Video: BMW X6 M vs Mercedes ML63 AMG

The video below captures a drag race between a BMW X6 M and a Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG. Two similar SUVs built for speed and performance on the track and road. Both SUV’s have been tuned as they compete in the open category of the drag racing se...

The video below captures a drag race between a BMW X6 M and a Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG. Two similar SUVs built for speed and performance on the track and road. Both SUV’s have been tuned as they compete in the open category of the drag racing series held in Eastern Europe. The BMW X6 M is now producing 740 horsepower, while the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG exerts 715 horsepower. This is quite an increase for both SUVs compared to stock figures. The stock X6 M comes with a 4.4-liter V8 engine producing 567 horsepower and 553 lb-ft. of torque from 2,200 to 5,000 rpm. The ML63 AMG on the other hand, in its stock form, comes with a 5.5-liter V8 that produces a prodigious 518 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Which ones wins this drag race? Find out in the video below. The article Video: BMW X6 M vs Mercedes ML63 AMG appeared first on BMW BLOG

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2015 BMW 320d M Sport Reviewed By Auto Car

After the facelifted BMW F30 3 Series was released, it was only a matter of time until one of the more prominent automotive magazines reviews the updated 3 Series. Today, AutoCar released their review of the 2015 BMW 320d M Sport LCI model. Improvin...

After the facelifted BMW F30 3 Series was released, it was only a matter of time until one of the more prominent automotive magazines reviews the updated 3 Series. Today, AutoCar released their review of the 2015 BMW 320d M Sport LCI model. Improving upon the 3 Series can be a challenging task, something the BMW engineers experience quite often, but so far the 3 Series facelift has been praised by many journalists from around the world. The 320d is powered by a four-cylinder 2.0 liter turbodiesel producing 187 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Power to the rear-wheels is sent via an eight-speed automatic transmission. From 0 to 60 mph, the 2015 320d needs 7.3 seconds, while being easy on the gas: 67.3 mpg (combined).

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Here is an excerpt from their review: Those performance gains may be modest, but this was always a beefy diesel which is now even more meaty. Whatever the figures may say, in a real-world drag race the BMW will monster an equivalent Jaguar XE – especially with this superb eight-speed automatic gearbox, which knocks a tenth of a second off the zero to 62mph time of the manual version. Just keep 1500rpm showing on the tacho and you can rest easy that there’ll always be plenty of poke available. We had hoped for some bigger improvements in refinement. It’s on a par with the XE’s Ingenium diesel and better than the gruff-sounding Mercedes C220 Bluetech, but knowing how whisper-quiet this engine is in a 5 Series begs the question: why the background clatter here? The 3 Series’ claim to being the best handling car in its class took a bit of a wobble when we drove the Jaguar XE. As a countermeasure, BMW has retuned the steering and stiffened the 3 Series’ suspension, which on this M Sport model, is even stiffer still and 10mm lower. Full review here The article 2015 BMW 320d M Sport Reviewed By Auto Car appeared first on BMW BLOG

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World Premiere: 2016 BMW 330e plug-in hybrid

Ahead of its Frankfurt debut, the 2016 BMW 330e plug-in hybrid was unveiled today. Along with the BMW X5 xDrive40e, the 330e hybrid paves the road for future eDrive-powered model arriving before 2020. The BMW 330e is powered by a four-cylinder petrol...

Ahead of its Frankfurt debut, the 2016 BMW 330e plug-in hybrid was unveiled today. Along with the BMW X5 xDrive40e, the 330e hybrid paves the road for future eDrive-powered model arriving before 2020. The BMW 330e is powered by a four-cylinder petrol engine with 184 hp and an 88 hp electric motor The latter is integrated into the housing of the eight-speed automatic and provides permanent torque of 100 Newton meters. At full throttle, the electric motor can produce, briefly, up to 250 Newton meters.

