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Having home-court advantage to Akrapovic‘s facilities, European Auto Source works very closely with the company and they were able to provide installation and collect some data on the new Evolution systems on the F8X M3/M4 platforms. Akrapovic&...
Having home-court advantage to Akrapovic‘s facilities, European Auto Source works very closely with the company and they were able to provide installation and collect some data on the new Evolution systems on the F8X M3/M4 platforms. Akrapovic’s newly-acquired BMW M4 was just completed from getting wrapped and needed a system installed right away. EAS has installed two sets of parts for this BMW F82 M4: an Akrapovic Evolution Exhaust System with carbon fiber tips and Akrapovic Carbon Rear Diffuser, all part of the same model lineup dedicated to the rear of this fine performance vehicle.
As expected from Akrapovic, the systems are very high quality and constructed from full titanium. Everything needed is included with the Evolution systems for a bolt on installation. For those utilizing the Slip-On systems, the OEM exhaust is cut and installed with the provided clamps.
The stock system parts work well with the brand new Akrapovic Evolution Exhaust System where the Valvetronic from the engine is used. This allows the owner to control the volume and performance of the exhaust system by utilizing the onboard selection systems, making the selection procedure quite simple and elegant at the same time.
Even though there are two exhaust tips available: carbon fiber and titanium, for this build European Auto Source opted for the carbon fiber tips actually. This will probably be the primary selection with many owners, as the carbon fiber tips from Akrapovic offer great visuals. Naturally, they are resistant to high temperatures coming from utilization of such a titanium exhaust system in a performance car like this, completely ensuring durability and performance during its lifetime that is.
Additionally, you will find an Akrapovic carbon fiber rear aftermarket diffuser installed. Relatively new for the BMW scene, Akrapovic has been manufacturing carbon for some time now of other platforms such as the Porsche GT3 and Ferrari lines. The quality on this piece is no different. With a matte finish, this is a beautiful piece with exceptional quality, matching the tips nicely. We have noticed that the rear diffuser is one of the first aero parts switched by owners where an aftermarket aero solution is installed on the BMW M3 and BMW M4.
Furthermore, Akrapovic ensures their Titanium Exhaust Systems provide not just a performance upgrade, but also reduce the overall weight of the car itself. Compared to the stock systems, this new one offers a weight saving of 25.5 lbs for the whole system installed on this vehicle. The OEM exhaust weighs, with a full system, 69lbs, where the Akrapovic Exhaust weighs 29.5 lbs for the Slip-On Section/Silencer and 14.9 lbs for the Connecting Pipe, making the aftermarket system a viable solution for high-performance builds like these. The complete installation is simple and quickly for this system and the whole procedure doesn’t take long at all. For those interested, you can find the complete installation procedure in the gallery added below.
Then after the whole installation was done, next logical step was was for EAS to do a dyno test with the new exhaust system. They found a gain of 7whp on 91 octane gasoline, providing useful information. But this also proves that the OEM exhaust system on the BMW F80 M3 and BMW F82 M4 is very efficient by itself. They will now install downpipes and are expecting further performance increase with that.
European Auto Source finally did a photoshoot after the installation was done, where the complete Akrapovic system appears like both a great performance and easthethics increase for this particular car entirely.
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In addition to the new R1200RS, BMW Motorrad is using the 2014 INTERMOT show to debut the updated 2015 BMW R1200R in three “style” variants. It’s powered by the same DOHC, air- and liquid-cooled flat-twin engine as the new RS (as we...
In addition to the new R1200RS, BMW Motorrad is using the 2014 INTERMOT show to debut the updated 2015 BMW R1200R in three “style” variants. It’s powered by the same DOHC, air- and liquid-cooled flat-twin engine as the new RS (as well as last years’ R1200GS, R1200GS Adventure and R1200RT) producing 125 hp (92 kW) at 7,750 rpm and 92 […]
The third new model to be introduced, after the R1200RS and R1200R, by BMW at INTERMOT this year, is a brand new S1000RR superbike. It features refined torque delivery with a 83 lb-ft (113 Nm) peak, six hp (4 kW) increase in engine output to 19...
The third new model to be introduced, after the R1200RS and R1200R, by BMW at INTERMOT this year, is a brand new S1000RR superbike. It features refined torque delivery with a 83 lb-ft (113 Nm) peak, six hp (4 kW) increase in engine output to 199 hp (146 kW), and a 9 pound (4 kg) reduction in weight bringing it to 450 lbs (204 kg) with […]
In addition to the brand new R1200RS, R1200R and S1000RR, BMW Motorrad is showing off special editions of the C600 Sport and C650GT maxi-scooters at INTERMOT 2014.The C600 Sport special edition features Racing blue metallic matt / Sapphire black meta...
