Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/04/25/bmw-individual-bmw-6-series-gran-coupe-frozen-red/ in News on April 24, 2014
BMW Individual gives us a new model from their impressive and unique collection. A BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe in Frozen Red is their latest addition and comes with a quite unique combination. The red matte paint is paired with BMW M Carbon Ceramic brake...
BMW Individual gives us a new model from their impressive and unique collection. A BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe in Frozen Red is their latest addition and comes with a quite unique combination. The red matte paint is paired with BMW M Carbon Ceramic brakes and gold-painted calipers while the exterior trim is dark chrome. Inside, BMW Individual offers full fine-grain Merino leather in Opal White with contrast stitching in Sakhir Orange, interior trims in Piano finish Black with accents in Frozen Red and many other details of the BMW Individual Manufaktur. Another exclusive feature is the doorsill finisher with the BMW Individual Manufaktur signet. The floor mat with its bordering and additional badge, both in Opal White, perfectly match the upholstery color.
The signet of the BMW Individual Manufaktur embossed in the headrests completes the work of art. An individual eye catcher is also the cupholder trim in Piano finish Black with the BMW Individual Manufaktur signet. Here is a photo gallery:
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Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/04/25/bmw-i3-ride-drive-latest-info/ in News on April 24, 2014
Lots of info has been out about the forthcoming BMWi i3. But now that we’re actually a week or so away from launching, BMW is sending their Center personnel to training by way of large regional “Ride and Drive” events. The i3 events are meant t...
Lots of info has been out about the forthcoming BMWi i3. But now that we’re actually a week or so away from launching, BMW is sending their Center personnel to training by way of large regional “Ride and Drive” events. The i3 events are meant to address all the questions customers might have about the new i electric sub-brand, as well as to give the sales people the chance to experience first hand what an electric vehicle has to offer. Here’s my take away of all the pertinent info without all the fluff.
The Range Extender’s fuel tank has been reduced from the EU’s 2.4 gallons to 1.9 gallons. Presumably because of EPA requirements, this is an ongoing story and still developing. The Rex’s engine turnson when the battery’s state of charge reaches 5 to 6 percent. The Rex will not charge the battery, it’s strictly used to supply enough power to keep the i3 going at speeds up to 70 MPH or there about. The i3 will not be limited to that speed, it’s more of a soft limiter. There will be no Sunroof available for US cars for the immediate future. Winter wheel and tire packages using the BEV’s style 427 and Bridgestone’s Blizzak 500 in a 19 inch diameter with a cross section of 155 are already available to BMW centers at a cost of roughly $1875. The front compartment (Frunk) is not waterproof, so BMW highly recommends getting the accessory bag to keep the level 1 (110 volt) charger and mobility kit dry. The BMWi remote app (Similar to My BMW Remote) will not be available to Windows Phone users, just Android and iOS. The battery pack’s thermal management system uses R134a refrigerant to cool the battery. BMW will warranty the battery pack for 8 years 100,000 miles against state of health issues once the battery no longer holds more than 70% charge. 10 years and 150,000 miles for i3s being sold in CARB states. Individual battery modules can be replaced without replacing the entire battery pack. Each module weighs 55lbs/25kg making it easy for centers to carry modules in stock for ease of servicing. The EV Federal income tax credit of “up to” $7500 applies to both the BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) as well as the Rex (Range Extender) versions of the i3. On leases, only $4875 is applied since on a lease, the car is not registered to you but the leasing company. Please check with your tax professional for qualification of said credit. The level 2 charger from BMW is $1080 and can be financed with the purchase of the i3 along with the install quote from Bosch, BMW’s partner company. “Alternate Mobility”, a program that allows a i3 owner to swap for a conventionally powered BMW a few times per year when needing to travel a greater distance than the i3 can manage is still coming but details were not available at the time of the ride and drive nor the time of this writing. The i3 BEV weighs 2634 lbs and the Rex weighs 2899lbs. 0-60MPH is attained in 7.0 for the BEV and 7.9 for the Rex. Dynamic range mapping built into the Navigation Professional system shows the range on normal comfort drive setting as well as ECO PR and ECO PRO plus. Allowing the driver to plot out a route with range in mind. The Level 1 (110 charger) charges from near dead to 100% in 20 hours. Level 2 charger takes just 3.5 hours to get to 100% More information like MPGe rating and final launch date is still forthcoming. Stay tuned for more in the coming days including the first i3 being delivered in the United States. SEE PHOTO GALLERY FROM EVENT
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/04/25/2014-bmw-740ld-xdrive-test-drive/ in News on April 24, 2014
BMWBLOG test drives and reviews the 2014 BMW 740Ld xDrive with BMW Individual accessories Walking up to the brown 2014 BMW 740Ld xDrive in the rain at BMW’s U.S. headquarters, I was remarking that, though it still looks good, the new Mercedes S-Cla...
