2014 Paris Motor Show: BMW 2 Series Convertible World Debut

The second world debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show is the all-new BMW 2 Series Convertible. The second addition to the 2 Series family, or third if you count the 2 Series Active Tourer, the 2 Series Cabriolet joins the coupe in the new, refined, pre...

The second world debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show is the all-new BMW 2 Series Convertible. The second addition to the 2 Series family, or third if you count the 2 Series Active Tourer, the 2 Series Cabriolet joins the coupe in the new, refined, premium compact lineup. The new BMW 2 Series convertible has some big shoes to fill: The predecessor sold worldwide more than 130,000 units and was the most successful car in its segment. With an overall length of 4.43 meters, the 2 Series Convertible dominates its predecessor by 7.2 centimeters, while being 2.6 centimeters wider. BMW also promises more space for all occupants and has the boot volume increased by 30 liters to a total of 335 liters. With the roof open, there are 280 liters available, 20 liters more than the “old” BMW 1 Series Convertible E88.

2014 Paris Motor Show: BMW 2 Series Convertible World Debut

Especially for people who occasionally want to transport bulky things with the roof closed, the increased load-through-flap in the back seat offers a significant value. For example, the new 2 Series Convertible allows the transport of two snowboards or two 46-inch golf bags. The exterior design of the BMW 2 Series Convertible displays the typical characteristics of an open-top four-seater from the Bavarian brand. The BMW 2 Series Convertible combines a low-slung silhouette and dynamically stretched lines with compact proportions and powerfully contoured surfaces.

2014 Paris Motor Show: BMW 2 Series Convertible World Debut

All-around modern engines with more power and lower fuel consumption are used that in the BMW 2 Series Convertible. Besides a manual six-speed gearbox available for all F23 variants, the eight-speed ZF automatic transmission can be selected as well. When it comes to safety features and infotainment features, the new 2 Series is a step ahead of the E88 1 Series, by offering more standard and optional equipment than ever. In terms of driving dynamics, the 2 Series Convertible offers an adaptive suspension that can be tuned to suit any driving style, from comfortable to super sporty, with a touch of a button. A 20 percent increase in torsional rigidity will take care of the most body roll and deliver a great driving experience.

2014 Paris Motor Show: BMW 2 Series Convertible World Debut

The 2015 M235i and 228i as well as the 228i xDrive, featuring BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive system, will arrive in US showrooms in early 2015. The 2015 M235i and 228i as well as the 228i xDrive, featuring BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive system, will arrive in US showrooms in early 2015. The 2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible will be offered at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $38,850 for the 228i, $40,650 for the 228i xDrive, $48,650 for the M235i, including $950 destination and handling.

2014 Paris Motor Show: BMW 2 Series Convertible World Debut

2014 Paris Motor Show: BMW 2 Series Convertible World Debut

2014 Paris Motor Show: BMW 2 Series Convertible World Debut

2014 Paris Motor Show: BMW 2 Series Convertible World Debut

2014 Paris Motor Show: BMW 2 Series Convertible World Debut

2014 Paris Motor Show: BMW 2 Series Convertible World Debut

2014 Paris Motor Show: BMW 2 Series Convertible World Debut

2014 Paris Motor Show: BMW 2 Series Convertible World Debut

2014 Paris Motor Show: BMW 2 Series Convertible World Debut

2014 Paris Motor Show: BMW 2 Series Convertible World Debut

2014 Paris Motor Show: BMW 2 Series Convertible World Debut

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BMW 1M Gets Coilovers And Wheels

When you get a particular Alpine White BMW 1M to visit a certain shop, you know its owner is a tuning-oriented person by all means. European Auto Source are showcasing the work they have done on tho stunning BMW 1M. The Alpine White s receives the ...

When you get a particular Alpine White BMW 1M to visit a certain shop, you know its owner is a tuning-oriented person by all means. European Auto Source are showcasing the work they have done on tho stunning BMW 1M. The Alpine White s receives the Akrapovic titanium exhaust system which perfectly accentuates the growl from BMW 1M’s engine. The Evolution exhaust system also delivers  an additional 20hp and offers weight saving of over 44 lbs. Not too bad for a performance mod! With the new exhaust system, the 1M certainly sounds like the mean performance beast it really is.

