Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/09/23/kw-coilover-kits-new-bmw-4-series-convertible/ in News on September 22, 2014
Improving your BMW’s stance by lowering the car is the modification choice for many owners out there. While the BMW 4 Series Convertible and BMW 4 Series Coupe have the lowest ride height in the BMW lineup, excluding the M cars, the overall sta...
Improving your BMW’s stance by lowering the car is the modification choice for many owners out there. While the BMW 4 Series Convertible and BMW 4 Series Coupe have the lowest ride height in the BMW lineup, excluding the M cars, the overall stance and aesthetics can still be improved. This is where aftermarket suspension solutions like the product selection from KW Suspension comes into play. According to many owners out there, a KW Coilover suspension system greatly improves handling, allows for a lowered vehicle with pin-point accuracy while allowing them to obtain custom aftermarket wheels that provide the additional personalization touch for their cars.
KW Suspension just released information on their V1, V2 and V3 coilovers for the BMW 4 Series Convertible (F33) which greatly improves the driving dynamics and also the stance with a German TÜV-approved, lowering up to 65mm on the front and rear axle. “With KW coilovers fitted drivers will benefit from technology that is derived from our motorsport department onto the road”, explains KW product manager Johannes Wacker. “Lots of BMW racecars like the BMW Z4 FR3 and M325i Racing Cup are equipped with KW dampers, and similar to motorsport suspensions the Variant 3 benefits from adjustable rebound and compression damping.”
The rebound can be adjusted with 16 exact clicks using the upper end of the piston rod. With adjustment of the compression damping, the BMW’s basic setup can be altered to adjust the rolling motion of the body without having to alter the rebound rates. Rebound can also be adjusted with 16 clicks on the KW Variant 2 coilover, whereas the KW Variant 1 system has the damping pre-set from the factory and cannot be adjusted. Drivers who want to achieve a balance between sporty handling and daily driveability will find the Variant 1 perfect for their driving needs. All three KW coilover kits are made of stainless steel and enable a continuous lowering of 40 to 65 millimeter at both axles. Soon, the KW coilovers will be available for 4 Series Convertible with BMW xDrive. For more information about details of KW damping technology, please watch take a look at the video below. This will complete their offering for the BMW 4 Series family, allowing owners to fully lower their vehicles and to consider some aftermarket wheels.
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Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/09/23/bmw-i8-launched-china-car-market-323000/ in News on September 22, 2014
The globally sold out BMW i8 is launching on the Chinese car market with a base price of $323,000. The BMW i8 is imported into China and is therefore not eligible for any green-car subsidies. BMW sees the Chinese car market as one of their biggest se...
The globally sold out BMW i8 is launching on the Chinese car market with a base price of $323,000. The BMW i8 is imported into China and is therefore not eligible for any green-car subsidies. BMW sees the Chinese car market as one of their biggest sellers for electric and hybrid vehicles and the base i3 also comes with a hefty price: $73,000. Reports say that the BMW i8 is already sold out in China, not unexpected for a country that has a high rate of millionaires.
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). In Germany, the BMW i8 starts at €126,000, while in the UK it will cost £ 99,125. The U.S. market will also get the BMW i8 in 2014 at a base price of $135,700. Some U.S. dealerships are selling the i8 way above the listing price. [Source: CarNewsChina] The article BMW i8 launched on the China car market for $323,000 appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/paris/1409-mitsubishi-outlander-phev-concept-s-debuts-unique-styling/ in News on September 22, 2014
Mitsubishi gives the Outlander PHEV crossover a new look for Paris.
Posted by http://www.automobilemag.com/features/news/1409-google-maps-takes-us-inside-2015-chrysler-200-plant/ in News on September 22, 2014
“Walk” through Chrysler’s Sterling Heights Assembly Plant.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/09/22/bmw-m4-coupe-520-hp-lightweight/ in News on September 22, 2014
German tuner Lightweight has developed an upgrade kit for the BMW M4 Coupe with 520 horsepower. The Alpine White M4 gets a series of aero upgrades, starting with the front lip made of carbon fiber, the rear racing wing made from the same material, an...
German tuner Lightweight has developed an upgrade kit for the BMW M4 Coupe with 520 horsepower. The Alpine White M4 gets a series of aero upgrades, starting with the front lip made of carbon fiber, the rear racing wing made from the same material, and carbon fiber mirror caps. Furthermore, Lightweight also installed a titanium exhaust system with valve control. An optional stainless exhaust system is offered as well. Stock wheels were replaced with a BBS 19-inch set wrapped around in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires measuring 265/35/19 front & 285/35/19 rear.
To lower and improve the ride, a Bilstein Clubsport suspension package was added as well. But the real upgrade comes from under the hood where Lightweight worked on the 3.0-liter 6-cylinder TwinPower Turbo and bumped its output from 431 HP (317 kW) and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) to 520 HP (382 kW) and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque.
