Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/08/28/2015-bmw-6-series-facelift-spotted-photoshoot/ in News on August 28, 2014
All three variants of the 2015 BMW 6 Series Facelift were spotted during a photoshoot in Monaco. The 2015 BMW 6 Series Coupe, Convertible and Gran Coupe were on site with just a few months before their marketing debut. The so-called Life Cycle Impuls...
All three variants of the 2015 BMW 6 Series Facelift were spotted during a photoshoot in Monaco. The 2015 BMW 6 Series Coupe, Convertible and Gran Coupe were on site with just a few months before their marketing debut. The so-called Life Cycle Impulse (LCI) will be applied to all three variants at the same time with design changes on the mild side. Unfortunately, the BMW camouflage police has done a great job covering the most interesting aspects of those elegant and sporty cars, but nevertheless, they still reveal some interesting things. The front fascia layout includes some design changes just below the headlights while in the back, the 6 Series Facelift brings a new-look bootlid arrangement. Up front, it also appears that all three 6 Series facelifted models have gained wing mirror-integrated indicators as well.
We also expect to see new color options and different set of wheels, as well as some minor changes inside, like trim and leather options, and the updated iDrive. The third-generation 6 Series’ current engine line-up will be carried over, with minor tweaks and improved technology to help boost performance and cut emissions. The new six-cylinder diesel engine (B57) is expected to celebrate its launch a bit later, thus we are likely to get the 640d and 640d xDrive with the 313-hp twin-turbo version of the N57. The market launch is scheduled for March 2015. More photos from the photoshoot at our-sister magazine Bimmertoday.
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Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/08/28/volvo-xc90-vs-bmw-x5-comparison/ in News on August 28, 2014
Volvo introduces its first SUV made under Chinese ownership: Volvo XC90. As always, we have put together photo comparison between two similar models, in this case, the Volvo XC90 versus BMW X5. The new premium SUV aims to steal sales away from the BM...
Volvo introduces its first SUV made under Chinese ownership: Volvo XC90. As always, we have put together photo comparison between two similar models, in this case, the Volvo XC90 versus BMW X5. The new premium SUV aims to steal sales away from the BMW X5, Audi Q7 and Mercedes-Benz ML. Volvo XC90 is scheduled to debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October. With its completely revised design, the second-generation XC90 seems to have learned a lesson from the success of the BMW X5. The new design, while it remains unmistakably a Volvo, brings together proportions, elegance and sportiness in a single package.
The XC90 is arguably the first automobile in 15 years made entirely by Volvo, without the legacy of parts it inherited under Ford’s ownership from 1999 to 2010. Looking at some of the differentiators that Volvo brings to the table we noticed that, unlike some of its competitors, the XC90 offers a third row suited for people other than children. Volvo’s new interior design philosophy focuses around a fully integrated and WiFi-enabled touchscreen display system, similar to that found in the Tesla Model S. The interior now has just eight buttons, compared with an average of over 30 in other premiums SUVs. Simplicity and usability are key here. By using stronger and lighter materials such as composite transverse rear leaf springs and hot-formed boron steel, the new Volvo XC90 is 280 lbs lighter than its predecessor.
The car also comes with impressive features, such as the “Safe Positioning” feature, part of the vehicle’s Intellisafe suite of technologies, aims to prevent severe injury or death in road-departure accidents. When the vehicle detects it’s leaving the road, the seat belts are tightened and remain tight while the vehicle is in motion. The top-line Volvo XC90 T8 is powered by a twin-charged 2.0-liter I-4 paired with an electric motor, touts a combined torque rating of 443 lb-ft and around 400 horsepower. The entry-level offering at launch will be the 316-horsepower T6, which is both turbocharged and supercharged. Since looks are subjective, we invite you to take a look at the photo comparison embeded here and let us know in the comments below which one of the two premium SUVs you like best.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/08/28/2015-bmw-x6-m-nearly-unveiled/ in News on August 27, 2014
Later this year, the new 2015 BMW X6 M will be introduced by the M engineers in Garching. Spotted in Germany, this test mule gives us a closer look the design of the new X6 M. The design is built atop the new BMW X6, including the new headlights whic...
