Alpine White BMW F80 M3 on HRE wheels

There’s a fine line between a tasteful and awkward looking build, as we’ve witnessed in a build a few days ago. Now, this Alpine White BMW F80 M3 showcases what a classy set of modifications should look like. Providing a fine combination ...

There’s a fine line between a tasteful and awkward looking build, as we’ve witnessed in a build a few days ago. Now, this Alpine White BMW F80 M3 showcases what a classy set of modifications should look like. Providing a fine combination of daily utility and contagious high-performance when needed, the BMW M3 is truly a remarkable vehicle and its sales figures back up that claim. The owner of this BMW M3 took the sporty sedan to Wheels Boutique for a wheel upgrade and for the installation of a lower kit. These HRE S101 wheels comes sized 20×9.5 in the front and 20×11 in the rear and are finished in a transparent brushed gold finish to produce a classy contrast.

Alpine White BMW F80 M3 on HRE S101 Wheels

The current generation BMW M3 comes with a 3.0 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo powerplant, shared with its M4 coupe sibling. It produces 420 horsepower which can propel the car from 0-62 mph (0-100km/h) in just 4.1 seconds. With an electronically limited speed of 155 mph (250km/h), the super sporty M3 sedan can deliver the thrills requested by its owners. Take a look at more photos below.

Alpine White BMW F80 M3 on HRE S101 Wheels

Alpine White BMW F80 M3 on HRE S101 Wheels

Alpine White BMW F80 M3 on HRE S101 Wheels

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Alpine White BMW F80 M3 on HRE S101 Wheels

Alpine White BMW F80 M3 on HRE S101 Wheels

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BMW rules out entry into the Formula E Championship

BMW has ruled out an entry into the Formula E Championship in the short term. Currently BMW has a deal to supply pace cars to Formula E. BMW Motorsport boss Jens Marquardt says the automaker has no interest in joining the series while the practice of...

BMW has ruled out an entry into the Formula E Championship in the short term. Currently BMW has a deal to supply pace cars to Formula E. BMW Motorsport boss Jens Marquardt says the automaker has no interest in joining the series while the practice of drivers swapping cars mid-race remains. “An issue that needs to be addressed is the change of car,” said Marquardt, who stated that the end of two-car races “would be a condition for our potential direct involvement”.

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“If you look at public discussions of electric mobility, the issue of reach is very important.” Formula E has a road map laid out to retire the mid-race change of car in 2018/2019, but there is no assurance the championship leaders will follow through. FIA president Jean Todt has expressed the view that the shift away from car swapping should be brought forward. Renault and Citroen are so far the only major carmakers with a direct involvement in Formula E. [Source: Autosport] The article BMW rules out entry into the Formula E Championship appeared first on BMW BLOG

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From the cockpit of the BMW Z4 GT3 to the handcycle.

BMW works driver Alessandro Zanardi wins relay gold at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championship 2015. Perfect start for BMW works driver and BMW Brand Ambassador Alessandro Zanardi to the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championship 2015 in Nottwil...

BMW works driver Alessandro Zanardi wins relay gold at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championship 2015.

Perfect start for BMW works driver and BMW Brand Ambassador Alessandro Zanardi to the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championship 2015 in Nottwil: the 48-year-old and the Italian relay team successfully defended their world championship title in the team relay. Zanardi travelled to Switzerland directly from Spa-Francorchamps, where last weekend he contested his first ever 24-hour race in the BMW Z4 GT3. On their way to the gold medal, Zanardi and his team-mates Vittorio Podestà and Luca Mazzone completed six laps of the 2.9-kilometre circuit in 31 Minutes and 13 seconds, covering a total distance of 17.4 kilometres in the process. They crossed the finish line with a clear advantage of 1:11 minutes ahead of the USA team in second place. The bronze medal went to the Swiss relay team.  “I have to admit one part of my heart is still in the BMW Z4 GT3, as the 24-hour race was one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life. But the rest of my heart was soon focused on Nottwil,” said Zanardi. “Over the past three days I have managed to recover in a brilliant way, and I am delighted that I was able to help my team-mates claim our world championship title in the team relay. The conditions were very difficult today with rain and cold temperatures, but we managed to stay out of trouble, which was not easy. So I am very proud of the result and very encouraged for the coming days. I feel really good and I think I can do well in the next races.”  Over the coming days, the individual races in the MH5 (men’s handcycle) category are scheduled for Zanardi. On Friday, his mission will be to defend his world title in the individual time trial. He won this race in both 2013 and 2014. On Sunday, Zanardi will compete in the MH5 road race. He has been crowned World Champion in the road race in 2013 and finished runner-up last year. The results of this year’s UCI Para-cycling Road World Championship count towards qualifying for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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BMW to launch the M6 GT3 at 24H Dubai or Daytona

