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Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/09/02/matte-blue-bmw-f10-m5-set-adv-1-wheels/ in News on September 1, 2014
Earlier last week we talked about a Matte Red BMW F10 M5 on ADV.1 Wheels, a build done by R1 Motorsport. Now we have a chance to show you a matte blue build. And yes, another one! It’s becoming quite a popular idea to wrap the new M5, as the re...
Earlier last week we talked about a Matte Red BMW F10 M5 on ADV.1 Wheels, a build done by R1 Motorsport. Now we have a chance to show you a matte blue build. And yes, another one! It’s becoming quite a popular idea to wrap the new M5, as the recent projects back up that claim completely. In a somewhat weird turn of events, we had some heated arguments in our comments, namely about showing too much matte wrapped cars lately. It’s pretty odd since most of the times, everybody was eagerly awaint such builds. Just the number of recent builds with matte wrapped exteriors is going against that of a negative outlook these receive lately. It’s probably that our readers have more distinct taste in modifying vehicles like these or we simply are showing too much of them entirely. Well this one also has some bronze wheels. We should probably get some flame resistant suits for our editorial staff now.
But I digress. Back to the build at hand. This BMW F10 M5 comes with a set of ADV5.2TSSL wheels. Sized 21×10 and 21×11 front and rear, they do keep with the usual specifications of custom builds like these as far as the wheels go. The already mentioned bronze finish certainly goes well with the matte blue wrap of the vehicle, no matter what some may say. It’s creating a nice contrasting effect and the choice of finish for the wheels does bring the build together that way. You will also find out that a front carbon fiber splitter was installed, together with a rear bumper, where both of these are adding a slight taste of carbon on the exterior of the vehicle.
Photoshoot was done by QuickWorks Photo where it clearly shows all the particular parts that are part of this build. Go grab some wallpapers and write down those angry comments down below, we can’t wait to hear your opinion on another matte wrapped build we showcased here.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/09/01/bmw-i3-climbs-14000-feet/ in News on September 1, 2014
A few weeks ago Don Parsons of Denver, Colorado took his BMW i3 REx on a 128 mile road trip from his house to Loveland Pass (Continental Divide, Colorado). On his way up to the 11,990 ft elevation of Loveland Pass he stopped at Beau Jo’s Pizza ...
A few weeks ago Don Parsons of Denver, Colorado took his BMW i3 REx on a 128 mile road trip from his house to Loveland Pass (Continental Divide, Colorado). On his way up to the 11,990 ft elevation of Loveland Pass he stopped at Beau Jo’s Pizza for lunch and to charge on their public ChargePoint EVSE where his i3 REx accepted 8.9kWh’s of juice to help with the rest of the climb up the mountain. The car showed 18 miles remaining at the top of Loveland Pass, and he nearly made the trip entirely on electricity when 62 miles later the range extender kicked on and he was only 2 miles from his home. The trip summary: -64 miles each way -8,960 feet of climbing, 2329 Feet of descending on way out -2329 feet of climbing, 8,960 feet of descending on way back
Having heard about this Continental Divide conquest, I asked Don if he wanted to write a guest blog post about the trip, but he offered to do one better. His next challenge was to take his i3 REx up to the summit of Mt Evans which is the highest elevation paved road in the US. The trip would take him over 14,000 feet above sea level and would most certainly push the range extender beyond its limit. This was not the kind of road trip BMW envisioned people taking the car on when they designed the REx, but nonetheless they have to expect some people like Don would do just that. So what happened? Read Don’s words below to find out:
I’ve had my BMW i3 REx for almost two months now and haven’t really used or tested the REx engine. Before today, I’d driven about 1750 miles total with only about 10 miles using the engine. I decided to drive from my house in Denver to the top of Mt. Evans and return without stopping for gas or topping off the charge. Using the REx engine in the mountains can be tough because the output of the small engine can’t really put out enough power to go both highway speeds and climb uphill. However, the road to the top of Mt. Evans is pretty narrow, has steep drop-offs, no guardrails and a lot of cyclists sharing the road so you really don’t want to go much faster than 35 mph. For this reason, I thought the small engine could hopefully handle the climb. For those that don’t know, Mt. Evans is the highest paved road in North America with an elevation of 14,130 feet above sea level! I live in Denver which is at 5,280 feet above sea level. It’s 63.5 miles from my house to the top Mt. Evans. With some up and down hill climbing, the total ascent is 12,446 feet and the total descent is 3,686 getting to the summit.
I set the car into Eco Pro+ and set out on city streets of Denver, then I-70 west up the mountains to Idaho Springs. Mt. Evans highway winds its way south from Idaho Springs to the Mt. Evans summit in 28 miles. When I originally entered the destination into the navigation system, the guess-o-meter said 61 miles of range. I tried to keep the cruise control set to about 5 miles over the speed limit. I was surprised to find that the Rex engine didn’t turn on until about 52 miles into the drive (about 10 miles from the summit) with a total trip average mi/kWh of 2.8 when the REx kicked on. However, about 1 minute after the REx turned on I got a Brake error message that ended up making the brake pedal feel stiff and pretty much unusable. Fortunately, I was still heading uphill and the regen seemed to be working normally.
