2016 BMW 7 Series – Videos

Earlier today, BMW released new information on the 2016 7 Series. While the 7er prototype continue to be covered in camouflage, other details are not. In the following videos, BMW highlights the key features of the new 7 Series and takes us on the tr...

Earlier today, BMW released new information on the 2016 7 Series. While the 7er prototype continue to be covered in camouflage, other details are not. In the following videos, BMW highlights the key features of the new 7 Series and takes us on the track in Miramas to show us how nimble the large luxury limousine is. We also had the change to drive the new 7 Series on the same track and our driving impressions can be found here.  Using an all-new EfficientLightweigh chassis, which uses an extensive amount of CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic) in the passenger cell and aluminum in the chassis, the new G12 7 Series will weigh 130 kg (286 lbs) less than the previous generation.

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Other updates include a new iDrive system with gestures, air suspension, safety features and autonomous functions. We put together an article describing all those new features of the 7 Series. The article 2016 BMW 7 Series – Videos appeared first on BMW BLOG

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First official new 7 Series details: CFRP, touch display, gestures, remote parking

The first official details of the all new BMW 7 Series (G11 / G12) has been announced. BMW is using a technology and innovation workshop to present an initial selection of development highlights which the next generation of the BMW 7 Series model ra...

The first official details of the all new BMW 7 Series (G11 / G12) has been announced. BMW is using a technology and innovation workshop to present an initial selection of development highlights which the next generation of the BMW 7 Series model range will use to set new benchmarks in lightweight design, driving dynamics, comfort, intelligent connectivity and operation. The extensive use of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) in the structure of the passenger cell, the rigorous and detailed application of lightweight design and a new generation of engines combine to reduce the weight of the luxury sedan along with its fuel consumption and emissions figures. The comfort, safety and driving experience offered by the new BMW 7 Series benefit from new chassis technology, exceptional scope for interaction with the car’s infotainment technology and a wider selection of driver assistance systems from BMW ConnectedDrive. BMW EfficientLightweight: Carbon Core helps to reduce weight by up to 130 kilograms (286 pounds). Thanks to the BMW EfficientLightweight strategy, the new BMW 7 Series line-up will tip the scales up to 130 kilograms (286 pounds) lighter than the outgoing generation of models. At its heart is a body structure with a Carbon Core based on the transfer of technology from the development of the BMW i models. The use of CFRP – whose material properties lend themselves to use in the passenger cell areas exposed to heavy loads – increases torsional rigidity and strength. The configuration of the sheet metal elements can be adjusted accordingly, allowing body weight to be significantly reduced. Six-cylinder in-line engine from the new generation of power units. The new BMW 7 Series model range will be powered by engines including a six-cylinder in-line variant from the BMW Group’s latest generation of power units. The new petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology links up with a likewise further developed eight-speed Steptronic gearbox. Dynamics and ride comfort made to measure – and to the highest standard. Sophisticated, precision-honed chassis technology and additional chassis control systems – fitted as standard or available as an option – enhance both the driving dynamics of the next-generation BMW 7 Series and its ride quality. At the same time, the balance between these two facets of driving pleasure reaches a level without parallel in the luxury sedan segment. The inclusion of two-axle air suspension with automatic self-levelling as part of the standard specification leads to noticeably improved ride comfort. Dynamic Damper Control also features as standard. Its electronically controlled dampers improve the primary and secondary ride of the sedan and sharpen its dynamic attributes. The latest update of the Integral Active Steering system, along with the first electromechanically driven Dynamic Drive roll stabilisation system, contribute to a further boost in comfort, dynamic prowess and assurance on the road in the new BMW 7 Series. The latest innovations offer drivers greater freedom when choosing the right vehicle set-up for the situation at hand: they can elect to enjoy even sportier handling or further optimised ride comfort as desired. In addition, they can use the newly designed Driving Experience Control switch to activate the ADAPTIVE mode. In this setting, the vehicle set-up adapts as required to the driving style and the character of the road. Intuitive operating with Touch Display and BMW gesture control. In the next generation of the BMW 7 Series, the iDrive operating system’s monitor comes in Touch Display form for the first time. This means customers will also be able to operate the system in the same way as modern electronic devices. In addition to using the Controller to operate the system in familiar style, its functions can also be selected and activated by touching the screen’s surface. Another new addition to the iDrive system’s functionality is BMW gesture control, which is being introduced for the first time. Hand movements detected by a 3D sensor control infotainment functions in an extremely intuitive and user-friendly fashion. The gestures can be used for a number of functions, including controlling the volume in audio applications and accepting or rejecting incoming telephone calls. There is also the option of pairing a specific gesture with an individual choice of function. Unique in the luxury sedan segment: remote control parking. The new BMW 7 Series is the world’s first series-produced car that owners will be able to manoeuvre in or out of parking spaces or garages without anyone at the wheel. The remote control parking option thus allows drivers to access extremely tight parking spaces. Using the likewise newly developed BMW Display Key, the driver can prompt the car to enter or exit a parking space fully automatically. Innovative driver assistance systems from BMW ConnectedDrive enhance comfort and safety. New strings to the bows of the Driving Assistant Plus and Driving Assistant systems include the steering and directional control assistant, Lane Departure Warning Assistant with active side collision protection, and the rear collision prevention and cross-traffic warning functions. When using the Active Cruise Control system with Stop & Go function, a press of a button now suffices to acknowledge speed restrictions detected by the Speed Limit Info function.

