Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/04/24/bmw-says-4-2-seconds-i8-0-60-mph/ in News on April 24, 2014
Parallel to the BMW i8 press drives taking place this week in Los Angeles, BMW reveals updated performance stats of the first progressive hybrid sportscar. According to the i8 microsite, the BMW i8 runs from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, almost as fast...
Parallel to the BMW i8 press drives taking place this week in Los Angeles, BMW reveals updated performance stats of the first progressive hybrid sportscar. According to the i8 microsite, the BMW i8 runs from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, almost as fast as the new M3/M4 with manual transmission. With the i8 BMW introduces into production their new B38 1.5 liter three-cylinder petrol engine. The little but potent combustion engine is transversely mounted behind the cabin and delivers 228 horsepower and 236 lb ft-of torque. That’s 152 hp per liter, an impressive figure by any standards. BMW engineers confirmed that there is room for a bit more power, but the current level delivers the best efficiency. Power is sent to the wheels via a six-speed automatic gearbox and a conventional torque converter.
At the front, but closer to the wheels, BMW placed an electric motor developing 129 horsepower and 184 lb ft-of torque. This is the same electric motor as in the BMW i3 but with less power (170 hp in the BMW i3). The electric motor drives the front wheels via a GKN two-speed automatic gearbox which always run in first gear while in eDrive mode but switches directly to second gear in the mixed modes. The energy is drawn from a 5 kWh lithium-ion pack placed along the central tunnel right behind the electric motor. BMW i8 – BMWBLOG First Drive
An additional e-motor is placed in the rear adjacent to the combustion engine. It produces 13 hp and 81 lb-ft of torque and while it can provide additional power to the rear wheel, BMW says that it’s main functions are to recharge the battery, start the combustion engine and in hybrid mode to smooth out power delivery and match up the revs when switching driving modes. Therefore the typical lag mode found in hybrid or combustion setups is removed. All these add up to a combined 357 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque, 44 percent of it available from the moment you floor the throttle. The U.S. market will get the BMW i8 in June 2014 at a base price of $135,700.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/04/24/paris-photo-los-angeles-presents-david-hockneys-bmw-art-car/ in News on April 24, 2014
For Paris Photo’s second edition at the Paramount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles, BMW is proud to present the 850CSi Art Car by David Hockney. Almost 20 years after its creation in 1995 the Art Car returns to its roots in LA, the city that has bee...
For Paris Photo’s second edition at the Paramount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles, BMW is proud to present the 850CSi Art Car by David Hockney. Almost 20 years after its creation in 1995 the Art Car returns to its roots in LA, the city that has been Hockney’s home town for more than 40 years. “It would be good to perhaps show the car so you could be looking inside it”, Hockney described his approach to the project. He put the idea into practice in his very own style of pop art that became as popular as Andy Warhol’s. BMW Group is the official partner of Paris Photo Los Angeles and the night before the start of the fair will celebrate the US-launch of its BMW Art Car book. The first publication regarding the BMW Art Car Collection will be presented on April 24. The book published by Hatje Cantz is a richly illustrated catalogue of the legendary BMW Art Cars’ history.
Since 1975, reowned artists from throughout the world have designed BMW automobiles of their times, all making different artistic statements. The seventeen exhibits created for the Art Car Collection until now include works by exceptional artists such as Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Jenny Holzer, Olafur Eliasson and Jeff Koons, who has also illustrated the cover of the book. The Art Cars reflect the cultural and historical development of art, design, and technology and have been presented by major museums around the world, including the Guggenheim and the Louvre. On 200 pages with 148 pictures portraits and interviews show the motives and the approaches of the artists as well as the historical development of the collection in a descriptive way.
In its 11th year of partnership with Paris Photo, BMW once again provides the VIP shuttle service. Besides the David Hockney Art Car, BMW will display its i8, introducing a new era of sustainable performance. With its futuristic design and groundbreaking technology, the i8 is the world’s most forward looking sports car made out of carbon fiber and BMW’s first high-performance plug-in hybrid. The fair will be open from April 25 to 26 from 12 to 7 p.m. and on April 27 von 12 to 6 p.m.