The added parts take the BMW M4 price from 72,000 euros to 89,000 euros. Lightweight says a new upgrade program is in the works and will include things like an adjustable front spoiler blade, carbon fiber diffuser, trunk spoiler lip, enclosed underbody, roll cage and bucket seats equipped with six-point harnesses. [Source: WCF] The article BMW M4 Coupe with 520 HP by Lightweight appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/09/22/2015-bmw-m4-vs-2015-jaguar-f-type-coupe-v6s/ in News on September 22, 2014
Canadian magazine Autos compares the 2015 BMW M4 and the 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe V6S. The comprehensive review looks at the exterior and interior design of the two sportscars, as well as at the driving experience. Jaguar has priced the F-type Coupe ...
Canadian magazine Autos compares the 2015 BMW M4 and the 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe V6S. The comprehensive review looks at the exterior and interior design of the two sportscars, as well as at the driving experience. Jaguar has priced the F-type Coupe below the roadster. The cheapest F-type Coupe is the V6, which costs £51,250, while the V6 S is the more expensive option. Both V6 models use the familiar 2995cc V6, breathed on by a supercharger to produce a choice of 335bhp or 374bhp. Torque remains around 330lb ft on both models, and that pulling power is available all the way from 3500-5000rpm. The Jaguar F-Type V6 S Coupe starts at 1601 kg but it can weight up to 1700 kilos.
After four years in development, the new M3 and M4 graduated with BMW’s latest turbocharged engine, a 3.0 liter six-cylinder unit that has replaced the fans’ darling, V8 naturally aspirated powerplant. Even though it offers less cylinders and a smaller displacement, 4.0L V8 vs 3.0L straight-six, the new engine and its two turbochargers give it even more oomph than before, while reducing emissions and increasing fuel economy. The torque also sees a significant hike, 110lb ft to 405lb ft between 1850rpm and 5500rpm. Use of lightweight materials slashes the kerb weight by 83kg to 1497k (3300 lbs) for the manual transmission. The M-DCT gearbox adds 40 kg over the six-speed manual. Here is an excerpt from their review: Driving While “on-paper” figures mean a little more here than they may in other segments (these are sports cars after all, and power is prime), it would be a shame to just look at the bold print and write off the Jag. It’s a little down on power in this V6S trim and costs a little more, but it’s also lighter, its shorter wheelbase means it’s a little more quick to react and the way the car seems to shrink around you when pushed is how a sports car should feel. Then, there’s the sound. Even with Dynamic Mode deactivated (this adds exhaust baffling as a default), the drone emitted through those potato canon tailpipes leaves little to the imagination. Activate Dynamic Mode with a flip of a (copper, of course) toggle switch mounted northwest of the gear lever and the sound becomes absolutely feral, the banshee-like wail interrupted only by satisfying “CRACK-CRACK-CRACK” through the exhaust between shifts or when backing off the throttle. It’s loud (I’d open the windows while passing through a tunnel just to get the full effect), it can be heard coming for miles and to be honest, while there’s a button used just to activate the loud exhaust, we used it more to deactivate the noise in Dynamic Mode (it defaults to “on” as soon as you select Dynamic). It sounds great, but it can be a little too much after a while. Trouble is, as loud as the proceedings are, they’re not always accompanied by as much forward progress as you’d like. Both peak horsepower and torque come at 6,500 rpm, which is just a little more than you’d expect from a supercharged power plant, superchargers normally being used to boost power at lower revs. As a result, you’re left having to rev the car almost as much as you would most turbocharged engines to get that thrust, that push in your chest as you hurtle forward. Unless, of course, your turbocharged car happens to have two turbochargers with BMW TwinPower tech, as the M4 does. It makes its peak hp at 5,500 rpm and keeps things on boil all the way to 7,300. Which is great even though you’ll likely already be holding on because peak torque comes at a 1,850 rpm and continues spiriting you forward at 5,500. That’s a powerband you can work with and it’s something the Jag simply can’t match. This M4 is seriously fast. We talk about the Jag weighing less, but BMW has made numerous adjustments including that aforementioned carbon-fibre roof, aluminum fenders, aluminum hood, a carbon driveshaft and even a carbon strut tower brace to help lower the curb weight to a respectable 1,601 kg. The article 2015 BMW M4 vs 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe V6S appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/09/22/bmw-team-rll-finishes-sixth-seventh-circuit-americas/ in News on September 22, 2014
BMW Team RLL finished sixth and seventh in the Lone Star Le Mans race at Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas (US), the penultimate round of the 2014 United SportsCar Championship. Bill Auberlen (US) and Andy Priaulx (GB) finished sixth in the b...
