Next-Generation BMW M5 Spied Testing, Packs All-Wheel Drive

The first all-wheel-drive BMW M5. ...

The first all-wheel-drive BMW M5.

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BMW i8, 5 Series GT Hydrogen Fuel Cell Prototypes Revealed

The fruits of BMW’s partnership with Toyota. ...

The fruits of BMW’s partnership with Toyota.

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Five Best BMW Backseats For Kids

Families. Everyone’s got one. Some are crazy, some are happy, some are fun. But most people who buy cars in BMW’s price range are adults with families. It’s the reason why BMW has been developing so many SUVs and cars like the 2 Series Tourers....

Families. Everyone’s got one. Some are crazy, some are happy, some are fun. But most people who buy cars in BMW’s price range are adults with families. It’s the reason why BMW has been developing so many SUVs and cars like the 2 Series Tourers. Enthusiast may dislike this, but BMW cannot ignore its customer’s needs, no matter how many enthusiasts would rather BMW make only M3 wagons. But since families are so important to the Bavarian brand, and backseat space for little ones is such a priority, I thought we could take a look at the best BMW backseats for kids. 5. BMW X5

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The X5 has a tremendous amount of room for children, and even has an optional third row for two extra spawn. It’s also extremely luxurious and can be optioned with a rear seat entertainment package, giving the kids screens to melt their brains away with. But regardless of all of that, the X5 offers a roomy backseat with extremely comfortable leather chairs for the kids to get comfy in. Kids likely won’t ask “are we there yet?” in the X5, because they’d rather be sitting in those leather thrones. But being that it isn’t all that exciting, it’s last on the list. 4. BMW i3

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The backseat of the i3 isn’t very spacious, but it can most certainly accommodate 3 small children. But what the i3 has going for it is its cool factor. The i3’s rear half suicide doors will impress kids and make them want to jump in. But once they’re in there, they’ll be greeted by one of the funkiest and more futuristic looking cabins on the market. The backseat is full of funky cloth and exposed Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic. It also has incredible legroom, storage space and a flat floor, thanks to the lack of transmission tunnel. And because it’s a hatchback, you can stick Fido in the trunk and the kids can play with him. 3. BMW M4 Convertible

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Okay, so you can only fit two little mongrels in the backseat of the M4 ‘vert and they have to be quite tiny. But if you can manage to squeeze them in without breaking anything (on both the car and children) they will be in for a treat. There aren’t too many things more exciting for kids than sitting in the back seat of a convertible sports car, going fast with the wind in their hair and faces, listening to the exhaust roar. Much is said about the M4’s exhaust note being pumped through the speakers and how it doesn’t sound so great. Well it makes a lovely sound from outside of the car, and that’s exactly what those kids would be hearing. It’s hard to top the smiles in the back seat of the M4 Convertible. 2. BMW M6 Gran Coupe

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Talk about feeling like you’re in a private jet. The two leather seats that adorn the back of the M6 Gran Coupe are like little luxury cockpits. Kids in the backseats of one of these have got comfortable leather, fancy buttons and the exhaust note of a 4.4 liter Twin Turbo V8 behind their heads. Then comes the take off, when Mom or Dad pins the throttle, and the kids feel that rush and get pinned back to their seat. It’s both comfortable, cool and exciting. Only very privileged kids get to sit in the back of an M6 Gran Coupe, but the lucky few that get to are in for a helluva ride. 1. BMW 7 Series

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As much as kids like fast cars and going fast, what kids are really into these days is technology. Kids learn how to use iPads before they can speak. So when festooned with the level of luxury and technology that the backseat of the new G11 7 Series has, kids will be mesmerized and flabbergasted. They’ll all want to play with the million buttons and kick their feet back. They’ll want to use the removable Samsung Galaxy tablet and play with all of its functions. The backseat of a 7 Series is any modern kid’s dream. It’s comfy, luxurious and infinitely fun. It’s almost like a playroom for kids these days. Plus, it’d be impossible not to be happy while sitting in one of those heated and massaging thrones that adorn the back of a 7 Series. In fact, it may be a bad idea to put kids back there, because they may never want to get out. The article Five Best BMW Backseats For Kids appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW is best at high-end luxury

Most major luxury car manufacturers, be it BMW, Mercedes-Benz or Audi, have another even more luxurious brand under their belts. BMW has Rolls Royce, Audi has Bentley (well, technically it’s Volkswagen that owns Bentley) and Mercedes-Benz kind of h...

