BMW M235i Racing Cup: Highlights From First Season

Watch the highlights of the first season in the BMW M235i Racing Cup. Action-packed racing on one of the most demanding race tracks on the planet: the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. Enjoy! ...

Watch the highlights of the first season in the BMW M235i Racing Cup. Action-packed racing on one of the most demanding race tracks on the planet: the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. Enjoy!

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Rumor: BMWi Developing Hydrogen Powered BMW i5

We’ve reported on the idea of the i5 in the past. And we’ve reported that BMW’s scrapped hydrogen research is set to come back… The post Rumor: BMWi Developing Hydrogen Powered… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit m...

We’ve reported on the idea of the i5 in the past. And we’ve reported that BMW’s scrapped hydrogen research is set to come back… The post Rumor: BMWi Developing Hydrogen Powered… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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BMW ConnectedDrive Brings Spotify into the Car

Music for everyone – everywhereWoodcliff Lake, N.J. – November 18, 2014… BMW announced today that Spotify – the world’s leading music streaming service – can now be brought into the car, delivering the perfect music for every journey....

Music for everyone – everywhereWoodcliff Lake, N.J. – November 18, 2014… BMW announced today that Spotify – the world’s leading music streaming service – can now be brought into the car, delivering the perfect music for every journey. Spotify already brings you the right music for every moment on your computer, your mobile, your tablet and your home entertainment system. Download the entire newsletter.

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New Photo Gallery: BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M

On the second day of the 2014 LA Auto Show, we went back to the BMW exhibit to snap more photos of the new twin brothers: the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M. Still considered a niche product in the high-performance SUV market, the two M-brothers aim to set th...

On the second day of the 2014 LA Auto Show, we went back to the BMW exhibit to snap more photos of the new twin brothers: the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M. Still considered a niche product in the high-performance SUV market, the two M-brothers aim to set the bar higher for BMW in terms of sales and showcase that a heavyweight M car can still be fun on the road and on the track. BMW says that over 10,000 kilometers were clocked around the Nurburgring with the two cars delivering performance equal or better with the E92 M3.

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The two all-wheel drive Ms benefit from an updated V8 TwinTurbo engine delivering more horsepower and torque, as well as from a tuned up chassis, better and bigger brakes, and Michelin tires to match the performance of the car.

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Here is the photo gallery:

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2014 LA Auto Show: BMW M4 Convertible

Another M vehicle displayed at the 2014 LA Auto Show is the new 2015 BMW M4 Convertible. The sporty open top joins the M4 Coupe and the new X5 M and X6 M for an impressive show of ///M power at the Californian car show. BMW chose the Mineral Grey Met...

Another M vehicle displayed at the 2014 LA Auto Show is the new 2015 BMW M4 Convertible. The sporty open top joins the M4 Coupe and the new X5 M and X6 M for an impressive show of ///M power at the Californian car show. BMW chose the Mineral Grey Metallic color to show the dynamic lines of the M4 Convertible. Under the hood, just like the M3 and M4 Coupe, the sporty cabriolet features the S55 3.0 liter inline-six TwinPower engine producing 425 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. The power is sent to the rear-wheels via a six-speed or an optional 7-speed M DCT transmission.

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BMW has announced that pricing for the 2015 M4 convertible in the US will start at $73,425. That represents an increase of $8300 compared with the 2015 M4 coupe and $1750 versus the 2013 M3 convertible. Click below for more photos:

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2014 LA Auto Show: BMW M4 Coupe in Fire Orange

Second day of the 2014 LA Auto Show brings a new exciting car at the BMW booth. While the first day was all about the new BMW X5 M and X6 M, the second day focuses on displaying most of the current range in the United States. And one of those models ...

Second day of the 2014 LA Auto Show brings a new exciting car at the BMW booth. While the first day was all about the new BMW X5 M and X6 M, the second day focuses on displaying most of the current range in the United States. And one of those models is a BMW M4 Coupe in Fire Orange color from the BMW Individual catalog. The Fire Orange became famous when BMW unveiled back in 2009 the limited edition M3 GTS, an European-only sold model. Consequently, the flashy orange paint job was used by enthusiasts on a variety of cars, from a 3 Series, to an X5 M and M5. Seeing the color in person gives you the feeling that it just belongs with the M4 and makes the coupe stand out even more.

