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BMW 650i gets an M6 GT3 race car look.
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First real life comparison of the BMW M2 and M235i coupes.
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Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/12/01/mini-pulling-out-of-detroits-north-american-international-auto-show/ in News on December 1, 2015
Jaguar, Land Rover and MINI are all pulling out of Detroit’s North American International Auto Show in January. According to Motoring, citing sources close to MINI, the British marque might skip the 2016 Geneva Motor Show as well. MINI’s all-new ...
Jaguar, Land Rover and MINI are all pulling out of Detroit’s North American International Auto Show in January. According to Motoring, citing sources close to MINI, the British marque might skip the 2016 Geneva Motor Show as well. MINI’s all-new Countryman is due next year while the Cooper and Clubman have just launched. Sources say the company is looking for the right motor show to launch its Clubman John Cooper Works next year. “It’s not a move that has a lot of internal support,” a spokesman said on the condition of anonymity.
“There is a school of thought that we should be doing our own events, rather than joining in to motor shows as per tradition, and there is talk that we might not even go to Geneva,” the source said. Jaguar and Land Rover are also shifting their focus to other shows, including the Chinese ones. JLR confirmed it would show up at the Chicago, New York and Los Angeles shows in the future, along with Shanghai, Beijing, Frankfurt, Paris and Geneva shows. The article MINI pulling out of Detroit’s North American International Auto Show appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/12/01/bmw-to-speed-up-electric-brand-development/ in News on December 1, 2015
In the midst of the VW diesel scandal, BMW is accelerating the development of the electric sub-brand. BMW Chief Executive Harald Krüger sees Google, Tesla and Apple as future rivals, compared to traditional brands, like Audi and Mercedes. In an inte...
In the midst of the VW diesel scandal, BMW is accelerating the development of the electric sub-brand. BMW Chief Executive Harald Krüger sees Google, Tesla and Apple as future rivals, compared to traditional brands, like Audi and Mercedes. In an interview with Handelsblatt, Mr. Krüger said BMW’s focus will increasingly shift to electric cars. The strict emission limits for diesel engines is part of the reason behind the decision. Without diesel engines, automakers will be unable to reach the European Union’s fuel consumption and emissions limits planned for 2020 and beyond, Krüger said.
“But in the future, the point will be reached at which it will be simply uneconomical to adapt diesel drive systems to the requirements of an increasingly ambitious legislation,” Mr. Krüger said. “Then electric mobility will play the decisive role.” Next year, BMW is expected to introduce a 10-year strategy which will include a large electric vehicles component. BMW also celebrates its 100th anniversary next year. The future of BMW doesn’t seem to be diesel, the BMW chief says, in the future, it might not make sense to keep adapting the diesel units to the tough emission rules. Electric power will play “the decisive role,” Krüger said. The article BMW to speed up electric brand development appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/12/01/bmws-at-the-essen-motorshow-2015/ in News on December 1, 2015
This year’s Essen Motor Show was packed with great looking builds. The biggest European tuning show comes right after one of the most popular tuning events out there – the SEMA Show. It features the best of what European tuners can offer...
This year’s Essen Motor Show was packed with great looking builds. The biggest European tuning show comes right after one of the most popular tuning events out there – the SEMA Show. It features the best of what European tuners can offer along with some American based builds as well. Overall, it is a great place that any car enthusiast should consider visiting once in a while. The predominantly tuning oriented was attended by almost 600,000 visitors and allows the European fans and customers to meet some of the guys behind some famous tuning projects. Companies like Vossen Wheels, KW Suspension, ABT Tuning, Mannhart Racing and others are well represented, while classic cars and restoration builds are the icing on the cake.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/12/01/manhart-mhx5-700-bmw-x5-m-with-700-hp-and-top-speed-315-kmh/ in News on December 1, 2015
Manhart Racing announces their tuning program for the BMW F85 X5 M. Dubbed, Manhart MHX5 700, the tuned up SUV produces 700 horsepower and 900 Newton meters of torque, with a top speed of 315 km/h. The standard model uses a 4.4 liter V8 TwinTurbo eng...
