Dress rehearsal.

Just a few weeks before the new DTM season gets underway in Hockenheim on the first weekend of May, the BMW teams have the opportunity to put the final touches to their BMW M4 DTM. From 13th to 16th April, the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben will hos...

Just a few weeks before the new DTM season gets underway in Hockenheim on the first weekend of May, the BMW teams have the opportunity to put the final touches to their BMW M4 DTM.

From 13th to 16th April, the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben will host an official ITR test. The fans are also in for a treat. They can watch the drivers and teams live as they go about their work on each of the test days. The paddock and grandstands at the Motorsport Arena will be open to spectators on all four days. The roll-out will take place between 17:00 and 18:00 on Monday 13th April. The BMW teams will then complete an intense programme of testing from 09:00 to 13:00 on the three following days.

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BMW X5 xDrive40e video

First X5 xDrive40e Plug-In Hybrid video. ...

First X5 xDrive40e Plug-In Hybrid video.

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Alpine White BMW X5 xDrive35i On ADV.1 Wheels by Wheels Boutique

When the BMW F15 X5 was released, it was a subtle refresh for an already stylish looking SUV. The stunning lines, aggressive looking body design and a range of BMW’s latest design cues all made this an attractive and high selling vehicle. So wi...

When the BMW F15 X5 was released, it was a subtle refresh for an already stylish looking SUV. The stunning lines, aggressive looking body design and a range of BMW’s latest design cues all made this an attractive and high selling vehicle. So with hundreds of thousands of X5 models on the road, how does one differentiate from the flock? The quick answer is: aftermarket parts. Thus, the owner of this BMW xDrive 35i decided to take his SUV to Wheels Boutique, for some aftermarket goodies and a set of custom ADV.1 Wheels.

Alpine White BMW xDrive35i On ADV.1 Wheels by Wheels Boutique This BMW X5 has been equipped with a set ADV005 Track Spec CS wheels. These three-piece wheels come in sizes of 22×10.5 in the front and 22×12.5 in the rear. The finish on these is a combination of the Stainless Aluminum with a Clearcoat finish for the face of the wheels and Polished Aluminum with a Clearcoat for the lips. The result is a set of wheels that fits the vehicle well and doesn’t warrant particularly pinpoint driving. This X5 is now perfect for those Miami roads, beach restaurants and ocean drives as well. The BMW xDrive 35i comes equipped with a 3.0 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo engine developing 300 horsepower. Enough to take this beast from 0-62 mph (0-100km/h) in just 6.1 seconds. For a rather heavy and large vehicle, the performance is impressive.

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Alpine White BMW xDrive35i On ADV.1 Wheels by Wheels Boutique

Alpine White BMW xDrive35i On ADV.1 Wheels by Wheels Boutique

Alpine White BMW xDrive35i On ADV.1 Wheels by Wheels Boutique

Alpine White BMW xDrive35i On ADV.1 Wheels by Wheels Boutique

Alpine White BMW xDrive35i On ADV.1 Wheels by Wheels Boutique

Alpine White BMW xDrive35i On ADV.1 Wheels by Wheels Boutique

Alpine White BMW xDrive35i On ADV.1 Wheels by Wheels Boutique

Alpine White BMW xDrive35i On ADV.1 Wheels by Wheels Boutique

Alpine White BMW xDrive35i On ADV.1 Wheels by Wheels Boutique

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BMW Active Tourer Hybrid Spied In Munich

After the launch of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, BMW announced a plug-in hybrid configuration to be released at a later. The BMW 223e SAT (acronym for Sport Active Tourer) is built under the internal name XB2149M0, using the same powertrain as the...

