Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/08/27/bmw-biggest-facebook-page-automotive-industry/ in News on August 27, 2014
According to social media statistics, BMW has the biggest Facebook page in the automotive industry. Same statistics point out that the success of the BMW’s Facebook page can be directly linked to how BMW encourages its fans to post pictures and sha...
According to social media statistics, BMW has the biggest Facebook page in the automotive industry. Same statistics point out that the success of the BMW’s Facebook page can be directly linked to how BMW encourages its fans to post pictures and share driving experiences across social media. In return, the users receive exclusive news and information, sometimes used also as news sources by online magazines. For BMW, social media has been a playground where experiments were allowed until the right formula was found. BMW launched campaigns such as its “0 to Desir3” YouTube video contest, in which BMW encouraged its fans to submit 5.9 second videos expressing how much they want a BMW 328i sedan.
BMW currently has over 9 million fans on Facebook. In 2013, social media analytics tools show that 38 percent of consumers would consult social media channels before their next car purchase. Millennials are without a doubt the most engaged demographic on social media and are the most active and willing to share content. A recent survey carried out by Inside Facebook highlighted that 81 percent of millennials are active on Facebook with a median amount of 250 friends, statistics that far exceed those of other generations. The automotive industry has begun to fully embrace social media. From automakers to car shows and automotive vendors, everyone sees the potential to not only connect with their fans but also drive sales. By engaging with Facebook and other online networks, the car companies can publicize, for free for the most part, their products. The companies also look at the millennials as the next generation young professionals and future clients, so long-term relationships are needed to build trust and loyalty. BMWBLOG has also been successful to engage with BMW fans through our own social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube. [Source: Bizjournal] The article BMW has the biggest Facebook page in the automotive industry appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/08/27/bmw-f10-m5-gs-automotive-art/ in News on August 27, 2014
Going for that elusive clean look is harder to achieve than anything else! This is perfectly understood by many owners and aftermarket tuning shops out there. That being said, it’s still rather unusual to find an entirely “clean” BM...
Going for that elusive clean look is harder to achieve than anything else! This is perfectly understood by many owners and aftermarket tuning shops out there. That being said, it’s still rather unusual to find an entirely “clean” BMW F10 M5 tuning project. Today we have a BMW F10 M5 build done by Prestige Auto Couture. This tuning project features some top notch aftermarket parts and it’s all been thoroughly documented by GS Automotive Art in an impressive photoshoot. The BMW F10 M5 shown here has a set of Vossen CV4 wheels to start off the build right. These are chosen to accentuate the car’s exterior looks and the overall design and finish of the wheels achieves just that. Sizes for these are 22×9 in the front and 22×10.5 in the rear, working nicely with the aggressive lines of the M5.
The wheels are wrapped up in Pirelli tires, which are sized 245/30/22 and 285/25/22 front and rear respectively. Add a set of H&R Lowering Springs for that extra down to the ground effect and this build is complete regarding the visual additions. With that done, the owner also went for an aftermarket exhaust system, allowing that 4.4L V8 a deeper howl and some performance gains alongside that. Grab some wallpapers down below and feel free to comment about this custom build.
Posted by http://bmwi.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1027737 in News on August 26, 2014
Posted by http://www.automobilemag.com/features/news/1408-2015-ford-f-150-stresses-aerodynamics/ in News on August 26, 2014
Boxy design slips through the wind.
Posted by http://www.automobilemag.com/features/news/1408-watch-the-2015-bmw-i8-hit-track/ in News on August 26, 2014
Is this unconventional hybrid a true sports car?
Posted by http://www.automobilemag.com/features/news/1408-2016-volvo-xc90-fully-detailed/ in News on August 26, 2014
Pleasing to both current XC90 owners and the Volvo wagon faithful.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/08/26/dinan-launches-bmw-s1-m5-675-horsepower/ in News on August 26, 2014
Dinan unveils their BMW S1 M5 project developing 675 horsepower and 644 lb-ft of torque. The impressive jump in power is achieved thanks to Dinan’s Carbon Fiber Cold Air Intake, Free Flow Exhaust system and the all new DINANTRONICS Performance Tune...
Dinan unveils their BMW S1 M5 project developing 675 horsepower and 644 lb-ft of torque. The impressive jump in power is achieved thanks to Dinan’s Carbon Fiber Cold Air Intake, Free Flow Exhaust system and the all new DINANTRONICS Performance Tuner that opens up the full potential of the S63 V8. The DINANTRONICS Performance Tuner is a highly engineered and sophisticated piece of computer hardware and software that enhances engine performance, without negating or voiding the new car warranty coverage and without affecting long term reliability or the functionality of on-board diagnostic systems.
