Security Flaw In ConnectedDrive Leaves BMWs Open To Hacking

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Land Rover Discovery Sport taking on the BMW X3

The BMW X3, Audi Q5, Mercedes GLK Class and Infiniti QX50 dominate shopping mall parking lots throughout suburban America. The most “off-roading” any of these vehicles do, is if they accidentally hop a curb while fighting for a parking spot in fr...

The BMW X3, Audi Q5, Mercedes GLK Class and Infiniti QX50 dominate shopping mall parking lots throughout suburban America. The most “off-roading” any of these vehicles do, is if they accidentally hop a curb while fighting for a parking spot in front of Aldo. While many of these CUVs actually do have some decent off-road chops, they are never, ever utilized. This is where Land Rover comes in, to shake things up. I’ve always been a fan of Land Rover and their off-road-first mentality. That same mentality has been used in creating the new Discovery Sport. Successor to the LR2, the Discovery Sport attempts to take on the Germans and Japanese for luxury-crossover domination. As the only car here that can actually handle rough conditions, it poses a big threat to the competition. Built on a new, aluminum-intensive platform, the “Disco” is the most modern and high-tech CUV in the segment.

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Some of the tech that comes standard on the Disco Sport are as follows: 9-speed, ZF automatic, Terrain Response System, Trailer-Stability Assist, Hill Start Control and Hill Descent Control. You can see where Land Rover’s priorities are when it comes to standard equipment. The engine is a familiar 2.0 liter, turbocharged four-cylinder which makes 240 hp and is borrowed from the Evoque. That, when paired to the 9-Speed auto, can take the Disco Sport to 60 mph from a standstill in 7.8 seconds. Not as fast as the X3 or the Q5, but outright speed is not its mission. And while it handles well enough, with nicely weighted steering and decent chassis dynamics, it won’t beat an X3 around a track. Not that any sane human would take either to a track (I would).

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The Disco looks good too. It has all of the classic, rugged Land Rover styling with some new, Evoque-inspired touches to keep it fresh. Most importantly, though, it looks utilitarian. It isn’t trying to be something it’s not like the Lexus NX, it looks like a Land Rover. The interior is all business as well, with nothing too fancy, just enough leather and creature comforts to make it a nice place to be. That steering wheel, while nicely trimmed, is an inoffensive yet functional piece and the rest of the cabin shares that same style.

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The best part about the Disco Sport is the price. Starting at $37,070, and coming with all of that aforementioned kit as standard, it undercuts the X3 with xDrive by $3,000. Considering that is has actual off-road credibility, along with good looks and a good interior, the Disco Sport could very well eat the X3’s lunch. While not as good looking as the X3, in my book, it adds much more functionality for less money. Let’s just hope it doesn’t follow after the previous North American Discovery and fall apart after six miles.   The article Land Rover Discovery Sport taking on the BMW X3 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Alpine White BMW 1M Gets Aftermarket Parts Installed

Considered by many the ultimate BMW performance model of the current decade, the BMW 1M certainly has an attractive appeal that makes it a head-turner on the street. An action filled car by all means, the 1M leaves some room for improvement for those...

Considered by many the ultimate BMW performance model of the current decade, the BMW 1M certainly has an attractive appeal that makes it a head-turner on the street. An action filled car by all means, the 1M leaves some room for improvement for those owners that love to modify their cars. This BMW 1M was taken to European Auto Source for some performance and cosmetic mods that perfectly accentuate the aggressive nature of this vehicle. This owner started the build by adding an Akrapovic Evolution Exhaust system and Akrapovic Stainless Steel Catless Downpipes. The exhaust offers an increase of 15 horsepower and 19 Nm of torque, while weighing 16 kg less than the stock exhaust. In the 1M Coupe, the engine produces 340 PS (250 kW) at 5900 rpm and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) torque from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm (with +369 lb-ft (500 Nm) overboost). The only available drivetrain is a six-speed manual gearbox with a limited slip differential.

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Next, a set of BBS FI wheels were added. These start at $7,995.00. But if you are looking for some of the lightest wheels around, providing excellent structural strength – the option is worth it. The BBS FI is a one-piece forged aluminum wheel designed and produced in the Motorsports department. As the flagship wheel in the BBS line-up, the FI is ultra-light, ultra strong and does a great job of showing off the aftermarket brakes. Brembo GT Big Brake Kit (Front & Rear) is the brake system selected for this build, providing additional braking performance while nicely improving the visual appeal as well.

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Additionally a series of BMW Performance Parts, like the carbon fiber rear spoiler, a Vorsteiner GTS-V carbon fiber rear diffuser and the iND painted cosmetic package for the exterior. Inside, the vehicle received a BMW performance steering wheel. Take a look at the media gallery below for more photos.

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2016 F80 M3 LCI spotted for first time

We believe this is the first look and visual evidence of the F80 M3 LCI coming this Summer, to coincide with the F30 3 Series LCI. The Autogespot photographer calls this an M2 (F87) prototype, but we believe this is the F80 M3 LCI. The wide fenders ...

