Five Reasons Why BMWs Aren’t Overrated

Certainly there are more than a few people who think BMWs are overrated. And you can also add overpriced. Many believe paying premium prices for a sports car might not be warranted and they often settle on paying less for a car they believe it matche...

Certainly there are more than a few people who think BMWs are overrated. And you can also add overpriced. Many believe paying premium prices for a sports car might not be warranted and they often settle on paying less for a car they believe it matches a BMW in certain areas. On the other hand, anyone who had experience with BMW cars will laugh at the mere idea that bimmers are overrated, especially if you look at like design, comfort, performance and safety. I’ve heard several people make similar statements but rarely they dig deeper into the issue. Owners of cars like a Honda, Citroen, Opel, Peugeot or Volvo often make similar statements, yet no one can really judge them. Heated debates can often be started so based on our experience over the years we’ve put together five reasons (hopefully unbiased) why BMW cars are not overrated. 1. Performance

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When performance comes into play, BMW has a lot to offer. Even the smallest engine models, combined with the entry-level trim, provide some excellent performance numbers. These performance BMWs include excellent weight distribution, rear wheel drive setup (excluding the newest 2 Series Active Tourer models and new X1) and great handling. For what it’s worth, BMW was always been synonymous for excellent driving dynamics, pretty much unsurpassed by most of its competitors. In a nutshell, you can have fun in a BMW 118i as much as you can in higher powered models. Even though the more expensive M cars come with better suspension and better braking performance, they still have the same core values of a driver’s car – something that is instilled in every model throughout the range. Overall, even the most simple and fuel-efficient models have a sub 10 second times from 0-62mph (0-100km/h). 2. Design

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“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” A phrase often used yet representative of what most of us feel. Over the decades, BMW has stayed true to the classy design combined with sporty accents that give them a unique look. The unmistakable aggressiveness is combined with appealing modern lines and premium materials, all resulting in a car loved by equally by executives and families. Even the controversial 1 Series Hatchback is now a looker, a testament to BMW’s power to acknowledge a design that might have fallen short of expectations. In a nutshell, BMW’s design language can be described by these four things: aggressiveness, class, luxury and performance. 3. Interior

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While Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen may have more flashy interiors, BMW remains true to the form meets function philosophy throughout their entire cabin. The driver oriented dashboard, the sleek lines and simplicity run throughout the interior, while the use of premium materials combined with top-notch craftsmanship and quality, give any BMW a special look and feel, unique in the premium segment and often misunderstood. 4. Driving Dynamics

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BMW coined the slogan “The Ultimate Driving Machine” and with small exceptions, BMWs have lived up to the renowned branding. Often people says that you don’t buy a BMW if you don’t intend to drive it like you stole it, and as catchy and cheesy as this sounds, the phrase is often heard within the BMW community. The combination of a rear-wheel drive – in most models – with near perfect 50:50 weight distribution, make BMWs one of the most fun machines available on the market. This can be experienced from the 1 Series all the way to the 7 Series, and even in their premium SUVs with all-wheel drive and a slight rear bias. 5. Safety

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When it comes to safety, BMW has done a lot of improvements over the years. The new BMW models are amongst the highest safety rated vehicles in the world and safety is at the core of every model. For example, the new BMW F30 3 Series received an NHTS rating of five stars overall, making it one of the safest sedans money can buy right now. Overall, BMW’s focus for safety has been and will always be embedded in their DNA and every new model that comes out packs more safety features and crash-resistant technology than ever before. The article Five Reasons Why BMWs Aren’t Overrated appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW celebrates 60th anniversary of the 507

With only 252 units built from 1956 to 1959, the BMW 507 remains one of the rarest and most expensive BMWs ever built. To celebrate its 60th anniversary, BMW will be opening an exhibition at its museum in Munich. Called “Family Affairs – Variatio...

With only 252 units built from 1956 to 1959, the BMW 507 remains one of the rarest and most expensive BMWs ever built. To celebrate its 60th anniversary, BMW will be opening an exhibition at its museum in Munich. Called “Family Affairs – Variations on a Design Icon,” visitors to BMW’s facility will be able to see the design drafts to see where all of the elements of this car originally came from. A a Michelotti-designed red 507 concept can be seen also on display. Giovanni Michelotti is regarded as one of the most prolific and talented sports cars designers of the 20th century. A 507 prototype will make an appearance as well. BMW’s new roadster was hastily unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in autumn 1955, where it was presented to an enthusiastic crowd. Rumors have it that the Frankfurt show car carried cement bags instead of a proper engine in the engine bay and that the first real car was shown at the later Paris Show.