In addition to the brand new R1200RS, R1200R and S1000RR, BMW Motorrad is showing off special editions of the C600 Sport and C650GT maxi-scooters at INTERMOT 2014.The C600 Sport special edition features Racing blue metallic matt / Sapphire black metallic paintwork along with a sports seat and Akrapovic silencer. The C650GT special edition, meanwhile, is […]
BMW has introduced their “Ride” and “Style” apparel collections for 2015. While you might not find all these items on dealer shelves you should be able to order most of them. Some items, such as Helmets, won’t be availab...
BMW has introduced their “Ride” and “Style” apparel collections for 2015. While you might not find all these items on dealer shelves you should be able to order most of them. Some items, such as Helmets, won’t be available in the US market. Here’s what BMW Motorrad has to say: State-of-the-art products that have stood […]
As expected, BMW Motorrad will use the 2014 International Motorcycle, Scooter and E-Bike Fair (INTERMOT), which opens tomorrow in Cologne, Germany, to introduce several new motorcycles including a new S1000RR and R1200R, new special editions of the C...
As expected, BMW Motorrad will use the 2014 International Motorcycle, Scooter and E-Bike Fair (INTERMOT), which opens tomorrow in Cologne, Germany, to introduce several new motorcycles including a new S1000RR and R1200R, new special editions of the C600 Sport and C650GT scooters, and the return of the boxer “RS” with a new R1200RS. The original […]
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/09/30/world-premiere-bmw-s-1000-rr/ in News on September 30, 2014
The new BMW S 1000 RR – the ultimate sports companion. The new BMW S 1000 RR is receiving its world premiere at the Intermot 2014 motorcycle fair. With refined torque delivery and peak torque of 113 Nm (83 lb-ft), an increase in engine out...
The new BMW S 1000 RR – the ultimate sports companion. The new BMW S 1000 RR is receiving its world premiere at the Intermot 2014 motorcycle fair. With refined torque delivery and peak torque of 113 Nm (83 lb-ft), an increase in engine output of 4 kW (6 hp) to 146 kW (199 hp), plus a reduction in weight of 4 kg to 204 kg with a full tank of fuel and Race ABS (making allowances for equipment), the superbike that first debuted in 2009 is entering a new generation. Besides eliciting even sharper performance from the new S 1000 RR, particular attention was also paid to designing the bike to be even more rider-friendly. Whether it is used for everyday riding, flitting through bends on country roads or being put through its paces on the race track – the new S 1000 RR excels in every respect.
Optimised drivetrain for even greater performance and rideability. The enhanced performance of the new RR in terms of drive power can be attributed to the re-engineered cylinder head with new duct geometry, new intake camshaft and even lighter intake valves. Furthermore, an airbox with a modified capacity combines with an intake system with shorter intake lengths to make mixture preparation more effective than ever and give the new S 1000 RR added punch. A further key contributing factor to the improvement in power and torque characteristics is the new exhaust system, which now dispenses with a front silencer and weighs around 3 kg lighter. Rideability and response from standstill both benefit from an increase in torque upwards of approx. 5,000 rpm, a more linear torque curve, as well as a wide torque plateau that allows the rider to summon up almost maximum pulling power between 9,500 (112 Nm) and 12,000 rpm (113 Nm / 83 lb-ft).
New frame structure and chassis geometry for superior riding precision and even better handling. Further improved Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) from the HP4 as an ex-works option. Chassis-wise, the new RR has been honed with the introduction of a new, lighter frame structure offering an optimised blend of rigidity and flexibility. Together with the optimised chassis geometry featuring redefined values for the steering head angle, wheel castor, wheelbase and swingarm pivot point, it promises even better handling, increased traction and unequivocal feedback, particularly when riding at the limit. The tasks of wheel suspension and damping continue to be performed by fully adjustable spring elements, but with modified negative spring travel for more banking clearance and greater agility. As a factory-fitted option, the new S 1000 RR can also be specified with the new improved version of the electronically controlled Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) suspension – already familiar from the HP4 – that provides the basis for a chassis set-up with absolutely no compromises.
Three riding modes as standard, plus two more available for fine-tuned adjustment by opting for the Pro riding mode feature. To enable optimum adaptation to the prevailing riding conditions, the new RR bike already comes with three riding modes as standard: “Rain”, “Sport” and “Race”. If the Pro riding mode option is selected, these can be supplemented by the two additional modes “Slick” and “User”. The Pro riding mode option also features Launch Control for flawless racing starts as well as the programmable pit-lane speed limiter for sticking exactly to the pit-lane speed limit. When this feature is activated, it has the additional effect of producing the impressive soundtrack familiar from the world of motorcycle racing. The HP Gear Shift Assist Pro, which can likewise be ordered as an ex-works option, enables lightning-fast clutchless upshifting and downshifting.
