Collectible Classic: 1975-1980 MGB

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Manhart BMW i8 live from 2014 Essen Motor Show

One of the undisputed stars of the 2014 Essen Motor Show 2014 is without doubt the BMW i8 by tuning shop Manhart. The plug-in hybrid sports car comes to the popular tuning show with a new paint job. The matte yellow accents are paired with the Sophis...

One of the undisputed stars of the 2014 Essen Motor Show 2014 is without doubt the BMW i8 by tuning shop Manhart. The plug-in hybrid sports car comes to the popular tuning show with a new paint job. The matte yellow accents are paired with the Sophisto Grey factory color. Another eye-catcher are the Manhart wheels for the BMW i8, which are a sporty alternative to the three available factory alloy wheels. Thanks to a sport suspension tuning, the Manhart BMW i8 was lowered by 30 millimeters at the front and rear axle.

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The German tuning shop says that a performance increase is in works as well. The 362-hp plug-in hybrid sports car accelerates in 4.4 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h, but shines in the EU cycle with an average fuel consumption of 2.1 liters per 100 kilometers. The worldwide demand for the BMW i8 is huge and BMW is considering an expansion of production capacity. Currently, some customers have to wait up to 18 months for their car to be delivered.

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BMW X4 Police Car by AC Schnitzer – VIDEO

At the 2014 Essen Motor Show, AC Schnitzer debuts their BMW X4 Police Car. To celebrate 10 years of the TUNE IT! SAFE! Initiative, the German tuner used a BMW X4 xDrive20i as the base model for the X4 Police Car. As any respectable police car, the X4...

At the 2014 Essen Motor Show, AC Schnitzer debuts their BMW X4 Police Car. To celebrate 10 years of the TUNE IT! SAFE! Initiative, the German tuner used a BMW X4 xDrive20i as the base model for the X4 Police Car. As any respectable police car, the X4 comes with plenty of power. From the standard 184 horsepower delivered by a 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine, the X4 Sports Activity Coupe now outputs 245 hp. From 0 to 100 km/h it takes now 6.7 seconds while the 80 to 180 km/h is achieved in 17.5 seconds. The top speed limit is 212 km/h.

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Visually, the X4 Police Car gets enhanced as well. It comes equipped with AC Schnitzer front spoiler, rear diffuser and carbon fiber mirror caps. With its suspension spring kit the vehicle is lowered by around 30 mm (front) and 25 mm (rear).

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The tuner has done some work as well in the engine sound department by adding AC Schnitzer silencer with two chromed “Sport“ tailpipe trims each side in right/left combination which are integrated into the rear diffuser. AC Schnitzer also uses the special police “RTK 7″ signaling system and flashing lights from Hella. Inside we have the typical AC Schnitzer styling, meaning the aluminum pedal set and foot rest, AC Schnitzer branded floor mats and inscriptions on the dashboard.

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A new set of boots were also fitted to the car, the AC Schnitzer Type V forged alloy wheels in Anthracite, along with Ventus S1evo tires in 265/30 R 22 from Hankook.

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Should MINI Get Back To … Being Mini?

MINI sales have been down 5.3 percent this year. It’s no wonder that the British car maker is scrambling to find the best solution to revive the brand and continue its success story. Even though MINI had strong sales in October, the upper managemen...

MINI sales have been down 5.3 percent this year. It’s no wonder that the British car maker is scrambling to find the best solution to revive the brand and continue its success story. Even though MINI had strong sales in October, the upper management is hard at work to plan the future of the brand, which includes electric vehicles as well. Currently, the carmaker has eight different models on sale and many believe it has diluted the brand and lost some of its most loyal fans. A MINI fan has always fallen in love with the timeless and classic design, along with the unique go-kart driving experience, but we believe the bloated lineup has created half of MINI’s problems today.

