Posted by http://www.bmw-motorsport.com/en/news/current-news/2015/10/dtm_hockenheim_preview.html in Motorsport on October 9, 2015
The 2015 DTM season draws to a close with races 17 and 18 this Saturday and Sunday. The stage is set for a thrilling finale: for the first time since BMW won the Drivers’, Team and Manufacturers’ titles on its return to the touring car se...
The 2015 DTM season draws to a close with races 17 and 18 this Saturday and Sunday.
The stage is set for a thrilling finale: for the first time since BMW won the Drivers’, Team and Manufacturers’ titles on its return to the touring car series, all three championships will be decided at the Hockenheimring, which traditionally hosts the season finale. Maxime Martin’s home win for BMW Team RMG, a podium for Bruno Spengler, and more top-ten finishes at the recent race weekend at the Nürburgring have put BMW in an excellent position in the battle for the Manufacturers’ title. Coming into the final two races in Hockenheim, BMW heads the Manufacturers’ Championship with 554 points and a lead of 51 points over Mercedes. Therefore, the goal is to get as many cars in the points as possible, in order to win the Manufacturers’ Championship for the third time in four years. Five months ago, BMW Motorsport was in Hockenheim for the opening round of the DTM. The season has now come full circle: after five race wins – including the historic top-seven lock-out in Zandvoort – the BMW teams and drivers return to the circuit near Heidelberg on 17th and 18th October. The 4.574-kilometre track has proven to be a happy stomping ground for BMW in the past. Since returning to the DTM in 2012, BMW drivers have claimed four wins – half of the races – at the Hockenheimring. The four BMW teams will receive prominent support at the grand finale of the 2015 DTM season: BMW works driver Alessandro Zanardi, who took part in the toughest triathlon in the world in Hawaii on Saturday, will be at the circuit to cheer on the eight BMW drivers. He will also take to the track himself in a BMW M4 DTM Race Taxi, which has been specially modified to meet his needs.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/10/08/pennzoil-synthetics-powers-bmw-motorsport-z4-gtlm-cars/ in News on October 9, 2015
In 2015, Pennzoil became the Premium Technology Partner for BMW Motorsport. BMW Team RLL uses Pennzoil Ultra Platinum with PurePlus Technology in both BMW Z4 GTLM race cars competing in the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship GTLM field. Pennzoil say...
In 2015, Pennzoil became the Premium Technology Partner for BMW Motorsport. BMW Team RLL uses Pennzoil Ultra Platinum with PurePlus Technology in both BMW Z4 GTLM race cars competing in the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship GTLM field. Pennzoil says their Ultra Platinum Full Synthetic motor oil keeps pistons up to 65 percent cleaner than required by the toughest industry standard. It also provides faster low temperature oil flow and protects in extreme heat. Furthermore, Pennzoil states that the Ultra Platinum Full Synthetic was created for severe driving conditions: stop-and-go, frequent short trips, heavy loads, unpaved roads, and dusty condition. A race car and race track seem to be the perfect fit for it.
The synthetic motor oil is produced by converting natural gas into a 99.5 percent pure base oil and combining it with high performance additives. BMW RLL drivers, Bill Auberlen and John Edwards went on camera to share some insight into the Pennzoil Synthetics used in their cars.
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Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/10/08/yas-marina-blue-bmw-m4-project-by-aleks-shop/ in News on October 8, 2015
Unlike other builds, this Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 concentrates more on performance than looks. Owned by tuning company Aleks Shop, this M4 can be the perfect daily driver and weekend racer. The vehicle’s exterior has been revamped with carbon fi...
Unlike other builds, this Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 concentrates more on performance than looks. Owned by tuning company Aleks Shop, this M4 can be the perfect daily driver and weekend racer. The vehicle’s exterior has been revamped with carbon fiber aero, its brakes were upgraded and, a performance tune was added and a set of racing seats was installed. The build is all finished up with a complete roll-bar. This BMW M4 comes with a performance tune courtesy of ESS Tuning. The ESS T-500 flash tune provides a power increase of ~50-60hp and 70-80 ft/lbs of torque over otherwise stock M4.
