BMW DIY Video – How to Install an aFe Cold-Air Performance Intake Filter Kit

To keep engine noise at a marketable level, car makers put their air filters inside housings. While this makes the engine quieter, 
it restricts the amount of air that can enter. Performance intake systems eliminate the factory housing and use larg...

To keep engine noise at a marketable level, car makers put their air filters inside housings. While this makes the engine quieter, 
it restricts the amount of air that can enter. Performance intake systems eliminate the factory housing and use larger filters, allowing more 
air to enter the engine, producing more power. 
(“Cold-air” intakes offer [...]

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BMW DIY Video – How to Install an aFe Cold-Air Performance Intake Filter Kit

To keep engine noise at a marketable level, car makers put their air filters inside housings. While this makes the engine quieter, 
it restricts the amount of air that can enter. Performance intake systems eliminate the factory housing and use larg...

To keep engine noise at a marketable level, car makers put their air filters inside housings. While this makes the engine quieter, 
it restricts the amount of air that can enter. Performance intake systems eliminate the factory housing and use larger filters, allowing more 
air to enter the engine, producing more power. 
(“Cold-air” intakes offer [...]

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BMW Recall – 4-Series Convertible– Driver’s Front Air Bag, F33, 15V148000

BMW is performing a recall on various 428i/ixDrive and 435i/ixDrive 4-series convertibles from model year 2015.  A programming error may cause the driver’s air bag deployment timing to be incorrect, causing the system to not be in compliance w...

BMW is performing a recall on various 428i/ixDrive and 435i/ixDrive 4-series convertibles from model year 2015.  A programming error may cause the driver’s air bag deployment timing to be incorrect, causing the system to not be in compliance with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard # 208 (Occupant Crash protection). Affected models: F33 4-Series 428i, [...]

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BMW Recall – 4-Series Convertible– Driver’s Front Air Bag, F33, 15V148000

BMW is performing a recall on various 428i/ixDrive and 435i/ixDrive 4-series convertibles from model year 2015.  A programming error may cause the driver’s air bag deployment timing to be incorrect, causing the system to not be in compliance w...

BMW is performing a recall on various 428i/ixDrive and 435i/ixDrive 4-series convertibles from model year 2015.  A programming error may cause the driver’s air bag deployment timing to be incorrect, causing the system to not be in compliance with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard # 208 (Occupant Crash protection). Affected models: F33 4-Series 428i, [...]

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New VW Polo GTI vs MINI Cooper S: hot-hatch showdown

The new VW Polo GTI looks like a mini Golf GTI, but how does it fare against one of the most iconic hot hatches out there: the MINI Cooper S? The folks over at AutoExpress UK take the two hot hatches for a drive to find out which one takes the win in...

The new VW Polo GTI looks like a mini Golf GTI, but how does it fare against one of the most iconic hot hatches out there: the MINI Cooper S? The folks over at AutoExpress UK take the two hot hatches for a drive to find out which one takes the win in the segment. The VW Polo GTI uses a 1.8-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 192 horsepower and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque. The 0-62mph sprint complete in 6.7 seconds and the GTI maxing out at 146mph. The new F56 Cooper S is powered by a 2.0 liter four-cylinder petrol engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology. The power output is 141 kW/192 bhp at 4,700 – 6,000 rpm and 206 lb-ft (280 Nm) of torque at 1,250 – 4,750 rpm (300 Nm with overboost). Acceleration from 0–100 km/h comes in 6.8 seconds manual (automatic: 6.7 seconds).

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Top speed is limited to 146 mph (235 km/h). Let’s have a look. The article New VW Polo GTI vs MINI Cooper S: hot-hatch showdown appeared first on BMW BLOG

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iHeartRadio now in BMW and MINI Vehicles

BMW today announced that iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one streaming music and live radio service, is now available to BMW and MINI drivers, providing easy access to their favorite Live and Custom iHeartRadio stations and podcasts directly...

