The new BMW 6 Series: Rejuvenated and Ready to Take on the Competition

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – December 10, 2014 6:00pm EST/3:00pm PST… Through three generations, the BMW 6 Series has defined that unique blend of style and elegance with the performance and handling that one would expect of The Ultimate Driving Ma...

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – December 10, 2014 6:00pm EST/3:00pm PST… Through three generations, the BMW 6 Series has defined that unique blend of style and elegance with the performance and handling that one would expect of The Ultimate Driving Machine™. For the 2016 model year, the third-generation of BMW 6 Series receives a range of enhancements that refine the character that is unique to the 6 Series. Now offered in three distinct body styles — traditional two-door Coupe, open-air Convertible and unique four-door Gran Coupe — all three are again offered with a choice of BMW TwinPower Turbo engines, the 315-horsepower inline-six in the 640i models and the 445-horsepower V8 in the 650i models. Sitting at the top of the 6 Series range, in terms power and performance, is the BMW M6 with its 560-horsepower M TwinPower Turbo V8, again available in all three body styles. The 2016 BMW 6 Series will make its world debut at the North American International Auto Show and arrives in U.S. showrooms in the second quarter of 2015.   Download the entire newsletter.

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BMW M3 With Brushed Gold Wheels

If you’re looking for your BMW to stand out, then some flashy wheels will do the trick. This BMW M3 has been equipped by Wheels Boutique with the HRE P43SC wheels in Brushed Gold and the result is quite interesting. Certainly, purists will argu...

If you’re looking for your BMW to stand out, then some flashy wheels will do the trick. This BMW M3 has been equipped by Wheels Boutique with the HRE P43SC wheels in Brushed Gold and the result is quite interesting. Certainly, purists will argue that gold simply doesn’t work on a BMW, but there is always a customer looking for that extra bit of extravagance. The wheels chosen are the monoblock HREs made to provide an excellent solution in both weight and rigidity. These use aerospace-grade 6061-T6 forged aluminum for high strength-to-weight ratio, side cuts and backpad pocketing, which come as standard, all to to minimize unsprung mass and rotational inertia for maximum performance and handling. These are in fact, custom machined for each and every customer, closely keeping within exact customer’s requirements and specifications.

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The E92 M3 also gets a carbon fiber front and rear spoiler lip, a combination that always works well with the Alpine White color. The E92 M3 also remains the fans’ darling with its award-winning BMW S65 V8 engine. The engine produces 414 hp (309 kW; 420 PS) at 8300 rpm, with peak torque of 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) at 3900 rpm. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and highly encouraged for those that enjoy driving.  

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Whether you’re a fan of gold or not, this different take on aftermarket modding will certainly turn some heads on the street. The gold wheels look rather fetching and provide a nice contrasting effect to the vehicle itself. Let’s have a look.

BMW M3 with P43SC in Brushed Gold by Wheels Boutique

BMW M3 with P43SC in Brushed Gold by Wheels Boutique

BMW M3 with P43SC in Brushed Gold by Wheels Boutique

BMW M3 with P43SC in Brushed Gold by Wheels Boutique

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Is BMW testing an M340i?

The first two models from the new Mercedes-AMG Sport line, the Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG and the Mercedes-Benz GLE450, will be unveiled at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, and Audi is already selling their S models, so it’s BMW testing their own versio...

The first two models from the new Mercedes-AMG Sport line, the Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG and the Mercedes-Benz GLE450, will be unveiled at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, and Audi is already selling their S models, so it’s BMW testing their own version of a supped up 3 Series? According to Motor.es, a BMW 3 Series test car was spotted in Spain and some clues hint that this could be an upgraded 340i model. The M Performance version of the 3 Series has been rumored for quite some time now, but nothing official transpired from Munich. The M340i was often rumored to be powered by the new B58B30M0 six-cylinder engine producing 365 to 375hp.

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Although the model seen in these spy photos has no rear bumper, the rest of the body hints at a 335i model. What really stands out though are the upgraded brakes with yellow calipers in the front and rear.

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No variant of the 3 Series sells those brakes as standard. If this turns out to be the more probable 340i, then the car will be driven by 330 horsepower from the same B58 unit. Recently our own sources said that an M340i is unlikely for this current generation, but not ruled out for the next 3 Series in 2019. The article Is BMW testing an M340i? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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How to drive off in a booted BMW X5

During an audition for Oxygen TV’s “Bad Girls Club” reality show, a bystander filmed a woman driving off in a booted BMW X5. Apparently after auditioning for the popular reality show, the Houston, TX woman comes out to the parking l...

During an audition for Oxygen TV’s “Bad Girls Club” reality show, a bystander filmed a woman driving off in a booted BMW X5. Apparently after auditioning for the popular reality show, the Houston, TX woman comes out to the parking lot to find her X5 being booted. In the video, she can be seen arguing with the city official responsible for the boot before leaving behind the wheel of her car. The boot wasn’t securely placed on the wheel and during the drive, it fells off.

