The BMW i3 Wins the Green Car of the Year Award

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Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

In love with everything but the exhaust note – this is what best describes the view this customer has for the BMW F82 M4. The stock BMW M4 has such a powerful and high-revving engine which sounds a bit tame when paired with a stock exhaust. Thi...

In love with everything but the exhaust note – this is what best describes the view this customer has for the BMW F82 M4. The stock BMW M4 has such a powerful and high-revving engine which sounds a bit tame when paired with a stock exhaust. This is where aftermarket exhaust companies like Akrapovic come in, allowing the owners to better enjoy the high-revving beast hidden under the hood. Exhaust systems like these improve the car on every aspect, while not cutting any corners and also providing the performance increase needed. The Yas Marina Blue M4 we have here just underwent a simple aftermarket modifying procedure that turns into a new beast.

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Thanks to European Auto Source, a complete Akrapovic Titanium Evolution Exhaust System has been installed, thus allowing the car to sound and perform better. With an exhaust system like this, the gain is not only witnessed in the sound department, but also in the power output as well.

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The light Akrapovic system not only delivers better sound and more power, it also helps removes the weight from the vehicle, therefore allowing for better handling and acceleration. The added carbon fiber exhaust tips match perfect the M4 and the durable Titanium construction will give the assurance of a sturdy and long withstanding product.

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EAS provided us with the complete installation photos.

Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

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BMW may have to increase i8 production to meet high demand

At the 2014 LA Auto Show, BMW says it needs to increase the i8 production to meet the high demand worldwide.  BMW sales and marketing chief Ian Robertson said the i8 delivery time for a customer is up to 18 months. “We need to find ways to inc...

At the 2014 LA Auto Show, BMW says it needs to increase the i8 production to meet the high demand worldwide.  BMW sales and marketing chief Ian Robertson said the i8 delivery time for a customer is up to 18 months. “We need to find ways to increase i8 production because the waiting lists in some markets are getting too long,” Robertson told Automotive News Europe.  Robertson said six months is as long as customers should have to wait for a built-to-order premium model, but he declined to elaborate on current production levels of the i8, as well as on any potential output increase. He said BMW planned the i8 as a low-volume model with annual sales in the low single digit thousands.

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This year along, BMW delivered 760 i8 models to their customer, with October being the highest sales month: 419 units.  IHS Automotive forecasts that BMW will build 3,238 units of the i8 this year, increasing to 4,318 next year. While most of the U.S. dealerships are sold out of the i8, others still hold onto their small allocation and sell the hybrid sportscar at huge premiums.   The article BMW may have to increase i8 production to meet high demand appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW M235i Named 10Best Cars For 2015

Car And Driver issues their 10Best Cars list for 2015. Released each and every year, the list showcases some of the best cars the magazine has driven in the current year in the US. This year, BMW has cracked the list with the BMW M235i as their on...

Car And Driver issues their 10Best Cars list for 2015. Released each and every year, the list showcases some of the best cars the magazine has driven in the current year in the US. This year, BMW has cracked the list with the BMW M235i as their only entry. “They cost less than $80,000, they excel at delivering value for the money, they have a strong mastery of their segment, and they are graceful in motion,” says the magazine.” These 10 will entertain and delight any driver, but only if you know how and where to spot them.” The highly innovative BMW i3 is missing from the list with the only electric vehicle being the Tesla Model S 60.

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BMW M235i made its market debut earlier this year and it fills a gap left by the outgoing 1 Series Coupe. Until the M2 arrives next year, the M235i Coupe is the best and most affordable BMW two-door coupe that money can buy and makes for a perfect machine on the road and track. READ ALSO: BMW M235i Drift Mob With the most powerful gasoline M Performance engine available producing 322 hp and 332 lf-ft of torque in, the M235i is capable of 0-60 in 4.8 seconds when optioned with the 8-speed sport automatic. Top speed is 155mph and MPG is 22 city/32 hwy for the auto and 19/29 for the 6-speed manual.

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The BMW M team has massaged the chassis with M Adaptive suspension added M Sport braking system as well as an M235i specific exhaust. BMW says that the M235i has a specially tuned exhaust and in our own test drive of the car we found the M235i Coupe’s exhaust to provide a compellingly raspy sound when the engine is worked hard. The M235i carries a base MSRP of $44,050 and if you go crazy with the options, then the M235i can easily jump over the $50,000 mark.       We do however congratulate Car And Driver for utilizing some pretty promising values for the cars they considered:  – all this, even though we may not agree with everything, does allow Car And Driver to make a good argument about the cars they’ve picked and which to look forward to on the roads in 2015 as well. The article BMW M235i Named 10Best Cars For 2015 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW USA recalls 20i and 28i models for Brake Power Assist Issues

BMW USA issues a new recall for 8,988 models powered by the four-cylinder turbocharged engine. Certain 20i and 28i models are being recalled for an issue with the brake power assist pump. Due to insufficient lubrication, the vacuum pump that supplie...

