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It all started with an X. This letter was first used as a model designation for a BMW automobile as early as in the mid-1980s to indicate that it featured four-wheel drive technology. The car’s dual symmetry was the ideal allegory for the transmission of drive torque to all four wheels. 15 years ago, the letter X became the symbol of an entirely new vehicle category and, at the same time, of a very special form of driving pleasure. The BMW X5 made its … CONTINUED

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Large-scale manufacturing of cars made with lightweight carbon fiber is moving closer to reality as costs start to fall, according to a materials-development group that has BMW AG as a partner.

MAI Carbon Cluster Management GmbH, a research effort supported by Germany’s federal government, businesses and research institutions, is making progress toward reducing carbon-fiber production costs by 90 percent, according to Klaus Drechsler, head of the 80 million-euro ($102 million) project.

“We’ve certainly reached a halfway point on our cost-cutting target for suitable carbon-fiber parts,” said … CONTINUED

M235i vs Speedway Bike Drifting Fun

10/15/2014 at 11:00 AM
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On the Monday morning after Germany had won the football World Cup final against Argentina, the Landshut/Ellermühle speedway stadium at the AC Landshut club witnessed one of sport’s more unusual match-ups. It was the first time a representative of a leading German car magazine took a BMW M235i with M Performance Parts onto the almost 400-metre-long track to compete in a drifting contest against BMW motorcycle dealer and four-times dirt-track world champion Karl Maier on a speedway bike.

The respective starting points for the driver … CONTINUED

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BIMMERPOST member and M4 owner Money2536 gives us the lowdown on his ownership experience after 1500 miles and compared to his Porsche 991 911.

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Even more BMW (and non-BMW) highlights from the 2014 Paris Auto Show.

2014 Paris Auto Show

Hamann BMW M4 Kit

10/14/2014 at 6:30 PM
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Hamann has released images of its aero kit for the F82 M4, which includes:

- Front lip spoiler
- Hood
- Sideskirts
- Rear diffuser
- High trunk wing

The theme is carbon fiber as each of these parts features the material. No details yet as to any engine performance or handling upgrades, but those will surely be forthcoming.

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Video feature documentary on Steve Dinan, his company and their 675hp S1 F10 M5.

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Here is an account and review of the first Advanced ///M School with the F80 M3 / F82 M4 at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) – a course and F8x track review).

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Yes, this looks like a next generation G11 7 Series prototype. But, look closer and you will see BMW has ingeniously added weights to the roof (and inside the car) and raised the hood to accommodate a different engine/intake setup in order to “test” the basic X7 drivetrain package.

The X7 will be a seven seater SAV and has already been announced for production at the Spartanburg plant in the future.

BMW Spyshot

Manhart i8 Preview

10/14/2014 at 8:13 AM
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German tuning firm, Manhart, has posted teasers of its supposed upcoming BMW i8. Though these are just photoshopped images for now, it appears that they plan to maintain the factory exterior while adding bright dashes of paints on some accent pieces, as well as aftermarket wheels and lowering the suspension.

The more important question is what, if any, performance modification plans the tuner has for the i8. That should be answered in time.

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BMW has issued a service action for BMW F82 M4 coupes produced from March 2014 to July 2014 for a missing CAN Terminating Resistor. The missing resistor creates various issues and after the fix, DCT performs better and the exhaust is louder, as reported by 2 owners. There is no relevant SIB for F80. Looks like M3 sedans are unaffected.

SIB 61-24-14
September 2014

Service Action: Install Missing CAN Terminating Resistor
F82

SITUATION
The general electrical system functions fail to operate properly. Various erroneous fault codes … CONTINUED

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Congrats to BIMMERPOST member chris5150 for being just 1 of 30 owners of an F10 M5 30 Year Anniversary limited edition.

He shares his photos and first impressions with us inside.

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F8x Eisenmann Heritage exhaust system, presented by IND:

F8x Eisenmann Heritage exhaust system, presented by IND:

When inspecting the F8x M3/4 in any amount of detail, one thing becomes abundantly clear- in their quest for the perfect M car, BMW left no stone unturned, no issue unaddressed, no aspect of the car’s behavior un-optimized. Technology and art in engineering has enabled BMW to create an absolutely spectacular M3, a car that’s capable of plush comfort when driven normally, and life changing performance when driven in anger. … CONTINUED

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Here are the first real life photos of the F16 X6 with full set of M Performance Parts. The big catch here….. see the first BMW sourced fixed caliper 4 piston brakes on any BMW X vehicle.

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Autobild speculates on the BMW M2. They claim that the M2 will sport 374hp and 520Nm torque. 0-62mph/100kph in 4.3 seconds. Price would be ± 56.5K EUR for the base model (manual transmission).

2015 X6 (F16) First Drive Reviews

10/13/2014 at 6:42 AM
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The first reviews are in for the all new 2015 BMW X6 (F16).

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Documentary on the E30 3 Series and its devotees.

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A BMW led tour of the Castles and Palaces of West Virginia, by Rick F.