The BMW i Accessories Collection

09/19/2013 at 11:26 AM
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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BIMMERPOST member UNC M5 shares with us his 6,000 mile roadtrip with his two beasts – the M5 and his German Shephard.

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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

Blue Detonation M3 by PSI

09/17/2013 at 10:00 PM
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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

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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

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A disgruntled BMW M6 owner, Hadi Pourmohseni, staged a demonstration against his dealership and BMW in front of the Frankfurt IAA show by doing no other than destroying his M6 for which he could not get a fix.

Hadi said along with a letter to BMW, he brought the car to Frankfurt during the largest European auto show of the year so that he and co-batter Thomas Brunner could publicly unleash some pent-up frustration, noting that a lawsuit over the car would have taken … CONTINUED

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Edmunds evaluates the incoming C7 Corvette Stingray against the outgoing E92 M3 Coupe. Not a fair fight exactly, except for price point, but they still have plenty great things to say about both cars.

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BMW head of design Adrian van Hooydonk and the i8 project manager Henrik Wenders talk about the BMW i cars from Frankfurt IAA 2013.

Video shot and produced by Jim Perry.

Autoshows

BMW i8 Under Throttle (Videos)

09/17/2013 at 9:00 AM
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Some clips of the BMW i8 under full throttle.

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Have a first look at some of the M Performance Parts for the F10 M5 and M6. These includes (but are not limited to), the Performance Grilles, Carbon Fiber Exhaust Tips, Trunk Carbon Fiber Spoiler, OLED M Performance Steering Wheel, Carbon Gear Stick, Carbon Central Console Trim, LED Black Line Tail Lights, and Akrapovic M Performance Exhaust.

We’ll bring you more details and the full official catalog soon.

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We recently posted the official launch drive event pics of the BMW X5 from on-location in Vancouver, now have a look at our photos. Our X5 review is in the works.

These are the xDrive50i and xDrive35d models. The xDrive50i is seen in Black Sapphire Metallic and Mineral White, while the xDrie35d wears Space Gray paint. The Black Sapphire X5 is outfitted with the xLine package (more details on package).

Specs for each are as follows:

xDrive50i
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The BMW i8 made its splash onto the stage during the BMW press conference at the 2013 Frankfurt IAA show in Protonic Blue, but there were several more colors on hand at the show.

Check out the i8 in Crystal White, Ionic Silver and Sophisto Grey. These four colors round out the initial colors available for the i8, which hits US showrooms in Spring 2014 at a starting price of $135,700 (plus destination and handling).

To recap, the BMW i8 is a 2+2-seater hybrid electric sports car … CONTINUED

Autoshows

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Render

09/16/2013 at 11:01 AM
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The long rumored 2 Series Gran Coupe has yet to be spotted in testing, but we’d be highly surprised if BMW did not go after the CLA and A3 sedan with its own small sports sedan. The company is seemingly entering all niches in which its German competitors have offerings, even niches with much smaller sales potential than the small sedan space, so we expect to see a 2 Series “Gran Coupe” sedan after the Coupe and Convertible 2 Series are released. Artist Theophilus Chin … CONTINUED