of wheels are available, the 21″ M Light Alloy Style 612M and 20″ Style 611M. For audiophiles, the Bang & Olufsen system will set you back $3,700. Both cars are powered by a reworked M TwinPower Turbo engine, a V8 that provides more power and torque, and better power delivery. The peak output of the new M turbocharged engine is 567 hp, three percent higher than that of its predecessor and is available between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm. At the same time, the engine’s peak torque has been boosted by around 10 percent to 553 lb-ft, which can be enjoyed across an extremely broad rev band – from 2,200 to 5,000 rpm. The extraordinary power development of this M turbocharged engine allows the new M versions of the BMW X5 and BMW X6 to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 4.0 seconds. The top speed of both is electronically limited to 155 mph. The article Configure your 2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M on BMWUSA.com appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Watches & Cars: SISU Guardian A2 Automatic Series – Review

We’re kicking off a new series of reviews here at BMWBLOG: “Watches & Cars.” Many of us into fine cars, are also into fine watches, so the “Watches & Cars” series will allow us to look at different watch styles t...

We’re kicking off a new series of reviews here at BMWBLOG: “Watches & Cars.” Many of us into fine cars, are also into fine watches, so the “Watches & Cars” series will allow us to look at different watch styles that BMW owners, and not only, would enjoy owning. If you like big bold watches, take a look at SISU.

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SISU sent BMWBLOG a Guardian A2 Automatic Series watch to review. SISU is a watch maker that is aimed at big guys that like big watches. Think Dan Bilzerian (the self proclaimed King of Instagram), muscle bound athletic types. These watches clearly make a big bold statement. The SISU Guardian A2 is a stainless steel, automatic winding mechanical watch with Swiss Automatic Movement. SISU uses Swiss Watch Manufacturer internal mechanical ETA 2824-2 with twenty five jewel movement. The Guardian’s case diameter is a stout 54mm and comes with a case height of 14.6mm. The case is topped with a Sapphire Crystal with anti-reflective properties. Is very clear and super scratch resistant.

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I weighed the Guardian and it rang in at 371 grams after having two links removed so it would fit my wrist. The bracelet also has a half-link to help with the sizing. To put 371 grams into perspective, it’s just over 0.81 lbs. I assumed when I put this on my wrist it’d feel too heavy as I am no “King of Instagram”. The thing about the weight is that it’s very well balanced and the large stainless band distributes the weight evenly about the wrist. Wearing it all day was no problem.

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The bracelet features a push-button deployant clasp which makes it easy to put on and take off. The face of the Guardian is white and has large numerals 12, 3, 6 and 9 pushed into the edge of the deep case. In the center of the face, there are eight slanted slots in where you can see part of the inner workings of the Swiss moving mechanics. Flipping the case over reveals a clear nickel sized crystal view of more of the self winding mechanism. The back of the case is stamped with “Designed in California”, Swiss made and 100 Meter Depth rating.

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When I hit the face of the watch with the intense LED lights from our long term i3, the Superluminova coated luminescent hands really lit up. The face has a silver edged dial and white center. At the 4 o’clock position is a comparatively small date dial. SISU does not leave the date window floating in the dial and puts it alongside the inner ring. All in all a very clean look. SISU also offers a Guardian A1 with a matte black dial and the Guardian A3 with a floating double indicator layer.

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A big watch definitely isn’t for everyone. However, if it’s your style, it’s worth a look. The SISU Guardian Watch retails for $1495. Find out more at SISUMovement.com

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Technical Details Case diameter: 54 mm Case Height: 14.6 mm Bracelet Width: 32mm Movement: Self-winding automatic Caliber: Swiss ETA 2824 Twenty-five jewels 38 hours power reserve (max) 28’800 Vibrations per hour (4Hz) Water resistance: 100m (330 Ft) Screw-down crown Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating Configuration Case: Stainless steel Dial: Silver sunray Superluminova coated luminescent hands Stainless steel bracelet Solid stainless steel clasp Exhibition window caseback The article Watches & Cars: SISU Guardian A2 Automatic Series – Review appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Audi RS3 2015: BMW M135i xDrive alternative with 367 hp

At least in terms of engine performance, the 2015 Audi RS3 is the crown of the leader premium compact sports car segment. The new RS3 develops 367 horsepower and comes with the all-drive quattro system on board. The next competitor is the Mercedes-Be...

