Next-gen BMW M5 Spied again

The next generation BMW M5 was spotted again, running around in its black and white camouflage. Quad exhaust pipes, drilled rotors, big wheels and lowered suspension give it away as being an M5 and not your run-of-the-mill 5 Series. One of the bigges...

The next generation BMW M5 was spotted again, running around in its black and white camouflage. Quad exhaust pipes, drilled rotors, big wheels and lowered suspension give it away as being an M5 and not your run-of-the-mill 5 Series. One of the biggest questions surrounding the next-gen M5 is whether or not xDrive all-wheel drive will be an option. Last time we spied it, it was running around in the snow, so it’s very possible. This time, however, it’s being tested on a hot summer’s day, so we can’t really determine any drivetrain information. What we do know is that it will use extensive amounts of carbon fiber, aluminum and magnesium, much like its older sibling, the 7 Series. This should help in creating a much more dynamic car than the already very impressive current M5. Judging by the pictures with the people in it which, without comparison, can’t be very accurate, this upcoming M5 seems to be a bit smaller. The wheelbase should remain similar, but the whole car seems a bit shorter, with shorter front and rear wheel overhangs.

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The car also seems to sit a bit lower than the current-gen and has a more smoothly tapered roofline by the C-Pillar. The rear deck also seems a bit shorter. This is all probably due to the new CLAR architecture shared with the new 7 Series, which should help with the M5’s only real problems; weight and size. No word on powertrain options yet, but expect it to be a revised version of the 4.4 liter Twin Turbo V8 currently being used. BMW has proven that it can push that engine well over 600hp, and that’s probably a realistic power estimate. That engine has proven to be excellent, even in comparison to much newer ones, so there seems to be no reason to change it now. Transmission options will likely just be the seven-speed DCT, with the possibility of a manual coming to the North American market later on. We still aren’t positive whether this new M5 will be available with all-wheel drive or not, but it’s very likely. All of its competitors, like the Mercedes E63 AMG and Jaguar XJS are making the switch and once you start to get into 600hp territory, all-wheel drive starts to become necessary for traction. However, there’s no need to fret for the weary, BMW M CEO, Franciscus Van Meel has clearly stated that if M ever made an all-wheel drive car, classic M dynamics would remain. “If we were to make a four-wheel-drive car, it would have a rear-wheel drive feel but with added traction. It would need to drive like an M car. If it was possible to get those vehicle dynamics with four-wheel drive, then it would be suitable for us.” So, while much of the M5’s details are still under wraps, we can rest assured that whatever BMW is planning will be a worthy successor to the currently excellent M5. For now, we can just check out these spy shots and hope. The article Next-gen BMW M5 Spied again appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW’s relationship with America

Since the our Independence Day has just passed, it’s good to think about how important the United States has been to BMW over the years. The American market is one of BMW’s most important and is now even has a major manufacturing facility, in Spa...

Since the our Independence Day has just passed, it’s good to think about how important the United States has been to BMW over the years. The American market is one of BMW’s most important and is now even has a major manufacturing facility, in Spartanburg, South Carolina. So while BMW is a German car company, America does have a huge part to play in its success, and so I think it’s fair to say that BMW is allowed to celebrate in its Independence Day. This is especially a good year to celebrate the connection between BMW and America. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the 1975 BMW victory at Sebring. Brian Redman piloted a 3.0 CSL racer to take the victory, putting BMW and its Motorsport Division on the map. BMW’s weren’t very well known in America at that point, with Brian Redman once saying that many American’s thought BMW stood for Bavarian Motor Works. But after that race, sales nearly tripled in North America, so BMW’s plan worked and Americans started to take notice.

IMG_7159 Ever since then BMW has been one of America’s most sought after luxury and performance car brands and America has become one of BMW’s biggest and most important markets. In fact, America became so important to BMW that it opened up a manufacturing plant in Spartanburg. This plant is solely responsible for manufacturing all BMW “X” model SUVs for the entire world marketplace. It also has test track and driving school facilities on the grounds to help customers learn how to use their xDrive vehicles. This facility is brand new and state-of-the-art and handles a massive workload, so it shows just how important it is to BMW. It’s ironic, that BMW and the United States would be so important to each other, considering that BMW used to make engines that piloted Nazi Luftwaffe fighter planes, back in WWII. But it seems that all of that is water under the bridge, and that both BMW and the United States are best of pals, now. Hopefully, such a relationship can continue for many more years, and Independence Day celebrations to come. The article BMW’s relationship with America appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Josef, the 83 year old precision driver

Josef was chief instructor and head of the BMW Driving Experience. He started in the 1950`s with his first BMW vehicle. Later he planned and developed the driver trainings. So he had the chance to test-drive almost every BMW of the time. What a job!...

