The X5M, by IND.

Build and words by IND: BMW is widely recognized as the company that transformed the concept of the four door car. The menacing acceleration of the first M5 super sedan, the shockingly sporting character of the standard 3 series, and of course the i...

Build and words by IND: BMW is widely recognized as the company that transformed the concept of the four door car. The menacing acceleration of the first M5 super sedan, the shockingly sporting character of the standard 3 series, and of course the incredible capability of the M3 have made BMW a company that has redefined automobiles for a generation. In this same way, in 1999 BMW redefined the 4×4 truck segment with the launch of their brand new X5. BMW

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2016 BMW 340i Gallery

The refreshed BMW 340i is coming to a dealership near you. While we’ve detailed what’s been nipped and tucked over the past few weeks… The post 2016 BMW 340i Gallery appeared first on BimmerFile. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my ...

The refreshed BMW 340i is coming to a dealership near you. While we’ve detailed what’s been nipped and tucked over the past few weeks… The post 2016 BMW 340i Gallery appeared first on BimmerFile. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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The BMW M240i is Coming with an Increase of 15hp

According to F30Post user and super source ynguldyn 2 Series is getting an engine refresh that will result in more power and new names…. The post The BMW M240i is Coming with an Increase of 15hp… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit m...

According to F30Post user and super source ynguldyn 2 Series is getting an engine refresh that will result in more power and new names…. The post The BMW M240i is Coming with an Increase of 15hp… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Alpine White BMW E46 M3 with Vorsteiner Wheels

The somewhat forgotten BMW E46 M3 is still a darling of the automotive world. It is considered by many as one of the best M3s ever produced, and this older generation M3 still affords great performance and thrills to their owners. Those E46 M3s are h...

The somewhat forgotten BMW E46 M3 is still a darling of the automotive world. It is considered by many as one of the best M3s ever produced, and this older generation M3 still affords great performance and thrills to their owners. Those E46 M3s are however in need of some contemporary updates to give them back that flair they once used to have. One of the simplest and most elegant solutions to achieve this is a set of aftermarket wheels. Vorsteiner’s new Flow Forged V-FF 103 wheels have now found their new home on this Alpine White E46 M3.

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Sized 19×9.5 inches in the front and 19×10.5 inches in the rear they provide a welcome refreshment for the aging sports car model. Wheels are finished in a Carbon Graphite finish that provides a nice contrasting effect with the white exterior of the vehicle.

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The BMW E46 M3 is powered by a 3.2 liter naturally aspirated engine that produces 343 PS (252 kW; 338 hp). It helps propel the 3,415 lb (1,549 kg) car from 0-62 mph in around 5.1 seconds. Top speed is 155 mph (250 km/h) electronically limited, while some models achieve a top speed of 171.38 mph (275.81 km/h).

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TEST DRIVE: 2016 BMW 750i

When BMW told us we’ll be heading to Monticello race track in Upstate New York to drive the new 2016 BMW 7 Series, our first though was: “What are they smoking…” Historically, the 7 Series has never been a track car, nor it cl...

When BMW told us we’ll be heading to Monticello race track in Upstate New York to drive the new 2016 BMW 7 Series, our first though was: “What are they smoking…” Historically, the 7 Series has never been a track car, nor it claimed to be one, but the new 7er seems to be the most confident of the bunch and dared us for a date on the beautiful track. Lightweight Construction One of the biggest reasons it’s so confident is its Carbon Core lightweight construction.

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The chassis of the new BMW 7 Series, which will also be shared with the upcoming 5 Series and other future models, has been developed with extensive uses of carbon fiber, aluminum and high-strength steel. The all of these exotic materials have been strategically placed in the chassis to create a very lightweight, very rigid and very safe structure in which to build upon. For instance, the A, B and C pillars, as well as much of the roof, are all built using carbon fiber. This makes the chassis very stiff, reducing chassis flex which improves handling, but also reduces weight up top, lowering the center of gravity to further improve handling. From 0 to 62 mph, the heavy athlete needs only 4.3 seconds. That’s M performance right there. The Carbon Core savings enable staggering numbers despite being an inch longer, the new base model manages to trim a stunning 130 kilograms (280 lbs) compared to its predecessor. From 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h), the heavy athlete needs only 4.3 seconds. That’s M performance right there! Furthermore, BMW engineers added a new suspension system that consists of a double wishbone setup up front and five-link kit in the rear, along with a standard air suspension with electronic dampeners and all-wheel steering system that uses electronic actuators. Evolutionary Exterior, Revolutionary Interior While in photos the G11/G12 7 Series looks nothing more than a glorified F01/F02 facelift, in reality the BMW design team has done a great job improving upon an already successful design language. The sedan comes with the largest kidney grille we’ve seen on any BMW in the last decade, a 3D approach to the famous and iconic grille which now employs active slats for aerodynamic purposes. BMW says that the opening and closing of the aero slats is controlled by the computer to help with the engine cooling.

