Alpine White and Long Beach Blue M2 Looking Beautiful in BMW Berlin Dealership

Long Beach Blue M2 and Alpine White M2 looking beautiful under the showroom lights of this BMW dealership in Berlin. ...

Long Beach Blue M2 and Alpine White M2 looking beautiful under the showroom lights of this BMW dealership in Berlin.

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How important is overall range for Electric Vehicles?

BMW’s only pure electric vehicle, the BMW i3, has drawn heavy criticism in the past year for not boasting a range capable of competing with the likes of Tesla and even GM. The latter two companies both offer EVs that can achieve a claimed 200 m...

BMW’s only pure electric vehicle, the BMW i3, has drawn heavy criticism in the past year for not boasting a range capable of competing with the likes of Tesla and even GM. The latter two companies both offer EVs that can achieve a claimed 200 mile-plus range on their batteries, with the Model S P85D and Chevy Bolt, respectively. All the while, BMW’s i3 can only achieve around 80 miles or so without its range extender gasoline engine, which is around the same as the 2015 Nissan Leaf. However, even the 2016 Leaf boasts a further range of 107 miles. So BMW seems a bit behind the 8-ball, in terms of battery range.

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200 Mile Chevy Bolt For most automakers, 200 miles is the current goal for BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicles), as they feel that 200 miles of range is enough to pull customers over from gasoline vehicles. According to an article from Popular Mechanics, the 200 mile-mark is the mark to hit for companies like Chevrolet, Nissan and Tesla. Nissan, whose 2016 Leaf does claim a further range than before, is still significantly behind the ball as well. “We are very aware of what’s happening in the market,” said Ken Kcomp, director of product planning at Nissan. “Nissan is developing longer range batteries.” According to General Motors, 100 miles of range is just not enough to eliminate range anxiety for most motorists, with Larry Nitz, G.M.’s director of global transmissions and electrification saying “Today’s drivers of 100-mile electric cars always need to look for the next charge,”. However, BMW seems to feel differently, claiming that the 80 mile range of the BMW i3 is far more than the average American drives everyday.

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“I question the race to the 200-mile electric car,” said Jose Guerrero, head product manager of electric vehicles for BMW. We’ve spoken to Guerrero before and he feels as if the 80 mile range of the i3 is sufficient in the current market. Guerrero claims that the average commute for Americans is only 36 miles, round trip, so the BMW i3’s 80 miles is more than enough. Plus, adding a larger 60 kWh battery somewhat defeats the purpose of the BMW i3.  “Putting a 60 kilowatt-hour battery in an i3 would kill the dynamism of the car,” as the i3 was designed to be very lightweight, with its extensive use of carbon fiber and other lightweight materials, thus needing less battery capacity. The BMW i3 is designed to be as efficient as possible and efficiency and range aren’t always synonymous. The BMW i3 makes the most out of what it has, while many other companies are just packing bigger batteries is. That’s not what the i3 is about, according to Guerrero. However, BMW’s Bavarian neighbors over in Ingolstadt, at Audi, have different feelings. Siegfried Pint, who used to be the electric powertrain engineer for the BMW i3, is now currently the chief of electric powetrains for Audi and feels that Guerrero’s opinion is somewhat outdated. “I had that opinion six or seven years ago,”, referring to his time with BMW,  “But if you want to sell a decent number of cars, you need ‘first-car ability,’”. That “first-car” ability Pint is talking about is the ability to own an EV as a first or only car and making it a daily driver. In light of Pint’s change of heart, the upcoming Audi e-tron Quattro BEV SUV will boast a 300 mile-plus range from its massive 95 kWh battery. According to Pint, “That was a strong requirement from the sales department,”.