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It’s unknown if this is a stunt to promote the show – in the end this is the Bad Girls Club – but the damages to the car cannot be ignored and someone will foot the bill. Here is the E53 X5 in action: The article How to drive off in a booted BMW X5 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Why Does BMW Need To Keep Building the X5 M and X6 M?

I remember first seeing the X5 and X6 M at the New York International Auto Show. They reminded me of those giant war elephants Colin Farrell fought in the movie Alexander; massive, powerful yet surprisingly nimble, for their size. They amazed yet bef...

I remember first seeing the X5 and X6 M at the New York International Auto Show. They reminded me of those giant war elephants Colin Farrell fought in the movie Alexander; massive, powerful yet surprisingly nimble, for their size. They amazed yet befuddled me. They seemed like vehicles that had no real purpose other than to just be monstrously powerful people carriers. Sure they were blindingly fast and quite agile, despite their 2.5 ton curb weight, but they weren’t really driver’s cars. So why would BMW, the creator of the Ultimate Driving Machine, make them?

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It seems, now, that the reason they make these speedy behemoths is to keep up with the other kids on the block. Porsche makes the Cayenne Turbo, Mercedes makes the ML63 AMG and even Jeep makes the Grand Cherokee SRT-8, so BMW needs to compete. Even though this car segment seems to be pointless, vehicles that big heavy will never be true driver’s cars regardless of how much horsepower they throw at it, the cars are selling. There’s no denying the success of the segment, despite the bewilderment its existence may cause. I’m not entirely sold on this idea of a performance SUV, and to be honest I don’t think BMW is either. But BMW has found a home for their M SUVs with the previous generation, around 11,000 X6 M models were sold to customers worldwide, while the X5 M was delivered to 9,500 customers.

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With the original models, to make them M cars, BMW just took their biggest engine, stiffest suspension and most aggressive xDrive setup and stuffed it all into the X5 and X6. While Porsche took their time and made the Cayenne Turbo S something that genuinely blended the line between sports utility vehicle and sports car. The Cayenne Turbo seemed like a work of genius while the X5 and X6 M seemed like mongrels. BMW claims that these new models don’t mess about, however. BMW claims them to be lightened (even though they still weigh as much as small aircraft carriers), with more power and more capability. They’ve tweaked the chassis, added rear air-suspension, fitted stiffer shocks and springs and lightened the whole car. They’ve also added bigger, yet lighter, brakes, and bumped the horsepower output to 567 from 555.

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There are also some nice exterior and interior touches to complement the performance mentality. Will all of that actually make a difference; will all of that hard work and cutting-edge technology really make these elephants dance? Who is buying these SUVs and are they really taking them to the track? I’m still not buying it and I still don’t think BMW does either. I think this is a car BMW must make to take some market share away from Porsche, Audi and Jeep. I’ve yet to drive either of these two, so I can’t say for sure whether or not they can perform as well as advertised, but I’m willing to bet that they can’t. The most important ingredients in the recipe for performance (low curb weight, nimble chassis) just aren’t there. Maybe I’m wrong, and I’ve been wrong before, maybe BMW were able to truly recreate the war elephant. We look forward to a track day aboard the new M SUVs!

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Nico DeMattia also writes at TheEngineBay The article Why Does BMW Need To Keep Building the X5 M and X6 M? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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2015 BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M Ordering Guide And Options

BMW USA releases the ordering guides, pricing and options for the new 2015 BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M. The 2015 BMW X5 M will be offered at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $99,650 and the 2015 BMW X6 M will start at $103,050, including $950 D...

BMW USA releases the ordering guides, pricing and options for the new 2015 BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M. The 2015 BMW X5 M will be offered at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $99,650 and the 2015 BMW X6 M will start at $103,050, including $950 Destination and Handling. The M utes also come in two new colors, Long Beach Blue Metallic and Donington Grey Metallic. The typical color finishes is available as well: Mineral White Metallic, Carbon Black Metallic, Silverstone Metallic, Melbourne Red Metallic and Alpine White.

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Two packages are offered for the M SUVS: Driver Assistance Plus and the Executive Package. Two choices of wheels are available, the 21″ M Light Alloy Style 612M and 20″ Style 611M. Both cars are powered by a reworked M TwinPower Turbo engine, a V8 that provides more power and torque, and better power delivery. All of this is wrapped up with an emotionally rich soundtrack, thanks to quad exhaust pipes found on both vehicles.

