World Preview: The All-New BMW 7 Series

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BMW Debuts Aluminum Tank for the R nineT

BMW is expanding their line of personalization options for the R nineT with a line of aluminum fuel tanks in various finishes. The post BMW Debuts Aluminum Tank for the R nineT appeared first on… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs...

BMW is expanding their line of personalization options for the R nineT with a line of aluminum fuel tanks in various finishes. The post BMW Debuts Aluminum Tank for the R nineT appeared first on… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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10 Things You Should Know About Your M4

YouTube reviewer Nick Murray continues his series of videos about his newly acquired M4. This time, he has decided to cover 10 of the… The post 10 Things You Should Know About Your M4 appeared… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my ...

YouTube reviewer Nick Murray continues his series of videos about his newly acquired M4. This time, he has decided to cover 10 of the… The post 10 Things You Should Know About Your M4 appeared… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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BMW: The Family Brand

Many families like to stick with one car brand. They buy a car, like the way that company does things, so they buy another, and another, and keep buying them for years to come. Then, when their kids are old enough to drive, they buy their kids one to...

Many families like to stick with one car brand. They buy a car, like the way that company does things, so they buy another, and another, and keep buying them for years to come. Then, when their kids are old enough to drive, they buy their kids one too. Certain car companies stick more than others; BMW, Mercedes, Honda, Volvo are all companies that gain loyal followings. I can specifically attest for this concept. My family has always had a love for bimmers. My parents had an E28 5 Series, though it was bought in the early 90’s. Then several E34 5 Series, an E39 525i and an E60 530i. So basically they like 5 Series BMWs, but I had, and still have an E36 328i, which was my first car. So I have a BMW family. BMW also has so many offerings now, that there is one for each and every family member.

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Very many people who hear that a BMW was my first car think that it’s because I come from money and my parents bought it for me. However, I bought my first car with my own money, all that I had actually, because of how much I enjoyed the brand. I absolutely adore my E36 and I never plan on getting rid of it. Despite whatever car I may purchase I’m the future, my trusty 328i will never leave my side. And when I eventually start a family, and children are old enough to drive, they’ll have my, ancient by then, E36 328i to drive and learn in. That’s another great thing about BMWs, they’re great cars to learn how to drive in. Because the steering and brakes are so accurate and because they communicate what they’re doing so well, it helps you learn how to control a car even better. So if a teenager, like myself, learns to drive on a Bimmer, with their excellent driving characteristics, it almost spoils said teenager. Therefore, instilling a desire to own a BMW in that teenager, and the trend continues as they get older. This sort of thing happens with many car brands, but BMW is definitely one that sticks more than others. While it’s an expensive brand to be enthusiastic about, especially at a young age, it’s worth the extra expense. BMW is a company with great history and excellent driving dynamics. And if a youngster buys an older, high mileage one, it can teach them how to make many repairs, like it did for me. So if a family wants to be a specific car family, BMW is a great brand to follow. The article BMW: The Family Brand appeared first on BMW BLOG

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McLaren F1’s BMW Engine is the best

EVO magazine just recently did an incredibly envious test of two cars, separated by two decades and one letter, made by the same company but with one focus — to be the most incredible supercar the world has ever seen. The two cars in question a...

EVO magazine just recently did an incredibly envious test of two cars, separated by two decades and one letter, made by the same company but with one focus — to be the most incredible supercar the world has ever seen. The two cars in question are the McLaren F1 and the McLaren P1. The P1 is a modern marvel, with a twin-turbo V8, mated to an electric motor and battery pack, which enables it to hit 60 mph in under 3 seconds and onwards to 217 mph. It’s mind-bendingly fast. But its predecessor, the F1, is one of the purest driving experiences ever created. And it’s faster than the P1, with a higher top speed of 240 mph. It’s funny that the F1, developed in the early ’90s, that broke the production car top speed record back then, has the top speed closer to the current record holder than the P1. The F1 has one simple advantage over the P1 which allows it to be so incredibly fast — a 6.1 liter V12.

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The V12 in question is called the S70/2 and was developed by Paul Rosche of BMW’s Motorsport division and makes 618 hp. The 6.1 liter S70/2 is widely considered as one of the finest engines ever fitted to an automobile. It had unbelievable throttle response and, at the time, unmatched power. Combine that with the incredible sound as it revved to its 7500 rpm redline and the F1 engine officially becomes a masterpiece. Paul Rosche created the Mona Lisa of engines, with the S70/2.