For over a decade now, BMW has been an active partner of the most established international art fairs including Frieze NY and London, as well as Art Basel in Hong Kong, Miami and Basel, the Berlin Gallery Weekend and TEFAF Maastricht. Paris Photo LA Paris Photo Los Angeles, the second US edition of the world’s most celebrated art fair for works created in the photographic medium, will take place at Paramount Pictures Studios offering the ideal setting to explore how artists have been and are using photography and moving image in their work in the 20th and 21st centuries. The fair will be held April 25-26, 2014 from 12:00 to 7:00 pm and April 27 from 12:00 to 6:00 pm. For more information, please visit http://losangeles.parisphoto.com The article Paris Photo Los Angeles presents David Hockney’s BMW Art Car appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/04/24/bmw-m235i-m-performance-parts/ in News on April 24, 2014
Here is one of the first BMW M235i with a wide range of M Performance Parts. Available as of market launch in March 2014, the M Performance Parts were developed in close collaboration with BMW M and the catalog offers upgrades to the drivetrain, susp...
Here is one of the first BMW M235i with a wide range of M Performance Parts. Available as of market launch in March 2014, the M Performance Parts were developed in close collaboration with BMW M and the catalog offers upgrades to the drivetrain, suspension, aerodynamics and design. In the power department, BMW offers an M Performance Power Kit for the 220d Coupe increasing the output of the 4-cylinder diesel engine by 12 kW/16 bhp to 147 kW/200 bhp and maximum torque by 40 Nm to 420 Nm. A BMW M Performance silencer system is available for the BMW M235i Coupe. BMW M Performance tailpipe trim elements are offered in chrome or carbon, bearing the M logo.
An optional BMW M Performance limited-slip differential is available for the BMW M235i Coupe, and the 4 Series Coupe. BMW M Performance sports suspension is offered including a lowering of 20 millimeters as compared to the standard version. In the design department, a BMW M Performance rear spoiler in carbon is offered as well as a BMW M Performance Aerodynamic Kit available for the front apron. M Performance wheels were also fitted to the owner’s car, along with plenty of carbon fiber parts.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/04/24/f80-bmw-m3-alpine-white-abu-dhabi-motors/ in News on April 24, 2014
While most of the European and U.S. dealerships won’t get their first M3 and M4 models until June, Abu Dhabi Motors already has a new M3 in stock. The 2014 F80 M3 comes painted in the Alpine White color with a Sakhir Orange leather interior. In...
While most of the European and U.S. dealerships won’t get their first M3 and M4 models until June, Abu Dhabi Motors already has a new M3 in stock. The 2014 F80 M3 comes painted in the Alpine White color with a Sakhir Orange leather interior. Instead of the manual transmission, the Alpine White F80 M3 uses the 7-speed DCT and comes equipped with all options available in the ordering catalog. No pricing was mentioned for this special M3, but one can assume is quite high. In the U.S., the F80 2015 BMW M3 Sedan will cost $62,000 and 2015 BMW M4 has a base price $64,200. Destination and handling is $925.
After ditching the amazing V8 naturally-aspirated engine, the new M3 and M4 use a 3.0 liter turbocharged engine that produces 425 HP and 560 Nm (413 lb-ft) of torque. The car weighs under 1,500 kg (3,300 lbs). From 0-100 km/h (0-62), the 2014 BMW M4 runs in 4.1 seconds with DCT while the M3 runs the same distance in 4.3 seconds, with the same transmissionBMW M4 Coupe with M Stripes SPOTTED. Here are the full engine specs.
Posted by http://f15.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=975567 in News on April 24, 2014
The next generation BMW X6 (F16) will be revealed this Summer and dealers have just recently received ordering forms for their demo/initial models. As before, these demo ordering guides have proven to be a good predictor of what options, packages, e...
The next generation BMW X6 (F16) will be revealed this Summer and dealers have just recently received ordering forms for their demo/initial models. As before, these demo ordering guides have proven to be a good predictor of what options, packages, equipment will be made available for the regular customer ordered models. The 2015 model year guide we posted yesterday shows that the F16 X6 will come to the US in xDrive35i and xDrive50i models for the 2015 model year. Demo/initial models will begin production this August and regular customer models will be produced beginning this November. The new X6 will share styling cues from both the new X5 and the upcoming X4. It shares the X5′s new headlights-meet-grilles, enlarged kidney grilles and more forward leaning front fascia. Like the X5, the X6 also features air breather vents behind its front wheels. With the X4 it shares the distinctive rear upsweeping character line which extends from the front of the rear fender upwards to meet the rear tail lights. The next gen X6 M (F86) will join the lineup a few months later when it begins production in December 2014.
Posted by http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Bimmerfile/~3/Jhj-cpxoRHU/ in News on April 24, 2014
Based on sources and our favorite public/private source Herr26, we have pulled together the best look yet at both the new 7 and 9 Series. And since both of those cars will debut key technologies for… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my ...
