Last Laps Around the ‘Ring for the M2

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Class victory for the BMW Z4 GT3.

A top-class field of 61 cars competed in Silverstone for the second race weekend in the Blancpain Endurance Series. After 82 laps, Olivier Grötz and Karim Ojjeh emerged victorious in the Am class in the number 15 BMW Z4 GT3. The duo from the Bout...

A top-class field of 61 cars competed in Silverstone for the second race weekend in the Blancpain Endurance Series.

After 82 laps, Olivier Grötz and Karim Ojjeh emerged victorious in the Am class in the number 15 BMW Z4 GT3. The duo from the Boutsen Ginion team led the three-hour race for long stretches, leaving the opposition to fight it out for second place. In the Pro-Am class, the number 888 BMW Z4 GT3 of the Triple Eight Racing team also led for much of the race, but surrendered the lead after the final pit stop and eventually came home tenth. The best-placed BMW Z4 GT3 in the Pro-Am class was the TDS Racing car in sixth place.

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BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage Engine Start Sound

Here it is ladies and gentlemen: the engine sound of the new BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage. When BMW unveiled the 3.0 CSL Hommage on Friday, it refrained from commenting on the powertrain and its power output. The lengthy press release only mentioned a powerfu...

Here it is ladies and gentlemen: the engine sound of the new BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage. When BMW unveiled the 3.0 CSL Hommage on Friday, it refrained from commenting on the powertrain and its power output. The lengthy press release only mentioned a powerful six-cylinder in-line engine with eBoost, which might translate into the eDrive drivetrain we’ve seen last year. The footage below not only let us hear the acoustics of the exhaust system, but it also shows the car in motion during a short ride. Click here to learn more about the new BMW concept.

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Possible Cadillac ATS-V+ might have a V8

Recently, our leader here at BMWBLOG, Horatiu, got some wheel time in the brand spankin new Cadillac ATS-V. He came away impressed, mostly, with the only criticisms being about the interior and CUE system. But dynamically, the ATS-V seems to be a ver...

Recently, our leader here at BMWBLOG, Horatiu, got some wheel time in the brand spankin new Cadillac ATS-V. He came away impressed, mostly, with the only criticisms being about the interior and CUE system. But dynamically, the ATS-V seems to be a very good car. Well, if certain reports are true, Cadillac intends to make it even better. There seems to be a future ATS-V+ model in the works. This extra powerful ATS-V will feature a 7.0 liter naturally aspirated V8, pulled from the Camaro Z/28. This engine is a fan favorite amongst the GM faithful, for its high-revving ‘Merican Muscle power. Admittedly, it is a very good engine with a great powerband and a lovely noise.

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So what does this mean for the M3/M4? Well it means that they both might become even more out-powered. The current ATS-V makes 464 hp which is 44 more than the current M3. However, because the M3 is a bit lighter and uses its power more efficiently, it’s still faster than the Caddy, though not by much. So if Cadillac can hit, or get close to, the 500 hp mark, it’s a good possibility that the ATS-V+ can jump ahead of the M3. Another advantage for the ATS-V+ would be character. The only real negative remark for the F80 M3’s engine is the sound and character. In terms of power and performance, the engine is a masterpiece, but lacks a bit of the lovely sound M3s of yore would make. So giving the ATS-V+ a loud, thumping V8 could make it the more interesting car. It’s still too early to make any assumptions about this, but it is an interesting thought. If Cadillac does this, and gives its latest BMW-fighter a big V8 to take on the Bavarian I6, it may just have too much firepower to overcome. [Source: MotorTrend] The article Possible Cadillac ATS-V+ might have a V8 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW Motorrad “Concept 101 – New Photos

The second world premiere from BMW at the 2015 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este was the BMW Motorrad “Concept 101″. The name “Concept 101″ indicates the capacity of the concept bike, which has its roots in the USA. The capacity of...

The second world premiere from BMW at the 2015 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este was the BMW Motorrad “Concept 101″. The name “Concept 101″ indicates the capacity of the concept bike, which has its roots in the USA. The capacity of the six cylinders is 1,649 cc – approximately equivalent to 101 cubic inches. “Concept 101″ moves into a sphere that goes beyond mere horsepower and acceleration figures – all that counts is the remarkable riding experience full of power and tranquillity. The enormous torque of the in-line 6-cylinder engine generates extraordinary pulling power in every situation on the road. The number 101 also stands for the place where the vehicle came into being. It was not far from Highway 101, at the design studios of the BMW Group subsidiary Designworks in Newbury Park, California, that the BMW Motorrad designers got together with their Designworks colleagues to create a truly special motorcycle.