BMW’s new racing car won’t debut until 2016. The M6 GT3 is aiming for a debut at Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai and/or Rolex 24 at Daytona. Speaking to reporters during last weekend’s Total 24 Hours of Spa, BMW Motorsport director Jens Marqu...

BMW’s new racing car won’t debut until 2016. The M6 GT3 is aiming for a debut at Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai and/or Rolex 24 at Daytona. Speaking to reporters during last weekend’s Total 24 Hours of Spa, BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt admitted Dubai and Daytona are on the radar screen. “That’s obviously what I think customers would like to run and that’s what we’re clearly aiming at,” Marquardt told SportCar365.

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“That’s the focus of our development program is that we hand over a car to the customers that’s already developed, that not necessarily has raced in the hands of a works effort from our side.” BMW’s Motorsport chief also emphasized that the company’s focus is on customer racing, while rivals like Audi and Mercedes are rolling out new-generation cars with their factory or work-supported teams. “It’s competition. But as we’ve said before and I would like to stress again, this is really customer racing,” he said. “Therefore, for us, it’s not an option to enter a prototype on a works level and compete against our customers or potential customers. This is customer racing and nothing but.” In the development of the M6 GT3, BMW worked with Marc VDS Racing and MTEK.

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“Development program wise, we’re definitely on track,” Marquardt said. “We’ve split it in terms of performance-related testing and endurance testing. We’ve done both types quite intensively. “I’m definitely very much looking forward to the next weeks as we get more and more done.” While Marquardt wouldn’t confirm new car sales projections, he indicated a strong level of customer interest for 2016. Both Marc VDS and Turner Motorsport are among the teams likely to campaign the M6 GT3 next year, as well as BMW Team Brasil, which recently put its two Z4 GT3s up for sale.

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“I’m really happy with the M6 that we have a successor to the Z4, that is a M car again. That’s also what was important to us, to really showcase M as a brand. “With the M235 and next year the M6 and some space in-between, I think we’re well set for the future regarding customer racing,” Marquardt concluded.

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Most Expensive BMW Z8 Sells At Auction

There’s some exciting stuff going on lately, if you’re into classic cars. Pebble Beach is coming up, which usually hosts its share of eye-wateringly expensive classic cars and the RM Sotheby’s Motor City Sale in Detroit just passed. While P...

There’s some exciting stuff going on lately, if you’re into classic cars. Pebble Beach is coming up, which usually hosts its share of eye-wateringly expensive classic cars and the RM Sotheby’s Motor City Sale in Detroit just passed. While Pebble Beach is the more exclusive place to be, Sotheby’s ain’t too shabby either. It’s most recent event also happens to be where the most expensive BMW Z8 ever was sold. BMWs aren’t much known for selling well into the 6-digits. Those kinds of price tags are usually reserved for Ferraris and Aston Martins. So when someone buys a BMW Z8 for that kind of money, it’s kind of big news. At Sotheby’s, two European exotics sold for the exact same high dollar price tag. One of them being the BMW Z8, chassis number WBAEJ13481AH60437, and the other being a Lamborghini LM002 SUV. They both sold for exactly $192,500, or 50 percent more than the original $128,000 price tag for a new BMW Z8.

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The Z8 is one of BMW’s most exclusive vehicles. Only 5,703 examples were made, with only 2,543 making it Stateside. So the Z8 is already a rare and collectible car. This particular Z8 only had 15,500 miles on the odometer, meaning it was still quite fresh. The Henrik Fisker-designed car was a throwback to sports cars of a bygone era, like the BMW 507. Its gorgeous looks, retro-styled interior, 4.9 liter V8 and six-speed manual made it one of the coolest Bimmers ever made. Throw in the fact that it was rare and only had 15,500 miles on it and you can start to see why someone would pay so much money for it. Plus James Bond drove one, and that instantly raises demand.

