Bruno Spengler starts from the front row.

The BMW DTM drivers secured good starting positions in qualifying ahead of the 12th race of the season in Moscow. BMW Team MTEK driver Bruno Spengler was third fastest at the wheel of the BMW Bank M4 DTM. His time of 1:28.580 minutes was just 0.040...

The BMW DTM drivers secured good starting positions in qualifying ahead of the 12th race of the season in Moscow.

BMW Team MTEK driver Bruno Spengler was third fastest at the wheel of the BMW Bank M4 DTM. His time of 1:28.580 minutes was just 0.040 seconds slower than that of Mike Rockenfeller (Audi) who starts from pole position. As second-placed Mattias Ekström (Audi) has been relegated three places on the grid as a result of his collision with Timo Glock (DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM) on Saturday, Spengler will line up next to Rockenfeller on the front row. Last year’s winner Maxime Martin (SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM) also benefitted from Ekström’s penalty: the BMW Team RMG driver set the fourth fastest time, meaning he starts the race from third on the grid. A further three BMW drivers qualified in the top ten, in the form of Tom Blomqvist (BMW M4 DTM), Augusto Farfus (Shell BMW M4 DTM) and Marco Wittmann (Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM) in places eight, nine and ten. Glock ended the session at the 3.931-kilometre “Moscow Raceway” in 14th place. António Félix da Costa (Red Bull BMW M4 DTM) and Martin Tomczyk (BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM) were 21st and 24th. The two BMW Team Schnitzer drivers will also start from one place further up the grid, however, following a grid penalty handed to one of their opponents. Quote from the best-placed BMW driver. “Qualifying was very good. I had an excellent car. I actually thought it would be tricky today, as our opponents were very strong in yesterday’s race. I am just 40 thousandths of a second behind Mike Rockenfeller. That shows how close it is here. It is a good result for us. As Mattias Ekström has been relegated, I will start the race from second place on the front row of the grid. That is always good, and I obviously hope to make the most of it.” – Bruno Spengler (BMW Team MTEK, 3rd)

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BMW i3 Photoshoot in the Alps

Belgian youngster Pieter-Jan Declercq spent his last vacation in the beautiful Sölden, Austria. The ski resort near Innsbruck is a ski fans favorite in the winter with a great place to drive some sporty cars. But since he’s a millennial, he de...

Belgian youngster Pieter-Jan Declercq spent his last vacation in the beautiful Sölden, Austria. The ski resort near Innsbruck is a ski fans favorite in the winter with a great place to drive some sporty cars. But since he’s a millennial, he decided to forgo the conventional-powered sporty cars and opted for the high-tech BMW i3. While BMW built the i3 as a city car, one that could easily travel through congested traffic and narrow streets, that doesn’t stop owners for getting adventurous with their electric car, and what’s a better place to drive the i3 than through the curvy alpine roads.

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One of the best place to shoot photos near Sölden is ‘Gletscherstrasse’, the second highest paved road in Europe at an elevation of 2,830 m (9,285 ft). The photoshoot below captures the i3 in all its beauty in this gorgeous setting.

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Alpine White BMW F80 M3 On ADV.1 Wheels

In a long line of aftermarket wheels, a classy set of five-spoke monoblock wheels is rare to see these days. It seems wheel makers plan to appease buyers, creating more and more intricate, directional and quirky designs lately, thus completely neglec...

In a long line of aftermarket wheels, a classy set of five-spoke monoblock wheels is rare to see these days. It seems wheel makers plan to appease buyers, creating more and more intricate, directional and quirky designs lately, thus completely neglecting the classical wheel spoke shapes. This build by ATT-TEC brings us a flavor of that classical design to the table. First off this BMW F80 M3 saw no power upgrades, therefore the 3.0 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo engine delivers 425 horsepower to the rear wheels. It allows for a sprint from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 4.1 seconds. This allows for a great deal of driving dynamics and interesting road trips as well.

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The only thing changed are the aftermarket wheels created by ADV.1. The wheels are ADV05 MV.1, a monoblock wheel configuration and design. Wheels are sized 20×8.5 in the front and 20×10.5 in the rear. With a matte black finish, they look great on the Alpine White M3 and bring up the outer appearance of the sporty sedan.

