Top 10 Car Movies

If you are reading this, it’s a good possibility that you’re an absolute gearhead and have equal parts motor oil, as well as blood, running through your veins. If that’s the case, you aren’t alone, as yours truly, and pretty much everyone els...

If you are reading this, it’s a good possibility that you’re an absolute gearhead and have equal parts motor oil, as well as blood, running through your veins. If that’s the case, you aren’t alone, as yours truly, and pretty much everyone else reading, is the exact same way. But you, and every other gearhead, weren’t always that way. No one is born with a love for the automotive, but instead we are inspired by something or someone to join this strange group of petrol-sniffing car nuts. Sometimes we are inspired by a particular car, maybe someone you knew had a car that you just couldn’t stop obsessing about. A lot of the time, film can inspire people to fall in love with cars. Film is actually quite often the inspiration behind the love affair with automobiles. It makes sense, as movies glamorize everything, so when a car is one of the focal points of a movie, it seems so very desirable. Whether it be racing movies, action movies with great car chase scenes or just a cool movie character who had a cool car, movies can so often inspire young people to find a love for four-wheeled machines. So let’s take a look at some of the best car movies. 10. Fast and Furious Franchise

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The Fast and Furious movies have, recently, become more about globe-trotting espionage than cars. However, there’s no doubt that the franchise has boosted the interest in cars in young people ever since its inception. Quarter mile times have always been a large test bed for cars, however, the original Fast and Furious movie coined the term “10 second car” and made the quarter mile test very popular. The franchise also brought car tuning popularity to a much higher level. Mitsubishi must be praising the franchise, as I’m pretty sure the brand would have died out long ago had it not been for the popularity of the Lancer Evolution line after the first Fast and Furious film. So while the movies are mostly just bad actors delivering cheesy one-liners and acing highly tuned flashy cars, there’s no denying their popularity and influence on the automotive world. 9. Vanishing Point

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Easily one of the most iconic car movies of all time. The epic, massively long car chase, between Kowalski and the police, has gone down in history. The white Dodge Challenger, driven by Kowalski, is world famous and desired by so many car collectors. Watch the movie now, and it’s cheesier than cheesy, being that it was made in 1971. However, for the time, it was epic. The car chase scenes are still wildly entertaining and the Challenger will forever be badass, so it’s worth a watch. But regardless of early ‘70s movie cheesiness, it still inspired so many to get into old muscle cars. 8. The Transporter Series

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Much like the Fast and Furious franchise, The Transporter series got progressively worse as the sequels came out. The first one was very much about cars and car chase scenes. Sure, there was a lot of action, featuring Jason Statham punching face like he usually does. But who can forget the incredible car chase at the beginning of the movie, with Statham driving his black on black E38 735i with a 6-speed manual? Sure, technically that exact car never existed, but if you can watch that movie and not search classifieds for E38 7 Series’ afterward, you don’t have enough oil in your veins. 7. Drive

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Drive is a bit of a strange movie. It has an excellent case (Ryan Gosling, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks) good acting and some cool action. But more importantly, it features some very cool driving. Gosling plays a Hollywood stunt driver who moonlights as a getaway driver. One scene in particular where Gosling drives a Ford Mustang 5.0 and chases a Chrysler 300 SRT8 is very exciting. The movie, overall, is quite good also so it’s definitely worth a watch if you haven’t yet seen it. 6. Gone In 60 Seconds (1974)

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Not the terrible remake with Nicholas Cage, but the original, which as a movie, wasn’t much better. The actual movie is pretty bad, to be honest. But the chase scene is epic and the longest in movie history, checking in at 40 minutes long. It also features Eleanor, the 1971 Mustang Sportsroof. Not as gorgeous as the 1967 Shelby GT350 from the remake, but still great looking and the actual chase scene is better. Maybe, don’t watch the whole movie, but just the awesome car chase. 5. Ronin

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While Ronin is more of a spy-thriller than an actual car movie, it still has some of the best car chases in movie history. There’s a chase between an old Mercedes SEL, a ‘90s Audi S8 and some Peugeots through some beautiful twisty French roads. There’s also the thrilling chase between Robert De Niro in a Peugeot and Natasche McElhone in a E34 BMW M5 through the narrow streets of Paris. These car chases are some of the best caught on film and have some of the coolest cars of the ‘90s. Plus it has De Niro, and who doesn’t like De Niro? 4. Grand Prix