I could hear the engine speed up during the straight parts of the switchbacks and as I slowed down for the sharp curves, the engine almost immediately slowed down as well. I never really wanted to travel faster than 35 mph so I didn’t notice any performance hit until near the summit. On the last few switchbacks, I put my foot to the floor and couldn’t get the car to travel faster than 26 mph. At close to 14,000 feet of elevation, the engine was probably severely limited from its usual output at sea-level. I’ve heard people say that an ICE reduces power output by 5% for each 1,000 feet of elevation. In any event no other cars were traveling any faster than 25 or 30 mph so I didn’t feel unsafe. I finally made it to the top at 14,130 feet! The temperature had gone from 68 degrees in Denver to 35 degrees and quite windy. This road usually shuts down for the winter sometime in September so they will be expecting snow to start accumulating up there pretty soon! As I was getting ready to head down, I was worried about whether I would have any use of the brakes since I had turned off the car and walked around the summit for about 5 minutes hoping the error would reset but it didn’t and I still had a stiff brake pedal. Since it was 35 degrees up there, I was pretty cold and didn’t feel like waiting any longer so I thought I would start to head down and see how well the regen worked to keep the car in control. You can imagine how happy I was to have such a high regen rate because I felt like I was in complete control all the way back home.
During the descent from the summit down to Idaho Springs I was excited to see that the regen had built up a full 25% of the battery SOC and the guess-o-meter said as high as 28 miles of range on the battery. I drove home significantly on battery but the REx kicked in a few times where there was some climbing. It also stayed on once I got out of the mountains but I was easily able to maintain 75 mph on the highway leading east back into the city. Some stats on the whole trip. I traveled 127.6 miles and averaged 4.9 mi/kWh and average speed was a total of 39.6 mph. I used a little over a quarter of the rex tank which I think is pretty minimal for traveling almost 130 miles! As you can see from the picture, the brake error was still in place when I arrived home. However, after being on my EVSE for a little over an hour, everything was cleared out and a quick trip to grab lunch showed that everything was back to normal. I should point out that I haven’t gotten any software updates yet as I haven’t been able to set aside the time. Until this trip, the only error I’ve seen from the car is the Check Engine Light, which remains illuminated. There is a software update that will eliminate this waiting for me at my dealer, so I guess it’s time to get the car into the shop for the updates. Hopefully the brake error is related to the 12v battery issues that others have discussed and will also be fixed with the latest software version I’ll be getting. When I thought about getting the i3 Rex, I figured that I would use the battery over 95% of my driving miles. So far, it seems like I’m using the battery over 97% of my miles. That said, I’m still happy to have the Rex as it completely takes away any range anxiety when I’m traveling in the flats of the front range of Colorado. What about the mountains? I was concerned about using the i3 REx in the mountains and still believe that having a REx hold mode similar to the European version of the i3 or the Chevy Volt would make this an even more enjoyable car in Colorado. That said, a couple CCS fast chargers placed strategically off I-70 would go a long way to helping the issue. Locations in Idaho Springs, Silverthorne (where the 8 Tesla Superchargers are located) Copper Mountain, and Vail would be ideal spots to get a quick top-off and be truly useful in the mountains. I’ve also kept my 335xi for long distance ski trips since it has all wheel drive and is still a great car. However, even without the fast chargers I was able to make it to the summit and home without a problem. I’m very happy with the the i3. The performance, handling, smoothness, and quietness all contribute to a great experience. Like others have said, it’s hard to go back to a regular internal combustion engine after experiencing electric! [Source: bmwi3blogspot] The article BMW i3 climbs to 14,000 feet appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/09/01/bmw-performance-f8x-m4-diffuser-installation-ind/ in News on September 1, 2014
In a big influx of potentially interesting aftermarket builds, we have a somewhat down to earth project to show you. It involves IND Distibution and BMW Performance parts, together with a BMW M3. A BMW Performance Rear Diffuser was installed on a B...
In a big influx of potentially interesting aftermarket builds, we have a somewhat down to earth project to show you. It involves IND Distibution and BMW Performance parts, together with a BMW M3. A BMW Performance Rear Diffuser was installed on a BMW F80 M3 by IND showing us the potential of M3/M4 tuning programs. The aero options from the performance division provide a sportier and more aggressive look while maintaining the stock design lines. The Yas Marina Blue M3 just got a small, but equally important in both performance and design part that further accentuates the rear of the vehicle nicely. This rear diffuser is part of a bigger lineup of BMW Performance Parts for the M3/M4 and consists of: carbon fiber front splitters, trunk spoiler, rear diffuser and mirror covers.