Josef was chief instructor and head of the BMW Driving Experience. He started in the 1950`s with his first BMW vehicle. Later he planned and developed the driver trainings. So he had the chance to test-drive almost every BMW of the time. What a job!

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Happy 4th Of July!

Today, those of us that live in the United States celebrate July 4th, the 239th Independence Day, the national holiday of the United States of America commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4,...

Today, those of us that live in the United States celebrate July 4th, the 239th Independence Day, the national holiday of the United States of America commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia. This is a day full of parades, barbecues, carnivals, picnics, concerts, baseball games, ceremonies and plenty of refreshing beverages. Independence Day is one of the most patriotic days in the U.S. Many will proudly wear red, white and blue clothes and hang up their flags. We encourage everyone here in the U.S. to take some time off and enjoy it with their family and friends. Here a few things you may not know about the U.S. Independence day as outlined by NyDailyNews:

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July 2 or July 4? John Adams believed that July 2 was the correct date on which the to celebrate the U.S. independence. Adams thought the second was the correct date because that was the day the Continental Congress voted in favor of Lee’s resolution for independence. However, the Declaration of Independence wasn’t formally adopted until July 4. Adams explained in a letter to his wife Abigail that July 2 should’ve been celebrated with “pomp and parade … games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and festival.” First Independence Day celebration The first ever Independence Day celebration took place in 1777 in Bristol, Rhode Island and Philadelphia. The celebration in Bristol consisted of a 13-gun salute in the morning and another at night. The celebration in Philadelphia was a bit more traditional, which means people had dinner, drinks and fireworks. Federal Holiday The Fourth of July did not become a federal holiday until 1870. However, it wasn’t a paid holiday. The U.S. Congress didn’t expand the grant to make it a paid holiday until 1941. Booze on Independence Day Independence Day is known as one of the booziest holidays in the U.S. Drinking on this day first became a tradition when George Washington issued his soldiers double rations of rum to mark the anniversary of their independence. Nowadays, beer sales top $1 Billion on July 4. Deaths on the Fourth Founding fathers John Adams (second U.S. president) and Thomas Jefferson (third U.S. president) both died on July 4, 1826. James Monroe, the fifth president of the U.S. also died on July 4 five years later in 1831. Fireworks and U.S. flags Most of the fireworks and flags used on the Fourth of July are imported from China, according to U.S. International Trade Commission. Nearly $204 million worth of fireworks was imported in 2013 and about $3.5 million was spent on U.S. flags made in China in 2014. While we’ll be taking it easy for the day, but there will still be some BMW news for those of you that can’t go a day without your BMW fix. Happy 4th Of July! The article Happy 4th Of July! appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Corvette vs M4 for Independence Day

If you hadn’t already heard, it’s the Fourth of July, the United State’s Independence Day. It’s normally a day filled with classic American virtues, eating hotdogs and apple pie, watching fireworks, throwing a ball around on the front lawn an...

If you hadn’t already heard, it’s the Fourth of July, the United State’s Independence Day. It’s normally a day filled with classic American virtues, eating hotdogs and apple pie, watching fireworks, throwing a ball around on the front lawn and possibly getting slightly intoxicated and then yelling at family members. But most importantly, it’s a time to remember the great things that this wonderful country has done and has to offer. Some of those great things have been cars. Being a BMW-based website, we seldom talk about American cars, unless it’s the ATS-V. So I thought we could talk a bit about the new Corvette Stingray and how it stacks up to the M4. This isn’t a new comparison, but it’s a relevant one for today. The Stingray is probably the best car America has to offer at the moment. It’s fast, good looking, relatively inexpensive and handles great. It’s genuinely one of the better sports cars on the market.

