Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/09/30/world-premiere-bmw-s-1000-rr/ in News on September 30, 2014
The new BMW S 1000 RR – the ultimate sports companion. The new BMW S 1000 RR is receiving its world premiere at the Intermot 2014 motorcycle fair. With refined torque delivery and peak torque of 113 Nm (83 lb-ft), an increase in engine out...
The new BMW S 1000 RR – the ultimate sports companion. The new BMW S 1000 RR is receiving its world premiere at the Intermot 2014 motorcycle fair. With refined torque delivery and peak torque of 113 Nm (83 lb-ft), an increase in engine output of 4 kW (6 hp) to 146 kW (199 hp), plus a reduction in weight of 4 kg to 204 kg with a full tank of fuel and Race ABS (making allowances for equipment), the superbike that first debuted in 2009 is entering a new generation. Besides eliciting even sharper performance from the new S 1000 RR, particular attention was also paid to designing the bike to be even more rider-friendly. Whether it is used for everyday riding, flitting through bends on country roads or being put through its paces on the race track – the new S 1000 RR excels in every respect.
Optimised drivetrain for even greater performance and rideability. The enhanced performance of the new RR in terms of drive power can be attributed to the re-engineered cylinder head with new duct geometry, new intake camshaft and even lighter intake valves. Furthermore, an airbox with a modified capacity combines with an intake system with shorter intake lengths to make mixture preparation more effective than ever and give the new S 1000 RR added punch. A further key contributing factor to the improvement in power and torque characteristics is the new exhaust system, which now dispenses with a front silencer and weighs around 3 kg lighter. Rideability and response from standstill both benefit from an increase in torque upwards of approx. 5,000 rpm, a more linear torque curve, as well as a wide torque plateau that allows the rider to summon up almost maximum pulling power between 9,500 (112 Nm) and 12,000 rpm (113 Nm / 83 lb-ft).
New frame structure and chassis geometry for superior riding precision and even better handling. Further improved Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) from the HP4 as an ex-works option. Chassis-wise, the new RR has been honed with the introduction of a new, lighter frame structure offering an optimised blend of rigidity and flexibility. Together with the optimised chassis geometry featuring redefined values for the steering head angle, wheel castor, wheelbase and swingarm pivot point, it promises even better handling, increased traction and unequivocal feedback, particularly when riding at the limit. The tasks of wheel suspension and damping continue to be performed by fully adjustable spring elements, but with modified negative spring travel for more banking clearance and greater agility. As a factory-fitted option, the new S 1000 RR can also be specified with the new improved version of the electronically controlled Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) suspension – already familiar from the HP4 – that provides the basis for a chassis set-up with absolutely no compromises.
Three riding modes as standard, plus two more available for fine-tuned adjustment by opting for the Pro riding mode feature. To enable optimum adaptation to the prevailing riding conditions, the new RR bike already comes with three riding modes as standard: “Rain”, “Sport” and “Race”. If the Pro riding mode option is selected, these can be supplemented by the two additional modes “Slick” and “User”. The Pro riding mode option also features Launch Control for flawless racing starts as well as the programmable pit-lane speed limiter for sticking exactly to the pit-lane speed limit. When this feature is activated, it has the additional effect of producing the impressive soundtrack familiar from the world of motorcycle racing. The HP Gear Shift Assist Pro, which can likewise be ordered as an ex-works option, enables lightning-fast clutchless upshifting and downshifting.
Refined control system set-up. Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) with precision calibration in seven +/- steps. The new RR already leaves the factory with Race ABS (semi-integral) as well as Automatic Stability Control (ASC) included as standard. In conjunction with the optional Pro riding mode feature, it can be equipped with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) including banking sensor and precision calibration. All control systems have been retuned and further improved in terms of their control precision and characteristics. First ever superbike with cruise control (optional). Innovative instrument cluster design, new electrical system and lighter battery. For the first time, the RR is now also available with an electronic speed control for staying within the current speed limits (ex-works option). The multifunctional instrument cluster comprises a new dial for the analogue rev counter as well as a redesigned LCD display offering a far greater array of functions. The new S 1000 RR furthermore features a new electrical system and a more powerful sensor box, along with a smaller battery weighing around 1 kg less.
