Matte Metallic Grey M235i With M Performance Parts

Very unique M235i with a matte grey vinyl wrap and M Performance Parts highlighted with red accents. ...

Very unique M235i with a matte grey vinyl wrap and M Performance Parts highlighted with red accents.

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Five Reasons Why BMW Should Return The M5 Touring

There are several perspectives on what BMW should do with their performance models. Some of the most forward thinking enthusiasts are excited about the prospects of new drivetrain technologies – electric and hybrid – while others are stil...

There are several perspectives on what BMW should do with their performance models. Some of the most forward thinking enthusiasts are excited about the prospects of new drivetrain technologies – electric and hybrid – while others are still dead set on massive power delivery and large displacements. In all fairness, each point of view provides an interesting insight into the way customers are thinking about future BMW cars. But when it comes to a BMW that many purists are looking for once again, the M5 Touring is often referenced. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a performance oriented 5 Series Touring on the market. While there might not be a huge worldwide demand, there is certainly a demographic craving for one. In our opinion the current F11 5 Series Touring is the perfect candidate for an M5 Touring based on it.

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Its overall shape and proportions, the design and style of the F11, provides a healthy platform to base the ultimate sports performance version upon. So today, we are going to list our five reasons why BMW should return the M5 Touring –  performance figures and other useful information are included. 1. Design

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As stated earlier, the BMW F11 Touring is an elegant touring with sporty accents. It is often considered as being better looking and more visually balanced than the F10 5 Series Sedan. A performance sports wagon would provide an alternative to the sedan that has proven to be a huge seller for BMW, a vehicles that caters to both executives and M enthusiasts. The M5 Touring, Sports Wagon or Estate (whatever you want to call them) will cater to families as well. Imagine a dad that loves his M5 and can’t wait to use the car for a long trip with his family, and the added space and storage wouldn’t hurt at all. Here is a rendering of what the M5 Touring could look like:

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2. Interior Space

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We’ve touched a bit on this point earlier. For some automakers, crossing into the performance car market for family men can be a difficult task. You would lose booth space and get a rather impractical car – for family use that is. The general idea with performance wagons is to combine two completely different use cases in one single vehicle. The M5 Touring would deliver a larger interior space with a large boot, all combined with the high-performance you usually receive in the M5 sedan. 3. Competition

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The competition is providing excellent solutions for people wanting to drive a high-performance vehicle with plenty of boot space. In a way, they are validating a market, a small one indeed, but nonetheless a niche that BMW could compete in. Achieving the same performance in acceleration, handling and overall drying dynamics should be quite easy to achieve for BMW. With the Audi RS6 Avant and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon and the newly released Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake, the market is being overtaken by some great looking cars! BMW might want to look into this. 4. Test Bed For New Technology Advancements

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A BMW M5 Touring would be the perfect car for BMW M to test an all-wheel drive vehicle. The M550d Touring is the perfect example of what a powerful sports wagon can do on the road. And track. BMW could essentially offer an BMW M5 Touring xDrive that will cater to many customers in the snowy areas of the world. Same drivetrain could be later used in the other M cars. We are keen on seeing an all-wheel drive version where the traction, handling and overall driving dynamics would prove to be far more efficient and quite different on the road than what we are all used to with current M models. 5. We Really Like The BMW F11 5 Series

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Not the most solid argument but we love the looks and the handling of the BMW F11 5 Series Touring. The combination of technology and interior space with great design makes a future M5 a highly desirable car. It might even take away some customers from the X family. By combining all-wheel drive, dynamics seen in the current BMW M5 sedan with the design cues from the F11 5 Series, the M5 Touring would be the feasible choice for families who like to put the foot down.  

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So, what do you think? Should BMW build an M5 Touring? The article Five Reasons Why BMW Should Return The M5 Touring appeared first on BMW BLOG

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ADAC honours Marco Wittmann.

At the ADAC SportGala at the ADAC headquarters in Munich the automobile association honoured this season’s winners. Everyone was eager to see who would be the ADAC motorsport personality of 2014. DTM champion Marco Wittmann received the trop...

At the ADAC SportGala at the ADAC headquarters in Munich the automobile association honoured this season’s winners. Everyone was eager to see who would be the ADAC motorsport personality of 2014.

DTM champion Marco Wittmann received the trophy, the large Christophorus made of Nymphenburg porcelain, from ADAC sports president Hermann Tomczyk. “Marco Wittmann impressively showed that he was the deserved winner of the title in the most popular international touring car series,” said Tomczyk. Each year a specialist jury made up of representatives from the ADAC and journalists picks the ADAC motorsport personality of the year. This year it was Wittmann who was chosen in the most important category. BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt picked up the award for the BMW Team RMG driver.

