2012 BMW 550 i Sedan

2012 BMW 550 i Sedan Graphite color, Black interior Royal Oak, MD 21662 15 months lease $0.00 per month ...

2012 BMW 550 i Sedan

2012 BMW 550 i Sedan Graphite color, Black interior Royal Oak, MD 21662 15 months lease $0.00 per month

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2014 NYIAS: MINI Countryman Facelift

The new MINI Countryman Facelift debuts at the 2014 New York Auto Show. Here are some of the highlights: New version of the first MINI with four doors, a large tailgate, five seats and optional all-wheel drive; new MINI Countryman (combined fuel cons...

The new MINI Countryman Facelift debuts at the 2014 New York Auto Show. Here are some of the highlights: New version of the first MINI with four doors, a large tailgate, five seats and optional all-wheel drive; new MINI Countryman (combined fuel consumption: 7.1- 4.2 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 165 – 111 g/km) hones its profile as an all-round talent for versatile mobility and an active lifestyle; fresh measures to ensure the continued success of the premium compact model that has sold more than 350,000 units worldwide; selective design modifications; further enhanced driving performance figures; optimized fuel consumption and emissions; increased engine output in the new MINI Cooper S Countryman; market launch of all model variants including the top sports model MINI John Cooper Works Countryman in July 2014.

2014 NYIAS: MINI Countryman Facelift

Extensive engine portfolio comprising 4-cylinder petrol and 4-cylinder diesel engines; all engine types now with emission rating according to EU6 emission standard; increase in output by 5 kW to 140 kW/190 bhp in the MINI Cooper S Countryman; optimised driving performance and fuel consumption figures due to extended MINIMALISM technology including improved aerodynamic properties; 6-speed manual transmission as standard, 6-speed automatic transmission as an option (exception: MINI One D Countryman); MINI specific all-wheel drive system ALL4 optional for the models MINI Cooper Countryman, MINI Cooper S Countryman, MINI Cooper D Countryman and MINI Cooper SD Countryman, as standard in the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman.

2014 NYIAS: MINI Countryman Facelift

2014 NYIAS: MINI Countryman Facelift

2014 NYIAS: MINI Countryman Facelift

2014 NYIAS: MINI Countryman Facelift

2014 NYIAS: MINI Countryman Facelift

2014 NYIAS: MINI Countryman Facelift

2014 NYIAS: MINI Countryman Facelift

2014 NYIAS: MINI Countryman Facelift

2014 NYIAS: MINI Countryman Facelift

2014 NYIAS: MINI Countryman Facelift

2014 NYIAS: MINI Countryman Facelift

2014 NYIAS: MINI Countryman Facelift

2014 NYIAS: MINI Countryman Facelift

2014 NYIAS: MINI Countryman Facelift

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Our Interview with BMW M3/M4 Project Manager and Product Manager at NYIAS 2014

We’ve just had a chance at the 2014 NYIAS to sit down and discuss the all-new M3/M4 with the M3/M4 project manager, Michael Wimbeck (pictured) and M3/M4 product manager for BMW NA, Victor LeLeu. Thanks to these two gentlemen, here are some hop...

