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BMW Motorsport gives four young drivers the chance to test drive the BMW M4 DTM. BMW Motorsport will offer test drives in the BMW M4 DTM at the DTM Young Driver Tests, from 1st to 3rd December in Jerez de la Frontera. The two BMW Motorsport Junior...
BMW Motorsport gives four young drivers the chance to test drive the BMW M4 DTM.
BMW Motorsport will offer test drives in the BMW M4 DTM at the DTM Young Driver Tests, from 1st to 3rd December in Jerez de la Frontera. The two BMW Motorsport Juniors Jesse Krohn and Louis Delétraz will be in action, as well as BMW works driver Alexander Sims and talented British driver George Russell.
Posted by http://www.bmw-motorsport.com/en/news/current-news/2015/11/3-questions_jens-klingmann.html in Motorsport on November 30, 2015
The final phase of preparations for the 2016 season began for the BMW M6 GT3 and BMW M6 GTLM with the first official tests in Daytona the week before last. Both racing versions of the BMW M6 will make their race debuts at the 24 Hours of Daytona at...
The final phase of preparations for the 2016 season began for the BMW M6 GT3 and BMW M6 GTLM with the first official tests in Daytona the week before last.
Both racing versions of the BMW M6 will make their race debuts at the 24 Hours of Daytona at the end of January 2016. One of the drivers involved in the development of the cars is Jens Klingmann. In an interview, he speaks about the Daytona test and his expectations. Three questions for … Jens Klingmann. Jens, you are one of the BMW works drivers to have tested the BMW M6 GT3 and BMW M6 GTLM in recent months. How is the development coming on? Jens Klingmann: “A lot has happened since my first test with the BMW M6 GT3 almost a year ago. At first, everything about the car was new. There were hardly any reference values, which we could take from the BMW Z4 GT3. We have made huge progress and, in my opinion, have done an outstanding job of setting the car up so far. As a driver, I am delighted to see how well our suggestions have been put into practice. I am sure that even gentlemen drivers will feel right at home in this car.” From a driver’s point of view, what are the main differences between the BMW M6 GT3 and the BMW M6 GTLM? Klingmann: “The biggest difference is that the GTLM version does not have ABS. The fact that this driver aid is forbidden by the IMSA regulations means the handling of the BMW M6 GTLM is noticeably different to that of the BMW M6 GT3. Apart from that, the difference from a driver’s perspective is not as great as it was between the BMW Z4 GT3 and the BMW Z4 GTLM. When it comes to performance, both cars are very similar. The more streamlined aerodynamics of the BMW M6 GTLM, as specified in the regulations, is noticeable in the corners. At the same time, the tyres on the GTLM car generate considerably more grip. That is why the lap times are quicker with the BMW M6 GTLM.” How did the recent tests in Daytona go? Klingmann: “Together with Marco Wittmann and Maxime Martin, I concentrated on the set-up of the BMW M6 GT3 out on the track and the tyres, which are new to us. I was obviously also focussed on helping Turner Motorsport get to know the car. After all, they had not had any practical experience with the car prior to the test. It was also fascinating to meet our direct opponents for the first time. Although nobody reveals everything at a test like that one, it does give you an initial impression of roughly where you stand. On the whole, I am very happy with the results of the test and am looking forward to the first race. Only then will we see the real balance of power among the manufacturers on the GT racing scene. We will then be able to define our first goals for the debut season of the BMW M6 GT3 a little more accurately.”
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2013 BMW 328 i Sedan Blue color, Black interior Yucaipa, CA 92399 13 months lease $227.67 per month
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/29/lancashire-car-dealership-attempts-first-2000-mile-continental-road-trip-in-an-electric-car/ in News on November 29, 2015
John Nichol and Amy Lancaster from Bowker BMW will leave Preston at 12.30am on Monday November 30th before driving an all-electric BMW i3 to Munich in less than 20 hours. In Munich, John and Amy will be guests of BMW Group at the Welt & Museum be...
John Nichol and Amy Lancaster from Bowker BMW will leave Preston at 12.30am on Monday November 30th before driving an all-electric BMW i3 to Munich in less than 20 hours. In Munich, John and Amy will be guests of BMW Group at the Welt & Museum before stocking a hamper with produce from the Munich Christmas markets. The hamper will be brought back to Preston and donated to St Catherine’s Hospice.
BMW i brand manager John Nichol said: “It’s a fun challenge with a simple message. We wanted to show people just how straightforward electric motoring is – no matter how far you want to go. The technology and charging network has come on leaps and bounds. But, there’s one thing talking about it and another thing showing people.” Bowker Motor Group marketing manager Amy Lancaster added: “We’ll be using a network of super fast charging points on our journey. It’s a long way but it will be fun and we’re confident we’ll make it. We hope our customers and motorists throughout the county will enjoy following our challenge on social media.” John and Amy will be sharing updates, videos and pictures and answering questions throughout the challenge on the Bowker BMW social media channels including Facebook and Twitter. Follow the journey and ask questions using #Preston2Munich. The article Lancashire Car Dealership Attempts First 2,000-Mile Continental Road Trip in an Electric Car appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/29/bmw-i5-rumored-to-be-a-stretched-i3-or-a-sedan/ in News on November 29, 2015
BMW board member for sales and marketing, Ian Robertson, says the company is in the final stages of deciding what the next BMW i car will be. “You will see more i products,” said Robertson, “and we are in the final stages of deciding what the n...
