With the official announcement from BMW of the New Navigation Professional and iDrive/ConnectedDrive, many of you have inquired when the technology (both a software and hardware [cpu, graphics processor, hard drive] upgrade) would be implemented on the various models.
Below is the scheduled rollout for the new navigation and iDrive. These dates do not apply to the new iDrive Touch system, which will have a separate rollout and application schedule.
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3 Series touring and Activehybrid 3 (F31/F30h)
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Bill Caswell has written a piece for Jalopnik in which he lays out his points for the death of BMW’s M brand. BMW’s just announced Lime Rock Edition M3 was the final coffin in the nail for this journalist.
So what do our readers think? Has the death knell for BMW M brand been sounded prematurely, or does Bill have a point?
On this episode of Ignition, Carlos Lago searches for the soul inside the heavy yet powerful 2013 BMW M6 Convertible. Is the new M6 really a desirable driver’s car or simply a clever feat of engineering? Or is it both?
The 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed kicked off this weekend and BMW has brought out plenty of wares to showcase. Check out some photos from the event inside.
BMWs in attendance included the F30 M Sport, F30 3 series in gold, E92 M3 coupe in chrome, E92 M3 M Performance Edition, F10 M5, F12 and F13 M6 coupe and convertible, Alpina B3 GT3, 6 Series Gran Coupe, M135i
Good news for iPhone users. iOS6 is finally supporting iDrive Office integration via Bluetooth MAP (Message Access Profile). Bluetooth MAP is the protocol used to retrieve email messages through iDrive, which currently only works with Blackberry and a few other devices.
Here are a few photos showing a iPhone 4S connecting via Bluetooth MAP (wireless non-USB connection) using iOS6 Beta 1.
BMW has released a set of lengthy videos featuring some uncut and unenhanced clips of the 2013 BMW M6 coupe and convertible driving footage, exterior design and interior design. View all five videos inside.
We took a recent trip to the BMW Museum and Welt where there’s currently a new exhibit on display – BMW Motorsports cars. The exhibit opened June 5th and will continue throughout the summer.
For those of our members not able to see it in person, we bring you plenty of photos, as well as photos of the M room and generation displays.
Autoblog takes their turn at reviewing the 2013 M6 coupe. The main question they ask is: So, where exactly has all the marquee-caliber thrill gone since the debut in 2005 of the E63/E64 generation? Are there just more worthy competitors now, or are the Bimmers stepping down off their altar a bit to reach the mainstream? Their answer is that both are probably true, but the M6 coupe stands out amongst its own as the best banner waver for BMW’s M-branded large cars.
Press drives for the 2013 BMW M6 (F13) coupe are underway and the first reviews are in. This one hails from Autoexpress UK and they rate the F13 M6 a 4 of 5 stars. Given that the M6 coupe weighs 130kg less than the convertible, they deem it a much better drive than the convertible. With less weight to lug around, and using the optional carbon-ceramic brakes fitted to the test car, the Coupe goes and stops with monumental force. Full review … CONTINUED
The 2013 BMW M6 coupe (F13) press launch is underway in Spain and we’ve uploaded the newest official hi-res wallpaper images of the M6 coupe and convertible (F12) into our Official M6 Thread. If you noticed a slightly new look to the F13 M6 coupe, it’s the new trunk spoiler that it now receives as standard equipment in order to improve aerodynamics.
Check out the full set inside.
For the past few weeks, BMW has been offering a $300 discount on the 2012 3 Series for scheduling a test drive through the app, but they’ve now expanded the promotion to include all BMW models.
The discounts are as follows:
$300 Off 3 Series, 1 Series, X1, X3 and Z4 (all trims, including M models)
$500 Off 5 Series, 5 Series Gran Turismo and X5 (all trims, including M models)
$700 Off 7 Series, 6 Series, 6 Series Gran Coupe and X6 (all trims, including M models)
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Here is the official full version of the mission impossible style short film that BMW has been using to promote the all new 2012 BMW M6 convertible (F12) and the 2013 BMW M6 coupe (F13).
A BMW Driving Academy event was recently held at the famous Autodromo Nazionale Monza (Monza Track) which is located near the town of Monza, north of Milan, in Italy. The circuit’s biggest event is the Formula One Italian Grand Prix, but a fleet of BMWs recently took over the track for the BMW Driving Academy.
Available for the driving experience at the academy were many F30 3 series (with E90/E92 3 series for comparison), the F10 M5, the F12 M6 convertible, M550d xDrive 5 Series sedan, X5 … CONTINUED
The 2012 BMW M Power Experience is coming October 7th and this year’s event will take place in Abu Dhabi, where the program will be principally held at the Yas Marina Formula 1 race track! Last year’s M Power Experience in Spain (report 1, report 2) focused on the F10 M5, and this year’s Abu Dhabi event will feature the new M6 coupe and M6 convertible. Here is the intinerary and some event information:
After your arrival at Abu Dhabi airport, you will be brought directly … CONTINUED
As announced yesterday, BMW’s N20, N54, S65, N18 engines have each picked a best engine award at the 2012 International Engine of the Year Awards [Full Award Results].
Here’s a brief overview of two of the technologies featured in most of the BMW engines available today – TwinPower Turbo and VALVETRONIC (variable valve timing) technology. Valvetronic was first introduced by BMW on the 316ti compact in 2001, and has since often been coupled with BMW’s double-VANOS.
Until 2012, no M model used Valvetronic, but instead continued to feature … CONTINUED
The 2013 M6 Coupe (F13) is not on the market yet, but has already received an upgrade in the form of enhanced aerodynamics, now with a standard trunk lip spoiler. The trunk lip spoiler hasn’t been seen on any photos or auto show debut cars, but here are the first photos.
The 2013 M6 coupe begins production next month (July) and will begin deliveries in September.
M5 and M6 owners-to-be will have to wait just a bit longer for upgraded stopping power.
We have confirmed with BMW that the M Carbon Ceramic Brake system originally set for availability beginning with the 2013 Model Year M5 and M6 (starting July production), has been delayed until sometime in calendar year 2013.
There’s no indication yet of when exactly in 2013 it will become available, and the new availability date applies not just to North America, but in all markets worldwide.
BMWNA M Brand Manager, Matt Russell, gives a rundown of the highlights of the new 2012 M6 convertible (F12) and 2013 M6 coupe (F13), as well as the fuller context of the history of the M Division and M automobiles.