The Old Story of How Ford Dominance Created BMW M

It’s an old story most of us have heard many times. How the Ford Capri’s dominance in European touring car racing led to BMW… The post The Old Story of How Ford Dominance Created BMW M… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit...

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BMW X3 vs Mercedes-Benz GLC vs Land Rover Discovery Sport

The current F25 BMW X3 is getting a bit old, with a replacement on its way, but it’s still one of BMW’s best-selling cars. No surprise there, with the American market’s obsession with small SUVs and the fact that the X3 is a great a...

The current F25 BMW X3 is getting a bit old, with a replacement on its way, but it’s still one of BMW’s best-selling cars. No surprise there, with the American market’s obsession with small SUVs and the fact that the X3 is a great all-rounder, the X3 is sure to sell well. Despite it’s age, it’s still a very good, very capable car with a lot going for it. But its competitors are getting younger and fresher, with new technologies and more modern designs, both inside and out. So does the old dog still have what it takes to compete in this segment? The two newest SUVs to debut in the X3’s segment are the Mercedes-Benz GLC Class, which is the X3’s closest competitor, and the Land Rover Discovery Sport. Autocar has gotten all three SUVs together for a long test to see which is the best.

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In terms of looks, the X3 is clearly the oldest car in the group. Debuting in 2011, the current X3 is nearing the end of its life-cycle and it shows. The other two, however, are just beginning theirs. The Mercedes GLC does look good, but it’s a touch boring while the Land Rover Disco Sport is positively fresh looking. It’s a little funky, but the Disco is the best looking of the three. In terms of interior, Autocar felt that the GLC had the most upscale cabin, though its ergonomics are a bit of a mess and the column shifter was much maligned, by us as well (It’s ridiculous, the car is a modern Mercedes-Benz, not a ’40s Buick. Ditch the column shifter). The Disco Sport had the least upscale interior, but its utilitarian functionality was actually deemed quite refreshing and pleasant. The X3 was the least attractive, given its age, but it made up for that with the best ergonomics and possibly even the best build quality. All three cars were fitted with four-cyldiner diesel engines and ZF-sourced automatic gearboxes, the Land Rover and Mercedes both being the new nine-speed unit while the X3 is the older, but still excellent, eight-speed ‘box. All three are equipped with each brand’s all-wheel drive system and all three ride on conventional suspension, rather than air suspension. So it’s a pretty fair fight between the three of them. Though, despite all of their similarities, it’s rather surprising how different they become on the road.

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Land Rover Discovery Sport The new GLC’s 2.1 liter diesel engine, making 201 bhp, was the fastest car of the test, with the BMW coming in second-place with its 188 bhp 2.0 liter engine and the Disco Sport coming in last with its 178 bhp and added weight over the other two. The X3 was deemed the sportiest car of the bunch, with the least amount of body roll and good steering, though its standard suspension was said to be a bit too stiff. The GLC had strange handling characteristics, as it was nice and soft around town and at low speeds but somewhat fell apart at higher speeds and it crashed a bit over bumps. And the Disco was said to have the best combination of comfort and agility, with good steering and a feeling of sure-footedness. Plus the Disco Sport is the only car of the three that can properly off-road, while the other two can handle a gravel driveway…maybe. In the end, Autocar deemed the Discovery Sport to be the best SUV of the three, as it offered the best overall package of handling, comfort and utility, as it was the best off road and the only car to have seating for seven. The GLC came in second place, thanks to its freshness, gorgeous cabin and speedier performance. The X3 came in last, but a valiant last. It’s getting old so it’s understandable that far newer cars would be superior. However, the X3 still does have a lot to offer and is an excellent overall package. But according to Autocar, it wasn’t as good as the other two. [Source & Top Photo: Autocar] The article BMW X3 vs Mercedes-Benz GLC vs Land Rover Discovery Sport appeared first on BMW BLOG

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M4 Euro Delivery Trip Journal. Italy and Korea Contents

A BMW M4 European Delivery which takes the owner from Munich to Italy and finally to Korea. ...

A BMW M4 European Delivery which takes the owner from Munich to Italy and finally to Korea.

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First BMW European Delivery of a Daytona Violet BMW F80 M3

Ian Greene is the proud owner of not only a unique BMW M3, but also the first customer to take delivery of a Daytona Violet BMW F80  M3 at the BMW Welt in Munich. Just last week we also saw the first M4 in the U.S. featuring the same exceptional col...

Ian Greene is the proud owner of not only a unique BMW M3, but also the first customer to take delivery of a Daytona Violet BMW F80  M3 at the BMW Welt in Munich. Just last week we also saw the first M4 in the U.S. featuring the same exceptional color. The beautiful shade of violet first appeared on the E36 M3 and it’s inspired by the famous race and race track in Daytona, Florida.