BMWBLOG test drives and reviews the 2014 BMW 740Ld xDrive with BMW Individual accessories Walking up to the brown 2014 BMW 740Ld xDrive in the rain at BMW’s U.S. headquarters, I was remarking that, though it still looks good, the new Mercedes S-Class has leap frog’d it. Then, I opened the door and my jaw dropped. I have never been handed the key FOB to a BMW Individual car before and as I slid in, I suddenly felt as if I knew what it was like to be transported in complete luxury, like the 1% of rich people in the US. I don’t recall seeing a 7 Series with an interior this beautiful since the 2002 760Li Yachtline by BMW Individual.
INTERIOR LUXURY The 2014 740Ld xDrive BMW Individual test car interior was clad in Platinum full leather with Walnut Honey Wood accents and black plush carpets. The Alcantara headliner of the cabin was in upholstery color and felt like, well felt. The steering wheel, a BMW Individual wood inlay steering wheel, is a mere $800 option and a veritable bargain. iDrive and Navigation are included as well as a back up camera that predicted path give your steering input. I found this very helpful as after my drive was done I had to park the 17 foot Bavarian Limo in a tight space between some cones, an island and an i3 that was my next drive.
The $3700 Bang & Olufsen Sound System is an insanely good 16 speaker system which is worth it just to see the speaker pop out of the dash. Some of the speakers can be configured to illuminate. Luxury Rear Seating Package adds to the opulence with massaging, heated rear seats that are of course ventilated. The $2,800 Rear-Seat Entertainment with its own iDrive controller and LCD screens complete a back seat you won’t want to leave.
EXTERIOR The 7‘s wheels are 20” light 7 double V style 301 alloy wheels with BMW individual labels on them. The only hint to what lies with-in are these bespoke wheels and a small BMW Individual rear badge.
POWER AND DRIVING EXPERIENCE Powering the 7 Series diesel is the reworked N57 3.0 liter in-line six cylinder making 255 hp at 4000 rpm that twists 413 lb-ft of torque between 1,500-3,000 rpm. The power ratings are down by 10 hp and 12 lt-ft of torque over the previous 3.0 liter in-line diesel it replaced but, according to Ward’s is more fuel efficient.
This new engine variant now uses a variable geometry turbo instead of two turbos. BMW claims this combination of all-wheel drive and power delivers an astonishing 0-60 time of 6.1 sec. I say astonishing because this 704Ld xDrive weighs 4685 lbs sans options. This fantastic motor was named to 2014 Ward’s 10 Best Engines. This same motor now resides in the new 535d and the X5 xDrive 35d. The 740Ld has a 21.1 gallon fuel tank capacity. Official EPA fuel mileage hasn’t been released yet, but we were told to expect a 25-30% increase over the gasoline variant. Surrounding BMW North American Headquarters is a private road with rolling hills. I found myself repeatedly coming to a complete stop and stomping on the gas and being blown away by how fast this hulk of a machine could launch itself. The combination of 413 lb-ft of torque and all wheel drive deliver a very surprising whomp of thrust, even on wet roads. Being a typical BMW, I knew the brakes would be up to the task of handling the weight and speed because as soon as I hit 60 mph, I hauled the big beast back to a stop laughing in disbelief. Oh yes, time to launch it again. What a hoot!
Next I headed out to public roads where such hooliganism was not repeated thanks to Head-Up Display reminding me of the speed limits. Instead, I focused on its most probable mission in life, luxurious cruising regardless of the weather. The chassis has five different settings you can set via Driving Dynamics Control button by the shifter. I preferred Sport or Sport + as I though the others were a bit too floaty but realize the softer settings are requisite in this class of vehicle. CONCLUSION The new Mercedes S-Class is absolutely crushing the competition in this segment with its sales alone exceeding BMW 7, Audi A8 and Lexus LS combined. I am still impressed that BMW would put the effort to bring this motor for the 7 Series in the waning years of it’s life. Given the gorgeous concepts coming out of Munich lately, such as the BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept and the BMW Gran Lusso Coupe, BMW looks to be gearing up for the next round.