We’ve just had a chance at the 2014 NYIAS to sit down and discuss the all-new M3/M4 with the M3/M4 project manager, Michael Wimbeck (pictured) and M3/M4 product manager for BMW NA, Victor LeLeu. Thanks to these two gentlemen, here are some hopefully enlightening answers. Are there official EPA MPG figures for U.S. M3 and M4 yet?No, not yet. Will M3/M4 be subject to gas guzzler tax?We’ll wait for the official EPA numbers to provide an answer. We do expect a substantial increase in fuel efficiency – on the order of 20-25% [compared to E9x M3]. Hopefully sometime in May we should have those numbers. What does the US curb weight for the M3/M4 include?The way the US curb weight is measured includes full fluids in the car, all standard equipment for US market and all options that are expected to be equipped on more than one-thirds of M3/M4 sold (i.e. 19″ wheels and DCT are included). Note: U.S. curb weight for the U.S. 2015 M3 model is 3540 lbs (manual) / 3595 lbs (DCT) and the U.S. 2015 M4 weighs 3530 lbs (manual) / 3585 lbs (DCT). How does the F8x DCT transmission compare to the E9x DCT and current M5/M6 DCT?The DCT unit comes from the M5/M6 DCT and it has new software that is specially adapted to the F8x. The gear ratios differ from the E9x and are closer to the M5′s. The F8x provides a wider range than the E9x DCT – it can be more comfortable but also sportier [depending on the selected mode]. The sportiest mode is orientated after the E92 M3 GTS. It has shifting for the race track. In D3 you can have downshifts that are created by the brake force. For example, braking a certain amount for a turn will cause a downshift so the car is in the right gear to apply throttle. Where is the passive (non-adaptive) suspension positioned relative to the adaptive suspension’s modes?It’s between Sport and Sport+. Can downshift auto blipping be disabled other than going into Sport+ mode?That is the only way to disable it. There is no separate button or function to disable it. Does the manual transmission get shift lights like the DCT?Both transmissions get shift lights. When should we expect BMW Individual options for the M3/M4?There will be 4 Individual colors available beginning this Autumn – Pyrite Brown, Citrin Black, Azurite Blue, Moonstone Metallic. There will be Individual Frozen colors as factory options from early 2015. Individual Leather upholstery options will be available for order (as a tick-the-box factory upgrade option) and show up in order guides beginning Spring 2015. Meanwhile, from Autumn 2014 until Spring 2015, Individual interiors will be available for order upon special request (but won’t appear in order guides) on the M3 sedan and M4 convertible only. M4 coupe’s factory (Munich) must first be prepared for the Individual upholstery process, which is expected to be ready sometime Spring 2015. When will M Performance Parts be Available?From Autumn this year. Why no carbon fiber boot lid / trunk on the M3?The coupes are generally a bigger problem in aerodynamics [compared to sedans]. So M4 needed a much bigger/higher spoiler to improve aerodynamics, but designers said no to a big spoiler of this size on the M4, so they said OK let’s make a special boot lid with the CSL shape for aerodynamics and also save weight by using carbon fiber. The M3 didn’t need a special boot lid for aerodynamics improvement and looked good with the standard small spoiler, so we decided to have the standard trunk with small spoiler lip. Now the M3 and M4 are on the same level aerodynamically. Why no carbon fiber hood on the M3/M4?Cost may be one reason, but also with pedestrian protection laws, it’s more difficult to have it in the front of the car compared to the back. Any possibility of AWD M3/M4 this generation?No. We orientated on lightweight-ness and steering precision for M3/M4. Will the black wheels seen on the prototypes be available?These are only prototype wheels and there are no plans to make them available. With the prototype wheels we tried to find out how light you can make wheels, so they were designed by our wheel engineers and not designers. The 18″ wheel option look a bit like the prototype wheels because they were designed after the prototype wheels. Can we expect a competition package?At the moment we can’t tell you the whole story. Stay tuned. Any CSL model coming?We have a heritage in these cars and are looking at all directions. We have a successful history with special M3 models. Stay tuned. Any M4 Gran Coupe coming?We have investigated that for a long time, but in our opinion the M4 coupe and M3 sedan spread the models/products wider. The coupe and gran coupe look similar and speak to the same customer. With a real 4 door sedan (M3) we have a wider product. Another reason is the trunk lid on the gran coupe because of the rigidity of the body and the weight, it’s not that suitable for an M car.

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BMW teams complete their final DTM test.

With less than three weeks to go before the start of the 2014 DTM season, BMW Motorsport has officially completed its programme of preparations. As well as the four BMW teams and their eight drivers, the remaining manufacturers in the DTM were also...

With less than three weeks to go before the start of the 2014 DTM season, BMW Motorsport has officially completed its programme of preparations.