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BMW Motorrad “Concept 101″ has a drop-shaped silhouette that is typical of baggers, reaching the highest point at the front trim. Below this, the large front wheel appears to pull the flat, stretched silhouette behind it. At the same time, the characteristic styling of the bike visually suggests a forward urge. Two side cases integrated in streamlined form add the final touch of a quintessential bagger. Within the flowing silhouette, clear lines and elaborately modelled surfaces shape an athletic body.

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The dynamically designed front trim in brushed aluminium is flatly integrated into the flow of the styling. The integrated headlamp with striking double circular appearance gives the front section a distinct and highly expressive look. The rear view harmoniously rounds off the bike’s overall visual impression. A particular highlight is the unusual rear light cluster. It provides a frame for the dark-coloured rear section in the form of two LED bands. The design of the lights is formally reminiscent of former road cruisers.

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The concept bike took concrete shape on the premises of Roland Sands – just under an hour away from Newbury Park amid the heartland of the Los Angeles custom bike scene. In close collaboration with the BMW Motorrad design team, Roland Sands assembled the exclusive parts of the “Concept 101″ at his own workshops.

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Our impression of the 3.0 CSL Hommage and Concorso 2015 pictorial

Our impressions and photos of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage and Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2015. ...

Our impressions and photos of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage and Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2015.

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Daytona Violet F80 M3

First ever Daytona Violet F80 M3 Individual. ...

First ever Daytona Violet F80 M3 Individual.

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BMW M2 gets hot on the Nurburgring

The upcoming BMW M2 was spotted once again at the Nurburgring. This is one of the best videos we’ve seen so far of the new M2 doing hot laps around the legendary track. The 2:36 minutes footage shows four M2 test mules M2 going at high speeds a...

The upcoming BMW M2 was spotted once again at the Nurburgring. This is one of the best videos we’ve seen so far of the new M2 doing hot laps around the legendary track. The 2:36 minutes footage shows four M2 test mules M2 going at high speeds and slicing through corners nearly effortlessly. The M2 uses an updated N55 engine with 365 hp and 343 lb-ft of torque with 25 lb-ft of torque available as overboost. While the updated N55 is based on the same engine found in the M235i, our source says it will have some components from the new S55 unit. Yet the engine code will still be labeled as N55. The engine will feature an overboost function just like the 1M, good for 25 lb-ft of torque.

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@BridgeToGantry Same sources say that the M2 will weigh less than the M235i Coupe. We certainly don’t expect a huge weight drop compared to the M235i, but any kilos shaved off the car coupled with about extra 40 horsepower, a tighter chassis, mechanical locking differential, M4 suspensions and brakes, would make the M2 a strong contender on the Nurburgring and certainly faster than the M235i. The launch color palette will be limited. Our sources couldn’t say how many and what colors will be added in the future, but at the launch, the M2 customers will get to pick from four paint jobs: Long Beach Blue, Alpine White, Mineral Grey and Black Sapphire. BMW M2 enters production in November with first units being delivered in early 2016. The article BMW M2 gets hot on the Nurburgring appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage Photos From Concorso d’Eleganza

BMW took the world by surprise with the unveil of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage at the 2015 Concorso d’Eleganza. “Our Hommage cars not only demonstrate how proud we are of our heritage, but also how important the past can be in determining our future,...

BMW took the world by surprise with the unveil of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage at the 2015 Concorso d’Eleganza. “Our Hommage cars not only demonstrate how proud we are of our heritage, but also how important the past can be in determining our future,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. Yesterday we brought you exclusive photos of the 3.0 CSL Hommage and now we have a new set of high-resolution photos showing the car from multiple angles. The Hommage Concept stands out with its muscular front end and upright grille are reminiscent to the original CSL and its muscular racing design. There are ‘X’s designed into the twin-circle headlights, to evoke memories of the stickered ‘X’s on the headlights of long distance racing cars of yore. The size of the kidney grille is what bothered everyone after seeing the car, but we believe this is a design exercise to emphasize a future design language where the front-end of the cars becomes more massive — just not as massive as this one.

