BMW 328i Restoration Project

As I’ve mentioned here multiple times before, I own a 1996 E36 328i sedan. I will have had it eight years in November and it has been my baby every since. My particular 328i is Arctic Silver with black leather interior and has a 4-Speed automatic. ...

As I’ve mentioned here multiple times before, I own a 1996 E36 328i sedan. I will have had it eight years in November and it has been my baby every since. My particular 328i is Arctic Silver with black leather interior and has a 4-Speed automatic. I wanted a manual, but at 17 years old, I wanted girls more and I thought a BMW would help so I bought the only one I could afford. It also rides on 17 inch E46 wheels, has Bilstein Touring shocks and stock springs. I absolutely love the car and even after driving supercars with six-figure price tags, it still makes me smile.

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I’ve since moved on from it as my daily, as it was becoming too unreliable. Not that the car itself is unreliable, but when it has 240,xxx miles on it and is driven 100 miles daily, things start to go wrong. It’s also hard finding the time to fix certain issues, as they may be grueling and take more than one day, when it was my daily. I couldn’t start certain repairs because I knew it would take me a few days and I need to get to work somehow. So despite it being a beloved possession of mine, I needed to get a new daily in order to restore it. Now that it is my second car, my weekend project, I intend to restore it as much as I can and modify it a bit. The car needs much work before any fun modifications are done, however. The laundry list of things wrong with my E36 is longer than the option list the car came with. Where to start? There’s an unknown cause of overheating that, despite replacing many parts (radiator, water pump, thermostat and fan clutch) will not cease. It could be a head gasket, but the car suffers no other symptoms of such, no white smoke, no loss in power, no coolant in the oil. So it will take some serious digging to find and resolve the issue. Though, now I can do it at my own pace and not worry about relying on it.

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The heat doesn’t work, and a leaky heater core is also my suspected overheating culprit, so fixing it should kill two birds with one stone. The A/C also doesn’t work. Neither do both front window regulators and front door locks. Oh, and the driver’s side door handle broke as well. Aside from those issues, which seem almost endless, the engine pulls beautifully and makes a wonderful noise doing it. Until it overheats, that is. The steering is spot-on accurate and has some of the best feel I’ve ever felt. The entire front end is new, as well as the shocks and brakes. So driving it is a smile-inducing experience.

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I can’t wait to get her back on the road again, without issue. Aside from fixing all of her ailments, I plan on doing some upgrading and modifying as well. Nothing too crazy, i like to keep things pretty stock. But I’d like to put a new Bilstein Sport suspension on and lower it maybe an inch. In New Jersey, too low of suspension ends up being unbearable. So just enough to hide most of the wheel arch gap. I’d like to replace all of the suspension bushings with polymer ones, for the added feel and performance. In the future, a 5-Speed ZF Manual swap will be done, as well as an addition of the limited-slip diff from the 328is. When it’s all said and done, she should be back up and running again, better than ever. I can’t wait for the day that I can take her out on a Sunday morning, roll the windows down, take a corner hard and hear that straight-six roar. It may take awhile, but the wait and work will be well worth it.

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2015 M4 DTM lineup presented at BMW Dealership Nürnberg

Smoking tyres, roaring engines, enthusiastic fans: At the BMW Dealership in Nürnberg (DE), BMW Motorsport presented the motorsport programme for the 2015 season in front of thousands of spectators in an entertaining show. It was the first time that...

