Seven Remarkable Design Features On The 2016 BMW 7 Series You Have Missed

The brand new BMW 7 Series had its world premiere last month and the internet is already buzzing about its design features and technology. Offering a unique blend of sportiness and luxury, the 7 Series was always aimed at owners who require comfort, ...

The brand new BMW 7 Series had its world premiere last month and the internet is already buzzing about its design features and technology. Offering a unique blend of sportiness and luxury, the 7 Series was always aimed at owners who require comfort, albeit with a touch of dynamics. BMW will initially offer four models of 7 Series; the 730d, 740i, the 740e and 750i, all of which will be available in long-wheelbase variants. The North American market will only receive the long wheelbase models which means BMW is aiming towards the highest level of luxury and comfort for the North American customers.

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The 740i and 750i will be rear-wheel drive in standard firn with xDrive being optional for harsh weather climates; though the 740e plug-in hybrid will be xDrive only. All of the models feature some exciting new design features that will put the new 7 Series head-to-head with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. We’ve gathered seven remarkable design features on the new BMW 7 Series: 1. Kidney Grilles

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2. Rear Lights

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3. The more prominent signature Hofmeister Kink design

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4. Driver oriented center console section

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5. Interior ambient lighting

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6. Clean aluminum and wood inserts

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7.  Luxury Seating Comfort and Rear Executive Lounge Seating packages

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2015 BMW X5 M Sport With HRE Wheels S104 By Wheels Boutique

The 2015 BMW X5 M Sport looks impressive in the Alpine White color and it’s been a fan favorite since it was launched in 2013. Placed just a step below the high-performance version, BMW X5 M, the X5 xDrive50i features a powerful engine combined...

The 2015 BMW X5 M Sport looks impressive in the Alpine White color and it’s been a fan favorite since it was launched in 2013. Placed just a step below the high-performance version, BMW X5 M, the X5 xDrive50i features a powerful engine combined with the M Sport package for a complete package. The X5 brings the much desired daily drive utility, along with power delivery, performance and driving dynamics. This 2015 BMW X5 M Sport has been sent to Wheels Boutique where it was equipped with a set of HRE S104 wheels. The wheels are sized 22×10 and 22×12.5 in the front and rear respectively, and come with this stunning and contrasting Copper Lip w/ Brushed/Tinted matte centers finish. The wheels come wrapped with 295/30/22 and 335/25/22 Pirelli P Zero Scorpion rubber, adding the grip to this premium SUV.

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The BMW X5 with the 4.4 liter V8 TwinTurbo engine will sprint from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 5.0 seconds.

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Take a look at more images of this build in the media gallery below.

BMW X5 M Sport With HRE Wheels S104 By Wheels Boutique

BMW X5 M Sport With HRE Wheels S104 By Wheels Boutique

BMW X5 M Sport With HRE Wheels S104 By Wheels Boutique

BMW X5 M Sport With HRE Wheels S104 By Wheels Boutique

BMW X5 M Sport With HRE Wheels S104 By Wheels Boutique

BMW X5 M Sport With HRE Wheels S104 By Wheels Boutique

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BMW E24 M6 – A rare classic

The folks over at EveryDayDriver have gotten their hands on a rare piece of history: the BMW E24 M6. This rare 1987 example was recently reconditioned by Luxe Auto Spa and owner Mark, but maintains a stock configuration and has a bit over 100,000 mil...

The folks over at EveryDayDriver have gotten their hands on a rare piece of history: the BMW E24 M6. This rare 1987 example was recently reconditioned by Luxe Auto Spa and owner Mark, but maintains a stock configuration and has a bit over 100,000 miles on the odometer. At the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1983, BMW pulled the wrapping off of the M635CSi (dubbed M6 in America) and was a revelation for the time. Using the legendary M1’s 3.5 liter straight-six engine, the M635CSi produced 286 hp and could hit 60 mph in the low six seconds. It was only available with a 5-Speed manual, had stiffer Bilstein shocks, larger ventilated disc brakes and a limited-slip differential as standard.

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With that glorious engine, limited-slip differential and those gorgeous looks, the E24 M6 cemented itself into history as one of the better Grand Tourers of all time. It just such a romantic car. From the looks to the interior to the wail of that straight-six engine, the M6 was a Grand Tourer in the truest sense of the term. It also spawned two other successors, although it took quite some time for them to do so. Here is a video review of this beauty: The article BMW E24 M6 – A rare classic appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW and NTU embark on S$1.3 million electromobility research

BMW Group and Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) today launched a new electromobility research programme, involving the all-electric BMW i3 and plug-in hybrid sports car BMW i8 that runs on electricity and petrol. This new research prog...

