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During our recent press trip to Chihuahua, Mexico, where we drove the brand new BMW 340i, we were also able to drive the new 2016 BMW X1. Despite the 340i’s reputation for power, performance and fun, it was the X1 that I was more excited to dri...
During our recent press trip to Chihuahua, Mexico, where we drove the brand new BMW 340i, we were also able to drive the new 2016 BMW X1. Despite the 340i’s reputation for power, performance and fun, it was the X1 that I was more excited to drive. The new F48 BMW X1, if you hadn’t already heard, is developed on BMW’s UKL platform which is shared with MINI and is front-wheel drive-based. That makes the new X1 the very first front-wheel drive BMW in history and fans aren’t very happy with it. But instead of packing my pitchfork and torch to protest the X1 in Mexico, I brought an open mind, one filled with curiosity for how the very first front-wheel drive-based BMW would get on.
Let me preface this with the fact that all of the X1’s available were xDrive28i models, as they were all cars slated for North America. So none of them were front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive. Now, for anyone who has issues with the X1 being front-wheel drive-based, let me assure you that under almost no circumstances is the X1 front-wheel drive. The only circumstance where the X1 is powering solely the front wheels is when on the highway at high speed and in top gear, for efficiency purposes only, and under such conditions driven wheels are negligible and 90 percent of customers will ever notice the difference nor use the X1 to its full sporting capabilities.
Our journey with the X1 was an interesting one and a journey of two parts. The mountainous roads of Chihuahua were treacherous at best and downright deadly at worst. We were all warned before driving that it had rained the previous night, causing loose gravel and massive rock slides, so many of the roads were nearly un-passable. Loose gravel covered the roads like a blanket in some sections, making the xDrive system work overtime to find grip as the tires struggled to. The lack of grip is unnerving while navigated mountain switchbacks where the runoffs are 1,000 ft drops to a rocky grave. And then there was the off-road course. Yes, we took the plucky little X1s off-roading through terrain that would make most SUVs, except for maybe a Jeep or a Land Rover, nervous. So we put the X1 to the ultimate test to see how it responded in conditions far worse than it will ever see otherwise. ON THE ROAD
The BMW X1 is mainly used for on-road duty, so this was a good place to start. The first, maybe, 20 miles or so was smooth going. The roads were surprisingly well kept and mostly straight with a couple of nice turns. On this comfortable terrain the X1 excels. Its B48 2.0 liter TwinPower engine, with its 228 hp, pulls along nicely with smooth, efficient power. It actually makes a decent noise and pulls hard in the mid-range with a 0-60 mph time of around 6 seconds. The Aisin eight-speed automatic is also the second best automatic gearbox I’ve ever used, second only to the ZF eight-speed. Shifts are quick and smooth and, left to its own devices, the gearbox always knows which gear to be in.
The suspension is smooth and nicely balanced, not too firm and not too soft. We also found out during the trip, that all X1s sold in the US are fitted with an M Sport suspension as standard, even the lowest entry models, which is a cool fact and helpful feature. Steering was a touch too light for my tastes and I found Sport mode was the best for it, but it was quick to respond and actually felt more natural than the variable ratio steering rack of the 340i. NVH (noise, vibrations and harshness) was also superb, as the cabin was quite and relaxed, even during the hardest and scariest of driving. The X1’s weight distribution is a non-ideal 54/46 front to rear bias. While that isn’t in line with BMW’s typical 50/50, it’s still by far the best in class and that’s what matters most. When driving the X1, only under the most extreme of driving circumstances, at 10/10ths, do you feel that front weight bias, as the car will push a bit in hard corners, even with the xDrive shuffling power to the rear wheels. With that said, when driving at around 8/10ths the X1 is a fantastically fun and capable machine. Far more fun than was previously expected. Turn-in was sharp and the chassis responds to changes in direction with the eagerness of a much smaller car. Thank the M Sport suspension for much of that. The previous X1 was considered the most fun car in its class and this one will be too, without a doubt. The new BMW X1 is a genuinely fun car to drive.
