TEST DRIVE: 2016 BMW 750i

When BMW told us we’ll be heading to Monticello race track in Upstate New York to drive the new 2016 BMW 7 Series, our first though was: “What are they smoking…” Historically, the 7 Series has never been a track car, nor it cl...

When BMW told us we’ll be heading to Monticello race track in Upstate New York to drive the new 2016 BMW 7 Series, our first though was: “What are they smoking…” Historically, the 7 Series has never been a track car, nor it claimed to be one, but the new 7er seems to be the most confident of the bunch and dared us for a date on the beautiful track. Lightweight Construction One of the biggest reasons it’s so confident is its Carbon Core lightweight construction.

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The chassis of the new BMW 7 Series, which will also be shared with the upcoming 5 Series and other future models, has been developed with extensive uses of carbon fiber, aluminum and high-strength steel. The all of these exotic materials have been strategically placed in the chassis to create a very lightweight, very rigid and very safe structure in which to build upon. For instance, the A, B and C pillars, as well as much of the roof, are all built using carbon fiber. This makes the chassis very stiff, reducing chassis flex which improves handling, but also reduces weight up top, lowering the center of gravity to further improve handling. From 0 to 62 mph, the heavy athlete needs only 4.3 seconds. That’s M performance right there. The Carbon Core savings enable staggering numbers despite being an inch longer, the new base model manages to trim a stunning 130 kilograms (280 lbs) compared to its predecessor. From 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h), the heavy athlete needs only 4.3 seconds. That’s M performance right there! Furthermore, BMW engineers added a new suspension system that consists of a double wishbone setup up front and five-link kit in the rear, along with a standard air suspension with electronic dampeners and all-wheel steering system that uses electronic actuators. Evolutionary Exterior, Revolutionary Interior While in photos the G11/G12 7 Series looks nothing more than a glorified F01/F02 facelift, in reality the BMW design team has done a great job improving upon an already successful design language. The sedan comes with the largest kidney grille we’ve seen on any BMW in the last decade, a 3D approach to the famous and iconic grille which now employs active slats for aerodynamic purposes. BMW says that the opening and closing of the aero slats is controlled by the computer to help with the engine cooling.

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The redesigned LED headlights are slimmer and more attractive than on the previous generation 7 Series, and following the recent BMW design language, they now flow seamlessly into the kidneys. The sculpted front hood is also lower and leaner, a design approach to emphasize sportiness and dynamics. The one piece Hofmeister Kink flows elegantly across the quarter panel and fits perfectly within the 3D sculpted model around it. There’s also a new design item, an air breather, now typical of most BMWs, which has a strip of either chrome or black, depending on the Line chosen, which runs the length of the bottom of the doors. Long gone is the Bangle-butt and the new 7 Series has one of the most attractive rears in the segment. The trunk molds perfectly into a new set of taillights which are also slimmer and beautifully sculpted, thanks to the constant improving LED technology. The new cabin makes the previous generation look outdated and simplistic, by any standards What everyone agrees on is the revolutionary design of the interior. BMW took a hard look at the previous generation 7 Series and decided that a game changer is needed in order for the new 7 Series to be successful in this competitive market. The new cabin makes the previous generation look outdated and simplistic, by any standards. The materials, leather and trims used are of the highest quality possible. From the moment you step inside, it becomes hard to ignore the amount of work that went into creating a viable competitor for the S-Class. The leather with ample stitching and unique design resembles the ones found in even higher-end cars and it’s as comfortable as it can get. Everything within arms reach is covered in either leather, beautifully finished wood or aluminum.

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Galvanized metal and porcelain switches, touch-sensitive temperature sliders for air-conditioning vents, replace the familiar BMW switches. There is ambient lighting everywhere, on the door trim, in the footwells and under all of the controls, and the optional Panoramic Sky Lounge LED Roof with light emitted by LED modules on the glass surface, is not only beautiful, but also a work of art.

