Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/09/01/jeep-grand-cherokee-trackhawk-hellcat-does-it-threathen-the-x5-m/ in News on September 1, 2015
The BMW X5 M is currently one of the fastest SUVs on the planet. With 567 hp from its twin-turbocharged 4.4 liter V8 engine and all-wheel drive, the X5 M is capable of hustling from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds. That’s supercar speed in an SUV that weig...
The BMW X5 M is currently one of the fastest SUVs on the planet. With 567 hp from its twin-turbocharged 4.4 liter V8 engine and all-wheel drive, the X5 M is capable of hustling from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds. That’s supercar speed in an SUV that weighs over 5,000 lbs. However, it might want to watch out for another super SUV that’s on the way. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Hellcat.
2015 Grand Cherokee SRT pictured Being that Dodge has secured the rights to the SRT name, Jeep has decided to call its latest go-fast Grand Cherokee the Trackhawk. Base Trackhawk models will have a comparatively modest 475 hp, but there will be a Hellcat option, which will come with a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 that develops a stratospheric 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. When paired with all-wheel drive, the Trackhawk Hellcat is rumored to get to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. That’s Ferrari 458 Italia speed in a Jeep. Now obviously, BMW will not lose sleep over the introduction of such a Jeep, because its customers aren’t going to cross shop a $100,000 BMW SUV with any sort of Jeep. However, for ultimate bragging rights, the Jeep just might have it. I can already hear some of the critics for the Jeep. “It will just be fast in a straight line and won’t handle like the X5M.” or “Yeah, but it’s still a Jeep so the interior will suck and it won’t be luxurious.” To naysayers like that, I can assure you that the Jeep will handle well and the interior will be more than acceptable. The Grand Cherokee still sits on the bones of the Mercedes M Class, so it’s actually a decently sophisticated machine. And if you’ve ever sat inside of a loaded Grand Cherokee, I’m sure you found it most acceptable. Will the Jeep Hellcat be as refined or luxurious as the BMW X5 M? No, of course not. But it won’t cost six figures, either. As a bargain version, albeit a bargain with more horsepower, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Hellcat will be an absolute steal. It will be ludicrously fast, handle relatively well, be comfortable and seat five. Just like the X5 M, just slightly watered down. So, due to its much higher horsepower figure and that fact that it will likely be faster and cost significantly less, does the Jeep Trackhawk Hellcat pose a threat to the BMW X5 M? The article Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Hellcat: Does it threathen the X5 M? appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/09/01/bmw-introduces-driver-training-with-the-bmw-i8/ in News on September 1, 2015
BMW introduces the eDrive Experience Program for the BMW i8. With the BMW i3 eDrive Experience, BMW became the first premium car manufacturer to offer a specific training course featuring electrically-powered vehicles and now, the i8 hybrid sportscar...
BMW introduces the eDrive Experience Program for the BMW i8. With the BMW i3 eDrive Experience, BMW became the first premium car manufacturer to offer a specific training course featuring electrically-powered vehicles and now, the i8 hybrid sportscar gets its own program. Two new training courses have been added to offer the participants the chance to drive the BMW i8 sports car with plug-in hybrid technology. The BMW eDrive Experience shines the spotlight on electric mobility and the functionality of the BMW i3 and BMW i8, while the “BMW i meets BMW M” course is centered around sporty driving in the BMW i8 and BMW M6.
This new training option allows participants to experience the fascination of BMW i to the full. Experienced BMW instructors provide them with a greater understanding of future mobility, at first in theory and later in practice. A special course has been set up at the BMW and MINI Driving Academy so that participants can experience the various driving modes offered by these trailblazing cars. And, in the highlight of the day, the participants get behind the wheel of the BMW i8 to experience how the combination of sports performance and exceptional energy efficiency feels first-hand. BMW i meets BMW M.