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But BMW has something that similarly as good, the M4. The M4 has all of the same aforementioned attributes and has similar performance. Both cars are the best rear-wheel drive sports cars that each company has to offer. But they’re also very different. Where the Corvette makes its power with good ole American muscle and a 6.2 liter V8, the M4 uses high-tech German ingenuity, and a 3.0 liter Twin Turbo I6. Both cars offer over 400 hp, though and nail 60mph from a standstill in a tick under four seconds, so the two different paths led to a similar place. Where the cars really start to differ is in the handling. Whereas the BMW M4 is the more technical of the two, the Corvette is the typical cowboy of the duo. The M4 is more clinical, an exercise in calculated performance. The Corvette likes to shout and roast its rear tires to bits. The M4 might be the easier car to drive at the limit and maybe even the faster one around a track, but the Corvette might be the more fun. Automobile Magazine took each car and pit them against each other at the track and came to similar conclusions. It’s interesting to see them both together on a track, getting similar performance figures and lap times out of such different philosophies. Regardless of which car you like more, each is fun in its own right and both are excellent cars. I know we’ll all want to root for the M4 here, but I thought it would be nice, on our Independence Day, to celebrate just how good of a car America can make and how it can stack up to some of the best from Germany. The article Corvette vs M4 for Independence Day appeared first on BMW BLOG

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How to run a BMW X5

Sometimes when you get bored, wild ideas run through your mind, and looking at this BMW X5, that’s likely the only explanation we can find. The folks over at A.R.T, what seems to be a tuning shop in Germany, got their hands on an F15 X5 and dec...

Sometimes when you get bored, wild ideas run through your mind, and looking at this BMW X5, that’s likely the only explanation we can find. The folks over at A.R.T, what seems to be a tuning shop in Germany, got their hands on an F15 X5 and decided to let their imagination run wild. Only this time, it was for the worst. Using a widebody conversion kit (the least of their problems with this project), the German tuners decided to mix a lot of things together with the hope something good would come out of it. Only…it didn’t. This X5 also received a redesigned front bumper with a weird carbon fiber lip positioned in the large air intake area, surrounded by two pairs of a three-pack LED daytime running lights.

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But that’s not all, the kidney grille gets reshaped with a large frame painted in white, which looks quite odd. The hood is another “masterpiece” with a power dome that you usually see on smaller sportscars. The BMW roundel also kinda gets swallowed up in that whole mess of a front fascia.

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Compared to the rest of the car, the side view is not too bad, despite the two air breathers now facing each other.

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The rear end also gets butchered a bit with a roof-mounted spoiler and odd looking side skirts hugging the rear end.  A.R.T. has ialso nstalled a quad exhaust system with 100mm chrome-plated tips. The stock stock wheels have been replaced by a custom set of 22-inch wheels wrapped around in 295/30 R22 while the interior cabin has been blessed with leather and Alcantara. All of these put together make for an odd looking X5 which is likely to get the BMW community talking (we’re already doing that).

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BMW & MINI’s Plugin Hybrid Drivetrain Previewed

MotoringFile broke the news of MINI’s plugin hybrid 18 months ago. Since then we’ve had a steady drip of news on the new drivetrain…. The post BMW & MINI’s Plugin Hybrid… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my ...

MotoringFile broke the news of MINI’s plugin hybrid 18 months ago. Since then we’ve had a steady drip of news on the new drivetrain…. The post BMW & MINI’s Plugin Hybrid… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Dinan releases Stage 2 Performance Tuner for M3/M4 – 530 hp, 504 lb-ft

California-based tuning shop Dinan releases a new update to the power kit for the new BMW M3 and M4. The Stage 2 DINANTRONICS tune represents a sizable increase in power and torque over Stage 1 with users being able to expect gains of 56 hp at 6000 r...

California-based tuning shop Dinan releases a new update to the power kit for the new BMW M3 and M4. The Stage 2 DINANTRONICS tune represents a sizable increase in power and torque over Stage 1 with users being able to expect gains of 56 hp at 6000 rpm and 58 lb-ft of torque at just 4000 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.To reliably sustain these big gains, the new kit includes the Dinan Free Flow exhaust and Carbon Cold Air Intake. Dinan says that their DINANTRONICS Performance Tuner doesn’t negate or voide your new car warranty coverage and they claim this is the only emissions legal aftermarket ECU on the market complete with an E.O number. The ultimate objective of this tuning kit was to provide the ability to control every signal entering and exiting the BMW factory Engine Control Unit.

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Dinan Carbon Fiber Cold Air Intake Dinan’s S55 cold air intake 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 30% larger high-flow filter, past an upgraded MAF sensor and into a carbon fiber tube that provides 20% more air volume than the stock piece. When coupled with the Stage 2 DINANTRONICS unit, the max gains include 14 hp and 21 lb-ft of torque.

