World Premier: BMW M2 Moto GP Pace Car

The BMW M2 isn’t even at dealers yet and we’re seeing what could be the next evolution of the car. Like the 1M before… The post World Premier: BMW M2 Moto GP Pace Car appeared first on… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit...

The BMW M2 isn’t even at dealers yet and we’re seeing what could be the next evolution of the car. Like the 1M before… The post World Premier: BMW M2 Moto GP Pace Car appeared first on… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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BMW M2 Gets Full Range of M Performance Parts (Video)

Official Release: The new BMW M2 Coupé (combined fuel consumption: 8.5 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 199 g/km)* sets the benchmark in the segment… The post BMW M2 Gets Full Range of M… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs...

Official Release: The new BMW M2 Coupé (combined fuel consumption: 8.5 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 199 g/km)* sets the benchmark in the segment… The post BMW M2 Gets Full Range of M… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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BimmerCast #74: BMW M2 Product Manager Interviewed

Want the inside scoop on the highly anticipated BMW M2? Recently we sat down with BMW Product manager Jose Guerrero to talk about the… The post BimmerCast #74: BMW M2 Product Manager Interviewed… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit m...

Want the inside scoop on the highly anticipated BMW M2? Recently we sat down with BMW Product manager Jose Guerrero to talk about the… The post BimmerCast #74: BMW M2 Product Manager Interviewed… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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BMW i3 REx vs Audi A3 e-tron

When questioned about the lack of range for the BMW i3, BMW simply states that it’s a car for urban environments and if extra range is needed, well that’s what the range extender is for. BMW is sticking by its hybrid guns and isn’t ...

When questioned about the lack of range for the BMW i3, BMW simply states that it’s a car for urban environments and if extra range is needed, well that’s what the range extender is for. BMW is sticking by its hybrid guns and isn’t getting involved with the current race to 200 mile-plus battery ranges for BEVs. BMW feels as if EVs are for small, urban environments and hybrids are for anything further than that. On the other side of Bavaria, Audi has just released its A3 e-tron hatchback, also a plug-in hybrid. While the A3 e-tron works a bit differently, it’s still a plug-in hybrid with both a gas engine and electric motor. Although, the two cars have very different philosophies. So which one is best, the more efficient and lightweight BMW i3 or the more usable and livable Audi A3 e-tron? Australian publication, Drive, has decided to find out.

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  The BMW i3 is a fantastic car, one that every car enthusiast should drive because it simply feels like nothing else on the road. However, it is brought down by its range and lack of usability in certain areas. For instance, its pure electric range, with the REx equipped, is only around 72 miles, which isn’t much. After that, the range extender kicks in and it can go for about another 70 miles or so. That gives the i3 REx a pretty short overall range. And once the battery is depleted, it takes hours to recharge again. On the other hand, though, the BMW i3 has looks like nothing else, an interior like nothing else and a driving experience like nothing else. It’s still a BMW and it feels like it. Rear-wheel drive, sharp steering and a lightweight chassis all combine to make a genuinely enjoyable car to drive. The Audi A3 e-tron offers a very different approach to the hybrid game. Acting as more of a traditional hybrid, the A3 e-tron uses a 1.4 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, paired to an electric motor that both combine to drive the front wheels. No Quattro all-wheel drive for this Audi. It’s about as fast as the i3, despite having more combined power, but that’s because it’s actually quite heavy. Being that the A3 e-tron is built on a traditional car chassis, and it has heavy batteries and an electric motor, it’s much heavier than the carbon fiber-extensive BMW i3.

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However, the A3 e-tron feels very much like a normal car. Without looking at any of the badges or gauge cluster, it’s hard to differentiate the A3 e-tron from a standard A3. While that’s a bit boring for some EV and hybrid enthusiasts, it actually makes the e-tron quite practical, as it offers the same interior space and comfort as well as the same trunk space as the standard car. It also drives and feels like a normal A3 as well, just with the ability to shut the engine off and still drive, which could be a selling point for many people on the fence about EVs and hybrids. In terms of efficiency, a hybrid cannot beat a pure BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle), as the BEV doesn’t actually use any fuel to power the wheels. The BMW i3 REx does have a gasoline engine mounted under the trunk floor, but that engine only acts as a generator to power the electric motor. Only electricity turns the rear wheels, so this makes the i3 much more efficient than the A3 e-tron.

