BMW at the 24 Hours of Daytona – the Six Hour Report

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BMW Performance 200; Team TGM scores third in Street Tuner for team’s best ever CTSCC finish

BMW drivers began the 2015 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season at today’s 2.5-hour BMW Performance 200 with a fourth place finish in the… The post BMW Performance 200; Team TGM… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my w...

BMW drivers began the 2015 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season at today’s 2.5-hour BMW Performance 200 with a fourth place finish in the… The post BMW Performance 200; Team TGM… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Video: BMW M4 vs 6.4L Dodge CHARGER 392 SRT8

This is an interesting drag race. Two fairly similar sports cars, in terms of power, go to the drag strip for a race. The new BMW M4 takes on the Dodge Charger 392 SRT8, two vehicles with rear-wheel drive and lots of torque. The 2015 BMW M4 is powere...

This is an interesting drag race. Two fairly similar sports cars, in terms of power, go to the drag strip for a race. The new BMW M4 takes on the Dodge Charger 392 SRT8, two vehicles with rear-wheel drive and lots of torque. The 2015 BMW M4 is powered by a 3.0liter TwinPower turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine which makes 425 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. The 2014 Dodge Charger SRT8 is powered by a 6.4 liter Hemi V8 which makes 470 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque. While the Charger may have a bit more horsepower, it is a heavier vehicle: 4400 lbs vs. 3556 lbs.

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The M4 runs to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds with DCT, while the Charger SRT8 records a time of 4.3 seconds. So, which one takes the win? Let’s have a look. The article Video: BMW M4 vs 6.4L Dodge CHARGER 392 SRT8 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Fire Orange BMW E92 M3 – Photoshoot

Earlier this week we saw a beautiful Azurite Black BMW F82 M4 and now Russell McKellar brings us another exciting photoshoot: a BMW E92 M4 in Fire Orange color. The special M3 also comes with a wide variety of aftermarket upgrades and used to run a s...

Earlier this week we saw a beautiful Azurite Black BMW F82 M4 and now Russell McKellar brings us another exciting photoshoot: a BMW E92 M4 in Fire Orange color. The special M3 also comes with a wide variety of aftermarket upgrades and used to run a supercharger kit before returning to stock form. This BMW M3 showcases plenty of aftermarket additions. Fortunately, these work hand in hand to provide the performance car with improved visuals and aerodynamics.

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On the outside you will find a range of carbon fiber parts: Vorsteiner carbon front splitter, Gintani carbon side skirts, rear diffuser and ducktail spoiler, all made of carbon fiber too. A nice touch to the exterior design are the matte black finished OEM wheels, adding a nice contrast to the Individual Fire Orange finish.

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On the performance side of things, this E92 M3 received a Custom X-Pipe exhaust system, together with added Harrop BBK brake callipers and disks that provide added safety and performance braking. Additionally, with the new exhaust system, the 4.0L V8 engine can now delivers a nice growl. You will notice the subtle touches on the exhaust pipes, thanks to M performance Parts.

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Inside, the car gets a full trim made of real carbon fiber together with Orange stitching on the door panels and seats. A BMW M Performance steering wheel and BMW M M Performance aluminum pedals conclude the beautiful upgrades to this E92 M3

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Jaguar F-Pace takes on the

At the moment the BMW X5 has competition in the form of the Mercedes-Benz ML Class, Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne. It see!s, though, that a new contender is coming to town and it hails from Britain. Jaguar has long hinted at the idea of an SUV and even...

At the moment the BMW X5 has competition in the form of the Mercedes-Benz ML Class, Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne. It see!s, though, that a new contender is coming to town and it hails from Britain. Jaguar has long hinted at the idea of an SUV and even showed the CX-17 concept last year. It makes sense for them, as luxury SUVs are selling faster than companies can make them. Now they’ve released what their new SUV will be — the F-Pace. Silly name but good looking car.

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As far as exterior looks go, the F-Pace is the winner in this segment. It has the Jag family face and wears it well. When I first heard Jaguar was making an SUV, I was worried as to how it would wear the Jaguar design, but I seems to work well. Maybe I’m just biased, as I’m a huge fan of Jag’s current design language, but I really think the F-Pace could be the best looking SUV in the segment, the X5 isn’t far behind, though.