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Together, the two motors deliver a system output of 252 hp, bringing the 330e on par with the conventionally powered models 330i and 330d. This applies only to performance, because the EU consumption of 44 to 49 grams CO2 of the plug-in hybrid is, of course, in a league of its own. The fuel consumption is 1.9 to 2.1 liter per 100 km. 

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Thanks to an electric range of up to 40 kilometers, some customers might find the 330e to be strong candidate for their daily driver. The energy for electric driving is stored in a lithium-ion battery beneath the boot floor; the high-voltage battery has a capacity of 7.6 kWh and can even be fully charged at a conventional household outlet in 3 hours and 15 minutes.

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Despite the additional technology, the BMW 330e has a trunk space of at least 370 liters of luggage compartment volume; the rear seat offer a 40:20 40 split. Dynamic drivers may also be pleased about the fact that the weight of the 330e is evenly distributed on both axles. With an EU-empty weight of 1735 kg, the 330e plug-in hybrid is around 160 kilograms heavier than an ordinary 330i, and 120 kg lighter than 330d.

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The BMW 330e will run from 0–60 mph in 6.1 with a top speed of 140 mph.

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Tesla Model 3 Pre-Orders In March 2016 for $35,000

The highly-expected BMW 3 Series competitor, the Tesla Model 3 will being taking pre-orders in March 2016. Tesla CEO, Elon Musk took to Twitter to announce the news and to confirm the price for the electric sedan: $35,000. Musk also says that sedan w...

The highly-expected BMW 3 Series competitor, the Tesla Model 3 will being taking pre-orders in March 2016. Tesla CEO, Elon Musk took to Twitter to announce the news and to confirm the price for the electric sedan: $35,000. Musk also says that sedan will start production in about 2 years since a fully operational Gigafactory to produce batteries is needed. Not many details have been unveiled about the new Model 3, but sources have indicated that performance up to 62 mph could eclipse that of the BMW M3, better than 4.1 seconds officially reported by BMW.

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@designrm.wordpress Batteries for the Model 3 will come from Tesla’s so-called Gigafactory in Nevada, and sources suggest it will have a range of up to 300 miles on a single charge. Same sources say Tesla will use bespoke underpinnings because it is will be around three-quarters of the size of the Model S, therefore significantly lower in price. Tesla could offer an estate and coupe version if the market will demand. @elonmusk $35k price, unveil in March, preorders start then. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 2, 2015 The article Tesla Model 3 Pre-Orders In March 2016 for $35,000 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Video: BMW V10 Engine Sound Compilation

When it was first introduced, the naturally aspirated BMW V10 S85 engine was a considered the jewel of BMW engines family. Released when the emission regulation weren’t so strict, the powerful V10 became over the years the icon of M cars, the e...

When it was first introduced, the naturally aspirated BMW V10 S85 engine was a considered the jewel of BMW engines family. Released when the emission regulation weren’t so strict, the powerful V10 became over the years the icon of M cars, the engine that turned the E60 M5 into a success. The high-revving V10 was designed to utilize power from a wide rev band and had a redline of 8250 rpm. It achieved well over over 100 bhp (70 kW) per liter, thus making it part of a select group of high horsepower engines. The S85 features a very high compression ratio of 12.0:1, exceeding the previous S54’s ratio of 11.5:1.

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It was the engine BMW chose for the BMW E60 M5 and the BMW E63 M6 – both models coming with the same 507 hp (378 kW) and 520 Nm (384 lb·ft) torque output. This allowed the cars to accelerate from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 4.7 seconds for the M5 and 4.1 seconds for the M6, respectively. It won numerous awards making it one of the most respected and decorated engines BMW has ever produced. But its allure is not all about performance, awards and power. For many it’s about the crisp and powerful sound, something you can hear in the video we’ve added below. The article Video: BMW V10 Engine Sound Compilation appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW USA August Year-on-Year Sales up 2%

BMW USA continued its 2015 sales growth with a 2% increase in August year on year sales to an August record number of 27,755 BMW-badged… The post BMW USA August Year-on-Year Sales up 2% appeared… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit ...