The two flagship models in the BMW i and BMW M model ranges are the stars of this new training course. The participants are given the opportunity to drive the BMW i8, with its plug-in hybrid system, and the high-performance BMW M6 in the same afternoon. The BMW instructors offer an insight into the sophisticated technology which guarantees the BMW i8 sports-car performance capability yet also small-car efficiency, before the group heads out onto the practical training area. The participants finish off by taking both models for a few laps of the BMW and MINI Driving Academy circuit. BMW i3 eDrive Experience.
This successful training course, where participants drive the BMW i3 exclusively, remains a fixture of the program. At the BMW and MINI Driving Academy facility in Maisach, the participants familiarize themselves with the BMW i3 and find out everything they need to know about the BMW i mobility and lightweight design concept, the car’s battery and driving characteristics, and service and maintenance. They then take to the wheel of the BMW i3 themselves for driving exercises on two training areas and a circuit, enabling them to sample the driving properties of an all-electric car and its technical capabilities. The positive reaction of customers to the BMW i3 course at the training facility in Maisach has ensured its status as a genuine success story.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/09/01/bmw-7-series-carbon-core-more-important-that-you-might-think/ in News on September 1, 2015
The BMW 7 Series is currently making headlines all over the world. Its most recent press launch occurred at Monticello raceway in NY, which slightly baffled some journalists as to why BMW would be holding the launch of a big luxury barge at a racetra...
The BMW 7 Series is currently making headlines all over the world. Its most recent press launch occurred at Monticello raceway in NY, which slightly baffled some journalists as to why BMW would be holding the launch of a big luxury barge at a racetrack. However, BMW knew what it was doing and wanted to demonstrate just how adept the new 7 Series is, in terms of limit handling. One of the biggest reasons it’s such a good handler is its Carbon Core lightweight construction. We’ve talked about this numerous times before, but I’m not sure if everyone realized the impact that this new construction will make on not only BMW but the entire automotive world.
Carbon Core – Lightweight Innovation First, let’s recap what the Carbon Core construction is all about. The chassis of the new BMW 7 Series, which will also be shared with the upcoming 5 Series and other future models, has been developed with extensive uses of carbon fiber, aluminum and high-strength steel. The all of these exotic materials have been strategically placed in the chassis to create a very lightweight, very rigid and very safe structure in which to build upon. For instance, the A, B and C pillars, as well as much of the roof, are all built using carbon fiber. This makes the chassis very stiff, reducing chassis flex which improves handling, but also reduces weight up top, lowering the center of gravity to further improve handling.
This kind of clever chassis engineering is going to help BMW tremendously in the future to continue building high-performance cars while also maintaining good efficiency. With the 7 Series’ architecture being shared with other future models, we will see an increase in performance, handling and efficiency across the entire BMW lineup. But the consumer benefits don’t stop there.
Competition breeds excellence. With BMW releasing such a chassis on a high-production road car, it will force other manufacturers to do the same. Audi is currently working on a replacement for the current A8 luxury sedan to compete with BMW’s 7 Series. You know Audi saw what BMW was doing and is working on something similar, so to not get left behind. Mercedes-Benz will also do the same when it comes time to replace the current S Class. Porsche will eventually follow suit, as will Volkswagen and Cadillac and on and on it will go. And because each automaker seems to be switching to these scalable and sharable architectures, once one car in their lineup uses such a chassis, the rest of the lineup will get it as well. So BMW is changing the game and pushing the bar higher. It will set a trend for lightweight chassis construction for the future. Other automakers will follow suit and we will all reap the benefits as the automotive landscape slowly changes for the better. So this new Carbon Core technology is more important that many might think. The article BMW 7 Series’ Carbon Core more important that you might think appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1165768 in News on September 1, 2015
It has begun… another E91 Wagon to E90 M3 Conversion. Check out the continuing build journal inside.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/09/01/bmw-usa-sales-rose-2-percent-in-august/ in News on September 1, 2015
Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 2.0 percent in August for a total of 27,755 – a new August record – compared to 27,213 vehicles sold in August, 2014. Year-to-date, BMW brand sales are 223,348 vehicles, a 5.9 percent increase from ...
Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 2.0 percent in August for a total of 27,755 – a new August record – compared to 27,213 vehicles sold in August, 2014. Year-to-date, BMW brand sales are 223,348 vehicles, a 5.9 percent increase from the same period last year. “Even without Labor Day weekend as part of the month, the solid August results for both BMW and MINI continue to prove the strength of consumer demand and underscore the momentum BMW Group has shown throughout this year,” said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America. “With the launch of the all-new BMW 7 Series getting underway and the new BMW X1 also on the horizon, I’m expecting a strong finish in the remaining four months of 2015.”
In August, notable vehicle sales included the BMW 2 Series which increased 55.9 percent to 1,024 vehicles, the BMW X3 which increased 5.1 percent to 2,127 vehicles and the BMW X4 which increased 31.3 percent to 453 vehicles. BMW Group Sales In total, the BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported August sales of 32,864 vehicles, an increase of 2.0 percent from the 32,219 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, BMW Group sales are 263,908 vehicles, a 7.3 percent increase from the same period last year. MINI Brand Sales For August, MINI USA reports 5,109 automobiles sold, an increase of 2.1 percent from the 5,006 sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, MINI USA sales are 40,560 vehicles, a 16.0 percent increase from the same period last year. BMW Pre-Owned Vehicles In August, BMW Certified Pre-Owned sold 10,027 vehicles, down 7.1 percent from August 2014, with a year-to-date gain of 16.5 percent to 78,068 vehicles sold over the same period in 2014. Total BMW Pre-Owned sales continue to be challenged by low availability with 15,763 vehicles sold in August 2015, an 18.4 percent decrease from August 2014. The Total BMW Pre-Owned cars sold for the first eight months were 124,151, a 7.4 percent decrease from the same period in 2014. MINI Pre-Owned Vehicles In August, sales of MINI NEXT (certified pre-owned) were 1,134 vehicles, up 3.5 percent over August 2014, with a year-to-date gain of 25.6 percent to 7,925 cars over the same period in 2014. Total MINI Pre-Owned sales were 2,696 cars, an increase of 5.3 percent from August 2014. Total MINI Pre-Owned sales for the first eight months were 18,205, a 7.0 percent increase from the same period in 2014. Table 1: New Vehicle Sales BMW of North America, LLC, August 2015 Aug. 2015 Aug. 2014 % YTD Aug. 2015 YTD Aug. 2014 % BMW brand 27,755 27,213 2.0 223,348 211,004 5.9 BMW passenger cars 21,929 21,321 2.9 158,833 153,350 3.6 BMW light trucks 5,826 5,892 -1.1 64,515 57,654 11.9 MINI brand 5,109 5,006 2.1 40,560 34,969 16.0 TOTAL Group 32,864 32,219 2.0 263,908 245,973 7.3 BMW Motorrad Sales With 1,338 retails BMW motorcycles posted their second best August ever. This figure was also 21.5 percent above the 1,101 motorcycles sold in August 2014. The S 1000 RR was the best selling model in August with 192 units (+43%), and in combination with the recently introduced S 1000 XR Adventure Sport, helped grow S-Series model retails by 45% to 336 units compared to 231 in August of 2014. Boxer model sales, boosted by the arrival of the R 1200 RS, grew 74% with sales of 685 units compared to 394 this time last year. Table 2: Motorcycle Sales BMW of North America, LLC, August 2015 Aug. 2015 Aug. 2014 % YTD Aug. 2015 YTD Aug. 2014 % BMW Motorcycles 1,338 1,101 21.5 12,037 10,750 12.0 The article BMW USA sales rose 2 percent in August appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.7post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1168187 in News on September 1, 2015
If you’ve been waiting to build a virtual G11/G12 7 Series, the BMWUSA build your own configurator is now online.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/09/01/2016-bmw-7-series-media-launch-in-nyc/ in News on September 1, 2015
Yesterday, we had the privilege to drive the new 2016 BMW 7 Series at the Monticello race track in New York. The media launch program consisted of three separate activities, all tailored to highlight the strengths of the new 7 Series flagship sedan: ...
