WORLD PREMIERE: 2016 BMW M760Li xDrive

Ever since BMW fans received word of the existence of the new G11 BMW 7 Series, rumors of an M7 started swirling. Fans have always wanted a proper M variant to BMW’s flagship vehicle, but never got one. The closest thing to it was the Alpi...

Ever since BMW fans received word of the existence of the new G11 BMW 7 Series, rumors of an M7 started swirling. Fans have always wanted a proper M variant to BMW’s flagship vehicle, but never got one. The closest thing to it was the Alpina B7, which is a great car, especially the new one, but not exactly what fans wanted. Fans wanted something a bit more extreme than the B7, something with proper motorsport roots ingrained into it. Thankfully, and finally, fans may have gotten their wish — the recently announced BMW M760Li xDrive.

BMW-M760Li-xDrive-images-2 While the new BMW M760Li xDrive isn’t exactly a full-fledged M car, but more of an M Performance variant much like the M235i and X4 M40i, it’s the closest thing we’re going to get to a proper M7. And, frankly, this should be good enough and, from the looks of things, should be absolutely excellent.

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The current BMW 7 Series’ new lightweight platform is a great place to start, as its Carbon Core technology gives it a light and rigid chassis befitting that of a sports car. The BMW M760Li takes advantage of the fantastic chassis to make the 7 Series even better to drive. We’ve driven the BMW 750i and came away incredibly impressed with how well it handles. It’s already a superior driver’s car to its competitors such as the Mercedes-Benz S Class and Audi A8. Add some M Performance character to it and the BMW M760Li will be near impossible to beat in the segment. As BMW will say “The new BMW M760Li xDrive sets new standards in the sporting luxury sedan segment” and we’d have to agree.

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The BMW M760Li xDrive comes with a variety of changes over the standard 7 Series, chief of which is the mighty 6.6 liter TwinPower turbocharged V12 that develops a monstrous 600 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque, in case you need to, ya know, tow the moon. All of that power and torque is sent through the familiar ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic, though it has an M-specific tune to it to make shifts slightly more aggressive. It will also use data gathered from the navigation system and driving nature to predict how and when it should shift, much like the standard 7 Series. Driving the wheels will be BMW’s xDrive system, which has been tuned by BMW M as well, for sporting performance.

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Performance figures are equally astonishing, as the sprint from 0-60 mph comes in just 3.9 seconds, which is far faster than a vehicle as big and heavy as the 7 Series should be able to go. The M760Li’s top speed is a governed 155 mph but, with the M Driver’s Package that top speed bumps up to 189 mph. Those kind of performance figures put the M760Li in BMW M4 territory, except for the fact the the Big 7 seats four in supreme opulence and absurd levels of luxury. And that’s just what BMW’s claiming. With 600 hp, 590 lb-ft of torque, all-wheel drive and BMW’s penchant for underrating power figures, we expect it to be faster than this actually. Watch out, M4 owners, the M760Li is on its way.

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On the surface, the M760Li starts to distinguishes itself from the standard 7 Series with specific 20″ wheels M light-alloy wheels in matte Cerium Grey metallic, which look aggressive and elegant. That same Cerium Grey finish extends onto the kidney grille frame and the fronts of the grille bars, along with the front apron strip, the strips on the exterior door handles, Air Breathers, side door trim elements and boot lid handle, all add color accents, subtly highlighting the special status of the BMW M760Li xDrive within the BMW 7 Series model range and the BMW model line-up as a whole. It’s also available with Laser Headlights with Selective Beam technology. An M Sport exhaust also makes its way to the M760Li, with great looking exhaust tips integrated into the rear bumper and a nasty, growling sound. The M760Li looks so good, it makes the standard car look boring and everything else in the segment look plain. This is the best looking bit luxury on the market, in our humble opinions.

