She created the smell of the all-new BMW 7 Series

Annabelle from France is a professional scent maker. She worked for three years at BMW to create the smell of the all-new BMW 7 Series. This is her #BMWstory. ...

Annabelle from France is a professional scent maker. She worked for three years at BMW to create the smell of the all-new BMW 7 Series. This is her #BMWstory.

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She created the smell of the all-new BMW 7 Series

Annabelle from France is a professional scent maker. She worked for three years at BMW to create the smell of the all-new BMW 7 Series. The optional Ambient Air package features options to ionize the air or fragrance the vehicle interior with selecte...

Annabelle from France is a professional scent maker. She worked for three years at BMW to create the smell of the all-new BMW 7 Series. The optional Ambient Air package features options to ionize the air or fragrance the vehicle interior with selected scents, both of which can be controlled from the air conditioning control console or the iDrive menu. There are three levels of intensity and 8 scents to choose from. The scents can be chosen from the Blue Suite and Green suite, and Golden Suite and Authentic Suite. This is the story of Annabelle.

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Justin Bell Drives The new BMW X6 M

The BMW X6 M is ridiculed by many of today’s auto journalists for being completely unnecessary. And while it isn’t the most useful of SUVs, it’s still a damn fine car to drive. It’s got everything you could ever want, speed, power, performanc...

The BMW X6 M is ridiculed by many of today’s auto journalists for being completely unnecessary. And while it isn’t the most useful of SUVs, it’s still a damn fine car to drive. It’s got everything you could ever want, speed, power, performance, comfort, luxury and cargo space. Admittedly, it is pretty bad off-road, which is usually the point of an SUV, and its luggage-crunching roofline doesn’t create the most cavernous back seat or trunk. But that isn’t the point of the X6 M, and if you want that sort of thing, buy and X5. The point of an X6 M is to be able to take five passengers and some luggage somewhere very, very quickly. And by that measure, the X6 M is a resounding success.

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Justin Bell is a very accomplished Le Mans winning racecar driver, so he knows a good car when he sees one. Well Mr. Bell decided to take a BMW X6 M through its paces at the Streets of Willow racetrack in California. In this video, Bell gives a brief history lesson of BMW’s famed M Division and shows how, despite what many people may think, the M Division heritage is engrained in the X6 M. Then he takes it out onto the track and thrashes it a bit while discussing how the power and performance of such a massive vehicle translate to the track.

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Many journalists will tell you that the X6 M is too fat and heavy to be a properly good handling car. I’ll admit, I was in that camp myself. But when a racing driver can get behind the wheel and genuinely thrash it around the track, it shows that the big X6 M can really dance. Bell knows far more about driving, and how to diagnose a vehicle on the track, than any of us journos blabbing on the internet. So it’s very interesting to hear his opinion on how the X6 M drives, which turns out to be a good one. Plus it’s fun to see him push it so hard through a turn that he actually gets the rear inside wheel off the ground. Fun stuff.

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Another thing I notice about this video is how much Bell laughs while driving the big ole brute. He genuinely seems to be having a good time. That’s important, because fun and silliness is the entire point of the X6 M. It wasn’t meant to be a serious racing car, or else it wouldn’t have been an SUV. No, instead, it’s supposed to be a massive SUV with capabilities and performance so far beyond your expectations that you have no choice but to laugh at its madness. It’s hilarious. And I don’t know about you, but watching Bell thrash this massively powerful SUV makes me want to do it too. Even if you don’t like the X6 M, the video is still worth a watch, even if it’s just to watch Justin Bell get a wheel up off the ground in a 5,000 lb SUV. Check it out. The article Justin Bell Drives The new BMW X6 M appeared first on BMW BLOG

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2014 BMW 335 i xDrive Sedan

2014 BMW 335 i xDrive Sedan Black color, Black interior Niceville, FL 32578 24 months lease $0.00 per month ...

2014 BMW 335 i xDrive Sedan

2014 BMW 335 i xDrive Sedan Black color, Black interior Niceville, FL 32578 24 months lease $0.00 per month

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2015 BMW M6 Competition Package review

Autocar delivers a report on the new 2015 BMW M6 Competition Package. From July 2015, the Competition Package for the M5 and M6 receives a power increase to 600 hp and comes with it to the level of the BMW M5 30 years Special Edition. The Competition...

Autocar delivers a report on the new 2015 BMW M6 Competition Package. From July 2015, the Competition Package for the M5 and M6 receives a power increase to 600 hp and comes with it to the level of the BMW M5 30 years Special Edition. The Competition Package includes a power boost for the 4.4-liter V8 petrol engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology (BMW M6 Coupe/BMW M6 Gran Coupe/BMW M6 Convertible: fuel consumption combined: 9.9/9.9/10.3 l/100 km); has CO2 emissions combined: 231/231/239 g/km). Peak torque also rises, from 680 Nm (501 lb-ft) in standard tune to 700 Nm (516 lb-ft), and is available across an extremely wide rev band – between 1,500 and 6,000 rpm.