Smoking tyres, roaring engines, enthusiastic fans: At the BMW Dealership in Nürnberg (DE), BMW Motorsport presented the motorsport programme for the 2015 season in front of thousands of spectators in an entertaining show. It was the first time that the annual BMW Motorsport Car Launch had been held in Nürnberg, home of reigning DTM Champion Marco Wittmann (DE) who lives just a few kilometres away in Fürth (DE). Wittmann and his fellow BMW works drivers thrilled the fans with rides in the current BMW race cars BMW M4 DTM, BMW Z4 GT3 and BMW M235i Racing, with taxi rides in the historic BMW M3 and the BMW M3 GT2 as well as with several autograph sessions. “The BMW Motorsport Car Launch ahead of the DTM season has become an extremely popular tradition for us and for the fans in particular. It’s a real highlight for us to visit the home of our DTM Champion this year,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “2015 will be another packed racing season for us – and once again BMW Motorsport will be represented in a variety of series. Naturally this includes the DTM, which we will contest as defending champions and will be the team everyone wants to beat. This also includes the races in the United SportsCar Championship in North America, as well as international GT racing classics such as the 24 Hours of Nürburgring or the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. We will also continue our talent promotion and, as part of the BMW Sports Trophy, will continue to support privateer racing drivers and teams who will compete in races across the globe in 2015. It will definitely be an incredibly exciting year.” One of the highlights of the BMW Motorsport Car Launch was the unveiling of all eight BMW M4 DTMs, with which Wittmann and his fellow BMW drivers Maxime Martin (BE), Martin Tomczyk (DE), António Félix da Costa (PT), Augusto Farfus (BR), Tom Blomqvist (GB), Bruno Spengler (CA) and Timo Glock (DE) will contest the 2015 DTM season. A fan assisted each of the drivers in the unveiling of their cars. “I’m delighted that the BMW Motorsport Car Launch was on my doorstep this year,” said Wittmann. “It’s another reminder of our fantastic achievement alongside BMW Team RMG in 2014. When you look at the beaming faces of the fans, you’re happy that you get to give them a little something back with this kind of show as thanks for their support. Hopefully we will be able to delight them with more sporting successes. We will definitely be giving it our all.” As well as the eight BMW DTM drivers, BMW works drivers Dirk Werner (DE) and Lucas Luhr (DE), who compete for BMW in the United SportsCar Championship (USCC) and in endurance races in 2015, were also in Nürnberg. Last weekend Werner had claimed GTLM victory in the USCC race at Long Beach (US). BMW Motorsport Junior Victor Bouveng (SE), one of the four juniors in this year’s programme, presented himself to the fans. Another major highlight was the appearance of BMW works driver and brand ambassador Alessandro Zanardi (IT). Together with Spengler and Glock, he will contest the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BE) for the first time on 25th/26th July. The BMW Motorsport engineers have modified the BMW Z4 GT3 so that Zanardi, who lost both legs in a serious accident in 2001, can share the cockpit with fully-abled drivers. “The reception in Nürnberg was fantastic. Thanks again to BMW Motorsport for giving me the chance to contest a 24-hour race for the first time in my life,” said Zanardi. “It will be an exciting challenge and I’m sure with my team-mates Timo and Bruno I will also get a good result.” The BMW Motorsport Car Launch started the countdown to the opening of the 2015 DTM season. The first two races will be held in Hockenheim (DE) this coming weekend.

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2016 BMW X1 – New Renderings

In just a few weeks, BMW will reveal to the world the second-generation of the popular X1 SUV. The renderings below give us a fairly accurate description of the X1 design since they are based on the latest spy photos and product leaks from China. The...

In just a few weeks, BMW will reveal to the world the second-generation of the popular X1 SUV. The renderings below give us a fairly accurate description of the X1 design since they are based on the latest spy photos and product leaks from China. The new F48 X1 abandons the long flat hood seen on the previous model for a more rounded nose, similar to the 2 Series Active Tourer. The hood is also more sculpted while the front fascia gets more aggressive in looks thanks to the wider kidney grille. On the side of the car, we will see the Air Breathers that are now part of the BMW’s DNA. The character line is also more prominent running across the entire car separating the shapes and creating a 3D look.

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The large kidney grille is surrounded by new, elongated and more attractive headlights with the usual eyebrow. The large air intakes dominate the front bumper which for some models also includes chrome inserts for an increased sporty look. In the back, the 2016 BMW X1 sports the typical BMW L-shaped taillights, now with LED strips.

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The new F48 X1 will make use of BMW’s first front-wheel drive platform which can be configured to offer an all-wheel drive option as well. To gain space and also to feature more attractive and well proportioned design lines, the BMW X1 will take advantage of the FWD setup which offers more interior space. A long-wheelbase, seven seater X1 will be offered for the Chinese market. Production will begin in July 2015 with sales beginning in October. The article 2016 BMW X1 – New Renderings appeared first on BMW BLOG

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10 Best Cars That Don’t Sell

As car enthusiasts, we usually know which cars on sale are the best buys. We do our research, read reviews and take test drives for fun, just to see what certain cars drive like. It’s what we do. But the Average Joe doesn’t. The typical car buyer...

