Since 1 August 2013 there have been a number of personnel changes within the BMW Group Design team. Adrian van Hooydonk is in overall charge of BMW Group Design, which embraces all the Group’s brands, and is thus responsible for design at BMW, BMW i, BMW Motorrad and MINI, as well as Rolls-Royce. The various design studios, Advanced Design, design research, design strategy and DesignworksUSA all fall within his remit.
In the BMW Design Team led by Karim Habib, Domagoj Dukec has taken … CONTINUED
We’ve told you plenty about the impressive track built inside the BMW hall at the 2013 Frankfurt IAA auto show, now see it in action with i3 and M models.
Alpina has a larger than usual display at the ongoing 2013 Frankfurt IAA show where they brought out many of their many models, including the just announced Alpina D3, the XD3, B3 and B6.
Photos from the latest sighting of the 4 Series Gran Coupe.
Now that the 4 Series Coupe has been revealed and the Convertible nears its debut, the next model in the lineup – the 4 Series Gran Coupe (F36), has re-emerged in testing, after a nearly 6 month hiatus since our last spotting. It has re-emerged with Eric Bana doing the testing and with less camouflage than ever – shedding the heavy camouflage from its front and rear (that’s not really Eric Bana).
What’s revealed is what … CONTINUED
Very nicely produced video capturing the various BMW M Track Days 2013 which launched the M6 Gran Coupe globally.
3 continents. 3 times pure racing feeling. 1 stunning all-new BMW M6 Gran Coupé. This were the BMW M Track Days 2013. Enjoy the event video and watch the highlights of unforgettable times in Germany, the USA and Malaysia.
We have preliminary MPG figures for the 2014 X5 sDrive35i, xDrive35i and xDrive50i. They are as follows:
sDrive35i: 19 / 27 / 22 (city/highway/combined)
xDrive35i: 18 / 27 / 21
xDrive50i: 14 / 22 / 17
xDrive35d figures are not yet released
*figures are preliminary by BMW, subject to EPA final testing
While attending the BMW X5 (F15) launch drive, we had a chance to sit down with BMW NA’s X5 Product Advocate, Jason Chan, who helped answer some of the questions our X5 owners-to-be have:
Are there plans … CONTINUED
The M Performance Parts available for the F32 4 Series include:
The BMW M Performance Power Kit ( PPK ):
BMW 420d (+12Kw, +40Nm) / (+16hp, +30 lb-ft)
BMW 430d (+20kW, +40Nm) / (+27hp, +30 lb-ft)
BMW 435i (+25kW, +50Nm) / (+34hp, +37 lb-ft)
• M Performance Exhaust system (available 428i and 435i) with chrome tailpipes or carbon fiber tips (for 435i)
• M Performance Limited-slip differential
• M Performance Suspension
• M Performance brakes (red, yellow or orange calipers)
• M Performance light alloy wheels
• 18-inch winter complete wheel sets in double-spoke design
• … CONTINUED
Like it or not (and we don’t), FWD BMWs are coming. The first of the front wheel powered BMW models to come to market will be the 1 Series GT, spied here undergoing Nurburgring testing.
It has been developed on BMW’s UKL platform, a FWD platform which will be shared between the new MINI Cooper to be revealed in a couple of months, and the upcoming FWD BMW lineup.
The final 1 Series GT design has recently been revealed in a set of patent design images.
How many … CONTINUED
Accessories that make a sustainable impression. The BMW i Collection.
Munich. Take a look at what we refer to as the i-edition of the new BMW Lifestyle Collection: the BMW i Collection. Its accessories, which will be launched in October 2013, are characterized by clear design and the responsible handling of resources. The BMW i Collection is inspired by the ideas behind the BMW i-concept. If it applies to the vehicles, then it goes for the lifestyle products too – Solar Charger, Urban Mega Shopper or … CONTINUED
Substantial additions to the BMW engine range in autumn 2013 are set to lend fresh momentum to the current BMW model push. In November 2013 another three variants will be added to the line-up of engines for the most recent addition to the BMW model family, the BMW 4 Series Coupe. The BMW 435d Coupe will enter the fray as the most powerful variant of the new two-door model. Its 230 kW/313 hp six-cylinder in-line diesel engine teams up as standard with the intelligent all-wheel-drive … CONTINUED
More safety, comfort and driving pleasure thanks to BMW ConnectedDrive: fully automatic Parking Assistant and Driving Assistant Plus including Traffic Jam Assistant.
The BMW ConnectedDrive range of features is set to gain even further in appeal and variety in autumn 2013 with the introduction of a fresh round of innovations which further enhance comfort, safety and therefore also driving pleasure. The optional Driving Assistant Plus system now also includes the Traffic Jam Assistant function, and the new generation of the BMW Parking Assistant also makes its … CONTINUED
Additional BMW Individual special paint finishes for the BMW M5 and BMW M6.
With the aim of combining outstanding dynamics with ultra-exclusive looks, additional variants have been added to the selection of BMW Individual special paint finishes available for the most powerful high-performance sports cars built by BMW M GmbH. Joining the range are Frozen Black metallic, Frozen Blue metallic, Frozen Red metallic and Frozen Brilliant White metallic, which can all be ordered for the BMW M5, BMW M6 Coupe, BMW M6 Convertible and BMW M6 … CONTINUED
Note: this is a global press release, so these models may not apply to your particular market.
September 19, 2013
The new BMW X5: a fresh dimension in driving pleasure and efficiency.
Hot on the heels of its market launch, the addition of another three engines and four new model variants to the new BMW X5 line-up is set to extend the Sports Activity Vehicle’s efficiency lead over its rivals. The third-generation X5 will be available for the first time from December 2013 with a BMW TwinPower Turbo … CONTINUED
And here is our last set of 4 Series photos from the BMW NA launch drive event for the 4 Series Coupe, together with a walkaround video feature. These are of an Estoril Blue 428i M Sport and a black 428i Sport Line (the only non M Sport model at the event).
The black 428i was neither Jet Black nor Black Sapphire Metallic, but somewhat resembled Citrin Black Individual paint, with an orange flake. The interior was optioned with leatherette (“SensaTec”) seats with red highlights and … CONTINUED
BIMMERPOST member UNC M5 shares with us his 6,000 mile roadtrip with his two beasts – the M5 and his German Shephard.
The BMW Group entered a new era in automotive construction today with the start of series production of the BMW i3. The world’s first premium electric vehicle to be purpose-designed for this form of drive system is the result of an all-encompassing development approach targeted at reducing fuel consumption and emissions in urban areas. Exceptionally high standards of sustainability and resource efficiency have also been achieved in the selection of materials and production processes employed. This is the first time that carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) has … CONTINUED
PSI presents the BLUE DETONATION:
The baking heat of a Florida summer can warp reality. One minute, life is plodding along at a snail’s pace, and the next, a ghostly spectre rises from the shimmering landscape, threatening to redefine all that you know. Suddenly, a streak of blue passes you by with blinding speed, accompanied by a gargantuan exhaust roar. You have just been strafed by magnificence.
Fellow Floridian Matt has what might possibly be the most glorious Le Mans Blue E92 M3 we’ve ever seen, to … CONTINUED
Last week kicked off the U.S. press launch drive event for the 4 Series Coupe and 3 Series Gran Turismo (GT) and we were on hand in Seattle for the event.
We’ll post our review soon, but for now here are photos and a video of an Alpine White 435i xDrive with M Sport package. The M Sport package for the 4 Series includes:
M Sport suspension standard (RWD models only)
M Sport Brakes standard (also available as stand-alone … CONTINUED