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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BMW F30 3 Series Equipped With Vossen Wheels By TAG Motorsport

Vossen Wheels have been in the wheel business for a while, producing quality setups at an affordable price point, while providing owners with an interesting aftermarket wheel upgrade. Their recently introduced VF Series is a a wheel line produced wit...

Vossen Wheels have been in the wheel business for a while, producing quality setups at an affordable price point, while providing owners with an interesting aftermarket wheel upgrade. Their recently introduced VF Series is a a wheel line produced with advanced flow forming procedures, allowing for a sturdy, yet lightweight wheel design. Just what many customers need. The flow forming process maintains the integrity of the design while improving grain-structure of the aluminum, creating a stronger, lighter, and thinner forged-like rim barrel.

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Flow forming is the answer to the market’s demand for lightweight wheels that are more durable and enhance overall vehicle driving performance.

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This gorgeous Estoril Blue BMW F30 3 Series was at TAG Motorsports to be equipped with the VFS2 line of wheels. Sized 19×9 in the front and 19×10 in the rear, the wheels fit well the slight drop of the car. This vehicle looks stunning when fitted with the Carbon Graphite finished wheels. Please take a look at the complete photoshoot we’ve added in the media gallery below.

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The 3 Series & 4 Series Variants – How Do They Break Down in Sales?

The German BMW site BimmerToday.de got ahold of some interesting data that helps to breakdown the sales and success of the myriad of 3… The post The 3 Series & 4 Series Variants – How… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit m...

The German BMW site BimmerToday.de got ahold of some interesting data that helps to breakdown the sales and success of the myriad of 3… The post The 3 Series & 4 Series Variants – How… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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BMW Z4 needs a worthy successor

The new Audi TT is creating quite a buzz, lately. Most of this excitement is due to the TT’s new and innovative interior. But aside from its interior, the TT is said to drive very well, too. Of course, like all Audis, the steering is a bit vague, b...

The new Audi TT is creating quite a buzz, lately. Most of this excitement is due to the TT’s new and innovative interior. But aside from its interior, the TT is said to drive very well, too. Of course, like all Audis, the steering is a bit vague, but aside from that the TT is said to be quite the handler. It’s about time too as the TT has always been a bit too dainty. It always kind of seemed like a diva, looked good but never wanting to get its hands dirty. However, this new one is the other way around. From the outside it doesn’t look anything special, but on the inside and underneath the skin, it actually is quite good. Which leads me to my point. The upcoming BMW Z4 or Z5, whichever name BMW chooses, HAS to be good.

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Rendering BMW Z5 The current Z4 is getting a bit too long in the tooth. It is really starting to show its age, especially as the competition grows. Mercedes and Porsche both have had newer cars in the Z4’s segment for a few years now, with the SLK Class and Boxter, respectively, and now Audi does as well. The Z4 will be the last to the party, but at least it will have more time to benchmark its competition. We’ve heard before that Toyota might be aiding BMW in this replacement, but the extent of that aid is still a bit hazy. However, the Z4 should be designed alongside a Toyota Supra successor, which creates a compelling case for the Z4. With all of this time going by and all of BMW’s competitors creating newer cars, BMW needs to get this right. It can’t come out with some half-baked Z4 that isn’t up to the astronomically high standards set by the Boxter and TT, or BMW will be crucified. The interesting thing about the segment the Z4 lives in, is the variety of cars. The SLK Class is a small, sporty GT car, the Boxter is an all-out sports roadster and the TT is a high-tech, fashion coupe. All are good in their own way and have their own different strengths. The SLK is probably the most comfortable and livable of the three, while the Boxter is definitely the most fun to drive and the TT is the newest and by far the most modern. So where will the Z4 fit in?

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Will BMW decide to make a back-to-basics, convertible sports car like the Boxter, or will they go the Audi way and make something that handles well enough but has enough gadgets and tech to make the Millenium Falcon blush? Maybe BMW tries to go after the SLK and makes a sporty GT car. Maybe BMW will go a completely different route and go for some kind of hybrid technology and make a baby-i8 of sorts. I’m not really sure where they will go, and the added Toyota dynamic just muddies the waters for me. I can tell you which direction I want BMW to take the Z4 — Porsche Boxter route. My love for overly sporty BMWs isn’t a secret and I’m sure I’m not alone. Making sporty convertibles is something BMW does very, very well. One could almost say the Bavarians are the best at it. Something to take on the Boxter would be excellent, but I’m trying to limit my enthusiasm and to be blown away by whatever Z4 replacement puts out there. In the end, regardless of the direction taken, the upcoming Z4 replacement has to be good and it needs a halo roadster. I wouldn’t mind this one either…

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