Racing Update: Matthieu Lussiana Dominated in Brazil

BMW racer Matthieu Lussiana (FR) has taken another step towards his second title in the Brazilian Moto 1000 GP series (MT1GP TSK GP). In last weekend’s fifth round of the 2015 season, held in Curitiba, Brazil, Lussiana claimed pole position, se...

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BMW racer Matthieu Lussiana (FR) has taken another step towards his second title in the Brazilian Moto 1000 GP series (MT1GP TSK GP). In last weekend’s fifth round of the 2015 season, held in Curitiba, Brazil, Lussiana claimed pole position, set the fastest race lap with a new track record and took his fourth win […]

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2016 BMW 7 Series Review

The self-driving driver’s car. ...

The self-driving driver’s car.

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BMW M235i ranks third in Consumer Reports test, behind only Tesla Model S

The M235i coupe comes in 3rd in Consumer Reports latest test, placing only behind the Tesla Model S. ...

The M235i coupe comes in 3rd in Consumer Reports latest test, placing only behind the Tesla Model S.

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BMW M240i, Apple CarPlay and Organic Light (OLED) are all upcoming

Courtesy of trusty BIMMERPOST source/member, ynguldyn, here are some details regarding the future BMW pipeline, in particular the M240i, Apple CarPlay, Wifi hotspots and BMW Organic Light (OLED). ...

Courtesy of trusty BIMMERPOST source/member, ynguldyn, here are some details regarding the future BMW pipeline, in particular the M240i, Apple CarPlay, Wifi hotspots and BMW Organic Light (OLED).

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BMW i3 is the most fuel efficient car in the U.S.

Back in February, Consumer Reports published a list of the most fuel-efficient cars sold in the United States. At the top of the pack was placed the BMW i3 REx with an overall MPG or, eMPG in this case, of 139 miles. The publication has updated the l...

Back in February, Consumer Reports published a list of the most fuel-efficient cars sold in the United States. At the top of the pack was placed the BMW i3 REx with an overall MPG or, eMPG in this case, of 139 miles. The publication has updated the list and the i3 is being placed first once again. The Mitsubishi i-MiEV SE with 111 MPG and the Ford Focus Electric with 107 MPG follow i3’s lead. BMW i3’s traditional competitors, the Nissan Leaf (106 MPG) and Chevrolet Volt (99 MPG) placed fourth and fifth, respectively. The Tesla Model S with the 85kWh battery came in seventh, with 84 eMPG.

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Consumer Reports’ overall mileage is calculated from equal portions of city and highway driving. The fuel economy numbers are derived from a precision flow meter and are rounded to the nearest mile per gallon. BMW i3 REx comes with a rear-mounted 650cc, 34 hp, two-cylinder, gasoline- powered Range Extender generator is available, which roughly doubles the vehicle’s range. When the battery gets to a certain level, the Range Extender starts and maintains the battery’s current state of charge. The article BMW i3 is the most fuel efficient car in the U.S. appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW i Ventures invests in ZIRX, on-demand parking and car services company

BMW Group today announced a strategic investment in ZIRX under the company’s venture capital entity, BMW i Ventures. An innovative on-demand parking and car services company built for drivers, ZIRX intends to eliminate the frustration that drivers ...

BMW Group today announced a strategic investment in ZIRX under the company’s venture capital entity, BMW i Ventures. An innovative on-demand parking and car services company built for drivers, ZIRX intends to eliminate the frustration that drivers face in parking in major urban markets like New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C. The investment increases the number of mobility services start-ups in BMW i Ventures’ portfolio to 13. The current portfolio includes companies like Chargepoint, Life360, Moovit, JustPark, Chargemaster and Zendrive.

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“BMW i Ventures provides equity financing to service providers it identifies as having high potential to make urban mobility smarter, more efficient and more flexible,” said  Ulrich Quay, Managing Director of BMW i Ventures. “ With its combination of service and technology that makes it easier for drivers to park and take care of their cars, ZIRX has the potential to be a central component of on-demand services.” “We are excited that BMW i Ventures has made a strategic investment in ZIRX and are looking forward to working together to help deliver our vision of making parking and car services easier and more convenient than ever,” said Sean Behr, Co-Founder and CEO, ZIRX. “Our unique on-demand valet and services offerings are taking off in every market we’re in today and over the coming weeks and months we’ll be bringing new products and services out that will continue change the world’s $41B parking market. The article BMW i Ventures invests in ZIRX, on-demand parking and car services company appeared first on BMW BLOG

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eBay Finds: 5 BMW M3 Offers You Shouldn’t Miss Out On

The new BMW F80 M3 and BMW F82 M4 are two highly coveted automobiles. They have a price tag to match their high-performance, aggressive looks and driving dynamics. Given that the M3 has so many fans worldwide, buying a used M3 to satisfy the need for...