Based on sources and our favorite public/private source Herr26, we have pulled together the best look yet at both the new 7 and 9 Series. And since both of those cars will debut key technologies for… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Posted by http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=975423 in News on April 23, 2014
Congrats to BIMMERPOST member DLSJ5 (Drew) and his ESS VT3 Supercharged E92 M3 for setting the world trap speed record and winning the BIMMERPOST BMW/AMG Shootout Trophy at the Airstrip Attack 5 event. ...
Congrats to BIMMERPOST member DLSJ5 (Drew) and his ESS VT3 Supercharged E92 M3 for setting the world trap speed record and winning the BIMMERPOST BMW/AMG Shootout Trophy at the Airstrip Attack 5 event.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/04/24/see-first-mini-paceman-pickup/ in News on April 23, 2014
This is the first street legal MINI pickup ever built. A team of trainees and trainers from BMW Group worked on the MINI Paceman Pickup which came to fruition after months of planning. The project kicked off with the removal of the roof seen on the P...
This is the first street legal MINI pickup ever built. A team of trainees and trainers from BMW Group worked on the MINI Paceman Pickup which came to fruition after months of planning. The project kicked off with the removal of the roof seen on the Paceman, followed by the loading area which was covered with a black checker plate. Before the roof was removed, the MINI Paceman’s body had to be reinforced with additional bracing. Also, the underbody design and the B-pillar had to be adapted to the new circumstances, which leads to a similar ride quality as the “standard” Paceman.
Off-road tires, additional headlights and the spare conspicuous objects placed on a shortened roof underline the special off-road character of the MINI pick-up, which, if built, could found plenty of customers in North and South America, and in Australia. A Series production of the Paceman Adventure is however not planned – although the young car makers have mastered the special adventure with flying colors. Live Photos and Videos: BMW M3 Pickup BMW X5 Ute from Down Under
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/04/24/clean-n54-intake-valves/ in News on April 23, 2014
For everyone who is interested in what actually goes on during a special intake valve cleaning, here is some more information along with several other detailed photos of the process. Without further ado: the story behind it all. When BMW introduced t...
For everyone who is interested in what actually goes on during a special intake valve cleaning, here is some more information along with several other detailed photos of the process. Without further ado: the story behind it all. When BMW introduced the N54B30 powerplant to the United States market in 2007, it was their first production turbocharged engine that utilized direct injection technology. This means that instead of traditional intake manifold fuel injection, the engines injectors are placed literally inside the combustion chamber, next to the spark plug. Direct injection boasts better fuel economy, and has proven to be a revolutionary development for the internal combustion engine. The technology is now found in nearly every new production car! While pioneering the market with the N54B30, BMW did have their share of growing pains with this new technology. There were several revisions for the high pressure fuel pump, and many other sensors and electronics pertaining to the fuel system had their issues as well. One of the major oversights with this technology development was the intake port and valve carbon buildup. The N54B30 has a crankcase ventilation system that is internally routed in the cylinder head. If you look down into the intake port, you’ll notice a hole on the top of the port that is used by the CCV for vacuum. The problem now is that oil that makes its way through the CCV will end up in the intake port of the cylinder head – which wouldn’t be an issue if there was an injector in each port cleaning it with fuel. Since the N54 doesn’t have any fuel injectors in the manifold, the oil residue builds up on the intake port and intake valves over time. Newer cars such as the Scion FR-S that are direct injected have a second set of injectors in the manifold to help prevent the issue of buildup that the N54 has. Fortunately BMW recognized the issue and at the very least they have provided us with a genuine BMW tool that can be used to “blast” the carbon buildup off the port and valves. When the cleaning of the intake valves became regular maintenance on the N54 engines, we experimented with various ways to properly and effectively clean the carbon buildup. We tried chemical cleaning, simple walnut blasting, scrubbing, etc.. After years of dealing with this issue we’ve come up with what we feel is the most effective and efficient way to get rid of the carbon. Remove the intake manifold.
Once the solvent has had time to penetrate the buildup, we use a variety of picks and brushes to loosen the carbon buildup, and then using the OEM BMW tool, we walnut blast the port until it is clean.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/04/24/bmw-i3-range-extender-details-uncovered/ in News on April 23, 2014
BMW has been hosting i3 training events to get their client advisers up to speed and ready to sell the car. I’m very happy to hear they are doing this because I was really beginning to get concerned that they wouldn’t properly prepare the...
