Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/09/16/2015-volkswagen-gti-vs-2015-mini-cooper-s-comparison-test/ in News on September 16, 2014
Road & Track test drives and compares the 2015 Volkswagen GTI vs 2015 Mini Cooper S. 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 – ...
Road & Track test drives and compares the 2015 Volkswagen GTI vs 2015 Mini Cooper S. 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). Top speed is limited to 146 mph (235 km/h).
The 2015 Volkswagen GTI uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder producing 220 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. It runs to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds. Top speed stops at 124 mph. Here is an excerpt from the review: Throw a few curves into the mix, and it’s the same story: cohesive unity versus the fleeting brilliance of individual components. The Mini shines in places, its short wheelbase granting it the agility you expect from a Cooper S, the wider track making it feel as firmly planted as trees. We liked its steering, the way it dives into turns, the reassuring feel of the brake pedal. And it has plenty of torque to corrupt those front wheels, too—or it would if not for Mini’s electronic differential lock. It’s a brake-based system akin to that on a base GTI, nipping the rotor of a spinning inside wheel to help turn the car and redistribute torque across the axle (although VW’s system goes one further and also brakes the inside rear wheel). Get right-foot-heavy into a corner and the Cooper subtly dials out your excess, the gently blinking stability-control light letting you know the car is making you look good, not the other way around. In the Golf, same curve, same speed, same amount of gas, there’s a lot less fuss. If the Mini makes you look like a hero, hurling the GTI through bends is a medal of valor presentation ceremony on wheels. Both cars use struts up front and a multilink rear axle. Both send their power solely to the front wheels, but our test Mini’s all-season rubber can’t match the stick of our test GTI’s summer tires. Full review READ ALSO: MINI Cooper S Test Drive The article 2015 Volkswagen GTI vs 2015 Mini Cooper S Comparison Test appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/09/16/rumor-mini-rocketman-back-agenda/ in News on September 15, 2014
AutoExpress reports that the MINI Rocketman is back on the agenda at the British automaker. Considered to be a MINI city car, the Rocketman would take on rivals like the Smart ForTwo and Toyota iQ. The unique 3+1 seater features three doors and has l...
AutoExpress reports that the MINI Rocketman is back on the agenda at the British automaker. Considered to be a MINI city car, the Rocketman would take on rivals like the Smart ForTwo and Toyota iQ. The unique 3+1 seater features three doors and has length just over 3 meters, cater to the urban lifestyle in big cities. Head of design Anders Warming stressed the brand was still keen on the idea of a tiny city car, but “won’t reveal anything more [to the world] until [a viable design] is ready”. But Warming suggested to AutoExpress that the Rocketman was still on the table. “For sure, a MINI should always be a small car, so [a new city car] would be appropriate for the brand,” he said. “At the moment, we don’t have the right tech solutions, but we are working on it. We don’t yet have a final solution, you could say.”
The MINI Rocketman Concept was unveiled in 2011 at the Geneva Motor Show and was was based on a lightweight carbon fiber. But Warming says that might not be the material of choice if going into production. “I don’t believe carbon fiber is the route to a superlight MINI,” says Warming. “Our concepts have had carbon parts, but aluminium is more likely. We want to reduce parts, to do more with less.” As for the interior, Warming said: “To have a great cabin, all you need is a great steering wheel, a seat and a great user interface. We want no superfluous parts. Driving in the city is stressful enough, so we need a reduction in the number of elements… True luxury is now simplicity.” The MINI Rocketman Concept measures 3.419 meters (approx. 11 ft. 3 in.) in length, adding just a few extra centimeters to the front and rear of the brand’s founding father born in 1959. The new study is 1.907 meters. In person, the car resembles the classic Mini more than the official photos reveal and the obvious question arises: who can fit in the car? Wide-opening doors with double-hinge joints and integrated sills facilitate entry into the MINI Rocketman Concept, making it easier even for 6″2 tall people to slide in. Just don’t expect to see a production Rocketman before 2016, with prices set to start at around £11,500. The article Rumor: MINI Rocketman is back on the agenda appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/09/16/designworksusa-panasonic-avionics-create-new-flight-entertainment-user-experience/ in News on September 15, 2014
BMW DesignworksUSA announces a partnership with Panasonic Avionics to design a next-generation user interface template for X Series in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems using Panasonic’s eXcite2 interactive creation tool. eXcite2 offers airlines a...
BMW DesignworksUSA announces a partnership with Panasonic Avionics to design a next-generation user interface template for X Series in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems using Panasonic’s eXcite2 interactive creation tool. eXcite2 offers airlines a templated format for their IFE system interactive that can be customized for an individual airline’s unique branding and content. United Airlines is one of the biggest airlines using the system. Designworks USA brought to the table their experience in interface design and designing premium products. The design challenge was to create a template that was flexible enough to work with varied airline environments while still retaining an elegant and sophisticated user experience. The user interface was designed specifically to adapt to multiple brands. It provides a powerful set of tools that allow an airline to customize both the aesthetics and functionality of the graphical user interface. An airline manufacturer can customize the service experience expanding the revenue generating options with advertising, food and beverage, as well as duty free shopping. Overall, the new user interface provides a customizable and quick to market solution that enhances an airline’s brand.