As well as the four BMW teams and their eight drivers, the remaining manufacturers in the DTM were also in action at the Hockenheimring from Monday to Thursday. In keeping with tradition, the same circuit will also host the first of the season’s ten races on 4th May 2014. All eight BMW DTM drivers spent time on the 4.574-kilometre track over the course of the final test before the opening showdown. Augusto Farfus, Joey Hand, Bruno Spengler, Martin Tomczyk, Timo Glock, António Félix da Costa, Marco Wittmann and Maxime Martin worked their way through a comprehensive programme, with dry conditions on all four days allowing them to complete a total of approximately 10,000 kilometres with the new BMW M4 DTM. The fastest time of the day went to a BMW driver on three occasions. BMW Team RMG driver Wittmann clocked the fastest lap on Monday and Tuesday with times of 1:33.084 minutes and 1:32.132 minutes. On the third day, it was the turn of Hand to set the fastest time of 1:32.658 minutes for BMW Team RBM. Next stop for the eight BMW drivers is Munich. BMW Motorsport will present its complete programme for 2014 there on 25th April when BMW Plant Munich and BMW Welt provide the spectacular stage for the official BMW Motorsport launch. Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “Our latest test in Hockenheim was once again very revealing. The performance of our four BMW M4 DTMs was good. However, it was also important to be able to work through the programme we had planned, point by point. We are happy with what we have achieved so far with our new car. However, it is still difficult to make any predictions for the first race weekend in Hockenheim. Whatever happens, our preparations have passed without any major difficulties, so we can now really look forward to the BMW Motorsport Launch on 25th April in Munich, as well as the start of the DTM season in May. I think the fans are in for an exciting opening showdown at the Hockenheimring.” Augusto Farfus (car number 3, BMW Team RBM): “The final test before the season opener in Hockenheim was very positive for me. Together with my team, we were able to improve many areas of the new car. As every manufacturer is working through its own programme and has definitely not revealed its full hand yet, it will be exciting to see how the 2014 season pans out. It is almost impossible to make any comparisons with the opposition before the first race. However, I have a very good feeling. The BMW M4 DTM performed well at the test here in Hockenheim. We are certainly ready for the opening race in Hockenheim on 4th May.” Joey Hand (car number 4, BMW Team RBM): “The guys at BMW Team RBM and I spent the tests primarily working on the set-up for qualifying, the way the car behaves on standard tyres, and on my out laps. As there will only be one mandatory pit stop this season, you have fewer opportunities to use strategy to move through the field. For this reason, qualifying is hugely important, as is the out lap after the pit stop. All in all, I have the feeling our new car suits my driving style. The Crowne Plaza Hotels BMW M4 DTM is definitely a Joey Hand car. I feel right at home in it, and sense I can be quicker than I was last season. I love Hockenheim. It is my home circuit in Europe. This is where I have completed the most laps and enjoyed some of my best results. Bring it on.” Bruno Spengler (car number 9, BMW Team Schnitzer): “We still have a bit of work to do before the start of the season. We will analyse all the data we collected during testing in great detail over the next three weeks in the run up to the opening race at the Hockenheimring. It is still hard to say how strong we will be with the new car in 2014. However, one thing is certain: we will be well prepared come the start of the new season.” Martin Tomczyk (car number 10, BMW Team Schnitzer): “The test in Hockenheim marks the end of the preparations for the new DTM season. It has been a long winter, so there is obviously huge anticipation ahead of the first race on 4th May. Our goal is to introduce our new BMW M4 DTM to the fans with a success. Given the way the tests have panned out so far, I am confident we will achieve that. Generally speaking, we are happy with our results. We completed the programme we had planned without any problems – and are definitely well positioned.” Timo Glock (car number 17, BMW Team MTEK): “As a driver, you would obviously always like to have a few more test days before the opening race. On the whole, however, the preparation has gone well and we have been quick. We have taken a big step forward with the new BMW M4 DTM. However, we will have to see whether that step is big enough. We will find that out on the first race weekend. I feel good – and ready for Hockenheim.” António Félix da Costa (car number 18, BMW Team MTEK): “In total, I have completed two testing days in Hockenheim. The first was fantastic. I drove over 700 kilometres. We learned a lot about the BMW M4 DTM and tried out a few things. The priority for me was to understand how the car behaves in certain situations. I had my first off on the morning of the second day of testing and ended up in the gravel trap. That is all part of the learning process I am going through as a DTM rookie. However, no matter how illuminating and important the testing may be, I am ready to finally get racing. I want to compete in my first DTM race.” Marco Wittmann (car number 23, BMW Team RMG): “I am very happy with this test. We ran our programme without any problems. The two fastest laps were obviously nice for the team and me. However, it is not possible to judge how significant that is with regard to the season opener in Hockenheim. As a racing driver, however, you always want to be on top – whether at a test, in qualifying, or in the race. The BMW M4 DTM is making a very good impression. We have made a big leap forward in terms of development compared to last year. Because of this, I am confident going into the new season.” Maxime Martin (car number 24, BMW Team RMG): “Together with BMW Team RMG, I was able to work through the planned test programme without any problems. I also got a lot of kilometres under my belt with the new car. That is particularly important for a newcomer like me. My DTM debut is now just three weeks away. I am really looking forward to my first race in this series. It is completely different to what I have experienced in my racing career up to now. It will obviously be important to find my feet at the start of the season. However, I am optimistic I can do that. Let the DTM adventure begin.”

