World Premiere: BMW 225xe Active Tourer Plug-in Hybrid

Ahead of its world debut, the new BMW 225xe Active Tourer plug-in hybrid was introduced to the press today. Using BMW’s latest eDrive technology coupled with a 1.5 liter three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, the new ...

Ahead of its world debut, the new BMW 225xe Active Tourer plug-in hybrid was introduced to the press today. Using BMW’s latest eDrive technology coupled with a 1.5 liter three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, the new 225xe Active Tourer makes it possible to enjoy both all-electric driving and unrestricted motoring mobility. With a maximum electric range of 41 kilometers (25 miles), zero-local-emission driving, the plug-in hybrid can be a silent daily driver in the city and a long-distance runner outside the city gates.

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Driving the rear wheels with the electric motor and the front wheels with the combustion engine’s power furthermore produces an electrified all-wheel-drive system with great traction in all weathers, and especially in adverse conditions. The plug-in hybrid drive has an overall system output of 165 kW/224 hp. Average fuel consumption (combined) in the BMW 225xe is 2.1–2.0 liters/100 km (134.5–141.2 mpg imp), which equates to CO2 emissions (combined) of 49–46 g/km (in the EU test cycle).

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Like the BMW i8, the BMW X5 xDrive40e, BMW 330e and BMW 740e can all – at the touch of a button in MAX eDRIVE mode – run on purely electric power up to 120 km/h (75 mph), the BMW 225xe goes up to 125 km/h (78 mph). Here, the combustion engine only comes into play when the accelerator’s kickdown threshold is passed. In SAVE BATTERY mode the battery’s charge can be maintained to enable electric driving later on in the journey. If the charge level drops below 50 per cent, the battery is replenished. If the selector lever is moved into the S gate, the combustion engine starts up regardless of the mode engaged, ensuring sustained availability of the combined maximum output of the two drive systems. In addition, the battery’s charge is raised to 80 per cent.

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Next year, BMW is expected to also unveil a plug-in hybrid version of the 2 Series Gran Tourer.

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BMW cars at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show

The BMW stand at the 2015 International Motor Show in Frankfurt am Main revolves around the arrival of a new generation at the top end of the model line-up and the advent of a wide range of plug-in hybrid models. Hall 11, which is located right nex...

The BMW stand at the 2015 International Motor Show in Frankfurt am Main revolves around the arrival of a new generation at the top end of the model line-up and the advent of a wide range of plug-in hybrid models. Hall 11, which is located right next to the main entrance of the Frankfurt exhibition site and has been made available for the joint presentation by the BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands, is where all the latest features and additions are being showcased. The entire exhibition area is surrounded by a circuit several hundred metres in length, where the public can experience the new models in action from 19–27 September 2015. Automotive luxury of the highest order: the new BMW 7 Series.

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The new BMW 7 Series underlines its claim to redefine what an exclusive, luxurious driving experience looks like in contemporary, pioneering form with an exceptional array of innovations. Key factors in enhancing dynamics, efficiency, comfort and safety while on the move are the use of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) in the body structure, engines from the BMW Group’s new generation of power units, the plug-in hybrid system in the new BMW 740e, the Executive Drive Pro active chassis system, the Driving Experience Control switch with ADAPTIVE mode, and BMW Laserlight. Maximising well-being in the interior, meanwhile, are the Executive Lounge feature with massage function, the illuminated Sky Lounge Panorama glass roof, just the right amount of accent lighting and a smartphone holder with inductive charging station. The new generation of the BMW 7 Series also boasts standout innovations when it comes to operating system and driver assistance technology. The various new features that are unprecedented in the luxury sedan segment include, for example, the extension of the iDrive system to include a touch display and BMW gesture control, Touch Command for controlling comfort and infotainment functions in the rear compartment, as well as a Remote Control Parking system. In addition to all this, BMW is also presenting the latest generation of the BMW Head-Up Display, Crossing traffic warning, the Steering and lane control assistant, active side collision protection and the Surround View system with 3D View and Panorama View in its new flagship model. Urban all-rounder that has grown in character: the new BMW X1.

