Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/11/26/can-2016-cadillac-ats-v-topple-bmw-m3-and-m4/ in News on November 26, 2014
Beside the plethora of German models like the Audi RS4, Audi RS5, or the likes of Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and the Volkswagen Golf GTI, if we are starting to look past the traditional performance cars we’re starting to see lots of newcomers. And s...
Beside the plethora of German models like the Audi RS4, Audi RS5, or the likes of Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and the Volkswagen Golf GTI, if we are starting to look past the traditional performance cars we’re starting to see lots of newcomers. And some aspects of the high-performance car game have changed deeply, thanks to cars like the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V. Competing with the German manufacturers has been tough for the American premium brands, but Cadillac has had some drawing new owners to their performance models. They have succeed in doing this, thanks to cars like the Cadillac CTS-V and ATS. Now, with the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V, their aim is to shake things up for the BMW M3 and BMW M4 as well. Will they succeed?
Revealed to the public at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Cadillac ATS-V is a force to be taken seriously. Coming to the market with a twin-turbocharged version of the V6 that comes in the current ATS, the same 3.6L puts out 455 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque – that is 30 horsepower and 39 pound-feet of torque more than the BMW M3 and M4’s turbocharged in-line six-cylinder engine produces. It is backed by a six-speed manual – with Active Rev Match, no-lift shifting and launch control – or a paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission featuring launch control and Performance Algorithm Shift.
“As the smallest and lightest V-Series ever, the ATS-V forges a great connection with the driver, with exceptional nimbleness and responsiveness,” said David Leone, Cadillac Executive Chief Engineer. “It’s adaptable to the driver’s preferences, with every selectable mode developed to deliver the best performance for all types of driving scenarios, including the track.” The sprint from 0-60mph (0-100km/h) should take less than four seconds. The top speed is said to be around 185mph. Both these figures put it right in the center of what both the M3 and M4 are capable of, putting the Cadillac ATS-V into contention with both when acceleration and top speed come to play.
Cadillac claims that the standard ATS-V is the lightest car in its class. But at the same time, Cadillac is said to be behind in terms of brand awareness when it comes to high-performance automobiles. “In terms of genuine performance, the Cadillac upstarts at least equal and often out-do the cars from Munich,” says Jack Nerad, executive editorial director at Kelley Blue Book. “That being said, the public has not warmed to the new Cadillacs as much as General Motors execs had expected. One possible reason: American consumers, even fairly young (mid-40s) consumers, do not consider Cadillac a go-to brand for sporting vehicles.”
Based on the current pricing of the ATS model, the new high-performance Caddy should be cheaper than both the BMW M3 and BMW M4 – in the range of $52,000 – 58,000 depending on trim levels. But is pricing and the extra power enough to compete successfully with the M3 and M4? We’ll find out more next Spring.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/11/26/chris-harris-cars-f80-bmw-m3-full-road-track-test/ in News on November 26, 2014
UK journalist Chris Harris is back with another episode of his Youtube car series. This week, he goes behind the wheel of the new F80 BMW M3. In his typical style, Harris drifts the M3 both on the road and track, and tells us why this might be the on...
UK journalist Chris Harris is back with another episode of his Youtube car series. This week, he goes behind the wheel of the new F80 BMW M3. In his typical style, Harris drifts the M3 both on the road and track, and tells us why this might be the one of the best M cars. Clearly the most fun he’s having is on the Portimao track in Portugal where the F80 M3 feels at home. The challenging track features plenty of elevations and fast corners, a perfect setup for the highly tuned M3 chassis.
And oh boy, does he burn some tires….. The article CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS – F80 BMW M3 – Full road and track test appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/11/26/g11-bmw-7-series-get-bw-audio-system/ in News on November 26, 2014
According to our sources, the next generation G11 BMW 7 Series will get a new audio system. The new high-fidelity system is designed by British maker Bowers & Wilkins. Currently BMW uses audio systems from Harman Kardon and Bang & Olufsen. Ma...