While on the road, we experience several areas were rock slides had fallen the previous night, some with boulders bigger than the X1 sitting in the road. Where there weren’t boulders, the roads were so littered with smaller rocks and debris from the fall that it’s absolutely amazing that not a single X1 with all-season tires got a flat (one X1 got a flat but it was wearing high-performance summer rubber). In many of these sections, it was more like driving over a blanket of sharp rocks than it was driving on pavement. Yet the X1 handled it gracefully, like a mountain goat, climbing over the rocks and gently sliding through corners with absolute control. The engineers worked magic with this suspension and all-wheel drive system. I’d be comfortable saying that no other car in this class could handle what we went through. And that wasn’t even the off-road course yet. OFF-ROAD
After about an hour and a half of twisty mountain switchbacks littered with rocky debris came on off-road course. After turning down a dirt and gravel road, we realized that this was created for heavy machinery as local workers were building a massive bridge nearby. This was not X1 territory. Earlier, I said that 90 percent of customers will never use the X1’s full capabilities. 100 percent of X1 customers will never see this sort of terrain. But despite all of that, the X1 excelled. Our little Blue and White Roundel-wearing mountain goat made it through the off-road course and back without ever getting stuck, needing assistance or even slowing down. The off-road course was littered with pot holes the size manhole covers and more dangerous debris. There were areas with thick mud and loose wet soil, where the X1 easily could have gotten stuck, but the xDrive figured it out pulled the car through.
During the off-road section, there were such tight passes at extremely high elevation that truly tested the accurate steering of the X1. During these tight spots, loose gravel toward the edge of the road could have spelled instant-doom for anyone that got too close. Yet the X1’s accurate steering allowed us to stay clear, albeit only inches clear, of a long tumble. The M Sport suspension also held up well throughout the numerous hard hits, deep potholes and big rocks and was actually quite comfortable through it all. I’d bet that only a Grand Cherokee or Land Rover would ride more comfortably over such terrain.
After quite some time driving through mud and debris, we made it to the town of Batopilas. A beautiful and quaint little town filled with rich history. In Batopilas, we were treated to a lovely lunch in the garden area of a fully restored, nearly 200 year old hotel. It was the perfect place to calm our nerves after driving across some of the most dangerous roads we’ve ever seen. It also gave the X1 a much needed break. Afterwards, we headed back through the rough and the X1 handled it for the second time as easily as it did the first.
The BMW X1s resting in Batopilas The new BMW X1 gets a lot of grief for its front-drive nature. But the truth of the matter is that absolutely none of it is deserved. The BMW X1 is a very capable, fun and enjoyable machine to drive. BMW ventured into new waters when developing the X1 and got outside of its comfort zone to make a car that it knew was the right car to make. To prove that BMW made the right car, the Bavarians sent us outside of our comfort zone, and admittedly outside of the X1’s as well, in the car and showed us exactly what it was capable of doing. It handled everything we threw at it and handled with with grace. The new BMW X1 might not be the sort of BMW you’re used to, but it’s definitely still an Ultimate Driving Machine.
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The all-new BMW M4 GTS is capable of 0-62 in 3.8 seconds – watch as it’s put through its paces on Anglesey Circuit.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/10/08/bmw-1-series-hatchback-the-most-popular-bmw-sold-in-germany-in-2015/ in News on October 8, 2015
After the BMW 2 Series was the most successful BMW sold in Germany in July and August, the 1 Series Hatchback regains its top spot in September. While the 2 Series was sold 4,293 times, the compact rear-wheel 1 Series recorded 4,546 units. The recent...
After the BMW 2 Series was the most successful BMW sold in Germany in July and August, the 1 Series Hatchback regains its top spot in September. While the 2 Series was sold 4,293 times, the compact rear-wheel 1 Series recorded 4,546 units. The recently facelifted 3 Series is now second with 4,341 units. The 2 Series sales include the coupe, convertible Active Tourer and Gran Tourer models. Looking at the sales figures for the first three quarters, the 1 Series is again in the lead with a relatively small lead over the 2 and 3 Series models. 33,043 units of the 1 Series were sold versus 32,838 2 Series models and 31,872 3 Series.
Both the 1 Series and the 3 Series received its facelift this year and were therefore sold below average in the months immediately prior to its market launch. In the 2 Series family, the seven seater Gran Tourer went on sale this fall and it’s expected to contribute to the bottom-line in the next few months. At the end of the third quarter, BMW sold 21,968 vehicles in Germany and was therefore not only 2.4 percent higher over the same month last year, but also on the second place of the German premium brands. In the first nine months of 2015, the core brand, BMW, sold in Germany a total of 183,991 units and thus sales are 3.0 percent higher than the same period last year.
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Crafty and resourceful BIMMERPOST members have discovered that 30 or more pre-production BMW M2 coupes are already in the US!
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The all-new BMW M4 GTS is capable of 0-62 in 3.8 seconds – watch as it’s put through its paces on Anglesey Circuit. BMW M4 GTS in a special edition is limited to 700 units worldwide, with 300 units of this high-performance Special Edition M4 ...
The all-new BMW M4 GTS is capable of 0-62 in 3.8 seconds – watch as it’s put through its paces on Anglesey Circuit. BMW M4 GTS in a special edition is limited to 700 units worldwide, with 300 units of this high-performance Special Edition M4 available for the first time in the US market. The UK market gets 30 units. BMW went through great lengths to make sure that the M4 GTS is faster and handles better than the standard car. Which is an incredible accomplishment, considering how good the standard M4 is.