Yesterday, we had the privilege to drive the new 2016 BMW 7 Series at the Monticello race track in New York. The media launch program consisted of three separate activities, all tailored to highlight the strengths of the new 7 Series flagship sedan: race track handling, back roads cruising and a slalom to test the vehicle’s responsiveness, braking and chassis control. The half-day event showcased the innovations and work that has gone into building the flagship BMW and most of the journalist have been genuinely impressed by what BMW engineers and designers managed to accomplish.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/09/01/jolly-green-giant-bmw-m4-turned-track-monster/ in News on September 1, 2015
This is yet another green-painted BMW M4 build we’ve seen lately. Modified by AUTOCOUTURE Motoring, this M4 displays a clear cut example of a vehicle tailored for track days. With aerodynamic and performance upgrades, this Jolly Green Giant loo...
This is yet another green-painted BMW M4 build we’ve seen lately. Modified by AUTOCOUTURE Motoring, this M4 displays a clear cut example of a vehicle tailored for track days. With aerodynamic and performance upgrades, this Jolly Green Giant looks ready to tackle any racing event its owner can throw at it. The M4 received a front carbon fiber spoiler, carbon fiber side skirts, rear carbon fiber diffuser and carbon fiber wing, all improving the aerodynamics of the car and performance. The aftermarket wheels remove excess weight, while also improving brake cooling.
The vehicle was also further lowered, adding more cornering speed, and allowing the owner to perfectly utilize the performance of the BMW M4 in race track conditions. No power upgrades were given to this BMW F82 M4, therefore the 3.0 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo engine delivers 425 horsepower to the rear wheels. It allows for a sprint from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 4.1 seconds.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/09/01/dual-bmw-i8-on-vossen-wheels-photoshoot/ in News on September 1, 2015
The BMW i8 uses a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine and BMW eDrive technology in the form of an electric drive system. The 1.5-liter combustion engine develops 170 kW/231 hp and drives...
The BMW i8 uses a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine and BMW eDrive technology in the form of an electric drive system. The 1.5-liter combustion engine develops 170 kW/231 hp and drives the rear wheels of the BMW i8, while the 96 kW/131 hp electric drive sends its power to the front wheels and allows an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph).
The powertrain allows the BMW i8 to sprint from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in in 4.8 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 260 km/h (160 mph). The vehicle has a fuel efficiency of 2.1 L/100 km (134.5 mpg-imp; 112.0 mpg-US) under the NEDC test with carbon emissions of 49 g/km. This relates to some rather good performance, albeit without a big impact on your wallet.
The two BMW i8s seen here are equipped with Vossen Wheels, adding a nice aftermarket touch. Both cars have also been lowered giving the car a sportier appeal and stance. And yes, they come with some flashy red wheels. Check out the media gallery below for more images.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/09/01/video-manhart-performance-bmw-m6-gran-coupe-with-734-hp/ in News on September 1, 2015
This Manhart Performance BMW M6 Gran Coupe displaces well over 700 horsepower. Also, thanks to an Akrapovic exhaust system, the engine now produces some exciting sound notes as well. The vehicle is comes with an ECU tune, along with the custom exhaus...
This Manhart Performance BMW M6 Gran Coupe displaces well over 700 horsepower. Also, thanks to an Akrapovic exhaust system, the engine now produces some exciting sound notes as well. The vehicle is comes with an ECU tune, along with the custom exhaust system, and some Manhart-designed tuning parts, allowing the vehicle to deliver impressive power at low rpms. The German tuning shop claims that the BMW M6 Gran Coupé with their tuning kit develops 734 horsepower and 939Nm of torque, quite an increase over the stock numbers, which are 560 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque.
The Launch Control feature lets your engine achieve maximum acceleration from a standing start, so you can brandish every lb-ft right off the line. The car accelerates from a standstill to 62 mph in 4.3 seconds. Not too shabby for a fairly heavy gran tourer. With the tuning goodies, this M6 Gran Coupe should do even better on straight lines and on the track. The article Video: Manhart Performance BMW M6 Gran Coupé with 734 hp appeared first on BMW BLOG