BMW Team RLL finished sixth and seventh in the Lone Star Le Mans race at Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas (US), the penultimate round of the 2014 United SportsCar Championship. Bill Auberlen (US) and Andy Priaulx (GB) finished sixth in the black number 55 BMW Z4 GTLM, completing 75 laps of the 5.513 kilometre, 20-turn circuit at the chequered flag after the 2 hour 45 minutes race. John Edwards (US) and Dirk Müller (DE) finished seventh in the white number 56 BMW Z4 GTLM. The cars qualified sixth and seventh, but Edwards started the race from fifth and Priaulx from sixth after the GTLM class polesitter was disqualified following technical inspection. There was just one yellow flag in the race on lap 21 after Edwards ran wide in turn 19 and the Astroturf ripped off his car’s rear bumper. For the majority of the race the number 56 car led the number 55, but with two laps to go Priaulx overtook Müller for sixth position.
In the GTD class, the Turner Motorsport BMW Z4 GTD of Dane Cameron (US) and Markus Palttala (FI), racing in the team’s 300th professional race with BMW, finished third. Bobby Rahal (Team Principal, BMW Team RLL): “This was the race we expected and I was afraid might happen. The Porsches were almost two seconds a lap faster on the fastest laps, the Vipers not much worse. We just cannot maintain the pace with the way the rules are. I hope things are better at Petit Le Mans, as they are very unfair right now. There is no balance of performance.”
Bill Auberlen (Number 55 BMW Z4 GTLM): “I had just a tough little run there in the middle. That is why you have a second guy you can rely on. When it was a struggle for me they put Andy in, they put him on a different tyre than I had run and he did a fantastic job, exactly what you would expect from a world champion. You lean back and you just let him do it. The crew got us out of the pits over and over in front of other cars all day long. The two BMWs raced to the end and we finished pretty much nose to tail. We need a little bit of help to get to the front. The series has let it get out of hand with the Balance of Performance, as we are nowhere and they need to fix this before the last race.”
Andy Priaulx (Number 55 BMW Z4 GTLM): “It has been a tough weekend, but we knew it was going to be really hard. Bill and I had two really tough first stints. The tyre we chose clearly wasn’t right for the conditions. Bill was up to speed nicely and brought the car back in a really good position. He helped the team with feedback to give me the right tyre for the last run, and that’s what made the difference.”
John Edwards (Number 56 BMW Z4 GTLM): “We expected a hard day at the office, and it really was. It is really tough to keep pushing in such hot conditions when you are sweating like crazy and you don’t have the pace, but that is what we have to do. By the time Dirk got in there was very little rear downforce and that made it pretty tough to drive on cold tyres.” Dirk Müller (Number 56 BMW Z4 GTLM): “That was an exciting drive doing a double stint with no rear bumper. I had lost all the downforce at the rear of the car and had to drive like a rally driver. I was fighting like crazy. I knew Andy’s car he was coming hard at the end. It reminded me of the good old touring car times. We raced clean and I think that is how you should make it between team mates.”
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Posted by http://bmwi.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1038382 in News on September 22, 2014
Sport Auto test driver Christian Gebhardt navigates the BMW i8 around the Hockenheim (short track) in 1:15.0. At the same time, they ran the Boxster in 1:14.9 and Jaguar F-Type in 1:15.2.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/09/23/2014-bmw-i3-review-video/ in News on September 22, 2014
Edmunds reviews the 2014 BMW i3. The i3′s electric drive-train generates output of 125 kW/170 hp and peak torque of 250 Newton meters (184 lb-ft), which is immediately available from a standing start. The BMW i3 sprints from 0 to 60 km/h in 3.7 sec...
Edmunds reviews the 2014 BMW i3. The i3′s electric drive-train generates output of 125 kW/170 hp and peak torque of 250 Newton meters (184 lb-ft), which is immediately available from a standing start. The BMW i3 sprints from 0 to 60 km/h in 3.7 seconds and from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds. Its top speed is limited to 150 km/h for efficiency reasons. The US EPA says the i3 has a range of 81 miles with a combined MPGe of 124 (138 MPGe City, 111 MPGe Highway).
The base price of the 2014 BMW i3 starts at $41,350 and those looking for the i3 REx (Range Extender) will have to shell out $45,200. Destination and Handling fee is set at $925. The non-metallic paints, Arravani Grey and Capparis White are standard, but those looking for the metallic colors (Ionic Silver, Solar Orange, Laurel Grey and Andesite Silver) will have to pay $550. READ ALSO: BMWBLOG i3 Test Drive Two World packages are offered, Giga and Tera, for $1700, respectively $2700. The article 2014 BMW i3 Review – Video appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.automobilemag.com/features/news/1409-next-generation-jaguar-xf-spied-under-heavy-camouflage/ in News on September 22, 2014
2016 debut expected on stretched XE platform.