BMW starts 2014 with four awards from the automobile magazine “auto motor und sport”. The BMW i3 (combined fuel consumption: 0.6-0.0 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 13–0 g/km), BMW 4 Series Coupé (combined fuel consumption: 8.4-4.6 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 197-121 g/km), and BMW 5 Series (combined fuel consumption: 9.6-4.5 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 224–119 g/km) were the winners in their respective categories. The BMW i3 was also recognised by the editors-in-chief of “auto motor und sport” as well as more than 30 international partner automobile magazines worldwide for its highly innovative technology with the “International Paul Pietsch Award”. Meanwhile the successful overall showing by BMW in the readers’ vote was underpinned by second places for the BMW 3 Series (combined fuel … CONTINUED
G30 the BMW
Yes, we are already entering the G chassis realm, having very swiftly passed through the F series cars. The current BMW 5-Series is the F10 and the upcoming next generation 5-Series will be the G30.
According to Car Magazine’s sources, BMWs next generation platform is called 35up. What it basicly means is that everything from the 3-series/5-series and up will be based on this shared super platform. Utilizing the increasing mix of elements including steel, aluminum and certainly CFRP, weight is expected to drop substantially for the next generation.
Well, previously Autocar and now Car Magazine are all reporting that the new 3-cylinder BMW engine will power the new 5. And that should be no shock or surprise, as the new modular platform of … CONTINUED
Note: This is a global press release (not applicable to all markets).
January 22, 2014
Munich. From the spring of 2014, the pleasure of driving can be experienced in a whole new dimension. BMW is extending its range of engines for the latest additions to the model portfolio and is presenting at the same time four further models equipped with BMW xDrive. The intelligent four-wheel drive system, for example, will be available for the first time in the BMW 4 Series Convertible. In addition, an extensive BMW Individual programme will be on offer for the BMW 4 Series from the spring of 2014.
Further innovative options will be introduced to enhance both safety and comfort. From the spring of 2014, all BMW models except for the BMW … CONTINUED
Ward’s Auto has announced the winners of its 10 Best Engines Award. BMW’s N57 3.0L Turbodiesel Inline-6 was named as one of the 10 winners.
The N57 in the 535d outputs 255 hp @ 4000 rpm and 413 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm, while getting EPA MPG of 26/37-38 mpg (city/highway).
Of the 10 winners, 8 featured direct fuel injection, 6 were forced induction and 1 was electric.
Here’s the list of winners:
3.0-liter Turbodiesel DOHC I-6 (BMW 535d)
3.0-liter TFSI Supercharged DOHC V-6 (Audi S5)
3.0-liter Turbodiesel DOHC V-6 (Ram 1500 EcoDiesel)
83-kilowatt Electric Motor (Fiat 500e)
1.0-liter EcoBoost DOHC I-3 (Ford Fiesta)
2.0-liter Turbodiesel DOHC I-4 (Chevrolet Cruze Diesel)
6.2-liter OHV V-8 (Chevrolet Corvette Stingray)
3.5-liter SOHC V-6 (Honda Accord)
2.7-liter DOHC H-6 boxer (Porsche Cayman)
1.8-liter … CONTINUED
AC Schnitzer’s take on the F11 Touring LCI facelift.
Autobild is reporting that the next generation 2017 BMW 5 Series will add a 3 cylinder turbodiesel model in certain markets.
The 3 cylinder turbodiesel 5 Series is rumored to output 150 HP (110 kW) and sip diesel at just 3.9 liters / 100 km (60 MPG US / 72 MPG UK). The next gen 5 Series will ride on a new platform which it will share with the next gen 6 Series and 7 Series.
The report goes on to predict that the next M5 model will feature power in excess of 600 HP and will be offered with optional all-wheel-drive (as previously reported).
The next gen 5 Series is expected to hit the market in mid 2016.
Speculative/imaginative renderings by Autobild.
Per BMWNA, here are the details regarding changes for the 2014 Model Year 5 Series and M5
(also see F10 LCI Official Thread):
BMW 5 Series Sedan and 5 Series Gran Turismo:
Updated design and new equipment: Fresh contour lines for the surround of the BMW kidney grille and redesigned lower air intakes reinforce the sporty appearance of the 2014 BMW 5 Series Sedan. The accentuated width of the rear end is underlined by an extra crease in the apron, as well as slim, sharply contoured and therefore more striking rear lights.
The 2014 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo receives a modified front apron exuding presence and solidity. Its redesigned rear end creates a longer and lower visual impression. A three-dimensional surface design for the area around the … CONTINUED
Delivery of N20 and N26 powered vehicles stopped as a result of power brake assist problem
On September 26th, BMW of North America announced to NHTSA its intention to conduct a voluntary Recall on certain 2012-2014 model year BMW 3 Series, 5 Series, X1, X3 and Z4 models equipped with the N20 or N26 engine, produced from May 2012 to August 2013.
Affected vehicles in dealer inventories will not be sold or delivered to customers until the recall repair has been performed. Vehicles at BMW vehicle delivery centers will be corrected before shipment to dealerships.
The oil supply from the intake camshaft to the brake vacuum pump can become restricted. If this happens the brake vacuum pump could fail due to lack of lubrication, resulting in … CONTINUED