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The BMW 507 Roadster was designed by Count Albrecht Goertz, a young German designer then living in New York and later responsible for another beautiful car, the Datsun 240 Z-series A production-ready 507 was also unveiled at New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel in 1955 and its design has impressed everyone in the attendance. The car featured the now familiar roadster proportions with short overhangs and a long hood, the iconic twin-kidney grille and the dynamic stance.

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Under the hood it featured a new 3.2 liter V8 engine with Zenith dual-barrel carburetors, producing 148 horsepower. A four speed transmission would send power to the rear wheels. The 0 to 60 mph sprint was recorded at around 10 seconds while the top speed was limited to 136 mph. An impressive automobile for the ’50s. But what began very promising later turned into a financial disaster for BMW. When launched new it had not only a hefty price tag – $11,000 – due to BMW’s principles in build quality and strength but it was so expensive that even millionaires, a then rare species in Germany after WW II, considered not to waste so much money buying the luxurious car. Had BMW been able to reduce production costs, there would undoubtedly have been more 507 sales.

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However, the 507 Roadster did manage to draw the attention of a particular American Rock star then stationed in Germany, his name was Elvis Presley and we BMW recently took possession of King’s car to restore it. A recent auction had a 507 sell for $2.4 million, not  a bad investment even considering the inflation.

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BMWUSA Classic at the Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion 2015

BMWUSA Classic will once again enter the No. 2 BMW M1 IMSA Group 4 Endurance racer in Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion from August 13-16. The BMW M1 IMSA Group 4 was based on the M1 Procar but was further developed for endurance racing in the USA. T...

BMWUSA Classic will once again enter the No. 2 BMW M1 IMSA Group 4 Endurance racer in Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion from August 13-16. The BMW M1 IMSA Group 4 was based on the M1 Procar but was further developed for endurance racing in the USA. The easiest way to differentiate between the IMSA version and the Procar is the wider rear fender flares and the endurance racing quick-fill fuel receptor in the driver’s side rear quarter window. The M1 Procar uses the stock road car fuel doors (one on each side of the car).

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The No. 2 BMW M1 will be driven at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion this year by Automobile Magazine editor Jason Harper for an upcoming article. The No. 25 3.0 CSL and the No. 25 Z4 GTLM along with their respective drivers Brian Redman and Bill Auberlen will also be at the 2015 Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion from August 13-16.

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The BMW 3.0 CSL race cars were the first cars to be developed under the new BMW Motorsport GmbH subsidiary, established in 1972 and led by Jochen Neerpasch.  They were also the first to sport the new official colors of BMW Motorsport—red, violet and blue. This car, one of five produced is Chassis 2275985 and has been restored to its race number 25, 1975 12 Hours of Sebring specification. Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO of BMW of North America is scheduled to race the No. 25 BMW 3.0 CSL at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion this year. [Source: BMWUSA Classic] The article BMWUSA Classic at the Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion 2015 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Would you buy a used car if you knew you could return it?

Buying a car can be a scary endeavor, but buying a used car is even more frightening. There’s absolutely no way of knowing that the buyer you’re buying from is worth trusting. You almost have to take a leap of faith and hope that the car is as th...

Buying a car can be a scary endeavor, but buying a used car is even more frightening. There’s absolutely no way of knowing that the buyer you’re buying from is worth trusting. You almost have to take a leap of faith and hope that the car is as the buyer says and there aren’t any underlying issues that the buyer isn’t telling you. If you’ve lived in almost any urban area, you’ve seen a shady used car lot or two or twelve. I remember looking at my first car when I turned 17. I saw the ad online for a 1996 Audi A4 1.8t Quattro with a five-speed manual. Perfect, I thought. I went to the dealer lot, which was surrounded by barbed wire and had chained-up Pitbulls barking at passersby. The ad said the car was perfect, but of course it did, and the few pictures were all of the good things about the car, like the paint closeup of the gauges and the engine bay. But when I got to the car in person, the driver’s side interior door panel was falling off, as well as the exterior driver’s side door handle. This car was clearly broken into at some point. The interior was torn apart and the engine barely ran. But the ad said it was perfect.