Most major luxury car manufacturers, be it BMW, Mercedes-Benz or Audi, have another even more luxurious brand under their belts. BMW has Rolls Royce, Audi has Bentley (well, technically it’s Volkswagen that owns Bentley) and Mercedes-Benz kind of has Maybach (even though Maybach has been turned into a really high-end trim package). Mercedes now even owns a large portion of Aston Martin and will be sharing various components with the British sports car company. This got me thinking, is BMW the best at ultra high-end luxury?

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What got me thinking about this was the upcoming Aston Martin DB11. Its interior was just spied a bit and was caught using the same COMMAND controller wheel as the rest of the Mercedes lineup. That seems a bit cheesy, for the premier British sports car maker to be using interior bits stemmed from a German luxury car company that also makes taxis. I feel like it cheapens the brand a little bit and dilutes the image. Yes, it’s still an Aston Martin, but will have an engine from AMG and interior bits from Mercedes? Where’s the Aston Martin-ness? Why buy one over an AMG GT if it’s going to be mostly the same for far more money?

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Audi runs into the same issue with Bentley. The Bentley Continental GT uses the same shift gate as a B6 Audi A4.

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That’s right, the quarter-of-a-million dollar GT car from Crewe, England uses the same shift gate as a 12 year old Audi that can be bought for under $10,000. That has to be a kick in the naughty bits for anyone who just bought a Conti GT. But that’s not all, the 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 under its hood is the exact same engine used in the Audi S6, S7 and S8. The Audi S6 costs around $70,000, and while that’s not chump change, it’s a helluva lot less than a Bentley. So why spend all of that money on a car that uses a far less expensive Audi engine, despite how good it is, and Audi trim pieces?

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Admittedly, these cars are very different from their comparatively plebeian roots and BMW isn’t abstained from this either. However, BMW seems to let Rolls Royce do a lot more on its own than the others. You’d be hard pressed to find one piece of BMW gear inside of a new Rolls Royce, aside from maybe the Start/Stop button. The iDrive system may be the same, but at least Rolls has developed a new controller. None of the gauges look similar, the nav screen is placed entirely differently and even the HVAC controls are completely different. Yes, the engine and gearbox are from BMW. But the engine is from ONE other BMW, the 760Li, and that’s a very rare car in and of itself. Plus, Rolls have given the engine a once over, giving it some extra Rolls Royce-iness. The gearbox is used in even entry level BMWs, like the 320i, but it’s the same one used in pretty much every other Bentley or Aston Martin these days anyway. The point I’m trying to make is that a Bentley’s Audi/Volkswagen roots are apparent when sitting in it and the same will go for Aston Martin. The Rolls Royce’s BMW roots are not. BMW lets Rolls do its own thing and make cars with parts bespoke to only them. So while Bentleys, Aston Martins and Lamborghinis may be incredible cars, they’re much less expensive heritage shines through despite their eye-watering price tags. And if it’s my money, I don’t want to see a 12 year old car’s shift gate in my brand new $250,000 Bentley. BMW seems to realize this better than most. The article BMW is best at high-end luxury appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW showcases more parts made of lightweight materials

Earlier this week, we went to Miramas, France to drive what could be the future of zero emission long-distance transportation. BMW chose as a test bed the somewhat design-controversial 5 Series GT which was fitted with the latest and greatest hydroge...

Earlier this week, we went to Miramas, France to drive what could be the future of zero emission long-distance transportation. BMW chose as a test bed the somewhat design-controversial 5 Series GT which was fitted with the latest and greatest hydrogen fuel cell technology. But that wasn’t the only thing BMW was testing. The engineers and designers in Munich have worked together to create new lightweight parts that could be fitted to future cars in order to shed some weight. The 5 Series GT prototype was fitted with a carbon fiber roof, similar to the one found in the new M3 and M4 sportscars, an indication that future models could feature a similar setup.

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Even more exciting than the roof is the hatchback because it is completely made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic and demonstrates that in the future even the most complex shapes can be made from lightweight materials. Also integrated into the design of the one-piece rear hatch is a spoiler lip.

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The wheels are made from a carbon fiber and aluminum composite which reduce the weight and provides additional strength.

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BMW says that their engineers are always testing lightweight solutions for every day life in order to collect data and make educated decisions in the future. The latest and greatest BMW that is based on the entire philosophy of lightweight construction is the new 7 Series with its BMW Carbon Technology.