For GTS duty, BMW took the engine in the M4 and added water injection and some forged internals, like the crankshaft. While that doesn’t sound all that significant, it makes a world of a difference. Water Injection, a world first on the GTS, significantly lowers combustion chamber temperature by spraying an extremely fine mist into it during combustion. This decrease in temperature, by up to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, increases both power and efficiency while also reducing engine knock. The engine now delivers 500 horsepower for the European model and 493 hp for the U.S. one. The article BMW M4 GTS takes on Anglesey Circuit appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/10/08/bmw-sold-68000-previous-generation-x1s-in-the-u-s/ in News on October 8, 2015
The new BMW X1 goes on sale in the U.S. on October 24th. The BMW X1 xDrive28i will be the exclusive model in the US at launch featuring a 2.0 liter TwinTurbo 4 cylinder engine from BMW’s new family of modular engines with maximum output of 228 hors...
The new BMW X1 goes on sale in the U.S. on October 24th. The BMW X1 xDrive28i will be the exclusive model in the US at launch featuring a 2.0 liter TwinTurbo 4 cylinder engine from BMW’s new family of modular engines with maximum output of 228 horsepower. The new X1 needs only 6.3 seconds to run from 0 to 60 mph. It will sell for $35,795, including destination and handling included; a $3,945 increase over the previous model. The story here is not really the new X1 but rather the previous generation. At the X1 launch event in Mexico, BMW X1 product manager, John Kelly, said the company sold over 68,000 X1 models in its three years lifecycle in the US. The sales peak was reached in 2013 when BMW USA sold 26,512 units. BMW won’t comment on the sales projections for the new X1, but they expect to beat the best year of previous X1.
BMW’s E84 X1 was launched in 2009 and was sold approximately to 500,000 customers worldwide. We expect that number to be significantly higher when BMW reports the final numbers after the new X1’s seven year run. In the U.S., the E84 X1 has been flying off the dealers’ lots and to many, it has been a surprise success. The article BMW sold 68,000 previous generation X1s in the U.S. appeared first on BMW BLOG
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Specifically chosen by BMW for their BMW M4 launch campaign, the Austin Yellow exterior finish is a striking color which will ensure your M4 will stand out on the road. Combined with Yas Marina Blue, the two M-brothers have the most interesting combi...
Specifically chosen by BMW for their BMW M4 launch campaign, the Austin Yellow exterior finish is a striking color which will ensure your M4 will stand out on the road. Combined with Yas Marina Blue, the two M-brothers have the most interesting combination we’ve seen in a while from BMW. Today, we have a new BMW M4 Austin Yellow project, courtesy of European Auto Source. Unlike some previous builds, this BMW M4 saw an increase in the performance department. Thanks to a ESS T-500 performance flash tune combined with a set of Evolution Racewerks catless downpipes, an Akrapovic Evolution titanium exhaust system with carbon fiber tips and BMC performance air filters, the M4 now achieves a better throttle response, more power and better performance overall.
European Auto Source has yet to take this M4 to the dyno, so the actual increases in horsepower and/or torque are not clear. Usually, with an ESS tune like this, you get up to 60whp and 70ft-lbs of torque gains through different engine ranges, giving the M3 and M4 a nice increase in performance.
After the performance stage was completed, it was time to further refine the exterior. The parts chosen here are the Vorsteiner carbon fiber rear diffuser, Vorsteiner carbon fiber V2 front lip, Vorsteiner Carbon fiber high kick spoiler, a set of iND painted front reflectors, iND gloss black M4 Trunk badge and an iND painted engine. Furthermore, some parts from the BMW M Performance Parts catalog were used as well: BMW Performance side blade extensions finished in gloss black, a BMW Performance gloss black kidney grille surrounds and BMW Performance gloss black side markers. Finishing the exterior touches is the XPEL ultimate paint protection film for both the paint and the headlights.
Next in line were the wheels. A set of Vorsteiner FlowForged V-FF 102 wheels in a Mystic Black finish works like a charm with this vehicle. The wheels are sized 20×9.5 and 20×10.5 front and rear, respectively, wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero tires sized 275/30/20 in the front and 295/30/20 in the rear. The interior also received some visual upgrades: a Sabelt SPS racing seats with a yellow stitching applied, Macht Schnell F8X FloorMounts, a set of Awron DGA digital gauge display ensures the driver is properly informed about all engine modes and statuses, and the Pedal Haus aluminum pedal set. There is also a Macht Schnell EVC Control Module installed. More details of the Austin Yellow BMW F82 M4 can be found in the media gallery below.