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These experiences happen to thousands of people every day, simply because there is no way of knowing if a used dealer is trustworthy. Sure, there are companies like eBay Motors who stand behind their business model. And they, as companies, are trustworthy. But the seller on the other end is still an unknown, and with companies like eBay, people are often buying cars sight unseen. So, while the transaction will be handled professionally by eBay, who knows what kind of condition the car might actually be in or if the seller disclosed all of the information. Well, companies like Vroom are here to help. When a seller wants to sell a car on Vroom, they simply use their mobile phone or computer to upload the VIN and a couple of pictures of their car, and Vroom will make them an offer in minutes. If the seller agrees, Vroom picks up the car and brings it to the Dallas, Texas HQ. From there, the car is inspected, checked and has many pictures taken of it. The car is then posted on Vroom’s website or mobile app for sale, with all of the vehicular information necessary. Buyers are then allows to search for these cars for sale and if they buy one, Vroom ships them the car for free. Vroom also promises that cars can be returned for a full refund within seven days and also offer a 90 day warranty on all major components, included engine and transmission. The full refund is a wonderful feature, because this allows buyers to make a full inspection of the car when the get it and if there’s anything that wasn’t disclosed in the listing on Vroom, or there’s something about the car that makes the buyer uncomfortable with their purchase, Vroom will refund the money and take the car back. It makes buying through Vroom almost completely worry-free. So companies like Vroom offer a much easier way of buying pre-owned cars than pretty much everything else. Sure, if you buy from Vroom, you’re buying a car sight unseen. But people have already been doing that with eBay for years now. And, unlike eBay, Vroom acts as the middleman, buying the cars from the sellers and selling them to the buyers itself. This makes the purchase, even sight unseen, far easier, as you’re buying from Vroom, a trustworthy seller, not a random person on the internet. This way, more people can avoid barbed wire fences and barking Pitbulls. The article Would you buy a used car if you knew you could return it? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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MINI Recalls 35,000 Cars to Bolster Side Crash Resistance

MINI is recalling 30,456 Cooper and Cooper S cars in the U.S. to address poor side impact protection. This includes 15,653 examples of the 2014-2015 MINI Cooper Hardtop, 14,782 units of the 2014-2015 Mini Cooper S Hardtop, and 21 of the 2015 Mini Joh...

MINI is recalling 30,456 Cooper and Cooper S cars in the U.S. to address poor side impact protection. This includes 15,653 examples of the 2014-2015 MINI Cooper Hardtop, 14,782 units of the 2014-2015 Mini Cooper S Hardtop, and 21 of the 2015 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop. Those with production dates between December 2013 and March 2015 are affected. An additional 4,130 MINI hatchbacks are being recalled in Canada. The issue was discovered during a recent NHTSA-conducted side impact crash test, according to documents posted on NHTSA’s website. According to NHTSA, the agency tested a 2015 Cooper and Cooper S Hardtop on July 1 and 2, but the S didn’t meet one of the impact requirements.

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In affected vehicles, rear-seat passengers could be at a higher risk of injury after a severe side impact, NHTSA said. To remedy this issue, additional energy absorption material will be installed between the rear interior side panels and the body of the vehicle. BMW is not aware of any injuries linked to this issue. The campaign to fix them will begin on Sept. 12. The article MINI Recalls 35,000 Cars to Bolster Side Crash Resistance appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Yellow-wrapped BMW M6 by DRM Motorworx

BMW’s M6 Coupe is without a doubt one of the sportiest cars BMW currently offers. A great performer on the road and a monster on the track, the M6 Coupe has won the hearts of many die-hard BMW fans. Its looks are also often praised, yet it serv...

BMW’s M6 Coupe is without a doubt one of the sportiest cars BMW currently offers. A great performer on the road and a monster on the track, the M6 Coupe has won the hearts of many die-hard BMW fans. Its looks are also often praised, yet it served as the test bed for many aftermarket companies to build their styling products on. North Carolina-based DRM Motorworx gave the BMW M6 Coupe an unique “paint job” and some aftermarket goodies. The tuning shop applied a lemon-colored wrap from Avery Dennison which looks similar to the neon green color we’ve seen before. To match the flashy yellow, a carbon fiber splitter was installed, along with blacked out kidney grilles. Another highlight of this DRM’s M6 is a customer set of 22 inch Maglia wheels from Forgiato. The oversized matte black wheels fit perfectly with the car’s stance and sporty look.