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The model displayed in LA also comes with a few M Performance Parts installed. At the front, the carbon fiber inserts are highly visible in the bumper, while in the rear, the M Performance trunk lid and rear diffuser give the car an exclusive and fast look. The 2015 BMW M4 has a base price $64,200. Destination and handling is $925. The European Delivery price for the M4 starts at $59,755. But the paint job and carbon fiber parts add a good few extra thousand dollars.

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BMW i3 wins 2015 Green Car of the Year award

BMW i3 takes a huge win home today at the 2014 LA Auto Show. The first electric vehicle coming out of Munich has won the 2015 Green Car of the Year award. The other finalists this year were the CNG-powered Chevy Impala Bi-Fuel, the Audi A3 TDI, the H...

BMW i3 takes a huge win home today at the 2014 LA Auto Show. The first electric vehicle coming out of Munich has won the 2015 Green Car of the Year award. The other finalists this year were the CNG-powered Chevy Impala Bi-Fuel, the Audi A3 TDI, the Honda Fit and the VW Golf. Green Car Journal has handed out the award last year to Honda Accord Hybrid/Plug-In Hybrid. The Chevrolet Volt won in 2011.

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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. BMW is currently selling between 1000-1200 units in the U.S. every month and with more infrastructure put in place in 2015, the sales are expected to rise. The article BMW i3 wins 2015 Green Car of the Year award appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Photo Comparison: Audi Prologue Concept vs BMW Vision Future Luxury

The 2014 LA Auto Show is hosting the debut of the Audi Prologue Concept. The Audi Prologue Concept, or A9 as it’s referred to here, plays in the same league with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe, Bentley Continental GT and BMW Vision Future Luxury...

The 2014 LA Auto Show is hosting the debut of the Audi Prologue Concept. The Audi Prologue Concept, or A9 as it’s referred to here, plays in the same league with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe, Bentley Continental GT and BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept. To see how the BMW and Audi stacks up against each other, we put together a photo comparison below. Penned by Audi’s new design chief Marc Lichte, the Prologue brings a trapezoidal grille which wider and lower than on existing models, with the wedge-shaped laser headlights positioned higher above new air intakes with blade elements. The side profile reminds of a large two-door coupe with flared arches. The rear end features narrow LED taillights and twin trapezoidal exhaust tips.

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  Inside, the interior takes a minimal approach compared to existing Audi models with a horizontal dashboard integrating four touchscreen displays running its full width. Just like BMW previewed a few years back, the passenger has the option to swipe over infotainment information to the driver. Considered a preview of future models, including the new G11/G12 7 Series, the Vision Future Luxury Concept stands for a forward- looking fusion of exclusivity and innovation, for a driving experience that is at once emotional and exclusive. Built one an one-off platform, the concepts reveals an outstanding exterior and interior design, along with innovative technology, lightweight engineering and a seamlessly integrated user interface and driving experience.

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BMW Vision Future Luxury offers front passengers their own Passenger Information Display. This display is connected to the Driver Information Display via a touch-sensitive panel, where information can be exchanged between driver and front passenger using swiping movements. For the first time on a BMW the rear lighting is provided by organic LEDs, paving the way for a completely new treatment of the typical BMW L-shaped lights. The BMW Vision Future Luxury’s L-shaped rear lights comprise a large number of small, likewise L-shaped OLEDs.

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Both vehicles are clearly seen as a preview to a future design language that takes the company into a new direction. Both cars also showcase the minimalistic approach in automotive design and the more angular and narrow lines. Take a look at the photo gallery below and let us know in the comments which design you like best.

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BMW 740i Executive Edition Model for Japan

BMW Japan unveils a new limited edition model. The BMW 740i Executive Edition Model is limited to 110 units and it is offered with three paint finishes: Alpine White, Mineral White Metallic and Black Sapphire. The interior choices are Saddle Brown Li...

BMW Japan unveils a new limited edition model. The BMW 740i Executive Edition Model is limited to 110 units and it is offered with three paint finishes: Alpine White, Mineral White Metallic and Black Sapphire. The interior choices are Saddle Brown Light, Ivory White and Veneto Beige Dakota leather. The BMW 740i Executive Edition Model includes the Head Up Display, Park Assist, 360 cameras, Active Cruise Control and a number of innovative driver assistance systems.