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This build was shot by C-Kraft Photography and you can see more photos in the gallery below.

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How to oversteer in a BMW M3/M4

Racing-driver Randy Pobst and MotorTrend launch a new video series, “The Racing Line”. In his first episode, Pobst goes aboard the BMW M3 Sedan to teach us how to properly oversteer a car; essentially, learning how to drift. By choosing t...

Racing-driver Randy Pobst and MotorTrend launch a new video series, “The Racing Line”. In his first episode, Pobst goes aboard the BMW M3 Sedan to teach us how to properly oversteer a car; essentially, learning how to drift. By choosing the new BMW M3/M4, his job is easier than ever. The new 425 horsepower coupe is a pure drifting machine – as soon as you turn off the DTC/DSC – and makes for a fun track car. The famed racing driver also teaches us that drifting doesn’t necessarily mean being faster on the track, so following the racing line is still your best bet. According to Pobst, there are four ways to do a proper drift:

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1. The leadfoot – gas the car and spin the rear tires 2. The race technique – trail-braking, turn with a light break, put a weight on the front and make the rear light. 3. Extreme / The Scandinavian Flick – turn one way, then the other. It’s use to get around tight corners in rally racing. 4. Hooligan – use the emergency brake to lock the rear wheels. The article How to oversteer in a BMW M3/M4 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Rumor: Next-generation BMW 550i to be sold as M550i

The seventh generation BMW 5 Series is due in 2016 and it’s built upon the originally called ‘35up’ platform, now CLAR, which will be found in the next 3, 5, 6 and 7 Series models. The engine family will also get a refresh when the G30 5 Se...

The seventh generation BMW 5 Series is due in 2016 and it’s built upon the originally called ‘35up’ platform, now CLAR, which will be found in the next 3, 5, 6 and 7 Series models. The engine family will also get a refresh when the G30 5 Series hits the market. BMW is grouping 500cc cylinders together to create three-, four- and six-pot engines, with 60% common parts. A 2.0-litre four-cylinder will power the 520d and 231 hp 525d, while the leading petrol four is a 272 hp 528i. A three cylinder engine will power a 518d with around 150 horsepower.

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Engine size dictates which suspensions slot into place: smaller-engines 5-series share front axles with the next 3-series, but go for a six- or eight-cylinder 5-series and you’ll get the front axle from the next 7-series instead. But the biggest news today come from a source close to the brand who says the top model 550i will be replaced by an M550i, essentially a high-end 5 Series tuned by the M Performance Automobile division. Under the hood, the 2017 BMW M550i is said to have a revised version of the N63 4.4 liter V8 TwinTurbo engine which produces (preliminary number) 455hp. The rear-wheel drive platform is standard, but an optional all-wheel-drive xDrive is likely to be offered as well. BMW’s M Performance Automobiles are offered with a higher power output, tuned suspension, M aero parts and in some models (M235i), an optional limited slip differential. Just last week, we learned that BMW might offer an M760Li model to sit at the top of the new 7 Series family, so this could be an indication of where BMW is heading with their non-M high-powered cars. The article Rumor: Next-generation BMW 550i to be sold as M550i appeared first on BMW BLOG

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What kind of BMW do you like most?

BMW, the brand known for being the Ultimate Driving Machine, doesn’t only provide a singular driving experience. BMW has several different cars that provide different driving experiences. The M3 is a hardcore performance car with a stiff suspension...

BMW, the brand known for being the Ultimate Driving Machine, doesn’t only provide a singular driving experience. BMW has several different cars that provide different driving experiences. The M3 is a hardcore performance car with a stiff suspension and tail-happy dynamics, while the new G11 7 Series has a ride setting that would rival Lincolns of the ‘70s, in terms of comfort. So there’s actually quite a large variety of car characteristics from the Bavarian brand. It’s actually a brand characteristic that isn’t as common as you’d imagine.

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Mercedes-Benz offers several different levels of performance, from cars like the AMG GT and the S-Class, but they all tend to land on the side of luxury than anything else. Porsche makes everything from hardcore track cars, like the Cayman GT4, to big SUVs, like the Cayenne, but they all provide the sporting experience one would expect from Porsche. So BMW’s wide variety of car characteristics is actually quite refreshing. So what is the BMW characteristic that you like the most?