It was also designed to be emissions legal in 50 states (E.O. Pending). To compliment the added power, the package includes negative camber front control arms, lightweight tubular Anti-Roll bars and Dinan’s High Performance Adjustable Coil-over System that gives the M5 a more aggressive stance and decreased body roll, without sacrificing ride comfort. Dinan’s adjustable coil-overs keep the factory Electronic Damper Control shocks in place and implements threaded collars to allow the user to change the ride height. The end result is a sleek lowered stance that provides improved handling to go along with the more aggressive appearance.
Optional features include Dinan lightweight forged wheels (custom finishes available) and cosmetic upgrades from the BMW performance parts line that includes a carbon rear spoiler, a carbon front fascia and Dinan aluminum pedals adding a unique aesthetic touch to any 2011-2015 BMW M5. This package is also available for the M6 and Competition Package Equipped models.
Dinan S1 M5 Product and Performance Summary Available for F10 M5 Engine DINANTRONICS Performance Tuner $3,749 Dinan Stainless Steel Free Flow Exhaust (Rear Muffler) $2,999 Dinan Carbon Fiber Cold Air Intake $2,999 Total for S1 Engine Tune: $9,747 Performance Maximum Horsepower: 675 hp @ 6000 rpm Maximum Torque: 644 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm Suspension Dinan High Performance Adjustable Coil-over Suspension System $1,499 Dinan Lightweight Tubular Adjustable Front Anti-Roll Bar $599 Dinan Lightweight Tubular Adjustable Rear Anti-Roll Bar $399 Dinan Negative Camber Control Arms $1,014 Total for S1 Suspension Tune: $3,511 Accessories Dinan Aluminum Pedal Pad Set $229 Dinan Deck Lid Badge Included Dinan S2 Serial Numbered Plaque Included Total for S2 Accessories: $229 Dinan S1 Package Total: $13,487 Options Wheels/Tire & Brakes Lightweight Forged Performance Wheel Set 20” $6,450 set Exterior/Interior BMW Performance Carbon Fiber Spoiler $613 BMW Carbon Mirror Caps $700 pair Warranty Matching New Car Warranty coverage up to 4 years/50K miles. The article Dinan launches BMW S1 M5 with 675 horsepower appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/08/26/francesco-conti-ambassador-bmwblog-world-professional-drifting/ in News on August 26, 2014
Drifting has evolved over the years from a young, upcoming sport to a fully grown professional motorsport, widespread across the globe. With professional organizations developing race calendars year after year, and hundreds of professional drivers, d...
Drifting has evolved over the years from a young, upcoming sport to a fully grown professional motorsport, widespread across the globe. With professional organizations developing race calendars year after year, and hundreds of professional drivers, drifting has seen an exponential development which continues to attract millions and millions of fans from all over the world. History of Francesco Conti Professional drifting in Europe goes back as far as 2005, with the introduction of the King of Europe Series, which is the biggest, oldest and most popular European Drift Competition, now in its 10th year of existence. Broadcasted to more than 85 million people around the globe, with more than 1 million fans on Facebook, and hundreds of thousands of spectators per year, King of Europe is the place where professional drifters from across the continent, and even outside from outside, gather to compete against each other, for the fun, the excitement, the high level of competition, and of course, the title of King of Europe.
Francesco Conti started drifting in Italy in 2009, behind the wheel of a BMW M3 E46, a very popular and competitive platform. With back and forth trips to Japan, the home country of drifting, where he studied and trained with some of the most respected and well known drifters in the world, Francesco Conti’s skills skyrocketed, giving him a profound understanding of the techniques and skills required to evolve to the next level. After just one year, Francesco Conti managed to win the Italian Drift Championship, one of the most competitive championships in Europe at the time. Outgrowing the capabilities of the M3 E46, and in search for an even more competitive and equally impressive machine, Francesco managed to introduce the first ever BMW M3 E92 GT4 to the world of drifting. Armed with this new weapon, he managed to win a second consecutive title in Italy and decided it’s time to move on to the next level.
Conti made his first appearance in the King of Europe Series in 2012, and from the very beginning, in one of the most difficult races of the year, he finished in the 2nd place, with no prior experience on that particular racetrack, and no prior experience in the series itself. Going up against some of the most skilled drivers and most impressive drift cars in Europe, Francesco quickly claimed his place as leader of the series, which he maintained up until the final round. Having broken his leg in an unfortunate incident just before the Final round of 2012, Francesco was unable to drive to his full potential, and thus eventually finished the championship in 2nd place in individual rankings, and 1st in Team Rankings, with the help of his team mate, Amerigo Monteverde, who was driving a BMW M3 E46.