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I’ve been to BMW Welt a few weeks ago, and beside the usual drooling over the BMW i8, everyone was focused on the various BMW models. First impression was that everyone was in awe with BMW’s latest models and you could feel the connection between consumers and the brand. On the other hand, the MINI showroom was loud, filled with teenagers and random souvenirs like bags, cups and wallets,  branded with the British flag or MINI bold lettering. Instead of just focusing on promoting the cars, MINI stays true to promoting the brand as lifestyle, therefore attracting a different type of customer. Some conversations we’ve overhead revolved around the confusing direction the brand is heading towards and how the several niches have not paid off for MINI.

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Overall, it seems MINI does a great job at branding itself as a youth-oriented brand, fun and hip, but is that enough to help the company grow? Are the eight models making things even more confusing? This is where it gets interesting. To many, MINI is a Mini – notice the old branding which didn’t have all capital letters and they go back as far as the Mark I and III era. The Mini is a small 3-door vehicle with 100+ horsepower engine that can tackle the bends with ease and can be parked pretty much anywhere. Small, nimble and fast would be the best way to describe the perfect Mini. It’s not a coupe nor a convertible or a family crossover, and it certainly isn’t an off roader. All of those models were a huge bet for BMW and only one really paid off: MINI Countryman Crossover.

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With that in mind, here are the four things MINI could do to to increase market share, attract new customers while still cater to its extremely loyal following: Reduce the lineup to three-four models: 3-door hatch, Convertible, Clubman and Countryman (there are already planning on doing this) Add a MINI-E option: following trends is important and we can see an all-electric MINI being a great contender in the electric vehicles market. While maintaining the classic MINI design cues, the design team needs to look into the future and take a chance. MINI Superleggera Concept is a great start. Create a MINI racing series. Sold at $50 000 pricing point, the race-oriented MINIs would allow many young individuals to take part in some exciting motoring events. A roll-cage, fire extinguisher combined with improved suspension, wheels and tires, stripped out interior, but still road legal versions would be one interesting way to spend your time. The next few years are critical for the brand, but the current MINI design team is one of the most talented in the industry, so the hopes are high. At the helm, we have Anders Warming, former head of exterior design at BMW. His lieutenant is Christopher Weil, one of the most talented designers at BMW Group. His portfolio includes the BMW 328 Hommage, F30 3 Series, 5 Series GT, current 7 Series and 4 Series. The latest addition to the team is Florian Nissl, the young designer responsible for drawing the new M3 and M4. With a talented designing team in place and great product managers, the MINI brand can reinvent itself and once again be the golden goose for BMW. The article Should MINI Get Back To … Being Mini? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Blacked out F30 BMW 335i – Photoshoot

Only a small step behind the M3, the BMW F30 335i may be the best bang for a buck car in the current BMW lineup. It is available with a 3.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder, 24-valve engine that displaces 300 horsepower. An 8-speed STEPTRO...

Only a small step behind the M3, the BMW F30 335i may be the best bang for a buck car in the current BMW lineup. It is available with a 3.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder, 24-valve engine that displaces 300 horsepower. An 8-speed STEPTRONIC automatic transmission with Adaptive Transmission Control (ATC) comes as standard where the additional performance and safety features create the perfect machine for driving enjoyment and sporty looks. The standard BMW F30 335i sprints from 0-60mph in 5.1 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph. This particular model is priced from $43,750 MSRP and comes with a variety of standard and optional finishes.

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This 335i also comes with blacked out kidney grilles, rear spoiler and beautiful black wheels. The M Sport package is always a welcome addition as well. To improve its stance, the car was lowered by a few millimeters. With a price tag below $50,000, the BMW 335i is a compelling product and once you add some aftermarket parts to it, you get a great looking vehicle until you save up some more for that M3 sedan.  

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A Sunny Day With A BMW F82 M4 – Photoshoot

Winter is hitting most of the U.S. states but those living in Southern California continue to enjoy sunny days and high temperature. With the largest population of M owners, California was bound to also have the most new BMW F82 M4 models and therefo...

