Collectible Classic: 1971-1975 Citroen SM

Citroën-issimo. ...

Citroën-issimo.

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Engineers Create Nissan Leaf Pickup Truck Named Sparky

Why create a Nissan Leaf shop truck? Nissan employees say, “why not?” ...

Why create a Nissan Leaf shop truck? Nissan employees say, “why not?”

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2015 Volkswagen Jetta Named Top Safety Pick + by IIHS

Jetta improves on the small overlap test. ...

Jetta improves on the small overlap test.

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Join The BMW i3 Owners Map!

A few posts ago BMW i3 owner Scott Lawrence Lawson was featured in our Born Electric series and gave up some insight into his reasons for going electric and how he’s doing with his i3 after a few months of ownership. At the end of the post I me...

A few posts ago BMW i3 owner Scott Lawrence Lawson was featured in our Born Electric series and gave up some insight into his reasons for going electric and how he’s doing with his i3 after a few months of ownership. At the end of the post I mentioned that he created a BMW i3 owners map where i3 owners can register their location and see where other i3’s reside. It’s not a commercial site that is trying to collect your data or sell you anything, Scott only created it because he though it would be fun to see where other i3’s live. This is how he explains it on the site where you sign up:

 Join The BMW i3 Owners Map!

I thought I’d give back to the growing i3 community by making a map of BMW i3 owners and owners to be. This is an opt-in map so if you want to be on it, fill out this form below. The more specific you are, the better the data will represent our community. Maybe you’ll meet someone new who made the same great choice in mobility as you did! If you are an i3 owner, fill in the this form and I’d be happy to add you!  There are currently 378 i3 owners listed from twenty five different countries and the list is growing every day. If you have an i3, please use the link below to go over to the site and add your car to the map. BMW i3 Owners Map [Source: bmwi3blogspot] The article Join The BMW i3 Owners Map! appeared first on BMW BLOG

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2015 Ford Mustang GT Premium Review

This bad boy goes to reform school. ...

This bad boy goes to reform school.

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F80 M3 1200 Mile Service Pics and Notes

A member shares some notes and photos from the 1200 mile service of his F80 M3 (same process as for the F82 M4). ...

A member shares some notes and photos from the 1200 mile service of his F80 M3 (same process as for the F82 M4).

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Can A BMW M235i Drifti For 5 Hours?

BMW paired up with four-times dirt-track world champion Karl Maier and his speedway bike to show us how a BMW M235i can drift for five straight hours. On the Monday morning after Germany had won the football World Cup final against Argentina, the Lan...

BMW paired up with four-times dirt-track world champion Karl Maier and his speedway bike to show us how a BMW M235i can drift for five straight hours. On the Monday morning after Germany had won the football World Cup final against Argentina, the Landshut/Ellermühle speedway stadium at the AC Landshut club witnessed one of sport’s more unusual match-ups. It was the first time a representative of a leading German car magazine took a BMW M235i with M Performance Parts onto the almost 400-metre-long track to compete in a drifting contest against Maier.

Can A BMW M235i Drifti For 5 Hours?

The respective starting points for the driver and rider could not have been more different. The BMW M235i M Performance is powered by a 3.0-litre BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine developing 326 hp and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft), has a DIN vehicle weight of 1,470 kilograms and measures almost four-and-a-half metres in length. The speedway motorcycle, meanwhile, has an air-cooled 500 cc single-cylinder engine, weighs 80 kg (as per speedway regulations), makes do with just a single gear and has no brakes. The specially designed methanol-fuelled machine produces up to 80 hp and has been built exclusively for speedway track use.

Can A BMW M235i Drifti For 5 Hours?

Equipped with original M Performance Parts, the BMW M235i provided the perfect recipe for consistent drifts through the approximately 12-metre-wide corners of the Landshut track, just as it does on the road. The driving dynamics for which BMW is renowned are the result of 50:50 weight distribution, a low centre of gravity, BMW M Performance sports suspension (lowered by 20 mm compared to standard specification), a mechanical limited-slip differential at the rear axle and forged 19-inch light-alloy wheels. In June 2014 the car’s BMW TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine was crowned “Engine of the Year”. With peak torque of 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) on tap from 1,300 – 4,500 rpm, it offers consistent power delivery across the entire rev range to complement the car’s finely balanced chassis.

Can A BMW M235i Drifti For 5 Hours?

Despite the vastly different profiles of their machines, both driver and rider succeeded in fulfilling a common goal: five hours of “sheer drifting pleasure” on the tightest of tracks. Its first ever meeting with the speedway bike gave the BMW M235i M Performance the chance to demonstrate its dynamic performance capability for the first time on dirt rather than asphalt.