As car enthusiasts, we usually know which cars on sale are the best buys. We do our research, read reviews and take test drives for fun, just to see what certain cars drive like. It’s what we do. But the Average Joe doesn’t. The typical car buyer just goes down to a car dealer of a known brand, test drive some cars and pick one they like. While this is fine for those people, who are just looking for a car to fit their practical needs, to us car enthusiasts, it’s the worst way. We know which cars are generally worth the money. We all have our different preferences between brands, but we can typically discern a good car from a bad one. We also know about all of the hidden gems in the automotive world; cars that don’t sell very well, but we know should. There are several of these types of cars, from a variety of different brands, that go unnoticed on dealer lots, simply because they aren’t the popular kid in class. The reason for this is the lack of education amongst car buyers. There’s a reason why everyone buys Toyota Camrys, it’s all some people know to be a good, affordable car. But there are so many great cars out there, from a variety of automakers at a variety of price ranges, waiting to be purchased, only to be passed by. So, to educate our fellow car buys, let’s take a look at some of the better and more forgotten cars of all kinds. 10. Mazda 6

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When it comes to affordable and reliable family cars, it’s almost impossible to beat Mazda. The new 6 is easily the best family sedan in its class, handily beating the Camry and Honda Accord. It’s far and away the best driving, is the best looking, has comparable interior space and as just as reliable. It’s a myth that Camrys are so much more reliable than anything else out there. The 6 will give you just as many good years as the Camry will. The only difference would be that the Mazda 6’s years would be more enjoyable. The Mazda 6 drives with the same enthusiasm as sports cars costing $10,000 more. It’s a fantastic automobile and one worth looking at for anyone buying in that segment. 9. Cadillac CTS

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This may not be a popular choice here, but the CTS really is a good luxury car. The Vsport may not be the better handling car, over the BMW 550i M Sport Package or Audi A6 S-Line, but it’s still very good. And the regular luxury models are very good as well. Granted, the German competitors are a bit more refined and have classier interiors, but the discount the CTS gives over its German competition is worth noting. The CTS is significantly cheaper to own, especially considering the discounts Cadillac is giving out now. If you’re in the market for a midsize luxury car and don’t want the typical BMW or Mercedes, than the CTS is worth a look. 8. Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S

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The Toyobaru twins are some of the most forgotten sports cars amongst the average buyer. It’s a shame, because they are also some of the most exciting to drive and are excellent value. They may not be the fastest car in the price range, being obliterated by cars like the Volkswagen GTI and Ford Focus ST, but they are incredibly fun. Both come with 2.0 liter four-cylinder engines which are good on gas as well as decently powerful and both are rear-wheel drive. How often can you find a rear-wheel drive sports car with an economical engine and a six-speed manual at under $25,000? 7. Ford Fiesta ST

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While the standard Fiesta is a bit of a bore, the ST version is an absolute riot. It is one of the most fun front-wheel drive cars I’ve ever driven. Using a turbocharged, 1.6 liter, turbocharged paired to a six-speed manual, the ST is not only fun but economical. Add that to the fact that it has five seats, albeit small ones, and a decent trunk thanks to its hatchback body style, and you have an excellent deal on your hands. It’s also incredibly fun to drive and makes a great engine note for such a small motor. All of that for a starting price under $22,000 makes for an unbelievable deal. 6. Jaguar XJ

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Now we’re getting into the more expensive cars on the market. Even at this price range there are neglected cars. In fact, there are more, because less people have this kind of money to spend and when they do spend it, they want something with a popular name and good reputation. The XJ is a phenomenal luxury car with looks that crush the competition. Its interior is also one of the best looking and most luxurious, despite its infotainment system lacking a bit. Even though its electronics aren’t up to par with its German competitors, the XJ more than makes up for it with fantastic driving dynamics, wonderful ride quality, supreme luxury and looks that kill. While it may not be the most reliable of luxury vehicles, the excitement factor is worth the risk. 5. Porsche Cayman

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Admittedly, the Cayman’s low sales figures may have to do with a relatively poor value, as it’s not exactly affordable. However, price aside, the Porsche Cayman is one of the finest driving automobiles on the market. It defines what a good sports car should be, with its scalpel sharp steering, sonorous engines and brilliant chassis. Not many cars can match the Cayman’s driving purity. The only real disadvantages the Cayman has are lack of any back seats and price. However, if you can afford to own the Cayman, its worth every penny. 4. Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon

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The current E-Class is getting a bit long in the tooth, despite its recent refresh. However, it’s still one of the better luxury cars on the market and the wagon version makes it even more practical. It’s also the only wagon midsize luxury car on sale, as we don’t get a 5 Series wagon, CTS wagon, XJ wagon or A6 wagon. We do get the Audi AllRoad, but that has pseudo off-road capabilities and doesn’t really compete with the E-Class wagon. The E Wagon is overall a fantastic deal, housing great engines, a standard 7-Speed auto, wonderful luxury and is available with seven seats. Because of the lack of 5 Series wagon, the E-Class wagon could be the best luxury deal for families. 3. Chevrolet SS