Winter is hitting most of the U.S. states but those living in Southern California continue to enjoy sunny days and high temperature. With the largest population of M owners, California was bound to also have the most new BMW F82 M4 models and therefore, more interesting tuning projects. Featuring a Black Sapphire Metallic paint finish and aftermarket wheels, this F82 M4 shows off its aggressive body lines out in the sun. Powered by a 3.0-liter BMW M TwinPower Turbo engine that develops 425-hp horsepower, it delivers its owners with stunning performance. The new engine combines two mono-scroll turbochargers with variable valve control (Double-VANOS and Valvetronic) and high-precision direct injection for a smoother power delivery and extended range.

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On this particular project by TAG Motorsports, some will recognize the HRE RS103 wheels. These are part of their RS1 Series, a completely new three-piece design and layout that allows their wheels to be lighter and further custom crafted for each high-performance M3 or M4.

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HRE’s Street Collection combines the technical expertise from their championship-winning racing wheels with extensive attention to detail. This race-bred philosophy ensures enhanced braking, acceleration and handling, while also delivering a great wheel design. Compatible with Brembo big brake kits and coming in sizes of 19, 20, 21 and 22 inches, these wheels will work on a variety of high-performance cars, improving their looks and performance.

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Thanks to this photoshoot by Grubbs Photography, we have a chance to take a closer look at all the details of this build.

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BMW M4 with HRE RS103 in Brushed Titanium by TAG Motorsports

BMW M4 with HRE RS103 in Brushed Titanium by TAG Motorsports

BMW M4 with HRE RS103 in Brushed Titanium by TAG Motorsports

BMW M4 with HRE RS103 in Brushed Titanium by TAG Motorsports

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Tire Test Video: Winter vs All-Season

All-seasons are meant to allow drivers the convenience of not ever having to change tires from winter to summer. However the rub against them… The post Tire Test Video: Winter vs All-Season… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my web...

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World Premier: The 2 Series Active Tourer xDrive

BMW has quietly taken the wraps off of the first important update to the 2 Series Active Tourer. The the xDrive option is an… The post World Premier: The 2 Series Active Tourer xDrive appeared… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my ...

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Chris Harris Full Test Drive of the F80 M3

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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer now with xDrive

BMW launches the 220d and 225i Active Tourer models with xDrive technology. Compared to previous models, this is the first time BMW xDrive is made available on a front-wheel drive concept with transversally installed engines. The new xDrive aims to i...

BMW launches the 220d and 225i Active Tourer models with xDrive technology. Compared to previous models, this is the first time BMW xDrive is made available on a front-wheel drive concept with transversally installed engines. The new xDrive aims to improve traction and cornering dynamics for BMW’s front-wheel drive vehicle, a highly controversial model that many  BMW enthusiasts have yet to embrace. The North American market has decided for now to not import the 2 Series Active Tourer.

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The BMW 225i xDrive Active Tourer has a fuel consumption combined of 6,5–6,4 l/100 km, CO2 emissions combined 152-148 g/kg while the BMW 220d xDrive Active Tourer reports a fuel consumption combined of 4,8-4,6 l/100km and CO2 emissions combined 127-122 g/km. Both models feature BMW xDrive as standard in combination with the 8-speed Steptronic transmission.

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  Slender, lightweight four-wheel architecture. The slender architecture featuring compact, lightweight components and the resulting low amount of space required by the new four-wheel drive system are excellently suited to the concept of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. Thus the additional weight of the entire four-wheel drive technology is only around 61 kg. Furthermore, measures for reducing system-related losses and an energy-efficient operating strategy ensure extremely favourable fuel consumption and emission levels.

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Power from the front drive to the rear axle is transferred by means of an angular gear (Power Take-Off) on the front differential and a two-part cardan shaft. The central component of the four-wheel drive system is an electro-hydraulically controlled multiple-disk clutch (Hang-On) inside the rear axle drive, which facilitates infinitely variable distribution of torque to the front and rear wheels. The corresponding commands are provided by an electronic control unit which, like the hydraulic pump, is located on the rear axle.

