Explaining the Recent Changes at Automobile Magazine

A letter from editor-in-chief Mike Floyd. ...

A letter from editor-in-chief Mike Floyd.

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Frozen Cashmere Silver F10 M5 Rolling Shots

Some great rolling shots of an impressive color on the F10 M5 – Individual Frozen Cashmere Silver. ...

Some great rolling shots of an impressive color on the F10 M5 – Individual Frozen Cashmere Silver.

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2017 BMW X2 – See First Renderings

The success of the BMW X6 has not only given us the new X4 Sports Activity Coupe, but it also opens a new class of compact SUVs. Based of the second-generation F48 BMW X1, the BMW X2 SAC will launch in 2017 with a three-door configuration. The design...

The success of the BMW X6 has not only given us the new X4 Sports Activity Coupe, but it also opens a new class of compact SUVs. Based of the second-generation F48 BMW X1, the BMW X2 SAC will launch in 2017 with a three-door configuration. The design has yet to be unveiled through the usual real-life testing sessions, so we’ll have to rely on rendering artists to portray the X2. Theophilus Chin takes some design cues from the recent X models and combines them with the F22 BMW 2 Series Coupe to give us an interesting look of the dynamic X1 offshoot.

2017 BMW X2   See First Renderings

Some new design cues will make their way into the final design as well, with a focus on round narrow, angular headlights, sharp creases and an enlarged double kidney grille. An M Sports Package was added to the rendering, along with four tailpipes at the rear to give the X2 a dynamic look. Power will come from a wide range 
of engines, three and four-cylinder units. At the low-end of the range, we will find the 1.5 liter turbo petrol and diesel found in the 218i and 218d Active Tourer. At the the top of the family, a performance X2 vehicle with 300 horsepower might appear as well to compete with the Mercedes GLA 45 AMG and Audi RS Q3.

2017 BMW X2   See First Renderings

A plug-in hybrid version is likely as well, promising 100mpg-plus. [Photoshop: Theophilus Chin] The article 2017 BMW X2 – See First Renderings appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Rolls-Royce Wraith with two-tone appearance in Red and Black

At the 2014 Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance, British luxury automaker Rolls-Royce ha unveiled a special edition Wraith model. The special high-end coupe was designed with a two-tone paint job in red and black. The two-tone design in red and b...

At the 2014 Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance, British luxury automaker Rolls-Royce ha unveiled a special edition Wraith model. The special high-end coupe was designed with a two-tone paint job in red and black. The two-tone design in red and black gives the luxury coupe an extremely sporty look when compared to the elegant, yet muted colors we see on other Rolls-Royce vehicles. Wraith is powered by a V12 engine married to 8-speed automatic ZF transmission. 624 bhp / 465kW is available to the driver while the 0-60 mph sprint is achieved in 4.4 seconds, compared with 563 bhp / 420kW and 0-60 in 4.7 seconds for Ghost.

Rolls Royce Wraith with two tone appearance in Red and Black

From 1,500 rpm 800 Nm of torque is available (780 Nm for Ghost), while a wide rear track, shorter wheelbase and lower roof height further contribute to the most powerful, involving driving experience of any Rolls-Royce in history. The car’s suspension has also been tuned to minimise body roll and discreetly amplify feedback when cornering; while steering weight is heavier at high speeds and lighter at low speeds adding to the spirited drive. READ ALSO: Rolls Royce Wraith Test Drive In Europe, Wraith will be priced at c. €245,000 while in the U.S. it starts at $284,000.

Rolls Royce Wraith with two tone appearance in Red and Black

Rolls Royce Wraith with two tone appearance in Red and Black

Rolls Royce Wraith with two tone appearance in Red and Black

Rolls Royce Wraith with two tone appearance in Red and Black

Rolls Royce Wraith with two tone appearance in Red and Black

Rolls Royce Wraith with two tone appearance in Red and Black

Rolls Royce Wraith with two tone appearance in Red and Black

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BMW i3 Successor: Steel from ThyssenKrupp instead of Carbon Fiber?

The BMW i3 has yet to have its one year birthday and reports on the next generation are starting to pop-up. With an investment of billions of dollars in the mass-production of i3 and a carbon fiber, the expectations are that future models will contin...

