Racing Update: Thrills on Four Continents

BMW riders were in action in championships on a four continents last weekend. In the French European Bikes Championship (FR EU) BMW S1000RR racers claimed a one-two-three. In the FIM Sidecar World Championship (SWC) two BMW pairings stepped onto the ...

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BMW riders were in action in championships on a four continents last weekend. In the French European Bikes Championship (FR EU) BMW S1000RR racers claimed a one-two-three. In the FIM Sidecar World Championship (SWC) two BMW pairings stepped onto the podium at Pannoniaring (HU). In Canada, BMW privateer Jordan Szoke (CA) celebrated his second win […]

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Secret BMW Hydrogen Program Revealed

Among a slew of innovations announced this week at BMW’s Innovation Days press event, one stands out as perhaps the most awe inspiring of… The post Secret BMW Hydrogen Program Revealed… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my we...

Among a slew of innovations announced this week at BMW’s Innovation Days press event, one stands out as perhaps the most awe inspiring of… The post Secret BMW Hydrogen Program Revealed… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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BMW USA Sales Up 6.5% in June 2015

Official Release: Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 6.5 percent in June for a total of 32,176 compared to 30,201 vehicles sold in June,… The post BMW USA Sales Up 6.5% in June 2015 appeared… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my...

Official Release: Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 6.5 percent in June for a total of 32,176 compared to 30,201 vehicles sold in June,… The post BMW USA Sales Up 6.5% in June 2015 appeared… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Vorsteiner BMW E92 M3 on Flow Forged V-FF 103 carbon graphite wheels

The last generation BMW M3 is powered by a naturally aspirated V8 and it’s the only M3 that revs to an insane 8,300 rpm. Its S65 V8 was named International Engine Of The Year from 2008-2012 in the 3.0 – 4.0 liter category. Performance wise, the E...

The last generation BMW M3 is powered by a naturally aspirated V8 and it’s the only M3 that revs to an insane 8,300 rpm. Its S65 V8 was named International Engine Of The Year from 2008-2012 in the 3.0 – 4.0 liter category. Performance wise, the E92 M3 is a monster on track and on the road, some magazine tests show 0 to 60 times of 3.9 seconds for the DCT-equipped models. While the E92 M3 still delivers plenty of power to keep its owners happy, the design of the car is slightly outdated and requires a bit of freshening up. This is where aftermarket aero parts come in.

Vorsteiner BMW E92 M3 on Flow Forged V-FF 103 carbon graphite wheels

This BMW E92 M3 features Vorsteiner made Carbon Graphite V-FF 103 wheels in a staggered 19×9.5 front and 19×10.5 rear fitment using a concave profile. Also fitted to this E92 are Vorsteiner’s GTRS7 front bumper, GTS-V rear diffuser, and coupe boot lid.

Vorsteiner BMW E92 M3 on Flow Forged V-FF 103 carbon graphite wheels

For more details from this build, please take a look at the media gallery right below.

Vorsteiner BMW E92 M3 on Flow Forged V-FF 103 carbon graphite wheels

Vorsteiner BMW E92 M3 on Flow Forged V-FF 103 carbon graphite wheels

Vorsteiner BMW E92 M3 on Flow Forged V-FF 103 carbon graphite wheels

Vorsteiner BMW E92 M3 on Flow Forged V-FF 103 carbon graphite wheels

Vorsteiner BMW E92 M3 on Flow Forged V-FF 103 carbon graphite wheels

Vorsteiner BMW E92 M3 on Flow Forged V-FF 103 carbon graphite wheels

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Drag Race: Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG vs BMW M6 vs Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

The Unlim 500+ drag races held just 2 hours north of Moscow, Russia, have brought together the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, BMW M6 and Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. A requirement of the cars participating is that they all create a minimum of 500 hp, which sets u...