BMW USA continued its 2015 sales growth with a 2% increase in August year on year sales to an August record number of 27,755 BMW-badged… The post BMW USA August Year-on-Year Sales up 2% appeared… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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BMW i3 REx can be hacked to have 2.4 gallons

So it’s official, the United States has some very odd automotive restrictions that are making our lives worse. Maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, to say that our lives are worse, but some these incredibly strict U.S. restrictions are doing more har...

So it’s official, the United States has some very odd automotive restrictions that are making our lives worse. Maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, to say that our lives are worse, but some these incredibly strict U.S. restrictions are doing more harm than good. One example is that for a vehicle sold in the United States to be named a BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle), it must have a smaller gasoline range than electric range. This restriction put BMW in a bit of a pickle with the i3.

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See, in Europe, the BMW i3 REx’s (Range Extender, which has a gasoline-powered generator to help charge the batteries) fuel tank can hold 2.4 gallons. The 2.4 gallons of fuel would give the BMW i3 REx a longer gasoline range than its batteries would alone, meaning that the i3 REx could not be sold in the ‘States as a BEV. Forget that the i3 puts only electric power to the wheels and the gasoline engine is nothing more than a generator for electricity, but because it has a bigger gas tank than electric range, it’s not a BEV, according to the United States. Stupid.

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But as a work-around, BMW decided to limit the North American model’s fuel take to 1.9 liters, effectively lowering the gasoline range to under the battery’s. However, BMW did this using a software tweak, making the fuel pump cut off at 1.9 liters. This was smart, by BMW, as now it didn’t have to go through the trouble of creating a new fuel tank just for the North American market. Well, some clever BMW i3 REx owners learned of this software tweak, and the absurdity behind its necessity, and decided to do something about it. A small software hack was created for the BMW i3, essentially unlocking the extra half gallon of fuel in the tank. While a half of a gallon may not seem like a lot for a regular car, it’s quite a bit for a car with a 1.9 gallon fuel tank. After this simple hack, i3 REx owners now have an even further total range. But that’s not the only benefit. In Europe, the BMW i3 REx has certain functions which utilize the extra fuel in the tank to conserve battery during heavy loads, like going uphill. These can also be unlocked. However, there is some risk in utilizing these hacks. Doing so will void the warranty on your i3 REx, even though you’re just unlocking potential that is mechanically there and utilized in other markets. Don’t blame BMW, blame ridiculous U.S. restrictions. So if you absolutely need that extra half gallon in your REx, there’s a way to get it. But do so at your own risk, as your warranty will be void. The article BMW i3 REx can be hacked to have 2.4 gallons appeared first on BMW BLOG

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World Premiere: BMW 225xe Active Tourer Plug-in Hybrid

Ahead of its world debut, the new BMW 225xe Active Tourer plug-in hybrid was introduced to the press today. Using BMW’s latest eDrive technology coupled with a 1.5 liter three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, the new ...

Ahead of its world debut, the new BMW 225xe Active Tourer plug-in hybrid was introduced to the press today. Using BMW’s latest eDrive technology coupled with a 1.5 liter three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, the new 225xe Active Tourer makes it possible to enjoy both all-electric driving and unrestricted motoring mobility. With a maximum electric range of 41 kilometers (25 miles), zero-local-emission driving, the plug-in hybrid can be a silent daily driver in the city and a long-distance runner outside the city gates.

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Driving the rear wheels with the electric motor and the front wheels with the combustion engine’s power furthermore produces an electrified all-wheel-drive system with great traction in all weathers, and especially in adverse conditions. The plug-in hybrid drive has an overall system output of 165 kW/224 hp. Average fuel consumption (combined) in the BMW 225xe is 2.1–2.0 liters/100 km (134.5–141.2 mpg imp), which equates to CO2 emissions (combined) of 49–46 g/km (in the EU test cycle).