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From the back seat, the beauty of this limousine is a sight to see To really experience the luxury of this new 7 Series we had a driver take us on the road. From the back seat, the beauty of this limousine is a sight to see. Everything has been perfectly matched, the leather and wood can be felt even when opening or closing the door, and the stitching on the leather gives it a Rolls Royce look. The Luxury Rear Seating package is optional but if money is no object, this should be on your list. The luxury package includes Rear Ventilated and Comfort Seats, Heated Front and Rear Armrests and a 7 inch Touch Command Tablet. The massage function for the comfort seats offers a choice of eight programs.

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An optional Rear Executive Lounge Seating Package takes the luxury to a new whole new level transforming the car into a mobile office. A high-quality one. With a touch of a button, the rear seat can be slid forward by an extra 90 millimeters /3.5 inches and its backrest tilted all the way forward. By pressing another button, a fold-out footrest extends from the back of the front-seat. To top it off, a tray table can be pulled out from the rear center console to allow you to do some work on-the-go.

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An industry-first, Gesture Control, was made for people to easier operate the infotainment system through gesture controls. The drivers or the passengers can adjust volume controls, accept or reject incoming calls or change music stations through pre-defined gestures. Drivers can also configure a gesture for a function of their choosing, such as navigation to the home address, a deactivation of a screen or a pre-set radio station. BMW says the system operates based on an infrared motion sensor located in the headliner. While it doesn’t replace the traditional iDrive controls, the gesture technology can help with driving distractions and easier access to most commonly used features. We did a live Periscope from inside the car and Gesture Control got the most likes.

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The other cool item we’ve played with was a high-tech keyfob. Dubbed BMW Display Key, the touch-sensitive key is an optional item for the new 7 Series and in the U.S., it only costs $250. For that little amount – which is cheaper than many other BMW keyfob replacements – the key features four buttons on the front for lock, unlock, trunk release, and panic. In Europe, the BMW Digital Key can be used to self-park your 7 Series, a feature that has yet to be approved by the U.S. regulatory boards. The display runs on a separate battery than the lock/unlock buttons, so the key’s battery has about a week long life and can be recharged wirelessly in the car’s armrest. Autonomous Innovations BMW has been paying close attention to the autonomous innovations on the market; some of them were previewed earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas. The 7 Series can now steer itself at speeds up to 130 mph, but the caveat is that you can only keep your hands off the wheel for 15 seconds at a time. So no texting and driving aids. This new 7 Series also includes an available Active Comfort Drive with Road Preview system that scans the road ahead and then adjusts the suspension accordingly. Nimble And Fun To Drive

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Now in its sixth generation, the 2016 BMW 740i/750i and 750i xDrive offer a 320-horsepower inline-six and a 445-horsepower V8 twin-turbo power. Models coming to the U.S. will be long-wheelbase only with BMW dropping the “L” designation from the model lineup, a trend that it’s now common in the luxury sedans segment. In Monticello, BMW handed out the keys to the 750i with the Luxury Line or the M Sport Package. On back roads around Monticello, the new 7 Series tracked through corners at speeds that we usually see in M cars. The 750i manages to hide well its size and weight and just feels like an old-school bimmer. The steering is heavier than what we’ve seen lately and the connection with the road can easily be felt through the thick steering wheel. The snappy eight-speed transmission links to the navigation system, so gear selection is adapted to the driving situation and route, adjusting shifting characteristics accordingly.

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The lower center of gravity, weight savings and new chassis and suspension is even more obvious on the track. Over the course of five hours, we lapped the Monticello track at least twenty times and with each lap, the luxury sedan was more fun to drive. And as expected, the 750i is best enjoyed with the suspension turned to Sport – the perfect combination between comfort and sportiness. The four-wheel steering is also phenomenal and when thrown in corners, the 7er felt shorter than it really is. Keep in mind, this is a 4,600 lbs car and twenty years ago taking this car on a track would have likely gotten you banned. The 750i felt like a rocket ship and at 4.3 seconds is just about a tenth-of-a-second slower than the super duper M5 sedan. On straight lines, the V8 power and exhaust growl come to life. The 750i felt like a rocket ship and at 4.3 seconds is just about a tenth-of-a-second slower than the super duper M5 sedan. Even on the slalom course, the ride and body control are excellent – we tested the car in Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Adaptive – and the 7er arced through the cones like a smaller car. At the end of the course, after a 60-70 mph run, the BMW driving instructor advised us to slam the brakes as hard as we could and…the stoppage distance was impressively short.