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Hands on With the BMW 228i Track Handling Package

The 228i with the Track Package is BMWNA’s attempt to reach out to the enthusiast and offer something that cuts through the lines and option packaging. For years BMW enthusiasts have know that… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my ...

The 228i with the Track Package is BMWNA’s attempt to reach out to the enthusiast and offer something that cuts through the lines and option packaging. For years BMW enthusiasts have know that… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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BMW i3 Wins Both 2014 World Car Design and World Green Car of the Year Awards

The Car of the Year Awards have just been announced at the 2014 NYIAS and the BMW i3 has won both the World Car Design of the Year and the World Green Car of the Year awards! The i3 beat out the following cars for World Car Design of the Year: Cadil...

The Car of the Year Awards have just been announced at the 2014 NYIAS and the BMW i3 has won both the World Car Design of the Year and the World Green Car of the Year awards! The i3 beat out the following cars for World Car Design of the Year: Cadillac CTS, Citroen C4 Picasso, Mazda3, Lexus IS, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Volkswagen XL1 And it bested the following cars for World Green Car of the Year: Audi A3 Sportback e-tron , BMW i3, Honda Accord Hybrid, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Volkswagen XL1 These awards come on the heels of news that BMW recently increased production of the i3 electric city car 43 percent to meet demand that has exceeded the company’s initial expectations. Winning these two prestigious awards should only increase demand even more.

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Video: The New BMW M4 DTM is Ready for the Season

It is all change for the reigning DTM manufacturers’ champions as for 2014 the brand new BMW M4 DTM will take the place of the successful BMW M3 DTM. The 2013 car went out on a high as, when Timo Glock won the final race of the season, this wa...

It is all change for the reigning DTM manufacturers’ champions as for 2014 the brand new BMW M4 DTM will take the place of the successful BMW M3 DTM. The 2013 car went out on a high as, when Timo Glock won the final race of the season, this was the 51st victory of the BMW M3 in the prestigious touring car series. Add to that the fact that Marco Wittmann was the Rookie of the Year, Augusto Farfus was second in the drivers’ title race and BMW, with five wins, was on the top step of the podium more than either of its competitors, and it is obvious it was a good year for BMW Motorsport in the DTM. While for the third year after its comeback to the series BMW will be fielding four teams — BMW Team MTEK, BMW Team RBM, BMW Team RMG and BMW Team Schnitzer — there have been a couple of changes to its driver line-up. Farfus, Joey Hand, Bruno Spengler and Martin Tomczyk will be there for a third season each, while Glock and Wittmann a second, but Maxime Martin, who is being elevated from test and development driver, and António Félix da Costa will be making their DTM debuts .

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Fully Uncovered BMW Individual Frozen Red M4 Convertible

Have a first look at the BMW M4 Convertible in Individual Frozen Red. ...

