DTM season enters the finishing straight.

The DTM has reached the business end of the 2015 season. The popular touring car series enters the final third of its season with races 13 and 14 of the year, which will take place at the “Motorsport Arena Oschersleben” from 11th to 13th Septemb...

The DTM has reached the business end of the 2015 season. The popular touring car series enters the final third of its season with races 13 and 14 of the year, which will take place at the “Motorsport Arena Oschersleben” from 11th to 13th September.

After three race weekends elsewhere in Europe, the DTM now returns to Germany. BMW Motorsport travels to the circuit in the Magdeburger Börde region of Germany on the back of a pole position and three podiums in the two most recent races at the “Moscow Raceway”. Unlike last season, when Oschersleben hosted the DTM as early as May, this year’s two races take place in September. BMW enjoys a fine record at the 3.696-kilometre circuit. The Bavarian manufacturer has claimed two victories and two pole positions in the three races at the Motorsport Arena since returning to the DTM in 2012. Whenever a BMW driver has started from the front of the grid in Oschersleben, he has gone on to be crowned DTM champion at the end of the year: in 2012, Bruno Spengler started the race from pole position en route to the Drivers’ title, while Marco Wittmann achieved the same feat in 2014. Spengler went on to claim a dominant win, having led the race from start to finish. Wittmann, on the other hand, was unfortunate in an eventful race with three safety car phases, eventually coming home 19th at the end of what was the second race of the season. Victory number two for BMW in Oschersleben came courtesy of Augusto Farfus in 2013. The Brazilian, who drives for BMW Team RBM, started from second and ended the season as the runner-up in the Drivers’ Championship. The circuit at the Motorsport Arena is technically demanding. Both top speed and perfect handling are vital to fast lap times. The lap record in Oschersleben is held by a BMW driver: former DTM driver Joey Hand clocked a time of 1:21.255 minutes on 15th September 2013 – in the BMW M3 DTM. The Motorsport Arena is one of the most modern racetracks in Europe and has been included on the DTM calendar since 2000. One feature makes the circuit particularly popular with the fans: the spectator areas located above track level offer a perfect view of the circuit and allow fans to follow the action up close and personal.

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CAR: BMW X5 vs Volvo XC90 vs Range Rover Sport triple test review

CAR takes a look at 3 premium SUVs and how they compare. Catch the entire review at CAR Magazine. Here’s what they had to say on the X5, specifically. ...

CAR takes a look at 3 premium SUVs and how they compare. Catch the entire review at CAR Magazine. Here’s what they had to say on the X5, specifically.

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Champagne Quartz Metallic F80 M3 Individual

Photos and videos of an F80 M3 in BMW Individual paint Champagne Quartz Metallic, paired with a Sakhir Orange interior; delivery taken at BMW Welt via European Delivery. ...

Photos and videos of an F80 M3 in BMW Individual paint Champagne Quartz Metallic, paired with a Sakhir Orange interior; delivery taken at BMW Welt via European Delivery.

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CAR Magazine test: BMW X5 vs Volvo XC90 vs Range Rover Sport

In a recent road test by Car Magazine, the BMW X5 went head to head with the Volvo XC90 and Range Rover Sport. All three vehicles were fitted with the smallest diesel engines each company offers, with both the Volvo and BMW getting four-cylinders whi...

In a recent road test by Car Magazine, the BMW X5 went head to head with the Volvo XC90 and Range Rover Sport. All three vehicles were fitted with the smallest diesel engines each company offers, with both the Volvo and BMW getting four-cylinders while the big Range brought a turbocharged V6 to the fight. On paper, from the get go, the BMW X5 seemed to be doomed. It’s the oldest car of the bunch, has the smallest and least powerful engine, returns only mid-pack fuel economy and is, sadly, the least exciting. Things started to change once the three cars got out onto the road, however.

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The Range Rover, in typical Range Rover fashion, is a stunner. It looks fantastic as a standing object. The looks continue as you step inside, as well, with wonderfully supple leather and real metal and wood trim everywhere. However, this is where the Range Rover stops dazzling. The infotainment system is sloppy and unintuitive at best. This sentiment followed while driving, as well, as it feels as massive and heavy as it is. Admittedly, this might be by design, as the Range Rover is the only SUV in the test to have a proper low-range transfer case and genuine off-road capability, so maybe it’s supposed to feel big and mighty. But in this company, the big and mighty feel just translates to feeling uneasy on tight roads. At least it looks great, though.

