The F30 Alpina B3 continues testing and we’ve spotted it at the Nurburgring (spied at BMW’s Nurburgring test center).
The F30 B3 test mules (based on the F30 335i) we’ve seen so far provide a good preview of the external styling to expect on the F30 B3, with its Alpina front lip spoiler, aggressive trunk spoiler, quad exhaust, and of course Alpina wheels. It appears that Alpina has now changed the front lip spoiler design from its original preview render. The production version is likely to feature a special exterior color as in past Alpina models.
The F30 B3 will be powered by a highly massaged (by Alpina) N55 engine which should output more than the 400HP from the current B3 S’s N54 engine. It will be … CONTINUED
BMW has shifted tens of thousands of cars that were originally targeted for Europe to the U.S. and Asia this year as sales weaken in the crisis-hit region.
“Challenges in Europe are getting greater,” Ian Robertson, sales chief for the world’s largest luxury-car brand, said to reporters today at a company event in Munich. The region faces “a lot of bumps on the road” before it stabilizes and an auto-market recovery could take years, he said.
Europe’s car industry is poised to suffer its biggest annual sales drop in 19 years in 2012. Munich-based BMW has avoided the brunt of the European sovereign-debt crisis thanks to demand in the U.S. and China for models like the new 3-Series sedan. The brand sold 14 percent more cars and … CONTINUED
APEX Race Parts shares some media of a BMWCCA Club Racing E90 M3 race car sponsored by APEX, Akrapovic, Crevier BMW, Maxxis, StopTech, Sparco, and more.
The E90 M3 race car debuted at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway in March earlier this year on its maiden run and finished 2nd. Since then it has continually set track records. Check out the build and feature videos inside.
Today, on the fifth anniversary of the opening of the BMW Welt, the BMW Group gave the press a sneak preview of its new brand experience. The official opening weekend for all visitors will be on 20-21 October 2012. From now on, the brand worlds of MINI, Rolls-Royce and Husqvarna Motorcycles, and the sub-brands BMW i, BMW M and MINI John Cooper Works will be part of the BMW Welt experience, as well as the BMW and BMW Motorrad brands. The BMW Group will also present its own company exhibition for the first time in the Double Cone. Therefore, Bavaria
Manhart Racing has released its full MH5-S biturbo F10 M5 full tuning program, consisting of cosmetic enhancements as well as performance upgrades in the form of a software ECU tune, exhaust system, and coilover suspension system. The full program includes:
- ECU software tune to 633bhp
- Manhart Racing sport exhaust (video below)
- Manhart Racing CF front lip
- Manhart Racing CF vented hood
- Manhart Racing CF trunk spoiler
- Manhart Racing CF rear diffuser
- Manhart Racing hr classic wheels
– f: 21×9 265/30 + r: 21×10.5 305/25 - Michelin PSS tires
- Manhart Racing coilovers (lowers 35mm front and 30mm rear)
The first stage tuning package breathes more power into the M5’s bi-turbo 4.4L V8 S63Tu engine by pushing it 624hp (633 PS / 466 kW) and 575 lb-ft (780 … CONTINUED
Via BMW: Over a year ago, BMW Financial Services launched The Ultimate Drive smartphone app for iPhone and Android, which lets you find millions of miles of user-suggested driving routes and receive special discounts for BMW FS (U.S. customers only). Today, we’ve made the app available to an even wider audience with a standalone Facebook app — The Ultimate Drive for Facebook. Anyone who has a Facebook account can now access our free app from their computer!
In addition to making The Ultimate Drive App available to all Facebook users (more than a billion people!), BMW Financial Services has also extended the voucher program previously available via mobile app only. Now mobile and Facebook users can claim vouchers worth up to $700 off the first … CONTINUED
BMW of North America announced today the 2013 BMW Individual X6 Performance Edition and the 2013 BMW 6 Series Coupe Frozen Silver Edition. There will be only 100 copies of the BMW Individual X6 Performance Edition [full details/photos] and 55 copies of the BMW 6 Series Coupe Frozen Silver Edition. BMW will make available fifty Edition copies of the 2013 BMW X6 xDrive35i, with an MSRP of $81,695, and fifty Edition copies of the 2013 BMW X6 xDrive50i with an MSRP of $92,895 including Destination & Handling.
The BMW 6 Series Coupe Frozen Silver Edition is even more exclusive with a total of 55 copies produced in two trims – the BMW 650i Coupe with an MSRP of $99,295 and the BMW 650i xDrive Coupe priced … CONTINUED
In this video, race car driver Scott Pruett and BMW Product & Technology Communications Manager Matt Russell explain the BMW M Electronic Damper Control (EDC) system and how the Comfort, Sport and Sport+ suspension settings make a difference in the F10 M5 and F12/F13 M6.
Although the M5 and M6 use an M tuned version of the BMW EDC, here is a general summary of EDC technology from BMW:
Electronic Damper Control (EDC) automatically or manually adjusts each damper to suit the driving conditions meaning you enjoy outstanding comfort along with the best in BMW on-road safety. EDC reduces variations in wheel load, ensures tyres have excellent traction and counteracts bodyshell movement regardless of the weight your automobile may be carrying or the state of the road’s … CONTINUED
Chris Harris drives and compares the BMW M135i F20/F21 hatchback against Audi’s hot hatch, the RS3. He takes it on the road, track, and finally to the dragstrip for a showdown.
In the end, he declares one of them a clear driver’s car, so find out inside which one it is.