BMW M2 in slow-motion at Nurburgring

Aside from the new BMW 7 Series, the upcoming F87 M2 is one of the most exciting cars of 2015. The successor of the “baby-M” is already the talk of the town and U.S. dealerships are actively taking in pre-orders, without any official spec...

Aside from the new BMW 7 Series, the upcoming F87 M2 is one of the most exciting cars of 2015. The successor of the “baby-M” is already the talk of the town and U.S. dealerships are actively taking in pre-orders, without any official specs being released. The videos below show the M2 in action at Nurburgring where it continues its testing trials. The first clip shows the car in slow motion while the second one (0.52 seconds in) highlights why everyone is excited about the car. Last year, a source close to BMWBLOG said the M2 will use in fact an updated N55 engine with 365 hp and 343 lb-ft of torque with 25 lb-ft of torque available as overboost. While the updated N55 is based on the same engine found in the M235i, our source says it will have some components from the new S55 unit. Yet the engine code will still be labeled as N55.

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Our sources close to BMW have also revealed the M2 will weigh less than the M235i Coupe. It’s still unknown where the weight savings are coming, but one thing we know for sure is the M2 not sporting a carbon fiber roof. Being built upon the 2 Series Coupe, we can only speculate that most of the weight savings come from the use of aluminum and carbon fiber on some parts of the body/chassis. Inside, BMW will run a full setup, so the only savings there will be from the use of M3/M4-like seats, sportier, thinner and lighter. We certainly don’t expect a huge weight drop compared to the M235i, but any kilos shaved off the car coupled with about extra 40 horsepower, a tighter chassis, mechanical locking differential, M4 suspensions and brakes, would make the M2 a strong contender on the Nurburgring and certainly faster than the M235i. BMW is likely to unveil the M2 later this summer. Click here for the video BMW M2 being tested at the Nurburgring yesterday! Posted by Samuel Thomas-Robert Du Verne on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 [Photos: BridgeToGantry] The article BMW M2 in slow-motion at Nurburgring appeared first on BMW BLOG

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How many gears is enough

The days of manual gearboxes being the performance oriented choice are gone. Manuals are still great fun to drive, and should be available for as long as possible, but the automatic gearbox is the far faster and more efficient option. Currently, the ...

The days of manual gearboxes being the performance oriented choice are gone. Manuals are still great fun to drive, and should be available for as long as possible, but the automatic gearbox is the far faster and more efficient option. Currently, the automatic in all BMWs that don’t wear a true ‘M’ badge is a ZF-sourced eight-speed. It’s an absolute peach of a gearbox, with smooth shifts that are fast enough to convince you that it’s a DCT. Now eight cogs may seem like a lot to some, but it’s actually quite nice to have. Eight different gears allows for a perfect gear ratio for nearly any speed or situation. It also allows for shorter gearing, giving the car better performance, and still have high gears for economy. The ZF eight-speed has so much flexibility, in terms of performance and economy, that it’s paired to a variety of engines, including diesels and high-performance petrol engines.

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Related: BMW, please keep the manuals! But how many gears is too many? Currently, ZF has a nine-speed auto on the market, in some Chryslers and eventually Mercedes-Benzs. When the eight-speed debuted, people were shocked as they were still getting used to the seven-speeds in some cars. So what about nine? That seems like one too many, and I know that may seem short-sighted. Even though eight seemed like too many when it debuted, it turned out to be magnificent. So why does nine seem so strange to me? I’m not sure, maybe it’s the odd number. Eight gears just seems like the perfect amount. Four low and four high. Now, obviously not all cars with it are geared that way, but you get the point. Nine just seems odd and unnecessary. Maybe I’m right, because last I heard, Chrysler was having some issues with this latest ZF nine-speed, as it’s been labeled as a bit ponderous in its shifts. It could just be Chrysler’s specific software to blame, or maybe nine is just too many.

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But if nine isn’t too many cogs for one gearbox, and nine becomes the new eight, when does it end? Will we see ten-speed autos, or even eleven-speeds? It just seems a bit unnecessary. My guess, though, is that even if automakers would continue upping the gear count, EVs would dominate the roads before they got the chance. Which is most likely what will happen before a ten or eleven-speed auto comes out. But regardless of EVs taking over, I still think eight is the perfect number of gears for and automatic gearbox. The ZF unit in BMWs, as well as all the others, is just so perfect, with its creamy and fast shifts. It’s so seamless and the calibration is so fantastic that it’s always in the perfect gear in automatic mode. So I think we should just leave eight alone, because if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The article How many gears is enough appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Follow our F80 M3 build take form

Follow along as our F80 M3 build takes form. ...