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On the interior, the F-Pace also wins, but it also has the advantage of being a few years newer than everything else in the segment. It looks far more modern than its competition and seems to have some highly advanced technology. It will most likely incorporate some of Jaguar Land Rover’s latest innovations such as the incredible heads-up display featuring ghost car navigation, and transparent A pillars. It will also have two pop-up rear seats to make it a 7 Passenger SUV. As far as powertrains go, Jaguar has been vague about the details. The F-Pace will probably use JLR’s new Ingenium engine line mated to an 8-Speed, ZF automatic transmission, but no word on exactly which engines will be available. All Jag has said is that 4-cylinder petrol and diesel engines will be available. I’m assuming 6 and 8-cylinder engines will be available to compete with the X5 and the other Germans in the segment.

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Like all Jaguar products, the F-Pace should be a stunner and dynamically exciting. How it actually stacks up to its competitors like the X5 is yet to be seen, but I’m sure it will be exciting to find out.

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Melbourne Red BMW E92 M3 With VMR 810 Wheels

What a good looking finish! That’s the only way to describe Melbourne Red and what it does to cars like the BMW E92 M3. While red might not be the first choice for an M3, it certainly gives the performance car a lot of style. This particular Me...

What a good looking finish! That’s the only way to describe Melbourne Red and what it does to cars like the BMW E92 M3. While red might not be the first choice for an M3, it certainly gives the performance car a lot of style. This particular Melbourne Red BMW M3 visited the folks at European Auto Source for some new wheels. The VMR 810 wheels feature a spoke design that can be found on many racing applications while being lightweight as well. Its high popularity, as well as the perfect look, can all be traced back to the days when wheels provided additional performance in racing scenarios.

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The last generation BMW M3 is powered by a naturally aspirated V8 which delivers plenty of power, an amazing sound note and propelled the car with plenty of style and dynamics. While not as powerful as the engine in the new M3, it certainly gave the older generation model a nice punch in every way. It allows the BMW E92 M3 to accelerate from 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds with DCT (Double Clutch Transmission).

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Melbourne Red BMW E92 M3 With VMR 810 Wheels

For additional images of this build, please take a look at the media gallery added below and enjoy this beautiful looking vehicle.

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Melbourne Red BMW E92 M3 With VMR 810 Wheels

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Melbourne Red BMW E92 M3 With VMR 810 Wheels

Melbourne Red BMW E92 M3 With VMR 810 Wheels

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Dakar Yellow M4 Individual photoshoot

A rare look at this unique BMW Individual colored Dakar Yellow M4 coupe. ...

A rare look at this unique BMW Individual colored Dakar Yellow M4 coupe.

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Rumor: BMW M2 coming with optional xDrive

BMW is currently testing the upcoming M2 in Northern Sweden to see how it handles cold and snowy weather. The new compact M car is set to debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show with sales beginning later this year. The BMW M2 Coupe will be powered by ...

BMW is currently testing the upcoming M2 in Northern Sweden to see how it handles cold and snowy weather. The new compact M car is set to debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show with sales beginning later this year. The BMW M2 Coupe will be powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter in line six-cylinder direct injection petrol engine, not the same powerplant used in the new M3/M4. The engine code is S57 B30, a newly developed unit based on the B57 TwinScroll Turbocharged unit. The S57 can produce up to 400 horsepower. BMW M2 is rumored to have 360-370 horsepower. Just like the M3 and M4, the new F87 M2 will have both a manual and 7-speed DCT with shift paddles.

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Sources suggest the new M2 Coupe will be geared for a 0-62mph time of 4.4 sec in seven speed dual clutch guise – 0.5 sec faster than the 1M and 0.2 sec slower than the M4. Top speed is limited to 155 mph. Early examples of the M2 Coupe will be sold exclusively in rear-wheel drive configuration, complete with an electronically controlled limited slip differential that incorporates a torque vectoring function for enhanced traction. An xDrive version will be offered in selected markets (U.S. is most likely one of them) at a later date. The lightweight components on the M2 could bring the weight below 1530kg. In the UK, the BMW M2 is likely to sell for 45,000 pounds. We believe the price point in the U.S. will be around $50,000. [Source: Autocar] The article Rumor: BMW M2 coming with optional xDrive appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW, please keep the manuals!

It’s rumored that BMW’s M Division will be ridding itself of the manual transmission, a travesty in the eyes of most enthusiasts. I can understand their reasoning behind this; the manual transmission is no longer necessary for performance and in ...

It’s rumored that BMW’s M Division will be ridding itself of the manual transmission, a travesty in the eyes of most enthusiasts. I can understand their reasoning behind this; the manual transmission is no longer necessary for performance and in fact, compared to its automated sibling, is actually a hindrance to performance. On top of this, developing an M car with a manual adds extra development cost which sometimes can be passed on as a cost to the customer.

