Turner Motorsport Takes GTD Class Victory at Lime Rock

Official Release: Dane Cameron and Michael Marsal, driving the No. 97 Turner Motorsport BMW Z4, scored BMW’s first GTD class victory of the 2015… The post Turner Motorsport Takes GTD Class Victory… [[ This is a content summary only. Vis...

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Watch Tom Cruise Destroy A BMW M3 In Mission Impossible

After too many years of crappy computer generated car stunts, practical effects are coming back. Mad Max set the tone this year and the new Mission Impossible flick is carrying the torch into the summer. Here’s a brief look behind the scenes at how...

After too many years of crappy computer generated car stunts, practical effects are coming back. Mad Max set the tone this year and the new Mission Impossible flick is carrying the torch into the summer. Here’s a brief look behind the scenes at how Tom Cruise and Co. are bringing real driving back to the big screen for the latest iteration of Mission Impossible. The early trailers promise an exciting movie with lots of BMW cars and even some exciting M3 crashes.

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The F80 M3 featured in “Rogue Nation” is painted in the beautiful Silverstone Metallic color. The article Watch Tom Cruise Destroy A BMW M3 In Mission Impossible appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Top Five BMW Manual Shift Knobs

While today’s automotive technology improves, cars become faster, more efficient and even easier to drive. One of the biggest innovations to come to road cars, that makes cars both faster and easier to drive fast, is the dual-clutch transmission. A...

While today’s automotive technology improves, cars become faster, more efficient and even easier to drive. One of the biggest innovations to come to road cars, that makes cars both faster and easier to drive fast, is the dual-clutch transmission. A DCT offers about 80 percent of the fun of driving a manual gearbox but is as easy to operate as a standard automatic transmission. The only downside to the DCT is the fact that it’s still missing that extra 20 percent of engagement that a manual transmission brings. No matter how fast and involving DCTs get, they will never have the level of driver involvement and enjoyment that a proper manual gearbox has. The best part of the manual gearbox experience is feeling the shifter slot into each gear in your hand. It’s a lovely and engaging feeling. And since the best part of driving a manual happens in the palm of your shifting hand, the actual shift knob itself must be nice. BMW has always made good shift knobs, nothing ostentatious like a golf ball like some cars, but always quality feeling shift knobs that are just the right size. So let’s take a look at the top five best BMW shift knobs. 5. BMW M1

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@Petrolicious The BMW M1 is one of the best looking BMWs of all time. Styled by Giugiaro, the M1 is one of the most iconic cars of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. But its interior is never talked about much, mostly because it’s quite black and drab and plain. Ironic, I know, as the exterior is so striking, but it’s true. However, one bright spot of the M1’s interior was the shift knob. It was tall and chunky and the some of the shift lever was exposed on top of the leather boot, so it looked old fashioned. But it just looks so old and so fitting with the times and the car that it just makes you want to grab hold of it and click it through gears while listening to that iconic mid-mounted inline-six roar. 4. BMW Z8

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The Z8 is another beauty of BMW’s. Except this time, the beauty follows to the interior. The inside of the Z8 is one of the best looking interiors BMW’s ever made. It looks like a classic ‘50s roadster on the inside and the shift knob has a bit to do with that. Almost entirely aluminum, the bright silver shift knob stuck out from its interior colored leather boot stood out amongst the see of colored leather. Some of the shift boot’s color made it onto the shift knob, matching the interior color, and giving it a hint of class. It was also placed perfectly and fit nicely in hand. 3. BMW E46 ZHP

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@ECS tuning The ZHP packaged E46 is one of the most highly sought after second-hand BMWs on the market. Much of that has to do with sportier interior. Part of the interior upgrades that the ZHP package brough was a shorty shifter with a small leather shift knob for the six-speed manual. This shift knob fit perfectly in hand and looked as if it was begging to be rowed. Maybe it’s just the allure of the actual ZHP package itself, but the ZHP’s shifter is one of the most tantalizing of all BMW shifters. 2. BMW 2002 tii

