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BMW announced today the BMW Individual DesignworksUSA Consultation Program, a new program where clients work directly with a BMW Group DesignworksUSA designer to commission their very own BMW. This unique designer consultation program is the first of its kind in the U.S.

Particularly discerning customers can now work together with a BMW Group DesignworksUSA designer for suggestions and advice on color and trim creation.

The new program officially launches at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance event in California where clients visiting the BMW Villa will have the … CONTINUED

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Watch BIMMERPOST member lukester run the Nurburgring Nordschleife Bridge to Gantry in just 7:31 in his E92 M3 Coupe.

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BIMMERPOST moderator and editor Dackelone takes us on a Swiss alpine tour with this great set of photos and videos.

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A BIMMERPOST was the lucky winner of a contest to drive the BMW 4 Series on the track and road, hosted by BMW and Autoweek. He brings back his experience with us:

Day 1 and Background

Hello all! As I promised everyone I am doing my full write up on the 4 Series Drive that I had with Autoweek and BMW. It was one of the most amazing experiences I have had in my life.. and I am still coming down from the great time I … CONTINUED

BMW F15 X5 M Sport in Space Gray

08/23/2013 at 11:30 AM
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A member spotted this X5 M Sport in Vienna last week.

For comparison, here is the X5 M Sport in Glacier Silver: http://www.xbimmers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=867659

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Some photos of the BMW i3 showing details and an opened sunroof.

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Here’s our exterior comparison of the F82 M4 Concept revealed last week, against the E92 M3 and E46 M3.

The E92 and E46 are both in the Phoenix Yellow color, while the M4 Concept features a custom Aurum Dust color, which is similar to Phoenix Yellow in person, but with much more metallic properties and a less green hue.

Here’s how the 4 Series dimensions compare to the E92 and E46.

4 Series Dimensions:

Length: 182.6 in (+1 in than E92 / +5.8 in than E46)
Width: 71.9 in … CONTINUED

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Our beloved E92 M3 coupes and Matt Mullins, the Chief Driving Instructor at BMW’s Performance Center Delivery (PCD) Driving School, star in this Southwest Airlines commercial.

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Pro driver Randy Pobst hot laps the 2013 BMW M6 around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca as part of Motor Trend’s 2013 Best Driver’s Car review.

The 2013 BMW M6 is one of 12 contenders competing for the title of 2013 Best Driver’s Car. The other contenders include: Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon, Audi R8 V10, GT-R, Porsche Cayman S, 911 4S, SLS Black Series, the SRT Viper, the Focus ST, the Vanquish, Bentley Continental GT Speed and the Jaguar F-Type.

With its 560 HP / 501 lb-ft torque, … CONTINUED

BMW X5 eDrive Plug-In Hybrid Concept

08/22/2013 at 6:00 AM
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The new BMW X5 raises efficiency to another new level in the world of the luxurious Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV). BMW is using the 2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) to present the logical next step towards landmark efficiency in the SAV segment. The BMW Concept X5 eDrive combines the brand of driving pleasure for which the xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system is renowned and a luxurious ambience within the variable-use interior with a plug-in hybrid drive concept. Its innovative BMW eDrive technology guarantees the hallmark … CONTINUED

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You’ve heard recent M4/M3 prototypes blasting around the Nurburgring [M4 vid] [M3 vid], now have a listen at how they sound around town.

MANUAL TRANSMISSION OR NOT?

As for today’s rumor out of Autoblog that there will be no manual transmission option for the M4, we submit contrary evidence in the form of: photos, videos, and VIN (options) information. The photos clearly show an early F80 M3 prototype with a 6 speed manual, the videos show what appears to be manual prototype M3 and M4 (judging by … CONTINUED

BMW Spyshot
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The M235i / 2 Series is due soon and while we wait, it’s undergoing some final performance testing on the Nurburgring, where it’s said by BMW to be able to beat the 1M Coupe.

Klaus Froehlich, Senior Vice President Brand and Product Strategies at BMW recently revealed these little tidbits:

The M235i is as close a spiritual successor to the 2002ti that we’ve had. My initial benchmark was that it will be faster than the BMW 1M Coupe around the Nurburgring, which it is.”I have just signed … CONTINUED

BMW Spyshot
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In this video review Autoexpress tests the BMW M135i against the Mercedes A45 AMG – with a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine it’s going to be a stern rival for the BMW.

The BMW gets a six-cylinder engine, revs to 7000rpm but peak torque is at just 1300rpm, so it has instant power. It does come in manual, but we’ve got the eight-speed automatic gearbox. Autoexpress took it around our track in just 1 minute 14 seconds.

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Polyphony Digital Inc., creator of PlayStation®’s best-selling Gran Turismo® franchise, has announced a unique partnership with a number of leading automotive manufacturers, design houses and other leading global brands. Design teams from Alfa Romeo, Alpine, Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Bertone, GM Design, Honda, Infiniti, Italdesign Giugiaro, JORDAN Brand, Mercedes-Benz, Nike, Nissan, Peugeot, SRT(Chrysler), Volkswagen and Zagato will create concept models giving a unique insight into the future of the automotive sector. Their designs will then be recreated as working cars for the new Gran Turismo®6 … CONTINUED

BMW M4 DTM Car Imagined by Jon Sibal

08/20/2013 at 4:45 PM
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Jon Sibal shares with BIMMERPOST his vision of what a BMW M4 DTM racer could look like. Starting with one of our images from the Pebble Beach reveal, he has transformed the already aggressive looking M4 Concept into a monster (the good kind).

If you didn’t catch the news earlier, BMW has already announced (but not yet revealed) an M4 DTM car for the 2014 DTM race series.

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As you’ve seen, we spent the latter half of last week at the Pebble Beach Automotive Week in Monterey, California, which is an annual week-long banquet of events for automobile enthusiasts and connoisseurs who converge on the Monterey area. While the collection of automotive hardware (everything from some of the most expensive classics to the latest model exotics) spotted around the Monterey peninsula was the largest and most impressive gathering we’ve ever witnessed, the highlight of the trip for us was having the first look … CONTINUED

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BMW i8 Test Drive Review Video (EVO)

08/20/2013 at 10:30 AM
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The £100,000 BMW i8 is a plug-in performance hybrid due to be revealed at the 2013 Frankfurt show in September but evo was invited to drive a pre-production i8 at a secret test track in France this month, six months before we get to drive the production version. This video gives you a taste of what this revolutionary 155mph performance car for the future is going to be like to drive.

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The patent drawings for the upcoming X4 SAV have been revealed and they preview many body panels, as well as headlights and tail lights.

The front bumper pictured in the diagrams may be an M Sport bumper as it features much larger air intakes than those seen on recent standard model X4 prototypes.

And while the production X4 will lose the hexagonal corona lights of the X4 Concept, the diagrams show that the X4 will receive a full adaptive LED headlight option (figure 3.2).