2015 Honda Civic Adds SE Trim, Priced at $20,780

Convenience and tech features atop the standard LX. ...

Convenience and tech features atop the standard LX.

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Traveling Far For That New Car

Buying a vehicle hundreds or even thousands of miles from home. ...

Buying a vehicle hundreds or even thousands of miles from home.

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2015 Mazda 3 Updated, Gains Manual Transmission for 2.5L Engine

7-inch touchscreen also now standard on all models but base SV sedan. ...

7-inch touchscreen also now standard on all models but base SV sedan.

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2015 Bentley Mulsanne Debuts at 2014 Paris Motor Show

Float to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds. ...

Float to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds.

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2015 Lincoln Navigator Review

Face-saving up front and hot pepper under the hood. ...

Face-saving up front and hot pepper under the hood.

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Stunning Silverstone F80 M3 Shoot

A beautiful Silverstone F80 M3 shoot. ...

A beautiful Silverstone F80 M3 shoot.

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British GT: Marco Attard is the new GT3 champion.

Marco Attard clinched the Drivers’ title in the GT3 class at the tenth and final round of the British GT Championship at Donington Park.  Attard and his team-mate at Ecurie Ecosse, BMW works driver Alexander Sims, started the two-hour race ...

Marco Attard clinched the Drivers’ title in the GT3 class at the tenth and final round of the British GT Championship at Donington Park. 

Attard and his team-mate at Ecurie Ecosse, BMW works driver Alexander Sims, started the two-hour race from second place in their number 79 BMW Z4 GT3, but were soon forced to retire. Despite this, the 148.5 points that Attard had amassed over the course of the previous races proved sufficient to win the title. The number 888 BMW Z4 GT3, fielded by the Triple Eight team and with Joe Osborne and Derek Johnston at the wheel, finished ninth.

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Is this the new 2016 BMW 5 Series?

According to sources, the rendering shown here resembles quite well the upcoming 2016 BMW 5 Series. While some of the design cues might be slightly off, the overall look of the car won’t be much different. The front bumper will certainly be bum...

According to sources, the rendering shown here resembles quite well the upcoming 2016 BMW 5 Series. While some of the design cues might be slightly off, the overall look of the car won’t be much different. The front bumper will certainly be bumped a notch in sportiness as well while the hood lines already give the G30 5 Series an aggressive and dynamic look. Some of the current BMW design features trickled their way into the G30 5 Series looksl, starting with the headlights flowing into the kidney grille and the dynamics side panels.

Is this the new 2016 BMW 5 Series?

Inside BMW will stay true to its classy, sporty and premium design, but with a new touch. We expected to see a redesigned dashboard with the free-standing LCD display and tons of premium features currently found in higher-end models. The G30 BMW 5 Series is built upon the BMW’s next generation platform called “35up”, a codename for a new platform that will bring lightweight materials and construction

Is this the new 2016 BMW 5 Series?

to mass production cars. CFRP will play an important role here. Powertrains will include a selection of four cylinder 2.0 liter engines and 3.0-liter inline-six gasoline and diesel engines, as well as a hybrid drivetrain based on the one seen in the X5 eDrive Concept. An entry-level G30 5 Series might feature the small, yet potent three cylinder 1.5 liter engines. The first of the G30 generation models should arrive in the Summer of 2016. The article Is this the new 2016 BMW 5 Series? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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2015 Volkswagen GTI vs 2015 Mini Cooper S Comparison Test

Road & Track test drives and compares the 2015 Volkswagen GTI vs 2015 Mini Cooper S. The new F56 Cooper S is powered by a 2.0 liter four-cylinder petrol engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology. The power output is 141 kW/192 bhp at 4,700 – ...

Road & Track test drives and compares the 2015 Volkswagen GTI vs 2015 Mini Cooper S. The new F56 Cooper S is powered by a 2.0 liter four-cylinder petrol engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology. The power output is 141 kW/192 bhp at 4,700 – 6,000 rpm and 206 lb-ft (280 Nm) of torque at 1,250 – 4,750 rpm (300 Nm with overboost). Acceleration from 0–100 km/h comes in 6.8 seconds manual (automatic: 6.7 seconds). Top speed is limited to 146 mph (235 km/h).