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The little BMW 2002 helped define the small sports car segment forever. It’s plucky looks and fun-to-drive dynamics made it an instant fan favorite and a car that is still loved and desired today. One of the great things about the 2002 is the four-speed manual, With perfect gearing and an old-school feel, shifting the 2002 yourself is one of the great driving experiences you can have. Part of that experience is the optional old, chunky wooden knob that sticks out from the console. This shift knob takes you back to the late ‘60s and early ‘70s and shows you what driving a manual looked and felt like. It’s also one of the best looking shift knobs ever made, by any company. 1. BMW 507

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The 507 could very possibly be the most beautiful BMW ever made. With lovely, beautiful curves and an interior fit for James Dean, the 507 is one of the most desirable cars of all time. Its interior looked like a place you wanted to stay in for hours at a time. One of the coolest things about the 507, at least for me, is the shift knob. It sticks out from floor and makes a little bend toward the driver. This old-school style of shifter, bendy with a very small leather boot, brings you back to the ‘50s. The long throws of the gearbox are a delight and are made even better by the fact that you’re rowing that old shifter. Maybe the allure of the 507 has something to do with it, but the 507’s shifter is the best looking manual shifter in BMW’s history. The article Top Five BMW Manual Shift Knobs appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW M2 options revealed at German dealerships

The hype around the BMW M2 continues. While we’ve just learned that the M2 won’t debut in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, new information come to life regarding the options and standard features of the M2. According to a member of ...

The hype around the BMW M2 continues. While we’ve just learned that the M2 won’t debut in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, new information come to life regarding the options and standard features of the M2. According to a member of 2addicts (not verified independently by us), BMW dealerships in Germany have begun placing orders for their M2 demo cars. The unofficial spec sheet includes a few known things and some new information as well. No pricing has been made available yet considering the market launch is set for March 2016. Here is an incomplete list of some of the options offered in the M2:

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Standard carbon interior Wheels same as M3/M4 19″ in black (no silver) Black leather with blue stitching No option to have park sensors in the front of the car, only rear. Rear view camera is an option Manual and DCT 4 color options The unverified information is in line with all the rumors and spy photos we have seen over the last year. Carbon fiber roof is certainly not coming to the M2 while the four colors finishes follows the 1M marketing strategy. Stay tuned for more info! The article BMW M2 options revealed at German dealerships appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW M2 dealer car order options revealed

European dealers are now reportedly able to submit orders for BMW M2 dealer cars. A BIMMERPOST member had a good look at the option list and reports back: Standard carbon interior Wheels same as M3/M4 19″ in black (no silver) Black ...

European dealers are now reportedly able to submit orders for BMW M2 dealer cars. A BIMMERPOST member had a good look at the option list and reports back: Standard carbon interior Wheels same as M3/M4 19″ in black (no silver) Black leather with blue stitching No option to have park sensors in the front of the car, only rear. Rear view camera is an option Manual and DCT 4 color options (as known before)

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BMW M2 not launching at 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show

We have just learned from one of our sources that the new BMW M2 will not be unveiled at the upcoming 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show. BMW will focus their attention in Frankfurt on the new 7 Series flagship which will be shown in several variants and with ...

We have just learned from one of our sources that the new BMW M2 will not be unveiled at the upcoming 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show. BMW will focus their attention in Frankfurt on the new 7 Series flagship which will be shown in several variants and with different powertrains, including a plug-in hybrid. The other main attraction at the BMW stand will be the second-generation X1, an important model for the Bavarians in Europe and United States. Unfortunately BMW is being tight lipped about the venue where the M2 will be unveiled, but we believe, based on a different source, that the new “baby-M” will be officially introduced at the LA Auto Show in November. With a market launch set for 2016, there is also a slim chance that BMW will first show the M2 in Detroit in January 2016. Regardless of the official showing, the M2 should debut on the interwebs within the next couple of months.

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The launch color palette will be limited. Our sources couldn’t say how many and what colors will be added in the future, but at the launch, the M2 customers will get to pick from four paint jobs: Long Beach Blue, Alpine White, Mineral Grey and Black Sapphire. The official color is said to be Long Beach Blue so expect to see the first marketing photos sporting the beautiful blue shade. BMW’s M2 will be powered by the N55 TwinScroll turbocharged engine with some components from the S55 engine. One of them is the oil pump found in the M-developed engine. The power output is 365 horsepower and 343 lb-ft of torque. The engine has an overboost function just like the 1M, good for 25 lb-ft of torque.   The article BMW M2 not launching at 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Father and son dual euro delivery trip journal

Great journal featuring a father and son European Delivery of a BMW M3 (F80) and M6 Gran Coupe. ...

