The 2016 G11 7 Series iDrive With Gesture Control Demoed

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BMW Celebrates it’s Motorsports Programs ahead of the 2015 DTM Season

Official Release: Smoking tyres, roaring engines, enthusiastic fans: At the BMW Dealership in Nürnberg (DE), BMW Motorsport presented the motorsport programme for the 2015… The post BMW Celebrates… [[ This is a content summary only. Visi...

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Impressive Fightback from BMW at the Rain-soacked Nordschleife

Official Release: BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS finished fifth and sixth in the final race ahead of the Nürburgring 24 Hours (DE). The… The post Impressive Fightback from BMW at the Rain-soacked… [[ This is a content summary only. Visi...

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Info on next generation G20 3 Series and M3/M4

The next-generation BMW 3 Series is due out in 2018. According to AutomobileMag, citing sources in Munich, “The next BMW 3 Series will be even better than the last 3 Series.” Chassis The sources say the G20 will have a softer ride than the F30 3e...

The next-generation BMW 3 Series is due out in 2018. According to AutomobileMag, citing sources in Munich, “The next BMW 3 Series will be even better than the last 3 Series.” Chassis The sources say the G20 will have a softer ride than the F30 3er, yet it will be sportier. So how can that be achieved? BMW engineers believe the use of adjustable suspension dampers, switchable anti-roll bars, active steering, and a torque-vectoring system that integrates with the car’s ABS and stability control, will give the G20 a more dynamic drive than its predecessor.

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A longer wheelbase, wider track, lower center of gravity, and lighter curb weight should help, too. Other goodies included in the G20 are stronger brakes, reduced-friction wheel bearings, adaptive suspension that can modulate camber on the fly, all-wheel drive with quicker torque distribution, and aluminum and carbon-fiber compound wheels. As we reported before, the 2018 3 Series is built upon the CLAR architecture, formally known internally at BMW as “35up”. Design While BMW has yet to choose the final design, the contenders are said to be quite strong. Automobile Mag says the new exterior design will bring to the market a muscular body, a sleeker greenhouse, and a sportier stance, achieved through sharper creases, harder edges, more adventurous radii, and even tighter cutlines. Our own sources say the new 3 Series’ design will be more spectacular than the current Mercedes C-Class. Inside the cabin, the 3 Series will boast a variety of high-definition instrument graphics and a more comprehensive head-up display. A large color monitor in the center stack allows the driver to control the car functions through touches, gesture control and voice commands. To close the gap with the competition, BMW plans to invest in better materials and higher-quality details such as carpets, rubber seals, and sill covers. Engines BMW will continue to upgrade their family of engines. The 2.0-liter turbo-four in the 328i should put out a healthier 260 hp, and the upgraded 3.0-liter six-cylinder in the 340i should be good for 365 hp. The M3 and M4 will adopt electronic turbochargers and water injection to push engine output to around 500 hp. We should also see at least two plug-in hybrid variants: a 1.5-liter three-cylinder with a 60-kWh motor that can go for 30 miles of EV-only driving and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a 90-kWh motor good for 50 electric-only miles. Technology & Driving Assistance All the recent tech previewed by BMW could make its way into the G20 3 Series, including active lane-keeping assist, automatic braking, self-parking via remote control, automatic overtaking under certain conditions, and semi-autonomous driving both on the highway and in stop-and-go traffic at speeds up to 40 mph. Variants The four-door sedan (G20) will arrive before a Euro-only Touring model (G21, 2019) and a long-wheelbase version (G28, 2019) for the U.S. and China. The G24 3 Series GT will arrive in 2020. The 4 Series family will follow in 2020 with the G23 Coupe and G22 Convertible in 2020 (will use a softop instead of the current hardtop). The G26 4 Series Gran Coupe will debut in 2021. The article Info on next generation G20 3 Series and M3/M4 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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5 Best BMW Steering Wheels

One of the most important parts of an automobile, and the part most interacted with, is also one of the most unmentioned — The steering wheel. Aside from pedals, there’s literally nothing you interact with inside of a car. The steering wheel ...

One of the most important parts of an automobile, and the part most interacted with, is also one of the most unmentioned — The steering wheel. Aside from pedals, there’s literally nothing you interact with inside of a car. The steering wheel will, or should at least, have your hands on it at all times, when driving. So it needs to be sized properly, have nice bolsters and feel nice in hand. Otherwise you’ll be spinning an uncomfortable disc around for years to come. I once drove a Chevy Cavalier and the steering felt like a Hasbro Frisbee. Not enjoyable, to say the least. It’s also important that a steering wheel looks good. Aside from being in your hands, it’s also staring you in the face. Who wants to look at an ugly wheel the entire time they drive (the Saturn Ion comes to mind)? BMW has usually had some very nice steering wheels. They’re usually nothing too crazy, but simple, functional and always feel nice in hand. I also love how they’re almost always black, regardless of interior color, as it should be. So we should look at the best of the Bavarian wheels. 5. E30 M3