According to our sources, the next generation G11 BMW 7 Series will get a new audio system. The new high-fidelity system is designed by British maker Bowers & Wilkins. Currently BMW uses audio systems from Harman Kardon and Bang & Olufsen. Maserati and Jaguar are some of the car brands using the audio systems designed by the British company. Bowers & Wilkins also partnered with Volvo to develop an optional premium in-car audio system for the upcoming 2016 Volvo XC90. The full system is comprised of a 12-channel Harman 1,400 watts Class D amplifier serving a total of 19 Bowers & Wilkins speakers.
For example, the Maserati Quattroporte uses a 15-speaker 1,280-watt Bowers & Wilkins audio system. Even though we heard the B&W audio system is coming to the high-end 7 Series, we weren’t able to confirm at this time whether the new audio setup will replace the Harman Kardon or the B&O system. The 2016 BMW 7 Series will be unveiled next fall at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The article G11 BMW 7 Series to get a B&W Audio System appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/11/26/season-vs-snow-tire-bmw-winter-test/ in News on November 26, 2014
What’s better in the snow: all season tires or snow tires? The answer seems pretty clear but you maybe surprised by just how much better winter tires are on ice. The folks over at TFLCar are taking two rear-wheel drive BMWs to the Pepsi Center ...
What’s better in the snow: all season tires or snow tires? The answer seems pretty clear but you maybe surprised by just how much better winter tires are on ice. The folks over at TFLCar are taking two rear-wheel drive BMWs to the Pepsi Center in Denver to test the two cars on the ice rink. The goal of the test is to see which car still go the fastest and which one will stop the shortest. The rubber used is an unnamed all-season tires and the Bridgestone Blizzak snow tires.
With most people driving on all-seasons, the test aims to show how important a proper winter tire can be, even if you have an all-wheel drive system. Before we jump into the informative video, here is also our take on BMW and winter tires. The article All Season vs Snow Tire – BMW Winter Test appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/11/26/exclusive-interview-bmw-usa-i3i8-updates-infrastructure/ in News on November 26, 2014
At the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, BMWBLOG sat down with Jacob Harb, Department Head BMW i USA, and Jose Guerrero, Head of Product BMW i USA. The interview focused on the BMW i3 sales and production changes for 2015, as well as topics like the infras...
At the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, BMWBLOG sat down with Jacob Harb, Department Head BMW i USA, and Jose Guerrero, Head of Product BMW i USA. The interview focused on the BMW i3 sales and production changes for 2015, as well as topics like the infrastructure in the US. BMW i3 3-Day Extended Test Drive “Driving is believing” is a key component for the marketing success of the BMW i3. Harb says that the program has been very valuable for the brand and it will continue in 2015. “We’ve had almost 8,000 test drive leads from the i3 extended drive over a period of two months,” says Harb. “It has been all received all the way around with mainstream press picking up those stories as well.”
2015 Model Year Changes For The BMW i3 Harb says the company is making steps in 2015 to improve the i3 customer convenience and infrastructure. Guerrero confirmed to us that the BMW i8 will get the Comfort Access, a delay caused by the tricky door design. The i3 changes are: Satellite Radion included in the 100% profile DC Fast Charging is part of the 100% profile Seat heaters in the 100% profile “We are now confident enough that in 2015 we will have the right infrastructure for DC Fast Charging, so it makes to include it standard in the MY2015,” says Harb. March 2015 will bring a software update with the state of charge gage and the charge after 100% lock or unlock. But the safety reasons, the unlock feature will not be available through BMW i Remote App. You can only unlock the car if you call BMW Assist. “In the U.S., it’s a safety and legal issue, and we took an extra step by having to call BMW Assist to verify who you are”, says Dave Buchko, BMW USA spokesman. Configurable Keyfob When asked about a configurable keyfob like European customers get, Harb and Guerrero say that feedback has been received at the HQ in North America and timelines have been accelerated to trying to be as nimble as they can to address things while making it all retroactive too. BMW says that general configurability is an important topic for BMW and without getting into specifics, Harb and Guerrero say this is something they are currently looking into it. Flex Mobility Program 175 dealers which also participate in the i3 extended drive are offering the Flex Mobility Program. Customers have the option to get a 328i or 328d model, either rear-wheel drive or xDrive, or an X3 28i or 28d model. Heated Steering Wheel, Sunroof Initially