BMW 1M Gets Coilovers And Wheels

BMW 1M Gets Coilovers And Wheels

Next in line was an upgraded suspension system. First on this E82’s list was installing the Ohlins DFV Road & Track coilovers, which lowered the car to a more aggressive ride height, improved the handling performance and maintained an acceptable level of daily driver comfort. The coil overs allows the vehicle to attain better driving performance while cornering, while it also gives the car the proper lowering it needs for its next modification to be installed.

BMW 1M Gets Coilovers And Wheels

BMW 1M Gets Coilovers And Wheels

Next in line are the wheels. Going with a lightweight set of wheels from a proven company like BBS is a must. The shop installed a a set of 19″ BBS FI wheels, which are almost certainly the most coveted wheels among the BMW community, along with an MRG titanium racing stud conversion kit. These are some of the lightest wheels in that particular size and width.

BMW 1M Gets Coilovers And Wheels

Under the hood, the guys at the shop swapped out the OEM intercooler with a much larger Forge Motorsport one and installed an Evolution Racewerks diverter valve charge pipe, both of which will work to improve the twin turbos’ power delivery. Along with the carbon fiber Akrapovic tips, this BMW 1M’s exterior is also adorned with a BMW Performance spoiler, Vorsteiner diffuser, Lightweight Performance front lip and an iND Painted cosmetic package. On the inside, a BMW Performance electronic steering wheel brings the whole car together. End result? Simply stunning! Enjoy it!

BMW 1M Gets Coilovers And Wheels

BMW 1M Gets Coilovers And Wheels

BMW 1M Gets Coilovers And Wheels

BMW 1M Gets Coilovers And Wheels

BMW 1M Gets Coilovers And Wheels

BMW 1M Gets Coilovers And Wheels

BMW 1M Gets Coilovers And Wheels

BMW 1M Gets Coilovers And Wheels

BMW 1M Gets Coilovers And Wheels

BMW 1M Gets Coilovers And Wheels

BMW 1M Gets Coilovers And Wheels

BMW 1M Gets Coilovers And Wheels

BMW 1M Gets Coilovers And Wheels

BMW 1M Gets Coilovers And Wheels

BMW 1M Gets Coilovers And Wheels

BMW 1M Gets Coilovers And Wheels

BMW 1M Gets Coilovers And Wheels

BMW 1M Gets Coilovers And Wheels

BMW 1M Gets Coilovers And Wheels

BMW 1M Gets Coilovers And Wheels

BMW 1M Gets Coilovers And Wheels

BMW 1M Gets Coilovers And Wheels

BMW 1M Gets Coilovers And Wheels

BMW 1M Gets Coilovers And Wheels

BMW 1M Gets Coilovers And Wheels

BMW 1M Gets Coilovers And Wheels

BMW 1M Gets Coilovers And Wheels

BMW 1M Gets Coilovers And Wheels

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iOS 8 Causing Bluetooth Connectivity Issues In Some BMWs

The new iOS 8 was made available to the public two weeks ago and the latest operating system from Apple has been from being bug-free. Reports on the web point out that iOS 8 also has some connectivity issues with Bluetooth systems inside cars, includ...

The new iOS 8 was made available to the public two weeks ago and the latest operating system from Apple has been from being bug-free. Reports on the web point out that iOS 8 also has some connectivity issues with Bluetooth systems inside cars, including BMWs. According to numerous reports on the Apple Support forums and MacRumors, users running iOS 8 have trouble pairing their phones to their car audio systems, this includes the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices. Some of the most common issues report to us by BMW owners as well are around the devices refusing to pair entirely, neglecting to play audio over the speakers, or disconnecting when a call comes in.

iOS 8 Causing Bluetooth Connectivity Issues In Some BMWs

Even the latest iOS 8.0.2 has the same issues. According to one iPhone 6 owner experiencing issues, Apple support is aware of a compatibility issue between the Bluetooth “used on the iPhone 6 and some car/navigation Bluetooth.” Some of the quick fixes to try, which have been successful for some users, are the following: 1. Log out of iCloud, 2. Forget connected Bluetooth devices 3. Using the “Reset All Settings” and/or “Reset Network Settings” option on their iPhones and restarting, re-pairing their devices with their Bluetooth devices 4. Logging back in to iCloud. Attempting to use “Reset All Settings” should be done with caution, however, as some users have noticed that all of their iCloud Drive documents have gone missing after using the feature. So please attempt these fixes with caution and proper backups.   The article iOS 8 Causing Bluetooth Connectivity Issues In Some BMWs appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Even Lamborghini builds a hybrid: Asterion LPI 910-4 Concept

Hybrid sportscars are here to stay. After the BMW i8, Porsche 918 Spyder and LaFerrari, it is now time for a new exciting hybrid: Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 Concept. The mid-engine Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 is being unveiled today at the 20...