Great journal featuring a father and son European Delivery of a BMW M3 (F80) and M6 Gran Coupe.

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Test Drive: BMW 340i vs. BMW 323i E36

Old in body, young in spirit. Austria is a really nice country. It looks exactly like in those commercials with purple cows and chocolate addicted beavers, pretty much like Belgium and Switzerland actually. There’s a lot of green, smooth asphal...

Old in body, young in spirit. Austria is a really nice country. It looks exactly like in those commercials with purple cows and chocolate addicted beavers, pretty much like Belgium and Switzerland actually. There’s a lot of green, smooth asphalt, and driving roads for a “Need For Speed” dream, lakes and mountains from Game of Thrones. But we didn’t go to Austria to enjoy the scenery, instead we went there to test drive the new BMW 340i. BMW 3 Series has celebrated 40 years of existence this year. For six generations it was the leader in its class, the bulls-eye in front of the gun for everyone who wanted a piece of it. The pressure is even higher for the new generation who has to keep the legacy going without distancing itself from the recipe that made it famous.

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The 340i LCI is a substantial facelift of the actual F30, in terms of power. It has a new straight six turbocharged engine developing 320 hp, along with some new adjustments to the way it looks and feels. It replaces the 335i and it’s the main competitor for the Audi S4. It goes from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds. That’s as quick as an E92 BMW M3. BMW’s customers asked for more comfort and sportiness in the 3 Series, and that’s quite a challenge for any automaker. BMW tried to resolve to make the perfect, balanced machine by making some adjustments to the suspension and steering system. They have to be either very careful or very bold since the new Jaguar XE delivers good suspensions and great driving feel. Even the new Alfa Romeo Giulia with rear wheel drive wants of piece of the action. Driving the BMW 340i

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From behind the wheel, the new BMW 340i seems much faster, more refined, but also a bit fake. It’s still a BMW though – you sit low in your perfect driving seat – not too soft, not too harsh – the engine is very quiet when you just want to cruise, but wakes up violently when you’re ready to break the law. On those perfect Austrian roads, the suspension seemed just right for the perfect road conditions, it remains to be seen how they handle a harsher pavement. The car we drove was fitted with adjustable suspensions which feels a little harsh in Sport Mode and too soft in Comfort Mode. The steering was also adjusted and this new one has a very short ratio, it’s very quick and precise, but it does not have that nice weight on initial turn, like the hydraulic steerings had and it beefs up quite artificially, sometimes where there’s no point in doing so. There are things to fix with the steering feedback, but driving the new BMW X1 made us believe that an electric steering with some feedback might not be a mission impossible. While the 340i shapes up as a great driving car, the biggest disappointment remains the steering wheel and we feel that BMW has a bit more work to do. Driving the E36 323i

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Heading back to the hotel, we came across all the BMW 3 Series generations. So in order to experience the progress BMW has made over the last 40 years, we jumped on the opportunity to test drive a 323i E36 from BMW Classic’s garage. The E36 is not only the first true modern 3 Series but also a very successful mode which was on the list of Car & Driver’s top ten best cars in every year of its production. The 323i four door sedan was equipped with a normally aspirated straight six delivering 170 hp and 245 Nm. It only had 4,000 kilometers on the odometer and did not feature any special body kit and wheels. It came with green seats that were as soft as a cat’s paw and it smelled old. A good old.

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I switch the key in the ignition in the old fashion way and the engine wakes up like a sleepy kitten who heard milk pouring in the bowl. It moves slowly, but smooth and the five gear manual is a peach. Who says BMW can’t make nice manuals? This one had a nice weight to it and it’s a pleasure to feel that clutch working in your palm. I started to shift gears to get a feel for it and quickly reached 4,000 rpm with a nice sound coming from under the hood.