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While this isn’t a popular car amongst BMW fans, the Chevy SS is still a fantastic value. With a thumping V8 under the hood, rear-wheel drive, as-standard leather seats, four doors, seating for five and the availability of a 6-Speed manual, it’s hard to find a better deal. It’s not cheap, starting life at $45,000, but it’s worth the money. It’s so well equipped, handles very well, is comfortable, seats 4-5 adults and is as fast as one will ever need. It really is a shame so few people buy these. Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever seen one on the road. 2. Jaguar XK

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The XK is reaching the end of its lifetime, with Jaguar readying its replacement. However, even being almost 10 years old, the XK still looks fantastic. Each and every time I see one on the road, I covet it. It looks like liquid mercury driving down the road, it’s so smooth. Not to mention the perfect blend of comfort and performance that Jaguar is so expert at making. It also has an old-school sports car feel to it that no other car in its class can match. Instead of a small, turbocharged engine, for efficiency, the XK uses a big, thumping 5.0 liter V8. It’s almost unmatched in the ratio of power:cool. While everyone’s driving 911s, you could be driving a Jagggggg. Did I mention it had a 5.0 liter V8? 1. BMW 3 Series wagon

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It may be impossible to match the 3er wagon, in terms of value. It has almost everything a person could want in an automobile, tucked neatly into one handsome package. With a choice of either a turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine, making 240 hp and getting over 30 mpg on the highway, or a turbocharged diesel engine making 280 lb-ft of torque and 43 mpg highway. Combine those numbers with impeccable handling, room for 4-5 adults and a spacious trunk and you’ve got the perfect package. It leaves me in bewilderment when I hear of the absurdly low sales figures of the 3er wagon. It’s a wonderful car that allows you to have your cake and eat it too. What more could someone ask for? The article 10 Best Cars That Don’t Sell appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW Motorsport presents 2015 racing program in Nurnberg

Smoking tires, roaring engines, enthusiastic fans: At the BMW Dealership in Nürnberg (DE), BMW Motorsport presented the motorsport program for the 2015 season in front of thousands of spectators in an entertaining show. It was the first time that th...

Smoking tires, roaring engines, enthusiastic fans: At the BMW Dealership in Nürnberg (DE), BMW Motorsport presented the motorsport program for the 2015 season in front of thousands of spectators in an entertaining show. It was the first time that the annual BMW Motorsport Car Launch had been held in Nürnberg, home of reigning DTM Champion Marco Wittmann (DE) who lives just a few kilometers away in Fürth (DE). Wittmann and his fellow BMW works drivers thrilled the fans with rides in the current BMW race cars BMW M4 DTM, BMW Z4 GT3 and BMW M235i Racing, with taxi rides in the historic BMW M3 and the BMW M3 GT2 as well as with several autograph sessions.

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“The BMW Motorsport Car Launch ahead of the DTM season has become an extremely popular tradition for us and for the fans in particular. It’s a real highlight for us to visit the home of our DTM Champion this year,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “2015 will be another packed racing season for us – and once again BMW Motorsport will be represented in a variety of series. Naturally this includes the DTM, which we will contest as defending champions and will be the team everyone wants to beat. This also includes the races in the United SportsCar Championship in North America, as well as international GT racing classics such as the 24 Hours of Nürburgring or the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. We will also continue our talent promotion and, as part of the BMW Sports Trophy, will continue to support privateer racing drivers and teams who will compete in races across the globe in 2015. It will definitely be an incredibly exciting year.”

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One of the highlights of the BMW Motorsport Car Launch was the unveiling of all eight BMW M4 DTMs, with which Wittmann and his fellow BMW drivers Maxime Martin (BE), Martin Tomczyk (DE), António Félix da Costa (PT), Augusto Farfus (BR), Tom Blomqvist (GB), Bruno Spengler (CA) and Timo Glock (DE) will contest the 2015 DTM season. A fan assisted each of the drivers in the unveiling of their cars. “I’m delighted that the BMW Motorsport Car Launch was on my doorstep this year,” said Wittmann. “It’s another reminder of our fantastic achievement alongside BMW Team RMG in 2014. When you look at the beaming faces of the fans, you’re happy that you get to give them a little something back with this kind of show as thanks for their support. Hopefully we will be able to delight them with more sporting successes. We will definitely be giving it our all.”