2015 Volkswagen GTI vs 2015 Mini Cooper S Comparison Test

The 2015 Volkswagen GTI uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder producing 220 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. It runs to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds. Top speed stops at 124 mph. Here is an excerpt from the review: Throw a few curves into the mix, and it’s the same story: cohesive unity versus the fleeting brilliance of individual components. The Mini shines in places, its short wheelbase granting it the agility you expect from a Cooper S, the wider track making it feel as firmly planted as trees. We liked its steering, the way it dives into turns, the reassuring feel of the brake pedal. And it has plenty of torque to corrupt those front wheels, too—or it would if not for Mini’s electronic differential lock. It’s a brake-based system akin to that on a base GTI, nipping the rotor of a spinning inside wheel to help turn the car and redistribute torque across the axle (although VW’s system goes one further and also brakes the inside rear wheel). Get right-foot-heavy into a corner and the Cooper subtly dials out your excess, the gently blinking stability-control light letting you know the car is making you look good, not the other way around. In the Golf, same curve, same speed, same amount of gas, there’s a lot less fuss. If the Mini makes you look like a hero, hurling the GTI through bends is a medal of valor presentation ceremony on wheels. Both cars use struts up front and a multilink rear axle. Both send their power solely to the front wheels, but our test Mini’s all-season rubber can’t match the stick of our test GTI’s summer tires. Full review READ ALSO: MINI Cooper S Test Drive The article 2015 Volkswagen GTI vs 2015 Mini Cooper S Comparison Test appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Rumor: MINI Rocketman is back on the agenda

AutoExpress reports that the MINI Rocketman is back on the agenda at the British automaker. Considered to be a MINI city car, the Rocketman would take on rivals like the Smart ForTwo and Toyota iQ. The unique 3+1 seater features three doors and has l...

AutoExpress reports that the MINI Rocketman is back on the agenda at the British automaker. Considered to be a MINI city car, the Rocketman would take on rivals like the Smart ForTwo and Toyota iQ. The unique 3+1 seater features three doors and has length just over 3 meters, cater to the urban lifestyle in big cities. Head of design Anders Warming stressed the brand was still keen on the idea of a tiny city car, but “won’t reveal anything more [to the world] until [a viable design] is ready”. But Warming suggested to AutoExpress that the Rocketman was still on the table. “For sure, a MINI should always be a small car, so [a new city car] would be appropriate for the brand,” he said. “At the moment, we don’t have the right tech solutions, but we are working on it. We don’t yet have a final solution, you could say.”

Rumor: MINI Rocketman is back on the agenda

Rumor: MINI Rocketman is back on the agenda

Rumor: MINI Rocketman is back on the agenda

Rumor: MINI Rocketman is back on the agenda

Rumor: MINI Rocketman is back on the agenda

Rumor: MINI Rocketman is back on the agenda

Rumor: MINI Rocketman is back on the agenda

Rumor: MINI Rocketman is back on the agenda

Rumor: MINI Rocketman is back on the agenda

Rumor: MINI Rocketman is back on the agenda

Rumor: MINI Rocketman is back on the agenda

Rumor: MINI Rocketman is back on the agenda

Rumor: MINI Rocketman is back on the agenda

Rumor: MINI Rocketman is back on the agenda

Rumor: MINI Rocketman is back on the agenda

Rumor: MINI Rocketman is back on the agenda

Rumor: MINI Rocketman is back on the agenda

Rumor: MINI Rocketman is back on the agenda

Rumor: MINI Rocketman is back on the agenda

Rumor: MINI Rocketman is back on the agenda

Rumor: MINI Rocketman is back on the agenda

Rumor: MINI Rocketman is back on the agenda

Rumor: MINI Rocketman is back on the agenda

Rumor: MINI Rocketman is back on the agenda

Rumor: MINI Rocketman is back on the agenda

Rumor: MINI Rocketman is back on the agenda

Rumor: MINI Rocketman is back on the agenda

Rumor: MINI Rocketman is back on the agenda

Rumor: MINI Rocketman is back on the agenda

The MINI Rocketman Concept was unveiled in 2011 at the Geneva Motor Show and was was based on a lightweight carbon fiber. But Warming says that might not be the material of choice if going into production. “I don’t believe carbon fiber is the route to a superlight MINI,” says Warming. “Our concepts have had carbon parts, but aluminium is more likely. We want to reduce parts, to do more with less.” As for the interior, Warming said: “To have a great cabin, all you need is a great steering wheel, a seat and a great user interface. We want no superfluous parts. Driving in the city is stressful enough, so we need a reduction in the number of elements… True luxury is now simplicity.” The MINI Rocketman Concept measures 3.419 meters (approx. 11 ft. 3 in.) in length, adding just a few extra centimeters to the front and rear of the brand’s founding father born in 1959. The new study is 1.907 meters. In person, the car resembles the classic Mini more than the official photos reveal and the obvious question arises: who can fit in the car? Wide-opening doors with double-hinge joints and integrated sills facilitate entry into the MINI Rocketman Concept, making it easier even for 6″2 tall people to slide in. Just don’t expect to see a production Rocketman before 2016, with prices set to start at around £11,500. The article Rumor: MINI Rocketman is back on the agenda appeared first on BMW BLOG

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