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The last generation BMW M3 is powered by a naturally aspirated V8 and it’s the only M3 that revs to an insane 8,300 rpm. Its S65 V8 was named International Engine Of The Year from 2008-2012 in the 3.0 – 4.0 liter category. Performance wise, the E...
The last generation BMW M3 is powered by a naturally aspirated V8 and it’s the only M3 that revs to an insane 8,300 rpm. Its S65 V8 was named International Engine Of The Year from 2008-2012 in the 3.0 – 4.0 liter category. Performance wise, the E92 M3 is a monster on track and on the road, some magazine tests show 0 to 60 times of 3.9 seconds for the DCT-equipped models. While the E92 M3 still delivers plenty of power to keep its owners happy, the design of the car is slightly outdated and requires a bit of freshening up. This is where aftermarket aero parts come in.
This BMW E92 M3 features Vorsteiner made Carbon Graphite V-FF 103 wheels in a staggered 19×9.5 front and 19×10.5 rear fitment using a concave profile. Also fitted to this E92 are Vorsteiner’s GTRS7 front bumper, GTS-V rear diffuser, and coupe boot lid.
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The Unlim 500+ drag races held just 2 hours north of Moscow, Russia, have brought together the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, BMW M6 and Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. A requirement of the cars participating is that they all create a minimum of 500 hp, which sets u...
The Unlim 500+ drag races held just 2 hours north of Moscow, Russia, have brought together the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, BMW M6 and Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. A requirement of the cars participating is that they all create a minimum of 500 hp, which sets up some amazing showdowns. One of the requirements was for the event organizers to shortened the track from one mile to one kilometer to increase safety. Each of the three contenders had some extensive work done underneath the hood. The BMW M6 Coupe now produces 800 horsepower thanks to an Evotech Stage 3 kit, while the C63 AMG puts down 700 horsepower with the Morendi-Weistec upgrade. The Chevy Corvette has the most power, 900 hp.
The video of these matches shows us some impressive sprints and surprising results. [Source: DuPontRegistry] The article Drag Race: Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG vs BMW M6 vs Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/07/01/this-bmw-1m-looks-pretty-awesome/ in News on July 1, 2015
German tuning shop Carbon Fiber Dynamics has given the BMW 1M a complete carbon fiber makeover. The tuning house has created a small carbon fiber kit for the “baby-M” which consists of a front spoiler, front splitter, rear diffuser, rear ...
German tuning shop Carbon Fiber Dynamics has given the BMW 1M a complete carbon fiber makeover. The tuning house has created a small carbon fiber kit for the “baby-M” which consists of a front spoiler, front splitter, rear diffuser, rear spoiler lip and a carbon fiber roof. Furthermore, the 1M now features the M3-signature powerdome hood along with functional air vents for additional cooling capability. A new set of black wheels were also fitted to the car, along with the BMW M Performance black kidney grille. Other updates to the car include a lowering spring kit, sport exhaust system and the Long Beach Blue paint job.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/07/01/bmw-on-working-with-apple-we-live-in-a-world-of-partnerships/ in News on July 1, 2015
Speaking earlier today in Frankfurt, BMW’s production chief Oliver Zipse hinted that BMW would be open to partnerships with other companies, including Apple. “We live in a world of partnerships,” Zipse said when asked about partnerships wit...
Speaking earlier today in Frankfurt, BMW’s production chief Oliver Zipse hinted that BMW would be open to partnerships with other companies, including Apple. “We live in a world of partnerships,” Zipse said when asked about partnerships with other companies. Quickly after the interwebs exploded with link-bait titles mentioning BMW’s desire to work on an Apple car. BMW was quick to submit a correction to stop any rumors from spreading even further. “Car development and production are not the subject of these talks,” BMW said. “We hold regular talks with companies from the telecommunications and IT industry, including Apple, about vehicle connectivity topics, BMW Connected Drive,” Zipse added in a statement emailed to Reuters.