For 2013, Conti upgraded the S65B40 engine of his M3 E92 GT4 by installing an ESS supercharger, increasing the output to 585 horsepower, a much needed upgrade in order to keep up with the horsepower wars fought in the drift scene, with some of his opponents going as high up as 1.000 horsepower. He outperformed everyone and drove in an amazing manner, taking 7 podiums in 8 events, with two recorded victories. He claimed his second European Team Title, and his first King of Europe Championship Title. Moving on with 2014, the fight for a second European Title continues, with amazing support coming from renown companies like Liberty Walk Performance, Forgiato Wheels and Flashtec. Francesco Conti is currently standing in 3rd place overall in the Championship, extremely close behind 2nd place. With one victory so far this year, and two more races left, the chances are still significant that he will be able to win a second consecutive European Title.
Partnership with BMWBLOG The partnership between Francesco Conti and BMWBLOG only comes as natural, seeing that Francesco Conti has competed solely in BMW chassis, using only BMW engines, as opposed to what other professional drifters are doing by using engines from different manufacturers. Francesco Conti has always been loyal to the BMW Brand, and wishes to continue in this direction by upgrading to a new drift project for 2015, a world premiere for this motorsport for that matter. Speaking about this new partnership, Francesco added: “I love BMW. I’ve started my professional drifting career in a BMW, I have won my first Championship Title and European Championship Title in a BMW, and I intend to develop an even more spectacular drift BMW for my 2015 season. I am extremely happy to become an ambassador for BMWBLOG in the world of drifting, and I am anxiously waiting to share my Story, Knowledge and Love for the brand with the millions and millions of BMW enthusiasts around the globe”.
For more information about Francesco Conti and his professional drifting career behind the wheel of the Supercharged BMW M3 E92 GT4 and future builds to come, feel free to follow: Francesco Conti Official Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/FrancescoContiDrift BMWBLOG Official Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/BMWBLOG
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Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/08/26/see-bmw-i8-sold-825000/ in News on August 26, 2014
The 2014 BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition was auctioned off for $825,00 during Gooding & Company’s annual Pebble Beach Auctions. This is a world auction record price for a BMW i8. Sold ahead of the official BMW i8 fall sale date for appro...
The 2014 BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition was auctioned off for $825,00 during Gooding & Company’s annual Pebble Beach Auctions. This is a world auction record price for a BMW i8. Sold ahead of the official BMW i8 fall sale date for approximately six times the MSRP of $135,700, the 2014 BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition is one-of-a-kind model featuring the BMW Individual Frozen Grey Metallic exterior paint and a Dalbergia Brown leather upholstery, which is tanned using dye derived from plant extracts and accented with stitching in BMW i Blue.
Other trim accents in BMW i Blue, include the seat belts. The words “Concours d’Elegance Edition” i8 are laser etched in the interior and “BMW i8” is embossed into the front headrests. Here is how the auction played out: The article See How This BMW i8 Sold For $825,000 appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/08/26/motortrend-reviews-bmw-i8/ in News on August 26, 2014
How to put a BMW i8 throughout its paces? Motor Trend shows us what the BMW i8 is capable of. The video review of the 2015 BMW i8 compares the hybrid sportscar with some excellent contemporary cars like the Jaguar F-Type R that sort of represents the...
How to put a BMW i8 throughout its paces? Motor Trend shows us what the BMW i8 is capable of. The video review of the 2015 BMW i8 compares the hybrid sportscar with some excellent contemporary cars like the Jaguar F-Type R that sort of represents the good ol’ petrol powered vehicles. How well does the BMW i8 compare to them? Motor Trend’s senior features editor Jonny Lieberman takes a hard look at the new plug-in hybrid performance car, crowd stopping i8, showing us why he really enjoys the development of the modern automobiles entirely. How it compares to different modern day vehicles? How well it handles? All of these are answered in this review so you definitely need to take a look right away!
The electrification of the sports car is upon us, and BMW’s wild looking entry features a puny turbocharged three-cylinder behind the driver that powers the rear wheels, as well as a potent electric traction motor motivating the fronts. Does the layout sound familiar? It should, because that’s how Porsche constructed the 918 Spyder. Can the lightweight, carbon fiber i8 deliver half the fun of the big bad Porsche at approximately one eighth the price? Stay tuned to find out! – Motor Trend Well, is there anything more I can add? The article Motor Trend Reviews The BMW i8 appeared first on BMW BLOG