NEW YORK – BMW AG is cutting production at its assembly plant in Spartanburg, S.C., because the volcanic eruption in Iceland has disrupted delivery of key parts for two SUVs.
BMW spokesman Jan Ehlen says volcanic ash is grounding planes that bring leather seat covers from South Africa and transmissions from Europe. He says the plant will not stop production, but employees will work shorter shifts until the supply of parts returns to normal.
The Spartanburg plant builds the X5 and X6 SUVs for the German automaker. Spartanburg is BMW’s only assembly plant in the U.S.
Ash from the Icelandic volcano has brought trans-Atlantic flights to a near standstill for five days, stranding travelers and disrupting businesses.
Here are the latest spy shots of the upcoming BMW M5, these photos are hot off the press, taken today! Pirelli and BMW are testing different tire combinations for this car, for which the final setup will be of paramount importance. As always, you can find our complete M5 Spyshots collection here.
Can anyone identify the different tire combinations?
The BMW M1 photo with advanced production bodywork was spotted storming the Germany countryside. Sporting the same bodywork as previously seen here, seen is a a more aggressive front end, larger fenders, a trunk-mounted lip spoiler, big alloy wheels and cross-drilled rotors appear.
Jalopnik brings us these new photos of the BMW M5 test prototype spotted out testing. The upcoming M5 will be powered by a twin turbo V8 rumored to produce 578hp.
BMW Performance parts for the X5 and X6 were recently released at the Geneva Autoshow last month. Until now all we had to work on were the live shots taken @ the autoshow itself. Now it seems, BMW is putting out the official wallpapers and photos to go along with more information about these cars and available accesories.
We will update this thread as higher resolution photos become available.
Power KitRetrofitable (Available June 2010)
xDrive50i: Power increased to 448 hp and 479 lb-ft.
xDrive35i: Power increased to 326 hp and 332 lb-ft.
xDrive50i: 0-60: 5.2s
xDrive35i: 0-60: 6.5s
Sport Exhaust system
Aerodynamic KitFront bumper
Insert for the rear bumper
All finished in body colour… CONTINUED
Heres the new Vorsteiner GTRS3 bodykit available for the e92 M3.
Heres the webiste:
New Vorsteiner Kit <—Click!
Start the web special and click on the video.
Very aggressive. Gotta love the rear fender flares.
Btw, the kit can also be seen at Mfest.
The BMW X5 is being updated for 2011 as part of an LCI (Life Cycle Impulse). Here are the facts:Debut at the New York Autoshow: April 2010
Redesigned front bumper with new foglamp placement and matte silver bottom bumper guard
Redesigned rear bumper
New colors: Deep Sea Blue, Platinum Grey, and Sparkling Bronze
New Nevada Leather colors: Oyster and Cinnamon Brown
New 8-Speed Automatic Transmission (with steptronic control)
Brake Energy Regeneration system (KERS) — special deep-cycle Glass Mat battery with programmed alternator disengagement, most of the time, the vehicles battery is only charged while the vehicle is coasting or braking. Over time, the Brake Energy Regeneration system can save 1-2% on fuel consumption
BMW X5 xDrive50i
Twin-turbocharged all-aluminum 4.4 liter V-8
400 HP @ … CONTINUED
Los Angeles – April 17, 2010… The BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team M3 GT Coupes finished 3rd and 5th in Saturday’s American Le Mans at Long Beach event. In a 100-minute action-packed sprint slowed by three caution periods, BMW drivers Bill Auberlen and Tommy Milner brought the No. 92 M3 home in 3rd place with 65 laps completed, 5.4 seconds behind the GT class leader. Dirk Mϋller and Joey Hand finished the race with the No. 90 M3 in 5th position.
Auberlen and Mϋller started the race by setting an aggressive pace for BMW. They ran nose-to-tail and set the fastest BMW laps of the race. Auberlen made the team’s first scheduled stop and driver change at Lap 25.
Arrives July 2011
$45,425 including $875 Destination & Handling ($1,400 lower than the 528is 2010 predecessor)
3.0-liter inline-6 engine
8-Speed automatic transmission
BMW has announced pricing for the all-new 2011 BMW 528i Sedan. The new 528i will arrive at BMW Centers in July and is priced from $45,425 including $875 Destination & Handling. Based on the all-new, 6th-generation BMW 5 Series, the new 528i receives BMW’s 3.0-liter inline-6 engine with magnesium-aluminum construction and 240 horsepower, plus … CONTINUED