We believe this is the first look and visual evidence of the F80 M3 LCI coming this Summer, to coincide with the F30 3 Series LCI. The Autogespot photographer calls this an M2 (F87) prototype, but we believe this is the F80 M3 LCI. The wide fenders and quad exhaust indicates this is an M model. The strongest evidence this is the F80 M3 LCI are the tail lights, which although still camouflaged, look very similar to the revised LED tail lights seen on 3 Series LCI prototypes. The rear profile, trunk cutline and roof height also resembles the M3 Sedan more than the 2 Series Coupe. The double-stalk mirrors look to be that of the M3. Lastly, according to the U.S. 2016 model year production schedule, the 2016 M3′s model code is 8M93, while the current one is 3C93, indicating a significant change. To date, no M2 prototypes have yet been spotted with unique (from 2 Series) tail lights, nor M styled side mirrors. M models generally do not receive LCI-type updates (i.e. revised tail lights) before the standard series model counterpart, and the 2 Series Coupe is not expected to receive an LCI update until 2017. The 2016 M3 LCI begins production this July.

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BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible

The great city of Austin welcomed us for the test drive of the new and first BMW 2 Series Convertible BMW harkens back to its small car roots with a droptop version of its tossable 2 Series Coupe. Welcome to the new BMW 2 Series Convertible. My bigge...

The great city of Austin welcomed us for the test drive of the new and first BMW 2 Series Convertible BMW harkens back to its small car roots with a droptop version of its tossable 2 Series Coupe. Welcome to the new BMW 2 Series Convertible. My biggest question about the 2 Series Convertible, was whether BMW could add the drop op and not kill the dynamics of the seriously fun to drive 2 Series Coupe. To find out, BMWBLOG headed to Austin, Texas where BMW had it waiting for us along with an 2015 X6 M on the Circuit Of The Americas race track.

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Though BMW has a three piece metal hardtop convertible in the 4 Series and Z4, they have kept it lighter and simpler with a cloth top on the 2er. The top can be opened or closed at low speeds, less than 30 mph. BMW prepared for us to drive the 228i in Glacier Silver Metallic with the Sport Line and Coral Red Dakota Leather with black stitching. An M Sport suspension is included with the Sport Line and other options include a Cold Weather Package, Driver Assistant Package, Driver Assistance Plus, Premium Package, Technology Package, and last but not least Harman Kardon Premium Sound. The total bill comes to $50,225. Not exactly cheap for a midsize convertible. THE DESIGN

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The 2 Series Cabriolet has very broad shoulders compared to its coupe brother. Flowing lines on the hood start at the headlights and flow back up the hood. A horizontal crease line starts on the front fenders and work their way to the rear while rising to the back of the car. The taillights have the classic BMW L-shape.  

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The 2 Series Convertible has a double layered top that opens and closes with a center console lever. Interesting enough is the fact that it has a rear radio antenna in order to be able to pick up AM signals. Apparently AM radio is a big deal to the U.S. and Britain. If you are in Germany and try to find an AM station, you won’t. They don’t listen to AM radio there. THE ENGINE

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The 228i Convertible is powered by the N20 four-cylinder that is good for a peak 240 hp between 5000-6500 rpm. The real motivator though is the 228i’s max torque of 255 lb-ft of torque which is available way down low at 1450 rpm and carries this max figure all the way to 4800 rpm. The M235i Convertible is powered by the venerable N55 3.0 liter motor that is tuned to put out 320 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. BMW is offering an eight-speed automatic standard in both the 228i and the M235i. A manual transmission is available but only on the M235i variant.

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The new 2 Series Convertible replaces the departed 1 Series Convertible. As with its 2 Series coupe brother introduced a year ago, the 2 Series Convertible grows by 3.5 inches in length and 1 inch in width. I really thought the outgoing 1 Series looked awesome as a coupe, but was too small and cramped for a convertible version. However, with the slight dimensional changes for the 2 Series convertible, looks just right. The new 2 Series Convertible has the right proportions and doesn’t looked cramped. Drop the top and the new cabriolet looks great with broad shoulders and a squat stance. The M sport version of the 228i and the M235i add a very aggressive front clip. THE DRIVING EXPERIENCE

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BMW laid out a route that took us through varying roads and terrain around Austin. We meandered through the city, on the interstate and a loop through the country side. The only truly exciting thing I experienced during the drive is when we were behind a massive truck carrying a dumpster. Stuff started flying out of it.

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Just as I started to pass on him on a two lane road a huge piece of plywood comes flying out. The 228i handled the situation well by deftly getting me into the passing lane and then had plenty of grunt to complete the pass. There is some mild body roll when you push the 228i hard but not bad. The ride over all is firm but not at all harsh.

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We drove with the top down for about three quarters of the route. The wind deflector when deployed along with the windows up decreases the wind buffeting a ton. We went from almost screaming at my co-driver to having a conversation at normal volume. The top needs just twenty seconds to open or close. It can also do it at speeds up to 30mph. We found this helpful when we were lowering the top and the stop light turned green. With the top up, the road noise is hardly noticeable. BMW did a great job at sound insulating the top.