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Featuring the iconic James Garner, Grand Prix follows four Formula One drivers through the 1966 season. The film features an all-star international cast and some of the best automotive cinematography in the history of filmmaking. When debuted in 1966, Grand Prix was an immediate success. It’s charms have dulled as the years have gone by and now might not seem as epic as it once was. However, after the recent passing of screen legend and car enthusiast, James Garner, Grand Prix is worth a watch. Even if only to remember a time of gentlemanly car enthusiasts, like Garner. 3. Rush

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The recent film by director Ron Howard tells the true story of the famous Formula One rivalry between James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl). ‘70s F1 racing was incredibly dangerous and the movie depicts the danger, and bravery of the drivers, so expertly. It also shows the relationship between two rival drivers better than any other film to date. F1 drivers are extremely competitive but also have tremendous respect for one another and Rush is able to depict this with great authenticity. It’s such an emotionally driven story, but it also has some excellent racing, both on and off the track. It’s also a good movie in its own right and is a must watch. 2. Bullitt

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Widely considered to have the best car chase scene of all time, Bullitt is must watch material for any petrol-head. Not only does it feature the ultimate gearhead movie icon, Steve McQueen, but it also features a ice-cool 1969 Ford Mustang 390 Fastback and a Dodge Charger 440 Magnum. Old school muscle cars don’t get cooler than that, and watching the chase between the two is car/movie magic. If you haven’t yet seen it, go now and watch it. It’s must-see stuff. 1. Le Mans

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Steve McQueen was quite possibly the coolest car-guy actor of all time. He’s been in numerous films based on cars or racing and was an amateur racing driver himself. His 1971 film about the famous titular race is consider some of the most accurate racing footage ever to be put into film. McQueen pilots a glorious Porsche 917, while there is also a beautiful Ferrari 512. Le Mans is the best car movie of all time and features some of the most accurate racing ever depicted. It’s combination of realistic racing, the Le Mans heritage, the gorgeous cars and the on-screen bravado of one of the coolest actors in history, makes Le Mans the greatest car movie of all time. The article Top 10 Car Movies appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Watch the BMW 3 Series LCI reveal live streamed tomorrow AM

BMW will live stream the reveal of the F30 3 Series LCI facelift model tomorrow AM! Here are the times: 12:00 PM Central European Time 6:00 AM EDT5:00 AM CDT4:00 AM MDT3:00 AM PDT ...

BMW will live stream the reveal of the F30 3 Series LCI facelift model tomorrow AM! Here are the times: 12:00 PM Central European Time 6:00 AM EDT5:00 AM CDT4:00 AM MDT3:00 AM PDT

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Top Plug-In Electric Cars By Range Per Dollar

InsideEVs ranks the best plug-in electric cars by range per dollar. The graph below shows cars with prices per mile of official EPA range for all-electric cars – both at MSRP and after destination charges and tax credits. Cars are ordered by result...

InsideEVs ranks the best plug-in electric cars by range per dollar. The graph below shows cars with prices per mile of official EPA range for all-electric cars – both at MSRP and after destination charges and tax credits. Cars are ordered by results for price per mile MSRP, although as you can see in some the ranking after destination and tax credit is different than the MSRP ranking.

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The best example for this is Chevrolet Spark EV, which was almost the winner by MSRP, but after including Tax Credit it won with ease. Spark EV stands at just $307/$226 per mile of EPA range. Not strange that after recent price reductions this is a hot seller. Tesla Model S is strong too thanks to its large battery packs and long range. The best selling EV in the world, Nissan Leaf comes just after. On the left side you’ll can find the BMW i3, but here the result is high compared to the others because this is premium vehicle. The average for all BEVs stands at $390/$316. Plug-in cars with range extenders / conventional engines are listed in the graph below.

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The new BMW S 1000 XR

Following on from the S 1000 RR and HP4 superbikes as well as the S 1000 R roadster, BMW Motorrad is now unveiling the fourth member in the BMW Motorrad line-up of high-power motorcycles with straight-four-cylinder engines and a distinctly spor...

