2017 MINI Countryman – Rendering

Later this year, MINI will unveil the second-generation of their first Sport Utility Vehicle – the MINI Countryman. Like the new MINI Clubman and the BMW X1, the F60 Countryman is based on the the longer version of the front wheel drive UKL pla...

Later this year, MINI will unveil the second-generation of their first Sport Utility Vehicle – the MINI Countryman. Like the new MINI Clubman and the BMW X1, the F60 Countryman is based on the the longer version of the front wheel drive UKL platform. The new Countryman will cater to the MINI demographic looking for a larger off-roader with more interior and storage space. It’s expected to be just over 4.25m long (a stretch of 150mm) and at least 10mm wider than the current Countryman. The boot will also be noticeably bigger than the current 450 liters.

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The MINI Countryman F60 will not only be available with a front-wheel drive, but also equipped with optional all-wheel drive MINI ALL4. With the help of a Haldex clutch, the power can be routed to the rear wheels delivering additional traction. Under the hood, MINI will fit three and four-cylinder engines, both in gasoline and diesel. Transmission choices may include 6-speed manual and 8-speed Steptronic. The rendering shown here portrays an evolution of the current model with the typical MINI design cues and proportions which should please the brand-loyal MINI fans. [Source: OmniAuto.it] The article 2017 MINI Countryman – Rendering appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Top Gear explains Rear-Wheel Drive vs Front-Wheel Drive vs All-Wheel Drive

From the “Oldies but goodies” category we pull this old-school Top Gear video featuring Tiff Needell and rally driver Mark Higgins who together explain to us the differences between the handling of a car with rear-wheel drive versus one w...

From the “Oldies but goodies” category we pull this old-school Top Gear video featuring Tiff Needell and rally driver Mark Higgins who together explain to us the differences between the handling of a car with rear-wheel drive versus one with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. The cars used in this comparison are the iconic BMW Z3 and Mitsubihi EVO, and Peugeot 106 GTI and Ferrari 360 Modena. If you ever wondered how these types of drivetrains affect the handling of your car, the video below should clarify that. The article Top Gear explains Rear-Wheel Drive vs Front-Wheel Drive vs All-Wheel Drive appeared first on BMW BLOG

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DRAG RACE: Range Rover Sport SVR vs BMW i8 vs Audi RS3

South African Car Magazine takes the BMW i8 to a drag strip to race it against the Range Rover Sport SVR and the Audi RS3. Along with the BMW X5 M and X6 M, the Range Rover Sport SVR is one of the few SUVs that can easily tackle the Nurburgring. The ...

South African Car Magazine takes the BMW i8 to a drag strip to race it against the Range Rover Sport SVR and the Audi RS3. Along with the BMW X5 M and X6 M, the Range Rover Sport SVR is one of the few SUVs that can easily tackle the Nurburgring. The 510-hp supercharged, 502 pound-feet of torque 5.0-liter V-8, eight-speed automatic, and adjustable four-wheel-drive system makes racing seems easy from the comfort and height of an SUV.

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These type of power helps the SVR hit 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. Top speed is limited to 144 mph.

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The new 2016 Audi RS3 runs on a transversely mounted five-cylinder turbo engine. The 2.5 liter displacement engine makes 367 hp and 342 lb-ft of torque. According to the official stats, the RS3 accelerates in 4.3 seconds from 0 to 62 mph. Top speed is limited electronically to 174 mph. The compact sports car comes with a 7-speed DSG. This lavishly revised suspension system ensures a lowering by 25 mm compared to the Audi A3 Sportback and should also allow controlled drifts, according to Audi.

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BMW’s most advanced car built to date – the i8 –  is powered by a hybrid system producing 362 horsepower and 420 lb-ft for a 0 to 62 mph of 4.4 seconds. Three different cars from three different segments and with different philosophies – but which one is faster on a straight line? The article DRAG RACE: Range Rover Sport SVR vs BMW i8 vs Audi RS3 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Is this BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution worth $150,000?

We all know of the E30 BMW M3. It’s the most iconic BMW of all time and considered to be the best BMW of all time by most car enthusiasts. Despite its age, E30 M3s have been creeping up in price recently, with most decent examples commanding $4...

We all know of the E30 BMW M3. It’s the most iconic BMW of all time and considered to be the best BMW of all time by most car enthusiasts. Despite its age, E30 M3s have been creeping up in price recently, with most decent examples commanding $40,000 or $50,000. So the standard car isn’t cheap. However, the Sport Evolution model, of which only 600 units were made, is far more rare and commands a much larger price tag. But is it worth it? This particular Sport Evo is being sold in Hong Kong at the moment and is asking for a price of $150,000. You can buy a brand new, fully loaded BMW M3 with a fully loaded X1 on the side and take a vacation to Hawaii with some money left over to car mods for that much money. But, then again, this is a very special car.

