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Carbuyer reviews the F30 3 series against the new Mercedes C Class and Audi A4. See the verdict inside.
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A peek at the next-gen BMW flagship.
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No sooner is one race over than preparations begin for the next one: just one week after Macro Wittmann triumphed at the iconic Nürburgring, BMW Motorsport has spent four days testing in preparation for the final phase of the DTM season. From Mon...
No sooner is one race over than preparations begin for the next one: just one week after Macro Wittmann triumphed at the iconic Nürburgring, BMW Motorsport has spent four days testing in preparation for the final phase of the DTM season.
From Monday to Thursday, the BMW drivers have been in action at the Lausitzring, which will host the eighth round of the touring car series on 14th September. Making his debut at the wheel of the BMW M4 DTM during the tests at the “EuroSpeedway Lausitz” was ex-Formula One driver Heikki Kovalainen. The 32-year-old racing driver from Suomussalmi, Finland, contested 111 races at the pinnacle of single-seater racing between 2007 and 2013. When Kovalainen won his first Grand Prix in 2008 at the Hungaroring, which also hosted the DTM in June of this year, he was joined on the podium by current BMW DTM driver Timo Glock, who finished runner-up. Kovalainen took his opportunity at the Lausitzring to get a picture of the BMW M4 DTM. For BMW Motorsport, the test programme also included numerous long runs on prime and option tyres. The engineers also tested several set-up variants, which it has otherwise not been possible to run during the limited practice time on DTM race weekends. The test took place on the same circuit as will host the eighth race of this year’s DTM season. Because of this, BMW Motorsport was able to use the four days in Lausitz to prepare meticulously for the upcoming race. Heikki Kovalainen: "First of all I am grateful that BMW Motorsport offered me the opportunity to drive its car. I was really looking forward to this interesting experience. To be honest, I didn’t really know what to expect as I have never driven a car like this. But I felt really comfortable in the BMW M4 DTM from the very beginning. It’s an impressive car. Of course, it is heavier than a Formula One car and has less power, but the aerodynamics are very good and you can drive through corners very fast. The team helped me a lot to get used to everything. You can see that it is highly professional. I enjoyed the day very much.” Marco Wittmann: “The test laps in the BMW M4 DTM went very well. I was able to complete over 500 kilometres and we had absolutely no problems with the car. Everything ran completely as it should do. I am very happy with the results of the tests. We were able to make some valuable findings – particularly with regard to the next race in a fortnight’s time, which will take place at the same circuit. We are well prepared for the eighth round of the DTM at the Lausitzring, as the season enters the finishing straight.” Bruno Spengler: “It felt great to be back at the Lausitzring. It was here that I scored the first win for BMW on its return to the series back in 2012. That was awesome. Because the race at this track was not so successful for us last season, it was important to test here again. We worked hard, gathered a lot of data, and further improved the set-up of the car. It was a perfect preparation for the remaining three races of the DTM season.”
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Pony car is off to the races.
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Chevroletâs global best-seller debuted only six years ago.
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Le Great Race.
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Zesty Fiesta ST hot hatch now starts at only $21,740.
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After the Matte Red BMW M5 build we posted a few days back, here is another photoshoot of a BMW F10 5 Series featuring ADV.1 Wheels, all done by QuickWorks Photo once more. Aftermarket forged wheels, a brand new approach in high-performance modding w...
After the Matte Red BMW M5 build we posted a few days back, here is another photoshoot of a BMW F10 5 Series featuring ADV.1 Wheels, all done by QuickWorks Photo once more. Aftermarket forged wheels, a brand new approach in high-performance modding world is becoming a prominent solution in many of today’s builds. A lightweight solution that offers unique blend of exact fitment, gorgeous designs and adhering to performance apetites of today’s sports cars, we will definitely see more and more of them being added to builds. This set of ADV7 wheels is keeping it in what many owners will consider a classic wheel design. With its mesh design structure finished in brushed aluminum together with polished lips this is a viable aftermarket option for many owners out there. A clean and elegant solution that rightfully defines the 5 Series as best combined luxury, style and design in one single form.
The F10 5 Series featured here today was completed by Sonic Motorsports. Feel free to check out the complete media gallery below.
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BMW 1M remains one of the most exquisite cars one can see on the road. With just a 6309 units built worldwide (740 in the US), BMW 1M is shaping up to become a collectors car down the road. While some of the 1M owners chose to keep their car stock an...
BMW 1M remains one of the most exquisite cars one can see on the road. With just a 6309 units built worldwide (740 in the US), BMW 1M is shaping up to become a collectors car down the road. While some of the 1M owners chose to keep their car stock and retain its intended looks, others have gone haywire and modded and tuned their cars in all kind of ways. This latest 1M example was spotted at the legendary Nurburgring race track. The Alpine White 1M retained its stock wheels but a red paint or powder were added to them. The car also gets some M Performance Parts, like the rear spoiler and blacked out kidney grille.
Judging by the advertising decals found on the car, the owner also decided to improved the ride quality by adding the H&R springs. It’s unknown if any power upgrades were done under the hood, but in stock form the 1M is powered by the N54 twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6 engine. For the 1M, the turbocharger, exhaust system, and ECU have been revised to produce 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, though up to 369 pound-feet are available temporarily in overboost mode. Redline is found at 7000 rpm.
BMW offered the 1M in three colors: Valencia Orange Metallic, Alpine White and Sapphire Black Metallic. The two metallic colors were an additional $550 to the base price. READ ALSO: BMW 1 Series M Coupe – An Investment, Not A Depreciating Asset The “baby-M” went on sale in 2011 and was sold out before it even reached out the local dealerships. Listed at $47,030, the 1M sold either for sticker price or significantly higher, reports at the time mentioned some dealers charging a premium of $10,000.