Follow along as our F80 M3 build takes form.

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Quick look into the M Power Experience 2015 Las Vegas

A quick look into the M Power Experience 2015 currently being held in Las Vegas. ...

A quick look into the M Power Experience 2015 currently being held in Las Vegas.

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MINI Fans meet in Lithuania for the first time

Small car, big party: For more than five decades, enthusiasts from all over the world have been sharing their passion for the classic Mini. And once a year they celebrate the iconic British car at a very special event: the International Mini Meeting ...

Small car, big party: For more than five decades, enthusiasts from all over the world have been sharing their passion for the classic Mini. And once a year they celebrate the iconic British car at a very special event: the International Mini Meeting (IMM). From 21 to 25 May 2015, classic Mini drivers and enthusiasts will meet in Lithuania for the first time. The picturesque lakeside scenery around Zarasia in the north-east of the Baltic state will be the setting for the IMM 2015 where visitors from all over Europe are expected. The MiniPeople Club Lithuania, founded in 2008 with more than 250 members, will be hosting the visitors from all corners of the European continent. The club’s organisation team had successfully bid for the 2015 IMM event in 2013 and has put a lot of dedication and creativity into preparing the event since then.

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The event grounds are located on an island which can be reached by road and offers overnight accommodation on large camping sites close at hand. Live music, fun and sports competitions, an orientation rally as well as car and club presentations are the framework for this social gathering, all typical characteristics for the IMM. There will also be a parts and accessories market, slalom races and awards for the most beautiful, extraordinary and fastest versions of the classic Mini. The program also includes a classic Mini convoy on the roads surrounding the festival grounds. The guest of honour at the IMM 2015 is the Finnish “Rally Professor” Rauno Aaltonen who won the Monte Carlo Rally in a classic Mini in 1967. The International Mini Meeting has been one of the highlights on the calender of the Mini Club scene since 1978. In the meantime the meeting has become a generation-spanning event in several respects. Many visitors see the IMM as an opportunity for going on a family outing. For this reason the Lithuanian hosts have put together a varied children’s program. What is more modern MINIs have long been accepted into the crowd of lovingly cared for classic Minis. Starting with the first MINI, which was put on the road after the relaunch of the brand to the latest model generation, it has a lot of fun and driving history to show. The article MINI Fans meet in Lithuania for the first time appeared first on BMW BLOG

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1/10th Rule — Why We Should Listen To It

If you’re reading this right now, my guess is that you’re a car enthusiast. The liquid running through your veins is two-parts petrol and blood. If that’s the case, you’re not alone, as yours truly has the same Type P blood type. We love cars...

If you’re reading this right now, my guess is that you’re a car enthusiast. The liquid running through your veins is two-parts petrol and blood. If that’s the case, you’re not alone, as yours truly has the same Type P blood type. We love cars and everything to do with them. But, as much as our hobby brings us a great deal of joy, it’s a possibility that it’s also bringing us a great deal of ruin. This is because cars may be the single worst financial investment possible. That’s right, buying the thing we love most is most likely a horrible idea. Obviously, this isn’t true for everyone and every car, but it is true for the large majority of Americans. The median household income for the United States is $50,500. The average cost for a new vehicle in 2014 was $31,252. That means that the average brand new vehicle costs roughly 61 percent of the average household income. Someone spending 61 percent of their income on a car is destined to be in financial ruin, and quickly.