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The redesigned LED headlights are slimmer and more attractive than on the previous generation 7 Series, and following the recent BMW design language, they now flow seamlessly into the kidneys. The sculpted front hood is also lower and leaner, a design approach to emphasize sportiness and dynamics. The one piece Hofmeister Kink flows elegantly across the quarter panel and fits perfectly within the 3D sculpted model around it. There’s also a new design item, an air breather, now typical of most BMWs, which has a strip of either chrome or black, depending on the Line chosen, which runs the length of the bottom of the doors. Long gone is the Bangle-butt and the new 7 Series has one of the most attractive rears in the segment. The trunk molds perfectly into a new set of taillights which are also slimmer and beautifully sculpted, thanks to the constant improving LED technology. The new cabin makes the previous generation look outdated and simplistic, by any standards What everyone agrees on is the revolutionary design of the interior. BMW took a hard look at the previous generation 7 Series and decided that a game changer is needed in order for the new 7 Series to be successful in this competitive market. The new cabin makes the previous generation look outdated and simplistic, by any standards. The materials, leather and trims used are of the highest quality possible. From the moment you step inside, it becomes hard to ignore the amount of work that went into creating a viable competitor for the S-Class. The leather with ample stitching and unique design resembles the ones found in even higher-end cars and it’s as comfortable as it can get. Everything within arms reach is covered in either leather, beautifully finished wood or aluminum.

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Galvanized metal and porcelain switches, touch-sensitive temperature sliders for air-conditioning vents, replace the familiar BMW switches. There is ambient lighting everywhere, on the door trim, in the footwells and under all of the controls, and the optional Panoramic Sky Lounge LED Roof with light emitted by LED modules on the glass surface, is not only beautiful, but also a work of art.

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From the back seat, the beauty of this limousine is a sight to see To really experience the luxury of this new 7 Series we had a driver take us on the road. From the back seat, the beauty of this limousine is a sight to see. Everything has been perfectly matched, the leather and wood can be felt even when opening or closing the door, and the stitching on the leather gives it a Rolls Royce look. The Luxury Rear Seating package is optional but if money is no object, this should be on your list. The luxury package includes Rear Ventilated and Comfort Seats, Heated Front and Rear Armrests and a 7 inch Touch Command Tablet. The massage function for the comfort seats offers a choice of eight programs.

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An optional Rear Executive Lounge Seating Package takes the luxury to a new whole new level transforming the car into a mobile office. A high-quality one. With a touch of a button, the rear seat can be slid forward by an extra 90 millimeters /3.5 inches and its backrest tilted all the way forward. By pressing another button, a fold-out footrest extends from the back of the front-seat. To top it off, a tray table can be pulled out from the rear center console to allow you to do some work on-the-go.

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An industry-first, Gesture Control, was made for people to easier operate the infotainment system through gesture controls. The drivers or the passengers can adjust volume controls, accept or reject incoming calls or change music stations through pre-defined gestures. Drivers can also configure a gesture for a function of their choosing, such as navigation to the home address, a deactivation of a screen or a pre-set radio station. BMW says the system operates based on an infrared motion sensor located in the headliner. While it doesn’t replace the traditional iDrive controls, the gesture technology can help with driving distractions and easier access to most commonly used features. We did a live Periscope from inside the car and Gesture Control got the most likes.

