Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/03/31/alpine-white-bmw-xdrive35i-on-adv-1-wheels-by-wheels-boutique/ in News on March 31, 2015
When the BMW F15 X5 was released, it was a subtle refresh for an already stylish looking SUV. The stunning lines, aggressive looking body design and a range of BMW’s latest design cues all made this an attractive and high selling vehicle. So wi...
When the BMW F15 X5 was released, it was a subtle refresh for an already stylish looking SUV. The stunning lines, aggressive looking body design and a range of BMW’s latest design cues all made this an attractive and high selling vehicle. So with hundreds of thousands of X5 models on the road, how does one differentiate from the flock? The quick answer is: aftermarket parts. Thus, the owner of this BMW xDrive 35i decided to take his SUV to Wheels Boutique, for some aftermarket goodies and a set of custom ADV.1 Wheels.This BMW X5 has been equipped with a set ADV005 Track Spec CS wheels. These three-piece wheels come in sizes of 22×10.5 in the front and 22×12.5 in the rear. The finish on these is a combination of the Stainless Aluminum with a Clearcoat finish for the face of the wheels and Polished Aluminum with a Clearcoat for the lips. The result is a set of wheels that fits the vehicle well and doesn’t warrant particularly pinpoint driving. This X5 is now perfect for those Miami roads, beach restaurants and ocean drives as well. The BMW xDrive 35i comes equipped with a 3.0 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo engine developing 300 horsepower. Enough to take this beast from 0-62 mph (0-100km/h) in just 6.1 seconds. For a rather heavy and large vehicle, the performance is impressive. The article Alpine White BMW X5 xDrive35i On ADV.1 Wheels by Wheels Boutique appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/03/31/bmw-active-tourer-hybrid-spied-in-munich/ in News on March 30, 2015
After the launch of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, BMW announced a plug-in hybrid configuration to be released at a later. The BMW 223e SAT (acronym for Sport Active Tourer) is built under the internal name XB2149M0, using the same powertrain as the...
After the launch of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, BMW announced a plug-in hybrid configuration to be released at a later. The BMW 223e SAT (acronym for Sport Active Tourer) is built under the internal name XB2149M0, using the same powertrain as the one in the BMW Concept Active Tourer Outdoor, a front wheel-drive platform with an electric motor powering the rear wheels. Combined power output of the gasoline and hybrid motor should be somewhere over 200 horsepower, allowing the hybrid to achieve some efficient, yet not breathtaking performance. BMW 223e SAT will also get the new ZHP 9-speed automatic transmission. The petrol engine in the car is the 3-cylinder 1.5 liter TwinPower turbo. The fuel consumption is said to be around 2.2 liter per 100 km and the CO2 emissions below 50g/km. In 100% electric mode, the 223e SAT should have a range between 30 and 35 kilometers.
Other specific details of the 2 Series Active Tourer are the roof wing that helps with aerodynamics and a “mysterious” metal box on the rear axle. The interior should be the same as conventionally-powered Active Tourer. The model will benefit from the latest technology from BMW: a revamped version of Connected Drive, LED headlights, Automatic air conditioning, control of charging process via mobile app and various driving modes. BMW will premiere the 2 Series Active Tourer eDrive at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/03/31/is-e46-m3-convertible-better-than-mazda-mx-5-and-m235i/ in News on March 30, 2015
With Mazda’s announcement of a MX-5 Club Edition, I got to thinking about small, sporty convertibles. When it comes to sporty roadsters, nothing this side of a Porsche Boxter can really top the MX-5 in terms of driving enjoyment. The MX-5 also cost...
With Mazda’s announcement of a MX-5 Club Edition, I got to thinking about small, sporty convertibles. When it comes to sporty roadsters, nothing this side of a Porsche Boxter can really top the MX-5 in terms of driving enjoyment. The MX-5 also costs under $25,000 to start, so it’s fantastic value as well. And then I got to thinking about the 2 Series, and I started to wonder whether or not I’d prefer it to an MX-5. That sounds odd, doesn’t it? Preferring a Mazda to a BMW for a sports roadster car? Madness. Or maybe not. BMW still makes some of the best sports cars out there, no doubt. The 2 Series is an incredible machine, one filled with the sort of fizz-inducing character missing from so many cars lately. But at what cost? The cheapest convertible BMW currently makes is the 228i convertible, which starts $37,900, or nearly $13,000 more than the MX-5. Granted, the 228i has a far more powerful, turbocharged engine, a power folding roof and an 8-Speed auto. It’s also nicer on the inside and better built. But the actual enjoyment had from both cars is far closer than that, with the Mazda possibly besting the 2er ‘vert.