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Yet, we didn’t stop here. Next we headed back to the track where BMW RLL driver and multiple-times racing champion, Bill Auberlen, was present to guide us through the track and its racing line. After a short stint behind his pace car, we asked Bill to take the reign of our 750i and show us how it’s properly done. What followed was a ten minutes exciting ride where we finally understood why we’re just amateur track drivers, and that this 7 Series has more potential than we could ever unlock. Take a look at the video below and listen to Bill’s commentary, he makes some interesting points and you can also see how easy maneuverable the car is. As Bill mentioned, the 7 Series is not a track car and its customers are likely to never see the tarmac, but it feels good to just know that YOU can and you wouldn’t actually embarrass yourself by doing so. New 7 Series will give S-Class a run for its money In the last few years, the Mercedes S-Class has been the undefeated champion in this important luxury sedans segment. Many have tried to dethrone it, but it stood tall and fended off its opponents with grace. Now the new 7 Series is without a doubt its strongest rival and one that could take the crown away. It has all the ingredients to achieve that: design, luxury, technology and lightweight construction. The new 2016 BMW 7 Series arrives this month, priced from $81,300 to $94,400. Of course, you’ll all want to know how it compare to Mercedes’ S-class? That answer must wait until we drive the two side-by-side. The article TEST DRIVE: 2016 BMW 750i appeared first on BMW BLOG

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When do car watches become too gimmicky?

There are many fans of cars who are equally as passionate about watches. I just makes sense, as both cars and watches are ingenious pieces of mechanical engineering. Though, I find that there are two types of watch fans, when it comes to cars and wat...

There are many fans of cars who are equally as passionate about watches. I just makes sense, as both cars and watches are ingenious pieces of mechanical engineering. Though, I find that there are two types of watch fans, when it comes to cars and watches.There is the type that appreciates the connection between some watches and Motorsport, like the original Heuer Monaco or Rolex Daytona. But then there are some people who try and force the subject and buy a watch that’s so overdone in automotive gimmicks that it becomes ridiculous. So where is the line drawn? Blancpain L-Evolution Super Trofeo

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Take this Blancpain, for example. This particular Blancpain, the L-Evolution Super Trofeo, has been designed after the Super Trofeo Lamborghini racing car. With an array of exotic automotive materials like a carbon fiber case and carbon fiber face, as well as an alcantara in the strap, the Blancpain Super Trofeo looks a bit much. Blancpain is actually a quality watchmaker with a respected history, but this watch is far from anything you’d expect from such a reputable watch maker. Now if this kind of watch is your cup of tea, that’s fine, but to the other kind of watch person, this L-Evolution Super Trofeo is just far too gimmicky. Breitling for Bentley Supersports Chronograph

Breitling for Bentley Supersports Chronograph

Now, on the other side of things, you have the Breitling for Bentley Supersports Chronograph. Designed as a tribute Bentley’s Continental GT Supersports, Bentley’s fastest vehicle, this Chronograph has some actual automotive charm to it and it’s because it’s subtle. From a distance, this Supersports Chrono looks like any other Breitling chronograph. But look closer and you’ll notice the dashboard style dial in the center of the face or the knurled rotating bezel which activates a variable tachometer. The Supersports Chronograph is an attractive watch with just a few subtle hints at its automotive pedigree. This is the kind of watch for the other kind of fan. But to some, it’s a bit too boring and safe. Personally, I tend to lean more toward the Breitling as my choice, if you haven’t already gathered that. But that again, I feel like most fans of German cars would do the same. Most German cars are subtly styled and are seldom garish. Same goes for German watches. So generally, fans of BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi would want something a bit more in keeping with the reserved but handsome styling of their cars. But style is subjective, so some may find the Blancpain to be spot on and the Breitling boring, while others will find the Breitling tasteful and the Blancpain gaudy. So what do you fine readers think? Are watches like the Blancpain too gimmicky for their own good and if so, how much is too much? The article When do car watches become too gimmicky? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW E9 Batmobile: Video Review

Car Throttle takes the iconic BMW E9 3.0L CSL Batmobile for a spin. The BMW E9 3.0 CSL was produced from 1968 to 1975. The 3.0 CSL is considered the first project by the BMW M division. The car was a lightweight, 3003cc sports model of the 3.0 coupe...

