Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/09/17/bmw-m6-e63-front-spoiler/ in News on September 17, 2014
The addition of carbon fiber aftermarket parts to any BMW is usually an inexpensive way to change and improve the looks of your BMW. While some people go first for a new set of custom forged aftermarket wheels, there are plenty of BMW owners who ki...
The addition of carbon fiber aftermarket parts to any BMW is usually an inexpensive way to change and improve the looks of your BMW. While some people go first for a new set of custom forged aftermarket wheels, there are plenty of BMW owners who kick off their tuning projects with aerodynamic parts. This is where companies like Vorsteiner come in and provide high-quality carbon fiber parts that perfectly accentuate high-performance cars like the BMW M6. Their front spoiler for BMW E63 M6 is made out of pre-prag carbon fiber – allowing for a lightweight and strong part that both looks and performs well, just what you need on a car like this.
Let’s not forget, the BMW E63 M6 is powered by a naturally-aspirated V10 engine that is producing a staggering 373 kW (500 hp) and 520 N·m (380 lb·ft) from a 5.0 L V10 S85 engine. The same engine can also be found and it’s commonly shared with a BMW E60 M5. As BMW claims, the E63 M6 accelerates from 0–62 mph (0–100 km/h) in 4.4 seconds. Road & Track Magazine tested the M6 in February 2006 and they measured the 0–97 km/h (0–60 mph) time as 4.1 seconds. The top speed is limited to 250 km/h (155 mph), where unlimited examples can reach over 300km/h with no issues. It is also worth noting that both the BMW M6 and BMW M5 have a power button which modifies the throttle response and allow further increase in performance. From ignition, the car delivers 400 PS (294 kW; 395 hp), but engaging the M button allows the full 373 kW (507 PS; 500 hp) to be utilized in daily driving and on track events as well.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/09/17/much-pay-bmw-8-series/ in News on September 17, 2014
BMW 8 Series was once the pinnacle of the BMW brand and to this date, it remains one of the most exclusive bimmers you can see on the road. Today, we came across a 1995 BMW 850 CSI which was listed for sale on eBay. At the time of publishing – ...
BMW 8 Series was once the pinnacle of the BMW brand and to this date, it remains one of the most exclusive bimmers you can see on the road. Today, we came across a 1995 BMW 850 CSI which was listed for sale on eBay. At the time of publishing – around midnight EST – the bidding was around $39,000. The ad says that this 1995 BMW 850CSI has 73,000 miles on the odometer and it is car number 220 out of 225 ever made for US market. The MSRP back in 1995 was $104,650, so it is still amazing to see that prices on those classics hold up better than some of the latest and greatest BMWs. Over the years, the owner says that he spent over $42,000 on servicing the vehicle, but he doesn’t go into details. So the question: what’s an 8 Series worth to you?
But before you answer that, here are some known facts about the BMW 8 Series. The E31 8 Series began life in the mid-1980s as a vehicle not to succeed the E24 6 Series but more to surpass it as a more expensive, faster, technology-laden vehicle, namely BMW’s future flagship model. With this newer, larger coupe, BMW intended to take direct aim at the tankish Mercedes Benz S-class coupes of the day and they only knew how to do that through sheer horsepower, displacement and, of course, as we left the Wallstreet Era of the 1980′s – price.
Debuting in September of 1989 at the International Autoshow in Frankfurt, the E31 850i came in at a price of roughly $100,000 USD, immediately making it one of the most expensive BMW ‘s ever produced at that point in time. Keeping in mind that was in 1989 – today $100,000 can net you a fully-loaded M5 or well-specced Porsche 911, but I digress. The 850i came equipped with the 5.0 liter M70 V12 mated to either a 4-speed auto box or a 6-speed manual putting out approximately 300HP – so it was definitely quick despite it’s curb weight of just over 4,000 pounds.
In terms of the new technologies introduced on the 8 Series, the car was equipped with everything. Electric sunroof, power memory seats, onboard data computers, but most importantly, especially in terms of today’s technologies, European models of the top-tier E31- the 850CSi version(don’t worry I’m getting to that next) came with an interesting little performance feature known as Active Rear-Axle Kinematics(AHK). AHK was a system that provided hydraulically assisted steering to the rear wheels as a means of better handling for a car sporting the kind of girth the E31′s possessed. What’s interesting is that this was a one-of-a-kind system in the days of the early to mid-1990′s and now; after a 14-year absence, we see the reintroduction of a very similar system through the new F01 7 Series’ Integral Active Steering system that also allows active control of the steering angle of the rear wheels.
