First appearance of the 2015 BMW M4 DTM.

At the annual BMW Motorsport photo and film shoot, on location in Monteblanco this time around, the BMW M4 DTMs showed off their new look for the upcoming 18 races of the year for the first time at the track. In line with the strict technical regu...

At the annual BMW Motorsport photo and film shoot, on location in Monteblanco this time around, the BMW M4 DTMs showed off their new look for the upcoming 18 races of the year for the first time at the track.

In line with the strict technical regulations of the popular touring car series, the BMW Motorsport engineers have spent the past few months further developing the successful BMW M4 DTM with which Marco Wittmann won the DTM drivers’ title last year and BMW Team RMG secured first place in the team standings. The focus was on the requirements resulting from the change in race format, and on further refining the components unaffected by the homologation. While the technical changes are mainly to the inside of the BMW M4 DTM, and therefore not visible, as in previous years the vehicles of the BMW teams captivate with their varied designs. Reigning champion Wittmann will once again be at the wheel of the Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM and will, therefore, continue to represent the eye-catching colours of the Belgian watch manufacturer and BMW Motorsport Premium Partner. The H&R logo will also feature prominently on Wittmann’s car in 2015. As Official Partner, the manufacturer of chassis components will now be clearly visible on the doors of the Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM. “I feel that my car has always attracted a lot of attention over the past two years – and was also really fast,” said Wittmann referring to his race car fielded by BMW Team RMG. “It’s fantastic that I get to represent the colours of Ice-Watch once again in 2015. Our Premium Partner provided great support last season, and it was wonderful that I was able to thank them for that with victories. We’re aiming for the same again this year. The collaboration with H&R also contributes to success. That’s why this logo suits my car perfectly.” Wittmann’s team-mate Maxime Martin will drive the SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM in 2015. The Belgian celebrated his first DTM victory last season in Moscow and was the “Rookie of the Year” after ten races. “Samsung SDI is a strong partner – and together we are highly motivated for the 2015 season. It’s also great that ZF will again be visible on the doors of my car this season. Naturally I will try to build on my experiences from my first year in the DTM and add further successes. I’m definitely excited for the first race weekend. Martin Tomczyk will ensure continuity at BMW Team Schnitzer: The 2011 DTM champion will start his fourth season in traditional BMW M colours at the wheel of the BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM. His new team-mate António Félix da Costa will compete in the Red Bull BMW M4 DTM for the second year running. BMW Team RBM driver Augusto Farfus wants to celebrate success in the new season at the wheel of the Shell BMW M4 DTM. The 31-year-old will now be driving in the red and yellow design of BMW Motorsport’s new Premium Technology Partner. “I’m really looking forward to driving the Shell BMW M4 DTM. Shell is a fantastic partner for BMW Motorsport – and I really like the design of my DTM car. I can hardly wait for the first race in May. Until then we will use our test programme to make sure we are as well prepared as possible for the season.” In the 2015 season all eight BMW M4 DTMs will use engine oils with Shell PurePlus Technology. DTM fans will recognise the two cars of Bruno Spengler and Timo Glock, the drivers from BMW Team MTEK. The collaboration between Spengler and Premium Partner BMW Bank is heading into its fourth season. The Canadian won the drivers’ title in the BMW Bank M3 DTM in 2012. Now he’s aiming for further success in the black BMW Bank M4 DTM. Glock is also heading into his third DTM season at the wheel of the DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM. The details of the BMW M4 DTM of Tom Blomqvist (GB) 2015 will be announced at a later date

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2016 BMW 7 Series – New Render

Based on the recent 7 Series leak, the folks over at the Worldcarfans are rendering the next generation 7 Series. BMW fans were taken by surprise on January 1st when a restless spy photographer got a hold of a 7 Series prototype which was allegedly b...

Based on the recent 7 Series leak, the folks over at the Worldcarfans are rendering the next generation 7 Series. BMW fans were taken by surprise on January 1st when a restless spy photographer got a hold of a 7 Series prototype which was allegedly being shipped to the Mission Impossible 5 set. The three-quarter view showcases the design cues seen on the prototype, elongated body lines, sleeker headlights connecting with the outer edge of the kidney grille, which are also sitting more upright than the outgoing F01/F02 model. Running along the side profile is an L-shaped chrome bar which ends behind the wheel in a side breather form.