Another knock against the 228i ‘vert is the gearbox. A sporty BMW convertible with no manual option? I can see that in the M4 convertible maybe, because that’s a hardcore driving machine and the DCT improves performance. But in a 228i convertible with a 2.0 liter engine? Cmon, that’s the picture perfect car for a row-your-own gearbox. Page one, chapter one of the sports car bible clearly states that all small, sporty, rear-wheel drive cars must come with a manual transmission available. There is a manual available in the lethal M235i convertible, however, the starting price of that tire-scorching car is, wait for it…$47,700! The 435i Coupe is cheaper than that to start.
BMW could learn a lot from little ole Mazda. Make the car as simple and pure as possible, give it a willing engine and a manual gearbox and it will live on in sports car history forever. I’m not saying that the 2 Series convertibles are bad cars, but they are a bit too expensive and complicated. Admittedly, BMW customers are used to having certain luxuries, like a power soft top and an automatic gearbox, but those things inflate the price to a level far too high for such a small car. I spec’d out a 228i convertible to how the average BMW customer would and it was nearly $50,000. If you have $50,000 to spend on a soft top sports car, the Porsche Boxter starts at $51,000. The 228i convertible may be a fantastic driving car, but is it as good as a Boxter? So how does the everyman, like you or I, get themselves into a small, sporty roadster with a manual gearbox without having to sell a child? If you need a brand new car, the answer is simple. The Mazda MX-5. But being BMWBLOG, I’m sure that’s not the answer you wanted to hear, nor did I, frankly. So, if you’re in the market for a soft top BMW sports car, look in your local classifieds and find an E46 M3 convertible.
The E46 M3 one of the best sports cars to ever grace tarmac. It had tons of power, a wonderful, high-revving engine, the joy of three-pedal shifting and some of the best handling you’ll ever feel. It perfectly encapsulated the joys of an MX-5 but with more power, a better sound and better handling. Being able to drop the top might not make you look very manly, if you are indeed a man, but it’ll give you an open-air driving experience like no other. Plus you’ll be able to hear that glorious 3.2 liter inline-six even better. Finding one with low mileage is tough but they’re out there. You might have to spend a pretty penny for one, but it’ll be peanuts to the $50,000 of an M235i and it’ll be better to drive as well. Just make sure to skip the SMG gearbox and get the manual. The article Is E46 M3 Convertible Better Than Mazda MX-5 And M235i? appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/03/30/bmw-4-series-gran-coupe-in-ruby-red-ii-individual-color/ in News on March 30, 2015
The dark red Ruby Red II color is one of the extremely rare to find color on a BMW, and its beautiful red tone is certainly an eye catcher. This BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe with the Red Ruby II paint job was spotted at the BMW Park Lane in London. Alon...
The dark red Ruby Red II color is one of the extremely rare to find color on a BMW, and its beautiful red tone is certainly an eye catcher. This BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe with the Red Ruby II paint job was spotted at the BMW Park Lane in London. Along with the classy color, the M Sport Package gives the 4 Series Gran Coupe an exquisite and sporty look. The four-door coupe also sits on 19-inch double-spoke wheels, while inside the cabin has been garnished with Dakota Leather upholstery in Ivory White. The drive fits perfectly with the luxurious sporty look: Under the hood of the 435i Gran Coupe operates a 306 horsepower inline-six 3.0 liter engine, which brings the four-door coupe to 5.2 seconds from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h). The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles on the steering wheel, which ensure a benefit of 0.3 seconds compared to the manually shifted model.