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With only 600 units ever produced, the idea of even seeing one in person is an extreme rarity, nevermind owning one. The E30 BMW M3 Sport Evolution was also a special car. With its 2.3 liter engine being bumped up to 2.5 liters, bumping its horsepower from 190 to 254, it was much faster than the standard car. It was also much lighter, thanks in large part to its relatively spartan interior, so it was much faster and sharper. It also had more aggressive aerodynamics and is the closest thing to the E30 M3 Touring car that dominated Touring Car races for years back in the late ’80s. While the E30 M3 is a very cool, very rare car, the Sport Evolution is all of that but cranked up to eleven. It’s sharper, faster, better looking, ever more exclusive and even more expensive. It’s like an E30 M3 on steroids. But $150,000 is a lot of money. With that kind of money, you can choose between this Sport Evolution or a BMW i8, Porsche 911 Carrera 4s, BMW M6 Gran Coupe, Aston Martin Vantage S and a suite of other fantastic brand-new automobiles.

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This Sport Evolution is for rich collectors, obviously, people who already have expensive daily driving cars. So the price tag isn’t that farfetched in that regard. This particular example also only has around 49,000 miles on it and is in immaculate condition. In fact, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen an E30 M3 is such pristine condition. But, for $150,000, you should be able to eat off of the valve cover. [Source: Carscoops] The article Is this BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution worth $150,000? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW and Tesla have ditched AM radio but trying to get it back

BMW was the first automobile company to ditch AM radio functionality, with its recent i3 electric vehicle, and it caused quite a stir among i3 owners. The reason for the drop of one of America’s oldest broadcasting mediums is that the electroma...

BMW was the first automobile company to ditch AM radio functionality, with its recent i3 electric vehicle, and it caused quite a stir among i3 owners. The reason for the drop of one of America’s oldest broadcasting mediums is that the electromagnetic interference from the electric drivetrain of the car blocks out the AM signal, making it fuzzy and choppy. Being that BMW didn’t want its products to be associated with anything of that nature, claiming that fuzzy, choppy radio wasn’t in keeping with the brand’s premium image, it dropped the aging AM radio altogether. Ever since, BMW i3 owners have taken to forums and blogs to complain and even try and hack AM radio back into their cars. Tesla recently just did the same with its Model S sedan, as it also had poor AM radio quality for the very same reason. This has also caused an equally big stir with Model S owners. However, Tesla is offering a way to listen to many AM radio channels through its internet radio service, Tunein. However, it can be difficult to find the station you’re looking for that way and still isn’t perfect.

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Most Americans, and nearly everyone else around the world, feel as if AM is a dead technology and won’t be around much longer, so there’s no fuss there. However, as it turns out, nearly 3 million Americans listen to AM radio everyday, tuning in to local broadcasting stations, many talk radio stations and most broadcasted sports radio. The AM signal travels further than FM signal, though sound quality is worse, so it’s perfect for emergency news or weather and morning talk shows. It’s also more affordable for networks, so it helps smaller shows and stations. So due to AM radio’s loyal following, many automakers, BMW included, are looking for a way to reduce and eliminate the interference that comes from electric vehicles. If automakers can shield the wiring, and possibly even the electric motor, then the interference could stop. But this can be expensive and, in the case of shielding the motor, add unnecessary weight. The point of having something as simple as AM radio in an expensive luxury car is understandable. If someone pays that much money for a car, regardless of what kind of car it is, electric or otherwise, they want to be able to listen to whatever kinds of radio they want. However, despite the fact that AM still has a loyal following, it is an ancient technology and times are changing, with technology moving forward. It seems silly, at least to many, that someone would not buy an electric car because it doesn’t have AM radio. If new, cutting-edge technology that can change the shape of the automotive industry, such as electric drivetrains, is causing a problem for an incredibly dated technology, maybe it’s time for the dated one to go.

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Maybe BMW and Tesla will be able to fix the problem without extra expense or weight, but the idea of adding either in the name of AM radio seems silly in an age where efficiency is of the utmost importance. If AM radio has to die for us to have modern EVs at their best, then maybe so be it. [Source: Motherboard] The article BMW and Tesla have ditched AM radio but trying to get it back appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW UK Trots Out the M2 and M4 GTS (Photos + Revving Video)

BMW UK trots out the BMW M2 and M4 GTS out in public. ...

BMW UK trots out the BMW M2 and M4 GTS out in public.

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The Old Story of How Ford Dominance Created BMW M

It’s an old story most of us have heard many times. How the Ford Capri’s dominance in European touring car racing led to BMW… The post The Old Story of How Ford Dominance Created BMW M… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit...

It’s an old story most of us have heard many times. How the Ford Capri’s dominance in European touring car racing led to BMW… The post The Old Story of How Ford Dominance Created BMW M… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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BMW X3 vs Mercedes-Benz GLC vs Land Rover Discovery Sport

The current F25 BMW X3 is getting a bit old, with a replacement on its way, but it’s still one of BMW’s best-selling cars. No surprise there, with the American market’s obsession with small SUVs and the fact that the X3 is a great a...