After the launch of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, BMW announced a plug-in hybrid configuration to be released at a later. The BMW 223e SAT (acronym for Sport Active Tourer) is built under the internal name XB2149M0, using the same powertrain as the one in the BMW Concept Active Tourer Outdoor, a front wheel-drive platform with an electric motor powering the rear wheels. Combined power output of the gasoline and hybrid motor should be somewhere over 200 horsepower, allowing the hybrid to achieve some efficient, yet not breathtaking performance. BMW 223e SAT will also get the new ZHP 9-speed automatic transmission. The petrol engine in the car is the 3-cylinder 1.5 liter TwinPower turbo. The fuel consumption is said to be around 2.2 liter per 100 km and the CO2 emissions below 50g/km. In 100% electric mode, the 223e SAT should have a range between 30 and 35 kilometers.  

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Other specific details of the 2 Series Active Tourer are the roof wing that helps with aerodynamics and a “mysterious” metal box on the rear axle. The interior should be the same as conventionally-powered Active Tourer. The model will benefit from the latest technology from BMW: a revamped version of Connected Drive, LED headlights, Automatic air conditioning, control of charging process via mobile app and various driving modes. BMW will premiere the 2 Series Active Tourer eDrive at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show.  

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This BMW Active Tourer Hybrid was spied by Wimmer Fotografie in Munich.

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Is E46 M3 Convertible Better Than Mazda MX-5 And M235i?

With Mazda’s announcement of a MX-5 Club Edition, I got to thinking about small, sporty convertibles. When it comes to sporty roadsters, nothing this side of a Porsche Boxter can really top the MX-5 in terms of driving enjoyment. The MX-5 also cost...

With Mazda’s announcement of a MX-5 Club Edition, I got to thinking about small, sporty convertibles. When it comes to sporty roadsters, nothing this side of a Porsche Boxter can really top the MX-5 in terms of driving enjoyment. The MX-5 also costs under $25,000 to start, so it’s fantastic value as well. And then I got to thinking about the 2 Series, and I started to wonder whether or not I’d prefer it to an MX-5. That sounds odd, doesn’t it? Preferring a Mazda to a BMW for a sports roadster car? Madness. Or maybe not. BMW still makes some of the best sports cars out there, no doubt. The 2 Series is an incredible machine, one filled with the sort of fizz-inducing character missing from so many cars lately. But at what cost? The cheapest convertible BMW currently makes is the 228i convertible, which starts $37,900, or nearly $13,000 more than the MX-5. Granted, the 228i has a far more powerful, turbocharged engine, a power folding roof and an 8-Speed auto. It’s also nicer on the inside and better built. But the actual enjoyment had from both cars is far closer than that, with the Mazda possibly besting the 2er ‘vert.

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Another knock against the 228i ‘vert is the gearbox. A sporty BMW convertible with no manual option? I can see that in the M4 convertible maybe, because that’s a hardcore driving machine and the DCT improves performance. But in a 228i convertible with a 2.0 liter engine? Cmon, that’s the picture perfect car for a row-your-own gearbox. Page one, chapter one of the sports car bible clearly states that all small, sporty, rear-wheel drive cars must come with a manual transmission available. There is a manual available in the lethal M235i convertible, however, the starting price of that tire-scorching car is, wait for it…$47,700! The 435i Coupe is cheaper than that to start.

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BMW could learn a lot from little ole Mazda. Make the car as simple and pure as possible, give it a willing engine and a manual gearbox and it will live on in sports car history forever. I’m not saying that the 2 Series convertibles are bad cars, but they are a bit too expensive and complicated. Admittedly, BMW customers are used to having certain luxuries, like a power soft top and an automatic gearbox, but those things inflate the price to a level far too high for such a small car. I spec’d out a 228i convertible to how the average BMW customer would and it was nearly $50,000. If you have $50,000 to spend on a soft top sports car, the Porsche Boxter starts at $51,000. The 228i convertible may be a fantastic driving car, but is it as good as a Boxter? So how does the everyman, like you or I, get themselves into a small, sporty roadster with a manual gearbox without having to sell a child? If you need a brand new car, the answer is simple. The Mazda MX-5. But being BMWBLOG, I’m sure that’s not the answer you wanted to hear, nor did I, frankly. So, if you’re in the market for a soft top BMW sports car, look in your local classifieds and find an E46 M3 convertible.