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Like the BMW i8, the BMW X5 xDrive40e, BMW 330e and BMW 740e can all – at the touch of a button in MAX eDRIVE mode – run on purely electric power up to 120 km/h (75 mph), the BMW 225xe goes up to 125 km/h (78 mph). Here, the combustion engine only comes into play when the accelerator’s kickdown threshold is passed. In SAVE BATTERY mode the battery’s charge can be maintained to enable electric driving later on in the journey. If the charge level drops below 50 per cent, the battery is replenished. If the selector lever is moved into the S gate, the combustion engine starts up regardless of the mode engaged, ensuring sustained availability of the combined maximum output of the two drive systems. In addition, the battery’s charge is raised to 80 per cent.

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Next year, BMW is expected to also unveil a plug-in hybrid version of the 2 Series Gran Tourer.

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BMW cars at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show

The BMW stand at the 2015 International Motor Show in Frankfurt am Main revolves around the arrival of a new generation at the top end of the model line-up and the advent of a wide range of plug-in hybrid models. Hall 11, which is located right nex...

The BMW stand at the 2015 International Motor Show in Frankfurt am Main revolves around the arrival of a new generation at the top end of the model line-up and the advent of a wide range of plug-in hybrid models. Hall 11, which is located right next to the main entrance of the Frankfurt exhibition site and has been made available for the joint presentation by the BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands, is where all the latest features and additions are being showcased. The entire exhibition area is surrounded by a circuit several hundred metres in length, where the public can experience the new models in action from 19–27 September 2015. Automotive luxury of the highest order: the new BMW 7 Series.

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The new BMW 7 Series underlines its claim to redefine what an exclusive, luxurious driving experience looks like in contemporary, pioneering form with an exceptional array of innovations. Key factors in enhancing dynamics, efficiency, comfort and safety while on the move are the use of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) in the body structure, engines from the BMW Group’s new generation of power units, the plug-in hybrid system in the new BMW 740e, the Executive Drive Pro active chassis system, the Driving Experience Control switch with ADAPTIVE mode, and BMW Laserlight. Maximising well-being in the interior, meanwhile, are the Executive Lounge feature with massage function, the illuminated Sky Lounge Panorama glass roof, just the right amount of accent lighting and a smartphone holder with inductive charging station. The new generation of the BMW 7 Series also boasts standout innovations when it comes to operating system and driver assistance technology. The various new features that are unprecedented in the luxury sedan segment include, for example, the extension of the iDrive system to include a touch display and BMW gesture control, Touch Command for controlling comfort and infotainment functions in the rear compartment, as well as a Remote Control Parking system. In addition to all this, BMW is also presenting the latest generation of the BMW Head-Up Display, Crossing traffic warning, the Steering and lane control assistant, active side collision protection and the Surround View system with 3D View and Panorama View in its new flagship model. Urban all-rounder that has grown in character: the new BMW X1.

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The second generation of the BMW X1 successfully transfers the trademark qualities of a Sports Activity Vehicle to the compact segment with greater intensity than ever. The new edition of this highly popular model makes its mark with powerful proportions and clean lines in the style of its larger BMW X siblings. Inside, the new BMW X1 offers far more space for both passengers and luggage, a state-of-the-art premium ambience and sophisticated functionality. Petrol and diesel engines from the BMW Group’s latest generation of power units, an efficiency-optimised version of the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system and newly developed chassis technology combine to produce a notable increase in sportiness and ride comfort along with far greater efficiency. Equipment features available for the BMW X1 for the first time include full-LED headlights, Dynamic Damper Control, the BMW Head-Up Display that projects driving-related information onto the windscreen as in the larger BMW X models, as well as the Driving Assistant Plus system. Top seller in top shape: the new BMW 3 Series.

