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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.
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
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/04/18/mclaren-f1s-bmw-engine-is-the-best/ in News on April 18, 2015
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.
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.
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.
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
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/04/18/bmw-7-series-teaser-video/ in News on April 18, 2015
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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More video preview of the all new BMW 7 Series highlight features.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/04/18/bmw-could-be-a-volvo-alternative/ in News on April 18, 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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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Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/04/18/2016-bmw-7-series-videos/ in News on April 17, 2015
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.
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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The first official details of the all new BMW 7 Series (G11 / G12) has been announced. BMW is using a technology and innovation workshop to present an initial selection of development highlights which the next generation of the BMW 7 Series model ra...
The first official details of the all new BMW 7 Series (G11 / G12) has been announced. BMW is using a technology and innovation workshop to present an initial selection of development highlights which the next generation of the BMW 7 Series model range will use to set new benchmarks in lightweight design, driving dynamics, comfort, intelligent connectivity and operation. The extensive use of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) in the structure of the passenger cell, the rigorous and detailed application of lightweight design and a new generation of engines combine to reduce the weight of the luxury sedan along with its fuel consumption and emissions figures. The comfort, safety and driving experience offered by the new BMW 7 Series benefit from new chassis technology, exceptional scope for interaction with the car’s infotainment technology and a wider selection of driver assistance systems from BMW ConnectedDrive. BMW EfficientLightweight: Carbon Core helps to reduce weight by up to 130 kilograms (286 pounds). Thanks to the BMW EfficientLightweight strategy, the new BMW 7 Series line-up will tip the scales up to 130 kilograms (286 pounds) lighter than the outgoing generation of models. At its heart is a body structure with a Carbon Core based on the transfer of technology from the development of the BMW i models. The use of CFRP – whose material properties lend themselves to use in the passenger cell areas exposed to heavy loads – increases torsional rigidity and strength. The configuration of the sheet metal elements can be adjusted accordingly, allowing body weight to be significantly reduced. Six-cylinder in-line engine from the new generation of power units. The new BMW 7 Series model range will be powered by engines including a six-cylinder in-line variant from the BMW Group’s latest generation of power units. The new petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology links up with a likewise further developed eight-speed Steptronic gearbox. Dynamics and ride comfort made to measure – and to the highest standard. Sophisticated, precision-honed chassis technology and additional chassis control systems – fitted as standard or available as an option – enhance both the driving dynamics of the next-generation BMW 7 Series and its ride quality. At the same time, the balance between these two facets of driving pleasure reaches a level without parallel in the luxury sedan segment. The inclusion of two-axle air suspension with automatic self-levelling as part of the standard specification leads to noticeably improved ride comfort. Dynamic Damper Control also features as standard. Its electronically controlled dampers improve the primary and secondary ride of the sedan and sharpen its dynamic attributes. The latest update of the Integral Active Steering system, along with the first electromechanically driven Dynamic Drive roll stabilisation system, contribute to a further boost in comfort, dynamic prowess and assurance on the road in the new BMW 7 Series. The latest innovations offer drivers greater freedom when choosing the right vehicle set-up for the situation at hand: they can elect to enjoy even sportier handling or further optimised ride comfort as desired. In addition, they can use the newly designed Driving Experience Control switch to activate the ADAPTIVE mode. In this setting, the vehicle set-up adapts as required to the driving style and the character of the road. Intuitive operating with Touch Display and BMW gesture control. In the next generation of the BMW 7 Series, the iDrive operating system’s monitor comes in Touch Display form for the first time. This means customers will also be able to operate the system in the same way as modern electronic devices. In addition to using the Controller to operate the system in familiar style, its functions can also be selected and activated by touching the screen’s surface. Another new addition to the iDrive system’s functionality is BMW gesture control, which is being introduced for the first time. Hand movements detected by a 3D sensor control infotainment functions in an extremely intuitive and user-friendly fashion. The gestures can be used for a number of functions, including controlling the volume in audio applications and accepting or rejecting incoming telephone calls. There is also the option of pairing a specific gesture with an individual choice of function. Unique in the luxury sedan segment: remote control parking. The new BMW 7 Series is the world’s first series-produced car that owners will be able to manoeuvre in or out of parking spaces or garages without anyone at the wheel. The remote control parking option thus allows drivers to access extremely tight parking spaces. Using the likewise newly developed BMW Display Key, the driver can prompt the car to enter or exit a parking space fully automatically. Innovative driver assistance systems from BMW ConnectedDrive enhance comfort and safety. New strings to the bows of the Driving Assistant Plus and Driving Assistant systems include the steering and directional control assistant, Lane Departure Warning Assistant with active side collision protection, and the rear collision prevention and cross-traffic warning functions. When using the Active Cruise Control system with Stop & Go function, a press of a button now suffices to acknowledge speed restrictions detected by the Speed Limit Info function.