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2016 BMW 7 Series Prototype Tech Overview and Quick Drive

The new luxury car has plenty of big innovations. ...

The new luxury car has plenty of big innovations.

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FIRST DRIVE: 2016 BMW 7 Series Prototype

High expectations Lighter, safer, more intelligent and more efficient are the qualities that help summarizing the new 2016 BMW 7 Series which will be launched before the end of the year. We were among the first to drive it in a development stage clos...

High expectations Lighter, safer, more intelligent and more efficient are the qualities that help summarizing the new 2016 BMW 7 Series which will be launched before the end of the year. We were among the first to drive it in a development stage close to production, but still camouflaged, in the BMW top secret test track of Miramas, in the south of France. Should Mercedes and Audi be worried? After an era when each single new car was bigger than its predecessor we have recently entered a different trend in the automotive industry in which almost every single new car is lighter than the one which is retiring. As emission regulations become globally more stringent less weight and more advanced propulsion systems are the way to do it while benefiting performances and overall handling/agility.

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Lightweight Construction The new BMW 7 Series is the first car to use industrially manufactured carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) in its body construction not as a visible material in the outer skin, but in combination with steel, aluminum and plastic. It is also the first car in which CFRP has been fully integrated into the production process, another indicator of how the large scale application of this light and stiff material, first developed for BMW i models, is also becoming useful for other model ranges, contributing to minimize weight while increasing the construction strength and body stiffness.

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In practical terms, the next 7 Series will be up to 130 kilograms lighter than a previous-generation equipped with a comparable engine (one third of the reduction coming from the body alone), despite significant additions to the roster of comfort and safety equipment on board (actually the weight reduction measures added up to 200 kg loss but 70 of them were offset by the added content of the new car). Another contributor to this result, unsprung masses have been reduced by up to 15 percent thanks to the focus on lightweight design for the suspension, brakes and wheels. And it is not merely a question of how many kilos the 7 Series was able to reduce but also how they are distributed. In keeping with a good BMW tradition, the car’s center of gravity has been further lowered weight partition between the two axles was adjusted to an ideal 50:50 ratio. Powertrains Not much information has been disclosed at this stage regarding powertrains, as the future 7 Series will only be driven by the world media in late August shortly before its world premiere at the Frankfurt motor show, opening its door in mid-September. Officially it is said that among the power units available there will be a six cylinder in-line variant from the BMW group’s latest TwinPower Turbo engine generation. Naturally there will also be an eight-cylinder petrol engine as well as six and eight cylinder diesel units to be launched from sales start or staggered within the following months. The V12 will make its appearance by mid-2016. But the big surprise might come from the decision to also feature four-cylinder engines, even if not in all global markets. A four-cylinder 2.0 liter petrol engine is being considered for China as well as a 2.0 liter diesel for Europe. If confirmed, the future 7 Series will be the single premium car in this segment to use such small engines in a solo manner (the S-Class combines a four-cylinder unit with an electric motor on the plug-in hybrid version). Towards the end of 2016 BMW will also start sales of the plug-in hybrid 7 Series which will feature the exact same powertrain used in the X5 PHV which will debut at the Shanghai Motor Show next week. Driving Impressions

