Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/10/05/are-all-season-tires-the-best-for-the-rain/ in News on October 5, 2015
I love when Fall arrives as it is my favorite season! The air is crisp and not as hot, the days aren’t that short yet, and I don’t have any issues with my pollen allergies. And since Fall can bring some drastic changes in weather conditio...
I love when Fall arrives as it is my favorite season! The air is crisp and not as hot, the days aren’t that short yet, and I don’t have any issues with my pollen allergies. And since Fall can bring some drastic changes in weather conditions, let’s discuss all-season tires. First off, what are the four seasons? We all learned this in elementary school: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. And the thing to notice here is that RAIN is not a season, the major difference in the seasons is the rise and fall of the average temperature. So what makes a tire all-season?
An all-season tire is a ‘jack of all trades, master of none’, designed to work in a large temperature range that contains conditions such as snow and ice, rain, and even warm dry days. On the other hand a summer tire is designed to perform best above about 40 degrees. Even in San Diego where the average LOW temperature barely dips below 50 for December and January, you will still see quite a few people on all-season tires. The reason for this is that they think all-seasons work better in the rain than a summer tire, but recall “rain is not a season”, it is a condition. New performance summer tires like the Michelin Pilot Super Sport (PSS) use multiple compounds of rubber to provide the best traction in multiple conditions. The PSS has a bi-compound tread that delivers excellent dry traction using a Le Mans-inspired compound on the outer shoulder and the latest generation of wet-oriented elastomers on the inner portion of the tread. As shown in many comparison tests, this combination provides amazing grip in dry weather and great grip in wet weather. I have been lucky enough to be involved in a comparison test between the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S+ and the PSS on a small wet oval track with the ambient temperature at about 70 degrees. In identically prepped 335i’s at the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg, SC, we raced around a watered-down track as fast as we could, and to most everyone’s surprise, the PSS was always the outright winner!
The Tire Rack does a plethora of tire testing, and has performed a test on ultra-high performance all-season tires and max performance summer tires in dry and wet conditions. On average, the summer tires out-performed the all-season tires in every test in both wet and dry conditions. You can see the results on the chart or the complete results at the links below:
Ultra-High Performance All-Season Tire Test Results: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests/testDisplay.jsp?ttid=165 Max Performance Summer Tire Test Results: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests/testDisplay.jsp?ttid=162 If you haven’t jumped to the conclusion already, here you go: If you live in an area where the average low temperature barely gets below 50 degrees, for maximum performance you’re better off staying with summer tires year round on your BMW. You will have similar to slightly better wet performance as an all-season, but with better dry performance! Wet Driving Tips: Make sure your tires have the proper amount of tread beforehand. Turn off cruise control. Slow down before turning, and maintain a consistent speed throughout the turn. While turning, don’t make any sudden steering wheel movements. Only brake in a straight line before the turn, and do so gradually. Do not brake during the turn. Increase your following distance from other cars significantly. If hydroplaning, do not accelerate or brake suddenly. Keep your foot lightly on the gas and steer the car forwards until your tires regain traction. The article Are All-Season Tires The Best For The Rain? appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/10/05/all-season-performance-all-season-winter-tires-the-best-tires-in-each-category/ in News on October 5, 2015
After a year of testing and analysis, Consumer Reports has released new car tire ratings on 47 all-season and performance all-season tires models and 21 snow tires. All-Season Tires All-season tires are standard on many cars today and as Consumer Rep...
After a year of testing and analysis, Consumer Reports has released new car tire ratings on 47 all-season and performance all-season tires models and 21 snow tires. All-Season Tires All-season tires are standard on many cars today and as Consumer Reports describes them, “They are designed to provide good grip on dry, wet, and snow covered roads, along with long wear and a smooth quiet ride.” The winner in this category is the Michelin Defender which stood out with its “impressive all-weather grip, crisp handling, and very long treadwear.”
Michelin Defender Continental TrueContact and the General Altimax RT43 came in second and third, followed by the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus which has a projected lifespan of 100,000 miles. Performance All-Season Tires
The Continental PureContact, Michelin Premier A/S, and the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus ranked the highest in this category, but the Continental tires get a slight advantage due to their strong performance in dry and wet grip, handling, snow traction and a quiet, comfortable ride. The Pirelli and Michelin tires share many of the same qualities, along with longer tread life. Read our review of the Michelin Premier A/S. Winter Tires
The Michelin X-Ice XI3 and Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 are top rated, but the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 is a strong performer that offers excellent winter traction. We’ve also had the chance to test the Hakkapeliitta R2 on our BMW i3s (here and here). Full report can be found at Consumer Reports. The article All-Season, Performance All-Season, Winter Tires: The Best Tires in each category appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://f15.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1179357 in News on October 5, 2015
DINANTRONICS Performance Tuner for F85 X5 M and F86 X6 M has been announced and the published gains are 702 HP, 682 lb-ft torque!
