BMW i8 vs. Tesla Model S – Video Review

ConsumerReports test drives, reviews and compares the BMW i8 and the Tesla Model S. Without a doubt the two green cars cater to different customers, but their looks and technology make them stand out from the pack. Tesla offers the Model S with two c...

ConsumerReports test drives, reviews and compares the BMW i8 and the Tesla Model S. Without a doubt the two green cars cater to different customers, but their looks and technology make them stand out from the pack. Tesla offers the Model S with two configurations: a 60kWh battery and EPA rated at 208 miles of range and the 85kWh battery rated at 265 miles. The 60kWh version starts at $71,070 and the 85kWh costs $81,070. There is also a performance version, P85+. The top-of-the-line P85 comes with with 416 hp, 443 lb-ft of torque at 0 rpm, some handling tweaks, a jumbo 85 kilowatt-hour battery pack rated at 265 miles of range per charge, and a starting price $95,740.

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BMW i8 uses a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine and BMW eDrive technology in the form of an electric drive system. The 1.5-liter combustion engine develops 170 kW/231 hp and drives the rear wheels of the BMW i8, while the 96 kW/131 hp electric drive sends its power to the front wheels and allows an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph). Which one is a better buy? Let’s find out. The article BMW i8 vs. Tesla Model S – Video Review appeared first on BMW BLOG

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The Snake, the Dragon, and Phil: A BMW Driving Tour of Tennessee and North Carolina

Another great driving tour by Rick F., this time taking us through Tennessee and North Carolina. Hopefully these great journals by him have been serving as inspiration for all our members to go out there and DRIVE your BMWs – fast, slow, short...

Another great driving tour by Rick F., this time taking us through Tennessee and North Carolina. Hopefully these great journals by him have been serving as inspiration for all our members to go out there and DRIVE your BMWs – fast, slow, short, long, just drive!

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Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

This Mineral White BMW M4 with a complete M Performance Aero Package showcases the wide range of tuning options a customer has for their new BMW M4. European Auto Source just finished installing the complete set of aftermarket carbon fiber aero parts...

This Mineral White BMW M4 with a complete M Performance Aero Package showcases the wide range of tuning options a customer has for their new BMW M4. European Auto Source just finished installing the complete set of aftermarket carbon fiber aero parts on this vehicle and we are bringing you the details of this build. Consisting of carbon fiber splitters, ABS lip, carbon fiber mirrors, ABS side blades, carbon fiber trunk spoiler and carbon fiber diffuser, the M performance package instantly gives the F82 a tasteful yet aggressive style.

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Like the other European Auto Source BMW M4, this one also has the BMW gloss black kidney grilles along with iND’s painted reflectors and side markers. From what we know, next set of aftermarket parts headed for this BMW M4 are a set of spacers and a custom exhaust.

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

As you may know, the BMW M4 is powered by M-tuned S55B30 engine, a derived form of the N55 engine, displacing 3.0 L (180 cu in) and redlining at 7,500 rpm. The engine uses two mono-scroll turbochargers with boost peaking at 18.1 PSI. The power is rated at 430 hp (320 kW; 440 PS) while torque goes well over 500 N·m (370 lb·ft). Both 6-speed manual and 7-speed M-DCT transmissions are available to order. The 7-speed M-DCT transmission allows the BMW M4 to accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.9 seconds, while the 6-speed manual transmission will do 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 4.1 seconds. Browse the gallery to see the completed project.

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

Mineral White M4 Gets The M Performance Aero Package

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This BMW X5 shows how not to slow down in front of a truck

One of the most basic things one should learn about driving is this: DO NOT brake too close in front of a large truck. The footage below shows a Russian driver aboard a BMW X5 who makes not one mistake, but three in the course of a few seconds. The B...

