Toyota Supra and BMW Z4 replacement to share key components

New details on the future BMW-Toyota cars are emerging from Australia. According to Motoring citing a Toyota insider, the reborn again Toyota Supra and the BMW Z4 replacement (potentially called Z5) are due to appear within three years and BMW is lea...

New details on the future BMW-Toyota cars are emerging from Australia. According to Motoring citing a Toyota insider, the reborn again Toyota Supra and the BMW Z4 replacement (potentially called Z5) are due to appear within three years and BMW is leading the packaging and design of both cars. Toyota will contribute to the styling as well. According to Japan’s Holiday Auto magazine, the design of the Z4 replacement’s body is taking priority in the creative process, and hence designers are focusing on perfecting a convertible design. BMW brings to the table their knowledge in lightweight construction and the latest technology advancements from the i sub-brand.

Toyota Supra and BMW Z4 replacement to share key components

This combination forms the basis of the collaborative effort in which the born-again Supra will benefit from BMW’s cutting-edge construction. Given the Z4 successor is being developed as a convertible, it stands to reason that the Supra will follow in the BMW’s footsteps. The insider says the Toyota’s engine and transmission will be supplied by BMW and that a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder unit will be the main powerplant.   READ ALSO: Does BMW need Toyota?   The conventional engine will be paired with Toyota’s latest ‘super conductor hybrid’ technology, making the flagship sports car a plug-in hybrid delivering upwards of 260kW. This car incorporates a motor-generator mounted on the front axle, along with one in the rear. The two units scavenge energy by applying braking force during deceleration to generate current that it sends to a super-capacitor. The super-capacitor then reverses that flow of power during acceleration, boosting the performance of the internal combustion engine’s power delivery. The electric motors will be designed by Toyota but built by BMW, and both cars have a target weight of less than 1400kg. At the same time, BMW sources are saying the BMW Z5 will feature a more radical front-mid-engine bias.  Under the hood, it will feature a 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine with three power stages: 190 hp, 245 hp and 270 hp. The engine will be matted to a ZF 8-speed automatic or six-speed manual. Expect to see both joint-venture sports cars in showrooms by the end of 2017. The article Toyota Supra and BMW Z4 replacement to share key components appeared first on BMW BLOG

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THROW BACK THURSDAY: The BMW X5 (E53) 1999-2006

This week’s Throw Back Thursday goes to the first ever BMW SUV or rather SAV since the company readily describes the X5 as a Sport Activity Vehicle. This top selling, road staple, strong competitor has solidified the consumer desire for luxury SUV...

This week’s Throw Back Thursday goes to the first ever BMW SUV or rather SAV since the company readily describes the X5 as a Sport Activity Vehicle. This top selling, road staple, strong competitor has solidified the consumer desire for luxury SUV’s. When BMW acquired Land Rover in 1994 ideas of a BMW SUV came into play. This particular model shares many components with the Range Rover L322 like the Hill Descent System, Off Road Management system, and stereo computer logistics systems. With design production starting in 1994 this vehicle was not approved for production until 1997.

THROW BACK THURSDAY:  The BMW X5 (E53) 1999 2006

THROW BACK THURSDAY:  The BMW X5 (E53) 1999 2006

THROW BACK THURSDAY:  The BMW X5 (E53) 1999 2006

THROW BACK THURSDAY:  The BMW X5 (E53) 1999 2006

THROW BACK THURSDAY:  The BMW X5 (E53) 1999 2006

THROW BACK THURSDAY:  The BMW X5 (E53) 1999 2006

THROW BACK THURSDAY:  The BMW X5 (E53) 1999 2006

THROW BACK THURSDAY:  The BMW X5 (E53) 1999 2006

The clay models designed by Chris Bangle and Chris Chapman took two months to finalize before they were ready for management approval. BMW’s takeover of Land Rover Range Rover was especially beneficial to the production of the X5 as design elements for the new SUV came from the off road company. BMW saved a ton of money by sharing interior components with the BMW 5 series (E39) and had a major production plant located in South Carolina as this car was created with an American consumer in mind. This car quickly became a staple on the road, celebrities such as the Olsen twins, David Beckham, Pamela Anderson, Josh Duhamel, and Shakira. Today’s BMW X5 has come a long way while still demanding respect on and off the road much like the first BMW X5. The article THROW BACK THURSDAY: The BMW X5 (E53) 1999-2006 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW M4 vs. Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507

CarAdvice Australia test drives and compares the new BMW M4 and the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507. Over the standard C63 AMG, the Edition 507 receives an extra 49bhp and 8lb ft of torque, taking its totals to 507 hp and 450lb ft. The electronic s...