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Audi e-tron Quattro Concept So it seems as if overall range is the absolute goal for most automakers, in terms of EVs. All manufacturers, other than BMW, feel as if 200 miles is the must-have range for upcoming EVs. BMW feels that actually efficiency, developing a car that is capable of eking out the most miles from its battery, is more important overall, and BMW does have a point. If a car isn’t efficient, a massive battery won’t necessarily help all that much. BMW’s idea is to maximize efficiency so that when battery technology catches up, BMW can fit smaller batteries and still achieve further range. It’s interesting to see the massively different view that BMW shares from the rest of the automotive world, even a fellow German automaker. The majority seems to think that overall range is the key for EVs moving forward, but BMW seems to think that efficiency, getting the most out of the battery, is the key. It will be interesting to see who ends up being right. [Source: Popular Mechanics] The article How important is overall range for Electric Vehicles? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW F32 435i gets a brake system upgrad

For many owners, improving the braking system of their performance car is just as important as the visual upgrades. European Auto Source just completed the brake system upgrade on this BMW F32 435i which now allows the 435i Coupe to bring us to a hal...

For many owners, improving the braking system of their performance car is just as important as the visual upgrades. European Auto Source just completed the brake system upgrade on this BMW F32 435i which now allows the 435i Coupe to bring us to a halt in emergency situations and to also help slow us down so we can enter a corner without flying off the track. Upgrading a brake system usually involves changing the brake pads, upgrading the brake fluid, calipers and rotors. The owner of this BMW 435i Coupe opted for an OEM upgrade. The BMW M Performance offers their brake system at about $2,300. The Brembo-engineered high-performance 4-piston aluminum fixed caliper on the front axle and 2-piston aluminum fixed caliper on the rear axle add a stunning new look and the braking power of the new BMW M3 and BMW M4.

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Available in M Performance Red, Yellow, or Orange – all with an M logo – the high-performance braking system can easily match the color of your car and wheels. Included in the set is the drilled and grooved, internally-ventilated lightweight brake disk to assure that your brake maintain optimal temperature. To ensure the proper function side of things, BMW requires at least 18-inch wheels to be utilized. Please take a look at the build gallery below.

BMW F32 435i With A Few Modifications Installed

BMW F32 435i With A Few Modifications Installed

BMW F32 435i With A Few Modifications Installed

BMW F32 435i With A Few Modifications Installed

BMW F32 435i With A Few Modifications Installed

BMW F32 435i With A Few Modifications Installed

BMW F32 435i With A Few Modifications Installed

BMW F32 435i With A Few Modifications Installed

BMW F32 435i With A Few Modifications Installed

BMW F32 435i With A Few Modifications Installed

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2016 BMW F10 M5 Competition Package – Video Review

Here is a video review of the 2016 BMW F10 M5 Competition Package. Officially, the V8 twin-turbo BMW M5 F10 makes exactly 560 hp. With the Competition Package, the power increases to 575 hp, and there are approximately 300 vehicles from the 30-year-M...

Here is a video review of the 2016 BMW F10 M5 Competition Package. Officially, the V8 twin-turbo BMW M5 F10 makes exactly 560 hp. With the Competition Package, the power increases to 575 hp, and there are approximately 300 vehicles from the 30-year-M5 Edition with 600 horsepower. The BMW M5 F10 with Competition Package sends 15 more hp to the rear wheels therefore it delivers increased performance around the track. Thanks to the Competition Package, the M5 comes with a revised limited-slip differential on the rear axle which increases the driving dynamics and cornering.

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The M engineers have revised the suspension and damping systems, the stabilizer bars have also been more tautly tuned. In the BMW M5 this adjustment has resulted in a lowering of the car by around 10 millimeters. The M Dynamic mode of the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system is even more acutely geared to sporty handling characteristics. The package additionally includes exclusively designed 20-inch M light-alloy wheels style 601M with performance tires. The customers also have the option to choose the 343M 20-inch wheels. The sport exhaust system comes with black chrome tailpipes, an element that differentiates the M5 Competition Package from the “standard” model. The article 2016 BMW F10 M5 Competition Package – Video Review appeared first on BMW BLOG

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2016 BMW M5 F10 Competition Package Review Video

Video review of the 2016 BMW M5 Competition Package. ...

Video review of the 2016 BMW M5 Competition Package.

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2016 BMW M6 Competition Edition – 1 out of 100

Jesse Solorio of Crevier BMW brings us a video of the 2016 BMW M6 Competition Edition. Last year, BMW of North America announced a limited edition of the M6 Coupe available to only 100 customers. BMW will offer the sporty coupe in Austin Yellow or Al...