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The second generation of the BMW X1 successfully transfers the trademark qualities of a Sports Activity Vehicle to the compact segment with greater intensity than ever. The new edition of this highly popular model makes its mark with powerful proportions and clean lines in the style of its larger BMW X siblings. Inside, the new BMW X1 offers far more space for both passengers and luggage, a state-of-the-art premium ambience and sophisticated functionality. Petrol and diesel engines from the BMW Group’s latest generation of power units, an efficiency-optimised version of the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system and newly developed chassis technology combine to produce a notable increase in sportiness and ride comfort along with far greater efficiency. Equipment features available for the BMW X1 for the first time include full-LED headlights, Dynamic Damper Control, the BMW Head-Up Display that projects driving-related information onto the windscreen as in the larger BMW X models, as well as the Driving Assistant Plus system. Top seller in top shape: the new BMW 3 Series.

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Featuring a meticulously honed design on the outside, a painstakingly refined premium feel on the inside, a revised engine line-up, a more advanced chassis and additional equipment options, the new BMW 3 Series is perfectly poised to continue an unbroken run of success in the premium mid-size segment that first started four decades ago. The BMW brand’s most popular model range with over 14 million already sold to date once again sets new standards for dynamism, efficiency and design in both BMW 3 Series Sedan and BMW 3 Series Touring guise. The choice of engines for the new BMW 3 Series comprises four petrol and seven diesel units at market launch. Depending on the particular engine variant, power is transferred via traditional rear-wheel drive or, alternatively, via the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system. The BMW 330e Sedan will furthermore be added to the line-up for the 2016 model year. This plug-in hybrid marries BMW eDrive technology with a four-cylinder petrol unit from the BMW Group’s newest engine generation. While extracting a total system output of 185 kW/252 hp from its duo of power units, the BMW 330e returns average fuel consumption (combined) of 2.1–1.9 litres/100 km (134.5–148.7 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions (combined) of 49–44 g/km (in the EU test cycle). Versatile interior layout, groundbreaking drive system: the new BMW 225xe.

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The model range for the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is also set to be expanded by the arrival of a plug-in hybrid variant in spring 2016. The BMW 225xe serves up a brand new cocktail of BMW EfficientDynamics, comfort, fun at the wheel and all-wheel-drive performance. What’s more, this matchless driving experience is combined with impressive versatility and generous levels of space in a compact-sized vehicle. The space-saving location of the lithium-ion battery underneath the rear bench means that full use can continue to be made of the boot space above. The interaction between BMW eDrive technology and a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology makes it possible to enjoy both all-electric driving and unrestricted motoring mobility in the BMW 225xe. With a maximum electric range of 41 kilometres (25 miles), zero-local-emission driving can be experienced not just in the city, but beyond it too. Driving the rear wheels with the electric motor and the front wheels with the combustion engine’s power furthermore produces an electrified all-wheel-drive system that is quite unique in the BMW 225xe’s segment and promises outstanding traction in all weathers, especially in adverse conditions. The plug-in hybrid drive has an overall system output of 165 kW/224 hp. Average fuel consumption (combined) in the BMW 225xe is a frugal 2.1–2.0 litres/100 km (134.5–141.2 mpg imp), which equates to CO2 emissions (combined) of 49–46 g/km (in the EU test cycle). BMW EfficientDynamics: BMW eDrive technology paves the way for electric driving pleasure in four plug-in hybrid models from BMW.

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The introduction of BMW eDrive technology in BMW brand models opens up all-electric motoring with zero local emissions to new target groups. Coinciding with the world premiere of the new BMW 7 Series, the plug-in hybrid variant of the luxury sedan, the BMW 740e, is also being unveiled. The BMW 330e with plug-in hybrid drive is being added to the model line-up for the new BMW 3 Series. And it will also be possible to sample the pleasure of all-electric driving with zero local emissions in the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer in future – with the BMW 225xe. This means that, together with the soon-to-be-launched BMW X5 xDrive40e also on display at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the BMW eDrive technology initially developed for BMW i cars will already be available for BMW models spanning four different vehicle segments in 2016. New performance athlete for endurance racing: the BMW M6 GT3.

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BMW Motorsport has chosen the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show as the setting for the world premiere of the new flagship model in the BMW customer racing range: the BMW M6 GT3 has been built for endurance racing and will make its debut on the starting grid in the 2016 season. The racing car designed on the basis of the BMW M6 Coupe is powered by a V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology that has only undergone minor modifications for competition and comes with an aerodynamically optimised chassis. Crash structures and an outer skin made from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) help to keep the overall vehicle weight below 1,300 kilograms. Besides the BMW M6 GT3, BMW M GmbH is also showcasing its latest range-topping model offering the ultimate in dynamic, road-going performance at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The new BMW M6 Competition Edition underlines its status as a yet more individual version of the high-performance coupe with a choice of special exterior paint finishes, components manufactured from high-tech CFRP, exclusive leather upholstery with coordinated contrast stitching, and more distinctive touches besides. The new special edition model is available exclusively in the guise of the BMW M6 Coupe in conjunction with the Competition Package that has been geared for supreme performance. This gives the 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology an output of 441 kW/600 hp and a peak torque of 700 Nm (516 lb-ft), and when combined with the optional Driver’s Package allows the BMW M6 Coupe to reach a top speed of 305 km/h (190 mph). Cutting-edge lighting technology: BMW Laserlight, expressive interior and peripheral lighting.