Can A BMW M235i Drifti For 5 Hours?

Five hours of uninterrupted sideways action had failed to sate Karl Maier’s appetite, so the former world champion rounded off the day with a few laps of the track on a specially modified BMW S1000 RR with studded tyres. The RR weighs a shade over 200 kg with a full tank of fuel on board and develops output of 193 hp. But the directional stability, outstanding handling and communicative responses of the super-sports machine allowed Maier to drift his way smoothly over the speedway track, setting the seal on what was dynamically a quite extraordinary day. The article Can A BMW M235i Drifti For 5 Hours? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW Opens Newest Vehicle Distribution Center at the Port of Baltimore

Today, BMW Group celebrated the official opening of its newest Vehicle Distribution Center at the Port of Baltimore. The facility will serve 96 dealers within the Central and Eastern regions of BMW’s dealer network. Ludwig Willisch, President and ...

Today, BMW Group celebrated the official opening of its newest Vehicle Distribution Center at the Port of Baltimore. The facility will serve 96 dealers within the Central and Eastern regions of BMW’s dealer network. Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America, and Craig Westbrook, Vice President – Aftersales, BMW of North America, were in attendance and spoke at the opening. “BMW Group year-to-date sales in the U.S. set a new benchmark, topping 246,000 vehicles in the first eight months of this year, and we are full of confidence that we will follow our success through the remaining months of 2014,” said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America. “For us at BMW, there is nothing more important than the satisfaction of our customers, and this Vehicle Distribution Center will play a critical role in keeping our customers happy with a full supply of new BMW vehicles for them to enjoy.” With this new facility, BMW enhances its position at the largest car processing port on the East Coast. Already fully staffed, this Vehicle Distribution Center will import an estimated total of 166,000 vehicles (BMW & MINI) through 2016. Vehicle inspection, repairs (mechanical and Paint and Body), accessory installation, vehicle programming and vehicle maintenance will be performed there as well. “This is the front line of our customer service effort, especially for our customers in the central part of the U.S.,” said Craig Westbrook, Aftersales VP of BMW of North America. “Our new Baltimore port facility is dedicated to receiving from overseas, rapidly preparing and then quickly delivering new vehicles to our customers and dealers.” Located at 2700 Broening Highway, the new Vehicle Distribution Center provides room for BMW to further build its processing operation, as business continues to grow. To honor the occasion, BMW executives were joined onsite by Ray Fitzgerald, President of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, Atlantic, and James J. White, Executive Director, Maryland Port Administration. “It’s a natural evolution that BMW and WWL, longtime partners in ocean transportation, expand their supply chain cooperation into land-based logistics services,” said Ray Fitzgerald, President of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, Atlantic. “Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics values its association with BMW and is confident in its ability to provide high quality vehicle processing and logistics services in support of BMW’s long-term growth ambitions in North America.” “We are delighted to be involved in a partnership of two very highly-regarded entities in their respective industries, BMW and WWL,” said James J. White, Executive Director, Maryland Port Administration. “BMW is one of the world’s top auto manufacturers and WWL is second to none as a global shipping and logistics company. As the top auto-handling port in the nation, we look forward to watching this relationship grow and succeed.” A variety of BMW vehicles were on display at the opening event, including the revolutionary i8, BMW’s new plug-in hybrid sports car. With its futuristic design and groundbreaking technology, the BMW i8 will enter the U.S. market early autumn 2014, joining BMW i’s growing lineup of visionary vehicles dedicated to solving many of the mobility challenges faced by the world’s most densely populated cities.

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BMW 760Li owned by Lebron James up for sale

LeBron James’ BMW 760Li is up for sale at Marshall Goldman Motor Sales, located in Warrensville Heights, Ohio. The high-end 7 Series model went through a series of customizations, starting with a matte pearl white with a full platinum merino le...

LeBron James’ BMW 760Li is up for sale at Marshall Goldman Motor Sales, located in Warrensville Heights, Ohio. The high-end 7 Series model went through a series of customizations, starting with a matte pearl white with a full platinum merino leather interior. Overall, the car received more than $30,000 in extras, including: navigation, BMW individual composition, rear seat entertainment, wood inlay steering wheel, rear view camera, heated and ventilated front seats, rear power seat package, massaging front and rear seats, 22-inch white wheels, white out trim, tinted windows and smoked rear taillights.