The BMW 740Ld should hit show rooms spring of 2014. If BMWNA’s stated 25-30% improvement on 740Li figures are correct, it will offer 24 city and 35-36 hwy fuel consumption. Though there was no window sticker on the test car, going to the BMWUSA website and building a car just like the one I drove will ring up at least a $111,875 tag. 2014 BMW 740Ld xDrive has a MSRP $83,425.
Some spy photos of what seem to be the BMW X7 just popped up on the interwebs. The alleged BMW X7 prototype was spotted in Munich and shows a large SUV that accommodates full third row seating. Our sources say that the new BMW X7 will come to market ...
Some spy photos of what seem to be the BMW X7 just popped up on the interwebs. The alleged BMW X7 prototype was spotted in Munich and shows a large SUV that accommodates full third row seating. Our sources say that the new BMW X7 will come to market in late 2017 and will be built upon the new car architecture that BMW announced recently. The large premium SUV will share many of its components with other X models. Early projections put the sales of the BMW X7 between 40,000 and 50,000 units a year.
Posted by http://f80.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=976224 in News on April 24, 2014
Here’s a look at Yas Marina Blue (on F80 M3) vs San Marino Blue (on M6 Convertible) inside the M Studio at the BMW M headquarters in Garching, Germany.
Posted by http://f80.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=976284 in News on April 24, 2014
See updated impressions, photos and videos of the world’s first delivered BMW F80 M3.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/04/24/bmw-says-4-2-seconds-i8-0-60-mph/ in News on April 24, 2014
Parallel to the BMW i8 press drives taking place this week in Los Angeles, BMW reveals updated performance stats of the first progressive hybrid sportscar. According to the i8 microsite, the BMW i8 runs from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, almost as fast...
Parallel to the BMW i8 press drives taking place this week in Los Angeles, BMW reveals updated performance stats of the first progressive hybrid sportscar. According to the i8 microsite, the BMW i8 runs from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, almost as fast as the new M3/M4 with manual transmission. With the i8 BMW introduces into production their new B38 1.5 liter three-cylinder petrol engine. The little but potent combustion engine is transversely mounted behind the cabin and delivers 228 horsepower and 236 lb ft-of torque. That’s 152 hp per liter, an impressive figure by any standards. BMW engineers confirmed that there is room for a bit more power, but the current level delivers the best efficiency. Power is sent to the wheels via a six-speed automatic gearbox and a conventional torque converter.
At the front, but closer to the wheels, BMW placed an electric motor developing 129 horsepower and 184 lb ft-of torque. This is the same electric motor as in the BMW i3 but with less power (170 hp in the BMW i3). The electric motor drives the front wheels via a GKN two-speed automatic gearbox which always run in first gear while in eDrive mode but switches directly to second gear in the mixed modes. The energy is drawn from a 5 kWh lithium-ion pack placed along the central tunnel right behind the electric motor. BMW i8 – BMWBLOG First Drive
An additional e-motor is placed in the rear adjacent to the combustion engine. It produces 13 hp and 81 lb-ft of torque and while it can provide additional power to the rear wheel, BMW says that it’s main functions are to recharge the battery, start the combustion engine and in hybrid mode to smooth out power delivery and match up the revs when switching driving modes. Therefore the typical lag mode found in hybrid or combustion setups is removed. All these add up to a combined 357 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque, 44 percent of it available from the moment you floor the throttle. The U.S. market will get the BMW i8 in June 2014 at a base price of $135,700.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/04/24/paris-photo-los-angeles-presents-david-hockneys-bmw-art-car/ in News on April 24, 2014
For Paris Photo’s second edition at the Paramount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles, BMW is proud to present the 850CSi Art Car by David Hockney. Almost 20 years after its creation in 1995 the Art Car returns to its roots in LA, the city that has bee...
For Paris Photo’s second edition at the Paramount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles, BMW is proud to present the 850CSi Art Car by David Hockney. Almost 20 years after its creation in 1995 the Art Car returns to its roots in LA, the city that has been Hockney’s home town for more than 40 years. “It would be good to perhaps show the car so you could be looking inside it”, Hockney described his approach to the project. He put the idea into practice in his very own style of pop art that became as popular as Andy Warhol’s. BMW Group is the official partner of Paris Photo Los Angeles and the night before the start of the fair will celebrate the US-launch of its BMW Art Car book. The first publication regarding the BMW Art Car Collection will be presented on April 24. The book published by Hatje Cantz is a richly illustrated catalogue of the legendary BMW Art Cars’ history.
