As many of you may or may not know, dealership in the USA as based on a franchise system, where BMW does not directly own the places where their cars are actually sold.
However, they can establish rules to maintain certain standards. These standards are collectively called “Future Retail 2016″ which include the “BMW Genius”, an idea borrowed from Apple, where there are non-sales staff in the dealership who exist to answer any detailed questions about the cars. BMW also plans to ‘increase the number … CONTINUED
After two years of waiting, the F10 M5 S63tu engine control has been unlocked to tuners of the BMW M5.
AMS Performance has finally released an Alpha tune for the F10 M5 and it will include:
* 100 horsepower gain over the factory power output
* True ECU reflash, balancing the critical parameters of the engine for safe operation
* Top speed limiter removal
* CEL removal
A group of 2 series convertibles have been spotted in the US, possibly as the group of cars to be used for the 2 series convertible press launch taking place in just over a week.
Rick F. provides another tour in his trust 3 Series, this time of the Virginia’s Fort Valley and its fortified houses.
Here is the first “Frozen Yellow” BMW i8 by JD Customs in the Netherlands
BMW is increasing the US allocation of i8s by over 1000 for 2015, but that reportedly still will not be enough to fill the demand. To accomplish this, they plan to reduce the number of i3s.
Ludwig Willisch, CEO of BMW of North America, has said that the wait for an i8 remains at about a year.
While the demand for the i8 is the most obvious, the i3 isn’t doing badly either. BMW expects to sell about 1,000 i3s a month in 2015 (in the … CONTINUED
This is certainly a good auction season for BMWs. At today’s Gooding and Company’s auction in Scottsdale, AZ there will be the ultra-rare 1959 BMW 507 Series II, with an estimated value of $1.8-2.2 million. This car is the definition of cool and has served as inspiration for countless modern BMWs, most obviously the BMW Z8. The 507 packs a 3.2L V8 producing a meager 160HP (oh how far we’ve come in efficiency).
A former owner, a German collection Peter Groh, put around $50,000 … CONTINUED
Today, BMW announced plans to feature the all-electric BMW i3 in a 60-second spot during Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, February 1, 2015. After a 4-year hiatus, BMW will be returning to the big game with a commercial during the first quarter.
Here is another interview with new BMW M head, Fraciscus van Meel, by CAR, which provides us some more insight into the new M CEO’s philosophies and outlook on the M brand.
On whether there is a possibility of a BMW i8 M model:
‘I can see a marrying of BMW’s M and i brands, but I can’t see an i8M just now. There is a very close collaboration between M and i – we have an open-book policy, and each brand can look into the … CONTINUED
The auction for the last unsold 30th Anniversary BMW M5 took place on January 15 at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, AZ. In the end, NASCAR team owner Mr. Rick Hendrick took home the car for $700,000. The money goes “The Ultimate Driving Community . . . Building the Foundation” Capital Campaign of the BMW CCA Foundation, a campaign to raise funds for teen driver safety programs and the preservation of BMW history.
Mr. Hendrick is an avid car collector, owning over 200 cars in his North … CONTINUED
Its now official. The facelifted 1-Series 3 and 5-door BMWs have been released and we have everything you want to know about them all in one place!
An interesting piece from ft.com highlights how BMW is sounding a bit of an alarm about connected car data. The data itself is not bad, but they are noting that there is pressure from advertising companies and silicon valley tech companies to get their hands on that data.
Ian Robertson, BMW board member, is quoted as saying “There’s plenty of people out there saying: give us all the data you’ve got and we can tell you what we can do with it” … “And we’re … CONTINUED
The BMW M2 has now officially appeared in BMW dealer computers and the info shows that the M2 coupe will begin production earlier than we previously reported.
Earlier info showed that production for the M2 would begin in November 2015 for the EU/UK and in March 2016 for the US market. But this internal build sheet is now showing that production for the US market will also begin in November this year!
Our most recent info indicates that the M2 will be powered by a new … CONTINUED
Here’s a teaser image for a reveal to come tomorrow – on the 16th.
It’s been a few months since the last BMW M4 GTS sighting, but we’ve now spotted it undergoing winter testing in Scandinavia.
Using MotoGP M4 Safety Cars as a basis (or as decoys), we see a large front spoiler lip and high trunk wing on the prototype. These parts are different than the M Performance front lip and trunk spoiler featured on the MotoGP M4 Safety Car and instead resemble the protuding front spoiler lip and elevated trunk wing from the E92 M3 GTS.
The prototypes … CONTINUED
The BMW 1 Series M Coupe came in only 3 colors, but many felt that it should have come in a 4th color – a shade of blue.
This is how the 1M would have looked if that had happened.
Here’s a first look at the many IMSA liveries for the 2015 racing season, including BMW’s Z4 GT3s and various other teams.
BMW M has a new boss, Franciscus van Meel, and he recently shared his first public statements with Auto Express on some topics regarding BMW M.
Van Meel, the former head of Audi Quattro GmbH, is of course well versed with all-wheel drive, and he seems to be favoring the use of all-wheel drive in future M5 and M6 models.
“If we continue the power increases in the future – especially regarding torque and also horsepower – then probably the next generation M5 and M6 … CONTINUED