Drag Race: 2015 Chevy Corvette vs BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe

FastLaneCar brings to a drag race the 2015 Chevy Corvette and the BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe, two quite different automobiles but both exciting to drive, not only on a straight line but on the track as well. The new C7 Corvette is 99.999% new, a...

FastLaneCar brings to a drag race the 2015 Chevy Corvette and the BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe, two quite different automobiles but both exciting to drive, not only on a straight line but on the track as well. The new C7 Corvette is 99.999% new, and it’s been built with strictly one goal in mind: performance. Every single part on the car is new except for one: the rear trunk latch. Every other part has been lightened or otherwise altered to improve performance. The result is a base model Corvette that roars from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds courtesy of a new “LT1″ 6.3 liter V8 that produces 450 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. To conquer corners the new Vette also sports an all-aluminum space frame, carbon fiber hood, trunk and roof, fiber-glass doors, fenders and side sills.

Drag Race: 2015 Chevy Corvette vs BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe

The BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe delivers exceptional 0 to 60 mph acceleration in only 3.7 seconds. The 540-horsepower and 540 lb-ft output of the 4.4-liter ALPINA Bi-Turbo V8 is channeled through an 8 speed Sport Automatic Transmission with ALPINA Switch-Tronic and BMW’s xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system. It also has an impressive top speed: 198 mph. So we have a slightly underpowered Vette, but lighter, against the four-wheel drive ALPINA B6 Gran Coupe. Which one takes the win on a straight line? Let’s find out. The article Drag Race: 2015 Chevy Corvette vs BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Why isn’t anyone driving this 1980s BMW 6 Series M Package?

On Jalopnik’s The Abandoned series we’re looking today at a beautiful 1980 BMW E24 6 Series with an M Package which seems to have been abandoned or have not moved in a very long time by its owner. The car was spotted near Tokyo, Japan. Th...

On Jalopnik’s The Abandoned series we’re looking today at a beautiful 1980 BMW E24 6 Series with an M Package which seems to have been abandoned or have not moved in a very long time by its owner. The car was spotted near Tokyo, Japan. The person who spotted the car says the following: “It hasn’t moved since May. It has no registration stickers at all. It probably hasn’t been driven in years. In fact, there’s never really any other cars in the lot in which it resides, so it must be getting awfully lonely (I know, I know, anthropomorphising machines). And it seems like it would be fun to drive.”

Why isnt anyone driving this 1980s BMW 6 Series M Package?

Even more odd is the fact that the car is a left-hand drive which points out to an import car versus a right-hand drive 6 Series built for Japan. The BMW 6 Series is known as a BMW luxury car -and this is where it all begun. Have a look at the first generation, together with a BMW designer who belonged to the development team. The E24 was a replacement for the CS and CSL coupés first produced in 1965. The CS 3.0 was almost changed by adding a few centimeters in height to make it easier for customers to get into the car. However, Bob Lutz rebelled against the decision and rough drafted an alternative version that soon became the 6 series. Production started in March 1976 with two models: the 630CS and 633CSi. Originally the bodies were manufactured by Karmann, but production was later taken in-house to BMW.

Why isnt anyone driving this 1980s BMW 6 Series M Package?

In 1982 (Europe) and 1983 (US), the E24 changed slightly in appearance, with an improved interior and slightly modified exterior. At the same time, the 635CSi received a new engine, a slightly smaller-bored and longer-stroked 3430 cc six to replace the former 3453 cc engine and became available with a wide-ratio 5-speed manual or an automatic. This slight change in 1982 (Europe) was in fact a major change as pre-1982 cars were based on the E12 5-series chassis; after mid-1982, e24s shared the improved E28 5-series chassis. The only parts that remained the same were some of the exterior body panels. 989 was the last year for the E24 with production stopping in April. The article Why isn’t anyone driving this 1980s BMW 6 Series M Package? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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One Cool, Frozen Bronze Metallic F11 Touring

This is one cool, actually frozen bronze metallic F11 5 series touring. ...

This is one cool, actually frozen bronze metallic F11 5 series touring.

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HPDE Instructor’s Review From Giving Hot Laps in M4 Coupe

HPDE instructor Nick gives us his review on the F82 M4 after providing hotlaps in the car to attendees of the Coronado Speedfest. ...

HPDE instructor Nick gives us his review on the F82 M4 after providing hotlaps in the car to attendees of the Coronado Speedfest.

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September 2014: BMW brand sales up 8.6 percent

Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 8.6 percent in September for a total of 25,586 compared to 23,568 vehicles sold in September, 2013. Year-to-date, the BMW brand is up 11.3 percent on sales of 236,591 compared to 212,565 sold in the first nine mo...

Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 8.6 percent in September for a total of 25,586 compared to 23,568 vehicles sold in September, 2013. Year-to-date, the BMW brand is up 11.3 percent on sales of 236,591 compared to 212,565 sold in the first nine months of 2013. “After such a strong August, to set a new September sales record for BMW is a great accomplishment and emphasizes the importance of our new models to the company’s sales success,” said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America. “I am especially pleased to see dealer deliveries of the spectacular i8 hybrid now underway as we enter the very important fourth quarter of the year.”

September 2014: BMW brand sales up 8.6 percent

To see and hear more of Ludwig Willisch’s perspective on the September sales results, click here. BMW Group Sales The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported September sales of 29,805 vehicles, an increase of 3.2 percent from the 28,874 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, the BMW Group (BMW and MINI combined) is up 5.2 percent on sales of 275,779 in the first nine months of 2014 compared to 262,200 in the same period in 2013. BMW Pre-Owned Vehicles – Best September Ever In September, sales of BMW used vehicles (including certified pre-owned and pre-owned) increased 8.4 percent to 15,042 vehicles compared to the 13,877 vehicles sold in September, 2013. Year-to-date, BMW used vehicles (including certified pre-owned and pre-owned) are up 12.9 percent on sales of 149,183 compared to 132,136 sold in the first nine months of 2013. MINI Brand Sales For September, MINI USA reports 4,219 automobiles, a decrease of 20.5 percent from the 5,306 sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, MINI USA reported a sales total of 39,188 automobiles, a decrease of 21.0 percent from the 49,635 automobiles sold in the first nine months of 2013. MINI Pre-Owned Vehicles – Best September Ever In September, MINI used automobiles (including MINI NEXT certified pre-owned and pre-owned) reported sales of 2,050 automobiles, an increase of 20.5 percent from the 1,701 sold in September, 2013. Year-to-date, MINI used automobiles (including MINI NEXT certified pre-owned) reported sales of 19,065 automobiles, an increase of 17.8 percent from the 16,181 automobiles sold in the first nine months of 2013. Table 1: Vehicle Sales BMW of North America, LLC, September 2014 Sept. 2014 Sept. 2013 % YTD Sept. 2014 YTD Sept. 2013 % BMW brand 25,586 23,568 8.6 236,591 212,565 11.3 BMW passenger cars 18,981 16,927 12.1 172,331 157,404 9.5 BMW light trucks 6,605 6,641 -0.5 64,260 55,161 16.5 MINI brand 4,219 5,306 -20.5 39,188 49,635 -21.0 TOTAL Group 29,805 28,874 3.2 275,779 262,200 5.2 BMW Motorrad Sales BMW Motorrad USA reported sales of 914 motorcycles in September, a decrease of 4.3 percent from the total of 955 motorcycles sold in September 2013. The award winning R 1200 RT was the best selling model with 207 units sold in the month and with the new for 2014 R 1200 GS Adventure and R nineT also featuring strongly, R-Series sales increased by 40 percent over 2013 with 444 bikes delivered compared to 318 a year ago. The new-for-2014 S 1000 R naked superbike helped grow S-Series volumes by 40 percent with 168 units delivered to customers in September compared to 120 last year. BMW Motorrad continues to perform ahead of last year, up 4.3 percent after 9 months and with the long-awaited 2015 model machines now arriving in dealerships in quantity, is primed and ready for the Fall riding season. Table 2: Motorcycle Sales BMW of North America, LLC, September 2014 September 2014 September 2013 % YTD 2014 YTD 2013 % BMW Motorcycles 914 955 -4.3 11,666 11,190 4.3 The article September 2014: BMW brand sales up 8.6 percent appeared first on BMW BLOG

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A little bit of drifting with Rolls Royce Wraith

Rolls Royce’s Wraith powerslides and donuts its way around a beautiful garden showing us that even a heavy car can be fun to drive. This is the most powerful Rolls-Royce ever with 624 bhp/465 kW and 800 Nm of torque from 1,500 rpm. 0-62 mph com...

Rolls Royce’s Wraith powerslides and donuts its way around a beautiful garden showing us that even a heavy car can be fun to drive. This is the most powerful Rolls-Royce ever with 624 bhp/465 kW and 800 Nm of torque from 1,500 rpm. 0-62 mph comes in in 4.6 seconds. The V12 engine is married to 8-speed automatic ZF transmission. The car’s suspension has also been tuned to minimize body roll and discreetly amplify feedback when cornering; while steering weight is heavier at high speeds and lighter at low speeds adding to the spirited drive.

A little bit of drifting with Rolls Royce Wraith

In the U.S., the Rolls Royce Wraith will cost $289,000. READ: Rolls Royce Wraith Test Drive The article A little bit of drifting with Rolls Royce Wraith appeared first on BMW BLOG

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I Want to Work at BavAuto! Bavarian Autosport is Hiring

Dear fellow BMW enthusiasts, Ever thought about how much fun it would be to make a living from your passion for BMWs? At Bavarian Autosport, we do it every day. Want to join us? We’re hiring! Here’s the pitch… Bavarian Autosport is a leader...

