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Motortrend has published an entry-level luxury sedan review, comparing the BMW 320i, Mercedes CLA250, VW CC and Buick Regal. Check out some highlights below and head on over to Motortrend for the full review. The initial idea suggested to yours trul...
Motortrend has published an entry-level luxury sedan review, comparing the BMW 320i, Mercedes CLA250, VW CC and Buick Regal. Check out some highlights below and head on over to Motortrend for the full review. The initial idea suggested to yours truly was to line up the Mercedes-Benz CLA250 against the Volkswagen CC R-Line, but the proposal was compelling for all of two minutes. Apart from vaguely sharing body shapes and having turbocharged engines with similar outputs, the bigger, $35K, entry-level luxury question asked was, “Would anybody care?” Because we wouldn’t have access to an MQB-underpinned Audi A3 until a month after our prospective itinerary, we turned to the other natural Germanic competitor. The MPV-like, front-drive BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is tentatively due in 2015, so a suitably priced 320i was chosen. The least expensive BMW sedan you can lease right this instant also, shockingly, starts at $4550 less than a no-frills 328i. Even though the 320i came fitted with the passive M sport suspension — unique springs, shock absorbers, and bushings, with 0.2/1mm thicker front/rear anti-roll bars — as part of the $1300 Sport Package, it rode confidently on its staggered 18-inch wheels. The BMW suspension delivers a reassuring ride that’s more adept than those of the Regal or CC at snuffing motions after the wheel impact, rather than letting the car oscillate on its own. The purest of BMW purists have harangued that the current F30 3 Series isn’t as laser-focused on handling and as rewarding a driver’s driver as the E30, E36, E46, and E90. We counter the F30 is still an admirable all-around vehicle. The CLA250 is way different. On an unblemished road, all is right. Take it out of its element—such as out on the wild remnants of Route 66 — and the cabin sounds like all hell has broken loose. The front end is too tight, sending loud, sharp thwacks through the air where the other three broadcast softer thumps. The body control is good, even if you feel a lot of the road. We started holding our breath any time the surface took a turn for the worse, scowling until the cracks and divots disappeared. The little Merc had optional, $500 18-inch wheels. We’d like to believe the standard 17s with slightly taller-profile tires would offer enough cushioning to alter the ride, but the harshness seems more serious than a set of tires could fix. First and second place were clear. First goes to the 320i, with its easygoing, composed chassis. It’s the most eager to go driving in by a long shot. Knocks against it: It’s weaker on wind-noise abatement and doesn’t come with as many features, although there are plenty of a la carte options to inflate the final price. Second sits the Regal, exceptionally outfitted with goodies including a heated steering wheel and AC power receptacle and boasting ride comfort for all ages. There’s no embarrassment in (inadvertently) taking it through a canyon. The votes tied the CC and CLA250, circling us back to the standoff that initiated the whole adventure. Needing to break the stalemate for third place, we flipped through the yeas and nays for the two. The CC: simple and elegantly executed, if a bit bland, and it’s definitely showing its age. The CLA250: The fuel economy (both the EPA estimate and Real MPG) is impressive, and it looks neat, but nobody mentioned the driving experience as a positive. 4th Place: Mercedes-Benz CLA250 It’ll be a star when rough-riding luxury cars become all the rage. 3rd Place: Volkswagen CC 2.0T R-Line Beauty craving more substance. 2nd Place: Buick Regal T Nearly bucked the “3 Series always win” trend. 1st Place: BMW 320i Prepared for any road, anywhere, any time.
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The online preview configurator for the BMW X4, which was revealed last week, is now online. For details on the X4, see the X4 Official Thread.
Posted by http://www.2addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=955305 in News on March 10, 2014
BMW M235i review by XCAR: The BMW M235i is a rare thing. It’s the kind of car that just feels… right. It makes you feel special, and it makes me wonder whether BMW needs release an M2 at all.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/03/10/bmw-i8-deliveries-customers-starting-june-updated-specs/ in News on March 10, 2014
With the completion of the development work and final preparations for production at the BMW Group plant in Leipzig, the launch of the BMW i8 approaches its peak. Delivery of the first customer cars will start in June 2014, beginning with the main Eu...