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So whoever sold that BMW Z8 was able to enjoy 15,500 miles on blissful Z8 motoring and then make a 50 percent profit on it a decade later. It’s hard to beat that kind of deal and makes you want to find future classics. It’s tough to spot them now, but it’s worth looking into if you can pull off the same kind of plan this Z8 seller did, selling the most expensive BMW Z8 in history.

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BMW 650i With A Prior Design Widebody And Vossen Wheels

The Prior Design BMW 650i Widebody is a remarkable showcase of how far the aftermarket industry can push already aggressive designs and vehicles. The aggressive body lines of this BMW 6 Series Coupe have been further improved by the addition of redes...

The Prior Design BMW 650i Widebody is a remarkable showcase of how far the aftermarket industry can push already aggressive designs and vehicles. The aggressive body lines of this BMW 6 Series Coupe have been further improved by the addition of redesigned front and rear bumpers, side skirts, wider front fenders, flared rear fenders, rear trunk spoiler and a bonnet hood. The vehicle also received a set of Vossen VPS-306 forged wheels.

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Both make the Yas Marina Blue BMW 6 Series look aggressive, albeit rather clean. In its stock form, the BMW 650i is powered by a with a 4.4-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo V8 powerplant, which delivers 445 horsepower to the rear wheels. It combines two turbochargers with variable valve control (Double-VANOS and Valvetronic) and high-precision direct injection, allowing for smooth and efficient power delivery, as well as impressive performance with this model. The BMW 6 Series with this V8 powerplant can accelerate from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 4.5 seconds.

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The vehicle’s wheel setup are the Precision Series VPS-306 wheels which leave room to showcase the huge Brembo brakes with red calipers. The wheels were wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero Tires. A BASFRefinish/Glasurit was used for the exterior paint, KW Suspension for the K3 Variant Coilovers to lower the car and a GTHaus/Meisterschaft full exhaust to improve the acoustics. This M6 has been at the beach a few days ago where it received a nice photoshoot from the guys at Vossen.

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BMW X5 with HRE S104 wheels in Brushed Titanium

The refreshed BMW X5 received a minor refresh back in 2013 with a few styling updates and some new tech. It continues to be one of BMW’s biggest sellers and the SUV that put them on the map of premium off-roaders. The most powerful variant is t...

The refreshed BMW X5 received a minor refresh back in 2013 with a few styling updates and some new tech. It continues to be one of BMW’s biggest sellers and the SUV that put them on the map of premium off-roaders. The most powerful variant is the BMW X5 xDrive50i which comes with a 4.4-liter, BMW TwinPower Turbo technology V-8 engine, displacing 445 horsepower and propelling the vehicle from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 4.7 seconds. This model sits below the most powerful X5 – the BMW X5 M track ready machine.

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The BMW X5 xDrive50i has an MSRP price of just $70,100 significantly lower than the X5 M at $98,700. At the same time, the X5 is the unlikely candidate to go the tuning shop, yet the owner of this Alpine White X5 decided to pimp out its car. This X5 was at Wheels Boutique where it received a set of HRE S104 wheels, finished in Brushed Titanium. The wheels and their finish match perfectly the white exterior of the vehicle. The wheels are sized 22×10 and 22×12.5 in the front and rear, respectively, and come with this stunning and contrasting Copper Lip with Brushed/Tinted matte centers finish. The wheels are wrapped in 295/30/22 and 335/25/22 Pirelli P Zero Scorpion rubber, adding more grip to this premium SUV. Click below for a photo gallery:

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BMW X5 with HRE S104 wheels in Brushed Titanium

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BMW X5 with HRE S104 wheels in Brushed Titanium

BMW X5 with HRE S104 wheels in Brushed Titanium

BMW X5 with HRE S104 wheels in Brushed Titanium

BMW X5 with HRE S104 wheels in Brushed Titanium

BMW X5 with HRE S104 wheels in Brushed Titanium

BMW X5 with HRE S104 wheels in Brushed Titanium

BMW X5 with HRE S104 wheels in Brushed Titanium

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White BMW i8 with HRE P101 Wheels

The Florida powerhouse Wheels Boutique have wrapped another BMW i8 at their shop. The white BMW i8 features a set of HRE P101 in an electric blue finish, complementing the blue details on the hybrid sports car. The monoblock design of the wheels fits...