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In U.S. dollars, the limited edition 740i costs around $96,000.

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Special equipment contents: ● Comfort package: ■ Front Comfort seat (backrest top angle, backrest width, Sai support adjustment function, with Comfort headrest) ■ Front Ventilation Sheet ■ 4-zone automatic air conditioning ● parking support package: ■ Parking Assist ■ Top view + side view camera ● 19-inch multi-spoke styling 235 alloy wheels: (Front) 8.5Jx19 wheels + 245 / 45R19 tire, (Rear) 9.5Jx19 wheels + 275 / 40R19 tire [run flat tires] ● ash grain anthracite Wood interior trim ● BMW Head-Up Display ● Multi-function sports leather steering wheel (with shift paddles) Body color, seat color: ● Body color (less than 3 colors) ■ Mineral White ■ Black Sapphire ■ Alpine White III ● Dakota leather seat (less than 3 colors) ■ Saddle Brown Light ■ Ivory White ■ Veneto Beige Optional equipment: ● electric glass sunroof The article BMW 740i Executive Edition Model for Japan appeared first on BMW BLOG

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An interview with Alessandro Zanardi

For Alessandro Zanardi (IT) an eventful year is drawing to a close. 2014 marked his comeback season in motorsport after a break of four years: the BMW works driver competed in the Blancpain Sprint Series with his BMW Z4 GT3 entered by ROAL Motorsport...

For Alessandro Zanardi (IT) an eventful year is drawing to a close. 2014 marked his comeback season in motorsport after a break of four years: the BMW works driver competed in the Blancpain Sprint Series with his BMW Z4 GT3 entered by ROAL Motorsport. In para-cycling, the 48-year-old Italian celebrated further great successes, including two more world championship titles. In October, he completed his first ever long-distance triathlon in Hawaii (US) in a superb time. And, on top of that, Zanardi represented BMW as a BMW brand ambassador on many occasions all around the globe. In an interview, Zanardi looks back on this eventful year. Alessandro, early this year you started your comeback-season with the roll-out in Adria in Italy. How did you feel when you drove the first meters with the BMW Z4 GT3, which were obviously your first meters back in motorsport?

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Alessandro Zanardi: “I was very excited, as I always am when I start something new. After the long break I had after the 2009 season, it was a new adventure with a new car. I was back in a BMW, a brand that had already been very much part of my racing career. I was back with ROAL Motorsport, a team in which I have many friends and with which I have had many great moments in the past. All that combined made this moment a very special one. I was sitting in a BMW Z4 GT3, a great car that was new to me and certainly much more powerful than the one I drove before, so it was a great feeling to do the first laps.”

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What did it mean to you to not only return to racing, but to return as a BMW works driver? Zanardi: “To be appreciated as a sportsman and as an ambassador among all my partners at BMW makes me very proud. To see so much enthusiasm for my participation, to start again in a new championship, in a new adventure, to see myself again in the role of a race-car driver – this is what made it special. I have been connected with BMW for a long time – and the enthusiasm and support that I received when it was rumoured I could end up wearing the overalls of a race car driver again made me feel special. It made me feel a racing driver once again. That was a cool sensation.”

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With the Blancpain Sprint Series, you returned to Brands Hatch, the place where you won your Paralympic gold and silver medals. In the race you shone with a great fight back and scored a strong fifth place. Was that one of the highlights of your racing season? Zanardi: “Yes. In Brands Hatch all the conditions were perfect. In spite of the fact that, after a crash in the qualifying race, I started last in the main race, I was able to clinch a very encouraging fifth place finish. Had I started the race a little bit further up I think I could have actually improved on that. Another situation where I believe we could have had a great result was Slovakia, where a BMW ended up winning the race – actually BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert starting from 18th. In free practice and in qualifying, me and my team-mates at ROAL Motorsport had been the fastest BMWs, but unfortunately in the race we were involved in a first corner incident. But this is motorsport. So your only option is to say: I will have to try again.” Apart from racing, you had several other important sporting events this year. In Greenville, you won another two world titles in para-cycling. It seems so easy for you – you just go there and win. Is it that easy?  

