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03/17/2014    4:00 PM
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Check out Road & Track’s recent review of five V8 supercars in disguise. Each features supercar perfromance, raucous V8 engines and four doors.

Highlights regarding the F10 M5:

The Audi’s V8 sounds more cumulonimbus than Days of Thunder, and once up to banked-oval speeds, we’re surprised to see the M5 scream past it. The BMW’s twin-turbo V8 sounds nothing like any of the others; the Bavarians’ ingenious, patented crossover exhaust manifold gives each exhaust pipe an evenly spaced pulse of air, so the wail coming from the tailpipes sounds more flat-crank Ferrari than cross-plane Ford.

Still, thanks to the world’s most difficult-to-activate launch control, plus the double whammy of turbo torque and two-wheel drive, the BMW is a torment on the drag strip. Road Test Editor Robin … CONTINUED

03/17/2014    1:15 PM
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Video featuring a Sakhir Orange BMW M4 coupe hotlapping Brands Hatch at the hands of BMW driver Andy Priaulx and demonstrating the BMW M Laptimer App.

03/17/2014    10:30 AM
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A new M235i owner shares with us his review of the car against his 135i, which he still currently owns.

Well fellas, I finally took delivery of my M235, late yesterday here in Indiana, and I wanted to provide some initial thoughts to others on the forum.

By way of background, this is my 5th BMW. I had 2 E92s, both 328, and 2 E82 135s. All of those were MT but for the last 135, which has the DCT.

My M235 is BSM with a MT, the premium, and cold weather package, and I have about 70 miles on the clock at this point.

My current 135 is currently riding on Blizzaks, and the M235 is on PSS, just for points of comparison’s sake. I drove them … CONTINUED

03/17/2014    8:45 AM
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A show of NVIDIA Tegra technology in new cars on display at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show.

03/16/2014    12:00 PM
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BMW want to make a annoucement on the 28th of March at their US plant in South Carolina, and they say it will be significant. Just looking at the list of people who will be there should tell some of the story. BMW Group Chairman Norbert Reithofer, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Gov. Nikki Haley, Harald Krueger, head of the company’s global production network, and Manfred Erlacher, president of BMW Manufacturing Co will headline the event.

So looking at who is going to the event, we have the chairman of BMW, meaning the annoucement is important to BMW from a financial and product standpoint. Both the US Secretary of Commerce and the Governer of South Carolina will be there, meaning there must be a … CONTINUED

03/16/2014    11:00 AM
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Second race, second podium: BMW Team RLL finished third and tenth in today’s 12 Hours of Sebring. Victorious twice before at the classic sports car racing endurance event (2011 and 2012), the 62nd edition of the longest half-day in motorsport relinquished only a third place finish to the No. 55 BMW Z4 GTLM for the team’s second consecutive podium of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. The result moves Bill Auberlen, Joey Hand and Andy Priaulx to the top of the Driver point standings.

The No. 55 Z4, co-driven by Bill Auberlen, Joey Hand and Andy Priaulx, took the checkered flag in third place – 5.144seconds from the second step of the podium – completing 286 laps of the 3.74-mile, 17-turn Sebring International Raceway. The … CONTINUED

03/15/2014    3:00 PM
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The lucky folks over at Motor Trend get a chance to drive the upcoming X5 eDrive plug in, follow the link to their full article, but here are some select quotes:

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You might be asking what it’s good for, other than silently cruising the Whole Foods parking lot. The idea is to be able to recapture some of the energy normally thrown away while braking and return it in the opposite direction. (Think of it in the same way Formula 1 uses its Kinetic Energy Recovery System.) It works fantastically for that.
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With nearly six times the capacity of the current Activehybrids, the X5 eDrive Plug-in will have a full electric range of about 18 miles and a top speed north of 70 mph, and will … CONTINUED

03/15/2014    2:00 PM
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Herbert Diess, BMW Board Member for Research and Development revealed plans to reduce the number of platforms that BMW and MINI will use for their vehicles to just two. One for Front-wheel drive (FWD) cars and a second for Rear-wheel drive (RWD) cars. To put this into perspective, Many many years ago, BMW would actually develop each and every car as its own separate platform, and went as far as to mock the concept of platform-sharing. Of course, time and economics change. Today, BMW shares its cars and SAVs across 5 platforms.

As BMW customers and fans, we’ve gotten a good look at the FWD platform, which underpins the new MINI as well as the upcoming 2-Series Active Tourer. The next G chassis BMWs will … CONTINUED

03/15/2014    12:30 PM
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Car Throttle reviews the BMW M235i in Spain and calls it the most intoxicating coupe you can buy currently.