The Florida powerhouse Wheels Boutique have wrapped another BMW i8 at their shop. The white BMW i8 features a set of HRE P101 in an electric blue finish, complementing the blue details on the hybrid sports car. The monoblock design of the wheels fits the hybrid in a nice, clean way giving the car an individual look. Something that the i8owners will learn to appreciate. The car doesn’t look overly modded even though the wheels are sized slightly larger than stock wheels. It also sits closer to the ground, thanks to the shop lowering the car a bit more as well.

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The BMW i8 utilizes a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine and BMW eDrive technology in the form of an electric drive system. The 1.5-liter combustion engine develops 170 kW/231 hp and drives the rear wheels of the BMW i8, while the 96 kW/131 hp electric drive sends its power to the front wheels and allows an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph). Take a look at this BMW i8 with the HRE P101 wheels in the media gallery below.

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BMW i3 vs Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

At the moment, the BMW i3 is becoming a darling of the eco-friendly world. As probably the most economical car on the road, being that its plastic in the Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic structure is recycled as well as pretty much every other materia...

At the moment, the BMW i3 is becoming a darling of the eco-friendly world. As probably the most economical car on the road, being that its plastic in the Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic structure is recycled as well as pretty much every other material on the car, the eco-minded car world loves the BMW i3. Admittedly, having spent a couple of days with the i3, I can say with absolute confidence that it’s a superb automobile and was my choice for car of the year. But is it the best eco-minded futuristic hatch on the road? Audi will be releasing the A3 Sportback e-tron soon and it will battle the i3 for small efficient hatchback supremacy. However, the A3 Sportback e-tron will take a different approach, as it will be a plug-in hybrid, compared to the i3’s full EV powertrain. The A3 e-tron will use a 1.4 liter turbocharged engine, developing 148 hp, and will pair it to a 100 hp electric motor. Power will be sent through a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic and will power the front wheels, as opposed to the i3’s rear-drive setup. The A3 Sportback e-tron can go from 0-60 in 7.5 seconds, around the same as the i3, and has a top speed of 138 mph, considerably higher than the i3’s 93 mph.

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The A3 Sportback e-tron is also very…normal. On both the exterior and interior it looks and feels like an Audi A3. It also drives eerily similar to an A3. It isn’t very hybrid-y. The BMW i3, on the other hand, is an entirely new motoring experience and, depending on your opinion, can be a good or bad thing. I personally found the i3 refreshing and delightfully different. The A3 Sportback e-tron, however, seems to feel like a hybrid A3, according to various drive reviews. This could be a welcome feature, if you want your hybrid to feel normal. But however you slice it, it isn’t as exciting or interesting as the BMW i3.

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The one area where the A3 Sportback e-tron does excel over the i3 is range. Being that it’s a plug-in hybrid and has a gasoline engine, it can travel considerably farther and can refuel quickly. However, its pure electric range, of 31 miles, is far less than the i3’s 80 miles. So if pure EV mode is what you’re after, the i3 is the better choice, but if you’re just looking for something that is extremely efficient and has electric technology, the A3 Sportback e-tron is a very compelling choice. Though, in terms of which car is actually better, I think the BMW i3 is the better car. It’s simply staggering, whereas the A3 Sportback e-tron just seems and feels like a hybrid Audi A3 and isn’t spectacular really. Audi has a good start with the Sportback and should continue to get better with the technology, especially with the upcoming Q6, but for now the BMW i3 is still the king of small EVs. The article BMW i3 vs Audi A3 Sportback e-tron appeared first on BMW BLOG

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/DRIVE and Chris Harris drive the M5 30 Jahre, 911 GTS and C63S in driver’s utopia – Germany

The boys at /DRIVE (Chris Harris, Matt Farah and Mike Spinelli) go full out in the BMW M5 30th anniversary edition (Jahre 30), the 911 GTS and C63S AMG in the driver’s utopia nation of Germany. See what it’s like to drive on the autobahn and Bi...

The boys at /DRIVE (Chris Harris, Matt Farah and Mike Spinelli) go full out in the BMW M5 30th anniversary edition (Jahre 30), the 911 GTS and C63S AMG in the driver’s utopia nation of Germany. See what it’s like to drive on the autobahn and Bilster Berg Track, and absorb a bit of automotive history as well.

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