BMW’s August sales saw a decrease of 1.6% from the same period last year. Year-to-date, the BMW Group sales volume is up 5.6% from last year. However, sales in the second half of the year is not expected to be as strong as the first half.
The BMW Group favoured a smooth transition when carrying out the generation change of the bestseller BMW X3. The end of production of the first generation of the Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) was celebrated at the plant of the Austrian production partner Magna Steyr in Graz yesterday. Production of the new BMW X3, which will be launched on the German market on 20 November 2010, will begin today at the BMW Spartanburg plant in the US state of South Carolina. The new BMW X3 is a … CONTINUED
The M3 Tiger Edition official website is now online. The feature is a short film which builds a ton of suspense, but is a bit anticlimactic. Nevertheless, it’s fun seeing BMW models being built up in this way.
Concensus is that the 1M Coupe will be powered by the N54 motor, but BMW has not officially announced this yet, nor has anyone seen under its hood to confirm. But, here is good visual proof of the N54 Motor, based on the sighting of the N54′s twin center catalytic converters (N55 does not have these center cats).
Matt@Camber-Toe performs a tear down of the N55 motor, BMW’s relatively new single turbo twin scroll N55 engine that now occupies the top spot within BMW’s inline-6-cylinder lineup. An analysis of the potential upper power limits of the turbos will be performed and overall upgradability of the N55.
BMW is urging its 338 U.S. dealers to use a computerized system to do vehicle inspections when customers arrive for repair and maintenance work. The goal is to boost the number of multi-point vehicle inspections by making it easier and faster for service technicians to conduct them.
Enco Exclusive, a German tuner, has released its BMW X6 aero kit package. It’s the first dual color X6 we have seen and is matched to new front and rear bumpers with integrated LED lights and exhaust cutouts, side skirts, widened fenders and rocker panels. Wheels are black 23″ JURA aluminum wheels, with time-attack style pinstripes. An aftermarket exhaust has also been fitted. However, this is purely a cosmetic enhancement kit and no performance upgrades are included.
Sure, the Top Gear hosts are entertaining as hell, but nobody drives like Tiff Needell of the rival show Fifth Gear. Watch him flog the M3 around the Thruxton Motorsport Centre track while commenting as if it required little effort from him to handle the car at up to 140mph!
These are the first professional M3 Tiger Edition photos we have seen. These professionally shot photos of the M3 Tiger Edition feature a set of professional dancers showcasing the M3 Tiger. And yes, you can spot the tiger headrest emblem.
It’s long been accepted that the next generation F30 M3 will no longer be powered by a V8, but instead will be propelled by a turbo inline 6 engine. The question was which I6 engine – the N54, N55, or a new motor? The answer is that it will be based on the single turbo, twin scroll N55.