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While the 7 Series is not expected to bring a revolutionary design, the technology in and outside the cabin is said to be exponentially more impressive than anything we have seen in a BMW so far. From the innovative keyfob to the redesigned iDrive and plethora of driving assistance features, the new 7 Series flagship will cater to an ever changing demographic that not only value the luxury and craftsmanship in the 7 Series but also the technology of the 21st century. Some of the cool stuff that gets us excited are the wireless charging of smartphones inside the car, the gestures-based navigation, the synergy between the information displayed to the passenger and the driver, the self-parking via keyfob, laser lights and B&W Audio System. BMW is not only giving the 7er the coolest gadgets and electronics, but also a revamped engine lineup. According to sources, the flagship sedan will be offered with four gasoline engines, one diesel and two hybrids. Most of those powerplants belong to the “B” series, the improved engine lineup that delivers more power and lower fuel consumption. A new 9-speed gearbox is also planned for the G11/G12 models. Despite the early leak, BMW stays true to its release schedule, so we don’t expect to see the new 7 Series in all its glory until later this summer. The official world premiere is scheduled for the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show in September. The article 2016 BMW 7 Series – New Render appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Rolls Royce SUV Renderings

Last week, British automaker Rolls Royce confirmed their plans to build a Sports Utility Vehicle within the next few years. In a short press release, Rolls Royce CEO described the new SUV as an all-terrain car which has been designed to meet customer...

Last week, British automaker Rolls Royce confirmed their plans to build a Sports Utility Vehicle within the next few years. In a short press release, Rolls Royce CEO described the new SUV as an all-terrain car which has been designed to meet customers’ “highly mobile, contemporary lifestyles” expectations per the announcement. It will be a high bodied car featuring an ‘all-aluminum’ architecture and the new car will be marketed with the catchphrase, “Effortless . . . Everywhere”. No time frames are given for when the new car will come to market – they will take their time and do it right.

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The company has not given us any design clues, so many wonder whether the RR SUV will be a two box shape like the X5 or more coupe, like the X6, or perhaps a proportionally correct 7er GT? Rendering artist Theophilus Chin takes a stab at illustration the future Rolls Royce SUV. Rolls-Royce delivered more vehicles in 2014 than ever before in its 111-year history. Global sales, which have more than quadrupled since 2009, gained 12 percent last year to 4,063 cars. The RR SUV would certainly help expand the brand and its customer base.

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BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe: Pearl Edition in Pure Metal Silver

BMW Abu Dhabi dealership is bringing us this week a BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Pearl Edition. The rare, extremely elegant and luxurious four-door coupe comes with the Pure Metal Silver, the highly-exclusive paint which costs $10,300 in the U.S. and 8,00...

BMW Abu Dhabi dealership is bringing us this week a BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Pearl Edition. The rare, extremely elegant and luxurious four-door coupe comes with the Pure Metal Silver, the highly-exclusive paint which costs $10,300 in the U.S. and 8,000 euros in Germany. BMW says the paint materials used to prepare this color is 40 times more expensive than regular coats and in a recent video, the Pure Metal Silver color is described as having a chrome-like finish with high reflections from the aluminum. The 650i Gran Coupe Pearl Edition also features the front bumper from the ALPINA B6 Gran Coupe, while inside, the exclusive car comes with BMW Individual Merino leather upholstery in Amaro Brown and Ash Grain White trim wood.

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Under the hood, the 650i Gran Coupe sports a 4.4 liter V8 TwinTurbo delivering 450 horsepower, in this case to all four wheels. From 0 to 62 mph, the high-end Gran Coupe needs only 4.4 seconds. Here is a photo gallery of the car:

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BMW’s i3 interior is a winner

Interiors are one of the most important aspects of an automobile. It’s the place where you will spend 90 percent of the time with your car. So the interior must be a nice place to be. A good interior is one that is comfortable, ergonomic, and aesth...

Interiors are one of the most important aspects of an automobile. It’s the place where you will spend 90 percent of the time with your car. So the interior must be a nice place to be. A good interior is one that is comfortable, ergonomic, and aesthetically pleasing all at the same time. But the really special ones are the kind that are able to do all of those things as well as being very different and shaking things up a bit. The interior that I think does this best is the BMW i3. The i8 is very good too, but the i3 to me is the real winner. It’s just so different and refreshing and inspired. With its exposed carbon fiber, funky recycled seats, eucalyptus wood and incredibly open design, the i3 is like no other interior on the market. Which perfectly suits the i3, a car like no other on the market. It’s also so unlike any other BMW on the inside. The i8 sorta kinda feels like a typical sporty BMW from within those swan doors. But the i3 feels different. It feels happy and serene, not at all sporting, which was the idea to begin with.