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The steering wheel in the E30 M3 is about as plain as wheels get. Which is also why it looks so good. There’s no fuss. It’s the right shape, right size and made of nice materials. Perfect. It’s got three spokes to make it look sporty and has some M colored bits at the bottom. It represents the harmony and simplicity of the driving experience the E30 M3 provided. But it is a bit boring, so it sits at number 5. 4. BMW Z4

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The Z4 is one of the few BMWs that has a bespoke steering wheel. It isn’t really featured in any other Bimmer, at least here in the ‘States. It’s a shame, though, as it’s one of the better looking steering wheels to wear a blue and white roundel. The way the three spokes stem away from the center just looks aggressive and edgy. It also has big, grippy thumb bolsters for hard driving. The Z4 is a great car to drive with a manual, but its steering wheel looks cool with the aluminum shift paddles behind it. 3. BMW i3

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The steering wheel of the i3 has taken a bit of heat, actually. It’s unthreatening two-spoke design instills a bit of relaxation rather than aggression. It fits the interior of the i3 perfectly, however, and looks great in its calm interior. The blue trim that goes along the rim, as well as around the Roundel, looks great and reminds you that you’re in something special and different. When the look of a steering wheel can remind you that what you’re driving is special, then it’s done its job perfectly. So despite the fact that it doesn’t look sporty, like the wheel of an M3, its looks fit the car wonderfully. And I actually think it looks good. So it’s at 3. 2. BMW i8

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With a similar ‘specialness’ that the i3 has, the i8’s steering wheel has a modern-day supercar look to it. It’s still simple and elegant, like all BMW wheels, but there’s just a bit more to it. It could be the similar blue trim to the i3 or it could be the slightly funky design, but the i8’s wheel just looks right. It also feels excellent in hand and is the perfect size. When you buy something as special and different as the i8, you want every aspect of the car to match, especially the one you touch the most. The i8’s wheel provides that needed specialness. 1. All Current BMW Ms

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All current BMW M cars have the same steering wheel, more or less. They all have the three spoke design and it looks fantastic. The rim is meaty and chunky with excellent bolstering. I love the silver lining on the bottom spoke, the way the circular horn sticks up higher than the side spokes and how thin those side spokes are. It’s simple yet sporting and makes you want to grab hold of it and toss the car through corners. It’s sized perfectly and feels excellent in hand. Perfectly befitting of the sports car it controls. It also looks downright cool with the carbon fiber paddle shifters flanking it. In my eyes, this steering wheel is the best to come from Bavaria. The article 5 Best BMW Steering Wheels appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Fire Orange BMW M6 Showcase By European Auto Source

Fire Orange is one of the hottest BMW colors on the market now. Introduced on the M3 GTS, the Fire Orange has since been used on limited edition cars, like the Lime Rock M3, and even on “regular” cars like the 3 Series. For around $5,000,...

Fire Orange is one of the hottest BMW colors on the market now. Introduced on the M3 GTS, the Fire Orange has since been used on limited edition cars, like the Lime Rock M3, and even on “regular” cars like the 3 Series. For around $5,000, anyone can have this beautiful paint job. Or, you can simply use a vinyl wrap and save the money for other mods. The owner of this BMW M6 resorted to the latter option and wrapped up his classy M6 in a Fire Orange vinyl. The BMW E63 M6 used the same 5.0 L V10 S85 engine and SMG III gearbox as the E60 M5 producing 373 kW (500 hp) and 520 Nm (380 lb-ft) of torque. And if that’s not enough power, you can seek more ponies on the tuning market. The folks over at European Auto Source worked on the power upgrade of this E63 M6 using an ESS tune.

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In combination with the RPI Scoops, RPI Full Exhaust, RD Underdrive Pulleys, and BMC Filters, this bright-looking M6 churns out a respectable 472hp and 354ft-lbs tq at the wheels. The BMW M6, in its stock form, can accelerate from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 4.4 seconds. With the added tune, this acceleration time and overall performance should increase quite a bit. For more images of this Fire Orange beauty please take a look at the media gallery below.

Fire Orange BMW M6 Showcase By European Auto Source

Fire Orange BMW M6 Showcase By European Auto Source

Fire Orange BMW M6 Showcase By European Auto Source

Fire Orange BMW M6 Showcase By European Auto Source

Fire Orange BMW M6 Showcase By European Auto Source

Fire Orange BMW M6 Showcase By European Auto Source

Fire Orange BMW M6 Showcase By European Auto Source

Fire Orange BMW M6 Showcase By European Auto Source

Fire Orange BMW M6 Showcase By European Auto Source

Fire Orange BMW M6 Showcase By European Auto Source

Fire Orange BMW M6 Showcase By European Auto Source

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BMW 135i Coupe – A True Enthusiast’s Car

At the moment, BMW enthusiasts are waiting patiently, or impatiently, for the hotly anticipated M2. No surprise, really, as the current 2 Series is a fantastic driving automobile and its M variant should be one of the more exciting cars on the market...