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I only have two criticisms of the 2 Series Convertible. The first is that there is no manual transmission in the 228i, but doubt customers will actually miss it. Thankfully for those who prefer a three pedal car, the 335i Cabrio offers a manual as a no cost option. Second, I wish BMW would offer those wicked cool neck warming seats available in the 4 Series Convertible. They are definitely not a gimmick and a nice way to stay warm in colder weather. We also questioned Dr. Olaf Kluge, who is in charge of the 2 Series cabin electronics, about the lack of Head-Up display on the 2 Series. He told us that area in front of the instrument cluster was not big enough to install it.

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To add a droptop to the 2 Series, BMW added 330 lbs and $5,800 for the 228i versions, and $4,600 and 220 lbs for a M235i version. M Sport brakes are an option on the 228i and standard on the M235i. In the Sport line version of the 2 Convertible, BMW uses 18×7.5 front wearing 225/40/18, and 18×8 rear wearing 245/35/18 Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.

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BMW managed to add the mechanics needed for a drop top, add body structure reinforcement and did so without affecting the tossable fun nature of the 2 Series Coupe. I suspect the 2 Series Convertible will be a very successful car for them.

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  The article BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Can the Jaguar XE make a dent in 3 Series sales?

BMW’s 3 Series has long been the reigning champ in its segment. Deservedly so, as it is the best, even if it has gone a bit soft these past few years. There are other cars in the segment that give the 3er a run for its deutschmarks, like the Cadill...

BMW’s 3 Series has long been the reigning champ in its segment. Deservedly so, as it is the best, even if it has gone a bit soft these past few years. There are other cars in the segment that give the 3er a run for its deutschmarks, like the Cadillac ATS, Mercedes C-Class and Lexus IS, but none can match the 3’s all-around goodness. However, it seems as if Jaguar is primed and ready to take a good shot at the perennial segment winner. Jag has been looking to redeem itself from the tepidly awful X-Type and it seems as though that redemption will finally come to fruition.

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Meet the Jaguar XE. Motoring Journalists have been driving the XE, recently and have come away impressed with its looks, performance but most of all handling. It used to be that the 3 Series was the only car in the segment that could truly handle, but this XE seems like it will make the 3er a bit nervous. PHOTO COMPARISON: BMW 3 Series vs. Jaguar XE Built on an entirely new platform, the XE uses an extensive amount of aluminum in the chassis, suspension and body. While not exactly a featherweight, the XE S, with Jag’s usual 3.0 liter, Supercharged V6, tips the scales at 3,670 lbs. In comparison, a BMW 335i checks in at fewer than 3,600 lbs. Though it’s heavier than most of the cars in its class, it seems to hide its weight well, as all of the journos who drove it gave it rave remarks for its handling chops and steering feel. It’s odd when handling and steering are the two most talked about subjects when referring to a Jag.

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The engines will derive from Jaguar’s new Ingenium line, but at the moment the only engines available are the 3.0 liter V6 and a 2.0 liter, four-cylinder turbo diesel (The U.S. will only get the 3.0 liter at first). This isn’t an issue, however, as the 3.0 liter V6 makes a healthy 340 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque and sounds great delivering it all. The 2.0 liter isn’t bad either, but let’s face it, it’s the Supercharged V6 that you want. Both engines are mated to an 8-speed ZF gearbox which powers the rear wheels as standard, with all-wheel drive being an option.

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When it comes to looks, Jaguars always shine. This XE is no different. It isn’t that dissimilar from other Jaguar products, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing as all current Jags look fantastic. It’s a decently long car at 183.9 inches long, but the important thing is the wheelbase; 111.6 inches. This long wheelbase gives the Jag a nice, stable ride at high speed and allows for the wheels to be right at all, four corners of the body.

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The interior is also typical Jag which, again, is not a bad thing. It has the same ring around the dash as the XJ, which seems to wrap around the entire cabin. The interior is the classic Jaguar blend of sportiness and sophistication. It also ditches the F-Types shifter for the more common rotary style knob. Overall, with its supposedly great steering, excellent engine and fantastic looks, the Jaguar XE seems ready to challenge the 3 Series for its crown. Only time will tell whether the XE is up to the task or not. But either way, it should be fun finding out. The article Can the Jaguar XE make a dent in 3 Series sales? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Action packed video flaunts M3 and M4 M Performance Parts

This clip features the BMW M4 in action, fully loaded with BMW M Performance parts, which meets up with a Fire Orange F80 M3, also decked out in M Performance Parts. The app shown in this clip is a concept, only. ...

This clip features the BMW M4 in action, fully loaded with BMW M Performance parts, which meets up with a Fire Orange F80 M3, also decked out in M Performance Parts. The app shown in this clip is a concept, only.

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See and Hear the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat at Top Speed

With 707 hp, the Charger Hellcat breaches the 200-mph mark. ...

With 707 hp, the Charger Hellcat breaches the 200-mph mark.

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Toyota Returns to Rallying with the Yaris WRC after 18-Year Hiatus

Yaris WRC set to make its racing debut in 2017. ...

Yaris WRC set to make its racing debut in 2017.

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Nighthawk Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Coming for North America

Sleek, but hardly subtle. ...

Sleek, but hardly subtle.

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