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Featuring a meticulously honed design on the outside, a painstakingly refined premium feel on the inside, a revised engine line-up, a more advanced chassis and additional equipment options, the new BMW 3 Series is perfectly poised to continue an unbroken run of success in the premium mid-size segment that first started four decades ago. The BMW brand’s most popular model range with over 14 million already sold to date once again sets new standards for dynamism, efficiency and design in both BMW 3 Series Sedan and BMW 3 Series Touring guise. The choice of engines for the new BMW 3 Series comprises four petrol and seven diesel units at market launch. Depending on the particular engine variant, power is transferred via traditional rear-wheel drive or, alternatively, via the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system. The BMW 330e Sedan will furthermore be added to the line-up for the 2016 model year. This plug-in hybrid marries BMW eDrive technology with a four-cylinder petrol unit from the BMW Group’s newest engine generation. While extracting a total system output of 185 kW/252 hp from its duo of power units, the BMW 330e returns average fuel consumption (combined) of 2.1–1.9 litres/100 km (134.5–148.7 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions (combined) of 49–44 g/km (in the EU test cycle). Versatile interior layout, groundbreaking drive system: the new BMW 225xe.

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The model range for the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is also set to be expanded by the arrival of a plug-in hybrid variant in spring 2016. The BMW 225xe serves up a brand new cocktail of BMW EfficientDynamics, comfort, fun at the wheel and all-wheel-drive performance. What’s more, this matchless driving experience is combined with impressive versatility and generous levels of space in a compact-sized vehicle. The space-saving location of the lithium-ion battery underneath the rear bench means that full use can continue to be made of the boot space above. The interaction between BMW eDrive technology and a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology makes it possible to enjoy both all-electric driving and unrestricted motoring mobility in the BMW 225xe. With a maximum electric range of 41 kilometres (25 miles), zero-local-emission driving can be experienced not just in the city, but beyond it too. Driving the rear wheels with the electric motor and the front wheels with the combustion engine’s power furthermore produces an electrified all-wheel-drive system that is quite unique in the BMW 225xe’s segment and promises outstanding traction in all weathers, especially in adverse conditions. The plug-in hybrid drive has an overall system output of 165 kW/224 hp. Average fuel consumption (combined) in the BMW 225xe is a frugal 2.1–2.0 litres/100 km (134.5–141.2 mpg imp), which equates to CO2 emissions (combined) of 49–46 g/km (in the EU test cycle). BMW EfficientDynamics: BMW eDrive technology paves the way for electric driving pleasure in four plug-in hybrid models from BMW.

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The introduction of BMW eDrive technology in BMW brand models opens up all-electric motoring with zero local emissions to new target groups. Coinciding with the world premiere of the new BMW 7 Series, the plug-in hybrid variant of the luxury sedan, the BMW 740e, is also being unveiled. The BMW 330e with plug-in hybrid drive is being added to the model line-up for the new BMW 3 Series. And it will also be possible to sample the pleasure of all-electric driving with zero local emissions in the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer in future – with the BMW 225xe. This means that, together with the soon-to-be-launched BMW X5 xDrive40e also on display at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the BMW eDrive technology initially developed for BMW i cars will already be available for BMW models spanning four different vehicle segments in 2016. New performance athlete for endurance racing: the BMW M6 GT3.

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BMW Motorsport has chosen the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show as the setting for the world premiere of the new flagship model in the BMW customer racing range: the BMW M6 GT3 has been built for endurance racing and will make its debut on the starting grid in the 2016 season. The racing car designed on the basis of the BMW M6 Coupe is powered by a V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology that has only undergone minor modifications for competition and comes with an aerodynamically optimised chassis. Crash structures and an outer skin made from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) help to keep the overall vehicle weight below 1,300 kilograms. Besides the BMW M6 GT3, BMW M GmbH is also showcasing its latest range-topping model offering the ultimate in dynamic, road-going performance at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The new BMW M6 Competition Edition underlines its status as a yet more individual version of the high-performance coupe with a choice of special exterior paint finishes, components manufactured from high-tech CFRP, exclusive leather upholstery with coordinated contrast stitching, and more distinctive touches besides. The new special edition model is available exclusively in the guise of the BMW M6 Coupe in conjunction with the Competition Package that has been geared for supreme performance. This gives the 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology an output of 441 kW/600 hp and a peak torque of 700 Nm (516 lb-ft), and when combined with the optional Driver’s Package allows the BMW M6 Coupe to reach a top speed of 305 km/h (190 mph). Cutting-edge lighting technology: BMW Laserlight, expressive interior and peripheral lighting.