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The Volvo XC90 does its typical Volvo thing. From the outside it looks safe and calm, like a welcome companion. Step inside and that feeling continues, as the blonde wood veneers, tall glass, and supple leather greet you with a pleasant airy feel that is genuinely relaxing. The ride and handling are equally as calming. Though this XC90 was fitted with the standard steel springs, which brought some complaints, the optional air suspension has been said to be absolutely fantastic. The steering is light and accurate with good turn-in but never feels nervous. This is a serene driving experience typical of the Swedes. However, its infotainment system is still a bit difficult to use, despite being one of the better touch screens in the business, and the materials feel a bit cheap to the touch, despite how good they look. The XC90 is also not the handler that the X5 or Range Rover are.

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The BMW X5, which looked like it was going to finish last before the test even started, actually ended up being the favorite. It doesn’t do it with flash, but instead with substance. The most vanilla looking car in the test, with the simplest interior, won the test editors at CAR over by driving better than the other two, having the best ride by far, having the sweetest engine and having an interior and infotainment system that were top notch. The interior, while not being as flashy as the ‘Rover or as modern as the XC90, simply worked better than the others. It was more ergonomic and easier to live with. The materials also felt best in the test, without any of the cheapness felt in the Volvo or sloppiness in the Range Rover. Simply put, the BMW X5 has more steak than sizzle, in comparison to the other two, making it the best car here, with the Volvo XC90 and Range Rover Sport following behind, respectively. BMW’s still got it. [Source: CAR Magazine] The article CAR Magazine test: BMW X5 vs Volvo XC90 vs Range Rover Sport appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Motor Trend’s long term BMW M3 verdict

Motor Trend, one of America’s oldest automotive publications, has the privilege of driving some of the world’s best cars for a year. Their long term test fleet, for which they keep cars for a year for more thorough testing, consists of several ex...

Motor Trend, one of America’s oldest automotive publications, has the privilege of driving some of the world’s best cars for a year. Their long term test fleet, for which they keep cars for a year for more thorough testing, consists of several excellent cars. An Austin Yellow Metallic BMW M3 used to be one of them. Motor Trend has just recently given the M3 back to BMW and has reported on what they found throughout the year and what they might have changed. After putting 25,830 miles on it, the folks at Motor Trend probably have a good idea as to what the BMW M3’s strengths and weaknesses are. Those miles were eaten during workday commutes, long weekend drives, road trips and blasts on the racetrack. This varied kind of driving puts the M3 in every type of setting to see how it handles them. In total, according to Motor Trend, the BMW M3 handled everything fantastically.

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During this long-term test, the BMW M3 was supposedly fun and easy to drive in all situations. On the track the M3 was obviously a blast, but it was also fun during quick drives to the office and highway blasts down California’s most scenic routes. Even on long multi-state road trips, the M3 handled admirably. It was even practical, being able to swallow up surf boards and bicycles, making it a great compromise as a sports car for people with a more active lifestyle. Some of MT’s editor’s friends also found the back seat to be more than accommodating, something that can’t be said of some M3 competitors (cough, ATS-V, cough).

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During these 25,000 miles, the BMW M3 remained relatively trouble free. Only two services were done, both being oil changes, which were free of charge thanks to BMW’s four-year/50,000 mile warranty. The only minor issues MT ran into were some squeaky chassis flex, which turned out to be dirty door seals that were cleaned and fixed free of charge by BMW, and an odd brake squeal which couldn’t be figured out or remedied. The brakes worked excellently and never had an issue stopping, even during hard track use, but a small, low speed squeak would occur. Could be isolated to an issue with that specific car. Overall, the BMW M3 seems to be a car that can hold up over a long period of time and deliver driving enjoyment throughout its lifetime, regardless of situation. You may think that 25,000 miles isn’t a long period of time but, trust me, in the hands of lead-footed motoring journalists who are seldom kind to press cars, 25,000 miles is a lifetime. If the BMW M3 can handle what Motor Trend did to it over the course of 25,000 miles, it can handle what the average customer will do for probably around 100,000 miles, relatively trouble free. Who said German cars were unreliable? [Source: Motor Trend] The article Motor Trend’s long term BMW M3 verdict appeared first on BMW BLOG

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The X5M, by IND.