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Tanzanite Blue M4 all modded up

Tanzanite Blue Individual M4 coupe all modded up. Full list of modifications: M-Performance CF MirrorsM-Performance CF SpoilerM-Performance CF SplittersM-Performance Painted Side + Front SplittersM-Performance CF Center Console TrimM-Performance CF ...

Tanzanite Blue Individual M4 coupe all modded up. Full list of modifications: M-Performance CF MirrorsM-Performance CF SpoilerM-Performance CF SplittersM-Performance Painted Side + Front SplittersM-Performance CF Center Console TrimM-Performance CF ShifterM-Performance Alcantara E-brake with CF HandleM-Performance Alcantara + CF interior TrimM-Performance LED Steering WheelM-Performance Black Side MarkersM-Performance Black GrillesM-Performance Stainless Steel PedalsCarbon Fiber Seat Shells Front and RearIND Painted ReflectorsIND Painted M4 BadgeIND Painted keyhole coverKW H.A.S KitBC Forged RS41 Wheels in brushed black 19×9.5et20 19x11et40Michelin Pilot Super Sports 265/35 305/30Macht Schnell Stud Conversion KitAwron Digital GaugeJB4ER DownpipesVorsteiner CF GTS DiffuserAWE Resonated Exhaust with diamond black 90mm tipsK&N Filters

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BMW showcases hydrogen fuel cell, eDrive, and water injection development at Miramas

The BMW Group presents pioneering drive technologies during a driving event at the Miramas proving grounds in southern France. The BMW Group’s largest testing facility offers the ideal environment for the intensive, real-world testing of drive sys...

The BMW Group presents pioneering drive technologies during a driving event at the Miramas proving grounds in southern France. The BMW Group’s largest testing facility offers the ideal environment for the intensive, real-world testing of drive systems and driving dynamics. BMW eDrive technology from the BMW i cars continues to find its way into series production models from the BMW brand. The prototype of a BMW 2 Series Active Tourer with plug-in hybrid drive system demonstrates the high flexibility of BMW eDrive technology; first plug-in hybrid vehicle from BMW with a front/transverse-mounted combustion engine, high-voltage generator and road-linked all-wheel drive thanks to an electric drive system at the rear axle. Direct water injection enhances the efficiency of combustion engines at higher performance levels and also significantly reduces fuel consumption and emissions in key driving cycles for customers. Hydrogen fuel cell drive system is a future-focused variant of BMW eDrive technology allowing all-electric driving with a high operating range and short refuelling times. The BMW Group’s many years of research and development work in this field are given fresh momentum by the collaboration with the Toyota Motor Corporation.

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This BMW M4 makes 700 horsepower at the wheel

The new BMW M3 and M4 have become the darling of the tuning world with lots of shops competing to deliver the most power output possible. This latest M4 project comes from PURE, a California-based company, who gave their project car 708 horsepower at...

The new BMW M3 and M4 have become the darling of the tuning world with lots of shops competing to deliver the most power output possible. This latest M4 project comes from PURE, a California-based company, who gave their project car 708 horsepower at the wheel. Their Stage 2 kit also brings the S55 engine to 707 wtq while using race fuel Octane 100 and methanol. The mods include their S55 PURE Stage 2 Turbos, BMS JB4 w/ OBD2 cable, BMS Meth Kit, Magnaflow Exhaust, Evolution Racewerks downpipes and BMC drop in filters. A manual transmission was used in this M4, along with a stock intake system.

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With all these upgrades and power, the M4 is likely to run from 0 to 62 mph in less than four seconds. Let’s take a look at the dyno charts below:

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Racing Update: Thrills on Four Continents

BMW riders were in action in championships on a four continents last weekend. In the French European Bikes Championship (FR EU) BMW S1000RR racers claimed a one-two-three. In the FIM Sidecar World Championship (SWC) two BMW pairings stepped onto the ...

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BMW riders were in action in championships on a four continents last weekend. In the French European Bikes Championship (FR EU) BMW S1000RR racers claimed a one-two-three. In the FIM Sidecar World Championship (SWC) two BMW pairings stepped onto the podium at Pannoniaring (HU). In Canada, BMW privateer Jordan Szoke (CA) celebrated his second win […]

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Secret BMW Hydrogen Program Revealed

Among a slew of innovations announced this week at BMW’s Innovation Days press event, one stands out as perhaps the most awe inspiring of… The post Secret BMW Hydrogen Program Revealed… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my we...

Among a slew of innovations announced this week at BMW’s Innovation Days press event, one stands out as perhaps the most awe inspiring of… The post Secret BMW Hydrogen Program Revealed… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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