Car Throttle takes the iconic BMW E9 3.0L CSL Batmobile for a spin. The BMW E9 3.0 CSL was produced from 1968 to 1975. The 3.0 CSL is considered the first project by the BMW M division. The car was a lightweight, 3003cc sports model of the 3.0 coupe. Special racing models with 3.2-liter (340 hp/253 kW) and 3.5-liter (430 PS) engines and aerodynamic trimmings helped establish BMW as a premier racing team. In 2015, the 3.0 CSL is a legend and part of BMW’s history forever.

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Is now a better time than ever to buy a BMW 335i?

We all know that the BMW 335i will soon be replaced with the post-LCI BMW 340i. Along with the numeric name change comes a new, more powerful engine from BMW’s new EfficientDynamics engine line. There will also be some chassis, steering and suspens...

We all know that the BMW 335i will soon be replaced with the post-LCI BMW 340i. Along with the numeric name change comes a new, more powerful engine from BMW’s new EfficientDynamics engine line. There will also be some chassis, steering and suspension tweaks, to give the 340i a more comfortable ride as well as more sporting dynamics over the outgoing model. Some exterior and interior bits have also been revised, giving the 340i a bit fresher look and feel over the 335i. But despite these obvious upgrades, would now be the best time to buy a BMW 335i?

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It’s no secret that automakers and dealers slash prices of outgoing models, while also giving customers incentives to buy them, so as to get rid of older inventory and make way for the new models. So prices for BMW 335is have never been lower and incentives have never been better. According to Edmunds.com, now is the time to buy a BMW 335i while prices are low. “A refreshed design of this iconic entry luxury car is coming later this year, pushing down prices on the soon-to-be-outdated model — and in some parts of the country, it is already selling for over $1,500 below the Edmunds Trade Market Value (TMV). BMW offers customer cash rebates along with attractive lease specials. Some rebate offers may also be combined with low-interest financing from dealers,” says Edmunds Senior Consumer Advice Editor Philip Reed.

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You might be thinking to yourself that you wouldn’t want to buy a car that will be outdated in just months after its purchase. However, in this case, it still wouldn’t be a bad deal. Despite being the oldest car in its class (with Audi replacing the A4 this year), the BMW 335i is still one of the best performers. When compared to the fresh-out-of-the-box Jaguar XE S, the 335i stood its ground very well and should even be faster in a straight line. It’s most definitely faster than every other car in its class and can hang with all of them in terms of handling. So even though the current 335i is starting to show its age, it’s still a damn good car.

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When you factor in that prices will be slashed dramatically and incentives will be thrown out, the BMW 335i becomes a very attractive purchase at the moment. The only major enough difference to warrant waiting for the 340i would be the new engine. It makes the 340i just a touch faster and even more efficient. But the TwinPower N54 engine in the 335i is a thing of beauty. With perfectly smooth power delivery and an exhaust note that is missed with the 340i’s engine, the 335i still has one of the best engines on the market, despite being replaced. The rest of the changes made with the 340i are inconsequential. So what do you think, if someone were in the market for a new BMW 3 Series, should they buy the aging but excellent and significantly cheaper 335i, or go for the new wheels and pony up the extra dough for the 340i? The article Is now a better time than ever to buy a BMW 335i? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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A Classy Modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Photoshoot

This photoshoot comes courtesy of Keenan Warner and it showcases a classy modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3. The vehicle shown here looks clean, thanks to a bevvy of aftermarket aero parts and other products added. The combination of carbon fiber aero...

This photoshoot comes courtesy of Keenan Warner and it showcases a classy modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3. The vehicle shown here looks clean, thanks to a bevvy of aftermarket aero parts and other products added. The combination of carbon fiber aerodynamic parts and lightweight monoblock wheels, add to the aggressive appearance of the car. This M3 received no power upgrades so the 3.0 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo engine runs at stock performance levels, exerting 425 horsepower and churning out impressive 0-62mph (0-100km) acceleration runs of just 4.1 seconds.