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The new luxury car has plenty of big innovations.
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High expectations Lighter, safer, more intelligent and more efficient are the qualities that help summarizing the new 2016 BMW 7 Series which will be launched before the end of the year. We were among the first to drive it in a development stage clos...
High expectations Lighter, safer, more intelligent and more efficient are the qualities that help summarizing the new 2016 BMW 7 Series which will be launched before the end of the year. We were among the first to drive it in a development stage close to production, but still camouflaged, in the BMW top secret test track of Miramas, in the south of France. Should Mercedes and Audi be worried? After an era when each single new car was bigger than its predecessor we have recently entered a different trend in the automotive industry in which almost every single new car is lighter than the one which is retiring. As emission regulations become globally more stringent less weight and more advanced propulsion systems are the way to do it while benefiting performances and overall handling/agility.
Lightweight Construction The new BMW 7 Series is the first car to use industrially manufactured carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) in its body construction not as a visible material in the outer skin, but in combination with steel, aluminum and plastic. It is also the first car in which CFRP has been fully integrated into the production process, another indicator of how the large scale application of this light and stiff material, first developed for BMW i models, is also becoming useful for other model ranges, contributing to minimize weight while increasing the construction strength and body stiffness.
In practical terms, the next 7 Series will be up to 130 kilograms lighter than a previous-generation equipped with a comparable engine (one third of the reduction coming from the body alone), despite significant additions to the roster of comfort and safety equipment on board (actually the weight reduction measures added up to 200 kg loss but 70 of them were offset by the added content of the new car). Another contributor to this result, unsprung masses have been reduced by up to 15 percent thanks to the focus on lightweight design for the suspension, brakes and wheels. And it is not merely a question of how many kilos the 7 Series was able to reduce but also how they are distributed. In keeping with a good BMW tradition, the car’s center of gravity has been further lowered weight partition between the two axles was adjusted to an ideal 50:50 ratio. Powertrains Not much information has been disclosed at this stage regarding powertrains, as the future 7 Series will only be driven by the world media in late August shortly before its world premiere at the Frankfurt motor show, opening its door in mid-September. Officially it is said that among the power units available there will be a six cylinder in-line variant from the BMW group’s latest TwinPower Turbo engine generation. Naturally there will also be an eight-cylinder petrol engine as well as six and eight cylinder diesel units to be launched from sales start or staggered within the following months. The V12 will make its appearance by mid-2016. But the big surprise might come from the decision to also feature four-cylinder engines, even if not in all global markets. A four-cylinder 2.0 liter petrol engine is being considered for China as well as a 2.0 liter diesel for Europe. If confirmed, the future 7 Series will be the single premium car in this segment to use such small engines in a solo manner (the S-Class combines a four-cylinder unit with an electric motor on the plug-in hybrid version). Towards the end of 2016 BMW will also start sales of the plug-in hybrid 7 Series which will feature the exact same powertrain used in the X5 PHV which will debut at the Shanghai Motor Show next week. Driving Impressions
At the Miramas race track we were given the chance to drive the 740i and the first impressions are highly positive. The engine responsive shows a lot of stamina from just above idle revs, as a result of the prompt torque availability and excellent cooperation with the revamped eight-speed automatic transmission, as well as the aforementioned weight reduction which not only helps the overall acceleration impression but also makes the car feel very nimble and definitely smaller than five meters long. Overall dimensions have also not been revealed, but the lead chassis engineer admitted the wheelbase has not changed (either in the standard or in the long versions) and the same can be said about the overall length. The standard-fitted air suspension with automatic self-leveling enhances the ride comfort. The springs are supplied with air by an electrically driven compressor with a pressure accumulator. The body clearance is adjusted depending on the load on board even when the engine is off and the fact that the supply of air for each wheel is individually regulated allows an unevenly loaded car to be balanced out. An additional function is manual activation of the self-levelling function: at the touch of a button, the ground clearance can be raised by 20 mm, a feature which is especially useful on uneven surfaces or in multistorey car parks with sharply-angled ramps. At speeds over 35 km/h (22 mph), the self-leveling function automatically restores the default setting. At high speeds and when Sport mode is activated, the body is automatically lowered by 10 mm.