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Ian says the car is a daily driver and judging by the car seats in the back, this M3 seems to be a family car as well.

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The special color can be ordered through the BMW Individual Program and it usually comes with a surcharge of $5,000. BMW Individual program allows customers to pick from different exterior and interior colors than the usual selections.

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BMW, as well as many other German car makers, offers a European Delivery option when ordering a brand new Bimmer. Many people don’t realize that this program exists, otherwise I feel like there would be significantly more Americans doing it. It’s a wonderful program that allows the customer to not only get a significant discount on their car but a trip to Germany and other European countries as well as an experience to remember for a lifetime. Owning a car like a BMW, especially something like an M car, is an experience. And the BMW Welt and the ED program offer just that.

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Ferrari poaches back former Ferrari engineer from BMW

In late 2014, BMW poached Ferrari’s former technical director, Roberto Fedeli and was apparently assigned at the time to work with the M Division. Now news break that Fedeli is going back to FCA group. According to Automotive News citing an FCA spo...

In late 2014, BMW poached Ferrari’s former technical director, Roberto Fedeli and was apparently assigned at the time to work with the M Division. Now news break that Fedeli is going back to FCA group. According to Automotive News citing an FCA spokesman, Fedeli will head the engineering departments at Alfa Romeo and Maserati and report to Harald Wester, currently CEO of both brands and also chief technical officer for the entire FCA group. Fedeli has been with Ferrari since 1988 and has been responsible for the engineering of all Ferrari cars since 2007. His most recent model is the limited production LaFerrari gasoline-electric hybrid super car. He also worked on the F12 Berlinetta and 458 Italia.

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Fedeli might have his work cut out for him at FCA. There are several reports citing engineering issues at Alfa Romeo. Citing supplier sources, Automotive News reports that the new Giulia small sedan failed front, side and rear crash tests and thus required significant re-engineering. The article Ferrari poaches back former Ferrari engineer from BMW appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Gorgeous E28 BMW M5 for sale

We recently spoke about the original BMW M5, the E28 iteration, and how it had a very interesting beginning to its life. There are a few different versions of the how original M5 began, told by a few different people inside BMW, but the best version ...

We recently spoke about the original BMW M5, the E28 iteration, and how it had a very interesting beginning to its life. There are a few different versions of the how original M5 began, told by a few different people inside BMW, but the best version was told by Paul Rosche. According to him, the the CEO of BMW, during a time of tension between East and West Germany, needed bodyguard cars to keep up with his turbocharged 7 Series, so BMW’s M Division stuffed the famous 3.5 liter I6 under the hood of a 5 Series and the rest is history. We like that story, as it has historical tension, drama and just badassery by the M Division. But stories aside, the E28 BMW M5 is one of the all time greatest BMWs. It spawned a new genre of vehicle, one that would be mimicked by nearly every other automaker since, with none ever being able to replicate the magic that the original M5 had, BMW included. The E39 M5 came very close to being as perfect of a fast sedan as the E28 but, in the opinion of many, still wasn’t as special. The E28 is the original M car, it’s the birth of a genre and it’s near perfect as a car. So when we find one for sale, in the perfect color combination and near perfect condition for a good price, we get very excited.

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This 1988 BMW M5 is in Schwarz Black with Natural Tan Leather interior, which is the absolute perfect color combination. The only thing wrong with this M5 is the hideous North American bumpers, but it’s from Canada so that’s to be expected. However, the buyer of this car can always switch the bumpers out to the sleeker-looking Euro bumpers. On the exterior, there seems to be nothing wrong with this car, but it isn’t mint. It’s 28 years old, so there are signs of fade in some of the plastic bits and it doesn’t look perfect, but it’s damn close and it looks great. On the inside, things are much the same. There are a few signs of wear, but wear that would be acceptable on a five year old car, so it’s in fantastic shape for a 28 year old car. That tan interior, so light it’s almost cream, is gorgeous and has some amenities you won’t find on some modern BMWs, like electric headrests and heated rear seats. It’s just fantastic.

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But this goes from a cool car to a car that makes me start looking on the shadier parts of the internet for where I can sell a kidney once the hood opens up. That’s not an engine, that’s a heart for something magnificent. This is the S38 iteration of the engine, not the M88, as it’s a North American car, which means its a bit slower but it’s still amazing. 256 hp in a sedan that only weighs around 3,400 lbs isn’t bad even for today and this is from 1988. Plus, it’s got a five-speed manual gearbox, a limited-slip rear differential and one of the best engine noises in the world, so if you own this car just forget the numbers a go for a drive.

