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Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2013/09/14/bmw-m4-coupe-testing-nurburgring-video/ in News on September 14, 2013
In just two weeks the final specs of the upcoming BMW M4 and M3 sedan will be made available to the public. The BMW M4, in concept form, made its debut last month at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance and it has been positively receive...
In just two weeks the final specs of the upcoming BMW M4 and M3 sedan will be made available to the public. The BMW M4, in concept form, made its debut last month at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance and it has been positively received by the media. The market launch will take place in summer of 2014 and in the mean time several prototypes are still being tested and retested on BMW’s home track, the Nurburgring. The power output is still within a fairly known range: 420 hp to 450 hp. Based on those numbers and a lower weight when compared to the current E92 M3, we’re expecting a Nurburgring lap time below 8 minutes. While the M4 Coupe looks like amean race track machine, its brother, the M3 Sedan, will impress even more. Built on a smaller platform, F30 versus F32 for the 4 Series Coupe, the F80 M3 has larger flared front and rear fenders. In the back, through subtle design cues, the new M3 reminds of the rear-end of the BMW 1M.
Posted by http://www.f30post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=885968 in News on September 8, 2013
The BMW 4 Series has landed in Canada and we get our first look at the F32 4 Series versus F30 3 Series M Sport, as well as a Glacier Silver M Sport.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2013/09/07/lexus-is300h-vs-bmw-320d-comparison/ in News on September 7, 2013
UK outlet CAR Magazine compares the Lexus IS300h against the BMW 320d. A hybrid versus a super efficient diesel, a difficult task to determine which one is a better buy. The new F30 BMW 320d is powered by a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine that deliv...
UK outlet CAR Magazine compares the Lexus IS300h against the BMW 320d. A hybrid versus a super efficient diesel, a difficult task to determine which one is a better buy. The new F30 BMW 320d is powered by a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine that delivers 181 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. The Lexus IS300h delivers 178 horsepower and 163 lb-ft of torque from the conventional 2.5 liter engine, and additional 141 hp from the electric motor. So who takes the win in this unique comparison? Let’s have a look.
Moving on swiftly then to the IS that’s worth reading about, we come to the IS300h. For a surprisingly modest £3k premium over the £26,495 IS250, you get a 2.5-litre Atkinson-cycle naturally-aspirated four, pushing out 178bhp and 163lb ft of the turny stuff, plus a 141bhp electric motor. The combined power figure is a slightly less impressive 220bhp, but that still trumps the 181bhp of the 320d. Trouble is, the 300h’s chunky 1680kg girth – a huge 175kg paunchier than the BMW – and tardy step-off means it never feels as instantly rapid as the German. Zero to 62mph takes 8.3sec in the IS, but only 7.4sec in the BMW, a pretty spectacular feat given that diesels are much better suited to flexibility measures than outright sprinting. Snap the throttle open and the 320d’s 280lb ft of torque means it’s always the BMW that’s quicker to respond. Work the IS’s engine a little harder though and it’s actually pretty lively, easily capable of keeping pace with the BMW, which runs out of steam at higher revs. But accessing that top-end performance means a headache of high revs courtesy of the CVT transmission. Keeping the engine spinning continuously at the optimum revs may be good for power and efficiency, but it makes for a strangely disconnected driving experience, at least in something purporting to be a sporting car. Even the IS’s assistant chief engineer admits he doesn’t like it, and claims to be working on a conventional automatic gearbox alternative. For now though, a CVT is not only the most efficient transmission at present, but the only one compact enough to work between the IS’s petrol engine and electric motor. Full review
Posted by http://www.f30post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=882646 in News on September 2, 2013
The BMW F30/F31 Club of Taiwan met in force recently in the city of Taichung. They’ve shared their event photos with us. And yes, they like white cars in Taiwan
Posted by http://www.f30post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=881670 in News on August 28, 2013
Chris Harris test and flogs the Alpine B3 F30 biturbo on the road and track. Verdict? See inside.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2013/08/28/10-most-improved-car-redesigns-f30-bmw-3-series-amongst-them/ in News on August 28, 2013
Consumer Reports publishes their Top 10 Most Improved Car Redesigns. BMW’s design has been known for winning different design competitions and awards, so it comes as no surprise that the F30 BMW 3 Series Sedan is listed here. According to the ...
Consumer Reports publishes their Top 10 Most Improved Car Redesigns. BMW’s design has been known for winning different design competitions and awards, so it comes as no surprise that the F30 BMW 3 Series Sedan is listed here. According to the respectable magazine, the most successful recent redesign is the Chevrolet Impala, a sedan that gained 32 points compared to its predecessor. From the premium segment, the Audi A6 gets a nod also. Here is what they say about the BMW 328i:
BMW 328i (77 to 86) The BMW 3 Series has always been the quintessential sport sedan with agile, sporty handling and a smooth, quick, and refined powertrain. The redesign helped improve fuel economy to 28 mpg overall, and the rear seats picked up some breathing room SEE: Photo Comparison F30 3 Series vs E90 3 Series Launched with three new lines: the Sport, Modern, and Luxury line, BMW has created a 3 Series for all. he Luxury line is particularly well suited to the daily driver who values comfort over sport. While previous 3 series renditions delivered far more sport than luxury, the creation of a luxury line solves this problem for those in the market interested in buying a less sporty 3 Series.