While most of the technologies, aside from AHK, were standard on the 8 Series, buyers did have a variety of engines, namely the M70 V12 along with a 4.0 liter V8 option from the M62 block. BMW toyed with the idea of an 830i with a 3.0 liter engine but the prototypes were scuttled before ever reaching production. However, despite overall poor sales in the United States – mostly due to pricing and fuel costs, the 850i was handed off to M Division and they got to work on what would become the 850CSi.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/09/17/2015-alpina-b6-xdrive-gran-coupe-photo-gallery/ in News on September 17, 2014
The 2015 BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe made its North American debut at the New York International Auto Show in April and now we have a new set of photos courtesy of Laurel BMW of Westmont. The BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe delivers exceptional 0...
The 2015 BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe made its North American debut at the New York International Auto Show in April and now we have a new set of photos courtesy of Laurel BMW of Westmont. The BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe delivers exceptional 0 to 60 mph acceleration in only 3.7 seconds. The 540-horsepower and 540 lb-ft output of the 4.4-liter ALPINA Bi-Turbo V8 is channeled through an 8 speed Sport Automatic Transmission with ALPINA Switch-Tronic and BMW’s xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system. It also has an impressive top speed: 198 mph.
Typical ALPINA design features blend stylishly into the elegant lines of the B6 Gran Coupe, accentuating its dynamic and powerful appearance. The delicate and refined 20” ALPINA CLASSIC 21-spoke wheels complement the long and smooth contours of the B6 Gran Coupe. The front apron was carefully designed to provide sufficient airflow for the cooling needs of the powertrain, directing air to the intercooler, as well as to the different heat exchanger elements for coolant and oil. The 14.7 inch diameter front brake rotors and the 13.6 inch diameter rear brake rotors benefit from NACA ducts at the front of the underbody to direct cold air towards them.
The ALPINA exclusive LAVALINA leather is used to cover the hand stitched steering wheel, door sill trims are highlighted with an illuminated ALPINA logo and exclusive ALPINA Myrtle wood or Piano Black trim finishes are available. A wide range of individualization possibilities are available for ALPINA customers The BMW Individual and the ALPINA equipment ranges are available to create a truly unique vehicle using the Gran Coupe body as a canvas for the personal preferences of BMW Alpina B6 drivers. Exclusive ALPINA exterior colors available for the BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe include ALPINA Blue and ALPINA Green.
2015 ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe starts at $118,225 including $925 destination and handling. Download some amazing photos from the gallery below, courtesy of Mags McKay, CKCommunications.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/09/17/bmw-m235i-racing-exhaust-sound-nurburgring/ in News on September 17, 2014
World known racing video author NM2255 has recorded some footage showcasing a BMW M235i Racing Car at the Nürburgring. The sound coming from the racing exhaust is crisp, powerful and produces a nice sound effect on shifting and downshifting. The foo...
World known racing video author NM2255 has recorded some footage showcasing a BMW M235i Racing Car at the Nürburgring. The sound coming from the racing exhaust is crisp, powerful and produces a nice sound effect on shifting and downshifting. The footage below also shows us how good the 3.0-liter BMW M PerformanceTwinPower Turbo engine sounds in the M235i Racing car, giving us hope for the upcoming BMW M2.
The six-cylinder in-line engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology 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. With the BMW M235i Racing the power output is at 333 horserpower. The performance figures should be slightly better, thanks to the increased power and overall configuration of power delivery for that vehicle. An 8-speed Sport Automatic transmission which includes steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters is used to make the shifts fast and effortless, producing a great driving experience.
An Adaptive M Suspension with electronically controlled damper is exclusively tuned for the M235i models, ensuring better control and an easier high-performance handling. Advanced safety features like Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), including Brake Fade Compensation, Start-off Assistant, Brake Drying, and Brake Stand-by features with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) can be found within this vehicle as well. Here is the video: The article BMW M235i Racing Exhaust Sound At The Nürburgring appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/09/17/dinan-dinantronics-performance-tuner-stage-1-bmw-m3m4/ in News on September 16, 2014
California-based tuning shop Dinan releases their power upgrades for the new F80/F82 BMW M3 and M4. From the stock 425 horsepower, the two M brothers will now produced 516 horsepower for the Stage 1 upgrade and 527 hp for the beta Stage 2 kit. Full d...