Hybrid sportscars are here to stay. After the BMW i8, Porsche 918 Spyder and LaFerrari, it is now time for a new exciting hybrid: Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 Concept. The mid-engine Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 is being unveiled today at the 2014 Paris Motor Show and brings a series of technology innovations to the market. The first gasoline-electric hybrid Lamborghini is a four-drive vehicle that can travel 31 miles on electricity alone. It combines a  5.2-liter V10 and seven-speed DSG from the Huracán (610 hp) to a trio of electric motors (300 hp) to bring total output up an impressive 910 hp.

Even Lamborghini builds a hybrid: Asterion LPI 910 4 Concept

This is the most powerful Lamborghini on the market and a direct competitor to the McLaren P1 and LaFerrari. It runs from 0 to 62 mph in 3 seconds and has a top speed of 199 mph, or up to 78 mph in pure electric mode. The hybrid supercar not only stands out with its impressive power, but also with the striking sharp lines and aggressive look. Overall the design is closer to the Huracan than the Aventador.

Even Lamborghini builds a hybrid: Asterion LPI 910 4 Concept

Interesting are also the the doors which open more out than up, something in between the Huracán’s conventional portals and the Aventador’s scissors.

Even Lamborghini builds a hybrid: Asterion LPI 910 4 Concept

Even Lamborghini builds a hybrid: Asterion LPI 910 4 Concept

Even Lamborghini builds a hybrid: Asterion LPI 910 4 Concept

Even Lamborghini builds a hybrid: Asterion LPI 910 4 Concept

Even Lamborghini builds a hybrid: Asterion LPI 910 4 Concept

Even Lamborghini builds a hybrid: Asterion LPI 910 4 Concept

Even Lamborghini builds a hybrid: Asterion LPI 910 4 Concept

Even Lamborghini builds a hybrid: Asterion LPI 910 4 Concept

Even Lamborghini builds a hybrid: Asterion LPI 910 4 Concept

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2018 BMW Z5 Rendered

A BMW Z5 model has been on our rumor list for quite some time now. The Z5 is rumored to be the first fruit of BMW’s sports car collaboration with Toyota, which will also produce the next iteration of the Scion FR-S. While the Toyota sportscar will ...

A BMW Z5 model has been on our rumor list for quite some time now. The Z5 is rumored to be the first fruit of BMW’s sports car collaboration with Toyota, which will also produce the next iteration of the Scion FR-S. While the Toyota sportscar will come with a hardtop coupe, the BMW Z5 roadster will sport a soft top. The new sports car architecture that serves both models is a highly scalable matrix that revolves around a single fixed point, the front firewall.

2018 BMW Z5 Rendered

From Japan comes support with the electronics and optional hybrid drive for the Z5, while BMW will provide their expertise in lightweight materials and engines. The engines range from 190 hp to probably the top engine with 425 hp in the Z5 M. In addition, there is an optional hybrid engine with up to 204 hp in Power mode.

2018 BMW Z5 Rendered

Design wise everything is possible, but most likely BMW will stay true to their roadster characteristics while adding a polarizing and futuristic design. The two renderings in this article show us the possibilities of the BMW Z5 design. We expect the BMW Z5 to be unveiled in 2017 with sales beginning that summer. [Photos: Autobild] The article 2018 BMW Z5 Rendered appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW U.S. Reports September 2014 Sales

Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 8.6 percent in September for a total of 25,586 compared to 23,568 vehicles sold in September, 2013. Year-to-date, the BMW brand is up 11.3 percent on sales of 236,591 compared to 212,565 sold in the first nine m...

Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 8.6 percent in September for a total of 25,586 compared to 23,568 vehicles sold in September, 2013. Year-to-date, the BMW brand is up 11.3 percent on sales of 236,591 compared to 212,565 sold in the first nine months of 2013. “After such a strong August, to set a new September sales record for BMW is a great accomplishment and emphasizes the importance of our new models to the company’s sales success,” said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America. “I am especially pleased to see dealer deliveries of the spectacular i8 hybrid now underway as we enter the very important fourth quarter of the year.” To see and hear more of Ludwig Willisch’s perspective on the September sales results, click here. BMW Group Sales The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported September sales of 29,805 vehicles, an increase of 3.2 percent from the 28,874 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, the BMW Group (BMW and MINI combined) is up 5.2 percent on sales of 275,779 in the first nine months of 2014 compared to 262,200 in the same period in 2013. BMW Pre-Owned Vehicles – Best September Ever In September, sales of BMW used vehicles (including certified pre-owned and pre-owned) increased 8.4 percent to 15,042 vehicles compared to the 13,877 vehicles sold in September, 2013. Year-to-date, BMW used vehicles (including certified pre-owned and pre-owned) are up 12.9 percent on sales of 149,183 compared to 132,136 sold in the first nine months of 2013. MINI Brand Sales For September, MINI USA reports 4,219 automobiles, a decrease of 20.5 percent from the 5,306 sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, MINI USA reported a sales total of 39,188 automobiles, a decrease of 21.0 percent from the 49,635 automobiles sold in the first nine months of 2013. MINI Pre-Owned Vehicles – Best September Ever In September, MINI used automobiles (including MINI NEXT certified pre-owned and pre-owned) reported sales of 2,050 automobiles, an increase of 20.5 percent from the 1,701 sold in September, 2013. Year-to-date, MINI used automobiles (including MINI NEXT certified pre-owned) reported sales of 19,065 automobiles, an increase of 17.8 percent from the 16,181 automobiles sold in the first nine months of 2013.

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More Ruminations on Future Z Cars – BMW Z1, Z3, Z5

BMW inside Scott26 dishes on the future BMW Z roadster lineup, including the Z1, Z3 and Z5. The new Z models take their BMW design from a progression of the Vision ConnectedDrive Concept Car like the car below with a more angular and technical langu...

BMW inside Scott26 dishes on the future BMW Z roadster lineup, including the Z1, Z3 and Z5. The new Z models take their BMW design from a progression of the Vision ConnectedDrive Concept Car like the car below with a more angular and technical language recently seen on the BMW Vision Future Luxury. All BMWs will retain the essential BMW roadster cues such as being so close to the road and the seats almost on the rear axle. A long bonnet and short rear overhang and raked rear wards front screen and a driver focused cockpit. What I know is there is a general architecture that is modular and is different sized in each application is scaleable to cover small , medium and large applications. The smaller one accommodates the Z3 or the GT86 replacement (or maybe a new Celica or MR2?)The medium one will apply to the Z5 and Supra replacement . The Z1 will be based on the BMW developed UKL architecture. The outstanding thing is that the companies are pooling all resources so you are talking about Supercar tech such as Carbon Fibre being used in very expansive ways blended in with high strength steel , magnesium ,thermoplastic and aluminium. What I have learned it is a very beneficial feat for both companies and is currently the envy of the industry.Some people have their nose out of joint over this arrangement. The larger application becomes much interesting as the structural pillars and roof structure will also be CFRP. This is the larger plan destined to accommodate the next 6er and a new Lexus Coupe above the recently unveiled RZ. The Z3 will be the sportiest Z yet combining lightweight engineering and dynamic performance from its rear wheel drive drivetrain. There is a soft top to keep weight down. The Z3 is also under discussion to use an adaptation of BMWs new three cylinder engine as well as four and six cylinders. The Z5 comes first. But the image attached is a look at what the Z3 could be. More info as of 9/11/14: The Z4 becomes the Z5 and will share with a Toyota as will a Z3 Both are RWD.The engineering schematics for the Carbon intensive architecture is impressive. You are going to see so much for so little with the combined force of BMW and Toyota using all their resources available. BMW wants to re-invent its Z series sports cars and make them as cutting edge and influential as the BMWi models by visual appearance and state of the art engineering to highlight a new BMW philosophy for sports cars. Vision ConnectedDrive and 328 Homage concepts are the template for the visuals. Plans also include a slightly massaged three cylinder entirely unique and exclusive in the Z3 Mille Miglia mimicking the classic 328 to provide excellent dynamics using lightweight materials. But since Toyota are using the joint architecture for a next gen GT86 based Sedan, its one idea under discussion in Munich, essentially a four dr Z model and potentially an SAV Z model. Nothing has come to light yet but it is a niche that BMW are investigating.

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BMW China and BMW Brilliance Automotive will recall 134,180 vehicles

BMW China and BMW Brilliance Automotive will recall 134,180 vehicles starting October 30th due to fuel leak problems. The recall includes 68,090 vehicles imported by BMW China, produced between March in 2007 and June in 2011, including BMW 5, 6 Serie...