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There is a common rule of thumb when buying a car, called the 1/10th Rule. It’s very simple, only buy a car that costs 1/10th of your gross annual income. So if your gross annual income is $50,000, then don’t spend more than $5,000 on a car. Now, that may seem extreme, but that kind of frugality can help tremendously in the long run. Because it isn’t just the initial cost of the car that must be factored in. Insurance, maintenance, gas and depreciation are all factors in purchasing a car. These added costs can break someone who spends most of their monthly earnings on a car payment. This is a tough pill for many of us enthusiasts to swallow, as we read so many websites filled with reviews of exotic hypercars, so we desire something similar. Cars are emotional purchases, there are no two ways about it. I always go back to my Camry Theory, that the Toyota Camry is as much car as you could ever actually need, but hundreds of thousands of people buy BMWs and Mercedes’ and Porsches every year because they simply desire the extra luxury or performance or both, in most cases. Point being, most people overspend on cars because they simply desire more than they can afford and end up in over their heads. But I also think there is another reason, aside from desire, that causes people to overspend on their vehicles — lack of education. People simply don’t know that there are millions of used cars costing less than $10,000 that can offer inexpensive, reliable and, often times, fun transportation. There are many people who do not realize the caliber of automobile that floats around Craigslist and eBay and the like. There are so many different kinds of car from many different automakers that can be had for little money yet still provide years of reliable and enjoyable motoring. The few that come to mind are the Fifth or Sixth-gen Honda Accord, MKV or MKVI Volkswagen Golf, Fifth-gen Nissan Maxima and the E36 BMW. All of these cars are reliable, reasonably inexpensive and very fun to drive. With cars like this out there on the market, there seems like no reason to overspend on an automobile. The money saved, if you were to purchase by the 1/10th rule, could be invested and grow substantially over the course of many years and by doing so, one day you could buy the car you’ve always desired. So the automobile can both bring us enthusiasts with joy but, if not purchased responsible, can also bring us disaster in the long run. But if you buy smart now, and make a little nest egg for you and your family, later down the line you’ll be able to buy the car on the cover of Car and Driver magazine. The article 1/10th Rule — Why We Should Listen To It appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW colors inspired by racing and race tracks

The BMW “M” and other flagship models come in a wide range of colors. However, each color name has some kind of a history behind. Several colors provided by BMW on its cars are inspired by racetracks and BMWBLOG takes a close look at such circuit...

The BMW “M” and other flagship models come in a wide range of colors. However, each color name has some kind of a history behind. Several colors provided by BMW on its cars are inspired by racetracks and BMWBLOG takes a close look at such circuit-influenced color names. Laguna Seca Blue – Named after the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca circuit located in California, United States. It is an important place in BMW’s racing history as BMW Motorsport’s second win came here. More recently, the BMW 24 GTLM tasted success at the track in its debut year, finishing second in the 2014 USCC race.

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Dakar Yellow- Taken from the Dakar endurance rally that initially took place from Paris to Dakar. The rally is now held in South America (Argentina and Chile). The 2014 winner of the rally was a BMW-powered Mini, boasting a 3.0-liter diesel engine.  

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Estoril Blue- Inspired by the Autodromo do Estoril, a motor racing track in Portugal, which hosted the Formula One (F1) Grand Prix (GP) from 1984 to 1996. Aryton Senna won his first race at the Estoril, while BMW launched its 4 Series coupe over here.  

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Le Mans Blue- Not much needs to be said here. The color owes its origin to the 24-Hour Le Mans race where BMW has been a common contender, winning the title in 1999.  

LeMans Blue BMW E92 M3 Gets Modified At European Auto Source

Imola Red- After the Imola F1 track in San Marino, where BMW Williams won its first race, in 2001. Ralf Schumacher claimed the checkered flag and the triumph happened to be the German’s first F1 win as well. The car he drove was a Williams FW 23- although it was hugely unreliable throughout the season, it was known for its sheer pace and power.

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Kalahari Beige-The color is best suited for the luxury line of cars, mostly the 7 Series. It takes inspiration from the Kalahari safari that takes place in South Africa.

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Kyalami Orange- Kyalami Racing Circuit is a racing track situated in South Africa. BMW Car Club Gauteng occasionally hold track days at the circuit. Moreover, the club “chose Kyalami as the venue for its Guinness World Record Parade attempt in 2013”. A total of 446 BMW’s took the track that day.  

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Montreal Blue- Based on the Grand Prix track in Montreal, Canada. Robert Kubica won the F1 race for BMW Sauber over there, in 2008.  

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Avus Blue- Avus is the oldest “controlled-access” highway in Europe. It runs through Germany and was used for racing purposes till 1998. The Berlin Marathon (now called the BMW Berlin Marathon) initially ran parallel to the Avus highway.  

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Silverstone Metallic and Silverstone Jerez Black- Silverstone is the famous British racing track. BMW-powered vehicles have been victorious over here on several occasions. Famous wins include the triumph by Duller Motorsport team (driving a BMW Z4) in 2006 and 2007 at the Silverstone Britcar 24-Hour. Also, in 2014, Ryuichi Kiyonari claimed his 50th career BSB win at the Silverstone circuit, driving a BMW S1000 R bike.