BMW USA issues a new recall for 8,988 models powered by the four-cylinder turbocharged engine. Certain 20i and 28i models are being recalled for an issue with the brake power assist pump. Due to insufficient lubrication, the vacuum pump that supplies brake power assistance may fail. A failure of the brake vacuum pump results in a reduction in braking power that could increase the risk of a crash. The affected models are:

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BMW/320i/2012-2014 BMW/328i/2012-2014 BMW/428i/2014 BMW/528i/2012-2013 BMW/X1/2013-2014 BMW/X3/2013-2014 BMW/Z4/2012-2014 BMW will notify owners, and dealers will install a locking ring in the camshaft to retain the camshaft seal disk in the proper location, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in November 2014. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417. NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V-627 (14V627000) The article BMW USA recalls 20i and 28i models for Brake Power Assist Issues appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW NA Recall: Brake Power Assist Pump on Certain 20i and 28i Models

BMW NA has issued a recall for certain 4-cylinder powered 20i and 28i models for potential brake power assist problems. Here is the recall information from the NHTSA. The affected models/years are as follows: BMW/320I/2012-2014 BMW/328I/2012-2014 BM...

BMW NA has issued a recall for certain 4-cylinder powered 20i and 28i models for potential brake power assist problems. Here is the recall information from the NHTSA. The affected models/years are as follows: BMW/320I/2012-2014 BMW/328I/2012-2014 BMW/428I/2014 BMW/528I/2012-2013 BMW/X1/2013-2014 BMW/X3/2013-2014 BMW/Z4/2012-2014 NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V-627 (14V627000) Components: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST:VACUUM SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST:VACUUM:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS Potential Number of Units Affected: 8,988 Problem Description:BMW of North America LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Sports Wagon, 2012-2014 BMW 320i Sedan, 328i Sedan, 320i xDrive Sedan, 328i xDrive Sedan, 2012-2013 BMW 528i Sedan, 528i xDrive Sedan, 2013-2014 BMW X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i Sports Activity Vehicle, 2013-2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i Sports Activity Vehicle, 2012-2014 BMW Z4 sDrive28i Roadster, and 2014 BMW 428i Coupe, and 428i xDrive Coupe. Due to insufficient lubrication, the vacuum pump that supplies brake power assistance may fail. Consequence:A failure of the brake vacuum pump results in a reduction in braking power that could increase the risk of a crash. Remedy:BMW will notify owners, and dealers will install a locking ring in the camshaft to retain the camshaft seal disk in the proper location, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in November 2014. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417. Attached is the official NHTSA Acknowledgement Letter.

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2014 LA Auto Show: MINI Superleggera Concept makes U.S. debut

One of the stars of the show in LA this year is the MINI Superleggera Concept. It has been years since MINI has delivered an exciting concept that appeals far beyond its loyal community and MINI’s Chief Designer Anders Warming shows us what the...

One of the stars of the show in LA this year is the MINI Superleggera Concept. It has been years since MINI has delivered an exciting concept that appeals far beyond its loyal community and MINI’s Chief Designer Anders Warming shows us what the company has in store for the future. Described as blending contemporary Britishness with traditional Italian design flair, the MINI Superleggera Vision is heavily rumored to point to a new open-top MINI model that aims to be more successful than the current MINI Roadster. The new roadster is also rumored to hint at future MINI design and even uses an electric drivetrain that insiders suggest is a development of that used by the BMW i3.

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How To Build the MINI Superleggera Concept The new MINI concept was conceived, created and produced in a project between its Munich-based design department and Touring Superleggera’s coach building works in Milan. The former led the styling of the low slung two seater, while the latter undertook its traditional hand shaped metal sheet construction.

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Many classic MINI design cues have been carried over, including a hexagonal shaped grille, oval shaped headlamps, bonnet stripes and multi-spoke wheels. They are combined with a series of traditional styling touches found on a long history of Touring Superleggera models.

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The Superleggera Vision boasts classic roadster proportions with a long probing nose, cabin set well back within the wheelbase and a rear end with minimal overhang. MINI has yet to say if the car was approved for production, but using common sense, if indeed gets approved, a market launch will be at least three years away. Here is a photo gallery from the show courtesy of John Hietter.

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Five eBay Finds That Will Make This Winter More Fun

In some countries around the world, the winter is quickly approaching and us, BMW fans, are getting into the preparation mode for the upcoming weather. For some it means buying new tires, wrapping up the car or adding a self-starter, but what if you&...

In some countries around the world, the winter is quickly approaching and us, BMW fans, are getting into the preparation mode for the upcoming weather. For some it means buying new tires, wrapping up the car or adding a self-starter, but what if you’re simply looking for a winter beater? What car can you buy, have fun with it on the snow and icy roads, and still spend less than a five-day skiing vacation in Switzerland? So we started with a base price of $6,000 or less for the vehicle. It should run well and shouldn’t have any pressing and/or large repairs required. The car should have some decent tires, but spending $300-400 on some valid winter rubber is still a good idea. The rest is up to you, as the potential new owner. We’ve came across several interesting offerings on eBay and this will probably give you an idea of the cars offered in the desired price range. While some cars do need a bit of work, they are all viable candidates for a BMW that will bring lots of fun to its new owners. 1991 BMW 325i Base Convertible 2-Door 2.5L E30 – $5,000.00 Yes, it’s a convertible but as we learn from the MINI cars, riding with the top down and heat cranked up can be quite fun. The car comes fairly maintained and it also has a BMW cassette player, meaning your Wham! collection can be played without that pesky CDs getting in the way. Yeah, thinking “Last Christmas.” On repeat.