Later this year, the new 2015 BMW X6 M will be introduced by the M engineers in Garching. Spotted in Germany, this test mule gives us a closer look the design of the new X6 M. The design is built atop the new BMW X6, including the new headlights
which connect to the kidney grille, larger kidney grilles and a “shark nose.” The F86 X6 M will bring some of the typical M elements: dynamics front end with large air intakes, flared fenders and larger side skirts. Recently BMWBLOG has learned that the upcoming 2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M will feature an updated V8 4.4 liter turbocharged engine that will produce more power than the current version. While our sources have not indicated the exact output, they mentioned that the new powerplant is more than just a tuned up version of the S63Tu unit with the latest engine developments from BMW.
Rumors around the interwebs say that the new powerplant will produce nearly 600 horsepower, a significant upgrade even over the Competition Package developed for the M5 and M6. The torque will also get a bump well above the 500 lb-ft limit. Also, the upcoming F85 BMW X5 M and F86 BMW X6 M will move away from the automatic transmission found in the first generation and import the sharp and precise DCT box found in the M5 and M6.
Posted by http://www.bmw-motorsport.com/en/news/current-news/2014/08/zanardi_spartanburg.html in Motorsport on August 27, 2014
Alessandro Zanardi took a close look behind the scenes of the manufacturing processes at BMW: the BMW Brand Ambassador visited the BMW plant Spartanburg in South Carolina. The plant is close to Greenville, where Zanardi will contest the UCI ...
Alessandro Zanardi took a close look behind the scenes of the manufacturing processes at BMW: the BMW Brand Ambassador visited the BMW plant Spartanburg in South Carolina.
The plant is close to Greenville, where Zanardi will contest the UCI Para-Cycling World Championship over the next few days. The BMW plant Spartanburg began producing BMW cars for the world market 20 years ago in 1994. Today, several BMW X models are manufactured there to be exported to more than 140 markets around the world. Currently, over 8,000 employees manufacture about 1,200 vehicles each day. The employees gave Zanardi a guided tour of the plant, including the state-of-the-art assembly lines where the different BMW X models are assembled. The Italian also used the opportunity to chat with the employees about their respective tasks, as well as his racing season as BMW works driver with the BMW Z4 GT3 in the Blancpain Sprint Series and his various activities as a para-athlete. The staff at the plant gave Zanardi a warm welcome, they took pictures with him and got his autograph as a souvenir. “My visit to the BMW plant in Spartanburg was just fantastic”, Zanardi commented. “I felt a bit like a kid in a candy shop looking at all these beautiful cars. When I stood between all these machines and robots I also felt like I was in a movie like ‘Transformers’. It was fascinating. All the people were very kind and gave me a very warm welcome. Some of them have been fans of mine since the days I was racing in IndyCars over here in the United States, and a lot of people were well informed about how I am doing these days in the Blancpain Sprint Series with my BMW Z4 GT3. So I am looking forward to getting a lot of support from them throughout all the events of the Para-Cycling World Championship and I hope I can make them proud.” Across from the BMW plant Spartanburg is the BMW Performance Center test facilities with different road and off-road test courses. On Thursday, the BMW Performance Center will host the UCI Para-Cycling World Championship team-relay competitions, which Zanardi will contest with the Italian national team. The individual races are scheduled over the next few days: on Saturday, Zanardi will start in the time trial and on Monday, he will tackle the road race. He is the reigning world champion in both disciplines.