Jesse Solorio of Crevier BMW brings us a video of the 2016 BMW M6 Competition Edition. Last year, BMW of North America announced a limited edition of the M6 Coupe available to only 100 customers. BMW will offer the sporty coupe in Austin Yellow or Alpine White and will feature the competition package unveiled last year with 600 horsepower and 700 Nm of torque (511 lb-ft).

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Inside, the BMW Individual Black Leather Merino with contrast stitching is paired with carbon fiber trim. An M Performance Steering Wheel is also part of the package.

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The body kit gets a black chrome kidney grille, side gills and door handles, along with special M6 Competition badges. 20 inch M Double-Spoke Wheels in black give the car a sportier look than the standard model, while an M Performance Exhaust system offers an enhanced sound.

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Optional GT stripes are also offered for those looking for an even more special look. The price of a fully configured 2016 BMW M6 Competition Edition is around $170,000.

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BMW F80 M3 gets a special color – Twilight Purple

When it comes to exotic BMWs, the folks over at BMW Abu Dhabi Motors are the best in business. Over the last few years, the BMW dealership delivered some exciting and unique cars to their customers, and they’re getting ready to introduce a new ...

When it comes to exotic BMWs, the folks over at BMW Abu Dhabi Motors are the best in business. Over the last few years, the BMW dealership delivered some exciting and unique cars to their customers, and they’re getting ready to introduce a new exciting project based on the F80 M3. The sporty sedan features the Twilight Purple color – one that’s available only through the BMW Individual Program and it costs around $5,000. The same color was used on a 2015 BMW 760Li which had the Twilight Purple paired with the highly-exclusive BMW Individual Opal White Merino.

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This F80 M3 is likely to receive some aero upgrades as we’ve previously seen on other projects. The BMW M3 comes with a 3.0 Liter BMW TwinPower Turbo engine delivering 420 horsepower, allowing the vehicle to sprint from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 4.1 seconds. It comes with an electronically limited top speed of 155mph (250km/h) as well.

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2017 BMW Alpina B7 – First Video

With thegaudy figures of 0-60 in 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 193 mph B7 is effectively BMW’s new halo sedan in the… The post 2017 BMW Alpina B7 – First Video appeared first on… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my w...

With thegaudy figures of 0-60 in 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 193 mph B7 is effectively BMW’s new halo sedan in the… The post 2017 BMW Alpina B7 – First Video appeared first on… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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World Premier: 2017 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive

600 hp and all the style and substance that Alpina can muster. That’s the 2017 Alpina B7. And given how previous B7s have driven,… The post World Premier: 2017 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive appeared… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit ...

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BMW M4 DTM and BMW M6 GT3 live on TV.

Every DTM race will once again be broadcast live and exclusively in Germany on “Das Erste” in 2016 and 2017. A contract has been signed between ARD and the ITR to this effect. The new DTM season kicks off in Hockenheim on 7th and 8th May and, l...

Every DTM race will once again be broadcast live and exclusively in Germany on “Das Erste” in 2016 and 2017.

A contract has been signed between ARD and the ITR to this effect. The new DTM season kicks off in Hockenheim on 7th and 8th May and, like last year, consists of 18 races spread over nine weekends. As in 2016, one race will be held on Saturday and one on Sunday, both of which will be broadcast live on “Das Erste”. Fans will again be able to watch the qualifying sessions in live stream on dtm.com and sportschau.de, as well as on Einsfestival for the first time. Fans of the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife also have reason to be pleased: the television reporting from the marathon in the “Green Hell” is set to be extended significantly. Media group RTL Deutschland has acquired television rights to the iconic ADAC Zürich 24h Race in 2016. RTL Nitro will show 25 hours of uninterrupted images from the endurance marathon on free-to-air TV. Furthermore, RTL Television will report on the start of the 24-hour race on Saturday 28th May and the finish on Sunday 29th May as part of its coverage of the Formula One Grand Prix in Monaco. Furthermore, news broadcaster n-tv and the RTL Deutschland media group’s online platforms will also provide information on the popular motorsport event.

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