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Here is how our own Nico DeMattia described the front and rear-end design:

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From the front end, a continuous horizontal line runs the sides of the car. In profile, this line is seen across the entire length of the long wheelbase, giving the car a long, low and sleek look. Dark CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic) sideskirts lend a visual gap between the bright yellow color of the bodywork and the pavement below. While the low hood and roofline, combined with the massive 21” wheels give the CSL Hommage a very low looking stance. You’ll also notice the side-mounted exhaust pipes mounted just in front of the rear wheels. The CSL Hommage even has BMW Roundels mounted at the base of the C Pillars, a throwback to the same design on the original CSL. The rear end is where the CSL Hommage really comes alive, as the aerodynamic rear fenders form upward to create a rear wing between the both of them. An LED light bar runs the length of the wing down into the rear of the car and is a stunning piece of design. At the bottom, a CFRP rear diffuser lends a racing look to the rear of the Hommage. From above, the CSL Hommage shows off its curves, and you can clearly see how the car forms a ‘V’ at both front and rear ends.

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The interior of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage puts its lightweight design on show and renders its racing character elegantly tangible. All interior elements are there out of absolute necessity, every part has a high-quality design, structural or drive-related function. In the all-CFRP interior, the only wood-like presence is the “instrument panel” – a cross-member and purely structural element.

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This is a clear reference to the interior of the earlier BMW 3.0 CSL, which featured an all-round wood trim throughout the interior. In the new version, only the small central eBoost charging display interrupts the wooden instrument panel. Infotainment is equally minimalist in concept: a central display on the steering column informs the driver of the current gear, speed, revs and shift point.

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Other racing features include bucket seats with high-quality stitching, a six-point belt and red anodised safety features such as the outlet nozzles for the extinguishing foam, the fire extinguisher itself, and the two switches on the centre console for the emergency shut-off and fire extinguishing mechanism.

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BMW History: BMW X5 Le Mans

One of the more fun things about the automotive world is when carmakers decide to make a one-off car that’s so illogical and mad that the whole world stops in wonderment and bewilderment. There have been several of the cars from many different carm...

One of the more fun things about the automotive world is when carmakers decide to make a one-off car that’s so illogical and mad that the whole world stops in wonderment and bewilderment. There have been several of the cars from many different carmakers in the past, and BMW has had its fair share. Recently, we spoke about the psychotic, V12-powered one-off M8 Supercar that BMW built as an experiment, but decided to scrap the project. It’s cars like these that allow automakers to flex their proverbial muscles and show the world what they can do. Sometimes, though, it’s just for fun, to celebrate. In 2000, hot on the heels of BMW’s 1999 victory at Le Mans, BMW decided to celebrate by creating a monster — The BMW X5 Le Mans.

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BMW took the V12 from its Le Mans winning racer and shoehorned it into the most unlikely of cars, an X5. This V12 powered X5 was then fitted with a 6-Speed manual transmission, Sabelt racing seats and harnesses, completely stripped out, giving a wickedly cool hood bulge, 20” wheels and lowered suspension.

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This turned the typical family SUV, something that’s usually more at home in a Pottery Barn parking lot than a race track, and turned it into a fire-breathing V12 monster.

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The X5 V12 Le Mans had 700 hp, was capable of 0-60mph in 4.7 seconds and had a electronically limited top speed of 193 mph. In an X5. That’s lunacy. But wait there’s more. Hans Stuck, BMW’s famed racing driver, took the X5 Le Mans to the Nurburgring (because they’re Germans, they must go to the ‘ring) and was able to lap it in 7 minutes 50 seconds. He was able to break the 8 minute mark on the Nurburgring Nordschleife in an X5. That time would be fast by today’s standards, but that was 15 years ago. Simply madness.

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The X5 Le Mans is just more proof that BMW lies when it says that people like Adrian Van Hooydonk are in charge of design, it’s really Dr. Frankenstein. It must be, as BMW is able to make the most insane one-off vehicles in the world, vehicles that no one would ever think to create. And BMW does this, simply for the sake of doing it, to see if it can. So now you know that at least one monster is real, the BMW X5 Le Mans. Here is a video of Hans Stuck driving said X5. Just listen to that racing V12 howl and your Memorial Day Weekend will be that much better. P.S. It’s in German, but still entertaining if you don’t sprechen sie deutsch. The article BMW History: BMW X5 Le Mans appeared first on BMW BLOG

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