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At the Miramas race track we were given the chance to drive the 740i and the first impressions are highly positive. The engine responsive shows a lot of stamina from just above idle revs, as a result of the prompt torque availability and excellent cooperation with the revamped eight-speed automatic transmission, as well as the aforementioned weight reduction which not only helps the overall acceleration impression but also makes the car feel very nimble and definitely smaller than five meters long. Overall dimensions have also not been revealed, but the lead chassis engineer admitted the wheelbase has not changed (either in the standard or in the long versions) and the same can be said about the overall length. The standard-fitted air suspension with automatic self-leveling enhances the ride comfort. The springs are supplied with air by an electrically driven compressor with a pressure accumulator. The body clearance is adjusted depending on the load on board even when the engine is off and the fact that the supply of air for each wheel is individually regulated allows an unevenly loaded car to be balanced out. An additional function is manual activation of the self-levelling function: at the touch of a button, the ground clearance can be raised by 20 mm, a feature which is especially useful on uneven surfaces or in multistorey car parks with sharply-angled ramps. At speeds over 35 km/h (22 mph), the self-leveling function automatically restores the default setting. At high speeds and when Sport mode is activated, the body is automatically lowered by 10 mm.

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The benefits of air suspension are better felt when the system teams up with the standard Dynamic Damper Control. The electronic dampers improve the sedan’s primary and secondary ride, as well as its dynamic properties. The Driving Experience Control switch can be used to select from three damper control settings enhancing ride comfort (Comfort and Comfort+ modes) and sporty, agile handling (Sport mode) respectively. During our several laps in the Miramas test track the different settings could easily be felt but the 740 never felt too soft or too hard even in the more extreme driving modes, meaning it can easily be left in the same setting during the duration of any trip on normal roads. The Driving Experience now features an Adaptive Mode which automatically adjusts the suspension settings depending on road condition and driving style as well as predictive data which collects from the navigation system (for instance, when there is a sequence of curves coming up or an urban area approaching).

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The new generation Integral Active Steering system is an option for the new generation of the 7 Series. The planetary gear previously used at the front axle has been replaced by a variable rack and pinion ratio allowing Integral Active Steering to be offered for the first time in conjunction with the xDrive (all-wheel-drive) system. The four wheel steering system means that by turning the rear wheels either with or in the opposite direction to the front wheels it is possible to increases maneuverability in urban areas and agility in sporty driving. Another new option which improves overall handling is the Dynamic Drive active roll stabilization system which employs electro-mechanically driven stabilizers to reduce roll during fast cornering. Much more than gadgets

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The monitor for the iDrive operating system which takes the form of a touch display for the first time, meaning drivers will also be able to operate the system as they do consumer electronic devices, but there is still a controller to operate the system in familiar style. And two more options extend the array of control methods of infotainment inside the future 7 Series, vice control and gesture control, and all four will be used according to situation and user´s likings. Pre-defined hand movements near the center console – registered by a 3D sensor – provide an intuitive way of operating frequently used infotainment system functions. Gestures can be used to adjust the volume of audio programs, for example, and to accept or reject incoming telephone calls as well as to call pre-set functions which may be defined through the infotaiment menu. The Bang & Olufsen system is now standard, and BMW has refrained from commenting on the Bower & Wilkins option. Full LED headlights are part of the standard package, while the laser lights will cost extra.