A Classy Modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Photoshoot

As you will see in the photoshoot below, the biggest impact on the car’s looks are the HRE P101 wheels. These, together with the car being lowered, provide a much improved stance and a more aggressive outer appearance. The wheels come in sizes of 20×9.5 in the front and 20×11.5 in the rear, respectively. With a Satin Charcoal finish, they provide a nice contrasting effect with the white exterior of the vehicle. The wheels come wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tires which are sized 255/30/20 at the front and 305/25/20 in the rear.

A Classy Modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Photoshoot

With M Performance Parts like a front aero carbon fiber splitter and a carbon fiber rear diffuser, the aggressive looks of this vehicle are perfected. This M3 is owned by the professional open wheel racing driver Tony Kanaan, who uses this car for daily driving needs. Even though it was raining in Florida on the day of the shoot, you can check some great images of this M3 in the gallery below.

A Classy Modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Photoshoot

A Classy Modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Photoshoot

A Classy Modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Photoshoot

A Classy Modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Photoshoot

A Classy Modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Photoshoot

A Classy Modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Photoshoot

A Classy Modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Photoshoot

A Classy Modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Photoshoot

A Classy Modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Photoshoot

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BMW E9 3.0 CSL Batmobile Review: The 70s Icon That Blew My Mind (Car Throttle)

The BMW E9 3.0L CSL Batmobile is an astonishing car that oozes cool, has genuine motorsport roots and that makes the world stand still. Does it get any better than this for petrolheads? ...

The BMW E9 3.0L CSL Batmobile is an astonishing car that oozes cool, has genuine motorsport roots and that makes the world stand still. Does it get any better than this for petrolheads?

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BMW X1 introduces new models: sDrive16i, sDrive18i, xDrive18d

BMW announces three new models for the new X1 lineup. The new entry-level SUVs are all powered by three cylinder turbo engines, either in petrol or diesel. When BMW unveiled the X1 earlier this summer, the lineup consisted of four-cylinder engines on...

BMW announces three new models for the new X1 lineup. The new entry-level SUVs are all powered by three cylinder turbo engines, either in petrol or diesel. When BMW unveiled the X1 earlier this summer, the lineup consisted of four-cylinder engines only available with an automatic gearbox. 2016 BMW sDrive16d The first entry point in the X1 lineup is the 2016 BMW sDrive16d, a front-wheel drive mini SUV.

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Under the hood, it features the B37 1.5 liter three-cylinder turbodiesel making 116 horsepower and 270 Nm (200 lb-ft) of torque. The engine is matted to a six-speed automatic transmission. From standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph), the X1 sDrive16d needs about 11.1 seconds. Top speed is limited to 190 km/h (118 mph). With standard tires, the BMW X1 sDrive16d comes to an EU standard fuel consumption of 3.9 liters per 100 kilometers, corresponding to CO2 emissions of 104 grams per kilometer. With the largest tires (19 inch), consumption rises 4.1 liters and emissions to 109 grams of CO2. 2016 BMW xDrive18d New in the diesel program is the BMW X1 xDrive18d with a four-cylinder diesel and all-wheel drive. The all-wheel drive version of the 150 hp diesel moves depending on transmission – 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission – in 9.2 to 9.3 seconds to 100 km/h (62 mph), reaches a 204 km/h (127mph) top speed and consumes, depending on tires, 4.7 to 4.9 liters per 100 kilometers. 2016 BMW sDrive18i The entry-level gasoline-powered X1 is the new sDrive18i which uses a familiar engine from the MINI Cooper: the B38 three-cylinder petrol with 136 HP and 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) of torque. BMW offers both a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic. It needs 9.7 seconds to run from standstill to 100 km/h. The consumption varies depending on transmission and tires from 5.1 to 5.6 liters per 100 kilometers. The article BMW X1 introduces new models: sDrive16i, sDrive18i, xDrive18d appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW ConnectedDrive at the IFA 2015 consumer electronics show in Berlin

BMW is indisputably one of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers when it comes to linking up drivers, their vehicles and the outside world. The company groups together its range of intelligent services under the BMW ConnectedDrive banner. An...