California-based tuning shop Dinan releases their power upgrades for the new F80/F82 BMW M3 and M4. From the stock 425 horsepower, the two M brothers will now produced 516 horsepower for the Stage 1 upgrade and 527 hp for the beta Stage 2 kit. Full details can be found below: Product Description Stage 1 (DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner ONLY) Maximum Power: 516 HP, 489 lb-ft of torque. The DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner is a highly engineered and sophisticated piece of computer hardware and software that enhances engine performance, without negating or voiding your new car warranty coverage and without affecting long term reliability or the functionality of on-board diagnostic systems. It was also designed to be emissions legal in 50 states (E.O. Pending). The ultimate objective of developing this piece of technology was to provide the ability to control every signal entering and exiting the BMW factory Engine Control Unit. These items are unique to Dinan and together they embody the apex of performance engineering in a powerful, reliable, and warrantied package.
The Dinan® Difference The biggest benefit of the DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner is our ECU has the… “…capability of setting an optimum target lambda (fuel mixture) as well as correcting short term trim which is the difference between target and scheduled fuel mixture. By matching these two correctly we can reduce knock sensor activity which will make smoother performance, protect the catalyst, increase power and allow us to make it emissions legal.”- Steve Dinan The Dinan® Difference is possible by employing a full staff of talented engineers that are well rounded in all aspects of their job. Manipulating these signals with an adept hand all the while keeping an engine running at its best and with the most reliable power is what Dinan is all about. Well Engineered Plug-in tuning devices all have one thing in common, they send a modified signal to the factory ECU, telling it the boost pressure is below target values. This then causes the factory ECU to raise the boost pressure to what it thinks is the correct value. This modified boost pressure signal causes errors in fuel mixture and ignition timing. These errors can cause the on-board diagnostics systems to set faults, but they can also cause exceedingly high catalyst temperatures and a loss of power. In addition, when power is increased, exhaust gas temperature will increase as well and this must be countered with a slightly richer air/fuel mixture. The DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner uniquely has the capability to adjust target Lambda, correct short term trim as well as ignition timing errors induced by raising boost pressure. This enables Dinan calibration engineers to optimize air/fuel mixture and ignition timing at elevated boost pressure throughout the entire gamut of engine RPM and engine load. Additionally, the ability to correct short term trim corrections (the difference between target and scheduled fuel mixture) remain within OEM specifications. This minimizes knock sensor activity, which in turn means smooth engine performance, catalyst protection and power increase, while this is also required to make the car emissions legal. Dinan engineers have worked for two years on the DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner in efforts to provide BMW enthusiasts with Performance without Sacrifice. State-of-the-Art Hardware The DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner is engineered using the best possible components and advanced hardware. The most obvious and visible component is the elaborate wiring harness. Using OE connectors and an expandable braided wiring sleeves ensures that all visible components appear as if they come straight from the factory. More importantly however it guarantees long lasting and dependable performance due to the use of high heat, moisture and abrasion resistant materials and design. The other hardware element involved is the Dinan electronic control unit (ECU) itself. While its outward appearance may seem tame, the processing power and sophistication held within its internal circuitry is anything but. Capable of delivering signals to various systems at an astonishing 4000 times per second the DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner yields the power to control all current signals delivered to the ECU as well as those developed in the future without a hiccup in performance or reliability. This immense processing power equates to a high degree of engine control resulting in a much lower likelihood of setting a fault. In addition smoother running conditions and superior drivability are achieved, all of which are Dinan hallmarks. Unmatched Warranty Dinan’s comprehensive warranty program, introduced in 1997, provides superior warranty coverage to that which you would find elsewhere. If your vehicle is currently covered by the vehicle manufacturer’s new car limited warranty, Dinan® products are warranted for the remaining term of the vehicle manufacturer’s new car limited warranty. The manufacturer’s new car warranty is limited to 4 years or 50,000 miles (80,000 kilometers in Canada), commencing on the date of first retail sale or the date the vehicle is first placed in-service as a demonstrator or company vehicle, whichever is earlier. Dinan’s warranties are transferable when ownership of the vehicle into which the Dinan® products were originally installed is sold. BMW automobiles can now be performance-tuned without the associated concern of negatively affecting the new car warranty coverage. Designed to be Emissions Legal The DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner was designed and built to be the only tuning box on the market that is emissions legal in all 50 states. At the moment this product is emissions legal in