One of the most basic things one should learn about driving is this: DO NOT brake too close in front of a large truck. The footage below shows a Russian driver aboard a BMW X5 who makes not one mistake, but three in the course of a few seconds. The BMW X5 driver was constantly brake-checking the truck and the inevitable happened: the sporty SUV got smashed three time from the back. No one was hurt in the incident and interesting enough the truck had a dash came installed which captured the entire, somewhat funny, scene.

This BMW X5 shows how not to slow down in front of a truck

Always remember, large vehicles don’t have the same braking distances as passenger cars. [Source: Carscoops] The article This BMW X5 shows how not to slow down in front of a truck appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Racing The Tail Of The Dragon In A BMW M3

Crossing Deals Gap at the Tennessee/North Carolina state line is the Tail of the Dragon. The road is considered by many as one of the world’s foremost motorcycling and sports car roads. Anyone looking for an exciting highway will enjoy this 11-...

Crossing Deals Gap at the Tennessee/North Carolina state line is the Tail of the Dragon. The road is considered by many as one of the world’s foremost motorcycling and sports car roads. Anyone looking for an exciting highway will enjoy this 11-mile stretch of US129. At the same time, it is also one of the most dangerous roads you can drive on in the U.S. so approaching the twisties should always be done with caution. There are no intersecting roads, no houses with driveways and pretty much nothing around it. Each and every curve is different. There is very little elevation change. And many of the curves are banked like a race track. Unfortunately, almost every year there is a fatality on it.

Racing The Tail Of The Dragon In A BMW M3

Therefore, seeing Matt “Live Life Flat Out” Brandenburg in his Brakim Racing neon-green E36 M3 making a very sideways run on North Carolina’s famous road makes us appreciate his driving skills. [Source: Jalopnik] The article Racing The Tail Of The Dragon In A BMW M3 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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An M3 on Slicks in the Rain on the Tail of the Dragon

Because it’s Friday and you deserve three minutes of full-go on the Dragon. The post An M3 on Slicks in the Rain on the Tail of the Dragon appeared first on BimmerFile. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other c...

Because it’s Friday and you deserve three minutes of full-go on the Dragon. The post An M3 on Slicks in the Rain on the Tail of the Dragon appeared first on BimmerFile. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Will the Next Generation M5 & M6 Return to the V10?

That’s the rumor currently in our inbox and sites around the web thanks to BMW über tipster Scott. While it’s early days for the… The post Will the Next Generation M5 & M6 Return… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit...

That’s the rumor currently in our inbox and sites around the web thanks to BMW über tipster Scott. While it’s early days for the… The post Will the Next Generation M5 & M6 Return… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Is the i8 the Future of the Performance Car?

EVO’s Henry Catchpole asks that question while taking a look at the recent history of hybrid and electric cars. The BMW i8 represents a… The post Is the i8 the Future of the Performance Car?… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit...

EVO’s Henry Catchpole asks that question while taking a look at the recent history of hybrid and electric cars. The BMW i8 represents a… The post Is the i8 the Future of the Performance Car?… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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BMW Opens its Newest Vehicle Distribution Center at the Port of Baltimore

Official Release: Today, BMW Group celebrated the official opening of its newest Vehicle Distribution Center at the Port of Baltimore. The facility will serve… The post BMW Opens its Newest… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my web...

Official Release: Today, BMW Group celebrated the official opening of its newest Vehicle Distribution Center at the Port of Baltimore. The facility will serve… The post BMW Opens its Newest… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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The Greatest BMW Concept Cars Never Produced

BMW have always been a big fan and supporter of concept cars. They love the damn things, and these last few years have been no different. With the recent demand for economical and ‘green’ motoring, BMW have been forced to go down the route of mil...