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The E46 M3 one of the best sports cars to ever grace tarmac. It had tons of power, a wonderful, high-revving engine, the joy of three-pedal shifting and some of the best handling you’ll ever feel. It perfectly encapsulated the joys of an MX-5 but with more power, a better sound and better handling. Being able to drop the top might not make you look very manly, if you are indeed a man, but it’ll give you an open-air driving experience like no other. Plus you’ll be able to hear that glorious 3.2 liter inline-six even better. Finding one with low mileage is tough but they’re out there. You might have to spend a pretty penny for one, but it’ll be peanuts to the $50,000 of an M235i and it’ll be better to drive as well. Just make sure to skip the SMG gearbox and get the manual. The article Is E46 M3 Convertible Better Than Mazda MX-5 And M235i? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe in Ruby Red II Individual Color

The dark red Ruby Red II color is one of the extremely rare to find color on a BMW, and its beautiful red tone is certainly an eye catcher.  This BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe with the Red Ruby II paint job was spotted at the BMW Park Lane in London. Alon...

The dark red Ruby Red II color is one of the extremely rare to find color on a BMW, and its beautiful red tone is certainly an eye catcher.  This BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe with the Red Ruby II paint job was spotted at the BMW Park Lane in London. Along with the classy color, the M Sport Package gives the 4 Series Gran Coupe an exquisite and sporty look. The four-door coupe also sits on 19-inch double-spoke wheels, while inside the cabin has been garnished with Dakota Leather upholstery in Ivory White. The drive fits perfectly with the luxurious sporty look: Under the hood of the 435i Gran Coupe operates a 306 horsepower inline-six 3.0 liter engine, which brings the four-door coupe to 5.2 seconds from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h). The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles on the steering wheel, which ensure a benefit of 0.3 seconds compared to the manually shifted model.

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An M Sport suspension with a firmer spring/damper set-up and more robust front and rear anti-roll bars is available as an option for the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, and can also be ordered separately from the M Sport package. In the U.S., the MSRP for the 435i Gran Coupe is $46,750 while the BMW Individual colors retail for $5,000.

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BMW USA in Forbes’ 25 Best Employers 2015

BMW of North America was voted number 7 best employer in the U.S. in 2015 by Forbes Magazine. BMW is the first automotive company on the list, followed by Harley-Davidson on tenth place and Nissan on forty-second. At the top of the pack, we have Goog...

BMW of North America was voted number 7 best employer in the U.S. in 2015 by Forbes Magazine. BMW is the first automotive company on the list, followed by Harley-Davidson on tenth place and Nissan on forty-second. At the top of the pack, we have Google, Costco and Marathon. The 500 employers on the Forbest list were chosen based on an independent survey by Statista.com of 20,000 American employees working for large U.S. companies and institutions (minimum headcount: 2,500), and U.S. divisions of international firms. They were asked anonymously through several online panels if they’d recommend their employer, or any other employers in their industry, to a potential employee. The mix of respondents (gender, age, region, educational level, and ethnicity) in the sample is representative of the overall U.S. workforce. Where appropriate, subsidiaries of larger entities were combined for evaluation. The survey was conducted on companies in all industry sectors employing more than 2,500 workers in the US.

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BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW of North America’s Corporate Headquarters is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.   The article BMW USA in Forbes’ 25 Best Employers 2015 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Donington Grey X5M (F85) Versus Space Grey X5M (E70)

Great look at the previous versus new X5 M, and a comparison of their grey colors – Space Grey vs Donington Grey. ...

Great look at the previous versus new X5 M, and a comparison of their grey colors – Space Grey vs Donington Grey.

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Here is the new Lincoln Continental

One of the most prestigious names in the automotive world is the Continental. Lincoln’s famous sedan started life in 1939 and was an immediate success. The most famous model came in the ’60s, which came with the iconic rear suicide doors. The...