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2000 BMW X5 4.4i Sport Utility 4-Door 4.4L – $3,000.00 Nothing says classy, sophistication and all-wheel drive like a used BMW X5. Without a doubt that lots more fun can be had in the snow with a rear-wheel drive BMW, but the 4×4 in this vehicle will make for some fun all-wheel drive drifting as well. Combine that with a 4.4L V8 engine and you have a real car on your hands. The car looks pretty clean, has no visible damages and the price is well in the range we are looking at.

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1989 BMW 535i – without a heater – $1,750.00 Alright, it may be a bit stupid to buy a heaterless vehicle for winter fun, but the price could make up for it. Dress well, drink some hot tea and you’re good to go. The rear-wheel drive BMW comes without any electronic safety aids and thus it will be tail happy in snow. Just what you need!

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1976 BMW 2002 – $2,002.00 What favorite list of cars would skip the BMW 2002? One of the classiest BMWs ever built, the 2002 has all the ingredients for a fun car to buy: rear-wheel drive, light construction and not too many driving assistance equipment. And yes, you can pick up those hot chicks in your ’80s style sweater. There is some work to be done with this, but a few belts, a battery and you should be ready to go!

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2003 BMW 330Ci – $4,999.00 Probably the most interesting car on this list. It’s a 2003 BMW 330Ci that comes with a clean history, runs and provides that modern feel of a premium car. It comes with the safety features ensuring you won’t end up in the first pine tree or a snowbank you run into. To some, the BMW E46 3 Series may be the epitome of rear-wheel drive fun, design and overall engineering. And we kinda agree with that.

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BMW i and M working together in the future? – Rumor

The dust hasn’t settled yet over the success of the BMW i8 and we are already beginning to put together the puzzle pieces that could be BMW’s new supercar. Whether a true petrol powered behemoth, taking notes from the lineage of the long ...

The dust hasn’t settled yet over the success of the BMW i8 and we are already beginning to put together the puzzle pieces that could be BMW’s new supercar. Whether a true petrol powered behemoth, taking notes from the lineage of the long lasting BMW M1 and its core values, or a hybrid supercar alongside the lines of current trends in the industry, the result remains to be seen. However, Carsten Pries, product boss of BMW’s M performance division, hinted to AutoCar that a future supercar might be something the company is interested in.

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In a discussion over the future of the BMW i and BMW M, further joint work and new models from the two sub-brand, Priest didn’t go into full details but showed us once again how important the i sub-brand is for the entire company. “We have to let the i brand settle down first,” said Priest. “It is still very new to the market and the customer needs to be given some time to understand its proposition. Then, maybe, we can look at doing something.” An idea of an M hybrid car is closer to reality than years ago. Last month, the former BMW M boss Dr. Friedrich Nitschke says if BMW will design an M supercar in the future, “then it would be something special, not just another supercar.” He also ruled out an i8 M sportscar but left the door open for a hybrid-powered M. He says that “for engineers a combination of combustion and electric motor is an attractive option.”

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Without a doubt, BMW still lacks a proper all-wheel drive sports car that is ready to counter what its competition already have in their product range. But BMW M has also hinted in the past that building an R8 or AMG-GT competitor is looking back in time rather than building the future of supercars. Our sources indicate that the next 2-3 years are very exciting for the company and that some interesting car will come out of Munich. Will those include a supercar or a BMW i9? Remains to be seen.

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BMW CEO Reithofer taking a board role at Siemens?

German outlet Manager Magazin surprised his readers and the automotive industry with their latest reporting on BMW’s CEO Dr. Norbert Reithofer. According to the magazine, Reithofer is set for election to the Supervisory Board of Siemens on Janu...

German outlet Manager Magazin surprised his readers and the automotive industry with their latest reporting on BMW’s CEO Dr. Norbert Reithofer. According to the magazine, Reithofer is set for election to the Supervisory Board of Siemens on January 27, 2017. On that date the Siemens Annual General Meeting will take place in Munich. BMW has yet to officially comment on the speculation.

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Next post Will BMW get a new CEO in 2016? Norbert Reithofer has been with BMW since 1987. He has been a member of the Board of Management since 16 March 2000, and Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG since 1 September 2006. Under his leadership, the BMW Group became the world’s most successful manufacturer of premium automobiles. 2016 marks the end of Dr.-Ing Norbert Reithofer’s tenure as CEO. Unless the BMW Supervisory Board extends the retirement age beyond 60 years, Dr. Reithofer will need to be replaced. There were rumors in the last few months that an extension of his contracts is certainly a possibility. [Source: Bimmertoday] The article BMW CEO Reithofer taking a board role at Siemens? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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