An M Sport suspension with a firmer spring/damper set-up and more robust front and rear anti-roll bars is available as an option for the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, and can also be ordered separately from the M Sport package. In the U.S., the MSRP for the 435i Gran Coupe is $46,750 while the BMW Individual colors retail for $5,000.
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Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/03/30/bmw-usa-in-forbes-25-best-employers-2015/ in News on March 30, 2015
BMW of North America was voted number 7 best employer in the U.S. in 2015 by Forbes Magazine. BMW is the first automotive company on the list, followed by Harley-Davidson on tenth place and Nissan on forty-second. At the top of the pack, we have Goog...
BMW of North America was voted number 7 best employer in the U.S. in 2015 by Forbes Magazine. BMW is the first automotive company on the list, followed by Harley-Davidson on tenth place and Nissan on forty-second. At the top of the pack, we have Google, Costco and Marathon. The 500 employers on the Forbest list were chosen based on an independent survey by Statista.com of 20,000 American employees working for large U.S. companies and institutions (minimum headcount: 2,500), and U.S. divisions of international firms. They were asked anonymously through several online panels if they’d recommend their employer, or any other employers in their industry, to a potential employee. The mix of respondents (gender, age, region, educational level, and ethnicity) in the sample is representative of the overall U.S. workforce. Where appropriate, subsidiaries of larger entities were combined for evaluation. The survey was conducted on companies in all industry sectors employing more than 2,500 workers in the US.
BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW of North America’s Corporate Headquarters is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. The article BMW USA in Forbes’ 25 Best Employers 2015 appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://f15.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1107686 in News on March 30, 2015
Great look at the previous versus new X5 M, and a comparison of their grey colors – Space Grey vs Donington Grey.
One of the most prestigious names in the automotive world is the Continental. Lincoln’s famous sedan started life in 1939 and was an immediate success. The most famous model came in the ’60s, which came with the iconic rear suicide doors. The...
One of the most prestigious names in the automotive world is the Continental. Lincoln’s famous sedan started life in 1939 and was an immediate success. The most famous model came in the ’60s, which came with the iconic rear suicide doors. The Continental was owned by many famous people including Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. It even has a bit of a dark stain on its history, being the car that president John F. Kennedy was shot and killed in. When the eighth generation came out in the late ’80s, it switched to front-wheel drive and was starting to lose its luster. After that, the Continental continued on a downward spiral until it was discontinued in its ninth generation, ending in 2002. Ever since then, Ford has been sprinkling rumors of a new Continental which was to get back to taking on the best luxury cars from England and Germany. These rumored Continentals never got past the concept phase, and eventually people started disregarding them, not believing Ford and Lincoln would ever make such a car again.
Turns out, FoMoCo proved once again that, I believe the phrase goes, “haters gonna hate”, and just released images of the upcoming Lincoln Continental. The new Conti is a massive, imposing thing, with its massive wheels and wheel arches and upright grill. Bye, bye is the split-wing grille of current Lincolns as all new Lincolns will ditch the split-wing as well. Instead the Continental will use a much larger, deeper set mesh grille with a Lincoln badge big enough to be on a 90’s rapper’s chain. The headlights have LED “ice cubes” in them, that represent the Lincoln badge, which fade on as you approach with the smart-key. The beltline is high, which gives the Conti a tall, imposing look, and it follows to the rear which almost looks Audi-esque.
The rear has a squat to it that almost suggests Lincoln went back to its rear-wheel drive roots, but sadly that’s not the case. The Continental will be based on the same CD4 platform, shared with the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, so it will be front-wheel drive based and be available with all-wheel drive. The continued use of FWD in luxury cars by American brands (I’m look at you, Cadillac XTS) still baffles me, but I guess if Audi can pull it off, Lincoln can as well.