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On the interior, Fineline black fine wood interior trim strips with high-gloss metal effect team up with high-quality deep-pile floor mats in the rear compartment and an Alcantara Anthracite headliner to generate a luxurious ambiance. Exclusive Nappa leather trim covers the seat surfaces, seat side sections, head restraints, door cards, center armrests and side armrests to round off the elegant atmosphere in tasteful style. But the biggest change is the new steering wheel which looks fantastic and is clearly a sporting evolution of the 7 Series’ wheel and should be the new M Sport steering wheel of the future. All of the same interior technologies on the standard 7er are present, including Gesture Control and inductive charging for mobile phones.

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The BMW M760Li also features a new suspension system, called the Executive Drive Pro, which is an active, two-axle air suspension system which works with the Dynamic Damper Control to deliver exceptional comfort and handling with very little vibration. This works well with the new Adaptive Driving modes that are tuned by BMW’s M Division to deliver sportier feedback through the car. The M760Li comes standard with BMW’s new Integral Active Steering in combination with rear-wheel steer, for precision driving. The steering has also been retuned by BMW M to fit the new sportier style of the car.

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Offered along with the standard BMW M760Li xDrive will be a V12 Excellence model. The V12 Excellence model of the M760Li focuses more on luxury and comfort than performance and dynamics. The V12 Excellence trades the M aerodynamic package for visual cues from the Pure Excellence exterior design package. These include 20-inch BMW Individual light-alloy wheels in W-spoke 646 design, high-gloss polished, with mixed-size tires (front: 245/40 R20, rear: 275/35 R20) and brake calipers in high-gloss Black. The front end of the BMW M760Li xDrive V12 Excellence has a chrome bar extending across the full width of the car in the upper section of the air intake grille, while the kidney grille bars are in Silver with chrome fronts, and their surrounds likewise sport bright chrome. Added to which, the V12 Excellence features LED foglamps in the front apron.

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On the inside of the V12 Excellence comes the Pure Excellence interior design package. This comes with an Alcantara headliner, door sill plates in Fine Brushed Aluminium with illuminated V12 badge and precise decorative stitching in the lower section of the instrument panel as well as fine wood inlays for the seat belt outlet. The BMW leather steering wheel with wood applications creates an elegant accent, and when the driver fires up the engine a V12 emblem lights up in the center of the instrument cluster.

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As BMW fans, we’re always excited by new BMW models that debut, but as journalists we must remain objective and look at BMWs, as well as every other car, with a fair, unbiased view. However, there are just some cars that we completely nerd out on and get incredibly excited for. The brand-new BMW M760Li xDrive is one of those cars, a car that we absolutely can’t wait until we get our hands on it and are so happy it’s actually going to be made. We’ve been begging BMW for an M7 and this BMW M760Li is the M7 we’ve been waiting for. The BMW M760Li will arrive in the U.S. in the second half of 2017.

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WORLD PREMIERE: BMW iPerformance

BMW recently started making what it calls M Performance models, which are standard BMW models with some M Division DNA injected into them. Cars like the BMW M235i, X4 M40i and M760Li are all M Performance models. It’s an idea that’s worke...

BMW recently started making what it calls M Performance models, which are standard BMW models with some M Division DNA injected into them. Cars like the BMW M235i, X4 M40i and M760Li are all M Performance models. It’s an idea that’s worked well so far for BMW, so much so that BMW is looking to create another line of performance models, called iPerformance. In a nutshell, BMW’s Performance models are going to be plug-in hybrid variants of standard BMW vehicles with some i Division technology baked in. For instance, the upcoming BMW 740e iPerformance will be a plug-in hybrid variant of the new 7 Series and the 330e will become a 330e iPerformance. So, it’s very similar to the M Performance models, just with hybrid tech, not performance tech. This line of vehicles will start in July, 2016 with the upcoming 740e iPerformance.