The new BMW F80 M3 and BMW F82 M4 are two highly coveted automobiles. They have a price tag to match their high-performance, aggressive looks and driving dynamics. Given that the M3 has so many fans worldwide, buying a used M3 to satisfy the need for high-performance motoring seems like a good idea. But what should you get and how much should you spend? We’ve gathered five listings from eBay, some with low, others with high mileage, but all on the cheap side. A simple look on classifieds sites reveals so many options, with most of them running in the $10,000 – $30,000 range. While the E92 M3 might sound like the best option, we’ve focused mostly on the E46 M3 which offer the best bang-for-your-buck. 1. 2002 BMW M3 Convertible – $11,000 – 67,000 miles

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2. 2004 BMW M3 Coupe – $17,000 – 52,000 miles

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3. 2001 Laguna Seca Blue BMW M3 Coupe Manual – $29,995 – 28,000 miles

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4. 2008 BMW M3 Coupe – $25,995 – 111,000 miles

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5. 2003 BMW M3 Coupe – $14,900 – 113,000 miles

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The article eBay Finds: 5 BMW M3 Offers You Shouldn’t Miss Out On appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW 340i M Sport and 330d Touring M Sport galleries

Official BMW photos of the 340i M Sport and 330d Touring M Sport added to our F30 LCI official thread. ...

Official BMW photos of the 340i M Sport and 330d Touring M Sport added to our F30 LCI official thread.

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This Modded Imola Red BMW F80 M3 Is A Beauty

While completely subjective, Imola Red is one of the most striking colors offered by BMW cars. While the BMW E36 M3 offered Imola Red as a standard finish, the current M3 doesn’t include the beautiful red in the standard color palette. Instead,...

While completely subjective, Imola Red is one of the most striking colors offered by BMW cars. While the BMW E36 M3 offered Imola Red as a standard finish, the current M3 doesn’t include the beautiful red in the standard color palette. Instead, Imola red is part of BMW Individual exterior finishes, a special order item costing you $1,970 on top of the MSRP. The BMW F80 M3 with an Imola Red exterior color finish really pops up, highlighting all the tiny design details. It’s truly an eye catcher.

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The folks at European Auto Source decided to give this Imola Red M3 a makeover, adding an aftermarket aggressive touch to match their customers’ needs. The list of modifications on this Imola Red M3 includes: BMC Performance Air Filters, BMW M Performance Carbon Fiber Splitters with Lip, BMW M Performance Electronic Steering Wheel, a BMW M Performance Gloss Black Kidney Grilles, the ESS E-Tronic ECU Tuner and Evolution Racewerks Competition Series Catless Downpipes installed.

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For improved stance and a more prominent showcase of the OEM wheels, EAS installed a KW HAS Height Adjustable Spring Sleeve-Over Kit. Complete details of this build are available in the media gallery right below.

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BMW won’t rid the ICE within the decade

There’s been some talk that BMW will be switching to fully electric or hybrid models only within the next 10 years. In a recent article by Nasdaq, the writer claims that in a decade, all BMW models will have an electric motor at least helping to po...

There’s been some talk that BMW will be switching to fully electric or hybrid models only within the next 10 years. In a recent article by Nasdaq, the writer claims that in a decade, all BMW models will have an electric motor at least helping to power them. The idea that BMW will only make hybrids and electric vehicles in a decade is simply untrue, however. BMW is one of the world’s leading automakers, in terms of electric mobility, and it does plan to expand its lineup to have more electric or hybrid models, but there will be no shortage of fossil fuel-burning vehicles wearing a blue and white roundel.

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Admittedly, BMW has been one of the more aggressive automakers, when it comes to alternative fuels. So, to think that BMW will be making a complete switch within the decade isn’t completely off-base. But it is false. BMW has been making great strides in electric mobility, whether it be in fully electric-vehicles, like the BMW i3, or plug-in hybrids, like the upcoming X5 xDrive40e. So BMW’s approach may seem aggressive, but it isn’t eliminating the internal combustion engine for good any time soon.

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There will, however, most likely be a plug-in hybrid variant of just about every model within the decade. BMW wants there to be a hybrid version of all of the major models very soon. However, these hybrid models will not be replacing their gasoline or diesel-powered counterparts but will be sold alongside them.

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The proof is in the pudding, as BMW is investing just as much time and money into creating new internal combustion engines and technologies to make them more efficient for our ultra-strict future. All of the new EfficientDynamics technology would be going to waste if BMW was going to get rid of it all in just 10 years. BMW is building these technologies, like water-injection, for the future as well as today. BMW also has a firm foot in Motorsport and performance cars. It would be highly unlikely that until Motorsport has completely switched over to hybrid vehicles, or at least was making a large push, that BMW would do so. BMW’s roots are firmly planted in the internal combustion engine, for a least another decade. It’s true that BMW is pushing for alternative fuels and is learning how to make performance cars using them, but BMW will absolutely keep the internal combustion engine around for the foreseeable future. The article BMW won’t rid the ICE within the decade appeared first on BMW BLOG

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