The benefits of air suspension are better felt when the system teams up with the standard Dynamic Damper Control. The electronic dampers improve the sedan’s primary and secondary ride, as well as its dynamic properties. The Driving Experience Control switch can be used to select from three damper control settings enhancing ride comfort (Comfort and Comfort+ modes) and sporty, agile handling (Sport mode) respectively. During our several laps in the Miramas test track the different settings could easily be felt but the 740 never felt too soft or too hard even in the more extreme driving modes, meaning it can easily be left in the same setting during the duration of any trip on normal roads. The Driving Experience now features an Adaptive Mode which automatically adjusts the suspension settings depending on road condition and driving style as well as predictive data which collects from the navigation system (for instance, when there is a sequence of curves coming up or an urban area approaching).
The new generation Integral Active Steering system is an option for the new generation of the 7 Series. The planetary gear previously used at the front axle has been replaced by a variable rack and pinion ratio allowing Integral Active Steering to be offered for the first time in conjunction with the xDrive (all-wheel-drive) system. The four wheel steering system means that by turning the rear wheels either with or in the opposite direction to the front wheels it is possible to increases maneuverability in urban areas and agility in sporty driving. Another new option which improves overall handling is the Dynamic Drive active roll stabilization system which employs electro-mechanically driven stabilizers to reduce roll during fast cornering. Much more than gadgets
The monitor for the iDrive operating system which takes the form of a touch display for the first time, meaning drivers will also be able to operate the system as they do consumer electronic devices, but there is still a controller to operate the system in familiar style. And two more options extend the array of control methods of infotainment inside the future 7 Series, vice control and gesture control, and all four will be used according to situation and user´s likings. Pre-defined hand movements near the center console – registered by a 3D sensor – provide an intuitive way of operating frequently used infotainment system functions. Gestures can be used to adjust the volume of audio programs, for example, and to accept or reject incoming telephone calls as well as to call pre-set functions which may be defined through the infotaiment menu. The Bang & Olufsen system is now standard, and BMW has refrained from commenting on the Bower & Wilkins option. Full LED headlights are part of the standard package, while the laser lights will cost extra.
On this first exclusive pre-drive with the future 7 Series we were also given the chance to try out some of the new driver assistance and autonomous driving systems which will become available as options in most of the cases. The new BMW 7 Series is the world’s first series-produced car that owners will be able to maneuver in or out of parking spaces or garages without anyone at the wheel (in other words, the driver can prompt the car to enter or exit a parking space fully automatically). Also, the latest version of the optional parking assistant makes it easier to select and use parking spaces positioned parallel or transversely to the road as the system takes over the entire parking process, including steering, gear changes, acceleration and braking maneuvers. On one of the lap sections we turned on the Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function when following a car at moderate speed as if driving on a heavily packed motorway giving the 7 Series a first scent of autonomously driven car. Moreover, since the test unit features cross-traffic warning system (in the front), steering and directional control assistant with Traffic Jam Assistant and the Lane Departure Warning Assistant with active side collision Protection (which rely on the data collected by the stereo camera and radar sensors at the front and sides of the car to detect road boundaries, vehicles traveling ahead and those approaching from the side or rear) it was possible to significantly increase speed (it is available up to 210 km/h or 130 mph).
While giving it a try we clearly felt the smooth steering inputs to help the car to stay in the center of the lane or avoid unintentional departures from it (but the driver´s hands must stay on the steering wheel otherwise the system deactivates itself after 10 seconds, following a visual and acoustic warning). When changing lanes, the systems can also help avoid collisions with vehicles on either side of the car or coming from behind, as if we were approaching two magnets with like poles facing each other.
Claiming to be the lightest car in its class, the new 7 Series will most likely prove itself to be more precise, nimble and fun to drive than any of its hard core competitors, while threatening to set a new benchmark both in terms of fuel efficiency and dynamic performances. It was not possible to come to any conclusions regarding interior fit and finish quality as the cabin of the prototypes were also camouflaged but the array of driver´s assistance systems and the first ever gesture control technology in a series production car (which is also the first to be able to park autonomously) are likely to leave the new top of the range BMW sedan in a unique position. So our initial question has been answered and, yes, Mercedes and Audi have good reason to be concerned.