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Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/10/08/bmw-engine-plant-ramps-up-production-of-next-generation-engines/ in News on October 8, 2015
A large investment program to develop the BMW Hams Hall engine plant near Birmingham is complete. The production of new three and four-cylinder engines is already being ramped up on brand-new production lines, and over one million components will be ...
A large investment program to develop the BMW Hams Hall engine plant near Birmingham is complete. The production of new three and four-cylinder engines is already being ramped up on brand-new production lines, and over one million components will be machined at the plant for the first time this year as supply extends to other plants in the Group. The investment project, part of £750 million that has been spent across BMW Group’s UK manufacturing sites, has ensured the Hams Hall site remains a state-of-the-art facility, capable of producing the next generation of engines and securing a long-term future for the plant. Engines, as well as machined components manufactured at BMW Plant Hams Hall contribute to a range of cars across BMW Group’s product portfolio. This includes MINI – the new Clubman model goes on sale in just a few weeks’ time, as well as the new BMW 7 Series, also launched this month.
Plant Director, Markus Fallboehmer says: “The transformation in our plant has been huge. Over the last few years we have completely re-developed our two main production areas and installed over 600 brand-new pieces of equipment and machinery. While a high level of technology and automation ensures our plant remains a state-of-the-art facility, the ergonomics of the workstations where we have more manual input have been carefully thought through and adjusted to suit each individual member of the team. “A large investment has also been made in our workforce via a number of training programs and opportunities for people to upskill and take on new job roles. We have changed the make-up of our workforce as well with over 100 people securing BMW contracts, some of whom were previously working for us on a temporary basis. Looking further ahead to the future, we have trebled the number of apprentices training with us to ensure we have a strong, skilled workforce for many years to come.” Development of the site is another piece of the jigsaw in BMW Group’s global strategy for engine production. The Hams Hall facility is now operating alongside other plants in Germany and Austria, all producing the same new family of next generation engines. “Our new engine family of highly efficient three, four and six-cylinder engines have a standard design, a high number of similar parts and a uniform process for manufacture,” explains Ilka Horstmeier, who heads up BMW Group’s global production network for engines and electrified powertrain. “This gives us a large amount of flexibility and means we can optimise production between each of our manufacturing locations and respond quickly to changes in customer demand or market developments. The investment in Hams Hall has enabled the plant to grow and play an ever-increasingly important role in the production of these latest engines.” Production of a small number of new engines was first introduced at Hams Hall last year. Three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo technology 1.5-litre petrol engines are hand-built exclusively at Hams Hall on a special production line for the BMW i8, the first purpose-built, plug-in hybrid sports car. This engine has already contributed to a series of award-wins for the revolutionary vehicle as well as two class and an overall win at the International Engine of the Year awards. Overall, the new Efficient Dynamics high-tech engine family includes petrol and diesel engines, all employing TwinPower Turbo technology and ranging from 1.5 to 3.0 litres. With different power ratings, the engines can be adapted to a variety of vehicle concepts. Commonality across the engines makes it possible to be extremely flexible in achieving significant efficiency at high production volumes, as well as being able to produce additional special versions of the engines at relatively small volumes across the network of engine plants. To get a glimpse inside the Hams Hall engine plant, tune in to the new BBC2 series ‘Building Cars Live’, presented by James May, Kate Humble and Ant Anstead. The Hams Hall plant is one of the key suppliers to MINI production at the Oxford-based vehicle manufacturing plant that will feature in the program this autumn. The article BMW engine plant ramps up production of next generation engines appeared first on BMW BLOG
Crafty and resourceful BIMMERPOST members have discovered that 30 or more pre-production BMW M2 coupes are already in the US!
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The difference between Alpine White and Mineral White may not be evident at first, but these two colors certainly look different when viewed from up close. While the Alpine White has a more subdued look, the Mineral White adds a bit more pop to the b...
The difference between Alpine White and Mineral White may not be evident at first, but these two colors certainly look different when viewed from up close. While the Alpine White has a more subdued look, the Mineral White adds a bit more pop to the beautiful white. Overall, they both make the BMW M4 a striking looking vehicle. The aggressive exterior contours are seemingly perfectly accentuated with both finishes.
The owner of this M4 went to IND Distribution for their expertise in the aftermarket field.
The list of parts installed includes the IND front grille set, IND painted side markers, IND painted front reflectors and IND painted trunk emblem. Additionally they have installed Ground Control 5 bolt camber plates, Swift lowering springs and they’ve perfectly matched it with 15 & 12mm spacers, front and rear, respectively. The performance area is improved with the JB4 engine tune, giving the engine a bit more power and torque, adding better acceleration and overall performance for this build.