The current F25 BMW X3 is getting a bit old, with a replacement on its way, but it’s still one of BMW’s best-selling cars. No surprise there, with the American market’s obsession with small SUVs and the fact that the X3 is a great all-rounder, the X3 is sure to sell well. Despite it’s age, it’s still a very good, very capable car with a lot going for it. But its competitors are getting younger and fresher, with new technologies and more modern designs, both inside and out. So does the old dog still have what it takes to compete in this segment? The two newest SUVs to debut in the X3’s segment are the Mercedes-Benz GLC Class, which is the X3’s closest competitor, and the Land Rover Discovery Sport. Autocar has gotten all three SUVs together for a long test to see which is the best.

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In terms of looks, the X3 is clearly the oldest car in the group. Debuting in 2011, the current X3 is nearing the end of its life-cycle and it shows. The other two, however, are just beginning theirs. The Mercedes GLC does look good, but it’s a touch boring while the Land Rover Disco Sport is positively fresh looking. It’s a little funky, but the Disco is the best looking of the three. In terms of interior, Autocar felt that the GLC had the most upscale cabin, though its ergonomics are a bit of a mess and the column shifter was much maligned, by us as well (It’s ridiculous, the car is a modern Mercedes-Benz, not a ’40s Buick. Ditch the column shifter). The Disco Sport had the least upscale interior, but its utilitarian functionality was actually deemed quite refreshing and pleasant. The X3 was the least attractive, given its age, but it made up for that with the best ergonomics and possibly even the best build quality. All three cars were fitted with four-cyldiner diesel engines and ZF-sourced automatic gearboxes, the Land Rover and Mercedes both being the new nine-speed unit while the X3 is the older, but still excellent, eight-speed ‘box. All three are equipped with each brand’s all-wheel drive system and all three ride on conventional suspension, rather than air suspension. So it’s a pretty fair fight between the three of them. Though, despite all of their similarities, it’s rather surprising how different they become on the road.

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Land Rover Discovery Sport The new GLC’s 2.1 liter diesel engine, making 201 bhp, was the fastest car of the test, with the BMW coming in second-place with its 188 bhp 2.0 liter engine and the Disco Sport coming in last with its 178 bhp and added weight over the other two. The X3 was deemed the sportiest car of the bunch, with the least amount of body roll and good steering, though its standard suspension was said to be a bit too stiff. The GLC had strange handling characteristics, as it was nice and soft around town and at low speeds but somewhat fell apart at higher speeds and it crashed a bit over bumps. And the Disco was said to have the best combination of comfort and agility, with good steering and a feeling of sure-footedness. Plus the Disco Sport is the only car of the three that can properly off-road, while the other two can handle a gravel driveway…maybe. In the end, Autocar deemed the Discovery Sport to be the best SUV of the three, as it offered the best overall package of handling, comfort and utility, as it was the best off road and the only car to have seating for seven. The GLC came in second place, thanks to its freshness, gorgeous cabin and speedier performance. The X3 came in last, but a valiant last. It’s getting old so it’s understandable that far newer cars would be superior. However, the X3 still does have a lot to offer and is an excellent overall package. But according to Autocar, it wasn’t as good as the other two. [Source & Top Photo: Autocar] The article BMW X3 vs Mercedes-Benz GLC vs Land Rover Discovery Sport appeared first on BMW BLOG

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M4 Euro Delivery Trip Journal. Italy and Korea Contents

A BMW M4 European Delivery which takes the owner from Munich to Italy and finally to Korea. ...

A BMW M4 European Delivery which takes the owner from Munich to Italy and finally to Korea.

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First BMW European Delivery of a Daytona Violet BMW F80 M3

Ian Greene is the proud owner of not only a unique BMW M3, but also the first customer to take delivery of a Daytona Violet BMW F80  M3 at the BMW Welt in Munich. Just last week we also saw the first M4 in the U.S. featuring the same exceptional col...

Ian Greene is the proud owner of not only a unique BMW M3, but also the first customer to take delivery of a Daytona Violet BMW F80  M3 at the BMW Welt in Munich. Just last week we also saw the first M4 in the U.S. featuring the same exceptional color. The beautiful shade of violet first appeared on the E36 M3 and it’s inspired by the famous race and race track in Daytona, Florida.

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Ian says the car is a daily driver and judging by the car seats in the back, this M3 seems to be a family car as well.

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The special color can be ordered through the BMW Individual Program and it usually comes with a surcharge of $5,000. BMW Individual program allows customers to pick from different exterior and interior colors than the usual selections.

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BMW, as well as many other German car makers, offers a European Delivery option when ordering a brand new Bimmer. Many people don’t realize that this program exists, otherwise I feel like there would be significantly more Americans doing it. It’s a wonderful program that allows the customer to not only get a significant discount on their car but a trip to Germany and other European countries as well as an experience to remember for a lifetime. Owning a car like a BMW, especially something like an M car, is an experience. And the BMW Welt and the ED program offer just that.

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