With the completion of the development work and final preparations for production at the BMW Group plant in Leipzig, the launch of the BMW i8 approaches its peak. Delivery of the first customer cars will start in June 2014, beginning with the main European markets. Beforehand, special public events will be held in various regions all over the world to meet the enormous interest in the BMW i8. For this purpose BMW i agents will be equipped with separate demonstration vehicles. The start of series production of customer vehicles will commence in April. Customers have already been able to place pre-orders for the BMW i8 in all major markets since autumn 2013. However, demand for the BMW i8 is already exceeding the planned production volume during ramp-up.
Further improvements to the BMW i8 specifications In parallel to the completion of the statutory type approval the BMW engineers were also able to achieve a further improvement of key driving performance and fuel consumption data. Thanks to its novel powertrain concept BMW eDrive in plug-in hybrid configuration, the i8 combines a 0–100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of 4.4 seconds with an EU test cycle average fuel consumption of 2.1 litres/100 km (134.5 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions of 49 g/km. The related electricity consumption was measured at 11.9 kWh per 100 km . Every-day fuel economy substantially better than all conventional sports car concepts Although the results achieved in the EU test cycle allow for quick comparisons with other vehicles and despite their relevance for a favorable taxation in many countries, the BMW i8 engineers hat a particular focus on low fuel consumption in real life. As a result the BMW i8 shows extraordinary efficiency not only in standardized testing procedures, but also in the practice of everyday traffic:
In typical everyday commuting, with the battery fully charged at the beginning, the BMW i8 can return a fuel consumption below 5 litres/100 km (more than 56 mpg imp) around town. If the commute includes extra-urban or motorway driving less than 7 litres (more than 40 mpg imp) are achievable.. Even in longer-distance operation at higher speeds, drivers can keep their average fuel consumption below 8 litres/100 km (more than 35 mpg imp). Overall, the fuel consumption of the plug-in hybrid model therefore works out around 50 per cent better than that of conventionally powered sports car models. World’s first production car with laser light. Introduction of the optional BMW laser headlights is scheduled for autumn 2014, when the BMW i8 will become the world’s first production car to offer this innovative lighting technology. BMW laser headlights are around 30 per cent more energy-efficient than the BMW i8’s standard LED headlights and provide considerably more powerful road illumination, with a range of up to 600 metres. Highly concentrated beams of light from high-performance laser diodes act on a fluorescent phosphor material inside the headlight, which projects a sharply focused beam of light onto the road. The laser headlights produce a light similar to natural daylight and are therefore always easy on the eye. BMW eDrive: Sports car powertrain of the future. The BMW i8’s plug-in hybrid system comprises a 170 kW/231 hp, 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a 96 kW/131 hp, 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) hybrid synchronous electric motor. The BMW eDrive system also includes a lithium-ion high-voltage battery (with a usable capacity of 5,2 kWh) and intelligent energy management that uses the combined output of 266 kW/362 hp to provide breathtaking performance and maximum efficiency, while always taking into account the driving situation and driver requirements. The excellent balance between driving pleasure and fuel economy is aided by a low vehicle weight of 1,485 kg (DIN kerb weight) and an unusually good drag coefficient (Cd) for a sports car of 0.26. In zero-emission all-electric mode, the BMW i8 has a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph) and a range of 37 kilometres (23 miles) within the EU test cycle. Depending on whether the plug-in hybrid sports car’s lithium-ion battery is recharged at a household power socket or BMW i Wallbox, or at a public charging station, charging times range from less than two up to three hours. In Sport mode the BMW i8 offers mid-range acceleration from 80 to 120 km/h (50 to 75 mph) in 2.6 seconds. The electronically governed top speed is 250 km/h (155 mph). The article BMW i8 deliveries to customers starting in June – Updated specs appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/03/10/real-life-photos-2015-bmw-x4/ in News on March 10, 2014
Ahead of its New York Auto Show debut, the new 2015 BMW X4 was spotted in Germany. The prototype is painted in the rich color Deep Sea Blue Metallic while the body kit of the X4 gets the xLine treatment. The X4 also sits on alloy wheels V-spoke 307 i...