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However, on the other hand, the A3 e-tron has a much further range, being that it’s a true hybrid. The A3 e-tron can run in pure electric mode, for up to 24 miles of careful driving, until the engine kicks in and it becomes a traditional hybrid. So it is less efficient, but it can go much further with its gasoline engine and “refuel” faster. In the end, Drive lauded the i3 for its quirky character and fun-to-drive dynamics and claimed that it’s the superior EV, thanks to its genuine EV style and not just being a hybrid. However, Drive claimed the A3 e-tron to be the better value, as it offers a more normal driving experience, better interior room and a further range. The e-tron is also cheaper. So overall, the A3 e-tron was dubbed to be the better call overall by Drive, but we’d have to drive the A3 e-tron to confirm what they claim. [Source: Drive] The article BMW i3 REx vs Audi A3 e-tron appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Hamann introduces their tuning program for BMW X6 M50d

German tuner Hamann unveils their tuning program for the tri-turbo diesel BMW X6 M50d. The first iteration of the tuning program was unveiled last year at the Geneva Motor Show, but this latest iteration brings new updates. The beefy-imposing appeara...

German tuner Hamann unveils their tuning program for the tri-turbo diesel BMW X6 M50d. The first iteration of the tuning program was unveiled last year at the Geneva Motor Show, but this latest iteration brings new updates. The beefy-imposing appearance of the X6 gets an unmistakable Hamann-based fine-tuned complete wide body package. An eye-catcher is the carbon crafted ultra-lightweight hood with a raised “power dome.” This “power dome” leaves no doubt of the power found under the hood. The ultralight hood weighs only 10.5 kilograms.

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The BMW-kidney” has also been updated to match the aggressiveness of the redesigned front spoiler. The side body transformed by Hamann features wider fenders that fit snugly around the body. Behind the angular contours of the powerfully shaped front wings, newly designed vents were integrated by Hamann. The “widebody kit” makes the X6 M50d grow by a total of 12 centimeters in width.

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Polyphonic profiled door panels and side follow the lines of the front fender to the widened wheel housings of the rear axle. A particularly sporty statement is made by the the elegant rear wing made of carbon fiber.

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This self-confident design upgrade cannot stand on its own, so the engineers at Hamann worked hard to match the car’s looks with adequate power. The tuned BMW X6 M50d produces up to 462 hp – 79 hp more than the standard model – and a brutal 890 Nm instead of 740 Nm of the production model – between 2,000-3,000 rpm/min. Even the active sound gets a Hamann upgrade. The X6 M50d features a networked amplifier with two high-performance sound actuators that provide an impressive “V8 sound.” A sports exhaust system made of stainless steel further enhances the sound. The exhaust system has two rear silencer with twin pots and four tailpipes of 89 millimeters in diameter. In terms of design and driving dynamics, the 23-inch alloy wheels “Anniversary Evo” play a major role and are offered in Black, Silver or Hyper Black. The one-piece sports wheel in multi-spoke design are wrapped in high-performance tires – 315/25 R23. Further optimization in terms of driving dynamics was achieved by Hamann with a set of sport springs that have been tailored to the axle loads and the high performance level of the crossover. This will lower the center of gravity of the car on the front axle to 45 millimeters and on the rear axle by 30 millimeters. In the interior, Hamann includes sports pedals and LED laser door entry lights that project the Hamann logo on the floor.

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BMW Motorrad USA’s $1 Million Racer Support Program

As it did last year, BMW Motorrad USA is offering current and prospective racers incentives to compete on its BMW S1000RR superbike this year. More than $1 million in contingency money is available to racers piloting a 2015 or 2016 model year S1000RR...

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As it did last year, BMW Motorrad USA is offering current and prospective racers incentives to compete on its BMW S1000RR superbike this year. More than $1 million in contingency money is available to racers piloting a 2015 or 2016 model year S1000RR in several 2016 race series. “BMW Motorrad’s Contingency Program, Rider Support Program, […]

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Should BMW Bring Back a Cruiser?