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Monaco Blue- We all know what Monaco Blue will be inspired by- the famed Monaco street circuit also called the “Monte Carlo”. JP Montoya came first in the 2008 Monaco GP, driving a BMW-powered car. Monte Carlo was also one of the tracks used for the BMW M1 Procar Championship that took place in 1979 and 1980. Two more tracks mentioned in this list- the Avus and the Silverstone also held races for the same championship.  

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Biarritz Blue- Biarritz is the end point of the classic rally that starts from Paris. It is the oldest motor race in France, lasting over five days. BMW generally take part in the event.

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  Valencia Orange- Named after the Valencia-Ricardo Torno Circuit, where BMW hold their Young Talent Cup. It also needs to be mentioned that on the shores of Valencia, BMW Oracle Racing team won the 33rd America’s Cup.  

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Sepang Bronze- Influenced by the F1 track in Malaysia. In 2002, Ralf Schumacher drove his Williams BMW car to the finish line in first place, describing his drive as “almost perfect”.

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Sakhir Orange- The Bahrain International Circuit is located in Sakhir. Apart from F1 GP’s, 24-hour endurance races are also held at this track.

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  Melbourne Red- Melbourne is the abode of the Australian F1 racetrack. The latter is located in close proximity to central Melbourne and goes around the Albert Park Lake. BMW track days are held here.

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  Interlagos Blue- Interlagos is the former name of the Brazilian GP racetrack, located in Sao Paulo. JP Montoya won the F1 race over here in 2004, driving a Williams BMW.

Interlagos Blue E90 M3 By European Auto Source

  Indianapolis Red- Inspired by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where several motor events are held. These include the F1 GP, NASCAR series, IndyCar Series and Moto GP. BimmerWorld registered a historic “1-2 victory at the inaugural Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand-AM Race” in 2012.

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Yas Marina Blue – Inspired by the Formula 1 track in Abu Dhabi

JRZ RS Pro Coilovers Installed On A Yas Marina Blue M4

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F81 BMW M3 Touring – The Best Car BMW Won’t Make

It’s time to talk about wagons, yet again. You may be sick of me rambling about how we don’t get enough cool wagons here in the US, but I’m not sick of rambling. Give me a soapbox and I’ll shout about the need for more hot-wagons in the US un...

It’s time to talk about wagons, yet again. You may be sick of me rambling about how we don’t get enough cool wagons here in the US, but I’m not sick of rambling. Give me a soapbox and I’ll shout about the need for more hot-wagons in the US until I pass out from lack of oxygen. However, in this particular case, I’m going to be talking about a wagon that won’t be made for any market, the F81 BMW M3 Touring. I still consider the F31 3 Series Touring to be one of the best, if not the best deal in BMW’s stable. It’s quick, fun, practical, economical and good looking. What more could one ask for in a car? Fortunately, we get that car Stateside. Unfortunately, there won’t be an M3 variant. BMW has not committed to making an M3 wagon for any market, nonetheless the North American market. Now, on one hand, I’m glad that it won’t be build for Europe either because I don’t have to be jealous. But on the other hand, the existence of an F81 M3 Touring anywhere makes the world a better place.

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It’s baffling that BMW isn’t going to make one, though. BMW’s biggest competitors are Mercedes-Benz and Audi. Both companies have their own respective hot-wagons in the C63 AMG Wagon and the RS4 Avant. Both of those cars are absolutely excellent and if I lived in Europe, the only place they’re offered, I’d sell a kidney to get one. But I, along with many others, would so much rather have an M3 Touring over both of those aforementioned cars if it were available. Because of this, BMW wouldn’t have an issue selling them over in Europe. Both Audi and Mercedes are having great success with them. So it’s perplexing, the refusal to make on, knowing that the competition does and they sell well. In one of the last Top Gear episodes, Jeremy Clarkson states that if anyone has the $60-$70k, or so, to buy a car, they should buy an M3. It’s that good. But if you have a family, an M3 might not be the most practical of cars to own. But if BMW were to make a wagon variant, that family man or woman could have their high performance sports car and enough room for soccer gear. An M3 wagon would be an absolute win/win for many of us enthusiasts. Throw in the fact that it would look awesome, and have an incredibly long carbon fiber roof, and it’s possible it would be the best car in BMW’s lineup, maybe even the world. BMW has done several excellent wagons in the past. It’s a company that simply knows how to get the wagon right. And it’s also a company that’s done fast wagons before as well. The E60 M5 Touring was one of the coolest wagons ever made, because V10. So it’s not as if BMW doesn’t have the know how. An F81 M3 Wagon would be absolutely incredible. It’s the best car BMW won’t make. The article F81 BMW M3 Touring – The Best Car BMW Won’t Make appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Alpine White BMW M4 Convertible Photoshoot