The Unlim 500+ drag races held just 2 hours north of Moscow, Russia, have brought together the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, BMW M6 and Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. A requirement of the cars participating is that they all create a minimum of 500 hp, which sets up some amazing showdowns. One of the requirements was for the event organizers to shortened the track from one mile to one kilometer to increase safety. Each of the three contenders had some extensive work done underneath the hood. The BMW M6 Coupe now produces 800 horsepower thanks to an Evotech Stage 3 kit, while the C63 AMG puts down 700 horsepower with the Morendi-Weistec upgrade. The Chevy Corvette has the most power, 900 hp.

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The video of these matches shows us some impressive sprints and surprising results. [Source: DuPontRegistry] The article Drag Race: Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG vs BMW M6 vs Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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This BMW 1M looks pretty awesome

German tuning shop Carbon Fiber Dynamics has given the BMW 1M a complete carbon fiber makeover. The tuning house has created a small carbon fiber kit for the “baby-M” which consists of a front spoiler, front splitter, rear diffuser, rear ...

German tuning shop Carbon Fiber Dynamics has given the BMW 1M a complete carbon fiber makeover. The tuning house has created a small carbon fiber kit for the “baby-M” which consists of a front spoiler, front splitter, rear diffuser, rear spoiler lip and a carbon fiber roof. Furthermore, the 1M now features the M3-signature powerdome hood along with functional air vents for additional cooling capability. A new set of black wheels were also fitted to the car, along with the BMW M Performance black kidney grille. Other updates to the car include a lowering spring kit, sport exhaust system and the Long Beach Blue paint job.

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No updates on a power upgrade, but judging by the new powerdome, we expect the little M car to pack at least 400 horsepower, easily achievable by remapping the ECU.

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BMW on working with Apple: “We live in a world of partnerships”

Speaking earlier today in Frankfurt, BMW’s production chief Oliver Zipse hinted that BMW would be open to partnerships with other companies, including Apple. “We live in a world of partnerships,” Zipse said when asked about partnerships wit...

Speaking earlier today in Frankfurt, BMW’s production chief Oliver Zipse hinted that BMW would be open to partnerships with other companies, including Apple. “We live in a world of partnerships,” Zipse said when asked about partnerships with other companies. Quickly after the interwebs exploded with link-bait titles mentioning BMW’s desire to work on an Apple car. BMW was quick to submit a correction to stop any rumors from spreading even further. “Car development and production are not the subject of these talks,” BMW said. “We hold regular talks with companies from the telecommunications and IT industry, including Apple, about vehicle connectivity topics, BMW Connected Drive,” Zipse added in a statement emailed to Reuters.

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Rendering Apple Car BMW is rumored to work with Apple on integrating the CarPlay platform into future cars. The BMW technology office in Silicon Valley also works closely with Apple on developing BMW apps for the ConnectedDrive system. The article BMW on working with Apple: “We live in a world of partnerships” appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Mercedes-Benz AMG GT vs. Porsche 911 Turbo vs. BMW i8 – TopGear

TopGear compares the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT with the Porsche 911 Turbo and BMW i8. Two traditional super cars against the first hybrid sportscar. The Mercedes AMG GT, with a twin-turbo, 4.0 liter V8 making 503 hp and hitting 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, is t...

TopGear compares the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT with the Porsche 911 Turbo and BMW i8. Two traditional super cars against the first hybrid sportscar. The Mercedes AMG GT, with a twin-turbo, 4.0 liter V8 making 503 hp and hitting 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, is the fastest car here. All while making a very distinct AMG burble. It also has lovely, classic sports car looks. The Porsche 911 uses a super-pressurized 3.8-liter flat-six producing 520 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque.