Dear fellow BMW enthusiasts, Ever thought about how much fun it would be to make a living from your passion for BMWs? At Bavarian Autosport, we do it every day. Want to join us? We’re hiring! Here’s the pitch… Bavarian Autosport is a leader in internet, catalog, and showroom sales of parts and accessories for [...]

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I Want to Work at BavAuto! Bavarian Autosport is Hiring

Dear fellow BMW enthusiasts, Ever thought about how much fun it would be to make a living from your passion for BMWs? At Bavarian Autosport, we do it every day. Want to join us? We’re hiring! Here’s the pitch… Bavarian Autosport is a leader...

Dear fellow BMW enthusiasts, Ever thought about how much fun it would be to make a living from your passion for BMWs? At Bavarian Autosport, we do it every day. Want to join us? We’re hiring! Here’s the pitch… Bavarian Autosport is a leader in internet, catalog, and showroom sales of parts and accessories for [...]

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MINI Yours – Individual Catalog for MINI owners

It’s not just the driving fun that is unique. With an incomparable variety of special equipment and accessories, the British premium car maker MINI offers its customers enormous scope for customising their vehicles to reflect their own personal...

It’s not just the driving fun that is unique. With an incomparable variety of special equipment and accessories, the British premium car maker MINI offers its customers enormous scope for customising their vehicles to reflect their own personal style. The wide range of exterior paint finishes and alloy wheels, upholstery variations and interior colour schemes, trims and colour lines, as well as the numerous MINI-specific options such as mirror caps, additional headlamps, roof decor and graphic elements create almost limitless options for making every MINI a unique made-to-measure creation. The options available from the MINI Yours programme are the most exclusive way to customise your car according to your personal preferences. Top-quality materials, stylish designs and precise workmanship to the highest standards characterise the special equipment available ex works for the exterior and interior of the latest MINI models.

MINI Yours   Individual Catalog for MINI owners

The market launch of the latest generation of the MINI 3 door and the also completely newly developed MINI 5 door means that the MINI Yours range is more extensive and more attractive than ever. The packages specially designed for the new models are particularly effective in setting clear standards in exclusivity and style in individual car design. In addition, MINI Yours also widens the choice of special equipment available for the MINI Convertible, MINI Coupé and MINI Roadster models. Like all special equipment, these unusually high-quality options are installed at the MINI plant in Oxford or, in the case of the MINI 3 door, as part of contract manufacturing at VDL Nedcar in Born, Holland.

MINI Yours   Individual Catalog for MINI owners

British pedigree – fascinating tradition, personal style. MINI Yours builds on the British brand’s decades of tradition with carefully and stylishly customised small cars. Following its launch in 1959, the classic Mini quickly transforms itself from the ultimate example of clever use of space and impressive agility in an urban setting into a firm favourite among trendy drivers. Its unconventional yet pioneering vehicle concept meant that it was not just a mode of transport, but also an expression of personal style. The classic Mini inspired creativity among its fans at home in the UK in particular. Extravagant one-off models for celebrity clients were evidence of this, as were the special versions of the classic Mini created by fashion designers Mary Quant and Paul Smith. Since the relaunch of the brand in 2011, MINI has been meeting the wishes of customers with an unerring eye for the unusual in fascinating special editions and design models. The MINI Yours range also answers the need to distinctively underline the individual spirit of the MINI, its high-end character and its British roots. All ranges reflect the tradition of the brand, an awareness of superior quality and a highly developed sense of creativity in design and choice of materials. They are created in special production processes that are inspired by classic hand-crafting skills. The exclusive character of MINI Yours reaches its pinnacle in MINI INSPIRED BY GOODWOOD. This limited special edition of the MINI 3 door with a perfectly balanced combination of top-quality exterior and interior features was produced under the inspiring leadership of the design team from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in cooperation with the MINI design team.

MINI Yours   Individual Catalog for MINI owners

Stunning paint finishes and eye-catching alloy wheels. The latest MINI Yours programme for customising the car’s exterior encompasses a selection of unusual, sophisticated paint finishes and highly expressive, elegant alloy wheels tailored to each specific model.  Maximum depth and intensity are achieved by the MINI Yours Lapisluxury Blue paintwork, developed specially for the new MINI 3 door and MINI 5 door. 18 inch MINI Yours alloy wheels in two-tone Vanity Spoke design are also available for both models. The MINI Yours Highclass Grey metallic paint finish and 17 inch twin-spoke turned black MINI Yours alloy wheels are currently available for the MINI Convertible, MINI Coupé and MINI Roadster models. The finest leather, top-quality wood, precise workmanship.