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Power Take-Off: angular gear and two-part cardan shaft. The angular gear is mounted behind the engine on the automatic transmission and crankcase. The input shaft is a hollow shaft construction and directly connected to the front axle differential. In this way, part of the drive force is transferred from the differential basket to the cardan shaft via the hollow shaft, the crown wheel and the pinion shaft. The angular gear operates at a fixed gear ratio (1:1.74) and is permanently engaged, meaning that the cardan shaft always rotates when the vehicle is driven. Reversal of transmission takes place in the rear axle drive so that the front and rear axle drive shafts both rotate at exactly the same speed.

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Hang-On: electro-hydraulically controlled multiple-disk clutch. The multiple-disk clutch located in the rear axle drive (Hang-On) directs a proportion of torque to the rear wheels according to each driving situation, thus ensuring variable power distribution between the front and rear axle as required. In extreme cases (e.g. the front wheels are standing on ice), the ratio can be 0:100. The required operating pressure (0 to 40 bar) is delivered by an electro-hydraulic pump, the speed of which is defined by a pulse-width-modulated signal from the electronic control unit. Pressure is not measured by a sensor, but extremely accurately by means of voltage and power alignment. In order to ensure maximum positioning accuracy, run-in behaviour and temperature influences are independently compensated, the system constantly adapting to ever changing operating conditions.

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Efficient valve helps reduce fuel consumption. Moreover, xDrive utilises an energy-efficient operating strategy: When four-wheel drive is not required – which is usually the case in day-to-day operation – the pump is deactivated, rendering the system unpressurised. The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is then driven only via the front wheels. In order to make use of additional saving potentials, BMW has provided the multiple-disk clutch with a spring-loaded Efficient valve, which lowers the oil level in the clutch and significantly reduces friction losses (oil splash losses). When required, the system takes only fractions of a second to build up maximum operating pressure in the Efficient mode and thus deliver maximum torque to the rear wheels. This intervention goes unnoticed by the driver and passengers and without any losses in traction.

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Intelligent networking: fast, precise and proactive. In order to guarantee efficient and constant power distribution to the front and rear axle as required, the four-wheel drive system is managed from the control unit of the Dynamic Stability Control feature (DSC). In order to analyse each driving situation, DSC analyses a large amount of data providing information on each respective running condition and ensuring optimum distribution of drive torque. This information includes vehicle speed, lateral and longitudinal acceleration, steering angle, wheel speed, longitudinal inclination, accelerator position and the setup via Driving Experience Control. Furthermore, the DSC status, including Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC) and Performance Control is taken into account. Adjustment of the four-wheel drive system to the ever changing driving and road conditions is performed – in typical BMW xDrive manner – within fractions of a second, thus guaranteeing consistently neutral and safe handling even in difficult conditions. Nevertheless, the variable distribution of power between the two axles goes virtually unnoticed by the driver. Also, within the framework of the efficient operating strategy, torque distribution is precisely regulated as to avoid any loss of power due to wheel spin.

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BMW xDrive: maximum traction, enhanced cornering dynamics. Thanks to DSC networking, any imminent wheel slip for example can be detected at an early stage. Through precise distribution of drive torque this situation can be anticipated and avoided. If for instance the vehicle threatens to drift outwards over the front wheels, increased tractive force is supplied to the rear axle, allowing the vehicle to turn in more accurately. On the other hand, xDrive directs excess force to the front wheels, should the rear of the vehicle threaten to swerve outwards. As a result, maximum four-wheel performance is available even before slippage occurs. Therefore, xDrive featured in the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer not only ensures best possible traction and safety in adverse road conditions, but also enhances vehicle stability, cornering dynamics and ride comfort. In driving situations where the interconnection of all four wheels is disadvantageous – i.e. in an emergency stop – the system opens the multiple-disk clutch completely within milliseconds.

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Only if optimum power distribution to the front and rear axle is not sufficient to keep the Active Tourer on the desired course, DSC intervenes by reducing engine output and/or by decelerating individual wheels. Moreover, DSC assumes the function of a transverse differential lock: If a wheel spins without transferring power, it is automatically slowed down, whereby the axle differential directs more power to the wheel opposite.

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