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Dinan Lightweight Tubular Sway Bar Set Dinan’s Lightweight Tubular Anti-Roll Bars for the latest M3/M4 models measure 32mm in the front and 24mm in the rear. The goal is to reduce body roll, improve grip and stability, while saving weight. The large advantage with Dinan’s Anti-Roll bars is the four adjustability points on each end (three in front) that work in conjunction with Dinan’s adjustable end links to set the car up for five total positions on the bar, making it adjustable from 57% to 103% stiffer than the stock front bar and 0% to 13% stiffer than the stock rear bar.

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BMW beats Mercedes in June sales

The June premium cars sales numbers are in and BMW takes the lead ahead of Mercedes-Benz. BMW sales reached 32,176, up 6.5%. Mercedes sales were up 5.8% to 28.044 units. For the first half of the year, BMW sales rose 7.1% to 168,623. Mercedes sales f...

The June premium cars sales numbers are in and BMW takes the lead ahead of Mercedes-Benz. BMW sales reached 32,176, up 6.5%. Mercedes sales were up 5.8% to 28.044 units. For the first half of the year, BMW sales rose 7.1% to 168,623. Mercedes sales for the same period were 164,970, a 8.8% improvement. BMW holds a 3,653-vehicle lead over Mercedes. Audi comes third with an 11 percent sales boost to 93,615 units. Audi’s sales improved by 8.3 percent to 18,262 deliveries in June. BMW’s sales were aided by the 3 Series while Mercedes’ CLA class brought impressive sales numbers as well. BMW was led for the month by increases of 69 percent for the 4 series cars and 89 percent for the X5 SUV. Sales of Mercedes’s entry-level models, the CLA- and C-class cars, each grew more than 40 percent, and the new GLA small SUV added 2,177 deliveries.

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Toyota’s Lexus reported an 11 percent increase last month to 26,121. For the year, Lexus deliveries have climbed 15 percent to 158,848. The article BMW beats Mercedes in June sales appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Austin Yellow BMW F80 M3 Build By AUTOCouture Motoring

What slowly became a favorite color for many BMW aficionados, Austin Yellow is one of those paint jobs which accentuates the aggressive lines and dynamics design of the newest generation BMW M3. Packed with lots of power, this iteration of the world&...

What slowly became a favorite color for many BMW aficionados, Austin Yellow is one of those paint jobs which accentuates the aggressive lines and dynamics design of the newest generation BMW M3. Packed with lots of power, this iteration of the world’s most known sports sedan is even grittier, more dynamic and performance oriented than its predecessors. Powered by a 3.0 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo engine delivering 425 horsepower, the BMW F80 M3 can sprint from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 4.1 seconds – an impressive figure for a vehicle packed with lots of tech and safety features.

Austin Yellow BMW F80 M3 Build By AUTOCouture Motoring

This Austin Yellow BMW M3 received a few upgrades installed by AUTOCouture Motoring, starting with a new set of BBS wheels. These high-quality wheels add a personal touch to the vehicle and thanks to the lowering kit, it fills perfectly the wheel arches. The car has also seen the addition of a front and rear carbon fiber spoiler, and a carbon fiber diffuser which further differentiates it on the road. A complete showcase of this build can be found in the media gallery below.

Austin Yellow BMW F80 M3 Build By AUTOCouture Motoring

Austin Yellow BMW F80 M3 Build By AUTOCouture Motoring

Austin Yellow BMW F80 M3 Build By AUTOCouture Motoring

Austin Yellow BMW F80 M3 Build By AUTOCouture Motoring

Austin Yellow BMW F80 M3 Build By AUTOCouture Motoring

Austin Yellow BMW F80 M3 Build By AUTOCouture Motoring

Austin Yellow BMW F80 M3 Build By AUTOCouture Motoring

Austin Yellow BMW F80 M3 Build By AUTOCouture Motoring

Austin Yellow BMW F80 M3 Build By AUTOCouture Motoring

Austin Yellow BMW F80 M3 Build By AUTOCouture Motoring

Austin Yellow BMW F80 M3 Build By AUTOCouture Motoring

Austin Yellow BMW F80 M3 Build By AUTOCouture Motoring

Austin Yellow BMW F80 M3 Build By AUTOCouture Motoring

Austin Yellow BMW F80 M3 Build By AUTOCouture Motoring

Austin Yellow BMW F80 M3 Build By AUTOCouture Motoring

Austin Yellow BMW F80 M3 Build By AUTOCouture Motoring

Austin Yellow BMW F80 M3 Build By AUTOCouture Motoring

Austin Yellow BMW F80 M3 Build By AUTOCouture Motoring

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