2015 BMW X5M and X6M – Video Review

Australian magazine DRIVE had the chance to test the new 2015 BMW X5 M side-by-side with the X6 M Sports Activity Coupe. We recently had the chance to drive the new X6 M on the Formula track in Austin and our review can be found here. Both cars are p...

Australian magazine DRIVE had the chance to test the new 2015 BMW X5 M side-by-side with the X6 M Sports Activity Coupe. We recently had the chance to drive the new X6 M on the Formula track in Austin and our review can be found here. Both cars are powered by a reworked M TwinPower Turbo engine, a V8 that provides more power and torque, and better power delivery. The peak output of the new M turbocharged engine is 567 hp, three percent higher than that of its predecessor and is available between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm.

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At the same time, the engine’s peak torque has been boosted by around 10 percent to 553 lb-ft, which can be enjoyed across an extremely broad rev band – from 2,200 to 5,000 rpm. The extraordinary power development of this M turbocharged engine allows the new M versions of the BMW X5 and BMW X6 to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 4.0 seconds. The top speed of both is electronically limited to 155 mph. The 2015 BMW X5 M will be offered at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $99,650 and the 2015 BMW X6 M will start at $103,050, including $950 Destination and Handling. Here is the review: The article 2015 BMW X5M and X6M – Video Review appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW X5M / X6M video review

Video review from Drive.com.au on the new X5M and X6M “weapons.” ...

Video review from Drive.com.au on the new X5M and X6M “weapons.”

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2016 BMW 340i to feature approximately 321 HP

The F30 3 Series LCI (facelift refresh) is coming soon, with production beginning in July — when the 335i will be renamed the 340i. Naturally, one of the biggest questions surrounding the upcoming 340i is how much power its new B58 3.0L turbo ...

The F30 3 Series LCI (facelift refresh) is coming soon, with production beginning in July — when the 335i will be renamed the 340i. Naturally, one of the biggest questions surrounding the upcoming 340i is how much power its new B58 3.0L turbo 6 cylinder engine (replacing the current N55 engine) will deliver. Based on a 340i prototype’s information, courtesy of trusty member ynguldyn, that figure should be approximately 321 HP. The following chart shows a 340i prototype’s power as 240kw, which translates roughly to 321 horsepowers. For comparison, the current 335i makes 300hp. Figures can always change from prototype to production models, but we wouldn’t expect it to be much. It also shows a new color being available – Mediterranean Blue, which can be seen on the 2 Series Active Tourer. As for cosmetic changes, the F30 will feature a restyled front bumper, deeper inset headlights and shapelier kidney grilles. Adaptive LED headlights will be available on the 3 Series for the first time, the corona ring / angel eyes will receive a new shape, and there will be new full LED tail lights. Photos of these changes can be seen in the prototype spy photos below. As for the 328i, it will become the 330i next year (2016) and its N20 engine will be replaced by the B48 engine at that point.

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Rolls-Royce Phantom Limelight Collection Unveiled

British luxury car maker, Rolls Royce, has unveiled the Phantom Limelight Collection which has been conceived for that select group of people who spend their lives in the public eye and on the world stage. The new collection of luxury cars was inspir...

British luxury car maker, Rolls Royce, has unveiled the Phantom Limelight Collection which has been conceived for that select group of people who spend their lives in the public eye and on the world stage. The new collection of luxury cars was inspired by the origin of a British invention which became synonymous with fame. The limelight effect was originally discovered in the 1820s by Sir Goldsworthy Gurney, a prototypical British gentleman scientist and inventor of the Victorian era. It was harnessed to revolutionize illumination in the theaters of London’s Covent Garden, highlighting leading actors on the stage, thus leading to the phrase, ‘in the limelight’.

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“In creating the Rolls-Royce Phantom Limelight Collection, our designers have delivered authentic luxury by thinking deeply about the lifestyles of the powerful people who operate in the public eye and move swiftly from engagement to engagement as part of their daily life,” explains Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “The result is a beautiful, discreet motor car in which those for whom the world is waiting can prepare, relax and arrive in the finest luxury and style.”

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The Rolls Royce bespoke designers have used their deep understanding of the habits and behaviors of those powerful people, who make and influence world-changing decisions every day, to create a collection of 25 super-luxury motor cars that cater directly to their busy lives like no other car maker can.

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The Phantom Limelight Collection of 25 cars will be available to order immediately from Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers around the world.

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BMW M5 700 hp vs Ford Mustang GT500 – Drag Race

In another unusual drag race, a BMW F10 M5 takes on the Ford Mustang GT500. The tuned up BMW M5 gets an AFE intake, AFE scoops, AMS catless downpipes, BMS tune and a custom-made exhaust by Uppsala Avgasteknik. From the standard 560 horsepower, the M5...

