Here’s a first teaser for one of the most heated ‘battles’ in 2011. Audi recently pulled the wraps off their all new A6, and this encouraged the folks at Autozeitung to a first comparison. The contenders: BMW F10 5-series and Mercedes-Benz E-class.
Autozeitung on the exterior:
“There are no suprises here, all three cars are in good shape and will age well. The Mercedes is rather ‘classic’, the BMW as usual sporty due to it aggresive kidney grilles. The design of the Audi is sharp and precise, but it could have used a bit more effort to change the trademark singleframe grille. Nonetheless, it’s a car to look forward owning.”
Autozeitung continues saying that the A6 comes in 80 kg less than the predecessor, in average. … CONTINUED
Here it is, the 6-Series coupe completly uncovered. I know I know, we’ve just posted pictures of a lightly camouflaged Alpine White coupe only an hour ago, but this literally just came across my desk. It has no camo on it whatsoever so it was worth sharing IMO.
This particular 6-Series seems to wear Space Gray paint and is probably a 640i, given the rounded exhaust tips and smallish wheels (not clear if those will be the stock wheels or if we are looking at winter wheels).
The 640i will utilize the all new N55 TwinScroll turbocharged 6 cylinder engine producing 320HP and 450Nm of torque. The 650i will sit alongside the 640i and will house the same 4.4L twin turbo V8 as in the 550i and … CONTINUED
Only 30 minutes ago, BMW has just updated their official pages for the new 1-Series coupe and cabriolet and released a few new Wallpapers as part of the new pages. We’ve collected them up here for your use in our official thread. Enjoy!
It seems like its all 6, all the time, recently doesn’t in? Its true, we’ve been showing alot of 6-Series pictures recently, but thats because BMW has been kind enough to parade around its new big coupe in a few different colors and trims. To recap, the coupe was recently spotted in Vermillion Red and Deep Sea Blue.
Now what we have before us is the new Coupe in Alpine White, with standard body trim, ie. no M-Sport. This appears to be the top of the class 650i, given away by its dual square exhausts out the rear and large 19 or 20″ alloy wheels, which are unbelievable. The beautifully proportioned car is everything you would expect it to be on the heels of the officially released … CONTINUED
Forced induction is everywhere it seems. From BMWs standpoint, those turbos go a long way to reducing fuel consumption while keeping the power right where we want it, so its a no brainer for them. But as we all know, the aftermarket gives a damn about efficiency and the use of turbos is meant for one thing only. POWER.
Manhart’s BITURBO monster setup is the same as we’ve seen published previously here and here and here and here. The difference here is that its now been driven and tested by professional journalists.
Just to recap the basic idea is this: Take the FI engine from the X5M/X6M, transplant it into the E92 M3, do some ECU work and then throw on a new exhaust. This is a … CONTINUED
Well, during the Detroit Autoshow, Autoblog got to ask Dr. Kay Segler a few questions about the 1M. The main topic of the conversation seems to have revolved around the affordability of the car, and how the 1M is the least expensive car BMW M has ever sold.
But what I found most interesting is Autoblog reporting that Dr. Segler definitively confirmed the BMW 1M is not limited in overall production numbers. He did qualify the statement by saying, “But they will be hard to get.”
There you have it, no production limit.
Here’s more coverage on the impressive BMW Alpina B7, courtesy of drivesTV. Judging by the video description, they had tons of fun: “Amazing that a four-door sedan can put a smile that big on your face. If only there were longer roads and fewer rules.” Enjoy!
And so it continues, the stream of Alpina B7 tests. This one is from Car and Driver and was actually published back in September, but it seemed fitting given the handful of B7 tests and videos that were published this past weekend.
Car and Driver’s report is geared towards the fact finders amongst us. Its very clear and to the point with gobs of detail on the car. I personally liked the review as I could find any piece of information I wanted to know in it. This is a short take road test, so don’t expect a long writeup with too many personal opinions, however.
Source / Full Review: Car and Driver
We’ve previously reported on InsideLine’s First Drive of the Alpina B7. Now it seems the press has gotten their Full test reviews out the door.
I have to say I really like this article. While to any true BMW fan, the name Alpina should be nothing new, and has become synonymous with a mix of oppulance and speed, something akin to BMW’s version of AMG (atleast of yore). The analogy becomes more realistic when one consider’s Alpina’s Penchant for automatic transmissions. But back to the article, what I really love about this one is that this one gives a healthy sprinkling of Alpina family history, to help the unindoctinated along for the ride.
Edmunds tells us almost as much about Andreas Bovensiepen, the founder of Alpina … CONTINUED