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Manhart i8 Preview

10/14/2014 at 8:13 AM
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German tuning firm, Manhart, has posted teasers of its supposed upcoming BMW i8. Though these are just photoshopped images for now, it appears that they plan to maintain the factory exterior while adding bright dashes of paints on some accent pieces, as well as aftermarket wheels and lowering the suspension.

The more important question is what, if any, performance modification plans the tuner has for the i8. That should be answered in time.

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BMW has issued a service action for BMW F82 M4 coupes produced from March 2014 to July 2014 for a missing CAN Terminating Resistor. The missing resistor creates various issues and after the fix, DCT performs better and the exhaust is louder, as reported by 2 owners. There is no relevant SIB for F80. Looks like M3 sedans are unaffected.

SIB 61-24-14
September 2014

Service Action: Install Missing CAN Terminating Resistor
F82

SITUATION
The general electrical system functions fail to operate properly. Various erroneous fault codes … CONTINUED

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Congrats to BIMMERPOST member chris5150 for being just 1 of 30 owners of an F10 M5 30 Year Anniversary limited edition.

He shares his photos and first impressions with us inside.

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F8x Eisenmann Heritage exhaust system, presented by IND:

F8x Eisenmann Heritage exhaust system, presented by IND:

When inspecting the F8x M3/4 in any amount of detail, one thing becomes abundantly clear- in their quest for the perfect M car, BMW left no stone unturned, no issue unaddressed, no aspect of the car’s behavior un-optimized. Technology and art in engineering has enabled BMW to create an absolutely spectacular M3, a car that’s capable of plush comfort when driven normally, and life changing performance when driven in anger. … CONTINUED

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Here are the first real life photos of the F16 X6 with full set of M Performance Parts. The big catch here….. see the first BMW sourced fixed caliper 4 piston brakes on any BMW X vehicle.

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Autobild speculates on the BMW M2. They claim that the M2 will sport 374hp and 520Nm torque. 0-62mph/100kph in 4.3 seconds. Price would be ± 56.5K EUR for the base model (manual transmission).

2015 X6 (F16) First Drive Reviews

10/13/2014 at 6:42 AM
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The first reviews are in for the all new 2015 BMW X6 (F16).

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Documentary on the E30 3 Series and its devotees.

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A BMW led tour of the Castles and Palaces of West Virginia, by Rick F.

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BIMMERPOST member and i8 owner shares some tips and observations after 880 miles with the car.

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BIMMERPOST member MGWally shares with us his most impressive result from running his F80 M3 in the quarter mile drag strip at Atco Raceway.

His 2015 M3 turned in a 11.66 sec @ 119.24 mph run. The car is stock, DCT and was running with 103 octane gasoline.

Check out the video and run results inside.

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Interbrand’s latest 100 Most Valuable Brands ranking is out and BMW ranks as the third most valuable brand, the same spot it has maintained for the previous two rankings. Overall (considering all industries), BMW was ranked 11th.

Toyota and Mercedes are the two auto companies coming in before BMW, ranking 8th and 10th overall.

For the methodology that Interbrand applies to come up with its annual list see: http://bestglobalbrands.com/2014/methodology/. The major criteria used are Financial Analysis, Role of Brand and Brand Strength.

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Overall sales of BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles have continued to grow, making it the BMW Group’s best ever September. A total of 199,799 vehicles were delivered to customers, an increase of 5.3% on the same month last year (189,664). The first three quarters of 2014 were also the most successful in the company’s history. A total of 1,529,880 vehicles have been sold in the year-to-date, up 6.5% compared to the same period last year (prev. yr. 1,436,166).

“As in the first three quarters overall, … CONTINUED

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KW has released its Clubsport Coilover for the F80 M3 / F82 M4.

From the KW press release:

The KW Clubsport coilovers give BMW drivers who want to extract the maximum potential from their new M4 Coupé and M3 sedan on racetracks and on the street. KW Clubsport coilovers have been developed on the Nürburgring Nordschleife and allow separate adjustment of the rebound and compression similar to our Competition racing dampers. KW Variant 3 coilovers also offer a similar level of adjustment too.

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To most, the BMW i8 already features a highly stylized modern design, but German Special Customs, a designer of aftermarket exteriors and interiors, thinks that they can do better. They’ve released these renderings of their planned “iTron” kit for the i8.

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Beautiful photoshoot featuring Bokke’s Silverstone M4 with a host of mods, including:

M Performance CF Spoiler + SS CRT theme
M Performance CF Front Splitter + lower lip
M Performance CF Diffuser
M Performance CF Mirror Caps
iND Gloss Black Grill Surround
iND Gloss Black Side Marker
iND Painted Reflectors
iND Gloss Black Trunk Badge
20″ BBS FI’s
Coding

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South African BMW race prep and tuning experts, Team SavSpeed Racing, revealed their brand new BMW F30 wide body racer at the Kyalami Grand Prix circuit recently at one of the BMW Car Club Gauteng’s track and race days.

This was the first full shakedown of the car in proper race trim and there was no better place to do it than in front of a crowd of BMW enthusiasts and at a race series that the car was ultimately built to compete in.

Very briefly, … CONTINUED

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Jalopnik scores the BMW i8 a 92/100 in their latest review. Their score composite:

Exterior: 10/10
Interior: 9/10
Acceleration: 9/10
Braking: 8/10
Ride: 8/10
Handling: 8/10
Gearbox: 9/10
Toys: 10/10
Audio: 9/10
Value: 12/10

Their wrap-up: On performance and price, the i8 technically competes with cars like the Audi R8, Porsche 911, Mercedes-AMG GT, Corvette, and others of that ilk. But in the real world, this is like flying an F22 Raptor in 1945. Compared to everything else in its class, the i8 feels like … CONTINUED