BMW i says that the leaving off the heated steering wheel was a decision based on the energy efficiency. The steering wheel would certainly require extra energy to run and the compromise was made. But, Harb adds that he is listening to feedback and if there is plenty of that coming back to the brand, the option could go back through decision making process. My co-interviewer Tom Moloughney pushed further by indicating how the heated steering wheel might turn out to be an energy saver for the i3. The warmed-up wheel could potentially lead to the inside cabin temperature being adjusted downwards by the driver. The sunroof apparently was left off also due to weight savings and BMW has not indicated if the option even has a chance to make it in future iterations. Lane Departure Warning uses different camera systems and BMW didn’t think there was enough demand for it out there and Active Cruise Control is believed to have been a better choice to include in the car. “If there is enough demand out there for it, let us know,” says Harb. 75% Battery State Of Health Most of the BMW i3 drivers are confused about their driving range and there is currently a misconception that the battery state of health has dropped which further reduces the driving range. So after a year, for example, how could a customer find out what their battery capacity is? “We’re looking at things like the range algorithm, maybe too conservative, so we’re thinking about that overall”, says Harb. “State of health is also a number read-out and we are able to see that, but we haven’t thought about the process to handing out that to the customer.” Guerrero says the diagnostic software can print that out but based on this feedback, the i folks say that looking into a formalized process will be on the agenda. Guerrero adds that the battery has been certified for 15 years due to an existing law in Europe. Roll Out For More Quick Charging Stations BMW i says 2015 is the infrastructure year and the 2015 Detroit Auto Show is the venue chosen to communicate some of the exciting things coming up. “We have some really good plans, incredible collaboration and the industry has matured significantly more than when the i3 was engineered,” says Harb. “You will be pleasantly surprised.” Agile Approach BMW i says that thanks to customers’ feedback, the electric division has managed to improve their process of delivering updates and features to the cars. Taking a more agile approach and involving early adopters, it gave the engineers enough data to be able to speed up the deployment process. BMW i believes this is a huge gain for them and they are able to increase the customer satisfaction faster. 2015 Detroit Auto Show While BMW i folks were upfront with many of the things we asked, they reserved some surprised for 2015 Detroit Auto Show where we will supposedly learn more about the product updates and infrastructure strategy in the U.S. The article Exclusive Interview with BMW i USA on i3/i8 updates and infrastructure appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.automobilemag.com/features/news/1411-2014-2015-mazda-6-tpms-recall-affects-nearly-100000-cars/ in News on November 25, 2014
Tire pressure monitoring system might not warn when air is low.
Posted by http://www.automobilemag.com/features/news/1411-kia-builds-x-men-inspired-2016-sorento/ in News on November 25, 2014
The new Sorento gets even sharper.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/11/25/clarion-bmw-2002-project/ in News on November 25, 2014
BMW New Class (Neue Klasse) was a line of compact sedans and coupes produced by the Bavarian car manufacturer between 1962 and 1977, and it marked a completely new heading for the car company. The Neue Klasse ensured that BMW stays in the car manufac...
BMW New Class (Neue Klasse) was a line of compact sedans and coupes produced by the Bavarian car manufacturer between 1962 and 1977, and it marked a completely new heading for the car company. The Neue Klasse ensured that BMW stays in the car manufacturing work after its financial crises of the 1950s. It also properly established the identity of BMW automobiles as sports sedans, ensuring the healthy development of future BMW models. An argument could be made that the models produced in that time period, clearly marked the consecutive vehicles produced and the overall design, engineering and manufacturing for BMW that has lasted to this day entirely.
The term Neue Klasse referred to the 1.5–2–liter class of automobiles from which BMW had not been part of since World War II. Initially a series of four-door sedans, the Neue Klasse line was expanded to include the 2000C and 2000CS two-door coupes at the high end of the model range in 1965. As a highly sought of model and highly regarded among drivers, the BMW 2002 was the pinnacle of the success by BMW in that time period, approved by many figures in the automotive world. In a 1967 test, Road & Track felt that the 2000 sedan was the best performing 2-liter sedan in today’s market and the best handling and best riding as well.