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This engine, used in the M8 prototype also, in my opinion and many others, is the absolute finest to ever come from the Bavarians. And it’s funny that, in that regard, the best BMW engine ever made was never fitted to a BMW. Sure there was the S70B56 in the 850csi, but it wasn’t the same. The S70/2 in the F1 trumps not only every engine to come from BMW, but possibly every engine ever made.

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In the video, the F1’s glorious engine and incredible response give it the victory over the brand new, technological powerhouse that is the P1. But despite the P1’s incredible technology, it cannot top the magic that is the F1 and its miraculous engine. An engine that was designed and built by our favorite Bavarians and could possibly be the best BMW engine, or of any kind, ever made. The simple fact that the engine exists, and did so twenty years ago, makes the world a better place. The article McLaren F1’s BMW Engine is the best appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW 7 Series Teaser Video

With BMW M, BMW created the most powerful letter in the world. With BMW i, BMW showed the future of mobility and sustainability. Now, with the all-new BMW 7 Series, BMW presents the future of luxury. Chris Brow of BMW takes us around and inside the n...

With BMW M, BMW created the most powerful letter in the world. With BMW i, BMW showed the future of mobility and sustainability. Now, with the all-new BMW 7 Series, BMW presents the future of luxury. Chris Brow of BMW takes us around and inside the new 7 Series to showcases its best features. While BMW has yet to show us the full design, the video gives us a glimpse at the car. The first official photos are about two months away, but some lucky customers from around the world have had and will have the opportunity to see the new 7 Series behind closed doors at VIP events. BMW has also opened a registration link for those interested to learn more about the car. Click here to catch up on the new 7 Series features and here to see our first, exclusive test-drive of a 7 Series prototype.

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Video: The all-new BMW 7 Series. Preview.

More video preview of the all new BMW 7 Series highlight features. ...

More video preview of the all new BMW 7 Series highlight features.

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BMW could be a Volvo alternative

As a New Jersey resident and frequent driver of the Garden State Parkway, I’ve seen my fair share of bad car accidents. I’ve seen multiple cars on fire, cars flipped over into the trees and people who’ve been sent through the windsh...

As a New Jersey resident and frequent driver of the Garden State Parkway, I’ve seen my fair share of bad car accidents. I’ve seen multiple cars on fire, cars flipped over into the trees and people who’ve been sent through the windshield. It’s a terrifying experience, to see such accidents, as it reminds you just how dangerous driving a car can really be. One accident in particular, I saw the aftermath of, involved a Ford E350 work van, which had been all but demolished. The driver of the van was laying on the ground with EMTs looking after him. The other car involved was okay, and seemed drivable, with the woman driver standing outside of her vehicle looking upon the man, with concern for his well-being, as she spoke to the officers. The car she had been driving seemed to have survived this accident with little damage, and if you’re wondering what kind of car it was, it was a Volvo S40.

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Volvos are famous for being the safest cars on the road, with Volvo claiming that by 2020 no passenger will be killed or severely injured in a new Volvo. Many parents buy Volvos for this reason alone, as it seems to be the safest brand to chauffeur children in. My fiance actually drives a similar S40 to the one I saw in the accident, and would by another for children because of its safety. It’s hard to argue this logic, because in all reality, isn’t safety the most important attribute of an automobile? Volvo buyers usually don’t cross shop between brands. They like their Volvos for their safety, but also because of the quirky way the Swedes do things. It’s a very specific brand with very specific customers. There isn’t necessarily a problem with this thinking, but maybe some narrow mindedness. While Volvos are immensely safe, and very unique, it isn’t the only brand to offer such attributes. Many Volvo customers don’t buy other brands, simply because they don’t know much about them. BMW has always been an excellent alternative to Volvo, even in terms of safety. BMWs may not have quite the same level of safety features as their Volvo competition, but all bimmers receive high marks in IIHS safety tests with many models earning the coveted Top Safety Pick Plus award. Plus BMW is a brand that’s always been unique, in terms of feel and design. Cars from the Bavarian brand are also better drivers and handle far better and are usually more luxurious. If Volvo customers were to test out some BMW models, they just might be swayed.

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The Volvo XC60 is a popular model, because of its safety, versatility, practicality and looks. It’s an excellent car, no two ways about it. But there are other cars out there that offer similar attributes, like the BMW X1, X3 or 3 Series GT. These cars offer those same things, just with the added benefit of better driving dynamics.