Manhart Racing announces their tuning program for the BMW F85 X5 M. Dubbed, Manhart MHX5 700, the tuned up SUV produces 700 horsepower and 900 Newton meters of torque, with a top speed of 315 km/h. The standard model uses a 4.4 liter V8 TwinTurbo engine producing 575 horsepower. The powerful SUV was also fitted with a stainless exhaust system, including flap control and an adapted engine software paired with catless downpipes.
In addition to the performance boost, the X5 M received a grey matte wrap, 22 inches BBS wheels and lowering springs from H&R bringing the SUV closer to the ground by 35 millimeters. Inside, an Awron additional display is showing the tuning information and other important operating parameters.
The price for the power upgrade is 7,500 euros plus installation, but Manhart offers a cheaper option with “only” 640 hp. The wheels cost as a complete set 0 including Vredestein tires (295 front, 335 rear) – 4,284 euros. The H&R springs costs 1,188 euros and the matte gray foiling charges the customer 3,500 euros.
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Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/30/1972-bmw-2002-twin-turbo-listed-at-105k/ in News on November 30, 2015
This BMW 2002 project was for sale on eBay for the reasonable price of $104,990. Since the listing went up a few days ago, the seller has ended it without explaining the reasons behind it. Paul Cain, a long time vintage BMW enthusiast, completed this...
This BMW 2002 project was for sale on eBay for the reasonable price of $104,990. Since the listing went up a few days ago, the seller has ended it without explaining the reasons behind it. Paul Cain, a long time vintage BMW enthusiast, completed this BMW 2002 project in 2017. He is also one of the co-founders of the Legends of the Autobahn event in Monterey.
Working together with his brother Joe and Tom Rakestraw – a BMW enthusiast and local architect – they set off to take a brainstorm idea of the “Ultimate BMW 2002” from paper to reality. This endeavor would evolve into over a half-decade of late nights that would empty bank accounts.
Paul purchased this 1972 BMW 200tii in 2000 and had been restored to take the body and technology of a BMW 2002 turbo. His goal was to build a perfect 50/50 weight balanced 2002 with lots of drivable power and as lightweight as possible – by using all BMW OEM parts.
The final result is a twin-turbocharged, M54 6-cylinder, 335 horsepower, 5-speed manual with a nearly perfect 51/49 weight distribution. That balance was achieved, in part, by modifying a transmission to move it rearward, placing it just ahead of the differential. Full project details: 3.0 Liter 4 valve dual overhead cam aluminium M54 straight 6 cylinder: KKK (custom built) twin turbochargers Fuel Injected (Autronic engine management system) Bosch Motorsport fuel pump One off custom carbon fiber intake manifold 335hp/316tq at the rear wheels (at 0.6 bar of boost) All BMW custom transaxle (Getrag 265 5-speed gearbox) ZF power rack and pinion with 2.1 turns lock to lock M5 rear axle with Quaiffe torque sensing differential, 3.73:1 304 stainless exhaust system with titanium rear mufflers 51% / 49% weigh distribution Brembo 4-piston brakes (same as Porsche 993 Twin Turbo Big Reds) Custom valved Bilstein coil over suspension Factory Alpina 17×8 wheels Full custom leather interior: Custom Scheel-style sport seats with vintage corduroy inserts Extra set of custom Kevlar Recaro Pole Position seats: Available for additional fee Alcantera and/or Perforated seat inserts (sport vs. city) 2002 Turbo gauge cluster pod with 7k rpm redline All extra gauges in correct BMW font Vintage Autoflug harnesses available for additional fee BMW OEM navy blue carpet (period correct) Custom built rear seating (delete) area in correct OEM look Custom 8 point rollcage discretely welded into A, B and C pillars Tig welded Custom laser cut mounting brackets Ties together transaxle and front/rear shock tower brace Custom formed carbon fiber hood and trunk lids Duplicate steel painted steel set available for an additional fee OEM 2002 Turbo flairs and front/rear spoilers Custom OEM style badging, stripping, mirror etching, and engine decals Xenon headlamps custom fabricated to fit the original Hella H1 design
Posted by http://f15.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1199179 in News on November 30, 2015
Owner reviews his F85 X5 at Willow Springs.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/30/when-is-it-okay-to-own-an-automatic-bmw/ in News on November 30, 2015
Go to any local car show, whether it just be a meeting of like-minded enthusiasts or something bigger like Cars and Coffee, and you’re bound to see at least one automatic car there. Said automatic will be shamed and left by its lonesome as if ...