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BMW makes systematic and successful use of cutting-edge lighting technology in order to increase safety when driving in the dark and to mould a signature brand look. The latest innovations in this field are being presented at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Following on from their world premiere in the BMW i8, the exceptionally powerful BMW Laserlight headlights with anti-dazzle High Beam Assistant are now being made available for the new BMW 7 Series too. The development of lighting technology for the interior of BMW models and the immediate surrounding area never stops advancing either. In the new BMW 7 Series range, a precisely configured lighting design adds to the cabin’s exclusive feel. BMW ConnectedDrive with new applications and systems. BMW has translated the latest advances in the field of intelligent connectivity into a further increase in the wealth of driver assistance systems and applications that enhance comfort and safety. The latest additions to the BMW ConnectedDrive portfolio include the new BMW ConnectedDrive App, the BMW Remote Cockpit, the super-fast WiFi hotspot, automatic navigation map updates, smart home integration, as well as Remote Control Parking and other highly sophisticated driver assistance systems making their debut in the new BMW 7 Series. BMW i: trailblazer for electric driving pleasure and everyday usability.

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Following the successful global launch of the purely electrically powered BMW i3 (energy consumption combined: 12.9 kWh; CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km) and the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car (fuel consumption combined: 2.1 l/100 km / 134.5 mpg imp; CO2 emissions combined: 49 g/km) the BMW i brand is now further cementing its status as a trailblazer for sustainable mobility with a growing variety of vehicle and mobility services. BMW i is already the brand to have won most awards during its introductory phase in the history of motoring. The inclusion of the BMW i3 in the model fleets of the premium car-sharing service, DriveNow, in the United Kingdom, Germany and Denmark now offers the wider public an easy, low-cost way of trying out electric mobility for the first time. At the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, BMW i is additionally presenting the complete range of technological concepts that are ideal for everyday charging at home and in the public domain. The most recent innovation is BMW i Light and Charge – a street light from which the high-voltage battery in an electric car can also be recharged. BMW i is providing further impetus by transferring technology to current BMW brand models. All the plug-in hybrid models being exhibited by BMW at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, for instance, employ the BMW eDrive technology initially developed for BMW i cars in the form of electric motors, power electronics, high-voltage batteries and intelligent energy management. Equally, the experience with using industrially manufactured CFRP garnered during development of the BMW i cars has now helped to reduce the weight of the new BMW 7 Series luxury sedans. The article BMW cars at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show appeared first on BMW BLOG

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YMB M4 shoot – REVOZPORT x Klässen ID x ARMA Taiwan x Varis JP x Akrapovic

Heavily modified Yas Marina Blue M4 coupe from Taiwan featuring: REVOZPORT RZ Performance Carbon Aero Kit Klässen ID Wheels M10R Forged Monoblock 20″ ARMA Taiwan Carbon Air System Varis Japan MFG Co.ltd Rear Diffuser Akrapovic Exhaust System ...

Heavily modified Yas Marina Blue M4 coupe from Taiwan featuring: REVOZPORT RZ Performance Carbon Aero Kit Klässen ID Wheels M10R Forged Monoblock 20″ ARMA Taiwan Carbon Air System Varis Japan MFG Co.ltd Rear Diffuser Akrapovic Exhaust System

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