BMW M4 Fitted With BBS LM Wheels

08/06/2014 at 11:20 AM
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First look at the BMW M4 on the all-time favorites BBS LM wheels, in 20 inch configuration.

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AutoMotor und Sport is reporting that new next Z4/Toyota project WILL have a turbo six gasoline engine.

BMW spokesman Kai Lichte said:

Whether the hybrid powertrain is also used in the BMW, or whether the Z4 gets four-wheel drive, but it was “too early to talk about it,” as the BMW spokesman told an Australian newspaper says. “First, we will have a six-cylinder, that’s for sure. Everything else comes later maybe.”

The next Z4 will be jointly developed with Toyota and BMW. One possibility is a Toyota … CONTINUED

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Interview with M engineer Bernd Jacob.

Mr Jacob, you are responsible for the locking systems employed in M automobiles. We would like to talk to you today about the Active M differential in the BMW M3 and BMW M4. We wish to begin with the following question: why does a car actually need a differential?

Bernd Jacob: A car needs a differential to compensate for rotational speed differences in the wheels, for instance when driving through a bend. Since the vehicle has a certain width, the … CONTINUED

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Great real-life audio clip of the F82 M4 M Performance Exhaust system from a BMW film shoot for an upcoming M4 film/promo called M Initiation.

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I have to say BMW got this one right. Todor Todorov, the guy who started the BMW X5 Facebook Fan Page is a great guy who nursed along his facebook fan page, first crossing the 1 Million fan mark and now passing the 2 Million fan threshold.

Many of you may remember him or his Fan page from 2012, when he won the BMW SuperFan competition

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The small sports sedan is an amazing machine that many of us have come up on. The E36 and E46 embody what a small sports sedan should be.

While there have been rumors of a possible 2-Series Gran Coupe to fill those shoes, we still have not seen anything yet. But hope should not be completly lost if a report from Automotive News is to be believed.

Among a deluge of BMW product pipeline information is a small tidbit on the 1-Series…

228i M Sport Coupe by H&R

08/05/2014 at 7:50 AM
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Official H&R 228i M Sport Coupe featuring H&R lowering springs and OZ wheels.

H&R 2014 BMW 228i M Sport Coupe
Courtesy of Laurel BMW of Westmont

Base Vehicle:
2014 BMW 228i M Sport Coupe
2.0L TwinPower Turbo
8-Speed Sport Automatic Transmission
Glacier Silver Metallic

BMW Group Q2 Financial Report

08/05/2014 at 5:00 AM
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The BMW Group increased sales volume, revenues and Group earnings in both the second quarter and the first half of 2014, thereby continuing its successful business development.

Group revenues increased in the second quarter by 1.8% to reach € 19,905 million (2013: € 19,552 million) for this three-month period. Business benefited perceptibly from an increase in sales volume, with exchange rate factors damping the scale of the increase in revenues. EBIT rose by 26.0% to € 2,603 million (2013: € 2,066 million) on the back … CONTINUED

Custom Safety Car F80 M3

08/04/2014 at 1:10 PM
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Custom Safety Car Look F80 M3 featuring some BMW M Performance Parts and HRE wheels.

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BMW M Performance Parts are now hitting the market for the F80 M3 and F82 M4. Check out the first install of the beautiful M Performance Spoiler on the BMW M4.

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This morning’s Nordschleife Touristenfahrten session was closed today – because of the M5 Ring-Taxi crashed on Nürburgring track – with paying customers aboard! Luckily no one was hurt except for the driver’s ego. At first(early reports said) it was thought the crash was caused due to the driver drifting in the Brunchen-II turn. Turns out the driver of the Ring Taxi was just driving way over his head and the “red mist” got the better of his judgment. He really ought to have yielded … CONTINUED

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An Awron gauge multifunction panel review for the new F80 M3 / F82 M4.

My initial reservations:
-Loss of airflow due to removing one A/C vent?
-Will the Awron look OEM and match the quality of my $82k vehicle?
-Will the amber color graphics match the OEM amber in the vehicle?
-Will I lose my cruise control speed function?

After install impressions:
-Incredible display graphics and animations. Looks like a retina display on an iphone. Animations look like they are from Minority Report-super smooth and … CONTINUED

BMW i8: Supercar 2.0 – XCAR Review

08/03/2014 at 11:00 AM
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BMW’s has created the first mass produced plugin hybrid sportscar, the i8. XCAR take to the road to see if our preconceptions of hybrid cars can be changed forever.

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After last year’s one-two-three, the BMW DTM teams moved up another gear at the sixth round of the season at the Red Bull Ring (AT) to claim the top four positions for the first time since the manufacturer returned to the DTM in 2012. Marco Wittmann (DE), at the wheel of the Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM, clinched his third win of the season at the 4.326-kilometre circuit in Spielberg (AT). In doing so, he also extended his lead in the Drivers’ Championship.

Now with 95 … CONTINUED

BMW M4 Pulls an Abracadabra

08/02/2014 at 3:00 PM
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The first-ever BMW M4 is here. And then it’s not.

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Production of the second generation BMW X6 (F16) has begun! Manufacturing for the all new X6 began yesterday (Friday) at the BMW plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

The first new BMW X6 off the line was a Sophisto Gray xDrive35i with a Cognac Black leather interior. This one isn’t for the home market though, as it is destined for a BMW dealership in China.

Production of the first-generation X6 started in early 2008 at the plant. U.S. sales of the X6, between 2008 and 2014 (July), … CONTINUED

BMW M4 GTS Rumored

08/01/2014 at 12:20 PM
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BMW inside Scott26 tips off plans for an upcoming BMW M4 GTS model, to come after the BMW M2 coupe is introduced.

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BMW brand sales up 9.8 percent – best July ever
MINI brand sales down 2.3 percent
BMW Motorcycle sales down 3.3

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – August 1, 2014… The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported July sales of 32,220 vehicles, an increase of 7.4 percent from the 29,993 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, the BMW Group (BMW and MINI combined) is up 5.4 percent on sales of 213,754 in the first seven months of 2014 compared to 202,780 … CONTINUED