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On this first exclusive pre-drive with the future 7 Series we were also given the chance to try out some of the new driver assistance and autonomous driving systems which will become available as options in most of the cases. The new BMW 7 Series is the world’s first series-produced car that owners will be able to maneuver in or out of parking spaces or garages without anyone at the wheel (in other words, the driver can prompt the car to enter or exit a parking space fully automatically). Also, the latest version of the optional parking assistant makes it easier to select and use parking spaces positioned parallel or transversely to the road as the system takes over the entire parking process, including steering, gear changes, acceleration and braking maneuvers. On one of the lap sections we turned on the Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function when following a car at moderate speed as if driving on a heavily packed motorway giving the 7 Series a first scent of autonomously driven car. Moreover, since the test unit features cross-traffic warning system (in the front), steering and directional control assistant with Traffic Jam Assistant and the Lane Departure Warning Assistant with active side collision Protection (which rely on the data collected by the stereo camera and radar sensors at the front and sides of the car to detect road boundaries, vehicles traveling ahead and those approaching from the side or rear) it was possible to significantly increase speed (it is available up to 210 km/h or 130 mph).

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While giving it a try we clearly felt the smooth steering inputs to help the car to stay in the center of the lane or avoid unintentional departures from it (but the driver´s hands must stay on the steering wheel otherwise the system deactivates itself after 10 seconds, following a visual and acoustic warning). When changing lanes, the systems can also help avoid collisions with vehicles on either side of the car or coming from behind, as if we were approaching two magnets with like poles facing each other.

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In a nutshell

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Claiming to be the lightest car in its class, the new 7 Series will most likely prove itself to be more precise, nimble and fun to drive than any of its hard core competitors, while threatening to set a new benchmark both in terms of fuel efficiency and dynamic performances. It was not possible to come to any conclusions regarding interior fit and finish quality as the cabin of the prototypes were also camouflaged but the array of driver´s assistance systems and the first ever gesture control technology in a series production car (which is also the first to be able to park autonomously) are likely to leave the new top of the range BMW sedan in a unique position. So our initial question has been answered and, yes, Mercedes and Audi have good reason to be concerned.

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2016 BMW 7 Series – Technology Info

The high-end luxury car segment is one of extraordinary competition. BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi have been dominating the segment for decades now, playing a never ending game of Top Trumps. With every new model that comes from the three big Germans, ...

The high-end luxury car segment is one of extraordinary competition. BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi have been dominating the segment for decades now, playing a never ending game of Top Trumps. With every new model that comes from the three big Germans, whether it be the 7 Series, S Class or A8, a new victor is crowned. The segment leader is ever changing with each new model. At the moment, the Mercedes-Benz S Class is the champion of the segment, with it’s superb levels of luxury and technology. However, BMW has the opportunity to retake the segment crown with its new G11/G12 7 Series. Lightweight Construction

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Using an all-new EfficientLightweigh chassis, which uses an extensive amount of CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic) in the passenger cell and aluminum in the chassis, the new G12 7 Series will weigh 130 kg (286 lbs) less than the previous generation. Using CFRP in the passenger cell creates exceptional torsional rigidity and strength. BMW also saved weight by creating lighter weight wheel carriers, wheel-bearing hubs and brake calipers.The extensive weight savings helps create a stiffer structure and lower center of gravity which helps create a smoother, more comfortable ride as well as improved driving dynamics. In practical terms, the next 7 Series will be up to 130 kilograms lighter than a previous-generation equipped with a comparable engine (one third of the reduction coming from the body alone), despite significant additions to the roster of comfort and safety equipment on board (actually the weight reduction measures added up to 200 kg loss but 70 of them were offset by the added content of the new car).

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Air Suspension The ride quality and stability will be aided further by the, now standard, air suspension. With air springs being fed by an electrically driven air compressor, the G12 7 Series will be able to self adjust the body height, depending on the load onboard, even in when the car is turned off. The air suspension will also be able to self level the car, by being able to send air to individual springs, to balance out unevenly loaded vehicle.

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The air suspension will also have manual control, to raise or lower the height of the body by up to 20 millimeters. If raised, at speeds over 35 mph, the self-leveling function will return the body height back to normal, and in SPORT mode, the air suspension will automatically lower 10 millimeters. Adaptive Drive

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The Driving Experience Control switch houses a COMFORT, COMFORT+ and SPORT mode. A new ADAPTIVE mode will be available as well, in which the car will automatically adapt to the driver’s characteristics. The system will monitor steering and throttle inputs as well as the shifter’s position (whether it be in D or S), to determine which driving mode to be in. With cars equipped with navigation, the system will also use the cars location (whether it be a city, motorway or twisty road) to further aid the ADAPTIVE driving mode.