Design that is more dynamic than ever with stunning colour schemes. Last, but by no means least, there is the completely restyled bodywork that speaks an even more dynamic design language. The principle of the asymmetric headlight arrangement on the outgoing model has been retained as a characteristic distinguishing feature, yet the headlights have been repositioned and restyled to ensure that the new RR is recognisable as “new” at first glance. The dynamic design with its sporty, aggressive feel is given further impact by colour schemes with three very individual characters: Racing Red / Light White, Black Storm metallic and the BMW Motorsport colours.
Highlights of the new BMW S 1000 RR: Increased power output and torque: 146 kW (199 hp) at 13,500 rpm and 113 Nm (83 lb-ft) at 10,500 rpm. Even better rideability thanks to increased torque from approx. 5,000 rpm upwards as well as a more linear curve. A broad plateau of peak torque available in the rev range from around 9,500 up to 12,000 rpm. Re-engineered cylinder head with new duct geometry, new intake camshaft and even lighter intake valves. New intake system with shorter intake lengths, larger airbox and full E‑gas ride-by-wire. Reduction in weight of 4 kilograms to 204 kg with a full tank of fuel (making allowances for equipment). New exhaust system weighing around 3 kilograms lighter without a front silencer. Riding modes “Rain”, “Sport” and “Race” as standard plus the option of the Pro riding mode with two additional modes, “Slick” and “User” (configurable), for optimum adaptation to riding conditions. Launch Control for flawless starts as part of the optional Pro riding mode feature. Pit-lane speed limiter for maintaining an exact speed in the pit lane as part of the optional Pro riding mode feature. New, lighter frame structure with an optimised blend of rigidity and flexibility for more traction, greater precision and clear feedback. Refined chassis geometry for even better handling, increased traction and unequivocal feedback at the limits of performance. Fully adjustable spring elements with optimised negative spring travel for more banking clearance and greater agility. Further improved version of electronic Dynamic Damping Control (DDC), familiar from the HP4, as an ex-works option. Race ABS with optimised set-up. DTC traction control with precision calibration in 7 +/- steps. HP Gear Shift Assist Pro for fast clutchless upshifting and downshifting as an ex-works option. New electrical system with a more powerful sensor box and lighter battery. Electronic speed control as an ex-works option. More sophisticated instrument cluster with extended array of functions and wide variety of information. Completely restyled bodywork for an even more dynamic design language. Innovative colour schemes with three individual characters: Racing Red / Light White, Black Storm metallic and BMW Motorsport. Extended range of optional extras and special accessories available ex-works. The article World Premiere: BMW S 1000 RR appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/09/30/estoril-blue-bmw-f30-328i-avantgarde-wheels/ in News on September 30, 2014
Even though the Avantgarde M580 wheels are the most prominent feature on this Estoril Blue BMW F30 328i project seen here, you will find plenty of aftermarket tuning parts added to this vehicle for a round up look. Combine the aftermarket parts with...
Even though the Avantgarde M580 wheels are the most prominent feature on this Estoril Blue BMW F30 328i project seen here, you will find plenty of aftermarket tuning parts added to this vehicle for a round up look. Combine the aftermarket parts with the appealing Estoril Blue, considered by many a favorite color on the F30, and you’ve got a spectacular build coming up. This is a 2012 BMW 328i that comes with an OEM M-Sport package included. You will find a JL Motoring MSport V2 carbon fiber front lip and sideskirt extensions installed. You will also see a AFE momentum PRO 5R intake installed, combined with an air scoop fron the same company, all finished by the AFE Catback exhaust installed.
The exhaust system also combines the Evolution Racewerks catless downpipe and N20 chargepipe. For additional breathing room of this twin-turbo inline-six engine, there is a Wagner Tuning competition evo intercooler installed, all wrapped up by a BMS JB4 Stage 2 Tuner to combine all the aftermarket parts added in achieving more horsepower and performance.