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The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) is achieved in 3.9 seconds in the BMW M6 Coupe and BMW M6 Gran Coupe or 4.0 seconds in the BMW M6 Convertible. What’s more, the BMW M6 Coupe requires just 11.8 seconds to power from 0 – 200 km/h (124 mph), making it 0.6 seconds faster to the mark than with the previous version of the Competition Package (423 kW/575 hp). The top speed of all Competition models is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph), but can be stoked to 305 km/h (189 mph) by specifying the optional M Driver’s Package.

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The chassis technology is tuned precisely to the performance characteristics of the powertrain; the springs, dampers and anti-roll bars all get firmer tuning. But how does it handle on the street? Any way you set the M6 Competition Package up, it’s an agreeable car. Slip the settings into their softest ones and it does a passable impression of a GT car. And although there’s always an underlying firmness to it – a result, you suspect, of the pack’s unique 20in rims and some of the limitations of this platform, which have long prevented the 5- and 7-Series from being all they might be – that’s not always a bad thing here. Unlike other cars on this architecture the M6 doesn’t have to ride particularly well, you see, and freed from those obligations it remains for my money the best car based on this platform. Body control, even in comfort, is tight, and if you flick the settings further, that only becomes more impressive. Sure, the ride goes from firm to fidgety, but it’s only too harsh on poor roads. What is harder to find is a road that’s big enough. Quite often in reviews we drive a car overseas and have to reserve final judgement until we come to the UK. With the M6, almost the reverse is true. You’d want a derestricted autobahn to get the best out of this, performance is so mighty. It takes a while to arrive, though. The 4.4-litre V8 has notable lag at lower revs, but after a short pause an inordinate amount of shove arrives. The M6 Competition Pack is one of those cars that lets you overtake as you please, that bothers its stability control regularly or, if it’s switched off, lets you enjoy its front-engined, rear-driven balance with great ease. Full review at Autocar

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Frankenstein BMW Or How To Build A Car From Parts

If you’re over the age of 17, I’m assuming you’ve heard of Frankenstein, the monster created by the mad Doctor of the same name. The monster, Frankenstein, was created out of scraps of different dead bodies. Creepy stuff. Then lightning was har...

If you’re over the age of 17, I’m assuming you’ve heard of Frankenstein, the monster created by the mad Doctor of the same name. The monster, Frankenstein, was created out of scraps of different dead bodies. Creepy stuff. Then lightning was harnessed and sent into the scrap yard-built body until it breathed life. What happens after that is irrelevant, as we’re here to mainly talk about the process of creating said monster. People do similar things to cars all the time. Owners will do motor swaps or transmission swaps, or put different body panels from other cars on their own, stuff like that. A common BMW version is to put M3 engines into standard 3 Series cars. That’s pretty basic stuff, but some owners get very serious and very creative. I’ve seen E30 M3s with Corvette engines, 2JZ Toyota Supra engines and even one with a BMW V12 engine. People can get very creative in “Frankensteining” their cars.

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Having an old BMW myself, the thought of doing such a thing has crossed my mind a couple of times. But eventually, I decided against it. However, I can see the fun in creating your own Frankenstein, your own twisted vision of what a car should be. So then I got to thinking, if money were no option and I could create a my dream BMW out of all of the parts in BMW’s history, even ones that may not even necessarily work together in real life, what would I create? So let’s do that, let’s create our own personal Frankenstein BMWs. I’ll tell you what I would do, then you fine readers let us hear yours. Deal? Deal. Well, first let’s start with the car. BMW has so many great looking cars to choose from so this is a tough one. I’m tempted to go with the M1 here, but I think I’ll have to go with the M6 Gran Coupe body. It’s just so damn good looking, both aggressive and beautiful. Definitely a car I could drive every single day and never get bored of its looks. I’d leave everything about the body alone, wheels, hood, roof and even ride height. I think it’s perfect. Plus, the interior is dynamite. Next up, engine, obviously. This is also tough, as the M6 engine is already so good. But that’d be silly to use the same engine if I can pick from so many great ones. I think I’ll go with the 6.0 liter twin-turbo V12 from the 760Li.