BMW Group and Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) today launched a new electromobility research programme, involving the all-electric BMW i3 and plug-in hybrid sports car BMW i8 that runs on electricity and petrol. This new research programme will be conducted at the Future Mobility Research Lab located on the NTU campus, which is the BMW Group’s first joint lab in Southeast Asia. Both parties will be injecting a combined S$1.3 million to drive the new research projects, on top of the initial S$5.5 million funding allocated to the joint lab in 2013. The new research programme will focus on two new areas, Electromobility in Asia and also Smart Materials. This is in addition to the original three research topics that the joint lab is working on: Advanced Battery, Driver Enhancement and Intelligent Mobility.

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At the launch ceremony today at NTU, the BMW Group announced that the BMW i3 and BMW i8 will be provided as research platforms to the Future Mobility Research Lab. The ceremony was graced by Mr Teo Ser Luck, Minister of State at Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry; Mr Volker Bouffier, Prime Minister of the Federal State of Hesse and President of the German Bundesrat; and His Excellency, Dr Michael Witter, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Singapore. The scientists at the joint lab will use the two BMW i vehicles to conduct research on real-life driver behaviour and to collect in-depth data on vehicle performance. The two cars will also conduct on-road trials of new technologies such as a mobile application that can accurately predict traffic and estimated end-to-end travelling time. Mr. Axel Pannes, Managing Director of BMW Group Asia said: “We are very satisfied with our partnership with NTU and the establishment of the Future Mobility Research Lab, thanks to the high level of competency from NTU’s research staff and interdisciplinary teams.” “Through the relentless efforts of the dedicated researchers, we have already made some important findings through the earlier research topics in a short period of just two years. With the expanded research scope on Electromobility in Asia and Smart Materials, more invaluable knowledge will be gained by both parties. Further, the knowledge will also be transferred to Singapore’s academia and broaden their technical understanding of modern full-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. It will definitely forge a stronger technological partnership between the BMW Group and NTU,” added Mr. Pannes. Professor Lam Khin Yong, NTU’s Chief of Staff and Vice President (Research), said the new research programme will build on the research successes of the NTU-BMW joint lab. “The new research programme will further exploit the synergy between BMW Group’s leadership and expertise in automotive sciences and NTU’s leading research in sustainability and clean technologies. The NTU-BMW joint lab has already made important advancements in areas such as new battery materials that can extend the range of an electric vehicle and innovative driver assistive technologies to greatly enhance safety.” “NTU is one of the eight top universities across the globe that BMW has established a strategic partnership with. The BMW i3 and i8 will be used by BMW and NTU scientists to develop and test innovative technologies in real-life conditions and this new research programme extends NTU’s efforts in developing future mobility solutions with global impact,” said Prof Lam. Mr Volker Bouffier, Prime Minister of the Federal State of Hesse and President of the German Bundesrat, said: “The new electromobility research programme launched by NTU and BMW emphasises the strong and fruitful bilateral relations between Germany and Singapore in the fields of research. Certainly the programme will further strengthen the ties on each side. Thus, to study and develop key areas which relate to future transportation will be a crucial factor on our way to a modern globalised world based on sustainable development.” Mr Tan Kong Hwee, Director, Transport Engineering, Singapore Economic Development Board, said: “BMW’s partnership with NTU for the set-up of its Future Mobility Lab is testament to the increasing interest in urban mobility and Singapore’s attractiveness for the conduct of research and development in this area.”

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Electromobility in Asia The main goal of embarking on the Electromobility in Asia project is to find out how drivers interact with BMW i vehicles in real life, so as to better understand user behaviours and to improve electric and plug-in hybrid technology for the future. By conducting the research in Singapore, a densely-populated, urban city state, it will enable researchers in the joint lab to gain insights on how electric vehicles can be made more relevant for global megacities. Other study topics include how emerging technologies like fast charging, wireless charging and smart assistant driving technologies will impact the consumer.

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Smart Materials With today’s proliferation of touchscreen interfaces being used increasingly in vehicles, there is a need to study how these touchscreen surfaces can be made more tactile. Through research in various shape memory materials and dielectric polymers, scientists will look at developing technologies which can enable buttons to appear on interactive surfaces and touch screens when needed. Mr Pannes added that Singapore is the perfect venue for the BMW Group to conduct research on electromobility. “In Singapore, the second most densely populated country in the world, we anticipate that electric vehicles with its zero tailpipe emissions and exhaust fumes will be a key player in the transportation network of the future. The city-state also has high connectivity and a tech-savvy population, which makes it more receptive towards new cutting-edge technology. Further, we believe Singapore has the potential to become a R&D hub for electromobility, especially with its clearly expressed ambitions to become a Smart Nation. We want to play a contributive role in that,” said Mr Pannes.   Future Mobility Research Lab breakthroughs The Future Mobility Research Lab, set up in April 2013, aims to research and develop key areas relating to future transportation, which includes Advanced Battery, Driver Enhancement, and Intelligent Mobility. After two years of intensive research, the Future Mobility Research Lab has made some significant findings in the following areas: Advanced Battery New battery materials are being experimented on, such as high-voltage cathodes and anodes (the positive and negative poles of a battery), which can potentially double the energy density, which is important in extending the range of an electric car as well as enable faster charging times. Driver Enhancement Current sensor technologies are able to tell if a driver is sleepy or alert and if the vehicle is on a collision course with another vehicle, based on the speed and direction it is travelling. However, the sensor systems are independent of each other, and does not take into account the driver’s present condition and adjust to it. A driver enhancement system is now being developed to adapt to the driver’s condition, to either increase or decrease the number of assistance technologies deployed to help the driver. It is based on parameters such as whether the driver is alert or sleepy, if he/she is paying attention to the road, and if traffic conditions around the vehicle is congested or sparse. Intelligent Mobility A mobile application has been developed which can better predict the traffic conditions and accurately estimate arrival time at the destination. This app is based on an intelligent routing system that calculates individual driving style and current traffic situation based on real-time traffic information. It also has a parking search system that analyses the parking situation around the destination. The article BMW and NTU embark on S$1.3 million electromobility research appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW and Toyota continue working on joint sports car