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As well as the eight BMW DTM drivers, BMW works drivers Dirk Werner (DE) and Lucas Luhr (DE), who compete for BMW in the United SportsCar Championship (USCC) and in endurance races in 2015, were also in Nürnberg. Last weekend Werner had claimed GTLM victory in the USCC race at Long Beach (US). BMW Motorsport Junior Victor Bouveng (SE), one of the four juniors in this year’s programme, presented himself to the fans. Another major highlight was the appearance of BMW works driver and brand ambassador Alessandro Zanardi (IT). Together with Spengler and Glock, he will contest the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BE) for the first time on 25th/26th July. The BMW Motorsport engineers have modified the BMW Z4 GT3 so that Zanardi, who lost both legs in a serious accident in 2001, can share the cockpit with fully-abled drivers. “The reception in Nürnberg was fantastic. Thanks again to BMW Motorsport for giving me the chance to contest a 24-hour race for the first time in my life,” said Zanardi. “It will be an exciting challenge and I’m sure with my team-mates Timo and Bruno I will also get a good result.” The BMW Motorsport Car Launch started the countdown to the opening of the 2015 DTM season. The first two races will be held in Hockenheim (DE) this coming weekend.

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Shakeup At the Top of VW

Volkswagen’s board of directors has decided to part ways with their controversial Board Chairman, Ferdinand Piech. Recently, Piech has commented that the CEO Martin Winterkorn no longer had his confidence, however the remainder of the VW board ...

Volkswagen’s board of directors has decided to part ways with their controversial Board Chairman, Ferdinand Piech. Recently, Piech has commented that the CEO Martin Winterkorn no longer had his confidence, however the remainder of the VW board retained their confidence in Winterkorn. In the end, something had to give and it turned out to be Piech. Ferdinand Piech is the son of Ferdinand Porsche’s daughter, and is part of the Porsche family – who still control about 50% of VW stock. Piech was previously the CEO of VW, and it was Piech that was the impetus for the VW Phaeton, a study in luxury that carried the wrong badge on its nose. But Piech also saw the emergence of VW as a legitimate contender for top auto producer in the world (in a constant battle with General Motors and Toyota).

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The hard driving and mercurial Piech is no stranger to controversy – ask any long time Rolls-Royce manager how good they felt when Piech discovered VW did not have the rights to make and market Rolls-Royce cars. While this marks the current end of Piech’s involvement with the VW group, given the Porsche family ownership it would not be hard to think that this isn’t the end, but merely another inning in the grand game coming to a close. The article Shakeup At the Top of VW appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW Mounting Accessories for GoPro Cameras

BMW take the vertical integration with GoPro cameras a step further with the launch of BMW Mounting Accessories. The official GoPro mounts from BMW were showcased this week at the launch of the new 7 Series Gran Tourer. The images below show a single...

BMW take the vertical integration with GoPro cameras a step further with the launch of BMW Mounting Accessories. The official GoPro mounts from BMW were showcased this week at the launch of the new 7 Series Gran Tourer. The images below show a single handle mount attached to the towing hook with a corresponding mounting plate for the camera. The single handle can be used in the front or the rear, providing safe mounting even at high speed or rough terrain. The second accessory offered by BMW for GoPro cameras is an arm that can be mounted on the headrest of the driver’s or front passenger’s seat, allowing for positioning of the GoPro camera in the center of the car. The arm can be rotated so the camera can film the front or the rear of the cabin. BMW’s integration with GoPro cameras was unveiled last summer, offering BMW and MINI drivers GoPro camera control directly through either the iDrive or MINI Connected with any Wifi-enabled GoPro cameras. The in-car app allows drivers to toggle between still or video camera modes, cycle through artistic and functional presets for the video modes, set the sleep mode for battery preservation and even set up a time lapse for your carving up your favorite winding road. No official word yet when the accessories will be made available to the general public or the price.

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Demo: iDrive system with gesture control

The upcoming 2016 BMW 7 Series will also introduce a new generation of BMW’s iDrive infotainment system. BMW’s famous iDrive will also be receiving an overhaul, with the addition of both touchscreen and gesture controls. The touchscreen contr...