BMW 760Li owned by Lebron James up for sale

BMW 760Li owned by Lebron James up for sale

The 760Li is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 all-aluminum engine with Twin-Turbo Technology, High Precision Injection with fuel injected directly into the combustion chambers. The engine produces 535 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque. It runs from 0 to 60 mph in only 4.5 seconds. The original listing price for this car was $153,475, and now, with only 9,000 miles, the dealership is selling the car for $89,900.

BMW 760Li owned by Lebron James up for sale

BMW 760Li owned by Lebron James up for sale

BMW 760Li owned by Lebron James up for sale

BMW 760Li owned by Lebron James up for sale

BMW 760Li owned by Lebron James up for sale

BMW 760Li owned by Lebron James up for sale

BMW 760Li owned by Lebron James up for sale

BMW 760Li owned by Lebron James up for sale

BMW 760Li owned by Lebron James up for sale

BMW 760Li owned by Lebron James up for sale

BMW 760Li owned by Lebron James up for sale

[Source: DupontRegistry] The article BMW 760Li owned by Lebron James up for sale appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW Team RLL heads to penultimate USCC race.

BMW Team RLL will visit the Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas, on 20th September for the Lone Star Le Mans race, the penultimate round of the 2014 United SportsCar Championship (USCC). BMW Team RLL finished third and fourth in last year’...

BMW Team RLL will visit the Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas, on 20th September for the Lone Star Le Mans race, the penultimate round of the 2014 United SportsCar Championship (USCC).

BMW Team RLL finished third and fourth in last year’s inaugural American Le Mans Series race at the 5.513 kilometre, 20-turn circuit that is host to the Formula One United States Grand Prix. John Edwards and Dirk Müller finished third after starting from the back of the 33-car field following a miscue with the qualifying tyres that lost Edwards his fourth place qualifying position. Bill Auberlen and Joey Hand, substituting for Maxime Martin, started from the class pole and finished fourth.  On 10th September the team completed a one-day test at COTA. Müller and Priaulx completed more than 100 laps of the circuit in preparation for the 2 hour 45 minute race. IMSA made a number of Balance of Performance adjustments to the class on the same day with two changes made to the BMW Z4 GTLM. The weight was increased by 25 kilograms to 1,255 kilograms. And, the cars received a larger air restrictor. Following two consecutive podium finishes, with second at Road America and third at Virginia International Raceway, Edwards and Müller have climbed up to a six-way tie for third place in the driver points that includes teammates Auberlen and Priaulx. BMW Team RLL is third with the number 56 car of Edwards and Müller and fourth with the number 55 car of Auberlen and Priaulx in the Team standings. BMW is still fourth in the Manufacturer points, with only four points separating the top-four places. BMW Team RLL will also be racing for the programme’s 50th podium finish at COTA, after the result at VIR raised the number of podium finishes since the programme began in 2009 to a total of 49. Bobby Rahal (Team Principal BMW Team RLL): "COTA is a really great circuit with a premium on handling, although there is a very, very long straightaway and that is always a factor for us. It will be a tough race for us as every race has been. Our guys literally have to drive 100 per cent every lap to maintain the pace of the others, but I look forward to the event and hope it will bring success.” Bill Auberlen (Number 55 BMW Z4 GTLM): “I am disappointed with the recent BoP changes, as it appears we remain a significant underdog to the rest of the GTLM class. The BMW Z4 GTLM looks like it will have to continue its role as an overachiever. We’re sitting third in the championship, but it will continue to be a battle to finish on the podium.” Andy Priaulx (Number 55 BMW Z4 GTLM): “We are now entering the final two races of the year and, thanks to BMW, COTA will not be a new track for me. I had a very good test on Wednesday and feel completely at home on this wonderful circuit. I really can’t wait for the race weekend. I suspect it will be an extremely tough fight now for the final races. Corvette and Viper are really strong and a race win still eludes us at BMW this year. However, as always, we will fight hard.” Dirk Müller (Number 56 BMW Z4 GTLM): “John and I bring good momentum to COTA with podiums in our last two races. We finished third there last year after a great race, and I believe we are well prepared for this year’s event based on our test. The championship battle continues!” John Edwards (Number 56 BMWZ4 GTLM): “Austin is a great town and COTA is a fantastic track to drive, especially in our BMW Z4. Our car really excels through the esses, easily handling the multiple changes of direction, and gives us a lot of confidence as drivers. Dirk and I finished P3 there last year after starting from the rear, and we were in the battle for the lead at the end of the race. This season, we are tied for P3 in the championship so we need two more good results in the last two races to solidify a top-three championship spot in the first year of the series. I think we’re in a good spot to carry our momentum from the last two races into COTA.”

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