It also allows the vehicle’s engine to work well with the Motorsport7 downpipes. These provide a better throttle response and power delivery. To prepare the vehicle for the track, a complete Motorsport7 Roll Cage has been installed, together with a harness bar and seat mounts from the same company. Additionally, the Sabelt racing seats with their six-point harness provide the uprated safety. Aleks Shop also installed a set of Volk Racing 18″ TE37SL Diamond Black wheels wrapped up in sticky Nitto NT01 tires. With a KW Clubsport suspension system added, the vehicle is now able to handle tight turns and high-speed cornering a lot quicker, allowing the owner to fully utilize the 3.0 BMW TwinPower Turbo engine. On the exterior you will find an BMW Performance front lip matched with an RKP rear wing for that added downforce. Further details on this build are available in the media gallery below.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/10/08/what-are-the-ten-most-legendary-bmws-of-all-time/ in News on October 8, 2015
When people think of legendary cars, most people think of Italy. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati. When people do think of Germany, it tends to be Porsche that comes to mind, maybe Mercedes-Benz and then BMW. Generally, the blue and white roundel isn...
When people think of legendary cars, most people think of Italy. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati. When people do think of Germany, it tends to be Porsche that comes to mind, maybe Mercedes-Benz and then BMW. Generally, the blue and white roundel isn’t at the top of people’s minds when thinking of the best cars in history. But it should be. BMW has been making legendary cars for decades now and there are several. But let’s narrow it down to ten. It’s actually a tough thing to do, narrowing it down to ten. There are so many different legendary BMWs for different reasons. Some Bimmers are legendary for their performance, some for their history and some for their importance to the brand at a certain time. So what are the ten most legendary BMWs of all time? 10. BMW E38 7 Series – The E38 7 Series wasn’t the first 7 Series and didn’t really do anything extra special for its time. However, it was just an absolutely perfect balance of luxury and performance. In the ’90s, it was the ultimate in luxury and it was also faster and better handling than the equivalent Mercedes S Class and Audi A8. The E38 is considered by many to be the best 7 Series of all time and considering that the 7er is BMW’s flagship, that makes the E38 quite legendary. Plus it was in the only good Transporter movie.
9. BMW Z3M Coupe – The Z3M Coupe was never the best looking car in the world. In fact, it was downright ugly. However, the Clownshoe was also one of the best driving car of the ’90s. It was small, fast and handled like a Go-Kart. The Z3M Coupe was one of BMW’s biggest unsung heroes, as most people either didn’t know about it or didn’t like it because of its looks. However, no one can say that it was bad to drive because it was simply fantastic.
8. BMW 3.0 CSL – Everyone knows of the BMW 3.0 CSL. It was famously driven by Brian Redman around Sebring in 1975 for the win and put BMW on the map in Motorsport. It’s shape, racing livery and performance are iconic and unmistakable. This car is easily one of the best looking BMWs of all time, and possibly one of the best looking cars of all time. It’s looks, performance and racing pedigree make this car a legend. Though the CSL was only created as a racing homologation, it’s still one of the most legendary BMWs of all time.
7. BMW Z8 – Designed by Henrik Fisker, one of his last for BMW, the Z8 is also one of the best look Bimmers of all time. It’s throwback design, reminiscent of ’50s sports cars, is simply beautiful. Even the interior looks as if it came from a time capsule. It’s absolutely gorgeous. The Z8 also had the 5.0 liter V8 from the BMW M5 and a six-speed manual. How does life get better than driving a ragtop throwback BMW with an M5 engine and a manual gearbox? It pretty much doesn’t.
6. BMW E46 M3 – While not the first M3, not the fastest M3 nor the most iconic, it is widely considered to be the best. It’s such a fantastic blend of pure performance and modern comfort. While the E30 M3 might be more iconic and more pure and while the F80 M3 is faster and better handling, the E46 M3 is a perfect blend of both. It has modern amenities and comfort, while maintaining that old-school BMW M car feel.
5. BMW E39 M5 – Very much like the E46 M3, the E39 M5 isn’t the first, isn’t the fastest in history, nor is it the most iconic. However, it’s widely considered the best M5. The E39 BMW M5’s chassis is widely considered the greatest four-door chassis of all time. There was something so perfect about the way it drives. The steering, which uses an old-school recirculating ball style steering rack, is so full of feel and the suspension is the perfect blend of comfort and performance while the engine is a masterpiece of smoothness, power and noise. It’s the ultimate sport sedan.
4. BMW 2002 – The BMW 2002 is the car that started the legend that is BMW. Before the 2002, BMW was a plucky brand that kind of went under the radar. But the 2002 put BMW on the map as the maker of the Ultimate Driving Machine. It was perfect back in the early ’70s. Its engine 2.0 liter engine was small but powerful and revved much higher than the muscle cars of the day. Its lightweight body and firm suspension made the 2002 the best driving car of its time and set BMW up to continue the trend.