The Alpine White BMW M4 Convertible is a striking, elegant and sporty car which was unveiled by the Bavarians last year. It features an open-top experience, coupled with great luxury and amazing driving dynamics that deliver on the promise of the Ult...

The Alpine White BMW M4 Convertible is a striking, elegant and sporty car which was unveiled by the Bavarians last year. It features an open-top experience, coupled with great luxury and amazing driving dynamics that deliver on the promise of the Ultimate driving Machine. Released as a spin-off of the BMW 3 Series Sedan, the 4 Series comes in a Coupe and Convertible layout. The BMW M4 Convertible is built atop the 4er Cabriolet and it is powered, just like its coupe and sedan siblings, by the 3.0 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo engine developing 425 horsepower and allowing the high-performance model to sprint from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 4.1 seconds.

Alpine White BMW 4 Series Convertible Photoshoot

This Alpine White BMW M4 Convertible was at Precision Sport Industries for a minor maintenance job, giving the photographer plenty of time for an ad-hoc photoshoot.

Alpine White BMW 4 Series Convertible Photoshoot

Alpine White BMW 4 Series Convertible Photoshoot

Alpine White BMW 4 Series Convertible Photoshoot

Alpine White BMW 4 Series Convertible Photoshoot

Alpine White BMW 4 Series Convertible Photoshoot

Alpine White BMW 4 Series Convertible Photoshoot

Alpine White BMW 4 Series Convertible Photoshoot

Alpine White BMW 4 Series Convertible Photoshoot

Alpine White BMW 4 Series Convertible Photoshoot

Alpine White BMW 4 Series Convertible Photoshoot

Alpine White BMW 4 Series Convertible Photoshoot

Alpine White BMW 4 Series Convertible Photoshoot

Alpine White BMW 4 Series Convertible Photoshoot

Alpine White BMW 4 Series Convertible Photoshoot

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Jet Black BMW E82 1 Series With VOLK Wheels Installed

Simple and elegant, that’s what best describes this Jet Black BMW E82 1 Series project. Modded by Precision Sport Industries, the 1er Coupe features a set of VOLK Wheels and a lowering spring, to give the coupe that extra sporty look. These whe...

Simple and elegant, that’s what best describes this Jet Black BMW E82 1 Series project. Modded by Precision Sport Industries, the 1er Coupe features a set of VOLK Wheels and a lowering spring, to give the coupe that extra sporty look. These wheels are a novelty on BMW builds, as they are primarily set up for Japanese style project and drift-type projects as well. They give a bit of an exotic look to the 1 Series, which is seldom seen on such builds. Released in 2006 the BMW 1 Series of this generation, proved to be a highly successful model for the company. According to BMW, the 135i Coupe accelerates from 0–100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.3 seconds, making it a remarkably nimble, performance oriented and highly dynamic coupe.

Jet Black BMW E82 1 Series With VOLK Wheels Installed

However, Car and Driver recorded 4.7 seconds for 0-60 mph acceleration, combined with a quarter mile time of 13.3 seconds at 106 mph (171 km/h). Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155.3 mph). Fuel efficiency is 18/25 mpg-US.

Jet Black BMW E82 1 Series With VOLK Wheels Installed

For further details on this wheel setup, please take a look at the media gallery we’ve added right below! Enjoy!

Jet Black BMW E82 1 Series With VOLK Wheels Installed

Jet Black BMW E82 1 Series With VOLK Wheels Installed

Jet Black BMW E82 1 Series With VOLK Wheels Installed

Jet Black BMW E82 1 Series With VOLK Wheels Installed

Jet Black BMW E82 1 Series With VOLK Wheels Installed

Jet Black BMW E82 1 Series With VOLK Wheels Installed

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