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This particular car is selling for $39,800, which isn’t bad for such a good example of one of the best M cars of all time. It’s got around 227,000 km on it (140,000 mi) and the gauges are in km/h because this is a Canadian car, but that adds a bit of character to it if you’re in the ‘States. Personally, if I was in the market, I’d buy this car over a brand new 3 Series costing just as much. Would it be much more of a headache, being it’s a near 30 year old German car with 140,000 miles on it? Yea, but it’d be worth every second of it. The article Gorgeous E28 BMW M5 for sale appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Mineral Gray Metallic BMW M4 By Vorsteiner

Mineral Gray is certainly one of the more striking exterior finishes offered by BMW for the new M4 Coupe. The dark grey color highlights quite well the beefed up lines of the aggressive sports coupe while also enhancing its premium looks. This partic...

Mineral Gray is certainly one of the more striking exterior finishes offered by BMW for the new M4 Coupe. The dark grey color highlights quite well the beefed up lines of the aggressive sports coupe while also enhancing its premium looks. This particular BMW M4 has been modified with a bevvy of Vorsteiner Aero parts and their newly-introduced V-FF 103 Flow Forged wheels. Seen below is a BMW F82 M4 featuring the Vorsteiner Carbon Graphite V-FF 103 wheels in a staggered 20×9.5 front and 20×10.5 rear fitment. The wheels utilize a concave profile for front and rear allowing the fitment to be on point and add additional depth for the wheels. The wheels come with a contemporary design, giving the M4 an even more aggressive appearance overall.

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Vorstener’s lightweight EVO Front Spoiler and EVO Deck Lid Spoiler were also fitted to the M4 Coupe. Both aero additions are made out of pre-prag carbon fiber reducing the weigh, providing better rigidity and creating the perfect balance between performance and visual appeal. Please take a look at the media gallery below for more information and details on this project vehicle.

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Audi S3 vs BMW 340i: Which is the better performance value?

We recently sampled the BMW 340i on some fantastic driving roads, the kind of roads that would punish lesser cars, and it dispatched them with ease. The, new for 2016, BMW 340i is a sedan that’s hard to fault, as it’s capable of some very...

We recently sampled the BMW 340i on some fantastic driving roads, the kind of roads that would punish lesser cars, and it dispatched them with ease. The, new for 2016, BMW 340i is a sedan that’s hard to fault, as it’s capable of some very serious performance driving, cruising around town running errands and also seating a family of four in comfort. It’s a practical performance sedan that doesn’t break the bank or cause any inconvenience. Hell, it’s even pretty good on gas. So as it stands, the 340i is an incredible package and excellent value for a performance luxury sedan.

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But so is the Audi S3. Audi’s smallest S-badged car now occupies a very similar price point as the BMW 340i. While both cars aren’t typically competitors, as the S3 is much smaller and based on the A3 which occupies a lesser segment than the BMW 3 Series, it’s worth seeing what it brings to the table as both cars are so similar in price. The Audi S3 also offers a practical four-door performance package, with similar performance figures as the 340i, seating for four and around-town civility. Plus it comes with Quattro all-wheel drive as-standard, whereas xDrive is an option for the 340i, so there’s added value there. So which of the two is the better buy? It’s actually a tougher decision than one might think. The Audi S3 is smaller, giving it less interior room, but that also makes it easier to park and could be more attractive to someone living in the city and its standard all-wheel drive can help sweeten the deal. However, 340i can actually seat five people if it needs to, something that the S3 can only do if that fifth person is a child or just really, really small and it won’t be comfortable. So both cars have their strengths.

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In terms of performance, the BMW 340i’s 320 hp is almost 30 more than the Audi S3’s 292 but it weighs a good 200 lbs more, so it evens out a bit. The Audi S3 is quoted at getting from 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds and the BMW 340i can do it in around 4.8 (with a manual, we haven’t tested it with its eight-speed auto). So performance figures are very similar. In terms of braking, handling and steering, we only drove the BMW 340i xDrive and haven’t yet driven the Audi S3, so we can’t say which drives better but the 340i will be tough to beat. However, we’ve heard very good things about the S3. Both cars offer similar performance, are both sedans, can both the all-wheel drive and both cost around $50,000 with options. Give or take a couple thousand dollars, depending on options, and you can get a high-performance all-wheel drive sedan that can sit four comfortably and be driven everyday. One could say that the 340i is more car for the money because of its bigger size and two more cylinders, but the S3 makes up for that with its more aggressive sporty looks and Quattro all-wheel drive as standard.