BMW today announced that iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one streaming music and live radio service, is now available to BMW and MINI drivers, providing easy access to their favorite Live and Custom iHeartRadio stations and podcasts directly from BMW ConnectedDrive and MINI Connected services. All iHeartRadio users on iOS can now enjoy a seamless listening experience in BMW and MINI ready vehicles. Features include: Access to thousands of iHeartRadio’s live radio stations from across the country and a catalog of more than 20 million songs and 800,000 artists to create custom stations. A personalized “For You” feature with tailored recommendations based on listeners’ specific music preferences. Access to saved Favorites, with the ability to add or remove stations. Browse recent stations, including live and custom radio stations based on a song or artist. The ability to Thumbs up/Thumbs down songs to create a more personalized experience. Scan live radio stations to foster music discovery and search podcasts offering on-demand news, celebrity and entertainment talk show content. An intuitive viewing experience on the in-car, high-resolution Control Display. Comfortable and safe to use with the BMW iDrive Controller or MINI Controller.

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Beginning today, when the iHeartRadio for Auto app is downloaded from the Apple App Store, it will be compatible with any BMW equipped with the BMW Apps option as well as MINI Connected ready vehicles.

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App integration. The iHeartRadio for Auto app has been specially certified by BMW for safe in-car use. The app uses the BMW Group’s A4A (Apps for Automotive) technology and can be downloaded for iOS-based devices from the Apple App Store. Having connected a smartphone to the car via the USB socket or snap-in adapter and launched the app, users are presented with various functions via the iDrive Controller/MINI Controller, the Control Display/MINI Centre Instrument and the car’s audio system. To use the app in BMW and MINI models, the BMW ConnectedDrive Services or MINI Connected option needs to be specified. Smartphones and apps in your car. With the aim of enabling safe and comfortable use of apps in cars, the BMW Group was an early driver of smartphone integration and has already certified numerous apps for access in BMW and MINI vehicles. These apps have been optimized for use during a journey, can be operated via the iDrive Controller or MINI Controller without distracting the driver, and are viewed in the Control Display or the MINI Centre Instrument, respectively.

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iHeartRadio announced for BMW ConnectedDrive

BMW Group today announced that iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one streaming music and live radio service, is now available to BMW and MINI drivers, providing easy access to their favorite Live and Custom iHeartRadio stations and podcasts d...

BMW Group today announced that iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one streaming music and live radio service, is now available to BMW and MINI drivers, providing easy access to their favorite Live and Custom iHeartRadio stations and podcasts directly from BMW ConnectedDrive and MINI Connected services. Demos of the iHeartRadio integration are available Wednesday, April 1 and Thursday, April 2 on the BMW Stand at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, inside the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. All iHeartRadio users on iOS can now enjoy a seamless listening experience in BMW and MINI ready vehicles. Features include: Access to thousands of iHeartRadio’s live radio stations from across the country and a catalog of more than 20 million songs and 800,000 artists to create custom stations. A personalized “For You” feature with tailored recommendations based on listeners’ specific music preferences. Access to saved Favorites, with the ability to add or remove stations. Browse recent stations, including live and custom radio stations based on a song or artist. The ability to Thumbs up/Thumbs down songs to create a more personalized experience. Scan live radio stations to foster music discovery and search podcasts offering on-demand news, celebrity and entertainment talk show content. An intuitive viewing experience on the in-car, high-resolution Control Display. Comfortable and safe to use with the BMW iDrive Controller or MINI Controller. Beginning today, when the iHeartRadio for Auto app is downloaded from the Apple App Store, it will be compatible with any BMW equipped with the BMW Apps option as well as MINI Connected ready vehicles. App integration. The iHeartRadio for Auto app has been specially certified by BMW for safe in-car use. The app uses the BMW Group’s A4A (Apps for Automotive) technology and can be downloaded for iOS-based devices from the Apple App Store. Having connected a smartphone to the car via the USB socket or snap-in adapter and launched the app, users are presented with various functions via the iDrive Controller/MINI Controller, the Control Display/MINI Centre Instrument and the car’s audio system. To use the app in BMW and MINI models, the BMW ConnectedDrive Services or MINI Connected option needs to be specified. Smartphones and apps in your car. With the aim of enabling safe and comfortable use of apps in cars, the BMW Group was an early driver of smartphone integration and has already certified numerous apps for access in BMW and MINI vehicles. These apps have been optimized for use during a journey, can be operated via the iDrive Controller or MINI Controller without distracting the driver, and are viewed in the Control Display or the MINI Centre Instrument, respectively. About iHeartMedia With 245 million monthly listeners in the U.S., 97 million monthly digital uniques and 196 million monthly consumers of its Total Traffic and Weather Network, iHeartMedia has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America. It serves over 150 markets through 858 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, HD digital radio, satellite radio, on the Internet at iHeartRadio.com and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile app, in enhanced auto dashes, on tablets and smartphones, and on gaming consoles. iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s digital radio platform, is the No. 1 all-in-one digital audio service with over 500 million downloads; it reached its first 20 million registered users faster than any digital service in Internet history and reached 60 million users faster than any other radio or digital music service and even faster than Facebook. The company’s operations include radio broadcasting, online, mobile, digital and social media, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. For more company information visit iHeartMedia.com.