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Car and Driver recently sat down with the head of BMW i design, Benoit Jacob, and asked him some questions about its design. What he shared on designing the i3’s interior was quite interesting. When asked if there was an overall theme to the interior design of the i3, Jacob had this to say “What if the interior would inspire a more relaxed driving behavior? It’s Zen, in a way. From a higher design level, that was quite an interesting challenge.” READ ALSO: BMW i3 – First Drive Review showcases Interior 2.0 Jacob also spoke about the use of the wood on the dash and how it pays homage to older BMW’s, such as the 2002 — “I’m very passionate about cars, and I believe there is no future without history. Sometimes, if there’s a way to echo the past a little bit­—without any sort of retro design, because that’s absolutely not the point—why not? It just came by chance.”

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It’s so refreshing to hear a designer trying to inspire a driver with the interior. Too often, these days, car interiors are so flooded with buttons and mobile phone connectivity that the car feels so detached, like a computer. They feel like they’re just there as vessels for the driver to control the car. While that is, technically, what a car interior is, I like an interior to give the car a mood. The i3’s does that better than any other. And I applaud BMW for straying from its sporting roots to try a different genre. It’s refreshing and I hope there’s more to come.

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Satin Pearl White F80 M3 makeover

This F80 M3 gets a gorgeous satin white vinyl makeover. ...

This F80 M3 gets a gorgeous satin white vinyl makeover.

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Rumor: Next generation BMW M3/M4 to deliver 500 hp

The talk of the week is the next generation BMW 3 Series and a report issue by Automobile Mag. The respectable U.S. magazine outlines, what seem to be, BMW’s plans for the next generation 3 Series. Built under the codename G20, the new 3er aims...

The talk of the week is the next generation BMW 3 Series and a report issue by Automobile Mag. The respectable U.S. magazine outlines, what seem to be, BMW’s plans for the next generation 3 Series. Built under the codename G20, the new 3er aims to fix some of the current shortcomings of the F30 model and deliver a more compelling product. The design will feature sharper edges, a bolder radius narrow joins and clearer differentiation of equipment lines. The new G20 family is built upon the originally called ‘35up’ platform, now CLAR, which will be found in the next 3, 5, 6 and 7 Series models. The platform mixes high-strength steel, aluminum and carbon fiber to drop around 80kg from today’s 5-series. CLAR, a contraction of Cluster Architecture, depicts the extra flexibility provided by fewer but more versatile submodules (clusters) which are more extensively adjustable in content, size and adaptability.

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On the same G20 platform, BMW will build their M3 and M4 sporty athletes. Even though the two M brothers just launched in 2014, rumors around the next generation are starting to pop up. The insiders say the M3 and M4 will adopt electronic turbochargers and water injection to push engine output to around 500 hp. Currently, the 3.0 liter six-cylinder turbo engine found in the M3/M4 makes 425 horsepower. A BMW M4 GTS with more power is expected to launch next year. With about seven years left in the development cycle, many things could change for the next M3/M4, so for now, we should take these reports with a grain of salt. The article Rumor: Next generation BMW M3/M4 to deliver 500 hp appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Full LCD instrument cluster fitted into F30

The aftermarket never seems to let factory limitations stop it. Some folks in China and Russia managed to fit the LCD gauge panel from either the 5 or 7 series into the F30 3 series. ...

The aftermarket never seems to let factory limitations stop it. Some folks in China and Russia managed to fit the LCD gauge panel from either the 5 or 7 series into the F30 3 series.

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Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Gets Low And Wide

Getting it low and wide. Two traits of many sports cars on the market. While BMW designers and engineers have done a great job with the new BMW F80 M3, the stance of the car could always use some more work. This is where a coilovers kit and spacers c...

Getting it low and wide. Two traits of many sports cars on the market. While BMW designers and engineers have done a great job with the new BMW F80 M3, the stance of the car could always use some more work. This is where a coilovers kit and spacers come in handy. European Auto Source worked their magic on this F80 M3 by first installing a KW HAS (Height Adjustable Lowering Spring Sleeve Over Kit). KW’s latest offering to the suspension market is perfect for those looking to dial in their ride height without making the switch to a full coil over suspension system. The unique design allows for each corner to be individually adjustable, making it possible to drop your BMW to the exact ride height you desire.

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The next step was to install the spacers. The Macht Schnell Competition Wheel Spacers are sized 15mm in the front and 12mm in the rear. Now the wheels and tires fill up the fenders while giving the car a more muscular and aggressive look. For more images of this build, check out the photo gallery below.

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