BMW i3 and i8 by IND – Photoshoot

The folks over at Stanceworks are bringing us a photoshoot of the BMW i3 and i8 project cars by IND. Both cars were unveiled last week prior to their debut at the 2015 Bimmerfest. For the i3 project, the folks over at 3D Design paired up IND to insta...

The folks over at Stanceworks are bringing us a photoshoot of the BMW i3 and i8 project cars by IND. Both cars were unveiled last week prior to their debut at the 2015 Bimmerfest. For the i3 project, the folks over at 3D Design paired up IND to install a carbon fiber front lip painted in gloss black. The side mirrors were also swapped out for new carbon fiber mirror caps. A set of Cobra lowering springs bring the i3 closer to the ground. HRE Wheels donated to the project a set of their 303 M wheels painted in electric blue color on the outer barrel and face and with a gloss charcoal inner barrel.

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IND decided to approach the i8 tuning project with caution and they only installed their painted reflectors while giving the car a sportier stance, thanks to the Cobra lowering springs.

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For the wheels upgrade, they went with the HRE S101 wheels with gloss charcoal outer barrel and face, and electric blue inner barrel. BMW i8 utilizes a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine and BMW eDrive technology in the form of an electric drive system. The 1.5-liter combustion engine develops 170 kW/231 hp and drives the rear wheels of the BMW i8, while the 96 kW/131 hp electric drive sends its power to the front wheels and allows an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph).

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TIME Magazine Third Part: BMW Technology

In the third installment of the multi-part documentary of BMW, by TIME Magazine, we’re going to explore technology. BMW is one of the automotive leaders in terms of new-age technology and it does this by having globalized teams using cutting edge t...

In the third installment of the multi-part documentary of BMW, by TIME Magazine, we’re going to explore technology. BMW is one of the automotive leaders in terms of new-age technology and it does this by having globalized teams using cutting edge techniques take a look into what the future of the automobile can be. In Silicone Valley rests a team of professionals who are adapting new technologies to increase the user experience in BMWs. This team is known as the UX. The UX team gets information from BMW drivers and implements that into a database to create the target audience. This helps them establish what works and what doesn’t work, what to improve and what to leave the same. All of this info is then processed and applied to new technologies to be used in cars five to ten years into the future.

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The BMW Group Technology office, where all of this techno-magic occurs, a net-zero energy building. This means that the amount of electricity consumed by the building, annually, equals the amount of electricity it creates. It creates this electricity by using a solar panel park and a full scale energy station to store the created electricity. So BMW is walking the walk when it comes to living green. But it isn’t just green technology that BMW is using to further the user experience. Certain developers are using Oculus Rift Virtual Reality systems to allow customers to “experience” a car before actually sitting in one. This also allows designers to see, almost first hand, how certain aspects of the car’s interior will work and feel. Well, maybe not feel. It’s all very high-tech and innovative stuff.

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BMW is also, as we already know, working on autonomous cars. The ultimate end goal is to create a world without traffic collisions. A world like this is near impossible and would take many many years to implement, however, it would be an incredible world to live in. BMW has already proven its autonomous technology works, having test-bed i3’s drive passengers around on its own and even parking itself. BMW is working on this technology so it can be implemented in all BMW cars, not just the i3 and i8. This is all just more proof as to how BMW is using technology to advance the automotive landscape. BMW has always pushed the boundaries of what’s possible and it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Advanced technology will always be used in the making of the Ultimate Driving Machine. Watch the video here The article TIME Magazine Third Part: BMW Technology appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW M4 with HRE Classic 303 Wheels in Brushed Dark Clear

Getting that perfect fitment and look is not easily achievable with aftermarket wheels. Just by picking a stunning wheel design isn’t the only area owners need to pay attention to. It’s getting the engineering perfectly in check with the ...

Getting that perfect fitment and look is not easily achievable with aftermarket wheels. Just by picking a stunning wheel design isn’t the only area owners need to pay attention to. It’s getting the engineering perfectly in check with the car’s own performance requirements. This build was created by TAG Motorsports and features a set of HRE Performance Wheels. These wheels, custom machined, created to exact specifications, are what’s required to improve the looks of the BMW F82 M4. They allow the owners to achieve a more aggressive wheel setup that doesn’t impede performance in a substantial manner. It also allows the wheel setup to be larger in diameter compared to stock.