Following on from the S 1000 RR and HP4 superbikes as well as the S 1000 R roadster, BMW Motorrad is now unveiling the fourth member in the BMW Motorrad line-up of high-power motorcycles with straight-four-cylinder engines and a distinctly sporty bias. Building on the tantalizing and unique mix of innovative technology, performance and safety already inherent to the existing models in this series, BMW Motorrad has taken the next step by bringing out the S 1000 XR, which offers this repertoire of core characteristics in a brand-new blend dubbed “adventure sport”. This encompasses dynamic touring qualities, sporty performance and high levels of comfort as well as outstanding everyday usability. In short, the new S 1000 XR serves up its own individual mix of sporting and touring flair at the same time as injecting a generous dose of emotion.

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Straight-four-cylinder engine for punchy adventure sport performance. The straight-four-cylinder engine on the new BMW S 1000 XR is basically derived from the S 1000 R roadster. It has an output of 118 kW (160 hp) at 11,000 rpm and generates maximum torque of 112 Nm (83 lb-ft) at 9,250 rpm. This power unit produces torque in abundance, making it ideal for providing the punchy response at low and medium revs that riders seek when powering along country roads or carrying a passenger. The straight-four-cylinder unit combines tremendous pulling power and exhilarating acceleration with a high peak output, while offering the rider a usable rev range that spans over 10,000 rpm. This makes it just as adept at highly pleasurable touring as it is at sporty rides down winding country roads or holiday trips complete with passenger and luggage.

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Two riding modes and ASC as standard as well as the option of Pro riding modes including Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and ABS Pro. To enable the riding characteristics to be adapted to the prevailing road conditions as effectively as possible, the new S 1000 XR already comes with the “Rain” and “Road” riding modes as standard. The standard-fit Automatic Stability Control (ASC) ensures a high standard of riding safety by optimising traction. The new S 1000 XR can be equipped ex-works with the Pro riding modes option, which includes the additional riding modes “Dynamic” and “Dynamic Pro” along with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and ABS Pro.

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Innovative chassis with a new frame and Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) as an option. The chassis of the new S 1000 XR adventure sport bike is every bit as impressive as the ferocious power delivery of the four-in-line engine. Based on this model series’ existing design, it employs an aluminium-alloy perimeter frame in which the engine forms part of the load-bearing structure. Wheel suspension at the front and rear is handled by an adjustable upside-down fork and a double-sided swing arm with adjustable central spring strut respectively. The chassis geometry has been completely redefined in order to cater to the specific requirements of the XR. When fitted with the optional electronically controlled suspension system BMW Motorrad Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment), meanwhile, the new S 1000 XR takes riding safety, performance and comfort to even greater heights, while also promising adventure sport at its very finest.

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ABS Pro available ex-works as part of the Pro riding modes option for even greater safety when braking in a banked position. Whereas the standard ABS systems from BMW Motorrad to date have ensured an excellent standard of safety when braking while moving in a straight line, the optionally available ABS Pro feature now goes a step further to make braking while cornering safer as well by enabling ABS-assisted braking in a banked position. In such situations, ABS Pro prevents the wheels from locking up even when the brakes are applied sharply. This reduces abrupt changes in steering force, especially in response to panic braking, and thereby limits any undesirable righting of the bike. ABS Pro offers riders the benefit of increased braking and riding stability combined with optimum stopping power, even in corners. The new S 1000 XR – style and function for both sport and adventuring. The new BMW S 1000 XR fuses the characters and strengths of the BMW Motorrad GS, Touring and Sport models on a visual level as well to create a new breed of motorcycle tagged “adventure sport”. This is clearly mirrored in every design element and combines with the flawless ergonomics, ingenious wind and weather protection as well as the 20 – 30 mm increase in spring travel and greater ground clearance to make an impressive statement. Whether it’s mountain passes, a tour of the countryside, motorway riding or even rough sections of road – the new S 1000 XR handles it all with aplomb.