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These iPerformance models will be distinguished by having the “i” logo on the front fender as well as BMW i-style blue accents on kidney grilles, wheel hubs and eDrive logo on the C-pillar. So BMW will going out of its way to brand its iPerformance line of cars, much like it does with the M Performance cars. There are as many M badges on an M235i as there are an M3, so expect the iPerformance badges to adorn all plug-in hybrids. The upcoming BMW 740e iPerformance will offer a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, paired with an electric motor to power either the rear or all four wheels. The total power output of the engine and motor combine will be 326 hp and it will be able to return up to a combined 2.1 liters per 100 kilometers (112 mpg US). CO2 emissions will be around 43 grams per kilometer, so it will be exempt from many taxes in Europe.

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But the BMW 740e iPerformance will just be the start. All plug-in hybrids will be branded with the iPerformance badge, which will represent the transfer of technology from the i Division to the BMW Core brand, much the same way the M Performance badge shows the transfer of tech from BMW M to BMW’s Core brand. So just like how the BMW M235i, X4 M40i and M760Li aren’t genuine M cars but BMW cars injected with M DNA, BMW’s iPerformance cars aren’t genuine i Division cars but BMW cars injected with i Division DNA. The article WORLD PREMIERE: BMW iPerformance appeared first on BMW BLOG

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WORLD PREMIERE: BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition

A few years back, we saw what BMW called the Vision EfficientDynamics Concept, which blew most people’s minds at the time as it was one of the more futuristic looking concept cars anyone had seen in a very long time. When rumors started spread...

A few years back, we saw what BMW called the Vision EfficientDynamics Concept, which blew most people’s minds at the time as it was one of the more futuristic looking concept cars anyone had seen in a very long time. When rumors started spreading that the EfficientDynamics Concept would be put into production, fans started to get very excited for what was to come. And BMW didn’t disappoint, as what proceeded the Concept car was the magnificent BMW i8 and a car that would help shape a genre.

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That was almost three years ago today, and the BMW i8 is still a marvel of technology, being able to pack incredible performance as well as fantastic efficiency into a gorgeous design. The BMW i8 is one of the most technologically amazing vehicle in automotive history and has brought the idea of a hybrid supercar into a price point that’s actually affordable to many, as opposed to what Porsche, Ferrari and McLaren are doing. Now, though, there’s a new edition of the BMW i8, one that will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition. This exclusive limited-edition of the BMW i8 offers customers a new way to tailor their BMW i8 even more closely to their tastes. The Protonic Red Edition i8 is only the first in a series of special edition BMW i8s. These special edition variants will allow customers to enjoy a selection of bespoke equipment highlights and it all starts with the Protonic Red Edition.

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If you hadn’t already noticed, the BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition will be painted in a new color called, you guessed it, Protonic Red which will come with Frozen Grey Metallic contrast accents. This is much better than painting the entire car in Frozen paint, as that can be troublesome to maintain over the course of ownership. This special edition i8 will also come with new W-spoke 470 light-allow wheels painted in Orbit Grey Metallic with hubs painted in Aluminum Matte. The contrast of the car to the wheels make the Protonic Red i8 look very good and very exclusive. The interior will also gain some special touches, such as “i8” embossing on the front head restraints and the door sill strips bearing the lettering “Protonic Red Edition”. The seats feature double lap seams in red, and the red stitching is in evidence again in the door and side trim panels, echoing the exterior paintwork to perfection. Exclusively designed embellishers made from high-grade carbon fiber for the center console and instrument panel reinforce the cool, sporty look of the BMW i8 interior, as do the carbon-fiber pull handles on the insides of the doors. The gear selector with black ceramic detailing, the grey-colored seat belts and the specially designed floor mats with leather piping and red contrast stitching put the finishing touches to the cabin’s highly individual styling. This very limited edition BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition will begin production in July, 2016, and will be built at the Leipzig plant. Orders will only be available until the end of 2016. There’s no word yet on any other special edition BMW i8 models or when they will start. It’s possible that the Protonic Red Edition could be the only one available until the end of 2016 which will then start a new special edition model in 2017. However, that’s just speculation as further details have yet to surface. Until then, though, we will have this Protonic Red Edition BMW i8 and it looks like it could be the start of something very cool. The article WORLD PREMIERE: BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW i8 Special Editions Coming. Protonic Red Edition Up First

Last year, global sales of the BMW i8 exceeded the combined figure of all other hybrid sports cars produced by other manufacturers*; 5,456 units of the i8, which is powered by the combination of a three-cylinder turbocharged engine and an electric d...

