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12/01/2013    2:30 PM
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Summary:

US Curb Weight:

Weight of car with fluids and fuel at 100% as well as weight of any option expected to be in more than 33% of vehicles sold. Driver not included in US legal defintion, but usually included in manufacturers public figures.

EU Kerb Weight:

Weight of car with fluids at 100% and fuel at 90%. Driver included in type approval and official documentation. However the defintion of “Mass of the vehicle” does not include driver, but the EU-Directive defines that the weight of the driver (75kg) shall be included in type approval applications. The weight is given for the base vehicle with no options mandatory for the kerb weight.

New EU definition of “mass in running order” (curb weight) according to … CONTINUED

11/30/2013    6:00 PM
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More real life looks at the F30 3 Series against the F32 4 Series Coupe.

11/30/2013    2:00 PM
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We have posted plenty of professional reviews on the BMW i3 electric car, now see what a BIMMERPOST member’s take on the i3 is after driving it at the LA Auto Show.

11/29/2013    6:00 PM
COMMENTS: 37

One of the unknowns surrounding the BMW X4, which will make its debut at the 2014 Geneva show in March, is whether it will be offered in a full blown M model (i.e. X4 M) like its bigger cousins – the X5 M and X6 M. Early indications have been no.

But a new report suggests that although a full fledged M model may not be in BMW’s plans, a diesel M Performance Model may be. This is according to statements made in a recent interview by BMW Australia Managing Director, Phil Horton.

Horton recently said that “There are plans to expand the diesel M lineup,”… “I think where there might be potential is in the new X4, which we’ll be bringing in next year.” He … CONTINUED

11/29/2013    2:15 PM
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As part of a long running campaign led by the Associated of German Vehicle Tuners (VDAT), a special concept car is released every year by tuners to highlight the need to be safe and serious when doing car tuning. This initiative is supported by both the Police and the German Federal Ministry for Transport, Construction and Road Development. The aim of the campaign is to fight against illegal and counterfeit tuning products. A campaign for which AC Schnitzer has been on the forefront, churning out new TUNE IT! SAFE! vehicles every year and even publically destroying a whole slew of seized counterfit AC Schnitzer replica wheels.

This years car is a specially modified 428i Coupe, with AC Schnitzer responsible for most of the work.

The car … CONTINUED

11/29/2013    12:15 PM
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Ahead of the 2013 Motorshow Essen, AC Schnitzer has released images and details on their complete program for the new BMW 4-Series Coupe.

The famed Aachen based tuner has given the 4-Series a complete workup, similar to previous offerings for the F30 3-Series.

Starting under the hood, AC Schnitzer performance software upgrades raise power levels as follow: 420i (to 245 hp), 428i (to 294 hp), 435i (to 360 hp), 420d (to 218 hp), 430d (to 309 hp) and 435d (to 360 hp).

We’ve previously already reported on the 4-series with AC Schnitzer wheels, which include Type VIII BiColor rims in black or silver, Type VIII forged alloys and forged racing rims in BiColor, Type IV rims in silver or BiColor black, and Type VI rims in BiColor … CONTINUED

11/29/2013    10:30 AM
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The online configurator for the UK M235i with pricing and optioning is now online.

11/28/2013    5:00 PM
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Its no secret that BMW has been on the forefront of weight reduction in volume production vehicles. Starting with their tie-up SGL Group and development of the BMW i vehicles, they have been finding great use for carbon fibre in weight reduction. The key to this is carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). While this highly touted material is being used in the BMW i vehicles, it has yet to make its way into a series production BMW, until now…

And so it makes sense that the BMW 7-Series (usually the most cutting edge and forward looking BMW on the tech front) will be the first car to use this magical material in key areas to reduce weight, and thereby increase efficiency. As the use of … CONTINUED

11/28/2013    12:00 PM
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First look at the BMW M Performance Parts for the 2 Series Coupe, covering performance, handling and styling.

Power

M Performance Power Kit available for the 220d coupe which increases power from 131 bhp to 200 bhp and torque from 380 Nm to 420 Nm.
M Performance exhaust system will be available for the M235i Coupe and M Performance exhaust pipes in carbon fiber or chrome with the M logo.

Handling

M Performance limited slip differential for M235i Coupe (and 4 Series Coupe)
M Performance sports suspension (lowers 20mm)
M Performance brake system with brake calipers painted in a choice of red, yellow or orange.
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