Finally, we can see a carbon fiber boot lid that completes the more prominent extensive exterior additions – besides the wheels. Now, the wheels themselves are custom made forged wheels that perfectly align with the car’s lines and exterior, all thanks to a set of H&R Sport Springs. We’ll probably see more of these builds done with a KW Suspension system installed, as the new 3 Series and 4 Series models are finally covered by an aftermarket suspension from the same company. These wheels are sized 19×8.5 and 19×9.5 front and rear, respectively. A set of Kumho Ecsta SPT tires sized 235/35/19 and 265/30/19 front and rear, respectively, was applied to this build.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/09/30/drag-times-compares-bmw-m3-mercedes-benz-c63-amg-porsche-911-turbo/ in News on September 30, 2014
The folks over at Drag Times have put together an interesting comparison between the BMW E92 M3, a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and a Porsche 911 Turbo in a drag race. What makes it interesting is the fact that none of those cars are running a stock set...
The folks over at Drag Times have put together an interesting comparison between the BMW E92 M3, a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and a Porsche 911 Turbo in a drag race. What makes it interesting is the fact that none of those cars are running a stock setup. The tuned up BMW M3 (E90) produces 820 HP, the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG (W204) with a Weistec Engineering Stage 2 tuning program produces 670 HP, where finally, a Porsche 911 Turbo (997) with a Mk. 1 PP-Performance Stage 2 tuning program develops 650 HP which makes this an interesting trio of tuned sports cars.
What happens next and who wins? Take a look at the video below! They’ve also posted every result from their races on their website, so make sure to take a look for those as well. The article Drag Times Compares BMW M3, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG And Porsche 911 Turbo appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/09/30/bmw-testing-automated-driving-china/ in News on September 30, 2014
The BMW Group is a leading auto industry developer of highly automated vehicle prototypes. BMW’s research prototypes have already driven thousands of kilometres in highly automated – i.e. self-driving – mode on German motorways. In February 20...
The BMW Group is a leading auto industry developer of highly automated vehicle prototypes. BMW’s research prototypes have already driven thousands of kilometres in highly automated – i.e. self-driving – mode on German motorways. In February 2013, the focus shifted to European motorways when BMW launched a joint project with Continental. Now BMW is embarking on a further research project, which will pave the way for highly automated driving in China as well. “Vision Zero” is a strategy for achieving “accident-free mobility” that is being pursued right across Europe in many different arenas – social, political, scientific and industrial. Highly automated driving is capable of bringing Vision Zero a significant step closer to reality. In addition to the safety aspect, the aim is to enhance comfort and efficiency as well.
The BMW Group believes that highly automated driving will play a major part in ensuring sustainable personal mobility in the future. An “electronic co-pilot” system is not only able to relieve the driver of monotonous or repetitive driving tasks, but can also take over full control of the vehicle if desired. Following on from research projects in which BMW vehicles have already clocked up thousands of kilometres of highly automated driving on German and European motorways, a project is now being launched in the world’s largest car market, China, as the next logical step in the development of this technology. The fast-expanding Chinese market includes the metropolitan regions of Beijing and Shanghai and a growing number of other megacities.
Solutions to the special challenges of China’s urban highways. Over the next two years, the BMW Group will be building prototype research vehicles for use in highly automated driving trials on Chinese roads. Whereas typical features which must be taken into account in Europe include tunnels, national borders and toll stations, China’s fast-expanding urban centres also present the engineers with challenges such as multi-level highways. BMW is taking on this new engineering challenge because it believes that only with a complete command of all the technical fundamentals will it be possible to help clarify the legal issues surrounding highly automated driving.
Many years’ experience of vehicle automation. The BMW Group’s research prototypes highlight BMW’s leading role in the development of safety-related and highly automated driving technology. As early as October 2009, in the TrackTrainer project, highly automated vehicles from the BMW Group were already demonstrating their ability to follow an ideal line around race tracks – including the Nürburgring North Loop, the most challenging racing circuit in the world. Important input has also been provided by the BMW Emergency Stop Assistant. If the driver is suddenly incapacitated, this system is able to switch to highly automated driving mode and bring the vehicle safely to a stop at the side of the road before automatically calling for help. The BMW Group incorporated the results from this development work in a highly automated vehicle that underwent road testing on German motorways in 2011. Meanwhile, the highly automated research prototype presented at CES 2014, which is based on a BMW 2 Series Coupe, boasts further perfected control technology. This is rooted in BMW’s view that, in order to offer robust and dependable driver stress relief in tiring situations, highly automated driving systems must be capable of coping with all potential vehicle dynamics scenarios, right through to extreme situations such as a sudden emergency. The BMW Group is teaming up with internet giant Baidu as its Chinese partner in this latest ambitious research project. Baidu operates China’s largest search engine and is also a provider of map services and cloud services. The highly automated prototypes developed in this joint project will initially be operated on urban highways in Beijing and Shanghai.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/09/30/bmw-motorrad-presents-c-600-sport-c-650-gt-special-edition-models/ in News on September 30, 2014
At the Intermot 2014, which takes place from 1 to 5 October 2014, BMW Motorrad will be presenting its two new special-edition maxi scooters, the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT. Focusing the spotlight on its sporty and dynamic character is the highly respo...