Last year, global sales of the BMW i8 exceeded the combined figure of all other hybrid sports cars produced by other manufacturers*; 5,456 units of the i8, which is powered by the combination of a three-cylinder turbocharged engine and an electric drive system, were sold worldwide in 2015. The car’s innovative plug-in hybrid technology delivers system output of 266 kW/362 hp (fuel consumption combined: 2.1 l/100 km [134.5 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 49 g/km)**. “The success of the BMW i8 speaks for itself,” said Ian Robertson, BMW AG Board Member for Sales and Marketing. “It is already the world’s most successful hybrid sports car and has comfortably exceeded our own expectations. I can think of no better illustration of the relevance of our young BMW i brand.” And the BMW i8 is about to add further lustre to its appeal with exclusive special-edition models poised to be unveiled for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show. The new arrivals present customers with even more ways to own a very individual car. BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition will be built in Leipzig from July. The first in this line of special-edition models is the BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition. Like those set to follow in its tyre tracks, it is only available for a limited period. This take on the 2+2-seater with carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) passenger cell and efficient BMW eDrive drive system technology will be produced at BMW Plant Leipzig from July; it sports a Protonic Red paint finish with accents in Frozen Grey metallic. The colour scheme is complemented by BMW W-spoke 470 light-alloy wheels painted in Orbit Grey metallic with hubs painted in Aluminium matt and mixed-size tyres (front: 215/45 R20, rear: 245/40 R20). Inside the inaugural special-edition i8, red double-stitching and applications in high-grade carbon fibre and ceramic provide indications of its exceptional sporting character. Largest market presence of any premium supplier worldwide. Since entering the market in late 2013, BMW i has concentrated exclusively on vehicles designed from the outset for locally emission-free driving. In 2015, sales of the BMW i3 and BMW i8 were around 66% up on the previous year with a total of 29,513 deliveries. BMW i currently offers the BMW i3 in a total of 36 countries. This, together with its portfolio of trailblazing and highly convenient services, gives BMW i the largest worldwide market presence of any electric vehicle manufacturer. In its launch phase, the BMW i brand and its BMW i3 and BMW i8 models garnered more awards and accolades than any other brand in automotive history. Among the distinctions amassed by the BMW i8 are an International Engine of the Year award for both its TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder engine and overall hybrid drivetrain. The BMW i8 was also voted World Green Car of the Year and Green Luxury Car. And it received the Paul Pietsch Award presented by German motoring magazine “auto motor und sport” in recognition of the most innovative technical concept. No other vehicle has ever picked up such a large number of awards in such an array of different disciplines. * The fuel consumption figures were calculated based on the ECE test cycle, dependent on tyre format.

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Carbonfiber Dynamics BMW M4R delivers 700 horsepower

Carbonfiber Dynamics Company located far outside of Dortmund specializes on sales and distribution of different top carbon fiber brands all over Europe. Their expertise on weight reduction and lightweight construction was put to work in a new project...

Carbonfiber Dynamics Company located far outside of Dortmund specializes on sales and distribution of different top carbon fiber brands all over Europe. Their expertise on weight reduction and lightweight construction was put to work in a new project based on the BMW M4 Coupe. The in-house BMW M4R comes with a Varis Carbon front lip with perfect fitting accuracy in order to increase the surface pressure on the front axle. The bonnet has also been redesigned with a carbon fiber VSDC light construction.