At least in terms of engine performance, the 2015 Audi RS3 is the crown of the leader premium compact sports car segment. The new RS3 develops 367 horsepower and comes with the all-drive quattro system on board. The next competitor is the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG which outputs 360 hp. The real answer from Munich goes by the name of BMW M2 F87, but won’t be available until 2016. Until then, BMW offers in this class the 326 hp M Performance M235i. In terms of body and shape, the best matching vehicle from BMW is the M135i and its 320 hp.

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While the BMW M135i and M235i BMW are rear-wheel based with the optional all-wheel drive system xDrive, there is no way BMW competitors with a front-wheel drive platform and xDrive option. In the case of the new 2015 Audi RS3, the quattro can be combined with a transversely mounted five-cylinder turbo engine. The 2.5 liter displacement engine makes 367 hp and 465 Nm of torque. According to the official stats, the RS3 accelerates in 4.3 seconds from 0 to 100 km /h – three tenths of a second faster than the Mercedes A45 AMG.  Top speed is limited electronically to 280 km/h.

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The compact sports car comes with a 7-speed DSG. This lavishly revised suspension system ensures a lowering by 25 mm compared to the Audi A3 Sportback and should also allow controlled drifts, according to Audi. Unique in the compact class is the optional carbon-ceramic brake system of the Audi RS 3, no competitor currently offers that option. Until the launch of the Audi RS 3 in the summer of 2015, the BMW M135i will have received a facelift, the engine power won’t likely be raised to more than 326 hp.

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BMW F82 M4 With Matte Bronze ADV.1 Wheels

This BMW M4 comes from Indonesia showcasing the diversified car culture that exits around the world. Most of the aftermarket projects are region-based or even culture-based, so what works for European customers, might not be suitable for the American...

This BMW M4 comes from Indonesia showcasing the diversified car culture that exits around the world. Most of the aftermarket projects are region-based or even culture-based, so what works for European customers, might not be suitable for the Americans or customers in Far East Asia. This build, completed by Antelope Ban, is clearly showing us quite the opposite: some car tuning projects also have similar traits around the world. The exterior of this Mineral Grey BMW M4 sees a simple, but effective makeover, thanks to a set of matte bronze finished wheels from ADV.1. These ADV.1 Wheels are custom machined within the exact specifications of this build. The lightweight solution provides the visual upgrade for the car, with no impact on performance.

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BMW F82 M4 With Matte Bronze ADV.1 Wheels

This ADV05 M.V1 CS setup comes sized 20×9 in the front and 20×11 in the rear, while the Matte Bronze finish complements the Mineral Gray exterior of the M4 quite nicely. The BMW M4 is powered by a 3.0-liter BMW M TwinPower Turbo engine developing 425 horsepower. This engine combines two mono-scroll turbochargers with variable valve control (Double-VANOS and Valvetronic) and high-precision direct injection for a smooth and efficient power delivery, coupled with the standard 6-speed manual transmission. Thanks to a photoshoot by Winston Jaury we have a chance to view the look of the finished project.

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BMW F82 M4 With Matte Bronze ADV.1 Wheels

BMW F82 M4 With Matte Bronze ADV.1 Wheels

BMW F82 M4 With Matte Bronze ADV.1 Wheels

BMW F82 M4 With Matte Bronze ADV.1 Wheels

BMW F82 M4 With Matte Bronze ADV.1 Wheels

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Black Sapphire BMW M4 Build With An ESS Tune And Eisenmann Exhaust

Often times, in the aftermarket tuning business, both the customer and the tuning shop fail to get what they needed: customer wants an unique custom look while the tuning shop might have its own ideas what a perfect build is. Finding a balance is cha...

Often times, in the aftermarket tuning business, both the customer and the tuning shop fail to get what they needed: customer wants an unique custom look while the tuning shop might have its own ideas what a perfect build is. Finding a balance is challenging and when you see a successful tuning project then you simply have to bow and admire it. With this Black Sapphire BMW F82 M4, this balance has been successfully achieved by European Auto Source. The complete build is based on a blacked out look to match the classy exterior color.

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Wanting to maintain the blacked-out appearance of his M4, the customer opted for the Eisenmann Black Series performance exhaust system. Featuring a uniquely shaped muffler that hides behind the bumper, the resonated midpipes and laser-etched signature tips, the Eisenmann exhaust system is the latest addition to the M3/M4 tuning market.

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Maintaining the color scheme is crucial for this project. After the exhaust was installed, it was the aftermarket aero parts’ turn to be added to the car. These play the part in maintaining the look while also enhancing aesthetics and not impair performance. BMW gloss black kidney grilles, iND painted front reflectors and side markers, and a carbon fiber rear diffuser were all installed on the Black Sapphire M4.