At the Intermot 2014, which takes place from 1 to 5 October 2014, BMW Motorrad will be presenting its two new special-edition maxi scooters, the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT. Focusing the spotlight on its sporty and dynamic character is the highly responsive C 600 Sport special edition featuring special Racing blue metallic matt / Sapphire black metallic paintwork along with a sports seat and Akrapovic silencer. The C 650 GT special edition, meanwhile, accentuates its elegance and touring prowess through the special paint finish Ebony metallic / Monolith metallic matt. The equipment accompanying this special edition comprises the Highline package made up of an LED daytime running light, seat heating for rider and passenger, heated grips and the RDC tyre pressure monitoring system.
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Posted by http://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1037855 in News on September 30, 2014
The 435i Gran Coupe looking beautiful in some M Performance gear.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/09/30/bmw-usa-announces-pricing-increase-model-year-2015-cars/ in News on September 30, 2014
BMW of North America today announced a modest inflationary price increase for some Model Year 2015 vehicles, effective October 1, 2014. The Destination and Handling fee for all models is $950 and is included in the following list for current and ne...
BMW of North America today announced a modest inflationary price increase for some Model Year 2015 vehicles, effective October 1, 2014. The Destination and Handling fee for all models is $950 and is included in the following list for current and new prices. The price changes vary from $100 to $400 compared to Model Year 2014. Here is the full list:
Model Current MSRP MY2015 MSRP Effective October 1st. 2014 Change 320i Sedan $33,700 $33,900 $200 320i xDrive Sedan $35,700 $35,900 $200 328i Sedan $38,350 $38,450 $100 328i xDrive Sedan $40,350 $40,450 $100 328d Sedan $39,850 $39,950 $100 328d xDrive Sedan $41,850 $41,950 $100 335i Sedan $44,450 $44,700 $250 335i xDrive Sedan $46,450 $46,700 $250 ActiveHybrid 3 $50,850 $51,100 $250 328i xDrive Sports Wagon $42,700 $42,900 $200 328d xDrive Sports Wagon $44,200 $44,400 $200 328i xDrive Gran Turismo $42,600 $42,800 $200 335i xDrive Gran Turismo $47,950 $48,200 $250 X3 sDrive 28i $39,350 $39,450 $100 X3 xDrive 28i $41,350 $41,450 $100 X3 xDrive 28d $42,850 $42,950 $100 X3 xDrive 35i $46,050 $46,450 $400 528i Sedan $50,700 $50,900 $200 528i xDrive Sedan $53,000 $53,200 $200 535i Sedan $56,300 $56,550 $250 535i xDrive Sedan $58,600 $58,850 $250 535d Sedan $57,800 $58,050 $250 535d xDrive Sedan $60,100 $60,350 $250 550i Sedan $65,500 $65,850 $350 550i xDrive Sedan $67,800 $68,150 $350 ActiveHybrid 5 $62,600 $62,850 $250 535i GT $61,400 $61,650 $250 535i xDrive Gran Turismo $63,700 $63,950 $250 550i Gran Turismo $69,700 $70,050 $350 550i xDrive Gran Turismo $72,000 $72,350 $350 The article BMW USA announces pricing increase for some Model Year 2015 cars appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1041512 in News on September 30, 2014
BMW of North America today announced a modest inflationary price increase for some Model Year 2015 vehicles, effective October 1, 2014. The Destination and Handling fee for all models is $950 and is included in the following list for current and new...