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The Varis Carbon side sills are the optical junction between front lip and diffuser. The adjustable carbon fiber rear wing “made in Germany” by Alpha-N helps with aerodynamics and downforce. Next on the project list was the suspension modifications. Carbonfiber Dynamics installed a Burger Motorsport JB4 with fine adjustment and CANBUS command.

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The engine also gets eight different maps (performance from everyday use until racing, low torque, meth), meth command (when meth empty, then less of manifold pressure) incl. Delete R (down pipe) and AGA valve command. The enlarged air inlet, also coming from Burger Motorsport, is fitted with mushroom shaped filters. Burger also supplied aluminum charge pipes with meth adapter and the meth-kit with 9 liters tank and 50/50 mix (commanded via JB4). The TurboEngineers have made the turbo charger upgrade: The M4-charger TTE6xx has a bigger CNC milled compressor, a bigger turbine with turbine grinding, gap optimized compressor side, CNC milled compressor and turbine casing and CNC ported intake manifold.

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Akrapovic also contributed to the project with their Evolution exhaust system which adds 17.2 kW at 5,800 rpm or 28.7 Nm at 4,950 rpm, respectively. The Lightweight exhaust system “made in Germany” with titanium made axle back exhaust (40 % of weight reduction compared with stainless steel) and the valve command for adaption to serial connector and four 8 mm stainless steel made mat end pipes govern 6.5 of more-HP or 4.5of more Nm in comparison to M4R.

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Currently the M4 is running at almost 600 horsepower although the previous test runs were done at only 1.8 bar boost pressure. By increasing the boost to 2.3 bar and optimizing software plus petrol in combination with the usage of full methanol the targeted goal of 700 hp seems quite realistic.

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Presenting the BMW M760i xDrive V12 with 600 HP

Today, BMW announced the all-new BMW M760i xDrive, the latest addition to the BMW M Performance line-up. With the introduction of the 2017 BMW M760i xDrive, the sixth generation BMW 7 Series adds the first M Performance TwinPower Turbo 12-cylinder t...

Today, BMW announced the all-new BMW M760i xDrive, the latest addition to the BMW M Performance line-up. With the introduction of the 2017 BMW M760i xDrive, the sixth generation BMW 7 Series adds the first M Performance TwinPower Turbo 12-cylinder to its offerings. The all-new BMW M760i xDrive combines luxurious driving, style, safety and innovative technologies while embodying M Performance dynamics with the integration of the first 12-cylinder gasoline engine with M Performance Twin Power Turbo technology. The BMW M760i xDrive will arrive early in 2017 and MRSP will be announced closer to launch.

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Coach built BMW E23 7 Series Touring cool but flawed

Ever wonder what a BMW 7 Series Touring might look like? The Bavarian brand never built such a car, leaving the Touring variants to lesser models, such as the 3 Series and 5 Series. This makes sense, though, as wagons are meant to add practicality an...

Ever wonder what a BMW 7 Series Touring might look like? The Bavarian brand never built such a car, leaving the Touring variants to lesser models, such as the 3 Series and 5 Series. This makes sense, though, as wagons are meant to add practicality and functionality, while the big, luxurious 7 Series requires or desires neither. But back in the late ’70s, a time when coachbuilding was quite popular, the German coachbuilder, Euler, decided that it would build some BMW 7 Series Tourings and one found its way to the ‘States. While the E23 BMW 7 Series debuted in 1977, this particular car is a 1981 model. Originally, it was a 1981 BMW 735i sedan but then Euler got their hands on it and turned the 735i into a wagon because, well, they could. The entire car looks as if it’s a standard E23 BMW 7 Series, until you see the long roof, strange looking roof rails and BMW 2002 taillights. Then you start to question “What the hell is with this thing?” Indeed, those are BMW 2002 taillights and that was done intentionally, as the originally E23 taillights were too wide and ruined entry space for the rear hatch. So, the much smaller 2002 taillights were fitted, as were a rear wiper and two speakers in the tailgate. It’s actually quite impressive. Even a custom license plate bracket was designed to fit both European and American plates. But there is one issue with the design and I’m wondering if you noticed it yet.