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Alpine White BMW F30 328i On VMR Wheels

In a competitive market, the various wheel companies are turning up so many different wheel designs these days. For VMR Wheels, their builds always came with a certain degree of style, no matter the vehicle they’re presented with. This Alpine ...

In a competitive market, the various wheel companies are turning up so many different wheel designs these days. For VMR Wheels, their builds always came with a certain degree of style, no matter the vehicle they’re presented with. This Alpine White BMW F30 328i comes equipped with their V810 wheels installed on the aggressively lowered vehicle. While purists may run and scream murder, this exact look is what many aftermarket parts buyers are looking for. The car shown here also comes with blacked out kidney grilles, carbon fiber front lip and carbon fiber side mirrors.

Alpine White BMW F30 328i On VMR Wheels

The wheels are painted in gunmetal and come in 19 size. To many, Alpine White may be the favorite BMW color ever and adding carbon fiber parts to it and some aftermarket wheels, just makes it stand out even more. Here is a cool photoshoot of the car:

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The article Alpine White BMW F30 328i On VMR Wheels appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Porsche Cayenne GTS unveiled at 2014 LA Auto Show

Headlining the Porsche stand at the 2014 La Auto Show is the unveil of the Cayenne GTS. Porsche is starting to roll out their smaller engine displacement that still produce impressive power. The new Cayenne GTS is now a 3.6 liter bi-turbo V6, gone it...

Headlining the Porsche stand at the 2014 La Auto Show is the unveil of the Cayenne GTS. Porsche is starting to roll out their smaller engine displacement that still produce impressive power. The new Cayenne GTS is now a 3.6 liter bi-turbo V6, gone it’s the wonderful 4.8L V8 which had produced 420 hp and 380 lb-ft.  In dropping displacement and adding boost, Porsche is able to increase horsepower to 440 and torque to 442.5 lb-ft, and also shed some weight. Fuel economy is certain to have improved but these figures are not yet available. Porsche also used the LA Auto Show to show off the mid-cycle model refresh for the entire Cayenne line that starts with the the entry-level model 3.6-litre V6 petrol motor from the VR6. Along with some minor exterior tweaks and interior upgrades to keep up with the new Macan, the biggest changes are under the hood. The Cayenne S also ditches its V8 for a slightly less potent version of the GTS’ 3.6 L bi-turbo, the same motor found in the potent Macan Turbo.

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The Cayenne GTS variant has been in the Cayenne lineup since 2007. The GTS has a unique exterior appearance with a special body kit, interior, suspension and engine with distinctive exhaust note. The current Cayenne GTS sales have represented  eleven percent of all Cayennes sold, which is pretty impressive considering that the Cayenne is Porsche’s best selling model. The sporty GTS has been so successful that it’s shown up in the 911, Cayman, Boxster and Panamera lineups.  Time will tell if Porsche adds the GTS line to their hot new Macan family.

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The new Cayenne GTS can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package, this is a 0.6 seconds improvement over the previous V8 GTS. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) damping system has a sporty set-up. With the standard suspension, the GTS sits 24 millimeters lower and 20 mm lower with the optional air suspension. The GTS stopping power comes from the brakes of the Cayenne Turbo with 390 millimeter discs on the front and 358 millimeters in the back.

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The engine used in the base Cayenne is the familiar 3.6-litre V6 naturally aspirated engine delivering 300 hp. It accelerates the Cayenne from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package. This is 0.2 seconds faster than before. Like all new Cayenne models, it benefits from the general efficiency measures, such as coasting, Auto Stop/Start function and thermal management, as a result in better fuel economy. Compared to the previous model the new Cayenne also offers more comprehensive standard features. In addition to the new eight-speed Tiptronic S with Auto Stop/Start and coasting functions these also include the bi-xenon main headlights with four-point LED daytime driving lights, the multi-function sports steering wheel with paddle switches and the automatic boot lid.

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MSRP for the new Cayenne GTS is $95,500. The new Cayenne range starts starts at $58,300 and should be hitting show rooms soon as a 2015 model.

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[Photos: John Hietter] The article Porsche Cayenne GTS unveiled at 2014 LA Auto Show appeared first on BMW BLOG

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2 Series Convertible Configurator Now Available

The online builder configurator for the 2015 2 Series convertible is now available. ...

The online builder configurator for the 2015 2 Series convertible is now available.

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Alpine White BMW F82 M4 In For Some Mods At EAS

Often regarded as one of the classiest BMW colors, the Alpine White suits the aggressive looking BMW F82 M4 quite well. To many, the finish provides the best showcase of the lines and shapes that make this performance car one of the most coveted piec...