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Highlights of the new BMW S 1000 XR: Straight-four-cylinder engine with a displacement of 999 cc. Output 118 kW (160 hp) at 11,000 rpm, maximum torque of 112 Nm (83 lb-ft) at 9,250 rpm. Dynamic, innovative design with sculptural surface styling. BMW Motorrad ABS as standard (semi-integral, disengageable). ABS Pro for even greater safety when braking in a banked position (as part of the Pro riding modes optional extra). Automatic Stability Control (ASC) as standard for accelerating safely even in low-grip conditions. Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) with banking sensor for supreme performance and active riding safety when accelerating (as part of the Pro riding modes optional extra). Two riding modes that can be selected by the rider at the push of a button as standard (“Rain” and “Road”). Two additional riding modes available, “Dynamic” and “Dynamic Pro” (as part of the Pro riding modes optional extra). Spring elements with long spring travel for excellent agility and high damping reserves. Electronically controlled suspension system, Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) for optimum adaptation to the prevailing conditions as an optional extra. Light-footed handling and raised seating position. Multifunctional instrument cluster with a wealth of features. Extensive equipment and bespoke range of accessories made to BMW Motorrad’s customary high standards. The article The new BMW S 1000 XR appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Dinan Launches Cold Air Intake and Stage 2 DINANTRONICS for N55-equipped BMWs

DINAN releases a Stage 2 DINANTRONICS tune for BMWs equipped with the N55 TwinScroll turbocharged engine. The Stage 2 DINANTRONICS tune represents a sizable increase in power and torque over Stage 1 with users being able to expect gains of 58hp at 55...

DINAN releases a Stage 2 DINANTRONICS tune for BMWs equipped with the N55 TwinScroll turbocharged engine. The Stage 2 DINANTRONICS tune represents a sizable increase in power and torque over Stage 1 with users being able to expect gains of 58hp at 5500 rpm and 83 lb-ft of torque at just 3000 rpm. The Stage 2 tune remains 50 state emissions legal and for those enthusiasts who already purchased DINANTRONICS Stage 1, they only pay the $250 difference between the two tunes.

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DINAN is pairing the Stage 2 tune with a new cold air intake which maximizes the efficiency of the factory design first by utilizing a sealed air box that prevents the intrusion of hot under hood air while retaining an excellent pickup location for cold air. Air is passed through a large high-flow filter, past an upgraded MAF sensor and into a carbon fiber tube that provides much less restriction than the stock piece.

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Users can expect gains of 10hp and 15 lb-ft of torque from the cold air intake. Every DINAN product comes with their factory matching new car warranty.

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Estoril Blue BMW 4 Series With Vorsteiner Wheels

This BMW 4 Series comes equipped with a set of Vorsteiner FlowForged V-FF 103 wheels installed by VIBE Motorsports and the beautiful Estoril Blue exterior paint. The wheels come in a rather popular design with nicely sculpted spokes. The Vorsteiner V...

This BMW 4 Series comes equipped with a set of Vorsteiner FlowForged V-FF 103 wheels installed by VIBE Motorsports and the beautiful Estoril Blue exterior paint. The wheels come in a rather popular design with nicely sculpted spokes. The Vorsteiner V-FF 103 wheels seen on this 4 Series are sized 20×8.5 at the front and 20×10 in the rear and they come with a Mystic Black finish applied to these. The BMW 435i seen here is powered by a 3.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder, 24-valve engine which develops 300 horsepower. It combines a twin-scroll turbocharger with variable valve control (Double-VANOS and Valvetronic) and high-precision direct injection, allowing for a smooth and efficient power delivery.

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The engine is mated to an 8-speed Sport Automatic transmission that comes with automatic Sport and Manual shift modes and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

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More images of this build can be found in the photoshoot we’ve added in the media gallery right below.

Estoril Blue BMW 4 Series With Vorsteiner Wheels

Estoril Blue BMW 4 Series With Vorsteiner Wheels

Estoril Blue BMW 4 Series With Vorsteiner Wheels

Estoril Blue BMW 4 Series With Vorsteiner Wheels

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BMW at 2015 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

Today the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este ranks among the world’s most exclusive and tradition-rich events for historic cars and motorcycles. First staged in the north Italian town of Cernobbio in 1929, the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este – as ...