Rendering Apple Car BMW is rumored to work with Apple on integrating the CarPlay platform into future cars. The BMW technology office in Silicon Valley also works closely with Apple on developing BMW apps for the ConnectedDrive system. The article BMW on working with Apple: “We live in a world of partnerships” appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/07/01/mercedes-benz-amg-gt-vs-porsche-911-turbo-vs-bmw-i8-topgear/ in News on July 1, 2015
TopGear compares the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT with the Porsche 911 Turbo and BMW i8. Two traditional super cars against the first hybrid sportscar. The Mercedes AMG GT, with a twin-turbo, 4.0 liter V8 making 503 hp and hitting 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, is t...
TopGear compares the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT with the Porsche 911 Turbo and BMW i8. Two traditional super cars against the first hybrid sportscar. The Mercedes AMG GT, with a twin-turbo, 4.0 liter V8 making 503 hp and hitting 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, is the fastest car here. All while making a very distinct AMG burble. It also has lovely, classic sports car looks. The Porsche 911 uses a super-pressurized 3.8-liter flat-six producing 520 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque.
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). So which one takes the win in the comparison? Here are a few excerpts from the review: That i8 is really not the Merc’s cup of tea. Pretty much the polar opposite, in fact. Where the AMG is all noise and drama, the BMW is glide and sophistication. But as we’ve found on every occasion, you should never underestimate the i8’s ability to amaze you – both as an object of desirability and as a driver’s car. At least as far as the metric data goes. It’s not like the chassis templates have much in common: front-engined two-seater plays rear-engined four-seater, the Merc channelling SLS leftovers; the 911, 50 years of heritage. The BMW is different – intoxicatingly so. Carbon-fibre tub chassis, the guts to downsize to a genuinely small engine, radical aero, even an acceptance that cornering speeds don’t need to be so high. And they aren’t. The BMW puts roughly a third less rubber on the road and, if you are pushing on, it’s around 10mph slower through any given corner. It also has the most over-protective traction control, but drop that back a notch, remind yourself that last-gasp braking efforts followed by abrupt bungs at the apex will only result in quickly overheated discs and unsatisfying understeer, and you’re set for a good time. No, a great time. These are three very disparate cars, and you could construct an argument for any of them to win. But despite that, despite the fact I usually have a deep and abiding love of beefy rear-drive AMGs, the GT finishes last. The other two are harder to separate, but in all honesty, if the god of road tests descended and told me I could drive away in one, it’d be the i8. I can’t tell you how much it surprises me to be putting a petrol-electric ahead of an AMG and a 911, but the BMW is not just a sporty hybrid, it’s a car that’s enthralling and mesmerising on so many levels. The article Mercedes-Benz AMG GT vs. Porsche 911 Turbo vs. BMW i8 – TopGear appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/07/01/bmw-i3-is-the-2015-auto-express-green-car-of-the-year/ in News on July 1, 2015
BMW i3 picks up another award after winning the 2015 Green Car of the Year contest at the previous LA Auto Show. The 2015 Auto Express Green Car of the Year title goes to the BMW i3 REx (Range Extender), ahead of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Peu...
BMW i3 picks up another award after winning the 2015 Green Car of the Year contest at the previous LA Auto Show. The 2015 Auto Express Green Car of the Year title goes to the BMW i3 REx (Range Extender), ahead of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Peugeot 208 BlueHDi. The UK magazine calls the i3 the car of the future and boasts about its fun city driving and the optional REx. “The i3 really is all the car you’ll ever need if you’re in town, but BMW also offers the option of the i3 Range Extender if you find yourself far from a charging point,” Auto Express said. “However, plan your charging stops right and you may never hear the petrol motor fire into life. Last year we claimed that driving an i3 is like driving the future, and this statement rings just as true today as it did 12 months ago.”
BMW makes two variants of the i3 and the two cars look nearly identical from the outside and takes a trained eye to spot the differences. Just as the total ranges of the two models vary, the technical differences of the REx and the i3 BEV are rather dramatic. The i3 BEV can about 80 miles on a single charge, where as the i3 REx can travel about 150 miles on a full charge and full tank of premium gas. BMW’s i3 REx weighs more at 3064 lbs compared to just 2799 lbs for the i3 BEV. 0-60 time for the i3 Rex is slower at 7.9 seconds vs 7.2 for the i3 BEV, purely because cause of the extra weight. Related: BMW i3 One-Year Review The MPGe goes from 124 miles for the i3 BEV to 117 miles for the i3 REx, but both are still way above Tesla’s S model and its 89 miles. Even the weight distribution changes from a BMW 48/52 front/rear for the i3 BEV to 45/55 for REx. The range extender adds a 647 cc 2-cylinder motor from a BMW scooter that acts as a generator to charge the battery and extend the range of the i3. It is important to note that the i3 REx still uses an electric motor to move the car.
