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The Worlds most successful premium sedan. now with plug in hybrid drive.
The BMW 3 Series Plug in hybrid prototype.

Outstanding flexibility, which means it can be integrated in a wide range of different vehicle concepts, makes rapid deployment of this plug-in hybrid drive technology in the BMW model range a feasible and realistic proposition. The BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype provides a first taste of the extra- efficient driving pleasure which the world’s most successful premium sedan will offer.

Combining a four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo petrol … CONTINUED

BMW i8 vs BMW M1 Track Battle Video

11/28/2014 at 9:00 AM
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To find out how thirty years of evolution has changed the BMW supercar, Auto Express we took along a classic M1 to meet the new i8 at the Auto Express test track. The BMW i8 features a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol from the MINI Cooper driving the rear wheels, while an electric motor drives the front. Under the engine cover of the M1 is something altogether much more traditional: a 3.5-litre six-cylinder unit putting out 277bhp and 330Nm of torque. This compares to 357bhp … CONTINUED

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! While you chow down your turkey, we have the latest F30 and F31 LCI facelift prototypes to show you. Until now, adaptive LED headlights have only been available on the 4 Series, but as we can see, it will soon be available on the F30/F31 LCI models. Alongside the LED headlights, the F30/F31 LCI will also feature LED tail lights.

As seen before, these prototypes show a restyled front bumper, deeper inset headlights (from the beefier bumper design) and shapelier kidney grilles. … CONTINUED

BMW Spyshot

2016 7 Series (G11) Drops Major Camo

11/26/2014 at 2:04 PM
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The next generation 2016 7 Series (G11) has dropped some major camouflage, revealing its overall body styling.

The major styling components are now revealed – body lines, kidney grille shape and size, headlight and tail light shapes and yes, the hood cutline has indeed been moved back down to meet with the kidney grilles!

As usual, the next 7 Series will be a showcase for future BMW technologies, both in physical construction and its technology.

We recently showed you the first look at the production interior, which … CONTINUED

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Chris Harris is now out with his new (free to watch) youtube channel.

Among videos that have been uploaded you can find a full review of the F80 M3. For those who subscirbed and paid for drive+, you have already seen it. For everyone else.

Enjoy!

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Based on input from Scott26, we’ve given our BMW M2 some even more accurate touches – including more angular front styling and hips (fenders).

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Some more insight from Scott26 on the possible new iDrive technology we may see introduced on the G11 7 Series, including possibly Augmented Reality.

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First X6 M (F86) spotted in beautiful Donington Grey Metallic.

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The G11 7 Series has now been spied out and about with a production-level interior. The biggest change that we can now see compared to the previous sighting is new iDrive software. The screen shows a never before seen iDrive menu and we now also see the climate control display and controller layout.

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The official Guinness World Record this establishes is “The most donuts (spins) around a car driving on two wheels in one minute is 10″ and it was achieved by Han Yue (China) and Zhang Shengjun (Taiwan) driving a MINI 3 Door Hatch and a BMW M4 Coupe in Chongqing, China on 14 November 2014.

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via Reuters:

U.S. electric carmaker Tesla Motors is in talks with Germany’s BMW over a possible alliance in batteries and light-weight components, Tesla’s Chief Executive Elon Musk told German weekly Der Spiegel.

In an interview published on Sunday, Musk described BMW’s production of carbon fibre reinforced car body parts as “interesting” and “relatively cost efficient.”

BMW uses carbon fibres from its joint venture with materials supplier SGL to make reinforced passenger cell parts for its i3 electric hatchback and i8 plug-in hybrid sports car.

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Very unique M235i with a matte grey vinyl wrap and M Performance Parts highlighted with red accents.

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The online builder configurator for the 2015 2 Series convertible is now available.

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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:

BMW/320I/2012-2014
BMW/328I/2012-2014
BMW/428I/2014
BMW/528I/2012-2013
BMW/X1/2013-2014
BMW/X3/2013-2014
BMW/Z4/2012-2014

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V-627 (14V627000)

Components:
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST:VACUUM
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST:VACUUM:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS

Potential Number of Units Affected: 8,988

Problem Description:
BMW of North America LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Sports … CONTINUED

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BMW M product head, Carsten Pries, talks about a potential M supercar using i8 technology.

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With the Green Car of the Year Award 2015, the BMW i3 has added a further trophy to an impressive raft of honours in its first year on the market. It was chosen for this award, presented by Green Car Journal at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2014, as the first dedicated all-electric vehicle in the premium segment. This latest honour, which adds to a long tally of awards the BMW i3 has picked up over the past months, is a further endorsement of … CONTINUED

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Watch the highlights of the first season in the BMW M235i Racing Cup. Action-packed racing on one of the most demanding race tracks on the planet: the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. Enjoy!

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The M235i has been named to Car and Driver’s 10 Best list for 2015, replacing the 3-series, which had until this year been on the list for more than 20 consecutive years.