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BMW makes systematic and successful use of cutting-edge lighting technology in order to increase safety when driving in the dark and to mould a signature brand look. The latest innovations in this field are being presented at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Following on from their world premiere in the BMW i8, the exceptionally powerful BMW Laserlight headlights with anti-dazzle High Beam Assistant are now being made available for the new BMW 7 Series too. The development of lighting technology for the interior of BMW models and the immediate surrounding area never stops advancing either. In the new BMW 7 Series range, a precisely configured lighting design adds to the cabin’s exclusive feel. BMW ConnectedDrive with new applications and systems. BMW has translated the latest advances in the field of intelligent connectivity into a further increase in the wealth of driver assistance systems and applications that enhance comfort and safety. The latest additions to the BMW ConnectedDrive portfolio include the new BMW ConnectedDrive App, the BMW Remote Cockpit, the super-fast WiFi hotspot, automatic navigation map updates, smart home integration, as well as Remote Control Parking and other highly sophisticated driver assistance systems making their debut in the new BMW 7 Series. BMW i: trailblazer for electric driving pleasure and everyday usability.

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Following the successful global launch of the purely electrically powered BMW i3 (energy consumption combined: 12.9 kWh; CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km) and the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car (fuel consumption combined: 2.1 l/100 km / 134.5 mpg imp; CO2 emissions combined: 49 g/km) the BMW i brand is now further cementing its status as a trailblazer for sustainable mobility with a growing variety of vehicle and mobility services. BMW i is already the brand to have won most awards during its introductory phase in the history of motoring. The inclusion of the BMW i3 in the model fleets of the premium car-sharing service, DriveNow, in the United Kingdom, Germany and Denmark now offers the wider public an easy, low-cost way of trying out electric mobility for the first time. At the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, BMW i is additionally presenting the complete range of technological concepts that are ideal for everyday charging at home and in the public domain. The most recent innovation is BMW i Light and Charge – a street light from which the high-voltage battery in an electric car can also be recharged. BMW i is providing further impetus by transferring technology to current BMW brand models. All the plug-in hybrid models being exhibited by BMW at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, for instance, employ the BMW eDrive technology initially developed for BMW i cars in the form of electric motors, power electronics, high-voltage batteries and intelligent energy management. Equally, the experience with using industrially manufactured CFRP garnered during development of the BMW i cars has now helped to reduce the weight of the new BMW 7 Series luxury sedans. The article BMW cars at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show appeared first on BMW BLOG

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YMB M4 shoot – REVOZPORT x Klässen ID x ARMA Taiwan x Varis JP x Akrapovic

Heavily modified Yas Marina Blue M4 coupe from Taiwan featuring: REVOZPORT RZ Performance Carbon Aero Kit Klässen ID Wheels M10R Forged Monoblock 20″ ARMA Taiwan Carbon Air System Varis Japan MFG Co.ltd Rear Diffuser Akrapovic Exhaust System ...

Heavily modified Yas Marina Blue M4 coupe from Taiwan featuring: REVOZPORT RZ Performance Carbon Aero Kit Klässen ID Wheels M10R Forged Monoblock 20″ ARMA Taiwan Carbon Air System Varis Japan MFG Co.ltd Rear Diffuser Akrapovic Exhaust System

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Fascinating videos of the new BMW 7 Series design process

For the first time in its history, BMW allows us to take very detailed look at the design process of a new car. The video series below highlights the design of the new 7 Series, from its early-on sketches to the full clay model and the final product....

For the first time in its history, BMW allows us to take very detailed look at the design process of a new car. The video series below highlights the design of the new 7 Series, from its early-on sketches to the full clay model and the final product. Also a premiere for us is the 4K Design Studio, a room with 4K LCDs which offer a virtual look of the car. The product development process for a new model extends over a period of some five years and is divided into three phases. It starts with the company commissioning a design for a new automobile. Next, the entire Exterior and Interior Design team under the baton of the relevant head of design develops its diverse ideas through sketches and virtual representations, which are then rendered as three-dimensional physical clay models.