3. BMW E28 M5 – The E28 M5 is the original, the Mack-Daddy, it’s the very first mass-produced M car. It was also the fastest sedan in the world when it came out in the mid-’80s. This is easily one of the greatest sports sedans of all time, regardless of brand. It was so pure and wonderful. The engine was magic. At 3.5 liters, the I6 engine made 282 hp and was mated to a five-speed manual. The E28 M5 was the best M5 of all time and the first M car, which puts it at number three on the all time list of legendary BMWs.
2. BMW E30 M3 – This is a car that needs no introduction. Every single car enthusiast knows of the E30 M3. It was the very first M3 and probably the best, regardless of what anyone might say about the E46. You’d also be hard pressed to find a purer driving car from any segment and any manufacturer. It’s near-perfection. it might not be the most comfortable driving car for daily use, but it’s possibly the best driving car of all time. And that puts it squarely at…number 2.
1. BMW M1 – While many people would put the E30 M3 at number one, and there’s good reason to give that consideration, the M1 is the only choice for the number one spot. It’s an absolute legend in the automotive industry, not just in BMWs history. The M1 was designed by Giugiaro, one of the greatest automotive designers of all time, and was powered by a glorious 3.5 liter straight-six engine mounted in the middle. BMW wouldn’t use another mid-engined design until the BMW i8, nearly forty years later. It;s absolutely gorgeous, is incredible to drive, makes and excellent sound and birthed BMW’s M Division, which on of the most iconic letters in automotive history, if not the most iconic. The M1 started BMW’s most legendary division, therefor it’s the most legendary BMW and one of the most legendary cars of all time.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/10/08/first-drive-2016-bmw-x1-xdrive28i/ in News on October 8, 2015
During our recent press trip to Chihuahua, Mexico, where we drove the brand new BMW 340i, we were also able to drive the new 2016 BMW X1. Despite the 340i’s reputation for power, performance and fun, it was the X1 that I was more excited to dri...
During our recent press trip to Chihuahua, Mexico, where we drove the brand new BMW 340i, we were also able to drive the new 2016 BMW X1. Despite the 340i’s reputation for power, performance and fun, it was the X1 that I was more excited to drive. The new F48 BMW X1, if you hadn’t already heard, is developed on BMW’s UKL platform which is shared with MINI and is front-wheel drive-based. That makes the new X1 the very first front-wheel drive BMW in history and fans aren’t very happy with it. But instead of packing my pitchfork and torch to protest the X1 in Mexico, I brought an open mind, one filled with curiosity for how the very first front-wheel drive-based BMW would get on.
Let me preface this with the fact that all of the X1’s available were xDrive28i models, as they were all cars slated for North America. So none of them were front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive. Now, for anyone who has issues with the X1 being front-wheel drive-based, let me assure you that under almost no circumstances is the X1 front-wheel drive. The only circumstance where the X1 is powering solely the front wheels is when on the highway at high speed and in top gear, for efficiency purposes only, and under such conditions driven wheels are negligible and 90 percent of customers will ever notice the difference nor use the X1 to its full sporting capabilities.
Our journey with the X1 was an interesting one and a journey of two parts. The mountainous roads of Chihuahua were treacherous at best and downright deadly at worst. We were all warned before driving that it had rained the previous night, causing loose gravel and massive rock slides, so many of the roads were nearly un-passable. Loose gravel covered the roads like a blanket in some sections, making the xDrive system work overtime to find grip as the tires struggled to. The lack of grip is unnerving while navigated mountain switchbacks where the runoffs are 1,000 ft drops to a rocky grave. And then there was the off-road course. Yes, we took the plucky little X1s off-roading through terrain that would make most SUVs, except for maybe a Jeep or a Land Rover, nervous. So we put the X1 to the ultimate test to see how it responded in conditions far worse than it will ever see otherwise. ON THE ROAD
The BMW X1 is mainly used for on-road duty, so this was a good place to start. The first, maybe, 20 miles or so was smooth going. The roads were surprisingly well kept and mostly straight with a couple of nice turns. On this comfortable terrain the X1 excels. Its B48 2.0 liter TwinPower engine, with its 228 hp, pulls along nicely with smooth, efficient power. It actually makes a decent noise and pulls hard in the mid-range with a 0-60 mph time of around 6 seconds. The Aisin eight-speed automatic is also the second best automatic gearbox I’ve ever used, second only to the ZF eight-speed. Shifts are quick and smooth and, left to its own devices, the gearbox always knows which gear to be in.