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Cars like the 3 Series and 5 Series do a great job of blending both comfort and performance, just to different degrees. The 3 Series is a touch sportier while the 5 Series is a touch more luxurious. The 2 Series is purely about performance while the 7 Series is purely about luxury. So what kind of BMW are you all about? Do you like the BMWs that tend to fall more toward luxury, but still have the handling dynamics that BMW is known for, or would you rather have your BMW have the ability to roast tires and attack corners? I think that it speaks volumes about BMW, as there are so many different kinds of BMW fans. There are the fans who like dual-threat weapons, like the M5, that can tear most sports cars apart while remaining as luxurious as anything else on the road. But there are also BMW fans who want nothing more than a rip-roaring engine and tire smoke. However, there are also the folks who think luxury and technology when they think of the blue and white roundel. So which camp do you fine folks fall into? The article What kind of BMW do you like most? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW’s biggest mistake?

We’re all fans of BMW, whether it be your one and only car brand or just one of the many that you like, we’re all here for the same reason, most likely. But only the truest of BMW fans can admit its faults and be okay with it. Kind of like how on...

We’re all fans of BMW, whether it be your one and only car brand or just one of the many that you like, we’re all here for the same reason, most likely. But only the truest of BMW fans can admit its faults and be okay with it. Kind of like how only true fans of a certain sports team can admit that they aren’t very good but love them anyway (ahem, my Giants). But if you aren’t one of these fans, let me be the first to tell you that BMW isn’t perfect and has had many blunders throughout its history. Like every automaker in the history of the automobile, BMW has had its fair share of duds. Admittedly, BMW hasn’t had as many as other companies, like GM or Ford. But it also hasn’t had nearly as many vehicles as those aforementioned companies. Either way, however, BMW isn’t perfect. There have been BMW vehicles, as well as certain features, that make us all scratch our heads in wonderment as to how such an incredible company with infinitely talented people could come up with such things.

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The first that comes to mind, well my mind at least, is the 5 Series GT. I know that many people greatly enjoy that 5er GT, and I’m not saying that it’s a bad car, but it has been called the German Pontiac Aztek by many. It’s not a good looking car, it’s not a sensible car and it’s not even an easily affordable car. Yes, it drives very well, but so does the regular 5 Series. Yes it’s practical, but so is the 5 Series Touring and the X5. It just seems like a niche that didn’t need to be filled. At least niches like the X4 and X6 look cool. To me, the 5 Series GT is a Bavarian dud. Related: BMWBLOG Drive Review: 550i GT – The Practical Athlete The second thing that comes to mind is the original iDrive system.

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However, I’m going to cut BMW some slack on this one because, as the inventors of such infotainment systems, being the first to do anything always has its bumps in the road. Still, the original iDrive system was a hateful thing to use. It was slow, unresponsive, had the strangest control dial and what seemed to be an abyss of infinite confusing menu screens. My parents have an E60 5 Series with the original iDrive and it seems even worse in comparison to the latest iteration, which is the best in business at the moment. It’s just curious as to how the brilliant BMW engineers couldn’t have come up with something better, especially considering the wonderful job they do now. Lastly, I think of the E46 BMW 318ti.

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Now, I’m one of the few who likes the E36 318ti, as it’s an affordable way to get a fun BMW hatchback. It wasn’t the best BMW ever, I know, but it was plucky and didn’t look bad. The E46 iteration, however, looked like a troll. It also wasn’t bad to drive at all, in fact it was probably better than its E36 counterpart, but it was just so ungainly looking. I think it looks so bad because the E46 sedans, coupes and wagons looked so fantastic, so in comparison the 318ti looked like some strange beast. It kind of looked as if BMW designed it on a napkin during a lunch break. It’s one of the worst looking BMWs and, in my opinion, one of BMW’s biggest mistakes. Obviously, we’ll all have different opinions, as some may love these aforementioned BMWs while some may agree with my distaste for them. So, while keeping it civil, what is BMW’s biggest mistake, whether it be a car or technology or whatever else? The article BMW’s biggest mistake? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW DTM teams finish 2nd and 3rd in Moscow

Two BMW drivers made it onto the podium in race 11 of the DTM season in Moscow (RU): pole-sitter Marco Wittmann (DE) of BMW Team RMG led for most of the race in the Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM, but was passed by Pascal Wehrlein (DE, Mercedes) in the final f...