Since 1975, reowned artists from throughout the world have designed BMW automobiles of their times, all making different artistic statements. The seventeen exhibits created for the Art Car Collection until now include works by exceptional artists such as Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Jenny Holzer, Olafur Eliasson and Jeff Koons, who has also illustrated the cover of the book. The Art Cars reflect the cultural and historical development of art, design, and technology and have been presented by major museums around the world, including the Guggenheim and the Louvre. On 200 pages with 148 pictures portraits and interviews show the motives and the approaches of the artists as well as the historical development of the collection in a descriptive way.
In its 11th year of partnership with Paris Photo, BMW once again provides the VIP shuttle service. Besides the David Hockney Art Car, BMW will display its i8, introducing a new era of sustainable performance. With its futuristic design and groundbreaking technology, the i8 is the world’s most forward looking sports car made out of carbon fiber and BMW’s first high-performance plug-in hybrid. The fair will be open from April 25 to 26 from 12 to 7 p.m. and on April 27 von 12 to 6 p.m.
For over a decade now, BMW has been an active partner of the most established international art fairs including Frieze NY and London, as well as Art Basel in Hong Kong, Miami and Basel, the Berlin Gallery Weekend and TEFAF Maastricht. Paris Photo LA Paris Photo Los Angeles, the second US edition of the world’s most celebrated art fair for works created in the photographic medium, will take place at Paramount Pictures Studios offering the ideal setting to explore how artists have been and are using photography and moving image in their work in the 20th and 21st centuries. The fair will be held April 25-26, 2014 from 12:00 to 7:00 pm and April 27 from 12:00 to 6:00 pm. For more information, please visit http://losangeles.parisphoto.com The article Paris Photo Los Angeles presents David Hockney’s BMW Art Car appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/04/24/bmw-m235i-m-performance-parts/ in News on April 24, 2014
Here is one of the first BMW M235i with a wide range of M Performance Parts. Available as of market launch in March 2014, the M Performance Parts were developed in close collaboration with BMW M and the catalog offers upgrades to the drivetrain, susp...
Here is one of the first BMW M235i with a wide range of M Performance Parts. Available as of market launch in March 2014, the M Performance Parts were developed in close collaboration with BMW M and the catalog offers upgrades to the drivetrain, suspension, aerodynamics and design. In the power department, BMW offers an M Performance Power Kit for the 220d Coupe increasing the output of the 4-cylinder diesel engine by 12 kW/16 bhp to 147 kW/200 bhp and maximum torque by 40 Nm to 420 Nm. A BMW M Performance silencer system is available for the BMW M235i Coupe. BMW M Performance tailpipe trim elements are offered in chrome or carbon, bearing the M logo.
An optional BMW M Performance limited-slip differential is available for the BMW M235i Coupe, and the 4 Series Coupe. BMW M Performance sports suspension is offered including a lowering of 20 millimeters as compared to the standard version. In the design department, a BMW M Performance rear spoiler in carbon is offered as well as a BMW M Performance Aerodynamic Kit available for the front apron. M Performance wheels were also fitted to the owner’s car, along with plenty of carbon fiber parts.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/04/24/f80-bmw-m3-alpine-white-abu-dhabi-motors/ in News on April 24, 2014
While most of the European and U.S. dealerships won’t get their first M3 and M4 models until June, Abu Dhabi Motors already has a new M3 in stock. The 2014 F80 M3 comes painted in the Alpine White color with a Sakhir Orange leather interior. In...
While most of the European and U.S. dealerships won’t get their first M3 and M4 models until June, Abu Dhabi Motors already has a new M3 in stock. The 2014 F80 M3 comes painted in the Alpine White color with a Sakhir Orange leather interior. Instead of the manual transmission, the Alpine White F80 M3 uses the 7-speed DCT and comes equipped with all options available in the ordering catalog. No pricing was mentioned for this special M3, but one can assume is quite high. In the U.S., the F80 2015 BMW M3 Sedan will cost $62,000 and 2015 BMW M4 has a base price $64,200. Destination and handling is $925.
After ditching the amazing V8 naturally-aspirated engine, the new M3 and M4 use a 3.0 liter turbocharged engine that produces 425 HP and 560 Nm (413 lb-ft) of torque. The car weighs under 1,500 kg (3,300 lbs). From 0-100 km/h (0-62), the 2014 BMW M4 runs in 4.1 seconds with DCT while the M3 runs the same distance in 4.3 seconds, with the same transmissionBMW M4 Coupe with M Stripes SPOTTED. Here are the full engine specs.