Refined control system set-up. Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) with precision calibration in seven +/- steps. The new RR already leaves the factory with Race ABS (semi-integral) as well as Automatic Stability Control (ASC) included as standard. In conjunction with the optional Pro riding mode feature, it can be equipped with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) including banking sensor and precision calibration. All control systems have been retuned and further improved in terms of their control precision and characteristics. First ever superbike with cruise control (optional). Innovative instrument cluster design, new electrical system and lighter battery. For the first time, the RR is now also available with an electronic speed control for staying within the current speed limits (ex-works option). The multifunctional instrument cluster comprises a new dial for the analogue rev counter as well as a redesigned LCD display offering a far greater array of functions. The new S 1000 RR furthermore features a new electrical system and a more powerful sensor box, along with a smaller battery weighing around 1 kg less.
Design that is more dynamic than ever with stunning colour schemes. Last, but by no means least, there is the completely restyled bodywork that speaks an even more dynamic design language. The principle of the asymmetric headlight arrangement on the outgoing model has been retained as a characteristic distinguishing feature, yet the headlights have been repositioned and restyled to ensure that the new RR is recognisable as “new” at first glance. The dynamic design with its sporty, aggressive feel is given further impact by colour schemes with three very individual characters: Racing Red / Light White, Black Storm metallic and the BMW Motorsport colours.
Highlights of the new BMW S 1000 RR: Increased power output and torque: 146 kW (199 hp) at 13,500 rpm and 113 Nm (83 lb-ft) at 10,500 rpm. Even better rideability thanks to increased torque from approx. 5,000 rpm upwards as well as a more linear curve. A broad plateau of peak torque available in the rev range from around 9,500 up to 12,000 rpm. Re-engineered cylinder head with new duct geometry, new intake camshaft and even lighter intake valves. New intake system with shorter intake lengths, larger airbox and full E‑gas ride-by-wire. Reduction in weight of 4 kilograms to 204 kg with a full tank of fuel (making allowances for equipment). New exhaust system weighing around 3 kilograms lighter without a front silencer. Riding modes “Rain”, “Sport” and “Race” as standard plus the option of the Pro riding mode with two additional modes, “Slick” and “User” (configurable), for optimum adaptation to riding conditions. Launch Control for flawless starts as part of the optional Pro riding mode feature. Pit-lane speed limiter for maintaining an exact speed in the pit lane as part of the optional Pro riding mode feature. New, lighter frame structure with an optimised blend of rigidity and flexibility for more traction, greater precision and clear feedback. Refined chassis geometry for even better handling, increased traction and unequivocal feedback at the limits of performance. Fully adjustable spring elements with optimised negative spring travel for more banking clearance and greater agility. Further improved version of electronic Dynamic Damping Control (DDC), familiar from the HP4, as an ex-works option. Race ABS with optimised set-up. DTC traction control with precision calibration in 7 +/- steps. HP Gear Shift Assist Pro for fast clutchless upshifting and downshifting as an ex-works option. New electrical system with a more powerful sensor box and lighter battery. Electronic speed control as an ex-works option. More sophisticated instrument cluster with extended array of functions and wide variety of information. Completely restyled bodywork for an even more dynamic design language. Innovative colour schemes with three individual characters: Racing Red / Light White, Black Storm metallic and BMW Motorsport. Extended range of optional extras and special accessories available ex-works. The article World Premiere: BMW S 1000 RR appeared first on BMW BLOG
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Even though the Avantgarde M580 wheels are the most prominent feature on this Estoril Blue BMW F30 328i project seen here, you will find plenty of aftermarket tuning parts added to this vehicle for a round up look. Combine the aftermarket parts with...
Even though the Avantgarde M580 wheels are the most prominent feature on this Estoril Blue BMW F30 328i project seen here, you will find plenty of aftermarket tuning parts added to this vehicle for a round up look. Combine the aftermarket parts with the appealing Estoril Blue, considered by many a favorite color on the F30, and you’ve got a spectacular build coming up. This is a 2012 BMW 328i that comes with an OEM M-Sport package included. You will find a JL Motoring MSport V2 carbon fiber front lip and sideskirt extensions installed. You will also see a AFE momentum PRO 5R intake installed, combined with an air scoop fron the same company, all finished by the AFE Catback exhaust installed.
The exhaust system also combines the Evolution Racewerks catless downpipe and N20 chargepipe. For additional breathing room of this twin-turbo inline-six engine, there is a Wagner Tuning competition evo intercooler installed, all wrapped up by a BMS JB4 Stage 2 Tuner to combine all the aftermarket parts added in achieving more horsepower and performance.