This leads us to the BMW 2002 Project at hand! Developed by Clarion, a world known automotive audio company, this BMW 2002 will be rebuilt from the bone chassis to a greatly improved car when it’s all finished. Clarion has been hard at work building a 1974 2002 from the ground up. Tons of high-res photos and videos taken along the way will keep us updated as the project moves forward. Once completed, the company plans to raffle the car and donate the proceeds to charity. The car has been at various California-based shops for the past few weeks and the results are already showing. It’s an ongoing process but the company promises the end result will be stunning. BMW 2002 Project Showcase
Currently, Clarion has had the car stripped down to a bare body, ensuring the rusted out sections and any other issues can be repaired more easily. Work, block sand, prime and prep for the body panels has been completed. Now, it’s time for the car to be painted, the engine with the transmission rebuilt and the interior remade. On the interior, a custom Clarion audio system will be installed, all followed by a photoshoot and showcase of every detail of this vehicle. We will log the progress with the media provided by Clarion and keep you updated on every step of the way. Here is the process of the rebuild with the steps taken by the various shops that Clarion has hired to complete the rebuild. 1. Clarion BMW 2002 Project
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/11/25/yas-marina-blue-bmw-m4-m-performance-parts/ in News on November 25, 2014
Another BMW M4 goes back to European Auto Source in order to receive some fresh M Performance Parts. The California-based shops is focusing quite a bit on tuning up the new M3s and M4s and so far the projects have been quite exciting. The M Perfo...
Another BMW M4 goes back to European Auto Source in order to receive some fresh M Performance Parts. The California-based shops is focusing quite a bit on tuning up the new M3s and M4s and so far the projects have been quite exciting. The M Performance parts are high-quality aftermarket solutions for BMW owners that gives the car owners a choice of improving their cars. To many, the carbon fiber outlook of these additions perfectly uplift cars like the BMW M4 seen here. They are also a viable solution for owners who would like to keep everything produced in-house by the car marker as well.
BMW M Performance Parts bring motorsport style and performance to a variety of BMWs. Every owner can choose from accessories in four categories: aerodynamics, drivetrain, cockpit and chassis. They fulfill the high standards set by BMW and offer optimum quality for long-lasting durability. The premium materials in each component are precisely manufactured, rigorously tested and expertly configured for your specific BMW model to ensure the best results. The design of these M aero parts are completed by BMW designers to ensure the parts not only fit perfectly on the car, but that they also enhance its looks.
The BMW F82 M4 seen here received the BMW M Performance ABS Side Blade Attachments, BMW M Performance Carbon Fiber Front Splitters with ABS Lower Splitter, a BMW M Performance Gloss Black Kidney Grilles, then the BMW M Performance Gloss Black Side Markers and additionally, an EAS Personalization Coding as requested by the owner himself. The result can be seen in our media gallery.
BMW to present BMW Art Cars by Roy Lichtenstein and Michael Jagamara Nelson at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2014
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/11/25/bmw-present-bmw-art-cars-roy-lichtenstein-michael-jagamara-nelson-art-basel-miami-beach-2014/ in News on November 25, 2014
At the 2014 Art Basel in Miami Beach, BMW will present two of its legendary BMW Art Cars – the BMW 320 by Roy Lichtenstein (1977) and the BMW M3 by Michael Jagamara Nelson (1989). BMW is inviting visitors to view the BMW Art Car by Roy Lichtenstein...
At the 2014 Art Basel in Miami Beach, BMW will present two of its legendary BMW Art Cars – the BMW 320 by Roy Lichtenstein (1977) and the BMW M3 by Michael Jagamara Nelson (1989). BMW is inviting visitors to view the BMW Art Car by Roy Lichtenstein in the Botanical Garden next to the fair and the BMW Art Car by Michael Jagamara Nelson will be on display in Art Basel`s Collectors Lounge in the Convention Center. On December 3, 2014, BMW will announce a new global art initiative in collaboration with Art Basel aimed at supporting emerging artists.