BMW has been hosting i3 training events to get their client advisers up to speed and ready to sell the car. I’m very happy to hear they are doing this because I was really beginning to get concerned that they wouldn’t properly prepare their sales staff for this unique vehicle. I even dedicated a post a few months ago to this very topic. I’ve now talked to a few client advisers that have done the training and they reported that they did indeed get a lot of useful information which will help them service their clients. This week the latest round of training sessions are being held up at BMW headquarters in Woodcliff Lake, NJ and details of what is being taught are starting to leak out from some of the client advisers that are there. A couple things of interest shared were details about the range extender the i3 will offer as an option.
First, it was learned that the range extender is automatically activated once the state of charge drops below 6.5%. At that moment, it turns on and it’s function is to bring the state of charge back up to 6.5% and to maintain that level of charge. It will not charge the car much above 6.5%, and it will not run if the car is stopped, unless the state of charge is critically low. Therefore you can’t it in a stationary i3 and wait for the state of charge to increase. I knew the automatic turn on point was around 5% to 6%, but now we have an exact level when it engages. You cannot manually turn the range extender off. This is contrary to what I was told by an i3 product manager at the i3 debut in New York City last July. I remember asking this specific question by saying “What if I knew I’d make it home on electric, say I only had a mile or two to go and the REx was about to turn on, could I just turn it off so it’s doesn’t fire up?” I was told yes, there will be a setting that will allow you to turn it off before it engages, but that setting will reset once you turn the car off. The reason for that is so that the next time you get in the car you won’t forget that you had turned off the REx and you may end up needing it. I would have definitely preferred to be able to turn it off manually, and honestly can’t see why that isn’t going to be allowed.
We also found out that the client advisers have been told that while the range extender is in operation the speed of the car will be electronically limited to 70mph. I’m not buying that; I think they were misinformed. I really think there was a miscommunication on this one because I have had conversations with people at BMW that know a lot about this and even very recently they assured me that there isn’t an electronically governed speed limit while the range extender is in operation. I believe the confusion about 70mph is based on the fact that 70mph is basically the top speed that the range extender can comfortably maintain the 6.5% state of charge at while driving on relatively flat ground. The people I’ve talked to in Europe that have i3′s with the range extender say they can drive on the highway at just about 120 km/hr (75mph) and maintain the SOC, but anything higher and the SOC will gradually diminish. It’s my contention that the people running the training sessions either aren’t 100% clear on this, or they really meant for the client advisers to warn the customers that 70mph is really the fastest they should drive at if they need to drive for a long distance. In any event, I believe they got this one wrong and there isn’t an electronic limit, we’ll find out pretty soon since the US i3 launch should be in about two weeks. I saved the biggest news for last. It was learned that the US version of the i3 REx will have not have a 2.4 gallon gas tank as the European version does. Instead it will have only a 1.9 gallon gas tank. I’m going to pause for a moment to let everybody scream bloody murder now…… I know it’s only half a gallon, but in the case of the i3, that just reduced the gas tank by 21%! For me this is a non-issue, but I know there are a lot of people that will not like this at all. 99% of the time I use the added range of the REx it will likely be for less than 40 miles. Yes, this does reduce the utility of long range trips even more, as you will now probably have to stop for gas every 40 or 50 miles. There was no reasons given for the smaller gas tank but as far as I can imagine, this comes down to one of two things. Since BMW wants needs the i3 REx to qualify as a BEVx and one of the qualifications of the BEVx is that the car has a smaller gasoline range than it does electric range, my thinking is that one of these two things led to the smaller gas tank:
1) The EPA rating for all electric range on the REx came out lower than they believed it would. If they used the 2.4 gallon gas tank, the gas range would be slightly longer than the all electric range, therefore causing it to be disqualified for the BEVx designation. The only simple way to make the gas range less than the electric range was to reduce the gas range by using a smaller gas tank. 2) The EPA rating for the MPG while in range extender mode came out higher than expected, creating the same problem cited above; a longer range in REx mode than in all electric mode. I’ve heard it gets anywhere from 36mpg to 46mpg from people driving REx’s in Europe so this is a possibility. If the range extender got rated at 40mpg, and was using a 2.4 gallon gas tank, then the electric range would need to be 96 miles per charge, which is highly unlikely. If they cut the tank down to 1.9 gallons, then the electric range would only need to be greater than 79 miles per charge, which I believe is attainable, even considering that the REx version will have 6.5% less battery to use than the BEV i3 does, as this is held in reserve as a buffer. So what do you think? Has any of these new revelations changed you mind about the REx? Article was first published on bmwi3blogspot The article More BMW i3 Range Extender Details Uncovered appeared first on BMW BLOG