Today the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este ranks among the world’s most exclusive and tradition-rich events for historic cars and motorcycles. First staged in the north Italian town of Cernobbio in 1929, the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este – as it was then known – was a showcase for new products from the automotive sector. Now, the upscale Classic Weekend looks back on a richly varied history spanning 86 years. In 1999 the BMW Group took over the patronage of the event, and since 2005 BMW Group Classic has hosted this high-caliber display of rarities jointly with the Villa d’Este luxury hotel.

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                                 The fascination of an exceptional decade. The motto of the three-day event in northern Italy is “Seventies Style – The Jet Set is back” It runs like a thread through the entire weekend, with vehicle classes dedicated to the theme and an exhibition in the grounds of Villa Erba as well as the Saturday evening event in the pavilion at Villa Erba likewise staged under this headline. In addition to early superbikes from the seventies, which include Japanese volume-produced models and European rarities, numerous unusual examples of the classic Mini from the 1970s will also be on display. In addition, an exhibition entirely in the spirit of this era will showcase the five unique models from the BMW Art Cars Collection which it spawned. Visitors to the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2015 will experience three days under the banner of a decade of social upheaval that also marked the dawning of the modern age for BMW. BMW’s restructuring of the company and its product portfolio in the 1970s propelled the car and motorcycle manufacturer into the modern era while paving the way to lasting international success. At the start was the BMW 5 Series model range, which debuted in 1972, followed three years later by the BMW 3 Series. Just a year later the BMW 6 Series was launched, with the BMW 7 Series arriving in 1977. Many innovations from this era continue to define BMW’s image to this day, from the model designations to the hallmark design cues that typify the brand. Glorious tradition, fascinating future. The traditional focus of the event at Lake Como are the beauty contest in which select historic automobiles with an intriguing history compete in various categories, the Concorso di Motociclette for classic motorcycles, and the forward-looking concept cars and prototypes. This unusual mix against a stylish backdrop constitutes the special appeal of this event while underlining the continuous fascination with historic vehicles on two and four wheels. Under this year’s slogan “Seventies Style – The Jet Set is back”, automotive fans from around the world will gather in Cernobbio from 22-24 May 2015 and, in the marvellous grounds of the Villa d’Este luxury hotel and neighbouring Villa Erba, be swept away not just by the alluring past but equally the future of mobility. As well as numerous historic models, the BMW Group will also be represented by two sensational exhibits from the field of concept vehicles. Among the highlights of this year’s historic cars: Pegaso Z-102 Berlineta Cupula In the 1950s this two-seater coupé had the moniker “Spanish Ferrari”. Under its stretched bonnet was a 2.5-litre V8 engine generating 165 hp that took the car to a top speed of 201 km/h (125 mph). What was unusual about this car was its minimal production run: commercial vehicle manufacturer Enesa built just 90 units. The model on show in Cernobbio was presented at the 1953 World Motor Show in New York’s Madison Square Garden before passing into the possession of the then President of the Dominican Republic, Hector Bienvenido Trujilio Molina. The vehicle has been part of the Black Hawk Collection in California since 1975. Maserati 60/61 “Birdcage” A mere 22 examples of this spectacular racer were built between 1959 and 1961 – exclusively for customers. Maserati never deployed it on the race track as a works car. Developed as a racing prototype, the Maserati dominated the racing scene in the early 1960s, above all in the USA. The Maserati Tipo 61 triumphed twice in the 1,000-kilometre race on the Nürburgring. Its nickname “Birdcage” derives from its unusual, intricately constructed tubular space frame designed by Giulio Alfieri. Weighing just 30 kilograms, it consisted of over 200 thin steel tubes while boasting similar rigidity to far more expensive monocoques. The Maserati Tipo 61 “Birdcage” weighed in at 600 kilos and was driven by an in-line four-cylinder that nestled under its extremely flat bonnet and delivered 250 hp to take the car to a top speed of just over 300 km/h (186 mph). Panther Six Just two units of the Panther 6 saw the light of day. The vehicle was built in 1976 almost singlehandedly by Robert Jankel, the owner of the small British car company Panther. The two-seater convertible runs on six wheels. Four small wheels with 205/40 VR13 tyres are mounted on the two controlled front axles while the rear axle has two considerably larger wheels. An unusual vehicle in every way, it drew on the design principle of the Tyrrell P34 that caused such a sensation when it debuted in the Formula One World Championship in 1976 and applied it to a roadgoing car. The Panther 6 was powered by an 8.2-litre eight-cylinder Cadillac engine with twin turbochargers that was mounted above the rear axle. The official figures: peak output: 600 hp, top speed: 200 mph (approx. 