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Yes, the 4.4 liter Twin Turbo M6 engine has more horsepower (560 vs 535), but the V12 has more torque (553 lb-ft vs 500 lb-ft) and it’s got a silky smoothness of a V12 that no V8 can match. It has an effortless tidal wave of power that surges in at the tiniest application of throttle. Plus it’s a V12 so it’s just better. I’d also pair it to the ZF eight-speed auto of the 760Li as well, because it seems better suited to an engine like that. My Frankenstein M6 Gran Coupe would also be rear-wheel drive, because it would be hilarious to turn the rear tires into smoke with all of that V12 torque. The Frankenstein car is about madness, and nothing screams madness like smoking tires. And my mad Frankenstein car would be a beautiful M6 Gran Coupe V12. The article Frankenstein BMW Or How To Build A Car From Parts appeared first on BMW BLOG

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F15 X5 resource / reference library: manuals, technical documents and more

Here’s a great resource library for the X5 (F15) assembled by a great contributing BIMMERPOST member. Included are the following: Manuals ...

Here’s a great resource library for the X5 (F15) assembled by a great contributing BIMMERPOST member. Included are the following: Manuals

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Next-Generation BMW M5 Spied Testing, Packs All-Wheel Drive

The first all-wheel-drive BMW M5. ...

The first all-wheel-drive BMW M5.

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BMW i8, 5 Series GT Hydrogen Fuel Cell Prototypes Revealed

The fruits of BMW’s partnership with Toyota. ...

The fruits of BMW’s partnership with Toyota.

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Five Best BMW Backseats For Kids

Families. Everyone’s got one. Some are crazy, some are happy, some are fun. But most people who buy cars in BMW’s price range are adults with families. It’s the reason why BMW has been developing so many SUVs and cars like the 2 Series Tourers....

Families. Everyone’s got one. Some are crazy, some are happy, some are fun. But most people who buy cars in BMW’s price range are adults with families. It’s the reason why BMW has been developing so many SUVs and cars like the 2 Series Tourers. Enthusiast may dislike this, but BMW cannot ignore its customer’s needs, no matter how many enthusiasts would rather BMW make only M3 wagons. But since families are so important to the Bavarian brand, and backseat space for little ones is such a priority, I thought we could take a look at the best BMW backseats for kids. 5. BMW X5

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The X5 has a tremendous amount of room for children, and even has an optional third row for two extra spawn. It’s also extremely luxurious and can be optioned with a rear seat entertainment package, giving the kids screens to melt their brains away with. But regardless of all of that, the X5 offers a roomy backseat with extremely comfortable leather chairs for the kids to get comfy in. Kids likely won’t ask “are we there yet?” in the X5, because they’d rather be sitting in those leather thrones. But being that it isn’t all that exciting, it’s last on the list. 4. BMW i3

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The backseat of the i3 isn’t very spacious, but it can most certainly accommodate 3 small children. But what the i3 has going for it is its cool factor. The i3’s rear half suicide doors will impress kids and make them want to jump in. But once they’re in there, they’ll be greeted by one of the funkiest and more futuristic looking cabins on the market. The backseat is full of funky cloth and exposed Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic. It also has incredible legroom, storage space and a flat floor, thanks to the lack of transmission tunnel. And because it’s a hatchback, you can stick Fido in the trunk and the kids can play with him. 3. BMW M4 Convertible

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Okay, so you can only fit two little mongrels in the backseat of the M4 ‘vert and they have to be quite tiny. But if you can manage to squeeze them in without breaking anything (on both the car and children) they will be in for a treat. There aren’t too many things more exciting for kids than sitting in the back seat of a convertible sports car, going fast with the wind in their hair and faces, listening to the exhaust roar. Much is said about the M4’s exhaust note being pumped through the speakers and how it doesn’t sound so great. Well it makes a lovely sound from outside of the car, and that’s exactly what those kids would be hearing. It’s hard to top the smiles in the back seat of the M4 Convertible. 2. BMW M6 Gran Coupe

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Talk about feeling like you’re in a private jet. The two leather seats that adorn the back of the M6 Gran Coupe are like little luxury cockpits. Kids in the backseats of one of these have got comfortable leather, fancy buttons and the exhaust note of a 4.4 liter Twin Turbo V8 behind their heads. Then comes the take off, when Mom or Dad pins the throttle, and the kids feel that rush and get pinned back to their seat. It’s both comfortable, cool and exciting. Only very privileged kids get to sit in the back of an M6 Gran Coupe, but the lucky few that get to are in for a helluva ride. 1. BMW 7 Series

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As much as kids like fast cars and going fast, what kids are really into these days is technology. Kids learn how to use iPads before they can speak. So when festooned with the level of luxury and technology that the backseat of the new G11 7 Series has, kids will be mesmerized and flabbergasted. They’ll all want to play with the million buttons and kick their feet back. They’ll want to use the removable Samsung Galaxy tablet and play with all of its functions. The backseat of a 7 Series is any modern kid’s dream. It’s comfy, luxurious and infinitely fun. It’s almost like a playroom for kids these days. Plus, it’d be impossible not to be happy while sitting in one of those heated and massaging thrones that adorn the back of a 7 Series. In fact, it may be a bad idea to put kids back there, because they may never want to get out. The article Five Best BMW Backseats For Kids appeared first on BMW BLOG

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