Two BMW drivers made it onto the podium in race 11 of the DTM season in Moscow (RU): pole-sitter Marco Wittmann (DE) of BMW Team RMG led for most of the race in the Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM, but was passed by Pascal Wehrlein (DE, Mercedes) in the final few minutes of the race after an enthralling battle. The reigning DTM champion eventually came home second. BMW Team MTEK driver Bruno Spengler (CA, BMW Bank M4 DTM) finished third, courtesy of an impressive overtaking maneuver in the final corner. DTM rookie Tom Blomqvist (GB, BMW M4 DTM) was also in the points in eighth place. António Félix da Costa (PT), at the wheel of the Red Bull BMW M4 DTM, came home just outside the points in 11th. Augusto Farfus (BR, Shell BMW M4 DTM), Martin Tomczyk (DE, BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM) and Maxime Martin (BE, SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM) finished 15th, 17th and 18th. Timo Glock (DE, DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM) failed to finish after crashing out as a result of a collision with Mattias Ekström (SE, Audi) while running fourth.

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Reactions to the eleventh race of the 2015 DTM season. Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “That was an exciting race with a great and fair battle at the head of the field. Marco Wittmann was able to defend his lead until just before the finish and ultimately came home in an impressive second place. Bruno Spengler fought his way onto the podium with a sensational overtaking manoeuvre on the final lap, like the one we saw at the Norisring. Tom Blomqvist also came away with some points following his best DTM qualifying result so far. It is a shame for Timo Glock, who was involved in a collision, through no fault of his own, which brought his race to a premature end. We are happy to have two cars on the podium and are looking forward to what we hope will be an equally exciting race tomorrow. Congratulations to Pascal Wehrlein and Mercedes-Benz on their win.”

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Marco Wittmann (BMW Team RMG, 2nd): “I had a good start and was initially able to defend my lead well. Unfortunately, I was not able to get outside the DRS window. When Pascal Wehrlein started to attack me, it was soon apparent that I would not have a chance against him. Even with the use of DRS once he had passed me, I was not able to go with him. Therefore, I am obviously happy with second place, even though I would obviously have preferred to have won from pole.”

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Facts and Figures. Circuit/length/duration: Moscow Raceway, 4.326 kilometers, 40 minutes plus 1 lap Conditions: Cloudy, 20 degrees Celsius BMW Motorsport results: #1 Marco Wittmann (DE), BMW Team RMG, Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM – 2nd #7 Bruno Spengler (CA), BMW Team MTEK, BMW Bank M4 DTM – 3rd #31 Tom Blomqvist (GB), BMW Team RBM, BMW M4 DTM – 8th #13 António Félix da Costa (PT), BMW Team Schnitzer, Red Bull BMW M4 DTM – 11th #18 Augusto Farfus (BR), BMW Team RBM, Shell BMW M4 DTM – 15th #77 Martin Tomczyk (DE), BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM – 17th #36 Maxime Martin (BE), BMW Team RMG, SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM – 18th #16 Timo Glock (DE), BMW Team MTEK, DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM – DNF Useful information: The BMW M4 Coupé DTM Safety Car made an appearance for six laps following a crash involving Miguel Molina (ES, Audi) and Christian Vietoris (DE, Mercedes) in the first corner. Timo Glock retired on lap 12 following a collision with Mattias Ekström. The Swede, who led the Drivers’ Championship, was also unable to continue. The BMW M4 Coupé DTM Safety Car returned to the track as a result of the crash. Marco Wittmann surrendered the lead to Pascal Wehrlein on lap 21. The Mercedes driver passed the reigning DTM champion when braking at the end of the long straight. Bruno Spengler overtook Jamie Green (GB, Audi) in the very last corner to climb into third place. Victory sees Pascal Wehrlein return to the top of the standings in the Drivers’ Championship. The second qualifying session begins at 13.25 local time on Sunday. Before that, the 15-minute warm-up is scheduled for 11.10 local time. The article BMW DTM teams finish 2nd and 3rd in Moscow appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Wittmann and Spengler on the podium.