CarAdvice Australia test drives and compares the new BMW M4 and the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507. Over the standard C63 AMG, the Edition 507 receives an extra 49bhp and 8lb ft of torque, taking its totals to 507 hp and 450lb ft. The electronic speed limiter has also been upped from 155 mph to 174mph, setting the Edition 507 apart from other AMG models and putting it just below the C63 Black Series. The 0-62mph sprint is now dealt with in 4.2sec, or 4.3sec for the estate. Stopping power is provided by a ‘high-performance composite brake system’, clamped by red calipers and visible through new 19-inch cross spoke alloys.

BMW M4 vs. Mercedes Benz C63 AMG Edition 507

The 2015 BMW M4 is powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six which makes 425 hp and 406 lb-ft. That’s barely up from the last-gen M3′s peak 414 hp, but up significantly in the torque department. Clearly the two performance cars are not a one-to-one match, so how do they compare to each other? Let’s see some excerpts from their review: Despite its immense torque and eagerness at low revs, the AMG engine urges you to chase its top-end, where the sound is pure and unadulterated. The way BMW M engineers have allowed a turbocharged six-cylinder to deliver crisp throttle response when the revs are hanging high is commendable, however compared with the C63 the M4 feels doughy at low revs. It’s not the torque delivery that’s the problem, because it soon comes on strong, but there’s not nearly the same immediate reaction from the engine when the throttle is quickly prodded. The M4 engine is quieter at low revs, too. It segues into becoming louder than the Mercedes-Benz at higher revs, yet it’s not exactly for the better either. Unlike the sweet, creamy, classically six-cylinder sound produced from an M235i turbo 3.0-litre, for example, the M4 sounds more hard-edged and meaty, but also grainy and a bit coarse. Where the M4 feels like a faster, larger version of the M235i, the C63 AMG Edition 507 is like a cut-price mini-supercar. Every tester walked away from it enamoured by just how special it makes you feel, from its bombastic engine to every control that talks to you, wherever you’re driving it and at whatever speed. It’s exactly enough to make you forgive its old cabin and hard ride. Where the BMW M4 is admired, the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507 is adored. As far as grand finales go, this one is both epic and dangerous – the precedent for the next turbo-V8 C63 has just been set for itself… The article BMW M4 vs. Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Dinan S3-R BMW 1M produces 444 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque

The folks at Hooniverse are reviewing the Dinan S3-R BMW 1M, the very same little rocket we’ve tested last year. Mated with the powerful BMW N54 Dinan twin turbocharged engine, this is a track day car on Sunday and daily commuter car come Monda...

The folks at Hooniverse are reviewing the Dinan S3-R BMW 1M, the very same little rocket we’ve tested last year. Mated with the powerful BMW N54 Dinan twin turbocharged engine, this is a track day car on Sunday and daily commuter car come Monday. Dinan makes the direct injection BMW N54 engine breathe with 14psi of boost pressure producing 444 horsepower @ 6300 rpm and 450 Ft Lbs of torque @ 3300 rpm. Sporting a carbon black exterior with matching charcoal interior and a manual 6 speed transmission this rare BMW specimen is a spectacle to behold.