Build and words by IND: BMW is widely recognized as the company that transformed the concept of the four door car. The menacing acceleration of the first M5 super sedan, the shockingly sporting character of the standard 3 series, and of course the i...

Build and words by IND: BMW is widely recognized as the company that transformed the concept of the four door car. The menacing acceleration of the first M5 super sedan, the shockingly sporting character of the standard 3 series, and of course the incredible capability of the M3 have made BMW a company that has redefined automobiles for a generation. In this same way, in 1999 BMW redefined the 4×4 truck segment with the launch of their brand new X5. BMW

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2016 BMW 340i Gallery

The refreshed BMW 340i is coming to a dealership near you. While we’ve detailed what’s been nipped and tucked over the past few weeks… The post 2016 BMW 340i Gallery appeared first on BimmerFile. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my ...

The refreshed BMW 340i is coming to a dealership near you. While we’ve detailed what’s been nipped and tucked over the past few weeks… The post 2016 BMW 340i Gallery appeared first on BimmerFile. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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The BMW M240i is Coming with an Increase of 15hp

According to F30Post user and super source ynguldyn 2 Series is getting an engine refresh that will result in more power and new names…. The post The BMW M240i is Coming with an Increase of 15hp… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit m...

According to F30Post user and super source ynguldyn 2 Series is getting an engine refresh that will result in more power and new names…. The post The BMW M240i is Coming with an Increase of 15hp… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Alpine White BMW E46 M3 with Vorsteiner Wheels

The somewhat forgotten BMW E46 M3 is still a darling of the automotive world. It is considered by many as one of the best M3s ever produced, and this older generation M3 still affords great performance and thrills to their owners. Those E46 M3s are h...

The somewhat forgotten BMW E46 M3 is still a darling of the automotive world. It is considered by many as one of the best M3s ever produced, and this older generation M3 still affords great performance and thrills to their owners. Those E46 M3s are however in need of some contemporary updates to give them back that flair they once used to have. One of the simplest and most elegant solutions to achieve this is a set of aftermarket wheels. Vorsteiner’s new Flow Forged V-FF 103 wheels have now found their new home on this Alpine White E46 M3.

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Sized 19×9.5 inches in the front and 19×10.5 inches in the rear they provide a welcome refreshment for the aging sports car model. Wheels are finished in a Carbon Graphite finish that provides a nice contrasting effect with the white exterior of the vehicle.

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The BMW E46 M3 is powered by a 3.2 liter naturally aspirated engine that produces 343 PS (252 kW; 338 hp). It helps propel the 3,415 lb (1,549 kg) car from 0-62 mph in around 5.1 seconds. Top speed is 155 mph (250 km/h) electronically limited, while some models achieve a top speed of 171.38 mph (275.81 km/h).

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The article Alpine White BMW E46 M3 with Vorsteiner Wheels appeared first on BMW BLOG

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TEST DRIVE: 2016 BMW 750i

When BMW told us we’ll be heading to Monticello race track in Upstate New York to drive the new 2016 BMW 7 Series, our first though was: “What are they smoking…” Historically, the 7 Series has never been a track car, nor it cl...

When BMW told us we’ll be heading to Monticello race track in Upstate New York to drive the new 2016 BMW 7 Series, our first though was: “What are they smoking…” Historically, the 7 Series has never been a track car, nor it claimed to be one, but the new 7er seems to be the most confident of the bunch and dared us for a date on the beautiful track. Lightweight Construction One of the biggest reasons it’s so confident is its Carbon Core lightweight construction.