The suspension is smooth and nicely balanced, not too firm and not too soft. We also found out during the trip, that all X1s sold in the US are fitted with an M Sport suspension as standard, even the lowest entry models, which is a cool fact and helpful feature. Steering was a touch too light for my tastes and I found Sport mode was the best for it, but it was quick to respond and actually felt more natural than the variable ratio steering rack of the 340i. NVH (noise, vibrations and harshness) was also superb, as the cabin was quite and relaxed, even during the hardest and scariest of driving. The X1’s weight distribution is a non-ideal 54/46 front to rear bias. While that isn’t in line with BMW’s typical 50/50, it’s still by far the best in class and that’s what matters most. When driving the X1, only under the most extreme of driving circumstances, at 10/10ths, do you feel that front weight bias, as the car will push a bit in hard corners, even with the xDrive shuffling power to the rear wheels. With that said, when driving at around 8/10ths the X1 is a fantastically fun and capable machine. Far more fun than was previously expected. Turn-in was sharp and the chassis responds to changes in direction with the eagerness of a much smaller car. Thank the M Sport suspension for much of that. The previous X1 was considered the most fun car in its class and this one will be too, without a doubt. The new BMW X1 is a genuinely fun car to drive.
While on the road, we experience several areas were rock slides had fallen the previous night, some with boulders bigger than the X1 sitting in the road. Where there weren’t boulders, the roads were so littered with smaller rocks and debris from the fall that it’s absolutely amazing that not a single X1 with all-season tires got a flat (one X1 got a flat but it was wearing high-performance summer rubber). In many of these sections, it was more like driving over a blanket of sharp rocks than it was driving on pavement. Yet the X1 handled it gracefully, like a mountain goat, climbing over the rocks and gently sliding through corners with absolute control. The engineers worked magic with this suspension and all-wheel drive system. I’d be comfortable saying that no other car in this class could handle what we went through. And that wasn’t even the off-road course yet. OFF-ROAD
After about an hour and a half of twisty mountain switchbacks littered with rocky debris came on off-road course. After turning down a dirt and gravel road, we realized that this was created for heavy machinery as local workers were building a massive bridge nearby. This was not X1 territory. Earlier, I said that 90 percent of customers will never use the X1’s full capabilities. 100 percent of X1 customers will never see this sort of terrain. But despite all of that, the X1 excelled. Our little Blue and White Roundel-wearing mountain goat made it through the off-road course and back without ever getting stuck, needing assistance or even slowing down. The off-road course was littered with pot holes the size manhole covers and more dangerous debris. There were areas with thick mud and loose wet soil, where the X1 easily could have gotten stuck, but the xDrive figured it out pulled the car through.
During the off-road section, there were such tight passes at extremely high elevation that truly tested the accurate steering of the X1. During these tight spots, loose gravel toward the edge of the road could have spelled instant-doom for anyone that got too close. Yet the X1’s accurate steering allowed us to stay clear, albeit only inches clear, of a long tumble. The M Sport suspension also held up well throughout the numerous hard hits, deep potholes and big rocks and was actually quite comfortable through it all. I’d bet that only a Grand Cherokee or Land Rover would ride more comfortably over such terrain.
After quite some time driving through mud and debris, we made it to the town of Batopilas. A beautiful and quaint little town filled with rich history. In Batopilas, we were treated to a lovely lunch in the garden area of a fully restored, nearly 200 year old hotel. It was the perfect place to calm our nerves after driving across some of the most dangerous roads we’ve ever seen. It also gave the X1 a much needed break. Afterwards, we headed back through the rough and the X1 handled it for the second time as easily as it did the first.
The BMW X1s resting in Batopilas The new BMW X1 gets a lot of grief for its front-drive nature. But the truth of the matter is that absolutely none of it is deserved. The BMW X1 is a very capable, fun and enjoyable machine to drive. BMW ventured into new waters when developing the X1 and got outside of its comfort zone to make a car that it knew was the right car to make. To prove that BMW made the right car, the Bavarians sent us outside of our comfort zone, and admittedly outside of the X1’s as well, in the car and showed us exactly what it was capable of doing. It handled everything we threw at it and handled with with grace. The new BMW X1 might not be the sort of BMW you’re used to, but it’s definitely still an Ultimate Driving Machine.