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Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2013/08/12/bmw-f31-3-series-touring-in-individual-kingfisher-blue-color/ in News on August 12, 2013
A new BMW Individual Color shows up at the BMW Muenchen dealership. The F31 BMW 3 Series Touring features the Individual Kingfisher Blue color. The very light blue color is one of those paints that the owner has to pay around 5,000 euros to join an ...
A new BMW Individual Color shows up at the BMW Muenchen dealership. The F31 BMW 3 Series Touring features the Individual Kingfisher Blue color. The very light blue color is one of those paints that the owner has to pay around 5,000 euros to join an exclusive club. The light blue paint sits somewhere a blue and a turquoise shade and it will definitely make your car stand out. The 320d Touring model also comes with the M Sport Package which inside carries accents in the Estoril Blue. The seats are dressed up in Alcantara fabric.
The article BMW F31 3 Series Touring in Individual Kingfisher Blue color appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2013/08/10/bmw-munchen-factory-tour/ in News on August 10, 2013
The BMW factory tour in Munich is a must see for any BMW enthusiast. It’s 2 hrs, 20 minutes of pure BMW gear head heaven. I went on the 4PM tour and was initially worried that the BMW factory line might end for the day while we were on tour. Fear ...
The BMW factory tour in Munich is a must see for any BMW enthusiast. It’s 2 hrs, 20 minutes of pure BMW gear head heaven. I went on the 4PM tour and was initially worried that the BMW factory line might end for the day while we were on tour. Fear not because the 9000 employees work five 24-hr days Monday through Friday in the 79,765 square meter plant. The whole time we were on the tour the line was in constant motion producing 900 BMWs a day. The the two days the plant is shut down, Saturday and Sunday, are for a thorough cleaning and maintenance on the equipment. To make an Ultimate Driving Machine come to life over the 3.5 kilometer long serpiginous path, it takes just a mere 40 hours. The Munich factory makes three BMWs: the F30 3 Series Sedan, the F31 3 Series Wagon and the F32 4 Series Coupe. Unbeknownst to me, the Munich factory also makes some great BMW motors. The N20 2.0 liter four-cylinder, the N63 4.4 liter V8, the screaming S65 V8 M3 motor in its last months of production and the V12 that goes in Rolls Royce and the 760i. The BMW Factory can make 3500 N20 motors a day because its production process is over 50% mechanized but only 30 of the V12 motors because they require a high degree of hand assembly.
To start the tour, you meet at the Welt just behind the Souvenir Shop. Following the signs lead you to a small room that seats thirty where you watch a short film on BMW’s history and get some cool headsets that allow you to hear the tour conductor speak in a very loud factory. A decent walkthrough the Welt and across the bridge up over the street towards the four-cylinder building and off to the left delivers you to the factory gate. This is the point at which all cell phones and cameras must be turned off and stowed. The first part factory was the most industrial looking and reminded me of a steel mill which was as large as two football fields and seemed a 100 feet tall in a 238,000 sq feet building. There where large cranes that ran on overhead tracks to shuttle different molds to the presses. These molds then fit into either of the two 2,000 ton Schuler Presses which sit atop some massive shock absorbers so that the slamming press action which compresses the zinc coated steel doesn’t bother the neighbors.. This video is by BMW of production of the E90 chassis at Munich’s BMW Plant but let’s you see the plant in action. Pressed body panels get trimmed and paired up with the chassis pieces. Pivoting flying rotating robots arms go precisely where welds are needed. I was amazed at how close the tour gets to the flying sparks though they are behind safety glass. The robots pinch both sides of the panel and then blast electricity through creating perfect spot welds. These welding tips on the robots wear out and the robots keep track and rotate the tip out and change them. Their spent copper tips popped off in a basket for recycling. To keep things running smoothly and avoid any waste, each BMW is built to order. Parts not produced in the Munich factory show up in a “just-in-time” manner.
Sometimes this necessitates that BMW store an unpainted galvanized warehouse. You’d think this part of the tour would be boring, but you’d be wrong because each galvanized shell is parked via an automated parking robot. Once the rest of the pieces have shown up in the factory, the robot then removes the galvanized shell and places back on to the line. The warehouse can hold up to 140 cars at a time. Moving on, the body gets prepped for paint and even more rust protection. So if the whole body is made from zinc coated galvanized steel, does a BMW still need more rust protection? Well, the dip baths take care of the spots where the cuts were made during trimming and where the welds are. Hmm, I definitely didn’t know this before hand. Onto the paint booth. I could have stood at this portion for hours. I would have never guessed there was raging water flowing under the cars as they are being painted to catch the overspray for recycling. The robots arms open doors and spray the inside of the cars and then gently close them. Same goes for the hood too.
