2018 BMW Z5 Rendered

A BMW Z5 model has been on our rumor list for quite some time now. The Z5 is rumored to be the first fruit of BMW’s sports car collaboration with Toyota, which will also produce the next iteration of the Scion FR-S. While the Toyota sportscar will ...

A BMW Z5 model has been on our rumor list for quite some time now. The Z5 is rumored to be the first fruit of BMW’s sports car collaboration with Toyota, which will also produce the next iteration of the Scion FR-S. While the Toyota sportscar will come with a hardtop coupe, the BMW Z5 roadster will sport a soft top. The new sports car architecture that serves both models is a highly scalable matrix that revolves around a single fixed point, the front firewall.

2018 BMW Z5 Rendered

From Japan comes support with the electronics and optional hybrid drive for the Z5, while BMW will provide their expertise in lightweight materials and engines. The engines range from 190 hp to probably the top engine with 425 hp in the Z5 M. In addition, there is an optional hybrid engine with up to 204 hp in Power mode.

2018 BMW Z5 Rendered

Design wise everything is possible, but most likely BMW will stay true to their roadster characteristics while adding a polarizing and futuristic design. The two renderings in this article show us the possibilities of the BMW Z5 design. We expect the BMW Z5 to be unveiled in 2017 with sales beginning that summer. [Photos: Autobild] The article 2018 BMW Z5 Rendered appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW U.S. Reports September 2014 Sales

Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 8.6 percent in September for a total of 25,586 compared to 23,568 vehicles sold in September, 2013. Year-to-date, the BMW brand is up 11.3 percent on sales of 236,591 compared to 212,565 sold in the first nine m...

Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 8.6 percent in September for a total of 25,586 compared to 23,568 vehicles sold in September, 2013. Year-to-date, the BMW brand is up 11.3 percent on sales of 236,591 compared to 212,565 sold in the first nine months of 2013. “After such a strong August, to set a new September sales record for BMW is a great accomplishment and emphasizes the importance of our new models to the company’s sales success,” said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America. “I am especially pleased to see dealer deliveries of the spectacular i8 hybrid now underway as we enter the very important fourth quarter of the year.” To see and hear more of Ludwig Willisch’s perspective on the September sales results, click here. BMW Group Sales The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported September sales of 29,805 vehicles, an increase of 3.2 percent from the 28,874 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, the BMW Group (BMW and MINI combined) is up 5.2 percent on sales of 275,779 in the first nine months of 2014 compared to 262,200 in the same period in 2013. BMW Pre-Owned Vehicles – Best September Ever In September, sales of BMW used vehicles (including certified pre-owned and pre-owned) increased 8.4 percent to 15,042 vehicles compared to the 13,877 vehicles sold in September, 2013. Year-to-date, BMW used vehicles (including certified pre-owned and pre-owned) are up 12.9 percent on sales of 149,183 compared to 132,136 sold in the first nine months of 2013. MINI Brand Sales For September, MINI USA reports 4,219 automobiles, a decrease of 20.5 percent from the 5,306 sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, MINI USA reported a sales total of 39,188 automobiles, a decrease of 21.0 percent from the 49,635 automobiles sold in the first nine months of 2013. MINI Pre-Owned Vehicles – Best September Ever In September, MINI used automobiles (including MINI NEXT certified pre-owned and pre-owned) reported sales of 2,050 automobiles, an increase of 20.5 percent from the 1,701 sold in September, 2013. Year-to-date, MINI used automobiles (including MINI NEXT certified pre-owned) reported sales of 19,065 automobiles, an increase of 17.8 percent from the 16,181 automobiles sold in the first nine months of 2013.

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More Ruminations on Future Z Cars – BMW Z1, Z3, Z5

BMW inside Scott26 dishes on the future BMW Z roadster lineup, including the Z1, Z3 and Z5. The new Z models take their BMW design from a progression of the Vision ConnectedDrive Concept Car like the car below with a more angular and technical langu...