“DesignworksUSA’s deep knowledge in interface design and branding helped contribute to the successful collaboration with Panasonic Avionics.” said Laurenz Schaffer, President, BMW Group DesignworksUSA. “We understood how to create a system that maximizes individualized application for different airlines while emphasizing each airline’s unique brand attributes.” This flexible and sophisticated IFE collaboration will be revealed at the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) Expo on September 15, 2014 in Anaheim, CA. READ ALSO: A Visit To BMW Designworks USA The article DesignworksUSA and Panasonic Avionics to create new In-Flight Entertainment user experience appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/09/16/petrolicious-tells-us-mini-classic-rockstar-status/ in News on September 15, 2014
There are certain cars that define a place and time. Cars that are so part of the culture that they helped to define it. The Mini is one of them. But why is that? Well, as Mr. Sumner Norman explains, it’s because the Mini was ubiquitous–every...
There are certain cars that define a place and time. Cars that are so part of the culture that they helped to define it. The Mini is one of them. But why is that? Well, as Mr. Sumner Norman explains, it’s because the Mini was ubiquitous–everyone bought one, be it moms shopping for groceries or international recording stars like the Beatles who recognized its universal appeal. And just like Beetles (the VWs mind you, not the boys from Liverpool) and Ford Model Ts, people began modifying Minis for racing almost as soon as they hit the marketplace. Sumner’s 1971 Morris Mini was not immune to this trend as it sports the Cooper’s 1275cc engine along with its disc brakes. But the Mini was never really about horsepower, it’s more about the handling and according to Sumner, the bends are where the Mini really comes alive for you courtesy of its rubber cone suspension. And raising your spirits is what the Mini is really all about.
In fact, if you’re ever feeling down all you need to do is jump in the Mini and go for a drive. Peoples’ response is just amazing according to Sumner, they cheer you on. Folks wave or flash the thumbs up or ask questions so often that it’s by the time you get home you’ll be in a better mood. Whether your day job is rockstar or not, a jaunt in the Mini turns you into one. The article Petrolicious tells us why the MINI Classic has a rockstar status appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.automobilemag.com/features/news/1409-ferrari-preparing-ultra-limited-nart-model-for-u-s-market/ in News on September 15, 2014
Car arrives as di Montezemolo steps down.
Posted by http://www.automobilemag.com/features/news/1409-report-2016-mazda-mx-5-miata-base-engine-has-130-hp/ in News on September 15, 2014
1.5-liter Skyactiv mill slated for ND Miata.
Posted by http://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=901686 in News on September 15, 2014
Here’s our newest product / model information for the upcoming BMW X2, 7 Series and FWD models, courtesy of ynguldyn. F47 X2 will come to the U.S. as 25i with sdrive and xdrive. The complete family of BMW FWD vehicles at the moment looks as fo...
Here’s our newest product / model information for the upcoming BMW X2, 7 Series and FWD models, courtesy of ynguldyn. F47 X2 will come to the U.S. as 25i with sdrive and xdrive. The complete family of BMW FWD vehicles at the moment looks as follows:- F45 hatchback- F46 MPV (not for the U.S.)- F47 X2- F48 X1- F49 X1 LWB (China only?)- F52 1 series something or other A few things to expect in the G11/G12 7 series:- LED lights standard with laser optional- B&W audio- Advanced parking assist- Most optional wheel styles will be bi-color (I’m guessing similar to i cars?)- Next gen drive assist- Wifi hotspot
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/09/15/bmw-f10-m5-800hp-simonmotorsports/ in News on September 15, 2014
For those of you that may not know, Franz Simon is one of the creators of Manhart Racing BMW F10 M5. After his split with the aforementioned company, the road took him to launching a brand new company that specializes in BMW Tuning – Simon Moto...
For those of you that may not know, Franz Simon is one of the creators of Manhart Racing BMW F10 M5. After his split with the aforementioned company, the road took him to launching a brand new company that specializes in BMW Tuning – Simon MotorSport. First incarnation of their work is seen here with this BMW F10 M5 that sports well over 800 horsepower and 1000 Nm of torque. That’s a mighty increase over the stock setup, which we’re sure produces some neck twisting performance. A stock BMW F10 M5 uses a 4395 cc variation of the S63 V8 engine called the S63B44Tü, which produces 560 metric horsepower (412 kW) at 6000 – 7000 rpm and maximum torque of 502 lb-ft (680 Newton meters) from 1500 – 5750 rpm. This, in conjunction with a dual clutch transmission, allows for some great performance figures: acceleration from 0 to 60 mph takes 3.7 seconds – 0 to 100 kilometers per hour (62 mph) in 4.4 seconds – and top speed is limited to 250 km/h (155 mph), which can be increased to 305 km/h (190 mph) with the optional M-Drivers-Package. 24 km/h (15 mph) short of its de-limited V10 predecessor.
Now imagine this car, but with 800 horsepower and 1000 Nm of torque that powers the rear wheels. Please take a look at the video below showcasing this build and the monster power. Please leave us your feedback in the comments and let us know whether you’d consider this as an upgrade for your M5. The article BMW F10 M5 with 800hp By Simon MotorSport appeared first on BMW BLOG
From January to August 2014, BMW Motorrad sold a total of 90,226 motorcycles and maxi scooters, thereby achieving a new all-time high — up 7.6% over the 83,890 units sold last year. However, August’s sales of 7,587 vehicles was down 1.6% comp...
From January to August 2014, BMW Motorrad sold a total of 90,226 motorcycles and maxi scooters, thereby achieving a new all-time high — up 7.6% over the 83,890 units sold last year. However, August’s sales of 7,587 vehicles was down 1.6% compared to last year’s exceptionally strong figure of 7,708 units. Heiner Faust, BMW Motorrad […]
Posted by http://www.automobilemag.com/features/news/1409-porsche-cayenne-s-palladium-metallic-is-a-golden-custom/ in News on September 15, 2014
The Cayenne gets the golden treatment.