BMW board member for sales and marketing, Ian Robertson, says the company is in the final stages of deciding what the next BMW i car will be. “You will see more i products,” said Robertson, “and we are in the final stages of deciding what the next car will be and when you’ll see it.” An unveiling to coincide with BMW’s centenary celebrations next spring seems likely – and Robertson said, “We will look back 100 years at that point, but mainly into the future.”
@TheophilusChin BMW is said to be evaluating two types of i vehicles, a lengthened version of the i3 while the other is said to be a sedan that could rival Tesla’s forthcoming Model 3. The car is likely to be badged i5. BMW chief of marketing says the i3 sales have been growing 60 percent year-over-year and it’s the third best-selling electric vehicle in the world. The expectations are that an i5 or an extended i3 model will house a larger battery pack which will implicitly add more driving range – the holy grail of at least 200 miles. If BMW will unveil a concept of their new i vehicle next year, the production model is likely 3-4 years out, which puts it right around the 2020 mark. [Source: Autocar] The article BMW i5 rumored to be a stretched i3 or a sedan appeared first on BMW BLOG
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A report from PA Consulting says European car makers are coming under increasing pressure to meet tightening fuel economy rules. Among the European brands, BMW and Volkswagen are most at risk from incurring massive fines which would reach up $1 billi...
A report from PA Consulting says European car makers are coming under increasing pressure to meet tightening fuel economy rules. Among the European brands, BMW and Volkswagen are most at risk from incurring massive fines which would reach up $1 billion. “If the German manufacturers are to meet their targets they will need to look at bold measures to increase the number of electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) vehicles in their fleets. We calculate that to meet the targets, BMW, Audi and Volkswagen will need 25 percent of their European registrations (sales) to be of cars with alternative engines in 2021,” the report said.
By 2015, the European laws asked for an average vehicle emissions of 130 grams per kilometer of carbon dioxide (CO2) – that’s the equivalent of 43 miles per U.S. gallon. In 2020, this will drop to 95 g/km or 57.4 miles per U.S. gallon. The regulators in North America asked for 54.5 mpg by 2025. “The stakes are high for the losers. Manufacturers risk penalties of 95 euros ($100) for every gram of CO2 above the limit, multiplied by the number of cars they sell in 2020. These could range from around 100 million euros ($106 million) for BMW and up to one billion euros ($1.1 billion) for Volkswagen,” the report said. Even though BMW might seem in trouble now, the Bavarians are the ones that are likely to come from behind and meet the regulations. “We think that BMW is the leading (manufacturer) in terms of spending on CO2 emissions standards but that the phasing of their product cycle has masked that advantage until now,” Barclays said in a report. The European Union and the industry might clash in 2017 when new rules will force car makers to review their current fuel consumption system and to reflect more the real world driving conditions. PA Consulting said this could raise current outcomes by up to 10 percent. Which would put everyone in jeopardy and unlikely to meet the deadline. This could lead to a confrontation between the two sides. [Source: DetroitNews] The article European car makers under increasing pressure to meet tightening fuel economy rules appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://f87.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1200185 in News on November 29, 2015
First look at the BMW M2 compared to its predecessor the 1M Coupe.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/29/why-buy-a-new-5-series-when-you-can-have-this-v12-bmw-7-series/ in News on November 29, 2015
You’ve read stuff like this before, as the “old vs new” is a tale as old as time (sorry, my wife likes Disney songs, it’s stuck in my head). But it’s always fascinating to see what cars are out there on the second hand ...
You’ve read stuff like this before, as the “old vs new” is a tale as old as time (sorry, my wife likes Disney songs, it’s stuck in my head). But it’s always fascinating to see what cars are out there on the second hand market that can be had for far less than inferior brand new cars. This example is one of the most significant I’ve seen in a long time.
Usually, articles like this tend to have headlines that read like “you can have this V12 Ferrari for the price of a Nissan Versa!” Basically, it’s two cars that would never be cross shopped because the buyer of the new cheap car wouldn’t buy a luxury car anyway, regardless of the price, because of the maintenance and gas and insurance and what have you. But this comparison we’re about to talk about is actually quite interesting. Let’s say you’re a relatively young but successful executive who is moving up in the ranks. You’ve gotten a nice pay raise, you’re into a nice house in the good area of town, you bought yourself a new Tag Heuer and you want a car to match. You like BMWs, so you head down to your nearest dealer and check out the incentives on the brand new BMW 528i. The 528i is a great car, it looks good, it’s spacious and luxurious, it handles well and has a good power. It seems like the perfect car for you. It’s even decently priced, starting at $50,200. But what if you can have a BMW that gives you all of those same qualities, just turned up to 11, for less money.