BMW China and BMW Brilliance Automotive will recall 134,180 vehicles starting October 30th due to fuel leak problems. The recall includes 68,090 vehicles imported by BMW China, produced between March in 2007 and June in 2011, including BMW 5, 6 Series and X5, X6 models. It will also involve 66,090 units of BMW 5 series produced by BMW Brilliance between March in 2010 and October in 2011.

BMW China and BMW Brilliance Automotive will recall 134,180 vehicles

The vehicles contain flawed fuel pumps, which may break and cause fuel leaks. The companies will replace faulty fuel pumps for customers free of charge. The article BMW China and BMW Brilliance Automotive will recall 134,180 vehicles appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Drag Race: 2015 Chevy Corvette vs BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe

FastLaneCar brings to a drag race the 2015 Chevy Corvette and the BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe, two quite different automobiles but both exciting to drive, not only on a straight line but on the track as well. The new C7 Corvette is 99.999% new, a...

FastLaneCar brings to a drag race the 2015 Chevy Corvette and the BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe, two quite different automobiles but both exciting to drive, not only on a straight line but on the track as well. The new C7 Corvette is 99.999% new, and it’s been built with strictly one goal in mind: performance. Every single part on the car is new except for one: the rear trunk latch. Every other part has been lightened or otherwise altered to improve performance. The result is a base model Corvette that roars from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds courtesy of a new “LT1″ 6.3 liter V8 that produces 450 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. To conquer corners the new Vette also sports an all-aluminum space frame, carbon fiber hood, trunk and roof, fiber-glass doors, fenders and side sills.

Drag Race: 2015 Chevy Corvette vs BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe

The BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe delivers exceptional 0 to 60 mph acceleration in only 3.7 seconds. The 540-horsepower and 540 lb-ft output of the 4.4-liter ALPINA Bi-Turbo V8 is channeled through an 8 speed Sport Automatic Transmission with ALPINA Switch-Tronic and BMW’s xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system. It also has an impressive top speed: 198 mph. So we have a slightly underpowered Vette, but lighter, against the four-wheel drive ALPINA B6 Gran Coupe. Which one takes the win on a straight line? Let’s find out. The article Drag Race: 2015 Chevy Corvette vs BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Why isn’t anyone driving this 1980s BMW 6 Series M Package?

On Jalopnik’s The Abandoned series we’re looking today at a beautiful 1980 BMW E24 6 Series with an M Package which seems to have been abandoned or have not moved in a very long time by its owner. The car was spotted near Tokyo, Japan. Th...

On Jalopnik’s The Abandoned series we’re looking today at a beautiful 1980 BMW E24 6 Series with an M Package which seems to have been abandoned or have not moved in a very long time by its owner. The car was spotted near Tokyo, Japan. The person who spotted the car says the following: “It hasn’t moved since May. It has no registration stickers at all. It probably hasn’t been driven in years. In fact, there’s never really any other cars in the lot in which it resides, so it must be getting awfully lonely (I know, I know, anthropomorphising machines). And it seems like it would be fun to drive.”

Why isnt anyone driving this 1980s BMW 6 Series M Package?

Even more odd is the fact that the car is a left-hand drive which points out to an import car versus a right-hand drive 6 Series built for Japan. The BMW 6 Series is known as a BMW luxury car -and this is where it all begun. Have a look at the first generation, together with a BMW designer who belonged to the development team. The E24 was a replacement for the CS and CSL coupés first produced in 1965. The CS 3.0 was almost changed by adding a few centimeters in height to make it easier for customers to get into the car. However, Bob Lutz rebelled against the decision and rough drafted an alternative version that soon became the 6 series. Production started in March 1976 with two models: the 630CS and 633CSi. Originally the bodies were manufactured by Karmann, but production was later taken in-house to BMW.

Why isnt anyone driving this 1980s BMW 6 Series M Package?

In 1982 (Europe) and 1983 (US), the E24 changed slightly in appearance, with an improved interior and slightly modified exterior. At the same time, the 635CSi received a new engine, a slightly smaller-bored and longer-stroked 3430 cc six to replace the former 3453 cc engine and became available with a wide-ratio 5-speed manual or an automatic. This slight change in 1982 (Europe) was in fact a major change as pre-1982 cars were based on the E12 5-series chassis; after mid-1982, e24s shared the improved E28 5-series chassis. The only parts that remained the same were some of the exterior body panels. 989 was the last year for the E24 with production stopping in April. The article Why isn’t anyone driving this 1980s BMW 6 Series M Package? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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