BMW M235i Tuned by Dinan

Dinan has announced their tuning program for the new BMW M235i Coupe. The tuning package includes the Performance Spring Set, Free Flow Exhaust system and DINANTRONICS Performance tuner, bumping the power numbers by 44 horsepower and 77 lb-ft of torq...

Dinan has announced their tuning program for the new BMW M235i Coupe. The tuning package includes the Performance Spring Set, Free Flow Exhaust system and DINANTRONICS Performance tuner, bumping the power numbers by 44 horsepower and 77 lb-ft of torque. Dinan’s Bolt-On Free Flow exhaust system features 16 gauge 304 stainless steel construction measured to exact specifications to ensure the proper fit and will resist corrosion for years to come. This system is designed to add a more aggressive sound under acceleration and more horsepower, while reducing drone inside the vehicle thanks to the incorporation of a Helmholtz chamber. The exhaust gasses exit out of the laser engraved twin 89mm ceramic black or polished stainless steel exhaust tips.

BMW M235i Tuned by Dinan

The DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner enhances engine performance of the M235i and its Stage 1 DINANTRONICS unit produces 364HP and 407 lb-ft of torque. Dinan’s Performance Spring Set lowers the M235i by ½” front and 1”rear, preserving suspension geometry and lowering the car’s center of gravity for enhanced handling and driver control. An additional option for this system is the progressive rate bump stops to increase suspension travel. The Dinan springs are CNC wound with high-tensile chrome silicon wire and shot-peened for stress relief to last the life of the car.

BMW M235i Tuned by Dinan

The 10% increase in spring rate will reduce the rear suspension compression under acceleration and front suspension compression (or dive) under braking, giving your car a more controlled feel. Reduced body roll makes steering more responsive to driver input and will be noticed at speeds as low as 20 mph, up to the top speed of the vehicle. READ ALSO: BMW M235i with LSD – Test Drive “The M235i is one of the most fun R&D vehicles we’ve ever had,” said Dinan Engineering President Steve Dinan. “We’re excited to see where we can push this car and what kind of extra performance we can extract from the N55 and this nimble chassis.” The kit is now available at www.dinancars.com

BMW M235i Tuned by Dinan

BMW M235i Tuned by Dinan

BMW M235i Tuned by Dinan

BMW M235i Tuned by Dinan

BMW M235i Tuned by Dinan

BMW M235i Tuned by Dinan

BMW M235i Tuned by Dinan

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BMWBLOG orders a BMW i3

BMWBLOG’s 2014 BMW i3 in Solar Orange just went Status 150 – Production Started today and we have our VIN. Choosing an i3 wasn’t a difficult decision.  The tough decision, however, was deciding to get an i3 with or without the Range Ex...

BMWBLOG’s 2014 BMW i3 in Solar Orange just went Status 150 – Production Started today and we have our VIN. Choosing an i3 wasn’t a difficult decision.  The tough decision, however, was deciding to get an i3 with or without the Range Extender.  The i3 REx has so much going for it with roughly twice the range and with an onboard generator to cure one’s range anxiety.  Ultimately however, we elected to go for the pure electric variant given our daily driving range and desire to immerse ourselves in a pure electric driving lifestyle.

BMWBLOG orders a BMW i3

Got electric car range anxiety? The i3 Rex has the cure.  The i3 REx has a rear-mounted 650cc, 34 hp, two-cylinder, gasoline-powered generator, which roughly doubles the i3’s range. In the U.S., when the battery gets to about 6%, the Range Extender kicks in. The Range Extender never directly drives the vehicle’s wheels as it instead just generates electricity. The system also adds roughly 330 lbs. to the vehicle curb weight and has a fuel capacity of 2.4 gallons in Europe and 1.9 gallons in the US.  Choosing an i3 REx adds $3,850 to the base price of the pure electric (BEV) i3.  In our case, our daily range doesn’t really exceed 50 miles, so we felt comfortable with the i3 pure electric.  It will be interesting to see how the range fluctuates with Midwestern winters. READ ALSO: Can I fit my bass in a BMW i3? As far as options go, we were fairly liberal with checking boxes.  We started with Tera World which adds full leather, comfort access, universal garage door opener and 19” alloy style 428 wheels with 19/155/70’s front 19/175/60 rear tires.  Then we added the Tech and Driving assist package which adds Active Cruise Control, enhanced “Professional” Navigation, BMW Apps and BMW Online as well as Real-Time Traffic. Though we didn’t really want parking assistant, the Rear View Camera and Park Distance control were more of a necessity as we will be backing our i3 into the garage to its charger.  We are, however, looking forward to playing around with the Parking Assistant just to see how far this technology has come.  Finally, we specked our i3 in Solar Orange and heated seats, which completed our order. To lease or to buy the i3

BMWBLOG orders a BMW i3

This one was actually far more difficult than I thought.  I have never leased a car before as I like to buy and hold my cars longer than the typical lease.  Though there is no right or wrong answer here, my main reasoning here is that I’ve never owned an electric car before and this is an easier way to tiptoe in.  Leasing will give me a defined amount that three years of driving will cost.  Others feel that the lease is such a bad deal that they recommend purchasing.  Even our EV expert, Tom Moloughney purchased his i3 REx. A definite downside to leasing is that BMW gives you only $4850 of the $7500 tax credit where other manufactures like Nissan give you the full credit when you lease their Leaf electric car.  BMW states that they can only claim the $4875 in a lease.  Owner’s Choice is one way BMW does give you a way at capturing the full $7500 tax credit via a $7500 loan that is due when you turn the i3 back in.  The purchaser claims the credit on their taxes and keeps the dollars amount to pay back at the end the agreement term.