Posted by http://f80.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1181883 in News on October 8, 2015
The all-new BMW M4 GTS is capable of 0-62 in 3.8 seconds – watch as it’s put through its paces on Anglesey Circuit.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/10/08/bmw-1-series-hatchback-the-most-popular-bmw-sold-in-germany-in-2015/ in News on October 8, 2015
After the BMW 2 Series was the most successful BMW sold in Germany in July and August, the 1 Series Hatchback regains its top spot in September. While the 2 Series was sold 4,293 times, the compact rear-wheel 1 Series recorded 4,546 units. The recent...
After the BMW 2 Series was the most successful BMW sold in Germany in July and August, the 1 Series Hatchback regains its top spot in September. While the 2 Series was sold 4,293 times, the compact rear-wheel 1 Series recorded 4,546 units. The recently facelifted 3 Series is now second with 4,341 units. The 2 Series sales include the coupe, convertible Active Tourer and Gran Tourer models. Looking at the sales figures for the first three quarters, the 1 Series is again in the lead with a relatively small lead over the 2 and 3 Series models. 33,043 units of the 1 Series were sold versus 32,838 2 Series models and 31,872 3 Series.
Both the 1 Series and the 3 Series received its facelift this year and were therefore sold below average in the months immediately prior to its market launch. In the 2 Series family, the seven seater Gran Tourer went on sale this fall and it’s expected to contribute to the bottom-line in the next few months. At the end of the third quarter, BMW sold 21,968 vehicles in Germany and was therefore not only 2.4 percent higher over the same month last year, but also on the second place of the German premium brands. In the first nine months of 2015, the core brand, BMW, sold in Germany a total of 183,991 units and thus sales are 3.0 percent higher than the same period last year.
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Posted by http://www.2addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1181693 in News on October 8, 2015
Crafty and resourceful BIMMERPOST members have discovered that 30 or more pre-production BMW M2 coupes are already in the US!
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/10/08/bmw-m4-gts-takes-on-anglesey-circuit/ in News on October 8, 2015
The all-new BMW M4 GTS is capable of 0-62 in 3.8 seconds – watch as it’s put through its paces on Anglesey Circuit. BMW M4 GTS in a special edition is limited to 700 units worldwide, with 300 units of this high-performance Special Edition M4 ...
The all-new BMW M4 GTS is capable of 0-62 in 3.8 seconds – watch as it’s put through its paces on Anglesey Circuit. BMW M4 GTS in a special edition is limited to 700 units worldwide, with 300 units of this high-performance Special Edition M4 available for the first time in the US market. The UK market gets 30 units. BMW went through great lengths to make sure that the M4 GTS is faster and handles better than the standard car. Which is an incredible accomplishment, considering how good the standard M4 is.
For GTS duty, BMW took the engine in the M4 and added water injection and some forged internals, like the crankshaft. While that doesn’t sound all that significant, it makes a world of a difference. Water Injection, a world first on the GTS, significantly lowers combustion chamber temperature by spraying an extremely fine mist into it during combustion. This decrease in temperature, by up to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, increases both power and efficiency while also reducing engine knock. The engine now delivers 500 horsepower for the European model and 493 hp for the U.S. one. The article BMW M4 GTS takes on Anglesey Circuit appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/10/08/bmw-sold-68000-previous-generation-x1s-in-the-u-s/ in News on October 8, 2015
The new BMW X1 goes on sale in the U.S. on October 24th. The BMW X1 xDrive28i will be the exclusive model in the US at launch featuring a 2.0 liter TwinTurbo 4 cylinder engine from BMW’s new family of modular engines with maximum output of 228 hors...
The new BMW X1 goes on sale in the U.S. on October 24th. The BMW X1 xDrive28i will be the exclusive model in the US at launch featuring a 2.0 liter TwinTurbo 4 cylinder engine from BMW’s new family of modular engines with maximum output of 228 horsepower. The new X1 needs only 6.3 seconds to run from 0 to 60 mph. It will sell for $35,795, including destination and handling included; a $3,945 increase over the previous model. The story here is not really the new X1 but rather the previous generation. At the X1 launch event in Mexico, BMW X1 product manager, John Kelly, said the company sold over 68,000 X1 models in its three years lifecycle in the US. The sales peak was reached in 2013 when BMW USA sold 26,512 units. BMW won’t comment on the sales projections for the new X1, but they expect to beat the best year of previous X1.
BMW’s E84 X1 was launched in 2009 and was sold approximately to 500,000 customers worldwide. We expect that number to be significantly higher when BMW reports the final numbers after the new X1’s seven year run. In the U.S., the E84 X1 has been flying off the dealers’ lots and to many, it has been a surprise success. The article BMW sold 68,000 previous generation X1s in the U.S. appeared first on BMW BLOG