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Next, the wheels were in line for the  upgrade. A set of HRE P101 wheels were installed, sized 20 inches front and rear, respectively. These work in a fashionable manner to complete the blacked out look of the exterior, while also providing an excellent aftermarket wheel setup that is lightweight, rather than rigid, thanks to the custom construction. Next come the H&R lowering springs which bring the car closer to the ground and enhance its stance.

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Along with the new exhaust, the tuning company also installed the ESS E-Tronic tuning chip for this engine. It is a simple plug-n-play tuning solution that unlocks the hidden potential of the S55. On the dyno, this M4 not only sounds awesome now, but it also puts down some nice power: 454hp and 463ft-lbs torque at the wheels! Please grab a few moments to take a look at the video we’ve added. The entire build can be viewed below in the gallery we’ve added as well. Enjoy!

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BMW 1 Series Compared To Mazda 3 And Audi A3

Auto Express publishes a comparative test drive between three hatchbacks that compete for similar customers. The BMW 1 Series hatch is matched against a Mazda 3 and an Audi A3 – two vehicles from the premium class and an affordable hatch. A new...

Auto Express publishes a comparative test drive between three hatchbacks that compete for similar customers. The BMW 1 Series hatch is matched against a Mazda 3 and an Audi A3 – two vehicles from the premium class and an affordable hatch. A new competitor in the market, the Mazda 3 is certainly making waves with customers looking for the best bang for the buck. Out of the three, only the Audi A3 and the Mazda 3 are available in the United States, while the 1 Series Hatchback remains an European-affair only.

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For this test, the UK magazine used the Audi A3 1.6 TDI SE priced at £21,445, the BMW 116D SE at £21,360 and the Mazda 3 2.2 SKYACTIV-D SEL with a base price of £21,145.

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“The Mazda’s power advantage is made clear in our drag race, where it trounced the slower Audi and BMW. This isn’t to the detriment of fuel economy, though: the BMW achieves a claimed 68.9mpg and 109g/km of CO2, the Mazda a very similar 68.9g/km and 107g/km and the Audi manages 74.2mpg and 99g/km of CO2 – the cleanest car here.” – Auto Express Road Test

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To find out how these cars did in their road test, please take a look at the video added below. The article BMW 1 Series Compared To Mazda 3 And Audi A3 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Weekend Read: BMW USA on Medium

Back in 2012, Twitter co-founders Ev Williams and Biz Stone launched a blog-publishing platform called Medium. While most of the early posts where about… The post Weekend Read: BMW USA on Medium… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit m...

Back in 2012, Twitter co-founders Ev Williams and Biz Stone launched a blog-publishing platform called Medium. While most of the early posts where about… The post Weekend Read: BMW USA on Medium… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Lamborghini Unleashes Aventador Pirelli Edition

Two-tone color theme gives the Aventador a new look. ...

Two-tone color theme gives the Aventador a new look.

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The Worst Driver Ever

We have seen our fair share of bad drivers in our lives, but this particular BMW driver has to top off any previous attempts to win “The Worst Driver Ever” award. From Calgary, Canada, we bring you a video of a BMW X3 and his driver who a...

We have seen our fair share of bad drivers in our lives, but this particular BMW driver has to top off any previous attempts to win “The Worst Driver Ever” award. From Calgary, Canada, we bring you a video of a BMW X3 and his driver who are having the hardest time in the world pulling out of a parking lot. It took a good Samaritan to guide the helpless driver out, without knowing that the awful driver had already smashed into his car. Calgary police detectives are aware of the video that has garnered more than 9 million views on Youtube. “And yes, we have already started a hit and run investigation,” says the Calgary police. I nominate you as #yyc‘s #worstdriver! And yes, we have already started a hit and run investigation. http://t.co/IBbizh6PXC — Cst. Jeremy Shaw (@CstShaw) December 5, 2014 The Calgary Sun reports police have already identified the driver of the damaged car. The article The Worst Driver Ever appeared first on BMW BLOG

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2013 BMW 328 i Convertible

2013 BMW 328 i Convertible Blue color, Brown interior Hanahan, SC 29410 11 months lease $0.00 per month ...

2013 BMW 328 i Convertible

2013 BMW 328 i Convertible Blue color, Brown interior Hanahan, SC 29410 11 months lease $0.00 per month

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