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Some interesting info comes out of a recent interview by Jens Meiners of Car and Driver with the BMW M President, Dr. Friedrich Nitschke.

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In the interview, when asked about the M135i concept, Dr. Nitschke confirms that the production version will be virtually identical to the concept and powered by the N55 engine. It will also come with both manual and automatic transmission options, as well as an optional xDrive AWD. The manual and AWD options would have been popular with the North American market, … CONTINUED

BMW 7 Series LCI Facelift Spied

04/16/2012 at 12:45 PM
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We’ve spied an advanced 7 Series LCI facelift prototype and it’s looking like the reveal is coming in the very near future.

The refreshed 7 Series’ biggest change will be to the front fascia. Full LED headlights will come to the 7 series for the first time, with the turn signal lights now integrated into the eyebrow. We can now also make out a more aggressive lower bumper, with more pronounced and longer splitter fins on the lower lip, in an overall look similar to the BMW … CONTINUED

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BMW announced that the My BMW Remote app is available for Apple iOS devices beginning today. This app allows many BMW customers to access remote features for their vehicle by using their mobile device and the power of BMW Assist. These features include remotely locking and unlocking of doors, getting the location of their parked vehicle, and sending Google Local Search results to their vehicle. Additionally, some customers will even be able to send a command to sound the horn or flash the headlights of their … CONTINUED

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From our site member “BMW M Power Mexico”, comes some great insights from retired VP of BMW Product Development into the development process of BMWs, 6 series, hydrogen 7, X3, turbos, and BMW’s competition.

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BMW of North America has announced a modest inflationary price increase effective January 1, 2012. The Destination and Handling fee for all models will be increased to $895 on that date as well. This increase is less than one percent and applies to the models listed in the table below. In these tough economic times a careful balance was attained between the competitive situation, inflationary conditions, and market realities.

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The F01 7-series is due for a facelift and the prototypes continue to undergo public testing.

Expect the F01 7-series LCI (Life Cycle Impulse) to be unveiled next Spring. The biggest changes to be seen will be to the front fascia. Full LED headlights will come to the 7 series for the first time. Underneath the camouflage tape, the bumper directly underneath the headlights will transition to the lower part of the kidney grilles with a more pronounced ‘swoop’ line (not pictured in render). The lower bumper … CONTINUED

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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.

BMW Group Sales Reach All-time High

07/07/2011 at 7:30 AM
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BMW Group sales reach all-time high in the month of June. Deliveries increase by 15.9% to 165,855 vehicles in June
Best first six months ever with 833,366 units sold
Record sales in first half year for all three brands.

Munich – July 7, 2011… The BMW Group delivered more vehicles in June than ever before in a month. A total of 165.855 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand vehicles were sold, which is an increase of +15.9% on sales in June last year (prev. yr. 143,156 units) … CONTINUED

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The F01 7-Series has been a real hit for BMW, but the company is not resting on its laurels. An LCI 7-Series has been planned for some time, and should be arriving to market in the near future. The overarching theme of this LCI (stands for Life Cycle Impulse — A facelift), is to ‘not fix it if it ain’t broke’. The changes are subtle on the whole and aim to freshen and not re-invent the look.

These series of spyphotos seem to confirm what was previously … CONTINUED

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What’s better than spotting a Individual BMW? Seeing many Individual BMWs, and all at the same location. Our invaluable member Dackelone provides another amazing set of photos, this time from BMW’s factory-owned Munich dealerships and their already famous display of Individual colors and options.

Starring below are some known colors we never tire of seeing, but also some completely new options like a beautiful E90 3-series in Bianco Fuji Metallic. We’ve included the spec sheets of all cars for you, but don’t be surprised about the prices. … CONTINUED

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Damon Lavrinc at Autoblog brings news about full customizable LCD gauge displays coming to the “refreshed” 5-series and 7-series, which we take to mean the facelift / LCI versions of the current models – supposedly within 2 years time.

It appears that BMW’s two largest sedans will transition from black panel displays to full digital LCD displays where the tachometer, speedometer, fuel meter, and temperature gauge will all take a digital form. The display may also be customized to display navigation and infotainment info and take on … CONTINUED

Mansory Reveals Custom 7-Series

03/22/2011 at 11:45 AM
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Swiss tuner Mansory reveals their F01 7-series tuning and aerodynamics program. The program features both performance and cosmetic revisions for the 750i and 760Li.

A remapped ECU and air intake bumps the 750i up to 490hp / 720Nm torque and the 760Li to 640hp / 920Nm torque. 0-62mph acceleration times have been dropped to 4.2 seconds for the 760Li (0.4 seconds faster than from the factory). The exhaust has been replaced by a sports exhaust system with square tips.

The cosmetic program features a full bodykit – with … CONTINUED

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Beginning with March production, certain changes take place for the 7-series.
740i/Li, 750i/xDrive and 750Li/xDrive receive new standard equipment:

* iPod/USB Adapter (6FL)
* Rear-view Camera (3AG)
* Sport Steering Wheel (255)

750i/xDrive and 750Li/xDrive receive 19″ wheels with all-season tires (2H1) and Premium H-Fi (677) as standard

ALPINA B7 adds Rear-view Camera (3AG) as standard

Driver Assistance Package now includes side and top-view cameras (5DL) and Heads Up Display (610). ALPINA B7 models also add … CONTINUED

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The guys over @ Motor Trend have put up this mega 11 page comparison between the large sedan offerings from all the usual suspects in the large luxury sedan game. But they didn’t just make this a booring old comparison, they threw in all the non-traditional offerings that are available from automakers you wouldn’t have expected 10, 5 or even 1 year ago.

Why all these large luxury sedans in this economic climate anyways? Despite the bad economy, almost every automaker has refreshed their luxo offerings … CONTINUED

Video: Alpina B7 Impressions

01/17/2011 at 9:15 AM
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Here’s more coverage on the impressive BMW Alpina B7, courtesy of drivesTV. Judging by the video description, they had tons of fun: “Amazing that a four-door sedan can put a smile that big on your face. If only there were longer roads and fewer rules.” Enjoy!

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And so it continues, the stream of Alpina B7 tests. This one is from Car and Driver and was actually published back in September, but it seemed fitting given the handful of B7 tests and videos that were published this past weekend.

Car and Driver’s report is geared towards the fact finders amongst us. Its very clear and to the point with gobs of detail on the car. I personally liked the review as I could find any piece of information I wanted to know in it. … CONTINUED

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We’ve previously reported on InsideLine’s First Drive of the Alpina B7. Now it seems the press has gotten their Full test reviews out the door.

I have to say I really like this article. While to any true BMW fan, the name Alpina should be nothing new, and has become synonymous with a mix of oppulance and speed, something akin to BMW’s version of AMG (atleast of yore). The analogy becomes more realistic when one consider’s Alpina’s Penchant for automatic transmissions. But back to the article, … CONTINUED

Autoblog Reviews 2011 BMW Alpina B7

01/15/2011 at 11:01 AM
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The folks at Autoblog had the opportunity to get their hands on the BMW Alpina B7, and they apparently had a blast. Not only would they let it run against an E92 M3 to find out the M3 “can’t lose the Alpina B7 on one long road to nowhere deep in the reaches of an unincorporated area of the California coastal mountains.” They also refer to the Alpina B7 as “an amazing machine. Defying all logic, the sedan seems to shed pounds as the g-forces increase … CONTINUED