We previously provided info on 2012 BMW model updates/changes/pricing for most 2012 models (links inside), but for reference again, here is a summary of the major changes across the entire range of 2012 model year BMWs for the US market.
Alpina debuts two new models at the Frankfurt IAA – a B6 Biturbo and this D5 Biturbo. Full details and photos (from the event and official press photos) inside.
Frozen Matte Gray and Frozen Matte Black paint options were made available to European customers beginning this past March for the F10 5 series, which represents the first time that BMW has offered the matte paint option for non-M cars. It is an option only for F10/F11 M-sport packaged cars. As these photos show, the matte finish looks great on the F10, but it doesn’t come cheap. The matte gray and matte black options cost over 3,000 euros.
We take you on a recent tour inside the BMW M Studio – BMW’s showroom/floor where it showcases BMW M, BMW Individual, BMW M-Sport, and BMW Security vehicles, technology, and options. If you remember, this is also where we attended the F10 M5 press reveal earlier this year.
Check inside for a description and photo gallery of the unique products currently on display in the M Studio.
The once-every-two-year Frankfurt IAA auto show is nearly upon us. Press coverage will begin Tuesday, September 13. Here is a preview of the headline BMW debuts headed for Frankfurt.
In order to offer drivers comfortable and safe vehicles in the future, equipped with the most modern assistance systems available, the engineers at BMW Group Research and Technology have been working for many years on the development of electronic co-pilots to support automated driving in specific situations – for example the BMW TrackTrainer tested on the race track, as well as adaptive cruise control (ACC) and the Emergency Stop Assistant. To further understand the potential offered by these systems, as well as their limitations, researchers are … CONTINUED
Even the most efficient internal combustion engine can only convert about one-third of the energy derived from fossil fuels into the mechanical kinetic energy needed to power a motor vehicle. Over the past few years BMW EfficientDynamics has made great improvements in engine efficiency, for example with technologies such as direct fuel injection, variable valve timing, exhaust-driven turbochargers, brake energy regeneration and the Auto Start Stop function. However, about 60 percent of the generated energy is still lost, half of it being exhaust heat, with the … CONTINUED
5POST member 78mao’s F10 5 series is one of the most distinctive and modified 2012 5 series around and its latest iteration has now been captured in a beautiful photoshoot by Scott Chu.
The current generation Lexus GS 350 has been long in the tooth for quite a while now, but Lexus has just debuted the all new 2013 GS350, a car that’s aimed squarely at the likes of the BMW 5-series, Mercedes E-Class, and Audi A6. What does the new GS 350 bring to the table this time around?
It features an all new chassis with more spacious interior, and is powered by a 3.5L V6 306hp/277lb-ft torque motor. Transmission is RWD and takes the form of a six … CONTINUED
BMW is reportedly considering bringing the F11 5-series touring / wagon to the U.S. for the first time after disappointing sales from the 5-series GT. While no final decision has yet been made, we are excited by the prospect of seeing the F11 on U.S. shores. In our opinion, it’s one of BMW’s most attractive wagons ever built.
Another episode from the BMW future lab. It’s about pedestrian security. Most accidents involving pedestrians happen in inner cities at speeds of about 60 km/h. In these situations, a “Camera-based Pedestrian Protection” system can be useful. This video gives some insight into the development of this camera based protection system.
A new BMW brake pad package shows the appearance of a new model – “M550dX”. This new F10 model could feature the long rumored tri-turbo diesel engine. According to Scott26 (quoted below), it’s going to be an all new engine and will be available on all BMW models in the upper segments by next year.
It’s not an F10 M5 with a diesel motor as some claim, but will be a stand-alone F10 model like the M5 (maybe with M badge?). It will have its own … CONTINUED
The 2012 5-series begins production in September. Details and full pricing/options list have now been released on changes for the 2012 model year for the US. We detail it inside.
528i xDrive Sedan
New Standard Equipment:
- 4 cylinder TwinPower Turbo Engine (N20)(240hp / 260tq) for 528i
- Auto Start/Stop standard on 528i / 535i
- Active Protection (automatic protective measures in event of imminent accident)
- Driving Dynamics Control with ECO PRO mode (enhances fuel efficiency) (not available for 550i)
- Floor mats
Optional Equipment Changes:
- Comfort Access with Smart Opener – … CONTINUED
In its latest customer survey – the Automotive Performance and Layout Study (APEAL) – assessing satisfaction levels among North American new car buyers, the BMW 5 Series range, BMW X3, BMW Z4 and MINI Countryman emerged as winners of their respective vehicle segments. In addition, four more models from the BMW Group finished in the top three of their category. This tally means the BMW Group boasts the highest number of segment winners of all manufacturers in the latest APEAL survey.
Such excellent individual scores also boosted … CONTINUED
The AWD xi version of the 528i, along with a hybrid version of the 535i will be both be debuting this fall in the US market. The 528xi will begin production for the US in September and like the 2012 528i (which will also begin production in September) it will begin its life being powered by BMW’s N20 4-cylinder turbocharged engine with 240hp / 260lb-ft tq (more details).
The F10 lineup will also see a hybrid model for the first time with the 535i ActiveHybrid, which … CONTINUED
Studie AG has assembled its ultimate soccer mom wagon project using Hamann’s F11 M-sport aero kit. This project F11 features the following components:
-space grey f11 528i m-sport
-hamman front lip spoiler/splitter
-hamman side skirts
-hamman rear diffuser
-hamman anniversary evo wheels (f:20×8.5 245/35, r:20×10 275/30 – advan db)
-3ddesign coilover kit
-supersprint 528i quad exhaust
-roof rail delete
BMW is a Tier One Partner and exclusive automotive sponsor of the 2012 Games. As such, the company will provide various forms of transportation for athletes, technical officials, media, LOCOG operational teams, national Olympic Committees, International Sports Federations, the IOC and marketing partners.
We now have a better idea of the forms and amounts of transportation that BMW will be supplying. The company will supply almost 4,000 vehicles and 400 bicycles (the first of which was delivered today), from diesels to electric cars, hybrids to motorcycles, as … CONTINUED
5POST member IE92 decks out his F10 528i with 3D Design parts, OEM parts, and other custom modifications. Coupled with the photography skills of jzhang, the result is a beautiful photoshoot.