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Posted by http://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1145608 in News on July 1, 2015
Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 6.5 percent in June for a total of 32,176 compared to 30,201 vehicles sold in June, 2014.
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An unfortunate incident involving a BMW i8 just occurred in Mexico, where an i8 was flipped during a test drive by a journalist.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/07/02/bmw-once-built-a-hydrogen-fuel-cell-i8/ in News on July 1, 2015
At the 2015 BMW Innovation Days held on the secret BMW ground in Miramas, France, the Bavarian automaker has not only let us drive one of their first hydrogen fuel cell prototypes, but they also let us enjoy from afar a BMW i8 with the same hydrogen ...
At the 2015 BMW Innovation Days held on the secret BMW ground in Miramas, France, the Bavarian automaker has not only let us drive one of their first hydrogen fuel cell prototypes, but they also let us enjoy from afar a BMW i8 with the same hydrogen fuel cell technology. BMW has initially planned to let us drive the “Batmobile” prototype, but the hydrogen tech powering the car was in its early stages and not stable enough to be put through some quick laps. The project was largely completed in 2012.
The car was used for development purposes and according to BMW, as of now, the company has no plans to bring it to the market. The hydrogen fuel cell technology is a joint project between BMW and Toyota whose aim is to have an initial group of approved components by the year 2020, though FCEV vehicles depend on the development of a hydrogen fuel structure.
BMW’s special i8 sports a matte black paint job with small body modifications compared to the production i8. Underneath, the i8 went through a lot more changes, like the addition of a hydrogen storage system and the afferent fuel cell technology. The interior is made from parts from different BMW models, as you would expect in an early stage prototype.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/07/02/bmw-prototype-with-hydrogen-fuel-cell-first-drive/ in News on July 1, 2015
BMW first started with hydrogen powered cars with the Hydrogen 7 in 2005, a 7 Series run by an electric motor which was powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, though BMW first started making hydrogen fuel cells in 1999. This was actually a pretty large suc...
BMW first started with hydrogen powered cars with the Hydrogen 7 in 2005, a 7 Series run by an electric motor which was powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, though BMW first started making hydrogen fuel cells in 1999. This was actually a pretty large success, with many celebrities, like Jay Leno buying them. While not a commercial success, it got the word out that hydrogen cars are a viable option for the future, and that in itself is a success. BMW has now created another FCEV (Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle) hydrogen powered vehicle, a demonstration vehicle to test out new technologies. The vehicle is based on a BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo and uses a 245hp electric motor and high-voltage battery, similar to the ones used in BMW’s eDrive and i Division plug-in hybrids. A tunnel tank, used to store hydrogen, is mounted in between the two axles.
BMW uses a 700 bar CGH2 storage vessel or a BMW patented cryogenic pressure storage vessel. The cryogenic tank allows BMW to store gaseous hydrogen at low temperatures and at 350 bar pressure, with an operating range of 500km (310 miles), giving a smaller tank similar range to a gasoline powered vehicle. Much of these technologies are results of the continued partnership between BMW and Toyota. It is worth nothing that even before the development on the 5 Series GT hydrogen fuel cell started, BMW has developed an i8 hydrogen fuel cell car which was used for internal testing at the secret facility in Miramas, France.
Some of the main benefits for this FCEV hydrogen fuel cell technology are the size and range. Pure EVs are usually quite small, to conserve weight and be aerodynamic, but hydrogen powered cars don’t have to be. They can be big luxury cars like the 5er GT, because the hydrogen fuel cell can be refilled in minutes at a station, so conservation isn’t absolutely necessary, though it is desired. Also, because hydrogen fuel cells can be refilled so quickly and they last so long, a hydrogen powered car makes for a fine long distance machine. No need to stop every 80 miles to charge for three hours, just stop at the closest station that sells hydrogen fuel and fill up like you would a gasoline car. This is also beneficial to BMW i models, which could use a bit of help in the range department.