According to Bloomberg, citing BMW representatives, says that the Munich-based automaker and Toyota are moving ahead with the joint midsize sports car project. The new sports car will use common underpinnings of major components for two models, a BMW...

According to Bloomberg, citing BMW representatives, says that the Munich-based automaker and Toyota are moving ahead with the joint midsize sports car project. The new sports car will use common underpinnings of major components for two models, a BMW and a Toyota car. The program to create the vehicle is “progressing according to plan” with the accord on the platform, said a BMW spokesperson. Toyota and BMW outlined plans for the sports car in early 2013 and said in November 2014 that they’d reached the concept phase for the vehicle after completing a technical feasibility study. The manufacturers have declined to specify where the model might be built or when production would start. Sources say the car in question for BMW would be a Z4 replacement, and will most likely use a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. However, no details have been given about actual development or specs. Toyota is rumored to work on a Supra successor with an engine developed by BMW; a turbocharged inline-six.

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It’s just unknown whether BMW or Toyota will head development and if the plant will be in either Europe, the United States or Japan. Both companies will look at the biggest markets to determine the best location for development. The carmakers’ cooperation also includes research projects on fuel cells with testing of a first set of components remains scheduled for 2020. The article BMW and Toyota continue working on joint sports car appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW and MINI DIY Video – How to Install a Space Saver Spare Tire, Change a Flat Tire

On any common day at Bavarian Autosport: “ Hi, Bavarian Autosport, how may I help you?” “Hi, I was hoping you could help me.  I’m on the side of the road and I have a flat tire.  I just purchased this BMW and I thought it had run-flat tires...

On any common day at Bavarian Autosport: “ Hi, Bavarian Autosport, how may I help you?” “Hi, I was hoping you could help me.  I’m on the side of the road and I have a flat tire.  I just purchased this BMW and I thought it had run-flat tires and I could drive for 50 [...]

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BMW and MINI DIY Video – How to Install a Space Saver Spare Tire, Change a Flat Tire

On any common day at Bavarian Autosport: “ Hi, Bavarian Autosport, how may I help you?” “Hi, I was hoping you could help me.  I’m on the side of the road and I have a flat tire.  I just purchased this BMW and I thought it had run-flat tires...

On any common day at Bavarian Autosport: “ Hi, Bavarian Autosport, how may I help you?” “Hi, I was hoping you could help me.  I’m on the side of the road and I have a flat tire.  I just purchased this BMW and I thought it had run-flat tires and I could drive for 50 [...]

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BMW and MINI DIY Video – How to Access and Remove Spare Tire, X3, X5, Z3, MINI

Most BMWs and MINIs that do have spare tires on-board, have the tire stored under the trunk floor and access is as simple as pulling up the floor carpeting panel and removing the spare tire and wheel assembly.  However, some models require special s...

Most BMWs and MINIs that do have spare tires on-board, have the tire stored under the trunk floor and access is as simple as pulling up the floor carpeting panel and removing the spare tire and wheel assembly.  However, some models require special steps to access and remove the spare.  This may be due to [...]

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BMW and MINI DIY Video – How to Access and Remove Spare Tire, X3, X5, Z3, MINI

Most BMWs and MINIs that do have spare tires on-board, have the tire stored under the trunk floor and access is as simple as pulling up the floor carpeting panel and removing the spare tire and wheel assembly.  However, some models require special s...

Most BMWs and MINIs that do have spare tires on-board, have the tire stored under the trunk floor and access is as simple as pulling up the floor carpeting panel and removing the spare tire and wheel assembly.  However, some models require special steps to access and remove the spare.  This may be due to [...]

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M3/M4 owners report M Carbon Ceramic Brakes clearance issue. Have you experienced any?

Many owners of M3 and M4 equipped with M Carbon Ceramic Brakes are reporting rock scratches on their wheels and calipers from a clearance issue. Have you experienced such issues? Chime in and let us know if you have. ...

Many owners of M3 and M4 equipped with M Carbon Ceramic Brakes are reporting rock scratches on their wheels and calipers from a clearance issue. Have you experienced such issues? Chime in and let us know if you have.

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