Ahead of its New York Auto Show debut, the new 2015 BMW X4 was spotted in Germany. The prototype is painted in the rich color Deep Sea Blue Metallic while the body kit of the X4 gets the xLine treatment. The X4 also sits on alloy wheels V-spoke 307 in 18 inches. In Europe, the xLine package for the X4 costs, depending on the engine, between 1400 and 2200 euros. The package comes with 18 inch wheels, various exterior elements in matte aluminum finish and a fabric and leather combination with colored contrast stitching.
Prices for the BMW X4 2014 start at 45,600 euros for the X4 xDrive20d with the 190 hp B47 engine. Then at 46,100 euros base price we have the gasoline-powered X4 xDrive20i with 184 hp. 61 hp more under the hood of the X4 xDrive28i will set you back at least 51,700 euros. For the top-line six-cylinder petrol engine with 306 hp BMW asks 58,000 euros. The 258-hp BMW X4 xDrive30d costs a minimum of 55,100 euros while the xDrive35d has a price of 60,100. In the US, the X4 will be offered with a choice of two TwinPower Turbo engines. The X4 xDrive28i, with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $45,625 (including destination and handling), will feature the 240 horsepower 2.0-liter four cylinder engine while the top-of-line X4 xDrive35i, with an MSRP of $48,925 (including destination and handling) will output 306 hp.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/03/10/new-family-bmw-engines/ in News on March 10, 2014
Miramas, France – BMW showed off the tangible results of the new 500cc combustion chamber engine family announced during Innovation Day 2012. Now in production the first of the new engines are to be found in MINIs and soon BMWs. The beauty of the c...
Miramas, France – BMW showed off the tangible results of the new 500cc combustion chamber engine family announced during Innovation Day 2012. Now in production the first of the new engines are to be found in MINIs and soon BMWs. The beauty of the common combustion chamber is that the a family of engines, 3, 4, and 6 cylinders, utilize a set of common components, 60% common within diesel and petrol iterations. And a 40% commonality shared by the diesel and petrol variants. The commonality extends to shared production processes and production line. But even more important is the common software core required for mapping ignition and fuel burns. This is a very efficient way of handling an expensive resource, programming skills.
In addition to showing examples of 3 and 4 cylinder diesel and petrol variants of the new engine family, BMW displayed and innovated water jacketed exhaust manifold for a 3 cylinder motor. This will aid in thermal management of the engine. Also acoustic and thermal jacketing was shown for the engines. By blanketing the engine they help maintain an appropriate temperature range. They also reduce the need for additional acoustical deadening material. Managing noise directly at the source rather than managing the noise (and resonances) later saves weight and adds to the efficiency of the vehicle. The new engine family will be found throughout the BMW model range in the near future.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/03/10/bmw-makes-big-splash-amelia-island-gallery/ in News on March 10, 2014
This past weekend marked the 2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and the BMW brand was represented with some very important models. The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, nestled just south of the Georgia-Florida state line and just no...
This past weekend marked the 2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and the BMW brand was represented with some very important models. The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, nestled just south of the Georgia-Florida state line and just north of Jacksonville, has become one of the premier events in the U.S., along with Pebble Beach, for car auctions and car shows allowing patrons to see anything from a McLaren P1 to a 1950′s Chrysler concept car to a Porsche 956 all the way back to a turn of the century Packard – all under an elegant, picturesque setting of the front green of the Ritz Carlton hotel flanked by both the sandy dunes of the Atlantic and moss-laden oak trees and marsh.