320 km/h). Rolls-Royce Phantom IV To mark the anniversary of “90 years of the Rolls-Royce Phantom”, this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este features a Rolls-Royce Phantom 1-6 Concours class, the so-called “Phantom Story”. One of the absolute gems of this class is the Rolls-Royce Phantom IV – without doubt the most exclusive vehicle that Rolls-Royce ever built. Between 1950 and 1956 a mere 18 examples were produced for a client list comprising royalty, the nobility and heads of state. Of these, 16 have survived. On show at Lake Como is the model that Queen Elizabeth ordered in 1954 for her sister Margaret, who was very partial to taking the wheel herself. It has a landaulet body and, unusually, features an automatic transmission. It belonged to the British Royal Family for more than 30 years. The categories The historic vehicles nominated for awards at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2015 are divided into nine classes for cars and five for motorcycles. These categories offer an overview of the extraordinary diversity of the rarities on four and two wheels presented at Lake Como. The historic automobiles are split into the following groups: Class A: “Flamboyance in Motion” – Pre-war coach built luxury Klasse B: “Antidepressants” – Pre-war sports cars which defied the Great Depression Class C: “Phantom Story” – The Rolls-Royce Phantom through the ages Class D: “Made to Measure” – The final flowering of the coach built coupe Class E: “Gentleman’s Racers” – Speed meets post-war style Class F: “Hollywood on the Lake” – Convertibles for a grand entrance at Villa d’Este Class G: “GT Man Has Arrived” – Interpretations of opulence Class H: “How Fast is Fast Enough” – Mid and rear-engined supercars from the disco era Class I: “Two seats against the stopwatch” – Classic sports racers The Concorso di Motociclette – more than just a competition for two-wheelers. The Concorso di Motociclette has been part of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este programme since 2011. A special exhibition in the parkland of Villa Erba is devoted to the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy. The world’s oldest motorcycle race takes place on the Snaefell Mountain Course. Covering 37.73 miles (just over 60 kilometres), this course is unmatched by any other in the merciless challenges it throws at man and machine. The route uses public roads on the island which are closed to traffic during training and racing. The fastest bikes in the TT clock an average speed of just over 210 km/h (130 mph) – some 50 km/h (30 mph) more than on modern Grand Prix motorcycle circuits. In Cernobbio the original winning bikes from the years 1939, 1954, 1964 and 2014 – from Germany, Britain and Japan – can be admired. Two further historic motorcycles that deserve a closer look: Motobécane SSC Gran Sport This 500cc single-cylinder bike with four-valve technology hails from 1934 and the drawing board of the well-known French graphic designer Geo Ham. Its art deco styling is as striking as it is unusual. Georges Hamel, to give him his full name, is regarded as one of France’s most renowned artists in the field of cars, motorcycles and motor sport. His designs include an art deco body for Figoni & Falaschi, which was mounted on a Delahaye 135. The car was presented at the 1936 Paris Motor Show and acquired by the Aga Khan. Puch Typ N Only very few vehicles remain from the early years of the Puch-Werke (bicycles, engines, motorcycles, cars) that was founded in 1899 and based in Graz, Austria. The model on show in Cernobbio is a motorcycle dating to 1912 and boasting playful details in its paintwork and equipment features. Company founder Johann Puch retired in 1912 and was made honorary president. In 1914 the plant employed 100 staff and had an annual turnout of 16,000 bicycles, 300 motorcycles and 300 cars. In 1928 it merged with Österreichische Daimler-Motoren AG to become Austro-Daimler-Puchwerke AG. A more recent merger with Steyr-Werke AG resulted in Steyr-Daimler-Puch AG. In the 1990s various production sectors were shut down or sold on. The remainder of the company was taken over by Magna Holding AG in 1998. The historic motorcycles at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2015 are presented in the following categories: Class A: “The establishment” – The first two decades Class B: “Gentleman’s ride” – The luxury of the thirties Class C: “Experiments in the Fifties” – Beyond the mainstream Class D: “Connoisseur’s choice” – Extravagance on two wheels Class E: “The heroes” – The big bike boom of the seventies Mobile rarities – whether historic classics, design studies or prototypes from various decades – are frequently described as “artworks on wheels”. This year the epithet takes on a dual meaning in Cernobbio. True to the motto of the Classic Weekend, the glamour of the seventies is revived at Lake Como not least with a special exhibition held in the Rotunda at Villa Erba. It presents four BMW Art Cars from 1970s along with the latest example in the collection. They were given a new exterior design by artists of the time, such as Alexander Calder, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, to become automotive works of art. In 2010 Jeff Koons produced the most recent model in the series. Originally limited to BMW racing cars, this scheme was later extended to production models – and the Art Car Collection was born. Products of advanced technology challenged the creative powers of world-famous artists. The BMW Art Cars reflect the art and culture of their time. They are as exemplary as they are unique. Programme of events: The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2015 starts on Friday, 22nd May 2015 with the arrival of participants. On Saturday and Sunday, the public days give all car and motorcycle enthusiasts the opportunity to take a good look at the rare and exceptional models against the imposing backdrop of the Villa d’Este luxury hotel. The Concorso di Motociclette takes place at midday on Sunday in the grounds of Villa Erba. The article BMW at 2015 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Electric C evolution Police Scooters Arrive in Italy

