InsideTrack June 2015

BEYOND ULTIMATE LIES BMW ALPINA THE NEW BMW ALPINA B6 xDRIVE GRAN COUPE Rushing from 0 to 60 in 3.6 seconds1, the 600-hp BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe is the fastest-accelerating vehicle ever created in this legendary collaboration between The Ulti...

BEYOND ULTIMATE LIES BMW ALPINA THE NEW BMW ALPINA B6 xDRIVE GRAN COUPE Rushing from 0 to 60 in 3.6 seconds1, the 600-hp BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe is the fastest-accelerating vehicle ever created in this legendary collaboration between The Ultimate Driving Machine® and respected automotive manufacturer ALPINA. But the BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive has more to offer than sheer speed and thrilling handling. Striking aesthetics and a luxurious interior place this limited-production vehicle in a class all its own. Initially built to the highest standards as a BMW 650i xDrive Gran Coupe, each vehicle is then delivered to ALPINA for extensive tuning of the commanding Bi-Turbo V-8 engine and 8-speed Sport Automatic transmission. Download the entire newsletter.

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Rumor: BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Scheduled for 2018 Release

The German publication Auto Motor und Sport is reporting that BMW is planning a four door coupe based on the current rear wheel drive… The post Rumor: BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Scheduled for 2018… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my...

The German publication Auto Motor und Sport is reporting that BMW is planning a four door coupe based on the current rear wheel drive… The post Rumor: BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Scheduled for 2018… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Power eDrive vs. Tesla: The Future Of BMW And Its M Division

For those of you who follow the news on MotoringFile, we are currently in Las Vegas for AMVIV 2015. It’s not atypical to see… The post Power eDrive vs. Tesla: The Future Of BMW And Its M… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my ...

For those of you who follow the news on MotoringFile, we are currently in Las Vegas for AMVIV 2015. It’s not atypical to see… The post Power eDrive vs. Tesla: The Future Of BMW And Its M… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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BMW celebrates 40 years of BMW Art Cars Throughout 2015

Official Release: Lichtenstein. Warhol. Koons. Stella. Calder. Rauschenberg. Holzer. Elíasson. Since a BMW 3.0 CSL painted by Alexander Calder lined up for the Le… The post BMW celebrates 40 years… [[ This is a content summary only. Visi...

Official Release: Lichtenstein. Warhol. Koons. Stella. Calder. Rauschenberg. Holzer. Elíasson. Since a BMW 3.0 CSL painted by Alexander Calder lined up for the Le… The post BMW celebrates 40 years… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Rumor: BMW to offer X3 M and X3 M40i in next-gen

Third-generation BMW X3 will come to market in 2017. Built under codename, G01, the refreshed X3 midsize SUV is based on a new modular design expected to improve interior space and comfort levels, while under the bonnet there will be far more variety...

Third-generation BMW X3 will come to market in 2017. Built under codename, G01, the refreshed X3 midsize SUV is based on a new modular design expected to improve interior space and comfort levels, while under the bonnet there will be far more variety. According to Motoring Australia, BMW is preparing not only an M Performance version of the X3 — dubbed X3 M40i — but also an M fully developed X3 M. The rumormill churns out that the BMW X3 M40i will be powered by a 3.0 liter inline-six turbocharged engine producing 360 hp, while the X3 M is expected to inherit the S55 3.0 liter engine from the new M3/M4 which outputs 425 horsepower.

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While the X5 M and X6 M are niche models, the X3 M, thanks to its lower price, could BMW’s latest hybrid technology will also be offered, so expect a plug-in hybrid to run up to 50 km on electric power. While it remains with only two rows of seats, the rear seats can be adjusted for height, length and backrest angle. The roller cover disappears when not in use in a recess in the boot floor. Related: BMW X3 Rendering The upcoming BMW X1 will give us a preview at the design language that is likely to be used on the X3 as well. We hear both cars were penned by the same designer. A preview of the car will take place next year. The article Rumor: BMW to offer X3 M and X3 M40i in next-gen appeared first on BMW BLOG

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A Look Inside the BMW Design Archives

A thumb-through of the automaker’s archives. ...

A thumb-through of the automaker’s archives.

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BMW Needs To Make A 2 Series Gran Coupe

Okay, so we’ve all read the rumors that BMW is currently making a 2 Series Gran Coupe. It’s a rumor that’s been circulating for as long as I can remember. It’s almost an inevitability, as BMW makes a Gran Coupe out of almost anything these da...