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The work on clay models is very time and cost-intensive. Only few car manufacturers place so much value on 1:1 models made of clay – a special type used by designers – and refine them in such faithful detail. Covering the model in a special foil that resembles Titanium Silver Metallic paintwork allows the lines, surfaces and proportions of each model to be realistically assessed in varying light conditions.

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During this phase the number of clay models is gradually whittled down based on decisions by the Board of Management. The ultimate decision as to which design will be implemented is made around three years before the scheduled production launch in a final showdown between two contenders. Once the final design proposal has been selected by the Board of Management, it is time for precision work on the details that are crucially important to the series development process. For this phase, BMW Group Design has lined up a special Detail Design team whose task is to fine-tune all the exterior and interior elements to a state of design perfection.

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In a CAD (Computer Aided Design) process, laser scanning turns the model into a three-dimensional feasibility model, i.e. a technical reference model for all further developments. In parallel with this, various virtual technologies are specifically employed to optimize efficiency in the development process and ensure precision in execution. The article Fascinating videos of the new BMW 7 Series design process appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW i8 Safety Car could lead to BMW i8 S

BMW has recently become the official vehicle partner for the 2015/2016 FIA Formula E championship. For this partnership, BMW has developed a couple of Safety Cars, one of which being a BMW i8. But it’s no standard BMW i8, as this one has been fettl...

BMW has recently become the official vehicle partner for the 2015/2016 FIA Formula E championship. For this partnership, BMW has developed a couple of Safety Cars, one of which being a BMW i8. But it’s no standard BMW i8, as this one has been fettled a bit for Safety Car duty and is more powerful, lighter and stiffer than the standard car. This has some people wondering if this Safety Car version of the i8 could lead to a possible BMW i8 S.

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Ever since the BMW i8’s debut, fans have been asking for a lighter and more powerful version. This Safety Car version could be exactly what they’ve been asking for, if BMW ever puts it into production. For Safety Car duty, the i8 has gotten some chassis revisions, namely new upper wishbones, new Bilstein suspension and a 15 mm lower ride height. There’s also been some tweaked aerodynamics, new AP Racing brakes (six piston calipers up front with four pistons at the rear), 20” ATS Racing wheels and increased ventilation. So this Safety Car version of the BMW i8 will be lighter, more aerodynamic and even stickier to the road than the standard car. But BMW didn’t just stop there. New battery technology has giving the BMW i8 a further range and even more power. The FIA Safety Car BMW i8 makes a combined 380 hp and has an overall range of 373 miles. But wait, that’s not all (in my best Billy Mays voice), BMW has given this i8 inductive charging, via Qualcomm’s Halo Prototype technology, which is a world first. Using this technology, the high-voltage battery in the BMW i8 can fully charge in about an hour. That’s impressive.

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All of these tweaks give this Safety Car version of the BMW i8 increased performance, better handling and even increased range. This is the best version of one of the best hybrid performance cars in the world. With this level of added performance, the BMW i8 could be propelled into performance territory currently occupied by cars like the Audi R8 and Mercedes-AMG GT. Throw in the fact that it’s far more efficient than both and this would be a slam dunk. If BMW were to put such a car into production, that is. It wouldn’t be all that difficult for BMW to use some of the technology learned from this Safety Car to create an i8 S of sorts, but it would be difficult to sell. The BMW i8 is already a very low-volume car that costs BMW quite a bit of money to make and isn’t very cheap for the customers, either. So making another variant, which will probably sell in minute volumes, that’s even more expensive to make and would wear an even higher price tag, would be a difficult thing to do. However, on the off chance that BMW would make an i8 S, I think it would look a lot like this Safety Car. So if we do get one in the future, we already have a good idea of what to expect. The article BMW i8 Safety Car could lead to BMW i8 S appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW M140i and M240i coming with extra 15 horsepower

According to a source close to BMW, the Bavarians will launch an update to their M135i hatch and M235i Coupe. The new models will be sold under the M140i and M240i badges, and will deliver an additional 15 horsepower. The two models are likely to lau...

According to a source close to BMW, the Bavarians will launch an update to their M135i hatch and M235i Coupe. The new models will be sold under the M140i and M240i badges, and will deliver an additional 15 horsepower. The two models are likely to launch in 2016 and follow the steps of the recently unveiled 340i and the upcoming 440i and X4 M40i. The current M235i is powered by the N55 six-cylinder inline powerplant with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology which generates maximum output of 240 kW/326 hp and accelerates the BMW M235i Coupe from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.0 seconds.

