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The first test drives of the all new BMW M550d xDrive model [official info/specs] are underway and here is the first video footage courtesy of Sport Auto. The M550d represents one of BMW’s new lineup of M Performance Vehicles (together with the X5 and X6 M50d and upcoming M135i), which bridge the gap between standard series cars and M cars.

The M550d xDrive features an inline 6 cylinder diesel engine good for 381hp and 546lb-ft torque.

Its official factory quoted performance stats puts it at 4.7 sec 0-62mph … CONTINUED

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Here’s a new set of BMW ads promoting BMW ConnectedDrive, a library of innovations and apps that allow drivers to stay in touch with their world, while keeping their eyes on the road. As BMW describes, it’s a really smart copilot that you’ll want by your side.

Seen here are ads giving an overview of BMW ConnectedDrive, parking assist, night vision, and Connected App.

For more info on ConnectedDrive, check out BMW’s microsite: http://www.bmwusa.com/connecteddrive

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Munich. With its BMW M Performance Automobiles, BMW M GmbH is adding four newly developed models to its product range. These cars come with a significant boost in performance and hallmark M precision in the interplay of the powertrain, chassis and aerodynamics – coupled with unrestricted everyday utility and high levels of efficiency. The BMW M550d xDrive, BMW M550d xDrive Touring, BMW X5 M50d and BMW X6 M50d models will have their world premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show (8 – 18 March 2012). The … CONTINUED

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Vorsteiner has released its full tuning kit and program for the F10 5-series, which they’ve dubbed the VMS-F10.

The kit details are as follows:

VMS Front Spoiler

The newly designed VMS front spoiler has been specifically designed to fit F10 5 series vehicles with the optional M Tech package. The front spoiler not only creates a purposeful and functional balance to the front end but is also unmistakably beautiful and precise.

VMS Rear Spoiler

The VMS rear add on carbon deck lid spoiler … CONTINUED

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BMW has released its second X6 M50d teaser. The company tries to raise the anticipation with this video dubbed “Step 2″. There’s no new information or new details shown, but BMW promises that the X6 M50d will “feel like a race car” and “deserve the M badge”. Guess we’ll have to wait and see if it actually can live up to these promises.

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It’s teaser time again! Hot off the press here’s part 1 of “a new chapter: powered by BMW M”.

When you listen to the engine carefully you can hear it’s a diesel engine. At this point we can only speculate what this is about exactly, but if we were forced to do so we’d say it’s a promotion for the long-rumored M Performance Diesel models called X6 M50d ( and M550d for the F10) powered by a 3.0l inline 6 Diesel engine with no less than 3 … CONTINUED

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Bystanders in Utah are being lauded as heroes after they lifted a burning BMW off an unconscious motorcyclist trapped beneath it. Authorities say the accident Monday near the Utah State University campus in Logan happened when 21-year-old motorcyclist Brandon Wright collided with a car pulling out from a parking lot.

The bike and car burst into flames and Wright was trapped underneath.

A camera nearby captured a group of students and construction workers gathering together to tilt the car up and pull the young man to safety … CONTINUED

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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.

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NORBEFILMS sets some beautiful imagery of the F10 5-series M-sport to music by Moby. Enjoy the visuals.

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BMW Performance Parts Manager Eric Riehle recently took questions from United BMW gathered from Bimmerpost members. On video, he addresses BMW Performance plans for limited slip differential, lease residualization program, new electronic performance steering wheel, M3 performance parts, and N54/N55 performance power kits. Check out the interview inside.

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Fifth Gear’s Vicki Henderson takes the 535d M-sport against the Jaguar XF Diesel S onto the track for a hotlap showdown at the Assen circuit. Both cars are powered by 6 cylinder turbo diesel engines.

The 535d motor is good for 300hp and 440 pound-feet of torque, which covers 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds while achieving 46.3mpg. The Jaguar XF Diesel S has 275hp under the hood with its 3.0L AJV6D Generation III diesel turbo with 0-60 in 5.9 seconds and an MPG of 42mpg. Winner? Results … CONTINUED

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The F10′s interior design Olive Heilmer and exterior designer Jacek Fröhlich explain their inspirations and philosophies behind their designs for the hot selling F10 5-series. As the video explains in more details, the F10′s interior drew inspiration from fine vintage watches and the exterior goes after a strong and muscular impression, drawing from BMW’s motorsport heritage and Munich’s surrounding mountains.