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The BMW F82 M4 comes with a 3.0 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo engine delivering 420 horsepower. This power allows the vehicle to sprint from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 3.8 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 155mph (250km/h). Click below for more photos.

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BMW M4 with HRE Classic 303 Wheels in Brushed Dark Clear

BMW M4 with HRE Classic 303 Wheels in Brushed Dark Clear

BMW M4 with HRE Classic 303 Wheels in Brushed Dark Clear

BMW M4 with HRE Classic 303 Wheels in Brushed Dark Clear

BMW M4 with HRE Classic 303 Wheels in Brushed Dark Clear

BMW M4 with HRE Classic 303 Wheels in Brushed Dark Clear

BMW M4 with HRE Classic 303 Wheels in Brushed Dark Clear

BMW M4 with HRE Classic 303 Wheels in Brushed Dark Clear

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2015 BMW M235i xDrive – Test Drive

The perfect recipe for a fun, sporty coupe would be a naturally aspirated engine paired to a manual gearbox driven through the rear wheels. My 2015 BMW M235i xDrive tester had none of those things. It had a turbocharged engine, an automatic gearbox a...

The perfect recipe for a fun, sporty coupe would be a naturally aspirated engine paired to a manual gearbox driven through the rear wheels. My 2015 BMW M235i xDrive tester had none of those things. It had a turbocharged engine, an automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive. It was from the Dark Side, yet it still made its way deep into the cockles of my heart. Spoiler Alert: It’s very, very good. It’s Got Looks That Kill The particular model I was to be testing was a Glacier Silver Metallic M235i with Oyster Dakota Leather interior and brushed aluminum trim. The color combination was striking at first, and I wasn’t sure whether or not it worked well together. However, after spending a week with it, I’ve grown to really appreciate the combination and would now choose that exact combo if I were buying a new Bimmer. It looked particularly good on the 18 inch double spoke wheels wrapped in ultra sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. The M235i is definitely one of the better looking BMWs, with its beautiful classic coupe body.

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The interior was tight, but comfortable. The seats were superb, with adjustable side bolsters and thigh support. A two and a half hour journey in the M235i xDrive was a breeze and I walked away with zero back or thigh ache. The ergonomics are typical BMW, easy to use and find. All of the materials were top notch, I especially liked the real brushed aluminum trim, which looked and felt excellent. The back seats are tight, but can fit two average sized adults in reasonable comfort for short to medium journeys. The trunk is also quite spacious for such a small car. BMW worked some packaging magic with the M235i.

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But the best part about the looks of the M235i, especially in this color combo, is that they’re subtle. I only got few nods and waves from fellow drivers and the few I got were usually in other fast Bimmers who knew what it was. But most of the time, people thought it was just a small silver BMW and didn’t give it a second look. So you aren’t going to get a lot Subaru STI drivers pulling alongside of you trying to race. Though when they do, you have the power to blow the doors off of most. Thundering Performance

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There’s no two ways about it, the M235i is a monster. It may not look like much, but it will deliver a swift ass-kicking to almost any car you come across. The 3.0 TwinPower I6 engine, delivering 320 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque, mated to the ZF eight-speed automatic gets it from 0-60mph in around 4.4 seconds and on to an electronically-limited 155mph top speed. Ten years ago that would have been supercar performance, and it can be had in a little BMW with a six-cylinder engine, back seats and a big trunk.

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The N55 3.0 liter is so buttery smooth at any rpm, with a quiet burble at low revs and a high-pitched howl as the needle races toward the red. It just pins you to the seatback with a tidal wave of power, as if it were powered by a jet turbine, all while making a wonderful noise. Every person I stuck in the passenger seat was either yelling or laughing when I pinned them back into their seat.  The performance in the M235i is so satisfying yet so easily accessible that it becomes addictive. We’ve talked about the ZF eight-speed countless times before and I can say it’s still as excellent as ever. With crisp, smooth upshifts and right-now downshifts via paddles, it’s just the perfect automatic gearbox. Left to its own devices, it always keeps you in the correct gear, regardless of which mode you’re in. No manual option on the xDrive models, but to be honest, I never missed it. The eight-speed felt perfectly suited to the car. Sweet Handler