At the moment, BMW enthusiasts are waiting patiently, or impatiently, for the hotly anticipated M2. No surprise, really, as the current 2 Series is a fantastic driving automobile and its M variant should be one of the more exciting cars on the market. The M2 is, of course, a replacement for the greatly missed BMW 1 Series M Coupe, a car whose legend will live for many years to come. The upcoming M2 will almost definitely be a riot to drive and the 1M is one of the finer driving cars of this decade, but the M2 will be very expensive and the 1M is very expensive as well as rare. So both of these cars, while being excellent, are a bit tough to come by. There is, however, a couple of seemingly forgotten sports cars that also wear a BMW roundel and follow the same recipe — The 135i and 135is.

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The 135i was a pretty standard affair on paper, a 1 Series with BMW’s familiar N54 turbocharged straight-six stuffed under the hood. For the 2011 model year onwards, the powertrain was changed to the N55 single (twin-scroll) turbo inline-6. Making its usual 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque (numbers so perfect they must have been done on purpose), the 135i rockets its way to 60 mph in under 5 seconds. But when equipped with a 6-Speed manual, it’s also one of the purest, most enjoyable driving BMWs in a very long time. There’s a reason why the 1M is so good; it has good genes. Related: Rachel and her love for the BMW 135i

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The 135is is basically a 135i with the M Sport suspension package, 18 inch wheels, a power bump to 320 hp and an M tuned exhaust. It basically just made the standard 135i a tighter, more focused package, capable of nailing 60 mph from a standstill in 4.6 seconds. With it, BMW turned a good driving car into a great one. The old-school hydraulic steering is a reminder to the world of what good steering feel is. Modern day electric power steering setups may be equally as accurate, if not a bit more so, and they’re more efficient, but they will never offer the tactile feedback that a BMW hydraulic setup could. The super fast turn in, thanks to a tiny wheelbase, amplifies the incredible steering, giving the 135is razor sharp handling. Combine all of that with an engine with silky smooth power delivery, incredible thrust and a sound that will tingle your spine for days after driving it.

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People have always loved ‘is’ iterations of BMWs because they offer that little bit extra performance over the standard car without having to open the wallet far enough to get the M version. They’re the poor man’s M cars, for lack of a better term. The 135is is also a bit more special than any previous ‘is’ branded car, as it’s the last. It’s a possibility that BMW may bring the moniker back, but it’s doubtful with its new pseudo M cars, like the M235i. So the 135is has gained a bit of a cult following, much like the 1 Series M and E92 M3. These cars are all the last of their respective breeds, so they are infinitely desirable. How could someone not want one of these wonderful machines?

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All of that performance, all of that old-school feel, all for under $40,000 for the 135is and even less for the standard car. That isn’t necessarily cheap, but a 1 Series M could cost upwards of $60,000 and the upcoming M2 won’t be far off. Both the 135is and 135i offer excellent value for cars that can trigger your senses as well as they can. If you want more of a daily driver, a sports car that’s also comfortable on the highway, go for the standard 135i. It has all of the performance one should ever need, but it can also cruise comfortably on a daily commute. If a more hardcore experience is what you’re after, then look for the 135is. It’s quite a bit more money and the ride is quite a bit stiffer, but it’s also quite a bit more special. The article BMW 135i Coupe – A True Enthusiast’s Car appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Alpinestars Airbag Tech To Be Used on BMW Motorrad Jacket

BMW Motorrad and Alpinestars announced an exclusive agreement to cooperate in motorcycle safety clothing systems today. The first product to be launched under this agreement will be a BMW Motorrad jacket jointly developed by BMW Motorrad and Alpinest...

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BMW Motorrad and Alpinestars announced an exclusive agreement to cooperate in motorcycle safety clothing systems today. The first product to be launched under this agreement will be a BMW Motorrad jacket jointly developed by BMW Motorrad and Alpinestars which will include an airbag developed using Alpinestars technology. The new BMW Motorrad jacket, being branded by […]

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2015 BMW X5M and X6M – Video Review

Australian magazine DRIVE had the chance to test the new 2015 BMW X5 M side-by-side with the X6 M Sports Activity Coupe. We recently had the chance to drive the new X6 M on the Formula track in Austin and our review can be found here. Both cars are p...

Australian magazine DRIVE had the chance to test the new 2015 BMW X5 M side-by-side with the X6 M Sports Activity Coupe. We recently had the chance to drive the new X6 M on the Formula track in Austin and our review can be found here. Both cars are powered by a reworked M TwinPower Turbo engine, a V8 that provides more power and torque, and better power delivery. The peak output of the new M turbocharged engine is 567 hp, three percent higher than that of its predecessor and is available between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm.

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At the same time, the engine’s peak torque has been boosted by around 10 percent to 553 lb-ft, which can be enjoyed across an extremely broad rev band – from 2,200 to 5,000 rpm. The extraordinary power development of this M turbocharged engine allows the new M versions of the BMW X5 and BMW X6 to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 4.0 seconds. The top speed of both is electronically limited to 155 mph. The 2015 BMW X5 M will be offered at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $99,650 and the 2015 BMW X6 M will start at $103,050, including $950 Destination and Handling. Here is the review: The article 2015 BMW X5M and X6M – Video Review appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW X5M / X6M video review

Video review from Drive.com.au on the new X5M and X6M “weapons.” ...

Video review from Drive.com.au on the new X5M and X6M “weapons.”

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