BMW is indisputably one of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers when it comes to linking up drivers, their vehicles and the outside world. The company groups together its range of intelligent services under the BMW ConnectedDrive banner. And at the IFA 2015 show in Berlin (4–9 September 2015), one of the world’s leading consumer electronics and home appliance fairs, BMW is showcasing new solutions for the “connected car”. One of the company’s focal points at the IFA are a pair of apps designed for operating functions inside connected houses. The Smart Home app from Deutsche Telekom is an Apple iOS-based application which can be integrated into a BMW i3 or any other BMW vehicle with BMW ConnectedDrive Services – as can the Samsung SmartThings app developed for Android devices, on display at the IFA 2015 as a research application.

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BMW is giving both apps their in-car world premiere, underlining its flexibility in linking applications for the two leading mobile operating systems seamlessly with its cars. Both Smart Home apps allow users to control in-building functions, such as heating, from a car. Users can check whether windows and doors are locked or the burglar alarm is activated while on the move. Users get notified on their car’s dashboard about water leaks or intruder alerts via the integration. Like the extended news app from n-tv – another new arrival – these apps for connected houses can be operated using the iDrive Controller and viewed on the Control Display. New accessories and high-speed innovation.

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The GoPro app for operating the brand’s small and robust cameras can also be operated from inside a BMW and is on show at the GoPro Stand (Hall 3.2/201). Holders and attachment systems designed specially for BMW vehicles are available for GoPro cameras from the Original BMW Accessories range, and enable perfect shots and videos even in extreme driving situations, e.g. on race tracks. The impressive speed with which BMW creates intelligent solutions in response to innovations in the entertainment industry is also accentuated by the use of the new Samsung Galaxy Gear S2 smartwatch to operate BMW i3 functions. Users can monitor their car’s battery charge or view its operating range from their wrist. The innovative BMW i3 and BMW i8 can be driven virtually at the Samsung Stand (CityCube, Hall B/101). The Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition for S6 data glasses provides astonishingly realistic driving impressions with the premium electric model and innovative plug-in hybrid sports car. BMW interface opens up access to a huge range of apps.

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BMW has been ahead of the game in enabling new and innovative third-party apps to be integrated into cars via an intelligent interface. To this end, BMW ConnectedDrive offers its own A4A (Apps for Automotive) interface, an in-house development which allows both current and future models to be upgraded with the latest applications at any time. This gives all BMW models a high degree of flexibility and ensures they keep pace with future developments. Underpinning this capability is ConnectedDrive Services, which provides extensive vehicle connectivity and enables access to services such as Online Entertainment, the internet and Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI). Smart Home apps, operated from a BMW i3.

