ALPINA should tune a BMW i8

ALPINA has a knack for making the BMWs that BMW should have made but didn’t. The current B3 Touring and XD3 are examples of go-fast BMWs that didn’t exist until the wonderful madmen at ALPINA thought them up. I think it’s time for those same wo...

ALPINA has a knack for making the BMWs that BMW should have made but didn’t. The current B3 Touring and XD3 are examples of go-fast BMWs that didn’t exist until the wonderful madmen at ALPINA thought them up. I think it’s time for those same wonderful madmen get to work on a new project, a new BMW, one they’ve never worked on before. The BMW i8. The i8 is a perfect car for ALPINA to sink its teeth into (though, I’m not sure what it would called – iB8 or Bi8?). It’s got everything, it’s fast, great looking, luxurious and economical. ALPINA also has all of the tools to make one of the best sports cars on the road today even better. Knowing the kind of work ALPINA does, I’m assuming it’d keep a similar powertrain, but either up the power on the 1.5 liter three-cylinder or swap it for a BMW 2.0 liter, if the packaging allows. That uprated engine would then still be mated to its electric motors and six-speed auto, but ALPINA would most likely up the output of those motors as well. Because, well, ALPINA.

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BMW i8 project by GSC Pretty much any power boost at all would send the i8 into supercar performance, as it’s already so light and fast. So an ALPINA tuned i8 would be stupid fast. But in tradition ALPINA fashion, it wouldn’t just be power upgrades, oh no, it would get quite a bit more. The exterior would receive a substantial overhaul, with the typical ALPINA stripey bits and small aero tweaks. It would also get the gorgeous 20” ALPINA wheels, which would look incredible on the i8. There’d also probably be suspension upgrades, as ALPINA usually likes to upgrade the shocks, giving its cars a distinctly comfortable, yet sporty ride.

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The interior would get the usual treatment as well. The i8’s interior is already a fabulous place to be, but the addition of LAVALINA leather and ALPINA’s hand stitched trim, it would look even better. ALPINA interiors have always been a step up from BMW interiors, which is saying a lot as BMW interiors aren’t exactly Soviet prison cells. Also, I think ALPINA’s blue and green color scheme would work really well with the futuristic and eco-minded interior of the i8. I think it would be a genuinely beautiful interior, one to rival the best in the business. So in traditional ALPINA fashion, such an i8 would a big step up over the original car. It would be more comfortable, faster and maybe even better looking than the original. ALPINA is known for making certain BMWs that BMW should have made in the first place, so it’s not out of the question to think that an ALPINA tuned i8 could exist in the future. Here’s to hoping that such a car comes because the existence of an ALPINA tuned i8 would make the world a better place, no matter what we call it. The article ALPINA should tune a BMW i8 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Photoshoot: BMW E93 M3 Build By PSI

With summer finally here, this BMW project just completed by Precision Sport Industries fits the warm season perfectly. The project is based on a BMW E93 M3 featuring a set of Forgestar wheels and some carbon fiber aero parts. The BMW E93 M3 seen her...

With summer finally here, this BMW project just completed by Precision Sport Industries fits the warm season perfectly. The project is based on a BMW E93 M3 featuring a set of Forgestar wheels and some carbon fiber aero parts. The BMW E93 M3 seen here comes fitted with lightweight Forgestar wheels combined with a Vorsteiner carbon fiber trunk lid and titanium lug nuts. This is a mild upgrade to the E93 M3, but sometimes less is more. The convertible was released with the previous generation BMW M3 and it featured all the performance oriented aspects of its coupe and sedan siblings – albeit with an open top perspective, yielding unforgettable driving complemented by the tune of the naturally aspirated V8 engine.

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Many owners out consider this generation of the BMW M3 as one of the best handling cars of their generation with plenty to show on the road and on the track as well. Similar to the previous M3 generations that introduced a new engine, the fourth generation BMW E90 M3 did the same – the BMW S65 V8 engine. The engine produces 414 hp (309 kW; 420 PS) at 8300 rpm, with peak torque of 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) at 3900 rpm. A six-speed manual transmission is standard. As of April 2008, BMW offers a new seven speed Getrag double-clutch gearbox, called M-DKG (Doppel-Kupplungs-Getriebe) or M-DCT (Double Clutch Transmission) as an option, which reduces shift pauses to less than a tenth of a second and shortens the car’s 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time by 0.2 seconds vs. manual.

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More images of this build can be found in the media gallery below.