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The other cool item we’ve played with was a high-tech keyfob. Dubbed BMW Display Key, the touch-sensitive key is an optional item for the new 7 Series and in the U.S., it only costs $250. For that little amount – which is cheaper than many other BMW keyfob replacements – the key features four buttons on the front for lock, unlock, trunk release, and panic. In Europe, the BMW Digital Key can be used to self-park your 7 Series, a feature that has yet to be approved by the U.S. regulatory boards. The display runs on a separate battery than the lock/unlock buttons, so the key’s battery has about a week long life and can be recharged wirelessly in the car’s armrest. Autonomous Innovations BMW has been paying close attention to the autonomous innovations on the market; some of them were previewed earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas. The 7 Series can now steer itself at speeds up to 130 mph, but the caveat is that you can only keep your hands off the wheel for 15 seconds at a time. So no texting and driving aids. This new 7 Series also includes an available Active Comfort Drive with Road Preview system that scans the road ahead and then adjusts the suspension accordingly. Nimble And Fun To Drive

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Now in its sixth generation, the 2016 BMW 740i/750i and 750i xDrive offer a 320-horsepower inline-six and a 445-horsepower V8 twin-turbo power. Models coming to the U.S. will be long-wheelbase only with BMW dropping the “L” designation from the model lineup, a trend that it’s now common in the luxury sedans segment. In Monticello, BMW handed out the keys to the 750i with the Luxury Line or the M Sport Package. On back roads around Monticello, the new 7 Series tracked through corners at speeds that we usually see in M cars. The 750i manages to hide well its size and weight and just feels like an old-school bimmer. The steering is heavier than what we’ve seen lately and the connection with the road can easily be felt through the thick steering wheel. The snappy eight-speed transmission links to the navigation system, so gear selection is adapted to the driving situation and route, adjusting shifting characteristics accordingly.

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The lower center of gravity, weight savings and new chassis and suspension is even more obvious on the track. Over the course of five hours, we lapped the Monticello track at least twenty times and with each lap, the luxury sedan was more fun to drive. And as expected, the 750i is best enjoyed with the suspension turned to Sport – the perfect combination between comfort and sportiness. The four-wheel steering is also phenomenal and when thrown in corners, the 7er felt shorter than it really is. Keep in mind, this is a 4,600 lbs car and twenty years ago taking this car on a track would have likely gotten you banned. The 750i felt like a rocket ship and at 4.3 seconds is just about a tenth-of-a-second slower than the super duper M5 sedan. On straight lines, the V8 power and exhaust growl come to life. The 750i felt like a rocket ship and at 4.3 seconds is just about a tenth-of-a-second slower than the super duper M5 sedan. Even on the slalom course, the ride and body control are excellent – we tested the car in Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Adaptive – and the 7er arced through the cones like a smaller car. At the end of the course, after a 60-70 mph run, the BMW driving instructor advised us to slam the brakes as hard as we could and…the stoppage distance was impressively short.

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Yet, we didn’t stop here. Next we headed back to the track where BMW RLL driver and multiple-times racing champion, Bill Auberlen, was present to guide us through the track and its racing line. After a short stint behind his pace car, we asked Bill to take the reign of our 750i and show us how it’s properly done. What followed was a ten minutes exciting ride where we finally understood why we’re just amateur track drivers, and that this 7 Series has more potential than we could ever unlock. Take a look at the video below and listen to Bill’s commentary, he makes some interesting points and you can also see how easy maneuverable the car is. As Bill mentioned, the 7 Series is not a track car and its customers are likely to never see the tarmac, but it feels good to just know that YOU can and you wouldn’t actually embarrass yourself by doing so. New 7 Series will give S-Class a run for its money In the last few years, the Mercedes S-Class has been the undefeated champion in this important luxury sedans segment. Many have tried to dethrone it, but it stood tall and fended off its opponents with grace. Now the new 7 Series is without a doubt its strongest rival and one that could take the crown away. It has all the ingredients to achieve that: design, luxury, technology and lightweight construction. The new 2016 BMW 7 Series arrives this month, priced from $81,300 to $94,400. Of course, you’ll all want to know how it compare to Mercedes’ S-class? That answer must wait until we drive the two side-by-side. The article TEST DRIVE: 2016 BMW 750i appeared first on BMW BLOG

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When do car watches become too gimmicky?