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The biggest complaint of modern BMWs is that the steering feel lacks compared to the BMWs of yore. Was the M235 xDrive dripping with steering feel? No, it was mostly devoid of it. However, the steering was direct and incredibly accurate. The lack of feel won’t stop you from placing this car on a dime. I felt the best steering setup was Comfort Mode, oddly enough. Normally, I put every BMW into Sport Mode almost immediately. However, in Sport Mode, the steering felt a bit artificially heavy and could seem twitchy at times, maybe attributed to the all-wheel drive, though it did have the best weight. Comfort Mode, while a bit too light for me, felt the most progressive and neutral. It just felt the most natural. But overall, the M235i xDrive steers and handles like a BMW should, near perfectly. All-Wheel Drive Ain’t That Bad

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Ahh, xDrive. The entire reason we’re testing this car. I must admit, when I read xDrive at the end of the name, I was a bit reluctant. I was always kind of against putting all-wheel drive in a car with such pure sporty intentions. But I’m happy to report that I never once wished it was rear-wheel drive during my entire week with it. The xDrive stayed completely under the radar, only acting as needed, and when it did work its magic, I hadn’t the slightest clue. Sure, would rear-wheel drive be more fun? Probably, as the tail would be more willing to come out. But there’s something to be said about chucking the little 2er into a corner, at silly speeds, and having it dig its claws into the pavement and launch you out the other end with little to no fuss. The M235i is already an incredibly capable car, but xDrive sends it over the top. It’s genuinely fun to drive and toss around. In fact, it’s one of the more fun cars I’ve ever driven. I’ve driven faster cars and better handling cars, but this little 2er put a bigger smile on my face than most others. Also, the xDrive all-wheel drive system can turn the M235i from a summer toy into a year-round daily driver. I live in New Jersey, and the winters can be brutal, so I can totally see myself going for the xDrive model now that I know how good it is. Normally, I’d just stick with RWD and deal with it, but this xDrive system has made a believer out of me. Conclusion

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I love the BMW M235i xDrive. That may sound a bit frank, but it’s true. Despite the fact that the M235i xDrive is the antithesis for what makes a great sports coupe, it’s just so much fun and so capable. It can be used all year round, has decent back seats and a big trunk. It just may have converted me to the Dark Side.

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Opinion: Test-Driving Is Broken

Avid BimmerFile readers know that we are due for a new car by the end of this year. Being on the market for a… The post Opinion: Test-Driving Is Broken appeared first on BimmerFile. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full l...

Avid BimmerFile readers know that we are due for a new car by the end of this year. Being on the market for a… The post Opinion: Test-Driving Is Broken appeared first on BimmerFile. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Here is the full 2016 M3 and M4 pricing and order guide

The full pricing and ordering guide for the 2016 BMW M3 and M4 has been posted! ...

The full pricing and ordering guide for the 2016 BMW M3 and M4 has been posted!

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2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M get rained on

The 2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M are having their launch party this week for the Russian market. The two M brothers were put together for a photoshoot and for some play time in the rain. While the X6 M features the launch color Long Beach Blue, the X5 M dr...

The 2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M are having their launch party this week for the Russian market. The two M brothers were put together for a photoshoot and for some play time in the rain. While the X6 M features the launch color Long Beach Blue, the X5 M dropped the Donington Grey marketing paint job for the gorgeous Melbourne Red. We recently had the chance to drive the new X6 M on the Formula track in Austin and our review can be found here. The M SUVs come in two new colors, Long Beach Blue Metallic and Donington Grey Metallic. The typical color finishes is available as well: Mineral White Metallic, Carbon Black Metallic, Silverstone Metallic, Melbourne Red Metallic and Alpine White.

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Both cars are powered by a reworked M TwinPower Turbo engine, a V8 that provides more power and torque, and better power delivery. The peak output of the new M turbocharged engine is 567 hp, three percent higher than that of its predecessor and is available between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm.

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At the same time, the engine’s peak torque has been boosted by around 10 percent to 553 lb-ft, which can be enjoyed across an extremely broad rev band – from 2,200 to 5,000 rpm. The extraordinary power development of this M turbocharged engine allows the new M versions of the BMW X5 and BMW X6 to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 4.0 seconds. The top speed of both is electronically limited to 155 mph.

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In the U.S., the 2015 BMW X5 M is offered at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $99,650 and the 2015 BMW X6 M starts at $103,050, including $950 Destination and Handling.

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2016 BMW M3 and 2016 BMW M4 Pricing

BMW North America released the pricing for the 2016 BMW M3 and 2016 BMW M4 Coupe and Convertible. The facelifted M3 Sedan has a price increase of $1,200 for a total of $63,200. The 2016 BMW M4 Coupe also went up in price, $1,200 and now has an MSRP o...