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The hatch M135i received a refresh earlier this year with a 6 horsepower increase for a total of 326 hp and 450 Nm of torque between 1300-4500 rpm.

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While the M240i is more than likely coming to the U.S., the M135i remains an European-only affair. The article BMW M140i and M240i coming with extra 15 horsepower appeared first on BMW BLOG

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2016 BMW 340i Sapphire Black – Photo Gallery

BMW UK brings us a new photo gallery of the 2016 BMW 340i. BMW’s 340i will be the first BMW to use the six-cylinder engine from the EfficientDynamics engine family. Replacing the outgoing 3.0 liter turbocharged six in the 335i, the 340i’s six wil...

BMW UK brings us a new photo gallery of the 2016 BMW 340i. BMW’s 340i will be the first BMW to use the six-cylinder engine from the EfficientDynamics engine family. Replacing the outgoing 3.0 liter turbocharged six in the 335i, the 340i’s six will produce 326 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque and achieve 7.7-6.5 liters per 100km (30 mpg US). The new, all-aluminum six-cylinder engine will be both powerful and efficient, more so than the outgoing six. This new I6 engine has some mighty shoes to fill, as the outgoing six is beloved by enthusiasts everywhere for its silky-smooth power delivery, excellent powerband and lovely noise.

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The 340i be available with six-speed manual transmissions and eight-speed, ZF automatics. BMW offers the 3 Series models with three equipment lines: Sport Line, Luxury Line and M Sport Package. Customers can choose from a total of 16 exterior colors for their new BMW 3 Series. New additions to the range include Mediterranean Blue metallic, Platinum Silver metallic and Jatoba metallic, in addition to the Individual colour Champagne Quartz metallic. A Track Handling package is now on the option sheet while the previous Sport Line package is now standard. The beautiful and aggressive M Sport Package is also offered at market launch.

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Here is a photo gallery:

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2016 BMW 330d Touring with M Sport Package – Photo Gallery

We’ve said it many times in the past: the BMW 330d Touring is one of the best offerings in the 3 Series family. If you add the M Sport Package to it and the Estoril Blue color, the 330d Touring becomes a solid buy. The 3 Series family went thro...

We’ve said it many times in the past: the BMW 330d Touring is one of the best offerings in the 3 Series family. If you add the M Sport Package to it and the Estoril Blue color, the 330d Touring becomes a solid buy. The 3 Series family went through a refresh this summer, taking a well balanced design and perfected its lines and sportiness. The LCI doesn’t get rid of the blending of the headlights, though it does change the actual lights themselves to give the car a much more sophisticated look. The headlights now feature LED indicator “eyebrows” above them to give the car a more concentrated look. The full LED headlights are leveled off at both the top and bottom and also feature and LED bar connecting them to the kidney grille. This gives the front a very aggressive and sporting design.

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The front fascia is also as bit different, featuring broader side air intakes giving the car a wider, more aggressive appearance. The central air intake has also been changed to allow the ACC (Active Cruise Control) radar sensor to be better hidden.

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The taillights are new as well and feature a full LED treatment as standard. The changes are subtle but effective, as the light bars inside of them have been changed to give the classic BMW “L” shaped design a curvier look. The indicators are also LED, and they now stretch the length of the taillight. This allows the indicators to be better seen and therefore safer and better looking.

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The interior has been updated as well, though more for function than from. BMW has worked on the, already excellent, ergonomics of the center stack and seat adjusters. Chrome accents have now been fitted to most of the controls, including center stack buttons, seat adjusters and window controls. The M Sport line, the sportiest line, features an M Steering wheel, M Sport seats, an M Aerodynamic package, an anthracite colored headliner and an additional Sport + mode.

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Under the hood, it features the six-cylinder 3.0 liter turbo diesel with an automatic transmission only. It packs 255bhp and 413lb ft and manages 0-62mph in 5.6sec, while its CO2 emissions fall slightly, to 129g/km. BMW continues to offer the 3 Series with its xDrive four-wheel drive system and it’s available for the 330d Touring as well. Here is a photo gallery of this beautiful sports wagon:

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Racing Update: Matthieu Lussiana Dominated in Brazil

BMW racer Matthieu Lussiana (FR) has taken another step towards his second title in the Brazilian Moto 1000 GP series (MT1GP TSK GP). In last weekend’s fifth round of the 2015 season, held in Curitiba, Brazil, Lussiana claimed pole position, se...

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