For 2014, BMW made a big splash both on their turn out and their own display as well as privately held collections. The Gooding auction kicked off Friday with a 1958 BMW 507 going under the gavel for a hair over $1.8 million while a BMW M1 closed out for nearly $400,000. As day turned to night, I was lucky enough to attend a dinner comprised of an audience far more capable behind the wheel than I. A quick scan of the room revealed the likes of racing greats such as Bobby Rahal, Brian Redman, Derek Bell, Sam Posey, Jochen Mass, and the affable, hilarious David Hobbs. BMW threw a terrific dinner in the ballroom of the Ritz Carlton honoring Hobbs and his time with BMW. By way of an interview conducted by Sam Posey, Hobbs took the audience back to the Golden Era of racing with his stories piloting 320i Turbos and M1′s – doing so many times with outrageous humor and wonderful story-telling.
The following morning, I scoured the grounds of the Ritz, along with a few thousand other people. Most notably, walking towards the front entrance of the hotel I noticed a low slung, electric blue wedge. Sure enough, an i8 in Protonic Blue was lounging underneath a handful of palm trees in the company of an Austin Yellow M4 and Hellrot E30 M3 – quite the legacy to measure up to – but the i8 certainly looks to be up to the task. Certainly it was no accident that the i8 was parted adjacent to a 1978 M1! Moving onto the golf course, BMW was represented on Saturday morning by a decade-spanning field. The BMW contingent was comprised of a flock of E9′s (some CSLs and some CSI’s) all of the group speckled in colors like Fjord Blue, Polaris Silver and Chamonix White. A trio of racing CSL’s led the pack with winners of the 1975 12 Hours of Sebring and 1976 24 Hours of Daytona best representing the brand’s racing legacy. Tucked away in the pack were other gems such as a mint 850CSi, an E21 320i presented by BMW Classic, and a mashup of numerous M cars.
Sunday was show day and BMW did not disappoint. Beyond the handful of racing CSL’s spanning the early to mid-1970′s and the 1977 David Hobbs’ 320i Turbo, BMW of North America brought out a jewel in the crown of Bavarian classics, the original BMW Art Car: The Alexander Calder CSL.
The amalgam of red, blue, yellow and white strafing the CSL’s body was commissioned just a year or so prior to Calder’s death though the car would go on to compete in the 1975 24 Hours of Le Mans, piloted by two Frenchmen Poulain and Guichet along with the great American racer and writer Sam Posey. Though the car would not finish the race, the flashy CSL would launch a fleet of Art Car projects by BMW that stretched another four decades. Lucky for me, after a 39 year journey, I was able to view the very first. Today, ensconced in a glass cage, it sat on the green of the Amelia Island Ritz Carlton – presenting itself to the world again and looking none worse for the wear. It’s certainly a rarity for car enthusiasts to celebrate both fine art and fine automobiles in a single form.
Beyond the Calder CSL, a relative Mona Lisa of the show, the flock of racing CSL’s crossed the show grounds for judging. Interestingly, the 3.5L factory CSL with driving of duo Brian Redman and Ronnie Peterson took home first in its class – proudly sporting a blue ribbon on the driver’s front quarter panel as it glided through the droves of onlookers. The BMW-powered McLaren F1 GTR? Sadly, it didn’t receive the same warm welcome. While relatively young in the car world, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance has managed to successfully merge both old and new world automobiles under a canopy of blue skies and mossy oak trees. It’s great to see that BMW as a brand have committed so heavily to providing its own spin on an already stellar field of classics and performance cars. If you have not had a chance to make it to the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance then do it next year. The thousands of people who continue to set record attendance for the event demand it!
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Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/03/10/gear-use-photoshoots-auto-shows/ in News on March 10, 2014
Every year, we spend many days on the road covering exclusive BMW news. From auto shows and press car launches, to test drives and lifestyle events, the BMWBLOG team aims to cover anything and everything in the BMW world, and to capture for you, thro...
