The G30 5 Series prototype has been spotted out testing and being evaluated against the current F10 5 Series. While the exterior size look similar, the platform underneath will be totally new — based on the modular CLAR platform (Cluster Architecture) which will also underpin the next 3, 5, and 6 Series, as well as the next the X3, X4, X5, X6 and X7.
The G30 will accomplish weight reduction using pressed steel, aluminum, magnesium and a carbon fiber load bearing section of the chassis … CONTINUED
Alpina had a very nice display of their cars at the Geneva Auto Show. The B5 and B6 (LCI models) celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Alpina automobiles.
The BMW 5 Series clinched victory in the readers’ vote “BEST CARS 2015” of the trade magazine “auto motor und sport” in the upper midrange segment and confirmed its achievements of the previous year. Five times in succession since 2011, the 5 Series was voted best business car by the readers. In addition, the “International Paul Pietsch Award” honouring particularly innovative technological developments again went to BMW. This year the prize was bestowed on the BMW i8, following the success of the BMW i3 … CONTINUED
There is a recall campaign / service bulletin for the BMW N63 engine (V8 twin turbo).
On December 29th, 2014, BMW released Bulletin “B001314″ or the “N63 Customer Care Package ” affecting any vehicle that saw use of the 4.4-liter V-8 (N63B44O0) within the 5 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, X5, and X6 model lines manufactured between 2008 and 2013. Dealership instructions include checking the timing chain for stretching and replacing it if necessary, replacing the fuel injectors, mass air flow sensors, crankcase … CONTINUED
BMW NA has issued a recall for certain 4-cylinder powered 20i and 28i models for potential brake power assist problems. Here is the recall information from the NHTSA.
The affected models/years are as follows:
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V-627 (14V627000)
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST:VACUUM
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST:VACUUM:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 8,988
BMW of North America LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Sports … CONTINUED
This is one cool, actually frozen bronze metallic F11 5 series touring.
Dinan has just announced new applications for the DINANTRONICS Performance Tuner, with the goal of having the majority of the BMW lineup covered by year’s end.
Their latest releases are the DINANTRONICS for the F32/F33/F36 435i and the wastegate compatible versions for the F30 335i and the F10 535i. These applications join the growing list of vehicles already in the DINANTRONICS compatible stable that include the F22 M235i, F30 335i, F07/10 550i, F06/12/13 650i, F01/02 750i, F10 M5 (STD & Competition Package), and the F06/12/13 … CONTINUED
BBMW of North America will introduce a new campaign, BMW Innovations, which will highlight how the range of BMW vehicles share several key technology features with the visionary BMW i8, a plug-in hybrid high-performance vehicle. The BMW i8, with the “i” standing for innovation, exhibits futuristic design and groundbreaking technology built upon BMW’s storied history.
“Innovation is at the core of everything we do. Following in the lead of the BMW i8, which epitomizes innovation, we are elevating the technology across our entire range of … CONTINUED
Pricing and changes for the 2015 5 Series:
2015 BMW 5 Series Sedan
Changes to the standard equipment:
Sport Leather Steering wheel is now standard on all models
LED fog lights
Enhanced Bluetooth and USB + Smartphone Integration (6NS) is now standard
Comfort Access is now standard on 550i and 550i xDrive models.
Lines and Packages changes:
Modern Line (ZML)
No longer available
Luxury Line (ZLL)
Photos from this past weekend’s tri-state (NY, NJ, CT) F10 owners meet, which of course also welcomed other models such as the M6 and 3 Series.
BMW is recalling a 156,137 vehicles, both luxury cars and SUVs, to make sure bolts holding a component in their six-cylinder engines can break loose and cause stalling or engine damage.
BMW says it has told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that in rare cases, bolts holding the variable camshaft timing unit may come loose or break, causing the engine to go into a “safe mode.” If the problem continues, it can lead to stalling, engine damage – and it may not start.
Drivers will … CONTINUED
A story of an F10 5 Series owner and his seven 5 Series journey to the F10.
BMW starts 2014 with four awards from the automobile magazine “auto motor und sport”. The BMW i3 (combined fuel consumption: 0.6-0.0 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 13–0 g/km), BMW 4 Series Coupé (combined fuel consumption: 8.4-4.6 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 197-121 g/km), and BMW 5 Series (combined fuel consumption: 9.6-4.5 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 224–119 g/km) were the winners in their respective categories. The BMW i3 was also recognised by the editors-in-chief of “auto motor und sport” as well as more than … CONTINUED
Note: This is a global press release (not applicable to all markets).
January 22, 2014
Munich. From the spring of 2014, the pleasure of driving can be experienced in a whole new dimension. BMW is extending its range of engines for the latest additions to the model portfolio and is presenting at the same time four further models equipped with BMW xDrive. The intelligent four-wheel drive system, for example, will be available for the first time in the BMW 4 Series Convertible. In addition, an extensive … CONTINUED
Tokyo Auto Salon 2014, the major Japanese tuner/aftermarket show, is currently underway in Tokyo and we are there to bring you the BMW models on display!
The F30/F32 3 Series and 4 Series dominate this year’s array of BMWs, but there are still plenty of M3, M5, 5 Series, Z4 and E90/E92 3 Series being trotted out by major tuners.
Enjoy the views!
Ward’s Auto has announced the winners of its 10 Best Engines Award. BMW’s N57 3.0L Turbodiesel Inline-6 was named as one of the 10 winners.
The N57 in the 535d outputs 255 hp @ 4000 rpm and 413 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm, while getting EPA MPG of 26/37-38 mpg (city/highway).
Of the 10 winners, 8 featured direct fuel injection, 6 were forced induction and 1 was electric.
Here’s the list of winners:
3.0-liter Turbodiesel DOHC I-6 (BMW 535d)
3.0-liter TFSI Supercharged DOHC V-6 (Audi S5)
3.0-liter Turbodiesel DOHC … CONTINUED
AC Schnitzer’s take on the F11 Touring LCI facelift.