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BMW Team RLL Survives to Finish on the Podium at the Glen

Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner drove the No. 25 BMW Z4 GTLM to a third place finish in today’s very wet Sahlen’s Six Hours… The post BMW Team RLL Survives to Finish on the Podium at the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit...

Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner drove the No. 25 BMW Z4 GTLM to a third place finish in today’s very wet Sahlen’s Six Hours… The post BMW Team RLL Survives to Finish on the Podium at the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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An Inside Look at How BMW Camouflages its Prototypes

Those swirls. That cladding. We know it all too well as the surfaces between us and BMW’s upcoming models. Now BMW has given us… The post An Inside Look at How BMW Camouflages its Prototypes… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit...

Those swirls. That cladding. We know it all too well as the surfaces between us and BMW’s upcoming models. Now BMW has given us… The post An Inside Look at How BMW Camouflages its Prototypes… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Video: Watch the R1200 Engine Assembly Process

Some industrial pron for you all today with this video of a BMW R1200 engine going together from start to finish. The post Video: Watch the R1200 Engine Assembly Process appeared first on BimmerFile. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit...

Some industrial pron for you all today with this video of a BMW R1200 engine going together from start to finish. The post Video: Watch the R1200 Engine Assembly Process appeared first on BimmerFile. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Future Luxury Cars: Jaguar XJ, BMW 5/6 Series, and Infiniti Q60

Luxury machines from Britain, Germany, and Japan. ...

Luxury machines from Britain, Germany, and Japan.

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Next generation BMW M5 (G90) prototype first sighting!

We spy the next generation BMW M5 at the Nurburgring! The M5 prototype arrived at BMW’s M Test center, and was accompanied by just about everything else in BMW’s range of M cars. What makes this prototype the next M5 and not another hybr...

We spy the next generation BMW M5 at the Nurburgring! The M5 prototype arrived at BMW’s M Test center, and was accompanied by just about everything else in BMW’s range of M cars. What makes this prototype the next M5 and not another hybrid eDrive G30 prototype? To start, this prototype was spotted at BMW M’s Nurburgring test center. Also, this prototype does not have the hybrid eDrive plug door at the front fender. This M5 prototype has larger front air intakes, cross drilled rotors, beefy tires, quad exhaust and a finned M differential cover. As with the next 5 Series (G30), the future M5 will be built on BMW’s CLAR platform, utilizing a carbon fiber core [see official CLAR details] No doubt the next gen M5 will see even more power — in the 600+ HP range, and to deal with putting that power down it will most likely be offered with AWD xDrive (which we hope is optional). We previously spotted an F10 M5 testing AWD [see photos], which together with the recent rhetoric from BMW M probably makes AWD all but a certainty, and a necessity. BMW M boss, Franciscus van Meel, recently on AWD: “If we continue the power increases in the future – especially regarding torque and also horsepower – then probably the next generation M5 and M6 will have so much torque and power that we need to think about those solutions.” “So if we go on a direction of four-wheel drive, for us it will really be like a rear-wheel drive with more traction.” “Whatever technology we’re talking about, the properties of an M car must remain rear-wheel drive; very agile, very precise. And I don’t like the phrase ‘four-wheel drive’. Emotionally it sounds stoic, neutral and understeery. If we are talking about M I think we’re talking about rear-wheel drive with added traction. We are looking into those things because power and torque will only increase, and we will run into the necessity of these kind of systems.” Expect the next M5 to come in 2017-2018.

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MINI DIY Video – How to Access and Remove Spare Tire, Cooper

Do you have any idea how to access the spare tire in your MINI?  Do you even know where it is?  Take a look under the trunk floor trim panel.  Hmmm …. not there?  Watch our DIY video and see how to access the MINI spare tire.  Practice the...

Do you have any idea how to access the spare tire in your MINI?  Do you even know where it is?  Take a look under the trunk floor trim panel.  Hmmm …. not there?  Watch our DIY video and see how to access the MINI spare tire.  Practice the procedure now, so you already know [...]

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MINI DIY Video – How to Access and Remove Spare Tire, Cooper

Do you have any idea how to access the spare tire in your MINI?  Do you even know where it is?  Take a look under the trunk floor trim panel.  Hmmm …. not there?  Watch our DIY video and see how to access the MINI spare tire.  Practice the...

Do you have any idea how to access the spare tire in your MINI?  Do you even know where it is?  Take a look under the trunk floor trim panel.  Hmmm …. not there?  Watch our DIY video and see how to access the MINI spare tire.  Practice the procedure now, so you already know [...]