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New iDrive BMW’s famous iDrive will also be receiving an overhaul, with the addition of both touchscreen and gesture controls. The touchscreen controls will be available as well as physical buttons, so it won’t be fully controlled via touch.

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Touchscreens aren’t all that new, however, gesture control is. A 3D sensor will be able to detect certain, predefined hand motions, for commonly used controls, such as adjusting volume or answering phone calls. These predefined hand motions can be set up to control a variety of iDrive or navigation functions by the user. These gesture controls are an optional alternative to standard physical controls and do not replace them. There will also be a symbol prompted on the iDrive display to indicate whether or not gesture controls are available, depending on the situation.

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Safety Features Along with all of this new interior technology, the G12 7er will also come equipped with an array of ConnectedDrive safety features. With technologies like rear collision prevention and cross-traffic warning, the 7 Series will allow drivers an additional layer of safety when driving in reverse. Using radar sensors on the sides of the rear end, the 7 Series will be able to monitor cross-traffic when reversing in a situation when rearward visibility is limited. In addition, to prevent a rear-end collision by another vehicle, the 7 Series will flash high-frequency hazard lights at approaching vehicles to warn them of an impending impact. If impact is deemed inevitable by the system, the car will implore Active Protection measures, such as tightening seatbelts and closing windows and the sunroof. These safety features are included with the usual backup cameras and sensors, well as LED warning lights in the side mirrors for cross-traffic.

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Along with the bevy of active safety features, the new 7 Series will also have Active Cruise Control and a Stop & Go function, to drive the car semi-autonomously in slow traffic. It will also have a Driving Assistant Plus system along with Traffic Jam Assistant and Lane Departure Warning Assistant. These systems utilize stereo cameras, in addition to the radar systems, on the car to detect approaching vehicles from either the sides or rear, road boundaries and vehicles ahead. It will also help drivers stay in the lane, by utilizes smooth steering inputs, at speeds up to 130 mph. During a lane change, the car will also help to avoid collisions with other vehicles on either side. The Adaptive Cruise Control can also be regulated to the current speed limit, so it won’t allow the car to go over. Autonomous functions

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Another benefit to all of these systems is the remote parking feature. By using the new BMW Display Key, drivers will be able to prompt the car to park itself in extremely tight spaces in which the driver wouldn’t normally be able to exit the car from. To access this function, the 7 Series must be positioned within a maximum angle of 10 degrees and it won’t be able to cover distances more than 1.5 times the length of the car. Engines Despite the excellent technological innovations, the new G12 7 Series isn’t just about fancy tech. The G12 will be receiving an all new inline-six engine from BMW’s latest generation of engines. It will be a gasoline powered I6 with a twin-scroll turbocharger, aluminum crankcase, cylinder head and oil sump. The TwinPower turbo will use an indirect intercooler integrated into the intake manifold, along with High-Pressure Injection. The latest version of VALVETRONIC variable valve control and DOUBLE-VANOS variable camshaft control for intake and exhaust valves. The new I6 engine will have rapid engine response as well as increased power and efficiency. A four-cylinder petrol and diesel are also likely to appear, one of them scheduled for the Chinese market (BMW 725d and 730i). Combine the added power with a much lower curb-weight, as-standard adjustable air suspension and impressive technology, and the G12 7 Series is shaping up to be a serious contender for the segment crown. The 7 Series will be able to strike an excellent balance between power, driving dynamics and luxury. The interior and instrument cluster are looking vastly improved over the previous gen, and highly competitive in the segment. The exterior will be lower, wider and longer, boasting more sophisticated and aggressive looks than before. All in all, the G12 7 Series is something for BMW fans to get excited about. Hopefully it’s able to capture some of the magic that made some previous 7 Series’, like the E38, so fantastic. If so, Mercedes and Audi may need to run back to the drawing board.

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California F8X M3/M4 Meet

Check out the largest F8X M3/M4 meet yet, which took place where else — Los Angeles. ...

Check out the largest F8X M3/M4 meet yet, which took place where else — Los Angeles.