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It’s a tough choice because both are very good cars with their own unique take on a similar recipe for around the same money. We’ve liked the 340i very much and must say that it will be tough to beat but the S3 is a very good car as well with a ton of performance and capability for the money. So which one do you think is the better performance value? The article Audi S3 vs BMW 340i: Which is the better performance value? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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How BMW’s M Division started with Ford

We all know of BMW’s M Division quite well, as it’s the division that pumps out our favorite vehicles each and every year. The BMW M3 and M5 have been the defining cars in each of their segments for decades not. In fact, they are the cars...

We all know of BMW’s M Division quite well, as it’s the division that pumps out our favorite vehicles each and every year. The BMW M3 and M5 have been the defining cars in each of their segments for decades not. In fact, they are the cars that invented their segments, so all other competitors are just playing in BMW M’s field. However, BMW’s M Division didn’t always exist and it took some people from Ford to make it happen. Back in the late 1960’s, Ford was dominating the entire field of motorsport. Whether it be at Le Mans, in Formula One or even in Rally racing, Ford was a dominant force in the late sixties. Each division of Ford, from the US, UK and German divisions, was doing its part to provide superb racecars. But it was Ford’s German division that would eventually change the shape of BMW, and in turn the auto industry, forever. A man by the name of Jochen Neerpasch was the Head of Ford’s Motorsport division and had created racing versions of the beautiful Ford Capri, the Capri RS 2600. The RS 2600 debuted in 1970 and absolutely dominated everything in its path. Neerpasch had stripped the car of anything superfluous, gave it lightweight fiberglass doors and hood and pumped up the horsepower of its 2.9 liter V6 to 280 hp. With the car only weighing 950 kg (2094 lbs), the Capri RS 2600 was virtually unstoppable. BMW, on the other hand, was not fairing so well with its 2800CS and needed a change. In 1972, BMW stole Neerpasch away from Ford and with him came the rest of his team.

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When Neerpasch got there, he turned the 2800CS into the magnificent BMW 3.0 CSL that we all know and love today. This started BMW’s M Division and with the M Division came the dominant era of BMW. The 3.0 CSL crushed everything else in its path and became famous for being the best Touring car of the time, with pro racers from all over the world of Motorsport, including Jackie Stewart, Jacky Ickx, James Hunt and Niki Lauda, having been behind the wheel at some point. It was an incredible car and the beginning of a legend. From there, the rest is history. Eventually, Neerpasch would be fired over the failure of his brainchild, the BMW M1, but the M Division would live on to create the incredible cars we all love. The E28 M5 was the first genuine production M Division product and it was revolutionary, giving the world a saloon car (sedan in America) that could keep up with Porsche 911 Carreras. The original M5 created the fast luxury sedan segment. After that, BMW would go racing again in the World Touring Car Championship with the E30 BMW M3 which would later become the basis for one of the most famous sports car model lines of all time.

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The BMW M Division is one of the most widely known performance divisions in all of automotive history and it all started with a man from Ford and his team of brilliant engineers. The entire success of the M Division can almost be credited to one man, Jochen Neerpasch, as without his expertise we would have never had the brilliant M cars we have today. [Source and more details: Jalopnik] The article How BMW’s M Division started with Ford appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Fan rendering of a futuristic BMW 35 CSL

Mihnea Popovici is a rendering artist known for its retro, yet futuristic images of BMW cars. He’s previously given us some computer generated images of a BMW 6 Series GT and now he’s back with another exciting project – BMW 35 CSL....

Mihnea Popovici is a rendering artist known for its retro, yet futuristic images of BMW cars. He’s previously given us some computer generated images of a BMW 6 Series GT and now he’s back with another exciting project – BMW 35 CSL. The new project is based on the original and iconic 3.0 CSL “Batmobile” with a lot of design cues closer to the 1973 car rather than the recently unveiled 3.0 CSL Hommage. The BMW 35 CSL is similar to a racecar with a stripped interior and bucket seats, somewhat a classical alternative to an M4 GTS. Under the hood, the 35 CSL could feature the same drivetrain – a 3.0 liter six-cylinder turbo producting 500 horsepower which would be more than enough to let the 35 CSL go against many other race cars on the track.

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The oversized front-end stands out with an equally oversized and imposing kidney grille complemented by an aggressive front bumper with two air intakes. The lights are modern interpretation of the old school BMW lights, while the rear end is classic race car – a large wing with a massive diffuser.

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The hood with functional air vents not only allow for great cooling but also add to the sporty look of the car. The yellow classic mesh wheels are just the final touch on an exciting project. Click below for more photos:

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