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Spengler claims first podium finish of the DTM season

In race six of the DTM season, Bruno Spengler (CA) claimed BMW Motorsport’s first podium of the year thanks to a spectacular overtaking manoeuvre on the penultimate lap at the Norisring (DE). In what was a fascinating battle with Mattias Ekström (...

In race six of the DTM season, Bruno Spengler (CA) claimed BMW Motorsport’s first podium of the year thanks to a spectacular overtaking manoeuvre on the penultimate lap at the Norisring (DE). In what was a fascinating battle with Mattias Ekström (SE), the BMW Team MTEK driver was able to pass the Swede and took the chequered flag in third in his BMW Bank M4 DTM. The race win went to Robert Wickens (CA, Mercedes). This was Spengler’s 39th podium finish in his DTM career and his first since the second place he picked up at the race in Moscow (RU) last year. By finishing tenth, Maxime Martin (BE) from BMW Team RMG scored one point. Martin Tomczyk (DE), António Félix da Costa (PT) and Marco Wittmann (DE) were unlucky to miss out on the points as they finished 11th, 12th and 13th respectively. DTM rookie Tom Blomqvist (GB) finished 16th.

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Through no fault of their own, Augusto Farfus (BR) and Timo Glock (DE) were forced to retire their cars after collisions in turn one. Reactions to the sixth race of the 2015 DTM season.

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Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “After Saturday’s rain roulette, this race was easier to predict. The Norisring is quite a special track, where experienced drivers can really step up their game. This is precisely what Bruno Spengler did in qualifying, as his pole lap was absolutely perfect. In the race, Bruno showed real fighting spirit, attacking at the right time and, deservedly, achieved his first podium of the season for us. Our 2012 DTM champion performed very strongly today. Maxime Martin also gave no quarter and made it into the points. In our current situation, these are precisely the qualities we must show to get back to where we want to be. After the first two difficult race weekends, this was a small step in the right direction. If things stay as they are, I am convinced that we can improve slowly but surely. Congratulations to Mercedes, who have been successful in Nürnberg for years now.”

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Bruno Spengler (BMW Team MTEK, 3rd place): “I’m really happy to have finished third, however, I am also a little disappointed as I would, of course, liked to have won the race. Both Mercedes were unbeatable today. I dropped down to fifth, but I fought back and the battle for third with Mattias Ekström was a lot of fun. He actually made a small mistake, which meant I could overtake him in the last few meters. Thank you to my team. We pitted at exactly the right time. Hitting the pit stop window correctly was difficult today. It’s also due to the great strategy that I managed to get onto the podium today.”

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  Facts and Figures. Circuit/length/duration: Norisring, 2.3 kilometres, 60 minutes plus 1 lap Conditions: Slightly cloudy, 23 degrees Celsius BMW Motorsport results: #7 Bruno Spengler (CA), BMW Team MTEK, BMW Bank M4 DTM – 3rd place #36 Maxime Martin (BE), BMW Team RMG, SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM – 10th place #77 Martin Tomczyk (DE), BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM – 11th place #13 António Félix da Costa (PT), BMW Team Schnitzer, Red Bull BMW M4 DTM – 12th place #1 Marco Wittmann (DE), BMW Team RMG, Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM – 13th place #31 Tom Blomqvist (GB), BMW Team RBM, BMW M4 DTM – 16th place #16 Timo Glock (DE), BMW Team MTEK, DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM – DNF #18 Augusto Farfus (BR), BMW Team RBM, Shell BMW M4 DTM – DNF Useful information: Bruno Spengler achieved the 39th podium of his DTM career and was able to taste the champagne for the first time since his second place finish in Moscow last year. Spengler was able to keep the lead until lap 13, but he lost four positions within a few corners. From 21st on the grid, Martin Tomczyk pulled off yet another of his strong comeback performances during the race. By finishing 11th he only just missed out on being able to reap the rewards of a points paying finish. A problem during António Félix da Costa’s pit stop cost the Portuguese driver quite a few seconds. Timo Glock was hit by another driver in turn one, which caused him to collide with another car. The result was that his DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM’s engine cover came adrift and he was ultimately forced to retire on lap four when it flew off. Augusto Farfus retired for the third time this season. His Shell BMW M4 DTM was hit so hard by one of the other drivers that he was forced to retire just one lap later. Races seven and eight of the 2015 DTM season will take place on 11th and 12th July in Zandvoort (NL). The article Spengler claims first podium finish of the DTM season appeared first on BMW BLOG

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