There are many fans of cars who are equally as passionate about watches. I just makes sense, as both cars and watches are ingenious pieces of mechanical engineering. Though, I find that there are two types of watch fans, when it comes to cars and wat...

There are many fans of cars who are equally as passionate about watches. I just makes sense, as both cars and watches are ingenious pieces of mechanical engineering. Though, I find that there are two types of watch fans, when it comes to cars and watches.There is the type that appreciates the connection between some watches and Motorsport, like the original Heuer Monaco or Rolex Daytona. But then there are some people who try and force the subject and buy a watch that’s so overdone in automotive gimmicks that it becomes ridiculous. So where is the line drawn? Blancpain L-Evolution Super Trofeo

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Take this Blancpain, for example. This particular Blancpain, the L-Evolution Super Trofeo, has been designed after the Super Trofeo Lamborghini racing car. With an array of exotic automotive materials like a carbon fiber case and carbon fiber face, as well as an alcantara in the strap, the Blancpain Super Trofeo looks a bit much. Blancpain is actually a quality watchmaker with a respected history, but this watch is far from anything you’d expect from such a reputable watch maker. Now if this kind of watch is your cup of tea, that’s fine, but to the other kind of watch person, this L-Evolution Super Trofeo is just far too gimmicky. Breitling for Bentley Supersports Chronograph

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Now, on the other side of things, you have the Breitling for Bentley Supersports Chronograph. Designed as a tribute Bentley’s Continental GT Supersports, Bentley’s fastest vehicle, this Chronograph has some actual automotive charm to it and it’s because it’s subtle. From a distance, this Supersports Chrono looks like any other Breitling chronograph. But look closer and you’ll notice the dashboard style dial in the center of the face or the knurled rotating bezel which activates a variable tachometer. The Supersports Chronograph is an attractive watch with just a few subtle hints at its automotive pedigree. This is the kind of watch for the other kind of fan. But to some, it’s a bit too boring and safe. Personally, I tend to lean more toward the Breitling as my choice, if you haven’t already gathered that. But that again, I feel like most fans of German cars would do the same. Most German cars are subtly styled and are seldom garish. Same goes for German watches. So generally, fans of BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi would want something a bit more in keeping with the reserved but handsome styling of their cars. But style is subjective, so some may find the Blancpain to be spot on and the Breitling boring, while others will find the Breitling tasteful and the Blancpain gaudy. So what do you fine readers think? Are watches like the Blancpain too gimmicky for their own good and if so, how much is too much? The article When do car watches become too gimmicky? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW E9 Batmobile: Video Review

Car Throttle takes the iconic BMW E9 3.0L CSL Batmobile for a spin. The BMW E9 3.0 CSL was produced from 1968 to 1975. The 3.0 CSL is considered the first project by the BMW M division. The car was a lightweight, 3003cc sports model of the 3.0 coupe...

Car Throttle takes the iconic BMW E9 3.0L CSL Batmobile for a spin. The BMW E9 3.0 CSL was produced from 1968 to 1975. The 3.0 CSL is considered the first project by the BMW M division. The car was a lightweight, 3003cc sports model of the 3.0 coupe. Special racing models with 3.2-liter (340 hp/253 kW) and 3.5-liter (430 PS) engines and aerodynamic trimmings helped establish BMW as a premier racing team. In 2015, the 3.0 CSL is a legend and part of BMW’s history forever.

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Is now a better time than ever to buy a BMW 335i?

We all know that the BMW 335i will soon be replaced with the post-LCI BMW 340i. Along with the numeric name change comes a new, more powerful engine from BMW’s new EfficientDynamics engine line. There will also be some chassis, steering and suspens...

We all know that the BMW 335i will soon be replaced with the post-LCI BMW 340i. Along with the numeric name change comes a new, more powerful engine from BMW’s new EfficientDynamics engine line. There will also be some chassis, steering and suspension tweaks, to give the 340i a more comfortable ride as well as more sporting dynamics over the outgoing model. Some exterior and interior bits have also been revised, giving the 340i a bit fresher look and feel over the 335i. But despite these obvious upgrades, would now be the best time to buy a BMW 335i?