One of the most prestigious names in the automotive world is the Continental. Lincoln’s famous sedan started life in 1939 and was an immediate success. The most famous model came in the ’60s, which came with the iconic rear suicide doors. The Continental was owned by many famous people including Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. It even has a bit of a dark stain on its history, being the car that president John F. Kennedy was shot and killed in. When the eighth generation came out in the late ’80s, it switched to front-wheel drive and was starting to lose its luster. After that, the Continental continued on a downward spiral until it was discontinued in its ninth generation, ending in 2002. Ever since then, Ford has been sprinkling rumors of a new Continental which was to get back to taking on the best luxury cars from England and Germany. These rumored Continentals never got past the concept phase, and eventually people started disregarding them, not believing Ford and Lincoln would ever make such a car again.

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Turns out, FoMoCo proved once again that, I believe the phrase goes, “haters gonna hate”, and just released images of the upcoming Lincoln Continental. The new Conti is a massive, imposing thing, with its massive wheels and wheel arches and upright grill. Bye, bye is the split-wing grille of current Lincolns as all new Lincolns will ditch the split-wing as well. Instead the Continental will use a much larger, deeper set mesh grille with a Lincoln badge big enough to be on a 90’s rapper’s chain. The headlights have LED “ice cubes” in them, that represent the Lincoln badge, which fade on as you approach with the smart-key. The beltline is high, which gives the Conti a tall, imposing look, and it follows to the rear which almost looks Audi-esque.

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The rear has a squat to it that almost suggests Lincoln went back to its rear-wheel drive roots, but sadly that’s not the case. The Continental will be based on the same CD4 platform, shared with the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, so it will be front-wheel drive based and be available with all-wheel drive. The continued use of FWD in luxury cars by American brands (I’m look at you, Cadillac XTS) still baffles me, but I guess if Audi can pull it off, Lincoln can as well.

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The Continental will use a 3.0 liter, turbocharged EcoBoost V6 under the hood, though no word on power or economy numbers. There will also be a 2.7 liter EcoBoost V6 available as the base engine. It’s understandable to offer a smaller displacement engine as the base, but having a 3.0 liter V6 as the highest level engine in Ford’s most luxurious car is a bit troubling. While it is true that Ford and Lincoln are looking to focus more on “quiet luxury” than performance, it’s the silky smooth waves of torque from big V8s that everyone misses about American luxury cars. Hopefully there will be one down the line. While the exterior of the Conti is a bit underwhelming, as Lincoln says the car is about being quiet and not shouty, the interior is quite incredible actually. While not nearly as aesthetically pleasing to the eye as, say, a Mercedes S-Class or BMW 7 Series, the Continental’s interior is nothing short of impressive. All of the sumptuous leather and chrome trim brings back memories of the American luxury cars of the ’50s and ’60s yet looks completely modern. Ford has taken out 50 patents for the seats alone. They feature 30-way adjustability with 11 air bladders in the cushions. The seats also have wings that can cradle passengers if they wish. It even has a champagne cooler and two flutes, like a Maybach. Admittedly, the ergonomics and aesthetics look a bit messy and convoluted, but it’s bound to be a luxurious and comfortable environment.

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Overall the Continental looks like it will be an interesting car in the luxury sedan segment. No word on pricing, but knowing Ford, it will probably be priced similar to the upcoming Cadillac CT6 and undercut the 7 Series, S Class, Jaguar XJ and Audi A8. At a lower price range and with the prestigious name, it isn’t impossible for Ford and Lincoln to steal some sales away from the big German and English rivals. I just can’t wait for the Matthew McConaughey commercials for it. Alright, alright.

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’03-’11 BMW K- and R-Series Motorcycles Recalled

Updated. BMW Motorrad has begun the recall process for K and R models produced from November 2003 to April 2011 due to a problem with the rear wheel carrier flange. We’re told this will affect 367,000 motorcycles worldwide, including 43,425 ...

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Updated. BMW Motorrad has begun the recall process for K and R models produced from November 2003 to April 2011 due to a problem with the rear wheel carrier flange. We’re told this will affect 367,000 motorcycles worldwide, including 43,425 units in the U.S. According to BMW, cracks could develop in the rear wheel flange if the brake […]

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