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/10/05/mini-jermyn-special-model-for-japan/ in News on October 5, 2015
The individualization experts of MINI Yours are back with a special edition – MINI Jermyn – designed for the Japanese market. Limited to 180 units, the Jermyn shines with a Lapis Luxury Blue color and sits on 18 inch wheels. The focus of...
The individualization experts of MINI Yours are back with a special edition – MINI Jermyn – designed for the Japanese market. Limited to 180 units, the Jermyn shines with a Lapis Luxury Blue color and sits on 18 inch wheels. The focus of this special edition MINI is clearly on the interior. The name Jermyn is derived from the Jermyn Street in the Mayfair district of London, a place associated with the English gentleman. The leather upholstery scores with numerous inlaid Union Jack designs showcasing the British roots of the MINI. A very fine and soft nappa leather, dark aluminum color of the hand-sewn stitch shine contrast is applied. Using carefully selected luxury grain, the horizontal grain has been made through a special process to create a modern design.
Dedicated LED door project highlights the limited aspect of this model while the Chrome Line Exterior gives the MINI both a sporty and luxurious look. Under the hood, MINI Jermyn uses the 192 hp two-liter four-cylinder engine of the MINI Cooper S paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Pricing starts at ¥ 4,110,000 or around $34,100.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/10/05/drivenow-to-suspend-operations-in-sf-bay-area/ in News on October 5, 2015
DriveNow USA launched as an electric vehicle car sharing pilot in 2012 in the Bay Area with great success and the hope of expanding our service city-wide so that all neighborhoods would have access to their vehicles with curbside pick-up and drop-off...
DriveNow USA launched as an electric vehicle car sharing pilot in 2012 in the Bay Area with great success and the hope of expanding our service city-wide so that all neighborhoods would have access to their vehicles with curbside pick-up and drop-off; as do DriveNow customers in Europe. The proposed program would have extended service to most SF neighborhoods, increasing access to our vehicles and making flexible car sharing more convenient than ever. The DriveNow fleet consisted of BMW ActiveE and i3 electric vehicles. Today, the BMW sub-division announces the end of the car-sharing program in the Bay Area starting November 2nd. The company says the decision was influenced by the lack of parking permit regulations necessary for one-way car sharing. “Until the current regulations are amended, we must suspend service in the San Francisco Bay Area,” DriveNow reads in a statement. “We fully expect to return once the city reforms its parking policies to allow for one-way car sharing. We will continue to work with the city of San Francisco toward achieving that goal.”
BMW says the program will expand though to other cities in the upcoming months. Richard Steinberg, CEO DriveNow: “We hope to return to San Francisco in the future and will continue to engage with the City on possible solutions that will allow you to experience the full benefits of our one-way car sharing service. In the meantime, we are focusing our efforts on new cities where our transportation solution can flourish. We would like to thank you for your loyal support and embracing flexible car sharing as an alternative transportation method.” The article DriveNow to Suspend Operations in SF Bay Area appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.automobilemag.com/features/news/report-bmw-and-lexus-join-forces-for-800-hp-supercar-by-2020/ in News on October 5, 2015
Mid-engine, all-wheel-drive hybrid said to best the Audi R8.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/10/05/brandz-2015-toyota-and-bmw-are-the-most-valuable-car-brands/ in News on October 5, 2015
The world’s largest carmaker and the world’s most successful manufacturer of premium cars are also the most valuable car brands. Toyota and BMW are at the forefront of brand value rankings – BrandZ Top 100 – in 2015, created t...
The world’s largest carmaker and the world’s most successful manufacturer of premium cars are also the most valuable car brands. Toyota and BMW are at the forefront of brand value rankings – BrandZ Top 100 – in 2015, created this year for the tenth time by the experts at Millward Brown. Although the value of the Toyota brand fell last year by 2 percentage points, at 28.913 billion US dollars, the Japanese still leads the rankings. BMW follows with a brand value of 26.349 billion US dollars in second place and grew by 2 percent. Behind the two leaders follows Mercedes-Benz in third place,valued at 21.786 billion.