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BMW’s new DCT transmissions are far better suited for performance driving as they offer lightning fast shifts at the tip of your fingers. They also narrow the margin for error, making even mediocre drivers seen pro-level. The only real downside to the DCT transmission is cost and weight. But those are two quibbles are overshadowed by the increase in performance.

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The main reason, though, that the manual gearbox seems to be going by the wayside is the customers. No one wants them anymore. I was speaking to a representative of BMW North America recently, who told me that the take rate on manual transmission across the entire BMW lineup was around 7%. Not 70%, not 17% but 7%. That’s extremely low and probably not enough to cover the cost to keep the tooling around to build them. It would be cheaper for BMW to ditch the manual all together and use the 8-Speed ZF or their brilliant DCT exclusively. It’s a shame because the manual transmission is a wonderful thing. Sure, it isn’t as fast as a modern automatic or dual-clutch transmission but, for driving engagement and involvement, there is nothing better. There’s little else that offers the kind of thrill that shifting your own gears can give, especially in a performance car, like an M3 or the upcoming M2. It’s not the fastest way of getting around, but it might be the most fun. BMW is also one of the last automakers who still offer manuals in many of its cars. Currently, the 2,3,4 Series, the Z4, M3/4 and M5 can all be had with three pedals. Mercedes, for instance, has one model which is available with a manual transmission; the SLK 250. This alone could be a reason for BMW to keep manuals, especially in M cars. Exclusivity can be a wonderful thing, and if BMW’s M Division is exclusive in selling cars with row-you-own gearboxes, it would have a one-up over AMG and Quattro GmBh. Enthusiasts in the market for a C63 AMG might be swayed into getting an M3 due to its availability of a 6-Speed. BMW could further cement its status as the Ultimate Driving Machine this way.

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Another reason could be nostalgia. Once the manual dies, it’s never coming back. There’s no way that in fifty years, the automakers will start making manuals again. In a not so distant future (but not in a galaxy far, far away) electric cars will be the norm. Once that transition happens, the manual transmission will be gone forever. So BMW should keep them as long as financially possible. The manual transmission is at the end of its life-cycle. It’s still a healthy life, though, so it should be kept around as long as possible before being put out to pasture. The article BMW, please keep the manuals! appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Macht Schnell Exhaust Valve Control Module

For many owners, having complete control of their exhaust system volume is a must in their BMW. The latest BMW high-performance vehicles come equipped with flaps that open up with ample throttle applied, allowing the car to sound tame and civilized a...

For many owners, having complete control of their exhaust system volume is a must in their BMW. The latest BMW high-performance vehicles come equipped with flaps that open up with ample throttle applied, allowing the car to sound tame and civilized at low RPM levels, and sound furious when flooring the pedal. Today, there is also an aftermarket solution that offer similar advantages. The Macht Schnell Exhaust Valve Control Module allows full control of the exhaust system and is compatible with all exhaust systems (OEM or aftermarket) while retaining the factory EVC control. The Macht Schnell Exhaust Valve Control (EVC) Module allows full user control of your exhaust system at the touch of a button. No clumsy key FOBs or additional equipment is needed – this is a 100% integrated solution and the first of its kind for current BMW models.

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The Macht Schnell EVC Module supports the following features: – FULL control over Exhaust Valve Control at the touch of a button – on the fly or while stationary – Open/Close Exhaust Valve at YOUR command, or use BMW’s factory profile for Exhaust Valve Control – Optional User-defined Valve Control Setting at startup (Open/Closed) or default to OEM operation – Quiet Cold Start in mornings compared to OEM operation – Easy 20-minute installation process with no wire cutting – No dealer visits or coding required after installation – Completely removable at any time The Macht Schnell EVC Module can be ordered at a price of $495 and it comes with an easy installation procedure, allowing most owners to install it themselves. Currently this module is available for the 2014+ F2X 2-Series with electronic valve control, 2013+ F3X 3-Series with electronic valve control, 2014+ F3X 4-Series with electronic valve control and the 2015+ F8X M3/M4 (all models). The Macht Schnell EVC module also has a user-configurable Check Engine Light Suppressor model for those running Catless downpipes. From what we’ve learned, it works with most custom exhaust systems. Please take a look at the video added below to see the EVC Module in action. The article Macht Schnell Exhaust Valve Control Module appeared first on BMW BLOG

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