In another unusual drag race, a BMW F10 M5 takes on the Ford Mustang GT500. The tuned up BMW M5 gets an AFE intake, AFE scoops, AMS catless downpipes, BMS tune and a custom-made exhaust by Uppsala Avgasteknik. From the standard 560 horsepower, the M5 now delivers 700 horsepower. The Mustang GT500 is tuned up as well with a supercharger installed under the hood. The 5.8 liter V8 now delivers 671 horsepower. So with more power, yet slightly heavier, is the M5 faster on a straight line? Let’s find out. The article BMW M5 700 hp vs Ford Mustang GT500 – Drag Race appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW i5 based on the next 5 Series? Unlikely

In the last few days, the interwebs were filled up with a rumor from AutoBild Germany regarding the highly-rumored BMW i5. The third addition to the i sub-brand has been a hot topic in the last year, with people labeling the i5 as a “Tesla kill...

In the last few days, the interwebs were filled up with a rumor from AutoBild Germany regarding the highly-rumored BMW i5. The third addition to the i sub-brand has been a hot topic in the last year, with people labeling the i5 as a “Tesla killer”. The speculations ranged from a fully electric sedan to a plug-in hybrid touring, and now to a car based on the next generation G30 5 Series. German publication Auto Bild reported that the next i model is expected to arrive in 2018, despite BMW’s R&D boss recently saying the next i car won’t arrive until 2020. Furthermore, the magazine seems to believe they have the inside scoop on the drivetrain as well. The magazine further contends the i5 will be a hybrid vehicle which relies on a 2.0-liter, three- or four-cylinder gasoline motor that reaches around 201-218 horsepower. Using Power eDrive, the front engine would develop 150 hp and rear one 268-272 hp with a 75 kWh battery. The whole powertrain would be capable of 640-670 horsepower. Running on only electricity, it would achieve somewhere between 65 and 78 miles in range.

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When asked for a comment by many publications, BMW spokespeople refrained from commenting on speculations. And with good reason. We believe that BMW is indeed working on another i car, but at the same, time, we’re reticent about the prospect of a new electric/plug-in hybrid carrying the i5 moniker while being based on a regular series production car. No one denies that BMW needs a car to compete directly with the Tesla Model S. BMW knows that, we all know that, it’s just a matter of time until we see a car in the same segment, or at least close to it. We believe BMW is likely to take their time building another electric car and will focus in the near future on how to improve their first electric vehicle, the i3, and especially, on how to better market it. Now at the same, it is likely that BMW will preview in the next year or so, another Vision Concept car to highlight the company’s future vision (no pun intended). For now, let’s table those speculations and refrain from adding more fuel to the fire. The article BMW i5 based on the next 5 Series? Unlikely appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Photos: Bimmerposters Monticello Motor Club Day

Photos from Bimmerposters Monticello Motor Club Day. Rallye BMW of Westbury invited their staff and select customers for an all day outing at Monticello Motor Club in NY. Despite the less than ideal weather conditions, everyone in attendance had a B...

Photos from Bimmerposters Monticello Motor Club Day. Rallye BMW of Westbury invited their staff and select customers for an all day outing at Monticello Motor Club in NY. Despite the less than ideal weather conditions, everyone in attendance had a BLAST.

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Nürburgring 24 Hours: start list published for highlight of season.

The countdown is on: it is now just three weeks (16th/17th May) until the highlight of the endurance season at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, in the form of the iconic 24-hour race. As it does every year, the starting grid will feature a large cont...

The countdown is on: it is now just three weeks (16th/17th May) until the highlight of the endurance season at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, in the form of the iconic 24-hour race.

As it does every year, the starting grid will feature a large contingent of BMW racing cars. In the SP9 class for GT3 cars, a total of six BMW Z4 GT3s will be in action. BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert and BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS will both field two BMW Z4 GT3s. Dirk Werner, Dirk Müller, Alexander Sims and DTM champion Marco Wittmann will compete in BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert’s number 19 BMW Z4 GT3. The second BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert car – number 20 – will be driven by Jens Klingmann, Dominik Baumann, Claudia Hürtgen and BMW DTM driver Martin Tomczyk. This quartet was victorious a fortnight ago at the six-hour qualifying race for the 24 Hours on the Nordschleife. At the wheel of the number 25 BMW Z4 GT3 of BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS will be BMW DTM driver Maxime Martin, Lucas Luhr, Markus Palttala and Richard Westbrook. The number 26 BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS car also boasts a strong squad of drivers in Jörg Müller, Nick Catsburg, Dirk Adorf and Augusto Farfus from the DTM. Walkenhorst Motorsport will field a further two BMW Z4 GT3s: John Edwards, Michela Cerruti, Felipe Laser and Ferdinand Stuck will drive the number 17 car. The second car, number 18, will be shared by team principal Henry Walkenhorst, Ralf Oeverhaus, Christian Bollrath and Stefan Aust. In addition, more than 40 other BMW racing cars will compete in the various classes in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. Fifteen cars have registered for the BMW M235i Racing Cup, the Cup 5 class. As it did last year, the BMW M235i Racing media car will compete again in 2015. This will be run by BMW Motorsport in cooperation with Walkenhorst Motorsport. It will be driven by BMW Motorsport Junior Victor Bouveng and Harald Grohs, together with motorsport journalists Bernd Ostmann and Christian Gebhardt.