BMW inside Scott26 dishes on the future BMW Z roadster lineup, including the Z1, Z3 and Z5. The new Z models take their BMW design from a progression of the Vision ConnectedDrive Concept Car like the car below with a more angular and technical language recently seen on the BMW Vision Future Luxury. All BMWs will retain the essential BMW roadster cues such as being so close to the road and the seats almost on the rear axle. A long bonnet and short rear overhang and raked rear wards front screen and a driver focused cockpit. What I know is there is a general architecture that is modular and is different sized in each application is scaleable to cover small , medium and large applications. The smaller one accommodates the Z3 or the GT86 replacement (or maybe a new Celica or MR2?)The medium one will apply to the Z5 and Supra replacement . The Z1 will be based on the BMW developed UKL architecture. The outstanding thing is that the companies are pooling all resources so you are talking about Supercar tech such as Carbon Fibre being used in very expansive ways blended in with high strength steel , magnesium ,thermoplastic and aluminium. What I have learned it is a very beneficial feat for both companies and is currently the envy of the industry.Some people have their nose out of joint over this arrangement. The larger application becomes much interesting as the structural pillars and roof structure will also be CFRP. This is the larger plan destined to accommodate the next 6er and a new Lexus Coupe above the recently unveiled RZ. The Z3 will be the sportiest Z yet combining lightweight engineering and dynamic performance from its rear wheel drive drivetrain. There is a soft top to keep weight down. The Z3 is also under discussion to use an adaptation of BMWs new three cylinder engine as well as four and six cylinders. The Z5 comes first. But the image attached is a look at what the Z3 could be. More info as of 9/11/14: The Z4 becomes the Z5 and will share with a Toyota as will a Z3 Both are RWD.The engineering schematics for the Carbon intensive architecture is impressive. You are going to see so much for so little with the combined force of BMW and Toyota using all their resources available. BMW wants to re-invent its Z series sports cars and make them as cutting edge and influential as the BMWi models by visual appearance and state of the art engineering to highlight a new BMW philosophy for sports cars. Vision ConnectedDrive and 328 Homage concepts are the template for the visuals. Plans also include a slightly massaged three cylinder entirely unique and exclusive in the Z3 Mille Miglia mimicking the classic 328 to provide excellent dynamics using lightweight materials. But since Toyota are using the joint architecture for a next gen GT86 based Sedan, its one idea under discussion in Munich, essentially a four dr Z model and potentially an SAV Z model. Nothing has come to light yet but it is a niche that BMW are investigating.

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BMW China and BMW Brilliance Automotive will recall 134,180 vehicles

BMW China and BMW Brilliance Automotive will recall 134,180 vehicles starting October 30th due to fuel leak problems. The recall includes 68,090 vehicles imported by BMW China, produced between March in 2007 and June in 2011, including BMW 5, 6 Serie...

BMW China and BMW Brilliance Automotive will recall 134,180 vehicles starting October 30th due to fuel leak problems. The recall includes 68,090 vehicles imported by BMW China, produced between March in 2007 and June in 2011, including BMW 5, 6 Series and X5, X6 models. It will also involve 66,090 units of BMW 5 series produced by BMW Brilliance between March in 2010 and October in 2011.

BMW China and BMW Brilliance Automotive will recall 134,180 vehicles

The vehicles contain flawed fuel pumps, which may break and cause fuel leaks. The companies will replace faulty fuel pumps for customers free of charge. The article BMW China and BMW Brilliance Automotive will recall 134,180 vehicles appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Drag Race: 2015 Chevy Corvette vs BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe

FastLaneCar brings to a drag race the 2015 Chevy Corvette and the BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe, two quite different automobiles but both exciting to drive, not only on a straight line but on the track as well. The new C7 Corvette is 99.999% new, a...

FastLaneCar brings to a drag race the 2015 Chevy Corvette and the BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe, two quite different automobiles but both exciting to drive, not only on a straight line but on the track as well. The new C7 Corvette is 99.999% new, and it’s been built with strictly one goal in mind: performance. Every single part on the car is new except for one: the rear trunk latch. Every other part has been lightened or otherwise altered to improve performance. The result is a base model Corvette that roars from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds courtesy of a new “LT1″ 6.3 liter V8 that produces 450 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. To conquer corners the new Vette also sports an all-aluminum space frame, carbon fiber hood, trunk and roof, fiber-glass doors, fenders and side sills.

