On this episode of The Downshift, the boys from Motor Trend and Tire Rack team up to test some tires. Do performance tires really make a difference? Our resident hot shoe Randy Pobst takes to the track with a BMW 328i, Mustang V6, Subaru BRZ and a truck load of tires to find out. Includes track times for each model and tire.
Alpina has a larger than usual display at the ongoing 2013 Frankfurt IAA show where they brought out many of their many models, including the just announced Alpina D3, the XD3, B3 and B6.
Substantial additions to the BMW engine range in autumn 2013 are set to lend fresh momentum to the current BMW model push. In November 2013 another three variants will be added to the line-up of engines for the most recent addition to the BMW model family, the BMW 4 Series Coupe. The BMW 435d Coupe will enter the fray as the most powerful variant of the new two-door model. Its 230 kW/313 hp six-cylinder in-line diesel engine teams up as standard with the intelligent all-wheel-drive … CONTINUED
The new BMW ALPINA D3 Bi-Turbo sets entirely new standards of performance and efficiency in its segment – all in the familiar, harmonious ALPINA style.
The numbers 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 summarise the key data of the new D3 Bi-Turbo like pearls on a chain: Vmax 278 km/h, 350 bhp, 4.6 s from 0-100 km/h, 5.3 l/100 km (139 g/km CO2), EU6, 700 Nm.
The first D3 to come out of Buchloe appeared in 2005 as a turbocharged, 2-litre in-line four cylinder model, and … CONTINUED
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.
Alpina has released the first details of its 2014 Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo, which will join the B3 Bi-Turbo as the newest F3x based Alpina offering. The D3 is set to make its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt IAA show beginning next week.
For the 2014 D3, Alpina utilizes the same powerplant which powers the XD3 and D5 – an inline six-cylinder twin turbo motor. It outpouts 345 HP (257kw) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) torque. 0-62mph (100kmh) can be covered by the D3 in 4.6 seconds, … CONTINUED
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
Chris Harris test and flogs the Alpine B3 F30 biturbo on the road and track. Verdict? See inside.
Two dozen F30 owners recently attended this owner meet in Hong Kong. 1x Red, 1x Grey, 2x Blue, 6x Black, 14x White were in attendance.
Check out the sweet photos.
Check out the results of a head-on collision between an F30 3 series and an SUV… providing a testament to BMW Safety.
Have a look and listen at a real life installed F30 335i Akrapovic Evolution exhaust system.
Check out Vossen’s Bumblebee F30 335i.
Top Gear online reviews the F30 Alpina B3 sedan with its N54 engine.
EPA has released official fuel economy ratings for the 2014 328d for the U.S. market.
RWD: 32 City / 45 Highway
AWD: 31 City / 43 Highway
The study is based on thefts entered in the National Crime Information Center database.
BMW shows up in second place with its 3 series, and again sixth place with the 5 Series in the study, which looks at thefts of 2010 to 2012 model year cars across the country.
See the complete luxury vehicle theft report and the background data.
The most-stolen list:
1. Mercedes-Benz C Class
2. BMW 3 Series
3. Infiniti G
4. Mercedes-Benz E-Class
5. Cadillac CTS
6. BMW 5 Series
7. Lincoln MKZ
8. Acura TSX
9. Lexus IS
10. Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Supersprint has announced its quad exhaust system for the F30 328i. Here’s the relevant data:
Horsepower 245,9 Hp @ 5490 rpm
Torque 355 Nm @ 2305 rpm
Supersprint Exhaust System:
- Downpipe with Metallic catalytic converter 200 CPSI 987321
- Front pipe 987812
- Centre exhaust 987903
- Rear exhaust Right OO80 – Left OO80 987906
Horsepower 261,0 Hp @ 6460 rpm
Torque 368,6 Nm @ 4035 rpm.
You’ve seen them separately, now see them visually compared – the 4 Series versus 3 Series M Sport and M Performance Parts equipped models.
The 4 Series M Sport model can be ordered now and the 4 series M Performance Parts will be released in October-November.
BMW has announced that due to an engine update (to the N55 motor) starting with July 1 production, the BMW M Performance Power Kit PPK will be unavailable for ordering. A new Power Kit will be available for the updated N55 engine come late 2013.