I present to you a 2012 BMW 760Li M Sport. The BMW 760Li was the Mac Daddy of all BMWs when it was in production. The reason for that was its mighty twin-turbocharged V12 sitting under its hood that develops 535 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque. That’s enough to make the 760Li good for 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds and on to a 1/4 mile in 12.5 seconds. In a massive luxury car… That’s fantastically incredible and makes it one of the most desirable luxury cars in the world despite the fact that there’s no real world circumstance which would require such madness. I guess I can now understand why some women like men for their money, even if they aren’t attractive. The F01 BMW 7 Series was never a real looker, but because I know what kind of power it has, I want it desperately.
This mighty 760Li with the M Sport package looks fantastic. The M Sport wheels give it a refreshing boost of sport to its look and make it far more attractive. The interior is gorgeous and, being a 2012 model, it still has all of the modern BMW goodies inside. So it doesn’t look dated at all. And at $45,000, this 760Li is a complete steal, considering that the brand new 528i is smaller, less luxurious, has six less cylinders, 295 less horsepower and costs around $5,000 more. That makes this 7er look like on of the best deals in the world. And since the customer of said 528i would be looking for a luxurious BMW, this 7 Series wouldn’t be strange for that customer, just amazing. The 7 Series ultimately has everything someone could want in a 5 Series, but just more of it. Most of these “old vs new” comparisons are silly, even if they’re fun, because no one would cross-shop an economy car for a supercar. But people would cross a new 5 Series vs an old 7 Series and this 760Li crushes all 5 Series without an M badge. The article Why buy a new 5 Series when you can have this V12 BMW 7 Series? appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/29/which-european-market-bmw-should-come-to-north-america/ in News on November 29, 2015
It’s no secret that North America gets the short end of the stick, when it comes to which BMWs are sold here. Our fellow enthusiasts across the Atlantic are spoiled for choice when it comes to BMW models. They get all of the diesels, all of the...
It’s no secret that North America gets the short end of the stick, when it comes to which BMWs are sold here. Our fellow enthusiasts across the Atlantic are spoiled for choice when it comes to BMW models. They get all of the diesels, all of the hatches and all of the wagons that us American gearheads can only dream of. BMW’s reasoning behind it makes sense, but that doesn’t mean us ‘Mericans have to be happy about it. But we’re not going to get into the reasons why certain models won’t make it here. BMW will sell what it ultimately feels is best here and there’s nothing our bitching is going to do about it. But instead of whining and complaining, let’s take a trip into fantasy land and talk about some of the cars that are sold in Europe that we wish we could have.
BMW M550d Touring Firstly, there’s all of the diesel models. In Europe, BMW sells an enormous amount of diesel-powered vehicles. Everything from baby 1 Series hatchbacks to big luxo-barge 7 Series’, BMW sells every single non-M model with a diesel. BMW even makes an M550d in Europe, which is a triple-turbocharged diesel torque monster that every single American enthusiast would kill for. It even comes as a wagon, which is a double-taboo here in the ‘States, but it’d be one that I would do anything for. Seriously, I’d hand BMW execs a blank check, tell them to write any number they want on it and give me the M550d. I’ll worry about the money later. Then there’s the 1 Series hatchbacks. The little 1er hatches are some of the most fun cars for the money and the Bimmer that most of us enthusiasts would actually buy if we were allowed to choose from BMW’s entire stable. The reason for this is the fact that it’s incredibly fun, comes with a variety of engines ranging from small diesels to bigger turbo-sixes, is extremely practical and affordable. It’s the BMW most enthusiasts would create if given the opportunity to design one.
However, it’d be tough to choose the 1 Series hatchback when you can get a variety of 3 Series Tourings. Admittedly, we get one in America, the 328i/d xDrive Sports Wagon, that’s available in either gas or diesel. However, only two engine options are available, it only comes in all-wheel drive and can only be had with an automatic gearbox. Most enthusiasts would likely spec a rear-wheel drive, diesel, manual 3 Series Touring, as it’s the best combo of fun, practicality and efficiency. But we aren’t allowed to have nice things. In America, it’s almost easy for us enthusiasts to choose a new BMW. There are only a handful that enthusiasts would really want. In Europe, though, it seems as if the decision becomes difficult as there are so many combinations of excellent cars. The choices seem endless to us Yanks and we are infinitely jealous, though not sympathetic. If I were to choose any one European car to make it to the ‘States, it’d probably have to be the 1 Series hatchback, in pretty much any spec. The M550D is tempting, but the 1 Series hatch is more realistic for everyday driving and would be the car I had even if I could afford more. It’s just such a fantastic package that it’s hard to pass up. Which European model would you import if you could only choose one? The article Which European market BMW should come to North America? appeared first on BMW BLOG
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For years we’ve wondered how BMW’s small car front wheel drive strategy would play out for the beloved 2 Series. Now we may know…. The post Rumor: The Next Generation 2 Series Coupe… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my...
For years we’ve wondered how BMW’s small car front wheel drive strategy would play out for the beloved 2 Series. Now we may know…. The post Rumor: The Next Generation 2 Series Coupe… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]