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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. From 0 to 62 mph, the heavy athlete needs only 4.3 seconds. That’s M performance right there. The Carbon Core savings enable staggering numbers despite being an inch longer, the new base model manages to trim a stunning 130 kilograms (280 lbs) compared to its predecessor. From 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h), the heavy athlete needs only 4.3 seconds. That’s M performance right there! Furthermore, BMW engineers added a new suspension system that consists of a double wishbone setup up front and five-link kit in the rear, along with a standard air suspension with electronic dampeners and all-wheel steering system that uses electronic actuators. Evolutionary Exterior, Revolutionary Interior While in photos the G11/G12 7 Series looks nothing more than a glorified F01/F02 facelift, in reality the BMW design team has done a great job improving upon an already successful design language. The sedan comes with the largest kidney grille we’ve seen on any BMW in the last decade, a 3D approach to the famous and iconic grille which now employs active slats for aerodynamic purposes. BMW says that the opening and closing of the aero slats is controlled by the computer to help with the engine cooling.

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The redesigned LED headlights are slimmer and more attractive than on the previous generation 7 Series, and following the recent BMW design language, they now flow seamlessly into the kidneys. The sculpted front hood is also lower and leaner, a design approach to emphasize sportiness and dynamics. The one piece Hofmeister Kink flows elegantly across the quarter panel and fits perfectly within the 3D sculpted model around it. There’s also a new design item, an air breather, now typical of most BMWs, which has a strip of either chrome or black, depending on the Line chosen, which runs the length of the bottom of the doors. Long gone is the Bangle-butt and the new 7 Series has one of the most attractive rears in the segment. The trunk molds perfectly into a new set of taillights which are also slimmer and beautifully sculpted, thanks to the constant improving LED technology. The new cabin makes the previous generation look outdated and simplistic, by any standards What everyone agrees on is the revolutionary design of the interior. BMW took a hard look at the previous generation 7 Series and decided that a game changer is needed in order for the new 7 Series to be successful in this competitive market. The new cabin makes the previous generation look outdated and simplistic, by any standards. The materials, leather and trims used are of the highest quality possible. From the moment you step inside, it becomes hard to ignore the amount of work that went into creating a viable competitor for the S-Class. The leather with ample stitching and unique design resembles the ones found in even higher-end cars and it’s as comfortable as it can get. Everything within arms reach is covered in either leather, beautifully finished wood or aluminum.

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Galvanized metal and porcelain switches, touch-sensitive temperature sliders for air-conditioning vents, replace the familiar BMW switches. There is ambient lighting everywhere, on the door trim, in the footwells and under all of the controls, and the optional Panoramic Sky Lounge LED Roof with light emitted by LED modules on the glass surface, is not only beautiful, but also a work of art.

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From the back seat, the beauty of this limousine is a sight to see To really experience the luxury of this new 7 Series we had a driver take us on the road. From the back seat, the beauty of this limousine is a sight to see. Everything has been perfectly matched, the leather and wood can be felt even when opening or closing the door, and the stitching on the leather gives it a Rolls Royce look. The Luxury Rear Seating package is optional but if money is no object, this should be on your list. The luxury package includes Rear Ventilated and Comfort Seats, Heated Front and Rear Armrests and a 7 inch Touch Command Tablet. The massage function for the comfort seats offers a choice of eight programs.

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An optional Rear Executive Lounge Seating Package takes the luxury to a new whole new level transforming the car into a mobile office. A high-quality one. With a touch of a button, the rear seat can be slid forward by an extra 90 millimeters /3.5 inches and its backrest tilted all the way forward. By pressing another button, a fold-out footrest extends from the back of the front-seat. To top it off, a tray table can be pulled out from the rear center console to allow you to do some work on-the-go.

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An industry-first, Gesture Control, was made for people to easier operate the infotainment system through gesture controls. The drivers or the passengers can adjust volume controls, accept or reject incoming calls or change music stations through pre-defined gestures. Drivers can also configure a gesture for a function of their choosing, such as navigation to the home address, a deactivation of a screen or a pre-set radio station. BMW says the system operates based on an infrared motion sensor located in the headliner. While it doesn’t replace the traditional iDrive controls, the gesture technology can help with driving distractions and easier access to most commonly used features. We did a live Periscope from inside the car and Gesture Control got the most likes.