A few weeks ago, we brought you news of BMW’s first authority fleet of electric C evolution scooters being delivered to local police in Barcelona, Spain. Now 15 of the the highly efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles have arrived on ...

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A few weeks ago, we brought you news of BMW’s first authority fleet of electric C evolution scooters being delivered to local police in Barcelona, Spain. Now 15 of the the highly efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles have arrived on the Italian island of Sardinia. The local police in Sardinia’s capital of Cagliari were presented with the Authority […]

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Racing Update: S1000RR Victories in German IDM, British Superbike and Brazilian Moto 1000 GP

The privateer BMW Motorrad racers made a great impression last weekend: four racing events were held, with victories for the BMW S1000RR on all four occasions. At the season opener of the International German Championship SUPERBIKE*IDM (IDM), Markus ...

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The privateer BMW Motorrad racers made a great impression last weekend: four racing events were held, with victories for the BMW S1000RR on all four occasions. At the season opener of the International German Championship SUPERBIKE*IDM (IDM), Markus Reiterberger (DE) celebrated a dominant double on his Van-Zon Remeha BMW S1000RR. In the British Superbike Championship […]

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Sakhir Orange BMW M3 on MORR Wheels

Engineering at its finest, the BMW M3 has always and will always be the benchmark in the luxury performance market. Both aesthetically pleasing and powerful in its purest form, the BMW M3 never ceases to amaze. So building atop an already impressive ...

Engineering at its finest, the BMW M3 has always and will always be the benchmark in the luxury performance market. Both aesthetically pleasing and powerful in its purest form, the BMW M3 never ceases to amaze. So building atop an already impressive platform can be a challenging task. MORR wheels has just set on this journey to enhance the M3’s looks with minimal upgrades. This Sakhir Orange BMW M3 sits on the MORR’s all-new VS52R wheels, one of six styles available from the freshly released MonoForged R-Series. Featuring lightened spokes, as well as new and improved architecture, these new MonoForged™ R-Series wheels are designed for maximum weight reduction and enhanced performance, complementing every aspect of this build.

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The car is equipped with the new KW Height Adjustable Springs, and the rear sports a Vorsteiner GTS diffuser, paired with the Vorsteiner GTS Stainless Steel Exhaust. For the front end, a simpler yet elegant route was chosen with a set of BMW M Performance Front Lip, matched with the BMW M Performance Carbon Fiber splitters, with a black-out package provided by IND.

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This MonoForged™ setup consist of a 20×9.5-inch front and 20×11-inch rear wheels, in our new Frozen Titanium Brushed finish, wrapped in 265/30/20 and 295/30/20 Michelin Pilot Super Sports.

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