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At last year’s IFA show, BMW used a research application to demonstrate how functions inside a building can be operated form a vehicle. And this year at the Deutsche Telekom stand (Hall 21a/101), BMW is presenting the integration of the customer-ready Smart Home app now available from the Apple app Store for devices running the Apple iOS operating system. Once an Apple iPhone with the app installed is connected to the car via a USB interface or snap-in adapter, the iDrive Controller can be used to activate electrical devices in connected houses or to switch on lights. These functions can also be automated. For example, certain settings inside the house – such as room temperature – can be activated automatically when the address is entered into the navigation system. This is not only convenient, it also helps to restrict energy use to those times when it is actually required. Users can check on the Control Display if the house doors are locked or the burglar alarm is activated. At the Samsung stand, another Smart Home application – the SmartThings app research application – is integrated into the BMW i3. It also allows functions in connected houses, such as automatically ensuring your doors are locked and temperature is adjusted as you drive away from the house. The depth of BMW ConnectDrive app and the ease of integrating it into the SmartThings platform deliver the connected car experience to both Android and iOS users. The ability to integrate smartphones running the two major operating systems for mobile devices into cars quickly and seamlessly underlines the depth of capability behind BMW ConnectedDrive.   BMW i Remote app for the Samsung Galaxy Gear S2 celebrates its premiere. The BMW i3 and BMW i8 use an integrated SIM card to provide extensive connectivity between drivers, their vehicles and the outside world. This SIM card allows users to request and operate remote functions first revealed with the presentation of the BMW i3 using the BMW i Remote smartphone app. At the IFA 2014, BMW presented the BMW i Remote app for the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch as a world first. This allows the charge level of the batteries to be checked and the car’s operating range to be displayed for the first time in this way. The car’s navigation function could also be operated using the Samsung Galaxy Gear for the first time. Intermodal route guidance for BMW i cars – which incorporates public transport such as buses or trains into efficient route guidance, e.g. during stop-start traffic – is also supported. A research application presented at Samsung’s IFA 2015 stand sees a BMW i3 linked up to the latest generation of Samsung smartwatches via the BMW i Remote app. The Samsung Galaxy Gear S2 runs the latest version of the Android operating system. Users wearing the smartwatch on their wrist can access important vehicle functions such as battery charge or the car’s operating range without having to take out a synced mobile phone. In so doing, the new Samsung smartwatch establishes itself as an additional medium for real-time information sharing between the driver and vehicle. And users don’t have to take their smartphone out of their pocket, unlock a screen or enter a code to make it happen.   The new n-tv app: quick, well-informed and comprehensive news. n-tv is Germany’s first news channel and specialises in delivering round-the-clock reports from the worlds of politics, business, sport and society. Up-to-the-minute stock market updates are a recognised focal point of n-tv- reporting. The n-tv editors already offered a special compact news service via the channel’s smartphone app (available free of charge from the Apple App Store) in the form of audio files. The news items are read by a professional newsreader and provide a summary of the most important developments at any given time. But now the new n-tv app gives users access to the news in full. The app is integrated into a BMW i3 at the n-tv stand in Hall 6.2 B, and the news is played back through the car’s audio system. Like all other smartphone apps available in BMW cars, the n-tv app is a BMW-certified application developed for the integration of smartphone apps as part of the BMW partnership programme. It can be accessed as soon as the user’s smartphone is connected to their car via snap-in adapter or USB cable. The app can be selected from the BMW ConnectedDrive menu, viewed on the Control Display and operated using the iDrive Controller.   Attachment systems for GoPro cameras. GoPro cameras are compact, robust make it very easy to capture immersive photo and video content. The rugged cameras have become a widely adopted solution for people to capture themselves engaged in their interests, whatever they may be. With the free GoPro app for the iPhone, Android and Windows smartphones , users can control their GoPro cameras intuitively from a smartphone. For example, options such as video, recording mode or photo burst can be selected. BMW ConnectedDrive and the GoPro app also allow the cameras to be operated using the iDrive Controller in a BMW and images to be viewed on the Control Display. At the GoPro stand at the IFA 2015, a BMW M6 MotoGP Safety Car is used to present solutions for mounting cameras to a BMW to best possible effect with the help of Original BMW Accessories. The M Performance Track Fix holds the camera to the outside of the body, while interior mountings from the Travel & Comfort System ensure flawless shots even when the car is being driven at its dynamic limits – e.g. on the race track.

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Drag race with launch control: Mercedes C63 AMG S vs BMW M4 vs Porsche 911 C4 GTS vs VW Polo

AutoExpress put hi-tech launch control systems to the test in a range of performance cars to see how effective they are in a standing start. The video shows the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS, BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG C63, but in the interest of fairness, ...

AutoExpress put hi-tech launch control systems to the test in a range of performance cars to see how effective they are in a standing start. The video shows the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS, BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG C63, but in the interest of fairness, they’ve included a VW Polo BlueMotion, too! As quick as they are to take the car of the start line, they can be just as slow to activate the launch control. The procedure usually involves several preparatory steps and can be different for each automaker. Let’s see which one takes the win. The article Drag race with launch control: Mercedes C63 AMG S vs BMW M4 vs Porsche 911 C4 GTS vs VW Polo appeared first on BMW BLOG

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M4 vs. C63S vs. 911 GTS launch control drag race

Auto Express puts high-tech launch control systems to the test in a range of performance cars to see how effective they are in a standing start. They’ve got the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS, BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG C 63, but in the interest of fa...

Auto Express puts high-tech launch control systems to the test in a range of performance cars to see how effective they are in a standing start. They’ve got the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS, BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG C 63, but in the interest of fairness, have also included a VW Polo BlueMotion, too!

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