most states – the product is in compliance with US Federal EPA Memorandum 1A, or this product has not been found, nor is believed to be, unlawful for use under the provisions of the Clean Air Act. Currently this product is not legal for sale or use in California, and states that have adopted California emissions standards, on any pollution controlled motor vehicles. We are however in the E.O. process with the ARB and are confident that the DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner will be emissions legal in all states in the near future. Drivability There is more to a tune than just cranking up the boost. Power needs to come on smoothly and in a predictable way to make the car as fun to drive at wide open throttle as cruising around town. It is your BMW, but reborn with new found acceleration and speed. Installation Plug-and-Play installation in two hours or less at any of the 180+ Dinan® Dealers. While firmware is loaded directly on the ECU the model specific software will need to be downloaded into the ECU by an authorized Dinan dealer after installation. Log on to www.dinancars.com to find your nearest dealer or contact Dinan to make an appointment. Easy To Use Dinan’s ECU is Bluetooth® Smart meaning that you can change maps simply via a Bluetooth connection. Just install and you are done! Designed for the Future The DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner was engineered with future expansion of functionality in mind. Boasting the most powerful processing power on the market the DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner can handle more functions and processes than any of its contemporaries. To that end the Dinan performance tuner is capable of interfacing with the CAN and FlexRay communication systems which allow for controlling powertrain functions, among others. This means that when new functions are developed there will be no need for a new box, just a short software update at your local Dinan dealer. Satisfaction Guaranteed Dinan guarantees you will be impressed by the DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner and the performance it provides that we offer a 3-Day return policy. If you aren’t satisfied with what the Dinan solution brings to the table within 3 days of install you can go back to your dealer for a full refund (installation labor costs still apply). Product Specifications Labor Hours/Installation Hours 1.50 Emission Status Emissions Legal in most states — This product in compliance with U.S. Federal EPA Memorandum 1A, or this product has not been found, nor is believed to be, unlawful for use under the provisions of the Clean Air Act. Currently: This product is not legal for sale or use in California, and states that have adopted California emissions standards, on any pollution controlled motor vehicles. Peak Horsepower 516 Peak Torque 489 Factory Stock HP Rating 425 Factory Stock Torque Rating 406 Included Notes DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner, Dinan® wiring harness, Dinan Stage 1 software With the launch of Stage One, our next step is Stage Two that includes our Cold Air Intake and Free Flow Exhaust. Both parts are prototype form, but we figured we’d share what we’ve gathered so far by adding more airflow. Stage 1
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Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/09/17/alpine-white-bmw-435i-vossen-wheels/ in News on September 16, 2014
From far out, this bimmer can pass on as a BMW M4, but getting closer we immediately notice the 4 Series Coupe lines and stance. This BMW 435i comes with in Alpine White and the dynamic-looking M Sport Package. To make things a bit more interesting, ...
From far out, this bimmer can pass on as a BMW M4, but getting closer we immediately notice the 4 Series Coupe lines and stance. This BMW 435i comes with in Alpine White and the dynamic-looking M Sport Package. To make things a bit more interesting, the owner fitted a set of the Vossen CV7 wheels with a six-spoke design. Judging by the photos below, the car also seem to have been lowered.
The Vossen CV7 wheels comes in 20×9 size in the front and 20×10.5 in the rear. With a Silver Polish finish, they match perfectly the Alpine White exterior. These wheels come with a 5 year warranty, so anyone ordering them will appreciate the added insurance. They are also available with additional finishes giving the owners a wide range of options for different exterior colors.
The BMW F32 4 Series comes with a 3.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder, 24-valve 300-hp engine. This combines a twin-scroll turbocharger with variable valve control (Double-VANOS and Valvetronic) and high-precision direct injection allowing for a level of performance perfect for a luxury coupe like this. It produces 300hp and 300 Nm of torque which helps the 3600 lbs heavy car go from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 5.0 seconds. It has a top speed of 155mph (250km/h) which is unfortunately electronically limited. Please take a look at the media gallery added below, where you can grab some nice wallpapers as well.
Posted by http://www.automobilemag.com/features/magazine/1409-2014-bonhams-greenwich-concours-d-elegance-auction/ in News on September 16, 2014
A Lamborghini Countach sells for a record-breaking price.
Posted by http://www.automobilemag.com/features/news/1409-cadillac-boss-wont-cut-prices-to-counter-sales-slump/ in News on September 16, 2014
De Nysschen admits brand is leaving behind traditional customer base.
Posted by http://www.automobilemag.com/features/news/1409-limited-run-porsche-panamera-special-edition-planned/ in News on September 16, 2014
Just 100 units worldwide.
Posted by http://www.automobilemag.com/features/news/1409-2015-kia-soul-and-forte-improve-iihs-safety-ratings/ in News on September 16, 2014
Soul now rated TSP, Forte only improves to âMarginalâ score.