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The new Volvo XC90 is an outstanding SUV, with incredible luxury and safety. But looking at an X5 in comparison really shows how much more premium the BMW looks and feels. Plus the X5 also received top safety picks, has a bevy of safety features, can also seat seven, is comparably priced and should be nicer to drive.

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In no way am I trying to discredit Volvo, as I am a big fan of the company and the way it decides to do things the way it wants to, regardless of what people think. The automotive industry needs more thinking like that, in my opinion. But in terms of overall vehicles for a family, it isn’t the only option. As good as the cars from Gothenburg are, it’s worth looking at the ones from Munich as well. The article BMW could be a Volvo alternative appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW Team RLL Claims GTLM Class Front Row at Long Beach

BMW Team RLL will start the third race of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship at Long Beach, California from the GTLM class front row. Bill Auberlen, driving the No. 25 BMW Z4 he shares with Dirk Werner, took the pole position with a new qua...

BMW Team RLL will start the third race of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship at Long Beach, California from the GTLM class front row. Bill Auberlen, driving the No. 25 BMW Z4 he shares with Dirk Werner, took the pole position with a new qualifying record time of 1:17.268 minutes around the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary circuit that runs along the Long Beach harbor. This was the veteran’s first pole since Baltimore in 2013 and the first for the team since Road America last year.

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John Edwards drove the No. 24 BMW Z4 to the outside of the front row with a lap of 1:17.516 minutes. He will co-drive with Lucas Luhr, a four-time winner at Long Beach,  in tomorrow’s race. The streets of Long Beach have proven to be an excellent stage for BMW  with BMW Team RLL finishing on the podium every year since its first race here in 2009 and winning in 2011 and 2013. That victory in 2013, the very first for the current Z4 racing program, was shared by Auberlen and Maxime Martin.

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Bobby Rahal (Team Principal, BMW Team RLL):  “If there is a track that is kind of built for the Z4 I think this is it. We have won here before with the car. It is a handling circuit, it is not just a power circuit. The Z4 is definitely a very good handling car and good on brakes. It is nice to be at a place where we kind of have an advantage. The guys are doing a good job, and the car is handling well. The changes we have made all seem positive. It is going to be nice starting on the front row and hopefully we can stay there.”

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Bill Auberlen (No. 25 BMW Z4 GTLM, pole): “I so wanted this pole. Last year I had it until the last lap when Jan (Magnussen) got it. I set the lap record in the race at Sebring and now a new qualifying record at Long Beach. I am extremely pleased that I am able to put those kinds of exclamation points to the story of a great brand’s effort.” John Edwards (No. 24 BMW Z4 GTLM, P2): “Quite a day for BMW for sure! This is the place where BMW had its first win with the Z4 a few years ago, and that one was a one- two. We have repeated the qualifying and now we have to pay attention to the race. On a personal level, we will be pushing the black car to try and get around Bill. It is the shortest race we have all year, but sometimes it seems like the toughest fight. We shall have to be pushing hard for the whole time tomorrow.”

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The Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach takes the green flag at 4:05 p.m. PDT Saturday, April 18th and will be streamed live on IMSA.com from 7:05 – 8:45 p.m. EDT. The race will be rebroadcast on FOX Sports 1 on April 19th from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. EDT. Follow BMW Team RLL on Twitter at @BMWUSARacing for “from-the-pit-box” updates all weekend.

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2016 BMW 7 Series – Videos

Earlier today, BMW released new information on the 2016 7 Series. While the 7er prototype continue to be covered in camouflage, other details are not. In the following videos, BMW highlights the key features of the new 7 Series and takes us on the tr...

Earlier today, BMW released new information on the 2016 7 Series. While the 7er prototype continue to be covered in camouflage, other details are not. In the following videos, BMW highlights the key features of the new 7 Series and takes us on the track in Miramas to show us how nimble the large luxury limousine is. We also had the change to drive the new 7 Series on the same track and our driving impressions can be found here.  Using an all-new EfficientLightweigh chassis, which uses an extensive amount of CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic) in the passenger cell and aluminum in the chassis, the new G12 7 Series will weigh 130 kg (286 lbs) less than the previous generation.

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Other updates include a new iDrive system with gestures, air suspension, safety features and autonomous functions. We put together an article describing all those new features of the 7 Series. The article 2016 BMW 7 Series – Videos appeared first on BMW BLOG

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