IND Distribution has made a step-by-step guide on how to install the rear diffuser. It entirely transforms the rear of the vehicle and I’m sure it would work nicely with an aftermarket exhaust system as well. Step 1: The OEM diffuser is secured by 2 screws and multiple clips on the upper partition. There are two screws in the center of the diffuser that must be removed, but are not important to the factory diffuser install. Using the 8mm socket remove all 4 screws
Step 3: With the diffuser removed it is now time for install of the M Performance carbon fiber diffuser. This piece utilizes all 4 8mm screws and the existing body clips. Step 1 of the installation is to lineup the clips and carefully press into place.
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Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/09/01/bmw-f30-3series-spunforged-fs77-wheels/ in News on September 1, 2014
Getting to know what aftermarket parts work well on your car are a tough one. Many owners tend to overdo their cars which results in tasteless and expensive projects. Our series on BMW aftermarket tuning aims to showcase some of the best tuning proje...
Getting to know what aftermarket parts work well on your car are a tough one. Many owners tend to overdo their cars which results in tasteless and expensive projects. Our series on BMW aftermarket tuning aims to showcase some of the best tuning projects we come across. Today, we’re going to look at a BMW F30 3Series equipped with a set of MORR SpunForged FS77 wheels. These are 19 inches in size all around and with the car being lowered, they look entirely fitting.
Going with a Satin Black finish for them proved to be a great value, as the car’s overall dark exterior works well with this finish combination. The Black Sapphire color showcases well the design lines of the F30 3 Series.
The new SpunForged wheels from MORR Wheels are their entry level monoblock design. It features a classic design, lightweight layout and fitment designed specially for BMWs, making them a good choice for builds like these. We’ve added several high-quality images in our gallery, so go and take a look and share with us your thoughts.
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First look at the F80 M3 in stunning Azurite Black, paired to a Sakhir Orange interior! Congrats to BIMMERPOST member Samb95!
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/09/01/e30-e36-e46-e93-f83-m3-generations-together/ in News on September 1, 2014
BMW takes us to their photo studio to showcase the M3 generations: E30, E36, E46, E93 and now F83 M4. Since 1988, the M3 convertibles were part of the M3 family and have become a staple automobile. E30 M3 Convertible The first generation E30 M3 Conve...
BMW takes us to their photo studio to showcase the M3 generations: E30, E36, E46, E93 and now F83 M4. Since 1988, the M3 convertibles were part of the M3 family and have become a staple automobile. E30 M3 Convertible The first generation E30 M3 Convertible was powered by a four-cylinder engine and came with a soft roof. The S14 four-cylinder with 2.3 liter displacement was initially available with 195 hp, later developed 215 hp. The sprint from 0 to 100 came in 7.3 seconds.
In 1994, BMW debuted the E36 M3 Convertible with an inline six-cylinder engine and again a soft top bu this time opened and closed via an electric switch. The engine power ranged from 286 to 321 horsepower and BMW used an SMG transmission. E46 M3 Convertible
The E46 M3 Convertible, first introduced in October 2000, appeared worldwide with the new 3.2 L S54 M-tuned engine. At the time of the car’s introduction, this engine had the highest specific output naturally aspirated of any engine ever made by BMW (except in the McLaren F1), producing 343 horsepower (256 kW) and 365 N·m (269 lb·ft). It was only available in coupe and convertible bodies as the saloon version has been dropped. The E46 M3 was offered with a standard 6-speed Getrag transmission, but optionally came with a SMG drivelogic transmission (also known as the SMG II). E93 M3 Convertible
Similar to the previous M3 generations that introduced a new engine, the fourth generation M3 did the same: the BMW S65 V8 engine. The engine produces 414 bhp (309 kW; 420 PS) at 8300 rpm, with peak torque of 295 lb·ft (400 N·m) at 3900 rpm. A six-speed manual transmission is standard. As of April 2008, BMW offers a new seven speed Getrag double-clutch gearbox, called M-DKG (Doppel-Kupplungs-Getriebe) or M-DCT (Double Clutch Transmission) as an option, which reduces shift pauses to less than a tenth of a second and shortens the car’s 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time by 0.2 seconds vs. manual. It features both automatic and manual modes similar to the SMG gearboxes in the E36 and E46, but with more speed and efficiency. F83 M4 Convertible
he third addition to the new M3 and M4 family made its debut earlier this year and brings an emotional design to the powerful looking M4 Coupe. Built atop the elegant and beautiful 4 Series Convertible, the BMW M4 Convertible will join its siblings, the M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe, this summer. Under the hood, it features the same S55 3.0 liter inline-six TwinPower engine producing 425 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. The power is sent to the rear-wheels via a six-speed or an optional 7-speed M DCT transmission. What’s your favorite BMW M3 Convertible? The article E30, E36, E46, E93, F83 M3/M4 Generations All Together appeared first on BMW BLOG
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No matter where you to go school, here are five cars to consider.
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These 10 make a $1.4 million LaFerrari look like chump change.
Posted by http://f80.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1029995 in News on September 1, 2014
Another unique Fire Orange BMW M4 Individual, but this one has a set of M Performance Parts installed.