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Under heavy acceleration, the E36 323i shines and comes back to life like BMW normal aspirated engines. The high revving sounds like a swarm of metal bees invading your ears and it makes all the body panels rattle with a natural, metallic sound. The steering in the E36 is not as fast or as precise as the new one, the ratio is much longer, but it feels attached to the wheels and it tells you everything you’re doing right or wrong. The suspensions are surprisingly good for a car made in 1998, even for a low mileage one. Might be because of the small wheels and tall rubber, so it actually felt more comfortable and less noisy that the one in the new 3 Series. The car leans at initial turn in, but settles down in the middle of the corner, and the feeling is just right. The E36 felt like a car you get to know step-by-step, kinda sort of like dating. If you love a challenge, you will love this BMW.

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While the 340i is a beauty to look at, the driving experience might be a bit too modern and soft for hardcore enthusiasts. The E36 323i did look like a granny in church clothes compared with the new model, but felt like a first date with the love of your life. In the end, the two cars match their times and can’t be more different, so while the enthusiasts will scout the classifieds for a used E36, the progressives will enjoy the tech and comfort of the new 3 Series. The article Test Drive: BMW 340i vs. BMW 323i E36 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW i patents innovative eBike drive unit swing arm

BMW i stands for visionary vehicle concepts, progressive design and a new understanding of premium that is strongly defined by sustainability. Furthermore, BMW i also fulfills the function within the BMW Group of an incubator for innovation that rea...

BMW i stands for visionary vehicle concepts, progressive design and a new understanding of premium that is strongly defined by sustainability. Furthermore, BMW i also fulfills the function within the BMW Group of an incubator for innovation that reaches far beyond the vehicles BMW i3 and BMW i8 we are already familiar with. The patent for a drive unit swing arm, which is now entering production at the HNF eBike factory after development to series maturity in collaboration with BMW Research and Technology, originates from the first stage of BMW i market research and the early concept phase. As there was no longer any immediate use for the patent due to the focus at BMW i on two-track electric vehicles, it has now been finally released for external usage. Its application in reality can now be experienced on the eBike “Heisenberg XF1”, on which a small logo with the wording “Concept by BMW i“ indicates the prestigious origin of this innovative functional principle. ________________________________ The drive unit swing arm is a new kind of frame technology for full-suspension eBikes featuring a mid-motor. The concept allows the drive train, which was previously firmly attached to the main frame, to float freely, eliminating the need for the conventional chain tensioner. This permits for the first time the combination of a rear suspension and the durable, maintenance-free carbon belt drive on full-suspension eBikes, resulting in outstanding propulsion and handling characteristics. The BMW i patent for the drive unit swing arm principle facilitates for the first time the integration of mid-motor, gears and belt drive into an innovative suspension module, thereby dispensing with a belt tensioner. The HNF Heisenberg development team designed the new suspension technology for the XF1 in a very specific way. The kinematics are fully integrated above the mid-motor, connecting it securely to the frame. To ensure consistent spacing of the low-maintenance carbon drive belt between the spindle and the rear hub, the mid-motor and rear hub are integrated into the drive unit swing arm. The belt runs under tension and perfectly aligned between both toothed belt discs and is able to effortlessly transfer even high peak loads from the mid-motor. In accordance with the principle of four-joint kinematics with a virtual rotary axis around the spindle, the BMW drive unit swing arm is guided in such a precise way as to prevent the relative position of the mid-motor spindle unit from deviating in relation to the main frame. In conjunction with the shock linkage, this swing arm connectivity facilitates long spring travel of up to 150 mm on the rear wheel. One of the dynamics-related advantages of the drive unit swing arm is the fact that it functions without recoil from the pedal. Compared with other rear-mounted suspension concepts, which are specifically optimized for muscle-powered drive systems, there is no stiffening of the rear swing arm when the electric motor is providing a high degree of assistance such as during acceleration, constant travel at high speeds or on hills. The suspension can respond sensitively at any time, ensuring excellent grip and high traction. As the proportion of human driving force is relatively small, there is no unpleasant rocking movement when accelerating or breaking. Even in the event of extremely uneven terrain it is possible to pedal smoothly and efficiently. From the summer, the HNF Heisenberg XF1 will benefit from the following advantages of the BMW i 4-joint drive unit swing arm: Mid-motor and even axle load distribution Maintenance-free belt drive with hub gear, without chain tensioner Highly stiff frame No pedal recoil Grip and traction in all riding situations, as there is no stiffening of the rear arm swing Possibility of implementing a modular drive system Freedom in the design of the main frame About BMW i With BMW i, the BMW Group is pursuing a holistic approach: With tailor-made vehicle concepts, a strong focus on sustainability along the entire value chain and a whole string of supplementary services, BMW i is redefining people’s understanding of individual mobility. About the HNF GmbH The company, which was established in Biesenthal near Berlin in 2014, develops next-generation eBikes with a direct service and sales concept offered under the brand name HNF Heisenberg. The founders are Michael Hecken, Karlheinz Nicolai and Benjamin Börries. The eBike pioneers Michael Hecken and Karlheinz Nicolai had already established the Grace GmbH in 2008 and were commissioned by the Daimler Benz AG to develop the smart bike. HNF Heisenberg – their new future-oriented brand for an increasingly technophile public – will commence on xx.07.2015 with a model series ranging from the S-Pedelec city bike to the top-of-the-range full-suspension mountain bike.