Have a first look at the BMW M4 Convertible in Individual Frozen Red.

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BMW i3 wins Green Car Of The Year and Car Design Of The Year

At the 2014 New York Auto Show, the new BMW i3 was crowned as the Green Car Of The Year and the Car Design Of The Year. Accepting the award on behalf of the company was Domagoj Dukec, BMW’s Head of Exterior Design. The BMW i3 is an uncompromisi...

At the 2014 New York Auto Show, the new BMW i3 was crowned as the Green Car Of The Year and the Car Design Of The Year. Accepting the award on behalf of the company was Domagoj Dukec, BMW’s Head of Exterior Design. The BMW i3 is an uncompromisingly sustainable vehicle designed for the urban environment. Featuring all-electric drive and purpose-built to meet the requirements of sustainable, zero-emission driving, it embodies an intelligent mode of transport for major cities. The car is a well-resolved all-round concept, with every detail optimised to fulfil its intended purpose – something the inspirational and forward-looking design of the BMW i3 renders tangible in many of its facets. Translating values such as lightness, safety and efficiency into both the exterior and the interior design, this electric vehicle is an authentic visual representation of its innovative technology.

BMW i3 wins Green Car Of The Year and Car Design Of The Year

The i3′s electric drive-train generates output of 125 kW/170 hp and peak torque of 250 Newton meters, which is immediately available from a standing start. The BMW i3 sprints from 0 to 60 km/h in 3.7 seconds and from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds. Its top speed is limited to 150 km/h for efficiency reasons. The base price of the 2014 BMW i3 starts at $41,350 and those looking for the i3 REx (Range Extender) will have to shell out $45,200. Destination and Handling fee is set at $925.   The article BMW i3 wins Green Car Of The Year and Car Design Of The Year appeared first on BMW BLOG

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2014 NYIAS: BMW X5 eDrive comes to New York City

The first X5 hybrid comes to the 2014 New York Auto Show. Running in eDrive mode, the BMW X5 eDrive powers all four wheels up to 20 miles and at speeds up to 75 mph. Motivating the X5 eDrive is a 95 hp electric motor and a four cylinder motor. The se...

The first X5 hybrid comes to the 2014 New York Auto Show. Running in eDrive mode, the BMW X5 eDrive powers all four wheels up to 20 miles and at speeds up to 75 mph. Motivating the X5 eDrive is a 95 hp electric motor and a four cylinder motor. The seamless transition between electric, combined electric-petrol and pure petrol is remarkably smooth. Pushing the accelerator farther down with more urgency, the N20 four-cylinder motor making 245 hp fires up and very quickly, yet, smoothly joins the acceleration party.

2014 NYIAS: BMW X5 eDrive comes to New York City

To manage battery capacity BMW has created three drive modes for the X5 eDrive, Intelligent Hybrid, Pure Electric, and Save Battery. It is the Save Battery mode that highlights how BMW expects the vehicle to be used. Going into Save Battery mode restricts the use of battery capacity – allowing for a reserve to complete a journey in pure electric mode inside a city core for example. BMW has yet to announce the price and availability of the BMW X5 eDrive.

2014 NYIAS: BMW X5 eDrive comes to New York City

2014 NYIAS: BMW X5 eDrive comes to New York City

2014 NYIAS: BMW X5 eDrive comes to New York City

2014 NYIAS: BMW X5 eDrive comes to New York City

2014 NYIAS: BMW X5 eDrive comes to New York City

2014 NYIAS: BMW X5 eDrive comes to New York City

2014 NYIAS: BMW X5 eDrive comes to New York City

2014 NYIAS: BMW X5 eDrive comes to New York City

2014 NYIAS: BMW X5 eDrive comes to New York City

2014 NYIAS: BMW X5 eDrive comes to New York City

2014 NYIAS: BMW X5 eDrive comes to New York City

2014 NYIAS: BMW X5 eDrive comes to New York City

2014 NYIAS: BMW X5 eDrive comes to New York City

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