Go to any local car show, whether it just be a meeting of like-minded enthusiasts or something bigger like Cars and Coffee, and you’re bound to see at least one automatic car there. Said automatic will be shamed and left by its lonesome as if the exterior were made from asbestos. So many enthusiasts have such a hatred for the automatic transmission that they’re willing to disregard even an incredibly impressive performance car because it has but two pedals. I recently had a conversation with a car enthusiast who hated the Porsche 911 GT3 RS because of its lack of a manual transmission and said that he wouldn’t buy one, even if he could afford it, because of that.
I find this notion to be a bit silly and kind of missing the point of being a car enthusiast. Don’t get me wrong, I love the manual transmission as much as the next guy, and it’s really the best way to feel a connection with a car, but hating automatics simply because they aren’t manuals seems silly to me. A great car is a great car, regardless of its transmission. The transmission is only a small portion of what makes a car what it is. Back in the day, the hatred for automatics stemmed from the fact that drivers couldn’t control the gears themselves. That is not only much less fun, but it creates a more difficult driving experience for enthusiastic drivers, because the transmission is doing things that the driver might not want to do. This can be aggravating. But modern automatic transmissions don’t have either of those issues. Nearly all modern automatic transmissions, whether they be torque converter autos or dual-clutch autos, can be shifted manually via either paddle shifters or the gear lever itself. Is this as fun or as engaging as a manual, no it isn’t. But it’s close and, at least with a modern automatic, you can have full control over the gears yourself, removing that much maligned lack of control. Also, modern autos have extremely intelligent brains, so they’re never doing stupid things and shifting at inappropriate times, making them easier to live with when letting them shift themselves. BMW’s ZF-sourced eight-speed is proof of that. But that still doesn’t stop most BMW enthusiasts from bemoaning automatic performance BMWs. But why? What’s so wrong with the automatic if it can change gears as you wish and will always keep you in the proper gear when left to its own devices? Hell, modern automatics make cars even faster than manuals nowadays, so there’s the added performance factor.
But I’m here to make a confession. If I were to buy almost any new BMW, I’d get it with the automatic gearbox. I know, I know, that’s sacrilegious and I should be put before a firing squad. But I can’t help but feel like it’s the better choice in most modern BMWs. I like having fun as much as every other car enthusiast, and won’t buy a car that doesn’t allow me to shift my own gears in some form or another, but I also like to relax and sip on a cup of coffee while listening to music. BMW’s new eight-speed lets me have both of those things. I can fire cogs into place using the paddles and have right-now gear changes when I want, or I can cruise with one hand on the wheel and a coffee in the other (I drink way too much coffee). So the auto lets me have my cake and eat it too and that’s a hard proposition to pass up. I honestly think I’d buy the automatic variant of every new BMW currently on sale in the US, with the exception of the 2 Series. The 2 Series, either the 228i or M235i and most likely the M2 as well, is the only BMW that I can say would be drastically better with a manual transmission. It’s just the right combination of size and fun that would make a manual gearbox the better choice. The performance and practicality benefits of the automatic transmission is cars like the 3 Series, 4 Series and even M cars, outweighs the 20 percent more fun that a manual brings.
Obviously, though, any relatively sporting BMW made before the development of the ZF eight-speed should only be a manual, because it’s the better way to swap cogs than the somewhat sluggish old six-speed auto. Am I saying that a 3 Series would be bad with a manual? No, of course not. I recently had probably the most fun driving experience of my life bombing down some incredible Mexican roads in a six-speed 340i. It was a riot and would have been less fun with an automatic. But my opportunities for such driving are so few and far between that getting a manual for that kind of driving would be like buying a surface-to-air missile in case I ever need to shoot down a drone. The ZF eight-speed suits my everyday driving better so it’d be my choice. I love manuals, but I like automatics too. Does that mean I’m not a real BMW enthusiast? The article Am I not a real enthusiast because I’d buy an automatic BMW? appeared first on BMW BLOG