Finally, we can see a carbon fiber boot lid that completes the more prominent extensive exterior additions – besides the wheels. Now, the wheels themselves are custom made forged wheels that perfectly align with the car’s lines and exterior, all thanks to a set of H&R Sport Springs. We’ll probably see more of these builds done with a KW Suspension system installed, as the new 3 Series and 4 Series models are finally covered by an aftermarket suspension from the same company. These wheels are sized 19×8.5 and 19×9.5 front and rear, respectively. A set of Kumho Ecsta SPT tires sized 235/35/19 and 265/30/19 front and rear, respectively, was applied to this build.
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The folks over at Drag Times have put together an interesting comparison between the BMW E92 M3, a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and a Porsche 911 Turbo in a drag race. What makes it interesting is the fact that none of those cars are running a stock set...
The folks over at Drag Times have put together an interesting comparison between the BMW E92 M3, a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and a Porsche 911 Turbo in a drag race. What makes it interesting is the fact that none of those cars are running a stock setup. The tuned up BMW M3 (E90) produces 820 HP, the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG (W204) with a Weistec Engineering Stage 2 tuning program produces 670 HP, where finally, a Porsche 911 Turbo (997) with a Mk. 1 PP-Performance Stage 2 tuning program develops 650 HP which makes this an interesting trio of tuned sports cars.
What happens next and who wins? Take a look at the video below! They’ve also posted every result from their races on their website, so make sure to take a look for those as well. The article Drag Times Compares BMW M3, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG And Porsche 911 Turbo appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/09/30/bmw-testing-automated-driving-china/ in News on September 30, 2014
The BMW Group is a leading auto industry developer of highly automated vehicle prototypes. BMW’s research prototypes have already driven thousands of kilometres in highly automated – i.e. self-driving – mode on German motorways. In February 20...
The BMW Group is a leading auto industry developer of highly automated vehicle prototypes. BMW’s research prototypes have already driven thousands of kilometres in highly automated – i.e. self-driving – mode on German motorways. In February 2013, the focus shifted to European motorways when BMW launched a joint project with Continental. Now BMW is embarking on a further research project, which will pave the way for highly automated driving in China as well. “Vision Zero” is a strategy for achieving “accident-free mobility” that is being pursued right across Europe in many different arenas – social, political, scientific and industrial. Highly automated driving is capable of bringing Vision Zero a significant step closer to reality. In addition to the safety aspect, the aim is to enhance comfort and efficiency as well.
The BMW Group believes that highly automated driving will play a major part in ensuring sustainable personal mobility in the future. An “electronic co-pilot” system is not only able to relieve the driver of monotonous or repetitive driving tasks, but can also take over full control of the vehicle if desired. Following on from research projects in which BMW vehicles have already clocked up thousands of kilometres of highly automated driving on German and European motorways, a project is now being launched in the world’s largest car market, China, as the next logical step in the development of this technology. The fast-expanding Chinese market includes the metropolitan regions of Beijing and Shanghai and a growing number of other megacities.
Solutions to the special challenges of China’s urban highways. Over the next two years, the BMW Group will be building prototype research vehicles for use in highly automated driving trials on Chinese roads. Whereas typical features which must be taken into account in Europe include tunnels, national borders and toll stations, China’s fast-expanding urban centres also present the engineers with challenges such as multi-level highways. BMW is taking on this new engineering challenge because it believes that only with a complete command of all the technical fundamentals will it be possible to help clarify the legal issues surrounding highly automated driving.
Many years’ experience of vehicle automation. The BMW Group’s research prototypes highlight BMW’s leading role in the development of safety-related and highly automated driving technology. As early as October 2009, in the TrackTrainer project, highly automated vehicles from the BMW Group were already demonstrating their ability to follow an ideal line around race tracks – including the Nürburgring North Loop, the most challenging racing circuit in the world. Important input has also been provided by the BMW Emergency Stop Assistant. If the driver is suddenly incapacitated, this system is able to switch to highly automated driving mode and bring the vehicle safely to a stop at the side of the road before automatically calling for help. The BMW Group incorporated the results from this development work in a highly automated vehicle that underwent road testing on German motorways in 2011. Meanwhile, the highly automated research prototype presented at CES 2014, which is based on a BMW 2 Series Coupe, boasts further perfected control technology. This is rooted in BMW’s view that, in order to offer robust and dependable driver stress relief in tiring situations, highly automated driving systems must be capable of coping with all potential vehicle dynamics scenarios, right through to extreme situations such as a sudden emergency. The BMW Group is teaming up with internet giant Baidu as its Chinese partner in this latest ambitious research project. Baidu operates China’s largest search engine and is also a provider of map services and cloud services. The highly automated prototypes developed in this joint project will initially be operated on urban highways in Beijing and Shanghai.