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04/26/2012    12:00 PM
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Watch the new turbo 4 cylinder 528i take on the old 6 cylinder 528i in a head to head race and dyno, conducted by Classic BMW.

The 2012 528i features the N20 turbo 4 cylinder engine which is quoted at 240hp/260lb-ft torque, 0-60 in factory quoted 6.2sec and is 15% more fuel efficient.

The previous F10 528i was powered by the N52 6 cylinder engine which had 240hp/230lb-ft torque and ran from 0-60 in factory quoted 6.6sec. And although the two engines are factory rated at the same 240hp, on this particular dyno, the N20 engine vastly outpowered the N52 engine – 240hp vs. 208hp at the crank.

The result seen here is obvious based on the factory quoted numbers alone, but seeing a visual of the speed/acceleration difference … CONTINUED

04/26/2012    9:45 AM
COMMENTS: 36

LOCOG & BMW GROUP UNVEIL LONDON 2012 FLEET

26.04.2012

London, 26 April 2012: LOCOG and BMW, Official Automotive Partner to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, today revealed full details of the London 2012 fleet. Set to play an essential role in delivering a successful Games, LOCOG’s deployment plans for the low-emission, diesel, hybrid and electric cars, motorcycles and bicycles were unveiled for the first time.

Whether it be pulling boats out of the water at Weymouth, providing a mobile camera platform for the marathon, towing a horse ambulance across Greenwich Park or carrying medal winners around the Olympic Park to media interviews, the BMW and MINI fleet will perform an extremely wide range of duties during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Naturally making sure the right people are … CONTINUED

03/26/2012    10:30 AM
COMMENTS: 62

Our Hong Kong F10 owners/members met this past weekend and have shared some of their photos with us. Check out some tastefully modified F10 5 series inside.

03/23/2012    11:00 AM
COMMENTS: 13

BMW Group, the Official Automotive Partner to the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, has now delivered the first 40 vehicles that will be used for this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in London.

The newly-liveried vehicles will form part of the full fleet which will be used by LOCOG to help drive the Games. The fleet consists of electric, diesel, and hybrid cars, as well as a range of motorcycles and bicycles, and benefits from BMW’s sector-leading EfficientDynamics technologies meaning that it will achieve LOCOG’s strict 120g CO₂/ km emissions target.

Tim Abbott, Managing Director of BMW UK, said:

“BMW’s Olympic fleet needs to be varied to deal with the complex operational demands of the Games time effort. We were selected as a partner based on our ability … CONTINUED

03/15/2012    9:00 PM
COMMENTS: 224

Here’s the world’s first F10-to-M5 front end conversion. It’s not an easy undertaking as the M5 is 2 inches wider than the F10 5 series, requiring wider front fenders.

The base car is a F10 528i and the entire project took 18 OEM F10 M5 parts and some wheel spacers.

Check out the impressive result inside.

03/15/2012    7:10 PM
COMMENTS: 76

An entourage of F10 5 Series owners from 5POST gathered this past weekend for the LTBMW meet. Over 15 5 series were in attendance, with the group having lunch together and then caravaning to the meet together. Check out the photos inside.

03/13/2012    12:05 PM
COMMENTS: 24

BMW launched and announced its initial M Performance Parts lineup officially at the 2012 Geneva Motorshow. While the now released M Performance Parts official catalog explains much, we took some time to find out some more details for you. Stefan Weiss of the M Performance Parts team was helpful in giving us some further insight.

Please give us a quick overview on the M Performance Parts. What’s the motive for ‘renaming’ the Performance Parts program to M Performance Parts?
M Performance Parts are now available for the new 1 series, 3 series, and 5 series. There are many different product categories like exhaust systems, engine tuning, drivetrain, suspension, and interior/exterior. We develop these parts together with the engineers of M GmbH. We started this collaboration in 2010 … CONTINUED

03/09/2012    1:21 PM
COMMENTS: 37

In this video, the Product Managers of BMW’s new M Performance Parts retrofit accessories explain and show us the philosophies, process, and techniques behind the development of the BMW M Performance Parts. As one can see, the M Performance Parts are developed in collaboration with BMW M designers and engineers for both visual and performance enhancements.

As soon as the production vehicle process is completed, the technical sketch and design phase for M Performance Parts begins. Only real carbon fiber is used in the production of M Performance Parts components.

The M Performance exhausts are tested in a BMW soundlab where the production exhaust CAD data is used as the basis for sound engineering the M Performance exhaust system. Intensive testing is conducted for both exterior and interior … CONTINUED

03/08/2012    2:00 PM
COMMENTS: 42

Chris Harris drives the BMW M550d xDrive, the first in the line of new BMW M Performance vehicles.

It has more torque than the space shuttle and BMW claims it will do over 40mpg. BMW also says it won’t be selling the car in the UK or the US, the places that DRIVE is most commonly viewed. But when something has 3 turbos, you’ve got to go drive it at 155mph: no? … asks Chris Harris.