The BMW i3 has yet to have its one year birthday and reports on the next generation are starting to pop-up. With an investment of billions of dollars in the mass-production of i3 and a carbon fiber, the expectations are that future models will continue down the same path of lightweight construction. But according to Herbert Eichelkraut, a manager of the German steel giant ThyssenKrupp, the strong metal might make a return in BMW cars. Eichelkraut says that BMW and ThyssenKrupp negotiate to build, in the next generation i3, “an important component of steel.” He has denied to specifiy which one. It is clear that the carbon fiber materials are here to stay for the i sub-brand and will play a major role in other production cars as well. It is equally certain that some vehicle components have to be made of aluminum and other lightweight materials, mostly for safety crash reasons.

BMW i3 Successor: Steel from ThyssenKrupp instead of Carbon Fiber?

The fact that high-strength steel can be an interesting alternative to aluminum case is no longer a secret. Thanks to new molding techniques, companies like ThyssenKrupp can make very light steel components, which can be “as heavy” as similar aluminum parts but much more stable. One component of the i3 that might benefit from the high-strength steel is Life Drive Module which is now made of aluminum. If BMW keeps the 7 year production cycle, then the next BMW i3 won’t be out before 2020. [Source: WSJ via Bimmertoday] The article BMW i3 Successor: Steel from ThyssenKrupp instead of Carbon Fiber? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Monterey Motorsports Reunion – Full Gallery

Monterey Car Week is one amazing automotive event after another. Perhaps the highlight of the entire weekend is the Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca…. The post Monterey Motorsports Reunion… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my we...

Monterey Car Week is one amazing automotive event after another. Perhaps the highlight of the entire weekend is the Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca…. The post Monterey Motorsports Reunion… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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The BMW M2 is Coming. Here’s What We Know.

Eight months ago we told you that the M2 was happening. It was a bold prediction at the time considering that BMW gave no… The post The BMW M2 is Coming. Here’s What We Know. appeared first… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit ...

Eight months ago we told you that the M2 was happening. It was a bold prediction at the time considering that BMW gave no… The post The BMW M2 is Coming. Here’s What We Know. appeared first… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Will the Next Aston Martin Be Called the DB10?

Reports of trademark filings for DB10 through DB14. ...

Reports of trademark filings for DB10 through DB14.

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SEMA-Bound 2015 Honda Fit Creations to Get Help from Tumblr

Six build teams will compete for fan votes. ...

Six build teams will compete for fan votes.

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BMW F30 3 Series With HRE Performance Wheels

Complete opposite of several recent articles we posted about BMW 3 Series tuning programs, this one doesn’t go overboard and leaves the car with a clean look. It’s a BMW F30 3 Series model sporting a set of HRE Performance Wheels that sui...

Complete opposite of several recent articles we posted about BMW 3 Series tuning programs, this one doesn’t go overboard and leaves the car with a clean look. It’s a BMW F30 3 Series model sporting a set of HRE Performance Wheels that suit this luxury sedan quite well. With many F30 models roaming the streets, a set of custom forged wheels is always a welcome thing to separate you from the others. These HRE P44SC wheels are custom manufactured for this particular vehicle and they are sized 20×9 and 20×10.5 in the front and rear respectively, giving the car a really nice stance. The owner of this vehicle is a world known automotive photographer Dejan Sokolovski, therefore we are able to show you some excellent photography as well. This particular red F30 is by far one of the classiest and sexiest cars we’ve seen in recent months. Curvaceous body lines, aggressive exterior styling all combined with high quality manufacturing, interior design and driving performance make for a great sports saloon selection any day of the week.

BMW F30 3 Series With HRE Performance Wheels

For those that aren’t familiar with HRE Wheels, here’s a snippet of information about the HRE P44SC wheels from their website: “HRE’s Street Collection combines the technical expertise from our championship-winning motorsport wheels with an uncompromised attention to detail creating the ultimate in lightweight, high-strength performance. This race-bred philosophy ensures enhanced braking, acceleration and handling while also reflecting your distinguished sense of style. Each wheel in HRE’s Street Collection is designed specifically for street performance vehicles such as supercars, sports GTs and performance sedans.” Thanks to Wheels Boutique who supplied these HRE Performance Wheels and Dejan Sokolovski for the amazing automotive photography. Grab some high-resolution wallpapers.

BMW F30 3 Series With HRE Performance Wheels

BMW F30 3 Series With HRE Performance Wheels

BMW F30 3 Series With HRE Performance Wheels

BMW F30 3 Series With HRE Performance Wheels

BMW F30 3 Series With HRE Performance Wheels

BMW F30 3 Series With HRE Performance Wheels

BMW F30 3 Series With HRE Performance Wheels

BMW F30 3 Series With HRE Performance Wheels

BMW F30 3 Series With HRE Performance Wheels

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