Right before the F3x body enters the paint booth, BMW uses emu feathers in a rotating whirling dervish manner reminiscent of a an automatic car wash brushes whirling away at the F3X body knocking any specks of dust. Amazingly the factory has the ability to paint each car coming down the line a different color. It just takes a couple of puffs out of the robots paint tips to clear the old paint out. We saw red followed by white, followed by black. An unreal amount of flexibility. Each robot in the paint booth is covered in a fine cloth cover to protect it from overspray. These covers a replaced weekly. Given that Munich factory has been around since 1923 when it made motorcycles, it has an amazing amount of creative use of space because they had to fit the line into a confined space unlike the BMW’s Leipzig Plant (BMWBLOG visits the BMW Leipzig plant). On the tour you have to watch your step and mind where your head goes. The tour literally crosses the line. There’s a green/red light where the tour stops and gas tanks go by. We all piled up waiting to cross the line. When green we had just the perfect amount of time to cross before the light turned red and a gas tank went tootling by on the line.
The “marriage” part was fascinating. This is the part of the plant where the chassis with the drivetrain consisting of the motor and transmission as well as suspension components get paired up with the body. Interestingly it takes part in stages. The stage we saw paired it up but didn’t cinch it down to the final mounting points. Here on, BMW considers the mated pair of chassis and body, a BMW. One of the more interesting automated process is where robots in stall the windshield. One robot holds the windshield upside down and spins the glass around applying the exact amount of glue in the exact location needed for the particular body. This robot then sits the glass down which is immediately picked up by another robot and swung around and sets it in place with just the right amount of pressure. The only glass not placed in via robot is the small triangular window that is behind the back doors in the 3 Series Wagon.
Safe Processes – Intelligent Logistics There’s so much more to describe with mechanical arms helping place the battery in the trunk, seats being placed, trim being applied. The marriage of the chassis to the body. It was just an incredible thing to watch happening right before your own eyes. BMW’s attention to detain is amazing as it’s their attention to the safety of the workers. The car will literally tilt up 45 degrees or more so the factory worker doesn’t have to bend over and strain themselves. Reservations for the tour are taken up to 6 months in advance by contacting BMW via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I tried unsuccessfully three times because my trip to Munich planning occurred after the plant tour reservations had already filled up. So if you end up like me and want a factory tour yet don’t have a reservation before you get there show up early the day you want to go. Definitely show before 10am for sure as the daily allotted walk in slots fill early. And wear some good walking shoes because the tour is over 3 km long! Sadly, photos are not allowed. This manufacturing process is so unique that it cannot be copied and used by competitors. No pictures. This was the hardest part of the tour for me. You literally see BMWs being made from the pressed panels being produced to the finished product.
As the factory operates only Monday through Friday, tours are during the work week. Prices for the tour are 8 Euros for adults and 5 Euros for kids aged 7-14. The factory pics in this article are from BMW.
Posted by http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Bimmerfile/~3/GR6TllpMTis/ in News on August 10, 2013
We don’t always copy and paste press releases from race teams but this is one of note. First off Bimmerworld Racing knows their stuff and is always one to watch. … [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other ...
We don’t always copy and paste press releases from race teams but this is one of note. First off Bimmerworld Racing knows their stuff and is always one to watch. … [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2013/08/05/bmwblog-on-track-with-bmw-435i-coupe/ in News on August 5, 2013
Our coverage of the BMW 435i Coupe continues with some track footage from the recent international media launch in Portugal. Our first two reviews focused on the road driving experience and the track impressions of the new BMW 435i Coupe, and today ...
Our coverage of the BMW 435i Coupe continues with some track footage from the recent international media launch in Portugal. Our first two reviews focused on the road driving experience and the track impressions of the new BMW 435i Coupe, and today we have some in-car footage from Estoril. The Estoril track is regarded as a technical track rather than a fast one, it has two hairpin turns, noticeable elevation changes and thirteen corners. Under the hood, the BMW 435i Coupe sports a 3.0 liter inline-six TwinScroll turbocharged unit producing 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to the ZF 8-speed automatic transmission (an optional six-speed manual is offered). The BMW 4 Series has the same 110.6” wheelbase as the existing F30 3 Series sedan
. Its overall length, 182.7 inches, is just a hair longer the the F30 sedan by 0.2”. The new 4 Series overall height is 53.6 inches. This is lower than the existing 3 Series sedan by 2.7” and the outgoing 3 Series coupe by .63”, giving the car a more dynamics and sporty stance and ride. For our full track review, see this article: BMW 435i Coupe On Track Engine: 2,979cc 6-cyl turbo Transmission: 6-speed manual/8-speed auto
, rear-wheel drive Power (hp): 306@5,800rpm Torque (lb ft): 295@1,200-5,000rpm 0-62mph: 5.4sec (auto 5.1sec) Top speed: 155mph (limited) Weight: 1,585kg (auto 1,600kg, both EU) CO2: 185g/km (auto 169g/km) [Video Editing: Chuck Vossler]