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BMW i8 uses a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine and BMW eDrive technology in the form of an electric drive system. The 1.5-liter combustion engine develops 170 kW/231 hp and drives the rear wheels of the BMW i8, while the 96 kW/131 hp electric drive sends its power to the front wheels and allows an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph). So which one takes the win in the comparison? Here are a few excerpts from the review: That i8 is really not the Merc’s cup of tea. Pretty much the polar opposite, in fact. Where the AMG is all noise and drama, the BMW is glide and sophistication. But as we’ve found on every occasion, you should never underestimate the i8’s ability to amaze you – both as an object of desirability and as a driver’s car. At least as far as the metric data goes. It’s not like the chassis templates have much in common: front-engined two-seater plays rear-engined four-seater, the Merc channelling SLS leftovers; the 911, 50 years of heritage. The BMW is different – intoxicatingly so. Carbon-fibre tub chassis, the guts to downsize to a genuinely small engine, radical aero, even an acceptance that cornering speeds don’t need to be so high. And they aren’t. The BMW puts roughly a third less rubber on the road and, if you are pushing on, it’s around 10mph slower through any given corner. It also has the most over-protective traction control, but drop that back a notch, remind yourself that last-gasp braking efforts followed by abrupt bungs at the apex will only result in quickly overheated discs and unsatisfying understeer, and you’re set for a good time. No, a great time. These are three very disparate cars, and you could construct an argument for any of them to win. But despite that, despite the fact I usually have a deep and abiding love of beefy rear-drive AMGs, the GT finishes last. The other two are harder to separate, but in all honesty, if the god of road tests descended and told me I could drive away in one, it’d be the i8. I can’t tell you how much it surprises me to be putting a petrol-electric ahead of an AMG and a 911, but the BMW is not just a sporty hybrid, it’s a car that’s enthralling and mesmerising on so many levels. The article Mercedes-Benz AMG GT vs. Porsche 911 Turbo vs. BMW i8 – TopGear appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW i3 is the 2015 Auto Express Green Car of the Year

BMW i3 picks up another award after winning the 2015 Green Car of the Year contest at the previous LA Auto Show. The 2015 Auto Express Green Car of the Year title goes to the BMW i3 REx (Range Extender), ahead of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Peu...

BMW i3 picks up another award after winning the 2015 Green Car of the Year contest at the previous LA Auto Show. The 2015 Auto Express Green Car of the Year title goes to the BMW i3 REx (Range Extender), ahead of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Peugeot 208 BlueHDi. The UK magazine calls the i3 the car of the future and boasts about its fun city driving and the optional REx. “The i3 really is all the car you’ll ever need if you’re in town, but BMW also offers the option of the i3 Range Extender if you find yourself far from a charging point,” Auto Express said. “However, plan your charging stops right and you may never hear the petrol motor fire into life. Last year we claimed that driving an i3 is like driving the future, and this statement rings just as true today as it did 12 months ago.”

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BMW makes two variants of the i3 and the two cars look nearly identical from the outside and takes a trained eye to spot the differences. Just as the total ranges of the two models vary, the technical differences of the REx and the i3 BEV are rather dramatic. The i3 BEV can about 80 miles on a single charge, where as the i3 REx can travel about 150 miles on a full charge and full tank of premium gas. BMW’s i3 REx weighs more at 3064 lbs compared to just 2799 lbs for the i3 BEV. 0-60 time for the i3 Rex is slower at 7.9 seconds vs 7.2 for the i3 BEV, purely because cause of the extra weight. Related: BMW i3 One-Year Review The MPGe goes from 124 miles for the i3 BEV to 117 miles for the i3 REx, but both are still way above Tesla’s S model and its 89 miles. Even the weight distribution changes from a BMW 48/52 front/rear for the i3 BEV to 45/55 for REx. The range extender adds a 647 cc 2-cylinder motor from a BMW scooter that acts as a generator to charge the battery and extend the range of the i3. It is important to note that the i3 REx still uses an electric motor to move the car.

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BMW U.S. June 2015 sales report

Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 6.5 percent in June for a total of 32,176 compared to 30,201 vehicles sold in June, 2014. ...

Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 6.5 percent in June for a total of 32,176 compared to 30,201 vehicles sold in June, 2014.

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