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Zanardi: “Absolutely not. It is pretty hard – in fact, this is why I am enjoying it so much. It is pure sporting, tough but sane competition among a group of hand-cyclists who are by now good friends. Ernst van Dyk, who is now my main rival, is a good friend of mine. He is a fair athlete and I enjoy hanging out and spending time with him a lot. But when it is time to race we are fighting for the same centimetre of road and, luckily for me in spite of my age, I can still perform to the level it takes to challenge others for the race win. And from that point of view it was a very successful season, though for it to be perfect I should have also won the gold medal in the road race. In that one I actually finished runner-up to Ernst van Dyk, but there will be another opportunity to try next year.” In October, you successfully completed your first long-distance triathlon on Hawaii. Has triathlon become a new passion for you?

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Zanardi: “No doubt. I was expecting to enjoy myself there. It has a lot in common with driving from last to the winner’s circle in Cleveland in 1997, or from a lap down to the winner’s circle in Long Beach in ‘98, or risking it all in Laguna Seca, where I was in second, was trying to get the big result and passed Brian Herta through the Corkscrew. There is a lot in common with that type of behaviour, which is the behaviour of a man who prefers to live a day like a lion rather than 100 days like a sheep. And wanting to do such an adventurous sporting day like participating in the Hawaii triathlon is the way I am. The best moment was when I came out of the water, stepped onto my handcycle and took Road 19 towards the North. I knew I had 175 kilometres in front of me, plus the marathon. At that point I could have been scared or intimidated by what I had in front of me. In fact, I just felt pure happiness. I was so happy at that point, because I knew that it would be a lot of fun to have it all in front of me and not behind me. Also the last 300 metres and the finish were amazing, because I was not prepared to be cheered the way I was. I was really struck by how much support I got, by the people shouting my name. It was fantastic on one side – but sad on the other, because it was over, it was the finish. So now if I want to live this type of adventure again, in the best case scenario, I have to wait one year.” You are also BMW brand ambassador and represent BMW on many occasions all around the world. On these occasions, you often met your BMW ‘colleagues’, for example when you visited the BMW plant in Spartanburg in August. Do you feel like part of the family at such events? Zanardi: “Not just this, it is much more than that. It is difficult to explain it in words, because nobody thinks about it anymore – and this is what I really mean. It is the fact that all the people look at me as Alex, as Alex Zanardi, BMW brand ambassador. And they are all very proud to have me as a brand ambassador. And this is the really fantastic thing, because there was a time when I was also Alex Zanardi, but then my accident had just happened and people did not know how to approach me. In their minds what had happened to me was a total disaster. And so it was inevitable that every time someone met me I could feel some sort of embarrassment in not knowing how to approach me. This is now completely gone. The people approach me in a completely normal way. In addition, it means something special for me to be BMW brand ambassador. A great and world-wide recognised company like BMW for sure does not strictly need to be represented by anyone. But it chose Alex Zanardi to represent its brand, and you can look at it anyway you want, but Alex Zanardi is a handicapped man. Just stop for a moment and think about this: a huge company like BMW decides to be represented by a handicapped man. This is something really special. Every time I meet BMW employees I can see that they are very happy to have me there and this is priceless. This is something that makes me feel very proud and comfortable in this family.” Racing in the Blancpain Sprint Series, several para-cycling events, the triathlon and your commitments as BMW Brand Ambassador – how did you manage this very busy year? Zanardi: “To do one thing at a time, that is all.” At the end of the year, how would you sum up 2014 from a sporting point of view? Zanardi: “For sure, everything can be improved, but I am pretty satisfied with the results. Together with BMW Motorsport and ROAL Motorsport, we showed some competitiveness and, without some bad luck, great results, including a race win, would have been on the cards. But this is life. Sometimes you may deserve something, but you did not get it. So all you can do is to try it again. And this a little bit the same with my story in para-cycling. It has been a great season, but I know that it is possible to improve. So next year it will be another opportunity for me to try again. I know the clock is ticking, I am 48-years-old and I can’t go on forever, but I am very excited that, in spite of my age, I am absolutely convinced that I can keep myself at the same high level both in para-cycling and in motorsport.” The article An interview with Alessandro Zanardi appeared first on BMW BLOG

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