02/24/2014     4:30 PM

One of our 435i xDrive owners has detailed his experience from some recent quarter mile runs:

I had been looking for some official 1/4 mile times on the car and I just haven’t seen anything reliable. I went today to see what the car would do with me driving it.

Car has 3100 miles and is an 8 speed auto. I had never used or tried launch control so I only got it to work on my last of 4 runs. It was my best time but barely. I didn’t give it any more runs to learn the track so maybe it would have gone slightly faster I don’t know.

1st run (not showing slip in photo)
2nd run
3rd run
4th run
13.33@104 … CONTINUED

02/24/2014     1:00 PM

Last time we saw the X4 M Sport, it was heavily camouflaged, but it has now revealed much of itself as we approach the online debut of the X4 in mid-March and its auto show debut at the New York International Auto Show in April.

Like the X3 M Sport, with which it shares a platform, the X4 M Sport Package will feature cosmetic enhancements such as the M Sport aerodynamic kit, M Sport wheels and shadowline exterior trim, as well as an M Sport steering wheel and interior.

The aerodynamic kit includes the M Sport front bumper, rear bumper, sideskirts and body color matched fenders, which can be seen on this prototype. This prototype also features the optional adaptive LED headlights.

The X4 will arrive at … CONTINUED

02/24/2014     10:15 AM

Have a read at our first BMW M235i owner’s review.

02/24/2014     8:00 AM

The BMW USA website now shows an availability of July 2014 for the BMW i3 hybrid electric sports car.

02/22/2014     11:20 AM

The BMW M235i Racing is currently the talk of the town among privateer teams and drivers. Be it at the Nürburgring 24 Hours, the VLN Endurance Championship or the Rundstrecken-Challenge Nürburgring (RCN): The new car will be a strong ally in their quest to master the challenging Nordschleife.

02/21/2014     4:00 PM

Photos from the Dallas Auto Show where a Yas Marina Blue F82 M4 Coupe and a Austin Yellow F80 M3 is on display.

02/21/2014     11:30 AM

The first ever BMW X4 (F26) will be officially introduced in under 2 months at the 2014 New York Auto Show in April, which means it’s about time for the prototypes to drop nearly all their camouflage.

These photos now expose the X4′s front fascia design. We have also reposted the fully revealed production X4 which was caught during a commercial shoot in October. Some have labeled the X4 a “baby X6,” which is an accurate description judging by the looks of the photos below showing the X4 prototype following an X6 (F16) prototype.

We’ve also reposted a recent set of photos showing the scale of the X4 compared to the X3, with which it shares a platform. Their exteriors may be different, but they share … CONTINUED

02/20/2014     4:40 PM

Many BIMMERPOST members change their wheels for cosmetic reasons, but also to reduce unsprung weight. If BMW has its way, we could soon be seeing a massive reduction in BMW wheel weights by way of carbon fiber wheels. The i8 has already been announced with a CFRP wheel option, which saves 3kg / 6.6lbs per wheel, but Autoexpress appears to be reporting on CFRP wheels for standard non-i models.

According to BMW’s lightweight construction manager, Franz Storkenmaier, “we save 25 percent in weight compared to a forged alloy wheel with the hybrid wheel [with alloy spokes and a carbon fiber rim] and another 10 percent if it’s completely carbon.” Now BMW just has to convince European regulators that they’re strong enough to be safe on … CONTINUED

02/20/2014     2:00 PM

Here’s a great automated spreadsheet calculator to easily figure out the price of your 2015 M3 or M4 build.

02/20/2014     12:00 PM

Brandirectory has published its 2014 list of most valuable global brands. Toyota was listed as the most valuable automotive brand (and #11 overall), while BMW was ranked as the second most valuable auto brand (#17 overall).

As with all brand ranking lists, the methodology behind the brand valuation has a huge impact on the ranking order. The values used to rank the companies on Brandirectory’s list was were determined using Brand Strength Index, Brand Royalty Rate and Brand Revenues [full explanation].

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