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The other cool item we’ve played with was a high-tech keyfob. Dubbed BMW Display Key, the touch-sensitive key is an optional item for the new 7 Series and in the U.S., it only costs $250. For that little amount – which is cheaper than many other BMW keyfob replacements – the key features four buttons on the front for lock, unlock, trunk release, and panic. In Europe, the BMW Digital Key can be used to self-park your 7 Series, a feature that has yet to be approved by the U.S. regulatory boards. The display runs on a separate battery than the lock/unlock buttons, so the key’s battery has about a week long life and can be recharged wirelessly in the car’s armrest. Autonomous Innovations BMW has been paying close attention to the autonomous innovations on the market; some of them were previewed earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas. The 7 Series can now steer itself at speeds up to 130 mph, but the caveat is that you can only keep your hands off the wheel for 15 seconds at a time. So no texting and driving aids. This new 7 Series also includes an available Active Comfort Drive with Road Preview system that scans the road ahead and then adjusts the suspension accordingly. Nimble And Fun To Drive

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Now in its sixth generation, the 2016 BMW 740i/750i and 750i xDrive offer a 320-horsepower inline-six and a 445-horsepower V8 twin-turbo power. Models coming to the U.S. will be long-wheelbase only with BMW dropping the “L” designation from the model lineup, a trend that it’s now common in the luxury sedans segment. In Monticello, BMW handed out the keys to the 750i with the Luxury Line or the M Sport Package. On back roads around Monticello, the new 7 Series tracked through corners at speeds that we usually see in M cars. The 750i manages to hide well its size and weight and just feels like an old-school bimmer. The steering is heavier than what we’ve seen lately and the connection with the road can easily be felt through the thick steering wheel. The snappy eight-speed transmission links to the navigation system, so gear selection is adapted to the driving situation and route, adjusting shifting characteristics accordingly.

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The lower center of gravity, weight savings and new chassis and suspension is even more obvious on the track. Over the course of five hours, we lapped the Monticello track at least twenty times and with each lap, the luxury sedan was more fun to drive. And as expected, the 750i is best enjoyed with the suspension turned to Sport – the perfect combination between comfort and sportiness. The four-wheel steering is also phenomenal and when thrown in corners, the 7er felt shorter than it really is. Keep in mind, this is a 4,600 lbs car and twenty years ago taking this car on a track would have likely gotten you banned. The 750i felt like a rocket ship and at 4.3 seconds is just about a tenth-of-a-second slower than the super duper M5 sedan. On straight lines, the V8 power and exhaust growl come to life. The 750i felt like a rocket ship and at 4.3 seconds is just about a tenth-of-a-second slower than the super duper M5 sedan. Even on the slalom course, the ride and body control are excellent – we tested the car in Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Adaptive – and the 7er arced through the cones like a smaller car. At the end of the course, after a 60-70 mph run, the BMW driving instructor advised us to slam the brakes as hard as we could and…the stoppage distance was impressively short.

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Yet, we didn’t stop here. Next we headed back to the track where BMW RLL driver and multiple-times racing champion, Bill Auberlen, was present to guide us through the track and its racing line. After a short stint behind his pace car, we asked Bill to take the reign of our 750i and show us how it’s properly done. What followed was a ten minutes exciting ride where we finally understood why we’re just amateur track drivers, and that this 7 Series has more potential than we could ever unlock. Take a look at the video below and listen to Bill’s commentary, he makes some interesting points and you can also see how easy maneuverable the car is. As Bill mentioned, the 7 Series is not a track car and its customers are likely to never see the tarmac, but it feels good to just know that YOU can and you wouldn’t actually embarrass yourself by doing so. New 7 Series will give S-Class a run for its money In the last few years, the Mercedes S-Class has been the undefeated champion in this important luxury sedans segment. Many have tried to dethrone it, but it stood tall and fended off its opponents with grace. Now the new 7 Series is without a doubt its strongest rival and one that could take the crown away. It has all the ingredients to achieve that: design, luxury, technology and lightweight construction. The new 2016 BMW 7 Series arrives this month, priced from $81,300 to $94,400. Of course, you’ll all want to know how it compare to Mercedes’ S-class? That answer must wait until we drive the two side-by-side. The article TEST DRIVE: 2016 BMW 750i appeared first on BMW BLOG

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