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Should I buy a Pre-Owned 750i or a New 650i Gran Coupe?

Now that the brand new G11 BMW 7 Series is getting ready to go on sale, the previous model, known as the F01 7 Series, can be had for considerably less on the second-hand market. Lightly pre-owned examples of the F01 7 Series can be had for far less ...

Now that the brand new G11 BMW 7 Series is getting ready to go on sale, the previous model, known as the F01 7 Series, can be had for considerably less on the second-hand market. Lightly pre-owned examples of the F01 7 Series can be had for far less than they were when new, and they barely even have 10,000 miles on them. That makes cars like this 2015 BMW 750i quite a lot of car for your money. It has a twin-turbocharged 4.4 liter V8, an eight-speed automatic, a sunroof, heated and cooled front seats and an M Sport package, all for $89,000. While that’s a lot of money, it isn’t too much when you consider the amount of car it is.

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For example, a base model 650i Gran Coupe starts at $90,100 and that’s before destination and handling fees. While the 6er GC comes with the same twin-turbocharged V8, it isn’t nearly as loaded as the 750i is. And while the 2015 750i might be pre-owned, it isn’t even up for its first oil change yet, so it’s a pretty fresh car. So which one would you rather have, the pre-owned 750i with barely 10,000 miles on it, or the brand new base 650i Gran Coupe for only 1,000 more?

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It’s a tough decision, because there’s a couple of different variables to work with. The 750i has already faced the big depreciation hit that the 650i has yet to, so buying the 750i is already a better value proposition. Then there’s the equipment factor, being that the 750i is better equipped than the 650i GC and has one more seat in the back. However, the 750i’s argument starts to fall down, in terms of styling and driving dynamics. There’s no two ways about it, the 650i Gran Coupe is the better looking car by far. It also drives and handles considerably better. It’s also far faster and more exciting, while the 750i is strictly a luxury car. So the question, really, is would you prefer to spend a bit more money on a car that’s less equipped but is better looking and more exciting to drive, or would you rather save some money (in both price tag and depreciation) and get the quite comfortable luxury car that is better equipped, even though it’s starting to show its age and a newer model is out? It’s not an easy question to answer. Because if you choose the 6er, you’re going to lose a ton of value the moment you leave the dealer lot, but you’ll be in the better car. If you choose the 7 Series, you’ll save money, and potentially get more for your money, but you’ll be in the inferior car and possibly always regretting the decision.

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I think if it were my pennies, I’d go with the 650i Gran Coupe. It comes well enough equipped for me and I like the way it looks and drives far more than the 7 Series. Not that the F01 7 Series is a bad car, because it isn’t, but it just doesn’t suit my tastes nearly as well as the Gran Coupe. So despite the fact that I’d get my pants pulled down in both value and depreciation, I’d still go with the 650i Gran Coupe, because life’s too short to not drive exciting cars. The article Should I buy a Pre-Owned 750i or a New 650i Gran Coupe? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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