Every year, we spend many days on the road covering exclusive BMW news. From auto shows and press car launches, to test drives and lifestyle events, the BMWBLOG team aims to cover anything and everything in the BMW world, and to capture for you, through photography and videos, our unique experiences with BMW cars. But to accomplish this over the years we had to invest heavily in the latest and greatest equipment that gives the content a polished and professional look. Therefore the purpose of today’s article is to outline some of the gear we used in our trips that not only make our life easier, but also delivers you the digital content you expect from us. Digital Cameras
Among all of us we use a variety of Nikon and Canon cameras, from the highly regarded and expensive Canon 5D Mark III, Nikon D600 and D800, to the budget-friendly Nikon D6000. All of these cameras are paired to amazing lenses that help us capture the best BMW photos in any conditions. Those medium and high-end cameras as perfect for local photoshoots and car events, but they can be a burden when traveling overseas or even domestically.
So recently, we started to experiment with newer technology from SONY that delivers great photography in a much more compact body. The last camera to join our gear portfolio is a SONY NEX-5T mirrorless camera which uses the same sensor format that Sony builds into their full-sized DSLR cameras. Using a standard 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 power zoom kit lens, the overall package is more compact that any other equipment we have used before, without sacrificing quality. The NEX-5T can also capture fast-moving action at 10fps at full resolution, shoot 1920x1080p video as high-quality AVCHD file, so at times it can substitute the video cameras we have in rotation. The latest test drive of the 2014 BMW M6 Coupe was shot entirely with Sony’s mirrorless camera and while not at the 5D Mark III quality, the photos were quite amazing. Other high-end Sony ALPHA mirrorless products are said to deliver even better results while still having an extremely compact body and lenses. We also see more and more journalists using those cameras at auto shows where the smaller form factor enables mobility. Video Gear
Most of the in-motion footage we shoot is accomplished with the excellent GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition. Three of those compact cameras make our life infinitely easier and they are a breeze to travel with. Snap them on the car or inside the cabin, connect your smartphone to the cameras, adjust the angles and off you go. Here is a video we shot in Estoril, Portugal with the BMW M6 Competiton Package.
For auto shows and car launches we try to get a bit more creative and the latest addition to our gear simply helps us achieve that look and feel we crave to see in videos. The Konova K3 stable and smooth slider is often used in professional cinematography and we were pleasantly surprised by its capabilities when we tested it at this year’s Detroit Auto Show.
Another important tools in our portfolio, and probably most photographers would agree with us, are the tripods that helps us capture precise images with stunning quality. We use a variety of models from Manfrotto, and one worth mentioning for its versatility and lightweight travel is the BeFree model. Audio Gear
One of the best investments for an automotive website, or any other medias that produce audio content, is a wireless system and microphones that could capture clear sound while surrounded by loud ambient noise. Or in some cases, blocking out that background noise while capturing the engine sound on the race track. Here at BMWBLOG we use the Shure FP Wireless System and both the SM58® handheld and WL183 lavalier microphones that are also extremely useful during our usual interviews with BMW executives and designers. Easy to use, compact and delivering high-quality, the Shure FP Wireless System has certainly made our life easier. Travel Bags So how do we manage to travel with all this equipment, both by car or by plane? For international auto shows and car launches around the world we tend to pack a bit more than usual and we found the Briggs & Riley bags to fit our needs perfectly.
For a lighter trip when not all the gear is needed, we use the Baseline expandable rolling carry-on which fits perfectly in overhead bins and has a flat bottom which does wonders for compact packing. Another great feature is the CX expansion-compression system that increases packing capacity by 25%, then compresses back to original size for easy overhead storage. The rolling bag is also extremely helpful during auto shows when traveling from one hall to another can be challenging when carrying lots of equipment. We’ve also used the bag on our test drives when shooting from one location to another requires a versatile and compact bag, yet durable.