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It’s no secret that automakers and dealers slash prices of outgoing models, while also giving customers incentives to buy them, so as to get rid of older inventory and make way for the new models. So prices for BMW 335is have never been lower and incentives have never been better. According to Edmunds.com, now is the time to buy a BMW 335i while prices are low. “A refreshed design of this iconic entry luxury car is coming later this year, pushing down prices on the soon-to-be-outdated model — and in some parts of the country, it is already selling for over $1,500 below the Edmunds Trade Market Value (TMV). BMW offers customer cash rebates along with attractive lease specials. Some rebate offers may also be combined with low-interest financing from dealers,” says Edmunds Senior Consumer Advice Editor Philip Reed.

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You might be thinking to yourself that you wouldn’t want to buy a car that will be outdated in just months after its purchase. However, in this case, it still wouldn’t be a bad deal. Despite being the oldest car in its class (with Audi replacing the A4 this year), the BMW 335i is still one of the best performers. When compared to the fresh-out-of-the-box Jaguar XE S, the 335i stood its ground very well and should even be faster in a straight line. It’s most definitely faster than every other car in its class and can hang with all of them in terms of handling. So even though the current 335i is starting to show its age, it’s still a damn good car.

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When you factor in that prices will be slashed dramatically and incentives will be thrown out, the BMW 335i becomes a very attractive purchase at the moment. The only major enough difference to warrant waiting for the 340i would be the new engine. It makes the 340i just a touch faster and even more efficient. But the TwinPower N54 engine in the 335i is a thing of beauty. With perfectly smooth power delivery and an exhaust note that is missed with the 340i’s engine, the 335i still has one of the best engines on the market, despite being replaced. The rest of the changes made with the 340i are inconsequential. So what do you think, if someone were in the market for a new BMW 3 Series, should they buy the aging but excellent and significantly cheaper 335i, or go for the new wheels and pony up the extra dough for the 340i? The article Is now a better time than ever to buy a BMW 335i? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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A Classy Modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Photoshoot

This photoshoot comes courtesy of Keenan Warner and it showcases a classy modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3. The vehicle shown here looks clean, thanks to a bevvy of aftermarket aero parts and other products added. The combination of carbon fiber aero...

This photoshoot comes courtesy of Keenan Warner and it showcases a classy modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3. The vehicle shown here looks clean, thanks to a bevvy of aftermarket aero parts and other products added. The combination of carbon fiber aerodynamic parts and lightweight monoblock wheels, add to the aggressive appearance of the car. This M3 received no power upgrades so the 3.0 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo engine runs at stock performance levels, exerting 425 horsepower and churning out impressive 0-62mph (0-100km) acceleration runs of just 4.1 seconds.

A Classy Modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Photoshoot

As you will see in the photoshoot below, the biggest impact on the car’s looks are the HRE P101 wheels. These, together with the car being lowered, provide a much improved stance and a more aggressive outer appearance. The wheels come in sizes of 20×9.5 in the front and 20×11.5 in the rear, respectively. With a Satin Charcoal finish, they provide a nice contrasting effect with the white exterior of the vehicle. The wheels come wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tires which are sized 255/30/20 at the front and 305/25/20 in the rear.

A Classy Modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Photoshoot

With M Performance Parts like a front aero carbon fiber splitter and a carbon fiber rear diffuser, the aggressive looks of this vehicle are perfected. This M3 is owned by the professional open wheel racing driver Tony Kanaan, who uses this car for daily driving needs. Even though it was raining in Florida on the day of the shoot, you can check some great images of this M3 in the gallery below.

A Classy Modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Photoshoot

A Classy Modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Photoshoot

A Classy Modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Photoshoot

A Classy Modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Photoshoot

A Classy Modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Photoshoot

A Classy Modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Photoshoot

A Classy Modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Photoshoot

A Classy Modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Photoshoot

A Classy Modded Alpine White BMW F80 M3 Photoshoot

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BMW E9 3.0 CSL Batmobile Review: The 70s Icon That Blew My Mind (Car Throttle)

The BMW E9 3.0L CSL Batmobile is an astonishing car that oozes cool, has genuine motorsport roots and that makes the world stand still. Does it get any better than this for petrolheads? ...

The BMW E9 3.0L CSL Batmobile is an astonishing car that oozes cool, has genuine motorsport roots and that makes the world stand still. Does it get any better than this for petrolheads?

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