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ADAC GT Masters: four top-ten results for Schubert Motorsport.

The teams in the ADAC GT Masters kicked off the 2015 season this weekend with two races at the “Motorsport Arena Oschersleben”. Among them were Schubert Motorsport and Senkyr Motorsport, who fielded three BMW Z4 GT3s between them. Schubert driv...

The teams in the ADAC GT Masters kicked off the 2015 season this weekend with two races at the “Motorsport Arena Oschersleben”.

Among them were Schubert Motorsport and Senkyr Motorsport, who fielded three BMW Z4 GT3s between them. Schubert drivers Dominik Baumann and Jens Klingmann finished fifth in the opening race, making them the best-placed BMW drivers. Their team-mates Claudia Hürtgen and BMW Motorsport Junior Jesse Krohn came home sixth. The Senkyr duo of Jakub Knoll and Lennart Marioneck crossed the finish line in 14th. Sunday’s second race saw Hürtgen and Krohn finish fifth, with Baumann and Klingmann seventh. The Senkyr Motorsport drivers failed to finish. “Firstly, I would like to thank Schubert Motorsport for the opportunity to drive here,” said Krohn. “We improved consistently over the course of the weekend. To finish fifth from 13th on the grid in race two was a great reward. All in all, it was a good weekend.”

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2015 M4 DTM lineup presented at BMW Dealership Nurnberg

Smoking tyres, roaring engines, enthusiastic fans: At the BMW Dealership in Nürnberg (DE), BMW Motorsport presented the motorsport programme for the 2015 season in front of thousands of spectators in an entertaining show. It was the first time that...

Smoking tyres, roaring engines, enthusiastic fans: At the BMW Dealership in Nürnberg (DE), BMW Motorsport presented the motorsport programme for the 2015 season in front of thousands of spectators in an entertaining show. It was the first time that the annual BMW Motorsport Car Launch had been held in Nürnberg, home of reigning DTM Champion Marco Wittmann (DE) who lives just a few kilometres away in Fürth (DE). Wittmann and his fellow BMW works drivers thrilled the fans with rides in the current BMW race cars BMW M4 DTM, BMW Z4 GT3 and BMW M235i Racing, with taxi rides in the historic BMW M3 and the BMW M3 GT2 as well as with several autograph sessions. “The BMW Motorsport Car Launch ahead of the DTM season has become an extremely popular tradition for us and for the fans in particular. It’s a real highlight for us to visit the home of our DTM Champion this year,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “2015 will be another packed racing season for us – and once again BMW Motorsport will be represented in a variety of series. Naturally this includes the DTM, which we will contest as defending champions and will be the team everyone wants to beat. This also includes the races in the United SportsCar Championship in North America, as well as international GT racing classics such as the 24 Hours of Nürburgring or the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. We will also continue our talent promotion and, as part of the BMW Sports Trophy, will continue to support privateer racing drivers and teams who will compete in races across the globe in 2015. It will definitely be an incredibly exciting year.” One of the highlights of the BMW Motorsport Car Launch was the unveiling of all eight BMW M4 DTMs, with which Wittmann and his fellow BMW drivers Maxime Martin (BE), Martin Tomczyk (DE), António Félix da Costa (PT), Augusto Farfus (BR), Tom Blomqvist (GB), Bruno Spengler (CA) and Timo Glock (DE) will contest the 2015 DTM season. A fan assisted each of the drivers in the unveiling of their cars. “I’m delighted that the BMW Motorsport Car Launch was on my doorstep this year,” said Wittmann. “It’s another reminder of our fantastic achievement alongside BMW Team RMG in 2014. When you look at the beaming faces of the fans, you’re happy that you get to give them a little something back with this kind of show as thanks for their support. Hopefully we will be able to delight them with more sporting successes. We will definitely be giving it our all.” As well as the eight BMW DTM drivers, BMW works drivers Dirk Werner (DE) and Lucas Luhr (DE), who compete for BMW in the United SportsCar Championship (USCC) and in endurance races in 2015, were also in Nürnberg. Last weekend Werner had claimed GTLM victory in the USCC race at Long Beach (US). BMW Motorsport Junior Victor Bouveng (SE), one of the four juniors in this year’s programme, presented himself to the fans. Another major highlight was the appearance of BMW works driver and brand ambassador Alessandro Zanardi (IT). Together with Spengler and Glock, he will contest the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BE) for the first time on 25th/26th July. The BMW Motorsport engineers have modified the BMW Z4 GT3 so that Zanardi, who lost both legs in a serious accident in 2001, can share the cockpit with fully-abled drivers. “The reception in Nürnberg was fantastic. Thanks again to BMW Motorsport for giving me the chance to contest a 24-hour race for the first time in my life,” said Zanardi. “It will be an exciting challenge and I’m sure with my team-mates Timo and Bruno I will also get a good result.” The BMW Motorsport Car Launch started the countdown to the opening of the 2015 DTM season. The first two races will be held in Hockenheim (DE) this coming weekend.

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