Okay, so we’ve all read the rumors that BMW is currently making a 2 Series Gran Coupe. It’s a rumor that’s been circulating for as long as I can remember. It’s almost an inevitability, as BMW makes a Gran Coupe out of almost anything these days. However, I’ve been scouring the interwebs today, which is no different from any other day except today I’m wearing pants, and have seen a lot of hate for such a hypothetical car. But why? I just had a week with a lovely girl by the name of M235i xDrive. She was very nice, more athletic than I had anticipated and a whole lot of fun. She was quite the looker too. Ya know what other BMWs are good looking? The 4 and 6 Series Gran Coupe. They’re freaking gorgeous. Better looking than their coupe counterparts, if you ask me. So how could anyone not want all of the fun times that the M235i can provide with the added bonus of that gorgeous Gran Coupe styling? It seems like madness.

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Each and every time I see a 6 Series Gran Coupe drive past me, I stare like a 16 year old staring into a girl’s bedroom window and almost crash. Maybe that’s a bit exaggerated, but you get the point. They’re damn good looking. So if BMW decides that they want to make a smaller version, based on an already great car that’s far more affordable than the uber expensive 6er GC, how could that be a bad thing? That seems like people complaining about ruining ice cream with chocolate sprinkles. Chocolate sprinkles only make things better.

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@MotorTrend   Also, it would sell like Natty Ice at a Frat House. Mercedes-Benz is selling a boatload of CLAs to people who want an entry level ‘Benz. It’s got swoopy, attractive styling (even though I kind of think it looks like it’s melting), a low $30k price tag and a three-pointed star, so everyone wants one. Audi just launched its new A3 sedan, which looks like a shrunken A4 and is basically a VW Jetta with Audi badges, yet Audi dealers can’t keep them on the lots. Yet BMW’s absolutely fantastic 2 Series coupe is much less loved because of its lack of rear doors (despite having better rear legroom than both and better rear headroom than the Benz). So give the 2er a couple of extra doors, sexy styling and an attractive price tag and BMW won’t be able to make them fast enough. Plus, it would be the only one of the three to have rear-wheel drive. So there’s that. This may have seemed like a hyperbole-filled rant, and in some ways it was, but underneath all of the silly metaphors is much truth. A 2 Series Gran Coupe would not only sell very well, but would be an excellent car to drive and look at. Plus, it would be way for us less fortunate enthusiasts to squirm our way into some seductive Gran Coupe curves without having to invent the next big mobile app. So please, BMW, pretty please, make a 2 Series Gran Coupe. Especially an M235i Gran Coupe. Thanks. The article BMW Needs To Make A 2 Series Gran Coupe appeared first on BMW BLOG

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2016 BMW 3 Series Price and Order Guide

Here are the price and order guides for the 2016 3 Series, including the new 340i model. ...

Here are the price and order guides for the 2016 3 Series, including the new 340i model.

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2016 BMW M4 GTS Testing with Bigger Rear Wing on the Nurburgring

The BMW M4 GTS has been spotted with a high rear wing for the first time. ...

The BMW M4 GTS has been spotted with a high rear wing for the first time.

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BMW 1 Series Hatch Racing Car by ADF Motorsport

ADF Motorsport South Africa has instructed their designers to virtually create a racing car based on the BMW 1 Series Hatchback. And the results are stunning. The designers began with the virtual project by adding a new front apron with huge air inta...

ADF Motorsport South Africa has instructed their designers to virtually create a racing car based on the BMW 1 Series Hatchback. And the results are stunning. The designers began with the virtual project by adding a new front apron with huge air intakes and a carbon fiber front lip. The hood also gets redesigned with functional vents to help with air flow and cooling of a possible tuned engine. The side mirrors have also been trimmed down as with any other proper racing car. A central wiper is also part of the package. In the back, the 1 Series Racing Car stands out with an oversized race wing extended on the sides to improve aerodynamics and increase downforce. A carbon fiber diffuser was also designed to have an aerodynamic function.

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The exhaust system with a tailpipe on each side of the diffuser are faintly reminiscent of the BMW M135i with a straight-six engine. The pre-facelift model of the BMW 1 Series F20 is among other things used by Andy Priaulx in the BTCC .

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No word on whether a production car of this rendering will be built, but we’re excited about the possibilities. [Source: Bimmertoday] The article BMW 1 Series Hatch Racing Car by ADF Motorsport appeared first on BMW BLOG

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