From the year 1997 to 2004, BMW Motorrad produced a cruiser called the R 1200 C. For a shorter period of time, the company also made an R 850 C. There was also a CL model which had more fairings, placing more emphasis on its usability for touring. Ho...

From the year 1997 to 2004, BMW Motorrad produced a cruiser called the R 1200 C. For a shorter period of time, the company also made an R 850 C. There was also a CL model which had more fairings, placing more emphasis on its usability for touring. However, these vehicles had no successor. With the popularity of cruisers, particularly among the growing American market, should BMW bring back a cruiser to its plethora of offerings?

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One of the reasons why BMW didn’t replace its cruisers at the time was that its engines were too small for the segment. The trend in the segment at the time was an engine displacement exceeding 1400cc. However, Dr. Herbert Diess, then President of BMW Motorrad, said at the time, “This does not mean that we are turning away from the cruising philosophy with BMW motorcycles once and for all. On the contrary, it would be quite conceivable for us to re-interpret this theme.” Yet, to this day, the closest thing we’ve seen to a new cruiser from the Bavarians was the Concept 101.

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The cruisers, the 1200 and 850 combined, sold quite well for the company with more than 40,000 units finding homes. Still, the cruisers were, at the time, considered to be outside of BMW’s proverbial wheelhouse, having been quite different from the company’s previous products. Product placement in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, helped to bring attention to BMW’s new vehicle, a strategy which is still implemented today. Though, based upon the the Concept 101, it appears that the company is considering reintroducing a cruiser to its lineup, the 101 wasn’t a typical cruiser. Often referred to as ‘the Bavarian bagger,’ the 101 was also quite an opulent machine based on the materials utilized on it. However, if it were to become a production model, one thing that would likely remain would be its 1,649cc power plant. The concept utilized the same engine which powers the K 1600 GT and GTL tourers. As BMW looks to reach its target of 200,000 units per annum by 2020, it cannot ignore the massive commercial opportunity which a cruiser offers. With that being said, with brands like Harley-Davidson largely dominating this segment, trying to re-enter the market after such a long hiatus could prove to be a difficult task. Yet, one of BMW Motorrad’s competitors is also entering the premium cruiser segment with its XDiavel. Hopefully, BMW won’t wait too much longer before introducing a premium cruiser of its own. The article Should BMW Bring Back a Cruiser? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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How hardcore enthusiasts can get their hands on the BMW M4 GTS

BMW is planning on making 700 total of the M4 GTS. The United States market was left out of previous special editions such as the E92 M3 GTS, but this time BMW is making sure they get here and making sure they get into the hands of enthusiasts by vet...

BMW is planning on making 700 total of the M4 GTS. The United States market was left out of previous special editions such as the E92 M3 GTS, but this time BMW is making sure they get here and making sure they get into the hands of enthusiasts by vetting the last 150 cars to be delivered in the United States. Unlike the first waive of M4 GTs that are going to a dealership to decide how to sell, this next round of cars goes to hand picked, hardcore enthusiasts.

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A team from BMW North America will screen applications from prospective buyers of the M4 GTS and decide whether or not they meet their idea of a true M and or race track driving enthusiasts. They will be looking at things that show motorsports background such as being a licensed club racer, owner of a Porsche 911 GT3, Mercedes-AMG GT or an M car. RELATED: BMW M4 GTS Photos A voucher will be issued to pre-qualified customers beginning February 15 which can be redeemed at any BMW dealership. Vouchers must be redeemed by April 1, 2016 and are nontransferable.

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The voucher will let dealerships submit a production number with a single option – the color. The BMW lease program and European Delivery option is not available for these M4 GTS models. The article How hardcore enthusiasts can get their hands on the BMW M4 GTS appeared first on BMW BLOG

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WORLD PREMIERE: BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car

MotoGP and BMW M Division announce a new safety car for the motorcycle racing championship. The BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car follows on from the concept and success story of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe and the subsequent BMW 1M MotoGP Safety Car. Since 1999...

MotoGP and BMW M Division announce a new safety car for the motorcycle racing championship. The BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car follows on from the concept and success story of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe and the subsequent BMW 1M MotoGP Safety Car. Since 1999, BMW M has been a permanent member of the international MotoGP family. The successful partnership with organizer Dorna Sports has grown consistently over the years, and is set to continue to run well into the future. In 2014, Dorna Sports and BMW M Division extended their cooperation up to and including 2020.