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European Auto Source Dyno Day

A Dyno Day is when a group of owners get together to measure the power at wheels of their cars. A few days ago, a dyno day was held by European Auto Source who are known in the aftermarket industry for their tuning expertise. Among the cars that were...

A Dyno Day is when a group of owners get together to measure the power at wheels of their cars. A few days ago, a dyno day was held by European Auto Source who are known in the aftermarket industry for their tuning expertise. Among the cars that were strapped to EAS’ Dynojet, there were a bunch of M3s and M4s, a new C7 Z06 and even an i3! A pair of brightly colored widebodies, Vorsteiner’s F82 M4 and an RWB 993, were parked out front for guests to enjoy. All the BMWs that went on the EAS Dynojet have been slightly tuned, ranging from low to high power upgrades. Please take a look at the cars that have attended this event in the media gallery added below!

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BMW M4 CSL to arrive in 2016

Automobile Magazine says the highly-rumored BMW M4 GTS might be instead called the BMW M4 CSL. The change in moniker might be related to the fact that both Porsche and Mercedes use GTS acronym and the CSL name is a legend in BMW’s history. The ...

Automobile Magazine says the highly-rumored BMW M4 GTS might be instead called the BMW M4 CSL. The change in moniker might be related to the fact that both Porsche and Mercedes use GTS acronym and the CSL name is a legend in BMW’s history. The “CSL” moniker, a model name created in the early 1970s for the legendary BMW 3.0 CSL “Batmobile” and appeared again in the E46 M3 CSL. “CSL” stands for coupe sport lightweight and BMW says the acronym applies to the new, sporty M4. The M Division aims to shed 220 pounds from the weight of the current M4 Coupe. So the hood, doors, and a trunklid are made of aluminum (just like the regular M4), while manually adjustable carbon-fiber front seats (and no more rear seat) are part of the package. The rollcage will be an optional extra. The M Performance aero kit will include a front splitter and fender blades, rocker-sill extensions, carbon fiber mirrors, a smoother underbody cover, a rear aero diffuser, and a size-XXL tail rudder.

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BMW M4 CSL will feature the S55 engine with a water injection kit, which will be used to cool the intake charge. The use of water injection solves a problem that occurs under certain high pressure conditions on forced induction engines. When significant pressure is applied to the intake air charge, the temperature of the charge increases – the act of pressurizing the charge also heats the charge up (squeeze something and it will heat up as it compresses). Inter-cooling has been used to great advantage to mitigate this problem but when you want to increase power (by increasing boost pressure) beyond the capacity of a installable inter-cooler, you need to think about water/methanol injection. The job of the water in the kit is to cool the intake air by absorbing heat when the water is converted from a liquid to a gas (steam). Methanol is often included in the mix for anti-freeze properties as well as methanol’s inherent octane enhancement (anti-knock capabilities). And it is premature ignition (or knock ) that the water injection kit also protects against. Knock can cause havoc in an engine; it is by definition an uncontrolled burn (or a burn of the fuel that occurs without an external spark – the result of an extremely hot combustion chamber). So, to increase boost pressure (and subsequently power) in the S55 variant installed in the M4 MotoGP, it appears that BMW has decided to implement a water injection sequence under very specific operating conditions. The water is injected (a fine spray where the droplets are so small that almost all of the water in the drop is on the surface of the drop), the heat of the compressed charge air is absorbed by the injected water, which then cools the charge air. The water-injection technology is expected to add about 22 pounds to the car thanks to the requisite plumbing and a separate water tank. BMW M4 CSL will have 500 hp from the 2015 M4’s 431 hp at 5,500-7,300 rpm and maximum torque climbs to 443 lb-ft from the current car’s 406 lb-ft @ 1,850-5,500 rpm. 750 units of the 2016 BMW M4 CSL appear to be planned. The article BMW M4 CSL to arrive in 2016 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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New 2016 BMW 7 Series – Customer impressions

BMW invited 70 loyal clients to a preview of the new 2016 BMW 7 Series. The event took place in Miami this week and the guests were not allowed to use phones or recording devices. Other events will take place in 11 other cities in the next few months...