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The peak output of the new M turbocharged engine is 567 hp, three percent higher than that of its predecessor and is available between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm. At the same time, the engine’s peak torque has been boosted by around 10 percent to 553 lb-ft, which can be enjoyed across an extremely broad rev band – from 2,200 to 5,000 rpm. The extraordinary power development of this M turbocharged engine allows the new M versions of the BMW X5 and BMW X6 to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 4.0 seconds. The top speed of both is electronically limited to 155 mph. Download the guide: 2015 BMW M SAVs Rel 2014-11-17 – OrderingGuide(1)

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MINI at the NAIAS Detroit 2015

One year after the US premiere of the new MINI, the British premium manufacturer presents another spectacular addition to the model range at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The new MINI John Cooper Works is raring ...

One year after the US premiere of the new MINI, the British premium manufacturer presents another spectacular addition to the model range at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The new MINI John Cooper Works is raring to go and now sees its world premiere at the Mecca of the US automotive industry. This model takes hallmark MINI driving fun – already intensified in the latest generation – to a level of irresistible racing passion. A particularly powerful turbo engine, suspension technology precisely attuned to the race track and an aerodynamically optimised body design give the new MINI John Cooper Works outstanding performance properties.

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The new top athlete combines the enthusiasm for top performance embodied by the John Cooper Works brand with the consistently refined quality of the latest MINI generation. At NAIAS 2015, the new version of the original in the premium small car segment will demonstrate that it not only offers extreme driving fun but also provides the perfect basis for fresh diversity. In addition to the new MINI 3 door, the limelight will also be on the new MINI 5 door at the motor show in Detroit. What is more, visitors to the exhibition from January 17th – 25th 2015 will have the opportunity to see the latest additions to the program of MINI Yours special equipment features as well as a particularly fascinating concept study. The North American International Auto Show traditionally marks the start of the sector’s global motor show calendar. It is now one of the most outstanding auto shows in the world and will be held for the 27th time in 2015. More than 200 companies will be presenting their current new models, products and technologies at the Cobo Center in Detroit. Like last year, the organisers expect NAIAS 2015 to attract more than 800,000 visitors. World premiere for the top athlete: the new MINI John Cooper Works.

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The new MINI John Cooper Works offers extreme temperament subject to precise control, making for especially fascinating driving fun in day-to-day traffic. Typical of the John Cooper Works models, these characteristics are created by developing and harmonising technology details for the engine, suspension, body and cockpit based on in-depth racing expertise and geared towards top performance. The most important components of this overall package are the powerful 4-cylinder turbo engine, a sports suspension including Brembo sports brake system and exclusive John Cooper Works light alloy wheels, the John Cooper Works aerodynamics kit and particularly large air inlets on the front section of the vehicle as well as a model-specific interior in sports car style. With its exclusive design and equipment features, the new MINI John Cooper Works is set more clearly apart than ever from the other models of the MINI family. It achieves significantly improved driving performance figures and a further reduced level of fuel consumption as compared to its predecessor model. MINI Superleggera Vision: British style meets Italian flair.

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Future-oriented technology and tradition-steeped automobile craftsmanship are combined in the concept study of a compact roadster created as a collaborative venture between MINI and the Italian design and body manufacturing specialist Touring Superleggera. The MINI Superleggera Vision presents a modern interpretation of a classic open-top two-seater merging British style with Italian flair. Elaborately crafted by hand, the study has an electric motor under the bonnet. The vehicle concept and design are focussed entirely on the essentials: driving fun and aesthetic appeal.

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The roadster’s characteristic MINI proportions derive a fascinating charismatic touch from the unmistakable Touring Superleggera lines and surface finish. The lightweight construction used for the body – another characteristic feature – contributes to pure driving fun, enthralling agility and groundbreaking efficiency. In the interior of the MINI Superleggera Vision, purist and therefore timeless aesthetic appeal is created by means of generous surfaces and high-quality materials which are especially authentic since they have largely been left in their original state. The article MINI at the NAIAS Detroit 2015 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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2016 Cadillac CT6 Will Get Rearview Mirror Camera

Caddy says rear vision increases by 300 percent. ...

Caddy says rear vision increases by 300 percent.

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Video Profile: 1970’s BMW Designer Paul Braq

From 1971 to 1974 Paul Braq was head of design at BMW shaping such cars as the first 7 Series and the iconic BMW… The post Video Profile: 1970’s BMW Designer Paul Braq appeared first on… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my w...

From 1971 to 1974 Paul Braq was head of design at BMW shaping such cars as the first 7 Series and the iconic BMW… The post Video Profile: 1970’s BMW Designer Paul Braq appeared first on… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Ask BMW Executives Anything You Want

This is that time of the year again! In less than a month, BimmerFile will attend the 2015 North American International Auto Show in… The post Ask BMW Executives Anything You Want appeared first… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit m...

This is that time of the year again! In less than a month, BimmerFile will attend the 2015 North American International Auto Show in… The post Ask BMW Executives Anything You Want appeared first… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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