MINI Yours   Individual Catalog for MINI owners

Personal style and a sense of superior quality can be expressed with the MINI Yours interior range. Carefully selected leather for the seats, instrument panel and steering wheel, interior surfaces in genuine woods and other particularly high-end materials as well as precise and artful workmanship come together to produce the options available for the latest MINI models. The seats of the new MINI 3 door and MINI 5 door feature a particularly natural material finish, soft surfaces and precisely worked details in particularly luxurious MINI Yours Lounge Carbon Black leather, their prestigious characteristics emphasised by an eye-catching seam and a Union Jack design artfully incorporated on the back of the head rests. In addition, particularly expressive interior styles are also available in the MINI Yours Dark Cottonwood, MINI Yours Fibre Alloy and MINI Yours Off-White variants, while the MINI Yours leather sports steeling wheel is also to be had in nappa leather with hand-finished aluminium-coloured contrasting stitching: The MINI Convertible, MINI Coupé and MINI Roadster models can be fitted out with exclusively designed seats in the MINI Yours Leather Lounge style, Satellite Grey, and with a MINI Yours instrument panel fully covered with nappa leather in Black/Satellite Grey, including a colour line in Satellite Grey. A matching MINI Yours leather sports steering wheel is also available.

MINI Yours   Individual Catalog for MINI owners

MINI Yours   Individual Catalog for MINI owners

MINI Yours   Individual Catalog for MINI owners

MINI Yours   Individual Catalog for MINI owners

MINI Yours   Individual Catalog for MINI owners

MINI Yours   Individual Catalog for MINI owners

MINI Yours   Individual Catalog for MINI owners

MINI Yours   Individual Catalog for MINI owners

MINI Yours   Individual Catalog for MINI owners

MINI Yours   Individual Catalog for MINI owners

MINI Yours   Individual Catalog for MINI owners

MINI Yours   Individual Catalog for MINI owners

MINI Yours   Individual Catalog for MINI owners

MINI Yours   Individual Catalog for MINI owners

MINI Yours   Individual Catalog for MINI owners

MINI Yours   Individual Catalog for MINI owners

MINI Yours   Individual Catalog for MINI owners

The article MINI Yours – Individual Catalog for MINI owners appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW Z1 still commends a high price

Between 1989 and 1991, BMW only built 8,000 Z1 roadster cars and while some of them are still up for sale as used cars, the prices are still quite high. A 1991 BMW Z1 listed on RightDrive sells for $54,985. The car has only 14,000 miles and looks ...

Between 1989 and 1991, BMW only built 8,000 Z1 roadster cars and while some of them are still up for sale as used cars, the prices are still quite high. A 1991 BMW Z1 listed on RightDrive sells for $54,985. The car has only 14,000 miles and looks in mint condition. BMW unveiled the Z1 to the international motoring press in the Italian town of Punta Ala back in autumn 1988, its direct predecessor was parked in the hotel’s inner courtyard – a BMW 507 from the late 1950s, the last time the BMW model range had included a two-seater sports car.

BMW Z1 still commends a high price

It had all begun with a very bold idea. The BMW Board of Management came up with the notion of setting up a kind of think tank in a cutting-edge company branch that would be completely isolated from all other development departments. The idea was to give highly skilled BMW engineers, technicians and designers free rein to work on turning their best creative concepts into reality themselves. BMWBLOG Classic Test Drive: BMW Z1

BMW Z1 still commends a high price

At the start of 1985, the idea came to fruition. Not five minutes’ drive from the Group’s headquarters, a highly dedicated high-tech company came into being that has long since become a role model the world over: BMW Technik GmbH, known internally simply by the letters ZT. Just six months later, the 60-strong team delivered exactly what had been hoped for: concrete concepts designed to inject car manufacture with new impetus, all under the umbrella of a pilot project for employing new materials, using different types of vehicle structure and shortening development times. It didn’t take long to coin a name for it: the Z1. The engine is one of BMWs finest in the form of the M20B25 unit taken from the E30 325i. The Z1 had a top speed of 225 km/h (140 mph) and could dart to 100 km/h (62 mph) from stationary in just under eight seconds.

BMW Z1 still commends a high price

BMW Z1 still commends a high price

BMW Z1 still commends a high price

BMW Z1 still commends a high price

BMW Z1 still commends a high price

BMW Z1 still commends a high price

BMW Z1 still commends a high price

BMW Z1 still commends a high price

BMW Z1 still commends a high price

BMW Z1 still commends a high price

BMW Z1 still commends a high price

BMW Z1 still commends a high price

BMW Z1 still commends a high price

BMW Z1 still commends a high price

BMW Z1 still commends a high price

BMW Z1 still commends a high price

BMW Z1 still commends a high price

BMW Z1 still commends a high price

BMW Z1 still commends a high price

The article BMW Z1 still commends a high price appeared first on BMW BLOG

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