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G-Power BMW M550d with 435 hp

German tuning house G-Power is giving the BMW M550d Touring a makeover. Powered by a 3.0 liter TriTurbo engine, the M550d outputs, in standard form, 381 horsepower and 740 N of torque. But that doesn’t seem to be enough for those looking for ex...

German tuning house G-Power is giving the BMW M550d Touring a makeover. Powered by a 3.0 liter TriTurbo engine, the M550d outputs, in standard form, 381 horsepower and 740 N of torque. But that doesn’t seem to be enough for those looking for extra thrills, so G-Power is giving the M550d some additional power for a total of 435 hp and 850 Nm of torque. G-Power are using their D-Tronik 5 V1 module in order to increase the power. The module is set up so that it only releases additional power if the correct cooling water temperature has been reached. In situations where the oil temperature reaches its limits, the power output is limited. In traffic, the D-Tronik 5 module responds to the acceleration and adjust the power accordingly.

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The M550d can now accelerate to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than the stock model and just 0.2 seconds slower than the M5. Top speed is limited to 270 km/h, but for additional money you can increase it to 300 km/h. The car now sits on 21″ G-Power Hurricane RR forged wheels, wearing 255/30 ZR21 and 295/25 ZR21 tires.

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2015 BMW 4 Series Convertible airbag recall

BMW of North America is recalling certain model year 2015 428i Convertible, 428i xDrive Convertible, 435i Convertible, and 435i xDrive Convertible vehicles manufactured October 22, 2014, to February 27, 2015. Due to a programming error, the driver...

BMW of North America is recalling certain model year 2015 428i Convertible, 428i xDrive Convertible, 435i Convertible, and 435i xDrive Convertible vehicles manufactured October 22, 2014, to February 27, 2015. Due to a programming error, the driver’s front air bag deployment timing may be incorrect. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208, “Occupant Crash Protection.” If the driver’s front air bag deployment timing is incorrect, there is an increased risk of personal injury in the event of a vehicle crash.

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BMW will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the air bag control module with corrected software version, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in April 2015. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. The article 2015 BMW 4 Series Convertible airbag recall appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Lusty vintage BMW 2002 driven by Petrolicious

The line that exists between massaging a classic into a more rapid version of itself and mutating it into a sacrilegious heathen is a fine one, and one often overstepped. Overzealous enthusiasts sometimes mistake ‘more’ for ‘better&...

The line that exists between massaging a classic into a more rapid version of itself and mutating it into a sacrilegious heathen is a fine one, and one often overstepped. Overzealous enthusiasts sometimes mistake ‘more’ for ‘better’ – and lose sight of their vintage sports car’s soulful purpose. The owner of the handsome BMW 2002 featured in this recent review and photo-shoot by Petrolicious seems to have achieved a Goldilocks measure of performance and aesthetic enhancement. Having added haste and emboldened looks in equal parts, the car seems to have retained its spirit and classic appeal – at least from where I’m sitting.

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In his article, the author touches upon a universal automotive truth which we at BMWBLOG have espoused for years – that it is in fact more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow; hence the massive appeal of classic BMWs.

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In his own words, “…high-performance cars have been too fast for public roads for quite some time now. Nevertheless, there seems to be no end to the constant upstaging amongst auto manufacturers or the public’s appetite for the outcome. Still, the old idea of driving a slow car fast seems more relevant today than ever before… “Angular fender flares punctuate the car’s four corners, giving this once tame BMW a stubborn, combative stance. Yellow fog lights, Minilite wheels and aggressive front air dam fashion a narrative reminiscent of old European rally competitors. From the rear, the license plate reads, “STITCH”, a reference to the car’s distinctive petrol blue paint. Radu’s background in automotive design, coupled with his inherent flair for color and apparent fetish for Disney permeate through the car’s aesthetic—the results of which are impossible for me to resist.”

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Enjoy the rich photos before heading over to Petrolicious for the full review.

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