The Continental will use a 3.0 liter, turbocharged EcoBoost V6 under the hood, though no word on power or economy numbers. There will also be a 2.7 liter EcoBoost V6 available as the base engine. It’s understandable to offer a smaller displacement engine as the base, but having a 3.0 liter V6 as the highest level engine in Ford’s most luxurious car is a bit troubling. While it is true that Ford and Lincoln are looking to focus more on “quiet luxury” than performance, it’s the silky smooth waves of torque from big V8s that everyone misses about American luxury cars. Hopefully there will be one down the line. While the exterior of the Conti is a bit underwhelming, as Lincoln says the car is about being quiet and not shouty, the interior is quite incredible actually. While not nearly as aesthetically pleasing to the eye as, say, a Mercedes S-Class or BMW 7 Series, the Continental’s interior is nothing short of impressive. All of the sumptuous leather and chrome trim brings back memories of the American luxury cars of the ’50s and ’60s yet looks completely modern. Ford has taken out 50 patents for the seats alone. They feature 30-way adjustability with 11 air bladders in the cushions. The seats also have wings that can cradle passengers if they wish. It even has a champagne cooler and two flutes, like a Maybach. Admittedly, the ergonomics and aesthetics look a bit messy and convoluted, but it’s bound to be a luxurious and comfortable environment.
Overall the Continental looks like it will be an interesting car in the luxury sedan segment. No word on pricing, but knowing Ford, it will probably be priced similar to the upcoming Cadillac CT6 and undercut the 7 Series, S Class, Jaguar XJ and Audi A8. At a lower price range and with the prestigious name, it isn’t impossible for Ford and Lincoln to steal some sales away from the big German and English rivals. I just can’t wait for the Matthew McConaughey commercials for it. Alright, alright.
Updated. BMW Motorrad has begun the recall process for K and R models produced from November 2003 to April 2011 due to a problem with the rear wheel carrier flange. We’re told this will affect 367,000 motorcycles worldwide, including 43,425 ...
Updated. BMW Motorrad has begun the recall process for K and R models produced from November 2003 to April 2011 due to a problem with the rear wheel carrier flange. We’re told this will affect 367,000 motorcycles worldwide, including 43,425 units in the U.S. According to BMW, cracks could develop in the rear wheel flange if the brake […]
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/03/30/bmw-m4-motogp-safety-car-and-bmw-x5-m-medical-debut-in-qatar/ in News on March 30, 2015
The opening round of the 2015 MotoGP World Championship in Qatar marked the start of a 17th season as “Official Car of MotoGP” for BMW M. BMW has been involved in MotoGP since 1999 and provides the official fleet of vehicles. BMW M Division’s ...
The opening round of the 2015 MotoGP World Championship in Qatar marked the start of a 17th season as “Official Car of MotoGP” for BMW M. BMW has been involved in MotoGP since 1999 and provides the official fleet of vehicles. BMW M Division’s commitment also incorporates many other activities, including the presentation of the coveted BMW M Award. As a long-term partner of MotoGP organiser Dorna Sports, BMW M Division is once again introducing a number of new features this season. These include a technical innovation: at the Qatar Grand Prix, at the “Losail International Circuit”, the BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car took to the track with innovative water injection for the first time. With this new technology, the engineers at BMW M Division have achieved a tangible boost in performance from the high-performance engine of the BMW M4 Coupé (431 bhp/317 kW in the production version, combined fuel consumption of 8.8-8.3 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions of 204-194 g/km). This is due to the fact that water injection makes it possible to raise the upper performance limits, which have otherwise been restricted thermally. Following intense testing within the MotoGP World Championship, the water injection system will also be employed in a BMW M production model in the near future.
“Millions of fans around the world are captivated by MotoGP. Therefore, it provides us with an outstanding opportunity to present our brand, technology and products to an international audience that is enthusiastic about racing,” said Frank van Meel, President of BMW M Division. “BMW M has always been synonymous with technological innovations, and we are delighted to be able to present the innovative water injection as another new highlight this year. When it comes to leading a field of high-performance racing prototypes safely in any conditions, technology gleaned from the world of motorsport and innovative ideas are indispensable. That is precisely why BMW M is the ‘most powerful letter in the world’. The new water injection is just one example of this. The 2015 season marks the 17th year of BMW M as ‘Official Car of MotoGP’. The successful cooperation with Dorna Sports has grown consistently over the years and is set to continue in the long term. In 2019 we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of BMW M in MotoGP. We are proud of this partnership, which spans decades and is extremely rare in international high-performance sport.”