Drag Race: 2015 Chevy Corvette vs BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe

The BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe delivers exceptional 0 to 60 mph acceleration in only 3.7 seconds. The 540-horsepower and 540 lb-ft output of the 4.4-liter ALPINA Bi-Turbo V8 is channeled through an 8 speed Sport Automatic Transmission with ALPINA Switch-Tronic and BMW’s xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system. It also has an impressive top speed: 198 mph. So we have a slightly underpowered Vette, but lighter, against the four-wheel drive ALPINA B6 Gran Coupe. Which one takes the win on a straight line? Let’s find out. The article Drag Race: 2015 Chevy Corvette vs BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Why isn’t anyone driving this 1980s BMW 6 Series M Package?

On Jalopnik’s The Abandoned series we’re looking today at a beautiful 1980 BMW E24 6 Series with an M Package which seems to have been abandoned or have not moved in a very long time by its owner. The car was spotted near Tokyo, Japan. Th...

On Jalopnik’s The Abandoned series we’re looking today at a beautiful 1980 BMW E24 6 Series with an M Package which seems to have been abandoned or have not moved in a very long time by its owner. The car was spotted near Tokyo, Japan. The person who spotted the car says the following: “It hasn’t moved since May. It has no registration stickers at all. It probably hasn’t been driven in years. In fact, there’s never really any other cars in the lot in which it resides, so it must be getting awfully lonely (I know, I know, anthropomorphising machines). And it seems like it would be fun to drive.”

Why isnt anyone driving this 1980s BMW 6 Series M Package?

Even more odd is the fact that the car is a left-hand drive which points out to an import car versus a right-hand drive 6 Series built for Japan. The BMW 6 Series is known as a BMW luxury car -and this is where it all begun. Have a look at the first generation, together with a BMW designer who belonged to the development team. The E24 was a replacement for the CS and CSL coupés first produced in 1965. The CS 3.0 was almost changed by adding a few centimeters in height to make it easier for customers to get into the car. However, Bob Lutz rebelled against the decision and rough drafted an alternative version that soon became the 6 series. Production started in March 1976 with two models: the 630CS and 633CSi. Originally the bodies were manufactured by Karmann, but production was later taken in-house to BMW.

Why isnt anyone driving this 1980s BMW 6 Series M Package?

In 1982 (Europe) and 1983 (US), the E24 changed slightly in appearance, with an improved interior and slightly modified exterior. At the same time, the 635CSi received a new engine, a slightly smaller-bored and longer-stroked 3430 cc six to replace the former 3453 cc engine and became available with a wide-ratio 5-speed manual or an automatic. This slight change in 1982 (Europe) was in fact a major change as pre-1982 cars were based on the E12 5-series chassis; after mid-1982, e24s shared the improved E28 5-series chassis. The only parts that remained the same were some of the exterior body panels. 989 was the last year for the E24 with production stopping in April. The article Why isn’t anyone driving this 1980s BMW 6 Series M Package? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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One Cool, Frozen Bronze Metallic F11 Touring

This is one cool, actually frozen bronze metallic F11 5 series touring. ...

This is one cool, actually frozen bronze metallic F11 5 series touring.

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HPDE Instructor’s Review From Giving Hot Laps in M4 Coupe

HPDE instructor Nick gives us his review on the F82 M4 after providing hotlaps in the car to attendees of the Coronado Speedfest. ...

HPDE instructor Nick gives us his review on the F82 M4 after providing hotlaps in the car to attendees of the Coronado Speedfest.

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September 2014: BMW brand sales up 8.6 percent

Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 8.6 percent in September for a total of 25,586 compared to 23,568 vehicles sold in September, 2013. Year-to-date, the BMW brand is up 11.3 percent on sales of 236,591 compared to 212,565 sold in the first nine mo...

Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 8.6 percent in September for a total of 25,586 compared to 23,568 vehicles sold in September, 2013. Year-to-date, the BMW brand is up 11.3 percent on sales of 236,591 compared to 212,565 sold in the first nine months of 2013. “After such a strong August, to set a new September sales record for BMW is a great accomplishment and emphasizes the importance of our new models to the company’s sales success,” said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America. “I am especially pleased to see dealer deliveries of the spectacular i8 hybrid now underway as we enter the very important fourth quarter of the year.”