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There are few cars in the world as instantly recognizable, or indeed as legendary, as the Mini. Designed on a paper napkin by Sir Alec Issigonis, the Mini rose from humble beginnings following its release in 1959 to become one of the greatest fixture...
There are few cars in the world as instantly recognizable, or indeed as legendary, as the Mini. Designed on a paper napkin by Sir Alec Issigonis, the Mini rose from humble beginnings following its release in 1959 to become one of the greatest fixtures in British motoring history and pop culture. Popular with everyone, from the average driver to celebrities like Steve McQueen and all four of the Beatles, who apparently preferred it to the more nominally-similar VW classic, more than five and a half million were made during the original car’s 41-year lifespan.
Its racing pedigree is also the stuff of legend, having won countless motorsport titles in its time, driven by such icons as James Hunt, Niki Lauda and Paddy Hopkirk. After its four-decade run, the final ‘classic’ Mini produced, a red Cooper Sport, rolled off the production line at Longbridge on October 4th, 2000. Many thought that the cessation of production would sound the death knell for one of history’s greatest cars. At least, that is, until eight months later, when the first modern MINI debuted under the stewardship of BMW. BMW drew upon the original Mini’s rich heritage and so, alongside the first new MINI soon came the revitalized MINI Cooper, complete with two-tone roof and bonnet stripes in a nod to John Cooper’s iconic rally car.
Next came a convertible, a roadster, the rebooted Clubman, and finally the Countryman, which saw MINI breaking into SUV territory for the first time, and the model has gone from strength to strength since. Proving that good things still come in small packages, MINI released the latest third-generation model of the modern MINI earlier this year. Things have come a long way since the days of the original Mini, but manufacturer BMW note that despite the new look, the newest version still retains all the fun that made the original such an icon. “It’s a brand new car under the skin and it retains that go-kart feel to drive,” said BMW board member Peter Schwarzenbauer. Describing the new MINI as “original and still cheeky,” he said it would appeal to “young people with their finger on the pulse”, as well as older fans. So what’s the difference? How much is still the same and how much has changed?
Along with the obvious aesthetic redesigns that BMW introduced on the early modern MINI, the new third-generation model comes with a redesigned new grille, LEDs on the front lights, a steeper windscreen and a lower rear bumper. It also comes with a choice of new engines, with fuel consumption reportedly reduced by about 27 per cent. As well as that, the new third-gen MINI is also slightly larger than the outgoing model, measuring at 98mm longer, 44mm wider and 7mm taller than the second-generation modern MINI, with a 28mm longer wheelbase and increased boot dimensions of 211 litres. Compared with the original Mini, the new version is significantly larger, much to the chagrin of certain purists, but compared with other vehicles on the road, it’s still very much the dinky motor it always was.
Under the bonnet of the new MINI lies a choice of three petrol and two diesel engines. The smallest of the range is a 1.2-litre three-pot petrol that offers 102bhp. There’s also a 1.5-litre three-cylinder 136bhp version, along with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder 192bhp version that rounds off the petrol range. Two versions of a three-cylinder 1.5-litre diesel are also available with two power outputs, 95bhp and 116bhp. Finally, there’s a 2.0-litre turbodiesel with a mighty 168bhp on tap, available on the new Cooper SD. Transmission choices include a choice of six-speed manual, automatic and sports automatic gearboxes. With the automatic box, the new MINI will reach 60mph from a standstill in 7.3 seconds, a time which can be shaved down to 6.4 seconds with the 2.0-litre petrol, while top speed sits at around 150mph. Compare that to the figures for the original classic Mini, which managed a top speed of just a fraction over 72mph and could do the 0-60 sprint in 27.1 seconds. Regardless, the original Mini was a fast car for its time, and its long history of motorsport victories shows that its performance still shouldn’t be sniffed at, even when compared with modern cars. Times were much simpler then, and Mini owners were more than happy with just the speedometer and rev counter in the interior, along with maybe a radio if they were lucky. By contrast, the latest modern MINI comes with all the creature comforts of the day; even the entry-level MINI One model comes complete with an infotainment system, electric doors and mirrors, plus MP3 and Bluetooth connectivity all as standard. Moving up the trim range, and the MINI includes a larger infotainment screen and allow wheels, along with a range of additional options including SatNav, cruise control and leather seats. There’s also a swathe of safety features in the new model, including an auto-braking system that detects potential collisions, parking assist which will park the car for you, and self-dipping headlines, plus it comes with the full five-star Euro NCAP rating.
@Autoblog.com By comparison, the approach to safety on the original Mini was a lot more cavalier, with designer Issigonis famously quoted as saying: “I make my cars with such good brakes, such good steering, that if people get into a crash it´s their own fault. I don’t design my cars to have accidents.” So is there a best option? Well, the jury will surely be forever out on that one. For many classic car enthusiasts, the incredible motorsport history of the classic Mini, along with the huge impact that the tiny car had on the world, will always put it at the number one spot, regardless of how many technological improvements the new one may have. To others, the new MINI is the ultimate blend of funky, chic style and that classic Mini edge-of-your-seat drivability that can make even the most jaded of drivers squeal with delight. Revolution was key to the original Mini’s success; it brought the notion that a relatively cheap car could be a fashion statement, it took Britain to the top of the motorsport world and it put the fun into everyday driving in a time when the average car was sluggish and drab. So the design may have changed slightly from the old days, along with the performance figures, interior inclusions and whatever else, but the old Mini spirit is still very much in there. The revolution hasn’t changed, just evolved. If you’re interested in experiencing the thrill of the new MINI and you like in the UK, book a test drive at your local Cooper Mini branch by visiting www.coopermini.co.uk
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