BMWBLOG orders a BMW i3

Charging the i3 from a Solar Array An electric car plus a Solar array is a pretty sweet combo.  We have a 12 kW system for our house and in July we have consumed 32 kWh while producing a daily average of 53 kWh.  It is summer and the days are longest but even in the winter, I am hoping our Solar System will produce more than we consume.  So we should be able to drive our i3 BEV on solar power while still being a net producer. BMW i3  – $41,350 Solar Orange Metallic with Frozen Grey accent – $550 Tera World – $2,700 Tech & Driving Asst Package – $2,500 Parking Asst Package – $1,000 Heated Front Seats – $350 Destination & Handling – $925 MSRP – $49,375 We have a production number and the i3 is expected to go into production the week of August 4th. READ ALSO: How to track your BMW i3 order The article BMWBLOG orders a BMW i3 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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The 2017 BMW 6 Series will continue to be built at Dingolfing plant

According to a report by Automobile Woche, the new 2017 BMW 6 Series models will be built at the Dingolfing plant. BMW met with union representatives from IG Metall to discuss the future plans and the proposed savings programs as well which will save...

According to a report by Automobile Woche, the new 2017 BMW 6 Series models will be built at the Dingolfing plant. BMW met with union representatives from IG Metall to discuss the future plans and the proposed savings programs as well which will save about 100 million euros at locations in Dingolfing, Regensburg and Munich. The two parties also agreed to a reduction of the so-called 15-minute snack break which will account for 35 million euros savings.

The 2017 BMW 6 Series will continue to be built at Dingolfing plant

IG Metall also wants further investments at the plant, including a new paint shop and upgrades to the press shop. The 2017 BMW 6 Series, presumably named G32 and G33, is based on the 2016 G30 BMW 5 Series so will feature a lighter chassis and will make use of lightweight materials. The luxurious two-and four-door will remain priced clearly above the BMW 5 Series and retain their own interior. At least one variant with a plug-in hybrid drive will be added to the 6 Series family, while most of the variants will continue to be powered by conventional petrol and diesel engines. [Source: Bimmertoday] The article The 2017 BMW 6 Series will continue to be built at Dingolfing plant appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Video: The BMW M3 vs the Alpina D3

With the addition of turbochargers to the M3, the difference between these Alpina and BMW M have lessens. But could the D3 truly be as good as the M3? And (gasp) could it be faster? Autocar’s… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my w...

With the addition of turbochargers to the M3, the difference between these Alpina and BMW M have lessens. But could the D3 truly be as good as the M3? And (gasp) could it be faster? Autocar’s… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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BMW Unveils BMW i DC Fast Chargers & ChargeNow DC Fast Program

At Plug-In 2014, a conference dedicated to discussing key issues for the long-term success of electric vehicles, BMW of North America launched its BMW i DC Fast Chargers which can charge the BMW i3… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my w...

At Plug-In 2014, a conference dedicated to discussing key issues for the long-term success of electric vehicles, BMW of North America launched its BMW i DC Fast Chargers which can charge the BMW i3… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Slicks + Nordschleife = Scary Movie. Impressions of RCN Race #5

Slicks + Nordschleife = Scary Movie. Impressions of RCN race #5 from Green Hell Nurburgring extraordinaire lukester. ...

Slicks + Nordschleife = Scary Movie. Impressions of RCN race #5 from Green Hell Nurburgring extraordinaire lukester.

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BMW Motorrad Collaborates with Belstaff on their Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

Both founded in the 1920s, BMW Motorrad and Belstaff are two tradition-steeped brands that have built their success on premium quality, high-tech materials and distinctive design. It is perhaps surprising that the two style-setting companies took so ...

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Both founded in the 1920s, BMW Motorrad and Belstaff are two tradition-steeped brands that have built their success on premium quality, high-tech materials and distinctive design. It is perhaps surprising that the two style-setting companies took so long before deciding to work together, but if the Spring/Summer 2015 collection recently presented at Milan men’s fashion […]

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BMW Team RLL Finish 6th and 7th at the Brickyard Grand Prix

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – July 25, 2014 . . . Despite both BMW Team RLL Z4 GTLM machines showing speed in practice and taking their turn leading today’s Brickyard Grand Prix, the 2.75-hour race ended with neither car reaching the Indianapolis Mo...

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – July 25, 2014 . . . Despite both BMW Team RLL Z4 GTLM machines showing speed in practice and taking their turn leading today’s Brickyard Grand Prix, the 2.75-hour race ended with neither car reaching the Indianapolis Motor Speedway podium. Round Seven of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the first race of the new sports car series held at the 2.435-mile, 14-turn Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, was a dramatic affair. Contact from the extremely close competition ultimately slowed both BMWs, relegating them to sixth and seventh place finishes. After beginning the season with four consecutive podium finishes, the last three races have seen a best finish of fourth (Round Six, CTMP, 4th, No. 56). Bill Auberlen and Andy Priaulx finished sixth in the No. 55 BMW Z4 GTLM. Priaulx started the race from the fifth position and quickly moved up to third, then second, but dropped to tenth after being forced to the pits for damage to the rear of the car after contact with a prototype car. Needing less fuel because of his early stop, the race’s third caution period saw him cycle to the front of the GTLM field. A difficult restart dropped him to eighth before pitting to give Auberlen the wheel. The Californian quickly regained two positions and held the position for the remainder of the race to finish sixth. Download the entire newsletter.

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Pizza Hut’s TMNT Pizza-Thrower Tank Gives Delivery a Whole New Meaning

Turning enemies to crust at max range of 30 feet. ...

Turning enemies to crust at max range of 30 feet.

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Report: Scion xB and xD Out, Toyota Yaris and Auris Derivatives In

Next-generation Scion models go in a different direction. ...

Next-generation Scion models go in a different direction.

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