Dinan S3 R BMW 1M produces 444 horsepower and 450 pound feet of torque

Dinan S3 R BMW 1M produces 444 horsepower and 450 pound feet of torque

Dinan S3 R BMW 1M produces 444 horsepower and 450 pound feet of torque

Dinan S3 R BMW 1M produces 444 horsepower and 450 pound feet of torque

Dinan S3 R BMW 1M produces 444 horsepower and 450 pound feet of torque

Dinan S3 R BMW 1M produces 444 horsepower and 450 pound feet of torque

Dinan S3 R BMW 1M produces 444 horsepower and 450 pound feet of torque

Dinan S3 R BMW 1M produces 444 horsepower and 450 pound feet of torque

Dinan S3 R BMW 1M produces 444 horsepower and 450 pound feet of torque

Dinan S3 R BMW 1M produces 444 horsepower and 450 pound feet of torque

Dinan S3 R BMW 1M produces 444 horsepower and 450 pound feet of torque

Dinan S3 R BMW 1M produces 444 horsepower and 450 pound feet of torque

Dinan S3 R BMW 1M produces 444 horsepower and 450 pound feet of torque

Dinan S3 R BMW 1M produces 444 horsepower and 450 pound feet of torque

Dinan S3 R BMW 1M produces 444 horsepower and 450 pound feet of torque

Dinan S3 R BMW 1M produces 444 horsepower and 450 pound feet of torque

Dinan S3 R BMW 1M produces 444 horsepower and 450 pound feet of torque

Dinan S3 R BMW 1M produces 444 horsepower and 450 pound feet of torque

Dinan S3 R BMW 1M produces 444 horsepower and 450 pound feet of torque

Dinan S3 R BMW 1M produces 444 horsepower and 450 pound feet of torque

Dinan S3 R BMW 1M produces 444 horsepower and 450 pound feet of torque

Dinan S3 R BMW 1M produces 444 horsepower and 450 pound feet of torque

Dinan S3 R BMW 1M produces 444 horsepower and 450 pound feet of torque

Dinan S3 R BMW 1M produces 444 horsepower and 450 pound feet of torque

Dinan S3 R BMW 1M produces 444 horsepower and 450 pound feet of torque

Dinan S3 R BMW 1M produces 444 horsepower and 450 pound feet of torque

Dinan S3 R BMW 1M produces 444 horsepower and 450 pound feet of torque

Dinan S3 R BMW 1M produces 444 horsepower and 450 pound feet of torque

Handling Features & Upgrades • The 1M comes from BMW with wide fender flares and the same brakes as the E92 M3 • Dinan springs and coil over suspension kit for adjustable ride height and camber adjustment • Front thrust arm monoballs and rear suspension toe links for maintaining precision handling • Dinan 3-way adjustable tubular front anti-roll bar for reduced unsprung weight and body roll control • Salisbury limited slip differential for reducing wheel spin coming off the corner and putting the power down • Lightweight BBS CH-R wheels and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires Performance Features & Upgrades • Dinan performance engine software that optimizes boost pressure, fuel mixture, and ignition timing while also raising the engine rev limit and removing the top speed governor • Dinan stainless steel performance exhaust adds power and gives the 1M a sound that let you know it means business • Larger turbochargers with updated wastegates from Dinan for improved boost control • Dinan carbon fiber cold air intake feeding additional air into the larger compressor wheels of the turbochargers • Larger volume intercooler for cooling the intake charge of the additional boost pressure • High capacity engine oil cooler is also added for additional cooling of the engine Let’s see the video review: The article Dinan S3-R BMW 1M produces 444 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BimmerFile Review: The BMW i8

With the key fob in my hand, I raised the door and properly maneuvered over the carbon sill and into the low seat of the BMW i8. I glance at the controls, check the mirrors and press of the start… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my web...

With the key fob in my hand, I raised the door and properly maneuvered over the carbon sill and into the low seat of the BMW i8. I glance at the controls, check the mirrors and press of the start… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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BMW i9 to launch in 2016 – Rumor

Auto Motor und Sport is reporting on a future BMW i9 due to launch in 2016. In the same very year, BMW is celebrating 100 years of existence and rumors around a potential halo/supercar have been floating around for years. BMW i9 would be based off th...

Auto Motor und Sport is reporting on a future BMW i9 due to launch in 2016. In the same very year, BMW is celebrating 100 years of existence and rumors around a potential halo/supercar have been floating around for years. BMW i9 would be based off the i8 hybrid sports car with more power and a beefier appearance. Still featuring a plug-in hybrid, the BMW i9 is said to forgo the 1.5 liter three-cylinder engine in favor for a larger one and with more power. Furthermore, the i9 would also get a bigger electric battery which will generate more than the 131 hp found in the i8.

BMW i9 to launch in 2016   Rumor

Lightweight materials and construction remain top priorities for BMW so if it comes to life, expect the i9 to feature even more carbon fiber and aluminum parts. The i9 will retain the perfect 50:50 weight distribution. From 0 to 100km/h, the BMW i9 is rumored to run in under 4 seconds and with a top speed above 155 mph. While we do believe that BMW will prepare something special for this unique opportunity to showcase to the world its sporty DNA, it’s still a big question whether BMW has the room to build a car above the i8 which will essentially feature just more power and a fresher design. And you can also forgo a six-cylinder engine in the hybrid setup given the chassis’ transverse engine layout. The article BMW i9 to launch in 2016 – Rumor appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Report: Chrysler Seven-Passenger Crossover to be Based on Minivan

New model will be front-wheel drive, offer plug-in version. ...

New model will be front-wheel drive, offer plug-in version.

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Report: Buick to Bolster Lineup with Convertible, New Crossover

Rumors suggest two new vehicles are headed to Buick’s lineup. ...

Rumors suggest two new vehicles are headed to Buick’s lineup.

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2015 Kia Soul Goes Up in Price, Gains New Umber Package

$900 Umber Package adds a Nappa leather interior. ...

$900 Umber Package adds a Nappa leather interior.

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Nissan Note Nismo Coming to Japan This Fall, Will it Come Stateside?

Modified hatchback strikes a sportier note. ...

Modified hatchback strikes a sportier note.

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