BMW invited 70 loyal clients to a preview of the new 2016 BMW 7 Series. The event took place in Miami this week and the guests were not allowed to use phones or recording devices. Other events will take place in 11 other cities in the next few months. An attendee chose to share his impressions with BMW community: “Now, onto the car. I must say it came together better than I originally thought based off of technical drawings and the few uncovered spy shots floating around. It’s not nearly as bulbous in person as in the images. More 6er Gran Coupe only slightly plumper in profile and rear/rear quarter view. The headlamps are sized in between the current F10 LCI with LED and the F15 X5. The smaller details on the exterior such as the side window moldings are exquisite. Personally though I can’t seem to warm up to the straight on front view. There is one design detail that hasnt been seen since the E34 departed and its modern interpretation feels too pushed for my taste. Exterior colors are mostly carried over from current BMW offerings. BMW Individual will be more extensive than before however.

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Interior is where this car shows steps ahead of the current 7er. I consider the overall design to be more evolutionary than revolutionary, but the detailing on the interior above the base model is something never seen before in a BMW. Details from the Vision Future Luxury have made it through to production with a bit of Rolls Royce sprinkled on top for good measure. It’s stunning but at the same time I can’t help but wonder if they’ve gone a bit too far in the passenger offerings for a brand who’s Laurels are focused on the driving experience. None the less it’s spectacular and most definitely class leading. Technology is probably where I’m the least wowed. What’s been expected for years is present, and despite understanding the process and implementation, still think it should and could have been done differently while still allowing for future growth and not introducing something overly radical like the introduction of iDrive for the first time… – I’m dumbfounded by the touchscreen. Every car maker who still utilizes a touchscreen is reminded of this in nearly every consumer review. They’re fine when stationary but difficult to use when the vehicle is in motion. – Gesture Recognition I think is a great idea and where we’re headed mainstream in the future. But I can see the reviews now with comments such as “moving as if conducting a symphony” and “I’m watching you Focker.” I think there should be a few more gestures available on launch and the recognition area focused lower around the center console. Adaptive Drive – why add a redundant button to tell the car to perform a function automatically when nearly every car has done so without the need for a button for decades past and will continue to do so whether it’s pressed or not? And why are the suspension settings still labeled in a manner that I’ve seen cause more confusion for non enthusiast buyers than anything else I’ve seen for quite some time. How about Eco, Comfort, Automatic (where it defaults most of the time anyway) Sport, maybe Sport +? – Ambient Lighting…it was too bright to truly get a feel for it. I just hope it’s not as awful as the S65 I had last week. Great in photos but awful in person. Glass roof seems like it will be one of those novelty/new passenger conversation features that will begin to go unnoticed or become annoying over time. – Camera Systems – I see where it’s going in the near future and really wish it wasn’t presented in the manner it was. It makes sense when taking remote parking into consideration but not as a way to avoid kerbing a wheel. I can see drivers now trying to adjust the view to avoid a kerb only to be startled by the collision avoidance triggering to prevent slamming into another object. As critical as some of these are, many are easily rectified and one thing made up for almost all of them. BMW was kind enough to fly over a second M Sport Equipped car yesterday and if you know what to look for, it’s even more special. Unlike the current Generation, the new M Sport makes the car. It’s athletic yet refined and elegant and just makes the new 7 really stand out from the competition. I give it a solid 8.5 out of 10 with M Sport, and with some tweaks here and there easily see it bumping up to a 9.5 in my book and make me reconsider the Ghost Series II I’ve ordered.” [Source: 7post]   The article New 2016 BMW 7 Series – Customer impressions appeared first on BMW BLOG

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M4 CSL moniker returning (not M4 GTS)?

The lightweight and more powerful special M4 model will return the “CSL” name, instead of the “GTS” name given to the previous generation M3 coupe, claims Automobile. The issue with this claim is that the “M4 GTS”...

The lightweight and more powerful special M4 model will return the “CSL” name, instead of the “GTS” name given to the previous generation M3 coupe, claims Automobile. The issue with this claim is that the “M4 GTS” name has already been seen on official BMW documents — see: http://www.2addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1106499 (image below). Of course the name could always change before its official announcement and reveal, but if BMW refers to it as the M4 GTS already, we’d bet on that name sticking.

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