BMW North America released the pricing for the 2016 BMW M3 and 2016 BMW M4 Coupe and Convertible. The facelifted M3 Sedan has a price increase of $1,200 for a total of $63,200. The 2016 BMW M4 Coupe also went up in price, $1,200 and now has an MSRP of $65,400. The M4 Convertible has an MSRP of $73,900, or a $1,400 price jump. Standard equipment and pricing have changed versus MY15, as the following optional equipment is now standard for MY16: Comfort Access Keyless Entry (322) Satellite Radio with 1-year subscription (655) Harman/Kardon Surround Sound System (688)

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There are also two new Individual colors: Smoked Topaz Metallic (X12) Champagne Quartz Metallic (X08) These replace Moonstone and Pyrite Brown in the Individual color lineup. Additionally, Sakhir Orange Metallic (B50), which had been discontinued as of 2/15 is showing once again as an available color for MY16.

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The F80 M3 sedan also receives the following F30 interior/exterior Lifecycle Impulse (LCI) measures. New Rear LED Lights Door accents according to trim accent (similar to 3 Series GT and 4-Series Models) Click below for the full ordering guide:

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Ask This Old House: How to install a charging station

In the last episode of “Ask This Old House” electrician Scott Caron helps a homeowner install an electric vehicle charger next to his house. The charging station of choice is the Clipper Creek HCS-40 with a hardwire connection. Our EV exp...

In the last episode of “Ask This Old House” electrician Scott Caron helps a homeowner install an electric vehicle charger next to his house. The charging station of choice is the Clipper Creek HCS-40 with a hardwire connection. Our EV expert Tom Moloughney has also installed a Clipper Creek unit in his garage. The video speaks to those that are not electricians or have much experience with wiring, taking us through the basics of the things needed to install the station, all the way to the actual installation and mounting. As Tom explained in a previous post, the proper name for these devices is EVSE, for Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment. It’s very common to call them “charging stations” and BMW calls their home charging solution a “Wallbox.” Calling them a “charger” isn’t technically correct though, because they don’t really charge the car. The actual charging equipment is built directly into the cars. These devices only supply electricity to the charger that is built into the car. There are very few differences in these devices, regardless of what they are called. They all do the same thing, and that is to supply electricity to allow you to safely charge your electric car.

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Most experts recommend to future-proof your garage and choose a charging unit with at least 40 amps. A 40 amp station will deliver up to 9.6kWs, which should be more than adequate for home charging of just about any EV for the foreseeable future. For example, the i3 comes standard in the US with a 7.4kW charging rate, while the i8 has a 3.7 kWs rate. Click here to see the video and visit ClipperCreek.com for more info. The article Ask This Old House: How to install a charging station appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Watches & Cars: SISU Limited Edition Bravado A1 Swiss Automatic

Maintaining their commitment to create the most bold, masculine and compelling time pieces available, watch maker SISU have released the limited edition Bravado A1 Swiss Automatic timepiece. The Bravado is quite unique in its dial design, band width ...

Maintaining their commitment to create the most bold, masculine and compelling time pieces available, watch maker SISU have released the limited edition Bravado A1 Swiss Automatic timepiece. The Bravado is quite unique in its dial design, band width and overall heft; this is SISU’s signature look and original offering. The Bravado A1 features a 3-hand Swiss-made ETA 2824-2 mechanical movement with date readings and automatic winding. Finished with a beautiful anti-reflective sapphire crystal lens and encased in 55mm of 316L surgical grade stainless steel, this time peice is suprisingly comfortable given it’s size. The designers of this watch certainly considered the anatomical challenges of a big watch. SISU offers very sizable watches yet they all maintain balance and industrial elegance. SISU is offering only 150 Limited Edition pieces of the Bravado A1, each individually marked with its unique serial number.

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We’re told this piece along with many other Limited Edition pieces are now in short supply. Visit www.sisumovement.com for more info. Technical Details Case diameter: 55 mm Case Height: 17.5 mm Bracelet Width: 32mm Movement: Self-winding automatic Caliber: Swiss ETA 2824 Twenty-five jewels 38 hours power reserve (max) 28’800 Vibrations per hour (4Hz) Water resistance: 100m (330 Ft) Screw-down crown Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating Configuration Case: Stainless steel Dial: Matte black, natural chrome applied indices Superluminova coated luminescent hands Stainless steel bracelet Solid stainless steel clasp Exhibition window case back

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