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The Safety Cars are specially modified at the BMW M factory for their use as lead cars on the motorcycle racing scene. The same goes for all the other vehicles in the fleet.

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The new 2016 MotoGP Safety Car shines here with an extremely eye-catching livery in the colors of BMW Motorsport and of course some modifications to prepare it for the permanent race track use. Carbon fiber part from the BMW M Performance catalog and golden details like the wheels complete the spectacular M2 Safety Car.

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Inside, the rear seats have been stripped out while the front seats are now made by Recaro.

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An adjustable coilover suspension the carbon fiber blades applied to the body and side skirts, the diffuser insert at the rear are just a few of the aerodynamic improvements. The racing wing, M carbon ceramic brakes and the Michelin Cup 2 tires are just some of the latest details that make this M2 a track monster.

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BMW M2 Becomes the Latest MotoGP Safety Car

Introducing the latest MotorGP Safety Car — the BMW M2. BMW M2 MotoGP SAFETY CAR. Technical Data. Engine: Inline six-cylinder engine Capacity: 2,979 cc Output: 272/370 kW/bhp Acceleration: 0–100 km/h: 4.3 seconds (with M DTC) (Fuel consumpti...

Introducing the latest MotorGP Safety Car — the BMW M2. BMW M2 MotoGP SAFETY CAR. Technical Data. Engine: Inline six-cylinder engine Capacity: 2,979 cc Output: 272/370 kW/bhp Acceleration: 0–100 km/h: 4.3 seconds (with M DTC) (Fuel consumption, combined (M DTC): 7.9 l/100 km; CO2 emissions, combined: 185 g/km Modifications for the BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car.  BMW M Performance exhaust system with carbon finishers  BMW M Performance carbon side skirts  BMW M Performance front grille high-gloss black  BMW M Performance Air Breather high-gloss black  BMW M Performance carbon mirror caps  BMW M Performance carbon aerodynamic kit front (blades)  BMW M Performance carbon rear diffusor  Front flap CFK/GFK underframe (newly developed)  Carbon rear wing with closed mounts  BMW M Performance coilover suspension  Carbon ceramic brake (prototype)  Michelin Cup tyres  Bonnet with “motorsport lock”  Fuel suction pump  Battery master switch  Flashing corona headlight rings  LED lights on the roof with bracket (newly developed)  LED lights in the front grille  LED lights in the rear lights  RECARO racing seats with Schroth belts  Roll cage  Fire extinguisher with bracket  BMW M Performance alcantara steering wheel  BMW M Performance carbon fibre interior trim  BMW M Performance stainless steel pedal pads  BMW M Performance floor mats BMW M PERFORMANCE PARTS. Retrofitted Adrenalin. The new BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car is fitted with numerous parts from the product range of BMW M Performance Parts. BMW M Performance Parts are also installed in the other official cars of the MotoGP safety car fleet, optimising both the sporty appearance and the performance. These retrofitting components enable BMW customers to implement their visions of sportiness retroactively and customised for their vehicle. Developed using motorsport expertise, perfectly tailored to the relevant model and combinable as desired – this is how the current BMW M Performance Parts programme presents itself. The retrofit components for the drivetrain, chassis, aerodynamics and cockpit are developed in close cooperation with BMW M Division. They significantly improve driving dynamics and underline the sporty tone of both the exterior appearance and the interior ambience of the car in question. More performance, more adrenaline, more character: every customer can put together a made-to-measure package with the BMW M Performance products, which can be retrofitted individually. The aerodynamic accessories reduce lift and give the car a striking look. Front splitter, diffusor, spoiler and carbon mirror caps show that athleticism and aesthetics can work in perfect harmony. The BMW M Performance Chassis, with its rigidly designed springs, shock absorbers and anti-roll bar is designed to allow an uncompromising sporty style of driving. The outstanding performance of the production engines can actually be surpassed, thanks to the BMW M Performance Power Kit. The innovative BMW M Performance products for the cockpit apply the finishing touches when it comes to sportiness. The BMW M Performance Steering Wheel resembles the kind of steering wheel found in a racing car.

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