For extended trips where we need to pack more things, while keeping the expensive gear well protected, we use the Briggs&Riley TORQ Large Spinner, a hard shell suitcase that has a capacity of 6347.7 cu. in. / 104.0 liters while weighing only 12.2 lbs / 5.5 kg. The four wheel assemblies with rubber-treaded, ball-bearing-mounted wheels provide a low center of gravity and rotate 360 degrees for ease of transport through busy airports.
To carry and protect our laptops, tables and smartphones, and other electronic devices, we use another Briggs&Riley product, the Medium Expandable Brief. It is lightweight, made of durable nylon and looks stylish, and with its expendable feature it can turn into a bag for quick overnight trips. Using it during the last few auto shows and press trips, we came to love its versatility and the numerous compartments and dividers. We even shoved photo cameras in there for those quick trips. With technology changing at a rapid pace we expect our gear portfolio to change over time so expect an update in the near future. The article The Gear We Use For Photoshoots And Auto Shows appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/03/09/bmw-i8-pure-impulse-package-costs-145000-euros/ in News on March 9, 2014
In Germany, the BMW i8 starts at €126,000, while in the UK it will cost £ 99,125. The U.S. market will also get the BMW i8 in 2014 at a base price of $135,700. But what would be the price if you were to add one of the pre-defined packages? The Pur...
In Germany, the BMW i8 starts at €126,000, while in the UK it will cost £ 99,125. The U.S. market will also get the BMW i8 in 2014 at a base price of $135,700. But what would be the price if you were to add one of the pre-defined packages? The Pure Impulse Package will set you back another 19,000 euros to a whooping 145,000 euros for the i8 in Germany. The Pure Impulse package includes the Head-Up Display, 20-inch wheels, a leather-wrapped instrument panel and special embroidering for the headrests.
Additionally, the buyer can add customize the i8 with separate options, like the Driving Assistant Plus package for 2,600 euros and Head Up Display – 1,390 euros. BMW i8 – BMWBLOG First Drive Another interesting detail is the tank size: according to Bimmertoday, the BMW i8 in standard form is delivered with a 30 liters small tank for the three-cylinder engine in the rear, but for an additional 100 euros, a 42 liter tank is available. Even with the larger tank, the curb weight still falls under 1,500 kilograms. BMW i8 goes on sale this Spring in Germany, followed by an U.S. market launch in July. The article BMW i8 with Pure Impulse Package costs 145,000 euros appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/03/09/2014-geneva-motor-show-new-mercedes-benz-c-class/ in News on March 9, 2014
The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class made its European debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Sporting a new design, resembling a smaller S-Class, the new C-Class comes to market to take on its traditional competitors, the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4. The W205 c...
The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class made its European debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Sporting a new design, resembling a smaller S-Class, the new C-Class comes to market to take on its traditional competitors, the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4. The W205 codenamed car sports high strength steel with a high percentage of aluminum body panels. The C300 and C400 come standard with a seven speed automatic. The new C class will be stiff competition in the heart of premium car market. In the U.S., the new C-Class will be available from September 2014 with two gasoline powertrains: the C 300 4MATIC with a 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection in-line four-cylinder engine producing 235 hp and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque and a C 400 4MATIC with a 3.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection V6 churning out 329 hp and 354 lb-ft (480 Nm) of torque.
In Europe, the C-Class will launch with three engine variants: a diesel (C 220 BlueTEC) and two petrol models (C 180 and C 200). The 2.1-liter diesel produces 168 hp (170PS) and is the most economical, averaging 4 l/100 km (58.8 mpg US). The C 180 features a 154hp (156PS) 1.6-liter engine that returns 5 l/100 km (47 mpg US), while the C 200 has a 2.0-liter unit producing 181 hp (184PS) and averaging 5.3 l/100 km (44.4 mpg US). The C200 is the fastest of these three models, sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.5 seconds. Here is a photo gallery:
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