Posted by http://www.automobilemag.com/features/news/1408-maserati-levante-suv-mule-spied-testing/ in News on August 27, 2014
Likely confirms that SUV will use Ghibliâs platform.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/08/27/prior-design-pd6xx-tuning-program-bmw-m6/ in News on August 27, 2014
Prior Design has released another photoshoot of their PD6XX tuning program. Designed and manufactured with exact BMW M6 specifications, the tuner turns the German sports car into a widebody aggressive behemoth that looks like it’s ready to chew...
Prior Design has released another photoshoot of their PD6XX tuning program. Designed and manufactured with exact BMW M6 specifications, the tuner turns the German sports car into a widebody aggressive behemoth that looks like it’s ready to chew out anything on the road today. This complete aerodynamic PD6XX Widebody package for BMW 6-Series F12/F13/M6 is made from DURA-FLEX, a high quality material, characterized by excellent surface structure that provides sufficient flexibility and stability.
All of the parts shown here can be painted, so you can pretty much choose whether to leave the naked surface or pretty much match the factory OEM paint for your build. Parts included in the build are Prior-Design PD6XX Front Bumper, Side Skirts, Rear Bumper, Rear Add-on Spoiler/ Diffusor, Front Wide Fenders, Rear Widenings, Bonnet / Engine Cover and a Rear Trunk Spoiler. The lines of the BMW M6 are thoroughly enhanced and the widebody kit shown here allows for a wider stance compared to the stock vehicle.
Truth to be told in this case, everybody loves a widebody looking BMW even though they might not admit it Whether you wanna keep things stock or preach the whole OEM is best thing, you won’t be unaffected by the aggressive and muscular looks of this Prior Design tuning package. Grab some wallpapers down below. Feel free to let us know what is your comprehension of a tuning project like this right below in the comments, we’d love to know that.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/08/28/break-bmw-m4-drifting/ in News on August 27, 2014
Some folks in South Korea decided to break in the new BMW M4 in the …right way. With their helmets on and a race track at their disposal, the BMW M4 in Alpine White shows us what its capable of in the hands of the right people. According to man...
Some folks in South Korea decided to break in the new BMW M4 in the …right way. With their helmets on and a race track at their disposal, the BMW M4 in Alpine White shows us what its capable of in the hands of the right people. According to many BMW M engineers, the new M3 and M4 are some of the easiest and most fun vehicles to drift, and we experienced that on the track in Portugal and at Road America. 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 transmission. With Launch Control activated, the M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe run the same distance in 3.9 seconds. The article How to Break in BMW M4 with DRIFTING appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/08/28/wallpapers-bmw-e92-m3-bmw-e46-m3-activfilms-tv/ in News on August 27, 2014
This following comparison features wallpapers with a BMW E46 M3 and BMW E92 M3. Both of these cars are rather innovative, performance oriented and bring a nice leap forward in terms of pretty much everything. And yet they are so similar in a lot of a...
This following comparison features wallpapers with a BMW E46 M3 and BMW E92 M3. Both of these cars are rather innovative, performance oriented and bring a nice leap forward in terms of pretty much everything. And yet they are so similar in a lot of aspects. The E46 M3′s S54 naturally aspirated engine has a displacement of 3.2l and produces 343 PS (252 kW; 338 hp). It helps propel the 3,415 lb (1,549 kg) car from 0-62mph in around 5.1 seconds. Top speed is 155 mph (250 km/h) electronically limited, while some 171.38 mph (275.81 km/h) delimited is achieved with this remarkable car.
There were four models of E46 M3s produced: M3 (Sport, Winter, Competition), the M3 CSL, the M3 GTR V8 (limited production) and the M3 CS (Club Sport). Similar to the previous M3 generations that introduced a new engine, the fourth generation M3 did the same – the BMW S65 V8 engine. The engine produces 414 bhp (309 kW; 420 PS) at 8300 rpm, with peak torque of 295 lb·ft (400 N·m) at 3900 rpm. A six-speed manual transmission is standard. As of April 2008, BMW offers a new seven speed Getrag double-clutch gearbox, called M-DKG (Doppel-Kupplungs-Getriebe) or M-DCT (Double Clutch Transmission) as an option, which reduces shift pauses to less than a tenth of a second and shortens the car’s 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time by 0.2 seconds vs. manual. It features both automatic and manual modes similar to the SMG gearboxes in the E36 and E46, but with more speed and efficiency. Top speed is 155 mph (250km/h) electronically limited where a delimited car will achieve 178 mph (286 km/h). Additional versions of the BMW E92 M3 include a GTS, CRT, DTM Champion Edition and Lime Rock Park Edition as well.