In 1977, Roy Lichtenstein designed the third vehicle in the BMW Art Car Collection, a BMW 320 Group 5. The colourful, vibrant Pop-art landscape reflects his famous comic strip style in the paintwork, the surroundings flashing by depicting the driver’s view from the moving racing car. Created in 1989, the Australian artist, Michael Jagamara Nelson, chose the depiction of nature from aerial view for the design of his Art Car. His BMW M3 Group A is covered in mythological Aborigine shapes and patterns. Both BMW Art Cars will be on view until the end of the fair on December 7, 2014. For almost 40 years now, the BMW Art Car Collection has fascinated art and design enthusiasts as well as car and technology aficionados all over the world with its unique symbiosis of fine art and innovative automotive technology. Until now, the collection includes 17 vehicles that were created by renowned artists such as Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Jenny Holzer, Olafur Eliasson and Jeff Koons and has been presented at art fairs and museums all over the world. In 2014, BMW published the first comprehensive publication about the legendary BMW Art Cars -published by Hatje Cantz. The BMW Art Car by Roy Lichtenstein, 1977
“I pondered on it for a long time and put as much into it as I possibly could. I wanted the lines I painted to be a depiction the road showing the car where to go. The design also shows the countryside through which the car has travelled. One could call it an enumeration of everything a car experiences – only that this car reflects all of these things before actually having been on a road,” said Roy Lichtenstein commenting on his design of the BMW 320i. Roy Lichtenstein, who was born in New York in 1923, is considered to be one of the founders of American pop art. Until 1938 he painted portraits of jazz musicians, attended the “Art Students League”, finally studying art in Ohio. His earlier works range from cubism to expressionism. He did not become interested in trivial culture such as comics and advertising until the late fifties. His pop art paintings were created in 1961. These were followed by caricatures of the “American way of life”, experiments with well-known works of art, sculptures and films. He died in New York in 1997. Roy Lichtenstein – The BMW 320 group 5 racing version four-cylinder in-line engine 4 valves per cylinder twin overhead camshafts displacement: 1999 cm³ power output: 300 bhp top speed: 290 km/h After its completion, Roy Lichtenstein’s Art Car was able to celebrate its premiere twice – as a work of art at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and as a racing car in the 24-hour race at Le Mans in June 1977. The car was driven by Hervé Poulain and Marcel Mignot from France. The car with the number 50 achieved a ninth place in the overall rating and finished first in its class. The BMW Art Car by Michael Jagamara Nelson, 1989
“A car is a landscape as it would be seen from a plane – I have included water, the kangaroo and the opossum.” Michael Jagamara Nelson After seven days of hard and meticulous work, the Australian artist Michael Jagamara Nelson had transformed the black BMW M3 into a masterpiece of Papunya art. However, the geometric shapes only appear to be abstract. To the expert they reveal kangaroos or emus. Papunya paintings embody religious myths (“Dreaming”) passed on for thousands of years by generations of Aborigines in the form of rock and cave paintings. They constitute their cultural roots and are a source of inspiration for the future. The artist, who was born in Pikili, Australia, in 1949, is a member of the Warlpiri tribe and grew up in the Aborigine tradition. He learnt the ancient painting techniques used by his ancestors from his grandfather and developed a new style based on them. Since the mid-eighties Nelson has been considered the leading representative of the Papunya-Tula movement. His outstanding work includes a large mosaic, which stands in front of the Australian parliament building in Canberra, and an impressive looking wall in the foyer of the Sydney Opera House.
Michael Jagamara Nelson – The BMW M3 group A racing version four-cylinder in-line engine four valves per cylinder twin overhead camshafts displacement: 2332 cm³ power output: 300 bhp top speed: 280 km/h The M3 designed by Nelson comes from BMW Australia’s motor racing section which was then headed by the well-known racing driver Frank Gardner. In 1987 Tony Longhurst drove this car to victory in the Australian AMSCAR Championship. The M3 was employed by the Mobil 1 racing team in 1988. It was driven by the Australian several-times champion Peter Brock. From December 4 to December 7, 2014 the Art Basel in Miami Beach will open its doors for the 13th time. This year, BMW will once again be supporting the show as official partner. More than 250 leading galleries from North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa will show masterpieces of Modern and contemporary art as well as new art pieces created by emerging artists. As in previous years, BMW will provide BMW 7 Series vehicles as the official VIP shuttle service for visitors to the show. In addition to the Art Basel’s shows in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong, the BMW Group also supports other prestigious art initiatives worldwide such as the Gallery Weekend Berlin and the Kochi-Muziris Biennial in India. The company also cooperates on a long-term basis with numerous cultural institutions and artists around the world, supporting formats such as BMW Tate Live and the Preis der Nationalgalerie.
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