September 2014: BMW brand sales up 8.6 percent

To see and hear more of Ludwig Willisch’s perspective on the September sales results, click here. BMW Group Sales The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported September sales of 29,805 vehicles, an increase of 3.2 percent from the 28,874 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, the BMW Group (BMW and MINI combined) is up 5.2 percent on sales of 275,779 in the first nine months of 2014 compared to 262,200 in the same period in 2013. BMW Pre-Owned Vehicles – Best September Ever In September, sales of BMW used vehicles (including certified pre-owned and pre-owned) increased 8.4 percent to 15,042 vehicles compared to the 13,877 vehicles sold in September, 2013. Year-to-date, BMW used vehicles (including certified pre-owned and pre-owned) are up 12.9 percent on sales of 149,183 compared to 132,136 sold in the first nine months of 2013. MINI Brand Sales For September, MINI USA reports 4,219 automobiles, a decrease of 20.5 percent from the 5,306 sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, MINI USA reported a sales total of 39,188 automobiles, a decrease of 21.0 percent from the 49,635 automobiles sold in the first nine months of 2013. MINI Pre-Owned Vehicles – Best September Ever In September, MINI used automobiles (including MINI NEXT certified pre-owned and pre-owned) reported sales of 2,050 automobiles, an increase of 20.5 percent from the 1,701 sold in September, 2013. Year-to-date, MINI used automobiles (including MINI NEXT certified pre-owned) reported sales of 19,065 automobiles, an increase of 17.8 percent from the 16,181 automobiles sold in the first nine months of 2013. Table 1: Vehicle Sales BMW of North America, LLC, September 2014 Sept. 2014 Sept. 2013 % YTD Sept. 2014 YTD Sept. 2013 % BMW brand 25,586 23,568 8.6 236,591 212,565 11.3 BMW passenger cars 18,981 16,927 12.1 172,331 157,404 9.5 BMW light trucks 6,605 6,641 -0.5 64,260 55,161 16.5 MINI brand 4,219 5,306 -20.5 39,188 49,635 -21.0 TOTAL Group 29,805 28,874 3.2 275,779 262,200 5.2 BMW Motorrad Sales BMW Motorrad USA reported sales of 914 motorcycles in September, a decrease of 4.3 percent from the total of 955 motorcycles sold in September 2013. The award winning R 1200 RT was the best selling model with 207 units sold in the month and with the new for 2014 R 1200 GS Adventure and R nineT also featuring strongly, R-Series sales increased by 40 percent over 2013 with 444 bikes delivered compared to 318 a year ago. The new-for-2014 S 1000 R naked superbike helped grow S-Series volumes by 40 percent with 168 units delivered to customers in September compared to 120 last year. BMW Motorrad continues to perform ahead of last year, up 4.3 percent after 9 months and with the long-awaited 2015 model machines now arriving in dealerships in quantity, is primed and ready for the Fall riding season. Table 2: Motorcycle Sales BMW of North America, LLC, September 2014 September 2014 September 2013 % YTD 2014 YTD 2013 % BMW Motorcycles 914 955 -4.3 11,666 11,190 4.3 The article September 2014: BMW brand sales up 8.6 percent appeared first on BMW BLOG

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A little bit of drifting with Rolls Royce Wraith

Rolls Royce’s Wraith powerslides and donuts its way around a beautiful garden showing us that even a heavy car can be fun to drive. This is the most powerful Rolls-Royce ever with 624 bhp/465 kW and 800 Nm of torque from 1,500 rpm. 0-62 mph com...

Rolls Royce’s Wraith powerslides and donuts its way around a beautiful garden showing us that even a heavy car can be fun to drive. This is the most powerful Rolls-Royce ever with 624 bhp/465 kW and 800 Nm of torque from 1,500 rpm. 0-62 mph comes in in 4.6 seconds. The V12 engine is married to 8-speed automatic ZF transmission. The car’s suspension has also been tuned to minimize 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.

A little bit of drifting with Rolls Royce Wraith

In the U.S., the Rolls Royce Wraith will cost $289,000. READ: Rolls Royce Wraith Test Drive The article A little bit of drifting with Rolls Royce Wraith appeared first on BMW BLOG

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