Often regarded as one of the classiest BMW colors, the Alpine White suits the aggressive looking BMW F82 M4 quite well. To many, the finish provides the best showcase of the lines and shapes that make this performance car one of the most coveted pieces of performance motoring currently on sale. Owner of this particular vehicle decided his Alpine White M4 needed a small touch to make it perfect. The folks over at European Auto Source got working on the car and first installed the KW HAS (Height Adjustable Lowering Spring Sleeve-Over Kit). KW’s sleeve kit for the F80/F82 M3/M4 allows a large range of height adjustment while retaining the factory electronic damping control. The factory spring perches are removed from the front dampers, and KW’s own threaded height-adjustable perches are installed.

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The kit includes progressive rate lowering springs for each corner of the car, height adjustable spring perches for the front and rear, strengthened and shortened bump stops and KW shock sleeves to protect the OE BMW dampers. The KW H.A.S. kit is EDC compatible.

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For easier breathing of the 3.0 liter TwinScroll turbocharged engine, the tuning shop decided to add a BMC high performance replacement air filter under the hood of the vehicle.

Alpine White BMW F82 M4 In For Some Mods At EAS

On the visual side of the project, we can see a few details impacting the overall appearance as well. The owner opted for contrast on his car with a BMW M Performance gloss black kidney grille surrounds installed together with the iND painted front reflectors, perfectly ensuring the contrasting effect against the Alpine White exterior. The new BMW M3 and M4 are quickly becoming one of the most tuned BMW models out there and more and more special projects pop-up every week.   Further images of this project can be seen in the gallery we’ve added right below.

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BMW M6 Coupe – Photoshoot In The Dark

When it launched in 2012, the new generation BMW M6 has captured the attention of the entire automotive world and was highly praised for its dynamic, yet classy exterior design. The V8 under the hood and its 560 hp were also to celebrate a magnifice...

When it launched in 2012, the new generation BMW M6 has captured the attention of the entire automotive world and was highly praised for its dynamic, yet classy exterior design. The V8 under the hood and its 560 hp were also to celebrate a magnificent automobile. Today, we have an exciting photoshoot by Martin Cyprian Photography who takes an AC Schnitzer M6 Coupe for a ride on back roads. Shot in the forests of Slovakia, the photographer portrays the M6 in a misty and clouded setting, a beautiful backdrop that emphasize the aggressive lines and beefed up wheel wells of this vehicle.

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Available in Coupe and Convertible body variants, the M6 uses with a 4.4-litre V8 twin scroll twin turbo engine, connected to a 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission, providing the driving performance one would expect from it. Sprint from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) only takes 4.1 seconds to achieve. The lighting fast acceleration is completed with great handling performance, while packed in a luxurious interior outline that is both interestingly designed and comfortable at the same time. Here are a few photos from the shoot:

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BMW M6 By Martin Cyprian Photography

The article BMW M6 Coupe – Photoshoot In The Dark appeared first on BMW BLOG

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The BMW i3 Wins the Green Car of the Year Award

Official Release: With the Green Car of the Year Award 2015, the BMW i3 has added a further trophy to an impressive raft of… The post The BMW i3 Wins the Green Car of the Year Award appeared first… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit...

Official Release: With the Green Car of the Year Award 2015, the BMW i3 has added a further trophy to an impressive raft of… The post The BMW i3 Wins the Green Car of the Year Award appeared first… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

In love with everything but the exhaust note – this is what best describes the view this customer has for the BMW F82 M4. The stock BMW M4 has such a powerful and high-revving engine which sounds a bit tame when paired with a stock exhaust. Thi...

In love with everything but the exhaust note – this is what best describes the view this customer has for the BMW F82 M4. The stock BMW M4 has such a powerful and high-revving engine which sounds a bit tame when paired with a stock exhaust. This is where aftermarket exhaust companies like Akrapovic come in, allowing the owners to better enjoy the high-revving beast hidden under the hood. Exhaust systems like these improve the car on every aspect, while not cutting any corners and also providing the performance increase needed. The Yas Marina Blue M4 we have here just underwent a simple aftermarket modifying procedure that turns into a new beast.

Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

Thanks to European Auto Source, a complete Akrapovic Titanium Evolution Exhaust System has been installed, thus allowing the car to sound and perform better. With an exhaust system like this, the gain is not only witnessed in the sound department, but also in the power output as well.

Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

The light Akrapovic system not only delivers better sound and more power, it also helps removes the weight from the vehicle, therefore allowing for better handling and acceleration. The added carbon fiber exhaust tips match perfect the M4 and the durable Titanium construction will give the assurance of a sturdy and long withstanding product.

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EAS provided us with the complete installation photos.

Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

Yas Marina Blue BMW M4 Receives An Akrapovic Exhaust System

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