The main premium competitor of BMW and Mercedes, Audi, follows with a brand value of 10.127 billion US dollars on the seventh place. Audi was able to leave the parent company Volkswagen behind them, the Wolfsburg lands with a value of 9.283 billion US dollars in the eighth position. Percentage wise, Audi is the biggest winners of this year’s study – Millward Brown estimates the value of the brand in 2015 grew 43 percent compared to a year ago. In the overall ranking of the 100 most valuable brands in the world, the Toyota, BMW and Mercedes land on the 30th, 34th and 43rd. At the top we have Apple, Google, Microsoft, IBM, Visa, AT&T, Verizon, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Marlboro.
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Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/10/05/mode-carbon-goodies-on-a-nardo-gray-bmw-e92-m3/ in News on October 5, 2015
This BMW E92 M3 features a complete body makeover, thanks to a Nardo Gray paint finish and a few aftermarket goodies. While some builds feature a wrap instead of actual paint, this particular M3 was stripped of its color and repainted. Additionally, ...
This BMW E92 M3 features a complete body makeover, thanks to a Nardo Gray paint finish and a few aftermarket goodies. While some builds feature a wrap instead of actual paint, this particular M3 was stripped of its color and repainted. Additionally, Mode Carbon aero parts, made of lightweight carbon fiber, add a sportier look to the car. Nardo Gray is an Audi exterior finish and has been recently seen on high-performance Audi models, like the Audi RS7 or Audi RS5. This gives the vehicles a stealthy and a somewhat Lamborghini Reventon looking finish. The M3 hasn’t been tuned up, so it still features the same V8 engine with a stock output.
This generation BMW M3 is powered by a naturally aspirated V8 and it’s the only M3 that revs to an insane 8,300 rpm. Its S65 V8 was named International Engine Of The Year from 2008-2012 in the 3.0 – 4.0 liter category. Performance wise, the E92 M3 is a monster on track and on the road, some magazine tests show 0 to 60 times of 3.9 seconds for the DCT-equipped models.
Currently the vehicle features a Mode Carbon front spoiler, side skirts and a rear diffuser. The aftermarket wheels are painted in a matte black finish, adding a nice contrast with the grey paint job.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/10/05/clean-bmw-f80-m3-build-with-aftermarket-aero-wheels/ in News on October 5, 2015
This BMW F80 M3 project comes courtesy of Sonic Motorsports. The build features several high-quality aftermarket aero parts, perfecting the exterior looks of the high-performance model. Even though lately the aftermarket industry concentrates predomi...
This BMW F80 M3 project comes courtesy of Sonic Motorsports. The build features several high-quality aftermarket aero parts, perfecting the exterior looks of the high-performance model. Even though lately the aftermarket industry concentrates predominantly on the BMW M4, the BMW M3 build seen here is definitely an interesting one. The car is painted in the Mineral Gray color, combined with an Xpel Stealth Film which gives a little bit more flash to the curvaceous lines of the M3 and works better with the aftermarket parts.
Current modifications include a Mode Carbon GTS front lip, Mode Carbon Trophy R1 rear diffuser with side extentions, a Mode Carbon bootlid M4 style spoiler and M Performance carbon fiber splitter. Additionally, a set of IND carbon fiber mirrors, the IND carbon side markers and BBS E05 Motorsport wheels – sized 19×10.5 front and 19×12 rear – perfect the exterior. The wheels are wrapped in a set of Yokohama AD08R 265/35/19 front and 305/30/19 rear sized tires, respectively.
The BMW M3 is powered by a 3.0 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo powerplant. Delivering 425 horsepower, it can propel the vehicle from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 4.1 seconds and pushes it to a top speed of 155mph (250km/h). The acceleration combined with the cornering performance make the M3 a powerful track beast, but also a great daily driver.
A set of KW Suspension Club Sport 2-Way coilovers, an H&R front sway bar and an Evolution Racewerks catless DP, finished with an Akrapovic Evolution Exhaust with Titanium tips, ensure the car performs, handles and sounds better. For more details on this build, please take a look at the media gallery below.
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Posted by http://www.leasetrader.com/2014_BMW_328d_Sedan_223970.xhtml in Leases on October 5, 2015
2014 BMW 328 D Sedan Gray color, Red interior Ladera Ranch, CA 92694 19 months lease $0.00 per month