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This slightly pimped-out BMW M6 also comes with a performance upgrade tuning kit from ECU Tuning, but the horsepower output has not been revealed at the moment.

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Jeremy Clarkson and Top Gear team sign with Amazon

Former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and have signed up to present a new show on Amazon’s streaming video service. Clarkson was fired by the BBC earlier this year after a violent drunken altercation with his producer. Chris Evans, a...

Former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and have signed up to present a new show on Amazon’s streaming video service. Clarkson was fired by the BBC earlier this year after a violent drunken altercation with his producer. Chris Evans, a TV and radio presenter, will take the helm of Top Gear and it has been rumored he will be joined by former Formula 1 World Champion Jensen Button. Button currently races for McLaren. Clarkson has signed a three-series deal, which will only be available to Amazon Prime customers.

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I’m very excited to announce that Hammond, May and I have signed a deal with .@AmazonVideo — Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) July 30, 2015 .@AmazonVideoUK now saying I can’t be their chief drone pilot. Apparently they want us to make a car show. — Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) July 30, 2015 Jay Marine, vice-president of Amazon Prime Video in Europe, said: “Customers told us they wanted to see the team back on screen, and we are excited to make that happen. Millions of Prime members are already enjoying our ground-breaking original shows. We can’t wait to see what Jeremy, Richard, James and the team will create in what is sure to be one of the most globally anticipated shows of 2016.” The article Jeremy Clarkson and Top Gear team sign with Amazon appeared first on BMW BLOG

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The BMW M2 Option List Leaked

A 2addicts user has gotten hold of the full options list for the highly anticipated M2. Surprises? Not a lot. Both DCT and manual… The post The BMW M2 Option List Leaked appeared first on… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi...

A 2addicts user has gotten hold of the full options list for the highly anticipated M2. Surprises? Not a lot. Both DCT and manual… The post The BMW M2 Option List Leaked appeared first on… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Alpine White BMW F80 M3 on HRE wheels

There’s a fine line between a tasteful and awkward looking build, as we’ve witnessed in a build a few days ago. Now, this Alpine White BMW F80 M3 showcases what a classy set of modifications should look like. Providing a fine combination ...

There’s a fine line between a tasteful and awkward looking build, as we’ve witnessed in a build a few days ago. Now, this Alpine White BMW F80 M3 showcases what a classy set of modifications should look like. Providing a fine combination of daily utility and contagious high-performance when needed, the BMW M3 is truly a remarkable vehicle and its sales figures back up that claim. The owner of this BMW M3 took the sporty sedan to Wheels Boutique for a wheel upgrade and for the installation of a lower kit. These HRE S101 wheels comes sized 20×9.5 in the front and 20×11 in the rear and are finished in a transparent brushed gold finish to produce a classy contrast.

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The current generation BMW M3 comes with a 3.0 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo powerplant, shared with its M4 coupe sibling. It produces 420 horsepower which can propel the car from 0-62 mph (0-100km/h) in just 4.1 seconds. With an electronically limited speed of 155 mph (250km/h), the super sporty M3 sedan can deliver the thrills requested by its owners. Take a look at more photos below.

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BMW rules out entry into the Formula E Championship

BMW has ruled out an entry into the Formula E Championship in the short term. Currently BMW has a deal to supply pace cars to Formula E. BMW Motorsport boss Jens Marquardt says the automaker has no interest in joining the series while the practice of...

BMW has ruled out an entry into the Formula E Championship in the short term. Currently BMW has a deal to supply pace cars to Formula E. BMW Motorsport boss Jens Marquardt says the automaker has no interest in joining the series while the practice of drivers swapping cars mid-race remains. “An issue that needs to be addressed is the change of car,” said Marquardt, who stated that the end of two-car races “would be a condition for our potential direct involvement”.

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“If you look at public discussions of electric mobility, the issue of reach is very important.” Formula E has a road map laid out to retire the mid-race change of car in 2018/2019, but there is no assurance the championship leaders will follow through. FIA president Jean Todt has expressed the view that the shift away from car swapping should be brought forward. Renault and Citroen are so far the only major carmakers with a direct involvement in Formula E. [Source: Autosport] The article BMW rules out entry into the Formula E Championship appeared first on BMW BLOG

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