The new water injection sees the engineers make use of the water’s physical effect during the vaporisation process to extract the energy required from the environmental medium. Water is injected into the intake module’s collector as a fine spray, thus significantly cooling the exhaust air during vaporisation. This lowers the discharge temperature in the combustion changer and thus reduces the tendency for knocking. The turbo engine can thus be operated with a higher charging pressure and an earlier ignition point. The lower process temperatures also reduce the formation of hazardous substances, in particular nitrogen oxide (NOX). This way, the innovative technology increases performance and torque, while at the same time ensuring outstanding consumption and emission figures.
Another highlight of the MotoGP Safety Car fleet is the new BMW X5 M, which makes its debut as the Medical Car this season. With the new BMW X5 M (575 PS/423 kW; combined fuel consumption: 11.1 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 258 g/km), BMW M Division is once again setting benchmarks in the sector for high-performance Sports Activity Vehicles (SAV) and Sports Activity Coupés (SAC). It combines the characteristic features of the successful BMW X family – exclusivity, robustness, agility and road capability – with the high-performance approach typical of M. As with all the vehicles in the Safety Car fleet, the BMW X5 M was prepared for its outings as MotoGP Medical Car in the BMW M factory. In total, the fleet of official MotoGP vehicles comprises six BMW M and M Performance models. As well as the BMW M4 Coupé, the BMW M3 and BMW M6 Gran Coupé are also employed as Safety Cars. A BMW M5 is available for the Safety Officer, while the new BMW X5 M and the BMW M550d xDrive Touring are used as Medical Cars. BMW Motorrad also provides two BMW S 1000 RRs as Safety Bikes. You can find more information on the 2015 Safety Car fleet online at: www.bmw-m-safetycar.com Among the many other activities that make up BMW M Division’s commitment to MotoGP is the BMW M Award, which will be presented for the 13th time in 2015. This award is presented at the end of each MotoGP season to the rider with the best overall result in qualifying. The winner receives an exclusive BMW M automobile. The BMW M MotoGP Experience sees guests of BMW M Division experience an unforgettable race weekend. They are given an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes by BMW M MotoGP experts Loris Capirossi and Alex Hofmann. Furthermore, BMW M Division also presents its latest high-performance automobiles and other models of car from the various brands within the BMW Group on Grand Prix weekends. The article BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car and BMW X5 M Medical Debut in Qatar appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/03/30/charging-the-bmw-x5-xdrive40e/ in News on March 30, 2015
BMW releases a video highlighting the charging process of the new BMW X5 xDrive40e. The first plug-in hybrid production car from the BMW core brand is a Sports Activity Vehicle. Permanent all-wheel drive and the BMW EfficientDynamics eDrive technolog...
BMW releases a video highlighting the charging process of the new BMW X5 xDrive40e. The first plug-in hybrid production car from the BMW core brand is a Sports Activity Vehicle. Permanent all-wheel drive and the BMW EfficientDynamics eDrive technology endow the BMW X5 xDrive40e with sportiness and supreme poise on the one hand and outstanding efficiency on the other. With a total system output of 230 kW/313 hp generated by a four-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a synchronous electric motor, the BMW X5 xDrive40e achieves a combined fuel consumption of 3.4 – 3.3 liters per 100 kilometers (83.1 – 85.6 mpg imp) and a combined electricity consumption of 15.4 – 15.3 kWh over the same distance. CO2 emissions come in at 78 – 77 grams per kilometer (figures according to EU test cycle for plug-in hybrid vehicles, may vary depending on the tire format specified).
The Lithium-ion high-voltage battery has 96 cells and a capacity of 9.0 kWh. The electric motor produces 113 horsepower. This allows the luxury X5 hybrid model to deliver a remarkable performance. The car accelerates from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 6.8 seconds. This is accomplished thanks to a max torque of 184lb-ft available from 0 rpm from the electric motor. Top speed is electronically limited to 130mph (210mph) or 75mph (130km/h) when running on electric power. According to Gerhard Thiel, Project Leader, the X5 hybrid can be recharged at a standard household outlet in less than four hours; he doesn’t specify if that’s a US outlet or European. The article Charging the BMW X5 xDrive40e appeared first on BMW BLOG