The upcoming 2016 BMW 7 Series will also introduce a new generation of BMW’s iDrive infotainment system. BMW’s famous iDrive will also be receiving an overhaul, with the addition of both touchscreen and gesture controls. The touchscreen controls will be available as well as physical buttons, so it won’t be fully controlled via touch. Touchscreens aren’t all that new, however, gesture control is. A 3D sensor will be able to detect certain, predefined hand motions, for commonly used controls, such as adjusting volume or answering phone calls.

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These predefined hand motions can be set up to control a variety of iDrive or navigation functions by the user. These gesture controls are an optional alternative to standard physical controls and do not replace them. There will also be a symbol prompted on the iDrive display to indicate whether or not gesture controls are available, depending on the situation. Here is an hands-on video showing some of the capabilities of this new iDrive: The article Demo: iDrive system with gesture control appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Spectacular show.

Smoking tyres, roaring engines, enthusiastic fans: At the BMW Dealership in Nürnberg, BMW Motorsport presented the motorsport programme for the 2015 season in an entertaining show.     It was the first time that the annual BMW Moto...

Smoking tyres, roaring engines, enthusiastic fans: At the BMW Dealership in Nürnberg, BMW Motorsport presented the motorsport programme for the 2015 season in an entertaining show.    

It was the first time that the annual BMW Motorsport Car Launch had been held in Nürnberg, home of reigning DTM Champion Marco Wittmann who lives just a few kilometres away in Fürth. Wittmann and his fellow BMW works drivers thrilled the fans with rides in the current BMW race cars BMW M4 DTM, BMW Z4 GT3 and BMW M235i Racing, with taxi rides in the historic BMW M3 and the BMW M3 GT2 as well as with several autograph sessions. “The BMW Motorsport Car Launch ahead of the DTM season has become an extremely popular tradition for us and for the fans in particular. It’s a real highlight for us to visit the home of our DTM Champion this year,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “2015 will be another packed racing season for us – and once again BMW Motorsport will be represented in a variety of series. Naturally this includes the DTM, which we will contest as defending champions and will be the team everyone wants to beat. This also includes the races in the United SportsCar Championship in North America, as well as international GT racing classics such as the 24 Hours of Nürburgring or the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. We will also continue our talent promotion and, as part of the BMW Sports Trophy, will continue to support privateer racing drivers and teams who will compete in races across the globe in 2015. It will definitely be an incredibly exciting year.” One of the highlights of the BMW Motorsport Car Launch was the unveiling of all eight BMW M4 DTMs, with which Wittmann and his fellow BMW drivers Maxime Martin, Martin Tomczyk, António Félix da Costa, Augusto Farfus, Tom Blomqvist, Bruno Spengler and Timo Glock will contest the 2015 DTM season. A fan assisted each of the drivers in the unveiling of their cars. “I’m delighted that the BMW Motorsport Car Launch was on my doorstep this year,” said Wittmann. “It’s another reminder of our fantastic achievement alongside BMW Team RMG in 2014. When you look at the beaming faces of the fans, you’re happy that you get to give them a little something back with this kind of show as thanks for their support. Hopefully we will be able to delight them with more sporting successes. We will definitely be giving it our all.” As well as the eight BMW DTM drivers, BMW works drivers Dirk Werner and Lucas Luhr, who compete for BMW in the United SportsCar Championship (USCC) and in endurance races in 2015, were also in Nürnberg. Last weekend Werner had claimed GTLM victory in the USCC race at Long Beach (US). BMW Motorsport Junior Victor Bouveng (SE), one of the four juniors in this year’s programme, presented himself to the fans. Another major highlight was the appearance of BMW works driver and brand ambassador Alessandro Zanardi. Together with Spengler and Glock, he will contest the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps for the first time on 25th/26th July. The BMW Motorsport engineers have modified the BMW Z4 GT3 so that Zanardi, who lost both legs in a serious accident in 2001, can share the cockpit with fully-abled drivers. “The reception in Nürnberg was fantastic. Thanks again to BMW Motorsport for giving me the chance to contest a 24-hour race for the first time in my life,” said Zanardi. “It will be an exciting challenge and I’m sure that with my team-mates Timo and Bruno I will also get a good result.” The BMW Motorsport Car Launch started the countdown to the opening of the 2015 DTM season. The first two races will be held in Hockenheim this coming weekend.

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Member attend BMW Zambesi Auto Dealer Tour

BIMMERPOST members in South Africa take a visit to the Zambesi Auto BMW dealership in Pretoria South Africa. ...

BIMMERPOST members in South Africa take a visit to the Zambesi Auto BMW dealership in Pretoria South Africa.

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