Add a photoshoot by ActivFilms.TV where both of these are showcased in true detail and we can let you to admire some great car design and some excellent photography. You can always download more wallpapers as well.
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Posted by http://f80.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1022352 in News on August 27, 2014
Official info released on the F80 M3 / F82 M4 M Performance exhaust silencer: The Original BMW M Performance exhaust system has been developed and tested in its entirety at BMW in collaboration with various technical departments and BMW M-GmbH. The ...
Official info released on the F80 M3 / F82 M4 M Performance exhaust silencer: The Original BMW M Performance exhaust system has been developed and tested in its entirety at BMW in collaboration with various technical departments and BMW M-GmbH. The development was subject to the highest BMW engineering requirements and state of the art manufacturing processes, superior to other aftermarket products. The entire silencer system is ‘Made in Germany’. Part Numbers: 18 30 2349 921 (one P/N for F80/82/83) 18 30 2358 110 (MPP carbon tailpipe finisher – 93mm) – 4 pcs required 18 30 2358 111 (MPP titanium tailpipe finisher – 80mm) – 4 pcs required The silencer system comprises a high-quality material mix, in which the pre-pipes are made from lightweight stainless steel and the rear silencer is made entirely from titanium. – Lightweight: The silencer system is 32% (8 kg) lighter than the standard component. – The silencer system has been developed using the latest CAD and FEM technology. This ensures an optimum fit and superlative manufacturing quality. Availability: September 2014 Please note: The exhaust system from Akrapovic hasn’t been approved for the new M3(F80), M4(F82,F83). This means that we will not introduce the new M3 and M4 systems as well as any other new developments from Akrapovic.
Posted by http://www.7post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1028684 in News on August 27, 2014
We share with you an exciting first look at the G11 7 Series production headlights! As you can see, the new L-shaped lights are inspired by the recent BMW concept cars such as the Vision Future Luxury Concept and X4 Concept and present a fresh and m...
We share with you an exciting first look at the G11 7 Series production headlights! As you can see, the new L-shaped lights are inspired by the recent BMW concept cars such as the Vision Future Luxury Concept and X4 Concept and present a fresh and modern evolution of the BMW corona rings / angel eyes. Laser light versions are said to be coming as an option on the G11 7 Series and upcoming G30 5 Series. We’ll also likely see models that come after the next 7 Series begin to share similar headlight styling in one form or another. The new L-headlights are paired with wide kidney grilles and a hood cutline which joins the top of the kidney grilles, presenting a front end look that’s already sportier than the current 7 Series. While the tail lights remain completely covered and camouflaged, they will be more squared off and angular compared to the current 7 Series. Besides new headlight technology, the next 7 Series will feature a new interior (photos reposted below) and also represent the first substantial use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic in a series production BMW. Speaking at the 94th Annual General Meeting of BMW AG in Munich in May 2014, Dr. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG again confirmed that the next generation 7 Series (G11) will make use of carbon fiber in its construction: “BMW i is the spearhead of innovation within the company, with lightweight construction playing a central role. We are now also applying this expertise to other series models. Customers already appreciate the carbon-fibre roofs in our BMW M models. I can also reveal that we will use carbon fibre in the next BMW 7 Series. Its low weight will set a very high standard for the segment.” The G11 7 Series is due next year. Follow our G11 7 Series coverage at: http://www.bimmerpost.com/7-series/g11/