BMW have always been a big fan and supporter of concept cars. They love the damn things, and these last few years have been no different. With the recent demand for economical and ‘green’ motoring, BMW have been forced to go down the route of miles per gallon, but does that mean they won’t be giving us cars that still fondle down below? Of course they won’t! The German’s have thankfully kept their priorities in order – just with a few amendments like turbo engines instead of naturally-aspirated ones – and with a whole host of new concepts, we thought it would be a good idea to look at some of the best that BMW never put into production. BMW M1 Hommage

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The Greatest BMW Concept Cars Never Produced

The Greatest BMW Concept Cars Never Produced

The original, beautiful, over-priced M1 was the blueprint for all modern M-cars. Without that first flop – sales wise – the new BMW M5 would not be the car it is today. The M1 was a lovely looking car, technically brilliant and as quick as Gandhi in slippers, but it was ridiculously expensive compared to its rivals, and as a result, nobody bought one. BMW learned their lesson, and since then we’ve had incredible M-cars – much like this 2011 M1 re-make. Unfortunately, BMW won’t be putting this new M1 into production, which makes us sad, because, well, look at it. Have you ever seen such an aggressive piece of styling? It’s like a hybrid between an MMA fighter and Bronson. BMW GINA

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The Greatest BMW Concept Cars Never Produced

The GINA was designed by then chief of design Chris Bangle, and it was produced to stand as a visual cue for BMW’s designers to draw and take inspiration from for future BMW designs. Interestingly, the GINA isn’t made from plastic, steel or fibreglass; it’s made entirely from fabric – apart from the engine, obviously. So, the chances are fabric won’t become the next carbon fibre, but it’s different; that’s for sure. The GINA sits on the same platform as the old Z8 Roadster – which was never any good – and features a two-seat layout. Bangle claimed that the GINA’s fabric shell could be seen on production models in a decade – just make sure you don’t live in an area where youths have car keys on them, because we all know what would happen. BMW 328 Hommage

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  Have you ever seen such a beautiful BMW? The 328 Hommage is very unlikely to ever hit production, which is not only a shame, but a damn disgrace. Look at the thing; it’s absolute stunning from every angle, and proof that car manufacturers need to get some dangly bits and put some concepts through to production. The ethos behind the 328 is lightweight construction, and it represents a homage – hence the name – to the old Mille Miglia racer of the olden days.  Build it, BMW; do it for the world!

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BMW Vision ConnectedDrive

The Greatest BMW Concept Cars Never Produced

BMW loves engineering, but they also love technology; so what do you do in 2011 when the world expects you to be innovative? You build a car that bring the latest geeky innovations into the car. This lovely concept may never see the light of day, but certain elements will – like the technology which provides the driver will the gimmicks needed inside the car.

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BMW CS

The Greatest BMW Concept Cars Never Produced

BMW, build this car! You released this concept in 2007, and yet we still haven’t seen it on our roads – why? Why!!! It’s automotive porn. Any money-owning human with eyes would buy this car, it’s that good looking. OK, so BMW probably won’t listen to the aforementioned paragraph, but you can’t deny the CS’s style and aggression. This should have been the car that the new 6-Series was designed from.

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BMW M3 Pickup

The Greatest BMW Concept Cars Never Produced

Yep, that’s right; BMW did build this car. It’s not a joke. It’s not some type of sick practical joke that the Bavarians pulled on the world – unfortunately. It’s hard to imagine what type of person would want a 414 bhp BMW M3 Pickup on their drive, but there must be someone, because BMW didn’t just build this concept for the crack. We’re praying this doesn’t make it into production – perhaps only in Australia, eh, BMW?

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BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe

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The Greatest BMW Concept Cars Never Produced

Based on the 7 Series platform, BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe showcases the collaboration between BMW and Pininfarina bring to the Gran Lusso Coupe. The concept features an imposing stance and elegant design lines and has the typical long wheelbase, stretched bonnet and set-back greenhouse. This has been one of the most exclusive and luxurious concepts BMW has ever built and while there is hope that some of the design elements will make it into the next 7 Series, the odds of this Gran Lusso Coupe to get into production are pretty slim. A shame, nonetheless! The article The Greatest BMW Concept Cars Never Produced appeared first on BMW BLOG

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