Two BMW drivers made it onto the podium in race eleven of the DTM season in Moscow.  Pole-sitter Marco Wittmann of BMW Team RMG led for most of the race in the Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM, but was passed by Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes) in the final few...

Two BMW drivers made it onto the podium in race eleven of the DTM season in Moscow. 

Pole-sitter Marco Wittmann of BMW Team RMG led for most of the race in the Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM, but was passed by Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes) in the final few minutes of the race after an enthralling battle. The reigning DTM champion eventually came home second. BMW Team MTEK driver Bruno Spengler, BMW Bank M4 DTM) finished third, courtesy of an impressive overtaking manoeuvre in the final corner. DTM rookie Tom Blomqvist (BMW M4 DTM) was also in the points in eighth place. António Félix da Costa, at the wheel of the Red Bull BMW M4 DTM, came home just outside the points in eleventh. Augusto Farfus (Shell BMW M4 DTM), Martin Tomczyk (BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM) and Maxime Martin (SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM) finished 15th, 17th and 18th. Timo Glock (DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM) failed to finish after crashing out as a result of a collision with Mattias Ekström (Audi) whilst running fourth. Reactions to the ninth race of the 2015 DTM season. Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “That was an exciting race with a great and fair battle at the head of the field. Marco Wittmann was able to defend his lead until just before the finish and ultimately came home in an impressive second place. Bruno Spengler fought his way onto the podium with a sensational overtaking manoeuvre on the final lap, like the one we saw at the Norisring. Tom Blomqvist also came away with some points following his best DTM qualifying result so far. It is a shame for Timo Glock, who was involved in a collision, through no fault of his own, which brought his race to a premature end. We are happy to have two cars on the podium and are looking forward to what we hope will be an equally exciting race tomorrow. Congratulations to Pascal Wehrlein and Mercedes-Benz on their win.” Marco Wittmann (BMW Team RMG, 2nd): “I had a good start and was initially able to defend my lead well. Unfortunately, I was not able to get outside the DRS window. When Pascal Wehrlein started to attack me, it was soon apparent that I would not have a chance against him. Even with the use of DRS once he had passed me, I was not able to go with him. As such, I am obviously happy with second place, even though I would obviously have preferred to have won from pole.”

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The DTM champion is on the pole position.

Marco Wittmann was unbeatable in qualifying for race eleven of the DTM season in Moscow.  The BMW Team RMG driver completed a flying lap of the 3.931-kilometre “Moscow Raceway” in a time of 1:28.810 seconds at the wheel of the Ice-Watch BM...

Marco Wittmann was unbeatable in qualifying for race eleven of the DTM season in Moscow. 

The BMW Team RMG driver completed a flying lap of the 3.931-kilometre “Moscow Raceway” in a time of 1:28.810 seconds at the wheel of the Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM, making him over a tenth of a second faster than his closest rivals. This was the fifth pole position of Wittmann’s DTM career, and the 47th time that BMW will start from the very front of the grid in the DTM. Wittmann was joined in the top ten by a further three BMW DTM drivers. Timo Glock clocked the fourth fastest time in the DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM to achieve his best qualifying result of the season. Rookie Tom Blomqvist enjoyed the highest finish of his DTM career so far, qualifying fifth in his BMW M4 DTM. Bruno Spengler was seventh fastest in the BMW Bank M4 DTM. Last year’s winner Maxime Martin (SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM) had to settle for 16th place, ahead of António Félix da Costa (Red Bull BMW M4 DTM). Augusto Farfus (Shell BMW M4 DTM) and Martin Tomczyk (BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM) will start from 21st and 23rd. Quote from the best-placed BMW driver. “It was fantastic. I felt good on the first run but made the odd mistake here and there. As such, I knew that I could go even faster with the second set of tyres, and that was the case. We made a slight change to the tyre pressure for the second set, which proved to be the right step. The lap was perfect. I felt very comfortable. It is great to be at the very front and make a good start to the weekend. Pole position is obviously the best possible start.” – Marco Wittmann (BMW Team RMG, 1st)

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