BMW Prototype Hydrogen Fuel Cell – First Drive The interior of the 5 Series GT prototype is almost identical with the production series car, the only things that give it away are a red emergency stop button which cuts off the entire system, if needed. There is also a revised speedometer specific to the functionality of a hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicle. The cylindrical tank housing the hydrogen takes the entire central tunnel of the car, so a lot of retrofitting had to be done to this 5 Series GT prototype. In line with the lightweight construction philosophy, the prototype also feature several carbon fiber parts, like the roof, the lift gate in the rear and the wheels (a combination of carbon fiber and aluminum). The 160 kilogram tank is made also of carbon fiber and aluminum, and reinforced with with steel, providing the perfect weight distribution and crash safety. Thanks to a life expectancy of up to 350 bar internal pressure and an elaborate insulation with a rectangle surrounding the actual tank, the -200 degrees Celsius stored hydrogen can remain in the tank for a long time, even several weeks after it has been refilled.
BMW also demonstrated the refilling process which is as simple as in a conventional car: open the fuel filler flap, remove a small cap, align the hydrogen hose and push forward until it locks. The system now checks automatically if the connection is absolutely airtight and flush the tube several times with hydrogen before the actual fueling begins. The prototype comes with a 7.1 kilogram tank which took less than five minutes to refill. The 237 kWh of energy stored will give you 700 kilometers driving range.
Just like an electric car, the hydrogen fuel cell prototype is silent upon starting, but after a few minutes the first noises can be heard inside the cabin, an indication that the fuel cell system has kicked in. BMW says that the louder than usual noises heard in the prototype are normal for the stage of this development and a future production car will address that. The car operates with a two-speed transmission which shifts at around 80 km/h. With the help of air and hydrogen fed through the fuel cell, the system produces energy which is stored in an accumulator. The lithium-ion battery with a capacity of one kilowatt hour is merely used as a buffer and provides trouble-free operation for the rear electric motor.
BMW let us take the prototype through a closed-off track where we had the chance to test it through various driving modes and loads. Despite its large size, the 5 GT prototype felt agile with power immediately available upon pressing the pedal; it reminded us of the i3 driving style, but even more dynamic. For quick acceleration, the car uses the rear electric motor with 160 kW (214 hp) to deliver promptly the power needed to the rear wheels. Infrastructure
Now, hydrogen stations aren’t the most common things out there. We know this. It’s very rare that you’d see one in your average American town, as they mostly reside in big cities like Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. However, the infrastructure is growing and quite rapidly. Countries like the US, Germany, China, South Korea and Japan are all accelerating their growth of automotive hydrogen fuel cell infrastructures. Japan is heavily investing in infrastructure as the country gears up for the 2020 Olympic Games where they aim to emphasize the progress of hydrogen fuel cell, a strategy that will highlight the independence from conventional fuel resources. Germany currently has 50 hydrogen filling stations, by 2023 the goal is to have at least 400. BMW and Toyota’s aim is to have an initial group of approved components by the year 2020, though FCEV vehicles depend on the development of a hydrogen fuel structure. So hopefully, within the next few years, hydrogen fill-up stations will be far more common. Hydrogen fuel cell technology is also a must for our future. As our natural resources start to dry up, hydrogen becomes the best resource for sustainable energy, in not only the automobile industry but for everything. Electricity is very difficult to harness cleanly otherwise, as things like solar power and windmills can only do so much. But hydrogen is infinitely renewable, easy and fast, and most importantly, clean. Hydrogen fuel cells leave zero emissions behind, as the only byproduct of a hydrogen fuel cell is water.
It just makes so much sense for BMW to pursue such technologies. Using hydrogen fuel cells to power electric motors gives BMWs the kind of power and performance their customers are used to with incredible efficiency and no charge times. It’s also the cleanest form of energy we can use and is the most abundant source of energy in our known universe. While pure battery-powered electric vehicles are primarily used for city driving and short distances, the fuel cell technology provides the ideal solution for customers looking for a high driving range with zero emissions. The technology is also aimed at cars larger in size, like those 5 Series and above models. BMW utilizing FCEV technology is a slam dunk and one that will hopefully come to our streets quite soon.
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