BMW of North America today announced a modest inflationary price increase for some Model Year 2015 vehicles, effective October 1, 2014. The Destination and Handling fee for all models is $950 and is included in the following list for current and new prices. See inside for the adjusted pricing. Please note that there are no price changes for other models.
Posted by http://bmwi.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1040911 in News on September 30, 2014
With the BMW i Wallbox Pro – the second home charging station in the BMW i 360º ELECTRIC portfolio for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles – zero-emission electric mobility is set to become an even more attractive option. The BMW i Wallbox Pro...
With the BMW i Wallbox Pro – the second home charging station in the BMW i 360º ELECTRIC portfolio for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles – zero-emission electric mobility is set to become an even more attractive option. The BMW i Wallbox Pro offers a faster charging rate than the BMW i Wallbox Pure and even more user-friendly operation, as well as innovative options for vehicle charging with home-generated electricity and smart home integration. The BMW i Wallbox Pro is available as an Original BMW i Accessory. Optionally an installation service is also provided, which offers fitting and connection of the BMW Wallbox Pro in the customer’s home or garage by qualified experts. With a charging rate of up to 7.4 kW, the BMW i Wallbox Pro supports very fast charging of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. In this case the high-voltage battery of the BMW i3 takes less than three hours for an 80% charge. The BMW i Wallbox Pro is also compatible with other makes of vehicle equipped with the European Type 2 standard connector. The BMW i Wallbox features the familiar BMW i design and aesthetics. The front of the high-quality plastic housing has an anthracite special-effect finish with black detailing and chrome along with highlights in BMW i blue. Reflecting the sustainable ethos of the BMW i brand, the BMW i Wallbox Pro is produced from environmentally friendly materials. The BMW i Wallbox Pro is operated using a 7-inch colour touchscreen display, which offers optimised control and monitoring of the charging process and allows users to choose their own individual settings. The screen can show how much charge has been delivered to the vehicle so far, along with details of previous charging cycles. LED fibre-optic strips at the sides of the wallbox indicate the current charge status and are visible from a considerable distance. Information about the charging status can also be remotely accessed from a smartphone or tablet by using the BMW i Wallbox Remote app. The BMW i Wallbox Pro provides an administrator function that can keep a charging history for different users. Up to three user profiles can be set up, e.g. for accounting or billing purposes. For example, private and business-related electricity use can be recorded separately. Details of electricity consumption for a particular user account can also be forwarded by email if desired. A proximity sensor activates the BMW i Wallbox Pro when motion is detected. The charging plug can be picked up and connected to the vehicle socket using just one hand. Further user-friendly features include the 3.5-metre charging cable. The cable’s entry point towards the top of the wallbox protects it from contamination and makes it unnecessary to coil the cable. The BMW i Wallbox Pro’s integrated load management system delivers the maximum available current when charging. At the same time, overloading is prevented by reducing the charging rate as necessary during peaks in household power consumption. A clear readout on the touchscreen shows how much power is being drawn from the household electrical system at any given time. Assisted by its intelligent charging functions and the optional energy meter, the BMW i Wallbox Pro is unique among home charging stations in the extent to which home-generated electricity can be integrated in the charging process – for example electricity from a home solar system. This option is used whenever possible. The intelligently integrated wallbox detects the availability of solar power and immediately uses it for charging. If no home-generated energy is available, power from the grid is used instead. If the BMW i Wallbox Pro is integrated with a smart home system, the efficient charging functionality can be extended even further to reduce peak loads on the household electrical system and optimise the use of home-generated electricity. Via the touchscreen it is possible, for example, to connect the wallbox to the smart home system myGEKKO. Up to eight smart home functions can then be controlled from the wallbox display, including activation of outdoor lighting. It is also possible to display a weather report on the touchscreen, showing current temperatures, daily maximum and minimum temperatures, frost warnings and forecasts for the coming days. The BMW i Wallbox Pro is an Original BMW i Accessory and is available in all European markets. At the end of the year it will also go on sale in markets in Asia, Africa, the American continent and the Middle East. The BMW i Wallbox Pro can be installed both in closed garages and in covered outdoor areas.
Posted by http://f80.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1041071 in News on September 30, 2014
Akrapovic Evolution Exhaust Systems for the F80 M3 / F82 M4 / F83 M4 – weights, dyno and impressions by EAS.