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When I first saw this, I was thinking “something looks off but I can’t put my finger one it.” It was the lack of Hofmeister Kink. It’s funny how used to the Hofmeister Kink we’ve gotten that we barely even realize its importance of the design. Yet, looking at a BMW without one now looks just plain uncomfortable. It’s actually bothersome. Without the Hofmeister Kink, this looks like it could be an old Buick station wagon. The HK gives BMWs a very rear-driven look, as it helps the C-pillar to accentuate the rear wheels. Without it, the car looks bland and boring in the rear. Then there’s the roof rails, which were pulled from a Mercedes wagon of the era, so it’s not even entirely a BMW. It’s actually quite amazing that a German coachbuilder lacked the attention to detail to work in the Hofmeister Kink and to put Mercedes roof rails on top. Admittedly, the removal of the Kink was intentional, as it eliminated a very thick D-pillar, but I think BMW fans would rather have the thicker D-pillar and keep BMW’s most signature design outside of the kidney grilles. Aside from that, this BMW E23 735i Touring looks pretty good. It would be interesting to see more 7 Series wagons from different model years. An E38 wagon might be interesting, as would an E65. It’s a shame coachbuilding isn’t as popular as it once was, because it gave birth to so many interesting ideas and designs that wouldn’t normally work as production cars. Admittedly, it is harder to coachbuild today, with the way modern chassis and bodies are built. But it would still be cool to have some more around. So long as they keep the Hofmeister Kink. [Source: Autoweek] The article Coach built BMW E23 7 Series Touring cool but flawed appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Lucky BIMMERPOST member shares his driving impressions of BMW M2 Coupe

A lucky BIMMERPOST member and Australian member shares his first driving impressions of the BMW M2 Coupe. ...

A lucky BIMMERPOST member and Australian member shares his first driving impressions of the BMW M2 Coupe.

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BMW Performance Driving School gives ride along rides in F80 M3 at Rolex 24

BMW M3′s from the BMW Performance Driving School sponsored by IHG Rewards Club offered spectators an opportunity to experience the Daytona track prior to the Rolex 24 hours. Watch Mike Renner as he narrates his lap of Daytona. During the weeke...

BMW M3′s from the BMW Performance Driving School sponsored by IHG Rewards Club offered spectators an opportunity to experience the Daytona track prior to the Rolex 24 hours. Watch Mike Renner as he narrates his lap of Daytona. During the weekend drivers; Tommy Van Cleef, Andy Van Cleef and Mike Renner chauffeured passengers on a hot lap of the famed track. The three BMW M3′s shod with Continental tires are totally stock with the addition of a few BMW M Performance Parts including: Front Splitter, Rear Spoiler, Exhaust, Steering Wheel with Electronic Display, and Carbon Fiber Trim..

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BMW Recalling 840k Cars From 2006 Through 2015 for Takata Airbags

BMW is recalling 840,000 vehicles from 2006 through 2015 that weren’t part of the company’s previous recall for Takata airbags, which covered 765,000 vehicles. The latest models include: • 2006–2011 3-series sedan and M3 • 2006–2012 3-se...

BMW is recalling 840,000 vehicles from 2006 through 2015 that weren’t part of the company’s previous recall for Takata airbags, which covered 765,000 vehicles. The latest models include: • 2006–2011 3-series sedan and M3 • 2006–2012 3-series wagon • 2007–2013 3-series and M3 coupe and convertible • 2007–2010 X3 • 2007–2013 X5 and X5 M • 2008–2013 1-series coupe and convertible • 2008–2014 X6 and X6 M • 2013–2015 X1

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